Just In! Summer Jewelry & Jackets!

By Jasmin, age 14, Indiana

That's right, this time around we're going to find some jewelry and jacket trends happening for the summer! What's considered in this season and what's totally out! Well, let's get the scoop!

Yeah, I know it sounds scary ... jackets for the hot summer?? But don't worry, I've got you covered. Nothing heavier than a cardigan will even need to be mentioned. I mean, as you know, summer is definitely not the time when you want to be breaking out anything heavier than a raincoat! So, we're just going to explore some items you may find rather useful on those chilly summer nights when you're at the movies with your guy or BFF!

Who doesn't love cute, cropped jackets? They can be fun, sporty, or even girly! They go with anything, including that pair of adorable dark-wash denims you've been dying to wear, but have nothing to wear them with. You can pair one of these jackets with just a tank or cami underneath for those hot summer days, or you can wear it over an awesome graphic tee on those chillier summer evenings. You can even wear it over your swimsuit at the beach, just for fun!

(left) Crop jacket available for $22.50 at
(right) Crop jacket available for $23.50 at

Another easy way to stay cozy when there's a breeze is to have a light, summery cardigan on hand. They will always come in handy, plus they can be a way to brighten up your outfit - or tone it down. A bright neon printed cardigan or a toned-down soft tan will work fine, depending on what you're wearing. A rule of thumb for the summer is to always make sure you have some sort of shawl or cardigan to protect you from those unexpected cold chills and breezes!

(left) Cardigan available for $19.99 at
(right) Cardigan available for $19.90 at

You definitely have to accessorize over the summer. You have to make your beachy outfit really pop. And you can do that all with one word: jewelry. It doesn't have to be fancy or expensive or flashy; it just needs to be simple, chic, modern. As a matter of fact, the simpler the better, because we're going all natural, or should I say au naturale? Natural, as in woody, earthy, organically-inspired. Jewelry that accents your subtle, yet beautiful, smoky eyes ... or maybe you bought some new gladiator sandals. We're aiming for jewelry that'll help you stand out, but in a natural kind of way.

(left) Daisy necklace available for $8.80 at
(right) Leaf necklace available for $4.80 at

(left) Butterfly ring available for $6.00 at
(right) Peace bracelet available for $8.50 at

(left) Shell earrings available for $4.00 at

In conclusion, after yet another report on what's "summer hot" and what's "winter cold", always keep these tips and tricks in the back of your mind - one day you'll need them! And that day may be approaching as fast as this summery season is! :)

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February & March Magazine Issues

March 15, 2012

The February and March issues of Sweet Designs Magazine are now online, featuring a combined 53 new articles and features!!

- Cover: Stephanie Lynn reflects on 5 years
- Cover: India (of Darn-licious knitwear)
- Life in the dumps (moving in with my bf)
- The difference between men and women
- Angels among us (parts 1 and 2)
- Arts graduates & the dark night of the soul
- Triple threat (how I survived my teen yrs)
- Dating isn't easy (my true story)
- How to turn not-so-great gifts ... (fashion)
- Ten reasons to love being single
- Taking the big leap (college)
- Valentine's Day (not what you'd expect!)
- The last of the cold (hopefully) (fashion)
- A month full of love
- Ten tips for successful airline travel
- Reasons I love writing for SDM
- Who needs love?
- They're not all the same
- The life I'm glad I don't have (fiction)
- Professional dress/ finding Fendi (fashion)
- An airport anniversary: a true story
- Inappropriate Facebook photos
- The perks of a big city (college)
- A night(mare) to forget (part 2)
- The Anita Blake series (book review)
- Saving June by Hannah Harrington (book)
- Under the Mesquite by GG McCall (book)
- The Lullaby by Sarah Dessen (book)
- If I Stay by Gayle Foreman (book review)
- My sweetheart (original poetry)
- Isn't it funny (original poetry)
- The stranger (original poetry)
- A winter wonderland (original poetry)
- One night valentine
- The thick envelopes (college acceptance)
- Southern love
- Healthy hair and vitamins
- It's a date (dating idea alternatives)
- The 30 hour famine
- School's out forever!
- Marching right back into spring? (fashion)
- Dear John
- When TV shows depict your life
- 3 Fun ways to rock spring's hottest trends
- Neglected teeth
- Starting something new
- Guy movies
- To hesitate or dive in?
- Deadly, by Julie Chibbaro (book review)
- Beastly, by Alex Flinn (book review)
- I don't care (poetry)
- Together, alone (poetry)

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