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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

Click here to shop all anklets.

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

Click here to shop all Men's Leather Bracelets.

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!

New Jewelry Line: The Black Tie Event Collection is Here

  • Apr 9 2015

First of all, thank you for your patience.

Second of all... it's here!!!! It's finally here! The latest jewelry line from Megan's Beaded Designs is up and available for your exploring and shopping pleasure.

And it couldn't have come at a better time either.

I don't know about you: but my upcoming weekends from now until mid-summer are chock-FULL of semi and full-formal occasions. We're talking weddings, graduations, retirement celebrations, anniversary extravaganzas, and so on.

At most of these events I know I can trust my little black dress to carry me through, but I'll be wanting some accessories that stand out a bit more than a simple chain necklace (*yawn* talk about BOR-ing!)

That's where The Black Tie Event Collection comes in.

Formal Event Jewelry

The necklaces, earrings, bracelets, and rings in this new artisan jewelry collection are meant to be pair perfectly with the suits around you, while still standing out in their originality enough to have you confidently setting yourself apart. Each piece is mainly black (of course), with speckles of twinkles crystals and frosted glass droplets for a whisper of elegance that is sure to be remembered.

I hope you love the pieces in this new jewelry collection. They've been a long time coming, and I'm so excited to share them with you.

Cocktail Party Jewelry

Shop the entire collection here.

Emerald City Comic Con 2015

  • Apr 7 2015

It's hard to realize how many fellow geeks there are out there... until you visit a comic book convention. Once again, the hubby, our friends, and I dressed in head-to-toe cosplay and hit up a fantastic weekend in Seattle for the Emerald City Comic Con of 2015. The crowds, the energy, and the love for all things geek-a-licious is hard to deny or not enjoy even though you are sandwiched between a crowd of storm troopers, dragon slayers, and anime-sidekicks.

Tangled and Groucho Cosplay
(Me as Repunzel from the Disney movie, Tangled, and the hubby as the comic icon Groucho Marx.)

It's always fun and awesome when one's own cosplay brings so much joy to on-lookers. I couldn't get past any child (especially the little girls) under 10 without a picture, the blow of a kiss, or at least a small, shy wave. It's not always easy being a princess. ;-)

On the other hand, the hubby was surprised to find so many people declaring that he was the first Groucho cosplay they had ever seen, and patiently listed to every gentleman over 50 tell his favorite scenes or bit of trivia based on his character. The hubby of course, wiggled his eyebrows in response and delight.

Emerald City Comic Con Droids
(Robotic controlled droids. These aren't the droids you're looking for.)

Wizard of oz Cosplay
(I love it when a group of friends all dress up as a theme. Here, obviously, you can see the group from the Wizard of Oz.)

Jack and Sally Cosplay
(Jack & Sally. Awww....!)

Want more pics? Check out last year's Emerald City Comic Con blog post here.

Ode to Jughead

  • Mar 25 2015

Growing up, I read, collected, and adored Archie comics.

I would excitedly read each new issue and then read them again to my younger siblings for “story time.”

Archie was a two-timer, but also a sweet-heart. Veronica had the best fashion-sense, and Cheryl the best hair. I liked Betty because she was a writer, but didn’t much care for her push-over personality (seriously, why would a hot blonde like her want to settle for being the second choice!?!?)

But of all the characters, my all-time favorite was Jughead.

I’m being serious here.

This was a dude that didn’t get caught up in the romance-driven love triangles the rest of his group of friends were always entangled in (because that ooey-gooy love stuff is ewwww!) ;-)

I love peeps who prefer to live drama-free. Especially when they can manage to do it IN HIGH SCHOOL.

But best of all, this dude could EAT.

Jughead Comic Book Cover
(Image courtesy Archie Comic Publications, Inc.)

We’re talking dozens upon dozens of hamburgers, cake slices, hot dogs, and malts--all in one sitting. And all without gaining an ounce.

My hero….*sigh*

Anyway, I’d love to know… did you read comics when you were a kid? Who was your favorite comic book character? Do you still read comics, or, *ahem*, graphic novels? If so, got any good recommendations? Hit me up on twitter and let’s discuss!

Yearning for an Ireland Vacation

  • Mar 16 2015

If you're considering going to Ireland, for a vacation, for a business trip, [insert whatever possible excuse you can muster here], allow me to urge you to go through with it. Ireland is a beautiful country, with an emotional history, and is a fun adventure to explore.

Ireland Vacation

Here are some highlights from my journey through Ireland last summer:

Kilkenny
I stayed in this adorable town, Kilkenny. It may be small, but it is bursting with artisans, shops, delicious eating, entertainment, and more! Plus, it's small size makes it super easy to walk from one end of town to another in very little time!

Kilkenny Castle
Did I mention there's a beautiful castle in Kilkenny? Well, there is! And it's also a tourist attraction you get to go in and explore!

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Plus--as if castles weren't stunning enough--Ireland is also full of some of the most gorgeous churches ever built. These are also free to explore for tourists during non-mass hours.

Driving in Ireland
Driving on the "wrong" side of the road is tricky to get the hang of at first, but totally worth it for taking your car out onto the Irish country side! Breath-taking views and LOTS of green all along your journey!



Ireland
Don't forget to stop and take a rest at the Irish coast line. The sight will be somethign you will never forget.

Viking Towner Waterford Ireland
I also visitied Waterford, a slighter larger city south of Kilkenny. Here you'll find the crystal factory Ireland is much-known for, as well as the above-shown Viking tower, full of history and waiting for you to explore.

Plus, Irish pubs. Need I say more?
Drinking