Eternal Collection Akoya Pearl and Black Cubic Zirconia necklace

I can’t remember when my obsession with jewellery started, I think maybe I was born with it. As a little girl I was mesmerised by sparkly necklaces and rings. Over the years I’ve acquired quite a collection, mostly costume jewellery which is fun to wear, but I really treasure the special pieces. This Eternal Collection Akoya pearl and black Cubic Zirconia necklace is one of those pieces. When Eternal invited me to choose an item of jewellery to review I browsed the website for ages, wondering how on earth I was going to choose from so many beautiful pieces. However, after much deliberation I finally decided on the Akoya pearl and cubic zirconia necklace. It will go with so many outfits and I love it’s understated elegance.

Pearls are incredibly flattering to all skin tones and add a touch of sophistication to any outfit.

Pearls are incredibly flattering to all skin tones and add a touch of sophistication to any outfit. The single Akoya pearl sits at the centre of the flower, surrounded by jet black Cubic Zirconias. The pendant hangs from a sterling silver diamond cut box chain with a hallmarked lobster clasp fastening. I chose a simple black dress with a deep v-neck to wear with it so I could show it off to full effect.

Eternal Collection Akoya Pearl and Black Cubic Zirconia necklace

The Eternal Collection costume jewellery online store was established in 2007 and is owned and run by husband and wife team, Paul and Pauline Buttress. Paul and his team make about two thirds of the jewellery, while the in-house ranges are complimented with beautiful items sourced from around the world, including a stunning range of Murano glass necklaces and earrings.

The team will adjust lengths of necklaces on request, fit alternative clasps and change types of earring fitments.

The necklace arrived in a beautiful box with a lovely handwritten note. I thought that was a lovely gesture. In fact Eternal have been an absolute delight to collaborate with. Pop over to the website and have a browse, I guarantee you’ll love the jewellery! The team will adjust lengths of necklaces on request, fit alternative clasps and change types of earring fitments.

Standard UK delivery is only £2.50, which I think is very reasonable. You could start your Christmas shopping early!

Do you love to wear pearls too? Let me know in the comments!

Eternal Collection Akoya Pearl and Black Cubic Zirconia necklace

Eternal Collection Akoya Pearl and Black Cubic Zirconia necklace

Eternal Collection Akoya Pearl and Black Cubic Zirconia necklace

Eternal Collection Akoya Pearl and Black Cubic Zirconia necklace Ganni dress Carvela silver shoes

Necklace : Eternal | dress: Ganni | shoes: Carvela

 

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Bonmarche Floral Sateen Dress

Happy Friday! Today I’m sharing with you another dress from Bonmarché’s new arrivals. In my last post I wore the jersey floral tea dress that’s featured in the new TV advert. Staying with floral print, I also chose a more formal dress from the new collection.  This pretty floral sateen dress is perfect for a party or a wedding. It’s a very flattering length ending just below the knee. I find some fit and flare dresses are too short for me but this one is just right.

The deep V at the back offsets the high neckline nicely, and makes it very easy to zip up without dislocating your shoulder!

The dress is really comfortable and feels very light. It’s made of cotton sateen with 2% elastane for a little bit of stretch. The deep V at the back offsets the high neckline nicely, and makes it very easy to zip up without dislocating your shoulder! You could really show it off to maximum effect by wearing your hair up and adding some drop earrings.

I chose a red beaded bib necklace to break up the top half because a high neckline can look blocky when you’re busty.

As I have a long torso and very big rib cage (thanks for that mum!) the waistband of the dress sits quite high on me, so I added a belt for extra definition. I chose a red beaded bib necklace to break up the top half because a high neckline can look blocky when you’re busty. To avoid going over the top with accessories I decided on simple red suede court shoes and a roomy bag rather than a clutch.

The print is a navy base with peach and coral flowers so accessories in either of those hues would look good with the dress. I tried a few different colours but preferred the contrast of red.

How would you style this dress? Let me know in the comments!

Bonmarché Floral Sateen Dress

Bonmarché Floral Sateen Dress

Bonmarché Floral Sateen Dress

Bonmarché Floral Sateen Dress

Dress: Bonmarché | shoes: old (similar) | bag: eBay (similar) | necklace: Mikey (similar)

 

I was gifted the dress in exchange for a review. All opinions are unbiased and completely honest.

 

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SheIn Wishlist skirts

If you’re looking to update your wardrobe without breaking the bank then SheIn is bound to have something to fit both your style and your budget. The choice is phenomenal…I could (and often do) spend hours browsing the website. A way to really make an impact is with a statement skirt. I love a flared midi skirt: elegant and flattering, they define the waistline creating an hourglass silhouette and show off your shoes perfectly! I’ve picked my favourites from the SheIn website.

Floral print satin bombers are everywhere at the moment…Wear one with a pleated midi skirt and trainers for a casual chic outfit.

An easy way of pepping up a plain outfit is with a jacket. A classic blazer can really  pull an outfit together, whether it’s a classic jeans and T-shirt combination for off-duty chic, or paired with tailored trousers for the office. You’ll get plenty of mileage from a tweed, military or tuxedo-style jacket. For a more casual option the bomber is both practical and on trend right now. Floral print satin bombers are everywhere at the moment.  Both casual and feminine, they are the perfect Autumn wardrobe update. Wear one with a pleated midi skirt and trainers for a casual chic outfit.

SheIn wishlist jackets

SheIn wishlist jackets

I’m really tempted to order the leopard print biker jacket…animal print never goes out of fashion! You can see me wearing the navy and white striped jacket here.

