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KISS THE SKY

I am pleased to present my very first contest and I am offering this very boho Jimi Hendrix bracelet as the free prize! It is hand woven distressed black leather accented with eco-friendly aqua blue recycled glass beads. The beads have an amazing seaglass quality and reflect the light beautifully (as shown in the photo). The bracelet is completed with a hip Jimi Hendrix button, making it perfect for any music aficionado! It is a versatile 7 1/2 inches in length and has a retail value in my Etsy shop of $32.00.

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TO ENTER

Entry to the contest is quite simple:

1. Follow my blog. (If you are already following, you are halfway there!)
2. Post a comment on how Jimi’s music inspires you. You are able to post more than one comment!
3. This contest is only available to US residents, as I will also be picking up the tab for shipping.

I will choose a winner based on the comments on Sunday, May 26th. The winner will then be contacted via email to arrange delivery of the bracelet. I will also be featuring the winning comment in next week’s blog post.

Thanks for stopping by!

Peace, Love, and Jimi,
Erin

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african surf safari

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I am so excited! I recently acquired some amazing African trade beads for some new spring designs. They are made by the Krobo People of Ghana, Africa, using a centuries old technique. The process begins by pressing glass into a fine powder and heating it until the particles fuse together. The glass is then poured in clay molds and the stem of a cassava leaf is used to make the bead hole. The beads are then baked in an oven, causing the glass to melt together and the stem to burn. The end result is a soft matte finish very similar to seaglass that just POPS in direct sunlight!

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The colors are just incredible! I am very much in love with marbled effect on some of beads. I also love that these beads are not only crafted with recycled glass, but are also fair trade.

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The beads I chose for this series of Betty Bracelets are larger than what I normally work with – a whopping 14mm! I decided to use thicker leather (1mm instead of .05mm) in a soft distressed shade of honey brown. I spaced the beads a little further apart using the above pattern, which is a variation on a basic square knot. The bracelets are then terminated with a bold button to complement the beads. Here is the roundup of the new collection:

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OFF THE WALL

Named after a very challenging surf break in Cape Town, South Africa, this Betty features stunning cobalt blue & seafoam green marbled beads with a white-washed copper dragonfly button. More details are available here:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/120980972/recycled-glass-bracelet-off-the-wall

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FREE TOWN

Named after the capital city of Sierra Leone, an up and coming surf destination, this Betty features earthy brown and clear swirled glass beads with a white washed brass tribal sun button. The full listing can be viewed here:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/120980168/recycled-glass-bracelet-free-town-sandy?ref=v1_other_2

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LA SOURCE

Named for a popular surf beach on the southern coast of exotic Morocco, the Betty features delicate blush pink beads and a brass nautilus shell button with a verdigris green finish. Item details can be found here:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/120979252/recycled-glass-bracelet-la-source-blush?ref=v1_other_2

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SUNLIGHT BAY

Named after another impressive surf break in Cape Town, South Africa, this Betty features cobalt and clear swirled beads (together they create the hue of a perfect summer sky!) and a pewter tribal artisan button. It is available here:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/120978123/woven-leather-bracelet-sunlight-bay-sky?ref=v1_other_2

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CAPE VERDE

Named after an archipelago off the Atlantic Coast of Africa, this Betty features seafoam green beads and a fun daisy pewter button. The full listing can be viewed here:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/120977218/woven-leather-bracelet-cape-verde?ref=v1_other_2

Thanks for taking the time to view my new Betty Bracelet collection! Be sure to check often as I am adding more great new designs for spring!

Shanti,
Erin

shopping for spring

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I am definitely a warm weather gal, and it most evident when one investigates my January shopping trends. Most of my friends are rooting through the clearance racks for rock bottom prices on sweaters, coats, and boots. I, on the other hand, am perusing the new arrivals on the websites of my favorite brands. My style is beach casual and I tend to own a few high quality pieces rather than several discount items. I firmly believe that, if you are wearing more than flip flops, you are overdressed. I also love color, and this year I am swooning over coral and aqua blue!

