Tomorrow night is quite possibly one of the most anticipated nights of any movie or fashion lover’s year. I’m honestly more excited for tomorrow’s Blackhawks and Cubs games, but I’ll play along for a bit to tune into the Oscar fashion highlights. I’ve got my top {predicted} fashion trends below which I think will rule the Red Carpet. Coming from a mix of past award shows, designer shows and insight, Pantone colors and more, we’re sure to see at least some celebs sporting these trends. I’ve partnered with StyleWe to show you how you can get designer style without spending the big bucks – follow below!!

Trend #1: Red!

2017 Oscar Fashion

Carrie Underwood’s Grammy look – the deep crimson red lace dress with flare sleeves – was ultra chic. Most celebs I think try to shy away from matching the red of the carpet, but I think her choice might spark a red revolution! If they’re gonna go bold, there will definitely be a bit of ruffles or flare accents (popular with many high end designer runway shows as well) mixed with the hue. Extra dramatic. You can get the same Oscar vibe with a burgundy tunic top, leggings, and heels. Or, go for a lacy cocktail dress and combat boots for a bit of grunge.

Trend #2: Cold Shoulder

2017 Oscar Fashion

The weather’s still a bit chilly in most of the US, but sacrifice a bit of comfort for fashion here, people. Shoulder cutouts are everywhere, and I predict a lot of celebs going shoulder less or strapless with their dress silhouettes. Again, we’re seeing flares and ruffles/pleats mixed in these pieces as well, so be on the lookout. Get the style yourself when you buy a shoulder-less romper dress or mini, tights and ankle boots.

Trend #3: Natural Beauty

2017 Oscar Fashion

Inspired by Alica Keys’ story about no makeup, a back-to-basics mentality is sure to spread in fashion. Neutral tones, simple silhouettes and a “natural” look will surely influence beauty looks. Be on the lookout for celebrities sporting less makeup, blush colored nails and relaxed hair.

So sit back tomorrow night, grab some popcorn, and watch the festivities if you wish! Happy Oscars!

This shoot’s a tropic PUNCH of color – mostly thanks to a stunning floral arrangement which complimented my almost monochromatic statement necklace perfectly. You already know my draw to these imperfectly perfect tangled necklaces (view some other creations here and here), but this time, something’s new. If you see the focal crystal below, an unusual texture shines on the surface. Courtesy of my buddy Atlas the Python, it’s snakeskin – before you jump, scream or cringe, hear me out. Ever since my Snake Charmer post back in October, I’ve been scrounging things up to add more snakeskin to. It’s kind of my favorite new technique – definitely unique, it’s got people guessing. And most yes, cringing, when they figure out the “mystery”. Why y’all hatin’ on snakes?! Don’t be a hater.
Pairing two snakeskin-embellished crystals with chain, silver spike components, rhinestones, ivory pearls, safety pins and mixed metal chain is so much yessssss. I tangled everything up in true Quiet Lion style, holding it together with the safety pins and adding pops of pearl and sparkles in the empty spaces. It’s all about asymmetry in these pieces! I promise, promise, promise one day I’ll finally make a full DIY on how to make your very own (I know, I said this last post too), so stay tuned!
I love pairing these necklaces with tunics, skinny jeans or leggings, combat boots and a beanie. Because I gotta keep it a bit casual, gotta “grunge” it up. These necklaces do get extremely heavy (anyone who has made similar pieces knows!) so I don’t suggest wearing them the whole day. I mean, unless you want neck strain. But, sometimes, you must sacrifice comfort for fash-unnnnnn.
Anyway, enjoy this inspo post, basically to hold you over ’till I post another true DIY. Sorry it’s been a while – new pieces are always in the works!!

Hat Trick by Quiet Lion Creations - Chicago Fashion

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PHOTOGRAPHY: DELANE ASHLEY
PURSE:  ALLISON B. COOLING
If there is one thing I obsess over (besides making jewelry, of course) its my Chicago hockeyyyyyyy. The Blackhawks logo looks oh-so-chic when created from what else – Swarovski crystal. The triple thread of sparkle, shine and shimmer creates a true statement accessory.
I started out with a logo template, which I laminated and used as a base. I placed each flatback carefully atop my template, using Gem-Tac to secure them. Gem-Tac is great – it dries clear, and doesn’t smell as offensively as other adhesives. After the piece dried, I clipped the logo out and glued it to the purse. I contemplated adding this to a black bag, but the fire engine red made the colors pop – the more contrast, the better. Plus, red’s our home color. The result? #Superfan status, cash that ousside.
Because I know a die hard would call me out on it — I couldn’t get the small yellow loop at the bottom of the hair to work with the crystals – too small a space. So I settled on filling it with black, hopefully no harm done! I had to alter the feathers a bit and the forehead lines as well, for the sake of my crystal sizes!
Even though this bag looks a little fancy to be carrying around somewhat conspicuously in an alleyway, paired with sneakers and a beanie, that’s the best way to match it. I love me the mix of high and low – and I also love carrying it around here in Florida, amongst Lightning fans #sorrynotsorry.
Here’s to a Cup in 2017 – and many more to follow!

