Friday, August 24, 2012

Stacking, Mixing, Matching!


Bonjour mes amis!! It's a Friday Party on my wrist and fingertips! Featured today are some sparkling, studded and sleek bracelets from Stella & Dot, courtesy of my friend Aida -- an independent stylist with the company -- plus, a fresh, blinging mani to up the pizazz. Who's joining my arm party?



Read more for pix, tips & deets!



Stella & Dot, an Inc. 500 Fastest-Growing Company, is a San Francisco based social selling jewelry line that creates flexible entrepreneurial opportunities for women. Their boutique-style accessories line is available exclusively through in-home Trunk Shows by Independent Stylists like my friend Aida, as well as online. Stella & Dot's of a kind collections are featured in Gossip Girl, Harper's Bazaar and Marie Claire Magazine, as well as on the wrists and necklines of today's hottest celebrities.


 Hayden Panettiere wearing Petra Fringe Earrings
 Katherine Heigl wearing S&D Bahari Necklace & Serenity Drop Earrings;
Brooke Burke wearing S&D Serenity Necklace

Stella & Dot pieces are absolutely exquisite and well-made, hence the success and cult following are not one bit surprising. Check out these #StellaDotStyle fan photos on Instagram; will you be joining the club?

 I SURE AM!!!
Bracelets (L to R):
  • Pyramid Double Wrap Bracelet in Cognac -- this tough, studded, leather wrap-around bracelet is my every day staple. The sturdy Italian leather band is earthy and unpretentious, while the gold-plated pyramid studs are tough and empowering, decorating the wrist with confidence and comfort for any occasion. Wear this versatile bracelet alone or stacked like I am -- it works any way you pair it!
  • Copper Cupchain Bracelet -- dainty and antique, this rose gold cupchain is set with peach Swarovski crystals & handwoven onto a bronze plated chain. Add a dose of luxury to any outfit with this simple stunner! As seen in Elle Magazine.
  • Serpent Bangle -- if you know me, you know this piece is my favorite :) Inspired by a vintage bracelet, the two serpents unite at the center of a brass mesh bangle. Wear this bracelet to dress up and/or add an exotic edge to any look -- this piece is simply irresistible!
STYLING TIP: Stella & Dot bracelets & bangles can be worn alone, but are meant for stacking. Don't be afraid to mix metals and textures, creating fun combinations that are unique to your taste and personality! My style is part girly, part tough, with a hint of Eastern flair in almost all of my choices. These bracelets, picked out by Aida, match my personality to the T!


I was so inspired, I even created a mixed-metals-ombré-glitter-gradient nail art!
This nail design is glam, yet edgy; and can be worn casually, as well as to a formal affair. I created a neutral gradient effect from left to right, using darker bronze-brown colors on the outer fingernails graduating to a lighter silver-gray on the thumbs. I also went for an ombre effect on each nail using metallic polishes and glitter of various shades.
Products & Tools:


This mixed metals nail design is über simple and uses only 1 or 2 colors for the ombré tip (not including glitter). I've done sponged gradients before, so I will skip the tutorial, as this post is already long enough. For detailed instructions on how to do gradient nails using a sponge, check out my colorful Aquatic Ombré Nail Art post
Thanks Aida and Stella & Dot for inspiring this post!


Contact Aida to schedule your Stella & Dot trunk show in the NY area and/or inquire about entrepreneurial / career opportunities to earn gorgeous jewelry as an independent stylist and be a part of one of the fastest growing companies!!


FACEBOOK (Aida) / FACEBOOK (S&D) / SHOP


bisous,


Maryam Maquillage




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Maryam Maquillage © 2012. www.maryammaquillage.com

53 comments:

  1. Great post maryam love arm candy ;) love u nails tooo ;)

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  2. I love arm parties you did great love the nails too!!

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  3. love those bracelets and the nails too :)...

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  4. Love your bracelets and nails! Gorgeous combination xox

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  5. Love the nails! Favorite bracelet is the serpent one too....xx

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  6. Love a bit of arm candy

    BLEURGH
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  7. Very nice!! I've heard about Stella & Dot and have been meaning to check them out! I love all the pieces you got!! Very very nice! I like mixing my arm candy too!!

