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A Guide To Surviving The Festival Season

Festival Season

Festival season is just round the corner and if you’ve already bought your tickets, you’re probably getting pretty excited by now. But the key to a fun and stress-free festival is preparation and a little bit of sensible thinking. So to help you survive the festival season and enjoy every second, we’ve put together a survival guide to ensure you don’t forget any of those all important essentials.

Plan ahead

Once you’ve booked your tickets it’s a good idea to get the logistics in place right away. This means deciding where you’ll be staying if it’s a weekend event, and planning how you’re getting to and from the festival and even possibly sending your baggage ahead. If you’re going to be camping, make sure you have a tent or motorhome and any other essentials you’ll need for a comfortable weekend. If you’re not a camper, you might want to find some accommodation nearby instead.

Next you need to decide how you’ll be getting there. Will someone be driving and how many cars will you need? Lift sharing is always a good idea as you may have to pay for a parking spot for the duration of the festival, plus you can split the cost of petrol.

Alternatively, you might be planning on getting the train or a lift from a kind volunteer. If the festival is abroad, you’ll need to book flights and accommodation right away to ensure you don’t miss out!

Shop the festival look

Each year as the festival season approaches, retailers begin stocking the latest festival fashion. That’s why the first step is to fill your backpack with festival favourites so you’ll look great all weekend. Think glitter, transfer tattoos, denim shorts, wellies and of course, plenty of jewellery! You aren’t festival ready until you’re wearing the right jewellery. Each year new trends will emerge, but you cant go wrong with multiple rings, layered bracelets, statement earrings or even a body necklace.

Pack the essentials

Now you’ve got the perfect outfit for each day, it’s vital to remember to put the other essentials in your backpack. Just because you’ll be living in a tent for four days, it doesn’t mean you can totally bypass personal hygiene. The key to survival at any festival is dry shampoo, a big pack of baby wipes, deodorant and of course, don’t forget your toothbrush!

Be prepared for all weathers

You never know what the Great British weather has in store for you, so you need to be prepared for all eventualities. Make sure to pack suncream in case it gets hot. The last thing you want is to get sunstroke or spend your weekend with lobster-red skin (it doesn’t look good in your Instagram photos). But you should also pack a rain coat and maybe even an umbrella if you’ve got room, just to make sure the rain doesn’t dampen your spirit.

Make sure you bring (and drink) plenty of water

While there is often restrictions on the food and drink you can take into a festival, and particularly into the arena where the bands will be playing, you will be allowed to take in sealed bottles of water. If you can’t take it in, it’s likely that they’ll be water stations or that you’ll be able to ask for cups of water from food and drink stands. So make sure you have plenty of liquid, especially if it’s going to be a hot weekend.

And don’t fall into the trap of drinking nothing but beer, this will only leave you feeling unwell and drained by day two. It’s OK and expected that you’ll have a few drinks, but make sure you rehydrate with plenty of water in between. This will keep you feeling fresh and festival ready all weekend.

Buy a programme

It can often feel like an additional cost you don’t want to make, but buying the programmes and itineraries will stop you from missing out on any of your favourite bands. If you’re with a group of friends you can always share these, but it’s a good idea to make sure you have a few amongst you. This will help you plan out your days, when to get to the arena and who you want to see. The last thing you want is to pay all that money for your weekend, only to miss out on the acts you really wanted to see.

Agree on a meeting point

Though it’s easier nowadays with portable charging banks and phone charging stations, phone batteries don’t always last long when you’re snapping pictures for Instagram all day! As such, it’s a good idea to agree on a meeting place with all your friends just in case you get separated and can’t get hold of each other. Particularly because signal can be bad at these events and you don’t want to spend the whole day wondering around by yourself trying to find someone you know.

Be savvy with your money

Festivals can be expensive! By the time you’ve bought your ticket, paid for transportation and bought your killer festival outfits, you could well have paid enough to go on holiday! So it’s a good idea to be savvy with your money while you’re there. If you can take food in with you to your camping ground, make some lunch before going into the music arena. This can save you spending lots of money on food while you’re in there. Alternatively, if you are staying overnight elsewhere, set yourself up with a good breakfast and lunch before your day at the festival begins.

Keep your belongings with you

Don’t leave your phone or wallet in your tent while you’re not there. It’s a good idea not to take anything too valuable to a festival with you as sadly you never know what might happen. Get yourself a small side bag or a jacket with deep zip-up pockets, so you can keep your phone and wallet close by at all times, and try to avoid taking too much money with you in the first place. It’s likely they’ll be ATMs in the festival so you can draw out cash if you need to, or just stick to using your card as most places will accept this form of payment nowadays.

