My Top Summer Accessories

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You can wear these looks any time during year, but with sun, fun and longer days these accessories are the perfect way to top off your summer outfit. Here are my favorite summer accessories and some suggestions on where you can find them.

Henna Tattoos

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If you follow me on Instagram you probably already know I adore henna tattoos. The use of henna for body art has been used for centuries, and can be traced back to ancient India. Used as an art form for Indian weddings and other ceremonial celebrations, henna is now worn by people of all cultures. The intricate designs can last up to 2 weeks and are traditionally put on the hands and feet, but you can have it applied almost anywhere on your body.

Where you can get it: In Toronto there are often henna artists with tents set up at street festivals. You can also search on online classifieds such as Kijiji and Craigslist for local henna artists, or if you have a steady hand, you can purchase some henna paste and do it yourself.

Choker Necklaces

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Choker necklaces are a simple accessory which can pair well with a lot of outfits, they’re especially cute with strapless items. I’m loving that the black tattoo necklaces have made a come back.

Where you can get it: I found my choker necklace at the dollar store (Dollarama), but I have also seen them at accessory stores like Clarie’s.

Anklets & Foot Chains

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Anklets and foot chains are great because it’s a chance to accessorize the lower half of your body. Both are perfect for wearing at the beach, and if you want to step it up you can also pair them with your favorite flats or heels.

Where you can get it: There are many hand-made foot chain styles to choose from on Etsy. Also, Forever 21 has a selection of anklets.

Metallic Tattoos

Metallic Tattos

Metallic tattoos are a quick and easy way to add some shine and shimmer to your skin. They’re great for places like the beach, or when you don’t want to wear a lot of jewelery but you still want to accessorize. Simply cut out the design you like and place it face-down on clean and dry skin. Using a sponge or cloth add some water to the back and hold in place for about 30 seconds. Remove the paper and you’ve got some skin bling.

Where you can get it: Flash Tattoos is a popular brand. A quick Google search of “metallic tattoos” will also generate many websites and stores which also carry them.

What are some of your favorite summer accessories?

Shanel Signaure

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How To Make A DIY Chain Cuff Earring

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Accessories and jewelry are my favorite thing to DIY, so I’m happy to share this DIY chain cuff earring! I was looking for some inspiration when I came across these DIY ear cuffs. I thought they were pretty neat because you can wear them anywhere on your ear, even if they are not pierced. I practiced making a few cuffs when I decided I wanted to glam it up, so I tried adding some chain. I love the way they turned out.

Continue reading for the DIY.

The Supplies

DIY Cuff Earring Supplies

A ruler
Crafting wire I used 20 gauge wire
Round nose pliers
Flat nose pliers
Chain
Earring hooks
Scissors

The Steps

Cut a 2 inch piece of of crafting wire, bend the wire in half. Repeat.

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Cut 2 pieces of 11 inches of chain.

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At the 5 inch point of the chain push the bent wire through. Repeat with the other piece of chain.

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You should have two uneven pieces of chain hanging from the wire.

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With the round nose pliers bend both ends of the wire inwards. Repeat.

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Bring the chain forward to one side of the bent end of the wire. Repeat.

Take the flat nose pliers and at the half-way point of the wire begin to create the cuff by bending the wire around the pliers (as though you are folding it in half). Leave some room so that it will fit on your ear. Repeat for the other side.

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Try the cuff on for size on the upper part of your ear. Adjust the wire until it fits comfortably.

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At the end of the earring hook there is a small loop. Use the flat nose pliers and open up the loop. Bend the end of the loop towards yourself until it opens slightly. Repeat with the other earring hook.

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Add the short end of the chain and then the longer end of the chain to the loop. Close the loop by using the flat nose pliers and bending the loop away from yourself. Repeat.

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You’ve just made yourself some cool new ear pieces!

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Shanel Signaure

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