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Custom Beaded Bridal Headband Applique

  • Aug 11 2015

One of my favorite custom commission requests to receive and fulfill is for bridal jewelry and hair accessories. A bridal commission means that one of my labors of beaded love is going to be a part of someone's very special day. It's such an honor!

Most recently, I was commissioned to make a beaded applique for a bridal headband.

Custom bridal Headband

For this bridal headband I used a mix of silver-lined crystal glass beads with light gold glass beads and Swarovski crystal pearls as details. The beaded layers of embroidery wrap around each other to form circles that radiate from the center, with a sleek set of longer bugle beads that divide the center of the design.

Beaded Bridal Applique

This detailed beaded design is going to look stunning against the bride's elegantly cascading tresses, and it's going to sparkle and shine in all of her wedding photographs.

Are you interested in having me create a custom beaded work for you? Simply shoot me an e-mail at contact@megansbeadeddesigns.com, or fill out the form on my contact page and I will get back to you with a commission quote right away. I would LOVE to make something especially for you!

Back-to-School Outfit: Sky Blue

  • Aug 10 2015

Back-to-School Outfit: Sky Blue

Sky Blue Back to School



Head back to school in simple, easy sky-blue style. Be ready to take plenty of notes with a colorful array of pens, pack away your supplies in a stylish sack, and express yourself with beaded drop earrings and an ethic-inspired leather bracelet.



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Drop Earrings
Drop Earrings

Ethnic Tribal Bracelet
Tribal Leather Bracelet

Feature & Interview with That Retro Ruth

  • Aug 7 2015

In two separate posts, Megan's Beaded Designs has been featured in the That Retro Ruth blog. First off, we were a highlighted small business, and secondly, I responded to a full interview on fashion.

Megan's Beaded Designs Featured in That Retro Ruth

Here is a snippet from the Small Business Feature:

How does it make you feel when somebody is interested in buying your stuff?

Megan: It doesn’t matter how many jewelry pieces I sell, it is always such an honor and remarkable feeling that someone would choose my work to adorn themselves with. I feel that jewelry is very personal – and that my creations can resonate with others is extraordinarily touching to me. I strive to honor their choice by creating the best experience and highest quality I can in return. It is very special that something I craft becomes the thing that someone uses to express themselves to the world with.

Where do you draw your inspiration?

Megan: Ideas are never-ending, and I draw my inspiration from everywhere. Fashion, fine art, pop culture, music, suggestions and requests from my customers, and more. There will never be enough time in the 24/7 cycle for me to create everything that pops into my brain, but I embrace the overall abundance of the ideas that come to me. My favorite thing is when I get a custom order request from a customer, and I am able to create exactly what she wanted from me (or even better!) I love the give and take of ideas and creativity that happens during the custom order process.

You can read the rest of the feature on That Retro Ruth here.

Here is a snippet from the Fashion Interview:

Why is fashion important to you?

I believe that what makes us different is what makes us beautiful, and fashion is the ultimate way to express our individuality. By choosing pieces that speak to us, we get to feel more like ourselves, while at the same time telling on-lookers, “Hey, this is me. Take it or leave it.”

How does it make you feel?

I’m drawn to fashion that makes me feel empowered, sexy, and glamorous… all with a sense of humor mixed in. I think that when we get to choose and wear pieces that are distinctly “us” we feel more complete. I know that’s a profound thing to say about–as an example–wearing a new blouse or necklace, but it’s true.

If you could only wear clothing from one particular decade which one would it be and why?

Marilyn Monroe is my fashion icon. I love, love, LOVE everything about mid-century style. It’s so classic and pretty, while being professional at the same time. It’s my go-to style for office-wear and networking events. That being said, a lot of my jewelry draws inspiration from the 60s and 70s inspired boho/gypsy style, partially because I work in beads, but also because I’m drawn to the whole overall idea of free-spirited expression.

What are your favorite accessories to wear, i.e brands, home made, local, Etsy etc.

I’ve never been a big fan of brand logos plastered on my stuff (I don’t want to be a walking advertisement, thank you), but that being said, I’ll opt for anything that suits my personal style. I shop local boutiques, craft fairs, Etsy, small business websites, and more popular fast-fashion websites, and even the occasional department or outlet store–but it’s all about finding the right individual pieces. For example, if I find a pair of black spike-covered stilettos with glittery, hot-pink soles: it doesn’t matter whose selling them, those darlings are going in my closet.

You can read the entire interview on That Retro Ruth, here.

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Sharpen Your Back-to-School Style

  • Aug 6 2015

Sharpen Your Back-to-School Style

Pencils Welcome



Sharpen your back-to-school style with this outfit inspired from, you guessed it, the classic #2 pencil. The combination of mustard yellow with white and black reflective of vintage, mid-century style while being classically timeless. This is such a fun set to step back into the classroom with! Not to mention the expressive conversation starter of the comic-book inspired hair clip included in this style board.



