Jewelry Trend & DIY

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Hello dolls!!

Do you ever think about jewelry as an extension of yourself? When you envision the queen of England at a formal affair, can you picture her without her crown? Well that’s exactly why I want to share with you today. Your jewelry should not be some after thought. It should speak about who you are.  An extension of yourself.

Fall jewelry trends feature layered necklaces, lariets or the Y necklace. Statement pieces in mixed metals. Bibs and chockers caressed necks on the runways.

Tassles, beading, and feathers graced earlobes. Nature inspired jewelry that lent a festive vibe.

 

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Today I want to share with you how to create some of these trendy pieces to add to your fall wardrobe. All you need is a little time and patience. And of course a trip to your local craft store or your own jewelry box. If you are like me , you save those bits that look interesting. You know, the broken pieces from your favorite necklace that you no longer wear and have discarded.

 

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  • Firstly, you must decide on a design. I am choosing the earrings I shared above. To recreate these little beauties from Anthroplogie, you will need hoops that open and close. You should choose a size that doesn’t overwhelm your face. Remember that jewelry,  like make up,  is meant to enhance your features. Here is a link to purchase inexpensive hoops claire’s I have purchased these in the past and they work well for creating your own Anthro inspired earrings.

 

  • Secondly,  you will need chains in mixed metals to embellish your hoops. Either recycled necklaces or chain from the craft store will do. Remember to pick chains with links that will slip over the hoops easily.  You can cut your chain  in any length, but for this look I will keep mine one half inch.

 

  • You will also need a tool to cut the chain with which you can purchase at a craft or hobby store. They are usually located in the jewelry and bead section. They look like this :

 

wire cutters

Here’s a link to purchase these if you don’t happen to have any…wire cutters at JoAnn’s

Take your time cutting your chain. Place the cutters on one side of a link and firmly press handle to cut.  Sometimes you need to wiggle your cutters a bit to completely open the link.

Once cut thread chains over hoops and try them on. If the chain length is too long for your taste, you can easily adjust  by cutting them shorter.

Wear your new fall jewels with your favorite jeans & tee or a dress and boots. They are versatile enough to wear from day to evening.

 

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All of the jewelry pictures belong to Anthropologie with the exception of the Weekender Polyvore style board.

 

 

 

Velvet’s Touch

Hello lovelies,

As I perused the September issue of In Style, I realized that many of the trends we see each fall season are nothing but updated versions of themselves year after year. So are they trends or are they classics? I will let you decide for yourselves.

One of my personal favorite “trends” this fall is velvet. Seriously, can anyone resist the touch of velvet? It’s moody, bohemian vibe speaks to my soul. I love its warmth and versatility. It’s rich texture can be added in many ways from fashion to home decor.

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Add a touch of the orient with a velvet coat like this stunner from Ali Express.  They sell many affordable pieces that won’t break the bank.

 

Accessorize! Add a pop of fall color with this trend via blocked heels or a mini clutch bag.

 

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Romanticize. Elie Saab, the KING of Couture…at least as far as I am concerned… knows just how to manipulate velvet to bring out its rich luster. Oh to be his muse!!

Velvet in the home is elegant. Think of plush pillows or furniture. Randi Garrett shares how to incorporate this look on her website Randi Garrett Design. 

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Please read this article by Randi on how to incorporate velvet into your fall decor. She even adds links to featured products to make shopping for the desired look easier.

 

Velvet furniture need not be intimidating. It lends an air to taste and individuality. There are many new pieces to be found,  but I find myself drawn to vintage furniture like these gorgeous velvet chairs and stool from the 1950s.

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Whatever your taste, there is an abundance of ways to bring this trend into the season. Feel free to add a comment below and share how you will add velvet this season.

Colors of Fall 2017

Hey lovely!

I hope you are enjoying the cooler temperatures we have been experiencing in the northern states. It’s been such a pleasure to breathe the fresh, sweet air and feel the caress of a warm breeze across my cheeks. Fall weather is here!

That leads me to my next topic which is transitioning some fall colors into your wardrobe. So what are the colors for fall you may be asking. One of my favorite colors chosen by Pantone Color Institute is Autumn Maple. It is a refreshing rust tone that immediately brings to mind  beautiful fall foliage.

 

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To keep color from overwhelming you, introduce it in small ways such as accessories. Transition this rich color with cream, ivory, taupe, or brown.

Another color I find myself drawn to is called Grenadine. Have you ever flavored a drink or perhaps added a wee bit to ribs? Delicious! And I think you will find that this color is as well.

This bright color will add interest to an otherwise casual outfit. A snuggly cardigan, always a hit on its own, becomes the star of your ensemble. Try adding grenadine with jewelry if you aren’t ready to embrace its richness.

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Another favorite of mine for fall is Navy Peony.  Just the name alone entices me. A full bodied blue that adds warmth to any outfit. Try it in a dress, on your nails, or let it wrap you in a shawl. Wear it with your favorite faded denim jeans and a peach top. Accessories love this blue too!

