Senior Portraits Style Ideas

Seniors: Are you ready for your close up?

Let us help you get camera-ready for your senior portraits with our easy breezy style tips.  We’ve teamed up with a photographer friend and compiled some simple ideas to help you feel confident, polished and most importantly, like your best-self!

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Our smartest photographer friends say that their clients always ask: What should I wear for my senior portraits?

Well, we’ve got you covered!  We’ve teamed up with fellow TT Catonsville member Maria Ortiz Photography to give you a crash course in Senior Portraits 101.

Sharpen your pencils and grab your notebooks, seniors, style class is now in session!

Senior portraits styling ideas, jewelry and accessories to wear for senior portrait photography by J'Adorn Designs handcrafted jewelry and Maria Ortiz Photography

STYLE TIP 1: Statement Jewelry

  • Of course, we think tassel jewelry adds just the right amount of double meaning for a graduate, but it really is a great way to work some statement jewelry into your look.
  • Pick tassels that work well with your complexion or eyes: Warm colors like those in our Tiered Tassel Earrings in Red Neutrals complement brown eyes and warm complexion.
  • Add a hat if you’re comfortable (or bring one along to try out for a couple of shots)

Senior portraits styling ideas, jewelry and accessories to wear for senior portrait photography by J'Adorn Designs handcrafted jewelry and Maria Ortiz Photography

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STYLE TIP 2: Sparkly Earrings for Close Up Headshots

  • We love our Druzy Jewelry pieces because they catch the light so well and really “show up” on camera.
  • We’ve got them in *almost* as many shades as our tassels… and, with options available for silver, yellow gold or rose gold metal elements, you really can create the perfect look!
  • For fair skin, we love the way our Black Druzy Earrings pop in a headshot.

Senior portraits styling ideas, jewelry and accessories to wear for senior portrait photography by J'Adorn Designs handcrafted jewelry and Maria Ortiz Photography

Senior portraits styling ideas, jewelry and accessories to wear for senior portrait photography by J'Adorn Designs handcrafted jewelry and Maria Ortiz Photography

STYLE TIP 3: Add pieces that showcase your personality, talents, and hobbies

  • Here we’ve featured pointe shoes and posing in ballet positions (+jewelry to match)
  • Let your creativity flow by creating your very own custom Tassel Earrings at our Tassel Barask us how
  • PRO TIP BONUS: schedule your senior photo shoots back-to-back with your bestie and capture some candid moments together!

Senior portraits styling ideas, jewelry and accessories to wear for senior portrait photography by J'Adorn Designs handcrafted jewelry and Maria Ortiz Photography

So, there you have it!  Three easy to accomplish tips to get you started as you plan.  But really, the most important thing is to feel confident and have fun.  Whatever you choose to wear, be sure it feels like YOU… just a little elevated (as Tan from Queer Eye would say).

And, here’s a secret bonus shot for those of you who read through to the end: A sneak peek at our White Druzy and Rose Quartz Drop Earrings from our brand new collection that’s dropping SO SOON!

*Love them?  Need them?  Be among the FIRST to shop them here!*Senior portraits styling ideas, jewelry and accessories to wear for senior portrait photography by J'Adorn Designs handcrafted jewelry and Maria Ortiz Photography

 

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New Year, New Pantone, New Possibilities

Here at J’Adorn Designs, one of our favorite New Year traditions is the announcement of the Pantone Color Of The Year.

The new year is a time to embrace certain rituals and traditions of looking back and looking forward.  Last week, we reminisced about our favorite editorial collaborations of 2018.  But this week is about anticipating all that is to come in 2019!

2018 was royally vibrant with Ultra Violet.  But this year, we are so excited about LIVING CORAL!

“An animating and life-affirming coral hue with a golden undertone that energizes and enlivens with a softer edge”

Pantone 2019 Living Coral

The warm, playful beachy vibes in Living Coral are GIVING US LIFE.  And we are so ready to fast forward to summer.  Or, at least to hop on a plane and jet set to the Caribbean!

However, it’s the meaning behind the color that really has us dreaming about all the potential 2019 holds.

Pantone 2019 Living Coral

This year, Pantone is seeking to capture the real-life warmth of human connection and intimacy with their 2019 choice.  Here’s what they have to say about Living Coral:

“In reaction to the onslaught of digital technology and social media increasingly embedding into daily life, we are seeking authentic and immersive experiences that enable connection and intimacy. Sociable and spirited, the engaging nature of PANTONE 16-1546 Living Coral welcomes and encourages lighthearted activity. Symbolizing our innate need for optimism and joyful pursuits, PANTONE 16-1546 Living Coral embodies our desire for playful expression.”

 

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Ummm… did they just say: PLAYFUL EXPRESSION?!

Pantone, we must be vibing on the same frequency because Playful Expression is our middle name!  Well, at least  it’s the middle name we’d give ourselves.  Especially when we’re talking TASSELS and GEMSTONES.

And, “enabling connection and intimacy” is basically our mission statement with every special piece we make here at J’Adorn Designs!

