Brands on Instagram: Jewellery and Accessories

As promised, I'm continuing with my "Brands I've discovered on Instagram" Series. I hope it's as much fun for you to read, as it is for me to make them! Part Two is all about jewellery and other accessories!

And in case you've missed it, here's Part One.

Jewellery

I love me some good jewellery. Even just gazing at it when I can't afford it; I don't mind. They are quite magical and transformative. They can make a simple outfit look 100% more luxurious and curated. They also allow you to play around with different styles in a much more subtle way than a change of jacket would. Sometimes I might want to go more contemporary and add my simple yet statement metallic earrings and other times I might wish to pile on the hardware rings to toughen up the outfit. Instagram, I find, is an amazing tool for jewellers. One simple close up can be extremely impactful and beautiful. So without further ado, here are some of the brands or stores I've discovered there:

Common Muse


Common Muse-Minimal Jewellery Brand

Baker Boy Reimagined

Happy Tuesday guys!
I hope your week is going well. Mine has been pretty good so far, and I hope it stays that way!



Today I thought I'd share with you, my favourite way of adding a little something special to any basic outfit: wearing a hat! You probably wouldn't know that because I've never shared it on here, but I've got a certain love for hats. Any hat, in any shape or size, is enough to spark a yearning in me. Or at least it was until I started veering of them about a year or so ago. I don't know why that was. Maybe I thought they weren't cool enough. Maybe the Man Repeller had gotten into my head, and I was scared to wear them. Maybe I had finally realised I wasn't French and would never be. No matter the reason, the results were the same: my hats (I've got at least five ) were sitting on top of my closet, gathering dust.

Brands on Instagram: Shoes and Bags

I love Instagram. No matter how much it’s changed since when it was really only about posting pictures and trying to make the most of them, it’s still a platform that allows us to discover creativity in all its forms. You might discover a brilliant photographer; I might find an amazing dancer. Instagram knows what you fancy, and it’s going to hand it to you wholeheartedly. Now, the most popular accounts might be the ones who benefit the most, but I’ve always been trying to hunt down those smaller accounts. They might have nothing in common other than that their numbers don’t have an entourage of zeros.

Especially when it comes to brands, I love discovering new ones that match my aesthetic and that I might have never heard of them had it not been for that platform. Sure, I love following Gucci as much as the next person, but I also love following accounts where you can get a better sense of the people working behind the camera and witnessing the work that goes into making the products. You get a more raw, handmade feeling. I’m sure there are many other even less known brands with inspiring Instagrams out there, but these are the ones that I’ve discovered so far. I’m sure many of you already know some of them, but I hope that in between those, you’ll discover something you haven’t seen before.

Then again, Instagram has also allowed me to discover brands from all over the world. We live in a world where a place we would never have dreamt of travelling to, is literally one click (or one tap) away. I would be lying if I said that I don't love this. Ever since I was a little girl, I loved finding ways to come closer to different cultures, find the common denominators and not the differences. When I see how similar my tastes are to say, someone from California or India, a warm, fuzzy feeling enters my heart, and I feel content. I've always felt like a world citizen, as I'm sure many of us growing up online do, and in my opinion, Instagram manifests that attitude better than any other platform.

I’m thinking of doing more posts like these, so I'm starting today by sharing the bags and shoe brands that have caught my eye and captured my heart on Instagram. I should also mention that my enthusiasm and approval is purely visual since I haven’t tried or bought anything from any of them yet. Still, what a feast for the eyes! Unfortunately, my wishlist keeps growing. Thank god, my birthday and Christmas is coming!

Bags and Leather Goods

Neely & Chloe

Neely & Chloe bags

Back to Black

black transitioning to autumn outfit

Sunday Links

Happy Sunday!

I hope you're all having a great day. Sunday's are for relaxing, reading the paper, catching up with friends, having roast and pampering. Of course, I rarely manage to do all these. But I do always try to take a walk with my sister, have some cake, and practice relaxation (and miserably failing at that). In the evenings, I always try to plan the week ahead so that I can ease into it and not worry too much. But being the control-freak that I am that's still not enough and this is how I've ended up having a plan for the next month, too. Albeit, it's a rough one but still useful for all of us who can feel overwhelmed and anxious.

