Baubles Give You More Bang for Your Buck

Forget the new outfit: these gems will make you sparkle

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From Hollywood A-listers like Beyonce and Angie Harmon to the models like Bar Refaeli in this year’s Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue, everyone (including Miami ladies) seems to be dripping in Mary Louise Young’s handmade baubles and bling.

Young, a Coral Gables resident who makes all her creations from her home-based atelier, has been causing quite the fashion frenzy with her trendy yet traditional jewelry line: Mary Louise Designs.
Her collection runs the gamut, from sexy layering necklaces with semi precious stones to playful starfish pendants that are ideal for any summer wardrobe.
“My Chicklet, Bali and M&M beaded bracelets are a real staple for me,” said Young. “So are my layering necklaces which you can wear with anything from an LBD or a pair of leggings and a tee.”
Vicky Simons, owner of Simons & Green, a South Miami jewelry and accessories boutique, said Mary Louise Designs is one of her best selling brands.
“We sell a lot of her multi-colored bead pieces, especially her long necklaces,” said Simons. “People like it because it’s bright, fun and it doesn’t break your bank account. Plus, her jewelry is recession proof and you can change up your look without having to spend money on new clothing.”
Bracelets start at $50 and necklaces can go up to $400.
Other boutiques that carry the line locally include The Biltmore Hotel's gift shop, Stone Zone and Scarlett.

Annie Vazquez is a Miami-based journalist and shop-a-holic. Email her with any fashion tips, boutique openings, events, sales and bargains at
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