DIY Necklace: Wearing the Beach all Year

Beach Necklaces

I grew up here, ten minutes from the beach. I can’t imagine having to plan on going to the beach. It’s something I do so casually that I still forget what a special place it is. I usually go to the beach during the week, after work, and alone. We love Island Beach State Park. If you drive past their first two bathing beaches, there is some amazing scenery. I don’t think people realize there is so much beauty right in NJ. Pictures of the walk to the ocean rival some you can find on a tropical island. I love the walk to the ocean. As you walk through the trees and sand, at first all you hear are birds. Then the smell of the ocean comes and you start to hear the sound of waves, and finally you get to the view. When I head to the beach most people are leaving it, so it’s like my own private oasis. I always keep a blanket or chair in my trunk, and if I know Matt will be late coming home from work I just head to the beach and read for an hour or two.

Walk to the Beach

But I didn’t really get to do that this summer. I was afraid of going to the beach alone. I’ve never had fainting spells or anything, but I didn’t want to risk overheating by myself while pregnant. I only went to the beach a few times, and I did have to plan around it. It made me appreciate my proximity more. I don’t think I’ll ever want to live far enough away where I have to plan a beach trip. I know that with a baby I’ll have to be more structured with my beach time next year, but I’m glad that if I ever am bored and we have nothing to do we can always walk to beach to pass the time.

Beach

September is a great time to go to the beach. There aren’t many people and the water is super warm. Matt and I went recently for no reason other than we were bored.  We collected seashells, put our feet in the water, and watched as the tiny clams and sand crabs burrowed into the sand. It made me sad that summer is pretty much over. I can still walk the beach in the fall and winter, but it’s not really the same.

SeaShells

So I’m going to wear the beach all year long. I made these simple beach bottle necklaces to keep the sand close to my heart. I found a set of tiny bottles at Michael’s. Attach the ring to the cork (You might have t trim the metal with some wire cutters. put some sand in the bottle. It’s easier to scoop the sand rather than pour it. Then I used needle nose tweezers to put in a tiny sea shell, apiece of sea glass, and a piece of faux moss (to look like seaweed). Use some leather cord as the necklace, and you viola!

beach necklace

I made a second charm as a message in  a bottle. With less sand, I added some small shells, and I wrote a note on a piece of scrap paper (I ripped the paper so the edges weren’t so straight). I realize I could have just scribbled or not have written anything at all, but I like an ocean quote for my ocean necklace. I know it’s there, after all.  My message is from Van Morrison’s “Into the Mystic.” I rolled up the scrap and put it in my bottle. How sweet!

message in a bottle

If you don’t live near the beach, you could make your necklace with sand and shells from your favorite vacation destination and keep it close to your heart too.

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Beautiful Bow Necklace by Elle & V

Bow Necklace

Isn’t my bow necklace awesome? I got it a few weeks ago, when my friends Caroline and Sarah and I ventured up to NYC for some brunch, shopping, and much needed girl time.  We shopped at lots of places, But The Market NYC on Bleeker Street is one of my favorite places. http://www.themarketnyc.com

The Market NYC

The Market NYC is an indoor market filled with artists and their hand crafted works. Jewelry, apparel, fabrics, dolls and toys, beads and crafts, bath and body products, pottery, art, the variety is endless and every piece is unique. I found my new favorite piece of jewelry, and new favorite jewelry designer there.

The Market NYC

I was perusing the Market looking for something pretty and delicate I could wear every day when I came across Selah Michelle’s stand, Elle & V. Her stand had exactly what I was looking for. Selah describes her jewelry as a mix between chic and boho; dainty pieces that you can wear everyday and layer with other jewelry. It was just my style. There were such lovely pieces, including a bow bracelet. I loved the idea of a silver bow. It was simple and elegant, but I only wished it were a necklace rather than a bracelet. She offered to let me order a bow necklace online, or if I wanted to wait a minute she’d change the chain and make the bracelet a necklace right then and there.

I couldn’t walk away without the bow! It was just too pretty, so I chatted with Selah a bit while I waited. She is an absolute sweetheart. She didn’t try to pressure me into buying anything or try to get me to buy more than I wanted (I hate when people do that). She did answer my questions and talk to me about the market, the city, and things to do at the shore (my neck of the woods).

I found out that she is from California but went to school for jewelry design and gemology, bringing her to New York. She’s a graduate jeweler and diamond grader who received her diplomas from The Gemological Institute of America. All of Selah’s jewelry is  handmade made with 14k gold fill, vermeil and sterling silver. On her site, it states that “the high-end jewelry line is sprinkled with hints of inspiration from the designer’s travels through the markets of Morocco, the villages of Latin America, the mountains of New Zealand, and most recently the bountifully cultural streets of Manhattan.” I can definitely see the different influences in her work.

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Her personal favorite pieces are the hammered bar necklace and the long druzy necklaces (worn together, of course). Her necklaces are perfect for layering, and for an indecisive person like me, it’s nice to layer all your favorite necklaces together! I wear my Elle & V necklace almost every day. The bow falls perfectly on my collar bone, and looks so pretty on. It really does go with anything! Sometimes I forget to take it off in the shower or before bed, but it hasn’t tarnished or broken and looks as beautiful as it was the day I got it.

Selfie for the sake of my bow!

Check out Selah’s website and online store at www.elleandv.com. I can’t wait to shop some more for myself and for some beautiful gifts. I already know which pieces I want next…and which I’ll be hinting to Matt to get for me 😉

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