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Pearls, the Modern Way...

Tuesday, December 8th, 2015

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Pearls- the Modern Way.

Pearls may have had the old fashioned image of your granny wearing her old pearls, but that couldn’t be further from the image today.  There’s no denying the allure of pearls, they are sensual and pretty. Yet far from sweet, todays modern pearls feel bold, strong and modern.

Designers embrace their glamour and timeless appeal over and over again. They were seen on the catwalks of Paris with Lanvin showing their huge versatility.

Can the modern woman wear pearls without looking like grandma?

Louise, MD of Pearls By Fleur says, “Oh definitely! Pearls have come a long way from their old-school, stuffy image and are fresh and beautiful and totally modern. “

We say, give pearls a chance! They look good and they can be worn over and over again! They are flattering to the skin and can be worn by women of all ages. We think pearls are perfect!

Three Ways to Wear Your Pearls Now 

1. Layer Your Pearls

For me, the only wear to wear your pearls and to look uber modern is to layer them, wrap them and stack them high. If you are looking for celeb style inspiration- look no further than SJP- she certainly rocks the look. It is a bold and strong look and not for the feint hearted.  But get it right and you will have plenty of admiring glances and just wait for the compliments. What more does a girl want! If you pile your pearl necklaces high, we recommend you keep the rest of your accessories simple and let the pearls do the talking. Wear with neutral colours for maximum impact.

Or follow Rihanna’s style with some pearl wrist candy. Pearls By Fleur have the gorgeous Pearl cuff that gives the illusion of lots of pearl bracelets wrapped round your wrist, when in fact it is just one hand crafted pearl wire bracelet.  The dark coloured pearls shimmer in the light and display a whole myriad of colours from dark purple to dark blue. We think this is perfect for both your daytime wardrobe  or evening glamour.  It will quickly become your favourite pearl bracelet that goes with everything. And a steal at just £40!

2. Coloured Pearls

Or choose a different colour pearl necklace to suit your mood. Who says pearls have to be white? Modern means there are no rules to wearing pearls.  Dark, peacock coloured pearls symbolise an exotic, mysterious and glamorous appeal. The colour purple also has a royal connection.  The very name itself, peacock- conjures up an image of the peacock's plumage and a myriad of dark colours.  Wear these dark coloured pearls in the evening with your favourite little black dress.

We love Pearls By Fleur peacock heart pearl bracelet and necklace. Add a classic symbol of love and you have a personal keepsake and perfect for personalising for a gift.

3. Statement Pearl Necklace

Do you want high impact  glamour? Less function  and more opulence? Add a statement pearl necklace to your knitwear. Accentuate your accessories, add some personality and demand to be noticed with the new modern pearl necklace.  Add a treasure trove of pearls and gems. No need to raid the family vault, try pairing sumptuous shiny silver and luscious amethysts with pearls in a unique design from Pearls By Fleur.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Whatever you choose, a pearl necklace is the ultimate style choice and ideal gift for any woman. Pearls are not fast fashion, like Chanel’s little black dress is an enduring classic, pearls are a timeless icon.

Choose from Pearls By Fleur’s selection of contemporary, classic, designer and  fair trade freshwater pearl jewellery. Pearls By Fleur have collections to suit you and your modern style.

 

The Cream Of The Crop - The Best Of Graduate Fashion Week

Thursday, July 11th, 2013

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Last month I had the pleasure of going to Graduate Fashion Week in Earls Court. It was like walking into Pandora’s Box of the future of creative design. Such an event is vital to maintain Britain’s place as the home of individual style and art. Showcasing the work of over 1,000 graduates from some of the most influential UK and International Universities, it provides an unrivalled platform for the promotion of new talent. I had the delight of going to the Manchester College of Arts show and here are some of my favourite women designers. (more...)

The Great Gatsby Trend: Key Pieces For The Ultimate ‘20’s Look

Thursday, May 2nd, 2013

‘I hope she'll be a fool—that's the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool.’ So says Daisy Buchannan, soon to be played by Carey Mulligan in Baz Lurhman’s adaptation of The Great Gatsby later this year. Alongside such cynical pearls of wisdom, this film is responsible for one of the prevailing catwalk trends of the season: 1920’s decadence. And one thing’s for sure, you would be a fool not to look a million dollars channelling it! Wrapped up in the frills and sequins of the Jazz Age, it’s all about opulence and glamour. Think Atonement and Kiera Knightly in that green dress and you have an idea of the effortless lines and sophisticated beauty we’re going for. So here’s a few of our favourite pieces from IndependentBoutique.com which should get cocktail glasses tipping your way... (more...)

Brand Focus: Suicide Blonde - Embrace The Dark Side

Tuesday, April 9th, 2013

As the name suggests, ‘Suicide Blonde’ are a brand which holds more than a hint of the macabre. In the brands own words, this is communicated via ‘’distinctive digitally printed imageries and themes’’ which may not appeal to all fashion quarters, but for those who fancy a little bite with their style sandwich, Suicide Blonde serves up vampire paraphernalia, neon brights and the odd skull thrown in for good measure! No item is dull; every piece is injected with its own distinctive splash of gothic edge and theatricality, be it the dark crackle texture on the large wallets or the plaster effect that seemingly pastes the fang imagery to the pouch and shopper. All Suicide Blondes’ products are handmade in the UK in the most sustainable way to prove they aren’t all sharp fangs and ghostly shadows!

Card Holder in Neon Fuschia Textured Leather - £105.00

 suicide-blonde-card-holder-in-neon-fuschia-textured-leatherPack a punch when wearing a neat LBD by accessorizing with the Card Holder in Neon Fuschia Textured Leather - £105.00! I love the hot fuschia hue which emits an almost cartoon-like feel but still remains girly and on-trend. Bold colours were all over the 2013 catwalks and stars such as Katy Perry, Kim Kardashian and Rihanna have all been spotted rocking neon brights and this distinctive card keeper that will add a spunky edge to its user whether you are brave enough to immerse yourself in this trend head-to-toe, or simply want to give it an appreciative nod. (more...)

