A Beautiful Cause

Have you come across iSanctuary yet? It’s short for International Sanctuary — it’s a jewelry company that helps survivors of human trafficking. That’s really a nutshell version of what they…

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Have you come across iSanctuary yet? It’s short for International Sanctuary — it’s a jewelry company that helps survivors of human trafficking. That’s really a nutshell version of what they do. The company employs people who have made it out of the human trafficking system with the goal of helping them reintegrate and find community. Everything, from making the jewelry, to packaging, shipping, inventory, and beyond — it’s all done by survivors.

It’s hard to talk about the actual accessories while there’s so much to share about the cause behind them, but suffice to to say that they make gorgeous pieces and you should definitely take some time to explore them all. The new Spring and Summer line is full of pieces that I’m loving! They recently sent me this chevron necklace, and I wear it with everything.

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Also, if you have a minute, read through their about page, too. It’s incredible what they’re accomplishing — employing women in India and the U.S., creating education and advocacy programs, and spreading the word about how to help. And by the way, if you’re interested in getting involved, there’s info here! Check it out. xoxo

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DIY Message in a Bottle Necklace

DIY Message in a Bottle Necklace

You know that Parks and Rec episode where Leslie Knope is celebrating Galentine’s Day with all of her friends? And she writes 5,000 word essays for each of her friends…

DIY Message in a Bottle Necklace

DIY Message in a Bottle Necklace

You know that Parks and Rec episode where Leslie Knope is celebrating Galentine’s Day with all of her friends? And she writes 5,000 word essays for each of her friends about why they are so awesome? I love that episode. And this here little necklace is like my own version of a Leslie Knope Galentine’s Day gift.

I have so many wonderful girlfriends, and I love to celebrate them! So I thought it would be cool to give little necklaces with secret messages for each of my lovely girls. You could even make yourself one, with a sentiment that you’d like to keep close to your heart. Either way, I love this project. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • mini bottles with cork stoppers
  • screw eye
  • jump ring
  • 24″ of chain
  • washi tape
  • white paper
  • pen
  • scissors
  • needle nose pliers

Start by screwing a screw eye into the cork. Next, use the pliers to open one link in the chain and connect both ends. Close the link securely around the two adjoining links.

DIY Message in a Bottle Necklace

DIY Message in a Bottle Necklace

DIY Message in a Bottle Necklace

Open a jump ring with the pliers and connect the screw eye to a link in the chain.

DIY Message in a Bottle Necklace

 

DIY Message in a Bottle Necklace

Put a small strip of washi tape on your white paper. Cut it into a small rectangle that will fit into the bottle when it’s rolled up. On the white side, write your message. Roll up the paper and insert it into the bottle.

DIY Message in a Bottle Necklace

DIY Message in a Bottle Necklace

DIY Message in a Bottle Necklace

Firmly insert the cork into the bottle and ensure that it won’t be easily pulled off.

DIY Message in a Bottle Necklace

Give these to someone you love! You can tell them what it says or put a little tag on it that lets them know. Happy making! xoxo

DIY Message in a Bottle Necklace

Upper Metal Class

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You guys know by now that I’m a huge fan of this month’s sponsor, Upper Metal Class. Here are a few pieces from the shop that are currently at the…

You guys know by now that I’m a huge fan of this month’s sponsor, Upper Metal Class. Here are a few pieces from the shop that are currently at the top of my wishlist! And don’t forget — if you need to pick something out for yourself or as a holiday gift, Lovely Indeed readers get 15% off of any purchase all month! Use code LOVELY at checkout. xoxo

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Fawn & Rose Giveaway

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I’m so happy to be bringing all of you darling people another giveaway today! I wish I could enter this one myself, but I’ll save the good stuff for you…

I’m so happy to be bringing all of you darling people another giveaway today! I wish I could enter this one myself, but I’ll save the good stuff for you guys. Up for grabs today is a $25 gift card to the beautiful Fawn & Rose online shop!

Fawn & Rose is a UK-based handmade jewelry shop (there are also have a few illustrations and photographic prints as well!). I had such a lovely time wandering through both the Etsy and Asos shops, and could easily pick out more than a few things that would happily take up residence in my jewelry collection. Here are a few of my favorites.

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Mint Bead Bracelet. Gold Hexagon Necklace. Wooden Zigzag Necklace. Double Strand Copper Bracelet. Neon Dipped Bead Necklace. Zigzag Necklace.

Can you tell I’m in love with all of the necklaces? The bracelets, too. I think the color choices are spot on, and I like how the pieces have kind of a dreamy quality but with a punch. But I think out of them all, the Geometric Chevron Necklace is the winner in my book.

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So I know you wanna know how to win! Check out the rules below to try your luck.

