Why Blue Makes for a Brilliant Color Palette for Travel

20 Nov

So, I am not usually the best packer for vacations. I’m trying, but I tend to over pack. Well, on my recent vacation to Croatia, I really put some effort into planning my outfits. I believe in the mantra – pick one or two colors and combine outfits. So that’s where I started. I picked blue and black. We all know why we should pick black. So why blue?

  • Blue is the color of denim: It’s so easy to wear denim. Denim jeans, denim shorts, denim dresses.
  • Many hues of blue: Powder blue, navy blue, royal blue.  These variations give you maximum flexibility with clothes and jewelry.
  • Navy blue is great for evening: A navy jumpsuit or patterned navy maxi dress is easy to find.
  • A crisp white blouse pairs well with blue denim. This is always a good classic look.
  • Blue does go with black: Since black is such an easy color to wear, picking these two colors for your color palette will give you a versatile wardrobe for your travels.
  • Blue jewelry is plentiful: Whether it is turquoise, navy or powder blue, there are so mnay options.

I was so looking forward to the warm weather that Croatia usually boasts about in September. But ten days before my trip, my stomach dropped when I saw that rain was forecast for much of the time I was going to be in seaside towns in Croatia. After dwelling on this issue of rain and wishing  for sun, I finally gave in and decided to pick up some long sleeved options and a rain jacket.

One of the best investments I made was a Rails flannel shirt and my Joseph Siebel sneakers. I wore the Rails shirt the day we drove from our lovely Rovinj hotel, the Monte Mulina, to Pula and then to the Meneghetti winery. OMG! It was so perfect! Stylish, pretty and oh so soft. But, I have to say, the jewelry I wore really, really made my whole outfit come together.

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The jewelry in the photo:

The jewelry is all from Sweet Bling. These particular pieces are handmade from Nakamol. Click on the photos to shop the pieces.

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Other jewelry for my blue palette:

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The clothes:

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The locations:

The Hotel Monte Mulini in Rovinj Croatia.

Meneghetti Wine Hotel

 

Cheers!

Sweet Bling

 

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Boho Bling Style

12 May

A few years back, I was starting to get spring fever so I went to buy something “springy.”  School was getting in the way and an online impulse buy was looking like my best option to curb the burning desire for a shopping spree.

In search of a spring dress, I found a super cute one on a random discount shopping site called Tobi, and just before checking out—I have no idea what came over me—I threw a fedora hat in my shopping “bag.”  What the heck!?  In my defense, the model looked super cute wearing it and for some reason, in that moment, a fedora purchase sounded like just the daring purchase I needed to spice up my otherwise dull spring day.

But let me tell you…Best. Purchase. Ever.  It was so fun to style!  I ended up sporting it all spring and into summer.  It worked with everything!  Casual outfits…short dresses, long dresses, complimented different kinds of sunglasses nicely anddd if I must list a practical component, it may or may not have saved my Irish skin a few extra freckles (you’re welcome mom!).

Ok, so my point here is spring hats are the BOMB.  They’re so fun!  And if you need any more convincing, these photos of our model, Clare,  should do it.

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She had a California-chic-meets-European-model look going as we strolled through the Del Mar Plaza.  Her hats made me think of a European spring break and the beachy jewelry added a gorgeous twist of California that brought me right back home.

Her hat + the casual style of her poncho mixed with the classic elegance of the Rebel Refined Gold Stick Necklace with Crystals and the Rebel Designs bracelets got fashion juices flowing.  In my checkout bag now please!

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IN. LOVE.

Happy Spring!

 

 

Clare’s jewelry:

Rebel Refined Gold Stick Necklace with Crystals

Rebel Designs Gold Leather Bracelet with Crystal

Rebel Designs Brown Leather Bracelet with Crystal

 

 

 

 

 

Make a Statement with Bold Printed Pants and Sweet Bling

21 Apr

Today I want to cover one of my favorite trends EVER. I have lots of black and white tops in my wardrobe. I try to be bold when shopping at times, but when it comes down to what I will wear most, it’s black or white tops.

