Beads are among Africa's most important and intruiging symbols. They have the largest variety of materials from glass to bone. The way that the beads are worn and the types of beads that are worn represents a perspective or sense of self by the wearer. Since it is believed to have an energy or purpose the African bead is considered an effective healing tool. As an African Jewelry Designer for many years I have had many customers come back and share some of their experiences while wearing the jewelry. Some of them have shared healing moments that occured while wearing my work. If we can think about how a crystal or stone is a natural element and compare it to the natural elements that I use to create the jewelry it is easy to see how my artwork (African Jewelry) offers healing benefits. Visit our website to check out the collection.
Ways To Stick To Your Accessories Budget
Do you like to shop but need to keep it under control? Well I don’t think your are alone in this love/hate relationship with keeping your wardrobe fly. I have put together 4 basic rules that I follow and want to share with you. Below is my list.
- Give yourself a clothing and accessories allowance. You should use 5-10% of your take home pay for your personal and professional wardrobe. Put the money aside each time you get paid. You could even shop every other month that way you will be able to spend more in one go.
- Invest in versatile pieces. Look for staples that you can wear to work, at night and on weekends. Like a pair of beige pumps or statement necklace. The key is to look for classic and eccentric pieces that flatter your signature style.
- Treat yourself to small luxuries. Little things like lipstick will make you less tempted to splurge on something big outside of your budget. It will still keep your everyday look refreshed and exciting.
- Keep track of your progress. Write down where your money is going every month and keep the list somewhere you can see everyday. I actually downloaded an app from the app store earlier this year that I use to budget my family’s monthly bills. It has been a big help since using it my life has been much easier. I included my own personal budget for shopping. It may sound unbelievable but I have been able to shop more this year than I have in the past three years. And it is all because I am budgeting. I hope this inspires you!
The holidays are around the corner and we all have events, dinners and parties to attend throughout the Winter months. If you are like me and want to tone it down but still receive compliments. Why not focus on statement earrings. In the pic above the model is wearing big Chipped Coconut & Tomato Bead Earrings. These earrings do not need a necklace and can compliment a scarf, coat, sweater or blazer. These were fun to create. Fashion is fun especially when you allow yourself to be free to express who you really are. If you don’t have a collection of statement earrings start one this holiday season!