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’. 

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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.
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 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

Adding warmth to the skin

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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.

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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. 

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Would your fashion choices be effected by transparency?

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Scandaleyes eyeliner reveiw – update

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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

 

Scandaleyes eyeliner reveiw – update

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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All in a day in Margate |part two |Boutique

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The Secret Wardrobe Margate is a woman’s boutique which is over flowing with Italian and French clothing, scarves, handbags and jewellery. They describe them self as an Aladdin Cave and this wouldn’t be far from the truth; every nook and granny is filled with something delightful.

If you read my last Margate post All in a day in Margate| part one  you will know that I recently spent the day in Margate and it was during that visit that I stumbled upon this gem of boutique. As with ever shop and boutique there are going to be things that aren’t to your taste but that simply means there is going to be something for everyone. And it can be said that I have a particular taste for handbags despite having only 4 (and only one that I really use) and the Secret Wardrobe does not disappoint with its selection of clutches, Totes and other handbags. There is one in particular which I regret buying and it is this lovely creamy leather envelope clutch with gold detailing which you see below. I was eyeing up this bag as its the perfect utility clutch which has the right amount of sophistication for a night out but could equally be dressed down for a lunch with the girls.

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As I mentioned earlier not a corner was bare which made for a visual treat. You didn’t know where to look and it didn’t matter as it allowed you to scan all of the wonders this boutique holds to uncover the gems that no one else spotted. I had to take the picture below as it really gives you a taste of what to expect when you visit the Secret Wardrobe.  
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Maybe I have an obsession with creamy colours. And this beautiful laser cut handbag with an elegant beaded chain certainly didn’t go unnoticed and how could it. Its everything you need in an occasion handbag its elegant, small yet still fits in everything you need in it. I was drawn to this handbag for its unique chain but I relish this handbag for its laser-cut detail. I don’t believe you could find a bag quite like it any wear else and that’s what I like about the Secret Wardrobe: sometimes you stumble across that gem you have to get. And if you fill your fashion hunger you can always have a wander around Naturally Craft which is the Secret Wardrobes house mate. When I first walked into the shop I was greeted by an old fashion singer (sewing machine but I’m pretty sure you didn’t need me to clarify) and two choices a gift shop full of naturally crafted treats or an Aladdin cave over-flowing with fashion choices. I was completely unaware they were different shops it wasn’t until I got chatting to the lady behind the til I was made aware of this   shop share which I have to say is a brilliant idea as it makes for the perfect place to go gift hunting and perhaps find a treat for your self.

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It has to be said that I like Hand-made soaps, a lot.  To the unhealthy level where I think people will appreciate a bar as a gift as I don’t really need that many. For that reason I usually avoid them but I couldn’t resist there charm for long and soon got in there and sampled the scents for each of these soaps my favourite was Honey and Vanilla as it was the perfect mix of wholesome sweetness. Plus it had this awesome honeycomb pattern. I brought this as a gift and very much hope they appreciate it because I was seriously considering to keep it my self and find them something else. I doubt I’m the only person to like hand made soaps but I’m pretty sure not many of you go shouting about it. What drew me to Hand-made soaps in the first place was there natural properties, the first handmade soap I ever brought was Coconut and rose. What drew me to this divine scent in the first place (after its scent of course) was how good it is for your skin. The natural properties allows the skin to clean without stripping them of there natural oils which makes for happy hands.
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You can find the Secret Wardrobe and Naturally Crafted on 16-18 High Street, Margate. Please visit the staff are lovely and always happy to help. I have more Margate post in the following days so please be sure to follow.

Please leave a comment and let me know what you think.

 

All in a day in Margate |part two |Boutique

Monthly Round-up| Dark Florals

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Do you remember earlier this month when I posted thrifted finds? I showed you five dresses that I had found in Charity shops or from the back of mum’s wardrobe. In that post I promised to do a personal style post and here it is. This photo was taken just before my boyfriend took me out for a date at the Picture House in Canterbury. Which is this really good posh burger restaurant, I definitely recommend it. Each burger has a film inspired name which just adds to the charm, I had the ‘godfather’ which as you can image was meaty. If your a fan of man vs food then this place has the dish for you, its called the Terminator which is a meat feast with all the sides, it cost £20 but in true man vs food style if you eat it all you get it free.

The Godfather Burger from the Picture House

Its been a month since I first got back in to blogging and posted that article on Stella McCartney (read it here) which I am very pleased to say got featured in a IFB project round up. I submitted this post think I may as well give it a go and the next thing I knew I had been selected with made the perfect kick start. So much time and effort went into that post, I spend a lot of time reading through books (yes actual books) and various interviews to write a post that was informed and interesting. I don’t know about you but I get bored of simple seeing catwalk photo’s and sometimes I want to know a bit more about the designer them self, so I can understand what motivates and moves them to create the garments that I love.

I am a big believe that if you can do something yourself (and you’ve got the time), why not? This ethos inspired me to write this easy and simple DIY post (read it here) which gives you easy step by step inductions to create your own Dip-Dye shirt. I couldn’t have been more pleased with the results and what’s more its a really easy look to achieve.

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Since then I have also done my first beauty post with product reviews.  This couldn’t have been a more fun post to write as it challenged me to photograph my products in a way that was playful and had a bit more to the images than a white background. Part of what draws me to blogging is the creativity and the challenge to create posts that are more dynamic and useful than the last. One of the challenge has been creating beautiful imagery as I do like to delve in to photography, I am so proud of my most recent post ‘So much more than a man bag: Marvellous men’s accessories from Scandinavia‘ as I really took it upon my self to create an image that could hold it’s own. I would love to know what you think.

I didn’t forget to share my quirky side with you. Just take a look at ROAR-some Pre-Historic Jewellery and Jane Bowler an innovative fashion designer for a taste. 

I have some amazing posts in the pipeline including a series on Margate, so don’t forget to follow if you haven’t already.

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Monthly Round-up| Dark Florals