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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My top 10 Tips on How to Dress like Strong Confident Woman.

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I’m having one of those weeks where I just want to bury my head in the sand and deny that I have anything to do. If only I could go on strike for a day, but I don’t think anyone would care. My little boss Maya wouldn’t have a bar of it.

But anyway, I’d been trying to think of what style-ish posts I can write that might be useful and I had a vision of Maya as a young  woman going out into the world as her own. It’s a very, very strange and scary thought seeing as she’s only just turned two.

I like to imagine one day she will ask me how to know what to wear and how to put it all together. At least I hope she asks me, god help me if she buys one of those ridiculous girly fashion magazines to educate herself from and learn a hundred ways how she is lacking.

This is what I would tell her.

My ten top tips on how to dress like a strong confident woman.

  1. Strong posture. It doesn’t matter how you feel inside, how nervous you are, how much you wish a black hole would open and swallow you up. In nerve-wracking situations which could be anything from walking into a bar alone, to a job interview all you have to do is lengthen your spine, shoulders back, head up and smile like you know something no one else does. Technically that’s true anyway. Great posture, or carriage as they used to call it in the dark ages can make you look composed, confident and strong even if you’re a trembling mess inside.
  2. Know what you like. Ever since I saw Katherine Hepburn in a white shirt  in an old 40’s movie, and Audrey Hepburn in a black long sleeve top and pant, I’ve incorporated it into my everyday style . I love the simplicity of it. When I dress in what I love, I feel great. It doesn’t matter to me whether it’s in fashion or not. Black and white never lets me down. Your thing might be bohemian, or vintage, or the classic jeans and t-shirts. All that matters is that you love it and you own it.starringmaya audrey hepburn
  3. Dress for your shape. Knowing what suits you will help you find gorgeous designs to flatter you. I would love to be able to wear body con dresses but alas, my body doesn’t look good in them. Why would I make my poor body unhappy and uncomfortable? On the other hand a dress I recently purchased from Asos looks great on and I feel so damn good in it! The amazing Sophia Loren said that a dress should serve it’s purpose without obstructing the view, which is true of my lovely wiggle dress. Although, I don’t always follow this rule. Most of the time I run around in oversized shirts dresses and oversized tops with jeans. I love the feeling of loose fabric swishing around me but I also know that I’m tall enough to carry the extra volume off. So, know what suits you.

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    Wiggle dress from ASOS
  4. .Choose one bit of skin to show. This one is simple, show off either your boobs or your thighs. Trust me you can look amazing even all covered up. As shown by Audrey Hepburn above.
  5. The ‘one fitted one floaty’ trick. If you have a two piece outfit a really flattering way to style is to pair a loose top with a fitted bottom or vice versa. For example a fitted top with an a-line skirt, tunic with leggings or fitted pencil skirt with a shell top.  This rule helps to show of your curves and always makes for a lovely silhouette

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    The fitted jeans and floaty top – one of my favourite looks. This look is from Asos.
  6. Make only 1 item the hero. It could be a statement piece of jewellery, a sequined jacket or an amazing print dress. Let everything else compliment that one piece instead of competing with it. Ofcourse I wont be following that rule when I’m a little old lady. I fully intend to wear all my big rings at once, huge necklaces and earrings, red lipstick and Chanel suits. Bring on the eccentricity of old age!
  7. Start and end your outfit in the same colour or theme. This is a really easy formula for instant polish if you feel like you need something extra. If you’re wearing a plain outfit of white tee and blue jeans, layer on a couple of long bohemian-ish necklaces (start of outfit) and a pair of bohemian sandals (end of outfit). Or, with the same outfit a black jacket (start) and black shoes (end). My favourite look at the moment is a gold and silver statement necklace with jeans and a tee, finished off with a pair of gold flats.
  8. Choose your shoes wisely. Do your back a favour and don’t wear heels that you can’t walk in. I always see impeccably dressed girls in their mega heels tottering precariously along. It doesn’t make you look confident or sexy when you are wobbling like a hunched unbalanced toddler. I used to only wear the super 10 inch heels when you know you’ll be sitting or standing in them for most of the time. For walking I used to carry flats. I knew my limitations.
  9. Shop well. Dont spend your money on clothes that look cheap. Even if you’re on a tight budget, there are ways to shop smart. Look for good fabrics that will launder well and always try everything on. Most internet shopping sites allows free returns in order to allow you to try on at home. Indicators of ‘cheap’ clothing are usually ill-fitting garments, puckered seams, baggy shoulders and sleeves, loose threads, uneven hemlines, blacks usually have a reddish our brown tint to them, and stretch fabric doesn’t bounce back after you stretch it. If you only get one wear out of it before it falls apart it’s a waste of money. Consider Cost per wear.
  10. Build your perfect capsule wardrobe. Meaning each item should be able to create many outfits. For example a fantastic jacket – one of the most versatile and worn pieces in anyone’s wardrobe. It can be worn with jeans, trousers, skirts and dresses. Nikki from styling you has just done a great example of creating a capsule wardrobe with 17 pieces creating 28 outfit combinations.

