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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
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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 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.

Hit the Beach Checklist

  • Jul 17 2015

Headed to the beach for some fun in the sun and water? It always sucks when you forget something important. (Like forgetting the sunscreen and ending up a lobster by the end of the day. Yikes!) Feel more prepared by double-checking this checking to make sure you have all of your essentials for a fun-filled, and relaxing day at the beachfront.

Beach Checklist

Hit the Beach Checklist:

- Healthy snacks & indulging treats
- Plenty of water
- Ice to keep the food & drinks cool
- Towels!
- Bathing suit
- Suncreen
- Cover up
- Sun hat
- Shades
- Your favorite anklet
- Floaties
- Chair
- Umbrella
- A good book
- Flip-flops
- Hair ties
- Sweater and/or blankets for later in the evening
- Beach Bag

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Packing Your Jewelry for Summer Travels

  • Jul 14 2015

While some of you may be wistfully looking forward to the fall fashion trends just around the corner, there is still plenty of summer left for the season, and plenty of time within it to get some additional summer traveling in. Always someone who is up for an adventure, I never turn down the opportunity to hop on a place or get in the back seat of a car headed to somewhere different and new.

Like me, many of you have decided to take one last trip, getting your seasonal traveling experiences in while you still can.

Open skies and sun-light highways, here we come!

As with any traveling however, packing with a limited amount of space in your luggage can prove to be a challenge. It can mean not only limiting the number of shoes you are able to stuff into your too-small carry-on, but also picking out jewelry pieces that won’t become a tangled, impossible-to-wear mess by the time your and yours goods reach your destination.

For travel-ready jewelry, you'll want to choose pieces that don’t have as much wire exposed, and/or have minimal chain elements.

To make your accessorizing easier, pack along simple pieces that can easily go with most of what you are planning on wearing. Picking a neutral colored necklace, for example, can span across your evening dress to something to drape over a relaxed white t-shirt.

modern black necklace

Other easy-to-pack pieces include beaded adjustable bracelets that don't have clasps that will get tangled or caught on anything, and beaded rings that are much more lightweight than their metal-made counter-parts.

Finally, stick your small pieces into Ziploc bags before packing them into your luggage or carry-ons. You wouldn’t want them to be hard to find when you’re in a hurry! It will also protect them from getting snagged into your clothing or the lining of your luggage.

Have a safe and fun rest of your summer!

Embracing Summer Boho Style

  • Jul 8 2015

Not always the earliest of adopters when it comes to new fashion trends, I was hesitant to embrace the "Boho" phenomenon that was happening around me. Sure, I loved the big floppy hats, and, of course, the beaded jewelry, but I wasn't as sure about the leather fringe or the high-waisted pants. But then, as most fashion trends do, it began to grow on me.

Boho

Boho fashion isn't so hard to fall in love with when you think of the intentions behind it. Embracing who you are and allowing yourself to flow freely as your own person. It keeps in touch with nature and embraces the human form with a full flattering of its original state. I don't have to feel bad about not having time to do anything to my hair in the morning. With Boho fashion I don't have to wear a super-padded bra just to get clothes to fit me right. The easy accessories and loose-fitting garments welcome me, just as I am, no judgements.

So maybe it's just another passing fad, soon to be replaced by something else before we even knew what hit us. But for now, I'm going to enjoy every bit of it.

The wooden anklet featured in this blog post's collage is available here. Or you can shop all anklets here.

New Anklets for Beach-Bound Days

  • Jul 2 2015

The dog days of summer are upon us. No time like the present to abandon our daily lives and head for the beach!

Of course, no beach-bound ensemble would be complete without an ankle bracelet or two to pull everything together. That's where the new double-layered anklets from Megan's Beaded Designs come in.


Feel like a boho-bejeweled princess with one of these lovely pieces wrapped around your ankle. There are several colors to choose from, and all are handcrafted with quality materials and original design.


Purple Crystals Anklet - $12

Earthy Green Anklet - $12

Dazzling Deep Blue Anklet - $12

Creamy Blue and Brown Anklet - $12

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Men's Leather Bracelets - Now Just $37

  • May 18 2015

With plenty of time to order for Father's Day - all men's leather bracelets have been slashed to just $37!

