Arashiyama … an enchanted bamboo forest

If traveling to Kyoto, a stop through Arashiyama is a must! I fell in love with this beautiful bamboo forest. It was like a magical dream amongst a peaceful enchanted forest. Arashiyama is a quick train ride taking you to the outskirts of Kyoto. Getting there early is a must or you will run into tons of tourists. I arrived at 8am and was able to take these wonderful shots with only a few people around. It was totally worth it!

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Outfit details: Gold Top by Anthropologie |  Skirt by Morning Lavender| Jewelry by Jou Jou My Love: stacking gemstone ringsheart ringgemstone studs

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We also stopped by the Iwatayama Monkey Park nearby. The fall foliage was more viewable up high. We came in mid-November but in late November you will see even more  yellow orangey leaves which are so gorgeous. Hiking to the top of the Iwatayama park you will find a nice view and be surrounded by monkeys!

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I can’t wait for my next adventure! Greece and Cuba are next on the radar. Stay tuned!

♥ Jackie

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Love & art in an undiscovered village

I am fascinated by architecture, colors, travel, & photography. I visited the Goat Farm Center in Atlanta and felt as though I was in a different country tucked away in a remote, undiscovered village. It had a very rustic feel with dilapidated buildings and colorful brick walls and barn doors, a home to artists, musicians, and non-profits. I enjoyed taking pictures in this playful red skirt by Anthropologie. The love inspired look on this sweet valentine’s day weekend played well with my classic “love” necklace.

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Puella Black Turtleneck by Anthropologie | HD Pleated Skirt by Anthropologie | Jewelry by Jou Jou My Love: love necklace, stacking gemstone rings, heart ring, gemstone studs | Shoes by Franscescas (similar)

♥ Jackie

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Abstract Brushstroke Manicure DIY

Loving these nails which can easily be accomplished on your own. I got the inspiration from Fall for DIY (click-through for tutorial) and cheated a bit by having Lark and Sparrow Nails perform this special art on my nails! They do a fabulous job specializing in nail art and being meticulous as possible in their process. While you visit them in their cozy nail salon in Grant Park also be sure to check out some of my jewelry there too (as featured on these freshly painted fancy hands of mine).

♥ Jackie

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DIY Garment Rack

I have the tiniest closet of life! This DIY is a great way to maximize space if you have a small closet like I do. Plus, I love the way it decorates my space at the same time :)

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Materials Needed:
– Metal Spray Paint (I used Rustoleum in metallic)
– 3/4 in x 5 ft black pipe (qty: 3)
– 3/4 in 90 degree black pipe elbow (qty: 2)
– 3/4 in threaded floor flange (qty: 2)
– 4 wheels (Hooded Ball Swivel Plate Casters)
– Wood for the base (5’6 by 1 foot)
– Wood Stain
– Polyurethane
– Sponge and wipe cloth for staining wood
– 1 box of 1 inch wood screws
– Power Drill

DIY Garment Rack Tutorial Steps:

1. Assemble the piping by screwing the elbows onto the both ends of one pipe and finally to the remaining pipes. Attach the threaded floor flanges to the bottom of each pipe. You can temporarily mount the base to two pieces of scratch wood you have lying around (you can kinda see how I did this in #3 of the tutorial image below). This will allow the piping to have support while you spray paint it. Once assembled, spray paint the piping (I used Rustoleum in Metallic).

2. Get a piece of wood from home depot that’s at least 5.5 feet long (mine was about 5’6 by 1 foot wide). Align the wheels on each corner of the wood leaving about 1 inch of space around. Make a pilot hole and then drill the wheels to the base.

3. Stain your wood per instructions on the can allowing a few coats and enough dry time.

4. Use polyurethane in semi-gloss to protect the stained wood.

5. Attach the assembled piping to your wood base. You might need help with this one so someone can hold it while the other drills the nails through. And, there you have it. Easy enough!

DIY-Garment-Rack-industrial-pipe-clothingCheck out the final product – more closet space and a cool new addition to my room!

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Oh, and P.S. here’s my tiny little closet, the only ex-drawback of my sweet condo:

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♥ Jackie

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ICE Holiday Shopping Spectacular + Pop Up Shop

Hope to see you at the GA Freight Depot (near Atlanta Underground) on November 21st and 22nd from 11-6pm. Join me plus 174 other handmade crafters and shop away!

I will also be in the ICE pop up shop on November 12-December 23rd! This will be at the ICE headquarters in Candler park. It will be a storefront for the entire month full of 75+ handmade designers.

