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Red Strawberry Brooch

Tuesday, August 26th, 2008

Red Strawberry BroochI love vintage looking brooches, and am currently on the look out for a new one to go on my (as yet unpurchased) winter jacket. Last year I had a lovely silver horse, but sadly after several months of wear and tear it’s legs snapped off, so I’m looking for something a bit sturdier.

The Red Herring range at Debenhams has some lovely clothes, and after some research it seems it’s got a great jewellery range too, including some brooches. I’m tempted by the winged horse, but after the demise of last year’s I’m leaning towards this one, a Red Strawberry Brooch. It’s shiny gems and vibrant colour make it unique and eye catching, and it’s definitely unusual. The detailing also makes it seem a lot more expensive than it it, there are black beads for seeds and a jewel detail on the stem gives it a 3D effect.

It costs £8 and you can get from Debenhams online or instore.

Disney Couture

Thursday, August 21st, 2008

Disney Couture Magic Castle NecklaceYou’re never too old for Disney, and now ASOS have launched a great line of jewellery to prove it! Disney Couture is a range of necklaces, earrings, bracelets, rings inspired by Disney characters and themes, exclusively for big kids.

The high end products are a firm celebrity favourite, being sported by Lindsay Lohan, Kate Bosworth and Nicole Richie, as well as being featured in Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar.

My favourite is this cute Magic Castle Necklace. This is the very embodiment of all things Disney without being too cheesy or having Mickey Mouse draped round your neck (although the infamous ears are available as Swarovski necklace pendant if you fancy it!).

At 27 inches, this is a fairly long necklace, so wear it with a plain top to make the colours stand out. It’s 14 Ct gold plated and costs £40, so definitely a grown up piece of jewellery worth taking care of!

The whole range is available from ASOS now.

Gothic Frame Ring

Tuesday, August 12th, 2008

Dorothy Perkins Gothic Frame RingCostume jewellery is the ultimate accessory to have for Autumn/Winter – the rule is the bigger the better – pile on as many necklaces as your neck will take! Create an over-the-top effect with metres of chains, or just go for one huge statement piece. And, according to fashion bible Vogue, it doesn’t matter if your ‘diamonds’ cost £20 or £200. This great ring from Dorothy Perkins combines a statement piece with one of Autumn/Winter’s key trend, a gothic inspired look. And the best part? It costs less than a tenner!

The Gothic Frame Ring is great for accessorizing during the day, or will work really well with a black evening dress. The intricate framing detail makes the ring look a lot more expensive than it is, and the all black effect gives a super classy effect.

Get it now at Dorothy Perkins in store or online for £9.

Topshop Necklaces

Friday, August 8th, 2008

Winged Horse NecklaceTopshop has a great new range of necklaces, covering all of the key trends from bows to tribal to bright colours. Whatever you like wearing round your neck, I can guarantee there’ll be a necklace for you.

Being a fan of horses, I think this Winged Horse Necklace is my favourite. On a simple chain, the small silver horse charm is set off by the diamante detailing on the wings, and it has an antique, vintage feel about it. On a 15″ chain it’s long enough not to get tangled up in collars and necklines, is adjustable by 3″ and will slip on over the head, so no messing about with fiddly clasps. It’s also available with a gold horse charm which makes the silver wings stand out even more. It also faces the opposite way, so you can choose which way you want the horse to gallop.

Get them at Topshop online now or in store.

Charmed

Monday, August 4th, 2008

Philip Crangi Charm necklaceCharms have been a key trend for a while now, particularly on bracelets. Chanel’s recent Fashion Week Show saw the runway transformed into a carousel with giant Chanel accessory charms such as the infamous 2.55 bag, a bow and a two tone ballet pump.

This Philip Crangi Mixed Charm necklace combines a horseshoe, padlock and an anchor from this summers nautical trend to give a twist on an old favourite.

The charms are in classic gold and black, and the necklace has a gold chain. It would would pair up with a smart office outfit, an evening dress, or add detail to a simple jeans and top combo. It would also make a great gift for almost anyone as it’s classy and cute at the same time.

It costs £950 at is available at Kabiri.