Month: March 2012

Ask tristinstyling: How Do I Layer Jewelry?

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Q:

Lately, I’ve noticed the trend of layering jewelry to create a nice mix of metals, tones, and textures. Sometimes it looks really good and sometimes it just looks bad.

How do I accomplish a tastefully done layered jewelry look?

Is there a way to accomplish this on a budget or do you suggest investing in higher quality jewelry to get that polished, but stylish and updated look?

A:

Layering jewelry is definitely a way to spruce up any outfit since clothing isn’t the only thing in your wardrobe that becomes more interesting and fun when you layer. Jewelry looks even more fabulous when you layer it right!

In fact, one easy way to figure out which pieces might work well together is to just pay attention to how jewelry is layered in the photos that accompany product shots when you shop online or browse catalogs and magazines.

Scroll down to see some examples of our favorite layered bracelet, and necklace looks this season…

Bracelets:

Ask tristinstyling: How do I layer jewelry tastefully?

Pieces above clockwise from the top right corner:
1. Harlow Bangle, $32. Mixed Metals.
2. Copper Cupchain, $39. Available in Rosegold.
3. Rhea Bangles $79. Available in Rose Gold.
4. Clover single wrap , $39. available in Silver.
5. Bardot Spiral Bangle $49. Available in Silver or Gold.
6. Renegade Cluster Bracelet, $59. Available in Gold.
7. Pyramid Double Wrap Bracelet, $59. Available in Green or Cognac Brown.
8. Revival Bracelet $34. Available in White.
9. Tribute Bracelet, $36. (proceeds go to Breast Cancer), RoseGold/Silver Combo.
10. Vintage Twist, $39. Available in Silver, or Mixed Gold/Silver.
11. Studded Trifecta Wrap $59. Available in Black.

Statement Necklaces:

When it comes to layering up top, you can layer delicate pieces or be bold with a colorful statement piece that will go with a lot of your wardrobe:

Lovely Statement Necklaces

Pieces above from left to right:
1. Zahara Bib, $248. Color blocking Trend.
2. Campari, $128. Red/Gold.
3. Bamboleo, $228. Mixed Tropical Colors.

Delicate Necklaces:

‘Delicate Necklaces’ can be worn alone for a little detail or layered to make a little more of a statement:

Layering Necklaces

Clockwise from the piece on the left:
1. Starry Night, $98. Available in Gold.
2. Ever After, $49. Available in Silver or Gold.
3. On the Mark, $49. Available in Gold.
4. After Midnight, $89. Available in Gold.

Project Runway All-Stars: Congrats Mondo!

mondos mystery dressLast night, Project Runway All-Stars unveiled the winner of ‘The Mystery Dress Challenge’ where the all-stars had to design a ready-to-wear look within budget for Nanette Lepore.

Designed by Mondo Guerra, the winning dress features a bateau neckline, tie at back waist, slant pockets at sides, a ruffled hem and is made of 100% silk.

We feel that the mix of colors and prints were well executed and love how Nanette ‘finessed’ the silhouette to fit her clientele.

It is currently retailed at $298 with 100% of the profits going to the Save the Garment Center Organization and you can get the dress at Nanette Lepore Boutiques (and online where it is already SOLD OUT but available for back order with an expected ship date of May 15th, 2012).

Click the thumbnails to see all the lovely details (in a new window):
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To watch bonus footage of runway judging of Mondo Guerra from Episode 10 with guest judge, Nanette Lepore, click the play button (to watch it on hulu):

Extended Judging of Mondo Guerra | Project Runway All Stars
Web Exclusive (s.1 : ep.10)|02:07

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1 peaceBOMB Bracelet : 3 Meters of Littered Land

peacebomb banglesElizabeth Suda, designer and founder of Article 22, a Brooklyn based sustainable design company that creates goods that tell stories and solve problems, is on a mission to create economic opportunity for traditional artisans that lack market knowledge and access.

One of her projects is Peacebomb, a jewelry collection made by Laotian artisans from Vietnam War era bombs dropped on Laos, the most heavily bombed country in history.

Peacebomb is about turning negative to positive: artisans reshape the bombs and we buy them back.

Witness the story of peaceBOMB: bracelets made from Vietnam War bombs. Learn about the Laotian artisans who make them and take action. Just by wearing a peaceBOMB bracelet you support artisan livelihoods, raise awareness about the ‘Secret War’ in Laos during Vietnam and the efforts of NGOs advocating to ban the use of cluster munitions:

Taking a market oriented and design driven approach to sustainable economic development through handcrafts, she partners with NGOs and traditional artisan communities to capacity build upon pre-existing skills sets and develop small businesses in a way that is natural to local lifestyle, environment, and culture. She co-creates authentic, beautiful and meaningful products for a discerning international market. Then, she tells their story.

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Lao metal smiths who engineered bracelet molds for the Peace Bomb bracelet. Photo: Article 22.

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Learn more about their products for peace at:
http://www.peace-bomb.com