Visit http://www.ice-atlanta.com for more details.

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♥ Jou Jou My Love Jewelry

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Maxis – Easy & Effortless

I love wearing maxis – they are easy, effortless, and make a statement. This brightly colored rainbow one is perfect for the summer. I accessorized it with some simple jewelry pieces and topped off the look with these pink shimmery wedges I love!

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Maxi Dress and bag by Anthropologie | Jewelry by Jou Jou My Love: Crystal Necklace, Heart Necklace, Wire Wrap Ring | Shoes by BC Footwear 

 

♥ Jou Jou My Love Jewelry

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Get your nails painted pretty and adorn them with Jou Jou My Love

I’m loving my peach nails with gold foil tips by Lark and Sparrow Nail Boutique, a brand new nail salon in Grant Park. What’s great is that you can shop Jou Jou My Love jewelry while your nails are prettily being painted! These guys do some fantastic nail art and their salon is lovely! Check them out while they soft open for 25% off your service! It’s such a cute salon and I’m excited to be a part of it!

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Mint, pink, and jewels

 

It’s finally spring and so comes out my bright colors from my mint green heels to my hot pink crop top paired with some of my simplistic jewelry!

I’ve been digging Madewell lately. These grey jeans are super comfy and I love that they are high waisted! It’s hard to find cute jeans that are high waisted and don’t make you look like a super nerd. The best part is, Madewell will take off $20 from your purchase if you bring in an old pair of jeans (who doesn’t have some old scraggly jeans laying around??).

I also had to pick up these mint green heels which go so well with the grey in the jeans and add to my pops of color I so enjoy.

Of course, the rest of the outfit is styled with all of my own jewelry creations (all linked below).

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Pink Crop top: Francesca’s Collections (sold out) | Grey High Waisted Pants: Madewell | Mint heels: MadewellAlyssa bracelet: Jou Jou My Love | Bianca bracelet: Jou Jou My LoveSweetest little heart ring: Jou Jou My Love | Stackable Gemstone Rings: Jou Jou My Love | Chalcedony Gold Filled Studs: Jou Jou My Love 

 

♥ Jou Jou My Love Jewelry

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Happy New Year! Cheers to friendships and new beginnings!

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There’s a few things me and my besties love – pizza, wine, and um, wine. I am happy to have close friends I can call up on a whim and we can enjoy these simple things together. We all have the same sweetest heart ring – it’s basically our friendship ring.

Cheers to the new year and I’m happy to have great friends like these girlies!

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I can’t wait to see what 2015 has in store!

♥ Jou Jou My Love Jewelry

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Join me at the Craft Box Girls Holiday Market!

On November 9th (it is a 2 day market but I will only be there Sunday), I will be a vendor at the Holiday Market presented by Craft Box Girls! There will be 50+ Vendors and fun DIY projects. Buy your tickets ($10) ahead of time and get $4 off with code Maker22. Hope to see you there!

RSVP on FB

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Venue Address: 
ADAC, 351 Peachtree Hills Avenue NE, Suite 403, Atlanta GA 30305.

Join me at the Indie Craft Experience Holiday Shopping Spectacular!

 Jou Jou My Love and Lace in June are very excited to be vendors at the Holiday Indie Craft Experience 2014 Craft Market on November 22nd and 23rd. This will be the biggest market yet with 173 vendors! It will be in an awesome new location downtown at the GA Freight depot! We will be selling our jewelry and soy candles at this great event so come get your holiday shopping done in one stop!ICE-holiday-market-indie-craft-shows-atlanta-gaICE-holiday-shopping-atlanta-ga-indie-shop-local

♥ Jou Jou My Love Jewelry

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Jou Jou in Pink

Hello pink! I would probably never think to buy pink pants but in my latest Stitch Fix, I was sent some and absolutely love them! If you haven’t heard of Stitch Fix, it’s a monthly clothing subscription which doesn’t cost you anything unless you don’t end up buying at least one piece. I love it because they send me things I may not typically pick out on my own but it turns out being a fun new outfit like the one I’m wearing here!

I paired my new pink denim pants with a nude top and cute shimmery gold stiletto heels as well as a white blazer from Anthropologie. And, of course I had to accessorize with some of my very own favorite jewelry creations and my new DIY clutch which you can learn how to make on my blog or purchase here (in a smaller version).

