Beautiful Handmade Statement Necklaces and other Fabulousness from Neena Shilvock - Inspirations and Designs From the Week Gone by
Hello folks? I hope all is well with you. I, for one have put the trauma of my non-holiday behind me and the week has been so busy with the day job that it's almost as if it didn't happen. Except for the gaping hole in our bank balance, that is - the hotel have agreed to honour the booking if we go to Amsterdam in the next six months. As for KLM - apart from an acknowledgement of my initial message, I have heard nothing from them about a refund or compensation for all the money we lost from the activities we booked online.
Now that those of us who aren't suffering from Covid are out and about and things are back to 'normal', we have to dig out our clothes and accesories - putting a clean shirt or top over trackie bottoms or PJ's won't cut it any more. Everyone's body shape has altered - sitting in front of a screen at home all day cries out for snacking on comfort food - cheese on toast, crisps, and beans on toast staving off the underlying anxiety of dealing with an unwelcome microscopic enemy that has the capacity to make life altering changes. Legs need exfoliating, and new diets are beginning all around us.
Of course, some sickening people decided to go the other way and exercise and go for long runs and actually lost weight and emerged from the chrysalis of lockdown looking their best (three guesses where I belong!!).
Whatever we have done with ourselves, life is cranking up again and it's time to review the contents of our closets - get rid of the deadwood, and begin anew. I'm on a newly begun diet - and hope to shop my own closet soon, so I'm putting off the charity shop run. But, a little retail therapy never hurt anyone, it's nice to pick up a few little bits and bobs to cheer us up, and why not?
I read an article written by Jess Cartner-Morley, the fashion editor of the Guardian -the other day. In it she writes that we're back to a long lost time "where you’re going to walk into a room, and people you have never met are going to start to form an opinion of you before you’ve said a word."
" think about what impression of your personality you’d like to convey when you walk into the room. Your personality, not your appearance – that’s the point. Maybe you want them to think you look interesting. Or fun. Or sophisticated. Or wild. Which is it? Because those are very different outfits, and that’s a very different rubric from thinking about which will make you look thin "
There is a collective feeling that we can't take anything for granted anymore, and perhaps that's as good a reason as any to get dressed to the nines and go out to work of a morning, and put on our party frocks and dance the night away while we still can.
I predict that party jewellery is going to get bigger and shinier - people on a panic stricken diet don't go out and buy clothes - they pick up jewellery that is larger than life to show off their personalities while they wait for the blessed weight loss to kick in. However, we spend a lot of our lives in work-wear and still need something to carry us through the day.
This week's necklace is for a day when you want to look business-like yet understated, when a statement piece would be too in-your-face, and yet gives you that feel good factor. If you feel good, you exude confidence and that's what it's all about.
The pendant is of variscite set in silver and came from Bali - a mystic topaz sits at the top and a little triangular peridot dangles from the other end. I put it with luscious grape like amethyst nuggets separated by tiny seed pearls, punctuated every so often with oval abalone beads that reflect the light. I love abalone, don't you? A little box clasp set with a peridot finishes this beautiful piece which will go with loads of outfits in your closet.
That's me for this week, folks. I hope you enjoyed the read. Have a wonderful week and I'll catch you next Friday, same time, same place.