New Season, New Start? Get Our Fashion Advice

As the relentless grey months seem to be passing and the bright blue sky making a more than welcome appearance, it can be tempting to think about blowing off the cobwebs and making a fresh start in time for spring. To help you on your way, we’ve compiled a review of winter fashion 2010/11 hits and misses and a preview of what’s in store for the new season.

In tune with the more than usually icy climate in December, warm fur boots remained a firm favourite and long-laced biker boots make an appearance – a welcome alternative to high heels when it cam to trekking to work in sub-zero temperatures or standing in long snaking queues waiting for cancelled flights. 1950s schoolboy satchels made a comeback and are set to last well into the new season thanks to their versatility as gender neutral and large enough to carry your files and lunch without the need for a trolley! The so-called man-bag briefly set the fashion world against one another – trendy chic or last-year’s fad? David Cameron’s media man may have received mixed reviews but it looks like it’s here to stay thanks to a number of celebrity and high-fashion outings for the man bag including James Long’s fabulous collection at London fashion week.

The London Fashion Week was mired in controversy after Galliano’s unexpected racist outburst but this didn’t detract from the diverse high fashions on offer. From the dark, goth-like dresses of Craig Lawrence to the suave style of Alfred Dunhill, the week showed the panelled dress and fur to be this winter’s winners.

Heading into spring, we can expect to see a lot more colour. Bright block primary colours are making a splash, particularly when it comes to accessories – check out MyWalit’s range of rainbow purses, spot on trend! A bit of patriotic colour won’t go amiss either, leading up to the royal wedding in April. Kate Middleton’s style is certainly one to watch as well – check out her penchant for Australian hats. Harem trousers seem to be making an unfortunate comeback – perfect for those size zero models but less appealing for us mere mortals. Gypsy skirts are also a fashion to keep on top off – floaty, feminine and easy to pull off, no matter what your shape, this is one fashion that it’s worth investing in. (No need to shave your legs too!)

For men, matching leather is the way to go – check out Kenneth Brownne’s elegant range of leather accessories and gift sets, many matching in colour and style. Men’s fashions are set to get increasingly casual but make sure you team this with elegant and well-chosen practical accessories like leather wallets and matching belts.

Organizing Jewelries in Classic Armoires and Boxes

Love collecting jewelries? Most women do, which is why jewelry armoire and jewelry boxes are essential furniture around the house. If one has a huge jewelry collection, she may need a jewelry armoire. On the other hand, jewelry boxes are for smaller number of accessories. Commonly, this furniture is made from cherry, oak, and pine which make it look more classic and elegant. It may be expensive because of the proven durability of the materials but it is worth buying especially for women who want to organize their jewelry collections. It can last for several generations too and helps preserve precious jewelries and family heirlooms.

When buying jewelry armoires, the main things to think about first are the space and size (for the room it will occupy), personal needs, style and design, and the quality of product. Typically, armoires are described as tall cupboards with at least four to five drawers and locks for safety. But there are many other distinct features which will need careful evaluation first. Now, considering the space is important because it depends on the room where it will be placed. If there is only little space available, do not choose huge armoires. Check the features too like sliding door panels and others that can help in saving space. Size also matters here if the owner will be transferring the jewelry armoire from time to time. Personal needs refer to the function of the armoire. Some armoires are for plates, clothing, television, etc.

For jewelries, know first the total number of jewelries. From it, one will know what to buy – a jewelry armoire or a jewelry box. Jewelry armoire can hold more jewelry on it. Check the number of stacks, pegs, hooks, and compartments too. If one has more necklaces and chains, it will be better to choose the one with more hooks; if one has more stud earrings, those with smaller compartments will be a best buy, and so on. Know the features before deciding to buy one. Style and design will depend on the taste of the person and the style of the house. The quality is tested if products are recommended by other people, so take a survey too. It must be durable too. For jewelry boxes, choose one made of strong wood and good fabric lining. It can help in preventing scratches and nicks in jewelries.

Jewelry armoire and jewelry boxes are important not only for organizing jewelries but also for safety and preservation of valuable jewels. So consider buying one now and keep jewelries safe and organized.

Looking Good Doesn’t Have To Cost A Fortune – Buy Estate Jewelry

When it comes to estate jewelry there is always much discussion about what is and what is not estate jewelry. The definition is really quite simple. Estate jewelry is jewelry acquired from the estate of another person, who can be living or deceased. The simple definition of estate jewelry is jewelry that is previously owned.

Contrary to what many believe looking good doesn’t have to cost a fortune – just buy estate jewelry! And save plenty!!

There is often much confusion with both dealers and consumer. There is some false myths floating around that estate jewelry is antique jewelry. Nothing could be farther from the truth.

Although many pieces of estate jewelry are antique, many pieces are also vintage, retro, or fairly modern. That’s why searching for estate jewelry can result in some terrific buys!

Estate jewelry also does not mean fine jewelry. Estate jewelry can be costume or fine and is found both ways.

Throughout the ages and even today a perfect gift for a woman was a piece of jewelry. There is also a distinction made of women who wear jewelry. It seems to set them a class above other women. Why has never been determined. It’s simply been a cultural norm for centuries.

We often take our clues as to jewelry popularity by watching what the celebrities are wearing. Next time you are watching television take note of how many pieces of jewelry the stars are wearing that are from another era. Celebrities are very fond of estate jewelry!

Antique jewelry is normally classed as jewelry that is pre 1920, while art deco, vintage, and retro are often grouped together and denote the era from the 1920s to the 1950s. Estate jewelry can be from any of these eras.

If you are looking for classic jewelry like your grandmother may have worn consider searching jewelry sites that sell antique and estate jewelry. If you are collecting jewelry you should pay special attention to the estate jewelry sites who have a wide range of designer marked pieces. Collecting can be expensive so make sure to set a budget.

If you are looking to complete your wardrobe and hate looking like everyone else, estate jewelry is an excellent choice. Here you will find variety and beautiful pieces from many different time periods. The chances of finding another wearing the exact same jewelry piece as you are drastically reduced.

You can look unique and stand out from the crowd with estate jewelry. You also can choose between fine jewelry and costume jewelry. The prices are very reasonable and the costume jewelry of past eras has a much higher quality than modern costume jewelry.

The designs and styles were more highly refined and much classier. Costume jewelry of past eras was designed not only for the general population but also for the rich and famous. Many design ideas were inspired from fine jewelry pieces of the era.

So the next time you are looking to add glamour and sophistication to your wardrobe remember to have a quick search on line for estate jewelry. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised with your options!

See I told you looking good doesn’t have to cost a fortune!