Friday, 1 November 2013

AW13 Accessories to Oooh and Awe in

Statement necklace, e37, Oasis
Rosie earrings, e37, Coast

The crucial importance of accessories in the life and wardrobe of women cannot be underestimated. Not that I am putting their importance ahead of Third World poverty or the war in Syria- but in the general scheme of an woman’s life, a selection of some beautiful embellishments and 'objets d'art' in which to artfully decorate oneself in is essential. The right, correctly chosen trouseau of accessories make the successful functioning of a  woman's wardrobe an enjoyable, fun experience- and 'a piece of cake'. Chocolate fudge for  me, please!

Cashmere scarf, e179, Tommy Hilfiger
Accessories, chosen well can be your best friend- and can completely make or break your outfit. They are the single easiest and budget-friendly way to update your AW13 wardrobe without breaking the bank. That perfectly proportioned jewelled clutch-bag that pushes that plain black dress from hot to smokin’ on the style barometer, those stilettos with just the right curve make pins seem endless, the buckled belt that jazzes up an otherwise boring jeans and top ensemble- and cinches in that waist to boot!
Diamond-heeled Mary-Janes, e24, Penney's

The most vital accessory organ of all- in my biased opinion, as a born magpie, are jewels! Necklaces, cuffs, bracelets and earrings- all coiled up like glittering snakes in their velvet-covered boxes, ready to spring out at the shortest notice to embellish and transform my classic, but rather plain LBD- and add some sparkle and charm. High street shops, Coast, Oasis, Penney's and River Island are literally dripping in stunning statement sparklers this season- choose one of two pieces (or throw caution to the wind and layer it on!) to bring your outfit right up to date and put a twinkle in your eye! Designer brands worth checking out if you've a bit more cash (or a few real diamonds to sell off!) is amazing jewellery designer, Blaithin Ennis, as well as the stunning Pandora range of jewellery which offers stylish and contemporary pieces, studded with just the right amount of sparkle to cherish, collect and pass on as a beautiful family heirloom. I recommend checking out Pasara jewellery, a great Donegal based design company, super chic and original designer, Helena Malone,
Clutch bag, Coast
fabulously feminine jewellery designer Niamh Spain- and a personal favourite- Irish jewellery design brand, Chupi, for gorgeous delicately crafted pieces 'inspired  by the beauty of natural and wild things'. Last, but certainly not least, the stunning Thomas Sabo range of jewellery never fails to impress, and the intricate designs and inspired use of different tones of gold and silver will add warmth and interest to the simplest of outfits. Take a look at the loot of statement cuffs, necklaces and earrings which I've gathered from all over the country and brought back here to my glittering nest for your enjoyment!

Gina faux fur hat, e16,
Key trends to note this AW season when indulging in a spot of accessory shopping are an abundance of texture and colour. Designers such as Matthew Williamson, Michael Kors and Roksanda Ilincic seemed to be embracing the whole concept of climate change and the seasons turning topsy-turvy opting for bolts of pinks, reds and oranges to illuminate their AW13 collections as opposed to the more traditional sombre, muted winter palettes of greys, blacks and browns. Add some shock-factor and inject some colour to your ensemble with a pink scarf or a cool pair of shoes in electric blue or eye-popping neon. Check out Oasis, River Island and A Wear for gorgeous clutch bags and for classic, no quibble quality totes head to tried and trusted American favourite, Tommy Hilfiger.
Tommy Hilfiger Gregory tote, e210

Other trends to channel from the catwalks into your accessories cupboard this season are hounds tooth print, and the whole invasion of the kilt debacle. So join in the highland-fling add some oomph to your outfit with a tartan scarf or bag.  Try if you can to choose from one of squares, checks and tartans covering the high-street from here to Scotland.

So, my advice before going accessory shopping? Take a couple of deep breaths and a few drops of Rescue Remedy- and enlist some some tried and tested muscle to accompany you. Why? To wrestle your bank card off of you in the event that you proceed to buy three pairs of boots and two sparkly clutches in one barmy binge, of course! Beans on toast for three months is not a nice experience- trust me!

Statement necklace, Warehouse

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