There was some stunning jewellery completing red carpet looks at the 2013 Oscars. Statement necklaces and statement earrings are on trend this year. These are my top favourite pieces of jewellery worn by the celebrities.
I have found some fantastic blogs and sources of inspiration. Here are a few of my favourites. Enjoy!
Jewellery in winter is tricky ground. Delicate creations are generally out and chunky pieces in - for good reason.
Getting your chandelier earring tangled up in your knitted scarf is never fun, especially when it's still attached to your ear!
So 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. If you're wearing a scarf then you don't need a necklace and if you're wearing a gorgeous pair of gloves then there's no need to over-style with bracelets.
When it comes to earrings, less 'dangle' is definitely key for winter. Choose a pair which won't interfere with the neck-area of your outfit - styles which fit onto the ear work best and tangle-less.
I recently took part in the The Children's Trust Christmas Fair
On the day of the fair, I woke up, looked out the window and, seeing torrential rain and howling wind, almost decided not to get out of bed. But I wrapped up warm, headed to the venue and set up shop in the marquee.
It was a very busy day but two customers stand out in my mind: A young girl, aged about 12, sitting in her wheelchair, was wheeled over to my stall by her carer so she could browse. She decided to buy some earrings for her mum. The payment took some time as she struggled to get her hand to work and get money out her purse but she worked hard and was so proud to pay for her purchase.
My other customer was a paediatric nurse who, aside from holding down her job in Kent, also volunteers at the centre in her spare time. After meeting this lovely lady with heart of gold, I felt a bit silly for moaning about something as trivial as the cold weather.
I was humbled to meet so many special people that work for and depend on The Childrens Trust and am pleased that I could contribute to this great cause.
The great thing about running my own business is the ability to respond to and meet the needs of my customers quickly.
You won't hear me say "sorry, it's not in the catalogue" - or "the company makes those decisions, I'm just an agent".
Over the last couple of months, I've been inundated with requests for clip-on earrings. I aim to please and have now sourced a fabulous range which I think are going to go down a storm.
So all those ladies who are looking for clip-on earrings, please form an orderly queue. Thank you!
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Very excited to be involved in Fashion for Good event that raises money for a great charity.
When I read about it, I thought I would buy a ticket and go along and enjoy the day but then I got to thinking why not take a risk and participate.
So I was lucky enough to get a stall and will be hosting a pop-up shop, selling affordable fashion jewellery on the shopping day, Saturday 10th November.
Amongst the businesses there, I'm excited about seeing Mary Portas collection and Louise Rednapp's new make-up line, Wild About Beauty
You never know - Mary Portas could be there in person and what if she bought something from me. A girl can dream.
Read all about the event here http://www.fashionforgood.co.uk/index.html
Drumroll please! Very excited to announce that WildeSister has just launched a fabulous range of children's accessories. Like all WildeSister products, there are no hard and fast rules about what the range will cover. But if it's fun, funky and different, then you can betcha that WildeSister will have it available.
Check out the new Kids Jewellery section for more products.
Did my first pop-up shop at Nuffield Health in Cheam today. I had a very successful day with lots of sales and am pleased that I was able to donate 10% of my profit to the Macmillan charity fund.
Being next to the cake table was wonderful as I was within arms reach of the delicious goodies on display and took full advantage. A girl has to eat when she works!
As WildeSister is entirely my baby, I'm always keen to hear customer feedback on the collection and so far I'm hearing the price is "very reasonable" and the products are fresh. So this WildeSister is heading in the right direction.
Kate Middleton made headlines last week when she was photographed wearing this £49,000 Olympics-themed Cartier necklace.
To create a similar look for a LOT less, this rhodium plated multiple ring pendant necklace is lovely and long so will jazz up any outfit beautifully.
Also available in gold-plated version. £32.00
Last Friday, I did a jewellery party and the lovely hostess decided to make a donation to A-T Children's Project (more details below) instead of taking advantage of free jewellery.
Ataxia-telangiectasia, or A-T, is a rare genetic disease that attacks children, causing progressive loss of muscle control, immune system problems, and a high rate of cancer. Organizations around the world are working to increase awareness, provide information to families, and work toward finding a cure.
One of the guest's friend personally knows a child who has been affected by this awful disease so making the donation to such a great cause felt really good.
Despite it being a late night, I left the party feeling very energised and thankful for my beautiful, healthy little boy fast asleep at home.
South-African born jewellery-loving wife and mom. Can be found living, laughing and sparkling in Auckland.