What’s Up for Grabs? $25 Gift Card to Fawn & Rose’s Etsy shop.

Who’s Eligible? Anyone & everyone.

How Do I Enter? You know the drill! Just go to Fawn & Rose’s Etsy shop and look around. Then come right back here and leave a comment telling me which piece you’d spend your gift card on.

Are There Multiple Entries? Yep. If you want an extra entry, you can like Fawn & Rose on Facebook. You can also tweet or blog about the giveaway. Make sure that you leave a separate comment for each entry!

When Does the Contest End? Sunday, October 21st, 9 pm PST.

There’s also a little something for everybody —  all Lovely Indeed readers will get 20% off of any Fawn & Rose purchase for the rest of the month! Enter code LOVELY at checkout to redeem your discount. Many, many thanks to Fawn & Rose for sharing a little lovely with us all. xoxo

Liana Marie Accessories & a reader deal

This post is sponsored by Liana Marie.  All opinions are mine.  Thank you for being supportive of the sponsors that help keep Lovely Indeed up and running!  xoxo You know…

This post is sponsored by Liana Marie.  All opinions are mine.  Thank you for being supportive of the sponsors that help keep Lovely Indeed up and running!  xoxo

You know I’m a fan of accessories.  And especially accessories that are a little funky and unlike what every other girl on the street is wearing.  So when I did a little online shopping recently at Liana Marie, it was inevitable that I would want one of everything.

Liana Marie is a hand-crafted accessories company based in Ontario, Canada.  Owner and designer Liana has created a line of accessories that is super-modern with a nod to a vintage sensibility.  It’s full of pieces that look amazing with either a plain white tee or dolled up to the nines.  (And even cooler: Liana picks up lots of the materials while traveling, so each piece has an awesome story.)

My neck is in serious need of one of her amazing knit cowls (I love the Accordion), but I think the Carly necklace, with the silk ribbon and brass beads is my absolute fave!  Liana’s personal fave is the Heather, which features a super-cool brass knot hanging on a vintage chain.  I think what I love most is the combination of cool materials, and how it all feels a little industrial but still very feminine.

So if you’d like to see the rest of the collection, do a little window shopping.  And you can always join Liana’s party on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.  (Her Instagram is full of cool jewelry production photos!)  Do yourself a favor and spend a little time supporting this awesome business.

And the best part of all:  Liana’s offering Lovely Indeed readers a special deal!  If you’re picking up any goodies from her shop, you can get 20% off of any order that’s $50 or more.  Just enter code LMWEB12 at checkout.  I’m thinking a little early Christmas shopping might be in order!  xoxo

 

window shopping: upper metal class

You guys! You know about our awesome sponsor Upper Metal Class, right? I’ve been clicking around their shop recently, and I basically want one of everything. Ever since my sister…

You guys! You know about our awesome sponsor Upper Metal Class, right? I’ve been clicking around their shop recently, and I basically want one of everything. Ever since my sister gave me this necklace last Christmas, I’ve been wearing it almost daily, and secretly wanting more of UMC’s goodies. I actually loved the necklace so much I wore it in my most recent acting headshots.

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I think what I love so much is that the pieces are really delicate, but also kind of tough-looking. A nice juxtaposition. I’d love to get some of those sweet little earrings — the skulls and triangles have totally caught my eye. And the imperfection of the little faceted stones on both the earrings and the necklace are just too good. What are your faves? xoxo

diy chunky necklace

I love this project!  I almost called it “DIY Pebbles & BamBam Necklace,” because it kind of looks like it’s straight out of The Flintstones.  In any case, it’s awesome…

I love this project!  I almost called it “DIY Pebbles & BamBam Necklace,” because it kind of looks like it’s straight out of The Flintstones.  In any case, it’s awesome and you should make one.  Here’s what you’ll need.

  • modeling clay & oven
  • butter knife
  • paint & paintbrush
  • clear nail polish
  • fabric
  • Stitch Witchery
  • iron
  • fabric/craft glue
  • hole punch
  • chunky chain
  • needle nose or jewelry pliers
  • scissors
  • jewelry clasp

First, make some gem-shaped “rocks” with your modeling clay.  They can be all different shapes and sizes; use the butter knife if you need help shaping.  8-10 pieces should be enough.  Bake the clay according to the instructions on the package.  Let the pieces cool and then paint any color you desire (I used three coats).

After the paint has dried, coat each piece with clear nail polish for a shiny finish.

Next, sandwich a few layers of Stitch Witchery between two layers of fabric and iron until the layers are fused together evenly.

Arrange the clay rocks in an upside-down arch on the fabric and glue each piece down.  Cut around the rocks, leaving a little extra on each end of the arch.  Punch a small hole on each end.

