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Must-Haves to Up Your Accessory Game

If the polar vortex has wreaked havoc on your personal style this winter, you’re not alone. Even the most debonair gentlemen had to go Eskimo at times, sacrificing style for clunky boots and full-body long-johns—anything that would bring some semblance of warmth. Now that the polar vortex is (hopefully) on its last legs, it’s time to thaw out and look ahead to some of the upcoming spring and summer trends.

When it comes to fashion trends for 2014, the devil is in the details. Once you’ve emerged from your puffy parka cocoon, you can focus on letting those details shine. Accessories are the perfect way to add personal flair to your outfit, especially in warm weather, and can serve a practical purpose as well. If you’re looking to win the accessory game this year, here are a few must-haves to consider.

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Unless you’re a Luddite, chances are your cell phone (or computer, or tablet) does a perfectly good job of telling you the time. So why invest in a watch? A bare wrist is like a blank canvas. You could leave it blank and call it art, or you could use the opportunity the canvas presents to make a statement about your style. It’s one of the few pieces of jewelry that a man can wear without looking like he’s trying to win a bling competition (Unless you’re wearing a diamond-studded watch that takes up half your arm, but we’ll leave that up to your discretion). You don’t need to break the bank to find the right watch either. A Rolex is great for some, but unless you have thousands of dollars to spend, consider a cheaper alternative. Look for something that matches and complements your personality. Smart Turnout is a British company that sells a variety of colorful, affordable watches and watch straps. Purchase a collection of watch straps and you can switch it up depending on your outfit. For a classic, non-flashy look, consider a vintage watch, even if it isn’t the most accurate time-keeper. Watches are more about style than function anyway. A unique, old-fashioned timepiece will be an elegant change-of-pace from your brethren who demand the newest brands. Heck, be bold and wear a pocket watch if the spirit moves you.

Socks

There’s no need to let your sock drawer turn into a quagmire of whites, blacks, and grays. First of all, those socks are drab. The only statement they make is that they’re utilitarian and plain. Not to mention that a pile of similar white socks is harder to match when folding laundry, and you have better things to do with your time. Dark solids are already well-represented in your wardrobe, so why not spice up your outfit with a dash of bright color, such as Nice Laundry’s collections? Robert Griffin III rocks some crazy socks, and you should too. Even if you work in a conservative setting, show the world that you’re not afraid to let your personality shine. A little uplifting color never hurt anyone. Build up your sock drawer with a range of patterns and colors. Polka dots, stripes, and bold patterns can match a range of outfits and will add panache wherever you go. Don’t let your otherwise chic style be brought down by boring socks. Take back this oft-forgotten frontier by being that style pioneer with crazy, cool socks.

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Despite the fact that technology has consolidated most of the paper products of the world, it seems like we’re now inundated with an endless supply of high-tech gear to lug around.

Computers, tablets, cell phones, MP3s, and an endless supply of chargers and cables must be transported. These expensive items are certainly not something you want to lose or drop, so investing in a good man bag is a worthwhile investment. The Leather Shop makes a variety of high-quality laptop cases, briefcases, and messenger bags that can handle all your transportation needs. The leather bags look sleek and elegant so you won’t look like a college TA toting around a backpack. If you’re looking for a great way to organize all your chargers and gadgets, consider the Cocoon Grid-It. These cases feature a network of elastic bands that will hold any size gadget in place, and the entire organizer will easily slip into your new man bag.

Please feel free to contact Ella Gray at ella.l.gray@gmail.com with any questions.

Photo sources: Smart Turnout and Leather Shop

DIY Leather Cat Ears Headband

One of the most popular costumes during Halloween is the cat costume. There are varieties of cat costumes being sold in stores, but for the thrifty the best thing to do is to make their own. I will not be sharing how to make the head-to-toe attire, but I’ll be showing how to make your own subtle cat ears headband. It’s pretty easy, and it took me around 30 minutes to make this.

WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

leather/leatherette fabric

sewing machine, if available

scissors

thread

pins

tape measure

studs, if desired

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The first step is to measure your head’s circumference by simply wrapping the tape measure around your head. Mine is 28 inches, and I added an inch on both ends for the buttons (28 in + 2 in = 30 in). Lay the cloth flat and measure 30 in (length) and 4 in (width). Then cut, like so.

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Next, flip the fabric so that the left/inner side is facing you, fold in two, then stitch the edges together. If you don’t have a sewing machine, you can always sew by hand. Your fabric will look slightly cylindrical afterwards, so to flatten it, turn it over and stitch the opposite edge, like the photo above.

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When your headband’s all flat, find the middle. Depends on how narrow or wide your cat ears would want to look, find point A by measuring 2 to 3 inches from the middle section. Subsequently, find point B and C by measuring 5 to 6 inches from A. By this time you should have a perfect triangle. The next thing to do is to place C’s tail below B’s, then pull gently to create a knot.

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Your knot should like a triangle knot (#5), if not try readjusting it. After that, proceed to making the opposite ear by doing the same steps earlier. After doing so, you’ll see that your headband is starting to look like a kitten’s ears.

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If you want to include some accessories, that’s okay. Actually I’d recommend it so your headband will look more interesting. In my case, I placed gold studs on the ears for some contrast. Lastly, fasten your headband with a snap button by handsewing it at the end.

1392036_10202091118508521_1323802300_nAaaand that’s how it’s done. Here’s how it should look like when worn. One good thing about this is you can also wear it in school or any ordinary day. I teased about the tutorial weeks ago on Instagram. My IG followers always get the first dibs so follow if you like! I hope you enjoyed this tutorial! 😀

PersunMall International Jewelry Giveaway (CLOSED)

I’m beginning the month of June with an international giveaway sponsored by PersunMall, an online hub of stylish finds based abroad. Hurray!

