Sunday, January 19, 2014

What is an arm candy?

For sure all of us heard about “arm candies” … who wouldn’t???  After -all a stunning arm candy can always elevate ones look.

I myself am a big fan of stacking up bracelets in my arm.  The fashionistas and bloggers would usually hashtag it in tumblr or in Instagram: "Arm candy", "Arm swag" or Arm party.

You may find such cute little pieces at Forever 21,  Accessorize, or Aldo.

Jaimie Felix
Photo via partyoverhair

Indeed very beautiful. Very very fashionable. But could we really afford to buy as much?

In reality, prices of these beautiful pieces are not so friendly enough for us girls who couldn’t resist to just have a pair or two.  Thank God, there are several bazaars in the City that gives the shopaholics an alternative for their retail shopping in the malls. It is in these bazaars where you can find a lot of local merchants selling variety of unique collections in a very affordable price.

If you are lucky, you will also be able to meet the owner who personally conceptualized their products. Thus, you already have the option to ask if they can customize one for you. For sure, no one here would like being caught up wearing an identical piece so go ahead and go for the fabulous unique one.

A lot of you would agree to me that it really brings a different kind of joy especially when one has bought a personalized or customized jewelry. When this happens, you are the girl who are not just happy because you scored a unique piece – but you also got to help and support the locally owned independent businesses too.

With the available options laid on our hands, being wise and being fashionable at the same time isn't as hard as we think it is right?

As I was inspired by the growing numbers of photos popping up on instagram and tumblr of these arm candies, here's sharing with you some tips on how to dress up your wrist with a gorgeous combination  without hurting your pockets too much:

> The timepiece  -  a fabulous timepiece would always be the perfect item to start the look of your arm candy. 
Color - it is always nice to check from time to time the seasons color trend. But remember, the color of your arm candy should always compliment your outfit. If you want to play safe, you may go for the neutral look. Gold or Rosegold can always act as neutrals. They can be combined with anything without clashing.
Statement piece - this could always be an oversized bangle, a cuff, or chunky charm bracelets.
Stack it up - this is the main concept of an arm candy. Stack, stack and stack. So go ahead - Go unlimited. 
Mix and Match - Metals. Leathers. Rope. Lace. Ribbons. Wires. :) You may pair different materials together as long as they compliment each other. 

Below are some of the arm candies that belong to my personal collection. They were not bought all at the same time.  I have purchased them individually (bought online, in bazaars, in greenhills and in Binondo). Some are my DIY swags. While others that you can find in the link provided which are similar to the posted photos are open for sale. My collection are indeed growing enormously haha!

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                          credits to ::: HeyJaimieGirl on Instagram | HeyJaimieGirl's FanPage

                            credits to :  HeyJaimieGirl on Instagram | HeyJaimieGirl's FanPage

To sum this up, I am not saying that we should stop or hinder ourselves from purchasing to the big brands in the retail market who helped boost up our style for quite sometime.

Definitely, they will always have products that we will keep on adoring, loving and buying :-)

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