Jewelry making is an art that many people merely dabble in during their lifetime, but not many can passionately say that this is what they want to do when they grow up. This Fashionista’s handmade accessories are what caught my eye this week. She’s decked out entirely with things she made herself – very impressive and right up my alley.
What initially grabbed my attention were this Fashionista’s earrings. They’re hot air balloons! Unique pieces like these are ideal for spicing up an outfit that is otherwise very plain. As an art student, you want to stay away from things that are going to get ruined with your daily (a lot of the time, messy and stain prone) labors. Because of this, she sticks to the basics with her apparel and shines in the jewelry department. Her solid V-neck partnered with simple destroyed denim cut-off shorts is the perfect canvas for highlighting such eye-catching designs.
The scarf is also a great addition to this outfit, as the burnt orange adds a nice pop of color while still drawing the attention to her well adorned lobes. A light scarf during the summer is a great way to accessorize during the day, and stay cozy during cool nights. Anthropologie never fails to provide me with the perfect scarf, but you can also copy this Fashionista and keep your eyes peeled for those ever-present mall kiosks for yours.
When I asked this Fashionista what materials she used for her jewelry, she answered with: sterling silver, brass, copper, washi paper and found objects. I love the creativity behind using “found objects” because it makes every piece in her collection exclusive while keeping her college student wallet very happy. You never know where you will stumble upon fashion inspiration, but you can sure start by following in this Fashionista’s footsteps and scoping out your surroundings!
Now, high quality jewelry making should normally be left to the professionals, but this shouldn’t stop you from experimenting with your own creativity! There are plenty of DIY projects out there to get you well on your way to becoming the next big thing in your dorm and around your campus. Some of my favorite projects involve midi rings, beaded bracelets and headbands! These are all very simple and can be done with things you probably have laying around your room.
So this semester, take a tip from my latest Fashionista and live your life creatively and most importantly… stylishly.
Spotted: If you like this bold style of jewelry, you will adore the fall 2013 Alexis Bittar collection. He is quoted to be “one of the greatest jewelry designers of the 21st century” and I would have to agree!