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    17 piece capsule collection via Styling you the blog.

.And please for the love of all that is good in this world, don’t hide yourself for the sake of fashion rules. If it’s a hot day and your arms don’t look thinner than a hungry catwalk model, go ahead and wear a sleeveless top because your comfort should always come first. Also because really, no one cares. Everyone is too busy with their own lives and their iPhones anyway. The people who look up and judge negatively are either secretly wishing they had your confidence or are just dicks.

Have I forgotten something? Do you have any more wise tips I can pass on to my child one day?

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Melbourne Shopping Event – The Wild Collective

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Beautiful Melbourne is known as the fashion capital of Australia, and I completely agree. I know it’s sacrilege to say that being a Sydney Designer, but I fully acknowledge and applaud how diverse and imaginative Melbourne’s fashion is.

The first time I visited, I fell in love with everything– the food, the shops, the people… It has a certain kind of charisma and charm that you only find in European cities. I remember during my first trip, I walked and walked soaking up the atmosphere of cute little boutiques, inviting cafes and cobblestoned alleyways. I’ll never forget the pleasure of being lost in Melbourne.

Not only does Melbourne host some of the most gorgeous designers, they also host some fantastic fashion events and markets. Very jealous.

Next month Melbourne is going to be home to an amazing event that I’ve only read about but am seriously thinking of packing my bags and going down there for the weekend.

The Wild Collective is a retail event, part shopping, part exhibition.  Showcasing local artists, designers, food art, homewares, heavenly areas for kids and even a man cave.

 I’ve been checking out some of the exhibitors online, some I know, some I cant wait to find out more about.

Here a little roundup of what got me excited.

 For the kids (but really, for you as well):
 OOBI – Children’s wear. I could seriously buy everything on the website for my 2 year old Maya. They use the most exquisite fabric prints for the clothes. A little bit of old school romance and make-believe whimsey.
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FIZZY POP DESIGNS – Prints, posters, wood art. This place has the most gorgeous creations for your little one’s room. I’m a bit scared of shopping online, it;s one of those places where you have to have everything. Like this print, Maya’s song of the moment.
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MY MAJESTIC BOUTIQUE – Children’s bedroom decor. Seriously magical with the most enchanting little creatures, toys and decor for you darling’s bedroom. I’m in love with this beautifu house and the tiny dolls.
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ONE TINY TRIBE – Cards, prints and tees. Stunningly simple and minimalist prints for either home or office with some gorgeous messages. I would totally buy this for Maya’s room.
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ARLO AND CO – Dream catchers, plaques, garland, caketoppers and more. This place is like an Etsy store come to life with gorgeous sentiments on beautiful material like wood and stone. They are stylish, simple and best of all, hand-made. This sign is completely my message to my little girl.
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For you:
HUMBLE – Natural organic skin care products. They are hemp based and made in Melbourne. I don’t know what it is about skin care, kind of like stationary, I have a need to collect and try everything. As someone with alligator skin on the legs, I’d try just about anything. Humble have special lotions just for dry and eczema prone skin. I could quite happily try everything in their range, looks heavenly don’t you think?
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LUX BITE – Desserts. Oh yeah, this is definitely for me! What do I love more than a full day of glorious shopping? Glorious decadent indulgence half way through to recharge the batteries. They specialise in tarts, pretty cakes and my favourite, macaroons. Yummy!
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KITTY KAT – Women’s Accessories. Right after indulging in tarts and macaroons, this is where I’ll be — trying on these gorgeous shoes. Kitty kat have a very cute range of accessories including jewellery, scarves, belts, to die for bags and shoes!
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These are just a few of many. For more info jump on The Wild Collective’s website. Plenty more where that came from.
Yeah, I think you’ll be seeing me soon Melbourne!
Are you going?
xxx
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Designer Fashion for Women sizes 12 to 26

There are beautiful women of all shapes and sizes in the world and I figure not everyone might know where to buy beautiful clothes that look as good on them as a designer piece does on a supermodel.

