John Lewis own brand crew cashmere crew neck jumper in Cerise (£69)
Ted Baker Oil Painting Skirt (£129) from John Lewis
Ted Baker T clasp clutch (£99)
The above three pieces formed one of the outfits at last week’s Lifestyle Event at the Birmingham School of Jewellery. As I mentioned previously, I felt that it was important to keep the top half of the outfits relatively plain, so that the jewellery could really stand out – hence the John Lewis cerise cashmere jumper.
I chose to use jewellery from the designer and jewellery maker Alice Stewart for this outfit as I felt that her pieces, which are inspired by nature, complemented the floral skirt really well. Equally, on another occasion, the prettiness of the skirt could be contrasted with jewellery with spikes or skulls!
I loved the print and the shape of the Ted Baker skirt, which is really flattering on, especially for those with curvier hips. It works best if any top that is worn with it is fairly short, stopping at the waist to show off the narrowest part on the body. It has a great length to it for those who don’t like skirts which are too short. Ted Baker has used this print on trousers, sweatshirts, dresses and tops this season so if a skirt isn’t your thing but the print is, there may be something else in the range for you.
The texture and colour of the bag are fabulous. It is bright pink, textured leather and comes in a variety of colours. It’s availability online seems to be limited at both the John Lewis and the Ted Baker site but I picked up the one I used from John Lewis only last week, so there are obviously some still in the stores.
Alice studied 3D design, specialising in silversmithing and jewellery at Loughborough University. Her inspiration comes mainly from the beauty of the English countryside and parts of her work are satin finished as well as highly polished, to give a two tonal effect which brings the pieces to life.
These butterfly ear-rings are a real favourite of mine. It’s partly because that, whilst they are drop ear-rings, the hoop on them makes them more wearable for the daytime (in my little mind at least), as does the fact that they aren’t heavily jewelled. Alice’s butterfly earrings cost £80 and since the event she has taken several orders for these, which are proving to be really popular.
Alice designs jewellery that is both enchanting and sophisticated and which takes itself from casual wear to special occasions. Alice’s gold blossom bangle, shown below, is £150.
I hope that I have quoted the above prices correctly but please check Alice’s site for up to date prices. I don’t want to get myself into any more hot water right now!