These pieces just ooooozzzzeeee bohemian glam. I paired up with my crafty P.I.C. Bianca of Mhm, That Girl to create these sparkly centerpieces – view our group tutorial here!

We’ve outlined our exact steps – carving, “glitterizing”, tattooing and more (tattooing the candles, that is) so my fellow gypsies can recreate these looks with their own candles. And tip – use cheap dollar store pillar candles. Don’t spend big bucks – you’ll have them lookin’ all luxe and expensive after you give them their makeovers!

Below is my quick photoshoot showing some ideas for these candles – use them as decor, as centerpieces, or as simple pops of color and sparkle around the house. Thanks to Bianca for that sick Ouija dish too – matches perfectly with the candles, my Skully necklace (see more here) and some tarot. Peace!

Peacock Neck

 

Pins and needles, pearls and purple orchids mix and mingle in this edgily chic necklace. Some of my favorite pieces to make are these huge chunky statement necklaces, tangled up with a mix of chains and beads. I want to at some point do a tutorial for you guys – but the truth is, half the time I don’t know what I am making ’till it’s finished! I truly just tangle, braid and scrunch up strands, holding them together with safety pins and jump rings. These necklaces do get a bit heavy, so if making your own, I suggest using double jump rings and a heavyweight toggle clasp instead of a lobster claw closure!
The focal peacock rhinestone component is a brooch I simply clipped onto the necklace, securing with a bit of wire. If you’re not a fan of brooches, try clipping them to necklaces or even on hair ties (if small enough) for a change! You can see this piece in action on my model Karlee in my latest lookbook here. Enjoy the inspo!

Peacock Necklace by Quiet Lion Creations

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Quiet Lion creations for Julbox Jewelry

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My newest collaboration for Julbox includes three pieces: “Daydreamer”, “Follow the Stars” and “Roar”. Using their amazingly simple online software, I was able to create these three designs and have them custom made in no time! The pieces are all 14k gold plated or sterling silver, and use Swarovski crystals as accents. I was really impressed by the quality of the jewelry – the metal was a heavier weight, yet still looks light and chic when wearing! If you want to shop my online collection, follow the link here. If you’re feeling adventurous, try your hand at creating your very own design! With a mix of shapes, letters and icons, plus the ability to engrave (seen on my “Daydreamer” and “Roar” designs) and use cutouts (as seen on all my designs), you can really get creative. I of course had to add the Swarovski crystals, as nothing is complete without a bit of sparkle…..  They even let you choose the chain length and type, for both necklaces and bracelets.

Each was created with a bohemian spirit in mind, which I’m sure you know by now, is my go-to style. “Daydreamer” was inspired by the works of Dali, whereas “Roar” was an homage to the animal kingdom. “Follow the Stars” was a connection to the mystic of the moon and nighttime.

To read more about the entire Julbox project, head on over to their site!

 

Quiet Lion creations for Julbox Jewelry

Quiet Lion creations for Julbox Jewelry

Quiet Lion creations for Julbox Jewelry

Quiet Lion creations for Julbox Jewelry

Quiet Lion creations for Julbox Jewelry

Quiet Lion creations for Julbox Jewelry

My pretties….these DIY Hair Ring Charms come together in minutes – but add a bohemian flair to any braid or updo.

I quickly added them to my braid for this pic – but I love adding them to buns as well. The rings simply twist open and closed and are lightweight – add charms or keep them plain depending on your outfit.

This tutorial is a no-brainer – soft aluminum wire is the perfect base for these flexible rings (which are essentially large jump rings!) allowing for a variety of styles. Twist the wire for texture – keep it plain for sleek chicness.

With the rise of festival fashion and Coachella, hair jewelry is definitely up-trending. A lot of hair clips or jewelry only work on long hair – if you’ve got short hair, create a small braid and add these puppies in. Check.

Are we ready?!

Step 1: Gather materials. Needed are: jump rings (4mm or 6mm), an assortment of bohemian charms, a sharpie or marker (to mold the wire around) and 16g / 18g wire. I used aluminum wire – it’s easy to bend. You will also need wire cutters for snipping the wire.

Step 2: Wrap 16g aluminum wire around the Sharpie – wrap 4 or 5 times.

Step 3: Remove the wraps from the Sharpie by gently sliding them off. Cut at the top of each wrap to create the rings.

Cut at the same spot on each wrap for perfect rings!

Step 4: To make the twisted rings, cut 8″ of 18g wire. Fold in half, and hold this halfway point with the pliers. Twist the wires together, holding strong and making the wraps tight.

Step 5: Wrap around the Sharpie….

Cut the twisted wire to create more rings.

You can choose to leave your rings plain or adorn with charms – I say, adorning with charms is always preferred! Simply attach 6mm jump rings to each charm.

   
Slide the charms on the wire rings and then bend to close. Don’t ever PULL the rings! TWIST them to open and close – it will keep their shape. Promise me you won’t pull!!! 🙂

Create these in a variety of themes and colors for every outfit. They are totally reusable too.