Are you ready for the festival season? Hopefully now you will be and you now where to come for your festival fashion jewellery!

10 Celebrity Fashion Trends To Look Out For This Year

 

Celebrity Style

Do you want to channel your inner Kylie (Jenner that is)? Or perhaps queen Bey is more your style? If you’re looking for the hottest trends this year, then look no further than your favourite celebrities. These celebs really know how to set trends and dress to impress, so if you want to inject a little more style into your wardrobe, then it could be time to look to the stars! That’s why we’ve put together a guide of 10 celebrity fashion trends you need to look out for this year.

1. Choose some statement trousers

Wide leg trousers are this years must-have trend, especially with summer just around the corner. Catwalks around the world have been graced with the likes of celebrity models like Kendall Jenner rocking the wide leg look. And this style is so versatile, you can choose light floral trousers for a casual day out or go bold in the evening with a colourful pair of wide leg trousers that will really make a statement.

2. Make it personal with jewellery

Personalised jewellery exploded onto the scene back in the 90s and doesn’t appear to be slowing down any time soon. This trend has taken off with a huge number of celebrities who have chosen to wear their name with pride, Kanye West, Rihanna and Taylor Swift to name just a few!

But it doesn’t just have to be your name you choose, stars like Ryan Reynolds have be seen wearing a necklace with his beloved dogs name engraved on the front. So if you want to follow the personalised jewellery trend you could opt for your name, a special date, the name of a loved one or even a location that’s close to your heart.

3. 90s nostalgia is at it again

Our 90s nostalgia is back in a big way this year as tie-dye clothing is making a comeback! No longer is this the signature style of ageing hippies and university art lecturers. In fact, tie-dye has been given a modern update and has been a big hit on the runways in recent months. Huge names like Justin Bieber have been seen out and about rocking this look and the trend is only set to become more popular throughout the year.

4. Pick warm shades this summer

Terracotta shades are going to be the warm colours of summer that we’re after, think rusty reds, oranges and deep mustard shades. Whether you’ve chosen a deep red cocktail dress or a delciate orange satin jacket, this trend is set to be big amongst the celebrity crowd this year, hopefully signalling the way for a long hot summer.

5. Say it like a soldier

Chunky footwear has become more popular in recent months with the emergence of platform trainers and sliders, but now it’s all about the chunky combat boots. In fact, model Gigi Hadid was recently spotted out and about pairing her combat boots with a laid back look of track suit bottoms and a sweatshirt. And there’s nothing like a solid pair of combat boots to see you through the colder months, so these could be the perfect addition to your winter wardrobe.

6. Discover a contrast in shades

There’s a contrast in sunglass trends this year and while thinner cat eye sunnies are still a big hit, you’ll also be seeing oversized square sunglasses hitting the shelves of your favourite high street stores. And when it comes to accessorising, no one does it like our girl Ri Ri and this season she’s been sporting chunky square sunglasses on her trip to NYC. So whether you go big or small, you’ll find the perfect sunnies to suit your style this year.

7. A modern twist on a timeless classic

Kitten heels are a timeless classic, they are elegant and demure. But this year they’ve been given a bold update that you’re feet are going to love. Small heels in vibrant hues is what it’s all about in 2019, just ask super model Karlie Kloss (oh we wish we could!) who’s been rocking the sleek city style, complete with fiery red kitten heels.

8. Make them green with envy

We’ve already discussed the warmer hues of summer, but another key colour this year is going to be bright green. Yep, you heard that right! You can highlight your outfit of the day like actress Priyanka Chopra by adding a hint of electric green to it. Whether this is your handbag, the lining on your jacket or your shoes, you can make your outfit really pop just by adding a touch of bright green.

9. Opt for a softer suit

Interestingly, tuxedos have ruled the runway for spring/summer 2019. But while we might not always find the right occasion to pull off a tuxedo, elegant suiting is also on-trend this year. Think power suits like those worn by Oprah or Michelle Obama, only this year it’s all about creating a sharper silhouette and side stepping the traditional pant suit. This has seen trends moving away from popular midi styles and instead pairing tailored trousers with shirts and belts, to create beautiful look that’s just a bit softer than a full suit.

10. Complete your look with an extra long blazer

Finally, on a similar note to the elegant suiting above, extra long blazers are also here for creating the perfect silhouette. Take inspiration from the likes of Naomi Campbell, who uses the long blazer to streamline her figure. Not only this, but these blazers can add the perfect finish to any outfit, by adding a touch of elegance.

