This jewellery trend is definitive proof that mermaids are the new style icon

This jewellery trend is definitive proof that mermaids are the new style icon

Who knew Ariel was such an icon?

There’s no denying the influence of fairytale icons in our sartorial choices. But while we appreciate the more obvious Disney t-shirts, we generally prefer a more subtle approach.

Which is why the latest jewellery craze to take over Instagram is right up our street. You could say it’s more or less inspired by the Little Mermaid, as it involves shell-shaped jewellery. The likes of Pandora Sykes, Monikh and Dutch blogger Lizzy Vdligt have been draping themselves in shells, adorned with gold for that extra luxe factor.

Now hand me my lava lamp @nunoobags #nunoobags 📸 @evaksalvi

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Niche jewellery brands like Dutch shop Anna + Nina, French designer Elise Tsikis and German brand Wald have hit that sweet spot between vintage and contemporary, providing us with the perfect holiday-worthy pieces to elevate even the most basic of outfits, like a white t-shirt and cropped jeans. They’re also the perfect finishing touch to a pastel trouser suit or floral dress for a wedding.


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Shop my edit of the best Ariel-worthy shell jewellery pieces below.

Shop now: Venus Earring brass silver-plated for £118 from Anna + Nina

Shop now: ELISE TSIKIS Valos shell earrings for £120 from

Shop now: Me Myself and I bracelet for around £122 from WALD

Shop now: Shells bead necklace for £19.99 from Mango


Shop now: PACK OF BEAD AND CORD BRACELETS for £15.99 from Zara

Shop now: SARAH & SEBASTIAN Shell 9-karat gold hoop earrings for £185 from Net-A-Porter

Shop now: LOEWE Gold-plated, shell and resin necklace for £225 from Net-A-Porter

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ASOS will no longer sell cashmere, mohair, silk or feathers

ASOS will no longer sell cashmere, mohair, silk or feathers

Following on from a damning PETA exposé on the abusive practices in mohair production, which led the likes of Topshop and Zara to boycott it, ASOS has gone one step further.

Not only is the e-tailer dropping all mohair products from its site, but it has vowed to also stop selling cashmere, silk, down or feathers by January 2019.

The move was applauded by PETA, with director of corporate projects Yvonne Taylor stating, ‘People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) applauds Asos for leading the charge for compassion in fashion. In response to PETA’s campaigns, consumers are changing the face of the industry by demanding that designers and retailers ditch animal-derived materials in favour of cruelty-free alternatives that look great without causing suffering.’

While many are now aware of the cruel practices used to obtain mohair (shearers leaving goats cut up and bleeding in their rush to get their wool), and brands like Tommy Hilfiger, Calvin Klein and Gucci have now banned fur, there still isn’t much awareness of practices used to obtain silk, cashmere and other luxe materials.

For example, according to PETA, 6,600 silkworms are killed (some boiled or gassed alive) to obtain one kilogram of silk, and cashmere goats, who are kept in China and Mongolia, where winters are bitterly cold, are often shorn in midwinter to keep up with demand, leading to deaths by exposure.

PETA also explains that most downs are obtained as a by-product to the meat and foie gras industries, which don’t always treat animals well.

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Meghan Markle just wore one of Princess Diana’s favourite accessories

Meghan Markle just wore one of Princess Diana’s favourite accessories

But did it once belong to Diana herself?

It’s been a big week for Meghan Markle as she carried out her first solo public engagement with the Queen.

The pair visited Cheshire on Thursday, with the Queen granting Meghan a privilege usually reserved for senior royals only.

After wearing this tribute to Princess Diana for Trooping the Colour, Meghan’s accessories this week were also a nod to her husband’s late mother.

The Duchess of Sussex wore a gorgeous pair of diamond and pearl drop earrings for the occasion.

Royal fans were quick to point out the similarities with one of Diana’s favourite pairs, with many speculating that they once belonged to the Princess of Wales.

Pictured below on a tour of Canada in 1983, Princess Diana often wore the drop earrings to public engagement and events.

But are they the same pair?

Despite their striking resemblance, they are in fact different earrings, as Meghan’s were a gift from the Queen in honour of their first joint engagement together. Aww!