So when bold pants came into the scene, I hopped right on board. I would buy every color in bright denim to style with all of my blacks and whites. And now with every type of print possible on the market, I couldn’t be happier. Bold pants are such a fun way to add a statement to those neutral tops we all have in our wardrobe. With the purchase of even just 1 or 2 printed pants, those neutral tops that maybe seem too boring at times, can be transformed into a outfit for a casual occasion, or a night out.

I will wear printed pants to school, work, breakfast, shopping, a birthday dinner, and basically any time. What has been fun for spring is using these bold prints to step into the season. But of course with the Southern California weather – I will find an excuse to wear these year round.

With styling for this trend I wanted to show off a full look, and very simple to do off of a neutral top. The added elements—printed pants, and of course Sweet Bling.

While a simple tee would also do, here I am wearing a white Anthropologie sweater top by Boudreaux. This wide legged Gap pant has a subtle pinstripe print. The reason to feature this look is that I recommend these pants as a great investment piece in your wardrobe because pinstripe denim actually pairs flawlessly with many colors. So these are a good transition into the printed pants trend if you are more hesitant or looking for a more classic piece. And what ties these pieces together is the Sweet Bling Black Beaded Lariat Necklace. These lariats are still one of my favorite pieces with their canvas string and fun beads.

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This next look was selected to show a perfect example of a more bold printed pant. These pants are high-waisted and make the wearer look long and lean with their blocked stripes. These are also a Forever 21 find for those who like to mix investment pieces with bargain pieces as I do. I often where white with these pants but with these perfect gold Hanging Square Earrings, I loved the contrast against this sheer black Nordstrom top.

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For California cool layering, throw on a denim jacket and sandals. Or for tapered bottom printed pants, try out the bootie trend.

For today’s featured pieces and more California chic jewels, shop with Sweet Bling.

Creer, tener confianza: To believe, to have confidence

27 Mar

My beautiful friend in these photos is from Madrid, Spain.  I’ve only been to Madrid once—when I was 10 years old—but I remember the classic elegance of the city, the strength of the sun in the mid-August heat, and the warmth of its people. Lorea embodies all of these things in these gorgeous photos: beauty, elegance, fire and warmth.

When I asked Lorea if she would model some jewelry for me, she readily agreed.  We chatted about her style and she said she prefers a simple, classic approach to beachy chic. With the breathtaking backdrop and the beautiful Sweet Bling pieces I had to work with, I couldn’t have imagined a better style for my model.

On an unseasonably warm March day, I took Lorea down to the end of my street with intentions of snapping some photos down on the beach.  But as we started playing around, snapping photos on our way down, the views from up on the cliffs in Del Mar were too spectacular to pass up. These 85-degree, early spring days can be such a fashion challenge at times.  It seems too early to be pulling out the bright floral prints of late spring and summer, but certainly too warm for sweaters and dark colors.

I love the simple look Lorea came up with.  Distressed jean shorts from Top Shop and a simple sheer tank from Zara.  Her sunglasses are Fendi—they’re amazing and now I want some.  Sigh.  And what to do about shoes?  Lorea and I had just returned from the mall where she’d purchased a new pair of mint green Nike’s.  I love the playful nature of the spring-colored Nike’s complementing the casual elegance of her top, finished off with the beautiful Sweet Bling jewelry with various shades of blues and greens.  The combination was a match made in heaven.

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In the first photo, Lorea is wearing the Green Leather and Crystal Wrap Bracelet . In the second photo, she has layered the wrap bracelet with Nyla Convertible Necklace and Bracelet.

My favorite photo of the day was captured by accident.  As I was trying to get a good shot of the Sweet Bling wrap bracelet, Lorea reached up to adjust her sunglasses.   Snap, snap.  I glanced down at the viewing window on my camera.  I had caught this perfect moment where you could see Lorea’s tattoo through a space between her arms—the ocean a breathtaking backdrop—Green Leather and Crystal Wrap Bracelet   so perfectly displayed.

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“Believe”.  I wondered how you say that in Spanish so I asked Lorea.  Creer, tener confianza.  To believe, to have confidence.  It rolled off her tongue like poetry. We snapped a few more.  I love how happy she looks.  Even though she’s half way across the world from home, I could tell the warmth of the day and the beauty of the ocean made her feel at home.

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As the sun caught her hair, we captured the Blue Jasper Pendant —displayed so effortlessly with her classic look.

