Hello and welcome to day number two of my four part ‘shopping small businesses this Christmas’ series, and welcome to the jewellery edition. Now, I’m not going to lie, I wish I could have been organised enough to have started these in November, but here we are. Better late than never ? I’ve decided to write them daily as I know the last posting dates are looming. And I think you can pretty much guess from what I just wrote then that I haven’t started my Christmas shopping yet. I really am the least organised person ever-I am very last minute, almost too last minute sometimes. But anyway enough about me and more about the amazing jewellery brands…

Elena Corolina  

Amsterdam based Elena Corolina’s tagline is: ‘because everyone deserves pearls’. And I for one couldn’t agree more. I have these pair of earrings from her already, which barely leave my ears, I love them so much- and I’m sorry but pearls just go with everything. They’ve just brought out those gorgeous shell earrings (above right) and how perfect are the initial pearls for a Christmas gift? Dear Santa, please bring me some more pearls from Elena for Christmas! Of course they are all handmade and she can even make you your very own dream piece.

Nostalgic Feather

Effortlessly cool handmade jewellery brand Nostalgic Feather takes inspiration from nostalgic memories and makes unique pieces to treasure alongside those memories. A beautiful mix of clashing metals and trinkets using precious and semi precious stones, these beautiful pieces are just made for layering. Rock and roll with a bohemian edge, their new Bali collection is absolutely beautiful and full of shells (my favourite) – I’m a massive fan.

Designer Button Jewellery

One of the coolest jewellery brands I’ve stumbled across this year, Designer button jewellery repurposes genuine designer buttons and charms and turns them into the most incredible jewellery (and accessory) pieces. There is a designer for everyone. My favourite of course is Chanel, and this is such an affordable way to own some genuine Chanel that has been repurposed into something quite special.

Margaux Studios

Some more pearly goodness now in the form of deliciously girly but absolutely beautiful jewellery brand Margaux Studios. A classically romantic modern jewellery brand whose main focus is beautiful pearls. Handcrafted and sustainably made to order, only the finest materials are sourced to make the jewellery. I cannot tell you how much I love this brand. Also, all their packaging is fully recyclable too.

Anneliese Jewellery

Such a pretty and affordable bohemian jewellery brand, Anneliese is a boho girls dream. All their pieces are handcrafted from either 18ct gold vermeil or sterling silver 925, with their chunky gold hoops and chains being my absolute favourite. And their aesthetically perfect instagram has me desperate to go on an adventure, wearing all Anneliese of course. The perfect wanderlust brand.

Bloma

The Manchester based brand Bloma has some of the cutest vintage inspired jewellery (and accessories) around! Vintage inspired colourful pieces that actually look good enough to eat, but maybe don’t try that, I just love the vintage coloured beads that they use. Bloma uses either vintage, second hand and deadstock beads to create wearable (and very affordable fyi) works of art.

Mathe

Mathe is your go to place for quirky but oh so cool eclectic jewellery. An ethically made, female run jewellery brand from Greece that is absolutely chock full of the coolest jewellery. They mix metals with pearls and beads effortlessly to create original unique pieces inspired by Greek summers. All the pieces are handmade to order in Greece by the two sisters. Ok now I want to go on holiday to Greece and drape myself in Mathe.

Mikaela Lyons

Mikaela Lyons is a beautiful handmade ethical jewellery brand based in the UK, who not only creates beautiful and timeless jewellery, but also plants a tree for every sale. Her main permanent collection focuses on identity with the lioness pieces inspired by her family name. All of Mikaela’s pieces can be personalised, which I absolutely love, and all her pieces are individually hallmarked with her own unique maker’s stamp. I have a couple of Mikaela’s piece which i will treasure forever.

 

 

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Well, it has certainly been a year hasn’t it. The less said about that, the better, as I’m sure we are all sick of talking about it now one way or another. But one of the things about this year which has stood out for me the most (and for me in particular as I’m a small business owner myself) is the importance of supporting small businesses. So without further ado I thought I would share with you some of my favourite small businesses that I love and who need your support this Christmas (and of course every other day of the year!) but i thought with the festive season literally just around the corner (how is it December tomorrow?!) this is the perfect time to shop small and independent brands for all your Christmas gifts this year. I’ll be doing a snazzy four part series of these, the first being of course clothing (and these are all handmade brands too!) then jewellery, accessories and homeware. So hopefully from these if you’ve not heard of some of these, you may discover some new favourite brands to love for years to come.

Studio Rosalie

With one of the most aesthetically perfect instagrams around (I mean who doesn’t love Paris as a backdrop) Studio Rosalie is a size inclusive, made at home French brand. With their signature ruffle blouses and beautiful imagery I just want to live in the Studio Rosalie world. They release new pieces weekly on Sundays. The hardest decision you’ll make is which piece to choose !

(photography of the first image by Nastasia Moreira)

Before July

With all their pretty dresses and tops handmade from deadstock fabric, Slow fashion brand Before July is a puff sleeved dream. You can also choose to customise your dress or top, to make it unique to you which is just an incredible service from a small brand. They design 1-2 collections per year and are made to order in the UK-so go get your orders in in time for Christmas! The Madeline dress is a personal favourite of mine-I have it in the green but I love all the other colours it comes in !

