Thursday, 9 October 2014

Jewellery Lust : Lost at Sea


Bags, shoes, hats, scarves etc etc. Everyone has a vice when it comes to fashion. That one thing that they're addicted to and will never stop buying no matter how much they have. Well I have two: shoes and jewellery. 

I've already done two Jewellery Lust posts featuring Black Tied and The Rogue and the Wolf , and with my addiction ever growing, it looks like it's going to become a regular feature, so I thought I'd explain what it's all about. 

I think it's really important to support new, growing brands, and they're a great place to shop if you're looking for something a little bit different. I'm noting with the high street that you won't have to go far before you bump into someone wearing the same thing as you, and some of the products are a bit over-priced. Online brands are a great way of developing your individual style and spotting new, emerging trends whilst potentially grabbing a bargain, so each of these posts are going to focus on one particular brand.  

This week, that brand is Lost at Sea Jewellery. I discovered them through Instagram (which, by the way, is a brilliant place for finding new brands), and adored their style. Selling not only jewellery, but homewares too, this is one of those brands which makes me want to fill my house with they're entire stockroom. 

I mentioned in my first Jewellery Lust post that I was noticing an emerging trend in ethereal and spiritually themed jewellery. Now that was back in March and the trend is still going strong. Think hamsas, buddhas, pentagrams, semi-precious stones, cuffs, chokers and amulets. 

What I really love about Lost at Sea jewellery is that their products work well with any style. I'm a bit of a grunge fiend, but at the same time I like to look feminine, and Lost at Sea jewellery helps to pull it all together. 

I recently ordered their Albirio Coin Collar Necklace in both silver and gold, and I haven't stopped wearing them. They're so dramatic and are timeless statement pieces. At only £12 each I thought it was a steel, especially compared to high street prices. 

I'm currently in the throws of redecorating my room, so next on the agenda is some Lost at Sea homewares. It'll be dream catcher galore! 


Friday, 22 August 2014

Camden Bargain Buys



Ahh Camden. My home away from home. 

I'm forever discovering new and interesting places in London that fulfill my needs for the weird, wonderful and bizarre, but every time I go to London, I'll always at one point or the other find myself returning to Camden. 

Not only did it play a huge part of my childhood (yes I was an Emo/Scene Kid) but it is an amalgation of all the things I love: music, fashion, food and BARGAINS!

During the months of June/July, I got to visit Camden twice. Once with the lovely Fi Shemmans before the Cosmopolitan Superblogger Masterclass, and then with my best friend George Puddephatt for a nostalgic catch-up . 

Camden has changed a lot since I was 15/16, especially when it comes to shopping. It has definitely become more commercial. I'm not complaining, it just means you have to hunt a bit harder for those unique items. 

The t-shirt pictured above I bought from the market on the right hand side of the river, with the Vespa seating area. Because of all the food stalls there I always forget that there are shops behind them, but on this occassion Fi reminded me, and we spent a good hour or two there. The t-shirt came from a stall selling tonnes of garish yet eye-catching graphic print tees. Falling back into my monochrome habits, I fell in love with this particular one. It's got a sports luxe meet grunge vibe about it, and I could instantly picture in my head how I wanted to style it. For only £12 I thought it was an absolute bargain. 

The sunglasses were an emergency buy. Whilst waiting for George to meet me in Camden, I'd realised I'd forgotten my sunglasses, and the sun was blinding. Upon walking towards the main stables I  found a mini market on the left side of the street, with one vendor selling hundreds of on-trend sunglasses for £5. From flip-up sunglasses to oil slick, this guy had everything. I must have spent a good 20 minutes trying them on before deciding on this gold-rimmed oil slick pair. They are a proper statement and for £5 I won't be to heartbroken when I loose them (and believe me I will). 

Lastly but certainly not least are the bohemian bracelets and bindis. These came from a Middle Eastern shop just a few minutes Camden station. You can smell the incense a mile off, and the gorgeous colour scheme of oranges, reds, yellows and pinks draws you in. This shop has a pic 'n' mix system, where you grab a bowl and sift through piles of bracelets, rings, anklets and incense all priced between 20p and £1. It's hard not to go overboard, but when you see how much jewellery like this is going for in high street brands you'd be well and truly justified to do so. 

So if you're ever in London and looking for a bargain, take a little trip to Camden. Even if you don't buy anything, I guarantee it's a visit you won't forget.  


Friday, 4 July 2014

Jewellery Lust with Black Tied and 15% Discount Code


Oh do I have a treat for you lot!!!

If you’ve been following my blog from the beginning, then you’ll know how much I love discovering new brands that really suit my own personal style, and sharing these discoveries with you.

Right now, jewellery is the king of the accessories and is one of my biggest weaknesses (especially rings). However I am very picky about the jewellery I wear so I do have to hunt high and low for those particular brands, but when I find them you can bet on it that I’m sticking with them for life!

I've recently become very enamored with jewellery brand Black Tied. Unless you've been walking around with a paper bag on your head you should have noticed that gemstones, crystals, semi-precious stones, midi-rings, hamsa and evil eye motifs are huge in the world of jewellery right now. It’s a bohemian revolution and I’m loving it.

Black Tied is a brand that are fully embracing this trend and exploring all its possible avenues.

 Based in Ireland, their designs are unique, edgy and alternative in style. But the awesomeness of Black Tied doesn't stop there. When it comes to alternative styles like this I've noticed a lot of brands asking extortionate prices, taking advantage of a trend that despite being labelled as bohemian, actually appeals to everyone. BlackTied is reasonably priced and affordable, and their jewellery is of amazing quality and handmade.

I just recently bought their Silver Vertebrae Ring which arrived a few days ago, and I haven’t taken it off. I love slightly morbid and macabre designs such as animal skulls and things like that, so I just had to have this ring. I've had so many people comment on it because for a ring it is very unusual in style and quite striking. The matte silver and antique effect adds a grunge element but at the same time I think it looks quite elegant.

Now my blog has been doing better than I could have ever expected, and has brought some wonderful opportunities to my door, one of them being working alongside Black Tied to bring to you lovely readers a little thank you discount. It is because of you reading my blog, following me on Facebook/Twitter/ Instagram that this is possible.

So if like me you love the current bohemian meets grunge jewellery trend, why not go and check out Black Tied, and if you see anything you like, use the discount code BSH15 for 15% off your order, valid until August 3rd

(If using Paypal, enter code once you've been taken back to Black Tied page)