Everything’s coming up roses at Megan Leone Designs

Like other die-hard fans, I really enjoyed Idol Gives Back last week. This is definitely my favorite episode of the season every year! I think it’s wonderful that the creators of American Idol recognize their awesome power to reach millions and use that power to do some good in the world.

Of course, I also love the guest stars – where else can you see the Black Eyed Peas, Elton John and Annie Lenox all in one night? And anyone who knows me knows I love checking out the incredible fashions showcased by both the Idols and the guest stars! Fergie’s space-age, thigh high boots were a little over-the-top for me, but Carrie Underwood was sporting a demure wrist corsage that was simply fabulous. This is a piece that anyone could use to easily update their wardrobe without breaking the bank. In fact, I think that these funky corsages could be the next “Carrie Bradshaw flower!”

Finding one for myself, however, did not prove easy. I lucked out when I discovered Megan Leone Designs . Since 2004, Megan has been creating her signature, one-of-a-kind, bracelet handbags crafted from vintage materials. Now, in addition to her bracelet purses, she designs jewelry and modifies vintage clothing. And, lucky for us, her “fashion from the ashes” design philosophy now includes wrist corsage made from recycled zippers, buttons, and more. Megan says that her corsages were inspired by her old design job years back at a flower shop. Only these adorable corsages will never shrivel and fade away!

Two of my favorite pieces include the “Shades of Purple” wrist corsage (pictured). The flowers are cleverly crafted from vintage, purple, metal zippers and the foliage is hand-cut, repurposed leather. The corsage is further embellished with trendy pheasant feathers. This little piece would totally make a plain dress or add a punch to a casual outfit. Retail $42

The other corsage I absolutely love is “Red and Teal with Vintage Button” (pictured). Again, the corsage flowers are made of vintage zippers and this foliage is hand cut, repurposed ultra suede. This piece would make a serious statement with jeans and t! Instead of feathers, the red and teal corsage is adorned with a vintage brass and beaded button. Retail $42

Wanna rock the look? Visit Megan Leone Designs.

Susan McNeill is a wife, mother, author, entrepreneur and social activist. In addition to Susan Said What?! Susan also writes for Style on a WHIM, It’s how you play the game!, and Success Won’t Wait!


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