Men's Leather Bracelet

Each bold bracelet design features original beadwork, woven entirely by hand. The geometric and tribal patterns will add a layer of expressive ruggedness to his overall ensemble. The bracelets are easy to snap on with two size options of 8 or 8.5 inches around, making them easy to slip on whenever the mood strikes. The beaded appliques and are attached to hand-cut and weather-treated leather for lasting durability, so he can wear these jewelry pieces inside and outside, and on both his relaxed and active days.

Mens Tribal Bracelet

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Custom Bridal Party Jewelry Makes for a More Special Occasion

  • May 6 2015

One of the significant ways you can make your wedding more original and more YOU is through the wedding jewelry you choose for yourself and your bridal party. Unique, custom jewelry for each member of your bridal party will make their pieces a gift that is more special than any basic, run-of-the-mill set of jewelry you can get from a manufactured retail outlet, and will leave them all with something they can wear every day to remind them of what a great day your wedding was. (No matter how basic you opt for their bridal party dresses to be, no article of clothing will ever have this same ability.)

When choosing your bridal party jewelry, opt for pieces that fit with your overall wedding’s theme, the style of your bridesmaids’ dresses, and of course, their own personal jewelry style.

Beaded Choker

(For example, you wouldn’t want to make them all wear chokers if most of your ladies can’t stand to have anything that close to their neck.)

You may also want to consider your own wedding jewelry, and how well theirs will compliment your own. It is always a nice overall look for photographs if they were a colored, subtle version of your own extravagant bridal jewelry set.

Modern Blue Earrings

A custom-made artisan jewelry set always makes a lovely gift, and will be an especially touching custom when given to the members of your bridal party.

To have me design and create custom jewelry for your or your bridal party, please e-mail me with your ideas at contact@megansbeadeddesigns.com or send me a message via my contact form here.

Ideas for Making Your Wedding More YOU

  • Apr 27 2015

Wedding Ideas

Wedding season has begun and it’s already in full swing. Along with celebrating my own wedding anniversary of 4 years and counting, I’ve been attending ceremonies for newlyweds every weekend so far this month. It’s amazing how once you reach a certain age (mid-to-late-twenties, for me), everyone seems to be getting’ married and havin’ babies!

It must be spring!

With each wedding I attend it’s amazing to me all of the brilliant and original ideas people come up with. Even though there are hundreds of thousands of weddings happening every day of the year, there are plenty of ways to add your own personal touches to your ceremony and reception to make it uniquely your own.


(Image source modwedding.com)

For example, instead of serving cake (or even cupcakes) you could go more original and serve miniature pies, cookies, or doughnuts! (I have yet to see dessert crepes served at a wedding, but wouldn’t that be awesome!?) Table centerpieces, guest souvenirs, and the accessories of you and your wedding party are all additional ways you can add your own personal flair to the overall event.

For a friend’s Alice in Wonderland themed wedding, we served hot and cold tea beverages at ever table, with adorable “Eat Me” sugar cookies served with dinner.

Eat Me Cookie

I also created the custom jewelry for the bridal party, which included a timepiece necklace for each bridesmaid reflective of the perpetually late rabbit from the original story. It was such a fun collection to design, and it turned out to be a hit for everyone who attended!

Custom

Another uncommon thing you can do, especially if you are having you wedding outside on a warm summer day, is ditch your shoes! Yes, really! Don’t even bother bringing ‘em!

Instead of uncomfortable heels that will have your feet screaming in pain by the end of the evening, why not feel the cool grass or sand beneath your toes with a pair of barefoot sandals? Perfect for a destination beach wedding!

Barefoot Bridal Sandals
(Buy your own set for $21 here.)

I’d love to see what your original wedding ideas are. Tag me in your pics on Instagram @megansbeadeddesigns or on twitter @Glamour365.

If you are interested in your own custom jewelry for you and/or your wedding party, send me an e-mail at contact@megansbeadeddesigns.com and I’ll get back to you with a quote and a time frame. I would love to make something for you on your special day!