REVIEW | MEJURI – EVERYDAY ELEGANCE

Diamonds are a girls best-friend and it couldn’t be more true with the simplistic and minimal pieces that are created by Canadian brand, Mejuri. The fact that Mejuri is created and made in Toronto just makes me love them that much more, I love supporting local businesses! It’s also amazing to see the Mejuri doing so well and garnering international recognition for their fine jewelry, the blog-o-sphere and influencers are all over this brand!

I first discovered Mejuri on Instagram and have collected multiple pieces since and will definitely be ordering more in the near future. I find that minimal and dainty jewelry work best with my style as I don’t tend to have a lot of time to fuss over which pieces of jewelry to wear every day. Everything Mejuri offers, with weekly releases of new styles, I constantly repeating the mantra “I MUST HAVE IT” in my thoughts. With jewelry, I’m the type of girl that: once its on, it never comes off. Apologies to those who get tired of me wearing the same studs week in and week out. But I absolutely love my 360 Circle studs, they give this illusion of gauges, or eyelets being punched into the ear… really stunning, I’ve received endless compliments on how unique they look!

I love that Mejuri provides fine jewelry quality at an affordable price. When you wear the same jewelry everyday, you want to know that it will last and still look just as good on the day you received it. I have always believed that it is worthwhile to splurge on some good quality jewelry as it will last you a life time. The magical numbers of 925, symbolizing sterling silver quality, was ingrained into me since I was pretty young as most cheap metals didn’t react well with my skin (TIP: when thrifting for jewelry be sure to check out the jewelry section for some hidden silver gems!). You will never have to experience grossly green ring marks with pieces from Mejuri. All pieces are crafted out of the finest materials with options for sterling silver, gold vermeil, and gold filled. All priced fairly so that you can have that fine quality jewelry without paying the extra fine high prices.

So the next time you’re in search of a small treat for yourself or gifting a little something to a good friend, I would highly recommend checking out Mejuri! Maybe drop some hints to your partner as Valentine’s day is right around the corner… you may be lucky enough to own something sparkly!

Read on to see how I like to wear my current Mejuri pieces and to see what’s on my current wishlist!

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DIY | PEARL DROP EARRINGS

 

Carrying the pearl embellished trend into the fall, this is a super cute DIY addition to the jewelry collection! I love ear jackets and earring extenders, so I thought it would be a fun way to incorporate the pearl trend in a similar fashion. I love the dramatic drop with the chain, and because its not permanently attached to any earring stud post or backing you can definitely wear these interchangeably with a lot of earrings your already own! I paired mine with one of my favourite earrings at the moment, which are my 360 Earrings in sterling silver from Mejuri.

If you don’t know about Mejuri, I’m here to put them on your radar. Based out of Toronto, this company aims to provide you with unique, hand crafted pieces of fine jewelry without the fine jewelry price. Everything is minimalistic and everyday wearable, which makes you want to keep it on forever. Its my type of jewelry for sure, ask any of my friends; anything fuss free, high quality and has a “goes with everything” vibe is right up my alley.  I’m the type of person to not change her earrings for weeks at a time, and a consistent ring party bearer so it’s only fitting that I would be drawn to the gorgeous pieces created by Mejuri. They come out with new pieces weekly and I have to say, everything is on my wishlist (currently eyeing this)! So if you’re in the market for some quality gold earrings or sterling silver studs to go along with your pearl drop extenders, be sure to check them out! (Here’s a code for $20 credit if you’re interested!)

TIME | 10 mins

COST | $

DIFFICULTY | easy

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DIY | CIRCLE DROP EARRINGS

There’s nothing more perfect than a circle.

Minimalistic and symmetric, with no apparent beginning or an end, it has an overall calm and finite feeling. I absolutely love the over-sized delicate statement of these circle drop hoop earrings. I liked them so much that I made them both in silver and gold. They both use a slightly different way of construction to assemble but you can get this DIY done in a jiffy and be walking out the door with all the materials on hand. For materials, I up-cycled old earrings my mom had into these new on trend pieces. Up-cycling old items is a great way to refresh the wardrobe for cheap, and not to mention its better for the environment; a win-win all around! Keep on reading if you would like to recreate these eye catching hoops and as always, tag it with #DECONSTRUT so I can see your creations!

TIME | 5 Minutes

COST | $0

DIFFICULTY | Easy!

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DIY | BODY CHAIN

Jewelry shouldn’t be limited to that of your neck, arms and ear lobes. There is plenty of room to play with chains all over the body and with this tutorial you can make a body chain to wear this summer! I love the look of a body chain layered with a bikini as it adds a little extra sparkle to the body. I wore this one while I was on vacation in Hawaii and loved how it looked with a more minimal bikini. I am also looking forward to pairing this body chain with festival outfits as I think it would also look pretty good with lacey bralettes and camis. I’ve also done a separate tutorial on a simple body chain that takes no less than 5 minutes to whip together for those who aren’t keen on this more complicated design. Happy DIY-ing!

How would you style it?

