Statement Jewellery From BIJOU BIJOU

Once upon a time, making a statement with your jewellery choices meant opting for precious stones. The biggest statement you could make was through a Diamond, a status symbol which spoke of wealth and prestige. But these days, the biggest talking point when it comes to jewellery is the statement necklace, and this is, more often than not, a glorious piece of costume jewellery. The newest name on the blog when it comes to costume jewellery that dazzles and delights is BIJOU BIJOU, a company that definitely comes under my ‘currently I’m loving’ tag.

BIJOU BIJOU is a veritable treasure trove of designer costume jewellery. Stocking designers such as Maria Black and Estella Bartlett, as well as its own brand of beautiful pieces, BIJOU BIJOU is definitely a site to bookmark, especially with the ‘C’ word just around the corner (yes, I am talking Christmas…how many weeks until the big day now?). All of their jewellery pieces come wonderfully packaged in trademark black boxes which mean you can immediately give these as a gift without needing to rush out for a gift bag.

 

I have been living in, and loving, the BIJOU BIJOU golden chain fringe necklace with black tassels. This ethnic/boho style necklace is currently out of stock in black, but you can grab a bargain with the multi-coloured option which is just gorgeous. The body of the necklace is a gold, nickel free chain effect which is substantial, but not too heavy around the neck. The tassels hang from hooks on the end of the chain and give the necklace that stand-out statement feel. The whole effect is of a collar style, making this look fabulous when worn over a crew neck, or even high necked halter style top of dress.

Because of the stand out, striking look of this necklace, it is the perfect piece to dress up any outfit or look. It could be worn over a t-shirt with a pair of jeans like I wore it below, and it would totally lift the outfit. The necklace is a versatile piece too, wear it over a simple shift dress of any colour and this could transform an outfit from a day to night look. The necklace can even be worn over black, as the gold lifts the look enough to still create a dramatic look.

The length of the necklace is 30cm, and it does have an extender chain on the fastening, which can change the look of the necklace from a choker/collar effect, to a more traditional necklace style.

My Summer Wardrobe – A Bumper Outfit Of The Day Post

Due to a family holiday in Cyprus which also incorporated my brother’s wedding, I am really late with my outfit of the day post for June. It really has been an incredibly busy time, and June was the oddest of months, with both my birthday and Father’s Day falling in the month, as well as some great blogging events and family gatherings. Clearly it was a month when my wardrobe was going to be earning its keep.

The weather was practically schizophrenic, one moment the sun was so hot the only thing to do was immerse yourself in a pool (of the paddling variety in my case), the next there was rain and temperatures better suited to late October rather than the supposedly flaming June. This meant that the jeans could not be abandoned just yet, and some days still required sleeves of the longer variety.

There were some new purchases, specifically of the holiday variety, and there were also some great charity shop finds, but June was very much a month when old favourites showed their faces again, as I tried to avoid washing and wearing new pieces that I wanted to take on holiday. Where I can, I link to any pieces currently in stores, but this has proved to be more difficult in this post.

Prezzo New Square Review

Top Charity Shop Skirt Primark (current season – check your store) Shoes Givenchy Vintage Basket TK Maxx Necklace Primark

Straw baskets

Strawberry Straw Shopper Bag now £18 Click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Pom Pom Beach Tote Bag now £12 Click to visit JD Williams

A trip to RAF Cosford

Top Dorothy Perkins Skirt Vintage charity shop find Sandals Clarks

Similar Top and Skirt

Lace Bardot Top
Was £16.00 Now £12.80 Click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Graciela Polka Dot Pocket Side Midi Skirt £20 Click to visit Boohoo

Sunday Lunch

Top M&S Culottes New Look Shoes Vintage Bag Vivienne Westwood (reviewed here)