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I could’ve snapped photos all day, the ocean offering this backdrop that glistened like a freshly finished oil painting.

What a day.  What a day, indeed.

 

Natalie Thompson — Boho Surfboard Artist

3 Mar

“Beachy Boho.”  The carefree 18-year old tosses her head back—a mane of beautiful, sun-bleached blonde hair—and laughs as I attempt to describe her style. She agrees.  The words describe her perfectly.  “I love the 70’s hippy style, bright colors, anything flowy, long dresses.” In a way, her style is more than just flowy dresses and vibrant colors.  It describes her life and her passions.  Her style is part of her story.

For as long as Natalie Thompson can remember, art has also been a part of her story.  It has shaped her and grown her and given her a fiery passion.  Even in preschool, teachers would encourage Natalie to go outside and play.  Natalie would refuse — she wanted to continue working on her art projects.  By the time Natalie was in high school, she had developed a love and a talent for ink drawings and painting.  She began to seek out her art teacher, Karrie Jackson, to learn how she could take her art to the next level.

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Jackson’s idea was a unique one.  But given Natalie’s childhood, growing up in the beach culture of San Diego, it made perfect sense.  Natalie was already defining her style as an artist—incorporating bright colors and elements of nature into her pieces—so Jackson suggested she try extending her talents to new canvases.  She suggested Natalie utilize surfboards and skateboards as slates to display her vibrant art.

Natalie experienced instant recognition and success with her work.  Her first painted board was displayed in a consignment shop where she soon got more orders for her surfboard art.  Her boards are now sold at several shops around San Diego including Island Surf in Coronado, Ocean Beach Surf and Skate, The Hotel Del Coronado and Surf Diva in La Jolla.

We style Natalie in some of the newest jewelry available on SweetBling.com. In the first set of photos, she is wearing an ecru mini skirt and cropped tank.  The Aerin Crystal Drop Convertible Necklace by Jamierocks (around her neck and wrist) the Chain and Bead Bracelet with Crystal by Nakamol and Textured Gold Hoop Earrings complete the look.

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As Natalie changes outfits, I ask her about the present, about the future, about her wildest dreams and aspirations.  She has answers for all of them. Her glowing confidence inspires me.  Fresh out of high school, Natalie is already a flourishing art student at San Francisco Art Institute.  And it’s no mystery to me that success follows Natalie, just like the sun beams seem to gravitate towards her glistening hair.  In her second look, Natalie features tie-dyed leggings and a black bikini top. Our Black Leather and Lava Bead Wrap Bracelet, the Teal Czech Crystal Bracelet (both by Nakamol) and our Small Triangle Bib Necklace by Zenzii are the perfect Sweet Bling accessories.  I snap a photo of Natalie standing on the lifeguard tower, looking out over the ocean.  It’s like I can see her forming new goals and dreams with her thoughtful gaze.

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In this last photo, Natalie stands in front of a weathered container.  She is truly able to stand out in any setting. Here she is wearing a Hematite Beaded Lariat Necklace and Blue Emerald Cut Earrings, both by Jamierocks.  The Silver Leather Cuff with Blue Beads is by Nakamol.

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While Thompson plans to continue painting and selling surfboards and skateboards, her ultimate goal is to open her own surf shop, complete with a line of clothing incorporating her artwork into colorful styles.  And after spending the afternoon with Natalie, I have no doubt she will make this dream happen.  Her passionate, soulful spirit has rubbed off on me.  The sun is now starting to go down.  Natalie, her sister Nicole, and her best friend Hannah, are running on the beach and playing in the surf.  Natalie once again throws back her blond locks as she laughs at something one of them has said.  Her effortless confidence makes me feel like anything is possible.

Take a look at more of Natalie’s artwork on her website: NatalieThompsonArt.com.

Your Valentine’s Day Outfit — Accessories by Sweet Bling

13 Feb

Ok, so admittedly we know that not everyone is lucky enough to be sharing Valentine’s Day with a lover of 15 years.  So how do you strike a balance between the silky red dress that says “15-year-commitment” and your casual street clothes? Well, when it comes to a date night out on the town, you really can never go wrong with black. And while Valentine’s Day might seem like an occasion for a long silky red dress, it really doesn’t have to be that complicated.  So abandon panic mode.  Deep breaths…exhale.  Sweet Bling has got you covered. Open your imagination, head to your closet, and we’ll almost guarantee you’ll be able to pull one of these classic looks together with the help of some Sweet Bling!