Are you ready to channel your inner celebrity? While we may not always be able to afford the labels they’re wearing, celebrity trends make way for beautiful replicas in your favourite high street stores. So if you’re looking to update your style right now, take inspiration from your favourite stars and you’ll create a wardrobe that even Beyonce would be proud of.

How To Accessorise On Your Holidays

Holiday Accessories

Do you want to be a trend setting jet setter this year? It’s always exciting to plan out your holiday outfits before you go, especially if you’re trying not to cram too much into your suitcase (we know, it’s hard!). But whether you’ve booked up a beach holiday, weekend city break or an adventure trip of a lifetime, you want to rock the perfect look while you’re away!

That’s why we’ve put together a handy guide to help you choose the right accessories for your trip. No matter where in the world you go, we’ve got you covered. Check out our guide below for our advice on how to accessorise on your holidays.

Accessorising for: The airport

Before the plane even takes off, you can be setting the tone for your holiday look. To travel in style and accessories like a pro, you first need to choose the perfect bag to take away with you. The size of which will depend on how long you’re going away for, but you can opt for a beautiful weekend bag or a stylish wheel suitcase to kick start your holiday style!

Next, you can upgrade your airport outfit with a look that’s both comfortable and cool. Think oversized jumpers or sweatshirts with leggings or tracksuits for comfort. Then pair this with some classy but classic studs (you don’t want anything too big or irritating when you’re travelling) and dainty bracelets. Finally, throw your hair up in a messy bun and finish the look with some great shades and a stretch bracelet that’s easy to remove when going through security. You are now officially rocking that stylish airport look!

Accessorising for: A sunny beach break

Perhaps one of our favourite holidays, the sunny beach break is always a welcome change from the daily grind and it’s always great filling our summer wardrobes with beach essentials. So if you’re heading off to sunny shores this year, you’ll want to pack the perfect accessories for your trip.

Though not an accessory, it is of course also vital that you pack your suncream – lobster red skin is not a look you want to be wearing! But if you feel you could use some more protection, you can always cover up with a light scarf or sarong, or alternatively a thin shirt will keep you looking cool and shaded.

In terms of your style, the beach break is your perfect chance to rock your linen trousers or your favourite summer dress. Choose white or light coloured items to really show off your tan! You can then accessorise your look by adding some signature shades (also perfect for keeping the sun out your eyes as you relax on your desk chair, book in hand) and a beautiful floppy hat.

Beach breaks are all about the cool and casual look, so match your bikini with a colourful kaftan and choose some stand out sandals to go with it. Shells, beads or gemstone embellished sandals always look great. Alternatively, make a statement with some gladiator sandals instead.

Plus, straw bags and cute totes are perfect for carrying your belongings to the beach, but also for completing your look. And don’t forget, your beach towel counts as an accessory too, so choose a cute print towel to take with you, if it features ice lollies, mermaids or cocktails – even better!

Accessorising for: A weekend city stay

If you’re going on a city break, this is your perfect chance to rock city chic, somewhere close to the sea like Barcelona is perfect for this look, but you also want to make sure you’re prepared for busy days exploring and soaking up the culture. Keep it cool and comfy with trainers, or sandals if the weather is a little warmer. Just make sure that whatever you wear on your feet they aren’t going to rub or make your feet ache while you’re walking (because you’ll probably be doing a lot of exploring!).

Keep your outfits simple and stylish, then dress these up with statement jewellery. Wearing multiple rings and layered jewellery is very in right now, so choose bright and happy colours to pair with your skinny jeans or summer dress.

However if your chosen city is on the chilly side this time of year, choose a stylish trench or crepe coat to keep you warm. If it’s really cold, throw on a scarf to complete the look. But make sure you’ve got something sensible underneath for when you’re ducking in and out of local eateries, bars and museums.

Accessorising for: An adventure holiday

Whether you’re climbing up a mountain, skiing or cycling, adventure holidays call for a no fuss and practical style. But this doesn’t mean you can’t also accessorise. Choose a comfortable set of hiking boots or training, or complete your skiing style with a great set of goggles and an on-trend ski suit.

You’ll probably be on the move a lot, so sandals and a summer dress just aren’t going to cut it! Pair your favourite denims with a lightweight jacket so you’re prepared for every eventuality. And wrap it all up in the perfect bag! Whether that’s a new wheel suitcase or a cute backpack for scaling a mountain. It’s all about creating effortless but practical style.

Accessorising for: A dreamy cruise

If you’re heading off on a cruise, you’ll probably be stopping at a number of different destinations along the way, so you may also want incorporate some of the accessory tips from our beach or city break sections too (depending on where you’re stopping).

