Classic Jewellery Items You Need In Your Life

Jewellery is as much a part of your look as the clothes you are wearing. It says a lot about the person wearing it, whether you like classic elegance and refined style, or whether you opt for a more edgy aesthetic. Whatever your style preference may be, there are still certain items that you should own, the pieces that are timeless, will go with any outfit, and are built to last.

What should every jewellery wardrobe have? Step this way…

The Classic Watch

I struggle to understand anyone who doesn’t wear a watch. A beautiful timepiece not only looks incredible, but is also practical and useful. A watch is an investment piece, something definitely worth spending more for, and there are names you should definitely look out for, like Patek Philippe Cartier and Rolex. Remember the value of your designer watch will only grow, so keep all boxes and certification safe. You can find the best quality watches at Chronoexpert who specialise in luxury watches, selling both new and pre-owned designs.

When you choose your watch, look for a style that suits you, but will also give you the maximum usage, watches should not be just kept for best, they need to be worn as much as possible to earn their keep in your jewellery wardrobe.

The statement earring

One of this season’s biggest trends is set to be the statement earring. Introduce a splash of vibrancy into your outfit with a delicate pair of dangly and colourful earrings, which can add equal amounts of elegance and playfulness to any summer outfit. Look for earrings in a wide range of elegant styles and vibrant colours to add style to even the plainest of outfits.

The pendant necklace

Another big trend this season is set to be the pendant necklace. The secret when wearing this elegant and timeless piece of jewellery is to make it the centre of attention by pairing it with an otherwise quite minimal outfit, such as a plain dress or top and stud earrings in a matching metal.

When choosing your pendant necklace, be sure to choose a chain length that suits your face shape and brings out your best features. If you’re unsure which is the most flattering length for you then try different styles out for size until you find the one that suits.



A classic string of pearls are, quite frankly, iconic. From the days of Coco Chanel and Josephine Baker, pearls have been subversive – considered prim if worn with a twinset, but a long string of peals can be oh so sexy.

Pearls first found fame when Queen Alexandra wore a pearl choker to cover a scar from throat surgery, but these days they work with so many outfits. The great news is that you can pick up vintage pearls from charity shops and vintage fairs at very reasonable prices.

FRANCE – CIRCA 1936: Coco Chanel, French couturier. Paris, 1936 LIP-28371. (Photo by Lipnitzki/Roger Viollet/Getty Images)

What sort of jewellery do you have in your collection.

Charity Shop And Vintage Buys – July

In a post last month I talked about using charity shop finds to revitalise a holiday wardrobe without spending a heap of money on new outfits. I think the idea that you can look amazing on a budget, whilst helping to recycle clothes rather than adding to the landfill problems, whilst also contributing to good causes is a sound one, one that more people should be trying out.

Earlier this month I went on holiday, and, practising what I preached, much of my suitcase was filled with charity shop finds, probably totally less than £100. For me, charity shop finds mean that you are not wearing the same old High Street finds that everyone else is wearing. Don’t get me wrong, I love Primark as much as the next person, but when you look around the pool, you see an awful lot of Primark on display, so shopping in charity shops can help you to stand out from the crowd, especially if you have picked up something that is vintage, from a lesser known label, or is at least a few years old and ripe for reinvention.

So this month’s charity shop finds is dedicated to everything Summer, and Summer holidays, from the bag that will take you from the bar to the beach, via the airport, to your poolside cover ups, and pretty pieces you can wear once the sun has gone down.

Where possible I will give you the brand, the cost and the charity shop it was found in, and hopefully offer a little inspiration on the sorts of things you can add to your Summer wardrobe, and save some money that will add extra coffers to your spending money once you’re in resort.

Charity Shop Finds

Pool Cover Up from Next, found in Beacon for the Blind, Bloxwich for £3.99

Beach Bag from Debenhams, found in Acorns Walsall for £4, vintage Galimard scarf tied around handle, from British Heart Foundation, Walsall for £2.

Zara camisole from Cancer Research Walsall for £2, black cheesecloth skirt with gold thread, unlabelled vintage, £3 from same store.

H&M bandeau dress, £3 from Cancer Research, Walsall.

Vintage 1980s dress £5.99 from St Giles hospice shop, Bloxwich.

Maison Des Nimes tunic dress, £4.99 from St Giles Hospice Shop, Bloxwich.

F& F Clothing Bardot style dress, £2.99, from Oxfam, Wolverhampton.

Sarong, part of a Indian Sari, 99p from St Giles, Bloxwich.

Vintage skirt, £3.99, Cancer Research Shop, Aberystwyth.

Top Vintage from Acorns Wednesbury £2.99, Skirt Matalan, from St Giles Cannock £2.50.

Dress Vintage, £1 from Salvation Army shop, Cannock.

Vintage day dress £3.99 Acorns Wednesbury, vintage Carvela shoes from Mabel’s Vintage fair at the Manor House.

1970s vintage dress £4.99 Acorns Wednesbury, with shoes £4 from Acorns Walsall.

Vintage top and skirt, £2.49 and £3 respectively, from Compton Care, Willenhall.

1970s M&S, St Michael Label dress, £4.99, Beacon From the Blind, Bloxwich. Worn with 1950s pin.

Hair At 50 Still Packs A Punch

It was the musical that shocked the unshockable 1960s. Hair, the story of counter cultural dropouts, featured nudity, drug taking, flag burning and shades of homosexuality and made stars of many of its cast including Paul Nicholas and Oliver Tobias. But as it tours again 50 years on, does it still have that power in our sadly apathetic times? After watching it at the Wolverhampton Grand last night I would say it resonates as strongly as ever.


The thing about Hair is that the story is hardly there, but the mood and message is everything. The dropouts, led by the charismatic Berger and Claude, live on the streets. They avoid work, responsibility and the ongoing Vietnam war. They live together, sleep together and take drugs together. But this is America in the 1960s, living in the shadow of the Vietnam, and when Claude receives his draft notice he is torn between his counter cultural friends and his feelings that he is a patriot and should go to fight.

Hair is a highly polished production that is visually stunning, full of colour and striking dance routines that defy you to take your eyes away for even a second. The music, big hits for the likes of the Fifth Dimension in the 1960s, still sounds incredible, particularly I Got Life, sang defiantly by Claude to his parents, and made famous by Nina Simone, and Aquarius. And then we have the cast, led by the supremely charismatic Jake Quickenden as Berger. He seems to get better and better in every role and his voice sounded brilliant here. He is matched by the more thoughtful, idealistic Paul Wilkins as Paul, bringing lots of vulnerability to the role. There are also strong performances from Marcus Collins as Hud, Bradley Judge as Woof and Daisy Wood Davis as Sheila, in love with Berger, but treated pretty rottenly it has to be said.

Hair is a stunning achievement, a must see this Summer. Let the Sunshine in and grab a ticket now.


24 Jul – 27 Jul 2019

Wolverhampton Grand Theatre
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