Friday, November 30, 2012

Toggle Artist Jewelry

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Spotlight On: Wendy Mueller

Recently, I discovered a very talented jewelry designer, Wendy Mueller. She opened her online store not too long back and has some very unique and colorful solutions to accessorizing any outfit. Her line of jewelry is available for sale on ‘STORENVY’ link here: by the name ‘Toggle Artist Jewelry’. She uses colorful stones and beads along with toggle clasps and makes on-of-a-kind interchangeable pieces that can be mixed and matched according to your outfit.

You can easily take the clasps of one piece of earring/necklace and put it together with a totally different set of beads or alter the placement of a pendant. That means a necklace from her store that has a dangling set of beads, can be worn either as a front pendant or as a drop at the back in case you are pairing it up with a low back/ backless dress and need to add some glamour around your bare back. In the same manner you can play around with various pieces of earrings.

Her unique design ideas have made metal clasp jewelry the next big thing in any fashion savvy’s collection. Not only does she ship all over the world, she currently also has a holiday sale going on for a lot of her pieces, that means when the time comes to fill up the stocking for someone special, you will have a perfect pair of earrings or a beautiful beaded necklace all set to charm their hearts!

Visit her website today to grab your favorite piece:
Find her on facebook here:

Here is an interview with the diva herself:           

Q1) how did you get into jewelry design?
I didn't exactly start out wanting to make jewelry. I went to a craft show with my mom, I think in 1985 or 86. I saw a tree made out of wire. I think it was brass wire, and it had copper leaves. I don't remember who made it. I had that tree stuck in my mind for years. In 1992 I bought a spool of 24 gauge wire. Had no idea what to do with it. I couldn't find any books on wirework. So the spool of wire was put away. About 10 years later I bought an inexpensive set of jewelry making tools. But I couldn't find my spool of wire so the tools were put on a shelf.
A few years later I started collecting beads. Then a very good friend gave me a Michael's gift card for Christmas one year and I found a book on making wire jewelry. After reading it I decided I needed to learn more before I dived into it. So I kept on collecting beads and out came the tools and I started putting things together. I was just intending to make jewelry for me because I didn't care much for what was sold in department stores. Once I got started I just kept going and before I knew it I had made about 20 items. As I was making the jewelry I was showing it to my friend and she started telling me I should sell it.
That was maybe 3 years ago. I didn't feel like I was ready to do that yet. But not long after that I started making earrings with the toggle clasps. I don't wear earrings but I thought it would be a good thing to get into because they could be interchangeable. I like working with the toggle clasps.

Q2) did you study to be in fashion?
 If yes, where did you go to school? What did you study? I never studied anything to do with fashion. I took art classes in school from 3rd grade on through high school.

Q3) did you have to train or apprentice with another designer? If yes, how was that?

No. I’ve learned on my own, either from books or tutorial videos. Learning as I go just by trial and error.

Q4) what inspires your designs?
I look at beads or stones and ideas pop into my mind. Sometimes I have trouble sleeping because an idea will pop in and wake me up. Sounds kind of funny but it does happen that way. Sometimes when I get started on a project it evolves into something else.

Q5) what about fashion as a business?
How do you find it is in jewelry design for a new and upcoming designer? Well, it definitely is not easy. I was never good at creative writing so coming up with good attention grabbing descriptions is a challenge. I had no idea what I was getting into. I have learned so much and still have a long way to go. But there is no backing out now.

Q6) what advice would you give to a young upcoming designer and design students?
Go for it! Don’t give up and don’t let anyone stop you. Learn everything you can about the area you are interested in.


Thursday, November 29, 2012

Style Closet: Be Chic in any budget!

As the holidays arrive, we struggle to maintain our style for the endless parties we attend and in turn sometimes forget how hard it is to not blow away the entire wallet but still look fab!
No matter what your budget is, this year, lets promise ourselves to build a steady and classic wardrobe within our shopping capacity.

A very simple way to start with, as I often do myself, is to go online and window shop your favorite big designer labels, make a note of what you like, what's in style and the price it comes with.
Next, go around your budget friendly stores' websites and look around for similar outfits/ jewelry as in the expensive stores ( that you picked earlier ).

Try to create looks by mixing a jacket/ coat with a couple different dresses/ skirts/ pants to get more out of a single purchase. Similarly, pair a staple wardrobe essential ( like an old pencil skirt or a crisp shirt from your existing wardrobe ) with a number of different pieces to mix-and-match different looks.

Keep a nice pair of heels and a pair of flats/ boots ( as weather permits ) in a metallic hue or classic black that you can wear with a lot many outfits.

A descent evening clutch and a neutral/ metallic colored day bag will go a long way too. Play around with jewelry and accessories and make it work for you without feeling broke but always being stylish!

