Sunday, 13 October 2013

Bring on the Bling!


I should warn you … this is going to be a ‘marmite’ post; you will either love it or hate it.  In my innocence I thought everyone shared my love of bling.  Clearly, judging by some of the hilarious comments on my Facebook page  this week (see side panel for link), this was an incorrect assumption. However, I am sticking to my guns, and will press on with my post which is all about statement necklaces … the true saviour for distracting the eye from psoriasis.

I’m a huge fan of accessories.  If you have a skin condition that you’re trying to conceal, there’s no better (or cheaper) way to distract the eye than by wearing a great scarf or indeed, a blingtastic necklace. And do I have some beauties to share with you today!  In the past I’ve been a little conservative in my choices, preferring to stick to a matt silver look.  This season however, I’ve decided to up the ante a bit and introduce a bit of bling and even a bit of colour.  With a psoriasis-induced clothing palette of greys, taupes and creams, it’s a good way to add some oomph to a top or jacket.

So let’s see what’s out there.  Marks and Spencer have a nice range and amazingly, their Per Una choices are actually worth a look (unlike their clothing range … please M&S; YAWN! Surely it’s time for some new designs in this range?)  Starting with the Collection Jewel Embellished Diamantė necklace.



Per Una Geometric Plated Collar Necklace.  This would be most cool over a white tee or round neck sweater



Per Una Pearl Effect Multi Faceted Bead Necklace.  I’ve seen this in-store and it’s a beauty



The Next collection is also worth taking a look at.  I haven’t seen this in-store but I love the colours.  The problem with costume jewellery is that a gold effect can often look cheap.   This Smokey Quartz Diamantė necklace manages to incorporate the golden colours without the shiny gold plating.



I’m having a bit of a thing about green at the moment, so this Green Statement Necklace from Next caught my eye.  Ideal to liven up an otherwise muted palette.



Notwithstanding my new resolve to go with colours, I had to include this Gunmetal Grey Flower necklace from Next.  Absolutely stunning and would go with everything!



I had a quick look in River Island last week (I don’t know what it is about that shop, but I always feel like I’ve raised the average age by twenty years whenever I go in!) and thought that this white rope necklace was rather cute.



However, this one I’m rather excited about.  It’s from the new Primark Limited range and will be in-store from November onwards.  But will it look as good in reality?



As for my own colour-filled resolutions … well, what did I buy?  First up, I chose this bronze and purple number from Marks and Spencer.  It was hanging on a sale rack reduced from €40 to €16, so I felt it would be rude to leave it behind.  As I’ve managed to wear it a few times this week, I think it’s going to be a staple in my wardrobe for the next few months
 
The 'Don't Mess with Me' Look!



And finally, the truly marmite piece!  I love this … many of you will hate it!  I saw it in Zara a few weeks ago, but when I went back to buy it, it had sold out (not online now either, apologies)  However, my sister kindly sent it to me from the US … which was indeed kind as, in her own words, she thinks ‘it’s gross’.  But I love it ….

Worn with a black vest and tuxedo jacket
 
Photographer is getting giddy!



And at this point, my photographer (who also hates it!) was laughing so much, we have a somewhat lopsided picture of it worn with a casual cream top. 
 
Photographer has now collapsed laughing!


So, where do you stand on the issue of statement necklaces?  And  please join the debate … what are your thoughts on the now infamous Zara necklace?
See you on Wednesday for my weekly wish and then I'll be back next weekend to show you yet another pair of trousers that I recently purchased.  I may be getting slightly carried away .. they may just be another pair of checked trews!

  

22 comments:

  1. Love your Zara one, clever you to have a handy sister in the US!!

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    1. It can sometimes be very handy indeed ... especially for make-up!

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  2. I absolutely LOVE this post! I did one yesterday on the statement necklaces I carry. They are definitely a matter of taste, but I personally love them. Stop by & visit my latest post, Statement Necklace Saturday (all through the month of October)! Www.thejewelrylady.co

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    1. I'll definitely stop by and have a look. I can never resist a bit of bling!

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  3. The Zara necklace is really gorgeous, I bet you were delighted to procure it! My favourite of your picks is the River Island one.....it looks like the safe but glamorous bet as I'm fairly new to the party with regards to the statement necklace look!

    By the way......I love your fringe!! Is it getting any easier for you? Last time I had a fringe (about 7 years ago) I did find it high maintenance but I am all for giving it another go.....would you recommend?? x

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    1. Oooh, tricky question! I think I prefer the concept of the fringe, to the reality; but that may be because I'm not sure it was cut particularly well! Having said that, although I plan to grow the sides of it again (I think it was cut too wide), I may just leave the fringe in situ ... cheaper than Botox lol (and yes, it's definitely more difficult to maintain)

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  4. Beautiful! I don't know who wouldn't like them!

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  5. Well you know me & statement necklaces Helen....I'm all for a bit of bling & there are some fab ones here to choose from. Love how you've styled the Zara necklace xx
    www.mymidlifefashion.com

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    1. Ha, ha Jane .. I knew you'd definitely like them!

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  6. Well from the amount I own I couldn't say I don't like them Helen.....I think they are great for nights out! The only thing is I tend to favour them over other good jewellery pieces I own which is a shame sometimes! I try to wear these during the day now for a change:)
    ~Anne

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    1. That's a good point Anne. I tend to do likewise ... but then my real jewellery certainly wouldn't have the bling factor that these do. However, no doubt the trends will change and in no time we'll be back to our more discreet pieces again!

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  7. love love love the last Zara one - LOVE IT, you hear me?!!

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    1. LOL! And love, love, love you too!!!!! (Sister ... can you hear her?!!)

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  8. I love them all, I've really gotten into necklaces the past few weeks.

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    1. They're a bit addictive aren't they? Once you buy one ... it's hard to stop! (A bit like eating Pringles really, but that's another story!)

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  9. I think they all look fab. Gross!!! What is your sister on about!!! Ha ha. Might have to bring on the bling th season now too!!!

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  10. I think they look great on you Helen and the Zara necklace is stunning! I'm afraid I get a bit lazy when it comes to accessories for myself - I always dress so casually that I'm not sure I could pull it off for everyday wear. Also I can't do the statement thing with heavy rimmed specs on myself - does this make sense? Tend to save such luxuries for a rare night out (and contact lenses!).

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  11. Oh I like it Helen! Looks great against the white top. I'm loving all the Next ones the most x

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  12. I love it! It looks gorgeous on you & now I want one! I need a tripod as Hubby is super pants at picture taking! Ax

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  13. I am smitten by statement necklaces - there are too many here I want! Saw a girl wearing this amazing one from New Look last week, too tempting;)

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