Changing your look doesn't have to mean planning an entire outfit - something as simple as a necklace, earrings or a statement ring can make all the difference.
With awards season just around the corner, we caught up with Hollywood "Bling Queen" Melinda Maria to chat about her celeb-favourited jewellery brand and how to make the most of accessories in 2016...
How did you get into designing?
I started my obsession with sparkle when I was a little girl. I would always care about the jewellery before the outfit.
I found myself spending all my free time down at my local stone stores and bead shops where I got to make jewellery. I eventually started having little parties and selling it here and there. When I was working in LA I was a part-time makeup artist and would sell jewellery part time. I would sit in different Starbucks on the weekend and women would come in to get their coffee and buy my products.
When I met my husband, who is an incredible businessman, he said I needed to be a master of one thing instead of a jack of all trades, so I said I wanted to be a jewellery designer. He helped me get a business plan together and I dove in head first.
Where do you get your inspiration from?
On one end it’s about looking at what’s selling and what the customer wants. From there I pull photos, create mood boards and sit and sketch. I usually sit at a busy café in Los Angeles or wherever I am and see people walking around and what they’re wearing, then I step back and look at which ones are practical to make, which ones will sell and which ones will be my hero pieces.