3 tips for Incorporating Statement Jewellery into your Life

If you follow my Instagram account, then you’d by know that I’m obsessed with 2 things in my life. Maya and Jewellery.

I have a thing for big bold bright jewellery, and there is never such a thing as too much in my world when accessorizing.

I realize not everyone is as hardcore as me:-

  • When I have to travel I have a special case for my jewellery
  • When there is a jewellery sale my heart starts to palpitate
  • When I know there is a set to the ring I just bought, I go a little crazy and want it all
  • If I cant see it from a mile away I don’t want it
  • When I get dressed I choose my jewellery first
  • I think of jewellery as Art – of which I am an avid collector.

It wasn’t always this way. I remember during the London backpacking days, I wore the tiniest earrings and ring you ever did see. But when you’re living out of a suitcase with not much money to buy new outfits you start searching for ways to improvise. And so my jewellery obsession began.

I found it to be like anything else new, all you have to do is like it, want to wear it, put it on and get on with life.

So here are my 3 tips for incorporating statement jewellery into your life.

  1. Start with wearing only one bold piece to stand out and keep the rest minimal. You could wear a gorgeous statement necklace and keep your earrings/rings/bracelets small or wear none at all.

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    Gorgeous Peter Lang necklace with stud earrings
  2. Pair bold jewellery with simple outfits. If you’re wearing a lot of prints and patterns, it can be hard to find something that goes if you are not a seasoned jewellery wearer. On the other hand if you are wearing, say a white shirt or tee with jeans, virtually any statement piece would look amazing. Keep it Simple.

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    Alesha Dixon in a classic white shirt and jeans making for a great canvas for bold jewellery. Earrings and necklace by Peter Lang. Image of Alesha found on Pinterest.
  3. Choose jewels within your own personal style. If you only wear silver, then go for a statement piece in silver so you feel more comfortable. If you’re favourite colour is blue, try a turquoise piece. Or, if you’ve only ever worn earrings and no other piece of jewellery, then just start with statement earrings.

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    Some great statement jewellery ideas to inspire you. All these beauties are from Peter lang.

I wear bold jewellery because I love looking at it, I love the way it feels. I love it period. I never for a minute ever wondered if it suited me or not, I just wear it because I like it.

Go ahead and try it. Do it with conviction and confidence. Take a selfie even!  No one will know it’s your first time anyway. They’re all too busy taking their own selfies

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Mother’s Day Giveaway

Maya and I have put together 3 amazing gifts to give to one beautiful mummy. For details on how to enter pop on over to my Instagram and good luck!

The gifts include:

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  • The gorgeous Allure Deluxe Drawer Chest by the amazing Howard Storage World, where I could happily deck out my entire apartment with. I have a smaller one of these for my ring collection, and even after a year it’s still shiny and sturdy, and I love being able to see what I have without rummaging through draws. Valued at $109

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  • And last but not least, a personal styling consultation. Sometimes I get requests asking to do a personal styling session, but having a little girl makes it hard to be away so I’ve worked out a way to do a consultation via email. All I need is a few photos and I’ll do the rest of the work in advising you on the best shapes and silhouettes to suit your body shape.  A little taste of areas covered in this post. Valued at $150

Winner drawn via random.org next Tuesday 5th of May. Giveaway only applies to Australian residents 🙂

Head on over to Instagram and search for @starringmaya, I’ll see you there!

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS GIVEAWAY HAS NOW ENDED. THANK YOU ALL FOR PLAYING!

xxx Shereen

 

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How To Use Accessories To Hide Stains On Your Clothing

HI

By now you get it that I have a toddler – hence the blog name.

At almost 2 years she is a crazy beautiful ball of energy and cheekiness who loves to wipe her sticky little hands on everything in the house. And me.

A lot of times I leave the house and don’t realise I have food stains on my clothing until it’s too late and whilst I have considerably lowered my cleanliness standards, there are limits.

Especially when one has to work and convince the client that I in fact am an expert in the wardrobe/fashion Industry.

