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About three years ago I was introduced by a friend of mine to bohemian costume jewellery designer Samantha Wills and I have been pretty much obsessed with her collections ever since. So when my best friend’s birthday (who introduced me to the brand) was coming up I thought; something from Samantha Wills would be just perfect. After browsing the website I fell in love with these gorgeous ‘All for you’ Grande Earrings (link).
I have to admit that once they arrived it became extremely hard to part with them because I love them so much myself haha. I really hope she loves them but I might have to get a pair for myself now too ;)
Samantha Will’s success has been called “Australia’s biggest export since Vegemite” How it all started; “One school holiday, Mum took me to beading classes at the local craft shop in Port Macquarie, where I grew up. That’s where I learnt the basics. I was 11 years old,” Sam says.
She made friendship bracelets for her school friends and swore to her teachers she’d make a living out of surf-style sterling silver necklaces – which isn’t far from true. When she was 20 she moved to Sydney and opened a stall at the Bondi markets, held every Sunday. A friend then offered her a miniscule stand at Australian Fashion Week, where she logged $17,000 worth of orders, and that was it – by 21 years old, Sam had launched her first collection.
Not only do I love her jewellery but I also follow her on Instagram (link) and adore seeing everything about her fabulous and stylish life in NYC! Here are some other Samantha Wills pieces I’m currently lusting after.
Had you heard of Samantha Wills before?
Last weekend when I was some running errands I ended up getting a wee bit distracted and had a sneaky little shopping excursion! Here are the new items I picked up..
Topshop Patterned Blanket Aline Skit – multi colour (link). This was a bit of an impulse purchase but just loved the bright colours, can’t wait to wear this on a sunny day! The skirt is quite small fitted so I got a size 10 (38) so it wasn’t too short on me // Topshop Vibrant Ballerinas in Coral (link). For only £16 I think I will get plenty of use out of these colourful comfy flats. Oh and I may have also ordered these ballerinas in another colour a few days later. What colour do you think?
These (MELA) patent wedge pumps were on sale at Nine West for £59 (link) and they just felt so comfortable and because of the wedge they are perfect for summer parties, like weddings or polo in the park (so you don’t sink into the grass) and being nude they will go with so many outfits.
White top with side buckle from ZARA (link). Think this will look great with a leather skirt or just a pair of skinny jeans and a statement necklace.
The Celina pointed court shoes from Miss KG, part of Kurt Geiger, £55 (link). I loved cut out detailing and the mid-heel (7cm) on these shoes. A simple pair of black heels that will go with most dresses or to dress up a pair of boyfriend jeans!
I really didn’t NEED any of these items, but I’m pretty happy with my shopping finds. What do you think of my new shopping purchases?
For the last few months I have loved collaborating with fellow fashion jewellery lovers from Maison Miru. We have been emailing each other loads of pictures of accessories that inspire us and that we adore. As a brand Maison Miru actually love hearing from people about what jewellery we’re coveting so that they can make the jewellery that we’ll be loving for years to come.
Statement necklaces are definitely my current jewellery obsession and I have to confess that I now have a rather large collection of them. So you can imagine how honoured I felt when Maison Miru decided to name one of their new statement necklaces after me. Moi, me, little Dutchess Roz? Wow ;) I think the idea came from me sending them an image of a white statement necklace like this that I was obsessing over, so when they added a similar piece to their collection they felt it should be crowned with the Dutchess Roz title! To show of my new Roz Crystal Wing Collar Necklace I thought there’s only one way really; with stripes. I love the combination of casual stripes with a bling statement necklace.
ROZ CRYSTAL WING COLLAR NECKLACE (link) - £38 from Maison Miru // Stiped long sleeve knit from H&M (recent collection) // What Maison Miru say: What: Our white and ice statement necklace that instantly wakes up your look // Why we love it: When you put this necklace on, you’ll instantly feel like royalty. Just ask Dutchess Roz! // How to wear it: Roz’s glowing shine pairs beautifully with textured knits – we love pairing her with a waffle knit sweater for day.
Isn’t she a beauty? The necklace I mean of course! Aside from stripes, you can pair this gorgeous necklace with pretty much anything really. Think bright jumpers, simple black & white outfits, a denim shirt, silk cami’s or your favourite little white or black dress.
