My gorgeous friend Molly has been my stylespiration for some time now. I can always ask her any fashion related question and she has the answer or a link or a brand at the ready for me.
Lately I’ve been asking her a lot about the phenomenon known as the ‘arm party’ (wearing a collection of various bracelets). Molly is the Queen Of The Arm Party and has recently started making her own bracelets for this very reason. She has now started selling them and, let me tell you, they are amazeballs.
I had a chat with Molly to find out all about her shiny new business adventure…
1. First of all, tell us a bit about yourself.
My name is Molly, I am 23 and I live in Sydney. I am the Assistant Buyer for Bridal and Import Designer at David Jones.
2. Describe yourself in 5 words.
According to me:
According to the boyfriend:
4. Adorable (I swear I am tough too!)
5. Discerning (God knows what that means!)
3. Who are your style icons?
Hmm I don’t really have one to be honest. I see something. I like it.. Regardless of who it is on. I do always love what Diane Kruger wears, she has a fabulous stylist.
4. What are your favourite brands?
Again, I am going to be super difficult…I don’t have any! Sometimes brands can get it right, other times they can get it so so wrong! I love JBrand & Ksubi for jeans, Zara for lovely bits and pieces. However I am going to be super corny and predictable and say I can usually always find what I need in David Jones. It’s seriously true.
5. Why did you start making your fabulous bracelets?
Well…I have slowly gotten into accessories. It all started with that spiky necklace from ASOS that I took a gamble and bought! I have since found a deep appreciation for accessories and bracelets especially. I love stacking bracelets and coordinating the colours to my outfits. It gives a simple outfit something special! However you can’t find many cool, well-made bracelets around (that are reasonably priced)! So I began making silver and coloured beaded bracelets and then moved on to the metal creations simply for me to wear!
6. Where do you draw inspiration from?
Usually blogs! I follow a whole bunch on my Tumblr, and I keep a keen eye on all fashion weeks.. What’s just as important as the runway looks? What fashion editors and buyers are wearing to the fashion show! As well as street style. I love street style blogs!
However I found the design for the metal pieces on a DIY blog and My Bloggable Day did a fab how-to DIY post on it. However it wasn’t as easy as it looks. Materials are difficult to come by and I am now a regular at Bunnings!!
So I have been working through ways of engineering the pieces, ensuring they fasten properly, and most importantly look good!
7. Which is your favourite piece?
Definitely my cobalt blue bracelet with gold metal beading and my new hot pink bracelet that I just designed. They’re both so versatile and give a pop of colour! Utilising accessories in on trend colours is probably the easiest (and inexpensive) way you can inject something fresh into your simple outfit.
8. What styles are you currently making and what are their price points?
At the moment I offer three main styles in an array of colours however I can alter them if need be!
- Elastic with metal beading $12 (requires no closure as it is elastic)
- Silk string with metal beading $13 – both small and large beading available. Closure is a toggle clasp in respective gold or silver colour.
- Beaded bracelets $3 each or 2 for $5. I also have silver & bright gold available but not pictured!
All prices include shipping. Oh and I’ll be getting neon string in the next few weeks!
9. How can people order your bracelets?
Simply email me at email@example.com with the circumference of your wrist together with the style, colour and beading choice. Also check me out on Instagram and Twitter (@MollyFB). I usually share what’s happening on my wrist every day! Almost all pieces I wear I have made myself!
You can measure your wrist by wrapping a piece of string around the part of your wrist where you’d like the bracelet to sit, so it’s tight. Then measure the length of string against a ruler. I always make them to the order. Nothing worse than having a bracelet that doesn’t fit and flops about!
10. What’s your advice for building an arm party?
- More is more! OK maybe not tooooo much but definitely stack it up!
- Never mix silver and gold.
- Build on what you already have. I love incorporating my everyday jewellery that I have accumulated over the years, with my lovely little bits and pieces I have made. I love to wear my pretty Marc by Marc Jacobs bangle that my lovely boyfriend bought me for Valentine’s Day last year, with my cobalt blue and gold bracelet!
- Have a base colour (eg silver). Have all shapes & sizes of bracelets in silver, then introduce a colour. I like to mix a lot of silver with hot pink!
- I love my watch too so it’s always RSVP-ing to the arm party no matter what!
This is how Molly does an arm party. You can see why she is my stylespiration…
Follow Molly on Twitter and Instagram (@MollyFB) and check out her blog (http://gem-and-i-tumblr.com)