Holiday jewellery – travelling tips

Holiday jewellery – travelling tips

We all love travelling, whether a major summer holiday, spa break or City break. If you’re like me, travelling light doesn’t come easy; choosing outfits to stay within today’s luggage weight restrictions if you’re flying or to fit into a weekend bag, is hard enough, then having to decide which jewellery to take can just add to the dilemmas but jewellery is a wonderful way to make otherwise simple holiday dresses or t shirts into something fit for an evening so you can go straight from beach or sightseeing to bar!   Here are a few tips and suggestions…….

Don’t treat it as an afterthought

Don’t leave your accessory planning to the last minute. As you plan your outfits think about your jewellery. To be honest I sometimes jot down the outfits I’m considering along with the jewellery options. I find it really helps me focus rather than just empty my wardrobe and jewellery drawer on to my bed for packing only to have to put most of it back!

Leave valuables behind

No matter where your journey is taking you it should be a break from stress and worry so leave behind your most expensive, valuable pieces unless they’re a key part of an outfit for an extra special event on the trip or you’re not going to take them off!! (Not advisable ) If you are taking valuables make sure you have insurance to cover them.

Earrings are must-haves

All that said, don’t limit yourself too much. You should definitely include 3 or 4 styles of earring.   Earrings to me are the most important!  I just don’t feel dressed without a pair of earrings in and my go to studs at the moment are Muru’s Ancient Coin  or Purity Mandala Studs which just go with anything and  I have in silver and gold.  Due to my colouring I’m normally a silver girl,  but find when I have a bit of a tan I can also wear gold.  Hoops of one description or another are big right now so include a pair of those, add in some tassels and a statement pair, just in case. That way you should have all eventualities covered!  

This year’s trend

 

Seashell and Mother of Pearl is the big trend of the year and there are some really pretty styles to choose from in the form of earrings, necklaces and bracelets which are easily styled with your Summer wardrobe.  

Other necklaces 

Chains can easily get tangled so you need to take precautions – some tips follow later.  My advice? Limit yourself to one simple pendant that can be worn with multiple outfits and layered with other necklaces. My current favourite is a Muru Horizontal Feather necklace which can be worn with any neckline and has such lovely meaning attached and brings a simple elegance to an outfit so ideal for the City break when you may have an occasion to wear a slightly more formal outfit.   For those very casual beach evenings when all you need to wear are your crop trousers and a plain t-shirt or strap top pack a ribbon choker – immediately it lifts the outfit in a very contemporary way, while beads,  tassels and other materials such as leather, wood and horn can bring a pop of colour,  fun and individuality!

Arm Candy

 

Stretch bracelets, friendship bracelets and wraps come into their own when you’re on holiday.  Sometimes you need nothing else! (Well, in my case I’d still have to put something in my ears but maybe just some studs!)

How to pack your jewellery safely

Ok, so you’ve made your selection, now you need to pack it. Ideally use a jewellery roll with compartments to keep your items organised. If you don’t have one (mmmmm… perhaps I should start selling them!) I promised tips to prevent chains getting tangled.  Well you can use empty toilet rolls – just thread your chain through and pop the cardboard roll in a polythene bag or wrap it in a scarf; if you have some straws (not plastic of course!) thread your chains through these,  cut the straw to enable you to fold it and again just pop the straw chain holder in a poly bag or wrap it in something soft.    Chunky items can also be wrapped individually in a ‘jeye’ cloth or similar then placed in a zip lock bag. Any bags that you received your jewellery in like the drawstring organza bags often used by us jewellery sellers, can of course be used. If you’re flying, my advice is to pack it all in your hand luggage – just in case your checked bag ends up in the wrong place!!  Happens to the best of us at some time unfortunately!  None of the pieces suggested in this blog will cause you too much financial trauma if they got lost so enjoy your vacation, relax and above all have fun!  

 

 

 

 

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How to build a capsule jewellery collection

How to build a capsule jewellery collection

The problem….

 

Some women tell me that they’d love to wear jewellery but find choosing and shopping for it a little bewildering.  They feel it’s hard enough to decide on an outfit let alone the accessories.  Some of us grew up in times when the man in your life bought the occasional fine jewellery pieces as a gift and you may have the odd precious pieces with genuine stones but to be honest, though they have their place,  I rarely have the occasion to wear this sort of thing nowadays and unless you have a lot of money these pieces will be quite minimalist and not in keeping with current fashion trends so can actually make you look frumpy, dare I say it!  But maybe you have a faithful pendant that gets thrown on whatever you wear and/or maybe you have accumulated  a multitude of necklaces, bought on impulse over the years,  that are just gathering dust and tarnish so when you go to put a piece on you’ve got to disentangle/clean it first and likely end up wearing nothing!