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    1. Yup, this is my second collaboration post, I just can't enough!!!

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  8. I always wonder where you get these ideas from!! Everything you do is so unique, so special!! Love it!

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  9. Wow, can't belive you actually used so many nail polishes for one manicure, haha! :D
    Also these bracelets look surprisingly good together. I mean i wouldn't think of mixing them in the first place, but they actually work really well! :)

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    1. hehe, yeah, but I didn't use them all on one nail -- maybe 2 or three :)) S&D bracelets look good together because they're designed to be stacked. It was weird for me at first too, but now I'm addicted to stacking!!

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  10. The bracelets are beautiful. How often do you paint your nails, Maryam? It seems every post you have a new beautiful manicure :-)

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    1. good question Mandy! I paint them every 7-10 days, but a lot of my posts are backed up, that's why it seems like it's more often. Thanks love :))

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  11. i like the snake bracelet your nails look freakin bomb!!!

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  12. The serpent bangle is my FAVE! It would go perfect with this ear cuff I've been eyeing

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  13. Your nails look gorgeous. Love them!
    By the way thank-you very much for showing your support on my blog by following! I really appreciate, thanks!


    xoxo
    Madiha

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  14. hi!! thanks so much for visiting and commenting on my blog!! it made my day! :)
    so i'm here reading this post and my 6 year old brother came by and was like wow that gold snake (the serpent bangle)is cool! lol it really is! kids are honest. luv Stella & Dot

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  15. Do you have the complete collection of Vintage Bracelet? You can find it all here!

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  16. I adore the snake bracelet! It's so awesome.

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  17. it is amazing... loving your arm candies <3 and nail art is so easy thanks for sharing girl

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  18. the serpent bracelet is beautiful and i love this stacking trend! love the ombre metallic mani:) x

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  19. such gorgeous nails! i adore all your bracelets too, especially the serpent one, so beautiful! XO

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  20. Gorgeous bracelets....Love your blog....
    <3 Appy

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  21. Dear Maryam: The bangles and bracelets look ethnic,exotic & exciting and as you said earthy and empowering ! The serpent bangles are superlative ! And the nail art gives the impression of studded diamonds ! Have a wonderful week end my pretty lass.
    Ram

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  22. Lovely nails!1Great blog. What about following each other?

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  23. Whoaa the snake bracelet is wacky. O.O

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  24. Definitely loving the mixed metals trend for fall!

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  25. YES to arm parties! I've ben overloading my arm with accessories lately. You can never have too much right? Haha xx

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  26. great post,love ur nails enjoy ur weekend honey!

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  27. Are you laying on the ground in the first picture? lol...great nail color its pretty with the glitter detail at the end of each nail. Cute post :D RoRos World

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    1. Your blog is even better then beautylish Maryam!
      :)

      Gorgeous jewelry and photos!

      www.iampiscesw.blogspot.com

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    2. @Rochelle: Nope! the background is of a beautiful bush outside of my building :))

      @Sherry: wow, what a compliment!! thanks so much :))

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  28. I don't know why I don't stuck my jewelry since I love the way it looks! Once again your makeup and nails are stunning! you're such a beauty!

    XoXo
    Plami

    http://www.fashionthrill.com/

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    1. Thanks honey :)) stacking is fun, you should try it!!!

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  29. Love the nails! What a great idea, gradient metals ^^ and the bracelets are all lovely, specially the snake one, so cool! xx

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  30. Very pretty pieces! I think my favorite is the serpent bracelet...
    ~Sherine
    Stop by and say HI!
    Confessions Of A City Girl 

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    1. oh yeah, the serpent is so awesome -- def speaks to my eastern background :))

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  31. Love the arm candy, and the nails are looking great! :)

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  32. I die for that snake bracelet! What a cool company!!!
    xx
    -Imani Love
    PS Your nails are FLAWLESSSSSS!!!!

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  33. Love the armcandy! That snake bracelet especially! I have this thing with snakes and snake leather.
    Your nails look fabulous as usual! :)

    X

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  34. Love the post! Your nails are fab and of course I love the arm candy, thanks again lovey :)

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  35. really looking very sexy and stylish.

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