TIME | 20 mins

COST | $10

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DIY | OVERSIZED CLASP CHOKER

I fell in love with this style of choker while on Jenn Im’s channel and could not for the life of me find out where she got her’s from; so like always, if you can’t buy it, make it!

I already had all the materials at home for the tutorial but I’ll be sure to provide some links for you guys in case you want to make this yourself. I love how it’s a necklace that highlights the fastener, its often not a part of the necklace that is celebrated but hidden. I always had the issue of the clasp falling to the front of all my necklaces anyways from body movements throughout a day, and would constantly be readjusting. This choker style is perfect to combat those annoyances as the clasp is already in the front! I think it also speaks to a more edgy look for the people who want to try a different choker look to the classic black velvet.

I made both my version, which is a wrap around style choker, and also the same shorter length over-sized clasp choker as seen on Jenn Im.

Time this will take you: like…………all of 2 minutes to make, heck it took way longer for me to write this blog post than to make the two necklaces.

What you’ll need:

  • Thin chain (here)
  • 13mm oversized clasp (here)
  • 3mm jump rings (x2)
  • 6mm jump ring (x1)
  • pliers & cutter

Steps:

  1. Cut the chain to desired length, I recommend 11.5″ for the short one and 25″ for the long one. But for your ideal length just take the chain and wrap it around your neck.
  2. Take the 3mm jump-rings and attach the clasp on one end and the 6mm jump-ring to the other end.
And it’s really that easy! Also a nice gift for any friends or family coming up this holiday season. You can make it extra luxe by using sterling silver of 14k filled hardware.
Happy DIY-ing!

 

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DIY | CHOKER NECKLACE

There’s no denying it, the 90’s are back; patches, brown matte lipsticks, and of course choker necklaces. I still remember turning corner store machines to get plastic choker necklaces for $1. But with every fashion revival there’s a new take on it that makes it more modern and edgier. Here’s my take on a wrap around choker necklace/bolo tie.


WHAT YOU’LL NEED

  • suede cord
  • jump rings (2 sizes – 4 small ones that will fit your spike loops and one large one)
  • hardware fixtures that fit to the cord
  • spikes (or other charms)
  • pliers + scissors
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Trending | Lend Me an Ear

It seems like a typical thing to have ones ears pierced but until recently I was that one odd girl who had virgin earlobes. Granted I did recall having arguments with my mother in the past to get my ear pierced; as I got older, I just kind of forgot about earrings in general, it just wasn’t part of my everyday routine.

Now I know what I’ve been missing out on! Small little accents to draw attention to your face; a little extra sparkle; a whole new accessory to covet and collect! I’m intrigued by the new styles of earrings that are popping up around in the fashion world. No longer is just the earlobe highlighted but the back of the ear with the emergence of ear jackets and the crescent of the ear with ear cuffs. So many pretty ear accessories, no longer can you just classify them all as earrings. Here are some ear trends I can’t get enough of:

Ear Jackets: Whoever started this trend….I love you. its a super easy way to spice up plain old studs with a special back piece. Some favourites here, here and here

Ear cuffs: Edgy. Hot. Unique. I remember when this trend first emerged and was instantly trying to DIY versions with my friends. (potential tutorial if anyone wants it?). I currently own this one, loving this, and this.

Asymmetric Earrings: Mixing it up. Matching pairs are too typical, make a statement with different earrings. Plus symmetry is soooooooo last season. Can’t wait to get my hands on these, this and this.

Ear Crawlers: Newest accessory for this season, kind of a hybrid of an ear cuff and an ear jacket. Super cute ones to inspire your inner shopaholic here, here and here.

Images by Tommy Ton 

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INSPIRATION | PEARLS FOR DAYS!

Seeing all the new spring colours in stores has me begging for summer to come ASAP! I’ve been craving the sunshine and 20+ degree weather, but sadly winter is here to stay for another five weeks (at least). With the upcoming spring trends I’ve noticed a surge of interest in pearls. Usually when I see pearls it just reminds me of my grandma’s pearls, not really my style. But the modern take by Sophie Bille Brahe has me craving for some pearl and gold accessories. Definitely in love with the pearl bar earrings, if only my ears were pierced….sigh.
You can buy her pieces here.

Images from here and here.

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DIY Rhinestone Chain Bracelet

Bracelets: Shlomit Ofir Rose gold feather bracelet, DIY Fish-bone Bracelet(here), Aldo spikes bracelet, Vintage silver bangle, DIY Two Tone Bracelet (HERE), Forever 21 Cross Bracelet 
I thought I’d try my hand at filming another tutorial, I find filming seems to work best for quick small projects and you can jam to some awesome songs at the same time. Let me know if you like these vidoe DIYs or if you prefer the step by step photographs. Maybe I’ll even try to do both, too ambitious?
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Swag done right

Arm party; arm candy; arm swag. However and whatever you call it, it’s back for the summer once again. I’m talking about expertly stacked bracelets, there’s actually a methodology behind it! But for me its more or less trail and error and the bigger the bracelet bank, the better. Don’t you worry I’ve got you covered with some new arm swag DIYs to come. In the mean time you can drool alongside with me over these lovely pictures of arm swaggery.

Images from here, here, here and here

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