Spring/Summer 2020 jewellery style guide

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With the weather being unseasonably mild, its time to turn your attention to your spring/summer wardrobe. If you’re anything like me, it’s a big relief when you get to shed the frumpy knitwear and heavy overcoats and step out in something that doesn’t mean loads of layers. However, you don’t have to stop at clothes, and you can give any outfit that extra summery touch with the right jewellery. Here’s my rundown of the biggest jewellery trends of spring/summer 2020 to give you some ideas for your own 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. Chose a style that suits your mood, from glamorous pearl designs from Uterque that are both elegant, but very fashion forward, to cameo styles that have a vintage feel and work well with a country heritage look.

A Smart Watch

Smart Watches have become an absolute wardrobe staple for both men and women, and are a real trend for teenagers, as they record their activity levels helping them to  to stay healthy and fit. They also look stylish, coming in a range of designs and colours, and are now as much a fashion accessory as they are a gadget.

If you are looking for smart watches for girls it could be worth checking out a website like Superwatches which is a website dedicated to professional reviews and smart watch comparisons. This should give you a good idea of which watch to buy according to your needs and budget requirements.

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, try a few different ones for size to find your preference.

The sunglasses

One thing no summer wardrobe is complete without is a pair of sunglasses. Ditch the pair you bought in a rush at the airport last year and upgrade them with a pair of iconic Raybans, which simply exude effortless cool. Pick up a pair from the Rayban site before jetting off on your summer getaway to complete your holiday wardrobe.

Ring layering

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Another bang-on-trend statement piece to introduce into this season’s wardrobe is ring layering. Go for a unified look by drenching every digit in similar rings, or make an eye-catching statement by mixing it up with a totally mismatching designs and materials.

Introduce these pieces of jewellery into your spring/summer wardrobe this year and you’ll be right on trend all season.

Create a Perfect space in your loft

Many people have loft conversions on their properties these days, whether it be to create extra bedrooms for an extended family, an home office, an extra upstairs bathroom, even a space for a truculent teenager to exist in without having to see and mix with any other human beings. But if I was to transfer my loft into a living space, then I would love to create a dream haven, just for me.

Creating a Living Space

We have a rather large loft space that would be perfect for transformation, and what I would most like to make in the eaves of my house would be a personal dressing room, complete with space for all my clothes and shoes. It would need a fair few wardrobes, a glamorous dressing table (I’m thinking of the one my Sindy doll had in the 1980s) and a chaise longue. This would be a girls only space (Pete and Joe totally banned) and it would be made light and airy with a skylight in the roof, with a roof blind for those days when the sun is a little too blinding. (Not that many in the UK I know, but you have to think of all eventualities.)

Stuart Jones Ltd Athens Chaise Longue £619.99 click to visit Wayfair

Storage

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I would choose my wardrobes carefully and they would each have different uses. I would have one for casual/daywear and one for evening/formal wear – I may even have one just for dresses. The room would have a vintage feel, using retro style hat boxes for storing scarves, belts, maybe even a hat or two. I would also invest in some stylish storage from Homes Direct 365. They have French style storage boxes that resemble old style luggage trunks and storage trunks that you could find in granny’s attic, which is exactly the style of aesthetic I would be looking for. I particularly love the four drawer luggage trunk, which you can almost see sitting on a station somewhere many years ago, and the Bergman Set Of 3 Storage Trunks which look like they have stored many treasures over the years.

I love that the cases from Homes Direct 365 are often hand crafted, which makes them both practical, as well as beautiful and luxurious. The vintage style is perfect for a bedroom space as both a piece of furniture and as storage, and I love that these will help keep your space looking tidy and elegant, but also look elegant in themselves.

For additional storage that could slide either inside a wardrobe space, or under a day bed, I would head to Bed Bath & Beyond which is another great destination when it comes to storage that goes beyond the mere useful and practical. My favourite colour at the moment is pink, so a hot pink Jumbo Rhino trunk would be a definite first choice, I love the colour and the leather handles and the fact that it is also durable. There is also a smaller cube version which would be a great match and would work for jewellery or cosmetics. The organizer trays would also be very useful to make your drawers really earn their keep and add some sort of system to them.

Dressing tables and a Wardrobe

The dressing table would have fabulous glass jars and Art Deco style jewellery boxes, along with vintage knick knacks I have picked up over the years, like vintage Chanel bottles and original Biba make-up.

Stackers Glass Jewellery Boxes from £22-£30 Click to visit John Lewis

 Linea DAMASK GLASS STORAGE JAR £10 click to visit House of Fraser

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Set of 4 Red Hat Boxes with Cream Lining, Gold Cord and Old French Adverts to the front. 23cm, 28cm, 30cm and 35cm £49.95 Click to visit Amazon

Rather than modern, fitted wardrobes I would scour charity and antique shops for solid wood wardrobes, especially those you find with internal drawers and mirrors. I love the 1950s mirrors that hang from a chain. I wouldn’t particularly worry about matching items to one era or time, the mismatch would be part of the charm of the room.

These are beautiful.

These are beautiful.

This would be my dream space, a haven and a retreat back to past era’s of glamour.

What would you stick in your loft if you were to opt for a conversion to your property?

 

 

Bathroom Luxury And Comfort for Everyone

One of my favourite ways to relax and wind down is to take a hot bath.  With the tub filled with my favourite bubbles from Elemis and Bodhi, with the door locked against the world, and by turning on the hot tap every time the water is in danger of going cold, I can wind away happy hours just relaxing, thinking about absolutely nothing in particular.

In contrast, when I need a quick wake up call, a shower is the way to go. Hot jets of water combined with a zesty shower gel can get the morning started, or can be a pick me up at the end of a long and tiring day. Relaxing or invigorating, it is true that we can take showers and baths for granted, not thinking that for people who suffer from chronic pain and disability, or with mobility problems due to ageing, these things are not so easy, with just getting in and out of the bath/shower a cause for problems. The real shame of this is that soaking in a bath can often be therapeutic for those who do suffer from the aches of chronic pain.

walk-in-baths-mainOne way in which your bathroom can still be a relaxing place which totally agrees with your therapeutic needs is with the addition a walk in shower.  A walk in shower is more easily accessible than one that sits above a bath, and can often accommodate a wheelchair if required. They can also come equipped with a bath seat to add comfort and ease to someone who may struggle with standing for long periods of time, or with balance issues. Walk in showers are an option that can be high quality and tailor made to suit a range of needs and to fit into an array of different sized bathrooms. With the emphasis on quality, but also on appearance, these are items that are not only practical  and helpful, but are luxurious and attractive too, making sure your bathroom is once again a haven of peace and tranquillity, a place to wash away the cares of the day.

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If you struggle with mobility, or need the aid of a walker or wheelchair, look for bathing solutions that offer low level entry for showers, are spacious and roomy, and can contain a shower seat. If a shower is not for you, you can also find baths that offer walk in options,  come in a range of sizes and are perfect for those with chronic pain that is alleviated through hydro-therapy.