Featured: UncommonGoods

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Such a delight, the Dipped lace heart necklace and earrings

Before I say anything I will let you take a moment to enjoy the above image, bloggers delight in an concoction of macaroons and jewellery (jewelry since we are international here at FPOW). If that alone isn’t enough to get you click over to Uncommon Goods then let me tell you more. Before I go on and on and on about their stunning and unquie product range I’ll tell you a little about the company itself. Their mission is to bring us beautiful things, in a beautiful way. They pride themselves on working hard to achieve sustainability, in fact each month staff from all areas of the company get together to talk about how they become even more environmentally friendly. They look after their staff well and require that all their products have been produced in ways that do not cause harm to people nor animals alike – love them a tiny bit already don’tcha.
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The stunning personalised love Birch cuff bracelet Shop Here

Let have a look at some of their gorgeous product then, they actually sell a wide range of jewellery and home-wear but it was the jewellery as always which caught my eye. The Birch cuff evokes the timeless romantic tradition of carving your sweethearts name into a tree (without the actual act of vandalism). You can have the cuff personalised with initials of your choice.

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If you fancy something more quirky the A Penny for your Thoughts and Anatomical Heart necklaces which you can  Shop Here are beautiful in their detail and sentiment. Who wouldn’t adore a lucky penny they can rub whenever they needed. If you’re not the hearts and flowers kinda girl then the anatomical heart carries all the meaning but in an edgier design.

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Finally you will need somewhere to store all your jewels! I fell hook line and sinker for this storage bottle, I’ve never seen anything like it. Not only is it super stylish but its going to take up a lot less space on your dressing table than a traditional jewellery box.

That’s it I will let you go off and discover Uncommon Goods for yourself, they ship internationally too. I for one am glad I discovered them conveniently just before my birthday! Enjoy

 

Little Lemon Necklace – Azendi Jewellery

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If you follow my Instagram (@SuperElevated) you might have noticed I have been wearing this gorgeous little lemon necklace which was kindly sent to me for review by Azendi Jewellery. – Because when life gives you lemons, you can make a G&T! It looks perfect alone or stacked up with other thin chains, here are some close ups so you can really see all the tiny details. You can check out the┬áGold Vermeil Lemon pendant┬áonline as which is from the Forbidden Fruits collection. The collection also features cherry’s, strawberries and apples – the apples are very Snow White if you ask me!

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┬áAzendi have some stunning pieces and really creative collections. My other personal favourites are the ‘Swallows and Amazons’ and the ‘Shakespere’ collections. Each piece is crafted to the highest standard from quality materials with stunning attention to detail. The rose gold locket pictured below from the Shakespere collection reads ‘If music be the food of love, play on’┬áwhich is from comedy the Twelfth Night – I adore this one and it was a hard choice between this and the lemon I eventually chose.┬áIn the end I went with the lemon as it just makes me smile and reminds me that there isn’t anything a good G&T can’t fix.

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If you aren’t familiar with Azendi do take a look, I am really happy to be able to recommend them and check my Instagram and Twitter to see how I styled up the necklace!

Tom Binns Crush

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┬áI’ve had a real crush on Tom Binns jewellery for so long but I can never quite manage to save up for something so here is a post dedicated to stunning necklaces (all images and necklaces from Avenue 32)! Binns combines classic, elegant traditional jewellery such as diamanties and pearls but adds a characteristically modern edge. From neon paint splatters to safety pins, delicate to bold, this is jewellery made to stand out! Binns can list countless celebrities as fans, even Princess Diana. Yet it was creating jewellery shaped like rubber penis’ for Vivienne Westwood and Malcom McLaren’s 1983 Punkature collection that gave him a jolt into fame. Since then he has honed a signature style, I think opulence is indeed the best word to use. That said these aren’t just pieces for the red carpet. Stunning with ball gowns of course, but the perfect thing to dress up any outfit from jeans and a tee to pretty summer dresses. Well a girl can dream.

