With the recent passing of former First Lady Barbara Bush, we not only acknowledge her regal beauty and self-command but also her simple and stately sense of style. Has that caused the fashion bloggers to talk non-stop about multi-strand pearls (since Ms. Bush wore them so frequently)?
Or maybe its the surging popularity of The Crown on Netflix wear the Queen wears multi-strand pearls in just about every episode. (They were also a staple accessory of Princess Margaret’s wardrobe.)
Whatever the reason, we fully embrace the trend. Pearls make just about any woman and her outfit that much more special. No, pearls aren’t just for that formal occasion. On runways, oodles of pearls are paired with jeans and t-shirts, adding a certain panache to more common looks.
To experiment with a multi-strand look, may we suggest costume jewelry? The investment is small and gives you a chance to experiment with all its many wonders. When you’re ready, you can move on to the real thing!
Most of us have a pretty good idea when it comes to colors that don’t look good on us. And for good reason: we’re probably right! For me, yellow makes me look washed out, sallow. Certain shades of green bring out an undertone in my skin that I’d prefer stay under.
But are we attached too deeply to these long-held beliefs? Do we become so embedded in these “fashion rules” that we refuse to make any colorful change? And do we deny ourselves the opportunity to embrace a color simply because we decided years ago, it doesn’t work well on us?
There’s an interesting challenge when we wear a color we don’t like: how can we look good in it anyway? Every color can be enhanced and adapted by the jewelry and accessories we wear, the other colors we pair with it and our make-up.
With Spring here, dare to wear a color that challenges you. Let your imagination work with the color and not against it. You’ll be surprised: that color might not look as bad on you as thought!
We all know the feeling. Someone takes a photo of you and you think you’re doing all the right things but the final result is, well…not exactly what you expected. Its discouraging and can wreak havoc on your confidence.
Why not take a few pointers from a pro so you can put your best foot forward the next time someone grabs a shot of you?
A picture may be worth a thousand words but we all know its not the same thing as the actual living, breathing person standing in front of you.
But let’s not write off the power of a picture yet! A photo of a loved one can actually relieve pain and improve the overall health of someone undergoing an illness.
“Looking at a picture of a loved one reduced moderate pain by about 40 percent and eased severe pain by about 10 to 15 percent, compared to viewing the picture of an acquaintance.” [Source: The NY Times]
So the next time you see the shrine of a loved one in someone’s home, you’ll realize that its existence goes beyond a simple memorial for that person; it actually relieves pain and creates good feelings.
Missing a person you love? Take a few moments with that photo and allow all of the feelings it may evoke. No, it’s not that person. But it still possesses powerful effects on us that can actually make us feel better!
A trend we’ll continue to see in the jewelry industry? A much-needed focus on sustainable jewelry as well as transparency when it comes to the sourcing of jewelry.
More consumers and jewelry makers are concerned about the devastating ecological consequences of metal mining, dirty metals, unfair trading practices and a wide array of other harmful effects jewelry making can cause.
Most recently, The Women’s Jewellery Network (WJN), the UK’s only dedicated organization supporting women working in the UK jewellery industry, has announced Victoria Waugh as its first UK ambassador for ethics and sustainability.
Waugh has more than 15 years’ business development experience across the clothing, jewellery and accessory sectors, plus leading the Fairtrade Foundation’s work to launch Fairtrade gold, bringing a wealth of commercial expertise and knowledge of sustainable and ethical practices to the WJN and its members.
The new WJN ambassador, Victoria Waugh, shares: “I am delighted to join this important movement as its ambassador for ethics and sustainability. Having spent many years advising businesses on responsible sourcing, I’ve learnt that it is only by working together and transparently sharing our experiences that we can drive positive change for all those involved in the jewellery supply chain. I hope my role will support members to understand the impact jewellery manufacture has on people and planet; and to provide practical guidance on running a better jewellery business.” [Source: Professional Jeweller]
We hope this trend (and our part in it) will continue to build, grow and expand!