Faith Rowan Leeves

Handmade right here in Brighton, Faith Rowan Leeves is a designer and crocheter. With the perfect balance of beautiful wool pieces and stunning vintage style dresses inspired by Faiths personal collection, this brand is an absolute must have on your radar. The amount of detailed information on the website about all the deadstock fabrics and wool used is also incredible-an inspirational slow fashion brand. All the dresses and wool pieces are timeless classics that you will love for years to come.

Maison Cleo

Made to order magic from France, Maison Cleo is a mother daughter team who handmade everything to order from leftover fabrics from their studio. Their web shop opens on Wednesdays at 5:30pm UK time for a limited time only and then orders take two weeks to make. You have to be so quick ! I have seen they are making a mini capsule collection especially for Christmas though which is launching soon-I can’t wait to one day have a piece in my wardrobe.

Studio Katya

If you want bespoke made to order luxury items-look no further than Studio Katya. The attention to detail from this brand new cute and sustainable brand is beautiful – just look at those pearl button cuff details. I love that kind of attention to detail-it really makes the designs special. You can also of course get custom fitting too.

Looph

Looph is a new brand on my radar, and I’m so glad I discovered them. Their clothing is handmade from organic, reclaimed materials and foraged dyes. They are also completely zero waste and are committed to only using materials that do not harm animals, humans or the environment.  An amazing sustainable size inclusive brand with the cosiest knitwear around- you can order their new AW20 collection via DM through their instagram.

Particular Pieces

Another recent discovery (and I’m so glad I found them) Particular Pieces are the chicest handmade French brand with a mission to change consumption habits. All their fabric comes from collecting, buying and recovering second-hand textiles to hand make limited unique pieces with it. All their blouses are absolutely beautiful – I have the Gigi pastel already, and it is so beautifully made I want them all!

ALSO…

Two of my other favourites which have now closed for Christmas but you can shop in the new year:

 

Molby the Label

First up we have the incredible Molby the label, which has fast become one of my favourite brands this year. I’ve got quite the Molby collection now, and have been lucky to have received a few gifts too, but I can honestly say it’s one of the best handmade brands out there-everything is made so so well, the material and the designs are beautiful and they are nothing like anything out there at the moment. Everything is handmade to order too.

Peggy’s Room

A brand new brand that you need on your radar immediately- Peggys room is gloriously girly with a rock and roll edge-original and like nothing I’ve seen before. I love love love the Belle dress. Oversized frilly collars and quirky heart pocket details on designs made from the most decant fabrics set this brand apart from the rest. Oh and everything is made to order too! the current collection ‘Tea and Oranges’ has closed now but they’ll be releasing a new collection next year !

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In this weeks Wednesday wishlist, I’m loving all things QUILTED (but let’s be clear here, not puffa I prefer a quilt right now) and checks are making a big appearance too. I’ve just purchased the yellow Monki trousers below which I’ve lived in since I’ve bought them (see above), but should I go for the matching jacket too? And I’ve got my eye on those black and white ones. That red check suit from Maje is Emily in Paris heaven. On the hunt for the perfect longer quilted coat, I’ve already got the Arket one but I’m really feeling all the pattered ones too, on the hunt for the perfect vintage one…

 

 

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Writing this on a rainy Tuesday which is quite ironic but this (was) a wonderful little outfit for the pretty Autumn sunshine we’ve (had been) kind of having, when it wasn’t throwing it down. I worked with a new photographer I’d not worked with before, Olivia Bossert a few weeks on a film test shoot and I’m so pleased with how the images turned out. I love shooting on film, that retro look you can never quite recreate with lightroom or photoshop, trust me, I’ve spent HOURS and (too much money than I care to mention) on presets trying to. Sometimes if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, film photography is still alive and well and I love that. Remember when you were little and you’d take your holiday snaps (from your disposable camera) to Boots and were so impatient to get them developed ? Instead of agonising over hundreds of photos you have 36 to choose from. Saying that I still can’t decide which I like the most! Honestly I am the most indecisive person ever, I question myself so much, which is something I don’t like about myself. Goals for this year: be more assertive!

I borrowed this lovely brown leather vintage dress from Waiste for the shoot as the leather trend is everywhere at the moment, but it’s so rare for me to find something like this vintage that actually fits me, so I may end up keeping it ! It goes so beautifully with this Lily and Lionel blouse, just look at those sleeves. Edit: I did end up keeping it, and styled it up differently on my instagram here

Honestly though I feel like I’m having a bit of an identity crisis with getting dressed at the moment ! I think there’s so so much inspiration out there, especially on pinterest and instagram sometimes I feel like I get a little lost with it, and comparing myself to others but also trying to keep true to my style, (even if I don’t know what that is at the moment)

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This rainy week I’ve been lusting after black chunky loafers (which I love with socks) cute knitted vests   or sets that go great with a collared shirt underneath, chunky knit cardigans and leather trousers among other things. I’m on the hunt to find the perfect ones (that won’t break the bank) but it’s so hard as I rarely find trousers that fit me properly but I want to try and give some of these a go. I’m holding off on the coats as it’s not that cold…for now but I’m on the hunt to find the perfect winter ones for next weeks wishlist.

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