Things I Love: Awesome Handmade Jewelry Shops on Etsy

I’ve never kept it a secret that I live to accessorize. I’m the type of girl who feels naked when she steps out of the house without the works – necklace, rings, bracelet, bag. Like today. I feel naked today because I forget my necklace, so instead I’m shopping pretty things on Etsy. I’m a huge fan of handmade and unique jewelry as opposed to the costume crap you can find at Forever 21 (Although, there is a whole lot of that in my closet. Who can resist a good trend?) and Etsy is definitely the place where you’ll find the biggest diversity of options. So, instead of keeping them a secret, I wanted to share some of my favorites¬†with you!

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DIY: Simple Beaded Necklace Tutorial

Sometimes you’re in a bind and need a quick gift for someone. Sometimes you have some beads and some chain. Sometimes that turns into a present and the day is saved! Like in the case of this necklace. I just couldn’t find the perfect gift so I decided to make it.
You can never go wrong with a handmade gift. People will appreciate that you took the time to make it even if they don’t wear it. But, hopefully, you know the person you’re trying to buy a present for well enough that you know they’d love your gift (or at least fake it). So here’s a quick and easy DIY gift that you can put a lot of love and personalization into. 

Easy Beaded Necklace Tutorial

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What I Wore: The 60s Shift Edition

Ah, estate sale shopping. That is the life. If my day job could be hunting for gems at estate sales, I’d be one happy camper. Unfortunately, it’s just a hobby for now, but when you hit a jackpot it’s oh-so-satisfying! I stumbled across a gorgeous collection that belonged to a little stylish lady who travled a lot in her lifetime with her husband. The collection of souvenir plates in their home was out of this world. But, naturally, I gravitated towards the closets and I was not disappointed. This little number is definitely one of my favorites that I picked up recently. So simple, yet so eye catching with it’s delicately detailed collar and sleeves.

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DIY: Easy Skull Earrings Tutorial

I’m a very bad DIY blogger because I’ve been holding on to these gorgeous skull beads for over a month because…well, life. Anyway, the very nice people over at Auntie’s Beads gave me a $25 gift certificate to go nuts (as if I could ever buy just $25 worth of beads, but it was a nice gesture) and I picked these up along with a few other awesome jewelry making pieces and I knew exactly what I was going to make with them. These DIY skull earrings are super easy to make and you can customize with any kind of beads you’d like, so I thought they might make for a fun tutorial!

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What I Wore: The Flasher Edition

I’m not one of those girls that’s “secretly” excited that fall is here. Fall in Chicago isn’t really anything to get excited about for too long. However, I do love dressing for fall. I always have so many outfit ideas for fall. I think it’s the season where I’m most capable of looking the most put together with the smallest effort. Dress, tights, and an open sweater? No problem. I do feel like I can get into a little bit of a uniform though, so this year I’m trying to break it up with a few new fall outfits. Step 1: new fall coats. 

I’ve been on the hunt for a classic trench coat for a while now. I’ve owned a few trench coats in the past and have abandoned them. They were never really for me, but I thought I’d give them another try this fall season and I’m so happy I did. This coat is my new favorite and I’ve been wearing it every chance I get. (Even though I do kinda feel like a flasher in it with a dress and no tights on. Surprise!) 
Outfit Details:
Red Dress – Old Navy
Classic Trench – ASOS
Arrow Ring – ASOS 
Heeled Boots – Modcloth last season (similar)
Necklace – Madewell (on hella clearance, score!)

Okay, let’s talk about this dress for one minute. Yes, it’s from Old Navy. Yes, I’m as surprised as you. Now, to be fair, I don’t really shop at Old Navy so I don’t really know what they carry, but my boyfriend loves them. Sometimes when he needs a new shirt or whatever he buys, I wander in with him. This last time I was pleasantly surprised to find a ton of really affordable dresses that were also super cute. (Amy Poehler is not lying to you in those commercials). I walked away with 4 new dresses and a sweater that day and I want to go back. I love this dress. It fits perfectly, is a great orange-y red color, and is totally work or going out appropriate. It’s just the perfect, basic fall layering dress. You always need a couple of those in your closet, right?

Fall, of course, is also the easiest season to dress vintage for. I don’t know how people wore so many clothes in 80 weather in the 50s. I’ll hopefully have some fresh vintage looks to put up soon.

What’s your favorite season to dress for?

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