Sunday, June 9, 2013

what to wear to a gem and mineral party

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We hosted a "gem and mineral" party today at our house. We like to do these themed, family-oriented parties as an alternative to children's birthday parties. Family parties are so much more relaxed than a birthday. Having no presents is a huge plus.

One of the activities was making necklaces by wrapping copper wire around tumbled rocks and bending the wire in decorative ways.  The kids loved it and made so many necklaces!  I'm wearing one in the photo.  I don't know how to do any jewelry making, but our good friend brought the wires and all the tools and spent the whole party making necklaces with the kids.  Pretty cool, huh?  Other activities were panning for gold and sifting for tourmaline.

This might be an outfit that is a bit too young for me, but hopefully in the context of a backyard summer party I can pull it off.  The sweater is on older Garnet Hill sweater that I cut and adapted to make it a wrap.  The seems don't line up and it doesn't entirely work, but I like it much better this way (it used to be a large cowl).

I'm linking up with Visible Monday today.  Click over for much more style inspiration!

Outfit details:
dress:  Old Navy
sweater:  Garnet Hill (modified)
sandals:  Gap
necklace:  homemade
bracelet:  Young Frankk

18 comments:

  1. I think you can def wear that style of dress. Sweater is nice with it. Would love close ups of some of the jewelry and shoes you wear. You have some nice pieces/shoes. :-)

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    1. Molly--I would love to do a post with close-ups of the jewelry. Thanks for the fun idea! I will do it.

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  2. What a fun idea for a party! I'd love to see pics. This outfit is so adorable, and I wouldn't have said it was too young for you at all. Loving your fashion blog, Mary Beth!

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    1. Thank you, Kristen. Unfortunately, I didn't take any photos of the party! Honestly, it is not a very photogenic party (think plastic tubs of water, sand, and rocks) and after so many years of blogging, sometimes just the idea of trying to capture "bloggy" type photos exhausts me. I'm so glad you are enjoying my new blog. Thanks so much for visiting!

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  3. You can absolutely wear this outfit, you look so young and fresh with this blue dress!
    This blog is such an inspiration.
    I have one question, though: Do you lay out your outfits the night before or do you decide in the morning what to wear? Your outfits always look so well-planned...

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    1. Thank you, Gabi. I'm thrilled that you like the blog so much.

      I'm totally a "lay the clothes out the night before" type of person. It helps me so much in the mornings. Sometimes I even try different combinations on the night before, if I'm trying to work up a new outfit--it really helps to see them on. More often, I just choose something easy and lay it out for morning.

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  4. You look great and love the wrap cardi!

    GREETINGS FROM DUBAI
    MRS JACK OF ALL TRADES (a fashion and life-style blog)
    http://mrsjackofalltradesdaily.blogspot.ae/

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  5. Sounds like a truly fun party! Thaks for sharing your fab look with Visible Monday.

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    1. Thank you so much for stopping by, Patti!

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  6. what a gorgeous outfit. great colors! there is no way you are too old for that!

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    1. Thanks, Olivia. I hope I'm pulling it off, at least for now. ;)

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  7. Hey there, and let me agree with Olivia. You look fabulous in this outfit, and it's very age/occasion appropriate. Wish I could see a close-up of your necklace.

    Sue xo

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    1. Thank you so much, Sue. How sweet you are! I think I'm going to do a post with close-ups of the rock necklaces and also some of my other jewelry--just for fun, of course.

      Thank you so much for stopping by!

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  8. You look terrific. I wish I had the creative ability to destruct and item and reconstruct a one-of-a-kind piece.

    Barbara @ www.allmylivesnow.com

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    1. Thanks, Barbara! I admit I felt nervous cutting into a Garnet Hill sweater, but I think I will wear it much more this way. Thank you so much for visiting!

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  9. Let's see ... howlite? ... turquoise and amber? You look very pretty in your dress, perfectly appropriate. After all, it's your back yard so you should wear whatever makes you feel capable of hostessing a party! (Great idea for a party as well!)
    However, I'm old, and I miss prezzies on my birthday.

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  10. Oh, how fun! I have always loved your style, Mary Beth, and scrolling down your page was so much fun because I would wear *every single thing* you wear. Seriously. So glad you post where you get stuff.

    Yay!

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