charcoal latte - quiet lion creations

charcoal x coconut milk x glitter

it’s truly the stuff {goth} dreams are made of….

Where? Chocolate Pi, Tampa

I had been seeking out charcoal lattes, like elusive magical unicorns, ever since seeing the trend on Pinterest a few months ago. After spotting a charcoal latte on a friend’s Instagram post, I immediately asked her where she had found this much sought-after creamy concoction. I had entirely no clue that Chocolate Pi’s sparkly rendition was hiding a mere 20-minute drive from me. I HAD.TO.GO–NOW!

What better to pair with this deliciously dark drink than edgy accessories and sheer, starry shirts. Layer up your dainty jewelry for a perfectly proportioned pairing – delicate pieces are great for all-day wearing. They won’t weigh you down like heavier pieces will….I’ve given myself a few neck aches here and there from chunkier designs. But, sometimes you’ve gotta suffer for style!

Some of my favorite everyday pieces are dainty (faux) leather chokers. They give that edginess without being over-the-top goth. Create your own by cutting an approx. 14″ to 15″ piece of flat, faux leather. Slide on beads, charms, or a slider component (like the evil eye below) to the center. Finish both ends with flat ribbon ends, and add a clasp and extender chain, just in case. These chokers become such a staple in my wardrobe that it feels strange if I leave the house without adding one. Not a “OHMYGOD where is my phone?!” level of panic, but more a “hey, something is missing” mild alert….

Anyway, if you’re ever in the Tampa area, PLEASE go check out Chocolate Pi – or if you’re miles away, gawk at their Instagram page.

charcoal latte - quiet lion creations

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DIY Boho Beaded Bracelet/Necklace Duo

This DIY boho beaded bracelet/necklace duo is convertible, versatile, and something you need to make RIGHT NOW! Ok, that might have been a little intense, but trust me, it will become one of your go-to pieces for every outfit.

I love this Tibetan pendant and decided to feature it here – it really adds to the boho vibe. Mixing beads and gemstones also pushes forward that eclectic look, perfect for us crafty hippies!

DIY Boho Beaded Bracelet/Necklace Duo

As an added bonus to this DIY, my friends at NHCO Botanical sent some vegan, organic goodies (the best kind, am I right!?) to pair with this post! If you’re into botanical body care, all their products are plant-based, cruelty-free and include organic ingredients….which is especially great for anyone living a natural or vegan lifestyle (and everyone else, for that matter!)

I got the Sweet Lemon Oil, Coconut Mask and Bar Soap. The bar soap, being totally unscented, is really great for anyone with sensitive skin and/or allergies. The Lemon Oil smells heavenly, and I love the addition of charcoal in the Coconut Mask!

Snoop around on their site to learn about all the other vegan body care products they have to offer – and use my coupon code QLION for 10% off purchases of $20 or more! Cheers!

DIY Boho Beaded Bracelet/Necklace Duo

DIY jewels and delightfully responsible beauty products go hand in hand, if you ask me! Pull up a chair and let’s get to beading…..

DIY Boho Beaded Bracelet/Necklace Duo

Step 1: Gather materials. You’ll need stretch cord (I used 0.5mm), clear monofilament (I used 0.5mm), a variety of crystal beads, spacers, stone beads and e beads, crimp tubes, crimp covers, jump rings, toggle clasps, and a large pendant or accent. You’ll also need crimping pliers and wire cutters or scissors.

DIY Boho Beaded Bracelet/Necklace Duo

Step 2: Cut two approx. 35″ pieces of stretch cord and string on a mixture of your beads, in your desired pattern. I alternate crystal rondelles, e beads and metal spacers. Pick a cohesive color palette, so your design flows! I double-up on the stretch cord for added strength…..

DIY Boho Beaded Bracelet/Necklace Duo

Step 3: Continue beading until you have reached about a 30-32″ length…..you might have to alter these measurements based on the size of your wrist….my total piece (end to end, including the additional beaded part) was about 36″.

DIY Boho Beaded Bracelet/Necklace Duo

Step 4: Once you’ve beaded about a 30-32″ length, thread on a crimp tube to all cords. Thread the cords through the loop on a toggle, and back through the crimp. Pull cords taut, crimp tube shut and cut excess cord.

DIY Boho Beaded Bracelet/Necklace Duo

Step 5: Find the exact middle of the beaded strand and add the toggle bar to the strand with two 4mm jump rings.

DIY Boho Beaded Bracelet/Necklace Duo

Step 6: Cut two pieces of 5″ monofilament , and crimp the ends to a large jumpring- make sure this jump ring fits around your toggle! You don’t need stretch cord here, because the rest of the piece is stretch. Also, it helps with the heavier beads to NOT have it stretchy….

DIY Boho Beaded Bracelet/Necklace Duo

Step 7: Bead on a small strand, mine was only about 2″ long – use larger beads here as this is more of the focal area of the piece! Crimp the other end around the loop of one more toggle.

DIY Boho Beaded Bracelet/Necklace Duo

Step 8: Add crimp covers to crimps if desired. Add any accents or charms to the bottom of the last toggle.

To wear as a necklace, simply insert the toggle bar in the bottom or top toggle, as a shorter piece. Or, for a longer look, don’t use the toggle bar at all! To wear as a bracelet, wrap around the wrist and insert the bar in the last toggle. The stretch cord helps the piece fit anyone!

