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Keep tabs on keys in the New Year with fashionable accessory

Em John Jewelry key chains feature colorful faux fur balls and initials, $15 at Emjohnjewelry.com.
Em John Jewelry key chains feature colorful faux fur balls and initials, $15 at Emjohnjewelry.com. Emjohnjewelry.com

Before you head out of the house to make good on that New Year’s resolution of regular Pilates classes, you’ll need your keys. If you can find them, that is.

The right key chain can save time by wrangling assorted keys and serve as a stylish accessory to boot. It was the star of fall runway shows, with design houses such as Fendi, Prada and Gucci showing varying versions of furry pompom key chains and purse charms costing hundreds of dollars each.

Roomy handbags are fabulous carryalls except when it comes to finding keys, which always seem to be at the bottom of the bag. Save crucial time and give peace of mind with something that refuses to be lost, such as the adorable letter key chains ($15) from Em John Jewelry. The pieces, which scored a spot on Oprah’s Favorite Things, feature colorful faux-fur poms, and big, fun acrylic initials. The company founder is Emma Johnson, a freshman at Boston University who is paying her way through school with the proceeds. Shop at Emjohnjewelry.com.

Another hot trend in key chains is tassels, with designs available everywhere from Target to Barneys. Leather tassel fobs from Mark and Graham are available in a rainbow of colors and include foil-debossed monogramming, $49 at Markandgraham.com.

Items created by The Superior Labor, a Japanese company known for its vintage-inspired accessories, have an elegant masculine look that would work for men or women. J. Crew now offers a selection of the company’s merchandise including a shoehorn-shaped brass key chain that slides into a pocket without snagging clothing. You’ll find them for $52.50 at Jcrew.com.

Native Union, the mobile accessories maker, offers multitasking key cables. Compact USB cables and connectors can be carried with keys so you can charge devices while on the go. Designs, usually abourt $30, are available for $15 at Nativeunion.com. You’ll also find them where mobile devices are sold, including Apple.com and Amazon.com.

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The Athens Schoolhouse Antiques Show is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday at 6270 Athens-Walnut Hill Pike.

Show admission is $2, free for ages 11 and younger. Call (859) 255-7309 or go to Antiqueskentucky.com.

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