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All Black All The Time

  • Jan 12 2017

All Black All The Time

All-Black Work Fashion Outfit

All Black All The Time

All Black All The Time by Megan's Beaded Designs

American Vintage blazer jacket
$155 - question-air.com

Adrianna Papell jump suit
$195 - johnlewis.com

Alexander Wang black pumps
$555 - stylebop.com

Black Collar Necklace

An all-black outfit ready to impress the office or other networking event attendees. Completed with a set of striking shades for when you need to take a step outside and breathe it all in.

Pulling the outfit together is the beaded black collar necklace. This statement piece is sure to be noticed, while still blending in with the rest of the dark apparel.

You can never go wrong with black.

Black goes with everything, and looks good on everyone.

Black doesn't have a season nor is it a fleeting trend.

For utmost confidence and fierce style? All black, all the time.

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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!

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.

Valentine Gift Guide for Him

  • Feb 2 2015

Hunting for a valentine gift for the hubby, boy-toy or man-friend? Here's a gift guide of Valentine's Day treats for only the manliest of men.

Valentine Gifrt Guide for Him

Valentine Gifrt Guide for Him by Megan's Beaded Designs

Acqua di Parma gift sets kit
$71 - liberty.co.uk

Diesel shoes

D S DURGA scented candle

Allurez jewellery box
$130 - allurez.com

Blomus bar tool

Christmas home decor
$105 - sweetpeaandwillow.com

Mens Stormy Leather Bracelet
$227 www.MegansBeadedDesigns.com

The Surprising History of Beadwork

  • Jan 26 2015

Native American Beadwork
(Image Source: Flickr Creative Commons)

Usually, when we think of beadwork, we often think of the kind found at pow-wow events and natural history museums. It's how I was first introduced to beadwork: from the Native style jewelry and decor my grandfather made when I was a young. Surprisingly though, Native Americans first made beads out of natural materials with tools made of rocks and wood. Their beads were generally large and it wasn't until Europeans came over that they were able to obtain small beads to create the more intricate designs.

It was their take on how to work with these small beads that led to our current association of bead work with Native American culture.

People have been doing bead work for the then 5000 years, according to archaeologists. Beads were used to make decorative clothes, for religious purposes, wall hanging, and jewelry.

Even if "just" worn as a fashion staple, I feel like beadwork still has a significant and personal meaning for each person who wears it.

For starters, most beadwork is still created entirely by hand. The beaded pieces you'll find here on Megan's Beaded Designs, for example, are all originally designed and woven together by yours truly, one tiny bead at a time.

There is also the fact that beadwoven pieces look so different than anything else you can find in the jewelry market. Generally commanding more real estate, they are often pieces that will attract more attention and serve as statement-makers.

Beaded Statement Jewelry

Light & Dark Blue Jewelry

  • Jan 21 2015

Color your ensemble with dark blue cobalt and the whisper of light gray with the newest color edition of The Rebecca Collection from Megan's Beaded Designs.

Light & Dark

Light & Dark by Megan's Beaded Designs


Blue jewelry

Dark blue jewelry

Pendant necklace

Blue Earrings

Beaded Ring

Beaded headband

Shop the entire Rebecca Collection by clicking here.

Made with Love - Handmade Valentine's Day Jewelry

  • Jan 13 2015

Say "I love you," "I think you're cool," "I heart Valentine's Day," or "I don't really like this holiday but I think hearts and handmade jewelry are cool, so there!" with a Valentine's Day themed piece of hand-crafted, artisan jewelry from Megan's Beaded Designs.

Gothic Pin Up Hair Clip
Hair Clip - 19.00

Blue Turquoise Heart Necklace
Heart Necklace - 16.00

I Heart Music Earrings
Earrings - 5.00

Blue Hearts Headband
Trail of Hearts Headband - 29.00

Cookie Ring
Cookie Ring - 9.00

Heart Health Gamer Bracelet
Game Health Bracelet - 47.00

Accessories that POP

  • Jan 12 2015

Accessories that POP

Yumi blue skater skirt
$30 - houseoffraser.co.uk

Karen Walker acetate glasses
$75 - theoutnet.com

Yellow nail polish
$4.53 - newlook.com

POP hair accessory
Megan's Beaded Designs

New Year, New You: Easy Accessories that will Upgrade Your Look for 2015

  • Jan 5 2015

It's 2015. Thank goodness we aren't actually dressing in the fashion that the Back to the Future series predicted.

fashion in 2015

*Whew* thank gawd we missed the boat on that one, eh?

That doesn't mean, however, that many of us haven't resolved to taking our looks up a notch for the upcoming year. Noting, of course, that it doesn't mean we have to sacrifice comfort, conform to what other people tell us we're "supposed" to wear, or any other such nonsense as all that. Really, all it takes to pack some punch and make an expressive impression via your wardrobe is to adorn it a bit. You don't even need to throw out all of your clothing investments and spend your retirement money on a new wardrobe.

(As fun as that sounds.)

You'll feel better about your appearance, boost your confidence, feel more put-together, get more compliments and conversations going by simply topping off your everyday looks with a few new, original accessories from Megan's Beaded Designs.

For example, an easy-to-rock headband can quickly turn hair that you didn't have time to fix that morning into something sleek, polished, and complete.

Boho Headband
Stretch Headband - 114.00

Blue Hearts Headband
Ribbon Tie Headband - 29.00

Wedding Headband - 19.00

Equally efficient- who can forget earrings? Instantly elevate and glamorize your look by opting for something long and dangling instead of your usual studs.

Blue Block Earrings
Earrings - $18

Finally, you don't even have to buy new shoes to upgrade the ones you've already got. Simply stick a pair of shoe clips on 'em, and you could wear the same pair every day if you wanted to!

Moonstone Shoe Clips
Shoe Clips - $32.00

You can browse all beaded jewelry here, or hair accessories here.

Punk with a POW

  • Dec 15 2014

Punk Pow

Vintage dress

Crayo purple watch

Burke Decor fringe shawl

Beauty product

Framed wall art

Fried Egg Earrings
Megan's Beaded Designs

Alligator hair clip
Megan's Beaded Designs