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Hand Stamped Jewelry for Your Grad

12 May

Graduation season is upon us, which means many are searching for high school and college grad gifts that are memorable and thoughtful. For this special occasion, Sweet Bling suggests Hand Stamped Jewelry— jewelry that is personal and tells a story. What is truly unique about these collections is that you can specialize the gift in any way you like; from charm shape, color, font, message, and jewels. Start simple with a sweet hand stamped charm and delicate chain. Or add a larger message and a few diamond jewels–the choice is yours.

This sterling silver initial charm also features two 14k yellow gold drops. Pictured: Initial Necklace with 14k Diamond Dangles.

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Another option is this silver charm with a graduation year stamp. This charm also features a beautiful 2mm ruby. Pictured: Round Sterling Silver Year Charm with Ruby.

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This secret message charm features a crystal drop. This item is one of a kind with its ability to share a secret message with your loved one. Pictured is similar to: Sterling Silver Secret Message Charm with the secret message “Love Mom.”

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Specialize your own Hand Stamped Jewelry piece with the many design options available at Sweet Bling.

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The 5 Best Spring Wrap Bracelets

28 Apr

The booming trend of wrap bracelets provides an ideal mix of casual and sleek. Strive for simplicity, glam, or edge. With various materials and options available, there is a wrap bracelet for every personal style. This trend is a Sweet Bling favorite, along with being spotted on celebrities, bloggers, and fashion icons. Check out the 5 best spring wrap bracelets:

1. The Bronze Leather Wrap with Crystals. Handcrafted by Nakamol, this wrap features rose, charcoal, and white crystals on bronze leather in a unique texture. Wraps 4-5 times.Screen shot 2014-04-26 at 4.56.23 PM

 

2. The Ivory Leather Crystal Wrap Bracelet. From RUSH by Denis and Charles, this wrap features sparkly crystals and a buckle closure. Also check out this style in carmel, bronze, and black for neutral color wrap bracelet options. Wraps 5-6 times.

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3. The Electric Blue Wrap Bracelet. This Nakamol bracelet makes a statement with its electric blue beads and hints of copper on black leather. Wraps 4-5 times.

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4. The Rock and Roll Leather Wrap Bracelet. Channel some edge with this black leather, white crystals, and gray gemstones. Wraps 4-5 times.

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5. The Beach Baby White Leather Wrap Bracelet. Easily transition into summer style with these light colored crystals and beads. Wraps 4-5 times.

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Wrap the bracelet around a few times to find the perfect fit for your wrist. Try on solo or try layering with more bling. Style with any outfit from jeans to a dress. For more wrap bracelet inspiration, check out Sweet Bling here.

Maxi Skirt and Crop Top with Gold Bangles

21 Apr

 

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The bangle bracelet trend is gaining more attention than ever. While they are now made in various materials and colors, today we focus on linking this trend with the popular all metal jewelry craze.

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Check out the Sweet Bling Wave Bracelet Set to meet both your bangle and metal jewelry needs. This set of three gold tone bangles with a wave design inspires a fun and flowy feel. I found this bright maxi skirt with a sheer blue and white material in a tribal pattern. Maxi skirts are one of the best ways to tie comfort and style. A simple crop top completes this look without taking away from the skirt’s statement.

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Today’s featured piece is the Wave Bracelet Set. See more bangle and metal trends at Sweet Bling here.

Spring Maxi Dress with Nakamol Cuff Bracelet

14 Apr

Sweet Bling has various designer selections, including Nakamol, a jewelry company based out of Chicago. What is unique about this jewelry is that each piece is handmade in Thailand. Pieces we carry range from delicate beaded necklaces to original wrap and cuff bracelets. While the wrap bracelets are a staple for the layering bracelet trend that is gaining major attention, the cuff bracelets are more of statement pieces with a wide leather band and bright beading.

Today we work with our Nakamol Turquoise Flower Cuff. This bracelet features detailed turquoise and gold beading on top of a rich brown leather cuff. This piece inspires a play on texture and color, which transcends into today’s outfit choice.

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Starting with an olive green maxi dress, there are many reasons this dress speaks. Maxi dresses have the ability to be dressed up or down, making them a wardrobe must. Olive green is a color that works as a neutral in the way it flawlessly pairs with endless colors. It is however more vibrant than a white, black, or gray for variety. Olive green against this cuff’s gold and turquoise especially pops. Choosing to dress down this look, a denim jacket is key. This one in particular is partially distressed and with the maxi dress, pulls hints of the olive green. Some leather gladiator sandals or even flip-flops would complete this spring ensemble, with the option to remove the denim jacket in the sunshine. But with a cool breeze and a desire for some casual edge, I couldn’t resist throwing on my Steve Madden Troopa Boots in brown leather. Boots with a dress has a beautiful feminine appeal with an element of surprise. This distressed brown leather also works with with the rich leather of the Nakamol Cuff. The combination of leathers, denim, and a simple maxi all compliment each other with a mixture of texture and color.

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With this cuff, dare to be bold with your patterns and textures. Or for a quieter look, this cuff will speak for itself against softer hues.

Today’s featured piece is the Nakamol Turquoise Flower Cuff. For all Nakamol selections and more designer picks, check out Sweet Bling here.

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4 Statement Necklaces Under $40

7 Apr

Statement pieces have become a necessity for every girl’s closet. Statement necklaces have gained huge popularity with their versatility for all occasions and their ability to completely transform any look. This brilliant designer trend can have a habit of breaking the bank, so today we channel our inner recessionista with the Top 4 Sweet Bling Statement Necklaces Under $40.

