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!
Long pendant necklaces are awesome because they kill two birds with with one (large, hanging) stone: 1) They’re the only piece of jewelry you need to take any outfit from boring to fab, and 2) they draw attention to your magnificent cleavage. Here are 11 I’m dying to dangle between the girls.
When I saw these awesome faux druzy necklaces that are actually made with little bits of colored glass, my first thought was, “Awesome!” My second thought was that I need to invite Jessica Wakeman, Noted Druzy Jewelry Enthusiast, over to my house to drink wine and listen to Ke$ha and have a DIY necklace-making party. Jess, let’s do this. [Minted Strawberry]
If I work really hard, I can almost convince myself that these Barbie boob necklaces are funky and irreverent and cool, but then I remember they’re made from disembodied doll parts, and get creeped out. If that wasn’t bad enough, I can only imagine that adding a second pair of boobs to my chest area would exponentially increase the amount of times I’d need to say, “Dude, my eyes are up here.” [Pinterest, You Are Drunk]
The other day, I listened to Fleetwood Mac’s “The Chain” on repeat for, like, seven hours. That song is so perfect. You know what other types of chains I enjoy? Necklaces! (Smooth segue, huh?) Layered, single-strand, or adorned with pearls or rhinestones, chains are an elegant accessory that pair perfectly with little black dresses or T-shirts and jeans. Want to add a pretty chain necklace to your jewelry box? I found 10 awesome options starting at just six bucks. Click on the gallery to check ‘em out!
Looking for a super simple craft project to tackle this weekend? Check out this delicate origami necklace, which requires just a few bucks worth of supplies and some very basic folding skills. I’d love to wear this with a black v-neck sweater and coordinating bright orange nail polish. [How About Orange]