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Statement Earrings- let your ears do the talking

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.

Missoni Scarf Cleverly WrappedSilk Top: Winser London  Scarf: Missoni at Cleverly Wrapped

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).

Toolally Missoni

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.

Toolally earrings

closeup Toolally earrings

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).

LBD Toolally earrings

Square Toolally earrings

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.

ador by ayesha earrings

Ador Jade earrings

The last pair of super-comfortable statement earrings in my current heavy rotation is this pair from J Crew.

Statement earrings in white

J Crew white drop earring

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.

J Crew drop earring

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.

ADOR by Ayesha  –15% off until June 1 with code LISA15
Cleverly Wrapped
Winser London

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  • Reply
    Michelle Tyler
    May 13, 2018 at 5:14 PM

    Waaahhh! Finally! I’ve been waiting for you to write this post Lady & it does not disappoint. I so regret not buying the pair from J Crew & now I’m too far from you to borrow them☹
    The tight shots with sunlight shining through are exquisite Lisa, this is a great article to pin for future reference xx

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      May 14, 2018 at 10:38 AM

      I wish I had bought the J Crew ones in silver… the gold looked a bit fake but I remember the silver ones we saw looked nice… and they also did blush pink ones! Thank you Miss Michelle… we’ll go earring stalking next time I’m in NY. xx

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    No Fear of Fashion
    May 13, 2018 at 6:34 PM

    They are all smashing. I would love to own earrings like this. Like yours, me earlobes need to be covered and the earrings have to be lightweight. I don’t know whether the bigger ones would suit me (my hairstyle) but I would love to give it a try. Only, there is one other requirement: I am allergic to anything not golden or silver in my earlobes.. Any idea how to tackle that?

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      May 14, 2018 at 10:37 AM

      I think a long earring that peeks out just below your hair or that is just a bit shorter than your hair would be fab, especially in a bright and visible colour. The Toolally hardware is all gold plated or sterling, so you’re safe with them. The ADOR earrings are also gold plated or sterling… the J Crew ones I have no idea, but I reckon they are probably stainless steel posts. I can totally see you in a statement earring; I think some of the ones you have already fall into that category. xx

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    Susan B
    May 13, 2018 at 7:53 PM

    Love all of these ! I also can’t tolerate heavy earrings, and just ordered some from Toolally.

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      May 14, 2018 at 10:33 AM

      I can’t even see how there is a market for heavy earrings; they are so unbearable to wear! I know you’ll love the Toolally ones Susan; they are SO LIGHT! xx

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    May 13, 2018 at 10:46 PM

    These are all so stunning! I esp love the all-white pair. Thanks for the tips on keeping our earrings light, xo


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      May 14, 2018 at 10:32 AM

      So glad you like, Patti! xx

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    May 13, 2018 at 11:33 PM

    I loved them all…I like big earrings too bur It’s almost impossible to find a light pair here in Monterrey. If they’re big they’re heavy as a rock.

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      May 14, 2018 at 10:31 AM

      It really is hard to find big AND light earrings, Eva. Now that I’ve found a few brands like Toolally that do them, I’m thrilled! xx

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    Little Red
    May 14, 2018 at 2:15 AM

    I love all of them. I’m not sure if I have a long enough neck and a jawline to look good with statement earrings. But I will wear shorter dangling ones though since I think the vertical line created is a good counterpoint to my very round face.

    I love what you wrote about scarves. Like you, I love the look of scarves but I’ve always avoided them since I feel like such a screw-up with them. Plus, with my previous love for button-downs, a scarf seemed too much going on in the neck region. But now that I’m moving on from them, it’s a good time to invest in tops that allow a good scarf to make the outfit sing.

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      May 14, 2018 at 10:29 AM

      Thank you, Little Red! I love all of them too; they’re each SO different. I wonder if long narrow earring would work on you?

      I generally feel a little awkward in a scarf (except for the winter kind) but they do work well with v neck sweaters and a simple neckline. You’re so good in colour, I bet scarves are great on you. xx

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    May 14, 2018 at 6:15 PM

    You look absolutely stunning in those pictures, Lisa! And I love ALL the earrings! I’m wondering however, how on earth do you get this flawless complexion? I mean you take all these close up pictures and your skin always looks PERFECT. Lots of love! ❤️ xx Abby

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    Emma Peach
    May 15, 2018 at 8:39 PM

    Wowsers, what fabulous earrings! I love statement earrings, even more so now my hair is shorter. Your skin is amazing, so radiant!

    Emma xxx

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    May 15, 2018 at 9:09 PM

    I love long statement earrings, especially with my shorter hair and of course they all look fabulous with your hair up.
    And you must tell me about the secret of your perfect skin, Lisa!!!


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      May 15, 2018 at 10:28 PM

      You are AMAZING in a good statement earring, Annette! Gosh, my skin is far from perfect, but I just use a great mineral foundation which covers a LOT of issues, drink a ton of water, eat mostly vegetables (like you!) and gently exfoliate with acid nearly every day. xx

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    May 16, 2018 at 2:38 PM

    Everyone wants to know your secrets, Lisa. Your make-up routine, your skincare products, the camera settings on those shots with the light coming through the jewelry. That’s why I so enjoy reading your posts. You have one foot in the “aspirational” camp and another firmly in the “I’m-a-busy-mom-and-a-pragmatist” camp. Anyway, love your taste in ear drama and now I’m off to purchase my own pair of Toolally. 🙂

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      May 22, 2018 at 9:30 AM

      Thank you, Mithra! I’m definitely going to do a makeup routine and a skin care routine vlog or blog soon. The camera settings on those shots are easy to retrieve; this is a 105mm lens. ISO was 200, f/3.2 according to the info on the photo. Keep me posted on your Toolallies! I can’t wait to see which ones you get. It is so nice to wear a light earring! Thank you for your kind comments, gorgeous. xx

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    May 19, 2018 at 10:57 AM

    Oh Lisa, you are such a beauty! I love all of your earrings, but I love with your beautiful face even more. You look amazing. I agree completely about earrings not being heavy though xxx

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      May 22, 2018 at 9:24 AM

      You’re so very kind, sweet Liz, thank you so so so much. xxx

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    melissa williams
    May 19, 2018 at 4:54 PM

    Girrrrrrrl……..you’ve got it goin’ on. And isn’t JCrew just THE BEST for shoes and accessories? I used to live in Lynchburg, VA where one of their factory stores was/is located and I could go in there and just scoop up LOADS and walk out paying about $20! I still have so many shoes and accessories from there that I’ve had for years and still wear (but I agree on the clothing…..secretly hoping they will make a come back). Definitely checking out the ADOR. SO beautiful and feminine. And since you look so lovely with your hair pulled straight back off your face, we probably can never be friends in real life. 😉
    ~Melissa xx

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      May 22, 2018 at 9:20 AM

      Thank you so much, my friend! I need to visit a J Crew factory store just for the accessories! You’re so sweet to say that; I never wear my hair up on the blog but I thought for earrings it had to be done. xx

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