Stella & Dot Cashmere necklace
Pearls have always been a symbol of wisdom and class. Wearing them can instantly transform a look from casual to sophisticated, and when you combine that with a peter pan collar you get a major fashion breakthrough. We're updating two classic looks to create one modern piece of neck candy. Not to mention the insane amount of pearls seen on the Chanel runway yesterday. These collars compliment almost any look, wear it with a dress in the evening or a crew-neck sweater for an easy daytime look.Take off your geek chic training wheels and become a little wiser with this do it yourself pearl collar necklace. What you'll need:1 piece of 81/2 x 11 creme piece of felt2 yards of strung pearls.glue gun or E600 adhesive1 ft ribbonscissors1 piece of paperpenhole puncherStep 1 - Fold your piece of paper in two. Sketch half of your collar from the folded side out. You can also print an image of your favorite peter pan collar and trace over half of it to make this part easier. Then cut out your paper collar and unfold it to reveal your stencil.Step 2 - Place your paper stencil on the felt and trace around the edges. Then cut out your felt collar.Step 3 - Place your adhesive around the outer edges of the collar.Step 4 - Keeping the pearls strung, carefully place them in rows behind one another. You can cut the end of each strand and continue to use it as each row gets smaller.Step 5 - Add in pearls where missing and let dry.Step 6 - To turn your collar into a necklace punch holes at each end.Step 7 - Thread one piece of ribbon through each hole and tie.
by Ida Hsiang
Accessories aren't just fun to collect because of all the different styles and designs out there. They are also an important part of our ensembles. Accessories can take a would-be-boring outfit and make it enviable and eye-catching. Different accessories can take the same LBD from edgy girls-night-out to classy business dinner with the boss. They help us express who we are and make our style ours. In short, they help us make a statement. So we caught up with a few of our favorite bloggers to get some inspiration on how they use their favorite statement pieces to help complete their own personal style. See what they had to say, then click on the slideshow to see our pick for favorite statement pieces.