During the aforementioned convertible ride through the Smoky Mountains last weekend (did I mention I went to Dollywood?), I bought a cool souvenir. I'm not talking about the Dollywood mug that says "Doreen," though I definitely did buy that, but a beaded Native American bracelet from Cherokee, North Carolina--a town smack dab in the middle of the Smokies.
The black bracelet above is from Cherokee, and the next day I paired it with a blue bracelet from Tanzania, a gift from my friend Chris. (The chipped nail polish, by the way, is Essie Geranium. Not that you asked.)
Like clockwork, Memorial Day had passed and I found myself in the throes of an infatutation with beaded jewelery. I go through this every summer--I'm guessing because it's lightweight and doesn't stick to my skin. If you've been reading any of my posts, you know I hate extreme heat. (Trust me, I could talk about weather all day. Some call it boring; I say it's inspiring.) And there's a reason beaded jewelry is made in the hottest parts of the world. Furthermore, think about it: does beaded jewelry look good with big sweaters? I rest my case.
My favorite summer earrings to this day are a pair I bought in New Orleans 10 years ago.
So while I'm still feeling it, I had interns Samantha, Monica, Madeline and I (yes, sometimes it takes a village) pull together some looks you might want to snatch up fast.
For starters, look at you, Forever 21! Really hitting it home in the beaded department!
God, I love a good pair of beaded earrings. Simply put, they're sexy. Etsy has many like these.
This one's very Native-American-Meets-Digital-Age:
This necklace is girly without being saccharine. I hate girly-saccharine, but I definitely do not hate this necklace.
You could keep this very traditional necklace from looking too costume-y if you paired it with a surprising or simple outfit. I'm thinking jeans and a white T-shirt or button-down.
So by slapping beads on top of not one, but two metal rings, this piece breaks all my rules. But I never claimed to be consistent -- especially in the name of beads.