Bling in the New Year

Red and green for the holidays? No surprise. It’s everywhere.

Faceted glass beads, always in style, become hot commodities during the party season.

New Mexico’s foremost fashion blogger, Jaimie Lewinger of More than Turquoise puts it like this:

Now is officially the time of the year to wear your bling and be festive, whether it’s day or night.  And not just your bling.  Break out your velvet, embellished cashmere, luxe leather, faux fur and metallic anything.   Really.

Never one to be left behind, I put appropriately bling-y necklaces on display  this week.

Nothing says Happy Holidays like huge, faceted crystals, surrounded by bits of red. (NOTE: In keeping with the theme, these vintage beads were strung onto festive red SoftFlex.)

©2014, Mary Ellen Merrigan, Holiday Bling

©2014, Mary Ellen Merrigan, Holiday Bling

Another, less dressy-y version looks terrific on seasonal ugly  sweaters.

©2014, Mary Ellen Merrigan, Holiday Bling 2

©2014, Mary Ellen Merrigan, Holiday Bling 2

In case you’d like to choose over-the-top, this festive green says it all.

©2014, Mary Ellen Merrigan, Festive Green

©2014, Mary Ellen Merrigan, Festive Green

Merry Christmas one and all! Happy New Year.