When I was three years old, my dad took me to one of many Raffi concerts. Being a tiny fashionista from the get-go, I wore my finest gold lamé dress with a petticoat. I thought I looked fantastic. But on my way out the door, I screamed, "My jewels! I can't leave the house without my jewels!" and immediately rushed back inside to grab a plastic heart-shaped pendant, several beaded necklaces and tiara.
Obviously, my parents thought this was one of the most hilarious things they have ever witnessed and have kept these "jewels" for the past 20 years. In fact, they continue to mock me to this day, asking whenever I am attending a formal event if I have on enough accessories or even suggest that I add a tiara to my outfit.
Although the plastic baubles of my past have been replaced with a silver Pamela Love ring my mom bought me for my 21st birthday, an aquamarine ring my grandma gave to me when I graduated from high school and my go-to pair of stud earrings, the principle is the same: Never leave home unadorned. I don't even go to the supermarket without them. My hands and ears would feel entirely naked.
I am not the only Stylelist staffer who still follows fashion rules from their childhood. Take a peek in our gallery below for more style tips (and some adorable baby pictures!).