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Stacking bracelets for added outfit interest

Stacking bracelets

Creating a stack of bracelets


It’s Accessory Tuesday over here at Brenda’s Blog. Today I’ll be showing you textured Woven Silver Bangles and Zen Black Druzy Earrings (sponsored by Artful Home), as well as providing you with some accessory styling tips. We even have a guest appearance by someone you may have heard of—performer Miley Cyrus.

Here’s how Miley came into today’s tips.

Russ had seen Miley Cyrus perform on late night programs and saved the segments for me to watch the next morning. I was wowed by her song, but it wasn’t just her singing that caught my attention—it was her jewelry. I had to pause the video stream and take pictures.


Miley Cyrus jewelry

Miley Cyrus belts out the song and punches up the jewelry


Russ showed me two clips. Miley sang the same song in both of them but wore different outfits each time. In the first clip she was wearing her War Is Over T-shirt tucked into her Mom jeans. In the second one she was wearing a print sequined fancy dress that plunged to her waistline. I spied the use of a Beauty Bundle, because the stacks of rings and bracelets stayed the same both times.

Miley’s accessory display challenged my thinking about quantity. She gave me the idea to add more jewels to my outfits, like wearing more stuff at once. I had some stacking to do!


Beauty Bundle

Same jewelry with T-shirt and jeweled cocktail dress


Styling Tip: Building a bangle bundle

A bangle stack is built around a theme. My theme is going to be texture and a certain artfulness. I want to mix handcrafted pieces. I started my stack with these two Woven Silver Bangles by Kendra Renee available through Artful Home. They have interest, substance, and great craftsmanship.


Silver bangles by Kendra Renee

Woven Silver Bangles by Kendra Renee have a peaked profile


Next, I added another bracelet that I’ve gotten from Artful Home. Christine Mackellar, the artist, created the bangle in the middle with gold, silver, and stones on it.


Bracelets from Artful Home

Two woven silver bangles with additional gold, silver, stone bracelet in the middle


And that’s how I wore the Woven Silver Bangles on my home office day recently. It’s a small but mighty stack that looks so fresh with my watch.


Mixed bracelets

What time is it? Bracelet time!


And now it’s time to add the mixed metal Zen Black Druzy Earrings. They’re textured and definitely have that artistic craftsmanship that I want for my accessory look.


Artful earrings

Zen Black Druszy Earrings from Artful Home



These earrings are good as gold

Patricia McCleery is the artist who created the Zen Black Druzy Earrings.

They’re remarkably lightweight. I thought they’d be heavier. They’re packed with design weight, but I can’t even feel them when they’re on.

I realize I’m not looking anything like Miley Cyrus. But with her influence in my ear, I did add two rings and a necklace to my Office Tuesday outfit. This is my version of more.


Enjoying jewelry stacks

Using more space to wear jewelry


The necklace is on a simple chain. It’s a lemon quartz faceted piece that Erin got for me. Thoughtful as ever, she added a bee to it because she knows how much I love bees. Now isn’t this all so pretty?


Artful Home jewelry

Adding jewels to my Office Tuesday outfit


The next day I added more bracelets

My first thought the next morning was how much I wanted to wear my olive green corduroys, my cozy warm oversized charcoal gray sweater, and my cognac suede boots. To bring some balance to the oversized sweater, I decided to use the same jewelry I’d worn the day before but add in more gold tones and more bracelets.

To my original starter stack I added my bronze heart bangle, another textured bangle and brought in my owl gold and diamond ring.


Beauty Bundle

Adding more mixed metals and I have a new Beauty Bundle 


I wore my fave Griffin chalk plaid coat to my cords and sweater outfit and added a pin in mixed metals to the coat. I’m loving how this is coming together!


Jewelry adds style

Loving the pretty jewelry added to simple clothing


Stack of bracelets

I see you bracelets 


Adding stacks of jewelry to simple pieces


Artful Home jewelry


Who knew it could feel so great to be in simple separates? All the credit goes to the added layers of interest that these jewels bring. Can you imagine all the outfit combinations I could be in while wearing these same accessory pieces? I won’t be in a plunging cocktail sparkly dress anytime soon, but I bet I could make twelve outfit combos in less than an hour while relying on these same pieces of jewelry.


Gray and olive and cognac


More praise to give

I want to thank Artful Home for letting me play with the Zen Black Druzy Earrings and the Woven Silver Bangles. I love my Brand Ambassador post! I want to thank Russ for saving those video clips for me to watch. It was a gift that kept on giving. And Miley Cyrus, thanks for your inspiration and your great music.


