DIY :: Turquoise Stone Necklace

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I know what your thinking. This necklace is far too small and dainty for my liking. As a girl who is aware of her eye for large and over-the-top jewelry, I would agree with you. But there is something about the changing of the seasons, the crisp fall air and colorful sunsets that brings me back to a place of simplicity. Granted, this vibe may only last a week, but ya know... I'll just go with it! 

Recently, the idea of a simple chain necklace has been catching my eye. To not only wear on it's own, but to layer with other chain necklaces with chunky sweaters and t-shirts. I've seen a variety with small stones on them and figured that was one easy as pie DIY. And trust me, it's pretty darn simple. 

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WHAT YOU'LL NEED :: 

- chain

pliers

jump rings

- eye pin

- clasp

- stone 

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DIRECTIONS :: 

- Wrap and measure out the chain around your neck to the desired length. Cut the chain. 

- Attach the clasp to one end of the chain and a jump ring to the other. This will be the closure to your necklace.

- Put the eye pin through the stone and, using the pliers, curve the end in a circle to match the other side. This is tricky at times, but watch this video to get some pointers. 

- Attach a jump ring to both ends. 

- Find the center of the chain and cut with the pliers to create two ends. Attach the jump rings to the ends of each chain end and then to the eye pins on the stone. 

- You have now completed your very own simple fall stone necklace. Proceed to wear with everything! 

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DIY :: Tear Drop Necklace

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Recently, I've been craving some new obnoxiously large jewels to grace my neck. This yearning wasn't getting accomplished too quickly as I'm not in the mood for shopping much these days, the city in the summer can be a dreadful place to find yourself aimlessly wandering for necklace inspiration. So, I took to my bag of tricks.... and by 'bag of tricks' I mean my trusty tackle box of jewelry joy. So dive in with me and let's see what I can put together from my scraps. It's so easy, I don't know how it demanded its own entire post! Well, I do actually. I've worn it every day since I made it. Fact. 

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WHAT YOU'LL NEED :: 

- chain (mine is an old necklace I found laying around that I adjusted)

- pliers

- jump rings

- crystal drops 

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DIRECTIONS :: 

- Start by laying out the necklace/chain and line up where you want to drops to go.

- Attached a jump ring to the hoop and a jump ring to the necklace. (I actually tried a couple different options for connecting the two, and this worked out the best.)

- Then attach the two jump rings together with a jump ring. You will have three jump rings together total. Just keep saying jump ring over and over again! 

- You're done. No, seriously, that's it!

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Sequins in November

If you follow me on the tweetosphere, then you probably saw my pleading 140 characters to all the fashionistas out there to affirm my plan of wearing a full on sequins dress in November to a wedding. The dress was originally purchased for a New Years Eve party, so I couldn't seem to get over that it's a 'holiday cocktail' dress and had reservations about it being too loud for a fall wedding. But after some affirmation, I committed and just followed through. 

Tyler, the groom, and I have one of those New York stories. Most people get jobs after college, Tyler instead joined forces with a mutual friend, bought the prop ambulance used on Men In Black II (on Ebay naturally) and set out on a summer road trip across the United States. Oh, and did I mention they documented the whole thing? We crossed paths in Texas where I was not the least bit impressed with him and had no intention of being friends. Fast forward six months and I am now living in NYC where we crossed paths again.... and of course became instant friends. We intentionally moved within blocks of each other, keys were exchanged - which lead to either multiple 2am locked out rescues or the typical scenario of coming home to Tyler on our couch, usually napping.... at 2pm on a Sunday. Now, four years later, we've had the honor of watching each other grow up in this city - including when he opened the doors for me to walk down the aisle at my own wedding. This past weekend, we got to see him marry his stunning bride, Jessica. I felt like a proud sister. The ceremony was gorgeous and once we arrived at The Ace Hotel for the reception.....we turned into dancing machines for the entire night. Maybe there were some sprinkler moves going on. My feet still hurt..... worth it. 

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Dress :: Elie Tahari (similar)

Fur :: H&M

Necklace :: DIY

Shoes :: Christian Siriano for Payless

Clutch :: Nancy Gonzalez

Thanks to all of you who encouraged this outfit choice!