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The Art of the Stack + a Giveaway!

June 19, 2013

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The other day I received an email from a friend inquiring about the how-to’s of piling on an absurd amount of bracelets. He was asking for his wife, who just wasn’t quite sure how to build what I call The Stack and still have it look cool. This of course got me thinking since up until that point I’d never really considered the process of stacking. While I thought I was a grab and go type of girl, I discovered that I actually have somewhat of a routine when piling on the jewels. In light that some of you may too be wondering how to create your own stack, here’s my breakdown along with a Beso Beso bracelet GIVEAWAY to get you started! Boom-shaka-laka-bang-boom!

But before I tell you about the giveaway, I’m going to make you wait patiently like a child forced to eat breakfast before opening presents on Christmas. So first, let’s talk stacking.

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Catbird arrow cuff | other two bracelets are unknown designers

 

I like to start small. This includes the thinner, more dainty bracelets in your collection. Normally I try to stick to one metal, but it’s rare that it stays that way once I start building.

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Odette cuff | Catbird arrow cuff | BaubleBar panther bracelet | Hermes cuff | Giles & Brother cuff

 

Then I gradually get a little thicker with my selections. This is also a great opportunity to add in a mixture of colors, friendship bracelets, stones, and gems. Don’t be afraid to build the stack up your forearm. Though sweat and bracelet indentation can sometimes be an issue, I say the more the merrier.

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Henri Bendel bracelet | Odette cuff | Catbird arrow cuff | BaubleBar panther bracelet | Hermes cuff | Giles & Brother cuff | Beso Beso cuff | Gypsies & Debutantes friendship bracelet

 

Once all the basics are down, you can really start playing with different sizes and textures. This is the pretty mindless part for me as it’s all about trial and error. If you’re at a loss of what to add, I highly recommend sticking to the same metal group and just adding a variety in shapes and sizes. Kind of like what I did with the multiple stacks in the gif below. And remember, Rome wasn’t built in a day, so don’t put too much pressure on your wrists.

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And now the moment you’ve been waiting for: the Beso Beso giveaway! 

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. THANK YOU ALL FOR ENTERING AND STAY TUNED FOR MORE GIVEAWAYS SOON!

Congrats Jen on winning the Beso Beso giveaway! You will receive an email shortly regarding information for your Beso Beso bracelet! xo, Sonia

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Ain’t she a beaut?! Here’s how to enter:

1. Like Beso Beso on Facebook.

2. Tell me you did so in the comments section below.

3. Tell me your favorite song of the summer!

Please note that this giveaway is available to US residents only. I’ll announce the winner winner chicken dinner on Friday, June 21st.

THE GIVEAWAY HAS BEEN EXTENDED! I’LL NOW ANNOUNCE THE WINNER ON MONDAY, JUNE 24TH! WOOP!

In the meantime, get your stacks started with some of my top bracelet picks below.

DIY: Big Tub of Balm to Small Tub of Balm

May 7, 2013

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I have an affinity for large tubs of things. I love tubs of champagne. Tubs of ice cream. Tubs full of puppies. And tubs of lip balm. However, after carrying around a giant tub of Josie Maran’s Argan Balm for weeks and then trying to stuff it into a small clutch bag with no success, I realized maybe I should think about downsizing. Unfortunately, Lady Maran’s (sorry, I’ve been watching a lot of Game of Thrones) nourishing all-purpose balm doesn’t come in mini size and I was forced to take matters into my own DIY hands.

So, in what is perhaps one of the most simple DIYs — except for maybe this one — I will now show you how to take your giant tub of awesome goop and turn it into a clutch-friendly travel pal!

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You will need: an small, empty container (I found mine at the local drug store). A giant container full of your favorite balmy goodness (as you can tell, my favorite is Josie Maran’s Argan Balm. And a spoon, which you hopefully already have in your kitchen.

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Take your spoon and carve out some balm from the big container. Make sure you start small so that you don’t overflow your small container and end up with a greasy mess.

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Using the back of the spoon, smoosh down the balm into the smaller container. Once you have enough in there, use your finger to smooth out the top.

