Anatomy of a Stack

Coco Chanel once said “Before leaving the house, a lady should look in the mirror and remove one accessory.”  Sorry Coco, but times are changing, and we are no longer afraid to bling it on!

That said, wearing the stacking look should be tasteful and harmonious.  We have compiled the below guide to help you master the delicate art form for your fingers, wrists and necklines.

ring stacking


Sure, go ahead, don’t be afraid to mix and match your metals.  Throw in a pop of silver to an otherwise monochrome gold.  The rule of thumb is to have interest and variety, but still maintaining a thread of cohesiveness.  If you want to stick to a single metal shade, be sure to vary the shape, size and texture of the jewelry to add intrigue.


Stack multiple rings on one finger and keep one finger bare.  You can stack smaller rings on top of each other to add impact.  Experiment with shapes and lines, try a combination of horizontal and vertical rings to create a negative space to avoid looking like finger overload.


Don't be afraid to show off your favorite pieces, give them the moment to shine. Think your index finger deserves some serious bling?  Make one finger your focal point and choose a statement piece to make it stand out.   

Posted on November 11, 2014 .


Is that a Flash Tattoo or a bracelet?

Designed to look like bracelets, necklaces and beach bling, Flash Tattoos are the answer to those who are looking to inject a little bit of noncommittal spark into their style. These two-dimensional, jewelry-inspired tattoos have a bohemian flair and are definitely eye-catching to say the least.

As with all trends, metallic temporary tattoo jewelry isn’t a completely brand-new beauty/fashion phenomenon. Back in 2012, Dior teamed up with jewelry designer Camille Miceli and introduced a luxe, $120 limited-edition set that included cuffs, chokers, earrings and bracelets made of actual 24-carat gold microparticles. 

But these aren’t like the temporary tattoos you had as a kid, the kind you haphazardly slap on anywhere you want and call it a day. The trick is to go really subtle instead of trying a blown-out arm or ring party. Focus on one body part at a time by adding a couple of delicate midi rings, mixing a slender temp tattoo bracelet with actual bangles, or incorporating a single, sleek cuff. Statement necklaces and body chains are a bolder approach to the style, but the flashiness makes them a little harder to take seriously. 

The best part is that no matter what look you decide to experiment with, it’s all noncommittal fun: the designs naturally wash off in about four to six days (or you can scrub them off in the shower whenever you want).

Posted on November 11, 2014 .




Bed-Stuy is often described as an emerging neighborhood, but many of the elements that make the Brooklyn area desirable today—gorgeous architecture, a strong sense of community, homegrown businesses—have always been a part of its makeup. Start your tour at homey eatery Peaches (393 Lewis Ave between Decatur and MacDonough Sts, which opened in 2008. Fill up on Southern-inspired dishes, such as the classic shrimp and grits ($16).


Stroll by five-year-old Brooklynite Gallery (334 Malcolm X Blvd at Bainbridge St; 347-405-5976,, whose rear facade incorporates recycled fridge doors. There's also a scrolling LED banner above the front door. Hang a left on MacDonough Street, which has been a competitor in the annual Greenest Block in Brooklyn contest (the section between Lewis and Stuyvesant Streets is especially pretty). Next, stop in CasaBAN (397 Tompkins Ave at Jefferson Ave, 917-607-3838).The small shop features an eclectic selection of antique and new furniture, all of which is handpicked by owner Ban Leow. Recently, we spotted a handmade Danish rocker ($550) and a coffee table made out of a surfboard ($250).


Parts of Bed-Stuy were designated a historic district by the Landmarks Preservation Commission in the 1970s, and recently, community members have fought to award landmark status to more sections of the neighborhood.The area's 19th-century houses were built in a variety of architectural styles, including Queen Anne and Romanesque Revival. Stroll up Marcus Garvey Boulevard or Throop Avenue to see a few of these pretty homes. Continue up to Myrtle Avenue and make a left;Project Parlor (742 Myrtle Ave between Nostrand Ave and Sandford St,347-497-0550) is a two-year-old bar that caters to locals and students from nearby Pratt Institute. Plop down on one of the velvet couches with a Guinness float ($8).


After your tipple, walk down Bedford Avenue and stop at SCRATCHbread (1069 Bedford Ave at Lexington Ave, Owner Matthew Tilden operates this small takeout window stocked with baked goods, including buttery shortbread ($2). Tilden's treats sell out quickly, so the earlier you can get there, the better. Just up the block, you'll find Miss Master's Closet (1070 Bedford Ave between Greene St and Clifton Pl,, a vintage-clothing shop,which opened earlier this month. Owner Jessica Master sells men's and women's clothing from a variety of eras.


Chef King Phojanakong's Thai-Filipino-Vietnamese restaurant, Umi Nom (433 DeKalb Ave between Classon Ave and Taaffe Pl; 718-789-8806,, was among the first high-profile eateries to spring up in Bed-Stuy, nearly two years ago. Located in a converted Laundromat, the restaurant remains a neighborhood favorite, thanks to Phojanakong's bold, inventive menu. Choose from an array of small plates, such as the chili-glazed wok prawns ($12), barbecue ribs with lemongrass ($11) and classic spring rolls ($8.50).


Cut loose at One Last Shag (348 Franklin Ave between Greene and Lexington Aves, 718-398-2472). An eclectic, queer-leaning crowd congregates at this narrow bar, and DJs spin house, electronica and hip-hop nearly every night of the week. As long as the weather is still nice, we recommend taking a margaveza (a mix of frozen margarita and Shock Top beer, $7) out to the establishment's pretty backyard, which is lined with twinkling lights.

The original article can be found on Time Out New York, link here

Posted on November 1, 2014 .

Welcome to the Cartel

Hippie Cartel is a New York City based design and lifestyle brand.   We started by curating handsome yet versatile pieces for our friends and families.  Each piece of jewelry was hand-picked with our loved ones in mind.  Our design embodies the philosophy that beauty should be accessible, comfortable and unhindered.  Each well-crafted, timeless piece serves as a conversation-starter and a companion to a limitless life.

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Posted on April 27, 2014 .