SheIn wishlist tops

Ruffles, bell sleeves and appliqué tops are also big trends this season. I love the gingham top with ruffled sleeves, and the lips shirt is a funky twist on the classic white shirt.

SheIn wishlist tops

When ordering from SheIn it’s worth checking the size chart – I usually have to go up a size. You can get 40% off your first order of over $55 US, and free shipping on orders over $99.

 

What are your favourite items from my selection? Let me know in the comments!

 

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RomweYellow Floral Print Skirt Jane Norman top

On the eve of the Autumn Equinox it’s sadly time to bid farewell to Summer. I say sadly because it’s my favourite time of year. Even if the weather is disappointing at least we have the light well into the evenings, which makes taking blog photos so much easier! I decided to make the most of the late Summer/early Autumn sunshine by wearing yellow. A lot of yellow. In fact I could have worn even more if I’d chosen my bright yellow bag but I thought that’d be overkill. When I first got this yellow floral print skirt I wanted to wear it with an emerald green top to pick up on the green in the centre of the yellow poppies. I trawled the internet but despite my best efforts I couldn’t find exactly what I was looking for.

The skirt is very flared so it needs to be paired with a fitted top to get the proportions right.

The skirt is very flared so it needs to be paired with a fitted top to get the proportions right. I have a black top that is the perfect style and fit for this skirt – a snug-fitting vest with a deep V neckline –  but I just felt that black was a bit heavy. I wanted something more colourful. Eventually I found this dark yellow Jane Norman top at House of Fraser, which is a pretty good colour match for the flowers. I still managed to work a few specks of emerald green in with the ring and bracelet, which I bought around 25 years ago! I just love these yellow patent shoes with the jewelled ankle strap. The pointed toe is perfect for a flared midi skirt, and they are quite comfortable too!

Are you still wearing your Summer wardrobe or are you embracing the new season? Let me know in the comments!

RomweYellow Floral Print Skirt Jane Norman top

Michelangelo white leather bag Romwe RomweYellow Floral Print Skirt Jane Norman top

Kenneth Jay Lane ring

Roberto Cavalli sunglasses

Green and gold bracelet

Jane Norman yellow top Roberto Cavalli sunglasses

Yellow jewel strap Carvela shoesRomwe RomweYellow Floral Print Skirt Jane Norman top

Skirt: Romwe* | top: Jane Norman | shoes: Carvela (similar, and I love these too) | bag: Michelangelo (similar) | ring: Kenneth Jay Lane (similar) | sunglasses: Roberto Cavalli (similar)

 

*I was gifted the skirt, all opinions are honest and unbiased.

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Sex Pistols tee Very coated black jeans

When an article entitled “The 40 things every woman should know about fashion over 40” was published by the Telegraph I sighed inwardly and thought “oh, here we go again”. Just where do fashion journalists get off on telling people over 40, or any age for that matter, what they should and shouldn’t be wearing? Nothing magical happens the day you turn 40, it’s just a continuation of life as it was when you were 39 the day before. Wrinkles and grey hairs don’t suddenly appear like a bolt from the blue, your zest for life and love of fashion don’t evaporate overnight, so why should we stop wearing certain things just because we’ve hit a milestone birthday?  Judging by the response the article received on social media it’s evident that many of us ladies over 40 feel that way.

For me growing older isn’t about losing something…it’s about gaining: in confidence, contentment and being liberated from the stifling pressure of caring too much what other people think about me.

For me growing older isn’t about losing something, or having to give up wearing specific items of clothing because someone who doesn’t know me thinks it’s no longer appropriate, it’s about gaining: in confidence, contentment and being liberated from the stifling pressure of caring too much what other people think about me. In my teens, 20s, and even my 30s, I cared more about fitting in and wearing whatever my peers were wearing than allowing my style and individuality to show through. Now I don’t want to fit in. Life would be very boring if we all looked the same. Sure I follow trends but I’ll either make them work for me or leave well alone. I’m not a sheep or a fashion victim.

Sex Pistols tee Asos studded clutch

The Telegraph article isn’t the first of its kind, so it’s hardly ground-breaking stuff, and I wouldn’t normally grace such journalistic tripe with a response, but the tone of writing was so patronising I felt compelled to have my say. Being told I need to “grade up” my shoes like a teacher might tell a pupil to pull their socks up really hit a nerve:  “More to the point a shoe is where you score your fashion points when you are past Sex Pistols T shirts and floral coronets (which you are)”- the cheek! Also out apparently is leopard print: “Tips over into blowsy any day now” as well as bows, foundation and knees…yes, I know, it’s utterly ridiculous. So I decided to flick a sartorial two-fingered salute to Shane Watson and all other journalists who try to tell us what not to wear by combining the double sin of a Sex Pistols T-shirt and leopard print shoes…I like to think of it as Uptown Punk. I’ve always had a rebellious streak, and being told I can’t or shouldn’t do something only makes me more determined to do it. So never mind the “rules”, here’s to wearing what the hell you want and not giving a damn. Go to it ladies!

Sex Pistols tshire Very coated black jeans

H&M black coachella cat sunglasses

Asos goldtone spike bracelet

Miss KG leopard print shoes

Sex Pistols tee black very coated skinny jeans

T-shirt: eBay, jeans: Very, shoes: Miss KG, clutch and bracelet: Asos, sunglasses: H&M, ring: Merle O’Grady.

 

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