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Now take your new itsy bitsy container of balm and put it into the smallest bag you own! TA DA! 

DIY: Stuffed Fur Stole

March 20, 2013

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Having worked in the fashion industry for several years now, prices rarely surprise me. Clothes are expensive these days, but accessories take the cake for several months worth of rent. I still roll my eyes at a pair of shoes well over 1K and find the price of a Birkin bag to be ridiculous, but I normally know what to expect upon walking into a store like Barney’s. However, I was slapped in the face by a price tag a few days ago and I’m not sure I’ll ever recover.

I saw the above photo of the unstuffed animal stole on style.com during Paris Fashion Week and began a feverish online hunt to track one down. Countless Etsy sites offered up similar faux stoles, but I wanted that one. I decided to put the fuzzy friend on the back burner, certain that its online presence would turn up eventually. Well turn up it did but at a price that not even I, lover of all things stuffed animal, could justify.

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The stoles are by Vika Gazinskaya and can currently be purchased on Moda Operandi for the hefty sum of $2,000. That’s right, the lemur stuffed animal — which they call a raccoon — that looks so much like the fuzzy friends you snuggled with on a nightly basis as a kid costs as much as a nice studio apartment in NYC.

So what does one do when they can’t afford the real deal? They DIY. Behold three options below that cost next to nothing.

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First, we have our stuffed animal hat. Though I have yet to figure out how to secure such an accoutrement on my head, I’m positive that this look will have me street style snapped in no time. Tommy Ton, meet me in 10?

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Then we have the Teddy Bear stole; a personal favorite of mine. Notice how my well-worn teddy balances gracefully on my shoulder? She looks like she’s having a much better time than that $2K plush racoon/lemur. Plus she’s versatile and can double as a snuggle buddy and/or pillow.

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And last, but certainly not least, we have the real animal. Finn’s longer body wrapped perfectly around my shoulders and his legs even dangled like the fox scarf pictured above. If you don’t have your own dog or cat at home, I fully support you borrowing one off the street that goes well with your outfit.

DIY: Tom Binns Painted Swarovski Jewelry

April 3, 2012

I’ve mentioned it a zillion times and I’ll mention it again: I Love Tom Binns. No, not the man himself (never met him), but his jewelry is hands down my favorite on the planet. He has a series of different collections – you’ve all seen me getting serious wear out of his safety pin bracelets – but it’s his painted swarovski crystal collections that have recently tied down my fickle eye.

Now, these beauties you see above are a bit steep for my bank account (they range between $600-$2,200) so I took matters into my own hands. I bought a bunch of cheap “crystal” necklaces, rummaged through my extensive nail polish collection for some bright colors, sat down in front of the tv and painted my very own Tom Binns inspired necklaces (and earrings!).

Jump on the DIY wagon and do it too! Here’s how:

Supplies:

  • Cheap crystal necklaces you won’t mind painting (try this one or this one)
  • Nail polish – preferably in bright neon colors

  • Pick your colors and get painting! Try not to get too much on each crystal and keep a steady hand. Second coat is optional, though I prefer it.

  • Let your colorful jewels dry!

  • Wear them in every ridiculous way possible.

DIY One Stars + Another Giveaway!

October 11, 2011

Converse are a kind shoe I can never have enough of, so when Target approached me about sending over a pair of Converse One Stars to decorate however I wanted, I obviously said yes. While there was a kit with all kinds of glitter, fabric markers, sequins, etc, I realized that I loved the simplicity of the shoe and wanted to keep them that way. So what did I do? I grunged them up just a wee bit by adding three spikey studs to each shoe. I love that there’s now an unexpected surprise in my simple white sneakers and that they could probably double as weapons if I wanted them too.

Well, it doesn’t stop there. Target would love to send one of you splendid readers a Target gift card and a decorating kit in the hopes that you will decorate your very own pair of Converse One Stars as well!

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WOWEE!

Just like my last giveaway, all you have to do is leave a comment below but this time I want you to tell me one place that you would love to travel to someday…

I’ll announce the winner on Thursday!

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…et voila!