But when you’re cruising around a good bag is going to be your best friend. You’ll want your belongings to be easily accessible as you get on and off the boat. And you’ll certainly want your camera to hand for all the photo opportunities! So choose a stylish tote, backpack or even a small side bag if you’re not carrying too much. But remember to leave enough room for a bottle of water and some suncream.

And what better time to embrace nautical-inspired accessories than when you’re on a boat. Think knots and chains, anchors, puka shells and of course blue and white stripy tops and dresses.

10 Easter Gift Ideas (That Aren’t Egg Related)

Easter Gift Ideas

I’m sure we can all agree, that for some unknown reason Easter egg chocolate really does taste better than a regular bar! But by the time you’ve finished your second or even your first egg, the feeling of guilt begins to set in. That’s why many choose to take a different approach to Easter gifts, instead opting for presents that aren’t egg related.

So if you’re looking for the perfect present for your loved one this year, we’re here to help! Below is a list of the top 10 unique gift ideas that can help to cut down on the post-Easter chocolate overload and still bring them joy!

Bring a touch of spring into their home

We celebrate Easter in the spring, the season when the sun begins to shine, the weather starts to warm up and flowers begin to grow. With so many beautiful bouquets available at this time, flowers could be the perfect gift for your loved one. Alternatively, if they’re green fingered and love tending to their garden, why not consider buying them a beautiful new planter and some seeds so they can grow their own!

Get them something personal

You can never go wrong with jewellery, especially when you add the personal touch. Whether you choose a necklace, bracelet, ring or cufflinks, there are so many options available to you, especially online. A number of retailers offer personalisation on all our jewellery, so choose the style you want and get in touch with them to add your own message of love. You could even opt to have a bracelet or necklace that says their name, or even just a piece of jewellery that contains their initials. We all love the personal touch and this is a gift that really shows you care.

Buy them their favourite tipple

Craft alcohol is becoming increasingly popular right now, especially with the rise in flavoured spirits. So why not treat your loved one to their favourite tipple or get them something they’ve never tried before. From a refreshing gin on a spring day, to a delicious craft ale with dinner, you can find them a bottle (or two) you know they’ll love.

Put your heart into a handmade hamper

Give a gift that’s truly special by creating your own handmade hamper. This way you can carefully pick the contents and fill your basket with all the items you know they love. You might even choose to theme your hamper by selecting a range of cosmetics, foods, drinks or crafts, depending on their tastes. The time you put into this gift really shows how well you know them and how much you care – a much better idea than your average Easter egg!

The gift of light

Bring a little light to the dark evenings with beautifully crafted candles. There are so many options available to you, from scented Yankee jars, to intricate hand carved candles, you’ll find the perfect choice for your loved one. You might even want to select them a delicate candle holder to match. You’ll have your pick of ceramic, wooden, glass or metal holders in a huge variety. It’s just about finding the right candle to compliment their style.

For the coffee lovers in your life

Does your loved one often find themselves hosting afternoon coffee breaks? Or perhaps they’re always dashing out the door to work, coffee in hand. Gift them with a personalised, funny or charming new mug. Alternatively, as we continue to fight the plastic battle, more companies are producing beautiful and environmentally friendly reusable flasks for having your tea or coffee on the go. This gift is not only practical, but they’ll feel happy in the knowledge they’re doing their bit for the planet!

Treat them to some luxury

Why not give a gift that keeps on giving. Treat your loved one to some of their favourite cosmetics or products to help them unwind and pamper themselves. You might choose luxurious bubble baths, shower cremes, or bath salts – all things we love to receive, but don’t always like to buy for ourselves. So these can make the perfect gifts for Easter! Not to mention as the weather heats up and we spend more time outside, we like to take better care of our skin for that sunny glow, so moisturisers and body scrubs will also go down a treat.

The perfect gift for bookworms

Nothing is nicer than sitting in the garden or your local park on a sunny spring day and enjoying a great book. So if you’ve got a book lover amongst you, why not buy them the latest release from their favourite author. You could also turn to the internet for this seasons best seller list and perhaps treat them to a great read they may not have otherwise considered.

Compliment their flowers

Do they always have fresh bouquets dotted around the house? Get them a beautiful new vase they’ll want to put in pride of place. Keep it simple and elegant with clear glass, or go bright and bold with hand painted vases. Whatever you choose, try to match their style or the theme of their home, you could even buy them a beautiful bunch of spring flowers to go in their new Easter vase!

Something for the kitchen

A chocolate egg lasts a day (if you’re lucky) but something new for the kitchen can last for years! If your loved one is a keen chef, consider some new baking equipment. Or perhaps they’re a tea lover? A new tea set or tea cosy will always go down well. For those who love to host, beautiful table clothes can spice up any dinning room. You could even get the place setting to match.

