How to Wear Statement Jewellery

I have worked in the jewellery/retail industry for the last 6 years and love everything about it. I for one never used to wear any jewellery. The only stuff I had worn were fashion bits from Sportsgirl or Diva, so when I started working in a luxury jewellery establishment I learnt a lot! I learnt the works from differences and types of gold all the way to Swarovski and more. I still work with jewellery so I’m fortunate enough to own some lovely pieces and of course wear them.

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I guess to sum it up, it is safe to say I can tell you a thing or two about how to wear jewellery and today I will be talking specifically about statement pieces.

  1. Less is more

    Bold pieces should be allowed to stand out so make sure not to overdo it with more than one statement piece at a time. If you do feel the need to wear more than one piece pair them tastefully. For example if you are wearing a statement necklace, keep the earrings something simple instead of big chandelier earrings.

    The key is to keep it chic. Another thing is you don’t have to spend much on statement pieces. Yes, I know I have a Swarovski piece but you can easily find awesome pieces from vintage shops, thrift stores and mix and match using your personal sense of style. Big tip: hand-me-downs can be amazing too!

Photo by Brian Heap

Photo by Brian Heap

  1. Keep it simple

    When you wear big statement accessories, simple clothes are enough to make an outfit. Stay clear of big embellishments and sequins mixed with bold jewellery. The clashing of styles can also make fashion faux-pas. Remember you want your statement piece to stand out, so match items wisely. You want your piece to be the centre of attention, creating a highlight on one item is enough instead of too many pieces put together. A little black dress is a the perfect blank canvas for key jewellery pieces.

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Dress by French Connection

Necklace by Swarovski

3. Create an outfit

Remember that when you style your statement jewellery there should be a cohesive look or it should look good! Style pearls with a frock for a vintage flapper look, or put a chunky ring a wooden bangles with a bohemian skirt for that gypsy look. Colour themes also work well to create an outfit. When you have a similar style or theme your create a story within your outfit and that in itself makes a statement.

4. Have fun with it and show your style spirit!

Just like clothes, jewellery is a form of expression and can reflection your personality. My best recommendation would be to be yourself and have fun with your style spirit. You might have a signature item of jewellery or specific colour of jewellery, regardless there is no boundary to your imagination and creativity!

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This necklace has been my latest statement piece purchase of the season and it is from Swarovski. I am a huge fan and collector of this crystal jewellery brand and I am a proud owner of this Eminence Necklace. It was truly love at first sight and I knew I had to own this gorgeous piece. I have already worn this a few times and can’t wait to wear it some more.

Generally I love to style it with simple black and white or neutral colours. I love the colours on this piece and the way it sits on the neckline. Here I have styled it with denim and this can be worn for a casual Sunday lunch.

Lastly big thank you to my gorgeous husband, Brian Heap for taking some of these photos for me and your patience xo.

 

Do you have a favourite statement jewellery item?   

I am always looking forward to your comments and suggestions. Let me know if you liked my post xx

* Disclaimer: All items featured were purchased me.

Prepping Your Skin for Winter

For those that have been waiting for a blog post I have to apologise as a lot has been happening. I started a new job (in addition to the one I have) and my husband graduated from his watchmaking apprenticeship which meant a short trip to Sydney. Nonetheless, I know excuses, excuses but life gets busy. As for my new job, it is working for Clarins on counter sales. I think it will help greatly to expand and build on my training I did last and onto a pathway to an area I have a lot of interest and passion for. Also I love Clarins as a brand and always have so I’m thrilled to be working for a dynamic brand.

The weather has been terribly miserable and winter has hit Ballarat hard. It has been cold and week all week and to be honest I think it will be a long winter for moi! With this I would like to highlight the effects of winter and how it affects the skin, be it on your face or body and how you can prep your skin this winter.

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Change of any season can cause stress on the skin and body. This might be different for everyone and factors such as harsh winds, cold temperatures and dry air can also leave the skin dehydrated, red and irritated.

Change up your Routine

Just like our clothes our skincare routine needs to be re-assessed with the change of season. Your skin may need moisture hence it would require products that are heavier. For example, you might need to change from a lotion to a cream based moisturiser.

Another skin care product that might need to be changed is your cleanser. Cleanser’s are clarifying and sometimes they can strip moisture from the skin so maybe change to a cleansing cream or oil in the winter months.

Exfoliate

This is a step most people do not know about or tend to ‘forget’, however exfoliating is important to shed the dead skin cells that happens more regularly due to the dry air in the colder months. It also helps moisturisers skin into the skin more easily.

Exfoliation should be done on the face and body. It should be once at least twice a week to prevent skin from getting dry and flaky. Use a moisturiser to follow for the best results.

Repair

Due to the harsh conditions in winter, it is vital to maintain a good skincare routine and not slack off. Winter is a good time to repair the skin, as compared to summer one might not be in the sun all the time. The use of face serum/ oil great to replenish hydration in the skin cells and provides the skin with a boost in the harsher months.

Hand and lip care are two areas that can get forgotten so always moisturise and protect with moisturisers, sunscreen and/or lip balm. I also feel exfoliation of the lips help with cracked, dry lips in winter.

Sunscreen

Winter means less daylight hours hence less sunlight however never dismiss using sunscreen at this time of the year. The UV rays from the sun are just as potent this time of the year as they are in the summer months, so slip, slop, slap!

Stay Hydrated

Lastly, I need to stress upon how important staying hydrated is externally as it internally. To retain moisture on your face and body, you need to drink lots of water as well to hydrate and maintain wellbeing to the body. Moisturising is vital in winter to keep the skin smooth and soft (not too forget- looking good!)

 

How do you prep your skin for winter? Please comment as I would love to read your comments:-) xx