Here are a few tips to help you look pristine when you don’t have the option to change.

1. Keep a pack of wet ones or baby wipes handy either in your car or handbag. It’s great for wiping away crusty bits of food or snot that your darling wipes on you. Works on clothing, shoes, bags, even your jewellery.

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If that doesn’t work….

2. I always have a scarf wherever I go. I keep one in my bag, about 3 in my car, and a few in a handy spot at home. They are fantastic to hide pesky stains, just drape in any fashion you can create to cover it.

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I save this style for when I need to hide the whole top. A large square scarf works well.
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Basically drape your scarf in any way it takes to cover up

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3. Brooches are not just for Chanel suits and Nannas. Depending on where the stain is, a brooch can not only cover it, but can add a bit of glamour to your outfit. Great way to accessorize a boring top!

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starringmaya matching If you can get your hands on a pair pf matching brooches, they look fantastic worn this way. A little bit of 40’s ish glamour.

 

There’s nothing you can do about your sticky darling giving you kisses and cuddles, why would you want to?! Such delicious moments are worth getting a little dirty for 🙂

If you have any other ingenious tips please share! Tell me in the comments below.

PS. I got a bit excited with the selfies as you can see…. if there was a way I could explain without pictures I would, believe me!

xxxshereen

 

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Peter Lang Winter Collection

For the last 3 weeks I’ve had on my dining table, bags and bags of all the sublime jewellery from the new Peter lang winter collection. Available in stores now and online soon.

Take it all home and play they said.

Keep it as long as you need they said.

Well.

I played, I road tested some and had a lot of fun.

I couldn’t possibly put ALL the pieces in one post so this is just part one. My personal favourite has to be the yellow stone pieces from the Tribal collection.

The Peter Lang Tribal Collection

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Broach
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Love the matching ring
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Wearing 2 sets of bangle stacks – LOVE

 

 

The Peter Lang Folkloric Collection

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Update your Winter Wardrobe

If you’ve been out shopping lately you’d have noticed stores are full of blanket like clothes, big and voluminous.

This is my favourite kind of fashion – oversized and cosy that makes me feel like I’m in a warm hug all day long!

Anything that resembles a tent, a sack or mumu, I’m in. Not because I’m ashamed of my body, but because it makes me happy, and well, that’s all that matters right?!

Here are some of my Favourite five pieces that can update your wardrobe.

 

1.

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Blanket Coat from Witchery
Blanket Coat from Witchery

Go big on a coat. Big enfolding cuddly coats are heavenly to wear – it’s perfect for layering as much or little as you like while still being able to move your arms. I love pastels and light greys this season to break up my usual blacks.

2.

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Alice Ankle boots Witchery
Alice Ankle boots Witchery

2. Ankle boots are here to stay thank goodness! They will be the most worn and versatile shoe you’ll buy. It goes with virtually anything and can make a frumpish outfit look edgy. FYI when you’re a mum, you tend to wear the same old shitty jeans and baggy tops day after day so any bit of edginess I can get my hands on is a win.

 

3.

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Oversized striped scarf a steal at $35 from Asos
Oversized striped scarf a steal at $35 from Asos

A statement scarf in a thick, lush knit. Apart from keeping your jugular warm, a gorgeous scarf will save you on days when you don’t feel like making an effort but still want to look like you did. Drape a scarf around the baggy Tee and shitty jeans and you’re done!

 

4.

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Zip detail Jogger at Sussan
Zip detail Jogger at Sussan

You may have noticed track pants masquerading as pants in almost every shop. It’s a mumma’s dream because lets face it, track pants are heaven and if fashion is telling me that it’s acceptable to wear them as pants and hold my head up high then dammit im going to embrace it while lasts. Warmth and comfort – whats not to like? Although a word to the wise, wear it casually, I don’t think you’ll be taken very seriously if you wear it in a corporate environment.

 

5.

