The Ultimate Accessory Rule Book

There is no doubt that choosing the right accessories can really enhance any outfit on any occasion. But there is also a balance that you can strike between making sure your accessories are noticeable and not overdoing it. Though the individual pieces you select are really down to your own personal style and taste, there are a few simple rules that you can follow that can really give you a helping hand. So, without further ado, here are some of the top rules of accessorising.

Don’t overuse large items

Statement jewellery pieces often look great, particularly when paired with simple outfits which provide a good base. But you should be careful not to overdo it, particularly with larger pieces. A good rule to follow is not to wear or carry more than three big accessories. So, this could include a bold necklace, sizeable watch and large handbag. And you should also aim to match these items with regards to the colour, style and material where possible.

Only match smaller jewellery

Though wearing earring, bracelets, rings etc from the same collection may seem like a simple choice, you could also argue that you are not using all that much imagination. And you also may start to feel like a brand ambassador for that particular company! On the other hand, matching one or two items can provide a nice touch, as long as the items are small in size.

You don’t always have to match handbag and shoes

One rule that you may have heard in the past is the one that states that you have to match your handbag and your shoes at all times. Though this often looks good with more neutral colours, you don’t always have to do it if you are wearing bright shoes. In fact, in this case, it often looks better to carry a handbag in a contrasting light tone.

Decide what you want to be the focus of your outfit

Choosing what the focus of your outfit is often one of two things; either you go for bright clothes or eye-catching accessories. When you are putting together an outfit, try to have in mind exactly what sort of look you are trying to achieve. You may be wearing a simple jeans and t-shirt combo or a little black dress, in which case, the accessories can take the majority of the attention. On the other side of the coin, you may be wearing a colourful summer skirt, so your accessories can be a little more understated so you are not diverting attention away from it.

Think about whether your hand suits large rings

Big, thick rings don’t tend to look good on shorter fingers as they end up taking up far too much space. On the other hand (so to speak), thinner rings can help to visually increase their length so this is worth bearing in mind before buying them. If you are looking for some elegant thin rings then click here. And there is nothing wrong with wearing a few on different fingers.

Stay away from combining dark footwear and pastel tones

If you are wearing an outfit that includes all pastel tones, there is something that doesn’t look quite right about having darker shoes on your feet. Instead, you are better off going with some footwear of a lighter shade that doesn’t contrast with your outfit too much.

Large collar or bulky scarf

The choice should always be between a large collar and a bulky scarf – try to avoid both at the same time. If your coat has a big collar, you could go for a lightweight scarf over your neck that goes underneath your outer layer.

Make sure you have plenty to choose from

The beauty of accessories is that you don’t have to spend vast sums of money building up your collection. And you also don’t need to worry (too much) about all your accessories taking up vast amounts of wardrobe space. It is amazing just how much you can transform an outfit simply by slightly altering the accessories that you add to it.

Keep your accessories in zones

When you are planning out what accessories to wear, try dividing up your body into zones. For example, around the facial area is one zone while the hands and wrists are another separate zone. So, with regards to the face zone, you may just decide to go for a single pair of statement earrings. Looking at the hand and wrist zone, you can just wear some bangles. Ultimately, it is all about not overdoing any of the zones and knowing when one is complete. Embellished clothing such as a shirt with a sequined neckline can cover off this particular zone so you don’t need to add a necklace to it as well.

Divide your jewellery into categories

Some jewellery is fine to wear all the time regardless of what occasion it is. A wristwatch is a good example of one such item. However, if you are going to work in an office, you don’t want to go with anything that is too distracting or noisy. If your workplace is more conservative, go for simple items like stud earrings and slim bracelets. On the other hand, if you are going to a formal event, this is the time where you can show off your elegance with your more expensive pieces, though you should still stick to one statement piece while downplaying the rest. For a less formal party, pretty much anything goes so this is when you can get really creative. Less is more is a rule that you don’t really have to follow so much with this type of event.

Use the above rules as guidelines that you can follow when you are accessorising any outfit. Of course, they are not set in stone so you can still be free to bend them a little bit if you think something is really working for you.