Jewelry collection

Wearing a collection of favorites in a bundle


Bangle postscript

You know how this all started with the Woven Silver Bangles, but I want to point out one more nifty thing about them. I love that my bracelet stack-making started with two matching bracelets. The pair do such a great job of organizing the stack. I could have created an eclectic stack by using single unmatched bangles. But together the Woven Silver Bangles act as bookends even if they float around in the stack willy nilly. They’re kind of the Mom and Dad of the stack and the others are the kids in the family.

This is something I realized after wearing these bracelets several times. Having two the same anchors the whole group.

You guys are the best! Let me hear from you. Can you believe how easily jewelry makes simple clothes look lovely? Is Miley inspiring you to wear more? Bring on the jewelry comments!



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  • Reply
    Bettye L Rainwater
    February 5, 2019 at 4:23 am

    Love it! Love it all! I always say “Mo Jewelry Mo Better!” ha, I’ve never said that, but I THINK it! I USED to have lots of fun jewelry, and loved stacking bracelets with my watch…but over the years, and various economic issues, almost all my decent jewelry has been sold and I’m left with, pardon my expression, CRAP. Ha ha. It’s time to rebuild, and you’ve given me inspiration. You and Miley!

    Also, your SHOES! I know I’ve commented on your gorgeous suede cognac boots before, but what are those black ones in the office shot? I have such a hard time finding shoes that aren’t sneakers but are still easy, casual, and helpful to my painful feet.

    As always, tremendous inspiration!


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    February 5, 2019 at 4:31 am

    No you don’t look like Miley, YOU LOOK BETTER THAN HER! I recently saw her on Ellen or Kelly and loved her voice but didn’t like how she looked. OK so getting ready for my dental cleaning, I’m grabbing my huge watch and a bunch of bangles and trying to impersonate you. Love that you bring out the best in me. XO Sandi

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    jodie filogomo
    February 5, 2019 at 5:30 am

    I adore this idea for many reasons, Brenda. One because I think one little bracelet gets lost on our body. Not that every piece of jewelry needs to stand out every time, but a small bracelet doesn’t make an impact. Yet we love them and many even have sentiments attached. So by adding more, they get some more attention…by others and ourselves.
    The other reason that i love this, is because I have SO many bracelets. And this is one way to put them to use more often!!
    It reminds me of your double scarf trick!!
    Always smart and always stylish!!

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    February 5, 2019 at 6:13 am

    Lovely bangles…and a lovely watch too!! Pllease share the make. Thanks!

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    Christina Brauer
    February 5, 2019 at 9:05 am

    I saw Miley on TV recently while with my 16 y/o son. He commented that she looked different (i.e. matured a bit) but my comment was ‘I want all her jewelry!’ Her jewelry was probably some of the same pieces from your photos along with some longer necklaces. My thought ‘beauty bundle!!’

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    sophia montgomery
    February 5, 2019 at 9:10 am

    Sometimes excess is never enough…
    I like the stacked look on one arm only. I do this with my vintage plastic bangles but add a bangle like wood or woven to cut down on the clatter.
    All of your looks are stylish and just right.

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    Sandra Sallin -Apart From My Art
    February 5, 2019 at 9:11 am

    Oh, it all looks so good on you. I love layering bracelets. I love layering anything. I don’t think I look up to Milly Cyrus but I do look up to you. Love your style and soul.

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      February 7, 2019 at 9:11 am

      I love the way you stack, my dear! It’s always fun to see what pieces you’re adorning yourself with. Love you!

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    Tanya Lochridge
    February 5, 2019 at 11:31 am

    Love it. Stacking way more than one bracelet has always been my style! It’s odd but for some reason way back when that habit became “my trademark style.” I do think it was heavily influenced by my Auntie Opal who always wore the most magnificent unstuffy jewelry in the 50s! When I see people today who I haven’t seen in a long time they comment on the fact that I am still wearing lots of bracelets. Many have little stories about how they would hear me opening the office door — not whistling or talking, but letting my bracelets sing while unlocking or opening the door!! No sneaking around that’s for sure. I do think it gives a fresh approach to style. Loving your stacks — like I said “fresh!” trl

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      February 7, 2019 at 9:10 am

      Tanya, LOVE your experience with them and dear Auntie Opal, her inspiration lives on. And now you’re inspiring others! What fun to have a trademark like that. It’s very endearing!