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Nude Top: Francesca’s Collections | Pink Pants: Stitch Fix | White Blazer: Anthropologie | Gold Shimmery Shoes: Ann Taylor | Gold Clutch: Handmade by Jou Jou My Love | All Jewelry: Handmade by Jou Jou My Love

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Close up of my handmade jewelry and DIY gold leather clutch – I’m wearing the chopper ring, the sweetest little heart ring, the infinity ring, and hammered stacking rings (to be posted to the site soon).

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DIY Leather Envelope Clutch

I’ve been wanting to make this DIY for a while now. It’s so easy to make and makes a fun accessory! I made it in just about 4 easy steps. You can use it to hold business cards, money, lip gloss, or whatever!

Here are the instructions and if you don’t feel like making it, purchase it here!

Supplies: 

– 9 X 6.5 inches of Leather (I got mine from Tandy Leather)
Leather hole puncher
Business Card Template from Martha Stewart 
Brass Button Studs 
– Pen
– Extra Sharp Scissors
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1. Print out the DIY Leather Business Card Case template from Martha Stewart. Be sure to print it to size. Cut out the pattern and trace it onto the back side of your leather.

2. Cut the leather following the traced pattern as closely as possible.

3. Punch holes on all 4 corners. The top corner will have a slightly larger hole to accommodate for the button.

4. Gather the leather together starting the the inner flaps and finally the bottom flap placing the screw part of the button stud through all three sides of the leather. Screw the top of the button stud on to secure the flaps.

Be sure to check out my lovely jewelrythe infinity and heart ring you see in the image are handmade by me :) 

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♥ Jou Jou My Love Jewelry

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Jou Jou My Love Ice Weekly

I was at the ICE weekly craft fair at Sweet Auburn Market this weekend and had a special guest: My mom! If you haven’t heard the story of Jou Jou My Love yet, my mom is the one who taught me how to make jewelry.

Together, we bonded over our love for beads and obsession to create.

My family is from Egypt and my mother always calls me jou jou habibti – jou jou is a nickname and habibti in arabic means my love.

That’s how jou jou my love was born.

Here’s a picture of our booth at the show!

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I’ll be at another ICE Weekly at Sweet Auburn Market on August 23rd. Be sure to stop by and say hello!

♥ Jou Jou My Love Jewelry

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Jou Jou Italy Style

I love traveling. I really enjoy walking around aimlessly, getting lost, and taking lots of photos. I recently had the opportunity to travel to Italy.

Burano, a village within Venice, was my favorite place! It was a cute colorful little town known for lace making.

Every building was brightly painted different colors – it was definitely a photographers dream.

And, Murano was a river boat away from Burano, known for their handmade glassblowing. Most of the shops I passed in Venice were full of handmade Murano glass jewelry. From a jewelry designer’s perspective, it was great to see a whole world of craft and a village dedicated to the art of jewelry making.

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This was my jewelry / fashion style while walking the pretty streets of Italy.

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Venice was beautiful – a maze of cobble stone roads. Every corner had a canal with pretty gondolas. There were no cars – how peaceful.

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I hiked 2 miles at Cinque Terre and this is me overlooking the beautiful view (see below for actual view) wearing my favorite jewelry creations.

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Italy – Jou Jou Style!

♥ Jou Jou My Love Jewelry

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2014 Summer Ice Craft Market

ICE Summer Market 2014 was this weekend in Atlanta at Ambient + Studio.

It was such a great success. I partnered with Lace in June who makes Soy Candles for the weekend long event!

Here’s a snapshot of how it went:

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Here I am in front of my DIY jewelry frame that was such a hit!

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There was a definite crowd huddled around our booth! What’s all the commotion?

Oh, just trying to get in line to buy my Jou Jou My Love jewelry!

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Hello! We greet you from our lovely booth :)

Lace and June and I make a great team. Who doesn’t love some candles and jewelry!

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During the show, I had an Instagram contest where you could win a love necklace and heart ring!

All you had to do was take a picture wearing my jewelry, follow me, and post to instagram with #joujoumylovegiveaway.

It caused a lot of excitement among my customers. I received 35 awesome entries and picked one lucky person #somanyjewelryselfies

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I had so many favorite entries! These were a few of the many! happy-customer-buying-jou-jou-my-love-ice-atlanta-gaKelli was the winner of the #joujoumylovegiveaway!

She posted this pic saying she was in LOVE with the jewelry (haha no pun intended).

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Thanks for coming by guys! Appreciate the support.

Come say hi again on July 26th and August 23rd when I’m at the ICE Weekly show located at Sweet Auburn Market.

