Going for Gold

When it comes to a little bit of bling I’m top to toe (or ear to ankle) in silver, but there is something about sun kissed skin that just cries out for a drenching in gold.

People tend to sit in one camp or the other when it comes to a favourite metallic hue, that might be because of the watch you wear or the colour of your wedding rings, but it’s always good to switch things up a little, hell even mixing our metals.

Here’s some gold star worthy street styling, courtesy of the style set.

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The choice is yours, multi layered, big and bold or simple and sleek there are lots of ways to go for gold this summer, so will you be budgeting for a big money splurge or a wallet friendly injection of fast fashion?  Whatever your selection here are a few of my favs to bag you gold medal status in the style stakes.

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Loopy for Hoops

I’m a little partial to a piercing, with more than my fair share in both ears and all in different places. But despite the number of silver studs my cartilage is home to, my all time favourite style of earring, since the day my Dad gave me the relectant go ahead to have holes in my ears, is the hoop.

I sometimes think the hoop gets a bad rep.  I recently watched an episode of KUWTK (Keeping Up With The Kardashians – sorry guilty pleasure), when Khloe was talking to Kris about the sizes of the hoops they we’re both wearing, commenting ‘The bigger the hoop the bigger the hoe’!  Charming I’m sure, but choose wisely and they are a great addition to your jewellery box.

Have a look at how the celebs and fashionistas are loopy for hoops.

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I personally always go for a BIG silver hoop, but we’re off to a wedding this weekend and I’m pushing my jewellery boundary’s, splashing out on a pair of pompom hoops!  They’re not the real Pomme Pomme London  hoops, I was worried they might be a little expensive if I’m not massively keen, so I tracked down some great ‘versions of’ on Etsy  and now I’m eagerly anticipating their arrival.  Of course I’ll post pics on Instagram once I get my grubby little paws on them….eeek!

So, if you’re looking for a piece of jewellery that will take you from beach holiday to Christmas party and every other day of the year, you’d be hard pressed to find anything better than the humble hoop.

Pilgrim Jewellery

I’m a bit of a jewellery nut, which I think is putting it nicely and I’m OK with. My husband thinks I’m a kleptomaniac or magpie, attracted to anything shiny which is also fair, but to me it’s incredible what  good jewellery can do for your outfit and the confidence it gives in feeling like your outfit is complete.

Some of you might know I’m a guest presenter at QVC and I get to meet some wonderful people from some fantastic brands.  The other week I met Helen from Pilgrim Jewellery – she is awesome!  You know when you meet someone and feel like you already know them, that’s how I felt with Helen.  I’d heard of Pilgrim, you can find their jewellery in big high street department stores like Debenhams and House of Fraser to name two, at online shopping giant ASOS and at a whole host of cool independents, but I didn’t realise that the brands roots were of the supercool scandi kind.

Helen talked me through a bit more about the brand and when she showed me the pieces, and encouraged me to wear something for the QVC show we were on together, I was hooked!

Set up 30 years ago Pilgrim is still a family run business with a conscience and heart. They provide funds to various charities, projects and trusts where possible and all their jewellery is hand-made, which means you’re getting authentic, true pieces that hold on to the designers original influences and in doing so, create beautiful jewellery.  I also think the prices are spot on and easy on the bank balance, especially bearing in mind you’re getting something handmade.  What more could you ask for?

 

 

Scandi style is most definitely at the forefront of fashion.  Stockholm Fashion Week is hotly attended by fashion elite from all over the world who want to catch a glimpse of the up and coming brands, well known big hitters and of course the elite street stylers, bloggers and Insta fashionistas.

Pilgrim manages to mix this Scandi cool, minimalist style with a free-spirited, boho edge, for me the mix couldn’t be more perfect. This means you have items of jewellery that will compliment your everyday jeans and tee combo, to festival and holiday essentials that’ll look great worn on the beach or adorning your wrists as your through your arms up to the beat at the main stage.

I bagged myself this coin detail bracelet and it won’t leave my arm whilst I’m in Ibiza, it’ll come from beach to bar and probably bed it’s that comfortable to wear, but there is much more to the collection including eye catching rings, crystal pendents, quirky earrings and the watches, these are so on trend right now.  Big, oversized, minimal faces teamed with a sleek strap make these the perfect accompaniment for layers and layers of bracelets this summer, or keep it pure and clean and let the watch speak for itself.

 

Here are my favourites from the Summer collection, I’ve had a peak at the AW16 collection too and though I’m not wishing the summer away we’re in for a serious treat.

Want to see more check out http://www.pilgrim.dk/   and let me know what you think.

 

Bold Statements or Delicate Details

Morning! Sorry for my silence this week, the Bank Holiday Monday threw me then we’ve had sickness and Birthdays galore! I’m currently putting the last of my organisational skills into my son’s 3rd Birthday party this Sunday, we have 30 kids coming – just don’t!

Anyway, I couldn’t leave you lonely all week, plus I’ve had a couple of requests and of course want to give you topics you want to read about, so keep them coming.  And with that in mind today’s post is about statement necklaces and the variations they come in.

I guarantee that when you hear statement necklace you think big, bold, over-sized and eye-catching, and you wouldn’t be wrong. If you’re looking for a quick, easy and often a cost effective way to elevate your outfit, a big chunky statement necklace is without a doubt your go-to accessory. There are also countless trends that can be easily channeled just by adding this one statement piece. Depending on the season or just your mood, you can do deco, minimal, tribal, boho, Victoriana – the list is endless.  Just take a look below at some catwalk and street style inspo.