Or perhaps you want to stick with the Easter theme? There are a selection of beautiful aprons out there featuring chicks, ducks or bunnies in beautiful meadows – perfect for those who are a bit messier in the kitchen. Alternatively, you can opt for the more comical novelty aprons if that’s more their style.

An Essential Guide To Accessorising For Men

Men's Style

Accessories are the perfect way to complete any outfit, but understanding what and how to wear these as a man can be tricky! From practical belts, to eye-catching watches there are so many options available to you – and these are always changing with the seasons.

But you don’t have to buy a huge selection of accessories and spend hours searching through your draws for the perfect match. When you know what works for you it’s easy to select a handful that will compliment your every mood and outfit. But where should you start? If you’re looking to become a pro when it comes to accessorising, check out our essential guide below.

Accessorise with the seasons

Wrap up warm in the cold winter and dress it down during the warmer summer months; they key to accessorising is moving with the seasons. On a cold day, add a touch of elegance to your outfit with a scarf – both practical and good looking. You can also keep yourself snug and stylish with a woolly hat. Plus, the best thing about hats is that they’re so versatile, so you can go woolly for winter and sports caps for the summer. Just make sure that whatever you wear, it compliments your entire outfit.

Sometimes less is more

Jewellery can be trickier to pull off as a man and that’s why you need to get it right. The key to wearing this type of accessory is to keep it simple and elegant, don’t choose anything too big or ‘blingy’. If you want to wear a necklace, choose something understated with a small chain. This is the key to ultimate sophistication.

This is also true for bracelets, these can be a powerful look for any guy. Get it right and you’ll look like a man of good taste. But again, you want to keep it understated choosing either a thin leather strap  or a small chain – you could even go for something customised to let your personality show through.

Either way, any jewellery you choose must be a good fit and match your skin tone. Also be sure it’s made with proper material. Cheap jewellery can be unforgiving, even leaving its mark on your skin.

Choose practical accessories

Your accessories don’t just have to be about looking good, they can also serve a practical purpose. Bags and belts are the perfect examples of this. When selecting a belt there are two golden rules you need to follow. Firstly, make sure it fits and you haven’t made any of your own holes. If you need a new hole in your belt, have it done professionally. Secondly, make sure your belt compliments your shoes.

Next up is your bag. You don’t need to have a huge collection of bags, but this is an accessory that really can complete an outfit and serve a purpose. Whether you go for a stylish weekend bag, a backpack or a satchel, choose high quality and sophisticated pieces. Neutral colours can be more versatile, so it’s wise to avoid bold colours or patterns – unless you want to make a statement that is!

Always look cool

If you need glasses, this is not something you can avoid unless you choose to wear contacts every day. When selecting the right glasses you need to take the shape of your face into consideration. Bold, black frames are always a winner as these are simple but classy. But ultimately, when trying on glasses you need to choose a pair that feel right for you.

Sunglasses are also a must-have accessory. These add instant confidence and a sense of mystery to any man. Plus they’re such a simple way to add sophistication and complete any outfit. Not to mention they’re necessary when it’s sunny outside!

Keep it timeless

There are some accessories for men that have stood the test of time. Having a strong collection of ties can help you to spice up any shirt or suit. Keep it cool and classic with just one colour, or add some texture with patterned materials. If you wear a tie to work every day, it’s nice to have a selection to choose from instead of wearing the same thing all the time.

And then of course there’s the timeless timepiece. Step your outfit up a notch with a great watch. Whether it’s a Rolex or a Casio, finding the right watch to compliment your style is absolutely key.

The Ulimate Guide To Being An Awesome Bridesmaid

Have you been asked to be a bridesmaid in a friend or close relative’s wedding? Congratulations! It’s quite an honour that someone thinks so highly of you. Just know that this isn’t something you can just show up to and hope for the best. There is effort involved. Being a bridesmaid comes with a lot of responsibilities with you being in charge of many things. Fortunately for you, we are going to share with you the ultimate guide to being the best bridesmaid you can be.

Always put the bride first

As a bridesmaid, your loyalty is to the bride. You will need to be there for her and help her with some of the most important decisions she will make for her special day. Even if you don’t agree with her style or the decisions she makes, remember that your loyalty is to her. It’s your job to ensure she feels good about herself and her decisions.

Understand her needs

Every bride is different, so find out exactly what she wants or needs from you. If she is not clear about her expectations of you, don’t hesitate to ask. The bride might only want you to show up for her wedding or expect you to take on a more active role in the planning of the big day.