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Lucy Locket: The Jewellery People Review

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‘Lucy Locket lost her pocket

Kitty Fisher found it;

Not a penny was there in it,

Only ribbon round it’

I’ve always been totally enchanted by lockets, how they can conceal tiny secrets. I have a fondness for charms too, how they can tinkle with the shake of a wrist. The origins of the locket have now been lost but they have been popular all over the work, especially in England during the Victorian era. Is there anything more lovely than being able to keep a loved one so close to your heart be it a photo or lock of hair. So when The Jewellery People asked if I would like to review something I couldn’t resist choosing a locket. They have a wonder collection of sterling silver jewellery including some beautiful lockts from traditional, ornate styles to simple modern minimal ones. I was drawn in by this smooth oval style locket and a long 30″ snake chain. All I can say is that I was delighted with the locket when it arrived, the chain was so glimmery and the locket perfect for running your thumb over as I like to do. I can’t resist playing with my jewellery and wanted the locket to hang low, almost waist length so I could tuck it in my blouse or have it loose. The quality of the presentation box was lovely too, so I am more than happy to recommned. With Christmas coming up I have my eye on some gorgeous gifts for friends and family.

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Had to include this beauful Lucy Locket illustration, reminds me of Kensington Palace.

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LFW SS14 Micro Trend: 90’s Jewellery Earcuffs & Chokers

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Chokers and earcuffs on the street and runway at Kilian Kerner

With the upsurge of the 90’s Grunge trend it was a no-brainer that other trends of the decade would crop up. Having spend my teenage years stuck wearing Doc Martins and oversized plaid it wasn’t a trend I welcomed. However I seem to have found myself revisiting days of yore, albeit in a more modern way. Earcuffs back in the day were little silver rings, this season they are huge ear covering things, bejewelled and in your face. Chokers are back too, anyone else religiously wear a black velvet ribbon like TV character Blossom? For 2013 leather is the choker of choice with metal facets.

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My own 90’s jewellery foray, earcuffs and rings from Topshop, choker from Charie may, ear & bow hairband Mich Dulce, mohair jumper TK Maxx, Nail varnish Chanel Blue Boy

What do you think about these trends?

Fashion Pearls of Wisdom + TK Maxx for LFW

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Spring Trends from John Greed Jewellery

Spring is now officially upon us and even though the temperatures aren’t quite up to scratch yet, it’s time to start decking out your spring/summer wardrobe and jewellery collections to match.
The days are getting longer and lighter, so it’s a great idea to reflect this in your style and bring a bit of a spring into your outfits. Take the opportunity to introduce brighter colours and statement jewellery pieces to really make your outfits shine. There is a range of gorgeous colours and styles to enhance your spring wardrobe from John Greed, aimed at giving you a fresh, updated look. Let’s take a look at the hottest trends for spring 2013

Oriental

The sumptuous and beautifully crafted oriental trend was a massive hit on the catwalk from designers Emilio Pucci, Etro and Prada. Elegant Japanese kimono silhouettes and delicate oriental blossoms were seen gracing the runway. The Pandora Spring Summer range follows this catwalk trend closely, focusing on the delicate and pretty cherry blossom flower. This flowering tree is famous for its stunning foliage which captures the very essence of springtime. Adding Pandora’s new range to your spring wardrobe is the perfect way to channel this trend with an extra bit of sparkle.

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Pandora Pink Cherry Blossom Flower Stud Earrings – 35.00
Pandora Pink Cherry Blossom Murano Charm – 30.00
Pandora Pink Cherry Blossom Multiple Flower Ring – 65.00

Floral

One trend that really epitomises spring is the timeless floral. These were rife on the catwalks this year, with prints and 3D flowers adoring the garments from Vivienne Westwood and Chloe. There are some stunning pieces of jewellery that will help compliment this trend, dainty floral jewels in soft colours are perfect and will accentuate this feminine look.

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Trollbeads Silver and Gold Daisy Bead – 252.00
Pilgrim Silver and Crystal Desert Flower Ring – 29.99
Pilgrim Marguerite Gold Plated White Leather Wrap Bracelet – 29.99

Sixties

The swinging sixties are coming back to the high street for Spring Summer 13! This means pops of colour and kooky motifs, mixed in with monochromes are going to be all the rage. The catwalks of Moschino and Michael Kors were full of mini-skirts, A-lines in vibrant patterns. Channelling this look is a sure way to bring some spring into your wardrobe; picking the right bits of jewellery will make sure your outfit is complete. Wearing eccentric pieces such as the Soda Pop button bracelet will ensure your outfit embodies the cultural sixties.

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Soda Pop Button-Up Bracelet – 6.95
Thomas Sabo Silver and Red Enamel Cherry Pendant – 134
Soda Pop Red Dickie Bow Necklace – 8.05

Monochrome

You can’t go wrong if you’re sporting black and white this season, as monochrome was dominant in almost every designer’s show. Making a statement with jumbo stripes is sure to turn people’s heads, this is a trend that is timeless and arrives almost every other season. Wearing monochrome is perfect for everyone; there are stripes, geometry, checks and zigzags; each pattern and shape of garment will flatter different body shapes. Jewellery for this trend can be black or white, or you could mix things up further by adding splashes of colour like Paul Smith.

