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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.

RUSH by Denis and Charles Eva Multi-Strand Bracelet

2 Sep

While long necklaces have had our heart lately, it’s time to let a fun bracelet take the spotlight. The layered arm bling trend is still very much happening, so today we bring the Eva Multi-Strand Bracelet into action.

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This bracelet features 11 strands of bronze, charcoal, gold chain, and crystal. My favorite feature is the mix of metallics. This bracelet allows us to mix our metals and color palettes while choosing our outfit and additional accessories.

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The mix of red-ish brown jeans with a black top make this bracelet work. The bronze tones of this bracelet are also the perfect gateway to wear this piece all fall long.

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For today’s featured bracelet and more layered bling, check out Sweet Bling here.

Study Abroad Packing List & Fall Fashion Essentials

18 Aug

Since February, I have been writing the blog and posting the Instagram content for Sweet Bling. I love getting the chance to style and take photos for the social media and being a part of such a fun website. Very soon, I will be going to Nantes, France where I will be studying abroad for the semester. But before I head off, I wanted to share some of my favorite fall fashion essentials and a few items I found to be necessities for my travels throughout Europe. I chose pieces that can transform from day to night and work well for many situations. It isn’t always easy to be fashion savvy and travel light!

Black Felt Hat– I can’t wait to wear this Urban Outfitters hat all around Europe. For travel days, days I don’t have time to fix my hair, or days I want to add a bit of flare to my outfit! The black makes it simple, wear with any color you like.

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Taupe Heeled Booties– Often when I’m shopping, I have a difficult time choosing what color of an item I want! Taupe makes life a bit easier by its ability to go with both blacks and browns. Matching all leathers and colors isn’t a fashion must. Mixed materials makes things a bit more interesting! I have many tall boots, but when I saw these sweet heeled booties at Nordstrom, I had to have them. The heel and low cut is very chic. I will wear these with anything from daytime denim to a LBD.

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School Backpack– I was on a hunt to find a backpack that is practical with lots of compartments, a water bottle holder, and comfort. Those specifications usually eliminate many of the cute, girly backpacks on the market! I was so happy when I found this backpack at Burton, the light gray pattern is soft and neutral.

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Sweet Bling Pearl and Rhinestone Long Necklace– This necklace is essential when packing light. It instantly dresses up simple denim, or finishes a glamorous look.

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Satchel Purse– When traveling around Europe, or in daily life, it’s nice to have your wallet and phone in a safe, close place. This bag is compact for comfort and convenience, and is easy to throw on under a coat if necessary.

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That’s a wrap on my favorite items I’ll be bringing to Europe! Whether you’re a traveling or happy at home this fall, check out these items and they’ll become your new fashion staples.

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RUSH Beaded Convertible Necklaces & Bracelets

11 Aug

Today we show off a few new RUSH by Denis and Charles pieces that are a must have. For the cost of one, wear the piece as a long necklace (44″), a doubled collar length necklace, or as a wrap bracelet. Choose your favorite among the four, and convert the length to wear with any outfit.

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Today’s featured pieces are the Kharis, Tenley, Keegan, and Demi Convertible Necklace and Bracelet. Shop these convertible pieces and more at Sweet Bling.

Vibrant Beads: The Blue Druzy Toggle Necklace

5 Aug

Vibrant Beads– This modern style gives your long strand necklaces a fun flare with some added shine. Today we show off another Timothy John favorite to mix up your accessories while still having the appeal of a classic long necklace.

The Blue Druzy Toggle Necklace features a blue pendant with crystal and sodalite stones. With gold detailing, this piece can be dressed up or down. For today, my everyday denim button up and beaded tank complete this casual look.

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For today’s featured necklace and more bright beaded selections, check out Sweet Bling here.

Spikes & Studs: The Best 3 Spike Jewelry Pieces

14 Jul

Spikes and studs are still making quite a statement in fashion. This trend is seen mostly with accessories, including studded heels, flats, bags, and clutches. Also very popular with spikes and studs is jewelry. Spikes add a punk like element to fashion, styled to look sleek or edgy. In today’s fashion, spikes are much more mainstream meaning any girl can take on  this trend to add a flare to her own personal style. With Sweet Bling, it is possible to wear unique designs  at an affordable price. To tackle this trend, Sweet Bling has pulled a few spike pieces that vary in intensity, color, and styling.

1. Spike and Bling Necklace: Gold spike and clear crystal necklace. The small spikes and neutral palette make this a perfect piece to try out the spike trend with a variety of looks.

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2. Aideen Spike and Jewel Necklace: Emerald and citrine colored jewels rock this edgy necklace by Jamierocks. Spikes and chain are in worn gold while the vibrant jewels rule this necklace.

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3. Spike and Chain Earrings: A simple gold spike hangs from black chain with glimmers of gold. These earrings add a subtle edge to complete a look.

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For today’s featured pieces and more spike selections, check out Sweet Bling here.

Turquoise Slab Pendant with a Bright Summer Dress

7 Jul

Turquoise is a color that conveys passion, peace, and happiness. A color that seems appropriate to pair with almost any color palette, as it brings life to any outfit. From a simple white tee and jeans to a bright colored dress like displayed today, turquoise completes each look to perfection. To incorporate turquoise into your wardrobe, jewelry allows versatility and hints of the lovely shade.

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Hitting this trend spot on is the Sweet Bling Turquoise Slab Pendant. This pendant features a large asymmetric stone wrapped in wire on a long gold chain (36″). This necklace features unique qualities with the detail on both the stone and chain.

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Feeling inspired by this pendant, I paired it with a bright red orange high-low dress. I loved how this dress caught the rays of sun and gusts of wind while providing a contrast against the detailed stone. This look is so simple to put together– a dress, sandals, messy hair, and a pendant!

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Today’s featured piece is the Turquoise Slab Pendant by Timothy John. For this piece and more turquoise selections, check out Sweet Bling here.