My best from the Resort 2014 collections

The fashion world has been in a frenzy of late as all the big name designers have come out with their Resort 2014 collections. Resort collections are for those who are taking their holidays in sunnier climates (here’s looking at you in a disapproving manner, London). So it’s not a Spring/Summer or Fall/Winter collection but rather an in betweener if that makes sense? Silhouettes from previous seasons are often used with sneak peeks of what is to come in the next seasons collection.

Anywhoodle, now that you feeling super clever with this knowledge, let me show you my favourite jewellery looks from the collections.

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This is from Balenciaga. The whole ‘wearing the same cuffs on both arms’ is a thing. Trust me on this. But make sure they are big and bold enough so as to make a statement.

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Of course this is Chanel. And of course I would love it as I am a BIG fan of pearls draped all over one.

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MaxMara showing that chunky bangles are back, only if worn identically on each arm.

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Michael Kors did something funny with his jewellery and I know the title of the blog said ‘my best’ but this isn’t my best. It’s just weird. If you look closely it’s a lock on a perspex cuff. I suppose ‘dare to be different’ and all that..

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Oscar de la Renta brings out the statement necklaces to add some oomph to his collection.

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This chick looks like someone just cut the line for a McDonalds burger. But the pendant vibe is alive and well in the Proenza Schouler resort collection.

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And I love this combination of a choker and a pendant as seen on the Ralph Lauren runway.

What is your favourite? Let me know below or tweet me @LaurenMcMinn.

Images here

The Jewellery Show 2013

For those of you who follow me on Twitter and Instagram you will know that I attended The Jewellery Show at Somerset House in London this week. It was a trade show so there were many buyers milling about (I could only wish to buy some of the gorgeous items on display!) as well as people just fanatical about jewellery (like yours truly).

I was so stupidly excited of my name tag that I continued to wear long after the show. Nerd I know.

I was so stupidly excited of my name tag that I continued to wear it long after the show. So mature.

One of the big attractions was the catwalk show where models were wearing jewellery that highlighted the current trends and designers making a splash. Now you have to excuse the quality of these images. I tried to get the official images with no success and because we were told no camera’s were allowed, all I had was an iPhone. But you’ll get the idea.

Pearls:

Pearls are a must for Spring/Summer but are also making an appearance on Fall 2013 runways. Not just one string mind you, layer layer layer or get the biggest ‘pearls’ you can find to make an impact!

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Jewellery by The Real Pearl Co. Not only draped around the neck but cuffs, rings and earrings too. See how big the pearls in the earrings are? If you find a necklace with oversized pearls like that you’ll be bang on trend.

Jewellery from La Perle Blanche

Jewellery from La Perle Blanche, another example of many strands of pearls but worn pendant style.

Pendants:

I love pendant necklaces because it reminds me of my childhood wearing my dolphin pendant necklace! Obviously there were no dolphins to be seen on the runway but pendants are coming back in a big way. Longer length seems to be more popular but wear it according to your preference.

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Jewellery by Lucet Mundi. This photo was taken professionally (as you can see) and the layering trend also manages to sneak in here. Different lengths make for an unusual take on the ‘statement necklace’ trend.

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I was so in love with this dress that I didn’t even take note of who the designer was but my guess would be Quoins. Again, the more pendants, the merrier.

Cuffs:

Girls, cuffs have not gone out of trend and look set to hang around for a while..

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Jewellery by Jessica Flinn. Not content with just one cuff, this model is wearing three!

Statement Pieces:

The bigger the better. As seen above and below, if it’s the same design and colours, go overboard! If it’s different designers, I might recommend just going with one big piece so that it doesn’t look like you’re trying too hard.

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Making a statement is not complete without a cuff. Just FYI. Also, I have no idea who the designer is for this piece, apologies!

Jewellery by Lucy Q Designs. Gorgeous silver statement necklace.

Jewellery by Lucy Q Designs. Gorgeous silver statement necklace.

So there you have it! I was able to interview the most awesome designers and saw some gorgeous designs so be sure to keep an eye on my blog as I will be putting them up over the course of the next few weeks. Have a great weekend everyone!

Great Gatsby Jewellery by Tiffany & Co.

If you are a Great Gatsby fan and can’t wait for the film to come out in May, you may have already seen the trailer. The below clip gives you a sneak peek as well as explaining the design and inspiration of the jewellery.

How great does it look? But, most importantly, how amazing are those jewels? Makes me want to go back into the 1920’s, even if it’s just to wear a jewelled headband!

Yes, this baby. I could definitely walk around London with it on right?

Yes, this baby. I could definitely walk around London with it on right? And for only $200 000.00 I could buy two.. Pffft.

As heard in the clip above, Jewellers Tiffany & Co. collaborated with the Great Gatsby costume designer, Catherine Martin, to create a twenties inspired collection called Ziegfeld.

“The jewelry we created for this momentous production of [F. Scott] Fitzgerald’s famous novel and our designs for the Ziegfeld Collection reveal the style of the period and Tiffany as its premier jeweler,” said John King, executive vice president of Tiffany & Co. “Tiffany was certainly part of this era. The brand was at the center of the parties of the rich and famous.”

Enough about that, let’s see the pieces!

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This hairclip is my best and probably costs a pretty penny. But how gorgeous to add sparkle to an outfit?

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This heart locket necklace on a ribbon is another one of my favourites. The level of detail in the heart makes it a piece I want in my jewellery box. $800 for the locket.

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One of the many rings that Carey Mullingan wears in the film. The black Onyx is offset by the pearls beautifully and is $475.

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What would the 1920’s be without strings of pearls? I like hoe they have made these unique by using different sizes of pearls and regular intervals so that the simple beauty of the pearls don’t get lost in one solid string. $1000.

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Luckily I’m not on that set. I would pull a Lindsay Lohan with this ring let me tell you. It’s a Praseolite ring and will set you back $975.

And there you have it! Now you can wear all these jewels, dress to the part, find a hunky man with lots of money and you could look like the below!

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Oh, and dye your hair blonde but that’s a minor sacrifice to look this gorgeous.. [Source: here]

There is plenty more in the Ziegfeld collection so go and have a peek here. All images from here. 

Granny’s Pearls

I have been wanting to write a blog for quite some time. But I didn’t know what to write about. I mean, I’m not an expert in anything. Whatever I bake, flops, fashion changes too quickly for me to keep up and I don’t like cats.

I wanted to blog about something that was a passion of mine. Something that I love and makes me happy. A blog about chocolate or my dog however, would not really appeal to most and I’m sure I would run out of content fairly soon…

However, one of my earliest childhood memories is playing dress up with my granny’s necklaces. They were beautiful. I would find out much later in life that they were made of plastic and worth very little, but to me they were priceless.

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DISCLAIMER: First and last time I post something this hideous. Promise. Granny’s ‘pearls’. Actually, an image shamelessly ripped off the net, but you get the idea.

Many people have similar stories or have that special piece of jewellery that invokes a special memory. Other pieces of jewellery are just simply beautiful.

There are so many pieces of gorgeous artwork and creative jewelers out there and it is my aim to create a platform on which this can be displayed.

Again, I am not an expert and go on my gut feel, do I like it? If you don’t, let me know. If you do, let me know too. I hope you enjoy this blog as much as I am going to.