Saturday, 28th May 2011
A-lister clothing is centered around fabulous accessories and we all know jewellery can make or break an outfit. Which is great when you’re Eva Mendes, she looked stunning in this vintage inspired designer turquoise collar.
Or Alex Chung with this knuckle-dusting cocktail ring.
I love their style, but the problem is it’s THEIR style, once celeb assessories have been papped it’s not long before ‘affordable’ imitations hit the high street.. then we can all buy the look. But I can’t help think we’re missing the point.
Can you make a style statement with the mass produced, loud, copycat imitations? How often have you left the house in the morning feeling styled and fabulous only to walk into the office and find you’re wearing the same high street necklace as someone else?
The alternative is to open up the worldwide online designer/maker shopping experience and select something that’s truly individual, befitting with your lifestyle and personality but is affordable as well.
Buying from a designer is a growing trend that’s set to boom thanks in some ways to the combination of ‘Made in Chelsea’ starlet Amber Atherton and her jewellery website www.myflashtrash.com and Ms Kirsty Alsop’s stoic and infectious passion for all things handcrafted. We are being liberated from the shackles of the high street by websites like www.madeitmyself.com, www.notonthehighstreet.com, www.etsy.com and www.folksy.com. These websites offer what we are losing on the high street – individuality.
|Grace & Garland|
I’ve recently found my own little gem, a fledgling jewellery design company called Grace & Garland. They are going to be big, but for now they are tucked away in a quiet corner of Folksy.com. Think glamorous, fun, confident and sexy, and with prices starting at just £9, it’s not just available to those with celeb-style credit.
I love the oversized fresh water pearl cocktail ring (£9), stunning garnet cuff bracelet (£14) and Shell Multi colour necklace (£11) which perfectly picks up on SS11’s strong colour blocking trend.
And this is the best bit, Grace & Garland only ever make a handful of each style, so it’s unlikely you’ll see anyone else with the same piece.
To explore, indulge and make your own statement, go to Grace and Garland.
GIVEAWAY… Grace & Garland have three exclusive crystal cocktail rings to give away to ReallyRee readers. To enter simply ‘like’ Grace & Garland on Facebook AND tweet ‘Enter the Grace & Garland Giveaway to win a cocktail ring with @ReallyRee http://bit.ly/kQFEsz RT #giveaway ‘
1. Prize is one of three crystal Grace & Garland rings (blue, charcoal and silver).
2. Winners will be picked at random from Grace & Garland Facebook ‘likes’.
3. Winners will be notified via Facebook messaging.
4. Winners will be drawn on 26th June 2011 and winners notified by 29th June 2011.
5. One entry per person.
6. Entrants must be over 16yrs.