Category Archive: Jewellery

Jul 22 2014

Introducing: Shore Projects Watches

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I am fast becoming a little bit of a watch hoarder, collector, wearer **delete as appropriate**, I blame my fiancé, watches really are his thing. My obsession started as a way to frame my bracelet stacks, to add a splash of colour to an outfit, or a touch of bling. Basically I couldn’t find one watch to do the job, which apparently is weird, well according to one of my friends who insists that you only need one watch, as it just tells the time!!! Which got me thinking is there really one watch out there that could work for any occasion, any look, any mood?

Well strangely I think I might have actually found a watch to coordinate with nearly any outfit, excluding a black-tie ball of course, a cool new British watch brand, Shore Projects, which has created a gorgeous and fun collection of timepieces inspired by the seaside.

What is so great about this brand, other than the fact they are British, is that they have created four classic watch faces, all named after seaside resorts, which can easily be transformed with a quick swap of the watch strap. So one day you could wear vibrant yellow, the next girlie pink, then the fun and flirty mint green and then another day could be the gorgeous blue pastel hue. You will never get bored of this brand.

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I think the reason this brand works is the classic design of the watch face, I do love large round faces, especially in brushed silver, it really is timeless. My favourite, seen above, is Poole, brushed silver with a white face, Whitstable is the same silver finish but with a black face, and then there are two brushed gold options, Portland with the white and St Ives with the charcoal face.

It is the quick and easy strap mechanism, trust me it takes seconds to change, which makes it easy to do a daily swap on the straps that makes this a brand to watch. I have always loved an element of customisation to my look without actually doing much in the way of DIY and Shore Projects gets that with the eight classic colours to choose from, and then the added bonus of regular additions, I am loving the summer polka dot collection, and I am hoping for some metallic hues for day-to-night vibes in future collections.

Shore Projects watches, which come with one strap cost £85 each, additional straps cost £15 each from the classic collection, and £20 for the polka dot line. I already have my eye on adding the Ocean Blue Polka Dot and the classic Orange straps, I will soon have one for every day of the week!!!

Have you discovered Shore Projects watches? What do you think of changing your watch straps every day?

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**Shore Projects gifted me the watch and straps, but I chose the colours, and as always I wouldn’t rave about something I didn’t like**

 

Jul 10 2014

Introducing: Cred Jewellery

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I have a lot of jewellery that has been gifted to me, from my fiancé, my mum and even my best friends, but l have to be honest the magpie in me is always looking for new, quirky pieces, interesting brands, and something that will add that something special to my ever-growing stackable jewellery box.

One new brand on my radar, isn’t just pretty but also ethical and Fairtrade, Cred Jewellery. I first discovered this British brand at a press day a few months ago, I fell in love with its collaboration with the amazing Daisy Knight. I basically want it all from the Love Stamp charm bracelet to the Feather Tie bracelet, which is just screaming to be worn at a festival.

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Bracelets is what I always check out first with a new jewellery brand, I do love my arm candy, but what surprised me the most about Cred Jewellery is how much it offers from delicate friendship bands to quirky rings, adorable necklaces, and an extensive bridal collection that includes engagement rings, wedding bands and gorgeous pieces for the big day. I am in love with the Aphrodite Collection, I do love the classic nature of  pearls on a bride, and I love that the prices start from £39, making this an ethical and affordable line of jewellery. How cute is that ring.

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For more gorgeous jewellery head on over to Cred Jewellery – I promise you will fall in love with this responsible jewellery brand.

Have you discovered any amazing jewellery brands? Leave me a comment below so I can check them out. 

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Feb 25 2014

Arm Candy: Susie Wolff Wings for Life Bracelet

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Yesterday I shared my new bracelet, the ‘Wings for Life’ friendship bracelet designed by F1 test driver Susie Wolff with Rox Jewellery on Instagram and I got such a great response that I thought I would share it on here.

Last week my fiancé went to the annual Wings for Life fundraising gala, he does every year with work and last year he treated himself to a fancy watch signed by David Coulthard, and this year he thought of me and bought me one of the ‘Rox in a Box’, which raised more than £10,000 for the charity. I could of either won the only pair of diamond earrings or this fabulous sparkly limited bracelet – even though the earrings were worth more I think I won with this beauty.

As regular readers will know I do love a spot of arm candy, I never leave the house with out a handful of bracelets on my arm, and this grey rope toggle bracelet adorned with crystal set wings to represent the charity is the perfect addition to my expanding collection of jewels.

As well as being pretty, designed by a woman F1 driver, this bracelet is only £40 and 100% of all profits will be donated to the Wings for Life charity, which is an excellent organisation that does critical spinal cord research.

Come on what are you waiting for – do something for charity and get a great bracelet. Be warned these beauties are limited edition so snap yours up quick!!!!

Buy yours here for £40.

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Nov 21 2013

Jewellery Loving: Atelier Swarovski Christopher Kane SS14

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If there is one thing I love more than anything else, well except my boyfriend, family, friends and Barbie of course, has to be sparkles. There is something about a gorgeous piece of jewellery, whether it is a stunning pair of earrings, an arm stacked high with bracelets, or a statement necklace, jewellery can totally change-up any look as well as your mood.

I recently checked out the Atelier Swarovski spring/summer 2014 collection, which each season ties up with a number of designers, including Christopher Kane and Maison Martin Margiela **more to come on their amazing designs**, and I just had to share Kane’s updated iconic crystal mesh ‘Bolster’ collection, which has been reworked in new seasonal colour ways.

Not only is the design simple but I love how timeless the pieces are and no matter what colour each sparkles so beautifully. My favourite piece has to be the twist bolster necklace, where hundreds of individually set crystals have been combined and entwined to create a striking necklace, and finished off with a chunky clasp.

