Posts Categorized: accessories

This Week I Love …

Veronica Riley Martens.

Here’s a jewelry designer and Etsy vendor who has been in my favorites list for over THREE YEARS and yet I haven’t made a purchase. I blame it on the fact that I’m typically in love with at least three pieces at at time and can’t narrow it down to one. Her designs are bold, graphic, fun, and playful. Right up my alley.

Veronica is based in Chicago and I’ve seen her work in boutiques in the Chicago ‘burbs (Asinamali) and even here in the Twin Cities area (La Rue Marche). Of her designs she says, “Most of my pieces are one-of-a-kind statement necklaces made from tagua nuts. Tagua nuts are eco-friendly, organic nuts that come from palm trees in the rainforest. The nuts are dried, sliced/cut into various shapes and dyed. I then combine different textures, colors, shapes and sizes to create unique, mosaic, one-of-a-kind creations. I also use other natural and organic materials, such as recycled paper, bone, horn and wood.” read more

Originally posted 2013-04-03 06:55:16.

Reader Request: Winter Hats and Avoiding Hat-head

How to avoid hat head and hat hair

Margaret e-mailed me this question:

Minneapolis is cold. Syracuse is cold. To leave the house without a hat on your head when it’s 12 degrees outside is just insane. But what hat? And what do you do about hat head? Is there something I’m supposed to do to my hair to prevent hat head (like braid it)? Will I end up looking like Heidi? And if you just surrender and wear a hat all day in order to prevent hat head what type of hat should that be? If I wear a sock cap will I look like I stepped out of a grunge concert circa 1993? If I wear a beret will I look pretentious? Should I just be using the hood on my jacket? read more

Originally posted 2013-01-28 06:44:31.

Twisted Rope Scarf Tie Tutorial

I completely forgot that HM and I took a series of photos to illustrate this scarf tie! Brain Fade. Tragic, really. Now that I’ve remembered, allow me to share.

This tie will work with a long, narrow rectangular scarf, but I’m excited to find that it will also work with a large square scarf.

If you’re working with a large square, fold in half to form a large triangle.

Roll the triangle into a rope from pointed end inward. This will keep that little pointed end from sticking out. read more

Originally posted 2012-10-12 06:08:33.