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DHARA DRESS

I love, love, love this Dhara Dress in Tide Blue by Athleta! The hue is reminiscent of tropical waters, the fit is quite flattering (it is available in petite…yay!), and it packs well – very important for a gypsy like me! You can view the full listing here:

http://athleta.gap.com/browse/product.do?cid=89745&vid=1&pid=406746&mlink=46831,5927263,SDDhara1_1&clink=5927263

PANIOLO FLIP FLOPS

Olu Kai is a Hawaiian-based company. Olu is Hawaiian for comfort, and Kai, ocean. I bought my first pair of their Paniolo flip flops in Tobacco (a rich deep brown) last year, and they made it through three vacations and two music festivals comfortably and fashionably. The quality is high, so do not be overwhelmed by the $85 price tag – you’ll be strolling down the beach in them for years to come. For this spring, I’d like to buy the lighter Dune that is pictured here. More details are available here:

http://www.olukai.com/Product_AllWomens_Paniolo_20129-2020.aspx

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A perfect accent to the beautiful aqua blue dress is my Polu Kai (Hawaiian for Blue Water) Pendant. It is genuine seaglass wrapped in silver wire and accented with opalescent Swarovski crystals. It is completed with a soft tan sueded cord with a handmade silver clasp. For more photos and ordering information, please view this link to my Etsy shop:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/105551320/polu-kai-aqua-blue-sea-glass-pendant

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This Hanalei Bay Bracelet, also from my Etsy shop, is another beautiful accessory for your spring ocean tones. It is named for a popular surf spot on the Hawaiian island of Kauai. It is crafted with delicate pale bottle green (think vintage Coke bottle) recycled glass beads, woven with soft distressed light brown leather. The Aloha look is finished with a lovely white-washed copper hibiscus toggle. Additional photos and information is available here:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/105552958/hanalei-bay-pale-bottle-green-hibiscus?ref=v1_other_2

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TILLY TOP

I just adore the vibrant coral pink color and easy fit of this Lucky Brand Tilly Top! It is a soft tone-on-tone paisley pattern with a versatile 3/4 length – perfect for early spring or summer evenings! I would pair it with skinny denim capris. More information can be viewed here:

http://www.luckybrand.com/Paisley-Tilly-Top/LBW02413,default,pd.html?navid=search

AUSTIN ZIP POUCH

While I am utilitarian when it comes to shoes, I am quite the handbag junkie! Fossil is my favorite brand, and I possess a very impressive collection! This Saddle Austin Zip Pouch will most certainly be the latest addition! The small size (only 7×5) makes it perfect to slip into a larger tote bag or to carry your essentials on a night out. Details are listed here:

http://www.fossil.com/en_US/shop/women/categories/handbag_collections/austin_handbags/austin_zip_pouch-sl3933p.html?parent_category_rn=331133&departmentCategoryId=331097&pn=c&cm_vc=339084&imagePath=SL3933216

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The soft coral pink of the recycled glass and the light distressed leather of my Kaihalulu Betty Bracelet perfectly complement the shades of the top and bag. Kaihalulu is a red sand beach in a secluded cove on the Hawaiian island of Maui. Details on this chunky surfer girl bracelet can be seen here:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/119571944/kaihalulu-coral-pink-hibiscus-recycled

Thanks for stopping by…I hope you have enjoyed my fashion selections. Be sure to check back for more warm weather finds!

Shanti,
Erin

mystic maidens

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I would like to introduce everyone to three very magical ladies! As with all of my Betty Bracelets, they are crafted from Indonesian recycled glass beads, which have a soft quality reminiscent of sea glass.

