Erin Leary, Founder of BeBuddha Jewelry, used her travels all over the world as inspiration for her passion in making jewelry. She finds unique elements (beads, pendants, metals and rings, etcetera) in order to create beautiful jewelry pieces that you can’t find anywhere else!
I’ve collaborated with BeBuddha Jewelry in order to present you a very special blog post series. Each week, I will be matching a themed look with several of Erin Leary’s pieces.
For this outfit, I am wearing the LOS ANGELES EARRINGS, VERSAILLES THIN NECKLACE and BRACELET, and ONEOFAKIND BRACELET. Be sure to check what kinds of stones each piece contains and what special meanings each stone holds.
How do you spice up an outfit that only has neutral colors?
As someone who loves to wear solid pieces like there’s no tomorrow, it’s not a surprise to know that I have never mixed patterns before in my life… until now! Who knew that mixing patterns could be such a great styling tactic for neutral-colored pieces!
In order to preserve the mature, sophisticated look that I was aiming for, I selected simple, patterns that will tastefully complement each other. In terms of selecting the patterns, I made sure that neither piece’s design would be too “loud” or distracting enough to outshine the other. “Busy” prints won’t best reflect the spirit of a woman on the go because all she sometimes wants – besides a break, of course – is some simpleness in her life.
Once again, I adorned myself with several gold jewelry pieces from BeBuddha, the VERSAILLES THIN NECKLACE and BRACELET. What I appreciate about the VERSAILLES pieces is that they have dainty, colorful charms made from actual gemstones stones and inspired by the colors of the Palace at Versailles. The colors added a new, subtle touch to the outfit.
Remember that personal challenge of mine in which I’m trying to become more versatile in the art of modeling? Well, it was definitely a challenge for this shoot at first. I intentionally assigned myself a different theme/style every week so that I can try new facial expressions, poses, hairstyles, and makeups for each look.
Having a face that is often mistaken to belong to a 15 year old, I had to find different ways to address the mature feel for this photo shoot, such as wearing sunglasses. Luckily, my talented photographer, Jessica, suggested another simple method: moving to different locations.
When we shot it at the lower bridge, I realized how lighting (or in this case, the lack of lighting) greatly helped make me look older. The shadow created depth on my face, aging it a little.
I tied my hair up to add to this clean, polished look. I also did that so that people can see and admire my dangling, black LOS ANGELES TASSEL EARRINGS better, ha-ha (I actually got these earrings at the BeBuddha Launch Party last month!)!
I have to say, despite shooting this in shorts when the weather was cloudy, windy, and 50 degrees, the results came out better than I expected. I honestly am very grateful for this collaboration because I have learned so much as a model and was able to explore different parts of me from this past several photo shoots. I can’t wait to show all of you my last one…
LOS ANGELES EARRINGS: gold plated plastic spikes, freshwater pearls, black silk tassel, gold plated headpins, gold plated earring posts
VERSAILLES THIN NECKLACE: gold plated chain, gold plated spikes, opalite, hematite star, magnesite skull, gold plated headpins
VERSAILLES THIN BRACELET: gold plated oval chain, gold plated plastic spikes, gold plated headpins, gold plated lobster clasp, magnesite skulls, plastic flower, hematite star
ONEOFAKIND BRACELET: suede leather tassel, gold plated chain, gold spikes
PHOTOGRAPHY BY JESSICA ZISSMAN. EDITING BY JESSICA NGUYEN (ME).
TAKEN ON THE RIVERWALK IN THE LOOP
THE LOOK: H&M // Top | Forever 21 // Shorts | H&M // High Heels | Forever 21 // Sunglasses | Shanghai, China // Purse