It’s not the first time Meghan has honoured Diana with her choice of accessories; on her wedding day, she wore a sparkling cocktail ring from Prince Harry’s mother’s collection.

Long may it continue, we say.

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What does a fashion designer wear to get married?

What does a fashion designer wear to get married?

Hint: you don’t design it yourself. (Because who needs that kind of pressure?) Step inside the stylish nuptials of hot London fashion designer Alice Archer and steal a few tips for yourself…

wedding style Alice Archer

wedding style Alice Archer

When it comes to wedding style and you’re a young designer building a reputation for designing pieces that make perfect wedding dresses you’d have thought wearing your own design would be a no-brainer for your trip up the aisle.

London-based Alice Archer is an embroidery specialist, who worked for designer Dries van Noten in Antwerp. She also – fabulously – worked for artist Tracy Emin, producing the embroidery for Emin’s artworks. Archer graduated from RCA in 2013, having studied fine art at Goldsmiths and Central St Martin’s. She began designing her collection in 2014, and now has fans including Pippa Middleton, Camilla Rutherford, P Diddy, Ellie Goulding, Susie Bubble and Pandora Sykes. Her labour-intensive designs are exquisitely made in Como, Italy, and are a combination of print and specialist embroidery techniques.

Wedding style Alice Archer

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Her wedding style perfect pieces are often chosen by other brides: “Some of my clients have bought my pieces to get married in but they weren’t conventional ‘wedding dresses’, she tells us. “Even before starting my own label, I embroidered dresses for two of my best friends’ weddings.”

Wedding style Alice Archer

Alice Archer AW18, photo by James Mason/WWD/REX/Shutterstock

Now Archer is building on her rep, with the launch of a dedicated bridal collection (hitting Browns Bride in October): “It will be a small collection of embroidered pieces, including dresses and a trouser suit. Each piece is embroidered with flowers that symbolise love, loyalty and hope,” she says.

But for her wedding to Henry, a UX (user experience) designer, she went for something completely different. Here are all the stunning steal-them-now details from her bridal look…

wedding style Alice Archer

The location: St-Martin-in-the-Fields, London – with a reception in the Crypt afterwards.

Wedding dresses Alice Archer

The proposal: “One evening last August, Henry texted me to ask me to come home early from the studio. When I arrived back at our flat there were candles everywhere and he had cooked a delicious three course meal, including an incredible chocolate cake. I am a chocoholic so this was perfect!”

The dress:  “Our wedding was quite soon after finishing a collection, so I didn’t have much time. I went to Browns Bride to look at potential dresses and completely fell in love with a Viktor & Rolf dress, and then I couldn’t get it out of my head and couldn’t imagine anything else…”

Wedding style Alice Archer

The look:  Duchesse satin on top, with a tulle skirt featuring 3D organza flowers on the skirt, from the Viktor & Rolf bridal collection. “The top was almost like a sporty polo shirt – very structured, while the skirt was romantic and ethereal. I chose it because it made me feel strong and it was unusual – romantic, innocent and modern,” says Alice.

Wedding style Alice Archer

The shoes: Gucci blue satin round-toed mules with crystal bows for the ceremony, and flat white jewelled Manolo Blahniks for the reception. “I’ve always loved shoes, and your wedding is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to buy a fantasy pair! I’m always browsing online. When I saw these Gucci mules, I thought they were fun, bold and beautiful. But I couldn’t resist the chance to wear another pair, too – Manolo makes surprisingly comfortable, elegant pumps.”

Wedding style Alice Archer

The rings: “Henry went to Hatton Garden before cooking the engagement dinner and chose my engagement ring instinctively. It has a deep blue sapphire in the centre and diamonds on either side. He loves sapphires, his mum has one in her engagement ring and they represent September, his birth month.” The couple bought their wedding bands from a hand-crafted jewellery shop called Ruberg in Islington’s Camden Passage.

Wedding style Alice Archer

Hair and makeup: “My hair stylist Carolina Crona did a beautiful chignon, which we practiced about a month before the wedding. Ariel Yeh, who does the make up for my Fashion Week presentations, did my makeup. She’s amazing at glowing skin and ‘natural’ beauty looks.”

