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Hello there! :-)

I decided to switch up my Tales of Accessories Addict series. I will focus more on accessories handmade by small businesses. I will still discuss what I bought at stores like Zara or Aldo Accessories. However, I am going to focus on those Etsy shops & online shops you may have not heard of. In the past, I have ordered LOTS of jewelry from Etsy and other online stores. I used to be really into earrings and bracelets! Especially wooden earrings and beaded bracelets. Now I am all about statement necklaces. However, I want to share on my blog those small business I have ordered from in the past. I also want to share small businesses I have not ordered from but I still admire their accessories and would order from them. At the end of  each Tales of Accessories Addict post, I will have a section entitled “Currently”. What I currently bought, what was currently gifted to me OR what I am currently rocking. It could be an old accessory that I have found a new love for and can’t stop wearing all of a sudden..lol So let’s begin.


New Light Jewelry by Alex Elle

I bought my first beaded bracelet from New Light Jewels in 2011. At the time, the store was called ‘Shop ALS’. I bought beaded bracelets and LOTS of unique wooden earrings. Alex Elle {founder, owner and creator} has recently changed the name of her line to  ‘New Light Jewelry’. Alex’s jewelry line has sky rocketed since my first purchase in 2011! Unfortunately, I couldn’t find a recent interview of her discussing her jewelry line. However, below are two videos from 2012 & 2013 in which she discusses the line and how it began. Her story is inspiring and it’s great seeing today the progress she has made as a businesswoman and creator. She also shares some great advice in these videos!

Create & Brand – Alex Smith

BlackList Affiliates: GoodHair Blog & SHOP-ALS: Alex Elle

http://vimeo.com/54228166

New Light Jewels formerly known as SHOP ALS has only gotten better with time. The quality of the beads and craftsmanship get better and better. My favorite accessory happens to be Alex’s best seller! They’re the Mama earrings pictured below.

They’re available in 4″ and 2 “. Out of all my Africa earrings because I have quite a few, these are my FAVORITE! What pulls at my heart strings is the wiring.It’s so unique and well done. I just love them!!! I was rocking them {the 4″} this past summer, see below!New Light Jewelry Mama earrings

* New Light Jewelry Wishlist*

I absolutely love and want this New Light  Jewelry Chakra Band Ring. I love how she wrapped wire around the quartz. It is so beautiful <3

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  *CURRENTLY*

I am currently loving my new Zara Fringe necklace. I know I talked a lot of  SMACK about it here. Smack about how it was overpriced and not worth it. Blah Blah…lol However, I’ve wanted a CUTE fringe necklace since summer and I was blessed with some extra money to splurge with. So I decided to treat myself right. *The Accessories Addict tries to explain herself*..lol The necklace can be purchased here.

Krobo beads gifted to me by sissy in law who just came back from Ghana. Similar beads can be purchased online at Mawuvios and RosabijouxBeads.

I got the colorful necklace from Laila Rowe  in Montgomery Mall {Bethesda,MD} across from the the Chick fil A. I bought it in the summer and I got the very last one. However, there are similar necklaces sold by an Etsy store called Hippie Things. The shop owner Sema Yasar is based in Istanbul, Turkey and her beautiful necklaces below look very similar to mines. I don’t even know what I typed in Etsy or Google in order to come across her shop but I am so glad I found it! I know I searched Google with a couple of phrases including “cotton threaded ethnic necklaces”. I just don’t remember what phrase brought me to her shop.

I love her necklaces!

I hope you enjoyed today’s post and thank you for stopping by :-)

~Amma Mama

Tales of An Accessories Addict: New Light Jewelry Hello there! :-) I decided to switch up my Tales of Accessories Addict series. I will focus more on accessories handmade by small businesses.
Today's clip art because through music I am able to relive the 90s . #ILOVETHE90s

Today’s clip art because through music I am able to relive the 90s . #ILOVETHE90s

Today’s post was inspired by my mommy who celebrated her 64th birthday yesterday! WHOOP WHOOP! #TurnUP!..lol

For as long as I’ve known this sweet young lady {which is just about 27 years}, she has been open about sharing her age. I think that’s why I don’t care. Like mother like daughter. I remember an incident after church on one of my mom’s past birthdays. After service, I told a fellow church member it was my mom’s birthday. At the time she had just turned 50 something {I know that’s real specific..lol} I remember telling this church member my mom’s exact age with such pride because she looked younger. He then responded {dramatically I might add} with something to the effect of “Don’t tell her age, you never tell a woman’s age!” My mom and I reassured him that she didn’t care but he looked at me like I had just committed the biggest offense. LOL My mom think she looks good and she has never cared about disclosing her age. She is aging like fine wine. Sometimes when I look through her older pics {in particular pictures from the 90s}, I think she looks older then as opposed to now. As a result of my mom’s openness, I also don’t mind telling my age. I snicker when some people say this to me “I hope you don’t mind me asking, how old are you?” Lol Nope I don’t, go on right ahead! I have found that just like my mommy people always think I am younger than my actual age. I will be 27 on November 21st!! WHOOP WHOOP!

Georgi & II think that in this day and age women are much more comfortable disclosing their age than ever before. I feel like 40 is the new 20. There are women 40 and up that look hella good. They look good and they’re in better shape then women in their 20s. I feel as though some women become prouder each year they turn older. For some of these women, it’s like each year is a badge of honor. Growing up, I always thought {and still do} that 40 was an age of liberation and the age of truly not caring what people think! Anytime I think of 40, I picture Angela Bassett in the film “How Stella Got Her Groove Back”. The age of rebirth! Not the cougarism though…lol #NoShadeToCougars

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DISCLAIMER: I just want to say that I don’t think there is anything wrong with those who choose not to share their age.

Like I said before, I think women are becoming more and more comfortable with telling their age. I would imagine that seeing hot celebs that are over 40 helps! See some of my favs below!

(Left to Right} Rapper Nas just turned 41,  actress Gabrielle Union {41} , actress Taraji P. Henson just turned 44, actress Nia Long {40}, actress Jada Pinkett Smith is turning 43 on Thurs, and actor Idris Elba just turned 42!!! That’s four September babies right there!

Are you comfortable sharing your age? Why or why not?

Let’s converse in the comments section.

Thanks for reading & happy birthday to my mommy <3

~Amma Mama

Are You Comfortable Telling Your Age? Today’s post was inspired by my mommy who celebrated her 64th birthday yesterday! WHOOP WHOOP! #TurnUP!..lol…
What Does Your Name Mean?
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AMMA means Saturday born in the Akan language of Ghana. That’s it, nuttin deep..lol

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I was trying to find my “deepest looking” pic for today’s post, plus I like my puff <3

However, I do like when people ask me the meaning of my name. I DON’T like when people say my name is strange, unusual or weird. 1) That’s rude. 2) It’s really not and it’s such a common name in Ghana. With that beings said,…

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alexandraelle:

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alexandraelle:

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❤️❤️❤️by @prettiibritt_brat “My hair is growing back so thick and healthy #BC 1-12-14 #5months natural #redhead #bushlife #twa 😍😍😍😍😁😁” #Hair2mesmerize #naturalhair #natural #curlygirlsrock #healthyhair #naturalhairrocks #teamnatural #washandgo #naturalhairjourney #naturalhairstyles #twa #ignaturals #blackhairstyles #blackgirlsrock #transitioning #noyle #fro #afro #transitioning #braidout

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Amen Terry. He fucking gets it.

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damionkare:

Fashion Week

Lincoln Center, New York City

Photographer: Damion Reid

Instagram: BOTBW2013