Ukulele - Keeping Things Fresh, Elegant And Playful…

Friday, March 29th, 2013

Ukulele is a freshly launched womenswear label, pioneered by Purple-Qie Qin. Only established in the Summer of 2012 it has truly been a very busy first year, featuring in Look Magazine, Drapers and popular amongst many bloggers. To round off a successful year Ukulele has now become part of the IndependentBoutique.com family.

The London based womenswear brand aims to provide fashion for girls who are interested in luxury brands but want to be guaranteed a unique product that will not be all over the high street.  Ukulele finds its inspiration from the world around us, from Ryan McGinley’s youthful dreamy photos, the girls who are still living in the 90s in East London, the ravers who danced in the rain at festivals to the Olympics. Ukulele uses the Britain of today to create beautiful, colourful and delicate garments. Their latest collection uses retro suits and unexpected combinations of luxury future fabrics incorporated into uniquely designed on-trend silhouettes.

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Alice Takes A Trip S/S13 Collection

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

There is a rustic feel to the new Alice takes a trip collection with stags, pheasants and lace all making an appearance alongside the regular edgy staples such as bows and animal faces. They’ve really stepped it up a gear for 2013 with bursts of print, fabrics and gorgeous colour palettes. ATAT comfortably straddles the line between on-trend pieces and quirky, brave designs, foraging forward to create original artistic pieces that will inject an aspect of individuality into your look – not for the faint-hearted! (more...)

Spring/Summer Trends - The Ones To Watch!

Thursday, March 14th, 2013

Guest blogger Rachel Cawley tell us about the trends she's excited to wear this S/S 2013!

Smells like Teen Spirit (90’s revisited)

90's style had been given a new lease of life during 2012 and this obsession carries on into 2013. 90’s grunge, bum bags and overalls have taken over the biggest fashion houses. You can find many 90’s inspired pieces at IndependentBoutique.com, but my favourite piece is the Stinger Mini Dress by Obscure Couture. This dress cures my fears about the 90’s fashion trend. I used to think there was a fine line between look chic and looking like a spice girl reject trapped inside a little girl’s body with enough scrunchies and bow clips to open your own shop. Yet this dress executes the trend perfectly. The mustard plaid is subtle yet effective and also incorporates the trend of prints. The fitted style with under wiring makes the dress womanly and sharp in its tailoring.  The heart shape neckline allows the dress to be feminine and the chain detail at the front gives the dress a little punch. I would wear this dress with my hair in a high pony, red lipstick and chunky black heels (I really mean my creepers). Channelling my inner Gwen Stefani in her No Doubt days. (more...)

Oz Couture: Find Your Fashion Inspiration Somewhere Over The Rainbow!

Friday, March 1st, 2013

If you haven’t heard of L. Frank Baum's 1900 novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and the Judy Garland musical inspired by it, then you have missed an integral slice of cinematic history – and clearly live in a cave. For those of you who are aware of the story, you will probably know that ‘Oz the Great and Powerful’  - directed by Sam Raimi (best known for the Spiderman franchise) and starring style and acting heavyweights Michelle Williams, Mila Kunis and Rachel Weisz -  is a new feature film set before the original and is due to hit our cinema screens this week. The film is inspired by, and set before the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz and is set to influence your wardrobe for 2013!

Lace Collar by Fairytales & Hidden Notes - £12

Channel your inner Dorothy with this prim and proper Lace Collar by Fairytales & Hidden Notes - £12. Instead of the original pinafore which can look a little erm, young, you can simply pop this smart accessory on with a cool Tee or a floral dress for an instant nod to the fantasy film. We love the delicate lace so for extra Dorothy points, wear with plaited pigtails and red lippy a la Judy Garland in the original… and perhaps a small dog? (more...)

Tor from UK Style & Fashion Blog "That's Peachy" Shares Her Favourite London Street Style

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

I'm so disappointed that I didn't make it to London Fashion Week this year, this city is such an inspiration to the world of fashion and has some seriously stylish ladies on it's streets.

So I've been stalking all the blog posts and Instagram pictures from the shows and fabulous street style snaps.

I always focus more on the clothes worn by the people attending the shows than the actual shows themselves, and this year there were some amazing outfits!

Photo credit: Mr. Newton

There was lots of colour blocking and simple shapes, lots of bright reds and bright blues with contrasting white detailing. In particular I love the way one of the girls styled a bright red dress with a simple white collar, white nails and cut out shoes, it just looked effortless. (more...)

Peplum Partywear: The Trend That's Here To Stay

Saturday, January 26th, 2013

The classic peplum trend had been around since the 1800s, with women fashioning a short overskirt that flounced out from the waist. 1947 saw Christian Dior debut the ‘Bar suit and jacket’ introducing the nipped in waist and padded pemplumed hips. The trend became wildly popular and accessible to women of all shapes. The popularity of the peplum continued throughout the 40s with iconic film star Lauren Bascall in ‘To Have and Have Not’ (1944) being fitted by costume designed Milo Anderson in a checked peplum suit.

Therefore there is no surprise that this timeless look was popular amongst fashion pundits in fall of 2012 and continues its way into our wardrobes this Spring/Summer 2013. It kept popping up throughout 2012 and is here to stay for 2013, ranging from dresses, skirts, tops and trousers. The classic feminine silhouette has a timeless appeal so fear not your peplum pieces are not items of the past and can be reworked to fit spring 2013. (more...)