arm festival

August 15, 2011 10 Comments

Good Monday to you all. Today, well for the past week really, I have been thinking about bracelets. I've always been impressed by people who can wear a lot of accessories at once, particularly a lot of bracelets, but recently my appreciation for the art of accessorizing has turned into a need to try it myself. So i went and put all my bracelets on at once. ...And it did not work. Apparently, accessorizing the arm party is rocket science. i had to take them all off and start over, carefully deciding what worked with what. For example, I've heard  "mix your real jewelry with costume pieces" ...well... costume baubles are glaringly fake next to the patina of real gold. and if a bangle is too loose it will lose its place in the lineup and end up annoyingly at your elbow or threatening to fall off your arm all together. And then I realized I had over shot the target and put too many things on the right arm and the left was bare. The gravitational pull on my right arm was throwing off my balance. Which is really pretty dangerous considering I already crash into things/fall over at least three times a day. Really, its complicated. For now I'll stick with what i know best - my two tiny little gold strands. One from Paris from my oldest friend, one from DC from my mother. Tried and true and about all that my sense of balance can handle.

Posted in accessorizing, bracelets, Inslee By Design, The Sketch Book


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Racheljoy
Racheljoy

July 25, 2014

I absolutely LOVE this post. I love the sketch of the lady. Every thing about it -the hair, her position.. the bracelets!! In fact, she kind of looks like Nicole Kidman =P!!
I used to wear many bangles and bracelets at once, back when I was a college student. It didn’t really play a part in my day to day life (apart from what I thought looked good)…….and I was a sucker for bangles/bracelets. With my office job now though, I found that, yes, I can dress up ‘tres chic’.. but the bangles are a ‘No No!!’ =( This really did take some getting used to.. Simply because, they would clang here, there and everywhere as I sit at my desk, tapping away at the keyboard, or writing notes! In a quiet office, this can be awfully embarrassing. lol. So, I was forced to keep it simple, with my JuJu Pearl silk bracelet (http://www.oliverbonas.com/jewellery/category/bracelets_and_bangles/ju_ju_grey_triple_pearl_bracelet.htm) and this beuatiful, but simple swarovski crystallized bracelet! No cling-clanging there!!! =)…

I really did enjoy this post! xxx

Karin
Karin

July 25, 2014

Haha! I love it! It is rocket science. Some people manage it effortlessly. I usually have at least 3 bracelets on my right arm, and I just love looking at old photos and seeing tons of bracelets on my chubby arms as a little girl. I think if you throw one gold bangle on with your sentimental combo you can work that. Baby steps. :)

Alice @ SuperGorgeous
Alice @ SuperGorgeous

July 25, 2014

This is stunning! x

Sophie
Sophie

July 25, 2014

I use to stack my arms with random bracelets too as a child now that it came back I’ve tried to do it as well :). I lover that illustrations, you’re simply the bestttt Inslee :)

FashionMaven
FashionMaven

July 25, 2014

I love stacking bangles and bracelets… the trick I think is to pick a scheme and go for it. And since I’m kinda eclectic, I tend to mix styles and widths, etc.. think of your arm as a canvas and the bracelets as paints with varying textures.

Mary
Mary

July 25, 2014

A charming example of less is more!

Jemima Puddle-Duck
Jemima Puddle-Duck

July 25, 2014

please say this will be a print too!

Inslee
Inslee

July 25, 2014

haha yes! once your out the door theres nothing you can do but rock whatever it is you’ve put on! good idea

Emily @ Little Bits of Delight
Emily @ Little Bits of Delight

July 25, 2014

Absolutely STUNNING! I’ve been attempting the rocket science of arm partying lately, too. I’ve decided to make it work for me, I’m only allowed to work on the look for a minute or two. Then I have to just rock the look. Too much time perfecting it makes me all self conscious!

Inslee
Inslee

July 25, 2014

now that is a good way to think about it!!

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