I’m a big fan of jewelry. Cheap jewelry, expensive jewelry, I love it all. My favorite pieces of jewelry are my wedding ring and a pair of earrings I bought on the street in New York City for $1. I don’t really discriminate when it comes to pretty baubles.

Friends ask me all the time: how do you know what to wear together? I don’t know actually, there really isn’t a science to it. I don’t really care what’s hot or what’s not, I just know what I love and will wear regularly. If you find something you love, you’ll find a way to wear it.

The trick is not to wear it all at the same time. Sometimes I see photos of celebrities wearing 10 pieces of jewelry and they’re all competing with each other; you don’t really get to appreciate each piece. To me that’s missing the whole point of jewelry, which is frankly a travesty.

Here’s my general rule of thumb for accessorizing an outfit: wear one statement piece, the rest will complement. So if I’m wearing a big ring, I won’t wear a big bracelet. If I have on huge earrings I either skip a necklace or tone it way, way down. Make sense?

My go to places for finding great accessories: Forever 21, Charlotte Russe and Stella & Dot.

When I visit big cities like New York or L.A. I buy jewelry off the street for less than $5 each piece. It doesn’t have to cost a lot to wear cool jewelry but when you find something you love, snatch it up. You never know when you might find just the right necklace on a street corner in San Francisco.

Find more from Guest Mom Allison at her blog Petit Elephant.