I am going to be honest. Straight-up. I’m not really what you call a ‘jewellery person’. Yes I enjoy sparkle’s and lusting over object of adornment but that’s generally were I left it. I didn’t even consider getting my ear’s pieced until I was 13. I did go through a phrase when I was seventeen of stacking my bracelets up my wrist with pieces I collected on holiday which for a while was followed by festival wristbands. I also debated other piecing’s but never did after the realisation that I didn’t really wear jewellery. Having said that I have always had a little bit of a mini collection. Now my collection is considerably smaller but each pieces holds some sort of importance or/and sentimental value.
Here is a little peak into my ‘Jewellery box’.
Currently my jewellery box is this sweet but simple Owl trinket box which I got as a lovely gift last Christmas. Its cosy inside but that just means each piece is special and usually worn more regularly than other pieces I might have laying around.
This is also the place where odd earrings end up when I can’t bear to part with them, in the hope that one day I will find there counter-part. I have three odd earrings in total. Odd Earring 1: is this dainty oval silver earring with a coral centre. I brought these as I was out of the habit of wearing earrings but didn’t want my piecing to close up, so I brought these just before going back to uni as they were small enough to leave in and made of silver which meant I could do so with out consequence. Odd Earring 2: I don’t know if you can tell but its a small metal heart `which is from a set I picked up from Topshop years ago but for some reason I have been able to part with. Odd Earring 3: Is just a fake pearl but despite it being odd and not even real, I’ve been holding on to it almost as a reminder that I need a pair of simple pearl earrings.
Abstract bird necklace: This is a necklace which is quite personal to me and at one point I was wearing it everyday. I don’t want to bore you with the meaning of this piece as it was a lovely and thoughtful valentines gift but I will say what makes this peice visually interesting is that you can’t tell straight-away that it’s a bird the way the metal organically links together almost like an eternity ring. Its a piece that I am very fond of indeed.
Long diamond-like Earrings: These earrings I’ve had since I was sixteen, I brought these while I was shopping for Jewellery for year 11 prom. Its not something I would have usually chosen but I decided that as there are only a few occasions you can treat yourself I decided to go for it. I have worn these since as well and I am sure I will wear them again but each time I will be reminded of when I was sixteen searching in Accessorize for the perfect finishing touches.
2 Pairs of Hexagon Earrings: I have very fond memories of these earrings the design of which I first stumbled upon in Camden. I wish I could remember the designer of whom I discovered at a pop-up shop at the Collective (http://camdencollective.co.uk/) where all of these talented and creative people had the opportunity to get there work out there in one place. There were illustrated plates, beautiful prints and leather bags but there was something about this Jewellery designer and the materials they used really capture my senses. Laser-cut acrylic backed on rose wood in geometric shapes, after staring at this jewellery and eventually dragging myself out I instantly regret not buying them but by that point I was in a gig at the electric ballroom enjoying the night. A couple of weeks later my boyfriend told me he had a gift for me and to my surprise he remembered I liked these and traced them online.
It’s not until I actually sat down and started writing this I realise how little Jewellery I had. As I mentioned at the beginning I knew I didn’t have a vase amount but going through what was actually in the trinket box I used the most made me realise that I really need to find the old and forgotten pieces that I know I have. I started writing this post as I find it fascinating how just an object to one person can retain so many memories to another and I wanted to share with you some jewellery pieces that on paper aren’t worth a lot but to me they are something special.
I would love to hear if you have any Jewellery or clothes which hold special memories to you.
As winter approaches our make-up habits change. Well at least mine do.
This winter I have been experimenting more and more with skin tone rather than just playing about with lip colour. Which makes a change as I always find my self becoming experimental with eye make-up and lipstick during the winter month but I don’t always give my face the rest of the well-needed attention. One product that I never really used to wear was blusher, I think part of this is due to the scary thought of putting something quite pink on my skin in fear of making it appear more pinkish in tone.
But my fears are behind me with L’Oreal le blush in Rosewood which is the perfect warm tone for winter as I often find my pale complexion lacking the lift of the sun-kissed skin. This adds a warm rose glow to the skin which gives that (for lack of better description) loved-up glow. Another product I mind have been slow on the up-take with is powder, I never really got into it/saw the point since foundation gives a dewier finish. However I recently learnt that powder is great for setting foundation with, which solves the night-long problem of starting the night with foundation and finishing it with lack-off. I choose this Stay Matte powder in peach glow (oo3) by Rimmel as I wanted a powder that would add a bit of warmth to the skin and although it barely makes any difference to the finish of my foundation, I love the staying power that it adds.
I am still experimenting with achieving my ‘signature’ make-up look but I feel if I bring it back to basic’s I can then work into it with other products to nail my everyday make-up look.
I have to say a big thank you to IFB I’ve been selected a few times for their links a la mode and each time I feel so happy with the gratitude. Sometimes its nice to know that you are doing something right. Which has got me thinking, I read many great blogs but rarely share them with you so I thought I’d do a monthly post of a blogger I have been loving. Not only will you discover someone new (and find out why I love them), I hope that they will get that sense of pride in being recognized. Kind of like a your doing great hug, keep it up. Let me know what you think of this idea.
