Spring 2018 Jewelry Trends

If you know One Strange Bird, you know we LOVE jewelry.  We are known for our locally made, unique jewelry in our Chicago store.  Owner Nicole Northway started in 2009 as a jewelry designer making feather earrings on Etsy!  We have spotted some fun trends for 2018 and have our version in store and on-line for you.  Freshen up your look for Spring with our affordable and adorable jewelry.

1. Minimal Geo

Delicate geometric designs in golds and rose golds are still perfectly on trend in 2018.  This year, we see the trend with pops of pave diamonds and CZ.  We love the layered look and think mixing metals is key!  Rose gold is still all the rage.  Mix it with gold for a fresh interpretation of the trend.

2. Mix and Match Studs


This works really well for us since we are always loosing one of our studs!!!  Pair a star stud with a moon or a gemstone stud with a metallic.  The possibilities are endless and you won't feel as badly about your "orphan" jewelry collection collecting dust on your dresser.

3. Tropical Vibes


This spring and summer, the tropical trend is still on point!  Tropical leaf motifs, Monstera Madness, Pineapples, and more abound in Spring Fashion Trends.  We love feeling like we're on "vaccay all day" when we wear these fun charms.  Even though we are still getting snow in March here in Chicago, we can dream of coconuts and sunburns in a tropical paradise.

4 Chicago Style and Beauty Bloggers We Love

We love Chicago and we are obsessed with all things style and beauty.  Checkout our favorite Chicago Style Bloggers Part 2!  See our first post written by Kit Hamlin here. 

Style Plus Curves

We Love Amber from Style Plus Curves.  I first met her at a fashion event at Macy's when we were doing a DIY Table and was blown away with her kindness.  She also modeled for our very first wholesale catalog. Her style is always unique and inspiring. Check out her blog and Instagram page for adorable styled looks!


Glossed and Found is a Chicago Staple.  I had the honor of meeting Graham a couple of years back on small business Saturday at the shop. He is kind and creative and his blog reflects that! Check out G and F for unique spins on a variety of subjects.  Their photographs, subject matter and writing is super unique and brings a fresh voice to the blog world.


Laurie and her adorable dog Betty are so kind!  I meet Laurie because she is friends with one of my favorite designers, Michelle Starbuck! Check out Laurie's blog to learn about beauty tips and tricks and the latest and greatest products out there.  Here photographs are gorgeous and she has a very focused style and voice. 

Johanna is a super fashionable, working mom of two. Seriously, I DO NOT know how she does it!  Her blog is full of beautifully composed photographs in fun, bold places in the city.  Follow along for a great mix of color, beauty, and style. 

DIY Craft Pumpkins


Chalk Painted Pumpkins

If you know One Strange Bird, you know we LOVE fall around here.  I personally love the cooler weather and the shifting of the season.  As we wave goodbye to the fun energy of the summer, we turn slightly inward during the cooler months at the end of the year.  My family and I just recently moved into our first single family home in Chicago's Portage Park and I have just loved all the extra space to decorate.  We are on a tight budget with baby now, so I oftentimes try to think of budget friendly DIY projects.  My favorite place to hunt for ideas is the Dollar Tree and there are no shortage of Dollar Stores in our neighborhood!  

My little baby, Emerson and I found some fun foam pumpkins and gold thumbtacks and got this cute idea.  I just painted the foam pumpkins with two coats of chalk paint and let them dry overnight.  The next day, I pushed the little thumbtacks in a fun pattern.  It was super easy and only three dollars!  You can't beat that. 

Gold Foil Pumpkins

We can't get enough of the gold trend!  To make these complementary white and gold pumpkins, I used gold leaf paper and Mod Podge.  It is super easy!  Just brush on the Mod Podge and apply the gold leaf.  I like to break the gold leaf off so it has a more rustic ascetic.  I used real white mini pumpkins we picked up at the pumpkin farm during my birthday celebration! 

To finish out our display, I used some of my highly coveted mild glass collection as containers for the pumpkins. The contrasting colors and heights add a fun variety to the display. Stay tuned for more halloween DIY ideas!

Happy Crafting,