DIY Pearl and Ribbon Bracelet

I know it’s been a while since my last post, and I apologize!

I recently completed this fun DIY project that I found on Pinterest.  I love how versatile this project can be.  You can make a bracelet or a necklace or whatever  you fancy.  You can also use whatever color ribbon you have on hand or choose, and I also found a couple of different shades of pearls that I am eager to try next!  I think this is so fun because it creates a very classy statement piece, but it’s very customizable and affordable.  For the same price as buying a completed bracelet, you can have the materials to make several.  I hope you enjoy!

This is all I needed for the project, plus a pair of scissors 🙂

I measured the ribbon, but I should have cut it longer. I wrapped it around my wrist twice and then about doubled it, and it wasn’t as long as I needed. I would recommend cutting it extra long… you can easily trim excess if you need to, but you can’t add more!
I tied a trial bow to see how much ribbon to leave on the end. I then tied a knot with just a little more than needed ribbon for the bow on the end. I then threaded the clear cord through the knot so that it stays put and then through the needle. The biggest problem I ran into with this project is that the cord wouldn’t fit through the hole in the pearl bead when it was threaded through the needle. This is because you’re then trying to fit the cord doubled up plus the needle through the bead. Instead, I had to unthread and rethread the needle every time, which was a hassle! Maybe try a thinner cord or beads with a bigger hole, but it is doable this way.

Here’s a more close up shot

Basically, you will weave the ribbon in between and around each bead. This was actually a lot more difficult than it looked! It’s a bit tough to get the ribbon not to slip, especially since the pearl beads are so smooth and round. In between each bead, the ribbon will be doubled, and then weaved underneath the pearl bead. Be careful to thread the cord through the *middle* of the ribbon, or it will be lopsided! Also, try to make each doubled section as close to the same size as possible.

Once you reach the end of the alloted space (make sure that there is enough ribbon at both ends to tie the bow!), tie another knot and thread the cord through the knot and tie a knot in the cord on the other side of the ribbon knot.

Viola!

I know it’s not perfect, but this was my first try!  Ideally, I would have had the pearls go throughout the entire bracelet up until the bow, but like I said, I cut the ribbon a bit shorter than I should have.  I plan on making a few more of these with the materials I already bought, so I’ll be sure to post photos of them when I have them!

I hope you enjoy this project!  Please feel free to share photos if you try this project, I’d love to see them!  Also, I would love any ideas you have for other DIY jewelry projects!

XOXO

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Here is the pin that I used as inspiration.  I, unfortunately, have been unable to find the original source for the image, but I want to give credit as well as I can.  Theirs turned out a lot better than mine!

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Update:

I found this awesome tutorial that is really helpful and shows step-by-step instructions for a very similar bracelet AND for some variations.  Check it out for more information! http://www.twinkleandtwine.com/2012/10/tutorial-ribbon-and-pearl-stretch.html

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Friday Favorites

Welcome to another edition of Friday Favorites!  Today, I am celebrating the defeat of my third final of the semester!  Only one more exam and 1L Hell is over!

 

The Avengers! I got to see this with a group of friends after our final tday. BEST MOVIE EVER! Maybe that’s a tiny exageration, but honestly not by much! I loved every minute of it, and it was the perfect way to de-stress after a very long week!

 

I wasn’t able to find my usual Starbucks energy drinks at the store we went to this week, so I decided to give this a try instead. I was beyond surprised to find that I actually like this BETTER than the doubleshot ones! DELISH! Here’s to enabling the unhealthy caffiene addiction that comes with law school!

 

I had my fiance draw this on with a sharpie as a practice run to see how I liked it before I decide on a permanent tattoo. I’m still undecided, but I currently LOVE it. I am seriously struggling with the concept of a permanent mark, but I adore the dsign and the placement, and I think it looks particularly cute with skinny jeans and flats. The design symbolized Faith (the cross), Hope (the anchor) and Love (the heart) from 1 Corinthians 13.

 

Chipper Jones and his walk-ff home run against the Phillies! Basically, so many of my favorite things! Chipper Jones, the Braves, the Phillies losing… Yup 🙂

 

My new favorite accessory combo! Both are LC from Kohls, and I just LOOOOOVE them!

 

 

THIS is the new Mocha Cookie Crumble Frappuccino®. Thank you Starbucks, for releasing this bad boy during finals to help me survive!!!
An indulgent blend of rich mocha sauce, vanilla syrup, Frappuccino® chips, our signature Frappuccino® Roast coffee and fresh milk blended with ice, topped with delicious chocolaty whipped cream and a chocolate cookie crumble topping.
ALSO… Starbucks has Frappuccino Happy Hour May 4-13 from 3pm-5pm… WOO HOO! (oh look, more caffiene addiction enabling!)

 

I hope you’ve enjoyed this week’s edition of Friday Favorites!!!  I know I had fun putting it together.  It’s nice to have a reminder of all the good things in life, especially during particularly stressful times!

Please feel free to comment, especially your thoughts on my tattoo idea! 🙂

 

XOXO

Good Things Come in Small Packages

Sometimes, a little retail therapy is all you need!

I was having one of those weeks where everything was stressful and everything seemed to be going wrong.  Then today, I woke up and the sun was shining, the weather was amazing, and everything seemed to get better from there!  I have a semi-formal event that I am attending this weekend, so I thought I would take a look at TJ Maxx for some shoes before class this afternoon.  I didn’t find any shoes, but I DID find something better!

I have been wanting a ring with a bow on it for probably about 2 years now.  I found one that I really liked, but it turned out to be much more expensive than I wanted to (or could) spend.  It was around $300, which was just not what I was looking for.  Granted, it was white gold and diamond, so it was worth the money.  But alas, a full time student just can’t have everything.  So I have searched, sometimes actively, sometimes more passively, since then for just the perfect one.  A few months ago, I saw a Juicy Couture one on Pinterest that I basically fell in love with.  After stalking it only to find that it was no longer in stock or available, I was so disappointed.