An example on how to create looks in any budget:

Chic NOT Cheap

H&M glitter sequin dress, 21 CAD / Hervé Léger sequin dress, 2,230 CAD / Burberry trench coat, 1,150 CAD / Dorothy Perkins tall coat, 98 CAD / Jimmy Choo glitter pumps, 520 CAD / Nine West high heels, 150 CAD / Miss Selfridge oversized clutch handbag, 38 CAD / Oscar de la Renta bronze clutch, 2,005 CAD / Hermès bracelets jewelry, 132,300 CAD / Wallis bangle bracelet, 12 CAD / MNG by Mango wide black belt, 15 CAD

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Sun, Sand and Foschini

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As the whole world is curling under their blankets and celebrating the holiday cheer with hot chocolate and egg nog, South Africa on the other hand is embracing the summer sun in all it's glory!

With the temperatures rising each day, the new Foschini catalogue for SS 12/13 is out and they are doing it in style with structured silhouettes, flowing chiffons, bold accessories, crazy colors and a lot of florals!

Fashion and style can never be too hot or too cold, so even though the climate is chilling out here, let's feast our eyes on a bit of summer sun.

Catalogue via FOSCHINI.CO.ZA
Download it here:

All pictures via the foschini summer 2012/13catalogue

Style Files: Holiday Special 2012

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Here at StyleScribbles, we are celebrating this holiday season with a special month long holiday feature, where the readers will get a scoop on holiday shopping, budget buys, party ideas, home decor, styling tips and more.

Many new designers and up and coming brands will be introduced in the segment 'Spotlight On' while some amazing bloggers from across the globe will be sharing their fashion tips and holiday style tricks through constant guest posts, uploaded every week.

All this and some fabulous personal styling tips in our 'I am' segment plus a surprise giveaway could be yours at the start of the New Year!

So as the weather gets colder, curl up with your laptop, a warm cuppa hot chocolate and us. Stay hooked and keep checking regularly our Holiday Special Style Files! Starting now until the New Years Eve!

happy holidays

Monday, November 26, 2012

Studded Loafers

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So everywhere you look they are wearing studded loafers.....even Justin Bieber was spotted with a cool red pair at the American Music Awards...

And even though Jimmy Choo's are going for a whooping $750 and the others are anywhere from $150-250, I had my eyes set on a pair from Aldo for a month now. These brown/ Dark Choco beauties were originally for $90+HST thanks to the Black Friday Sale!!! (God bless America for this little amazing tradition and Canada for following in the American footsteps :-P) I got mine online for just $39 (including HST)

I am so happy I didn't buy them when I saw them, I saved more than 50 dollars on my purchase!
Who says a little patience didn't earn you any rewards?


Jeffrey Campbell leather loafer
$220 -

Steve Madden flat shoes

Flat shoes

Jimmy Choo square toe shoes

Aldo flat

Jeffrey campbell
$200 -

Images- Justin Bieber from the internet via wireimage, Aldo shoe from the ALDO Canada website and the set from Polyvore

Saturday, November 24, 2012

The Ultimate Fashion Faux Pas

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What is the ultimate fashion faux pas?

Whilst 7 in 10 women think about fashion faux pas when putting together an outfit in the morning, most of us have committed a serious crime of fashion at least once in our lives.
Some fashion mistakes you can (arguably!) get away with, like visible panty lines (VPL) under bodycon dresses, or the odd foray into double denim, but others are a little more unforgivable. Top online fashion retailer surveyed 100 UK-based women aged 25-35 to find out which fashion faux pas is the ultimate no-no.
Showing too much skin came joint second in the survey, with just over 1 out of 10 respondents saying that they wouldn't go out baring legs and cleavage at the same time. Although this look may suit the ladies of Geordie Shore, the survey results reveal that British ladies like to keep it classy on a night out - well, most of the time at least!
The other runner-up in the faux pas stakes was 'ankle swingers', again with just over 1 out of 10 women selecting this option. Ankle grazing jeans were a must-have wardrobe item back in spring 2008, but now they've been relegated to the "what was I thinking?!" pile.
Ankle grazers can look fab if they're worn correctly, as the catwalk models proved, but sadly on most normal ladies it simply looks like we accidentally picked up the wrong leg size when we went jeans shopping. If you still have a pair of ankle grazers lurking in your wardrobe, remember that a good pair of boots can cover all manner of sins.
However, the ultimate fashion faux pas is one that's been infamous for years: socks with sandals. Almost half of the survey respondents felt that this particular fashion don't, most often seen on middle aged men in the Spanish Costas, is the worst mistake anyone can make when planning an outfit.
This statistic is likely to have been higher a few years ago, as socks and sandals have slowly been making their way onto our high streets and catwalks in a chic way. Knee-high socks teamed with high heel sandals were appearing on the Spring/Summer catwalks for designers as diverse as Burberry, Christian Dior and Jean Paul Gaultier. So, perhaps even this ultimatefashion faux pas could be dethroned in future – watch this space!...

This is a guest post. The opinions reflected here are not my own.


Friday, November 23, 2012

Black Friday

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Discount starting today, until the end of Nov!!

