Friday, 17 April 2015

Stylish Wedding and Engagement Rings at Fraser Hart!

A few weeks ago I was invited to my local Fraser Hart to have a look at their brand new bridal jewellery collection. I'm getting married next year, so I'm on the lookout for wedding rings and maybe an extra bridal set for work.

The Bristol Cribbs Causeway branch has recently had a new re-fit, the store is really inviting and plush, and the sales assistants couldn't be any more helpful. I was really taken aback by their vast knowledge, I honestly didn't realise diamonds were so complicated. It takes a lot of training to become a diamond expert but I now I completely understand why, I felt as if I learnt such a lot within the hour or so I spent in store - it was such an awesome experience!

Fashionable Bridal Ring Sets
Fraser Hart Starburst Bridal Set
Stylish Wedding Rings

I'm looking for a bridal set I can wear to work because my engagement ring is high-set and catches on everything (a disadvantage of working with your hands). Sam surprised me by telling me he bought my ring as a set so although we don't need to look for a wedding ring to match my engagement ring, I still want another set for every day use.

I tried on some absolutely rawrsome sets, Fraser Hart truly have something for everyone. How cute is the Starburst set above (the second photo)? I've actually saved my favourite for last, so keep reading to get to the big reveal! ;)

Sparkle Cut Wedding Rings
His and Hers Wedding Rings

If you already have your engagement ring, they also have a wide range of wedding bands. I'd never heard of 'sparkle cut' rings before, they are cut to look as if they have diamonds in them but they don't have any...Pure genius! The weird thing is, they are sparklier than the real diamond bands...Ugggh!? I think I'd buy one of those if I wasn't so into a bridal set! I also love the little ruby and diamond ring, it would be so nice to add a splash of colour.

If matching wedding bands are your thing, they have some wonderful his and hers sets and I loved the mixed metal options. I'm extremely picky when it comes to wedding bands for men, I want something very unusual so sadly I didn't find the right one for Sam, but I'll keep looking!

Brilliant Fire Diamond Ring
It's not every day you're given free reign of a jewellery store, so of course I ended up trying on some of the more expensive rings in the shop! Their 'Brilliant Fire' diamonds are skillfully cut to create the 'Hearts and Arrows' ideal cut diamond, which is perfectly symmetrical. These diamonds are beautiful, although I'm not sure how I feel about having a £12,000 rock on my finger haha! They do range in price according to their quality so you can get much more affordable rings which are extremely special. Each one comes with an IGI Hearts and Arrows Diamond Report (which is pretty fascinating in itself).

My favourite engagement ring was the pink and white diamond cluster ring I'm sporting below. I couldn't stop thinking about it! If I win the lottery I might just buy it and wear it on a different finger. Why not!? ;)

White Pink Diamond Cluster Engagement RingFraser Hart Diamond Halo Cluster Bridal Set

So time for the big reveal, my favourite bridal set was this beautiful white gold duoIt's blingy, reminds me of The Great Gatsby and is made from a combination of baguette and round diamonds. It's not *too expensive* but I still need to work on justifying it to Sam...We all know what men can be like. 

As both Jade and I have booked our venues and finally sorting our weddings, we will be posting a lot more about our plans and general wedding inspiration. We hope you're excited to follow our journeys! Within a few weeks we're planning to publish wedding content every Saturday, but for now it may still be a little sporadic. 

Which bridal set is your favourite? Would you like to see more posts like this?

T - 13 months until I tie the knot!

Thursday, 16 April 2015

#OOTD Warehouse Aztec Print Midi Dress and Fringed Pointy Boots!

I pretty much want everything in Warehouse right now, they've hit the summer dress nail right on the head for a start and I was blessed by the gifting fairy when a Warehouse care package dropped through the door! The Warehouse Aztec Print Midi Dress (£32) is sooooooooooooooooo*breathe*oooooooooooooo nice I wanna die, or something along those lines, team it with the Warehouse Brown Fringed Pointy Boot (£48) and well, you get summer basically . . . 

Outfit - Dress - c/o Warehouse, Jacket - Levis, Boots - c/o Warehouse, Necklace - Mi Moneda, Watch - Daniel Wellington.

