Wednesday, 8 April 2015

How to match your necklace to your outfits neckline

Pin It Following on from last month's post about choosing the right length of necklace (see here) this month I am going to help you to choose the right style of necklace to go with the neckline of your outfit.

Choosing the right necklace to go with your outfit can be a nightmare, I've often spent longer trying to decide on the right accessories than I have picking my outfit and often ended up wearing no jewellery because I couldn't decide what to wear to complement the outfit, nothing looked right!!  Then I found this picture which helped to uncover the secrets!!!



  1. Turtleneck - Looks best with longer chain style necklaces.
  2. Crew Collar or bib necklaces look great.
  3. Scoop They look best with broader necklaces with layers and volume.
  4. Strapless A short choker necklace looks best.
  5. Square - Go for a angular pendant with this neckline.
  6. Off Shoulder You have full creativity to go here. But the larger the necklace the better.
  7. HalterneckA slim triangular neck piece with a pointy end.
  8. V NeckWear a necklace in a similar triangular V- shape that ends just above the neckline.
  9. Collar Go for a short round pendant or a choker.
  10. Boat NeckGo for several long strands of beads.
  11. Cowl No necklace, go for big feature earrings instead.
  12. Sweetheart A wide round necklace which covers the bare skin looks best.
Just remember that the higher the neckline the longer the necklace should be.  If the neckline is low then go for a shorter and rounder necklace.  Follow these tips and you'll never go wrong again!!

If your outfit has bold prints try looking for detail in your necklace that matches the pattern or design of your outfit.



So to summarise....



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Wednesday, 11 March 2015

The secrets behind choosing the right necklace length

Pin It Do you often wonder what necklace length or style would go with a particular neckline then wonder no more, in the first of 2 posts I'll help you to uncover the secrets!!  

The jewellery and accessories you choose completes your look and can make or break an outfit!!!  The right necklace can draw attention to areas that you don't like or help to conceal them.

The first stage in choosing the right necklace is to know the circumference of your neck.  Use a soft measuring tape and make sure it’s a snug fit to determine your size.  Keep in mind that clasps will add length and are often not included in the measurements quoted (I do usually include them in mine though).

Once you have your neck's measurement you should add at least 2 inches if you are buying a tight fighting necklace.  Use the following measurements as a guideline but remember to add on extra if your neck is bigger than 14 inches.

Necklace Lengths
14-16 inches. The choker, also called a chain or strand is supposed to wrap loosely around the neck, never restricting your neck when you take deep breaths.
18 inches. Usually called princess necklaces, these pieces of jewellery are designed to sit on the collarbone.
20 inches. Sitting just below the collarbone, a 20 inch necklace is called a matinée and is usually the standard length for adding lockets and pendants.
22 inches. Landing at the top of the bust, this also falls into the matinée category.
24 inches. A necklace this long should be at the centre of the bust or just below it.
28-38 inches. Hanging below the bust, a necklace in this region is either an opera necklace (30 inches), or a lariat (36 inches). The term rope refers to lariats without a clasp.
40 inches or more. At this length, necklaces hang below the navel and are usually worn wrapped around the neck, either two or three times.
You should also keep in mind what body shape you are and the neckline of your outfit but I'll post more about that next week....

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Wednesday, 17 September 2014

WOYWW - 17/09/2014

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It's been a while since I joined in with WOYWW purely because I've had nothing on my desk!!!  I haven't touched my polymer clay at all this year and I've been putting it off because my desk was in such a mess!!!  Covered in a layer of dust and rubbish and I couldn't face clearing it up before I could play with clay!!!  However I received an order for one of my Santa's so I could put it off no longer and today I set about clearing my desk and making said Santa.  I decided whilst I was at it I would make a few so that I have some ready to go with Christmas fast approaching....  Whilst I was at it I was also inspired by some left over orange and red clay to make some autumn/fall inspired beads.  I've now got loads of ideas of other things to make I just need some time to sit at my desk and play!!!


Shot of my desk, with Santa's in progress....

A close up of the autumn/fall inspired beads

The finished and baked Santa ready for posting

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Saturday, 6 September 2014

Birthday Sale

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It's my birthday this week so I thought to celebrate I'd run a sale in my Etsy store and in a moment of rash generosity I decided to make it a 50% sale!!!  The coupon code is BIRTHDAY50 and is good for all orders over £10 until 12th September 2014



Click on the below photo to go to my shop and have a browse!!!


Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Back to Blogger

Pin It If you've visited my site recently you may notice that it looks different.  I switched from Blogger to Indiemade earlier this liking the idea of being able to import my Etsy listings into a store on my website with very little hassle.  The idea of Indiemade is fabulous, you can create a website that has a store, a blog, a gallery, news feed etc. and they are adding new functionality all the time but for me personally it's not quite there yet.  It's not a free site so I was paying them around £9 a month.  However I was missing the functionality of Blogger, the ability to have badges linking to other sites etc. down the side, the option to embed my mailing list sign up forms etc. so I've made the decision to switch back.  I'm looking into a way of building a store using Blogger (or something that integrates with Blogger) so if you have any good suggestions please let me know in the comments.

In the meantime I'll be tweaking the layout of the site and trying to import my blog posts from Indiemade.

Before I go let me make it clear that Indiemade is a great organisation and a great website builder it's just not for me at this moment in time but I'm not ruling out switching back to them in the future!!  Do go and check them out though!!!

Thursday, 16 January 2014

Dream big.....

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This is my motto for this year!!!!

What word or phrase are you living by this year?

Friday, 3 January 2014

Happy New Year!!!

Pin It So now that 2013 has ended and 2014 has begun it's time to take stock of what went well last year, what didn't go so well etc.  To help prompt me in this reflection and planning I have been using a fabulous workbook written by Leonie Dawson.

The 2014 Create Your Amazing Year workbook & calendar is an incredibly popular & useful tool to help you plan out & make happen your most incredible year in life or business (or both!). Over the last five years, thousands of women have used this workbook with the most amazing results. It’s the best planning tool available to help you make your year your most exceptional yet!

Used by entrepreneurs, artists, mamas, creatives, coaches, teachers and women of all ages, the Create Your Amazing Year in Life and Biz workbooks are filled with dozens of pages of powerful worksheets & a printable calendar to help you create your amazing new year.

To get your copy follow this link - Create Your Amazing Year Workbook and Calendar 2014

I'll be posting my 2014 goals over the coming weeks and will keep you all updated on my progress towards them as the year goes on - hopefully you can all help keep me accountable!!! If you decide to get your own copy of the book let me know how you get on!!!