Similar Culottes

Tall Emily Tie Waist Culottes £15 Click to visit Boohoo

School Run on a sunny day

Top Primark Skirt Dorothy Perkins (Charity Shop Find) Sandals Clarks

Similar top and skirt

Black Floral Print Bardot Top £18.00 Click to visit Evans

MADEMOISELLE R Pleated Skirt £15.60 Click to visit La Redoute

Shopping and Lunch

Top New Look Jeans Dorothy Perkins Necklace QVC Sandals K Jacques Bag Desigual

Similar Top and jeans

White Bardot Neck Long Sleeve Top £9.99 Click to visit New Look

Cobalt Eden Ankle Grazer
Was £18.00 Now £14.40 Click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Woman in Business Expo

Top and Shoes M&S Skirt 1980s vintage Charity Shop Find

Top now in the sale

Cotton Rich Striped Flared Sleeve T-Shirt now £11 Click to visit M&S

Dinosaurs in the Wild Launch

Dress Primark Shoes F&F Necklace Rock My Vintage (review here)

Date Lunch with Hubby

Dress New Look Bag desigual Belt Charity Shop sunnies Calvin Klein (review here)

Turkish Restaurant for my birthday

Dress Next Shoes Clarks (Review here)

Navy Floral Bardot Midi Dress £28 Click to visit Next

Running Wild Press Night

Dress New Look

New Purchases

Top and Skirt New Look Shoes Dorothy Perkins

White Floral Print Hanky Hem Midi Skirt
£16.00 Click to visit New Look

Shopping Trip

Denim Jacket New Look Dress Pearl Lowe for Peacocks Shoes Dorothy Perkins

The Stylish, Comfy Maternity Attire to Gift Soon-to-Be Moms

As a parent, brother/sister, husband, or friend, you might be wondering what gift to get a lady you care about who is expectant. Because you’re thoughtful, you decide you need to get her something that will not only make her feel great, but also make her pregnancy easier because of the gift’s practicability. So you settle on gifting her with a maternity outfit.

The decision of what outfit to buy for the soon-to-be mom might seem overwhelming at first because of the vast variety of options to choose from. However, you’re decision becomes a whole lot easier when you start with the basics: giving priority to style and comfort. The body of a woman goes through significant changes during pregnancy.

The options are numerous and you wouldn’t want to hold back because this is a special gift. Therefore, the best approach to take might be keeping in mind things you need to avoid when buying maternity clothes as a gift. Here are a few tips.

No seams at the waist

Seams on clothes will cause discomfort around the waist area as her belly expands. In addition to getting her clothes that make her look great, you want those clothes to last her throughout the period of her pregnancy. So make sure whatever outfit you buy for her is seamless at the waist so that her belly easily grows into it.

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Classic silhouettes are a safe bet

The simplest outfits are usually the best when it comes to gifting maternity attire to expectant moms. Admittedly, they may not seem as exciting as dresses with elaborate designs. However, expectant mothers are most likely to wear the simplest dresses in their wardrobes most often because comfort is crucial, especially in the summer.

Think layers

It is often the case that during the second trimester where an expectant mother’s belly is in a sort of transition phase, a cardigan becomes increasingly preferable. They could easily layer it over dresses and tops from Love Trendify such that it hides certain features while accentuating others, such as her cute baby bump.

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Favour darker colours

Maternity clothes with darker colors have the optical effect of making the expectant mother appear somewhat smaller. In addition to that, the dark hues have a way of hiding problem areas that may be otherwise conspicuous. These colors are also easier to match with other clothes compared to brighter colors.

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Flowing pieces are preferable

You need to be careful here not to get her outfits that are exceedingly billowy as they tend to make her look bigger. A go in-between option works best, such as a cotton blouse that hugs her body in all the right places while still ensuring she is comfortable.

Buy one size up

Choosing for her dresses that are one size up ensures that the expectant mother will be able wear them during and after the pregnancy. For instance, you might want to buy her are formation dress that is one size up. It would look great and fit without the belt during her pregnancy, and she can have it resized afterward.

Bio:

Sofia P. Sanders has worked as a stylist in the fashion industry for 13 years. She has written numerous articles and blog posts on topics related to fashionable maternity wardrobe. Learn more about gifting mothers at Love Trendify.