Inside my jewellery box

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’. 

owl trinket box hexagon earrings

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.

drop earring's 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.
Jewellery box

 

 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.

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Inside my jewellery box

Thank you IFB for Links a la mode selection

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.


lalam1121

Truly Gifted

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

 

Thank you IFB for Links a la mode selection

What does Transparency in fashion mean to you?

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?

What does Transparency in fashion mean to you?

Links a la Mode – Superficial on the Surface

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.

lalam0829

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.

Links a la Mode – Superficial on the Surface

Honest by ‘Transparency’

Transparency is a big issue in fashion. Do we really understand where are clothes come from? Or the conditions of the factories they are manufactured in? Transparency or more precisely lack of is an issue which needs to be tackled especially if there is to be a future in fashion.  There are countless labels and lines available on the market that claim to be eco/ethical but as there is no internationally agreed standards for what should be considered eco, sustainable, green, environmentally friend and organic are we really to know where are clothes come from? And lets not even start on most high-street garments which leave everything to the imagination except for the washing instruction label which also holds three words in tiny print saying “made in …”

This is where ‘Honest by‘ comes in which is a company unique in the fact that they communicating its supply chain and pricing. Honest by was founded by Bruno Pieters after a sabbatical from the fashion industry in Southern India where the experience affected his personal philosophy and views on fashion. He noticed on his travels how native people wore clothes that were grown, woven and sewn from sources they could identify around them. Honest by is a platform that offers designers and brands a chance to share their own design processes. Every collaboration is completely transparent from yarns and buttons to store mark up.

Honest by wants to shed light on the questions: Where is it made and by whom’

Honest by does extensive research into the sources of raw materials and trace back the origins of every fabric and trimming to insure that every element is as environmentally friendly. In fact the information they give the consumer is a lot to take in; it tells you everything including where the safety pin attaching labels was manufactured. It can be quiet easy to be sucked in reading such minute detail infact I am actually feeling a little overwhelmed with the amount of information they give you having decided to test how transparent they actually were by reading up on this (below) mens shirt by Honest by CALLA. I can now tell you not only where it was made but the factory it was manufactured in too, I can also tell you they have 70 members of staff hired at this factory and it took 235 mins to assemble. I can also tell you that at the designs studio it took 7 hours to design this shirt and there were 3 fittings.

And when I read that they were honest about the price mark up part of me was like “yeah right your hardly going to tell us the astonished  amount of profit you make” but they really do, it tells you that said garment cost 70.03 euros to make and the designer times this by two and then there is a further retail mark up of times two-point-five. They truly are transparent because in my opinion if you can share something which you might not otherwise want to disclose you truly are staying true to your values. When they claim to be the world’s first Transparent company I believe them as they share more than just a couple of words about the background of there garments. I am not sure how viable it is in the current market to be transparent about there market but there is evidence that Peiters is at least staying true to his values after he cancelled orders with big department stores after he realised they would not allow him to make there mark up public.

Honest by CALLA

Honest by makes it really easy to find the type of garment you are after with simple colour coordinated filters; organic, vegan, skin friendly, recycled and European. This allows you to get straight to your priority as you don’t have to sift through loads of garments to find that skin friendly one and it also allows you to identify the qualities of each garment quickly and simply. This easy menu option is what makes Honest by so appealing as it allows you to sort through all the facts quickly but you still have the option of the long read if that’s what it takes for you to trust the labelling. Honest by are as of yet to obtain an organic certificate but they hope to be GOTS (Global Organic Textile) certified very soon. But don’t let this taint your image of Honest by as they are moving in leaps and bounds to achieve transparency and don’t hide away from the lack of certificate but tell you openly.

One problem Honest by have had is sourcing zips in an interview with the Telegraph earlier this year Peiters said “how unavoidable it is to have china involved” and saying that despite all his efforts to source a European company that manufactures zippers he cannot find one. But this element of the supply chain is out of necessity rather than choice. One question that was raised when talking to another fellow blogger was “just because its made in china does this automatically make it bad” I don’t have the answer to this question entirely but its clear that Transparency would being us a step closer to solving this issue as we would be able to understand the wage, conditions and the hours that these workers work in the factory better.

Honest by Bruno Peiters

Honest by Bruno Peiters

I hope to see many more brands follow Honest by’s example in transparency. I feel this is a platform that is very forward thinking in it’s ambition. Honest by philosophy is:

We believe Fashion is about beauty and that the story behind fashion can be equally beautiful.
We want to give our customer the opportunity to shop with complete awareness of what they are buying.
We want to produce all of our products in a life friendly way.
We believe in the health of our clients skin.
We want the impact of our products and activities on the environment and human health to be as small as possible’

And I couldn’t agree more, the beauty in fashion shouldn’t be limited to the aesthetic just ecological fashion is more than intention. I believe that ethical/ecological intention goes hand-in-hand with aesthetic and Honest by hits this mix heads on with it beautiful designs paired with its transparency . Transparency is key in allowing us to make educated choices, maybe your not that interested in ethical fashion but there is no doubt that you would benefit from transparency. Transparency is about being honest and Honest by does that so well.