DIY Boho Beaded Bracelet/Necklace Duo

Feel free to mix up the colors and bead combinations, depending on your desired look. Blue/teal is always my top choice (well, always second to black of course) for bead colors….. This piece could work really well in a green or even brown/bronze theme as well.

DIY Boho Beaded Bracelet/Necklace Duo


All photos copyright Quiet Lion Creations. Email me at info@quietlioncreations.com for permission to use or re-post.
Don’t steal them, it’s bad karma ☺.


DIY Boho Beaded Bracelet/Necklace Duo
DIY Boho Beaded Bracelet/Necklace Duo

These DIY Wired Stones Necklaces are equal parts boho and glam! Mixing shiny faceted crystals with opaque, earthy gemstones really makes for a sophisticated contrast in texture and color. Organic wire wraps play up the hippie-chic mood, and are super easy to create! You don’t have to have mad wire wrapping skills to make these necklaces…..

DIY Wired Stones Necklaces by Quiet Lion Creations

If you’ve got random gemstone or crystal beads lying around, this is the perfect time to use them. I like using complimentary, but not matching, stones for these necklaces. It gives them an eclectic feel! These are meant to be long, rosary-style pieces, but feel free to change the length depending on the look you are going for.

When beading (or really basically ALL the time), I like to light a candle for some good ‘ol aromatherapy – this Ginger + Chai scent from Slow North has become a favorite- you can’t really go wrong with anything ginger, and chai is an added bonus. I like spicy, earthy scents! If you’re into other combos, their choices don’t disappoint. Grapefruit + Spearmint, Lemongrass + Tangerine, Coffee + Spice and Eucalyptus + Lavender are just a few more they’ve got to offer….. All candles are 100% American soy wax, use pure essential oils, and made in small batches, by hand. The company is also powered by renewable energy, and their packing materials/boxes are recycled, recyclable and biodegradable.

Use my coupon code QuietLion for 10% off all candle purchases on Slownorth.com!! You can thank me later, when your house smells of deliciousness……

DIY Wired Stones Necklaces by Quiet Lion Creations

Aside from candles, they also offer natural organic bath and body products – try the Rose Water mist – I use it as a toner! Also, it doubles as a chic photo prop. Multitasking!

Since your house is now smelling of amazing essential oils, hopefully, we are ready to start on the necklaces!

DIY Wired Stones Necklaces by Quiet Lion Creations

Step 1: Gather materials. You’ll need 24g beading wire, chain, eye pins, lobster clasps, jump rings, assorted small crystal/gemstone beads (about 6mm-10mm), and large crystal/gemstone beads (about 1″-1.5″). I like to mix crystal and gemstone for a boho-chic look. You’ll also need wire cutters, roundnose pliers and flatnose pliers.

DIY Wired Stones Necklaces by Quiet Lion Creations

Step 2: Cut 1′ of beading wire, and form a wrapped loop at the end. String on one large gemstone bead. Create a wrapped loop at the other end, but don’t cut the excess. Instead, wrap around the top and bottom loops, caging the bead within wire wraps.

DIY Wired Stones Necklaces by Quiet Lion Creations

Step 3: Turn the stone to the other side and wrap that side as well! When you run out of wire, simply cut flush. Repeat with two more large beads. I used another white gemstone and a faceted topaz crystal bead.

DIY Wired Stones Necklaces by Quiet Lion Creations

Step 4: Use 4mm jump rings to connect the loops on your gemstone beads. I like to alternate crystal and gemstone.

For the beaded strand, simply use eye pins to create beaded links from small crystals or gemstone beads. Connect these together, alternating bead type. You can choose to create an entirely beaded strand, or split beading/chain for a quicker DIY. What do you think I chose for this tutorial?! (Hint…I’m impatient!) 🙂

Connect the top of the large beaded drop to the beaded strands with a larger 5mm jumpring.

DIY Wired Stones Necklaces by Quiet Lion Creations

Step 5: If using chain, cut two lengths of 12″ chain (measure your strand – you can make your necklace shorter or longer depending on the look you’re going for!) and attach to the top of your beaded strands with 4mm jump rings. Add a clasp and jumpring to the empty chain ends to complete your necklace.

To complete the large beaded drop, you can either make a chain tassel or add a drop pendant…..I tend to lean towards tassels because they compliment mostly every design! I used a crystal tusk on the gold option to push add to the bohemian look even more.

DIY Wired Stones Necklaces by Quiet Lion Creations

These pieces are great to dress either up or down. Wear with a tee and jeans for casual style, or pair with a boho maxi dress and strappy heels for statement outfit!

You could go the extra mile and make matching earrings – if you have more stones or crystals, simply wire wrap and add to a fishhook for a quick and easy set. This is just an easy piece to throw on, and is especially good for those who don’t like heavy statement necklaces or chokers. The longer look is easy, breezy, bohemian!

Create these in all color schemes to match every outfit. Trust me, you’ll want to!

Special thanks again to Slow North for the collaboration!


All photos copyright Quiet Lion Creations. Email me at info@quietlioncreations.com for permission to use or re-post.
Don’t steal them, it’s bad karma ☺.

DIY Wired Stones Necklaces
DIY Wired Stones Necklaces