Sunday, January 13, 2019

A peek into the bel monili workshop


Every January, I like to take the time to really clear out my workspace 
and get some fresh inspiration for the new year.
This year, as I was moving through my space, I thought I'd share some photos of a few of my favorite areas within my space.

As you can see, I really love color!
I keep my beads organized by color, hanging where I can see them every day.

Working with vintage jewelry, I often come across pieces that I love but don't want to take apart for jewelry making. I like to make little vignettes that bring me joy when I see them, like this one with a tiny gold "E" (for Evelyn, my sweet daughter).
One of my favorite things to collect are tiny little figural pottery in rainbow pastel shades.
I have a lovely little collection that includes a dog, birds, a swan, some flowers, and even a unicorn!

For charms, I like to keep them organized in tiny see-through drawers.

My flowers are organized by size and color, in see through bins so that I can easily see what I have (AND also to get continual inspiration).

 I also organize/sort my vintage cluster earrings by colors, making my life MUCH easier when it comes time to create!

A few months back, my sweet husband installed some pegboards on my walls.
On one of them, I installed my beads (see earlier pic). 
On the other, I created a little shipping station where I have all of my supplies to ship out my jewelry creations.

A basket corraling all of my cards/mailing inserts has proven to be quote helpful when it comes time to shipping: no more searching around for cards!

My workpace is small, probably about 10x10 with a closet that is full of my husband's hockey card collection. One of my most favorite things about this house is this tiny little space that is full of color and light. I'd love to see your spaces and what inspires you to create!

Friday, January 11, 2019

Spring 2019 Style Report

Here at bel monili, we are always excited to see

what the fashion trends will be for the upcoming season.

Spring 2019 is especially exciting for us

as it combines our love of color and texture with a fun, casual chic vibe.

Here are the top 5 trends we are seeing for the Spring 2019 season

that you can actually implement into your style wardrobe:

1) Bamboo accessories

We LOVE the natural color and rich texture of this highly structured bamboo tote. Imagine filling it with a good book, a cold beverage, and a chic sarong and heading off to a private island retreat.

2) LOTS of color

If there is one thing we saw from the runways, it was C-O-L-O-R rules this season! The Pantone New York Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2019 color report is brimming with bright, juicy tones.

Pantone Spring 2019 Color Report, Pantone Summer 2019 Color Report, Spring 2019 Fashion Trends

3) Feathers

Feathers are a perennial favorite, and this year is no exception. You will find these ethereal beauties everywhere:

a chic pattern on a layering tee

feather tee shirt

on a delicately perfect pair of earrings

feather earrings, charm earrings, bel monili earrings

4) Vintage Florals

Well, this trend is pretty much our wheelhouse here at bel monili. We love working with vintage enamel flowers, which pair up well with basics OR layer in with other florals to create a bright, bold look.

vintage florals, statemenet necklace, dress with pockets

5) Layers, Layers, Layers

So far the Spring 2019 trends have been right on target for bel monili, and the layering trend is another one that we just can't get enough of. Pile on bracelets, necklaces, and earrings and strut your stuff in style! The best part about this layering accessories trend is that you can really work it in to your everyday wardrobe with neutrals such as a tunic and leggings or rock it out in an evening look with a little black dress.

Here are some of our favorite layered looks from the runways:

Versace Milan Fashion Week Spring Summer 2019 Milan September 2018

Versace Milan Fashion Week Spring Summer 2019 Milan September 2018

Let us know what your favorite spring styles are and how you work them into your style routine!

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Why is it so difficult to keep up?

I am, admittedly, one of the worst bloggers out there. I start out the year strong: each year I do my "31 Days..." series and I am motivated for the year. 
Then February comes.
That's pretty much the end.
It's not that I don't have a lot of fun and interesting things going on: quite the opposite, in fact. 
I suppose that's the problem. I have so much to do that I don't really have the time to stop and share!
So, here is a little recap of 2015 so far for belmonili:
  • January: did MOST of my 31 days posts
  • February: broke my wrist, had a beautiful bridal shower
  • March: got ready for my wedding!!!
  • April: got married to the love of my life, went on an amazing honeymoon to Punta Cana, DR
  • May: got pregnant!
  • June: worked. slept. worked. slept.
  • July: went to Florida to visit my brother. slept.
  • August: entered into 2nd trimester, enjoyed a glorious resurgence of energy.
  • September: had an amazing time at the Country Living Fair!
  • October: my little dog Diva had enculeation surgery (removal of her eyes) and recovered like a pro

I am going to ***try*** to get some more updates out there, including long-overdue photos of my wedding and honeymoon. Wish me luck!

Sunday, March 1, 2015

It's March, and I'm Getting Married in April. How did THAT happen?!

Well, as the old saying goes, 
"Time flies when you're having fun."
I must be having a ball, because we just turned the calendar 
and discovered that our wedding is a mere 6 weeks away!

Yesterday my dear friends and bridesmaids hostessed an amazing "Breakfast at Tiffanys" themed bridal shower for me. I am a wordsmith, however, the proper vocabulary escapes me when I attempt to convey the joy and love I felt.
Photo via Leigh Anne of Airheads Balloon Art
We had an amazing brunch spread at Roman Bistro in Forest Hills, PA 
(if you are anywhere in this area, I can't recommend this establishment highly enough), 
played some games, then sat down to open gifts.

As I looked around the room at all of those familiar smiling faces, I felt myself become overwhelmed with joy and love. I stopped to thank everyone for attending and became tearful when I said that this is the first time that I have had (almost) everyone I love in the same place. 
That was something I never expected, 
but it gave me even more reason to look forward to the upcoming wedding.

I hope that this day is joyful for you, 
and I can't wait to share the exciting things that are soon to come!

Saturday, January 24, 2015

31 Days, 31 Ways to Bring Joy: Day 24: Say a Prayer

Now, let me say that "prayer" means something different to everyone.
Some people clasp their hands and speak to a higher being. 
Some people reflect silently.
Some people turn to nature.
I am not here to judge or preach or say that any one way is better than another.
I am simply suggesting that today is a great day
to reflect on life's blessings and curses
and, in the best way you know how, say a prayer.
I'm going to ask you to add something today, though.
I am going to ask you to include my friend G in your payers.
She just had her second baby in November, a healthy baby boy.
She is the gorgeous and proud mother of 2 healthy baby boys
and the happy wife of my dear friend J.
Today she shared with the world that she has 
a benign meningioma (a tumor in the meninges of the brain) that must be operated on.
She is truly one of the worlds shining stars, 
and today she needs blessings.
Her husband needs blessings to stay strong.
Her boys need blessings to keep their dear mommy safe.
She needs blessings to overcome this obstacle with grace and good health.
So, however you pray, please pray for G today.

Friday, January 23, 2015

31 Days, 31 Ways to Bring Joy: Day 23: Love

I don't think it's possible to say or hear the words
"I love you"
without feeling joy.
Today's task is easy:
Say it.
Say "I love you" to someone you love.
Heck, say it to EVERYONE you love.
You can even say it a few times...
no one who loves you too is going to turn you away!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

31 Days, 31 Ways to Bring Joy: Day 22: Surprise Someone

Don't you just LOVE a good surprise?
image via

There are so many ways to quickly and easily spread joyful surprise.
Offer to walk your neighbor's dog.
Call your dear friend and invite them out for a date.
Buy coffee for the person behind you in line.
Bring donuts in for your coworkers.
If you're the boss...send your employees home an hour early!
How can you surprise someone today?