Then there are some women I’ve met who have lost or never got into the habit of wearing jewellery at all who tend to feel self conscious about the prospect of starting to wear it even though they’d actually love to!  Often they are dealing with confidence issues and trying to tackle some of this by looking at their wardrobe as a whole, sometimes with the help of a stylist, to understand their colours, personality style,  body shape etc. I thoroughly recommend this for anyone especially if you have confidence issues.   Stylists can help you totally change the way you feel about yourself and the way you shop, but I digress so I will return to this subject in another blog methinks!

Now as you will know if you’ve come across me on social media or read previous blogs,  when I walk out the door earrings along with some lippy are a minimum requirement.  As someone who’s not naturally confident I find this essential for my ‘ready to face the world’ persona.

The Solution…….

 

You’re familiar I’m sure with the term ‘capsule wardrobe’ from stylists and fashion media/bloggers;  – pieces of clothing that reflect your personal style that can be worn again and again in combination with one another?  The same principles can be applied to jewellery as well,  resulting in a jewellery collection that contains simple, versatile pieces that can be worn with anything in your wardrobe for all your day to day needs. The key is to buy quality (that does not have to equate to expensive!) and to buy with purpose.

First have a clear out!

 

If you have jewellery items in your drawer, possibly going back years, this is a very therapeutic exercise and with a clear out comes space for new things.  Discard anything you don’t love, anything you haven’t worn for a couple of seasons (as long as it’s not valuable of course!)  and anything which has deteriorated/tarnished beyond help and certainly those that turn your skin green!

As with any purge I guarantee you’ll feel good for having done it.

Ok, so now you’re ready to start planning

Now choose your metal colour

 

The first choice you need to make is silver or gold.   Now this could be a simple matter of preference but if you’ve had your colours analysed by a stylist you’ll know what suits you better.   If not,  the rule of thumb is this that if you suit soft muted colours, or bold, vibrant colours you should consider sticking to silver.   Rose gold is good for just about everyone but there is often less choice available in rose gold.  There’s nothing to say that you can’t mix and match metals but to start with choose one so that you are guaranteed a cohesive collection and if later others wish to buy you gifts they’ll know which to buy!!

Now choose the pieces.

 

My suggestion is that you keep it really simple to start with and buy one piece from each main category ie one pair of earrings, one short pendant, one long,  one bracelet and if you don’t have engagement/eternity rings that adorn your hands the majority of the time, a ring.  With the base collection achieved, you can then add to this as you go along and gain more confidence.  Additional options include, for instance,  a pop of colour,  more sparkle/statement pieces for those party nights and more season specific pieces for holidays (these can be very inexpensive while still choosing a quality brand).

Earrings

 

My preference is for a pair of studs as my go to earrings but a small pair of hooks would work just as well

Prices of the stud earrings above range from just £27.00 – £210.00 for the Collette Waudby solid gold handmade studs

If you are uncomfortable wearing studs, which won’t apply to many I’m sure,  then simple hooks like these will definitely work for you.

Prices of those above range from £32.50 to £72.00

Short Pendant/necklaces

 

Fairly straightforward but worth giving a little thought to the type of neckline you tend to wear.  You have the option of a simple horizontal necklace if you tend to wear rounder necklines rather than v neck or sweetheart necklines. Also if you wear collared shirts a horizontal style can work really well to pretty up the neck.  If going for the more common form of pendant, think about where you want a person’s eye to be drawn, how tall you are and therefore what length you need.  Sounds obvious but if you have a broad neck a 16″ chain is going to be almost choker style.  I offer a choice of lengths on most of the Muru pendants and other brands will vary.  Anything from 16″ to 20″ will be appropriate depending on your body scale.

Prices of these necklaces and pendants range from £35 – 75.00

Long Necklaces

 

You may wonder why I feel this is important enough to be included as part of the basic capsule but short necklaces don’t work with everything.  If for instance you have a turtle neck jumper or a shirt a long necklace can be far more effective.  Even with some dresses a long necklace can work a treat.  For instance I have a plain Boden dress that has a collared neckline which conflicts with a short necklace but a long necklace takes the plainness away and gives the outfit a real lift.  With a short and long necklace at your disposal you also immediately have the tools for layering, something which will very easily take your outfit up a notch and keep you very much on trend.  Some long necklaces can even be doubled up to give an instant layered look on their own.

