Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Ways to Wear It: Casual Summer Style!

Hello Summer! My favorite season of the year brings some delightful bursts of color in nature and in fashion. No coats, no gloves, just easy, breezy beauty!  Whether you've bought new summer duds, or are looking for ways to freshen up your existing summer wardrobe, we can all use tips on ways to wear it all. Here are some stellar ideas for pairing jewelry with your outfits. Summer on, ladies!

Printed blouse by Anthropologie; Brown suede Hobo bag by CitaDElle on Etsy; Green beaded dangle earrings by Accessory Showcase.
A lovely, airy leaf print blouse like this one from Anthropologie makes a gorgeous summer statement, paired with jeans. Finish off the look with a Hobo bag, like the suede beauty above from CitaDElle and glass beaded dangles for a hint of sparkle.

Striped lightweight knit top and shorts by Ann Taylor Loft; Suede sandals by Tamar Shalem; Tricolor Steampunk gear dangle earrings by Accessory Showcase.
Slip on a lightweight summer sweater with cute and comfy shorts, like these from Ann Taylor Loft, and you've got a look with stylish ease. Add your favorite flat sandals, like these olive suede beauties by Tamar Shalem, and finish it off with a hint of steam using mixed metal jewelry, like these tricolor gear earrings.

Hope these looks give you some great inspiration for cultivating your casual summer style! My next post will cover some great "Ways to Wear It" ideas for work. 'Til next time, friends!

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Psst... There's a Pre-Sale Going On! Plus, the Winner Is...

Congrats to giveaway winner Francoise M! She's the lucky owner of this one of a kind antique brass and clear faceted bead statement necklace. Lucky lady, yes? Thanks to all of you who participated!
Now, on to the dish about some fab "followers-only" goodies. I've created some lovely pieces for V day, and I think you deserve to get the jump on these delights before I list them to the general public! Take a look at these classic, yet modern romantic necklaces and earrings. If any strike your fancy, do drop me a line at I'll hook you up and ship them out, anywhere in the Continental US or Canada!
Assorted antique brass earrings and necklaces with painted pearls and glass beads
These antique brass beauties are adorned with painted pearls and faceted glass beads. You can see more detailed photos of each piece on Facebook. Necklaces are $25, earrings are $15. Pre-sale ends on Thursday, 2/13. Get yours today!

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Two More Days! Who Doesn't Love a Little Free Swag?

UPDATE: Two more days to enter for your chance to win! Giveaway closes midnight on Thursday (1/30).
That's right, dear readers! It's time for another giveaway, and this time, it's a one of a kind beaded beauty! This antique brass statement necklace with clear faceted beads is the perfect piece to grace your neck this season. Enter for your chance to win it here! It takes less than 3 minutes--show Accessory Showcase some love, and you've got an awesome shot at making this baby your very own! Oh, and spread the word to friends, of course. Good luck!

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

New Year, New... Well, You Know...

Happy New Year, dear readers! I hope the holiday season treated you and yours kindly and that 2014 will bring you much joy and new opportunities!

My holiday season was a whirlwind, as I'm sure was true for many of you. I spent much of my free time (aka after 10pm when the little humans were in bed) making jewelry, prepping for holiday fairs and accessory parties, tending to my online shops, ordering and wrapping gifts--you know, the usual for an independent designer with a fam. Absolutely no complaints, though. I'm blessed and thankful.

As we stare a new year in the face, many of us are doing a lot of resolving, reordering and re-prioritizing, right? And while some of our resolutions may fall to the wayside, don't let treating yourself well be one of them! The importance of being happy with who you see in the mirror can't be overstated! With that in mind, it's time to start freshening up the wardrobe a little.

A closet-full of new clothes not exactly in the budget? Never underestimate the ability of a bauble or two to amp up your existing frocks and give a new look to your tried and true pieces. That's how I roll, anyway. While having an entirely new wardrobe with the change of every season sounds divine, I, like most of you, don't have it like that. What's the average non-celebutante to do? Make old duds new again by switching up your jewelry and accessories. You'd be surprised what a simple adjustment can do to your favorite outfit.

Here are some styling ideas, inspired by the three "stories" of the Accessory Showcase collection, and featuring some of Etsy's best shops. It's time to get inspired!
For the Vintage-loving Vixen:
Get the Look: Black drop waist 80's dress from The Rabbit Hole; Velvet clutch by DDSLL Girls Store; Vintage bangles from The Gatsby Gals; Grey vintage boots from Jen Style Chic Vintage; Gold finish chain and mauve pearl earrings by Accessory Showcase.
 For the woman who digs Rocker Chic:
Get the Look: Black, fitted leather coat by In Time Fashion; Gunmetal gear and needle charm earrings by Accessory Showcase; Black leather clutch with white screen print by WELMOED Bags; Black studded stilettos by Vile Broccoli Fur.
For the Modern rustic, who likes a hint of Industrial Steam:
Get the Look: Copper gear and large patina pendant necklace by Accessory Showcase; Cashmere cape coat by JM521; Suede vintage lace-up boots from Jan's Vintage Stuff; Hand-forged brass cuff by Addiction to Detail; Vintage plaid high collar shirt from Brown Cow Vintage

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Here's a Little Somethin' Somethin' for You!