A special 15% discount for all StyleScribbles readers and fans, when they shop from out Etsy store here-

Just enter the Coupon Code 0LIV31UV

That's like getting free shipping, for almost all of our items!!!

Hurry, offer till stocks last!

While at this topic, I'd like to share some statistics I received from Catherine Lavinia regarding the influence of 'Black Friday' shopping haul on people's salaries/ savings and how women are affected by it.
An interesting insight into the statistical information about 'Black Friday'

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 Black Friday Infographic

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Christmas Gifts Under $20

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Christmas Gift Guide with Young Republic

"Don't get caught out giving lame gifts this Christmas season. Wow the crowd with our top picks from Young Republic's hottest independent designers."

The amazing team at 'YR' have compiled a very interesting and budget friendly stocking gifts' list with each item being under $20. If you are like me and always on the look out for quirky, different but pocket wise gifts for your friends and family, look no further than this website! Here you'll find classic, comforting and even unique little things.

Take for example the little 'lemon tea set' ring! This miniature cup of lemon tea securely attached to a silver tone adjustable filigree ring comes for just USD 12.50 + SHIPPING and is by the designer label, Jillicious, where you'll also find other similar trinkets to collect and gift. ( Check out the fish bowl ring for $25)

Another fun gift (that I'll probably gift myself this Christmas :-P Shhh...!) is this little vile pendant necklace filled with gold glitter! Talk about having a bit of pixie dust with you, the designer, Shophayleym, rightly says about the product... "Keep a little magic with you at all times with this glitter vile pendant necklace full of beautiful glitter."
The pendant measures about 2" in length on an 18" silver chain with lobster clasp closure.  It is available for just USD 12 + SHIPPING and is available in other colors too. Whooaa!

Many more of such low priced treasures are there to be explored this holiday season, so bring out the joy and keep your budget intact too with these precious finds.

Flip through the pages below to start browsing...


All images courtesy of the Young Republic website and Marianne Sea

Friday, November 16, 2012

From the Style Closet...

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Who says Blazers are only for formal outfits? Ot that a tuxedo jacket won't go well with a quirky spiked boot? Or that a t-shirt and rocker chic pants can't be mixed with a double breasted coat?

Mix in the rules, bend the boundaries and get your true self to shine with style that is unique to only you!

Be Yourself! Be Awesome!!

blazer look 01

Glamour Kills graphic design shirt
26 CAD -

Mango genuine leather jacket
250 CAD -

H&M ankle length pants
40 CAD -

JS by Jessica neon high heels
75 CAD -

Heart chain necklace
38 CAD -

coat/ blazer 2

Old Navy scoop neck dress
30 CAD -

Burberry double breasted trench coat
1,190 CAD -

H&M leather high heels
40 CAD -

Chain jewelry
12 CAD -

Star stud earrings
11 CAD -

blazer 3

Mango long sleeve dress
80 CAD -

Wallis orange wrap dress
54 CAD -

Rag bone gold tuxedo jacket
595 CAD -

Mango pointy toe shoes
100 CAD -

Gucci mini clutch
1,755 CAD -

Stella Dot vintage jewelry
160 CAD -

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Stylescribbles on Etsy

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We are now on Etsy!!
Visit us HERE

Currently we deliver all over Canada and the US. We are also in the process of starting World wide deliveries soon. Until then, check out the fun stuff at our shop and get yourself some fantastic holiday greetings and more while stocks last!
We are constantly updating new products!

Have a great day and keep smiling!xx

IMP: The 1st ten orders on our Etsy store are going to get a little surprise gift inside their mail! Shhh...

P.S.  A little preview from our Etsy store below...


Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Spotlight ON: Young Republic

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I recently got the link for this site Young Republic and my first reaction was Yay!Another Etsy.
True to it's image, YR, as I have nicknamed it, is an online platform similar to Etsy, that promotes, encourages and brings to light new and upcoming designers from across the globe.

This Sydney based website, started by Australian duo Marianne Sea and Andrew Yang, is fast becoming the go to site for enthusiasts of independent and quirky fashion. Young Republic’s newly launched site already features over 750 designers from all over the world destined to be the next big names in fashion.

In true spirit for the love of art and fashion, says Young Republic co-founder Marianne Sea “People love going to the weekend markets because they can buy unique one-of-a-kind items you won’t find with the big brands, we wanted to bring that exciting experience online”.

It's a fresh and youthful site with attention focused to bringing amazing new products from the world over to meet the target market and is doing a fantastic job considering the international site was launched only this year in August.

As I explore more of the site in days to come and discover fantastic new artists and designers, I will keep posting updates on my blog, for now I leave you all with a few snapshots of some of the fun work featured on the website...

P.S. Other than the fact that all the stuff featured here is pretty cool, my personal favorite from the pics below, the 'Just done it' Tee by 'Doghouse' and the handmade rose necklace by 'Ena and Albert'


Keep your eyes and laptops open for more on 'YR' and go explore the website on your coffee break today! Much love and luck, xx

All images courtesy of Young Republic and Marianne Sea


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