Today, when I walked into TJ Maxx, I had no idea that it would be waiting for me in the jewelry case!  I was absolutely thrilled to have found it so unexpectedly.  I asked the salesperson to try it on, and although it was a bit snug for my ring finger, it fit my pinky perfectly!  So… I asked how much it was, and, can you believe it???  It was only $19.99!!!  My day was officially made!

So, without further ado, please allow me to introduce you to my new favorite thing!

Even the box is pretty!

 

So pretty!

 

❤ ❤ ❤

As it turns out, the Juicy Couture Wishes Pave Ring can be found online in a couple of locations, though it seems to currently be out of stock where I’ve seen it.  If you’re interested, you can find more information (and a clearer photo!) here.

Have you recently participated in some retail therapy and made a purchase that you are totally happy with?  Please feel free to share in the comments!

 

XOXO

Perfect Pearls

Pearls… the classic piece  that ought to be found in every proper girl’s jewelry box.  Pearls can be used to dress up or down, they match nearly everything, and they are the perfect classic accent when you want to feel either sophisticated OR fun.  They can be conservative, sexy, understated, or bold.  In short, pearls are the best accessory!

Please keep in mind that pearls, as is the case with most things worth keeping, are quite expensive.  However, it is entirely possible to own pearls for everyday wear that are much less costly.  Honestly, one of my favorite pearl necklaces cost about $18 at Claire’s.  Obviously, those aren’t REAL pearls, but who cares?  They get the job done, and I don’t have to be concerned about them breaking or losing them.  I do think that every woman should strive to own a real set of pearls as an adult, but I think it is perfectly acceptable to wear the less expensive substitutes in the meantime!

Pearls are one of the single most classic accessories a girl can sport.  Every time I wear them, I feel instantly more sophisticated and put-together.  Though probably not the best match for sweats at home, pearls can match just about everything else.  They come in different colors, strands of different lengths, bracelets, earrings, and are being paired in jewelry with different styles of late.  I’ve collected some photos that I think show the versatility of pearls while also showcasing some of my favorite looks!  Hope you enjoy, and please feel free to share some of your favorites in the comments, too!

Strands of different length
It doesn’t get any more classy!
Amazing pearl and lace DIY bracelet! (Click the photo to link to the tutorial!)
Chanel + Pearls = Perfection
Pearls… the perfect accessory for a wedding gown!
Love pearls!
Pearls come in a variety of shades… these are just a few!
Pearls can be sexy, too
Pearls are not just for jewelry! Blair Waldorf turns them into a perfect headband!
Mixed materials
Pearl chandelier!

Signature Waldorf Style: Headbands

One of my favorite fashionistas is Blair Waldorf, the character on Gossip Girl played by Leighton Meester.  Although sometimes her style surprises, mainly she is classy, classic, and sophisticated with a little sprinkle of the trendy.  LOVE.

Although I began wearing headbands before I started watching the show and admiring Blair’s gutsy ambition and fashion sense, her signature headbands (featured in ths InStyle article) inspired me to try new styles and pair them with new types of outfits.  Headbands are not just there for bad hair days, not just a barrier between my bangs and my face.  Headbands are a fantastic accessory that can take a hairstyle up a notch and add a personal style to a classic outfit.

Here are a couple of examples of Blair’s headband style:

      Basically, headbands can be worn with your hair however you want it.  Curly, straight, up, down… whatever!  That’s why  like them, you can add them to whatever style you already wanted to wear and it’s like the cherry on top.  Not necessary, but gives it that little something extra.

I probably own about 20 headbands.  Don’t worry, I don’t wear all of them regularly!  I also don’t wear a headband every day.  BUT, I do think there are a few staple headbands that any girl can have around just in case.

Skinny headband:

A staple, this particular headband fulfills both the “skinny” headband requirement and the “neutral colored” category.  I love multitasking!

Something with Sparkle:

This was one of my first post-high-school headband purchases.  It’s lasted forever and functions as the perfect addition of sparkle where needed.  I picked it up at Forever21 years ago and it hasn’t let me down!

Metallic:

Metallic pairs well when you’re using prominent accessories of the same color.  I have a gold long necklace with pearl and black beads that goes great with this one!

Pattern:

For something a little extra fun and flirty, this pink patterned headband is perfect!  This also satisfies the “wide” headband category as well as the “pop of color” category.  I love the pattern but I also love the layering technique with the ribbon overlay!  Pairing this with a plain black top and jeans makes the outfit!

Special Occasion:

What’s not to love???  I particularly appreciate the fact that this one is a basic skinny black headband with a blinged out wider portion.  I like the contrast between the sizes, but I also like that the decorative part is not too overwhelming because it doesn’t encompass the length of the entire headband.  When I wear this, I feel like I’m wearing an acceptable form of tiara.

Basic Black Headband:

I’d say that I saved the best for last, but I honestly do really like all of these headbands depending on the occasion, outfit, and mood.  That being said, if I had to choose just one (thank goodness I don’t!), it would be this.  It is classic, feminine, and goes with just about anything.  It can be dressed up or down and it’s the perfect in-between so you don’t have to choose skinny or wide.  This particular one is lovely because it’s all ribbon (extra girly!) and I’m partial to  bows.  *le sigh*

I know there are some who don’t really appreciate headbands, but I have to say that I disagree.  I don’t think headbands are childish, at least not when worn properly.  In my opinion, Blair’s character is a great example of how to wear headbands in a classy and stylish way, and I try to do the same.

If you have any favorites, please feel free to share!  I am always looking for new ones, so I would love to see what you like and don’t!