Bracelet

 

Bracelets really do add a touch of ‘finish’ to an outfit so I recommend you give some consideration to adding a bracelet to your capsule collection.   With short or 3/4 sleeves a bracelet will have impact however delicate but a sophisticated bracelet at the end of any sleeve is a very feminine touch especially in an office environment where perhaps you have to dress in a corporate style.  It also just adds a touch of elegance and class.

Prices of featured bracelets range from just £9.50 to £75.00

To sum up…..

 

I hope you have gained some inspiration from this blog.  It is not prescriptive, there are of course many other options but the basic premise is that from a nucleus of pieces you can build a collection that will mean that you are never short of something to ‘dress’ your wardrobe.  I hope this will give you the confidence to add in bolder, more adventurous pieces that will make a statement about you and your personality.  Whatever your budget there will be something for you but inevitably the less expensive items will not last as long.  Nothing outlives solid gold, platinum and real gems which is why they are called ‘precious’ but materials such as vermeil, gold filled metal, and the better quality costume pieces will last you for years and give great value for money if they are looked after.

If you have any questions, comments, style dilemmas I’m always happy to try and help or suggest someone who can.

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Bracelets and how to wear them

Bracelets and how to wear them

photography credit - kerry j photography

 

Bracelets are not something I always wear, unlike earrings (wouldn’t leave home without those!) and for a lot of people they are often an afterthought but they are a wonderful way to enhance your outfit and add individuality.   If you find it difficult to choose the appropriate style here are a few tips and ideas:

Simple, sophisticated office style

The office isn’t necessarily the place for noisy bangles clunking together nor large chunky bracelets that are obtrusive and irritating clinking against your desk, so choose a stylish single bracelet that will add some sophistication and charm to your corporate outfit, that sits well at the end of a jacket sleeve.

A simple chain bracelet with a single charm will do this job very well or go for something with a little more interest and texture,  with understated sophistication.

Hummingbird bracelet from Sophisticato.uk

Muru Feather bracelet from Sophisticato.uk

Tara Kirkpatrick bracelet from Sophisticato.ukPictured above left to right Cinderela B Hummingbird, Tara Kirkpatrick Wire Balls & Muru Feather Talisman

For something that will take you seamlessly from the office to a bar or restaurant add a little sparkle with something like these pretty cz bracelets from Nour London

Nour London Bracelets from Sophisticato.uk

Stacked bracelets for casual chic

Bracelet stacking is a continuing jewellery trend that is likely to remain with us for some time. It allows you to showcase your individual style and can be great fun mixing colours, widths and styles to team with most outfits.

Getting started with stacking is effortless;  just start with 2 or 3 and build up!  First, choose a theme such as colour or materials and choose bracelets that complement each other but don’t match each other perfectly. Take care when mixing different metal colours as this can look haphazard if not done thoughtfully. However, if you have gold rings (wedding/engagement rings for example) don’t feel you have to stick to gold on your wrist or anywhere else for that matter.

Large stacks of bracelets ideally should be worn with much simpler outfits so as not to look cluttered. A good rule of thumb is the larger the stack the simpler the outfit.  Go ahead, experiment and have fun – the options are really endless!

 

Stacking bracelets

Muru stretch bracelets from Sophisticato.uk

Pictured  left Boho Betty and right Muru Talisman 

Quirky or sparkly – bracelets for elegant date nights and glamorous parties

For high impact but no fuss try a cuff such as Chris Lewis Wound Silver Cuff (featured at the top of this blog) which would add a touch of class to any outfit for that special dinner date, as would the beautiful Keisha Pearls bracelet pictured below along with a couple from Bill Skinner for a slightly more quirky but nonetheless ‘dressed up’  look.

Bracelet selection from Sophisticato.uk

Above left Bill Skinner Scenes of Nature, Centre Keisha Pearls by Pearls of the Orient, Right Bill Skinner Honeycomb & Bee

Sometimes though you just have to go all out for glam and sparkle for those extra special dates or party nights and Nour London have the perfect solution without breaking the bank!

Sparkly bracelets by Nour London available et Sophisticato.uk

 

I hope this helps you to wear bracelets with greater ease and will be front of mind the next time you’re looking to put that finishing touch of chic to your outfit. Choosing timeless bracelets will give you tons of options as they can be worn again and again!