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Which of these colors will you be wearing this fall?

Meet Flappery Company

Hello dolls!!

I am so excited to introduce you to a new series on small businesses featuring women entrepeneurs. I happened upon this delightful woman on Instagram as @thevintagestylist where she sells an amazing array of vintage clothing. Naturally I was hooked. A friendship soon developed and now I want to share her story with you as she opens her new shop Flappery Company. Here is Janice to tell you more about this exciting new endeavour!

Green Beauty

Hello dolls!

For a while now I have been using natural beauty products, either organic, natural, and/or a mix of the two.  I want to share some of my favorites with you in this post. But first let me just give you a bit of my background. I am a cancer survivor who was pumped full of chemicals. NOT complaining! I feel very blessed to be with you.  I have mature, combination skin.  If you are of certain age, you know what a pain this is.

Here are some of my top favorite green beauty products:

Yes To Cucumbers Calming Micellar Water which you can find here http://www.target.com/p/yes-to-174-cucumbers-calming-micellar-water-3-3-oz.

I decided to try this after seeing it at Walgreens . I knew the Yes To line was well liked so I decided to give it was worth looking into.

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Pros: It very gently removes makeup and leaves my skin feeling cool and refreshed. Besides that I love it because it is moisturizing. Bye bye breakouts!!

Gabriel Cosmetics/Zuzu. I can not say enough about this company and their cosmetic line. I have tried mascara, eye shadows, blush and lipsticks. All of their makeups are mineral based. I have a bad reaction to MOST  eye shadows. My eye lids actually bubble up and itch like the dickens. But I have not had any trouble with this brand. Hallelujah! The mascara wears nicely. It’s not clumpy like some cheap drug store brands and is easy to remove with soap and water. Their lipsticks wear like a dream. I DO like to wear a lip gloss underneath as my lips are naturally dry.  Their blush is whisper soft. And it does not break me out. I’ve been using a tester (of the original size) and it lasts a good long time. I just bought my first blusher to replace it. I also received some ZuZu shadows. The pigments are beautiful! They are very smooth and apply easily and  come in a wonderful assortment of colors.AmmunitionPalette ZuZu

Gabriel TeaRose lipstick

 

I buy my makeup directly from their website…http://www.gabrielcosmetics.com. It does take a wee bit of time to receive but it’s definately worth the wait.

 

The last brand I want to share with you is the Shea Moisture line. Another super moisturizer!! I use their soaps. Coconut & Hibiscus is a lovely fragrance. It lathers very well and caresses your skin. This gentle line leaves my skin feeling smooth and soft. A gentle scent is left behind which adds to a luxe experience.  The line itself comes in a large variety of fragrances and products. I’ve also tried their makeup line. I purchased a Shea Moisture face powder to try (I needed to replace a line I had previously used). I am pretty happy with the results even if it doesn’t contain any SPF. Also, you may want to buy it in a shade slighter darker than your complextion.

Target Shea Moisture

 

These are just a couple of my favorite lines. I am not being paid to give this review by any of these companies. I just wanted to share what works for me. Do you have a favorite natural beauty product you’d like to share? Please do in the comments section below. I’m looking forward to hearing from you.

 

Style Pretty!!

Debra

 

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Summer Style Tips

Hey loves!!!

I hope you’ve been enjoying some gorgeous weather. When the temps rise, the first thing I think is what  can I wear that will keep me cool? So today I want to share some summer style tips with you to keep you looking cool as a cucumber.

Style Tip 1:  Wear loose clothing. Think flowing dresses, maxi skirts, A line tops. Cool colors verses darks. I say reach for cool colors during the day & save your darks for the evenings. Cool colors do not absorb heat and thus will keep you feeling refreshed.

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Style Tip 2: Wear natural fibers. Invest in cottons, silks, or linens for summer months. They let your skin breath.

Style Tip 3: Break out those open toed shoes and sandals. I can’t wait for summer to arrive so I can wear my favorite shoes!!

Style Tip 4: Stay hydrated. I know this seems like a no brainer, but sometimes we get busy and forget to drink enough water. It is especially important to get enough water during warmer weather to keep our skin and complexions healthy.

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Style Tip 5: Sunscreen. Wear it! I am the first to admit, I do not slather the stuff on like I should and some day it WILL catch up to me. Skin cancer is NOT pretty and I know all my girls want to stay pretty.

Style Tip 6: Protect your eyes by wearing sunglasses. Believe it or not, squinting due to bright sunlight, increases your chance of fine lines around the eye area.

Style Tip 7: Go easy of the fragrances.  Just a spritz during warm months is enough because as your body temperature rises your fragrance will grow stronger.

Hope these little tips help to keep you nice and cool this summer. Have your own summer style tip to share? Leave it in the comment section below to share.

Love,

Debra