Summertime Hemp Jewelry for Less!

Do you change your accessories up in the summertime?  All winter long, I adorn myself in heavy silver pieces and big, black bags and shoes – but come June it doesn’t feel right anymore.  I switch up things to thin silver and gold bands, wooden accessories, natural, earthy stones, and rope, hemp and straw accoutrements.  Somehow Summer feels like it’s finally here with the changeover to lightweight, natural accessories!Designer Rachel S. has been making bracelets and necklaces out of handwoven hemp for over 10 years, and sells her lovely creations in her Etsy shop.  She adds lampwork beads or silver charms that can be customized to make your very own one-of-a-kind item – and has a great variety of styles that would work just as well for both men and women.  Both eco-friendly and biodegradable, jewelry made from hemp is a great alternative for people with nickel allergies (guilty;-)

So if you’re in the market for something hemp (or even looking for a Father’s Day or birthday gift for someone special) – pay a visit to Custom Hemp Treasures or Rachel’s other store Rachinator87 to find something beautiful and at a steep discount.

Enter code CHIC40 to receive 40% off any purchase!

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StinaJimerson Recycled Glass Pendant Giveaway!

Well, it’s high time for another giveaway! This time I am partnering with lovely reader Stina, who has recently launched her Etsy store StinaJimerson.  She is offering a beautiful Double-Sided Pendant with Recycled Green and Brown Glass for giveaway.

Stina is an incredibly talented metalworker, and has posted a number of her creations on her eponymous blog (including a ring reminiscent of the Edwardian Cuffs I DIY’d last summer!)  Her recently-launched Etsy includes beautiful fold-formed leaf hoop earrings, pendants and hairpins with glass accents.  She actually launched her store in order to help pay for her upcoming wedding in June.  In addition to her love of crafting metal, she also works with an organization locally to recycle glass bottles.  In her words:

My friends at church were sitting around talking about the major issue created when our city cancelled our recycling program 2 or 3 years ago, when they decided to do something about it. They began putting the word out that they would like to collect glass bottles (mainly wine bottles) from fellow church members, rigged up some home-made tools, and got to work. Now, there are quite a few regular weekly volunteers…and we’re even in the process of applying for non-profit status. We make sets of drinking glasses, wind chimes, tea-lights, lamps, and lots of other things out of these bottles! We sell them at the farmers’ market here in town, and all the proceeds go to our local Habitat for Humanity. We’re trying to raise enough money to say we built a whole house! When we break bottles, which happens a LOT, the glass gets tumbled to break it into small, smooth chunks. This we sell as mulch [people say that the smaller pieces are good for mixing into the soil because they help water flow or something]. I use the tumbled glass in my jewelry, and I make a 30% donation to Habitat for every item that sells. I started an Etsy for [the organization as well], but we’re not selling until we get this non-profit status or whatever it is we need because we can’t get a paypal account without that. This Etsy is

Its a really fun organization to be a part of. We now get bottles coming in from all over the community. We calculated that we’ve saved about 20,000 bottles from the landfill so far, and we have a whole storage room full of bottles, as well as the entire back side of the Habitat Restore!

One lucky Chic Steals reader will win a Double-Sided Pendant with Recycled Green and Brown Glass from StinaJimerson’s Etsy shop!

This pendant is about 1 inch by 1.5 inches and is made of plated nickle. One side is green glass and the other is brown glass.

The glass comes from an organization here in Nacogdoches [TX], C&R KuttBottle, that takes in all kinds of glass bottles and makes various things out of them (such as drinking glasses and windchimes). Whenever a bottle breaks – which is frequently because cutting them is sometimes hard – it gets put in a tumbler and makes glass like I have used in this piece. The most wonderful thing about this organization is that their proceeds go to Habitat for Humanity. Since I get the glass from them, I donate a portion to Habitat as well!

The pendant will be strung on a ribbon for the winner.