Be a team player

There is a high possibility that there will be more than one bridesmaid for the wedding. Ensure that you put on a united front, even if you don’t agree with the other bridesmaid’s suggestions. Remember that you are all there for the same reason, which is to help ensure that the bride’s big day goes well.

If at any time you don’t get along well with the other bridesmaids, you risk ruining the wedding. Although there might be little issues within the group, keep them to yourself. Keep in mind that at the end of the day, you are all there for your best friend.

The bride’s always right (even when she’s wrong)

It’s always good to remember that the wedding is about the bride and not you. If, for instance, she chooses an outfit that you feel is hideous, try and voice your opinion in a nice, subtle manner. If afterwards she still wants you to wear it that is what you should do. If the bride asks you to do something that you wouldn’t do in your wedding then, again it’s best just to get on with it for the sake of the harmony of the day. For most brides, the wedding day is a day they have envisioned since their childhood so it’s important to try not to ruin her big day by not cooperating.

Share your opinion sparingly

There are instances when the bride may seek your opinion about something. While it’s okay to be honest and voice your opinion, if your response causes her distress, back off and ask her what she thinks instead. While it’s important to be open and honest with her, a lot of the time the bride is just looking for validation of their own ideas and so often giving them a conflicting opinion won’t achieve anything other than stressing her out.

Choosing the venue

Although some couples may know exactly where they want to hold their wedding, there are those who don’t. As an awesome and dedicated bridesmaid, take an evening or two to discuss the available options and help them to look at what’s available within their budget.

Dress shopping

Trying on wedding dresses is an important part of planning for the big day. Your role as a bridesmaid when choosing a wedding dress is a little tricky. You need to be able to strike a balance between being constructive and putting the bride to be off the dress of her dreams. Take the time to find out beforehand what she has in mind so that you don’t blurt out something hurtful like “lace dresses suck!” when it’s the style she has her heart set on.

Planning the hen do

This is the fun part of the whole wedding preparation process. It gives you a chance to blow off a bit of steam from all the planning. Although it’s usually the bridesmaids’ job to plan a wild night out with the girls, we highly recommend that you get some inspiration from the bride. Does she want you to go all out on a trip of a lifetime to Las Vegas or we should prefer an intimate, low-key event? Once again, it’s important to plan the hen she would love, not what you want to do. That said, don’t limit your imagination when planning a hen do as there is no right or wrong as long as the bride gets the send-off she deserves.

Have a wedding budget

You should know that being a bridesmaid will most likely cost you money. From the dress, shoes, bag, hair and makeup, the hen do and bridal showers, it all costs money. It’s a good idea to find out early on what costs the bride and groom are willing to pay for and what costs they expect you to cover yourself.

Give her a gift

It’s a nice touch to give the bride a gift the night before or morning of the wedding and it might just notch you up from a good bridesmaid to an awesome one! Get her something personal that shows her how much you care about her and how honoured you are to be part of her big day. A wedding bouquet charm or personalised bracelet would be the ideal gift that would mean the world to her.

Practice on your speech

If you are going to make a speech, doing some practice helps as it ensures that you don’t spend the entire time staring down at your notes. There will likely be lots of speeches to get through so it’s always a good idea to keep it relatively short and light hearted. Try to part with some words of advice, and wish the newlyweds a long and happy marriage.

Finally, the wedding ceremony is the ultimate party and you are privileged to be a big part of it. So dance, laugh, mingle and enjoy the day. If you have you carried off your bridesmaid’s duties to a tee then you’ll have earned it!

Use these tips to help your best friend get the perfect wedding day by providing her with the support that she deserves.

 

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9 Jewellery Trends You Should Know About This Year

Jewellery Trends 2019

With fashion trends changing with every season the constant pressure to look fresh for every event and keeping up to date with the latest trends can leave you feeling exhausted. Fortunately, there is one easy way to keep your outfits looking on trend at all times, and that’s accessorising with Jewellery.

Accessorising with jewellery provides one of the simplest ways to make even the most plain outfit look trendy. What’s more, jewellery trends are often slower to change compared to clothing crazes and are sometimes more affordable to invest in allowing you to feel fresh and chic at all times without breaking the bank. Still, that is not to say that trends in the world of jewellery don’t exist. Here are 9 jewellery trends you should know about this year.

Chunky Jewellery

Last year saw the rise of bold and chunky bags and shoes. So, it’s no surprise that this trend is now making its mark on jewellery with bold and chunky rings, earrings and necklaces accented by pave diamonds becoming in vogue. While it might seem contradictory, chunky jewellery has a way of adding simplicity to an outfit.

