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Sequins Blue and Tassels Too

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I’ve always been a jewelry girl. When I was young, I spent hours after school and during the summer crafting necklaces and bracelets from a rainbow-hued assortment of seed beads and crystals I kept meticulously organized in plastic tackle boxes. I toted my boxes with me from my mom’s house to my dad’s house and back again every other weekend. I think at one point I was making and selling jewelry to my friends at school. I’ve just always found a sparkling ring or color-pop earring to be the best, and often most economical way, to add my own personality to a look.

I still make myself jewelry sometimes (like these earrings and this bracelet), but I also love stocking up on fun pieces from BaubleBar. This post isn’t sponsored in any way; I’ve just been a fan and customer of the brand since 2013 and I always love talking about how great their pieces are, especially for the price. These shoulder-dusting cobalt tassel earrings are the newest addition to my jewelry box, and I love how much they move when I wear them! I like to wear my hair up in a crown braid when I wear these babies so they can really shine.

BaubleBar is currently having their big semi-annual sale with up to 75% off a bunch of pretty styles. I already purchased these earrings and this ring, and you can shop some of my other favorite sale pieces here:

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DIY Painted Rhinestone Necklace

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Ever since J.Crew started hand painting their rhinestone embellishments this summer, I’ve been in love with the look of matte, painted rhinestones. While I love a sparkly necklace as much as the next girl, I think this opaque look adds a modern touch to any ensemble. I was looking for an excuse to try my hand at this trend when I stumbled upon this Bauble Bar necklace the other day. I decided to grab a can of spray paint and turn an old necklace into my new favorite accessory.

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HERE’S HOW I DID IT:

1. Find an old rhinestone necklace. Ones with flat settings (like this one) and pronged settings work equally as well.
2. Tape off the parts of the necklace you don’t want to paint. I used Frog Tape to tape off the chain on both sides of the necklace, but you can also use plain blue painter’s tape.
3. Lay necklace on a flat surface covered in newspaper.
4. Following the directions on the spray paint can, apply one thin coat of spray paint. Let dry for a few minutes and apply another thin coat, being careful to cover areas you missed the first time around. Remember, it’s better to use a couple thin coats than one thick coat, because you don’t want ugly drips on those rhinestones.
5. Follow the instructions on the bottle to let dry (usually takes about 24 hours to fully dry). Then peel off the tape and you’re good to go!

All in all, I think I spent more time picking out the color of spray paint than I did actually doing this project, and it cost me next to nothing. This is such an easy way to revamp necklaces that may have been laying in your jewelry box for a few months too long. Plus, spray painting is, like, addictively fun.

Accessories, On the Cheapish

Opal Essence

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October’s child is born for woe,
And life’s vicissitudes must know,
But lay an opal on her breast,
And hope will lull those woes to rest.

My birthday is in November, but I always wished I was born the month before. Why? Because then my birthstone would have been the opal.

In 1870, Tiffany published poems to go along with each stone. And whether you were born in the tenth month or not, one thing is for certain: with a pair of opal(ish) earrings grazing your collarbone, your “what should I wear” woes will certainly be lulled to rest.

As much as I love these Dannijo sparklers, I think I’ll opt for the BaubleBar alternative. They’re out of this world and within my budget.