Red cable knit from Notting Hill Portobello Market // Black jumper from Primark // Houndstooth mini skirt from ZARA (as seen here) // Check out some of my other favourite jewellery bits and pieces from Maison Miru HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE.
So how would you style the Roz Crystal Wing Collar Necklace?
When it comes to earrings you can’t go wrong with big sparkling diamond studs! Now unfortunately my budget doesn’t really stretch to real diamond earrings, so when I found these beauties online at Maison Miru for only £24 – how could I resist? I love the slight vintage design of these glamorous stud earrings and you can effortlessly transition them from day to night.
Sabine Crystal Stud Earrings from Maison Miru – LINK
They are 1cm in diameter so quite big but that’s what I like about them. They make an impact by adding the right amount of sparkle for day to be special – but they don’t shout for attention. Do you like the bling factor of my new crystal stud earrings?
For my makeup in these photos I used my new Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara & Eyeshadow Palette. Ever since I got the Full Exposure Palette, I’ve been using it pretty much every day! It’s got the perfect mix of shimmery and matte eyeshadows and the quality is amazing. Don’t worry I will post a review about it in due course. Have you tried this palette yet?
On Sunday the 86th Academy Awards took place once again in Los Angeles, and all eyes were on the stars red carpet looks at this big time Hollywood event. Here are my pics for the 2014 Oscars best dressed (and a couple of worst dressed).
My ultimate favourite was definitely Kate Hudson! As soon as I saw this dress I was in love. Kate is such a beautiful woman and I adore her fashion style. This Atelier Versace gown fits her like a glove and the plunging neckline is super sexy & the subtle beading with the draped fabric cape makes it red carpet perfection // The “12 Years a Slave” Lupita Nyong’o stood out in a stunning pale blue Prada dress! She looked like a modern day Cinderella and just glowed in the flowing gown. When asked about the stunning dress, she replied: “I wanted to wear blue because blue reminds me of Nairobi” // Jennifer Lawrence once wowed in a red peplum Dior Couture gown. I love how she accessorised her dress with a back-drop diamond necklace. I think this dress suited her new short hair look very well too!
Charlize Theron in a sweeping black Dior dress. Simple but very elegant and loved the clear straps with the low back // Sandra Bullock looked like Hollywood Royalty in a navy blue Alexander McQueen gown // Cate Blanchett dazzled in her favourite designer Armani with a nude gown with silver beaded detail. When I first saw pictures of this dress I didn’t love it but it ended up growing on me and when I saw it on TV (instead of photo) I think it was just a beautiful sparkling gown and perfect for the Oscars // Emma Watson looked stunning in a black shimmering semi-sheer Vera Wang dress. I’ve read a lot of negative comments about her look but I personally just really liked this outfit, she looks modern, young but classic and grown-up at the same time.
Best dressed couples? Actor Matthew McConaughey, who won the Best Actor Oscar for his movie Dallas Buyers Club, made a superb entry with his stunning and gorgeous wife Camila Alves. Matthew opted for a black and white Dolce&Gabbana tuxedo while his model wife wore a beautiful Gabriela Cadena gown, Charlotte Olympia shoes, and Lorraine Schwartz jewels. One word to describe Camila Alves at the Oscars 2014 – Divine! // Pregnant Olivia Wilde looked sophisticated in a black Valentino gown and chic updo. Jason Sudeikis was best dressed man for me this year – loved his navy Prada suit!
Penelope rarely makes a fashion misstep but her powder pink Giambattista Valli Haute Couture silk gown was not a winning look for me! I didn’t like the toga-like fit and there was so much fabric at the back making it really unflattering // The “Wolf of Wall Street” actress Margot Robbie looks a bit vampish in this black gown. I did actually really like the big black bow on the back and from other angles the dress is more flattering but I think with the very dark hair, heavy make up and dark lips it’s a bit too overpowering. A shame, I would have loved to have seen her in something bright or sparkling because she’s so stunning. I just don’t think this dress did much for her //Lady Gaga in Versace. I think the silver figure-hugging dress wasn’t that bad but it’s the combination with the lilac long scarf and hair & makeup styling // Anna Kendrick in J Mendel. With its floral patterned sheer detail, asymmetrical neckline, sporty sleeveless cut and thigh-high slit, this dress just had too much going on.
What did you think of the stars on the Oscars 2014 Red Carpet this year?