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.

Inside my jewellery box

“Why are you like somebodies died?” – Capturing Wednesday Addams.

Autumn is here and winter is quickly approaching. This means only one thing my style takes a darker edge, my friends call me the “not so secret Goth ” Because I love black, lace, leather and monochrome. I usually look to the like of Wednesday Addam’s for style inspiration and considering I’m blonde it doesn’t look like fancy dress. My obsession with Wednesday Addams goes back to when I was a child and I watching late late night TV at the time they put on old movies when “Addams Family Values” came on (which is lucky considering I was 8 years old at the time) and her character had me hooked right there and then at one in the morning.

So every winter I channel Wednesday Addams.

As soon as I saw this French maids dress By J.W. Anderson, Wednesday Addams clicked in my mind and I knew I’d have to have this dress. Its simple and plain yet it has a discipline that is liken to the icy cold Miss Addams who is self assured in a way that only maturity gives.

£79.99 from Topshop. Item code: 25F85CBLK

A crisp shirt is a staple of every wardrobe and this light blue one is a necessity. I choose this blue one for my edit as I like the top button detail and then the enclosed buttons. The boyish tailoring add to its allure as its sexy yet disciplined. (I have a feeling that discipline is the key to capturing Wednesday’s style.)

£39.99  from Topshop. Item code: 25F99CPBL

This pinafore dress would work perfectly over the crisp shirt. I like the fact its close to looking like School uniform it gives it that familiarity that is so familiar that its surreal. To capture Wednesday there has to be that element of surrealism.

£69.99 from Topshop. Item code: 25G37CFOR

I have posted a pair of shoes similar to these before in bright red now I post them in Oxblood as I adore these Mary-Jane’s. They are both smart and quirky. The deep red is almost black and it’s a beautiful tone. They finish of both dresses perfectly as they have that school girl look with a little bit more. I saw these in the Oxford St Store and they are just as alluring up close as they are in digital image, if not more so.

£62.00 from Topshop. Item code: 32K35COXB

“Why are you dressed like that?” 

Sorry for the low quality image but it capture the point. This is me channelling Wednesday Addams with a playful edge. Take note of the smart cuff. Attention to detail is everything as essentially this look is quite simple and the key to not looking this your in a Halloween costume. Look closer at the cuff’s they are almost like a collar. The simple cut of the dress with the collar and cuff details makes this dress almost seem like a uniform. These black and white Creeper are a favourite of mine and finishes of this look in a way that is both smart and slightly Gothic. After all I am a “not so secret” Goth.

“Why are you like somebodies died?” – Capturing Wednesday Addams.

LFW: Mary Katrantzou and Topshop Unique S/S 13

I am sitting at home in a frilly grey polo shirt and some cotton pyjama trousers, barefoot, this is hardly Front Row Fashion but here I am at my desk sipping on my milk and munching on some cookies while waiting for the Mary Katrantzou S/S 13 to start. Its Ten minutes late (although I’m sure it was longer). Fashionable late apparently. But still here I am front row yet still in the comfort of my own home. The anticipation is exciting. I have my note pad and pen at the ready. I can see that people are milling about everywhere still as if unaware that the show is going to start any moment now, although that can’t be true, I think its just a case of poor time management.

As I wait for the show to start I read the side bar which gives me more information on the designer as if she needed an introduction. This is after all the designer who brought us her lamp shade dresses with lavish digital prints inspired by ceramics. “The former Architecture student is a pioneer” apparently that bewitches us into falling in love with her collections. Whether she has managed to cast her spell over you or not, you have certainly heard her name but is she a one trick pony?  Well I feel that despite the answer to this question being yes/no its an unfair question. Part of her charm and allure are her prints, its her trademark, her trick you may say. Her surface prints are astounding which is why I was surprise to read she was a former architecture student as there aren’t many architectural element to her designs but what is minimal in silhouette is made up for in print. And her Spring/Summer 2013 collection did not disappoint, my first thoughts was Stamp’s and my last thought was money. Did she get her inspiration from paper which holds value? It appears so. This collection even reminded me of my stamp collection I have somewhere, probably covered in dust. I’ll have to dig it out for you.