How important is Transparency to you?

“Be the change you want to see in the world.” Gandhi

Honest by ‘Transparency’

Selected for IFB Links a la Mode

Its a beautiful evening and what better way to spend an evening than reading some amazing blog posts by some talented bloggers. I was getting my daliy doze of style bubble when I got lost in her post ‘Link Up’ which I definitely recommend as its a real eye opener to the number of blogs out there but also how every blog has there value. You can’t compare Glamour to Dazed and Confused but both of there followings are equally valid. She also has linked about 10 blogs which are well worth the read, sharing the love. This is one reason why I love IFB links a la mode it offers us less know blogs to have a voice and a chance to reach a wide audience. There is a real mix of blogs selected showing the diversity of the blogging world.

I want to say a big thank you for being selected because its a reminder that what I am doing is worthwhile. And I want to say a big thank you to my readership as you are the reason I keep going. Knowing you are there, reading my content which I have spent so much energy writing makes this so worth every hour I spent writing, taking, photo’s and editing.

Please do check out the blogs below they are well worth the read.

lalam0822

Autumn is Coming

In August, Autumn often looms over us like winter does in Game of Thrones. You know it’s coming but it still seems so far off. Personally, I’ve already snagged by boots for the season, and jacket too! While bloggers are curating their fall wishlist, you can’t help to get a little bit excited, the lush fabrics, the layers the sophistication of the season. This week’s round up has links that will help you squeak the last days of summer as well as get you prepared for fall. So find a nice sunny spot to enjoy the weather, relax and read these links!

Links à la Mode: The IFB Weekly Roundup

SPONSOR: Shopbop Jordan Carlyle, Zac Posen, Rodarte, Jay Ahr, Generation Love, Eddie Borgo, EastDane, Ileana Makri, Matt Bernson, Kaufman Franco, & Merch June

Selected for IFB Links a la Mode

Monochrome spiked with neon

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Floppy Hat . American Apparel

Pleather Jacket . Charity shop find

Striped pencil Skirt . H&M

Neon envelope clutch . Blott

If there is one colour combination that you can’t go wrong with its black and white. It works perfectly for day and night. I’ve always loved the colour black my wardrobe is basically half filled up with black items; lacy, velvet, leather, you name it its there. One thing that I love about monochrome is its ability to work smart and casual and this monochrome outfit spiked with neon is the perfect example.

I brought this striped skirt about 6 months ago as I was after a figure hugging skirt but want something a bit more casual than a black pencil skirt. Its rare that I find a skirt that fits around the waist and the hips as I find that a lot of skirts are made with a straight body type in mind but thanks to the stretchy material it fits around my curves perfectly.

I had been on the look out for a floppy hat for months before I found one on the American Apparel website and because of the price it took another month, a trip to one of there London stores and a generous boyfriend before I got my hands on this. I couldn’t be happier with it; its perfect for those bad hair days when you want to look glamours and equally works well to add statement to jeans and T-shirt.

What better way to rock up a look than with a leather jacket. Ok this one isn’t leather but until my budget expands I’ll have to make do with this pleather jacket (aka plastic leather). I found this in a charity shop when I was volunteering and knew that this would make the perfect bikers jacket as its two sizes to big (size 12) which means if I wear it open it kind of hangs of me and allows the jacket to drape nicely while leaving room for a big woolly jumper come winter. I always think that if you can thrift something when not? After all this jacket only cost me £5 and I gave if a new lease of life, I am planning on paint the inside soon.

The green neon envelop clutch is the perfect way to add a bit of colour to monochrome and shouts fun. Its impossible for this clutch to sink into the background and its simple design lets the colour do the talking. This was a gift for my 21st and I am so happy with the colour as its a brave choice and something I might have shied away from if I had selected it myself.

Unless your a friend your unlikely to know that I have a slight addiction to shoes, I can usually walk away from a dress but when it comes to shoes I am a sucker for buying them. The guys at Topshop must of grown tired of me trying these on about 4-5 times before I actually settled on buying these flat platforms with a double ankle straps. This will be my second pair of flat platforms my first pair were from ‘head over heels by Dune’ back in 2011 and while they last me a fair amount of time the soles did split in half and after super glue wouldn’t do the job anymore I set about trying to find a replacement pair when I stumbled upon these beauts from Topshops. They are slightly more dressier than the pair I had before but I love them and needless to say they look perfect on a night out and do wonders for my legs.

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The only thing missing from this outfit in the perfect sleeveless white shirt and a statement necklace. I will be keeping my eyes peeled and Please let me know in the comments in you know where to find the perfect white shirt.

I am writing this in response to IFB’s “Bloggers Black and White Ball”

 
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Monochrome spiked with neon