Clothes & Jewellery

Being Creative…More Earrings (Personal Styllng)

gray earrings

Made myself another pair of earrings…..using some left over Swarovski Elements crystal bicone shaped beads from a previous project, and rondelles with sterling silver teardrop beads, headpins and earwires.

Dress to go with handmade earrings

I’ve made them to go with this sky blue ombre silk dress (another recent sales purchase from Mint Velvet).

Candy Colours & Handmade Earrings


I’m in earring making mood!  I’ve just rooted through my bead selection and found these 2 faceted candy jade briolette beads which I’m going to wire wrap with sterling silver wire and cluster with small white swarovski crystal pearl beads and artisan sterling silver earwires.  I might also make a stretch bracelet with some larger crystal pearl beads and silver charm.

These little dinkies are going to accessorise the stone coloured lace top dress I recently purchased in the sales from Mink Velvet.   The dress and earrings will also go well with either of the 2 pairs of shoes I also recently purchased in the sales – stone suede court shoes and coral wedge heeled sling backs.

Peaches n Cream & Mink Velvet

Now I just need a bag!  Stone/nude……or coral/deep salmon pink……which colour would you go for?

Harmony – Quote

“Always aim at complete harmony of thought and word and deed. Always aim at purifying your thoughts and everything will be well.” ~Mahatma Gandhi  

Hematite Gemstone Stretch Bracelet (highly protective, grounding and balancing, hematite absorbs negative energy and is said to harmonise mind, body and spirit).


Pantone Red and Blue for Chic Chic Gemmes

These two colours have the power to transcend time and fashion.  Red and Blue historically are possibly two of the most important shades.  Those azure blues found in diamond stones were and still are highly prized. The ancients discovered that the Cochineal red dye could be created from the bodies of the Cochineal beetle.  Something that is still used in some food colorants and cosmetics today!

Red – it’s the colour of blood, of love,  passion, anger and rage.  One will find it on the flags of many countries and it will in many cases represent ‘spilt blood’.  Red is the colour of life and death, everything about it is so attention grabbing.

red hot blazer

Red vintage blazer (founditgreat)

You can add strong elements of crimson to your outfit – just take a look at some of the beautiful accessories around, to get that quintessential Lady-in-Red look!

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Next we have the all important Blue!  Where would we be without this shade of Ultramarine?  Although it’s stunning to look at, many will find that it’s calming at the same time.  Just as vibrant as the red, blues are used for their different effect.  Think the beautifully blue skies of summer or the calmness of blue painted walls.

Vintage sky blue dress from founditgreat

Vintage sky blue dress from founditgreat

Blue looks fantastic on any accessory, but if you feel like you need that extra little bit of calmness in your everyday, try the blue hues.  Whether as statement rings, friendship bracelets or other arm candy! (thank you to Hema of Fashionistcs for the authoring of this post)

Sea charm bracelet by Blossoming Silver

Keeping Stylish In The Snow

Chunky Infinity Scarf

Chunky Infinity Scarf by BlueBirds Fly Boutique

At the first glimpse of snow we all raid our wardrobes for those woolly hats and the thickest cardigans. But who could blame us!  Here in the U.K we have been covered in a thick blanket of snow for days!

Keeping warm in the winter is a priority more than style or fashion.  So for four to five months of the year we will find ourselves wrapped up in those chunky sweaters, granny style cardigans and in extreme cases…thermal underwear!  The downside to this is that the winter is filled with all those parties and events that you will be invited to.  We know that anyone can look stylish in the snow!  Here are some of our tips on how to look hot when it’s freezing cold outside!

Shrug/Bolero by The Feminine Touch

Layering:  One of the key trends this year has been layering.  Looking good is not always about wearing your most thickest jumper and hoping that chunky belt will give it a retro twist.  Why not do several layers?  Your sparkly vest top over a long sleeved t-shirt and loose cardigan for example.  You will be surprised how warm you can be with this bohemian look.  Try your lacy shrug tie up bolero!  The more eclectic you feel you can be the better!  Layering is a super chic way of keeping warm in the winter.

Alternating those themes:  Right now you will find that themes in fashion are very now! By ‘themes’ we mean motifs with even a hint of fancy dress!  Yes it’s anything goes with your winter outfit.  Get playful with your style and add those quirky fun hooded sweaters and hats with built in animal ears.  Owls, foxes and rabbits have been everywhere over the past year, so you will be onto a sure fire hit with this one.  A look that looks fabulous on all ages!

Faux Fur Foxy Lil Minx Hoodie Scoodie Scarf by Topped Hats

Accessorize with colour:  Winter is a very dull time, especially in the U.K.  The dark skies certainly do make things a little drab.  It’s all we can do to add some colour to our outfits.  If there was ever a time to be eye catching then it is right now.  Go for the vibrant reds and exotic peacock blues when accessorising!  That bright multicoloured neck scarf will look amazing over that grey coat.  Warm sienna’s, burnt oranges as well as cherry reds on your winter warmers are perfect!

Mohair Fingerless Gloves by The Feminine Touch

Get Sparkly: With the dull weather it pays to be as glam as possible- so get that bling on.  Cocktail rings as well as that oversized gem encrusted necklace make a statement at any winter party.  Ok so technically your jewels will not keep you warm but those gemstones will reflect the little light that there is at this time of year.  You will truly sparkle, your gems giving the impression of warmth along with being glamorous.

Red Necklace Coral Spike Poppy Red Dagger Beaded Choker  - Spring Passion by Chi Chi Gemmes

Coral Gemstone with Crystal Beads Choker/Necklace by Chi Chi Gemmes

With just these simple tips you can make a serious style statement when out and about this season!

Author:  Hema (aka) The Fashionistics

Lovely Clusters

Here in the UK, spring has finally sprung don’t you think?  I’ve just popped out to get some fruit salad for my lunch and the sun is shining, people are walking around without their coats and no doubt some are thinking that if this nice weather sticks around, well, time to ditch the winter blacks and bring out the lighter brighter clothing and accessories.  
If you are that person and needing some inspiration of what colour combinations to try out for spring, or indeed want to treat yourself to say, some new earrings or accessories for the home – I suggest you go check out Rachel Follet’s Lovely Clusters Spring 2011 Catalogue.  
To whet your appetite – here are pages 6 & 7  from the catalogue!