Fashion

My love for unique watches plus win $100 off your very own JORD watch

I love an accessory, for me they make the simplest outfit stand out, I love jewellery, watches, shoes, scarfs and bags. a clutch bag, handbag or even a cute back pack can complete a look. Take the larger items away, and it comes down to the jewellery. I am currently in the process of designing a gorgeous white gold, diamond, opal and ruby ring with a fabulous designer, I cannot wait to see it all finished.

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Along with gorgeous fine jewellery, I love a unique watch. My brother in law has a watch collection that most would be envious of, with various designer brands and lots of different styles. However what he does not have in his collection yet, is a wood watch, I do! When I first received my gorgeous wood watch from JORD, my brother in law was among the first people to notice it, which didn’t surprise me.

Ooh, I love unqiue watches

The lovely people at JORD got in touch recently and asked if I would like to choose one of their watches and give my readers the chance to win $100 towards their very own unique watch by JORD. I choose the Cassia, in walnut and rose gold. It’s one of the watches designed for ladies, they also have a unisex collection and mens collection.

When I was first looking though the watches that JORD designs, I was quite surprised to see so many different designs. The Cassia stood out to me straight away. It has a more delicate style strap and the very current rose gold watch face.

My gorgeous new watch looks perfect with so many outfits, teamed with jeans and a plain t-shirt and pumps it even looks great for an evening out with friends or my hubby. It’s so versatile it will be worn all of the time.

For me I love that within the links there is a a hint of rose gold, it just finished the whole watch off for me. Safe to say my Brother in law is putting a JORD watch on his must have list of watches.

If you would like to win $100 off your very own JORD watch, click here to enter. You have until the 19th August 2018 to enter. Good luck.

 

*This post is made in collaboration with JORD. As always thoughts and opinions are my own.*

Wooden Wristwatch

 

Stylish shoes for the Summer from Vionic

I like to think that I try to dress nicely, ok, sometimes I am not quite on point but generally I can be seen looking smart casual. However, when I go out I always seem to over dress. I find that going for dinner with friends I can often be in a dress and heels when they turn up in flats and jeans. Of course there is nothing wrong with flats and jeans but for me going for dinner is about getting dressed up, making more of an effort to what I would wear for the school run. I guess however we are all slightly different.

Summer months for me are not my favourite to be honest, I find that I end up not knowing what to wear. Being more on the plus size of life means that I don’t always feel confident with my legs out in the summer, so I generally live in midi dresses, bardot tops with jeans, the odd maxi dress or skirt and then either flat flip flops or a pair of summer sandals. Finding sandals that are gorgeous and yet wearable for a day out, without thinking about your feet hurting is quite difficult. Style doesn’t have to hurt!

Stylish Shoes for the Summer from Vionic

Pumps are just not really me, I have a couple of pairs that I love but they generally get worn in the garden and in the spring or autumn when it’s too warm for boots or too cool for sandals. My best friends wears her pumps with everything, dresses, jeans, shorts. A few weeks ago we were all heading out for lunch, she explained her outfit. A lovely shirt dress but she was pairing it with her pumps……. Well I almost spat my tea out. However, she look fabulous! But I just could not pull that style off.

For me style is about being yourself, wearing what you feel comfortable in. I love a statement piece of jewellery, could be a ring, necklace or earrings, for me less is more when it comes to style. I feel like a nice piece of jewellery just finishes even the most casual of outfits off.

Style doesn’t have to hurt

When it comes to shoes I always have to think about my daily life. When I’m not on the school run or in the park with the children, you will often find me seeing my friends, entertaining at home or out and about shopping. Finding something that not only suits my style but I know I can shop until I drop in isn’t always easy.

I met with the fabulous team at Vionic at BlogOn a couple of months ago and they offered to send me out a pair of shoes I had fallen in love with. They promised me I would be able to be stylish while on the school run, out shopping and even for drinks with the girls. I choose the Solana tan sandals, with just the right size heel and perfect for the summer. I love them, with the weather being so nice, they have not left my feet even with relaxing with a glass of wine in the hammock.