(And when I say supermodel I mean all models – whether they are size 4 or 14 …Just sayin.)

A few weeks ago Melbourne hosted the curvy couture fashion show which showcased some really spectacular fashion. I’m not talking your basics and borings like wrap dresses and elastic pants, I’m talking serious fashion pieces worthy of any runway and wardrobe.

I’ve compiled a list of Australian fashion labels for women sizes 12 and up, that I love, and while I havent tried all of them personally, my shopping list has certainly grown miles.

My top 7 curvy Australian fashion labels.

  • Harlow is a label I discovered only a few months ago. I love that they do a lot of basics as well as edgy designs in gorgeous textures. A fantastic collection to build your capsule wardrobe with and then some.
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Love this whole outfit but especially the Jacket

 

  •  Embody Denim was started by the gorgeous curvy model Natalie Wakeling and she specializes in denim jeans and skirts. They look fabulous on, are affordable and sizes range from 14 to 22. The denim skirt needs to be in my wardrobe.

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  • 17 Sundays is a brand I’ve admired for a while, they create gorgeous classic pieces that can be worn casually or dressed up.
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A gorgeous everyday cardigan

 

  • Lala Belle does stunning dresses fit for a Parisian princess. The designs are feminine and flirty in silks and lace.
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This would be perfect for date night or a wedding… love it.

 

  • Eder and Berk do classic pieces with a modern edge in gorgeous colours, are beautifully tailored and effortlessly cool.
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This is totally my thing, nothing like a luxurious kaftan to make one feel glamorous.

 

 

  • Nyata is totally my style. Lots of black and white with classic pieces in textured fabrics that can be worn day or night, and each design is so flattering. I cant wait to get my hands on of these.
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Stunning skirt

 

 

  • Icelandic Blue is another label that do beautiful classics in lush fabrics – like this glorious silk velvet jacket.

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That’s it for now folks, I havent included the mainstream shops you find at shopping malls, those I’m sure you already know about. I hope you find something special for yourself.

 

Do you have any other suggestions or favourite labels? Have you tried any of these? Tell me in the comments below

xxx shereen

 

 

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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 5 : Organize your Space continued

As promised, here is the second part to organising your space.

Tip – If you are shopping for storage, don’t forget to think outside the square, you don’t always have to use a product for what it was intended for. Use a shoe rack to create a double shelf in your linen cupboard for towels or use clear shoe boxes for jewellery, or kid’s Lego/puzzles…etc.

Howard Storage World have so many ideas I feel like making over my entire home, and I think I will!

Here are the rest of my picks to transform your wardrobe:

Small and Large Acrylic Shoe boxes – originally I was going to get the clear plastic boxes but then decided on these because are sturdier and stackable. The draws slide in and out easily and I wanted to use them for things other than only shoes. They’re great for a lot of other items like clutches, chunky bangles,necklaces, scarves, or even arts and craft boxes for a budding little artist.

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Some times, or a lot of the times you need a bit of your wardrobe outside the bedroom for convenience. Our small couch used to be a dumping area for jackets bags and scarves and the hallway piled up with everyday shoes. For our lifestyle I realised it made things easier to have these things outside, so thanks to the following 2 brilliant products, our hallway is neater and couch is free!

Shoe Rack – This fits in perfectly under out hall table and on it lives our everyday shoes, leaving room for our 1-year-old to tear up and down the hall.

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Hat and Coat Rack – LOVE this product. It’s right by the front door, staring at us as we walk in, leaving us no choice but to hand in our coats and bags. I think it looks pretty good (and no, we are not this colour coordinated or neat:)).

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Hope you enjoyed this, stay tuned for a couple of great giveaways from Howard Storage world

xxx shereen

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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.