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Sigh Comic Book Hair Clip
Small Sigh, Comic Book Hair Clip

Back-to-School Outfit: Prepped n' Ready

  • Aug 5 2015

Back-to-School Outfit: Prepped n' Ready

Prepped for Class



Feel prepped and ready for campus life this with fun, pastel colored back-to-school outfit. Feel comfortable in sneakers and a breezy t-shirt and ready to learn with a new set of spiral notebooks and portable stapler. (Seriously, is there anything better than new office supplies? I confess, they are some of my favorite things to collect.) Finally, stand out and express yourself with a pair of lightweight post earrings that add a bright splash of color, and control your locks with a contemporary, and easy-to-wear barrette.



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Teal Post Earrings
Teal Post Earrings

Light Pink Barrette

Back-to-School Outfit: Rosy Professional

  • Aug 4 2015

Back-to-School Outfit: Rosy Professional

Rosy Professional



Ready to hit the office or classroom in style? This fab working outfit in black and rose has all the details and delicate touches to boost your confidence and have you entering the season with the breeze. The seashell earrings let onlookers know that you enjoyed your summer, and the gold-tipped black boots announce to the world that you mean business. In any case, this is an outfit that leave you feeling feminine--and like a boss at the same time.



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Sea Shell Earrings
Sea Shell Earrings

Slim Sand Bracelet

Anklet from Megan's Beaded Designs - Featured in Coco Butter Blog's Summer Jewellery Must Haves

  • Aug 4 2015

Anklet from Megan's Beaded Designs - Featured in Coco Butter Blog's Summer Jewelry Must Haves

Summer Anklet Jewellery

This light blue anklet recently made it's way across the pond to join Samantha Partridge of Coco Butter Blog during her recent summer holiday excursion. Here's what she had to say about the piece:

"I adore this blue beaded anklet from Megan’s Beaded Designs* as it’s a really simple touch to accessorise any summer outfit. I wore mine constantly during my trip to Ibiza and it definitely felt at home on the White Isle. The colour also seemed to go perfectly well with my purple glitter Shellac pedicure."

You can read the entire summer jewellery compilation post over at Coco Butter Blog, here.

Click here to shop all anklets from Megan's Beaded Designs, including the light blue one Samantha wore during her summer holiday, while supplies last.



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Back-to-School Outfit: Feeling Bookish

  • Jul 31 2015

Back to School Outfit: Feeling Bookish

Feeling Bookish



Feeling a little bookish? This is a fun and simply, mid-century inspired back-to-school outfit perfect for the start of the school year. It's still decorated with summer's bright colors, but the sharp collage and visible socks shout "academic." This would be an adorable outfit for a teacher to wear her first day back in the classroom, or for a college student to wear to feel really ready, inside and out, for her best and most studious year yet.



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Green Post Earrings
Green Post Earrings

Back-to-School Outfit: Stepping in Preppy

  • Jul 30 2015

Back-to-School Outfit: Stepping in Preppy

Stepping in Preppy



I'm not normally a fan of preppy, but I am a fan of red, and felt like this outfit was something that even a "non-prep" could TOTALLY pull off. Because, really, we all enjoy stepping out and playing someone different for a day, even if it's out of sheer irony.

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Red
Red and White Post Earrings


Red and White Pin Up Hair Clip

Earrings 101: List of Earring Styles

  • Jul 29 2015

List of Earring Styles

So many earrings, it's a good thing a girl can never have too many pairs!

Stud / Post Earrings

Post earrings are the easy to wear, everyday style solution. A bright set of yellow flower earrings can quickly add a pop of color to your outfit, or a smaller set of rose studs works brilliantly in your secondary holes.

Drop Earrings

The dangle of a pair of drop earrings elegantly frames your face and works with your hair up or down. The variety of earring styles is wide, ranging from earrings that you could wear to the beach, to statement earrings designed for elegant evenings.

Fringe Earrings

Fringe earrings are all about embracing your more playful, free-spirited side. The individual fringes dance and move right along with you, embracing the festival spirit of the moment.

Hoop Earrings

Hoop earrings can either be dainty and elegant, big and 80s-era-rock inspired, or bohemian gipsy drawn. They are a fun and fashionable way to channel your inner-pirate style, whist still remaining collected enough for another day in the classroom or office.

Clip On Earrings

Not all of us want to get our ears pierced, or even can get our ears pierced. That's why most of the non-post earrings for sale at Megan's Beaded Designs offer you the option of hooks or clip ons. We are happy to accommodate for your needs!

Charm Earrings

Simple and fun, charm earrings are easy and trendy to wear with your everyday ensembles. You can rock a pair to show off your desire to go to Paris, what you do for a living, or your favorite animal. The possibilities are endless! Charm earrings also make for easy gifts, door prizes, and little surprises. No earring collection can have enough of them, really.

Chandelier Earrings

You wear chandelier earrings when you REALLY want to be noticed. They tend to be larger earrings, with lots of sparkles and droplets. They are perfect for elegant evenings, cocktail parties, and romantic gifts. (Dudes, take notice!)

With so many earrings to choose from, how could anyone just stop at ONE pair?

Shop all artisan earrings here and all trendy earrings here.