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1 2 Strand Sterling Silver Tube Clasp
4 Sterling Silver Crimp tubes (size #2)
40 6mm Bicone Crystals in your choice of colors *
20 Color A (Tanzanite)
20 Color B (Purple Velvet)
44 3mm Crystal (clear) Bicones
Beading wire (recommend Soft Flex or Beadalon)
4 Horseshoe shaped wire guardian (optional)
4 Crimp Covers (optional)



1 Crimping pliers
1 Bead cutters
Tape or Bead Stoppers
Bead mat or design board is nice as it keeps the beads from rolling around



*I used Purple Velvet and Tanzanite Swarovski crystals. You may need more or less beads depending on your wrist size. This is 7 1/2 inches long, with an inside diameter of 61/2 inches. Given the design of this bracelet it’s easy to make it bigger or smaller.

Measure your wrist and add three inches to that. Cut two of those lengths from the beading wire. (I cut mine to 10 1/2 inches).

Open the two-strand tube clasp and put one end aside.

Take one of the lengths that you cut, thread on a crimp bead, the wire guardian (if you’re using one) and thread it thru one of the loops on the clasp, bring the end back down the wire guardian (if you’re using one)) and back thru the crimp bead. Pull it snug but leave a little “wiggle” room.

Starting with a 3mm bicone repeat the following pattern tillpic3.jpg the bracelet is a comfortable length:
3mm, color A, 3mm, color B, 3mm, color A, 3mm, color B, 3mm, color A, 3mm
(I have a total of 20 6mm bicones on mine)

Attach a piece of tape (or use a bead stopper) on the end to keep the beads from falling off. Then pick up the second length of the beading wire and attach as above.

This time the pattern is:
3mm, color B, 3mm, and color A, 3mm, color B, 3mm, Color A, 3mm, color B, 3mm. Again, attach either tape or the bead stopper to the end

Make sure both lengths have the same about of beads and that you started and ended each strand with a 3mm bicone.


Place comfortably around your wrist and make any adjustments that you deem necessary.


Attach the other end of the clasp as you did before, but make sure that the strands don’t cross. Pull snugly but still allow a little ‘wiggle” room.

Put the bracelet on and brag to everyone that you made it yourself!









All photos by Dave Abdon, DCA Photography. More of his photos can be seen at .







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Spring has sprung, so it's time to rip off those thick wools and drab wintery colors. It's all about being bright and shiny in the sunny months, with metallic finishes, acid colors032607FASHION.JPG and classic 1950s glamor.

Don't be seen in public this spring without a couple of outings encased in metallic! Shimmering silver seems to be leading the way whether all-over shine or trim detail in piping or buckle. As for shoes, gold still glitters whether in moc-croc leather platform or sashaying wedge or a hint of bling in solid-screwed high heels. Jewelled metallic flats offer this season's bright alternatives in pink and green.

Acid Colors
Good bye grey and black. Say hello to this season's essential acid colors. More specifically, hot pink. But also an array of brights from electric blue, jade green and shiny pillar box red. For the feet, find it in strappy sandals or patent pumps or punched out 80s peep toes.

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This season has been influenced heavily by the 1950s. For the threads, that means more structured fabrics and classy, feminine lines. In shoe terms, that means you get to travel back i
n time and look for the peep-toes, mary-janes, round toes and patent pumps that just shout "Riviera chic." Whether cruising by the waterfront or dressing up for dinner, this season puts the "G" in Glamour.

Decoration still abounds, so have fun with it! We're not talking about the big lapel flowers and bows circa three years ago. And don't go bedazzel all your clothing, shoes and accessories. The beauty is in the simple flares this season, whether it's in contrast stitching, buckle detail, chains or jewels. Bows sit on peep-toe wedges, embroidered birds fly over raffia wedge heels and glinting jewels sit tantalisingly on demure satin sandals or sweet-wrapper colored flats.

– Shellys online

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"People come to our store from all over," says Vicki who co-owns the Envy boutique with her friend Barb. "We'll have people come in from Lexington, Louisville, Dayton and even people from Cincinnati who don't come over to Hyde Park a lot, and they all ask the same question, ‘How long have you been here?’"

"Women love our store because we're honest," Vicki says. If you are trying something on and it really doesn't work for you, Vicki says they'll tell you why and then help you to find things that do work for your body and budget.

031207_big_FASHION.jpgWhile flipping through the pages of Vogue, Vicki found an outfit, in a Dolce & Gabbana advertisement. Vicki was confident she could recreate the ensemble for much less than D&G. Within minutes she had recreated the outift, after pulling skinny jeans from her "denim wall" and sifting through numerous racks of tops and jackets to find a white jacket that closely resembled the one in D&G's ad.

Envy’s "denim wall" consists of jeans from almost every cut and every wash you could ever imagine. The jeans Vicki plucked from this denim wall were Joe's Jeans with the same cigarette fit, low rise and dark wash as those shown in the D&G ad. These Joe's Jeans will run you $158.

The top wasn't an exact match, but it gave off a similar vibe, while showcasing the classy basic whites that Envy distinctively carries. It was a Jenne Maag belted tunic with a classy flare. It had a collar and two breast pockets with large white buttons, which were repeated several times throughout the pattern. The belt is made of the same soft cotton-elastin blend, so you can cinch it at the waist or leave it loose and use it just as an accessory. This Jenne Maag tunic will run you $214.

