Girly DIY: neon layering necklace.

When I saw these neon Swarovski pearls online like six months ago, I knew I had to have them. I didn’t know what I was going to make, but that didn’t matter. I used to make a lot of jewelry (I even made my necklace for my wedding) so I had most of the supplies, but I haven’t made anything in years. I guess I just needed some neon beads to feel inspired! I finally got around to using them last weekend, and I’m sharing the tutorial with you today. (Actually, I bought enough beads to make like 5 necklaces, so stay tuned for another tutorial in a few weeks!)

This necklace was inspired by many that I have bought over the years, mainly from J.Crew. I love long necklaces that can be layered or worn alone, and this one is mostly neutral with a bright pop of neon for a little added fun factor!

GIRLY DIY: Neon Layering Necklace j.Crew inspired Swarovski pearls

So, let’s get started. The beauty of this necklace is that you can make it with any color metal, and any type of bead that you like! Swarovski makes pearls in every size and color, but you could also use crystals or gemstones or sparkly beads for added glam. I’ll break down the list of what I used below (click image to enlarge).

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Catalog Obsessions: J.Crew August 2012.

I have a bit of a Saturday morning ritual. I sit down with my cup of coffee and go through what feels like hundreds of catalogs that have collected throughout the week. I usually rip out pages of things I want to go check out, or write a post about, or just dream about. But usually none of that happensand the catalogs end up in the recycling. But it’s time to put that ritual to use use and finally get the blog posts up!

So, introducing Catalog Obsessions. As a compliment to our Obsession Collections, we’ll create groupings of all the things we love from various stores latest collections. First up: J.Crew August 2012. Otherwise known as: Polka Dots and Graphic Patterns and Bright Colors, August 2012. (This is in addition to the colorful tech I shared yesterday that I found in the same catalog.) Enjoy!

Catalog Obsessions: J.Crew August 2012

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Girly colorful tech.

Just because we’re girls doesn’t mean we can’t be tech geeks! I’m a huge tech geek (of course it doesn’t help that my industry is surrounded by technology), but I’m also a huge fan of color. And while I love the simple stylistic genius of the iPhone (and other Apple products), I still feel the need to dress mine up in obnoxiously bright cases and accessorize it with colorful headphones.

JCrew Colorware Laptop
Colorware Custom Macbook Air laptop

But in my recent J.Crew catalog they had a little blurb about colorful keyboards from Colorware, a company that actually paints a liquid plastic coating on everything from Macbooks and iPhones to headphones, gaming systems and cameras. So, you order your gear directly from them, and for a fee they paint it in the custom colors of your choice. The site works like NikeID where you choose your product and play with color combos (and finishes) until you get something totally fabulous and totally you!

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Obsession Collection: Colorful spring scarves.

It’s time to trade those heavy winter scarves for some more colorful, lightweight options. A scarf is both decorative and functional (can protect you from harsh sun or an aggressive A/C), and is a great way to add a pop of color to any outfit! I was inspired to pull this collection together by option #5, which I spotted (and then rushed to) in Lord & Taylor. Of course, I’m drawn to anything neon. And pink. But now that I’ve put this collection together, I’m torn between options 5 and 6. And 8 and 4. I have issues…

Oh, and be sure to check out our other  Obsession Collections!

Girly Obsessions Obsession Collection Spring Scarves

1. American Eagle Striped Scarf $19.50
2. American Eagle Ikat Loop Scarf $19.50
3. LOFT Striped Infinity Loop Scarf $34.50
4. J.Crew Linen Wrap $49.50
5. Steve Madden Striped Scarf $35
6. Juicy Couture Neon Edge Linen Scarf $78
7. Kimchi Blue Floral Fringe Scarf $24
8. Kate Spade Latticework Scarf $100

{ Click links for more info or to purchase. Photos courtesy of respective retailers. }

Not quite your mom’s brand anymore.

Blog Swapping Series, Part 2: The blog swapping with our besties over at A Good Hostess continues. They will be bringing you their obsessions and we’ll be discussing our hostessing skills. Check out my post, where I discuss my addiction to Instagram and share ideas on how to turn my obsession into tangible art! }

This past year or so there’s been a resurgence of the brands that our moms wore when we were growing up. But they’re not our mom’s brands anymore. I am kind of in love with this trend. First, Lands’ End Canvas revamped classic nautical prep (perfection), which was followed by LL Bean Signature making Sunday brunch in Maine a prim and proper occasion. And then I rediscovered Eddie Bauer. Who said that you can’t make buffalo check, tweed, cardigans and worn suede totally adorable? It’s camping gone sexy. The only kind of camping we would do.

Eddie Bauer

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Glitter makes us giddy!

Sara: Okay, I know you’ve found a couple sparkly things lately and I think we need to discuss and share them. I am obsessed with gold glitter and sparkles. Whatever twinkles! I am not usually a fan of the color gold, but something about the season and winter coming makes me change my mind. I am totally swooning my Sephora Only Gold For Me glittery polish! Its an amazing little bottle. It looks great with a few coats on its on, or layered on top of a color for an added “oh helllloo” factor! What have you been finding??

Sepora OPI Only Gold For Me Nail Polish glitter topcoat  Glitter iPhone case J.Crew

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My feet have a new best friend. Her name is Mona.

I have to thank my husband for introducing me to her. I hadn’t had time to look through the newest J. Crew catalog, and he kindly brought these shoes to my attention. He knows me so well!

The latest catalog has a spread devoted to these adorable pumps, named Mona. They are classic, flirty and sexy…basically perfect. And they come in some amazing colors and textures. Of course, I want the Pale Peacock leather, but they are backordered until October. Sigh. If I had unlimited funds I think I’d order all of them! The toasted honey satin, the sky blue tweed, the wild berry suede…a girl can dream, can’t she? These aren’t cheap at $198 a pair, but if I lose patience waiting for the Pale Peacock, I might have to order another pair to hold me over. I’ve never actually owned a pair of shoes from J. Crew, but these seem like the perfect introductory pair!

Here’s what J. Crew has to say about these shoes: Meet Mona, our perfected pump boasting a universally flattering silhouette and a chic round toe. Incredibly comfortable (and supremely versatile) in a palette of fresh-for-the-season hues. Crafted in Italy (of course) from the most luxurious materials. Man-made lining and sole. 3 3/4″ self-covered heel. Made in Italy.


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