Hooray, I’ve found my favorite Etsy shop of all time! Consider me officially OBSESSED with Vagabond Queen, the brainchild of Pittsburgh designer Danielle Barbe. She uses gems, geodes, and slices of agate to create redonk, bold statement jewelry and home decor. Vagabond Queen combines two of my favorite things: Bright colors and raw gems, which catch light in a beautiful, glittering way that cut gems don’t, in addition to being (and therefore making your jewelry) absolutely unique.
Click through to see the beauty that comes out of Barbe’s brain, and visit her store here!
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I am a big gigantic proponent of only owning a simple, minimalistic set of high-quality shirts, pants, and dresses. It saves money in the long run, it’s versatile, it’s good for the environment, and it takes a lot of the guesswork, time, and agony out of getting dressed in the morning. My day-to-day wardrobe consists mostly of two pairs of black leggings, two pairs of jeans, and multiples of tank tops, T-shirts and long-sleeved shirts that I bought in a few neutral colors. Everything fits right, and everything matches everything. Voilà.
However, I’m also sensitive to the fact that women both are expected to adorn ourselves more prettily than that, and that many of us like to. I like to! I just don’t want to do it through my clothes anymore. The solution I’ve come up with is to buy interesting jewelry that’s bold enough to change the whole look of my outfit, making it appear as if I own more than basically four or five outfits. The great thing about it is that you don’t have to spend much money on it, and if you ever feel like getting rid of a piece, you can trade a friend for a different piece of jewelry. Frugality! Check out these inexpensive bracelets, necklaces, and body chains for inspiration.
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Emma Roberts is a badass bitch. I fell in love with her style, attitude and sass once I saw her absolutely slay on “American Horror Story,” and now I have another reason to want to be her. Emma has teamed up with Baublebar to create a collection of jewelry that’s equal parts punk, feminine, earthy, bold and overall, fierce. Check out 10 pieces I absolutely adore from Emma’s collection, inspired by everything from childhood nostalgia to modern muses.
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!
I’m not saying there’s a practical reason to wear itty bitty clay Starbucks cups on your wrist, but I’m not saying there isn’t either. This bracelet can be customized with any of the 60+ food charms seller CMY Klays makes, but that cute little Starbucks cup is totally my favorite. If Frappuccinos are a little too sweet for your taste, you can opt for an iced coffee charm instead. Top it off with a macaron charm for good measure to satisfy your sweet tooth all day long – minus the actual sugar! [$15, CMYKlays]
When my favorite arrow-shaped midi ring broke this weekend, I went on the hunt to find a new one to take its place. While browsing, I came across a boatload of awesome arrow-themed pieces that kept the structure of a classic arrow, all with their own elements of glam and uniqueness. Even with the simplicity of their shape, arrows never fail to make a statement. Click through the gallery for 16 pieces sure to send your style game in the right direction.