& it was all yellow

7.25.2012

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Growing up, I was always the girl who preferred spending time in the air-conditioned arts & crafts shack at day camp while the other kids played tag or performed an obstacle course on the field. I still love a good craft; it's one of the more rewarding experiences to handcraft something in a day and age when we're embarrassingly hooked on manufactured goods. What made this project even more worthwhile was that I got to give my labor of love to my very deserving sister.

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{these neon neck numbers are taking over pinterest boards and etsy shops alike, each having their own unique design}
During a Sunday afternoon Galleria excursion, my sis was on the hunt for this neon yellow sunburst necklace. We decided the price tag was a little steep for something so terribly trendy. Meanwhile, I made a note on my mental to-do list to create my own neon necklace, with the help of inspiration from the one and only Emily Schuman, who is known to dazzle up a brooch or two with this very technique:

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The most painful part of the practically painless process was venturing to the stores that had the necessary supplies: Sam Moon and Claire's. I was in and out of both as fast as most of the items purchased at these stores break (which is approximately 11 minutes, give or take a few seconds). I snatched these gaudy rhinestone bib necklaces from Sam Moon for a reasonable $9.50 and then found this set of electric nail polish hues at Claire's.

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I was skeptical about how easy it would be to apply the polish to each individual crystal, but to my pleasant surprise, it was a breeze. I completed each necklace in no time, and even got to keep my designated "do-over" necklace for myself.

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The big debate that my mom, sister Erin and I mulled over for quite some time was how to mix and match all the vibrant colors.

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After contemplating accents of hot pink or purple and giving each shade a test run on the (terri) matching earrings, we decided our safest bet was to stick with just yellow.

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And we loved the finished product.

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I was happy to receive positive feedback from a very surprised sister just yesterday! These colorful creations, originated by Tom Binns, are the ideal way to jump on the neon trend bandwagon in a subtle way, without feeling too much like a crossing guard. I've already sported mine with a crisp white blouse and can't wait to lay it over a chambray button down to add that perfect punch.

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