1. Layered Chain Collar

This piece is also available in silver and gold with charcoal beads. This piece represents the Sweet Bling selection of metal jewelry, a largely blooming trend. Screen shot 2014-04-03 at 5.10.33 PM

2. Ivory Laurel Statement Necklace

While this piece first came to us in yellow, this classy and clean look of white is irresistible. This piece is a go to when pairing with white or to break up your bold patterns.

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3. Pink Jewel Pendant

Hints of pink are making an appearance this spring. This pendant is the perfect way to add subtle hints of a soft shade to your outfit or accent a brighter hue.

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4. Camilla Bloom Necklace

Blooms in blue are another way to add a touch of color to your look. Make this your outfit’s center piece with its sweet blue and ivory, or let it compliment your use of color blocking or floral patterns.

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Today’s pieces are selected to show off the range of colors and styles available at Sweet Bling. Check out Sweet Bling here for a large selection of statement necklaces starting at just $18.

 

Behind the Scenes of a Fashion Photo Shoot

24 Mar

 

 

Recently, Sweet Bling was invited to participate in a high fashion photo shoot for Studio Savvy in Rancho Santa Fe, California. My good friend, Jody Pinchin of Jody Lynn Photography invited me (Sweet Bling) to join her and Deena Von Yokes in what turned out to be a fabulous day of styling. Under the direction of Stylist and founder of Studio Savvy Salons, Deena Von Yokes, we worked to create several looks for the model.

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Deena selected clothing and backdrops to style the model — carefully directing hair and makeup. I had the fun job of selecting jewelry for each look. We moved from one setting to another in the elegant Le Dimora furniture store. Each setting was a new backdrop for model Cierra Flower. We started off with a contemporary backdrop of black and white umbrellas, where Cierra posed elegantly in a geometric print dress and Sweet Bling Black and Crystal Spike Dangle Earrings. In each of the settings, Deena worked her magic, turning Cierra into a fun-loving socialite in an animal print dress to a sweet and playful young lady in bouncy curls wearing a white blazer and pouty pink lips. I accessorized the animal print with our Leopard Necklace and the playful pink look with our Fuchsia Jewel Necklace. In additional looks, Cierra looked like a regal lady in an era gone by wearing our Blue Deco Earrings and a woman of substance in a brown leather sofa wearing one of our long Nakamol necklaces.

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This photo shoot was a team effort directed by Von Yokes. Everyone brought something to the table and made it a fun, successful day. Jody Pinchin of Jody Lynn Photography snapped photos and produced a behind the scenes video. Talented makeup artist Eileen Haligowski of Mirror Mirror On The Wall transformed Cierra’s looks via her makeup. Others that were part of the team Sheree Vihon of TRE Boutique, Maria Berry of Le Dimora Fine Furniture Store and Valentine Studios.

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Alas, the day was over and our fun day of dress up had to come to a close. For these featured pieces and more selections, check out Sweet Bling here. Also subscribe to the Sweet Bling youtube channel for a behind the scenes look.

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A Sweet Mix of Metals– the Layered Chain Collar

26 Feb

Recently, we talked statement necklace. What’s incredible about this style is that your closet can be filled with neutrals and basics. But suddenly your simple leggings and tee becomes a complete look with the addition of a statement collar. Or if your closet is filled with colors and prints, a statement piece can amp up your look. This spring Sweet Bling is no stranger to bringing you this statement.

We have metal on the mind with this Sweet Bling statement collar. What we dig about this piece is it features silver, gold, and dark crystals. Choosing a bracelet, ring, or earrings to pair with this look would be no trouble. When it comes to choosing clothing, wear with black and white, or your wildest of patterns. The mix of metals gives you endless pairing alternatives.

Here, I’m heading out to dinner with friends, full of laughter. I chose to wear this piece with a high collared sheer white tank and black skinny cropped pants. My closet is filled with black and white. This look would be a classic paired with some fun flats. But for me, I like adding a bit of an edge with my black leather Steve Madden Troopa lace-up boots.

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Sweet Bling’s featured piece is the new Layered Chain Collar. And with this black and white look, any Sweet Bling piece would make a statement. Check out Sweet Bling here.

 

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New York Fashion Week 2014 Makes a Statement

20 Feb

New York Fashion Week has reached its close. We were given a preview of what Fall 2014 will have to offer. Statement necklaces are hitting lines with a boom. Heart and Gamble came to the runway with bright laser cut jewelry pieces extending beyond shoulder width and covering the chest—solely works of art, with no intentions of reaching the streets. But what we can draw from these looks is neutral clothing with a bright pop of color in a jewelry piece is a must do. We can also thank Nicole Miller for presenting beads and layering among black necklaces with a more ready to wear objective on top of her dark clothing designs. Roberto Cavalli also truly mesmerized with his repetitive use of gold, texture, and extravagant patterns in his sparkling clothing pieces. Not stopping there, Cavalli completed many looks with heavy metal, gold necklaces and collars. The common theme—statement necklace. Now we watch for London, Milan, and Paris! Au revoir!

For your ready to wear options check out Sweet Bling’s statement necklaces here

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Sweet Bling’s pictured pieces: Candace Ivory Necklace, Olivia Collar, and Crystal Chevron Necklace.