Shopping For Must-Have Summer Accessories

Spring is here, and so our thoughts are turning to our Summer wardrobes. While you probably don’t want to go out and buy a whole new summer wardrobe, there are plenty of pretty and stylish accessories that will update your look.

Mobile Phone Cases

Even in times when we are not using our handbags, we are never without our mobile phones. They have become a new fashion accessory, and so our mobile phone cases are very important and a real harbinger of our personal style. CG Mobile, who are stockists of great iPhone 12 pro case and other phone accessories have the perfect range of Karl Lagerfeld hard cases with liquid glitter that are both stylish and fun. The Choupette case, named for Karl’s legendary cat. is also fabulous. You can also find similarly decorative cases for Android phones.

Flowers in Hair

An easy and beautiful way to add a touch of summer to your outfit is by wearing flowers in your hair. For everyday errands like running to the supermarket or grabbing lunch with your kids, tuck a blossom from your garden behind your ear. If you are going to a fancier event like a wedding, or ladies day, check out the gorgeous floral hair accessories from FTD, like the Flowers ‘n’ Frills Hair Décor. This accessory is technically in the bridal section of the company’s website, but it can definitely be worn by anyone who is looking to add some color to her hairdo. Flowers like orange spray roses, pink hyacinth and mini green hydrangea are attached to an accent hair clip, which is easy to place in an up-do or braid.

A Lightweight Scarf

A terrific way to add some needed color to your outfit is with a lightweight and colorful scarf. Dress up your T-shirt and shorts by wrapping one around your neck. A bonus: a light scarf will keep the chill away in highly air-conditioned places like movie theaters and restaurants. You can also use colorful scarves as belts and as sarongs at the pool. When choosing summer scarves, steer clear of heavy materials and opt for cotton or silk.

Clip on a Cuff

Arm and ear cuffs are all the rage this summer according to InStyle. For the arm cuffs, you can either wear them dangling from your wrist or clinch them higher up on your arm. ShopBop sells a nice assortment of arm cuffs including a thin curved cuff that looks like a railroad spike. Floral cuffs are another great option that will dress up a sundress or even just a plain T-shirt and jeans. If you are bored with wearing the same old earrings every day, give your ears an updated summer look with ear cuffs; the clip on cuffs will make it look like you have multiple piercings.

Put on a Floppy Hat

When you are looking for an affordable and fun summertime accessory, look no further than a big floppy hat. The hat will keep the sun and its damaging UV rays off your face, and you can wear it to the pool, park or shops, quite literally anywhere. Nordstrom sells a nice selection of wide brim hats in a variety of colours. To make your hat look even more feminine, wrap one of your lightweight scarves around it, or on windy days at the beach use the scarf as a tie.

Stack Friendship Bracelets

Relive your childhood and make some friendship bracelets with an adult twist. Instead of tying dozens of knots in thread, follow the instructions on The Craft and crochet some colourful bracelets. All that you need is embroidery thread and a small crochet hook. Once you have created some bracelets, stack them up on your wrists and voila — you will have added a dash of summertime fun to your arm.

 

Jewellery Ideas for Valentine’s Day: Stackable Rings, Watches And Designer Treasure

With Valentine’s day just a week away, I am today having a look at gifts that would work  well for both men and women, that is, the gift of jewellery. Jewellery is very much a gift that appeals to varied tastes, and whether you opt for beautiful costume pieces, or the real deal, you can be sure that the effort that has gone into choosing a piece of jewellery would be very much appreciated.

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Here I have put together a few jewellery gift ideas that I think should cover all bases and tastes.

Stackable Rings

A great gift idea, and also a really stylish and fashionable item, are stackable rings. You can pick these up quite cheaply in metal from places like Accessorize, but for really making a statement you should go for gold and gemstone options. Stackable rings can range from simple bands, to signet rings and wishbone styles and work in gold and silver. I love these as a gift idea, they work well for those who love the bohemian look, and can be something you can add to on different occasions like birthdays and Christmas to create a really unique, beautiful look.