Chunky jewellery goes well with minimal clothing styles, allowing you to add your own style and personality to your everyday look. For instance, a luxe pair of earrings or bold necklace can transform a look and bulk gold and silver charms have a way of making a statement, offering an appealing dose of effortlessness and attitude. So expect to see this trend across earrings, rings, and necklaces this spring.

Extreme Hoops

Hoops have been around for the longest time, and in 2019, this ever-present trend is not going anywhere. But, every season, we see a few tweaks here and there that make hoop earrings even more stylish than before. This year hoops are taking on more shapes and detail, making them impossible to miss. Watch out for the hyper-hoops, which are an extreme version of hoop earrings in different styles, additions, embellishments, and sizes. Whether your style is more daring or minimal, instead of the typical round hoops, grab yourself some extreme hoops, preferably those that come in unusual shapes and colours.

Personalised Jewellery

Personalised jewellery provides you with a double whammy. You get a great looking piece of jewellery plus a keepsake that means something special to you. This makes personalised jewellery such a great gift to give a partner or loved one, especially if it’s handmade. This year we have seen a real increase in the number of celebrities and influencers choosing to wear personalised jewellery, either featuring their own name or a message that’s close to their heart.

The best part is, there’s a personal message that you can apply to your jewellery all-year round, from the beach to your Christmas outfits.

Mismatched Earrings

Mismatched earrings provide a decisive and energetic approach to style. These earrings bestow onto the wearer bold and bodacious confidence and they are an ultra modern way of accessorising any outfit. This trend also provides an opportunity for you to play with sizes and dimensions. You can deck out one ear with a simple stud and play with a sparkly and dangling statement maker on the other, creating a spirited and confident silhouette.

Chains and Links

Chains and links of all shapes and sizes seem to be popping up everywhere from fine jewellery designers to runways across the world. This trend seems to give a nod to the 80s, making a retro statement. You can see evidence of this trend in every modern-day form, from chokers to drop earrings. Wear them with elegant blouses for a chic juxtaposition or add in some coins or medallions for some extra flair. Consider getting chunky chains and links to wear over turtlenecks this spring.

Beads, Shells, and Feathers

In 2019, be ready to embrace handmade jewellery. This year, it’s all about natural looking jewellery pieces including beads, shells, and feathers to give your outfit that boho feel.

We love this trend for its carefree style and wanderlust vibe and are seeing it continue this year, especially in oversized geometric shaped necklaces and earrings which work to provide the perfect, imperfect look. Other than their look, you will also love how unique these artisan pieces of jewellery are. Coloured shells layered with bold colours and various lengths will make great accessories this summer.

Body Jewellery

If you thought jewellery was only meant for the hands, ears, and neck, think again. Body jewellery is back in full force providing one of the most opulent jewellery trends in 2019 that can take any evening look to new heights. The best thing about this trend is that you can use it to show off your summer body, or at least slightly reveal it with bare shoulders, crop tops, back tops etc.

You have the option to pick styles that go over your shoulders, round your waist or even those that look like body armour. Kamarbands, also known as waist chains, provide a great way to show off your waistline when wearing a range of outfits including that little black dress or a crop top with yoga pants.

Futuristic Statement Earrings

This trend comes with bold, geometric shapes, astronomic lengths, and eye-catching metallics. We highly recommend them for the young (and young at heart), looking to show off their urban attitude and playful nature. Futuristic statement earrings are different and distinctive and they come with a personality. They are bold and daring making them an exciting addition to your outfit.

The secret to rocking futuristic statement earrings is pairing them with items that share a common element or creating contrast with different placement, and lengths.

Geometric Jewellery

This trend which is inspired by the bold necklaces that were worn during the Art Deco era is making a big comeback in 2019. From hanging triangles, interlocking circles, prism pendants, hoop earrings, and sharply pointed edges, geometric jewellery has a strong look that is refined and sophisticated. This range is full of contrasts and juxtapositions with harsh lines being combined with sweeping curves.

We love these trends for their versatility which allows you to incorporate different styles depending on your taste and personality. Choose one or more of these jewellery trends and you can count on ruling the streets and turning plenty of heads in 2019.

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Customer Reviews

I wanted to say a massive thank you for the beautiful bracelet I purchased from you last month. I lost my Dad last year and used a card with his hand writing to create a bracelet for my Mums birthday. When she opened it, she burst in to tears and said it was the most special present she had ever received. xxx

Olivia S

Absolutely fabulous items they do. My personalised necklace and bracelet are something to cherish with my late sons words. Good company to deal with and good advice given for my requirements. Five star ⭐️ you can chat on Facebook for advice which I liked too. Well done Inscripture.

