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5.31.2016

Chunky Gold-Tone Chain Link Collar Necklace: DIY


Thick Chunky Gold-tone Vintage Chain Link Collar Necklace {DIY}

I'm all about a good statement necklace, but it has to be the right kind, the sort that can take an everyday understated ensemble from grim to glam. A chunky gold chain link collar necklace is one of those fashion accessories. I love how it’s simple yet chic, timeless flair puts a polished touch to basic outfits instantly. Definitely a must-have item in my book. Somewhere buried in the deep crux of my mind, I've always wanted one, but at the same time, I have not been actively looking for one. But, over the winter, when this clutch's chain strap kept annoyingly hitting me in the back of my knee when I'd use it as a crossbody, that's when the brilliant idea of cutting the chain down and using part of it as a necklace dawned on me. And I finally got to tick that project off my to-do list this past week. Love when that happens!



As usual, it was as simple as 1, 2, 3. Thankfully, I already had all the items necessary in my jewelry-making drawer to complete the project in a few minutes' time. I began by placing the chain around my neck to measure the length I wanted and then marked each link at both ends of where I wanted to unhook it from the rest of the chain strap. Here's what I used to get the job done:

* Goldtone chain link (here, I'm using a bag chain strap)
*2 Jump rings  (to attach hook clasp closures)
* Two-tone round hook clasp closures
* Man power (or in my case, hubby power)

Thick Chunky Gold-tone Vintage Chain Link Collar Necklace {DIY}


The toughest part of the project was trying to pry open those chain links at the break of the links, so I enlisted the help of my hubby's muscle power to open those suckers up for me at each end. Basically, grab onto your chain link where you're going to add your jump ring and clasp/hook closure on each side using a pair of pliers (I covered the tips with felt or rubber bands to prevent them from marking the chain links), open the link by moving the ends in opposite directions, one toward you and one away from you. Don't open them by pulling the ends away from each other because it will distort the jump and/or chain ring.

Thick Chunky Gold-tone Vintage Chain Link Collar Necklace {DIY}

Thick Chunky Gold-tone Vintage Chain Link Collar Necklace {DIY}

Once you slide in your jump ring and hook closures of your necklace-to-be on both sides, close the jump ring the same way, by moving the ends back toward each other. Make sure to securely close the opening completely by tightening the opening to prevent it from coming apart once worn. I only used one jump ring on each end of my necklace - with the jump ring and hook closures from one end to the next, it measures perfectly 17" long. And voila! An instant new chunky gold-tone chain collar necklace that cost me $0 to show off against bare necklines. I consider it a 'vintage piece' since it's from an old clutch bag.

Though it's nice to purchase things, there's a level of fulfillment and happiness that can't be matched when you're wearing something that you made yourself. I'm very happy with my DIY for now, knowing it's one of those jewelry items that doesn't come cheap, especially for a really good quality piece. Speaking of which, this style option couldn't be a more perfect choice for the spring/summer season.

Thick Chunky Gold-tone Vintage Chain Link Collar Necklace {DIY}


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5.27.2016

Penthouse Terrace Oasis + 10 Best Container Plants For Rooftop Gardening


Beckabella Style Inspirations-Penthouse Terrace Oasis + 10 Best Container Plants and Trees for Rooftop Gardening

Thanks to a couple of nice warm sunny days, I finally got to go to the nursery to purchase a few colorful plants for the terrace in preparation for the visit of out of town friends next week. Now let's hope the weather cooperates with my plans of having a pleasant brunch set up out there for their arrival.

Penthouse Terrace Oasis Watering Can + 10 Best Container Plants For Rooftop Gardening

Penthouse Terrace Oasis Outdoor Mantle + 10 Best Container Plants For Rooftop Gardening

Penthouse Terrace Oasis Outdoor Lanterns + 10 Best Container Plants For Rooftop Gardening

There were several features that made us settle on our current apartment (which was the second one we saw on our first day of searching). It had almost all of the things on our wishlist and was one of those spaces that kept on surprising us at every turn with unexpected features that we would never ever fathomed of having in New York City, which made us fall in love with the place instantly. One of the first surprises was a nice sized balcony that greets you as you enter into the apartment right off the living room. Next, a beautiful architectural modern zigzag staircase that leads to the second floor. But, the last surprise that took the cake and the most unexpected, was the large terrace on the second floor right on the East River with city and bridge views. We both looked at each other at once with excitement and I could not wait to turn the space into a calm, serene garden hideaway. A tranquil space high above the city streets with all the charm of a romantic English cottage garden that we could retreat into for respite from the turmoil of the relentless pace of the city.