Coming up next week: Style yourself – creating your personal style and working out what shapes suit your body

xxx shereen

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The 7 Step Wardrobe Makeover Challenge – Step 5 – Organize your Space

Welcome to this week’s wardrobe challenge – Organizing your Space. I had a lot of fun with this one – 1, because it’s so much fun to shop online from the couch, and 2, I came across so many wonderful ways to make the most of my space.

The goal here is to make all your clothes and accessories, makeup and shoes easily accessible, and suited to your daily life.

Below are a few tips and ideas that I’ve incorporated into my home and because there are so many, I’m breaking it up, a little now, and the rest in 2 days.

3 Steps to get your wardrobe organised:

  1. Browse Pinterest or google images for ‘organising your wardrobe’. You will be amazed at how many great innovations there are for storing practically every item in your wardrobe.
  2. Decide what kind of look you want and how much money you can spend, if any. For me the most important thing was to have everything easily viewable and accessible. When you have a kid screaming for attention you really don’t have time to search for too long.
  3. Jump online and window shop. Usually you can find everything you need at one place, and look at as many options as possible. My go-to place has been Howard’s storage World for a long time, but never as much as with this wardrobe challenge and complete overhaul of my apartment!

When you’re searching keep in mind the following:

  • Is it easy to use and will still look good in a couple of years without showing too much wear and tear
  • Will it keep your clothing, jewellery or accessories in good condition
  • Do you have space for it (I’ve been known to get too excited and buy something because its pretty but only to realize I have nowhere to keep it)
  • Measure everything and make sure it will fit under your bed or in the closet.

Howard Storage World were kind enough to loan me a few things to try out , and i am so happy with how everything looks in my closet! Especially my jewellery. I’ve been wearing pieces I havent worn in a long time just because I can see it.

Here are a few of my favourite things that make a difference to how your wardrobe looks and feels. 

Non Slip Flocked Hangers are made to stop fabric from slipping off. Don’t you hate when everything ends up on the floor as your rifling through? These are great for silks, thin straps or wide necklines.

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Clip Hangers are the only way to hang your skirts and trousers, I am not an ironer so there’s no way I’m going to spend that extra few minutes ironing out the crease that folding over a hanger creates.

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Cedar balls and Drawer Sachets – Clothes, if unworn for a few weeks can start to smell a bit musty, and the moths and silverfish love to eat through natural fibres such as silks and wools. The cedar balls are great to put in the storage or garment bags of clothes you wont wear for a couple of seasons, and the sachets keep your clothes smelling gorgeous. you can either use them in drawers or put one on a hanger amongst your dresses.

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Over the Door Hanger – I used to live in the tiniest flat in Australia and these were such a great way to utilize space. They sit over any door inside your home and are great to hang scarves, long jewellery or bags. So easy to grab what you need when in a rush.

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Jewellery Pocket Oprganisers – There’s nothing more time-wasting than trying to untangle long necklaces or finding matching earrings, or worse, forgetting what you actually have in your jewellery draw. These are so great not only because you can see all your wonderful collection, but they keep the jewellery from getting damaged. I like to organise mine in metals – silvers, golds, colours etc…

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Acrylic jewellery Drawers – I think from everything that I’ve been working with, these are my favourite. They house my beautiful jewels, and they make me feel the same way as when I walk into a jewellery store and everything sparkles invitingly..’buy me’…’wear me’. I, sadly, love the way jewellery stores display their products, so I love the idea of displaying my precious pieces too. Why not?

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Jewellery Drawer – These fit all of my largest of large rings, something I’ve been searching for years!
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The 4 Drawer Jewellery Box
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The Deluxe Jewellery Chest – yes, this lives on my bedside table filled with special pieces.

 

 

Makeup Storage – A beautiful way to store all your makeup, you can keep all your everyday bits in this, it’s so easy to find brushes and powders. This has made putting on my face that little bit easier in the mornings.

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Love my wardrobe now, looks like a very organised person lives here. Right?

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And because there are so many things left to talk about, and you’ve probably decided that I go on a little too much about jewellery and moved on to another blog, I am going to stop now and bring you part 2 in a couple of days 🙂

xxx shereen

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.

Coming up next week: Style yourself – creating your personal style and working out what shapes suit your body

xxx shereen

PS. I would love you to come and join my Facebook family for a bit more of Starring Maya fun. Or if you're more of an Instagram person then right this way 🙂 See you around! xxx Shereen