If you’d rather pay more for your clothing, you can pick up a pair of D&G's skinny jeans at Saks Fifth Avenue for $295. For another $295 you can have the jacket, too. But for those thrifty fashionistas out there, Vicki put the same look together using Envy's merchandise with a savings of about 65 percent.

"We just have a blast making women feel good about themselves," says Vicki.
And who wouldn't feel good about themselves after finding a classy boutique where they feel comfortable shopping, while getting the look for less, locally.

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It’s a new year and you’re ready to spice up your life, why not start with your wardrobe? Accessories are a great way to change your look, without breaking the bank for a new wardrobe.

Fun and inexpensive accessories are a great way to transform your once tired wardrobe into several new looks that pop. Follow these easy tips to create a stylish, more fashionable you!

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Try adding a waist cinch belt to a plain blouse or sweater dress, like this red one from Express. Choosing a bold color is an instant way to get an eye-catching look, while the belt pulls in your waistline to accentuate your curves. Select a color like cherry red, which is an easy match. This allows you to pair your belt with various outfits, adding a fun twist to everyday pieces.

Strap on Your Sassy Shoes
Put some pep in your step by adding shoes that make a statement. Whether it’s funky flats or sophisticated heels, bold shoes add spice to any plain outfit. Try passing up the basic black
heel and go for gold, like this pair from Baker Shoes. Like jewelry, gold shoes go with any color and make your look stand out from the rest.

Bold flats are a comfy and practical way to give a casual
outfit s021207FASHION_goldshoes.jpgome spunk. Flats are here to stay from now through spring, making them a great buy for your wardrobe. Pair them with the trend of the moment – leggings – for a fashionable, yet comfortable, look.

And All That Jewelry Jazz
Make your winter wardrobe stand out in a crowd by wearing one bold item of jewelry. Dress up your outfit by adding large dangly earrings to a turtleneck or plain top. Avoid a look that is too busy by making one bold piece your only accessory. Leave your other jewelry at home to let that one selection take center stage.

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Accessories like these are versatile, helping you achieve a different look for a smaller price tag. Be creative and try multiple looks with each piece. No one will see your final outfit until you walk out the door. To avoid getting lost in a sea of accessories, remember too many bold pieces overshadow your look. One standout piece is enough to add some pep to an
outfit, while still showing off that classy, wonderful you!



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You’re out shopping. You spot it. You’ve got to have it. It’s new. It’s so you!


Wait a minute. Are you sure about that? Before you venture out to spend all your holiday gift cards on clothing, grab a big cup of coffee and open the doors to your closet.


Get Organized

Is your closet full, but you still have a hard time putting together an outfit? Start off the New Year with an organized closet that will make getting dressed simple and fun.


The clothes in your closet should reflect your style and be organized in a way that works for you. Your style would be the type of clothing that you enjoy wearing and that compliments the way you live.


Start by taking all the clothing items out of your closet that you haven’t worn in the last month. Try on each piece of clothing and ask yourself a few questions:

  • Does it fit?
  • Is it flattering?
  • Does it fit your life style?
  • Does it need repaired or tailored?


Items that don’t fit, aren’t flattering or don’t fit your lifestyle should not – I repeat, not – go back in your closet. Consider donating them to charity, giving them to a friend or pitching them. Decide if the items that need repair are worth the cost of the repair. Then fix it, or pitch it.


Clear Up the Gray Area

Have some items that you weren’t 100 percent sure you should pitch? If in doubt, invite one of your closest (and outspoken) friends over for a mini fashion show. They'll be able to tell you what looks ill-fitting (a.k.a. you're not a size 4 anymore), what is out of style or just plain ugly.


Simplify, Simplify, Simplify

Before you start to pack up your closet again, invest in some high-quality wooden hangers. Steel hangers can damage your clothes, so go for ones that are walnut or cedar. Your garments will thank you!


Also, these five steps, developed by, will help you keep that closet simplified and organized to make the perfect outfit jump out at you every morning.


Step 1: Instant Shelving
If you use your light wool and cotton sweaters year-round, keep them neatly folded on hanging canvas shelves – a much cheaper solution than hiring a carpenter to build custom shelves.


Step 2: Shoe In
Trade in your overburdened shoe rack for plastic boxes. They’re shorter and trimmer than standard shoeboxes, so they stack compactly on the shelf. And because they’re clear, you can find what you need with ease.


Step 3: Fold Everything
Limited drawer space can force you to hang clothes you otherwise wouldn’t have – including heavy winter sweaters, which can get stretched beyond recognition. Instead, organize and protect them in large canvas boxes.


Step 4: Proper Padding
Use padded hangers for delicate sleeveless tops and plastic ones (with attachable clips for pants and skirts) for everything else.


Step 5: Clear and Present
Instead of riffling though an old oak bureau to find socks, underwear and belts, use clear plastic drawers. A stack of five is low enough to hang tops above, but 15 3/4-by-19 3/4-by-8 1/8-inch drawers hold even more folded clothes than your bureau will.