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DIY Discount: Dolce & Gabbana Fruit Earrings

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dolce-and-gabbana-lemon-earrings-diy-16D&G photos via & via.

I have a major (orange) crush on the Dolce&Gabbana accessories department. The jewelry, handbags, headwear and phone accessories that come out of the Italian house season after season are stunning enough to make a girl willing to work another job just to afford one or two of them. Among my current favorite pieces from the D&G Italian Summer collection are the intricate earrings dripping with ripe fruit that seems to be plucked straight from the orchards of Sicily.

And it seems I’m not alone—Beyoncé herself donned a pair of D&G lemon earrings on her Hawaiian vacation last week. So I set out to satisfy my Queen Bey taste on a pre-American-Idol-Jennifer Hudson budget. It took me awhile to source the perfect lemon drop beads and enameled leaves, but once I had all the materials ordered, these pretty earrings were a breeze to assemble.

dolce-and-gabbana-lemon-earrings-diy-14For this project, you’ll need the following:
• rhinestones (I used these from Hobby Lobby, but you can use any rhinestone as long as it has a flat back and somewhere to attach a jump ring)
• flat earring posts (I used these 10mm ones)
• E6000
leaf beads
• fruit beads (I used lemon beads from this bracelet and these orange beads mixed with these orange beads)
daisy cabochons
• wire
• needlenose pliers
jump rings
eye pins 

dolce-and-gabbana-lemon-earrings-diy-8dolce-and-gabbana-lemon-earrings-diyTo make the lemon earrings:
1. Start by adding a bit of glue to the flat earring posts and gluing them to the backs of your rhinestones. Let dry completely while you assemble the rest of the earrings.

2. Add a bit of glue to the backs of the daisy cabochons, and attach them off-center to the bottoms of the rhinestones. Let dry.

3. Twist thin gold wire through 4 enameled leaf beads, creating a small loop before threading the wire back through the bead hole.

4. Add a gold jump ring to the top of each lemon bead. Thread two leaf beads onto each jump ring, making sure the leaves lay flat on either side of the lemons.

5. Attach the jump rings to the bottoms of the rhinestones. Et voila!

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To make the orange earrings: 
1. Start by adding a bit of glue to the flat earring posts and gluing them to the backs of your rhinestones. Let dry completely while you assemble the rest of the earrings.

2. Add one orange bead to the eye on the end of your eye pin. This will be the base for the earring.

3. Twist thin gold wire through about 7 or 8 more orange beads per earring, creating a small loop before threading the wire back through the bead hole. Now you’ll have a bunch of orange beads fitted with a thin wire loop.

4. Add jump rings to 5 or 6 leaf beads per earring.

5. Starting with the orange-tipped eye pin, layer on orange beads and leaf beads, alternating until you have a nice, full look.

6. Trim any excess, then connect the top of the eye pin to the loop at the bottom of your rhinestone teardrop.

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Clothing, Style

Romping Around

lemon-romper-7lemon-romper-5lemon-romper-3lemon-romper-2 lemon-romper-6 lemon-romper-1Romper: June & Hudson // Hat: Target // Shoes: Target (old, similar) // Sunglasses: Karen Walker // Bag: Neiman Marcus (old, similar) //  Necklace: Julie Vos

If a guy wants to prove to you that he “knows about fashion,” he’ll likely bring up one of two garments: the muumuu or the romper. One, of course, comes from traditional Hawaiian dress and has achieved legendary Man Repeller status due to it’s delightful ability to completely hide any sense of feminine shape, and the other has humble origins as early 20th century kids’ wear. Co-opted by midcentury women who wanted the freedom to move around (shocking!) and get a sweet suntan, the romper entered the annals of women’s prêt-à-porter in the 1930s and has been weaving its way in and out of popularity since.

I, for one, am immensely glad that the romper is enjoying a renaissance of late because like the ladies of yesteryear, I enjoy the mixing of the feminine and practical, allowing me to dash around town in a flurry of errand running without having to worry about flashing the guy behind me in the grocery aisle. Real talk. Extra points if the romper in question boasts a colorful print (check), waist-slimming princess seams (check) and pairs perfectly with my very favorite Panama hat. Now if someone could just design a romper that allows me to refrain from getting completely naked every time I need to use a public bathroom, I will be one very happy lady.

Style

Lemon Stripe Dress

lemon-stripes-milly-dress-1lemon-stripes-milly-dress-5lemon-stripes-milly-dress-3lemon-stripes-milly-dress-6lemon-stripes-milly-dress-2lemon-stripes-milly-dress-4lemon-stripes-milly-dress-9 lemon-stripes-milly-dress-7Dress: MILLY for DesigNation // Earrings: H&M // Sunglasses: DITTO // Bag: Forever 21 (old, similar) // Shoes: Target // Watch: Michael Kors (sold out, similar) // Bracelet: Julie Vos // Rings: ASOS (old, similar)

Up until about a month ago, I hadn’t been to a Kohl’s in probably ten years. And then, I happened upon a bit about the MILLY for DesigNation collaboration in InStyle and decided to pop into the local Kohl’s on my way home from work, just to see what they had.

Since I was a few weeks late for the launch, only a few pieces remained on the racks, but I was able to score the striped version of this t-shirt and this beautiful lemon sheath dress (there was only one left, and it was my size)! Besides the beautiful print, I love the way that the princess-seamed construction and thick neoprene fabric nip and tuck in all the right places, creating a svelte silhouette. I’m also on a big yellow kick as of late, so I love that I can wear my huge beaded tassel earrings to perfectly round out this sunny summer look.