CLH

Absolutely love my pink suede bracelet with my mums handwriting on it! Great quality and a perfect keepsake as I sadly lost my mum 2 years ago. Couldn’t recommend this company enough! Quick delivery too!

Ashley D

I ordered a beautiful locket with my grandmas handwriting and was very pleasantly surprised by the brilliant quality and extremely quick delivery. Will certainly be ordering again and recommending Inscripture to anyone who’ll listen for beautiful personalised jewellery!

Fiona L

“I ordered a bracelet with my mums handwriting on it. Ordering was simple and my order arrived very quickly. Love the bracelet and wouldn’t hesitate in recommending them. Wearing this makes me feel my mum is with me. Thank you so much”

Karen S

“My wife bought me a bracelet with my Mum’s writing on from a card she had given me before she passed. I couldn’t imagine a more perfect gift, something I will cherish forever. It was so overwhelming and emotional to receive something so amazing. The work you do is incredible and I cannot thank you enough! I would 100% recommend you to anyone looking for a personalised gift. Fantastic jewellery at a great price!”

Stacey A

I have just received my handwriting gift only a few days after ordering. It is perfect! I couldn’t find something where my grandad had just wrote dad so Inscripture used my card which said love grandad and extracted the dad. A truly beautiful gift made with my late grandads handwriting for my dad’s birthday, excellent service and a speedy delivery to top it off. Cant recommend enough!

Laura F

“Amazing jewellery! Ordered a bracelet for my wedding day to bring a late family member into my special day. The bracelet arrived and I couldn’t be more happier with it – it’s perfect!  Would highly recommend this company if you want something Unique and personal :)”

Leelou P

Gorgeous personal jewellery!
I ordered a gift for my mum with my Granchas handwriting on and it came back absolutely perfect and better than what I had imagined. With affordable prices, high quality pieces and exceptional customer service .. it comes highly recommended from me!!  P.s I’ll be sure to treat myself to something in the near future too.  Thank you very much guys.

Samantha C

I couldn’t be more grateful for the personal attention from Inscripture, as they went above and beyond to produce some immeasurably important jewellery for our family in the lead up to Christmas. I simply cannot thank the team enough for producing our beautiful personalised keepsakes; we lost our beloved father the night before Christmas Eve and were able to share these priceless pieces together on Christmas Day. The effort and kindness that went into having this order completed will never be forgotten.

Stacy B

Fantastic service. Had a necklace made with my nan’s handwriting on it and it’s just fantastic. Super quick delivery. Would highly recommend x

Kelly D

Absolutely amazing website! Super fast delivery and lovely customer service. Ordered a beautiful keyring for my friend with her dads handwriting on, so personal and unique! I’ve never seen anything like it before. Would highly recommend

E B

The bracelet I ordered for my mum was beautiful! Service was amazing, staff went above and beyond to ensure my gift was perfect. Thank you so so much! X

Melissa T

“Beautiful jewellery with not just personalised but handwritten engraving which is stunning! I love every piece of the collection and the price and service is brilliant. Would definitely recommend for a totally unique gift!! ????”

Joanne C

I loved the idea of having my a gift for my husband with a message from his dad written before he passed away. Today i received the photo frame with the message and am over the moon with it. Not only did they go out of their way to help me as photo frames aren’t something they usually work with, but communication was fantastic. My husband loves it. Thank you so much.

Emma S

What a beautiful gift and a reminder of someone you have lost and miss dearly. My husband is so pleased with the keyring our children got him for Christmas, a beautiful gift with his mums handwriting on.

Julie B

I can’t recommend this company enough. Following the loss of my Dad I’ve ordered two pieces of jewellery from them. Not only is the jewellery stunning and precious the customer service from the company is outstanding.

Antonia F

“Really easy to order and the engraved details are spot on. Such a beautiful piece of work and my bracelet is gorgeous, I love it. Prices are very reasonable too. Really quick service too considering it was a customised item. Thank you”

Deborah S

Ordered a personalised bracelet for my mum for Mother’s Day this year that had her late mum’s handwriting on. Ordering was incredibly simple, delivery was quicker than I expected and I was blown away with the result. Needless to say, so was my mum, who was so overjoyed with her present that she cried. Have recommended you to all of my friends and will definitely be purchasing from you again. Thank you for making my mum’s year!

Zoe C

“Incredible service, very well priced & super quick dispatch and delivery. The item itself is superb quality, and very well made. I don’t know how they create these pieces of jewellery but to have something as personal as the handwriting of a loved one so perfectly placed onto a necklace is just incredible. I’m so pleased with my item, I would have paid double the price. Thanks so much x”

Sarah L

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