This June, they are giving away some jewelry to one (or maybe two or three) of Metamorphosis readers. So how will the winner/s be selected (VERY IMPORTANT):

1. PersunMall will choose one winner from every 30 participants, which means there will be a winner out of 30 participants, two winners from 60 participants (maybe 3 winners if we reach 90, you get the idea). There must be at least 30 participants, or the giveaway will be cancelled, so don’t forget to spread this GIVEAWAY on your social media!

2. For winners, they will be allowed to choose one of the following items:

1. Exquisite Flowers Ring
2. White Rose Ring
3. Punk Rhinestone Bracelet
4. Stylish Spider Pendent Necklace
5. Europe Retro Rhinestone Link Bracelet
6. Elegant Big Gem Ring
7. Stylish and Simple Bracelet
8. Stunning Summer Necklace

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 To enter the giveaway, simply do the following:

1. *(required)* Register at Persunmall.com.

2. *(required)* Like my blog page and PersunMall‘s Facebook page:   

3. *(required)* Leave a comment stating your registered email, name, the link of the item you like (the one you registered on PersunMall/see above list of items for giveaway)

4. *(optional)* Share this giveaway on your social media (e.g. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+1, Personal Blog) and post the permalinks in the comments section (for verification), along with the aforementioned requirements. Participants who shared more links than others will have more chance to be chosen as the winners.

This giveaway/activity will end on June 23, 2013. Winners will be announced on PERSUNMALL’S OFFICIAL PAGE on June 25. The PersunMall marketing team will contact winners by email, so be sure to check the page on that day! Those who didn’t register at Persunmall.com are not allowed to join this giveaway, so make sure you follow all requirements.

If you can’t be the winner, PersunMall also prepared a gift for you—20%off orders over $60, just use the coupon code PERSUN20%OFF after your order over $60. (Please make sure you use it within the month; the coupon is valid from June 1 to June 30 only.) Good luck everyone! Remember, we need to reach 30 participants! ~ *.* ~

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UPDATE:

Unfortunately, we didn’t reach the 30 participants-limit so we didn’t qualify. Thanks to everyone who tried to join though!

Looking Good, Heading Out!

When you are ready to look your best, you likely have that perfect outfit in the closet. However, no matter how much you love your sparkly sequined dress, it is simply not going to fly in some situations. The truth of the matter is that looking your best at various events means dressing to suit. Fortunately for you, this does not mean that you need to build an outfit from the ground up every time or that you need to spend hundreds of dollars on your wardrobe! Take a moment to consider what your options are, and what you can add to every outfit to set it apart from the rest. As always, eyeglasses and sunglasses are a must when it comes to completing your look. Here are some perfect clothing and glasses pairings for any occasion!

Gone Shopping

Okay, you’re heading out shopping; you don’t necessarily need to look your best, do you? The truth is that even when you are shopping for more clothes, it is worth your time to look your best. It keeps things bright and cheerful and it gives you a sense of occasion. Remember that if you are going clothes shopping, you need things that are easy to take on and off. Start with a stretchy top that you can easily pull over your head and match it with a pair of your favorite jeans. Don’t choose anything that is too tight or restrictive, and make sure that you pick a nice pair of slip on shoes, and a pair of Pierce frames in oakwood brown to complete the look.

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Family Get Together

There’s always a little bit of stress when you are getting together with your family. You might be remembering teenage fights about clothes that were too revealing or even too dowdy, and across the board, you’ll find that it is far better to err on the side of conservative. Choose a longer skirt that falls beneath the knee, and top it off with a tank top and cardigan set. If you want to punch it up a little, consider stockings in bright color, mary jane’s with clunky heels, and some vintage inspired frames such as the blonde tortoise Fitz.

Soft Hues

Concert Fun

Whether you love pop or rock, you’ll find that a concert is a fantastic place to cut loose. If you are dead set on wearing your band t-shirt, there is no reason that you can’t brush on the eighties glam. Match your band shirt with a short skirt, black stockings and high boots if you know you don’t need to be walking much. Sunglasses are a must at any concert, indoors or out. Everett frames in gimlet tortoise are perfect for any stage-diving shenanigans.

Concert Mania

 

Guest post by Kaki Read – Fashion Coordinator at Warby Parker

Outfit sets created by yours truly

ULINX: Magnetic Attraction

ULINX Jewelry, a store based in Los Angeles, California, sent me this awesome accessory a week ago. It’s made up of only magnetized links (or “linx”)—which means you won’t see any strings or glues in between links/beads, making it seamless and modifiable.

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ULINX provides the customer 4 collections of predesigned spheres/squares, called CLIX, to choose from. And everything else is up to the customer. To create your jewelry, you will have to choose from the styles on their website app:

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And then choose your CLIX design from the collections. In my case, I chose the peace symbols. I didn’t want to mix and match designs so I came up with this. You can, however, create your own combination.

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What I really love about this jewelry is that you can actually create many accessories from one bracelet. One ULINX bracelet is made up of 26 to 32 beads. It is quite big for my wrist, so I use the spare ones as earrings and ring! Isn’t that awesome?

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The magnets are strong enough to prevent everything from falling off. However, like other magnets, it should not be placed in direct contact with pacemakers and unshielded devices that use magnetic storage, such as ATM cards, credit cards, etc. Per the website, “Under normal use, small magnets should not affect computers, hard drives, cameras, MP3 players, LCD screens or watches.” Children under 14 years of age are advised not to use the jewelry; the jewelry is not a toy. Other than those precautions, ULINX is a very fun accessory. 🙂

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Check out this video to see what I’m raving about:

Check out the ULINX store here, as well as their Facebook page. Ciao!

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