My love of stationery – National Stationery week 2017

The 24th-31st of April 2017 is National Stationery Week and I wanted to get involved with all the fun. I love stationery simple as that.

Note books

National Stationery Week

My favourite being note books and pens. I have so many lovely notebooks. I keep one in my hand bag, just in case I have an amazing idea while out and about. There is one by the bed, because it was so annoying when I come up with fabulous blog posts in the middle of the night, but I have forgotten by the morning. I love nothing more than popping into a shop and seeing a pretty note book that I just have to have.

Anyway, everyone knows I love note books, but I thought I would share with you my other stationery loves too.

Planner

National Stationery Week

My Kikki K planner, stylish, chic and fun, soft to touch leather and full of everything I could possibly need. Space for my business cards to sit, or other lovely cards I have picked up at various events. Space for my calendar, which is so important for planning everything, my whole life evolves around my calendar. There are contact pages, notes for meetings, extra information, a section for each of the blogs. Note paper and cute little zipped pockets for storing things in.

I love the Kikki K range. There are so many beautiful items that I just want to take home with me. I visited their shop in Covent Gardens a little while ago, I had to restrain my spending that day. One of the things I do like about the range is they do all sorts of extra items to go along with each planner they design. Notebooks (yes please), pens, stickers, accessory packs, journals, gift wrap and cards, so many extras to complete your collection. They even have matching cups and saucers.

I think my love of rose gold and copper colours came from spending hours on their website last summer.

National Stationery Week

I had seen so many videos of people personalising their planners, with stickers, paperclips that had ribbon and feathers attached, little gems, washi tape, keyrings, book marks and various other creative items. When it comes to putting your personal touch to a planner anything goes. I had decided that I wanted to add a large fluffy pom-pom and tassels to mine, sounds awful but I really love it. Searching eBay I found a lush pink one that only cost a couple of pounds. I have found similar for a lot more on the high street. I find myself playing with the fluffy pom-pom during my idea-storming sessions, it seems to act as a stress reliever.

Pens

I also have a little collection of pens from various different places. Often I will pick up a nice pen if we go out for the day. I buy the children a pencil each from the gifts shop of all the places we visit. It’s great for them do some drawing on the way home in the car, plus they see it as a treat. My only problem with pens is I keep loosing them! I’m not sure if it is just me being forgetful or the pens just run away from me and hide in places never to be seen again. My Hubby is so good with his pens, each day he takes 3 pens with him to work. He always returns with the same pens, I have no idea how he does it. Perhaps he doesn’t actually do any thing at work…

National Stationery Week

Personalised Stationery

I love the idea of having personalised stationery, little thank you cards, labels of envelopes, stamps and not forgetting note books, always note books. I have recently found a company Logojoy that offer you a personalised logo creating experience, the perfect way to get your dream logo designed by you onto your stationery. I can’t wait to try this get my hands on my very own range of personalised stationery.

There are so many stationery items I use all of the time, glue dots (high five to the person who came up with those little gems!), washi tape, craft scissors, cute little shaped paper clips, rubbers, list pads. The list is endless. Not forgetting my cute little business cards.

What is your must have stationery items for this years National Stationery Week?

 

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Feast On London – OXO Tower Brasserie Review

During April some of the top restaurants in London take part in ‘Feast On London’, a month long city wide celebration of London’s culinary heritage.

As we were heading to London for the weekend we thought it would be a nice treat to eat in a fine dinning restaurant.

There were so many to choose from on Bookatable that it was very difficult to pick somewhere. We were however only booking a few days before our trip, so a lot of the restaurants had already been booked up. We were on a tight time frame because I had an event to attend in the evening. So, we decided on booking a 15.30 table, plus I wanted great views across London. I love the London skyline, it’s a fabulous view to gaze at. Each time we visit something new has appeared.

