Heishi beads are a traditionan African bead made from vulcanized rubber, which is why they’re often referred to as vulcanite beads. Although they come in more of a standard bead form, I’m particularly partial to these little disks. The vibrant colors are mega-cool and can serve to excite an otherwise kind of staid outfit. Plus, they’re really fun to play with absentmindedly while you’re reading or plotting your world domination or whatever. Check out 12 cool heishi bead pieces after the jump!
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Sick of having the same-old-same-old convo with your misogynist friends and neighbors? Tired of always having to explain to your nearest and dearest how your annoying feminism is an inflexible, static part of your political worldview? Then maybe you need to cut to the chase and get one of these “Feminist Killjoy” necklaces. Made by Etsy shop It Was Me, the Feminist Killjoy necklace gets right to the point and says what everyone’s thinking anyway. As the folks at It Was Me explain, “Do you stop watching television shows when they disrespectfully portray trans women? Did you tell your boyfriend he wasn’t getting any until he paid for half of your birth control? Do you resent rape culture with every fiber of your being? Well, there maaaaay be a chance that you are a feminist. Perhaps even a humorless one. A FEMINIST KILLJOY!” Plus, a portion of the proceeds go to Planned Parenthood and the Eastern Massachusetts Abortion Fund. So you can put your feminist killjoy money where your feminist killjoy mouth is. [$32, Etsy]
We are huge fans of DIY projects that can make us look glam in under 15 minutes. This DIY necklace design (made by me and modeled by Amelia) is awesome for three reasons: 1) It picks up on one of the hottest necklace trends, beads and chain; 2) you can recycle beads and a chain from another necklace or bracelet you have (if you want); and 3) the magnetic clasps mean you can make tons of bead combinations on new strands and swap them in!
After the jump is your list of supplies, and if you’re new to beading, a video we made for additional info. Keep reading »
I always wanted a really bitchin’ lifeguard whistle just for personal use. Hey, you! Get out my seat! Lady, put down the last cupcake! Who cares if I lose friends and alienate people with all the power and authority I’ve conferred? C. Wonder’s got a cute 14K-gold plated whistle that will be just the thing for my daily emergencies. I have no idea if it actually whistles but that’s besides the point in this lifeguard fantasy. [$38, C. Wonder]
Etsy is a great place for allowing artistes to express their creativity. It’s also a place where weirdness goes to die. Take, for instance, this bizarro felt and fake leather necklace from Etsy seller the Triangle of Bears, which is made to resemble a mouth full of teeth and gums. Sure, you’d want to wear that around your neck, right? Because the teeth in your mouth just aren’t enough? And if, for some reason, you’re so inclined, you can have a set of fake teeth made custom by the Triangle of Bears, to resemble your mouth, or the mouth of someone you love. [$36, The Triangle of Bears]
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We’re obsessed with “Game Of Thrones.” Obsessed! I just finished watching all of seasons one and two in, like, two weeks. And Amelia’s now reading the books. I want to wear their weird medieval gowns, and have handmaidens to do my hair, and oh! The jewelry? So that’s why we’re particularly smitten with jewelry designer Wendy Brandes’ collection of fine jewelry, that’s very reminiscent of Cersei, Sansa, Dany and the lot. Prices for the collection start at around $1,800, and are made with real gold and precious stones, so start saving now. Brandes also has a lower-priced line called Wendy B. that’s pretty cute, too!
From left, top row: Isabella Wolf-Gang Necklace, $7,000; Empress Wu Earrings, price upon request; Aventurine Pendant, $12,500; Onyx Skull Ring, price on request
From left, bottom row: Nefertiti Poison Ring, $6,000; Matilda Sword Earrings, $15,000; Empress Wu Dragon Ring, price upon request; Xenobia Ring, $6,000.
While it might not quite be spring weather, that doesn’t mean you can’t get warm up your cold weather wardrobe with a few colorful accessories. Bright scarves, necklaces, earrings and belts can help take your outfits from wintery to warm. Check out these cute key pieces!
I love the look of this ruffle necklace — it’s so delicate and feminine — and apparently you can make one yourself in about 10 minutes. You do need a sewing machine, but if you don’t have one, I’ve found that bringing a bottle of wine and a box of cookies over to a crafty friend’s house is an excellent solution. Saturday night craft party! [via Happy Together]
I had a few friends in high school who insisted on bringing their guitars to every single social gathering and closing their eyes dramatically to play “Moondance.” The sight of a guitar case still gives me a little rush of anxiety, because I never know when someone’s going to force me into a Van Morrison singalong. But this guitar case necklace is so adorable it overpowers all those bad memories. And you guys: the case actually opens up like a locket. Think of all the fun things you could store in there! For example, the lyrics to “Moondance” written in a tiny font. [$62, Shopbop]
It’s not too easy to pull off bellbottoms these days. But if you’re itching for retro-inspired style without having to raid your aunt’s closet, a groovy necklace will do the trick. This funky necklace by the French designers Les Coquettes has chic retro fashionista charms dangling from its chain. The blonde, the redhead and the pair brunettes will add retro flair to your modern everyday wear. Problem solved! [$34.99, ModCloth.com]