Bee Mine, Jewellery

I was buzzing around the Asos website as you do and came across these eye catching necklaces by Bill Skinner. My boyfriends first thoughts when I showed them to him (in Fenwicks Canterbury) was “is that a fly?” to which I responded with “Bumble bee”. There are some things which guys don’t understand and in this case it is the simple allure of 18ct gold plated bumble bee, a creature that is terrifying in the garden but somehow cute when taken as inspiration for these charming necklaces. I find the bumble bee on a plate of honey comb particularly charming as it add a bit of sweetness to a bug inspired collection. I find it odd how all of a sudden I have developed a Jewellery fascination especially considering I don’t really wear a lot of it. Jewellery holds its charm in the fact they are very beautiful wearable object that become collectables (a bit like stamp collecting but sparkier and more useful).

honeycomb jewellery, bee, bumble bee
Honeycomb Necklace . £80 . Bill Skinner click here
Bee Necklace . £60 . Bill Skinner click here
Bee and honeycomb necklace . £95 . Bill Skinner click here

P.S if you are inspired by the Bee Jewellery but don’t have the budget I have found super cute necklace by American label Dogeared which is in the sale for £36 (which still isn’t cheap but it makes the perfect gift) click here

Do lust over Jewellery you can’t afford? Let me know in the comments.

If you want playful designer jewellery which is more on the affordable side take a look at ROAR-some  Pre-historic Jewellery

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Bee Mine, Jewellery

Stella McCartney the fashion designer with a conscience

Stella McCartney is not perfect, but are you?

Stella McCartney

The fashion designer admits there are bound to be contradictions in trying to live and work sustainably. The one thing that I admire about Stella McCartney is she isn’t a preacher. She has these ethical and ecological values but doesn’t push them in to your face; she lets the designs do the talking. The aesthetics are the most important part of a design after all you could have created the most ethically and ecologically sustainable  garment but if no one wears them they lose all of there value. At the end of the day Stella McCartney is creating real clothes for people with a conscience. She said in an interview to the Evening Standard that she’s “not going to stand here and claim to be one hundred per cent green or one hundred per cent perfect all the time” but we still need to give her credit for working towards a better future in fashion.

She is famed for being the designer that refused to use leather or fur when designing for Chloe and she has brought these values forward to her own-name label. And since 2010 Stella McCartney has stopped using PVC in her designs which can only mean good things for the environment. She says that one of the reason she doesn’t use fur or leather isn’t just because she is a vegetarian but also because of the environmental impact of tanneries. And according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) tanneries are listed as one of the top polluters.

As I mentioned early her designers are very aesthetically pleasing and the focus of her designs are always on the look which allows the sustainable values to hold there weight.  Its not a PR stunt just genuine concern. She understands that buyers are after something beautiful  foremostly then they look at the values “Here is this jacket that looks terrible but its organic, and here is a really beautiful jacket that’s cheaper but don’t buy it because it’s not organic.” McCartney has stated that: “we address these [ethical and ecological] questions in every other part of our lives except fashion.”

Stella McCartney is the fashion designer for fashion players with a conscience. Her designs are on trend and conscience. Her latest resort collection lets  the aesthetics do the talking, you will buy garments from the collection because they are beautiful not because Stella McCartney is a sustainable designer (that’s just a bonus) – and for that you have to love her.

Stella McCartney – Resort 2014

Stella McCartney Resort 14 (fig 1)
Stella McCartney Resort 14 (fig 2)

This collection is playful with a touch of sophistication. The colours are like sugar dusk playing with ballerina pink and injecting a pop with blue and yellow. This collection is just as suitable for the day as it is for the night. In my opinion she has used more snake skin print than what is socially tasteful but if anyone can pull it off she can and fig 1 just proves that toughing up a girly dress without a leather jacket. The collection is fresh like a spring day, capturing the hope of a new fresh start. I love the appliqué heart and lips on fig 2 its well thought out but it isn’t taking its self to seriously. That envelop clutch is very desirable  and would add a pop of colour to any outfit. This collection is effortless and just imagine the care free girl that would wear this?

One thing to note isn’t just the garment’s but the way the girls are styled, so fresh faced with a blunt cut. They look like the girl-next-door with something more.

Stella McCartney Resort 14

Stella McCartney creates cloths that will last therefore avoiding the landfills. Sustainability is just as important as recycling. She suggests when looking at your own wardrobe think about the materials that your using. Is it recyclable? How does it make you feel? These are both equally important questions the better a fabric feels against your skin the longer it will have a place in your wardrobe but if a time comes when you decide to part with the garment it is key that is made of recyclable fabric so that it can have new life.

Some of the obstacles she has faced in trying to create a more sustainable products include not manufacturing there own fabric.  Colours can be very limited in the organic ranges are often there isn’t the same depth of colour. So all Stella McCartney tries to use organic fabric and low impact dyes she won’t compromise on quality.

She loves the fact that some people go into her store don’t even know that something is organic or in faux-leather and for her that is the because challenge, having people not notice.

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Stella McCartney the fashion designer with a conscience

What a Show, what a party.

What a show. Wow. That was something special. It was so British. Just like an Eccentric British Woman who could decide what to wear; so she threw it all on. It was Directed by David Arnold and was a mash up of Rock and Pop music which can only be described as a whole lot of fun.

