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Summer Necklace Layering With a Print Topper + DIY Paper Bracelet Page to Bead Examples

One of the signs of summer in St Paul, MN is I start wearing my sadly-shrunken rabbit blouse as a topper layer over a sleeveless tank with layered necklaces!

Rabbit shirt

I repeated the rabbit blouse + peacock blue tank pleasing pairing I stumbled upon last summer, this time with denim ankle pants.

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OOTD 6/2/23

I layered 10 long white/grey/black seed bead strands, a long multi-chain necklace with a few blue beads on it, and a shorter hematite bead necklace made by a friend. Although it's a lot of individual pieces, the overall effect is a rather neat and tidy layered necklace because all but one of the strands is the same length. I think this look would seem more finished to my eye if I'd added a pendant necklace to sit between the upper and lower strands, but I'd wanted to try it without one.

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I wore my grey leopard wedges yet again, continuing to work down that cost per wear, and it made for a fun animal print + zoological print mix.

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My daily bracelet stack is based on a paper bead bracelet set that I made specifically to wear with the rabbit blouse in black, dark blue, white, and silver. I added a handsome rabbit head charm to one of the paper bead bracelets for yet more bunny goodness.

DIY paper bead bracelet set

The beads in the top (rabbit charm) bracelet started out as this rather plain page from an alumni magazine that had the color scheme I was going for. I thought the shiny crystal plate was an interesting element of the image and was curious about how it would look when rolled. After cutting my triangular strips, I added silver marker to cover the white paper core at the edges, and I doctored the ends of a couple of the strips with some black marker so that none of the rolled beads had white centers. I like the range of black/blue/grey colors in the beads, and I think the crystal plate lent wonderful visual texture to the result.

DIY paper beads

A trio of jeans in medium blue, black, and dark blue on a white background from a (rare) Christopher & Banks catalog was perfect for this set. Because the jeans were centered against the white, all of my strips had white at both ends, which meant the beads would all have white centers (hence my decision to make the beads from the page above not have white centers). As with the previous paper, I edged the strips in silver marker, but otherwise I left them in their original state. I love the high contrast optic look of the beads, which is such a good fit for the rabbit print of the blouse.

DIY paper beads
DIY Paper beads

I found another, previously unshared OOTD featuring the rabbit blouse as shirt-jacket with the same hematite bead necklace and black/grey/white seed bead strands...plus a lot of other necklaces for a more #neckmess level of layered look. This outfit has two pendant necklaces, so combined with the zero pendant necklaces above, that averages out to one pendant per outfit.

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OOTD 9/3/21

For pendant overload, it's hard to beat this #neckmess with 5 pendants! I'd placed the two white crystal pendants - a heart and 3 stacked circles - on the same chain, which is something I need to remember to do again because it's an interesting look. Of course I am a huge fan of the White Rabbit pendant worn with this blouse featuring black and white rabbits!

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OOTD 10/8/21

Now it's time for our Rabbit of the Day selection. Either a white or a black rabbit is a natural choice, but I went with a particular type of white rabbit that is an especially good color match to the rabbit blouse because he has blue eyes! Blue-eyed whites (BEW) are the second type of white rabbit after the red-eyed white (REW). REW are true albinos in which recessive genes at the C locus eliminate all pigment in their fur and eyes (the eyes look pink/red due to blood vessels inside them). But BEW have a different pair of recessive genes that causes the eyes to have pigment in the outer layer but not the inner layers, so that only the light with short wavelengths (blue) is reflected (source). Regardless of the science, isn’t the BEW utterly precious with those cornflower blue eyes?

Rabbit photo

Have you been wearing necklaces this summer? How about bracelets? Statement earrings? Or do you skip jewelry in the heat?


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awayfromblue
23. jul. 2023

That blouse is such a great topper! I really like the first outfit, with the layered necklaces and the bracelet stack working so perfectly with your outfit! But I'm loving the second one as well too with all those awesome layered necklaces!


Thanks for joining the Weekday Wear Link up :)


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sallyinstpaul
23. jul. 2023
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Thanks, Mica - I'm enjoying my rabbit blouse and necklace layering while I can!

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Donna Reidland
Donna Reidland
19. jul. 2023

You always do a good job of layering things, clothes and jewelry.

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sallyinstpaul
19. jul. 2023
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Aw, thanks so much, Donna!

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Liz Klebba, AICI-CIC
Liz Klebba, AICI-CIC
19. jul. 2023

I’m ALL in for the denim beads, Sally! So much fun. I ran across this Etsy maker a few weeks ago and wanted to share her with you… Her pieces are super inspiring! My apologies if you‘re Already familiar. https://www.etsy.com/shop/LenoraDameStudio?section_id=28084860

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sallyinstpaul
sallyinstpaul
19. jul. 2023
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Oooh, thanks for the link, Liz. I have seen a few of her pieces in my Pinterest feed but hadn't looked at her site to see all the yumminess she creates. So many wonderful ideas there!

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Janice Riggs
Janice Riggs
13. jul. 2023

I love that you didn't just donate the shirt that shrank - we all need to think about how to continue to use things that might otherwise seem unusable! Brilliant!

hugs,

Janice

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sallyinstpaul
14. jul. 2023
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Thanks, Janice! I am so glad I am able to continue wearing this rabbit shirt, and the shirt-jacket solution is working very well for me.

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mlrbanks57
13. jul. 2023

It really depends on my mood! If I am in a hurry (which I seem to be lately), I completely forget to add them, too! I always wonder...do you know what kind of bead you're going to end up with? Or, are you like Bob Ross and have lots of "happy little accidents?" I love your neck messes! I really need to string up some seed bead necklaces because THAT I can do! And, I don't have very many!


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sallyinstpaul
sallyinstpaul
13. jul. 2023
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Good question about knowing what kind of bead I'll end up with - sometimes I have an idea and it's right, sometimes I have an idea and it's wrong, and sometimes I truly have no idea! That's a lot of the fun for me. Aren't seed bead necklaces the easiest thing ever? And they really look great for how easy they are.

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