I live in New York City’s East Village and one of my favorite local shops to stumble into while out walking my dog on a weekend afternoon is Verameat. If the name doesn’t ring a bell, I still have a hunch you’ll recognize designer Vera Balyura’s work, especially her more iconic pieces, like the kitchen knife charm necklace above. Her necklaces, rings, bracelets and earrings are generally either sweet and innocent or tough and almost creepy, but all have a delicate femininity to them. I’m personally obsessed with her nods to delicious junk food (I neeeeed that Cruller necklace…) and biology (…that spine cuff bracelet though!), but there’s something for pet obsessives, girly girls, vampire fetishists, amateur photographers, dinosaur enthusiasts and everyone in between. Depending on the materials used, Verameat jewelry can also be quite affordable, the perfect gift for your best friend or, if you want to send a message, your biggest enemy. Check out all of Verameat’s gorgeous wares here!
Annnnnnd, if you’re in New York City, you simply MUST RSVP to Alternative Apparel and Verameat’s in-store soiree Thursday from 7-9 p.m. I’ll be there blowing my paycheck, PLUS, Vera herself will be on hand to show off her latest pieces. RSVP here!
So I broke both wrists this fall. The casts are now off but I’m left with some rather ugly surgery scars on both wrists. Frankly they look like suicide scars and I’d like some ideas for how cover them up when I choose (job interviews and the like). The scars are each about four inches long, so I’m thinking I probably shouldn’t just wear a giant stack of bangles on each wrist. That seems like it’d be jingly/loud as all hell. Also, I work mostly in an office with no dress code, and part time in a furniture repair shop (so a couple of recommendations for stuff that won’t get caught on tools would be awesome). And I don’t like gold. Any ideas? – Rachel
Yes, I do! You have the right idea when you mentioned a stack of bangles, but instead of piling on a bunch of metal bracelets — which would definitely alert everyone within earshot of your constant presence — you want to wear a mini-arm party that combines a quiet beaded wrap bracelet with a thick cuff. That way the two can bump up against each other all they want without making a shit ton of noise. (Personally, I love piling on lots of bracelets, so you could even add a thinner cuff or a watch to the stack, on the other side of the wrap bracelet.) To give you a few ideas, I picked out three wrap bracelets and paired them with three cuffs — and you could easily mix and match these options, if you like them. These should cover your scars and add some pizzaz to any outfit, casual or dressed up. Check out ‘em out, after the jump! And thanks for your question? (Got a Style 911 question? Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org!) Keep reading »
Cuff bracelets aren’t all reminiscent of Wonder Woman’s chunky wrist shield thingies. Delicate, lightweight and thin cuffs have a decidedly feminine feel that you can rock solo or pile on for a serious arm party. Here are 10 whimsical cuff bracelets I’m totally hot for.
The components of a successful arm party are very similar to the components of a successful actual party: variety, excitement, unexpected combinations (of people or bracelets), and a general cohesion of all the elements. When it comes to arm parties, Etsy shop Pop Culture Junkie has you covered. They’ve got a huge variety of quirky, colorful bracelets, and even sell “Arm Candy Sets” of three coordinating bracelets to get you started. I love the selection of bracelets above, but with almost 400 items to choose from, I’ll need at least a few more hours to narrow down my final choices. Check out the shop here and read on for shopping details of the bracelets shown above! Keep reading »
Accessorizing isn’t really my strong suit — more items on my person just translates to more items to be lost in a freak incident. Well, not that freak, I lose things all the time. Cuff bracelets are great because they’re substantial, and because they can actually be adjusted to fit one’s (unsettlingly tiny, in my case) wrist, they’re not just gonna fall off while you’re walking down the street or something. This has actually happened to me. Behold, 10 of the coolest cuff bracelets ready to finish off your favorite outfit…
Who doesn’t love summoning up memories of those hideous, yet magnificent trends from our freckle-faced youth? Every week, we’ll muse over a fashion item that our former selves eagerly donned in order to sit with the cool kids at lunch. There’s nothing wrong with a little nostalgia every now and then, right?
What it is: Power beads. the colored bracelets that determined who you were.
When we wore it: Late ‘90s Keep reading »