Bracelets are my favourite item of jewellery. They can be exotic, simple or exciting but they always add a bit of extra oomph to an outfit.
Whether you stack them, go for one statement cuff or pick one that's a bit quirky, they give your style personality. Statement cuffs are very trendy right now and enjoying a major moment in Hollywood.
Recently Sienna Miller attended the Vanity Fair Oscars Party and teamed her Alexander McQueen dress with lots of gold wrist and arm jewellery.
And the uber stylish Lupita Nyong'o wore a gorgeous H. Stern cuff to the Red Carpet Fashion Awards.
Get the look. Check out the gorgeous collection of limited edition cuffs exclusive to WildeSister Jewellery.
I just love stylish jewellery and clothes. I have pieces in my wardrobe that I've been wearing for years and still receive compliments when I put them on - to me that's a test of style. Here are few of my favourite style tips which come straight from the lips of style gurus.
"A statement piece of jewelry, like a cocktail ring or great bracelet is something you can wear everyday to add a polished touch." Olivia Palermo
When wearing jewellery in winter - think big and bold: Choose pieces that won't snag or tangle in your knitwear. Wide cuff-bracelets and chunky geometric neck pieces look great with a simple knit, as does an over-sized chain necklace with a blouse. Remember scarves, hats and gloves are accessories too, so If you're wearing a scarf you don't need a necklace and if you're wearing a gorgeous pair of gloves - there's no need to over-style with bracelets.
"Style is a way to say who you are without having to speak." Rachel Zoe
"Don't get caught up in trends. Know what looks good on you, reflects your personality and fits in with the demands of your life. You never want to look like you're wearing an elaborate costume, or stealing someone else's style. Gravitate towards what's right for YOU." Adam Glassman, Oprah's style guru.
"The trick and the mystery of relationships and life in general is to learn to live with the bits you don't like." Helen Mirren
"Black is slimming and appropriate for almost every occasion, but as women get older, our skin tends to become paler and wearing black can create a harsh contrast that emphasizes wrinkles and calls attention to dark shadows under the chin and around the eyes. Add a bright accessory like a scarf or a statement necklace to lessen the washed-out effect." Lauren Rothman, the founder of StyleAuteur.com & author of Style Bible: What to Wear to Work.
On 27th September, I hosted my first coffee morning in aid of MacMillan Worlds Biggest Coffee Morning.
Like so many people, I have friends and family who have been affected by cancer and I wanted to do my bit and help raise money for MacMillan to ensure that no one will have to face cancer alone.
Lots of friends and family attended the event and enjoyed a fabulous spread of cakes and yummy treats as well as good coffee made my lovely husband who acted as chief barista for the day.
As well as coffee and cake, ladies were able to enjoy pampering treatments and shopping, including jewellery of course! All stallholders donated a percentage of their proceeds to MacMillan.
Overall my event raised £120.00 for MacMillan. And as everyone knows,"every little helps".
WildeSister is in a generous mood and will be spoiling party hostesses in the next couple of months. Not only will hostesses receive FREE jewellery of their choice, they can also choose a scarf and be entered into a prize draw to win a bottle of Be Jeweled, the new fragrance from Vera Wang. So if you like spending time with friends, drinking wine and shopping, then a jewellery party will be the perfect evening in. Click here to book your party.
The boring T&C's: (1) Parties have to booked and held by the end of October to be eligible for the rewards. (2) One scarf per hostess. (3) One entry into the prize draw per hostess. Winner announced at the end of October (4) Party sales of £200 or more qualify for 20% commission, otherwise 10% commission will apply. (5) No cash alternatives given.
WildeSister loves to get out and meet people everywhere but events in my community are my favourite. Here are a few that I'm doing in September.
On Sunday, 8th Sept, I'll be at the Honeywood Museum in Carshalton, Surrey doing my very first wedding fair and will be exhibiting a small but perfectly formed range of beautiful budget friendly bridal jewellery.
On Sunday, 22nd Sept, I've got a stall at the Epsom & Ewell Family Fun Day at the Hook Arena in Surrey. Last year was the first time the event was held and it was very well attended. This year should be even better and I'm really looking forward to it.
On Friday, 27th Sept, I'm participating in the World's Biggest Coffee Morning by hosting a coffee morning for Macmillan Cancer Support at my house. This will be my first coffee morning and I can't wait. There are lots of ladies interested - nothing like the word "cake" to get peoples attention. But not only is there cake, there will treatments and pampering and shopping - the perfect combination for a lovely morning and all for a great cause.
Late summer, with its sunny days and lush greenery, is a time to keep cool, wear summer clothing, and relax while on holiday.
An August party is no time to bring out the serious diamonds or elegant pearls, it’s a time to put on a sundress, a pair of sandals, and accessorise with a piece of jewellery in August’s birthstone - gorgeous Peridot.
August’s birthstone, the Peridot, is one of the few gemstones that naturally occurs in olive green, and is in fact only ever found in that shade. Great news for those with August birthdays or those who simply love the stone, because olive green is one of those colors that makes everyone look tanned and gorgeous!
It's that time of the year when the lucky ones get to escape and go on holiday to somewhere lovely and sunny. I don’t know about you, but when faced with ‘what to pack’, I always have far too many shoes filling up my suitcase. However, with airline luggage allowances becoming increasingly tighter, it is important to pack smart and light and that means packing multi-functional items such as scarves and statement necklaces which can transform your holiday wardrobe. A carefully chosen necklace, pair of earrings or ring can transform the look of an outfit, lifting it from daytime casual to cocktail hour glam.Cat print XL scarf £10.00
A scarf is the perfect multi-funtional piece as it will add a gorgeous finishing touch to an evening outfit - AND you can use it a sarong too.
"Cleopatra" statement necklace £28.00
Nothing looks more chic at the beach than chunky ethnic inspired jewellery. Beads are extremely versatile and add the perfect finishing touch to your holiday wardrobe. This "Cleopatra necklace" will add bling to your bikini, glamour to a white shirt or pizazz to your party dress.
"On the ocean" earrings £20.00
Adding a fabulous pair of earrings is a simple way to take your look to the next level. Wear your hair up for an even more dramatic effect. These "on the ocean" earrings are so pretty, the deserve to be seen!
Clear cubic zirconia and rhodium ring. £35.00
Be safe while travelling and rather than taking your real diamonds, opt instead for jewellery made from Swarovski crystal or cubic zirconia. These super bling pieces look like the real deal and can rival the most expensive diamonds.
If you invest in one piece of jewellery this season, buy some pearls.
I cannot live without a string of pearls. I love the way Michelle Obama wears them.” Sarah Jessica Parker
Pearls are timeless, charming, sensual gems that reflect natural beauty and look fabulous in the form of necklaces and earrings. A pearl necklace or pair of pearl earrings will add a touch of class and sophistication to any outfit.
Since real pearls can be costly, it's perfectly acceptable to invest in faux pearls - if it's good enough for Sarah Jessica, it's good enough for us!
Every season there is one accessory that will get you noticed. This spring, it's all about statement earrings. Check out this fab selection of head-turners exclusively available from WildeSister Jewellery.
According to vogue.uk, this Spring/Summer 2013 is going to be season for fabulously over the top statement jewellery. Think big, bold and beautiful: Chunky chokers, huge earrings and super-size cuffs. Here are my favourite picks. Photos courtesy of vogue.co.uk
South-African born jewellery-loving wife and mom. Can be found living, laughing and sparkling in Auckland.