Beautiful Baubles: Layering Bracelets 101

There’s nothing we like more than a good arm party, but there is an art to curating the perfect wrist full of blinged-out bracelets. A few simple tricks will help you nail a complementary combination and prevent bracelets from toppling to the front of your hand every time you move your arm. To master the art of stacking of baubles, we asked accessory aficionado Shahrnaz Shifteh to give us a crash course in how to properly rock an arm party. Click through for Shifteh’s foolproof tips — your naked wrists will be glad you did.

Mix & Match

When layering bracelets, don’t shy away from mixing and matching a variety of colors and materials. “The trick is to make sure they’re all the same diameter so they don’t topple to the front of your hand,” advised Shifteh. “Gemstones, beads, rubber — anything goes if you keep the diameter of your bracelets consistent.” This trick also ensures that any charms are visible when the bracelets are stacked.

Similar Stack

“Layering a bunch of the same bracelets results in a more dramatic look,” said Shifteh. “To create this layered effect, you should stock up on bracelets when you find ones you like.” In this look, Shifteh piled on rhinestone bracelets and pearl bracelets in two iridescent shades, pale green and lavender. Again, the bracelets should have the same diameters to prevent unwanted toppling.

Curating Classics

For an updated take on a classic look, pair a variety of gold bangles with several of the same pearl bracelets. Gold bangles with simple details nicely complement pearl bracelets with black and gold accents. “This look works because the diameter of the bracelets are similar so they fall together nicely,” explained Shifteh.

Time to Layer Up

Incorporate a watch into a layered look by pairing it with several thick bangles of similar widths. Be sure to match your metals for a complementary combo. “Don’t be afraid to wear large pieces on one wrist — or even on both wrists,” said Shifteh. “If you have one or two bangles on one wrist, wear a watch on the other to balance it out.”

Statement Bangles

“Animal prints can be mixed and matched much more manageably when it’s done with jewelry because it’s such a small amount of print,” explained Shifteh. The key is to choose animal prints that play off your outfit’s color palette. In this look, the leopard bangle complements the red skirt while the zebra print bangle is a variation of the stripe motif.

How to Decrease Thigh Fat

Thigh fat isn’t an issue for everyone. Some people have firm thighs naturally. Others bemoan the extra cushion carried in their thighs. So what makes the difference?

Two main body types determine where a person carries fat. An apple shape carries it in the abdomen area, while a pear shape carries it in the thighs and buttocks. The good news is that pear shapes are less prone to certain health issues. The bad news is that fat is fat, regardless. Thus, barring the use of modern treatments such as liposuction, thigh fat must be decreased with diet and exercise.

Instructions

  1. Eat healthy foods. Reduce fat intake, eat less fried food, avoid processed carbohydrates such as white sugar and flour, and reduce alcohol consumption. Add more fruits, vegetables and other naturally healthy foods such as beans and legumes.
  2. Burn calories. You must burn more calories than you eat in order to reduce fat. Exercise and also watch your calorie consumption.
  3. Increase fiber intake. Fiber helps to reduce appetite by making you feel full. When you feel less hungry, you are able to eat less without feeling deprived.
  4. Target all muscle groups in the thighs when doing exercises specific to the thighs. Front, back, inside and outside muscles are all used in different ways. Though squats, kicks, lunges, leg lifts and other thigh-specific exercises help to build muscle and reduce fat, targeting all muscle groups will develop thighs uniformly.
  5. Do a whole-body workout. A balanced approach will help to ensure that fat is lost and that you are not just gaining muscle under that thigh fat.
  6. Know that you are not alone. Millions of people have decreased their thigh fat successfully. You can too.
  7. Consult your doctor. Although more natural methods are generally preferred, some do opt for surgical procedures. Though this is a choice for some, it is generally considered to be a last resort and is not the cure.