There is no better way to add colour and interest around your face than earrings and scarves. To use my grandmother’s word, they add ‘pizzazz’! I’m not much of a scarf wearer, but I am working on it. While I love the instant punch they can add to an outfit, I often feel I don’t really know what I’m doing when I wear them. I’m a scarf amateur. I still fall for colourful prints like this gorgeous pink, red, orange, and purple silk Missoni one from Cleverly Wrapped (below) and wear them anyway. I also have my eye on this one because the print makes me happy. With jewellery though, I am a pro… high-end, low-end, and everything in between. It doesn’t even have to sparkle, it just has to have presence and impact.
I especially adore bold statement earrings (like this pair which I have just fallen madly in love with). What I DO NOT adore are heavy earrings. Nothing puts me in a foul headachey mood faster than uncomfortable earrings or uncomfortable shoes. Earrings must be light and comfortable for me to enjoy wearing them. Now that I am older, my other criteria is that the earlobe has to be covered. I have a very deep wrinkle on one lobe and it doesn’t look nice anymore with wire drop or fish hook earrings, so I don’t wear them. A jewellery designer friend of mine in South Africa used to tell me that a long drop earring always brings the focus to your lips, so I try to make a little extra effort with lipstick to support statement earrings. With this in mind, let me show you some statement earrings out of my vault (and by vault I mean the stacks of small cardboard boxes beside my bathroom sink).
First is this pair of Toolally earrings, called the Wobble. They’re made of acrylic, so they are super lightweight and very comfortable to wear. I chose these because I liked the mix of orange and pink, which just so happens to work well with my scarf (another example of my theory that if you buy what you love, it all magically goes together). They have a very 1960’s feel, and they seem to go with everything I own. I’ve worn them on repeat with last year’s Winser London khaki jumpsuit. I first saw Toolally earrings on my friend Catherine of Not Dressed As Lamb. She was staying with me the night she won the UK Blog awards a few weeks ago and I loved the earrings she wore with her swoon-worthy vintage dress. It seemed like fate because I had just found Toolally on Instagram a few days before and started following them because I liked their style (and price point!). I investigated further… they are a woman-owned brand and they hand make everything in Yorkshire, so I liked them even more. They’re exactly the kind of brand I like to support.
I also couldn’t resist this pair from them. The design makes such an impact, and they are so comfortable to wear. They come in a circular version as well, but I’m very partial to the squares (I blame Tetris).
Next is this pair of peach and blue-green jade earrings. These are from a new brand called ADOR by Ayesha. I met Ayesha recently, and like me, she is an ex banker who got tired of finance and wanted to do something more creative after she had her children. She designs her pieces and has them made in her native India. I took a good hour rifling through all of Ayesha’s sparkling goods at her pop-up event before I finally settled on these. They look like fine jewellery, and are amazingly comfortable to wear. These are great for evening, but they look so pretty with the light coming through them that I can’t resist wearing them for daytime as well.
The last pair of super-comfortable statement earrings in my current heavy rotation is this pair from J Crew.
I don’t see them online, but I have seen them on sale in store recently. I bought them last October when I went to New York with Michelle and they came in quite a range of colours. I don’t shop at J Crew very often, but I always think they’re particularly strong in shoes and jewellery. This white pair reminds me of a cheaper version of Annie Costello Brown earrings (click on link at your peril). I am currently salivating over this pair called Rain, but I’m afraid I’ll buy them, they’ll be too heavy to wear, and I’ll love them too much to send them back. For now, these J Crew ones will have to do.
In this post, with the exception of my J Crew impulse purchase earrings, every brand is a woman owned business. I know how hard each of them work, and it is a delight to feature them here. I believe so passionately in women building enterprises and empires. Grab a cuppa and have a peruse through their online sites if you want to see more.
Thank you to Toolally Jewels for gifting me their beautiful earrings and to Cleverly Wrapped for the gorgeous scarf.