It’s somehow sad that Thanksgiving always gets the shaft for the holidays. Not as much fun as Halloween, not as much religious/global/ gifting/commercial opportunity as Christmas/Hanukkah/etc… But alas, we’re all caught up in the holidays in the blogosphere. Between the gifts, the celebrations, the reflection of the year that’s about to end, there’s so much ground to cover! This week, we have a delightful round of holiday inspired posts to get you thinking about the rest of the year. Believe it or not… we don’t have that much time left.
Links à la Mode: November 21
What does Transparency in fashion mean to you? And for the clarification I am not talking about how see-through clothing. No I am referring to the traceability and transparency of the manufacturing process in fashion. Do we really know where are clothes come from? The dress I am wearing says made in china but what does that mean other than at some point during the process of manufacturing that this dress was handled by a machinist in china. What about the fabric, fastenings and trimmings? In truth this dress is most likely global there is no real place it can be defined as having been made in only finished in. I’m not going to name drop but one particular British brand gets there products manly produced in Turkey then finished in Ireland just so they can obtain a Made in Britain label. I am sure they are not alone in this. With this information brought to light, it really questioned everything I thought I knew and lead me to postponing a project I had in the pipeline as I knew I had to really understand everything I could about transparency. The fact is its going to be hard to make Transparency to happen due to the spread of the manufacturing and supply chain. I understand now that to really understand where are clothes come from you have to look beyond the made in label and search further.
Transparency can lead to a more Sustainable and ethical future in fashion as it allows you the customer to really understand where your garments come from and make informed decisions based on this. The fact is the reality of fast fashion manufacturing is hard to put in to context as its very hard to relate to, so how can you be passionate for a cause you don’t really understand? Transparency would give you the opportunity to understand how your clothes are made.
I would be grateful if you could complete this survey so I can get an idea of what Transparency means to you? Do you care about sustainable fashion? Click here to take survey
I always value what you think so let me know in the comments.
Do you even care about transparency?
Would your fashion choices be effected by transparency?
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Its been a while since I posted last but rather than this being a sorry-I-haven’t-posted-in-while type of post I wanted it to be a warning to others the importance of backing up data on your laptop. You may or may not know but I am in my third year of university and if there was ever a bad time for your laptop to die it would be now. So all of those notes I wrote on my report topic are lost, I’ve managed to patch things up well considering. But only because half my notes were hand written and I managed to get a copy of my proposal back of my tutor. If only I had of remembered to save everything to my usb I would still have everything minus my laptop. When your laptop dies the worst part isn’t having a useless bit of plastic it losing everything on it. Photo’s, memories, work. There is a way to get the data back but for now the old laptop is sitting cold waiting for the day.
So let this be a warning back up your files and don’t rely on the remember me setting in log-in’s to do all the work.
When I first tried Rimmel Scandaleyes Thick and thin eyeliner I loved it. It had a felt tip pen end which made it super easy to apply and achieve different thickness’s. I couldn’t fault it as it had staying power. But since then I have felt out of love with it very quickly. If you know me you will know I rarely wear make-up in the summer and save eyeliner for nights out and special occasions so I was surprised to find that the pen has almost dried out and that smooth application which I raved about is no more. I managed to apply the body of my eyeliner but failed to create the signature flick due to a fuss bit which was create on the tip which I think was caused by the eyeliner pen being dry. I thought I had managed to salvage the situation and rushed out the door for my date when my boyfriend pointed out that my eyeliner had gone wrong and resulted in me explain how I was trying to create a flick as I rubbed out the attempt. The date when smoothly I just wish I could say the same for the eyeliner. Its fair to say I won’t be buying this again.
If you want to read the orginal review along with the other make-up reveiws (which I still recommend) you can read it here
Is fashion superficial? I like to think it is not but there is certainly a line to be drawn around the smoke and mirror’s it can create. One thing I have noticed about the blogging world is more and more people are interested in fashion posts with substance, I’m not saying this is the end of personal style posts but I feel the diversity of these blogs are opening up to feature issues that are close to the writers heart giving more value to the fashion community.
It never gets old being selected for Links a la Mode and I think if there was ever a Links a la mode stuffed with value and great content it is defointly this one. So please do give them all a read and comment on there posts, have your say, after all half the fun of writing an opinionated/commentary post is read the responses.
Superficial on the Surface
Sometimes I get mad when people assume if you like fashion, you’re automatically dumb or superficial. Then at the same time, I love looking at pretty pictures and dressing up… it’s an escape and a passion all at the same time. Obsessing over fashion doesn’t mean however, there’s nothing going on in our brains! This week, we have a great mix of the tougher questions in fashion right along with the tips and tricks that enable our superficial exterior (that’s not so superficial…. or is it?)
Links à la Mode: The IFB Weekly Roundup
Let me know which ones you enjoyed reading.