 

*Thank you Vionic for sending me out the perfect stylish shoes for the summer.*

5 Countries to take your style inspiration from this summer

Even if you’re not heading abroad this year we all have those places we’d love to visit — from far-flung destinations to those that are closer to home. Why not take some style inspiration from your travel wish list and introduce fresh colours and prints to your wardrobe?

Leading us around the world is QUIZ, retailers of going out dresses and summer fashion essentials.

 

Miami, USA

Take your holiday style inspiration from the home of golden sands and sun-kissed residents. With temperatures reaching 28 degrees in the summer, Miami residents choose vibrant swimwear as they soak up the sun on South Beach before slipping into relaxed cuts as they party the night away.

Go loud and bright! Think tropical print culottes, palm print co-ords and bright dresses. Each piece can be dressed up or down, so whether you’re taking a summer stroll or hitting up a club, you can channel effortless Miami vibes.

And, what about footwear? Slip on flip flops by day before switching to barely-there heels when the sun goes down for a look that’s both glam yet effortless.

South Africa

For some authentic inspiration, take South African fashion designer Jacques van der Watt’s Black Coffee design house. The designer’s Orbit Summer 2018|2019 collection encapsulates the modernity and positivity of the 1960s, featuring bold colours and embellishments across simple shapes and styles.

It’s all about injecting colour into your wardrobe. Clash bold primary shades such as vivid reds with bright yellows, keeping shapes and styles simplistic—think loose-fitting tees and flared shorts.

For added detail, choose geometric patterns in classic monotone hues or incorporate bright colours. Crochet detailing is a staple aspect of Black Coffee’s collection, and crochet dresses or cover-ups would make the perfect boho-inspired addition to any summer wardrobe.

Morocco

The country of Morocco is famed for its diversity and attention to detail — as exemplified by the country’s outstanding architecture and detailed mosaics. When creating a Moroccan-inspired look, it’s important to retain this attention-to-detail — think detailed embroidery and intricate prints.

It shouldn’t be too difficult to bring a hint of Morocco to your wardrobe as tile print is key to this look. This on-trend, intricate detailing is all over the highstreets at the moment, so introduce it to your wardrobe through palazzo pants or even a co-ord. In terms of colours, choose patterns in rich purples and vibrant blues and oranges.

Because of the climate in the North African country, loose-fitting, kaftan styles are essential. Choose shift day dresses in a darker tone — such as burnt orange — complete with gold embroidered detailing. Finish your look with gold or leather strappy sandals, and layer on gold accessories.

Sweden

The fashion in Sweden is defined by simplicity, taking basic items and styling them to create timeless looks. Part of this is the near effortless blend of smart styles with casual wear, pairing sports-inspired trousers with a tailored blazer, for example.

Looking to recreate a Scandinavian look this summer? You’ll need a combination of everyday essentials and fine tailoring. Make sure you have a great collection of plain t-shirts in white, grey and black. Wear yours with sports-inspired trousers and a blazer, or swap out your trousers for tailored shorts. Loosely tuck the hem of your t-shirt into your trousers, slip on a statement necklace and keep your hair loose and natural.

Another technique that’s important is layering. For an effortless look, throw over a lightweight scarf or keep your knitwear loose and wear over a crisp shirt. Don’t be afraid to go oversized either!

India

In India, it’s all about colour, vibrancy and pattern. If you like creating bold looks with rich colours, this is the country you need to steal your summer style from!

How is it done? Much like Morocco, India enjoys intricate embroidery and jewellery. However, generally speaking, the colour palette is much richer in India — think deep reds and emerald greens. For formal events, choose a sophisticated maxi in a deep tone with extensive embroidery. For day time dressing, a simple tunic is a great choice, providing it features some sort of embroidery.

The paisley pattern has become synonymous with the country, so look for ways to incorporate this into your look. How about a bold midi or maxi skirt complemented by a plain-colour vest or blouse? Alternatively, look for a paisley print bag to finish your look, and don’t forget to add plenty of jewellery.

Take your wardrobe around the world this summer!

 

*This is a collaborative post.*