Folli Follie Bracelets – A fashion passion

Last Christmas I attended a special bloggers event at Selfridges in Birmingham. It was an amazing event which I truly enjoyed, and the night was enhanced even more when we were given a special Christmas goodie bag to take home. I literally let out a squeal of delight when I discovered an orange Folli Follie pouch within, and squealed some more when I opened it to find a beautiful signature bracelet in one of my favourite shades of blue. Christmas had certainly come early!

SIGNATURE BRACELET £73 click to visit Folli Follie

Since that night I have fallen deeper and deeper in love with Folli Follie, a brand which I think designs beautiful jewellery which also deliver the elements of fun and colour. Finding that my beloved bangle came in my current favourite shade of hot pink, and also in a monochrome style design in black and sparkling silver, were the start of this obsession.

Signature Bracelet £75 click to visit Folli Follie

Signature bracelet £75 click to visit Folli Follie

But it’s not just the resin signature bangles that have me dancing with joy, for Folli Follie really is King (or more likely Queen) when it comes to designing something totally eye-catching for your wrist.  The ‘Greece is Bliss’ bracelets are great fun, coming in a range of zesty, bright colours, making them the perfect holiday accessory. I adore the ‘Colourful bracelet’, which has the look of a solitaire ring, but again has a colourful punch in shades of orange, pink and purple (amongst many other colours…Folli Follie is the Rainbow Brite of the jewel world.)

GREECE IS BLISS BRACELET £85 click to visit Folli Follie

Colourful bracelet £85 click to visit Folli Follie

Other gorgeous designs include the 4F bracelet, which combines silver plate, leather and a jewelled stone in a classic, minimal design.

4F bracelet £110 click to visit Folli Follie

Bank Holiday offer

As a special Bank Holiday treat,  Folli Follie will be offering 10% off all Folli Follie  new and existing collections until midday 27th August.

Click here to visit the website.

 

 

Reviewed – Olivia Accessories Art Deco Bangle

One of the greatest things about being a blogger is that you sometimes get offered the opportunity to review an item from a site you may have been unfamiliar with. This is what happened to me when I was asked to review an item from Olivia Accessories –  a fashion jewellery and accessories site. This site is simply choked full with beautiful items that would make the perfect gift for Christmas, the perfect accessory for your little black dress, or just a payday treat after a tough week at work.

Pierced Art Deco Crossover Bangle £16 click to visit Olivia

The piece I chose was the stunning Pierced Art Deco Crossover bangle. This was something that appealed to me as I totally love all things Art Deco,  a huge trend this season after the success of Downton Abbey and with the upcoming Great Gatsby movie released at Christmas. The geometric and diamond patterns are a total node to the 1920s/1930s era, but the opulence of this design also brings to mind Kiera Knightley in the latest remake of Anna Karenina.

 The bangle is a real statement piece, very eye catching in design, and wonderfully sparkly with it’s array of diamante stones covering the front of the piece. It has the feel of a great vintage find – something that may have belonged to a great grandmother, and yet looks great dressing up jeans, or adding sparkly to a black tuxedo suit.

The bangle is also well made. I particularly liked the very gentle swing action of the opening, this is not likely to trap skin as some bangles can do. And despite the total bargain price of just £16, this bangle has some weight to it, something that totally belies the really good price point.

I have been really impressed with the quality of Olivia Jewellery – here are a few more pieces to savour.

Black Snake Skin Style Bangle £9 click to visit Olivia

Turquoise and Orange Bead Earrings £6.50 click to visit Olivia

Five accessories you can’t live without this summer

Every good fashionista knows it is the accessories that make an outfit. It is these small finishing touches that pull clothes together and take your style up a notch. The summer is filled with accessories from bangle and charm bracelets to straw hats and seventies style sunglasses and each trend has its own rule book for styling up your look with said accessories.

There are a plethora of accessories to choose from, but if you really want to round off a look with minimal fuss and maximum ease, here are our top five picks of this summer’s must-have accessories.

Bangles

The tribal trend is going to be a strong look this summer; with warm colours, ethnic materials and flowing fabrics it already oozes summer goodness. Bangles key accessories for this trend. There are two bangles from New Look that I really love. The first is the Diamond Pattern Seed Bead Bangle (pictured). Rich shades of orange of and gold are contrasted with crisp, clean white and an African style diamond pattern is the main focal point. The second of our bangles top picks is the Resin and Wood Bangle. This versatile, classic bangle is chic and simple and will work with any outfit.

Kitsch charm bracelets

Tropical prints and luminous shades are clashed until they work this season. Along with neon shades of lime and lemon and tropical floral prints you’ll find a whole host of kitsch accessories. This trend is about eccentricity, but it should look effortless, so keep it light and fun with tropical charm bracelets adorned with palm trees, flowers and seashells.

Straw hats

Relaxed, lazy Californian dressing in pastel hues and washed out denim is an effortless cool and easy trend to try this summer and we absolutely adore it. Along with cut-off denim shorts, sling-back espadrilles and pastel printed tees, the straw hat is a major styling point in this trend. From seventies style floppy sunhats to more structured trilbies and fedoras this is an easy way to finish off this look.

Headbands

50s styling is elegant, girlie and feminine. This season styling comes straight out of Grease, so think full skirts, belted waists, sweetheart necklines and capped sleeves. Another styling note is the headband. Go for a full-on headscarf to channel Marilyn Monroe or stick with a tied headband evocative of Rizzo.

Over-size pendant necklaces

90s grunge is getting a reworking this summer. Along with lots of denim, band t-shirts, Dr. Marten’s boots, waistcoats, denim jackets, check shirts, lots of black and crop tops you’ll find pendant necklaces. Skull and crossbones, vintage styles, Gothic designs and crosses are designs to look for. Check out Mary-Kate Olsen rocking her own pendant necklace here.