Starting at £210 for a Bolster bracelet to £700 for the Twist Bolster necklace, this collection isn’t cheap – but just think how chic the pieces would look on. I have to be honest I hope Santa is reading this as it would be amazing to unwrap a piece on Christmas morning!!!

Are you a fan of Christopher Kane’s jewellery collaboration with Swarovski?

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Aug 15 2013

Jewellery Loving: Lucy Folk’s Quirky Arm Candy

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I love layering on bracelets to create the perfect arm party, whether it’s stacks of bangles, delicate Astley Clarke bracelets, or colourful friendship bracelets that remind me of the days I spent hours making them with my friends when I was younger.

I was recently introduced to the quirky designs of Australian jewellery designer Lucy Folk, who is known for her fun, culinary-influenced themed pieces that have caught the attention of a number of stylish fashion editors and celebrities.

Since launching her label in 2007, the Melbourne-based designer has created collections inspired by pizza, pasta, spices, and tropical fruit – it seems that all the best meals are worthy of wearing around the neck or wrist.

Her designs have included mushroom earrings, dough rings, an incredible pizza collar, metallic crocheted pineapples, watermelon bracelets complete with pips, and lime sliced cocktail necklaces – all of them look good enough to eat and just checking them out her website made me hungry!

While at a lunch recently at Rainbowwave’s showroom, I checked out her latest collection and fell in love with her unusual and colourful ‘wearable food’ designs, especially the gorgeous taco-adorned friendship bracelets and the stackable multicoloured crochet bracelets.

Seriously what’s not to love – combining fashion with food – that’s like two of my favourite things!!!

Would you wear a taco-adorned friendship bracelet?

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Lucy Folk’s is currently stocked in Harvey Nichols, Matches, and Celestine Eleven in the UK, but you can find her full stock sold through her own website www.lucyfolk.com where there is a set flat rate of $25 AUS for international shipping.

I found a few pieces I loved on Matches website:

Jun 13 2013

Jewellery Loving: Astley Clarke More Than Just Bracelets

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Jewellery, like handbags is my go-to luxury, I love buying new pieces, wearing hand-me-downs, finding a vintage gem as well as making my own, but most of all I love that each piece holds special memories, so much more than a piece of clothing.

I also love discovering fab brands to obsess over, make wish-lists about and generally plot my next purchase. My latest obsession has to be London-based jeweller Astley Clarke, founded by Bec Astley Clarke in 2006, which has fast become my go-to place to pick up treats for my arm parties, and it seems I am not alone as each time I post on Instagram and Pose everyone seems to love their bracelets.

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A couple of weeks ago I was invited to visit the Astley Clarke showroom in London, located down the prettiest Mew, and was given free rein to check out the gorgeous collections of their famous friendship bracelets, make up my own stackable ring, and gush over their exquisite selection of fine jewellery, which includes gorgeous diamond rings nearly expensive as my new car!!!

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I am also a huge fan of their stackable ranges, including enamel and gemstone stacking rings, which you can have fun with on their website putting together your favourite rings with their Ring Stacker app, and I think I want every single one of the enamel bangles. What I love about Astley Clarke are the options, buy one, buy three, they work on their own and stacked, plus I love finding things to collection.

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What I didn’t realise was that Astley Clarke has an amazing collection of charms, I already have Thomas Sabo, Pandora, and Chamilia, and that I am currently lusting over Dodo, but Astley Clarke delightful collection pays homage to its British heritage, its love of colourful gemstones and charms for good fortune. As with the rings, there is an Charm Building app, which you can totally lose a few hours playing around with the options. I really did fall in love with the animal charms – especially this squirrel – so adorable.

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But as the title states, Astley Clarke is so much more than just bracelets, the jeweller also has a great choice of delicate necklaces, exquisite diamond rings, and a wonderful curated selection of guest designers including Australian brand Stenmark designed by Susie Stenmark, I am in love with her Tanzanite Colourburst Pendant, but at £2,500 it is slightly out of my price range!!!

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I also discovered and fell in love with the gorgeous Solange Azagury-Partridge collection, from the Love ring to the colourful Hotlips rings that have a touch of Lulu Guinness about them, and the adorable 18 carat enamel bee ring, if only I had £1,200 that beauty would be mine in a heartbeat.

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If you aren’t familiar with the brand, do check out its website, get creative with its apps, or why not visit their London boutique at 6 Junction Mews, or check out their collections in Harrods, Selfridges and Liberty London – trust me you will become as obsesses as me.

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Shop some of my favourite Astley Clarke pieces:

Jun 04 2013

Jewellery: Dodo’s City Charm Bracelets

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I make no secret of being a lover of charms, whether it is Thomas Sabo, Astley Clarke, Tiffany’s, or Pandora, I love that they can personalise a look, show off your personality and are perfect to capture a happy memory.

One jewellery charm brand I have had my eye on for a while has to be Italian brand, Dodo, as I love that each charm has a different meaning. For instance did you know their Penguin charm means ‘crazy in love’, that the Butterfly represents ‘I love my freedom’ and the Camel is ‘I’d walk across burning sand for you’, I also love that the D charm is ‘Dear D. You are a Devil, yet Delightful’!!!

As well as animals and letters, Dodo have also put together a series of ‘Souvenir’ charm bracelets for some of my favourite cities – London, Paris and New York, as well as Milan and Roma that are just gorgeous and I want them all!!!

Each of the Dodo loves charm bracelets costs £280, a little pricey, but I love that you get a Dodo bird charm, a love heart and the letters to spell out the city. I think it is hard to choose between London, Paris and New York.

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