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This is Mermaid Beach. She is named after an actual surfing beach on the Goldcoast of Queensland, Australia. She is created from deep distressed brown leather and rich Pacific blue recycled glass beads. She is accented with a stunning artisan mermaid button (note how she is brushing her long hair!). The full listing can be viewed here:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/118695407/mermaid-beach-blue-recycled-glass-woven

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This is Llangennith. She is named after one of the most consistent surf breaks in the mystical, craggy land of Wales. Soft, misty lavender recycled glass beads are woven with deep brown distressed leather and finished with a fanciful fairy artisan button. The complete listing is available here:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/118695607/llangennith-lavender-recycled-glass?ref=v1_other_1

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This last lovely lady is Cloudbreak. She is named for a famed surf spot on the magical & breathtakingly beautiful island of Fiji. She is crafted from deep brown distressed leather and gorgeous aqua blue (think tropical lagoon!) recycled glass beads. A seductive artisan mermaid clasp is a perfect accent to the stunning beads. The entire listing can be seen here:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/113947039/cloudbreak-aqua-blue-recycled-glass

Each bracelet retails for $29.00 and ships for FREE in the U.S. and Canada. Thanks for stopping by!

Shanti,
~Erin

Meet the two newest Betty Bracelets in my Etsy collection!

This is Baja Sur Trio. The name was inspired by the soft desert tones of sage green, honey gold, and burnished copper. The accent button is a very unusual Thai Hill Tribes copper starfish. It has been oxidized to give it this great finish. Surf’s up on the Baja Peninsula!

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This is Kuta Sunset. Anyone who has been lucky enough to visit Bali knows that the town of Kuta on its west coast is famous for its party atmosphere, its amazing breaks, and its breathtaking sunsets! The vibrant jewel tones of sapphire, blue violet, and deep pink of this trio were inspired by this stunning view! It is completed with a whimsical dolphin artisan pewter button. Feel the spirit of the tropics!

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All bracelets are made with deep brown distressed leather from India. The larger of the three bracelets is made with recycled glass beads from Indonesia. The design is a variation of the classic macrame square knot. The photo below shows a detail of the pattern. I’ll be using this design more in the spring. The smaller accent bracelets are made with Japanese seed beads and are woven using a basic three cord braid. I made the wire clasps myself with non-tarnishing German silver wire. The bracelets can be worn in the ocean worry free. Each trio retails for $32.00 (this price includes USPS Priority Mail shipping with delivery confirmation.)

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Here is a link to Baja Sur:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/115414728/baja-sur-green-recycled-glass-starfish

Here is a link to Kuta Sunset:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/115412864/kuta-sunset-blue-recycled-glass-dolphin?ref=v1_other_2

Shanti,
Erin

Betty is slang for a female surfer. The Betty Bracelets are my updated version of the great surfer-style bracelets I would adorn during my youth at the Jersey Shore. The design begins with super soft distressed leather woven in a classic macrame pattern. Recycled glass beads add a colorful yet rustic accent and a beach-inspired button anchors the design. These are fun, chunky bracelets and they are perfect for layering.

Each Betty Bracelet is named for a famous surfing spot. The hibiscus bracelet, Bonzai Pipeline, is the fabled break on Oahu’s North Shore. The mermaid bracelet, Cloudbreak, is a popular surf spot in Fiji:

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Recycled glass beads from Indonesia are made from molten fritters of colored glass, creating a soft beach glass effect. I source my beads from a small Indonesian-owned company that believes in sustaining green principles and supports the ecosystem by using discarded items such as bottles, jars, and windows as crude materials. Each bead is individually handmade using centuries old techniques passed down generation by generation. The end result is an amazing piece of eco-chic jewelry!

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REcologie, an amazing green boutique in Larchmont, NY, carries my Betty Bracelets and well as my Mermaid Tears Seaglass Pendants:

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The entire Betty Bracelet Collection can be viewed (and purchased!) here:

http://www.etsy.com/shop/serendipityblu?section_id=11479392

Shanti,
Erin

I am a free spirit, a gypsy, an artisan, a jewelry junkie, a music lover, a beach bum, and an intrepid traveler. This blog is to celebrate the bohemian lifestyle and to accessorize it with original designs from my Etsy shop, Serendipity Blu.

Here is a sampling of some of my boho beach chic pieces:

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Be sure to visit my Etsy shop to see my entire line:

www.serendipityblu.etsy.com

Shanti,
Erin

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