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Living Coral feels like a day on the beach with your besties.  Fruity drinks, straw hats, oversized sunnies, loose braids and vibrant tassel earrings.

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We love the way aquas, blues and greens compliment Living Coral and help it pop.  So, if you’re wearing a coral swimsuit or sundress, pair it with our blue-hue tassels for a playful expression of your own!

But, if you’re wanting a Living Coral look that’s a bit more refined, we say:

GIVE US ALL THE GOLD!

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Rose Gold has been in the spotlight for a few years now, and we’re certainly not ready to see her go.  However, yellow gold is the perfect warm metallic to compliment Pantone’s 2019 choice.

And if yellow gold is what you want, yellow gold is what we’ve got!

And lots of it, too.  Beyond our Gold Leaves and Pearl Necklace and our Pink Crystal Spike Necklace we’ve got warm golds in just about any way you’d want to wear them.

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In addition to Living Coral, we are forecasting the 2019 trend of HAIR ADORNMENTS!  Not just for bridal wear, we are seeing an increased demand for beautiful hairpins and combs to be worn day-to-day.

(And especially you babes with the mermaid hair!  Twist up all those stunning colors and add some sparkle.)

So, fill your wardrobe with Living Coral and then swing by the Jewelry Shop and stock up on all the warm golds and playful tassels your little heart can handle.  We’ll just be here, in a coral daze, waiting for beach weather!

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Winter Tassel Wonderland

Dashing through the snow, with a tassel on each ear!

We didn’t think it was fair to let summer have all the tassel fun, so we combined all the best, most refined, fall and winter hues with the playfulness and bouncy joy of tassels.

Move over, Jingle Bells, there’s a new cheerful accessory this season!

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We launched our first tassel collection this past spring (which has now been restocked in our shop and ready for any of your warm weather vacations).  Immediately, we knew we needed to follow it up with a Winter Tassel Collection full of chic and sophisticated hues.

And, at only $45 per pair, they are going to be everyone’s favorite holiday gift to give and receive!

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We debuted this collection at our Holiday Trunk Show and Shop Small Weekend celebration.
These Black and White Tiered Tassel Earrings are, so far, the clear customer favorite.

It’s easy to fall for ombre.  As a neutral, they will pair well with just about every outfit.  We can’t wait to wear them to all our holiday soirees!

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If color is more your thing, we’ve got you covered!

These Blush Tassel Earrings feature two semiprecious gemstones in maroon and grey jasper.  And like all the earrings in this collection, they are hung on gold plated earwires.  So, no sensitivity issues here! 

This Millennial favorite is the perfect “wear all year” color.  They’ll be a great transition piece come springtime.

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One of our favorite features of the Tassel Jewelry is the big impact it makes without the big pull on your ears.  The cotton is so lightweight. You’ll totally forget you’re wearing them at all.

(Except that, really, you won’t because everyone will be complimenting you on them all day long!)

All the color, all the fun, all the “pop” without any of the sore, itchy end-of-day ears.  They might just be the holy grail of earrings!

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First of all, whoever said yellow is (only) a summer color is WRONG.
Our Mustard Yellow and Grey Tassel Earrings were another fan-favorite over their debut weekend.  And we think they look especially lovely on our brunette babes.  

The rich yellow cotton brings the fun, while the black and grey semiprecious labradorite stones keep them polished.

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J’Adorn Designer Ali has been wearing these chic Solid Black Tiered Tassel Earrings for several weeks as she was creating the collection. They are a stunning and sophisticated dress-up / dress-down piece that get all the compliments.

So in review, our Tassel Earrings feature:
  • Lightweight Cotton for comfortable all-day wear
  • Gold Plated Earwires for even the most sensitive ears
  • Semiprecious Gemstones on the non-tiered tassels
  • ALL THE COLORS! Seriously, it’s like a rainbow in the shop!
  • $45 Price Tag so that you can gift one to yourself, too

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Whatever your color preference, we’ve got a tassel for you.  We’ve only given you a glimpse of the color options here on the blog and can’t wait to see which tassel (or, tassels) you’ll fall for!

Grab your gift list, check it twice and shimmy on over to the shop.  Load up your cart (read: sleigh) with this year’s happiest, most fun gift!

Happy Tassels For All, And For All, A Good Buy!

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Sweater Friendly Earrings Perfect for Winter

Don’t let a snagged pair of earrings drag down your holiday spirit!

Use this list of sweater friendly earrings to guide your holiday outfit plans.

 

1. Champagne & Gold Druzy Earrings

This time of year calls for extra sparkles and festive jewels.

Our crystal-covered druzy earrings have both! And in this elegant neutral shade of gold, these earrings will go the distance to match all of your holiday party outfits.

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2. Deco Rose Gold Earrings

If you’ve got a flair for vintage, we recommend these long drop earrings with art deco inspired styling. The rough crystal drops are reminiscent of icicles and we love the sparkly flush set crystals in rose gold. They’re totally sweater friendly and neutral colored for versatile styling!