Took me much longer to actually write this tutorial than it did to create these sparklies. If you follow this DIY and create your own – post a pic to insta and tag me @quietlioncreations – I’ll repost you!



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PHOTOGRAPHY: DELANE ASHLEY

The olive greens of Savannah, Georgia perfectly complimented my pre-planned outfit. Black is always the answer, but this time, is matched with a super silky Zara jacket and tawny floppy hat.

This purse is really the star here- I didn’t make it, but found in the Chelsea Market on my trip to New York. Handmade in Morocco, each stud is hammered onto leather, giving that perfectly imperfect look. Check out their website here – Imports from Marrakesh – as they have a ton of handmade pieces including rugs, purses, jewelry and more.

Our time in Savannah was super short – but strolling downtown, we were able to catch a few shots. The buildings, fairytale-like in color and stature. Wrought iron fences, cobblestone, mossy exteriors and all – it’s a long haul from Tampa, Florida, but if you live nearby, it’s full of artsy vibes. If you’re a photographer, plan a shoot here if you’re stopping through!



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PHOTOGRAPHY/JEWELRY: ALLISON B. COOLING


MODEL: NIKOLETTA


CLOTHING: GENERATION BLISS BOUTIQUE

A  soft, angelic palette of vanilla whites, pastel pinks and sky blues compliment the mood of this shoot perfectly. Modeled after my Stardust Sparkler necklace (DIY here!), I’ve used a contemporary mix of steel grey bicones and silvery bugle beads in this look for a chic update. When paired with a monochromatic ruffle dress and suede boots, the sparkly statement piece stands out, while still remaining understated.

I love love love me some authentic antique goodies (here in the form of vintage watch faces) to create OOAK designs from – my Timekeeper necklaces below bring the magic of a bygone era to the wearer. Matching the grungy and somewhat rusty exterior finish of the watches with insanely sparkly Swarovski crystals and freshwater pearls creates the best kind of contrast!

Special thanks to Nik for bearing the January cold!

           

 



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PHOTOGRAPHY/JEWELRY/STYLING: ALLISON B. COOLING


MODELS: KARLEE DEWAN & FLÁVIO AGUIRRE


CLOTHING: GENERATION BLISS BOUTIQUE

….take a walk on the wild side…. An almost-barren landscape of ghostly trees, weathered prairie grass and spots of speckled snow paint the picture of a mid January landscape. Winter {specifically post – Christmas} in Chicago can get a little dreary at times. Cold without the hustle and bustle of the holidays, the short days can wear ‘ya down. I mean, I like {love} the darkness, but not at 3 in the afternoon. It makes it exhaustingly difficult to shoot – lookbooks or otherwise 🙁

However, that’s no excuse for dressing drearily as well – my flower child Karlee shows us warm weather whimsy can be brought to the winter months. Yes, it was a bit chilly for her runnin’ around in shorts and a crochet tee, but it has to be fully sleeting with a windchill of negative 40 for northerners to get cold.

In Coachella spirit, my mala necklaces paired with a charm choker, bohemian top and boyfriend jeans spells everyday chic. Add a knit sweater for practicality.

Why is she carrying an ice cream cone filled with flowers? Because I said so. ✌️


Ok, so the boho theme takes a little darker turn (you didn’t expect that with me, did you? Jk) with the addition of spike jewelry and an edgier wardrobe.

My men’s mala necklaces and stacking bracelets pair perfectly with a casual tee, jeans and combat boots, via Fláv. Add a beanie – they are always necessary.

For the ladies, yes, you can wear rompers in winter – pair tights underneath and add booties and a floppy hat. Finish with more – malas, of course. I’ll definitely post a tut soon on how to make these. If you haven’t guessed, malas are kind of my favorites.



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Our last look may be the most practical for winter – lace and fur – for a modern Cinderella vibe. Ice blues and dove grey combine for that true cold-weather color combo. My featured necklace below mixes pearls, chain, crystals and pave beads (single post with directions coming soon on this) – definitely offsets the sugary sweet pastel coat and feminine florals of the dress. The earrings I simply made by attaching Swarovski (what else?) disc drops to a metal laser-cut connector.

For the dudes, I love layering stone necklaces in varying lengths over any top. He’s also got that semi-denim on denim look (hello 90s) which is definitely monochromatically chic. I made his necklaces from agate, obsidian and tourmaline beads, plus Tibetan pendants. One of my fav sites for awesome Tibetan and metal pendants/amulets is Happy Mango Beads. They have great pieces you can’t find elsewhere – plus – Boulder Opal. I am legit OBSESSED with this stone – if I could buy all the pendants I would, but they’re $50+ each. I got one off this site a while back when they were on an amazing sale, I paid less than $10. If you love gemstones, check out Boulder Opal. Super unique.

A special thanks to my bebes Kar and Fláv, who weathered (besides the ACTUAL weather) frozen fingers/toes, creepy people in cars spying and lack of yummy snacks/drinks to shoot my lookbook for a good 3 hours.

At the very bottom, I’ve got a dope intro film made by Fláv – check it out!

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