Enough about that!Today, I wanted to share with you some of my favourite things from this week:

  • This plum torte recipe. My sister and I made it last Sunday, and it was absolutely scrumptious as Mary would say. I'm sure our result was not bake-off level, but it still tasted pretty amazing if I do say so myself, so take advantage of the last of plums and make yourself a great dessert/breakfast/snack
  • Studies claim that you can probably write yourself out of a funk. Too good to be true? People in the comments claim that it can also put you in a funk...What do you think?
  • I also loved reading what Britain's most successful women would advise their 20-year-old selves.
  • Pandora Sykes' article as a response to the "piece" in the American Vogue and the debate between fashion bloggers and fashion editors. Let's hope that they do find a way to co-exist in harmony without having to belittle each other.
  • I must be really late to jump on that bandwagon but I just discovered Emma Gannon's website and podcast and I'm obsessed! I can't wait to get my hands on her book as well!

That's it for today! Have an amazing Sunday and don't forget to let me know what your favourite things of this past week were!

October Shopping Wishlist

It's officially the middle of October, and that means that autumnal dressing is in full swing. Trends are storming into stores; the 80's are everywhere, and I desperately need to take part in all that sartorial frenzy. Getting dressed during autumn means you get to play with the best of both worlds. Wear you favourite jumper and your leather skirt with no tights. Alternatively, wear your favourite band tee with your new warm trousers. The ankle boots (in any colour, heel-heigh and style) are essential. The possibilities are endless thanks to all the layering that goes hand in hand with autumn like Pumpkin Spice Latte. It's the basic bitch of autumn if you will, but definitely in a good way. I wouldn't want to be anything else during this season. The weather here is usually temperamental, with the mornings being quite hot and the evenings only now getting chilly. While I might've been frustrated at that, I've found that if I keep reminding myself that next year I'll be in England, soaking all the rain I could have ever desired, plus some more, then I can let it go. But yes, a jacket is always on me somewhere, if not over my shoulders then tied around my waist. A pair of jeans is, of course, my go-to. I can't wait to show you how I'm dealing with tricky weather conditions but until then, here are some pieces I've found that I can't get over. A tricky, little order might be waiting to happen one of these late nights...


Autumn/Fall 2016 Shopping List: Leather and Grey
H&M Frill Jumper | Zara Oversized Biker Jacket | Zara PinstripeTrousers | Mango BikerSkirt | H&M Bag | Asos Ankle Boots | Mango Earrings | Asos Satin Jacket |

What would you buy? Have you seen something that you can't get out of your head? Or do you prefer buying makeup this time of year? Let me know!


xx

Blue Jeans 2016: Frayed and Panelled

Blue Jeans with Frayed Hem and Dark Panel 2016

Life Update:

Another month has passed, and I honestly have no idea where it went! It’s getting more and more ridiculous by the day, how fast the time is passing and I’m not happy about it. Not one bit. September’s been a weird month for me to say the least. Not difficult but unreal in a way. Have you ever felt that you hadn’t been quite yourself for some time? That you were acting more like an automaton than a human and that you can’t precisely place when this funk you’re feeling started? This is how I’ve been feeling this month. It had its ups and downs.

It started off really well. I was productive and ready to face whatever was coming along with the autumn season. New challenges? “Bring it on”, I’d say. But by the last week I was feeling drained and uninspired. I’m sure you’ve felt that too at some point. If not… should I be worried? Fear not, though! I’m getting out of this funk as we speak. I don’t know, man. Maybe it was the weather. Or maybe the moon was in some of its weird phases. (I’m a Saggitarius. Was it written in the stars that the last week of September would suck as much as it did? Let me know, all you star experts!)

Adorn me with Adore Me

Adore Me Lingerie and Sleepwear for Fall

Falling in Love with Adore Me

Fall Flat-lay with a Warm Knit and a Cute Bralette

October is here and with it, fall can finally rule supreme. I love autumn. I don’t know if I’ve made that clear before. I probably have. What’s not to like, though? Everything turns colder and warmer at the same time. It brings with it, all that’s comfy, cosy, crispy, cinnamony. My favourite part is rearranging my wardrobe. Bringing out the knits and the scarves and hiding far back the slinky summer dresses. So long! You won’t be missed!

As the season progresses, you might start feeling a gloom, though. A sign that you might be preparing to hibernate under all those layers –which I love but they can be a bit stifling at times. You might forget what your body looks like under that big, soft hoodie you just bought and the other one you got from the man’s department two years ago. Now, I’m more than happy at times to walk around resembling a furry squirrel. But some days, it can all get a little too much. You might start reminiscing about the sunny summer days, and that’s a dangerous path to walk on. Before you go down that route, there’s something much more obvious to do that will make you feel like a human woman and not an obscure animal of the furry family.

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