(accessories) out of africa

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My parents recently got back from a safari in Tanzania.  They brought back some truly amazing jewelry from their trip (along with some awesome photos and stories!). Their photos were so breathtaking, though the photos of the vultures were actually a bit creepy…

Anywho, back to the jewelry. This necklace and bracelet were both made by women from the Masai tribe.  The necklace and bracelet both still smell fairly strongly of smoke from when there was a fire in the village.

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Below is their photo of both the women who make the jewelry and the jewelry itself. If you click on the photo to enlarge it, you can see the jewelry hanging on wood in the background.  I love their beautifully bright attire and necklaces they are wearing.

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I wanted the jewelry to the be the statement this outfit, so I paired it with some earthy/copper colored pants, matching heels, and a black top. This jewelry is so special to me because it came from my parents.  The icing on the cake is the photo of the amazing women who made it.

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Top: Ann Taylor Loft ($10 marked down from $50)

Pants: Ann Taylor Loft ($10 marked down from $45)

Shoes: Audrey Brooke at DSW ($30 marked down from $60)

Jewelry: Gift (from Masai tribe in Africa)

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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) Statement jewelry is very popular right now, and I think, can be wore with understated or bold outfits these days. I usually say “go boldly” if that suits your style.  Sometimes, however, I like having statement jewelry do the talking for the outfit, as I did with this outfit.  The jewelry has a very earthy feel, so I paired it with earthy tones, with the copper/rust colored pants.  I also kept the top neutral to showcase the necklace. If you want to have your jewelry be the statement, try to pair it with understated pieces.  However, if you want to “go boldly” then wear a bold outfit and bold jewelry! I plan on wearing this jewelry differently next time with bold colors such a cobalt and/or dark jewel tones for fall and winter. 

2) I’ve mentioned before that I’m a big fan of picking up local, handmade jewelry when I travel (though thanks to my parents for picking up these pieces for me!!).  I find that local jewelry is generally quite easy to find when travelling. Sometimes, even touristy shops have stuff that you wouldn’t find at home. 

Here are some of the other pieces I’ve picked up throughout my travels that I’ve featured on the blog:

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Do you have any favorite pieces you’ve picked up while traveling?

Thanks for stopping by, readers! Hope everyone is having a good week!

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45 thoughts on “(accessories) out of africa

  1. I love your outfit, the loose fitting top paired with your jeans and heels are to die for! Africa is definitely one of the places on my bucket list. That is so neat because your necklace has such a strong story behind it. I’ve had my share of statement pieces over that past but alas I have worn them into nothingness, now I have them saved for a crafty project that will put them on display.
    xo

    • Ha! My mom and I have been going back and forth about the distance photos! I LOVE them but she thinks they are too far to see the clothes, which is true because the clothes are a bit hard to see. But, it’s all about balance, right? 🙂 And yes, the jewelry is always my souvenir too!!

  2. red and black are so great together! It’s fun to switch things up and let the jewelry do the talking. More often than not it seems like I always let my clothes have all the glory, but accessorizing just isn’t my strong suit, so I admire those of you who it just seems to come naturally for.

    • I normally have my clothes do the talking too. It is nice to switch and have the jewelry be the statement, but I don’t have a lot of clothes that aren’t bold/bright. I actually got the top after my parents gave me the necklace because I realized I didn’t even have a plain black top! …like I need another reason to go searching for a deal…

  3. Jewelry is absolutely the best thing to purchase while travelling. 😀 Beautiful necklace and amazing photo! Lucky parents to have had such an amazing trip!

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