Penthouse Terrace Oasis Outdoor Furnishing + 10 Best Container Plants For Rooftop Gardening

New York City Penthouse Terrace Oasis + 10 Best Container Plants For Rooftop Gardening

Penthouse Terrace Oasis Hydrangea + 10 Best Container Plants For Rooftop Gardening

For starters, I painted the unsightly bamboo fence white and opted for inexpensive large plastic containers* (for the borders) that are weatherproof and easy to move around, and painted them white as well. Grouping them side by side in the tight space in between the retaining wall and railing, instantly created this homey garden vibe.

Penthouse Terrace Oasis Before Makeover + 10 Best Container Plants For Rooftop Gardening
Penthouse Terrace Oasis Bamboo Fencing + 10 Best Container Plants For Rooftop Gardening
Penthouse Terrace Oasis Outdoor Fireplace + 10 Best Container Plants For Rooftop Gardening

Tips: For my fellow Northeast dwellers who are only limited to container gardening, remember these two things:

1. Since containers don’t insulate a plant’s roots from winter temperatures, you can do what I normally do before the freezing weather hits - dress up your containers in thick layers of burlap, which I happen to like as it contrasts well in the background with my fall perennials.

2. For container plant survival through the winter, the general rule of thumb is to purchase plants that are hardy to two zones colder than your Hardiness Zone.

Penthouse Terrace Oasis Outdoor Fireplace + 10 Best Container Plants For Rooftop Gardening

Penthouse Terrace Oasis East River View

NYC Penthouse Terrace Oasis Bridge View

Although I do both things, as with many things in life, you learn through trial and error. I have found despite my best efforts of overwintering many of my plants, there have been some that should have made it that failed me and others that shouldn't have made it, but yet sprung back to life. I'd like to share ten of my several favorite fail-proof plants and trees that not only do well in containers but will keep your rooftop garden looking its best throughout the seasons. (I live in Zones 6-7).
Penthouse Terrace Oasis + 10 Best Container Plants and Herbs For Rooftop Gardening
Penthouse Terrace Oasis Fountain + 10 Best Container Plants For Rooftop Gardening

Beckabella Style Inspirations-10 Best Container Plants and Trees for Rooftop Gardening

5.25.2016

SUMMER SANDAL SEASON

Stylish Flats Summer Sandal Season

No matter where I live or go, it doesn't take people long to notice that I live in high heels. (Comfortably, too, I might add). I don't wear them to impress anyone, I've always been one who wears what makes me feel good about myself and gives me enough confidence to leave the house. I'm one of those rare girls that have grown accustomed to wearing heels at a very young age. I've mentioned on here before that I started strutting in my mom's stilettos at the young age of 3, so I attribute my love for heels (besides being a girl and a shorty who needs all the extra inches that I can get) from that point on and often quip that I've been wearing heels since 3 years old. In fact, just to give an idea of how comfortable I am in heels, when I put on flats, which is rarely, I tend to trip on my own feet as if I were learning how to walk all over again and get back pain almost instantaneously. However, I do recognize the need to give my feet a break and I do try to do so from time to time.

Each summer season, I make an effort to purchase some lower-heeled shoes that still give me enough height where I don't completely feel like a hobbit, thus preventing me from walking awkwardly with a slump, but that are also appropriate for each season. With all the stylistically chic sandals that are out there these days and given it's summer sandal season, I definitely have the chance to step up my spring/summer footwear game by adding a few favorites to my barely there collection. Naturally, the ones that have caught my attention range from block heels, and marvelous mules to perfect platforms. Here are a few of my kind of 'flats' that I can see myself wearing this summer:
Which one of these speaks to your summer style?

5.04.2016

Summer Styles Mood Vibe


Summer Styles Mood Vibe Flowy Kimonos Slingback Open Toe Mules
Summer Styles Mood Vibe Stripes and Classic Gingham

Instead of springing forward into some of these fun styles sitting in my closet that I was so excitingly anticipating to wear, our bipolar spring this year has unfortunately kept me mostly in winter layers. The prolonged glum, cold days have dampened my desire to even leave my house, let alone be in the mood to dress lately.  And since summer  is only a little over month away, I've been fantasizing about an easy summer styles mood vibe from free flowing kimono + maxi dresses, effortless striped shirtdresses and classic gingham to a sculpturally soft mule.