The OXO Tower Brasserie

The OXO Tower Brasserie seemed like the perfect choice, it was located fairly near to the London Duck Tour, which we were booked on to at 13.30. The menu looked great and at £33 per head for 3 courses plus a cocktail, it would be silly not to book. A great price for dinning in London. Plus not forgetting those beautiful views across the city.

We arrived to a warm welcome up on the the 8th floor of the OXO Tower, by a friendly receptionist who stored our coats and arranged for us to be seated.

OXO Tower Brasserie Review

Our table was just one row away from the window, which still gave us great viewing opportunity. After we had made our orders for drinks, a white wine for me and a beer for my Hubby, the table next to the window became available. Our kind waiter asked if we would like to move across, perfect! Right next to those beautiful views. During the summer months I can imagine the roof terrace to be full of people having cocktails and delicious foods. On our visit however it wasn’t overly warm and quite cloudy, so no-one was outside.

Feast On London Menu

OXO Tower Brasserie Review

Our attention soon turned to the menu. I opted for the Cod cheeks, followed by the Roast Chicken and then the Chocolate hazelnut cake. My Hubby went for the Rabbit Ragu, Roast Chicken and the Treacle Tart. We also ordered the roasted new potatoes and sprouting broccoli sides.

The Cocktail

OXO Tower Brasserie Review

The cocktail that came with the menu was Bombay Sapphire and Hibiscus. It came served in a tall glass with ice, lemon and Hibiscus petals floating in it. We both thought it was a tasty cocktail, not too sweet, with floral flavours that finished with a warmth of gin. We both would happily have had 2 or 3 of these.

OXO Tower Brasserie Review

The Starters

OXO Tower Brasserie Review

We didn’t seem to be waiting for too long when our starters arrived. What with us chatting away about our day so far and plans for the rest of the trip along with looking at that stunning view of London.

OXO Tower Brasserie ReviewMy starter of, beer-battered cod cheeks, bitter leaf salad, lemon and seaweed aioli. It looked amazing and smelt amazing on arrival I couldn’t wait to try it. The cod cheeks fell apart and melted in the mouth, all the little flavours together was just fabulous. The little lemon oil along side the seaweed aioli worked perfectly on the dish.

OXO Tower Brasserie Review

The Hubby had slow-braised rabbit ragu, pearl barley and truffle pecorino. I’m not keen on game, so it is my Hubby’s choice of food whenever we dine out. He loved it, saying it was full of rich tomato, gamey flavour. The rabbit just fell apart. It seemed to be a winner for him.

The Main Courses

OXO Tower Brasserie Review

We both opted for the roasted chicken, slow-cooked bacon collar,truffle onion purée and spring greens. Adding sides of roasted new potatoes and sprouting broccoli. It was truly delicious. That salty bacon flavour against the truffle and onion purée just cut through the flavours. The roasted chicken was soft and tender still full of moisture, the knife just glided through. Even though we added a couple of extra sides to the meal, we really wouldn’t have needed to as there was more than enough.

OXO Tower Brasserie Review

The Dessert

OXO Tower Brasserie Review

I went for the chocolate hazelnut cake with condensed milk ice cream. I was honestly disappointed with my dessert. It wasn’t what I was expecting, I was expecting a chocolate cake however it was not. I felt the cake was a little dry and the hazelnut crumb was burnt. It had that bitter burnt taste across the dish, which honestly wasn’t brilliant. The ice-cream was creamy and smooth, however I couldn’t tell it was condensed milk. So, I was disappointed with my dessert and I wish I had opted for something else.

OXO Tower Brasserie Review

My Hubby opted for the treacle tart, rhubarb and clotted cream, he loved it. The rhubarb was well cooked, with just the right amount of acidity to cut through the sweetness of the treacle tart. Amazing along side the clotted cream.

Overall Review

We both really enjoyed our meal at the OXO Tower Brasserie, there was a relaxed atmosphere with friendly staff that were happy to help you out. There is an open kitchen so you can see the food being prepared, over seen by head chef Keir Barry. Who designed the British style menu. Even though I was not overly impressed with my dessert it would not put me off visiting again on our next tip to London.

 

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