Dahlia Soleil Collection Slouchy Hat GiveawayHow to EnterDahlia Soleil Collection Slouchy Hat Giveaway


1. Check out StinaJimerson’s Etsy shop and leave a comment on this post telling me what your favorite item in the shop is! (make sure you leave your email address or that your address is in your profile so I can contact you). (1 entry)


2. Follow Stina’s blog and leave a SEPARATE comment here letting me know.  (1 entry)

3. Tweet this giveaway. Leave a SEPARATE comment on this post with the link to your tweet! (1 entry)

Total: 3 entries per person allowed.

However, if you do not keep your additional entry comments separate from your required entry comment, they WILL NOT BE COUNTED.

Giveaway open to anyone in the world!!
Giveaway period is open from now until Thursday, May 19, 11:59 PM PST. (Extended 1 day from original deadline)


Edit 5/20: Giveaway period is now closed and winner will be announced shortly.  Thanks to everyone who entered!
Winner chosen by and notified by email.
Good luck!
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Inspired Alert! Elizabeth + James Knuckle Ring…and Forever 21 Sideways Cross Ring

Popularized by the lovely Rumi of FashionToast…among many, many others, this Robert Lee Morris for Elizabeth + James liquid-metal-look knuckle ring was a huge hit from last year, and continues to be a strong seller from the line.  There’s just something about its sleek, minimalist beauty that seems both timeless and fashion-forward, and I’ve been drooling over it for awhile now.

Robert Lee Morris for Elizabeth + James Long Knuckle Ring, $195, Knuckle Ring in Gold, $30,

So I was glad to recently find both a version at, AND one from Forever21 as well.  (Took you long enough, Forever 21!  Hint: Just rip off the filigree from the front of the ring if you’re looking for an exact dupe – it’s affixed with what feels like cheap hot glue and comes off easily.;-)

Forever 21 Regal Knuckle Ring, $5.80

(The Stretchy Knuckle Ring from Forever 21 is also a lookalike for the smaller Elizabeth + James knuckle ring, at about 1.5″ long, and with a stretchy band.)

Additionally, I also found another Elizabeth + Jamese knuckle ring lookalike from Etsy seller snefter.

snefter Flat Armor Finger Knuckle Ring, $15.99,

(It’s not quite as long as the E + J version above, but not quite as short as the small version.)

Also find their YSL Arty Oval Ring lookalike KILLER Chunky Gold Finger Ring, and their Forever 21 sideways cross lookalike Sideways Cross Connector Double Finger Knuckle Ring in their store as well.  Oh, snefter – you crafty caster, you!  Now, the rings they offer for sale are not exact copies down to the millimeter, but they’re pretty goshdarn close.  It’s obvious that the original pieces were not used in the creation of the molds this person uses in their jewelry, but still…they’re amazing doppelgangers!!

And speaking of that Forever 21 sideways cross ring that just EXPLODED in popularity last year (some people were paying $95+ for it on Ebay!)…

Find’s Double Finger ‘Cross’ Ring (above left) here and ShockBoutique’s Two-Finger Cross Ring (above right) here.  And I just re-stocked my silver sideways cross rings in my Etsy shop, too.

My version of the ubiquitous sideways cross ring.

Any designer rings you’re looking for me to sniff out an affordable version of?  Or a DIY?  Let me know in the comments!

All ring photos copyright of their respective owners; FashionToast photo from this post here.

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My Cross Jewelry Featured on Shout Out to You!

Yay!  I think this is the first time I’ve seen a photo of someone wearing one of the pieces I’ve made.  Joni looks absolutely beautiful, and I love the sweatpants combination with my cross rings!

On her right hand: Silver Itty Bitty Cross Ring.  On her left hand: Silver Sideways Cross Single Finger Ring (Silver is currently unavailable, but Gold Double-Finger Sideways Cross Rind and the Gold Single-Finger Sideways Cross Ring still are.)

Joni has a great sense of style and always looks so chic!  Check out her blog:

Shout-Out to You

Thanks, Joni, for featuring my rings!  I hope you like them!
(And if anyone else out there has posted photos of themselves on their blogs wearing any of my pieces from my Etsy shop…send them my way, and I’ll feature you here!;-)


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