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cate-djbGrowing up in a small farming town, population 1700, you may wonder if you should really trust any jewelry advice I have to offer. But, while most people were riding four wheelers and going hunting on the weekends, I surrounded myself with all the fashion magazines I could grab off the Rite Aid shelf. So yeah, with those credentials, you should trust me. Now, I’m a 24 year old, working at the same first job I got out of college, which happens to be in the jewelry business and has nothing to do with my history major. I love shopping (duh), presidential trivia, and sarcasm. I’ll read any book on any subject –trashy romance novels and an informative expose on fair trade are equally appealing. I love an olive in my martini...make it black. I like arts and crafts like the next girl, but I have learned when to exchange the D-I- and the Y, and just to go out and buy. Except when it comes to sewing, I have picked up the needle-- or, in actuality, pushed the pedal to the metal. I also am shopping every hour on the hour for beginner books on gardening because I just can't stand grocery store produce anymore. Give me organic beets, people! Okay, now you get me.
  • Stacks on stacks on stacks

    Ben: What's your new company?
    Tom: We specialize in making stacks on stacks on stacks on stacks.

    Ever since I saw this episode of Parks and Recreation (one of the funniest shows on television), I’ve said the phrase “stacks on stacks on stacks on stacks” more than any normal person should. Tom Haverford may have been talking about stacks of money, but I adapt this saying to mean anything I see in stackable form (food, books). Mostly I’m talking about jewelry. Specifically, bracelets. In this case, less is not more. Mixing bracelets is my go-to accessory usage. Stacks on stacks can be done poorly though- so let me give you a few guidelines for making your wrist worthy of a thousand re-pins on pinterest.

    1. Either mix metal or stones-not both! If you are donning two-toned bracelets, stick to gold and silver pieces. If you are adding colored stones, beads, or enamel, make sure the metals of each bracelet are consistent. Otherwise you may end up looking a little more like you belong in kindergarten.

    2. Don’t be afraid to mix expensive pieces with budget friendly. On any given day, I may have on a Rolex watch, H&M beaded bracelets, and a gold bangle that belonged to my mom back in the day of bell bottom jeans and the middle hair part.

    3. And finally, diversity in sizes is not only your friend, but essential! You may have one of two chunky bracelets, but make sure to balance them out with even more thin bangles. A rule of them can be two thin pieces per one larger.

    Why does all of this matter? Because your wrists be can weighed down visually leaving you looking like a one hundred ring hula hoop act from the circus - which does have a time and place….or actually, probably not. These three rules can set you free from the stigma of building an expensive collection from only one high-end brand, when in reality; the look you probably want could cost a fraction of the price. I won’t be mad if you start saying “stacks on stacks on stacks on stacks” more than is necessary. I get it. Happy stacking!

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