Who knew babysitting could inspire a coveted line of fashion accessories? "I was baby-sitting for three girls, and we started making beaded jewelry and playing with matchbox cars. Suddenly it occured to me 'wouldn't that be cool to have a car bracelet?'" explains Erika Walton, an enterprising 18 year old fashion student at San Francisco's FIDM who launched her quirky line of handmade accessories while still in high school. "After several days of research and trial and error, I produced my first bracelet. When I wore it to school the next day it was a big hit and everyone wanted one. The same thing happened when I went to my job at the tanning salon."
Ranging in price from $50-$200, these feature vintage toys, gems, beads, and hand-blown glass, they're right on trend and fun with everything from a simple white tee to a floral frock...or even half-nude, the way they were photographed.
Available at AlterEgoJewelry.net.
- Lesley Scott