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Business Style: How to Wear the Mina Necklace at Work

Business Style: How to Wear the Mina Necklace at Work

In this fifth part of my Business Style series, the star is the Mina Necklace at work! Mina is the statement necklace in my Blood-Drenched Lace Collection, so it will certainly stand out no matter what work outfit you pair it with. Allow yourself to be elegantly bold in blood-red and black seed beads complemented by shimmering blood-red Swarovski drops!

To ensure that we’re on the same page, I’m following the dress code definitions from this article on moneycrashers.com. Your corporation’s particular dress code will likely be somewhat different.

Here are the Casual, Business Casual, and Business Professional outfits I chose.
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Happy Mother’s Day 2018!

Mother's Day 2018 photo shoot with my daughter, featuring the Mina set from the Blood-Drenched Lace Collection by ChrisCrafting

Happy Mother’s Day 2018! May you be spoiled rotten, even if that only means to have a blessed uninterrupted hour or two to yourself to indulge your Benedict Cumberbatch* obsession. 😉

*insert preferred object(s) of your personal obsession
#benedictcumberbatchismyauhusband #thusnamedbymyrlhusband #iloveyouhusband

In celebration of this day, I want to share with you a few pictures from the Mother’s Day photo shoot I did with my daughter a few weeks ago. You may have seen the pictures on my Instagram already, but even if you have—take another look because I’m posting them in full size here so you’ll get to enjoy more of each picture!

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Business Style: How to Wear the Red Bleeding Heart Pendant at Work

Business Style: How to Wear the Bleeding Heart Pendant at Work (Red Pendant Edition)

We’re on part 4 of my Business Style series, starring the red Bleeding Heart Pendant! If your workplace is too conservative for the black version of this pendant (featured in part 3), let me show you how to wear the red pendant instead. Even in its less obviously provocative version, the Bleeding Heart Pendant makes a discreet statement thanks to the shimmering blood drips made of deep red Swarovski crystals!

To ensure that we’re on the same page, I’m following the dress code definitions from this article on moneycrashers.com. Your corporation’s particular dress code will likely be somewhat different.

As usual, we’ll start with a Casual work outfit, then move up through Business Casual to Business Professional.
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Business Style: How to Wear the black Bleeding Heart Pendant at Work

Business Style: How to Wear the Bleeding Heart Pendant at Work (Black Pendant Edition)

We’re on part 3 of my Business Style series! If you missed them, Part 1 featured my Carmilla Necklace, Part 2 my Lucy Necklace! This time around, I’ll show you how to wear the black Bleeding Heart Pendant at work. As a discreet goth statement piece that can be worn with most necklines, the Bleeding Heart pendant is very versatile. A black heart is sure to invite some curiosity, so if your workplace is more conservative and you don’t want to attract too much notice, you can wear the red version instead. It will be featured in the next post in this series.

To ensure that we’re on the same page, I’m following the dress code definitions from this article on moneycrashers.com. Your corporation’s particular dress code will likely be somewhat different.

Let’s work our way up from a Casual work outfit, through Business Casual to Business Professional.
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Business Style: How to Wear the Lucy Necklace at Work

Business Style: How to Wear the Lucy Necklace at Work

As promised in my previous post, How to Wear the Carmilla Necklace at Work, here’s the next one in the Business Style series, featuring my Lucy Necklace! If you love Lucy, let me show you how you can use it to express your true self while still looking professional.

To ensure that we’re on the same page, I’m following the definitions from this article on moneycrashers.com. Your corporation’s particular dress code will likely be somewhat different.

Again we’ll start with a Casual work outfit, then go to Business Casual, and end with Business Professional.

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Repulsion to Desire: Alternative Valentine’s Day Thoughts

Repulsion is the sentry that guards the gate to all that we most desire.—Salvador Dalí. Square quote graphic by ChrisCrafting
Repulsion is the sentry that guards the gate to all that we most desire.—Salvador Dalí. Quote graphic by ChrisCrafting
Repulsion is the sentry that guards the gate to all that we most desire.—Salvador Dalí

Not all of us celebrate Valentine’s Day—whether they are in a relationship or not—so instead of your typical kitschy-sweet Valentine’s Day message, here’s something a little darker to tease your brain. It is a quote by Salvador Dalí that you might be familiar with: “Repulsion is the sentry that guards the gate to all that we most desire.”

Did it ever happen to you that something you were at first repulsed by soon captured your fascination/desire? Or did you, like some do, coughSherlockcough skip straight to the fascination/desire stage when it came to something most others find repulsive? There’s nothing wrong with either of these reactions. Of course sometimes repulsion is a valid warning sign and should be heeded. But other times, it truly does point to something (or someone) we desire, but are afraid to admit to.

Just a few thoughts for you and me to ponder this Valentine’s Day.

Featured jewelry:
1/ Mina Necklace
2/ Mina Earrings

Repulsion is the sentry that guards the gate to all that we most desire.—Salvador Dalí. Quote graphic by ChrisCrafting
Repulsion is the sentry that guards the gate to all that we most desire.—Salvador Dalí (I couldn’t decide between the two, so I included both images!)

 

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Business Style: How to Wear the Carmilla Necklace at Work

Business Style: How to Wear the Carmilla Necklace at Work

The old business style dilemma: Whether you’re a corporate goth—Hi, corp goth friends!—or not, you may wonder how my jewelry fits into corporate dress codes. After all, I promise that it will let you express your true self while still looking professional! So here are a few examples for how to wear my Carmilla Necklace with Casual, Business Casual, and Business Professional outfits. To ensure that we’re on the same page, I’m following the definitions from this article on moneycrashers.com. Your corporation’s particular dress code will likely be somewhat different.

Let’s work our way up from a Casual work outfit, through Business Casual to Business Professional.
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Small Business Saturday

small business saturday 2017 carmilla necklace detail

Today is Small Business Saturday! Support small businesses near you and online by shopping with them not just on this day, but throughout the year. As a fledling small business owner, I would like to thank you for your support. It means a lot!

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Logo Shop SmallThe Shop Small movement is a cause that helps to support local economies and promote vibrant, diverse communities. It’s also a nationwide movement fueled by shoppers, business owners, and organizers who come together and celebrate the community because they know it matters. You can find out more about the Shop Small movement and Small Business Saturday here.

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ChrisCrafting Is On Vacation

ChrisCrafting Is On Vacation Sep 2017

Dear Fans and Other Readers,

I just wanted to let you know that I will be on vacation. Orders placed in my Shop between now and October 8, 2017 will be processed the week of October 9, 2017. I’m looking forward to get in touch with you once I’m back.

All the Best,

Chris