Sometimes, despite our best efforts, it is not always possible to conceal psoriasis; I’m thinking of areas like hands, necks or décolletage. In these instances, as I have repeatedly said, the only ploy is distraction and accessories are the best way to do this. A great scarf or a piece of jewellery will draw the eye away from your skin and onto to the areas you wish to highlight.
I love Zara and Massimo Dutti as much as the next person, but even I will admit that it is very annoying to find half the population wearing the same thing. It’s nice to be different and so today, I would like to point you in the direction of three online shops, where you can buy accessories that will not necessarily be worn by every second person on your street. Three very enterprising fashion bloggers have set up shops on their blogs and are offering some wonderful items at exceptionally reasonable prices. Interested? I thought so! Let me tell you more…
First up, we have the very stylish Avril from the phenomenally successful blog, School Gate Style. A lady who truly knows her accessories, Avril has now got a fabulous range of scarves and statement necklaces available on her blog. The choice of colours is terrific, so I decided to step away from my usual muted shades and opt for her yellow Mosaic scarf. At only £10, this represents great value. (It is temporarily out of stock, but this will be rectified within a few days. In the meantime there are a ton of other patterns and shades to choose from.) The palette of the scarf includes blues, purples and grey, which make it versatile with a range of outfits and for those of us with scalp psoriasis, it couldn’t be a more perfect camouflage.
And in homage to School Gate Style, I give you the ‘blogger looking downwards’ pose (plus one of me squinting in the sunshine)!
Alongside her scarves, there is a variety of super necklaces and bracelets, as well as a selection from the very popular Pluck and Devour range. All are priced very competitively. Further details can be found here, http://schoolgatestyle.tictail.com/. I urge you take a look (but don’t blame me when you spend more than you had planned!)
Second on my list is the lovely Fiona from Avenue 57, whose shop can be found at http://avenue57.tictail.com/. Fiona sells a range of scarves and jewellery, but for those who are interested, she also does a limited range of tops, dresses and sweaters. This Scarlett Silk Top is one that I am contemplating right now and quite honestly, I’m not sure where else you would find a 100% silk top for only £25!
The major plus of Fiona’s shop is that you can ask her on the dedicated Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/groups/559732314066645/) to model any item you are considering! Not just that, she will ask advice as to what you, the customer, would like her to stock; she welcomes honest feedback on your purchases; she provides tremendous customer service … and best of all, she does so with great humour and wit! Go join her page (all welcome!) and you’ll see what I mean!
Finally, the very talented Sue from Susie So So, who after much encouragement from many other bloggers, has finally decided to sell her own handmade jewellery online. Her range is exquisite; delicate, beautiful and guaranteed to be different to anything else you’ve seen. Her shop can be accessed at this link, http://susieho.tictail.com/. This is my favourite piece, the Beachcomber Necklace. It would be stunning with a plain tee or white shirt.
All these blogs are UK based, but, in the interests of my Irish readers, I’ve confirmed that all items can be posted to Ireland. You can email the ladies directly for details of postage rates and delivery times.
So, what do you think? Have I tempted you to do a little online shopping? And if I have, I would love to hear what you think of your purchases.
Have a lovely weekend.