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Holiday Jewellery – Travelling Tips

Holiday Jewellery – Travelling Tips

We all love travelling, whether a major summer holiday, spa break or City break. If you’re like me, travelling light doesn’t come easy; choosing outfits to stay within today’s luggage weight restrictions if you’re flying or to fit into weekend bag, is hard enough, then having to decide which jewellery to take can just add to the dilemmas so here are a few tips I have adopted.

Don’t treat it as an afterthought

Don’t leave your accessory planning to the last minute. As you plan your outfits think about your jewellery. To be honest I sometimes jot down the outfits I’m considering along with the jewellery options. I find it really helps me focus rather than just empty my wardrobe and jewellery drawer on to my bed for packing only to have to put most of it back!

Leave valuables behind

No matter where your journey is taking you it should be a break from stress and worry so leave behind your most expensive, valuable pieces unless they’re a key part of an outfit for an extra special event on the trip or you’re not going to take them off!! (Not advisable ) If you are taking valuables make sure you have insurance to cover them.

Earrings are must-haves

All that said, don’t limit yourself too much. You should definitely include 3 or 4 styles of earring.   Earrings to me are the most important!  I just don’t feel dressed without a pair of earrings in and my go to studs at the moment are Muru’s Prosperity Studs which just go with anything and  I have in silver and gold.  Due to my colouring I’m normally a silver girl (more on this in a later blog!) but find when I have a bit of a tan I can also wear gold.  Hoops of one description or another are big right now so include a pair of those, add in some tassels and a statement pair, just in case. That way you should have all eventualities covered!

 

Pictured left to right top Muru Prosperity Studs, Bill Skinner Pineapple Studs, Rachel Jackson Oversized Punk Hoops. Boho Betty Kai Aqua Ombre Tassels.   Left to right bottom Boho Betty Thread Thru Spears, Penny Levi CZ Studs, White Leaf Silver Leaf Statement Earrings, Boho Betty Emmanuel Earrings 

There are lots of other combinations you could decide on depending on your personal style and your destination but you get the idea!

Necklaces & bracelets

Chains can easily get tangled so you need to take precautions – some tips follow later   You can of course limit yourself to one simple pendant that can be worn with multiple outfits. My current favourite is a Muru Arc necklace which is fantastic for layering and can be worn with any neckline or their Hummingbird pendant which has a bit more interest when worn alone.  I know, Muru again,  but they are just such wearable pieces, so affordable and have such lovely meanings attached.

For those very casual evenings when all you need to wear are your crop trousers and a plain t-shirt or strap top pack a ribbon choker – immediately it lifts the outfit.

Boho Betty Choker from Sopistocato.uk

A little Boho style

A few simple bracelets for stacking and a tassel necklace that can be worn with different outfits will have your warm summer evenings pretty much covered.  Stretch bracelets and leather wraps really come into their own here and you can’t beat Boho Betty for a bit of Summer chic!

 


Stacking bracelets available at Sophisticato.uk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

             

 City break or club night

When the situation calls for something with a bit more pzaz swap the stack for a cuff for a fuss free style statement such as this one from Last True Angel.

Cuff bracelet available at Sophisticato.uk

Finally, pack one statement necklace for when you want to make an impact. Either something neutral or go for a pop of colour and team with simple studs.  Your size will often dictate just how big your statement can be. Rule of thumb – the bigger your size the bolder your statement!

Statement choker from Sophisticato.uk

Kazuri ceramic bead necklace from Sophisticato.uk

 

How to pack your jewellery safely

Ok, so you’ve made your selection, now you need to pack it. Ideally use a jewellery roll with compartments to keep your items organised. If you don’t have one (mmmmm… perhaps I should start selling them!) I promised tips to prevent chains getting tangled, well you can use empty toilet rolls – just thread your chain through and pop the cardboard roll in a polythene bag or wrap it in a scarf; if you have some straws thread your chains through these,  cut the straw to enable you to fold it and again just pop the straw chain holder in a poly bag or wrap it in something soft.    Chunky items can also be wrapped individually in a ‘jeye’ cloth or similar then placed in a zip lock bag. Any bags that you received your jewellery in like the drawstring organza bags often used by us jewellery sellers, can of course be used.

If you’re flying, my advice is to pack it all in your hand luggage – just in case your checked bag ends up in the wrong place!!  Happens to the best of us at some time unfortunately….but that’s a whole other story!

None of the pieces suggested in this blog will cause financial trauma if they got lost so enjoy your vacation, relax and above all have fun!

 

 

Updated April 2018

 

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