This print though? The material is soft and silky and the midi length with side splits is very flattering on a shorty like me (okay, 5'4 isn't that short but it is when you're dealing with maxi dresses!). This is a 12, so I'd say it runs true to size.  

mi moneda mint coin

These boots are just gorgeous and I can't believe they're only £48 and actually real suede! They're perfectly done, sometimes fringed styles can look OTT but these are very understated. I got a UK 5 so again, true to size, and very comfortable.

warehouse fringed boots

I wore this ensemble for my man's birthday shopping and lunch day out, the sun was shining (as was my fake tan) and I felt amazing in it, don't you just love it when a plan comes together?! :) 

Bring on the summer!

J - midi midi midi

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

M&S Summer Trends - Into The Blue!

M&S are nailing all the big trends at the mo, with nods to uniformity, seventies, oriental, romantic and my personal fave, summer denim with the 'Into The Blue' guide to everything you need for that perfect blue jeans based look this season! 

I chose two pieces from M&S and using the guide as inspiration, styled them up into a casual but confident outfit that embraces a touch of modern seventies. . . 

Outfit: Shorts - c/o M&S, Shirt - c/o M&S, Shoes - Warehouse, Bag - Timberland, Necklace - Mi Moneda, Vest (just seen) - Next, Belt - Warehouse, Watch - Daniel Wellington.

the style rawr blogger jade outfit post marks and spencer summer fashion

Broderie anglaise cotton is a great way to bring a little seventies vibe into any outfit and as soon as I saw this Indigo Collection Buttonsafe Pure Cotton Cutwork Shirt (£32.50) I knew it would be perfect with both my existing denim wardrobe and these shorts. It's SO pretty, and has a little stretch to it, though I do wish I'd sized up so I could wear it a touch more loose and relaxed like the model on the listing (this is a 12). I can't fault it though, and it definitely gives a denim look a bit of a free spirit vibe.

Boyfriend jeans have evolved into boyfriend shorts this year, and they look just as cool. The Indigo Collection Washed Look Denim Boyfriend Shorts (£25) are a dream and I adore everything about them, from the flattering cut to the easy lived in wash and gentle distressing (which makes them look much more expensive than they actually are!). I've turned them up for this look but they look just as cute full length. They run true to size (these are a 12) and we're looking forward to a very happy summer together!

I continued the seventies denimista edge with brown leather and suede accessories, including these perf fringed boots from Warehouse. I think they're now besties with these shorts to be honest ;)

warehouse fringed suede boots

If you haven't nipped into M&S for a while then I definitely recommend you do so stat, but check out the M&S Summer 2015 Trend Guide first for ideas and inspiration, it's a lot easier to put an outfit together when you can see them alongside complimentary pieces, genius!

J - True blue baby I love you.

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Repertoire Fashion Barbour Victory Dress

Barbour international is a quintessentially British brand, their pieces are always so classic, well-made and loved by celebrities and fashionistas all over the world. When I spotted this awesome 'Victory' shirt dress from Repertoire Fashion, I knew I had to have it. I've always been a massive fan of anything biker style and I probably own about 8 leather biker jackets, but there was a biker dress-shaped hole in my wardrobe. 

As soon as it arrived, I knew we were going to be friends for a very long time. It's such a versatile piece, it can be worn casually for an everyday look, it's office-appropriate but could also be dressed up for dinner with friends.

Barbour Victory Biker Dress
Repertoire Fashion Barbour Dress
F&F Block Heel Ghillie Sandals
Barbour International Review
Bjorg Anatomical Heart NecklaceBarbour dress: (c/o) Repertoire Fashion - Shoes: F&F - Hat: Accessorize - Watch: Kate Spade - Necklace: Bjorg 

When I wore it a few weeks ago, I kept it pretty casual by pairing it with my new favourite ghillie sandals from F&F, a burgundy fedora, Kate Spade watch and this Bjorg anatomical heart necklace. Bjorg is still my favourite jewellery brand of all time - with Mi Moneda being a close second. This necklace was a gift from my absolute favourite and  although I only own about 4 Bjorg pieces, I treasure each one! 

Repertoire Fashion is home to lots of other amazing brands including MUUBAA, ASH, Hudson Jeans, Maison Scotch and Ted Baker! They have such a dreamy selection, I basically want every pair or Hudson Jeans they sell. SWOON.

What do you think of this look? Are you a Barbour fan?

T - Loves Barbour. Along with Alexa, the Queen and James Bond. Standard.
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