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Pandora Dark Romance Charm Set – 125.00
Pilgrim Philosophy Hematite Plated Triangle Statement Collar Crystal Necklace – 39.99
Pilgrim White Leather Strap Watch – 69.99

Which is your favourite trend for spring? Do you think you will be sporting any of these looks this year?

Spring Wish List

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Spring is in the air, all be it amongst the snow, but that doesn’t stop us lusting after warmer climates and lovely new things to wear. I have a stash of bright 80’s vintage dresses which are my summer staples. I can dress them up for work with a blazer or down with a leather jacket but I do like some nice new baubles to make them feel fresh each year. I think my key piece would be a watch, a nice big, statement watch. Definitely influence by Victoria Beckham who always has a beautiful chunky metal strap watch. This Chronograph watch from Swatch caught my eye with it’s lovely brushed gold finish and crystal studded face. It is nice that the fun brand of my youth now offers some seriously grown up stylish pieces. Did you have a Pop-Swatch? For the uninitiated they were a 90’s trend where the watch face popped out so you could swap it with your friends or remove the strap and clip it onto your school jumper, so cool!

I found the watch on the John Lewis website and was surprised at how much they had to offer. I admit it is more of a shop I go to for kitchen utensils but they have some amazing things on offer. Most notably is their vintage jewellery section which draws together collections from Susan Caplan, Eclectica and Alice Joseph to offer designer costume jewellery from the 50s-90s. It isn’t cheap, the stunning Eclectica 80s necklace above is ┬ú395 and the Alice Joseph 90s Valentino earrings ┬ú126.50, however you are guaranteed authenticity and mint condition. I really want to start investing more in my jewellery collection, I self confess a love for cheap tat, so it would be nice to have some classic pieces.

My other key items are heels and a clutch bag, there is nothing easier for me to pull an outfit together. As you know I don’t do flats unless absolutely forced so my summer sandals would be heels too. These Vera Wang ‘Hinda’ tick all the boxes, nice high but manageable heel and whilst a neutral the tan, white and black mix keep it interesting. They would also be just as fabulous with trousers as with dresses, maybe even shorts if we get super lucky with the weather.┬á You can’t beat Lulu Guinness for a quirky bag and this ‘Dial M for Murder’ clutch is perfect for a bit of fun.

Finally no new season look is complete for me without some new make-up. I am still loving Bobbi Brown and picked up lots of tips backstage during London fashion week – more of that to come soon. What did prove popular were the new Long-Wear Cream Shadow Sticks, super easy to use as an eye liner or smudge up for a smokey eye.

What’s on your Spring / Summer wish list?

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Should Engagement Rings be a Fashion Statement?

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As we move into the Spring and Summer months the wedding invites start to appear, perhaps you are even planning your own big day? I usually write something about current trends for wedding guest outfits however this year it is the engagement rings which are in focus. I think we can all say it is thanks to the Royal Wedding which has sparked such media interest in the topic and the hundreds of ‘”Princess” Catherine style’ engagement rings cropping up. There was much speculation as to why Prince William choose to give Catherine Princess Diana’s ring some saying it would be bad luck, William just wanting a lasting symbol of his dear mother. Whatever the reason it has caused a shift in engagement ring trends. For the past couple of decades yellow gold and gemstone rings have taken a back seat whilst white gold and platinum diamond rings have taken center stage. Thanks to the crazy world of Hollywood and WAGs huge, gobstopper rings have been all the rage. Ever on the hunt to out do each other the celebs have also created a trend for colour diamonds, JLO and Mariah Carey opting for baby pink stones whilst Rebecca Romijin and Kelly Clarkson choose yellow diamonds, most famous of all Carrie Bradshaw’s black diamond. More recently there has been a shift back to subtler engagement rings, Scarlet Johansson and Claire Danes both choosing traditional smaller stones with yellow gold bands. Halle Berry broke all the rules and went for a very modern emerald design. The main thing to remember is that this ring will be worn for the rest of your life, so choose one which suits your own style and tastes.