Here are some of my snapshots from the show:

I loved both the dresses influenced by stamps equally to the dresses influenced by money and all through it is possible to identify these as dresses by the same designer I struggle to see them as dresses in the same collection. The Stamp dresses (as I’ll refer to them) were fresh, young and vibrant. In fact the casting of Cara Delevingne was perfect as her image reflects the vibe of these dresses and isn’t to much of a personality that the model becomes more important than the dress. And the money dresses (as I’ll refer to these by) were glitzy, glamorous with maturity. I can just imagine Amber Heard wearing one of these dresses, as like her these dresses ooze sex appeal. In fact money oozes sex appeal, you can’t tell me that the playboy bunny like Hugh Hefner for his looks. These dresses reflect what money is literally.

This was not the only show I was able to attend visually. I also viewed the Topshop Unique S/S 13 and this show also gave you the chance to “go” back stage before the show. I watched one models hair being attended to by five hair stylists and three hair dryers at one point. The make up appeared to have been done with L’oreal (hence there logo’s on the wall). They kept things natural but still outlined the eye with dark brown/black Kohl which gave a grungy feel and was a fresh step away from liquid eye-liner which gives a hard feel. Brown eye shadow was also used. The hair looked like the hair girls wear for real on an everyday basis; not over worked, a little messy and long.

As I wait for the show to start I see a couple cosy up next to what appears to be Olivia Palermo. And is that possible Elle Fanning? No it can’t be, but the likeness is uncanny. I spy before the show someone beginning with the letter D and someone with the letter G*. And you two people people third from the back, seriously, I know hats are fashionable but inside when people behind you want to see too.

Here are my snapshots from the show:

If I was to describe the Topshop girl for S/S 13 I would say she was a minimalistic 90’s lady who loves her sparkles and her sheers. There was an air of the understated about the collection. She is a girl who has became a woman but still keeps things fresh.

I enjoyed both shows and it has to be said that I am looking forward to Louise Grey tomorrow.

* I think its Daisy Lowe and Georgia May Jagger, who do you think it is?

LFW: Mary Katrantzou and Topshop Unique S/S 13

Back to University Edit.

 

The time is coming to start thinking about the start of term again. And along with the work load and exam stress, you may not have to much time to worry over what to wear. So I put together this edit of fashion buys. I recommend two pairs of shoes both hard wearing and flat. I have chosen a smart Dr Marten Boot and heavy Mary Janes. Handbags are no place for books and Journals so get your self a two shoulder backpack (your shoulders will Thank you). Dresses will save time and worry in the morning and are almost an outfit in one. And a loose knit jumper thrown over the top will do nicely until its time to get your Winter coat. Last but not least a watch will go along way to ensure you are on time to lectures.

Dr Martens Bentley Boots – £155

Cream lace trim socks – £3.50

Fan effect Tights by Pretty Polly – £10.00

Thick Vertical Stripe Tights – £8.50

Cats eye Sunglasses – £16

Amish Pini Dress by Boutique (light grey) –£80

Kaboodle (Red) Heavey Mary Janes Shoes –£62 Also Available in White

Ying Yang Necklace – £12

Casio Gold face Watch – £40

Herschel Sydney Backpack – £50

Accordian Cami Dress – £120 from All Saints

Black Blocked Slip dress – £55

Studded Stretch Belt (Over black dress) –£15.99 Also in White and Black

Cure Jumper (Loose Knit) – £95

Back to University Edit.

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 Topshop.com

2) MOTO Acid Denim cycling shorts £7 from Topshop.com

3) Sporty mixed Top £17 from Warehouse.co.uk

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

5) FANTASIA Sequin Flower Sandals £25 from Topshop.com

6) Heavy Zip Detail Jacket £70 from Warehouse.co.uk

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