Ok it didn’t quite top the opening Ceremony but it was heartfelt and Playfully British. The show started with the chimes  of big ben followed by Emeli Sande who offered a stunning Banquet of Vocals. I want to Scream, I want to shout. There was a performance by Stomp the phsical Theatre group which took place on a model of the London Eye which was part of the London sky line Olympic Set. Timothy Spall was Winston Churchill with words from the Shakespearce Tempest which was a nice touch, just wished there could have been more like it.

I had to laugh when I saw the “Reduce Speed Now” sign. I’m not sure if are constant need for Road works is something to brag about. Lets just be Thankful they didn’t put that sign out when Bolt ran.

Our National Anthem Shined. I don’t think I have heard it sung better.

The reference to the Only Fools and Horses episode “Hero’s and Villains” was a light and humorous touch which didn’t last long enough. And I liked the line from the British film The Italian Job, if only they had executed it better. Your only suppose to blow the bloody doors off.

“Our house in the middle of the street” what a perfect song to set the mood. The Brass Band of the guard Division was a wonderful touch. The dances moved around the stage reenacting street parties, it was like a carnival in a Traffic Jam and I mean in a good way.

Although George Michael didn’t play one of his well known songs it didn’t dampen his performance. It was like watching a true star. The apearance of Annie Lennox made me smile but I feel who ever was on sound needed to increase the volume of her voice, as I could barely hear her. What were you trying to do, make us think we knew the song? And have us mouthing along to Sweet Dreams.

Ed Sheeran, Nick Mason, Mike Rutherford and Richard Jones performance of a Pink Floyd song was like Marmite. I personally quite liked it. Just try not to compare it to the original.

Russell Brand cannot sing but that was half the fun as you didn’t expect him to be able to sing. It was like watching Willy Wonka standing on a hallucinogenic mini bus. His presents then followed by FatBoy Slim in/on a Octopus. Although Russell was clearly lip-syncing the song didn’t try to hide the fact it had been put through auto-tune and merely played on it to create an interesting effect.

Russell Brand Entertainer Russell Brand perfroms during the Closing Ceremony on Day 16 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 12, 2012 in London, England.

The Spice Girl performance was always a promise they couldn’t live up to. Scary and Sporty Spice shined. They gave it there all and had the vocals to back it up. Ginger and Baby had fun with it whereas Posh looked like she was constantly posing for the Camera’s. Although Boris Johnson must have enjoyed there performance as he was dancing away. You have got to love Boris.

Take That’s performance lit up the stage and they Ruled the World. And it has to be said they were much better without Robbie Williams.  The Royal Ballets performance was perfect. The right mix of classical dance brought to life in a modern way. The Ceremony was over three hour long and I could write forever on it, analysis each move and vocal but I think this short over view will suffice.

I read in a news forum  this “And then we close off with a ‘celebration’ of music, mostly drawn from 60s-90s. Not inspiring and frankly not a representation of this modern nation.” But quite frankly I have to disagree the music from the 60’s and 90’s is as relevant today as it was the day it was made. After all the words from John Lennon’s Imagine is a description of what the modern world should be like. You may say I’m a dreamer but that’s the Ideal world I Imagine. I just want to remind all of you miserable people that the closing ceremony was mend to be a bit of fun and a party. A party for all the Athletes, Volunteers and  the world. A party to end all party’s. And we gave the world a very British Party. A little bit Cheese and part fun mixed up by Russell Brand. And for all you in doubt I loved the Giant Octopus, I don’t have a clue why it was used but it was fun.

I’ll round it up with a bit of fashion (Not that you could say all of it was to be in awe of) :

Artist Jessie J performs during the Closing Ceremony on Day 16 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 12, 2012 in London, England.

Jessie J may have a voice but it looks like she didn’t have a stylist. Who thought it was a good ideal for her to wear a leotard with one leg and one arm? Although her hair looks great.

Now here is a leotard that works. It has two legs and two arms and Mel B from the Spice girls looks amazing. I might even go as far to say the best dress Spice Girl. And there is nothing scary about her curves. She made posh spice look like a twig.

Naomi Campbell looks like the Super model she is here. Wow she rocks McQueen. The only other model who even had a chance to shine next to her was Kate Moss. And Kate Moss worked the dress and the screen, to remind us why she is Britains favourite Model.  They both worked the Runway like Goddess. Wow. Campbell and Moss look timeless and certainly don’t look there age.

Kate Moss at the London 2012 Olympics Closing Ceremony

On a more eccentric note, I picked up that Pin stripe suits were popular when the Pet Shop Boys performed. The men riding the bikes wore Thick pin stripe suits with orange ties to compliment there orange bike, orange trailer and orange helmet.


So here it is, the end of 7 years anticipation. And how it end with a bang.

What a Show, what a party.

11 Silver Medal so far. Well done Team GB!

11 Silver Medal so far. Well done Team GB!

To Celebrate the 11 Silver medals that Team GB have one so far I have put together an edit of six items from the current high street sales. Which I feel are the perfect mix of English Olympic Style; A little bit sporty, a tad girly with a touch of grunge

1) Stripe drop waist Dress £10 from

2) MOTO Acid Denim cycling shorts £7 from

3) Sporty mixed Top £17 from

4) Lace Panel Maxi Dress £30 from (I have also seen this instore)

5) FANTASIA Sequin Flower Sandals £25 from

6) Heavy Zip Detail Jacket £70 from