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There are some key facts to help you choose the right┬á ring for you. Samara James, a diamond engagement rings specialist lists the four C’s rule – cut, clarity, colour and carat. The first part of the diamond grading process is carat – where the stone is cleaned then weighed to calculate the size. Next a gemologist will grade the diamond by colour, this is done by comparison to a master set of diamonds. The highest is grade D which is total clarity and colourless, and the lowest Z. Next is to assess clarity, this is a microscopic assessment of the inclusions within the diamond. The final stage is the cut, where the diamond is scanned by laser and each facet recorded, this gives the idea recommendation for the best way to cut each stone. The cut is very important as a diamond which has better angles and proportions will have noticeably superior amounts of brilliance – the proportion of light reflected, scintillation – how the light reflects to give sparkle, and fire – how the light refracts to create colours within the diamond. Each diamond could be cut to it’s perfect state of beauty however in some cases a large stone would have to be cut down very small which would effect the size of the diamond or yield. Therefore bear in mind the four C’s when choosing as you may find the more beautiful diamond is smaller or may choose to have a larger stone with less facets – it really is personal choice. When choosing your ring Samara James recommends:

“We would always recommend choosing the best proportioned diamond possible, even it means reducing the colour and the clarity of the diamond to keep within budget. This is because the perfectly cut diamond will have visibly more brilliance, fire and scintillation than a less well cut diamond.” If you haven’t seen Samara James, they have a wonderful range of diamond rings, with some very unusual and also classic designs.

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Tiaras – Not Just for Princesses?

I always figured the best part about being a royal, or about getting married for us mere mortals, would be the chance to wear a tiara. They are perhaps the one remaining thing which remain traditional and have never quite entered mainstream fashion. The Queen’s tiara collection has a fascinating history as well as be strikingly beautiful. The Burmese Ruby Tiara has “96 rubies set into the tiara were a present from the Burmese people. The number of stones represent the number of diseases that the Burmese people believe can afflict the human body. They credit the ruby with prophylactic properties guarding the wearer not only against illness, but also against evil”. Whilst speculation was rife for week regarding which bridal tiara Kate Middleton would wear to wed Prince William. The tiara she did wear was the Cartier Halo Tiara, lent to her by the Queen, herself inheriting it from her mother on her 18th birthday. Today’s bride might not have a valuable heirloom to call on, but a stunning array of handmade and vintage tiaras can be found. Bejeweled hairbands, hair combs and facinators are also an option for something a little more subtle.

What started me off on this topic was seeing Vivienne Westwood in a tiara from her new Gainsborough Palladium collection using the precious metal. Yes Dame Viv can get away with wearing anything she pleases. In fact she is often seen wearing her little horn tiara. But I find myself wondering if it really is time for the tiara to make it’s way into more informal dress? Georgia May Jagger fronts the Palladium jewellery campaign, donning tiara, chandelier earrings and a slouch t-shirt, she looks cool and nonchalant.

Dame Viv wearing a horn tiara to collect her OBE at Buckingham Palace

Since our Viv’s Palladium tiara probably retails out of my price range – it available by special order, I can’t say I see myself wearing one down to the supermarket any time soon. I have pondered a pair of the horns a few times however so you might see me in a pair of those soon. I do seem to take any available opportunity to wear a tiara, I had a flashing tiara on my desk whilst I was doing my PhD which I would sit and wear around the office on a Friday – eccentric maybe. I also seem to go for the Halloween outfits which involve a bit of tiara action, hence fairy coming out a few times. Well who could resist a pink fluffy tiara and matching wings?

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(Image credits: all Vivienne Westwood courtesy of Vivienne Westwood Ltd, models wearing tiaras all Rosie Willett designs, Royals via Hello Magazine)

Exclamation!

Wearing: Wendy Brandes ‘Exclamation’ ring, Gembid topaz ring, Chanel ‘Holiday’ nail polish

When Topshop decided to rip-off Wendy B’s swear rings I was so mad. What I really wanted to do was stomp around Topshop wearing my Exclamation Mark ring on my extended middle finger, however Topshop caved in and removed the rings from sale, yay! So instead I will just sit here and show you my ring in a more elegant manner.

Since I have the annoying habit of adding a million exclamations after every sentence – I blame social media, it is the perfect ring for me. One other really cool aspect is the fact the ring size is adjustable, this means I can alter it depending on how bad the inflammatory arthritis is in my fingers. I can’t wear most of my rings now, even days when my hands seem ok in the morning sometimes they swell in the afternoon so I can’t get the damn things off again. Wendy does quite a few adjustable rings in her ‘Wendy B’ range, which is more affordable than her main line.

There are so many gorgeous pieces Wendy has created, I’m currently lusting after the Emoticon Heart ring set and the Clemence ring. Best get saving!