Today I have the lovely BooksAndWool joining me to talk about one of the things she loves – a little bit of sparkle.
I must have been a magpie in a previous life, due to my love for all things that glisten. This is especially true at this time of year when shimmer and sparkle are all around and I'm seriously thinking of wearing sunglasses when I venture into the West End of London for fear of being blinded by all the bling which is enveloping our city.
An easier way to satiate this need for sparkle, is with some jewellery pieces which add that pizzazz (I've always wanted to use that word) to any outfit. You can choose from dainty and delicate pieces (my preference) to more Pat Butcher'esque baubles (nothing wrong with that). This is an area which, in my opinion, the high-street does very well, but I've also included some more high-end pieces for a more special treat.
Let’s start with Accessorize and its jewellery offerings: These delicate Pave Oval Earrings would look just as lovely to complement a chic party look, or an otherwise plain work-wear ensemble. An easy semi-personalised gift, is an initial pendant and Accessorize has a nice variety like this. For a more high-end option for rings, earrings and bracelets, Monica Vinader never fails to disappoint. True, it is pricey, but the quality is great and right now there's a generous 30% discount this week in the run-up to Black Friday (yes, there's no escaping it).
Back to more affordable gems and ASOS scores highly, as they have such a massive variety, so you're bound to find something you like. They stock Orelia jewellery pieces that are sooo sweet and “barely-there” on the skin.
Catbird is a New York based brand which is stocked on Netaporter.com and is a minimalist jewellery lover’s dream, without the Tiffany price tag. Again, it’s not the most inexpensive brand out there, but their rings and bracelets in particular, are delicate and dainty (just like moi….ok, may be not).
The piece-de-resistance is AndOtherStories: A relatively new store on the high-street (part of the H&M group), that's making waves for all the right reasons. I couldn't help but pick this Stone Strass ring up recently in the blue colour. The picture really doesn't do it justice, so I suggest popping in store if you have a branch near you, plus it’s a reasonable £13.
So, that's it, I can fly back to my metaphorical nest and admire my own jewellery finds at leisure (not that I can really fly of course, or have a nest, but hey).