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Playing With Sparkle at Spangles

Impress guests at any holiday party

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For ten years, Spangles has been the go-to place for fun fashion jewelry and accessories. Owner Lisa Brandon lets us know what’s in for the holidays.

You’ve always carried jewelry and accessories, but it looks like you’ve expanded your offerings. What’s new?
We decided to add more to the mix, some things our customers have been asking for. We have expanded our inventory to carry more clothing and gift items. Cute dresses and tops are in stock now along with soft robes and slipper socks. We have locally made candles from Bedrock Farms and “Inis” perfume. We also carry items by local artists including jewelry by Roberta Harvey-Davis and Janine Johnson as well as unique prints and cards in ASL (American Sign Language) by Emily Maxwell.

With the holidays upon us now is the time for a little extra bling and sparkle. What do you recommend to dress up an outfit for the inevitable parties?
Statement necklaces can give a color pop to any little black dress or cocktail dress. A little sparkle can say a lot. We truly believe that “less is more.” Beautiful sparkly earrings with a fun wrap are often all that is needed to make you shine.

I’m not a sequin type of gal myself, so what could I do to represent the season in a more understated way?
A fresh manicure and a colorful evening bag can pull an outfit together. We carry lots of bags in jewel tones, some flashier than others, as well as plainer ones in neutral tones. You can go as fancy or understated as you prefer. Some of our bags have more splash with feathers or crystals, others are just beautiful colors in gorgeous satins. A subtle hairpiece is also a great touch.

I think most of us tend to dress in darker colors during the winter. Do you carry accessories or jewelry that would add a bold splash of color to a dark outfit?
We love color at Spangles. From fire engine red to winter white, any color can make a dark outfit look special. We carry unique hair accessories and shawls that can add a pop of color to a monochrome outfit. We encourage people to bring their outfits into the store and we work to personalize our accessories to fit their style and personality. It’s a great feeling when it all comes together; our customer leaves knowing that their outfit is complete.

There are always those hard to buy for people. Do you have any gift suggestions for a child’s teacher or a picky mother-in-law?
A great gift is our “Laura & Lilly” bracelets. They are glass-beaded bracelets made in Nepal. The best part is that they fit all wrist sizes. We carry infinity scarves in various colors and patterns that are sure to please. We also have some fun items like Magic Pants and Magic Socks. They start out very compressed but when put in water they become full size. They are whimsical and make great stocking stuffers.

What are a few basics that we all should have in our closets? Those items that we can use all year round?
A colorful scarf is always good to have. In the winter it can be used for warmth and in summer it can be slung around the shoulders. Classic pearls never go out of style and can be worn with so many outfits. Crystal stud earrings are one of our big sellers. There are colors for every taste and outfit or a clear pair can be worn with any color outfit.

Spangles
324 Main St, Wakefield
788-1032