♥ Jou Jou My Love Jewelry

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Soldering Jewelry DIY: The Art of Jewelry Making

Today my Sunday fun day was spent working with fire, heavy tools, sharp metals and high velocity rotary devices! I very much enjoyed taking a soldering jewelry class at The Beehive by local Atlanta designer, Amy Peroni.  If you’re local to Atlanta, I highly recommend this class. A few of the jewelry designers who sell their product in Beehive took the class with me. It was great meeting other local designers. It also made me realize how we are all still learning new things no matter how advanced we are in our craft.

Basically soldering is a process where two or more metal items are joined together by melting and flowing a filler metal (solder) into the joint. The end result is beautiful jewelry from bangle bracelets to rings like the one I made!

I’m excited to take my jewelry to the next level and start making jewelry using this technique. Be on the lookout for some new designs!

Here are some pictures from the class and me playing with fire!

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Everyone’s finished product

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My first soldered ring with a hand cut heart

These are the steps I took to make this ring:

Materials:
– 16 gauge wire (or whatever thickness you desire)
Easy Solder Wire
Ring Mandrel
– Wire cutters and pliers
Jewelry File
Rubber Mallet
Copper Tongs
Charcoal Block
Safety Goggles
– Butane Torch
 Crock Pot
Sparex
– Dremel

1. Wrap your wire (I used 16 gauge wire) around a ring mandrel on the size of your choice. Then cut the wire so you’re left with a circular band.

2. File the edges of the wire so it’s nice and straight with a jewelry file.

3. Push the wire together so that it forms a circle with no gap showing between the joint. It’s ok if it’s not a perfect circle yet. After the ring is soldered it can be reshaped.

4. Place your band on a charcoal block and put a tiny piece of soldering wire on the joint.

5. Use a butane torch and heat the band in a circular motion until the solder flows.

6. With your tongs drop your ring into a bowl of water.

7. With the copper tongs remove the ring from the bowl of water and drop in the crock pot with the pickling solution (Add 1/8 cup of Sparex to 1 cup water in a small crock pot. Plug crock pot in on a low temperature. Sparex works when heated.).

8. Place the ring on the ring mandrel and mold into a perfect circle by using a rubber mallet.

9. To add a charm like the heart on my ring, cut a heart from a metal sheet. Then place solder on the back of the heart and heat like in step 5. Once the solder flows place the band on the back of the heart and heat in a circular motion until the solder flows again.

10. Polish the ring with a dremel or sandpaper.

This video is also great if you want a visual to go along with the steps.

It was a fun project and I was excited to share the experience with you with this tutorial.

 

♥ Jou Jou My Love Jewelry

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ICE Weekly Craft Show at Sweet Auburn Curb Market

In addition to being in the Summer ICE market on June 28 and 29, Jou Jou My Love will be also be vendor at the July 26th and Aug 23rd Ice Weekly at Sweet Auburn Curb Market! Please come out and say hello! I will be selling my jewelry from www.joujoumylove.com amongst other vendors who make handmade goods!

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For more information, visit: http://www.ice-atlanta.com/ice-weekly/

FB so you can RSVP is here

Credit cards are accepted via Square. Hope to see you there!

♥ Jou Jou My Love Jewelry

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Summer ICE Craft Fair: Jou Jou My Love + Lace in June

Jou Jou My Love and Lace in June are very excited to be vendors at the Summer ICE 2014 Craft Market on June 28 and June 29th. We will be 2 vendors among 90+ selling handmade goods and crafts. We will be selling our jewelry and soy candles at this great event!

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Please RSVP on Facebook or just show up – it’s an open event of course!

For more information visit: www.ice-atlanta.com

Jou Jou My Love @ www.joujoumylove.com
Lace in June @ https://www.facebook.com/laceinjunecandles

TWO DAY INDOOR EVENT:

June 28-29 from 11:00AM-6PM

Admission is $5

Ambient + Studio
585 Wells Street, SW, Atlanta, Georgia 30312

Credit cards are accepted via Square

Once we know our booth location, I’ll update the event so you can find us.

Hope to see you there!

♥ Jou Jou My Love Jewelry

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Jewelry in San Fran

I recently got back from a work trip to San Fran where I went early to have time to explore the city. Of course the first thing I stumble upon is a lovely handmade craft show right outside my hotel. It was nice to see other artists in action. San Fran is such a lively, fun city. I had a blast walking around and taking photos. I snapped some of the craft show, city views, and some of me wearing my own creations!