Wedding style Alice Archer

Wedding vibe summed up in a sentence: “An explosion of happiness and love!”

Wedding style

Congrats, Alice and Henry….now we’ve got some wedding style inspiration, can we borrow those Gucci mules please?



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Meghan Markle’s Trooping The Colour dress was a subtle nod to Diana

Meghan Markle’s Trooping The Colour dress was a subtle nod to Diana

And we almost missed it

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While we were busy noticing how thoughtful Prince Harry was with Meghan Markle on the balcony during their Trooping The Colour appearance, and the sweet moment she shared with sister-in-law Kate Middleton, we almost missed one key detail: that her dress was a subtle nod to Princess Diana.

First off, the Duchess of Sussex broke the style rules a little bit with a chic pale pink Carolina Herrera dress, while everyone else wore blue. This is apparently slightly against Royal protocol as it’s a little revealing around the shoulders, though we like the fact that it echoes the neckline of her wedding dress.

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She teamed it with a Philip Treacy hat and clutch, possibly on the advice of Prince Harry, who apparently gives her fashion advice.

Now, some eagle eyed observers have pointed out that the design was actually very similar to a dress worn by Diana in 1987 in Germany.

The late Princess wore a powder pink ballgown by Catherine Walker to visit the Berlin Opera House. Although Meghan’s dress was less extravagant, both dresses are the same shade and feature a very similar neckline, as well as buttons down the bodice.

Given that Meghan’s Herrera dress was custom made, we’d like to think she drew on this look for inspiration, which wouldn’t be the first time, as she wore Diana’s ring on her wedding day.

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This ten year old designer handbag is officially one of the most expensive in the world

This ten year old designer handbag is officially one of the most expensive in the world

How many Topshop purses will that get us?

crocodile birkin bag

If you’ve been saving up for a dream designer handbag, you might want to scrap this one from your wishlist. The Hermes Birkin bag has long been a favourite of the rich fashion pack with a notoriously long wait list. It just made its case as the best designer investment piece ever as a rare version just broke a European record at auction, landing a very happy seller a cushy sum.

The bag in question is a ten year old Himalaya Niloticus Birkin bag crafted from Nile crocodile skin, which comes with 18-carat white gold hardware and more than 200 diamonds to boot. It was expected to go for a casual £100-150k at a London auction yesterday, but blew past expectations with a final closing price of £162,500.


crocodile birkin bag


This Birkin is now officially the most expensive handbag ever sold at a European auction and the second-most expensive handbag ever. The top honour goes to another Birkin bag in a similar style which went for £253,700 in Hong Kong last year.

Christie’s said the Himalaya Niloticus Birkin 30 was the ‘undisputed most valuable bag in the world’, due to the fact that they’re incredible difficult to craft. Named the Himalaya after the snowy white shade of the bag, albino crocodiles are very difficult to come by and the skill required to dye crocodile hide to such a degree is astronomical.

crocodile birkin bag

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Unsurprisingly, Hermes only make a couple of them a year.

It won’t come as a shock that a number of A-listers love the bag, with the likes of Celine Dion and Kim Kardashian touting the wearable savings account around (you can see Kim with hers below).

crocodile birkin bag


David Beckham actually bought a similar Himalaya Birkin for a reported £80,000, a tidy gift for his wife Victoria Beckham.

At the same auction, a blue Birkin bag from 2006 also went for £100,000. Forget buying a house, it sounds like a Birkin’s a safer investment.

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This Topshop polka dot dress is selling for triple the price on eBay

This Topshop polka dot dress is selling for triple the price on eBay

Did you get your hands on it?

In case you’ve been off the social media grid lately, there is a Topshop dress that has been such a hit that it’s been sold out for ages, but you can now buy it on eBay, for about triple the price.

The £49 polka dot dress blew up on Instagram thanks to influencers like Ellie from Slip Into Style and Amelia Copeman snapping it up and styling it on their pages.

Roman goddess mode activated 💃🏾 Don’t forget to check out my stories and highlights 😊

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It first came out in January, and had to be re-stocked in May, selling out just as quickly as the first time.