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Now, if chunky jewellery isn’t your thing, the very modern and oh so trendy way to do a’statement necklace’ is actually by layering up lots of dainty chains and charms.  I personally love this look and it’s something I wear a lot of, in fact I sleep in my chains and deal with the knotted consequences every morning!  It’s also a really nice way to inject some individuality into your outfit, you can pick charms that have a meaning or reference to you – star signs, engraved discs, nicknames, children’s initials. And if you don’t have the time or it’s just too much effort you can now buy your multi chains already attached, meaning it couldn’t be easy to achieve this layered look.  Be inspired by the below.

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Decisions, Decision hey? Well don’t despair here’s a selection of my high street favs, from big bold statement neck wear to the delightful dainty details.

Jewellery with a Personal Touch

It’s almost the weekend, that’s right peps we’ve made it through another crazy week.  It passed in a bit of  blur for me, although I do remember the sunshine at some point, shame it never lasts!

One part of my week that sticks clearly in my mind was speaking to an incredible Mum who juggles bringing up a brood of three, aged 1, 11 and 12, along with designing and making some beautiful bespoke bracelets…Phew!

Now I’m a self-confessed magpie and I’m drawn to anything that is big, bold and shiny, but for me jewellery also has to be personal.  It might tell a story about you or mark a special occasion, and not only is it there to compliment your outfit but it can quite often become a conversational piece.

Jess from Aceci Bracelets is someone you just take a liking to instantly, she has that aurora thing going on and you can’t help but be drawn into her.  For me this is what makes the bracelets she produces so wonderful.  She’s creative in her own right an on hand throughout her bracelet design process to give input, but is all ears when it comes to her customers and customising their precious new purchase.  Jess seems to really get a sense for the people she is designing for, and speaking from my own experience, added another level to my bracelet to help mark my special milestones (see below).

I’ve know Jess for many years, but it was only recently that I learnt about her business which she started after going on maternity following the birth of her son, Cesar. I’m so impressed with her drive and enthusiasm for the business, alongside the way she balances this with being a mum and the fact that her jewellery is just gorgeous!

Want to know more, here’s a Q&A with the busy lady herself:

What inspired you to start Aceci Bracelets?
Since a child I loved being creative and making pretty things. I invested a lot of time sewing tiny beads onto fabric to make beautiful patterns, making wedding bouquets out of amazing vintage brooches, anything that create something beautiful to look at but never had the confidence to put it out there.
My bracelets began last year when i saw a model with an armful of silver bracelets and thought “I could make that”.  With encouragement from my Husband I shared it on my Facebook page, and I have been making them ever since.   I’m completely humbled by the response and shear number of orders that I have had.

How did you come up with the beautiful Aceci name?
As my bracelet orders kept coming I realised they needed a name. I found this hard but looked around for some inspiration, infront of me were my 3 lovely children, Ava, Cesar & Marci.
The name Aceci was born, a perfect merge of my children’s names.

How do you and your customers collaborate to create a bracelet?
I can honestly say that I have loved making every single one of my customers bracelets. People have been sold by the idea of each one being unique and the fact they have sentiment. Usually charms are chosen that represent a lost loved one, children’s initials and things that really reflect their personality. If I don’t already have the charms then I will do my very best to source them. Obviously they follow the same pattern but I will never repeat a design. The different beads and charms mean each one is bespoke and a one-off.

Tell us a little more about you.
I finally married my partner of 9 years 4 years ago, we have three beautiful children. Two girls 11 & 12 and a little boy who is just about to turn 1!  Before maternity leave I worked as Sales Manager at a bridal boutique and loved it.  I enjoy working hard but always wanted to work for myself and still enjoy being a mum.  Aceci has given me the opportunity to bring up my son at home, without having to put him in nursery and most importantly I have found a job that I love. Every bracelet tells a story about the wearer.  To be able to make that and bring people joy is an honour.  I am proud of what I have achieved so far and this is only the beginning.

Where can we find you?Up till now all of my orders have been through my Facebook page or recommendations, so I have now set up a website and recently opened an Etsy shop.   I can be contacted through any of these means and start discussing design requirements.  I can post worldwide and have just completed my first international order to Australia!

What you like doing when not working?
I like to relax by the sea. I’m not far from the Essex Coast so can be on a beach within 15 minutes!  I fell in love with Italy after honeymooning on the Amalfi Coast.  My husband and I try and go back as often as we can.  I love Italian culture and cuisine so can often be found in the kitchen cooking up a storm.  Otherwise I spend time with friends and family, and still have a huge passion for weddings so I’m currently also studying to be a Wedding Planner.

What’s next for Aceci Bracelets?
I would love to try some bracelets in gold and rose gold – I think they would look stunning.  I’m also working on ideas to add colour by using turquoise stars, brightly coloured beads & pearls in time for the festival season.  I would also love to make them in sterling silver but I think that part of the positive response I’ve had with them is that they are affordable whilst designing a custom made piece of jewellery at a high street price.

Want to know more? Well you can get in touch with Jess in many ways

her website is www.aceci.co.uk,

she is also on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/acecibracelets/?fref=ts 

and lastly on Etsy at https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/AceciBracelets?ref=search_shop_redirect

Have a lovely weekend.