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Azza Antique silver Statement Earrings by Peter Lang
Azza Antique silver Statement Earrings by Peter Lang

Statement jewellery. With all of the voluminous coats and knits, your jewellery needs to follow suit. Big jewellery is huge this winter, especially earrings. drape some gorgeous stones or metals for instant glam.

And you’re done. Adding just a few pieces can refresh your tired wardrobe and remember you don’t have to spend big. There’s a version of everything for all budgets.

xxxShereen

 

 

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The 7 Step Wardrobe Makeover Challenge. Step 7: The finishing Touches

Whether you now have a fantastically organised wardrobe, or a bit fat proud mess, it’s all good. I may spout the merits of a perfect wardrobe but in reality, it will stay tidy for a few days at best and then back to mayhem.

Although it’s great having the extra space and beautiful storage products, my wardrobe is always, unashamedly going to be messy.

Always has been. always will be. And ive made peace with. It’s who I am.

At least now when I do tidy up it really does look like a very creative organised and intelligent woman’s wardrobe. Not really.

So now on to the last step of the wardrobe challenge – thank goodness it’s over because I’m exhausted!

To finish of your wonderful wardrobe challenge, here’s a few little tips to make your life easier:

 Create Outfits:

Play dress ups in your closet. Whether it’s for work or play, put together whole outfits that you know work really well and take a selfie in the mirror so you can see every item clearly.  Try on everything and create as many outfits as you can. You might even find that you can cull a little more.

Keep the images on your phone and on the mornings when you’re running late or your brain can’t compute what goes with what, go through your photos and choose an outfit. Easy.

Make a Shopping List:

While you are creating your outfits, you’ll realize that maybe a couple of singlets, a jacket or a fresh white shirt is a much-needed item to complete a look. Write down your wish list and whenever you have time or money, add these pieces to your wardrobe.

 Create a Check Station:

Have an area in your home where you keep just a select few basic bits of jewellery and makeup so that you can quickly sort yourself out as you’re leaving.

My check station is right by the front door where I keep a few earrings, a couple of scarves, lip gloss, sunglasses and perfume. Just enough to give me a little boost in 10 the seconds I have before little Maya pushes me out the door. Oh and a mirror helps… many a times I’ve had to suck it up and go back to at least brush my hair or get a clean unstained top. I may have  let standards slide in some areas but I still have a little pride left!

 Double Up on Basics.

This is of course a luxury, but if you can, I highly recommend having a downsized version of the check station like above in your handbag and car. In a little case keep basic makeup like powder and gloss, maybe a pair of earrings and a necklace, needle and thread, safety pins, hollywood tape, bobby pins and hair tie.

You never know a hem or button will rip, or a last-minute catch up with friends might pop up, i promise you’ll be grateful for the stash in the car!

 

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My bits of jewellery by the front door

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If you’re just joining in, check out all the posts on the Wardrobe challenge:

 

If you need any help or have questions please feel free to ask away in the comments section below or on Facebook.

If you feel like sharing your pics as you go along on Instagram or on my Facebook page, use hashtag #starringmaya so I can have a look too.

xxx shereen

 

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Spring Giveaway

starring maya giveaway HSWI’m so excited to be doing my first giveaway!

This one is sponsored by the wonderful Howard Storage World ,and we are giving away both prizes as shown in the picture to one lucky winner!

  1. The Full Shallow Drawer is brilliant for sunglasses, watches or can be used to store paper/art in A4 size.
  2. The 4 Draw Glam Jewellery box is a personal favourite and it will be hard to let this one go but I would love to give someone else a chance to play with it. Such a wonderful hard-wearing product to store all your lovely pieces.

Total value $112.90

The competition (sorry to my offshore friends) is only open to Australian residents.

To win all you have to do is either ONE of the following:

OR

  • Follow me on Instagram and upload an image of an accessory you’re wearing now and tag @starringmaya.

OR

  • Subscribe to my blog and comment underneath on what your favourite spring accessory is.

Easy.

One lucky winner will be randomly chosen in 1 week.

Good luck!

Shereen xxx

 

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