A Watch

Giving a gift of time works well for both men and women. Brands like Rolex, Breitling and Cartier would be enough to put a smile on any face, but, of course, these do come with a high price tag. However, you could opt for a second hand design at a much more affordable price. Pre-Owned watches are now available with a guarantee of authenticity from companies like Xupes. Xupes also deal in pre-owned designer handbags which could be another gift idea, one which would definitely work for me.

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Costume Jewellery from Butler and Wilson

When it comes to costume jewellery, Butler and Wilson is my destination of choice. I’ve always loved the beautiful store on South Molton Street, which is how I imagine the jeweled cave from Aladdin would look, just so sparkling and pretty. If you can’t get to the London store, you can find Butler and Wilson pieces at super affordable prices at QVC.

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A designer piece

Buying a designer piece of jewellery can often be cheaper than opting for the designer bag or shoes. Selfridges always have great pieces by Marc Jacobs, Vivienne Westwood and Alexander McQueen and some of these come in at less than £150. These gifts come beautifully boxed and would be sure to be opened with appreciative gasps on February 14th.

 MARC JACOBS Enamel disc hinged bracelet £50.00 Click to visit Selfridges


MARC JACOBS Enamel disc hinged bracelet

 ALEXANDER MCQUEEN Skull double wrap leather bracelet £135.00 Click to visit Selfrdiges


ALEXANDER MCQUEEN Skull double wrap leather bracelet

 VIVIENNE WESTWOOD JEWELLERY Kika stud earrings £95.00 Click to visit Selfridges


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How to Shop for Shoes Online

There are several advantages of online shopping. If you enjoy shopping for shoes but but are currently faced with a lockdown that has seen all non essential shops closed, you can enjoy the benefits of online stores that are always open. Regardless of where you are or what time it is, you will have access to a wide selection of shoes that you can view and buy.

Choose a Shop

To successfully complete a shoe purchase, you need to make sure that visit a reputable shop. Maximize on the shopping experience by choosing online stores that have a reputation for being dependable and stocking quality products.

As you prepare to start shopping, take some time to look at the return policy of the online store. This will enable you to know what your options are in case you need to return or exchange shoes. Whenever you buy shoes and clothing online you need to be assured that the company will be willing to respond when you need clarification or help. Use secure services whenever you make purchases.

Look at Different Shoes Online

The images of different shoes are displayed on the site to enable you to view and enlarge what you are viewing. The best sites provide clear images that allow you to see the shoes and evaluate potential purchases.

Images are ideally accompanies by product descriptions that provide pertinent information such as prices, sizes and materials. If you need clarification regarding aspects such as materials and colours, you can contact customer service to let you know what is available.

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Measurements

With online shopping, you will not try on the shoe first. This is why it is essential for you to know your foot size and be aware of the size that fits you comfortably. You can get accurate foot measurements with help from online resources to ensure that you find out your correct size. Since sizing may differ with different brands and companies, use the sizing chart of the particular company to guide you.

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Choose Quality Shoes

When choosing new shoes you should think about the fabric of the shoe and how this will affect the longevity. Good quality leather shoes can last for years as they can be re heeled and resoled if need be, and this is definitely something worth doing if you have opted for an expensive, or a designer pair of shoes. This also applies to trainers and sports shoes, which are some of the most important footwear you will own. Keep a reputable cobbler on hand for shoe repairs. and for your trainers look to a shoe repairer like Jordan shoe repair will be able to keep your sports shoes in tip top condition for years to come.

Type of Shoes

Make a choice regarding the type of shoes that you want to purchase. Factors such as trends, fashion, style and comfort are used to determine the kinds of shoes that are most ideal. When you know the type of shoe you want, you can narrow down your search for shoes.

Customer Reviews

After identifying shoes that you like, you can go through customer reviews to get insight into the quality and style of the products being offered. When you are happy with the choice that you have made, you can proceed to purchase the shoes.

Try Different Shoes

If you want to buy shoes from a certain brand that you have not tried before, you can begin with a single order. This will give you the chance to try out the product and when you are satisfied with your purchase, you can continue you shopping for more. Try on your shoes to determine how comfortable they are as well as how they fit. Browse through the site for different types of shoes and take your time to find shoes that are not only stylish, but comfortable as well.

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