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3. Lemon & Peach Rose Gold Tassel Earrings 

Nothing says “party” to us more than a tassel (except maybe champagne)! We love this elevated version of summer’s favorite tassel earrings.

With freshwater pearls, lemon quartz gems, and delicate rose gold filled details, these sweater friendly earrings are luxurious enough to go with your finest cocktail attire.

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4. Crystal Flower Stud Earrings

Sometimes the best solution to your earrings snagging on knits is to eliminate the dangle. These sparkling stud earrings are a great option if you want to keep it simple without compromising on sparkle.
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5. Tiered Tassel Earrings in Grey

Last but certainly not least in our roundup of sweater friendly earrings, we have our fan favorite neutral tassel earrings!
These lightweight statement earrings have been coveted by J’Adorn insiders since their launch in the summer. In fact, they were so popular that we recently brought them back from retirement!
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What to Wear to a Bachelorette Party

It’s time for the fling before the ring!

You’re excited to celebrate the bride-to-be but freaking out just a little over what to wear. But you don’t have to stress, dear reader! J’Adorn Designs is here with a host of trendy bachelorette party outfit ideas to inspire you.

Featured by Baltimore Bride, this bachelor/ette party collaboration we worked on showcases the best of this year’s fashion trends in a love letter to the city of Baltimore. 

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Jumpsuits and rompers are where it’s at!

When you hit the town for a bachelorette party, you want to look glammed up while also being comfortable enough to dance freely and walk between destinations.

For this reason, we LOVE rompers and jumpsuits as a bachelorette party outfit idea!

A few advantages that these leggy ensembles have over the traditional cocktail dress:
  • You can move more freely and comfortably. No Barbie-waddling needed when you strut down the street
  • Lower chance of having a wardrobe malfunction. Getting out of a car or limo in a cocktail dress and pumps is no easy feat – especially when you’ve had a few drinks. Cover your butt (literally!) with a stylish jumpsuit or romper instead!
  • You will look chic AF. When you step out in your fresh one-piece ensemble, heads are going to turn! You’ll stand out in the sea of strapless cocktail dresses as you strut onto the dance floor with your group of friends.

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The Bride Comes First

It’s all about her tonight, so let’s look at some bachelorette party outfit ideas for the bride first. 

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This sequined romper from Punch! is a perfect option for the bachelorette to wear for her big party.
We chose a bracelet , necklace, and pair of earrings from our ready-to-wear collection that coordinate perfectly with the romper’s metallic color palette. 

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Lastly, we added our Vintage Beaded Bridal Headpiece as the finishing touch to the bride’s ensemble.

What a novel idea! We love incorporating a headpiece before the actual wedding, whether at the bachelorette party, rehearsal dinner, or bridal shower.

A stunning headpiece makes the outfit extra special. It can also serve as a classier alternative to the traditional “Bachelorette” sash!

Now that the bride has been dressed, let’s move on to her entourage! 

With the bride dressed in glamorous neutrals, we dressed her companions dress more colorfully for contrast. Even in a beige jumpsuit, you can add that pop of color through your accessories!
We chose a burst of yellow for this ensemble using our Yellow Gemstone Branch Earrings and coordinating Tasseled Yellow Gemstone Necklace.

Dark colors can also create visual contrast, as seen in the way we styled Erica’s pink romper with our Druzy Drop Earrings in Sapphire Blue and accompanying druzy pendant necklace

 

Daytime Bachelorette Party Outfits

Some bridal parties decide to go for a daytime outing along with or instead of a nighttime celebration. 
The friends in this feature decided to do a brewery tour and water taxi ride before hitting the town at night. For this kind of activity we love lightweight fabrics, varied necklines, and statement jewelry!

In this look, we switched things up from the nighttime outfits. We opted to put the bride in bright colors while her bridesmaids wore neutrals.
As you can see, tassel earrings and chunky gemstone necklaces are a great way to add excitement to your daytime bachelorette party outfit.

You can do this with color, like the bride’s coral tassel earrings, or in neutrals like our grey tiered tassel earrings!

Last, but certainly not least… 

The Bride’s Ring

We absolutely fell in love with this rough, sparkly, pink druzy ring (coming soon to the jewelry shop!) when we saw how it looked with the bride’s colorful manicure!

Whether you are a non-traditional bride who wants an unconventional engagement ring, or you just want to leave the diamonds at home during your night out, a stunning ring like this one is a fantastic option.

So, there you have it: our definitive list of bachelorette party outfit ideas! 

We hope this guide has been useful! We love to explore all the ways that handcrafted jewelry can help celebrate life’s most important moments, big and small. Sending all our love to the brides-to-be & wishing you all the best in your journey…

From MISS – To MRS!

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Huge thanks to our all-star team of collaborators on this editorial! 

Planning & Styling: BaM Co Create

Photography: Britney Clause Photography, Marlayna Photography

Hair & Makeup: Silver Immersion, LLC

Paper Goods: From Pixels, To Quill

Apparel: Punch!

Jewelry: J’Adorn Designs

Venues: Baltimore Water Taxi, Revival, Topside Baltimore, Square Meal, Peabody Heights Brewery

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