Accessories to Murder #1

Here is the very first Accessories to Murder, a new feature in which we will bring to your attention the accessories we believe to be a right steal. Be it bags, necklaces, shoes or rings, we’ll give you the leads and urge you to break out and browse these criminally tempting accessories.

Gilbert & George Gin Necklace £33.00 from Iota Bristol

Ever since Jo introduced me to the wonderjuice that is Gin, I’ve hardly sipped on anything else, apart from tea of course! This necklace was commissioned by She and Hem favourites Tatty Devine to celebrate the work of Gilbert & George. This necklace is sure to bring you many compliments, especially from fellow G&T lovers.

After spending several hours browsing for accessories that I thought were special enough to make it on this post, I was delighted to find the magical Jewellery by Jaymie. Jaymie has created beautiful collections, such as ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s‘, ‘Tea Party‘, and ‘Great Gatsby‘. She also designs special one off pieces that you will not be able to find on the high street. Jaymie treats each piece as a miniature work of art, and furthermore, each piece has been hand drawn, which means  all are unique and absolutely lovely. Who could resist? Not me!

Here are my favourite items.

Sparkly Hearts & Cat Collar Clips, £10, Jewellery by Jaymie.

Hearts! Cats! Sparkly Hearts and Cats! If anything will inspire me to get my ears pierced, it’s slightly mad but beautiful jewellery like these gorgeous collar clips which can also be worn as ear rings. At £10, not only do they have multiple purposes, but it’s an affordable way to jazz up an old outfit.

Dapper Cat Necklace, £11, Jewellery by Jaymie.

Ok ok, it’s another cat item. Although, I think I can use my get out of jail free card here, as this is not just any cat.  This is a Dapper Cat, it’s wearing a polka-dot bow tie and it wants you to take it home.

Holly Golightly and Cat Ring, £12, Jewellery by Jaymie.

Last, but by no means least, my personal favourite item. People need to be made aware of this ring. It’s a must for any Breakfast at Tiffany’s fan. It features the iconic Audrey Hepburn as ‘Holly Golightly’ and her precious cat, ‘Cat’ (the amazing acting cat, Orangey). If anyone wants to treat me, I’ll take this.

There I was thinking I had triumphed and found the ultimate undiscovered accessories online. Oh but wait! I’ve stumbled across Hannah Zakari and these accessories are really rather dreamy. Here are a few highlights from this marvelous website, where you can buy items from many designers, all under one roof. Hannah Zakari, I salute you!

Fab Retro Ice Lolly Necklace, £24, Hand Over Your Fairy Cakes.
sushi necklace
Sushi Necklace, £24, Petit Plat
Chicken Brooch, £12, Designosaur.
Chapstick Brooch, £8, Kate Rowland.

I hope you have enjoyed and have been inspired to do some investigative work of your own.

Have a great weekend!

V x

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Up up and away…

One of the best things about living in Bristol is sitting back on a sunny evening and watching the hot air balloons float up over the skyline. It’s no surprise then that I am drawn to anything and everything that has balloons on it! Thankfully for me the high-street is currently full of lovely balloon prints for me to indulge in.

First up is this delightful dress from Sugarhill Boutique. Look how pretty and floaty it is! I can just see myself swanning around in this frock on nice summers day, ice cream in hand. Sadly at £58 it’s just a little bit too expensive but the current bank holiday 20% off offer they are running is making a purchase seem sadly inevitable. Fans of big girls blouses will be pleased to hear that Sugarhill boutique all have this print in blouse form. Marvellous.

Summer Skies Dress by Sugarhill Boutique

It has to be said that I am not a huge Dorothy Perkins fan.  In fact the last time I ventured into store was over a year ago to buy, wouldn’t you know it, a rather spectacular balloon print top! but hey, what’s this? they appear to have excelled themselves once again in the old balloon top department and have succeeded in tempting me back in with this little number. It has a super cute peter pan collar and looks smart enough to be worn to work! Winner. It’s £25 which does seem a little steep so lets all cross our fingers for a DP sale.

Cream balloon print top by Dorothy Perkins

Sometimes a girl just needs to buy herself a new novelty ring, right? and I can’t think of many things better to wear on my hand than a giant blue balloon. I think we can all agree that at £6 you could do a lot worse than invest in this gorgeous Louche ring available at Joy.

Hot Air Balloon ring by Louche

Holy moly there aren’t enough words for me to describe how much I love this dress. The colour! The print! THAT COLLAR. It’s a total dream of a dress and I have to admit that I bought it the moment I set eyes on it. Deep breaths everyone for at £70 from ASOS this is a bit of a balance breaker but Nishe have so many lovely dresses coming out at the moment that even if you miss out on this one another suitably divine dress will no doubt be on the horizon.

Balloon embroidered collar dress by Nishe

Hey look! This obsession doesn’t even have to limit itself to clothes! Check out these side plates from IKEA. At £3 each they are a bit of a bargain and I always love an excuse to go and claim a free cup of tea of an evening. My only complaint is why just the side plates IKEA? Someone needs to pull their socks up and give me dinner plates, cups and saucers and a maybe a nice vase. Is that too much to ask for?

Promenad side plate by IKEA

Until next time!