It’s the last Monday of the month, which means it’s time for May’s Style Not Age blogger collaboration! Hilda set the theme for today’s outfits which are inspired by the sky and sea. Given how dramatically the weather has improved over the last few days, I think we’re all wholeheartedly enjoying the blue skies! Those lucky enough to be by the sea – Anna in particular – will definitely be making the most of the warm temperatures.
This pattern of this vintage dress reminds me of light flickering on the surface of the sea, creating a shimmering effect. It makes me think of warm, balmy evenings drinking cocktails by the sea, watching the moon’s reflection catching the waves. How lovely it would be to do that again. I don’t want to get my hopes up of a holiday too much just yet because there have already been more than enough plot twists in this Covid saga. In the meantime I’ll make the most of any nice weather we have at home and enjoy being outside. Yesterday we had friends over for a BBQ which was fantastic. All the kids had lots of water fights and put on a little performance for us which had us in stitches. How we’ve all missed that over the last 14 months!
While the dress represents the sea aspect of this outfit, my cloud earrings add the sky element. The Mother of Pearl “rain drops” are so pretty and sum up our spring rather aptly. They were recently gifted to me by Xander Kostroma, a small independent company founded by its namesake. Xander’s story is remarkable, from being homeless at 16 to working for some major retailers, and now running his own jewellery brand. Xander is proof that “Anything in your life is possible“, which is the company’s motto. You can read more of his story here.
All design and development starts in Xander’s home studio in Portugal. Then, the jewellery is made in Handan City and despatched from the Swansea office. It’s a very small, dedicated team – exactly the kind of company I love to support. It is a member of The Living Wage Foundation and pays all of its employees and contracted staff above the minimum wage. Many of us are becoming more discerning about where we shop, choosing ethical companies over global corporations that rely upon poorly paid factory workers to generate huge profits. Of course, I’m not perfect – I still buy from the likes of Mango and Zara occasionally, but I’m increasingly picky about the companies I’m happy to support and promote. I love finding small, ethical independent brands to share with you.
There are many variations on the cloud earrings, as well as lots of other fabulous designs. You can also find hair accessories, pashminas and canvas tote bags on the site. I received one of the bags with my earrings and it’s fantastic quality, really sturdy and well made. Do take a look at the website!
Vintage dress from eBay | Clarks sandals (old) | bag bought in Abu Dhabi | Asos sunglasses (old) | Xander Kostroma earrings (gifted)
Hilda has chosen a beautiful blue kimono that she bought from Zara a few years ago. You can see all the details at Over the Hilda.
Anna’s aqua jeans are colour co-ordinated with the beautiful clear sea around Tresco. How lucky she is to live somewhere so scenic. Head over to Anna’s Island Style to see more!
Gail of Is This Mutton? has combined shades of blue and green with a fabulous gold bag. Do check out her blog for all the details.
Jacqui is wearing pale blue and white, reminiscent of fluffy clouds on a fine summer’s day. You can see more of this look over at her blog Mummabstylish.
Disclaimer: I was gifted the earrings in exchange for a review. All words and opinions are my own.