Sunday 26 January 2014

Jewellery Trend: ear cuff earrings, too edgy for an asian wedding?

Last weekend I attended my first asian wedding of the year, wearing my newest accessory - ear cuff earrings!

I'd been eyeing up this trend for a while, taking inspiration from Bollywood stars like Sonam Kapoor who have worn these in 2013:

Firstly, I was a little unsure about whether they would look good with an asian outfit (as I'd only really seen them worn with dresses before). Secondly, I wasn't sure about how this style of earring would look when worn with my glasses (I've been off contact lenses for a while now!).

I wasn't looking to spend too much money on them, knowing that places like Asos and Claire's Accessories sold these for as little as £4.50, and not being sure how long this trend would last. I had a look on the high street and was very close to getting this pair, which were originally from Zara, and which I saw for sale on ebay.

However...much to my surprise I ended up with a real gold pair from Choice Jewellers on Wilsmlow Road in Manchester! Take a look:

I happened to be with my mum when she made a recent visit to the gold shops on Wilmslow Road to have a few items repaired and some exchanged. I was there to help her decide what to have exhanged and couldn't believe it when after a bit of browsing, the assistant pulled out a tray including three styles which looked like ear cuff style earrings.

Here's what they look like from the side/back, with the pierced part at the bottom and a "clip" at the top to hold them in place:

On the day I wore these, I didn't end up wearing one of my more traditional asian outfits, instead I opted for the jumpsuit I wore to the Asian Media Awards. I had my hair blow-dried with my parting slightly more to one side to show off one ear a bit more, and my make-up done at the Bobbi Brown counter at House of Fraser.

Here's the final look:

What do you think?

In terms of wear-ability, although these were quite heavy, once I'd got the clip in place correctly, they stayed in position as they should. I did have a small problem at the end of the night though...because the gold on that part of the earring is malleable/bendable, the clip on one of the earrings broke off!

That's not put me off though, I'm going to get them repaired and I will most likely be wearing these at all the weddings I have in my diary this year!

Is this style of earring on your wishlist? and would you wear these to an asian wedding?

Check out my Pinterest board for more ear cuff inspiration!

Wednesday 8 January 2014

Asian bridal jewellery inspiration from Khush Wedding Magazine Winter 2013

The latest issue of Khush Wedding landed in my post box this week and during my first flick through the magazine there was one element which really stood out to me - all the dazzling bridal jewellery!

Here are some of the looks from the magazine:
This image appears towards the front of the magazine and it made me stop, it's the "Amira Bridal Set" from Jewels n Gem, it's currently listed as £59.99 on the website for a set comprising of the necklace, earrings and tikka - I think that's a pretty reasonable price!

This look is from The Lotus London.

Another striking collection which made me stop to examine in more detail, this jewellery is from Divas Collections.

This look is from NK Collection, to give you an idea of prices, I found the bracelet on their website listed at £100.

I love a statement nose ring - this look is from Red Dot Jewels.

There are plenty more looks from all these jewellery suppliers and more inside the magazine, plus all the clothes and of course wedding advice too! For more info on where to buy your copy visit the Khush Wedding Facebook page.

Sunday 5 January 2014

Sapana Amin collection at online Asian fashion store Scarlet Bindi

Scarlet Bindi is a new online asian fashion store aimed at shoppers in the UK. They stock a range of designers including well known names like Satya Paul and Payal Singhal, as well as emerging talent and designers you might not have heard of, here's a closer look at one these designers - Sapana Amin.

Sapana Amin

When I started browsing through the outfits on Scarlet Bindi, this was one designer who really stood out to me and I fell in love with their floral prints:
You can buy this one as a set for £375, or purchase the blouse on its own for £110:

This one with a plainer blouse is £415:

The collection isn't all about florals though:
The mint green and black lehenga is £375 and the pink and black style is £405.

These three suits range from £310 - £370 and I think they offer something a bit different. You could imagine wearing the first two as dresses on their own.

No collection would be complete without some saris, the tie-dye sari is £385 and the orange brocade sari, which comes with the embroidered belt shown, is £260:

View the full collection from Sapana Amin at Scarlet Bindi and check out an interview with the designer herself over on the Scarlet Bindi blog here.

Which is these outfits would you buy?

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