Hello, dear readers!

I hope this ramp-up to full tilt holiday madness will be a joyous one for you and yours. I've been making pieces practically non-stop for at-home jewelry and cocktail parties, craft fairs and my Etsy and Zibbet shops, plus prepping for my family's holiday activities. It's amazing how things can go from zero to insane so quickly this time of year!

To show my appreciation for your readership and patronage, I wanted to give a special "thank you" to my followers with two great coupon codes:

Use code FREEMAIL for free shipping at checkout. You can also use code FAN15 for 15% off your entire purchase in either of my shops. Enjoy and get something fab for you and yours, now through Tuesday, December 3rd! Happy Holidays!

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Give it Up for Giveaways!

Happy Wednesday, people! As the holiday season ramps up, many of us are busy prepping for gatherings and shopping for oh-so-perfect gifts for our friends and family. Well, don't forget to give a little something to yourself this season! And I'm here to help you out a little...

Fashion blog The Office Armoire is featuring and hosting a giveaway of two of my necklaces this week! How exciting is that?! This blog offers readers some super-easy, stylish tips on how to take your look from work to workin' it after 5. Stop by for a visit and enter for your chance to win. It's super quick (2 or 3 minutes of your time, max), and you could have your very own, one of a kind, handmade beauty to adorn your neck this holiday season (and throughout the coming year, for that matter).

My brass necklace with filigree pendant and sunset colored glass bead is featured in The Office Armoire's look of the week. Woot!

Here are the 2 necklaces the giveaway winner will get to choose from:
Gold finish necklace with brass vintage buttons
Silver finish necklace with assorted gunmetal and antique silver finish charms

Good luck, everyone!

Friday, October 18, 2013

Why Should Celebutantes Have All the Fun?

Great style should always be accessible: this has been the design philosophy behind the Accessory Showcase collection from the start. Spending my teen and broke college student years window shopping all around Manhattan with my best friend, we salivated over all the gorgeous clothes and jewelry we saw, fantasizing about some day being able to afford those fabulous frocks and baubles.When I graduated, I decided that, whatever aspect of fashion I gravitated toward, I'd make beautiful things for my fellow fashionistas (even if we didn't have a celebutante's bank account). After all, why should the rich girls have all the fun?
Brass and Silver Steampunk Gear Necklace and Earrings
Fall/Holiday Brass Charm Bracelets
One of the easiest ways to show off your fashion sense without going broke is with jewelry and accessories. This is why costume jewelry and accessories are my main focus. Don't get me wrong-- watching a couture runway show or flipping through the pages of Vogue still sends my heart all a-flutter. Seeing what designers can create with the very best materials and craftspeople at their disposal is the ultimate in fashion fantasy. I mean, seriously... What's not to love here?
Alexander McQueen Fall 2013
Ralph Lauren Fall 2013
Lanvin Fall 2013
But this girl lives in reality, and my reality requires some savvy to bring that high-end sensibility to my everyday life. That's why I get so much joy out of seeing a woman's eyes light up when they fall in love with one of my pieces. Who doesn't love having a handmade, super stylish necklace or pair of earrings that adds some serious voltage to an everyday outfit, and makes your friends ask, "Where did you get that?" ? Add the bonus of not maxing out your funds, and that, my friends, is the good stuff. I know you feel me, ladies!
Gold Finish Necklace and Earrings with Mauve Painted Pearls
Regal Brass Crown and Bead Necklace and Earrings
I love coming across fellow designers and style-makers who share my passion for accessible style. Here are looks from some great Etsy designers and one of my favorite fashion bloggers, giving you the goods on razor sharp looks that keep it real for your wallet. You're welcome!

Sensible Stylista
This girl knows how to shop savvy! She gives you the dish on the elements of her personal style, and hooks you up with awesome giveaways, info on great designer finds and how to combine the pieces in your closet (old and new) to form a rockin' ensemble. Want to get some free swag? Check out Sensible Stylista's latest giveaway here!

Etsy Faves
Here are some slick combinations I've put together from some of my favorite Etsians. The best part? Not a single item is over $50. It's time to get inspired!
White t-shirt with grey and red feathers by Shebbo Design: $29
Silver Tone Necklace with Swarovski Crystal Pendant by VQ Studio: $48
Sterling Silver Fringe Earrings by Mitz Metals: $49
Clear Resin and Silver Flake Rings by Daimblond: $31 each
Arrowhead rings by Evidence Jewelry: $45 each
80s Striped Crop Top from Mamma's Chest: $30
60s Vinyl Clutch from Victoria Westbury: $34

Gold Silk Ombre Blouse by Love Charles: $30
Gold Brass Statement Necklace by Minus One: $22
Faux Leather Gold Foldover Clutch by ByMart: $32
Gold Plated Autumn Leaf Earrings by Silent Roses: $25