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    Barbara Kraus
    February 5, 2019 at 12:44 pm

    I have 3 thin silver bangles, each different, that I wore with my watch non stop for years, occasionally adding in other bracelets. Nowadays I oftenwear less, but almost always at least one bangle with my watch. However I have added wearing a ring on my right hand.

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      February 7, 2019 at 9:08 am

      Love it, Barbara!

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    Karin Beamer
    February 5, 2019 at 12:50 pm

    Brenda, I think your jewels were so much classier, Miley’s were kind of trashy and the tatooed fingers did not look so good either. You idea using the two matching bracelets was much better and co ordinated well with the earrings. Looked good.

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      February 7, 2019 at 9:08 am

      Thanks, Karin! Yes, I couldn’t wear things like Miley, but she sure gave me the idea to “add more” to what I’m currently doing and I am grateful to her performance for that spark of creativity. You never know where you’ll find inspiration or what tiny part of something can create an idea that ends up working for you! I’m always on the lookout.

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    February 5, 2019 at 1:57 pm

    For all you bracelet wearers – do you wear on your dominant hand? If so, do they get in the way of doing things? Do they make noise? I have stopped wearing them for these reasons. But they do look stylish, and interesting and fun. Brenda, love how you build your bundles.

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      February 7, 2019 at 9:06 am

      I’ll weigh in on your question, Linda. I do not wear them on my dominant hand for that very reason. It would get in the way of my writing hand. My stack makes some noise but it’s mostly a tinkle noise, not a clanking. And if you wear ones the size of mine and just wear three of them like in that first picture, they hardly make any noise at all. I hope you give it a whirl!

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      Barbara Kraus
      February 12, 2019 at 12:38 pm

      I wear a watch and a bangle or bangles on my non dominant hand and have just started wearing one on my dominant hand. The one I usually wear on my dominant hand is oval and hinged so it fits my wrist closely without being snug. It takes me a moment or two to adapt to it and then I don’t notice it.
      As for noise, I don’t wear my one noisy bracelet to a musical concert but otherwise I don’t have a problem. I don’t know if the materials or the fact that they are thin make a difference.

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        February 12, 2019 at 3:36 pm

        You make great points!

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    Trinnie q
    February 5, 2019 at 10:06 pm

    So now I will be on the hunt for beautiful bracelets! Gorgeous as always Brenda ! Sending much love from Oz

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      February 7, 2019 at 9:04 am

      Trinnie, always fun to hear from you. I bet you’ll make a fabulous stack! Currently, I’m sending you love from Los Angeles where I’m working with a client all week. It’s a bright sunny day after many days of pouring rain. xo

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    February 7, 2019 at 8:55 am

    Great tips! I ove the ‘mom and dad’ bracelets and may have to order and start my own stack!

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      February 7, 2019 at 8:58 am

      I love it! Enjoy your stacking!

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    February 7, 2019 at 10:40 am

    This is a great post; I love your idea of adding pretty jewelry to casual outfits. The necklace and bracelets really amp up your olive cords and grey sweater. Now that I’m retired I don’t have any reason to dress up, but I still want to look pulled-together. I rely heavily on cashmere sweaters and black pants or black jeans, but I haven’t known how to toss jewelry into the mix.
    I’ve just purchased, and have begun working my way through, your book “Fashion Makeover: 30 Days to Diva Style.” I am having a BLAST! The first exercise, identifying my fashion “ruts,” gave me so many wonderful insights. I’m now pushing myself to reach beyond black, black, and more black when I put together an outfit!

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      February 8, 2019 at 7:37 am

      I’m so thrilled you’re working through the book! I’ve done a virtual Fashion Makeover Boot Camp based on that book a few times. Was thinking about doing that again as it is so fun to refresh one’s style and find a way out of ruts! Once you’ve figured out how to toss on the jewels, your retired outfits will have that snap you’re interested in.

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    Cathy D.
    February 7, 2019 at 10:04 pm

    Only as a joke, I just put on all the bracelets I own on one wrist. I wanted to see if I could tolerate more weight than the one bracelet I usually wear. Interesting, but so not me and very heavy. But perhaps, with courage, I could handle three. Not sure why, but two doesn’t seem like an acceptable number.

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      February 8, 2019 at 7:32 am

      Odd numbers are used in decorating and design so maybe they’ll be thin ones and you can still sport three. That was a fun visual–you with all your bangles on!

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