LBD—“Little Black Dress”

Ok, so the dress doesn’t necessarily need to be “little,” but honestly, who doesn’t have a black dress hanging in their closet?  And if by chance you don’t, this is perhaps one of the easiest articles of clothing to acquire.   If your LBD has a high neckline, like this one by Nasty Gal, pair with our Sweet Bling Red Slab Pendant . Or forego a necklace and opt for our Ruby Red Teardrop Earrings.  We love the classic elegance of a high black neckline and sparkling red earrings.  Hello romance!

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If your LBD has a lower neckline, like this one from Lulu’s, pair it with our Sweet Bling Red Vivica Necklace. Add some black pumps (we like suede) and you’re ready to go.

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Leather & Sheer—Love is Near!

Sorry, the rhythm was just too cute.  But seriously, hopefully you’ve noticed that black leather pants are in.  I was hesitant to join the troops (did I really have the legs to pull them off?!). But let me tell you: Greatest. Decision. Ever.  Not only are they going to save the day on your stylish & sexy, but-not-too-casual V-day outfit, they also pair great with a denim button down for a more casual daytime outfit. Here’s the look: Black leather pants (or faux leather), sheer black top, cheetah pumps  (yes, we said cheetah!) and this super versatile Aerin Crystal Drop Necklace and our Bling Bling Crystal Earrings. Oh yes!

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If you are into color, another option is to pair the black leather pants with a wine peplum top (see the one we found on The Lust List) and our Sweet Bling Isabella Jewel Necklace and our Chunky Crystal Stud Earrings. This look works with black shoes or some neutral shoes for a bit more pop (we like nude patent leather pointed-toe-pumps OR nude suede pointed-toe-pumps).

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At the end of the day, we not only hope that Sweet Bling takes the stage on these classic V-Day looks, we hope you have a night to remember {no red silk dress necessary}.

Xoxo Sweet Bling

Styling the Bridesmaids for a Winter Wedding

26 Jan

Aaah, weddings! A white sand beach in Aruba, a mountaintop peak in snowy Colorado or a seaside park in Del Mar; if you invite me, expect a ‘yes’ reply in your mailbox…

The details are what I find so fascinating — so much thought goes into each place setting, slice of layer cake, and specialty cocktail. As soon as I hear about the impending nuptials, my first question is “what color are the bridesmaids dresses?” Bridesmaid dresses set the tone for the entire wedding — the color that pulls everything together in perfect harmony.

We don’t get snow in sunny Del Mar, so the idea of planning a winter wedding sounds so exciting. The first winter-inspired color that comes to mind—something fresh and neutral– is a beautiful tuxedo gray. Picture this: your best friends walking down the aisle in a strapless gray dress cocktail dress with a scalloped bodice. The dress is from Weddington Way, an online boutique for bridesmaids dresses. It is a great way to shop for dresses, as it has photos and reviews posted by brides and bridesmaids. The best feature? Pockets! Perfect for lipstick, tissues and mascara for touch-ups!

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Whether in Southern California or New England, the dress should be paired with a cape or wrap. This is the Elayne Fur Coverup by Coast-Stores.com. It’s elegant, classic, snuggly, and faux fur (of course).

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As for jewelry, think simple and elegant. Sweet Bling’s Sterling Silver Bar Necklace (with a diamond) is perfect. Note to the bride: it makes a great bridesmaid gift! Pair this with some sparkly Crystal Stretch Bracelets  and Pave Crystal Disk Earrings. You may just steal the show…

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Pockets are helpful, but every bridesmaid needs a Silver Satin Clutch by Perfect Details for $120. I love the elongated shape and the crystal oval closure. Think of it as an investment piece — you know you will carry this again. For shoes, it was an easy pick. The Badgeley Mischka Kassidy II’s are perfection.

An easy accent for the bouquet — light lavender. Think: winter, but girly and versatile. A dainty hair accessory in a modern bun would be the icing on the cupcake.

With this ensemble… always a bridesmaid actually sounds pretty fabulous.