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Farmer’s market with handmade jewelry vendors at the Embarcadero

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The Castro

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Boats at Fisherman’s Wharf Pier 39

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Modeling Jou Jou My Love Jewelry – wearing “Obsessed” earrings and a druzy necklace

♥ Jou Jou My Love Jewelry

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My Everyday Jewelry Style

Lately, I find myself wearing these pieces of jewelry. They are some of my favorite creations and I wear them daily!

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Pictured from front to back:

– Labradorite earrings (posting soon! I only have one more of these and will hopefully restock soon)
“Gravity” Labradorite bracelet
– 14K gold filled necklace with Druzy pendent (this is a one of a kind stone I found and will be posting similar necklaces as I acquire different stones. I have a new fascination with all these pretty sparkly stones. This one is druzy).
“Sweetest Little Heart” Ring
– Labradorite wire ring (Shop similar wire wrapped rings here)
“Fall in Love” Love Wire Ring

As you can tell I have a slight obsession with labradorite – a shimmery grey stone that I adore :)

♥ Jou Jou My Love Jewelry

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Jewelry and Candles Craft Fair

Thanks to everyone who came out to the Jou Jou My Love and Lace in June  jewelry and candles craft show. It was a great success thanks to you!

The show was a lot of fun! Everyone mingled while drinking wine and my favorite cocktail – a Moscow Mule made with ginger beer (I’m obsessed), vodka, simple syrup, and lime. Of course food had to be involved too! I made pigs in a blanket and spinach dip which was a huge hit. Laine from Lace in June Candles made a lovely cheese plate.

This is the second time Laine and I have hosted a craft show and we were so excited about it. We hope to have many more of these in the future.

Here are some pictures from the party:

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Left photo: Kathryn getting necklaces off the jewelry display.
Top right: Me custom sizing a ring for Megan!
Middle right: the jewelry/candle setup
Bottom right: Laura trying on a necklace

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I hung my necklaces for sale on my jewelry frame I DIYed (tutorial in my previous post here).

I should’ve taken this picture before all the candles and necklaces got cleared out from sales :)

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Rings, bracelets, earrings, candles!!!

Thanks again everyone for coming! Stay tuned for the next show…

♥ Jou Jou My Love Jewelry

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Jewelry, Organized!

Out of sight, out of mind? These jewelry storing tricks will help you stay organized and keep your jewelry in sight so you find yourself wearing more of your jewelry that may have been tucked out of sight. Not only that, you’ll find your storing techniques make nice decorative pieces!

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Organize bracelets by stacking them on an empty wine bottle.

Save your bottles after drinking wine and soak in water for a few hours to easily remove labeling.

(all jewelry on the bottle is from Jou Jou My Love)

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I posted how to make this DIY jewelry frame to organize jewelry a few weeks ago.

Check it out to learn how to make this cool decorative piece!

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This is my current setup at my house. I love collecting all kinds of jewelry displays.

The earring display and jewelry tree are from Urban Outfitters and I also have a twig display I adore which can be found here.

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Source: Buzz Feed

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How I styled my Stitch Fix: a personal touch of my jewelry

My monthly surprise to myself is Stitch Fix. Each month I get 5 pieces of clothing styled just for me – you just have to fill out a questionnaire about your style and you can set the budget on how much you want to spend. If you don’t like the pieces you receive, it’s so easy to return (they even provide a pre-paid envelope for the return). I’ve loved everything so far! And for someone who doesn’t shop much or doesn’t have the greatest fashion sense, it’s awesome. I will definitely be sure to post more pictures from my fixes in the future.

This past Sunday afternoon was spent with my best friend – I sported my Stitch Fix outfit and we decided to have some fun and take some pictures with my jewelry on. Here are some pictures from our jewelry/clothing shoot!

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How I styled my fix:

My jeans (Faye Skinny Jean by Just Black) and blue blouse (Barcelona Solid Short Sleeve Blouse by Daniel Rainn) were from Stitch Fix. I got a super cute white blazer from Anthropologie which paired perfectly with the pop of blue. Then, of course had to wear some of my own jewelry creations. I’ve been really into rocks lately and this new necklace is a pretty crystal geode hung along a long gold chain. The bracelets I’m wearing can be found on my website here. And, love the shoes I’m wearing from BC footwear – they are pink and fun!

And here were some of our other fun shots we took wearing Jou Jou My Love jewelry.

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Studio Jou Jou My Love – me in the jewelry making works wearing my favorite necklace – a geode crystal rock hanging from a gold chain.

(All pieces worn are new creations and will be posted soon!)

♥ Jou Jou My Love Jewelry

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