More often than not, you might find yourself caught up between a few outfits...Knowing us girls, mentally preparing an outfit, according to the occasion could be a tedious process. You may think that this is because of the "limited" clothes your almost-full closet has. But here's where you go wrong and this is why...
An outfit, for an event should a) always have your signature touch, be it your favourite pair of shoes or a certain bracelet/ring and b) make you feel awesome! Sometimes going to your local supermarket could make you feel just as wonderful as going to an event by the water. The answer is simple and sweet- JEWELLERY! You don't realise how much people pay attention to the jewellery you're wearing until you receive numerous compliments on it.
I once got back from a meeting and forgot that my Denaris necklace and earrings were still on. As I quickly changed into my denim skirt and put on a white tee, forgetting that I still had my jewellery on, I made my way to the supermarket. The lovely check-out lady asked where I was off to simply based on the jewellery that complimented my outfit. Had I not been wearing the necklace and earrings, my outfit would have just been a plain denim skirt and a white top. But the accidental layered jewellery ensured that even though there was no preparation involved in putting my outfit together, all I needed was a pair of heels and I was ready to go out...
Lets put this to practice and see how much more money and time we save ladies. Start off by simplifying an outfit then layering it with jewellery and you will see a dramatic difference in both confidence and your bank account.
xoxo -SE Team
Pairing your gowns neckline style with the proper adornment can add character to your wedding dress, or even highlight a unique feature.
Sweetheart or Strapless: For something a little different consider skipping the necklace and focus on some great chandelier earrings instead. Wear clear crystal for a sleek look, or punch it up with a hint of colour. Try using a meaningful gem like your birthstone, or pick a colour from the flowers in your bridal bouquet. If you’re going for a flirty, fresh look why not include two or three small fresh or silk flowers in your hair to add a soft, organic feel. Vintage elegance more your style? Pay homage to the past with a great Art Deco style bracelet or some roaring 20s inspired feather hair pins.
Knot Note:If your dress already has vintage flair, you could create an interesting contrast by taking a more modern approach with your wedding jewellery.
V-neck: Whether you opt for a pendant or choker, this style begs for decolletage decoration. A thin chain with a simple pendant is an elegant way to accessorise, while pearls exude classic charm. If you’re going for the ‘dare to be decadent’ look, a crystal choker with matching earrings could be the perfect combo.
Halter: Whether you wear your hair in a sleek bun or loose ponytail, dressing up your tresses is a great way to accessorise a halter gown. Headbands are a great way to add panache to your wedding up-do. But if headbands aren’t quite your style, try adding some sparkle to your hair with intricate crystal hairpins or a comb. If you’ve got a curly mane, five to seven hairpins is just right, while brides with short hair will get the same shine with two or three pins.
If deciding on your jewels is proving more difficult than finding the gown, there’s one jewellery duo that’s timeless, diamond drop earrings with a sophisticated necklace, such as a strand of pearls or a diamond pendant choker. Perfect!
The most important thing about picking the perfect trinkets for your wedding gown is that they are a reflection of you. If you’re not comfy wearing big chandelier earrings, stick to studs. If you love it, wear it! If you’re comfortable in all your accessories, your wedding day ensemble is guaranteed to dazzle.
By – Heather Levine
by The Knot
Rhodium: Why I Love It
Rhodium plating is a bit like visiting your favourite hair salon. Have grey? Get coloured. Bored with your old shade? Get coloured. In much the same way, rhodium plating can dramatically transform the look of your jewellery.
What is Rhodium?
Rhodium is a rare, naturally occurring member of the platinum group of metals. It’s extremely hard. It’s silvery in color and highly reflective. Is the most expensive metal, even when compared to gold and platinum.
It’s inert against corrosion and doesn’t react with most chemicals. These properties make rhodium especially good for plating.
Rhodium Plating: Why I Love It
Rhodium is often used to plate white gold jewellery. Because of the very bright and shiny nature of rhodium, it gives white gold a nice “pop.”
Rhodiumed rings look whiter and brighter. Like washing with Tide! More often than not, white gold pieces of jewellery you see in jewellery stores have been rhodium plated. It’s the final step in lots of white gold jewelry. Again, it gives pieces the “pop” and “zing” that we like and come to expect.
Likewise, silver jewellery is frequently rhodium plated. Not only does this add shine and sparkle to the piece, but it helps in resisting tarnishing.
As you can imagine, rhodium plating is a relatively inexpensive way to turn a yellow gold piece of jewelry into a white gold piece of jewellery. It can be as easy as getting your hair done at the salon!