Take a length of chain 18″ long and fold it in half.  Use the pliers to unfasten one link of extra chain.  Insert the extra link into one of the holes and through the middle link in the 18″ chain.  Close the open link.  Repeat on the other side of the necklace.

On the other ends of the chain, use the pliers to fasten the open ends to the jewelry clasp.

Wear it, live it, love it!  I can’t wait to find an excuse to take this one out for a spin.  xoxo

diy colorblock bangle

So the other day I did this little DIY for The Sweetest Occasion, and I liked it so much I decided to make it wearable.  And thus, the colorblock bangle…

So the other day I did this little DIY for The Sweetest Occasion, and I liked it so much I decided to make it wearable.  And thus, the colorblock bangle was born.

I had this old bangle that I wasn’t wearing any more but I didn’t want to throw it out (it’s actually from a trip to Brazil, made from a coconut shell).  So I decided to do a restyle that would update it, which I could also easily undo if I ever wanted the original bracelet back.  So grab an old bangle, a few colors of embroidery thread, a glue gun, and some scissors.

Match up the ends of all the skeins of embroidery thread and glue them to the inside of the bangle using a small dot of hot glue.  Choose one color and begin wrapping it tightly around the bangle, hiding the glue spot.  Be sure that you are also wrapping over the other colors of thread.

Continue until you want to switch colors.  When you change, simply start wrapping with the new color, ensuring that the old color is now being wrapped underneath the new.  Continue changing colors as you desire.

When you near the end, snip off the ends of the colors that you’re finished using.  Continue wrapping the final color to hide the ends.  Secure the final thread to the inside of the bracelet with a small dot of hot glue.  Snip the end.

Slip it on and be prepared for everyone to ask you where you got that amazing bracelet!  xoxo

diy updated friendship bracelet

Hey, remember friendship bracelets?  My sister and I used to make them by the dozens and give them away to our best buddies, or stack ’em up on our own…

Hey, remember friendship bracelets?  My sister and I used to make them by the dozens and give them away to our best buddies, or stack ’em up on our own wrists.  Well, much to my pleasure, they’re making a comeback — with a little updated twist.  These days, you see friendship bracelets everywhere, mixed in with rhinestones, leather, chains, and all kinds of different hardware.  So I decided to give this new (old) trend the DIY treatment.  Wanna make one too?  Here’s how.

Get about 6 colors of embroidery floss and some small chain (you can find it in the beading section of your local craft store if you don’t have any hanging around).  Cut a generous arm’s length (or two if you want it to wrap around your wrist twice) of each color.  Cut the amount of chain that you need to wrap around your wrist.  Knot your floss, and safety pin the knot to a pillow on your lap as a work space.

Thread your first piece of thread through the first link of chain, from back to front.  Cross the same piece of thread (the first) over the second, then loop it under, up and through.  Pull taut.  Repeat the same knot with the first and second threads.  Then work your way across the row — the first thread should make two knots over the third, then fourth, then fifth, then sixth pieces, and it should end up on the far right of the first row.

Take the second thread and repeat the process; thread it through the same link of chain as the first.  Finish the second row.  The third thread should go through the second link in the chain.  Each link of chain will have two threads through it as you proceed.

Continue this process until the bracelet is the length you like!  At the end, knot your threads all together and snip off the excess.  Attach it to your wrist by knotting it, or get a bracelet clasp from your local craft store for easier on and off.  Wear it yourself or give it to your sister, your friend, or a stranger on the street — spread the love!  xoxo

coloring book: turquoise

Turquoise is another current favorite of mine — it is such a beautiful, punchy color, but still maintains the cool and calm feeling that blues have.  It makes you feel…

Turquoise is another current favorite of mine — it is such a beautiful, punchy color, but still maintains the cool and calm feeling that blues have.  It makes you feel like you’re looking out over an ocean at sunrise, or like diving headfirst into a crystal clear pool.  And on top of that, how can you say no to turquoise jewelry?  Too bold and lovely to pass up.  xoxo

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mr. lovely: wedding ties

We are getting sooo close, y’all! We’re tying the knot exactly one month from today, and we’re getting down to nitty gritty wedding details, here.  Our most recent find are…

We are getting sooo close, y’all! We’re tying the knot exactly one month from today, and we’re getting down to nitty gritty wedding details, here.  Our most recent find are the neckties that Mr. Lovely and his groomsmen will be wearing when we get hitched.

Mr. Lovely wanted something classic but with a slightly retro feel, and so we were on the hunt for a simple tie with a narrow cut.  After debating Ben Sherman vs. J. Crew, he scoped out some cool Penguin ties at Nordstrom Rack, and scooped them up.  They are each a little different but look great as a group, and couldn’t be more awesome!  Check ’em out.  xoxo