Monday, 29 August 2011

Classics ~ Jewellery

I have been wanting to start a series of posts on wardrobe classics for a while. I've been thinking a lot lately about buying those items that are so-so but nothing major and the feeling I get when I buy fewer but incredibly good quality lasting items.
In my mid to late teens, I was always into buying a few quality pieces, usually designer, that I would envisage myself wearing for years to come. When I went off to university, fashion took a back seat as the experiences of university life were so much more important to me at that time than keeping up with the latest trends. I got caught up in 'club culture' and my outfits to go out dancing in clubs became the main source for spending the few pennies I had on my student budget.
I then went though a stage of buying more clothes from high street shops. The high street has changed so dramatically over the last twenty years and developed amazingly in recreating designer trends at relatively good quality and at a good price and this has appealed to me for a number of years.
Lately though, I have been contemplating streamlining my wardrobe to include only those pieces I truly love. In the process, I thought I would take you through various parts of my wardrobe, showing you those pieces I deem as classic. They may be old, they may be new. But most importantly they will be pieces that I absolutely love, that I wear often, are of the highest quality and are an integral part of my wardrobe.
The first in the Classics series will be Jewellery Sets. I have one gold set, one silver set and one pearl set. The pieces I'm including here are to me truly classic.

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Silver - Cartier steel Tank Francaise watch; Katherine Hamnett thin silver watch; White gold diamond ring; two sets of small white gold diamond stud ear-rings; Wright & Teague huge silver ring; Links of London silver bangle; Tiffany small bow necklace

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Gold - Casio watch (currently my only gold watch that I hope to replace at some point); Vintage smoky quartz ring; Alex Monroe necklace; Rose, white & yellow gold knot ear-rings

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Pearls - Black pearl necklace & bracelet with silver clasp
I have plans for this series - Handbags, Jackets, Coats, Blouses, Jeans, Tee Shirts, Dresses, Shoes, Boots, Hats, Scarves, Gloves, Collars, Belts, Knitwear...

28 comments:

Temporary:Secretary said...

Your photography is amazing here. It's always good but i really love these series of images, lots of contrast - really interesting. x

Becky said...

Love this idea, your diamond ring and smoky quartz ring are beautiful.

Ellie said...

Beautiful jewellery! I'll look forward to the Handbag edition ;)

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Lizzy Martin said...

I am in love with the gold bird necklace! So cute! I love classic jewellery I feel it's usually has more of a story behind it!
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Diana said...

I don't have too many pieces either, and I agree with you about the quality of my items. I was gifted a Cartier Tank for an engagement present and it's one of the most beautiful pieces I own!

Raffles Bizarre said...

Gorgeous photos. I always wear the same few bits over and over. Creature of habit.

E is for Eleanor said...

Beautiful idea to have such perfect sets that you can go to and rely on! This may have to be on my to do list! x

Harriet said...

This is a lovely idea - definitely looking forward to the future editions of this!

Jo said...

Love the idea of this series, can't wait to see more. I always like the idea of owning less but having more quality or self made pieces. I'm starting to do this, gradually culling items in my massive wardrobe but ultimately I think I'm too much of a hoarder!

Sarah said...

What beautiful photography. The rings are my favourite :) x

Style Eyes said...

Such beautiful jewellery. I love the black pearl necklace. I can't wait to see more of your classic wardrobe pieces.

Kate said...

I love this idea! I have been thinking about doing this myself for a while but haven't know where to start. I have a feeling this is going to be some what helpful! Thank you! x

Sherin said...

I've always preferred wearing classic jewellery as opposed to trendy pieces. All your jewellery is gorgeous. I love your watch collection and the quartz ring.

Bad Joan said...

Love that super thin silver watch! Gorgeous!

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Leia said...

Lately I've been gravitating towards classic pieces rather than cheap high street buys! I can't wait to see what else you've got in store for this series. Loving your jewelry collection :)

Leia

Ena said...

Oh you have a great jewelry collection! The bird cage necklace is so pretty! Looking forward to seeing your other classics too :)

*Ena*

little henry lee said...

ooh i knew the bow necklace was tiffany's as soon as i saw it! i've got my eye on that one for myself one day. it's so easy to buy cute little cheap pieces of jewellery but i find that i hardly ever wear it anyway so it makes a lot more sense for me to have a few key pieces that will last rather than to just buy a whole lot of things i won't even wear.

Michelle Lee said...

Amazing collections
This is why people should invest in such classic pieces :)

Jillian said...

adore your jewelry collection.
great still photography :)
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SabinePsynopsis said...

That's a lovely idea, Paula - can't wait for your 'classic pieces'. Beautiful jewellery and watches, a wonderful pearl necklace like this must certainly count as a classic.

Sanne said...

That thin watch is so delicate, very beautifull :) Also love the colour of your pearl necklaces!

Midnight Cowgirl said...

Love this new series you are starting!

sacramento said...

What not to like???
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Fashion Tales.... said...

I agree, the high-street has changed immensely... and few quality items to last are definitely better than just any type of jewellery. I love your classic pieces. The photos are very nice as well.

Kate said...

Really looking forward to the following posts - your style is so classic - I really love your small silver watches they are perfect x

Haute World said...

I remember being caught up in fast fashion during my uni years as well. I've definitely been streamlining my wardrobe more recently, especially since I finally took the time to sift through everything I have and donate about half of what I own to charity. Love your jewelry selection, especially the silver set. The Cartier is gorgeous.

Maria said...

Such beautiful pieces!

Maria xxx

Fashionable Jord said...

I love your photography and how you make some of these products seem larger than life.