DIY Wooden Bead Necklace

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DIY Wood bead necklace // thestylesafari.com

This past weekend the urge to craft struck me so I whipped out some beads and paints to put together this wooden bead necklace. You’ve seen necklaces like this all over Etsy and Anthropologie for upwards of $100, but really you can make a simple version yourself for less than $10. Plus I really find painting to be calming, so creating this necklace was a nice alternative to running around New York City like a mad woman.

DIY Wood bead necklace // thestylesafari.com

What you need:
1. Several large wooden beads, any color or shape

2. Leather cord- you can find this at your local Michael’s crafts. I measured mine to 26″ to hang longer around my neck

3. Metal cording ends and a jump ring

4. Needle nose pliers

5. Paint and paintbrush

6. E6000 all purpose glue

7. Scissors

DIY Wood bead necklace // thestylesafari.com

Step 1: Paint the beads. I used a bent bobby pin to help me hold the beads as I painted. Let dry.

DIY Wood bead necklace // thestylesafari.com

Step 2: Put a small amount of E6000 glue on the metal cord stop and push the leather cord into it. E6000 can take a while to dry, so this is a good time for another coat of paint on your beads

DIY Wood bead necklace // thestylesafari.com

Step 3: Use the needle nose pliers to squeeze the metal cord stopper around the leather cord. String the beads and then repeat steps 2 and 3 on the other side of the cord

DIY Wood bead necklace // thestylesafari.com

Step 4: Insert a jump ring into the 2 metal cord stoppers to close the necklace.

DIY Wood bead necklace // thestylesafari.com

That’s it- your necklace is complete! I wore mine to work this week and was surprised at how many compliments I got, and now with my extra beads I think I am going to make a few more for some of my friends.

DIY Wood bead necklace // thestylesafari.com

I’m looking for your feedback on my DIY posts- anything you would like to see me DIY? I love home decor and fashion accessories, and would love for some inspiration for more #saturDIYs in the future

The One where I Jump off the High Line…

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pleated printed skirt and white tank top // thestylesafari.com

pleated printed skirt and white tank top // thestylesafari.com

New York City Highline

pleated printed skirt, coach sadly dot duffle// thestylesafari.com

pleated printed skirt and white tank top // thestylesafari.com

New York City Highline

It is painfully hot in New York City this week. The temperatures are climbing towards 100 and the humidity overwhelms you when you step outside. I say all of this just so you will give my hair a pardon in today’s post. Did I do it before I left the house? Yes. But after walking to work and then walking to meet my brother and his family on the high line yesterday, there was just no chance it would survive the elements.

Anyway, hair aside, I’ve was confined to my home this past weekend working on wedding invitations and relishing the air conditioning, and caught a vintage SATC marathon. I love those old episodes of SATC – where Miranda has the ridiculous hair and Charlotte is just so over the top preppy. Carrie’s style struck me in those early episodes and was the inspiration for this outfit. She wears a lot of spaghetti strap tank tops- definitely an early ‘aughts trend driven by Ms. Spears and the like- which is not something you usually see on anyone over the age of 22. However Carrie always managed to make it chic by balancing the bareness up top with a floaty feminine skirt and a statement necklace. Since the heat was so crazy I couldn’t bear putting on more than this tank top, and I decided to emulate Carrie by matching it with simple vans and an old printed pleated skirt. I definitely think the look is easy and relaxed, and perfect for a day exploring the high line.

Madewell skirt (old), Uniqlo Airism tank top, Vans slip ons, Coach saddle dots duffle bag

7 Summer Nail Polish Colors for Pale Hands

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This might be a strange topic for a blog post but believe me when I say I have spent a better part of the last decade stressing over what nail colors look good on my pale hands. Dress code at my last job included nothing less than a perfectly manicured paw, and I always felt self-conscious sitting around the table next to these hampton-sunned hands and their shellacked tips. I was always in awe of how great the latest nail color trends looked on these girls, while I never seemed to pick the right pink or red for my skin tone.

 

7 summer nail polish colors for pale hands // theStylesafari.com

You know what I mean right? You’ve seen those gorgeous taupes, the shades of grey, and the coral-y pinks that look great on the tan girl next to you, but you never seem to pull off? Ok maybe not all of you, but can I get a hell yea from the pale girls out there?! Which is why I spent the last year perfecting my pale girl nail polish colors, so that you never have to have the nail technician make that face at you again. No more wasted money, no more bottles bought that you never use again. This is it! 7 colors that you will want to wear all summer long.

7 summer nail polish colors for pale hands // theStylesafari.com

Top to Bottom:
1. Best Mint: Essie – Mint Candy Apple

2. Best White: OPI – Angels on Horseback

3. Best Light Nude: Essie – Topless and Barefoot

4. Best Natural Nude: OPI – Dulce de Leche

5. Best Pink: OPI – Mod About You

6. Best Coral: Essie – Tart Deco

7. Best Fuchsia: OPI – Koala Bear-y

Have you ever tried any of these colors? Which is your favorite? Do you have anything go-to color that you think I missed? Also let me know your thoughts on winter colors, because I better get started on that post next!