Shop now: Shirred Strappy Midi Dress for £29 from Topshop

The chic summer dress with plunging neckline taps neatly into the polka dot trend seen on the catwalk, and can be worn on its own with some sandals, or over a black t-shirt and accessorised with trainers for a more street style vibe.

Dress of dreams 🖤 @topshop_personalshopping

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Even celebrities love it, with Kate Wright wearing it to her birthday party earlier this year.

If you feel like you’ve missed out, you can head to eBay to buy yours, though you might need to save up a bit first. While some listings start at the retail prices, others are listed for as much as £300, which let’s be honest, is not ok.

Having the best birthday spent with my family & bestest friends 💗💗💗💗

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Here’s hoping for another re-stock from Topshop, eh? In the meantime, here’s a very similar one you can by now, which won’t break the bank.

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Meghan Markle is apparently getting fashion advice from this unlikely source

Meghan Markle is apparently getting fashion advice from this unlikely source

Meghan Markle is still finding her feet as the newest member of the Royal family (she is taking actual Princess lessons) and while Kate Middleton has given her some fashion advice, the Duchess of Sussex apparently has another, quite unexpected, stylist that she turns to: Prince Harry.

Yup, according to Daily Mail sources, the Meghan has been turning to her new husband for some sartorial tips, rather than following protocol too closely.

‘Meghan is always asking Harry’s opinion. She really wants his views,’ the source says.

‘He gives his views on what he thinks looks best, rather than helping her follow Royal protocol on hemlines or anything like that. The joke is that Harry is Meghan’s surprise stylist.’

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And it turns out Harry is even more hands on than you think, coming to dress appointments with Meghan too.

The Duchess has apparently commissioned a few more outfits from Stella McCartney, after her second wedding dress went down such a treat.

The source said, ‘The special projects team at Stella McCartney are working on a few more outfits for Meghan, and Harry always comes to design meetings and fittings to give his opinions on the looks’.

Add to that the fact that Harry helped Meghan through her first balcony appearance and we’d say he’s an all round thoughtful guy.

Even if he is putting other stylists out of a job.

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This is why everyone wore blue at The Queen’s Trooping The Colour

This is why everyone wore blue at The Queen’s Trooping The Colour

So thoughtful

The Queen celebrated her 92nd birthday this weekend with her annual Trooping The Colour ceremony. And while Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton shared a sweet sister-in-law moment on the balcony, there was another touching detail you might have missed, which was very noticeable when the whole Royal family stood on the balcony at Buckingham Palace.

Everyone from Prince George and Princess Charlotte to the Duchesses of Cornwall and Cambridge and the Queen’s other grandchildren wore blue, thus matching the Queen’s pale blue outfit.

They might not have done it on purpose, but some experts have said this shows their unity as a Royal family, on such an important day, as blue signifies loyalty, trust and wisdom.

Duchess Kate wore an elegant powder blue Alexander McQueen dress, with matching Kiki McDonough blue topaz earrings, all of which could also be a tribute to her newborn baby boy, Louis.


Meanwhile, the new Duchess of Sussex Meghan looked equally chic in a pale pink Caroline Herrera dress, with a bateau neckline that was the perfect nod to her wedding dress.

She teamed it with a pair of gold and opal earrings by Birks, one of her favourite jewellery brands.

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Kate Middleton just wore another £40 Zara dress to the polo

Kate Middleton just wore another £40 Zara dress to the polo

It’s official: the Duchess of Cambridge is just as obsessed with Zara as we are.

A mere couple weeks after wearing this off-the-shoulder dress, Kate turned to the high-street store again, this time for an outfit for the polo.

Shop now: STRIPED OFF-THE-SHOULDER DRESS for £39.99 from Zara

She turned up to support Prince William at the charity game, accompanied by Prince George and Princess Charlotte.

Kate seemed to have a great time as she ran around with the kids, looking fab in the striped number, which she teamed with her trademark wedges (the Queen wasn’t there, so no style rules were broken, don’t you worry).

Unsurprisingly, the £39.99 dress has already sold out, however it looks like they are expecting more stock in certain sizes as you can create an alert for them.

You might just have better luck in store though, so do pop in if you don’t fancy your chances online.


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