Rick Owens Leather Jacket / H&M ‘The End Is Near’ Tee / FAIIINT ‘Swathe’ Skirt / Cindy Leper ‘Arrow’ Earrings /
Hvnter Gvtherer ‘Kindling’ & ‘Lumen’ Rings / Elemental Luxury Phantom Quartz Ring / Topshop Backpack / ASH ‘Poker’ Boots
I don’t think anything makes me happier than the return of leather jacket weather and getting to dig out my favourites again. There really is nothing like throwing on a killer leather jacket when you’re feeling a little rubbish, it adds instant cool and always makes me feel like I could take on the world. This Rick Owens jacket is the epitome of that, you just can’t have a bad day whilst wearing this beauty.
These polished black corian arrow earrings from Cindy Leper are like the jewellery equivalent of that, and I don’t ever want to take them off. I’ve never felt more like a warrior princess than I have with these through my ears. They’re striking in their modern yet primitive design and so beautifully crafted, they’re like wearable pieces of art.
I’m not usually much of a fan of slogan tees, I think more often than not they can be a bit naff, but I just couldn’t resist this one. The print and lettering are simple, but interesting, and it’s the softest finish on a great faded cotton/viscose blend tee. It satisfies both my inner pessimist and my sarcastic nature, plus it’s also pretty appropriate with everything that’s going on here in the UK right now too.
Miss Selfridge Lace Dress / Topshop Faux Fur Beanie / MuuBaa Asymmetric ‘Sabina’ Leather Jacket /
Clarks Boots / Topshop Backpack / Kendra Scott ‘Warren’ Rings / Pearls Before Swine Thorn Ring / Brave Lotus Vial Necklace
Cooler weather calls for heavier fabrics, interesting textures for layering and stand out jewellery to add a little sparkle to the upcoming grey days. I live for Autumn dressing, and despite being sad to say goodbye to the warmth and sunshine for the year, getting to shop for cosy knits and accessories never fails to put a smile back on my face.
I’ve already begun searching for a good replacement for my favourite pom pom beanie, it’s starting to look pretty tatty now but I just can’t bring myself to get rid of it. It’s the cosiest hat I’ve ever owned, and I love the chunky knit and giant pom pom. Seriously, if you guys see anything like it please drop me a link! For now, the closest I’ve found is this ribbed beanie from Topshop with a cute faux fur one. I’m hoping that when it arrives it’s at least half as snug as my favourite, otherwise I’ll just have to continue wearing the old one until it falls to pieces!
I know this is a wishlist, but I’ve actually already brought another item on this list too. As soon as I saw the triangular backpack it went straight in my basket. I’ve been craving an interesting looking backpack for years now, one that effortlessly combined function and practicality with style, and this is exactly what I’d been searching for. Sometimes it pays to wait for the perfect piece and it’s come along just in time for my trip to Thailand, where I know this is going to come in super handy when it comes to lugging my camera around.
A great pair of ankle boots are my favourite no matter what the season, but they really come into their own in the Autumn. I have too many pairs to count, but I love the ultra classic shape of this pair, plus the addition of the padded soles for extra comfort. I think my days of putting up with pretty but uncomfortable heels are long gone now!
Catarzi Fedora / H&M Asymmetric Shirt Dress / Ailsigr Talisman Necklace * / H&M Boots / Bracher Emden Bag
With the weather suddenly turning a lot more autumnal, I thought I ought to make the most of being able to throw on something so simple before stepping out of the door. I’m sure you all know by now that I live for layering up all black in the cooler months, but there’s no denying there’s something so perfect about just throwing on one single, simple piece. I love pieces like this H&M shirt because they make this kind of dressing effortless, and also look just as good layered up too. It’s a basic item, yet the simple asymmetric cut makes it anything but.
I spoke about Ailsigr in my last post, when I showed off some of her beautiful silver pieces. She also works in bronze, and this talisman necklace is my favourite piece after the beautifully statement mountain rings. Inscribed with mysterious symbols, it has an aura of history and magic, and is another perfect example of a simple piece made extra special.
River Island Drape Top / New Look Wrap Maxi Skirt / Pieces Leather Belt / Ailsigr ‘Mountain Range’ Ring * /
Ailsigr ‘Tiny Mountains’ Ring * / Ailsigr ‘Crescent Moon and Stars’ Necklace * / Kurt Geiger ‘Saturn’ Boots
It’s always exciting to come across a new independent designer whose work you love, and I just couldn’t wait to share these wonderful pieces by Ailsigr with you all.
Through her pieces Ailsa explores our relationship with mythology and nature, seeking to understand where this all fits into our technology driven, twenty first century lives. The use of traditional, hands on techniques paired with a modern eye for design gives her pieces a raw and ancient feel, almost as if these are lost totems from a long forgotten time. Combining symbols, texture and organic shapes, her pieces act as mysterious talismans for modern times.
My personal favourite piece has to be the large mountain range ring with its statement textured peaks. It’s a striking piece, one that demands attention and made from solid silver, it feels pleasingly weighty on your hand too.
Birds N Bones Darkling Beetle Collection shot by Aubrey Janelle
Zoe and Ashley, the designers behind Birds N Bones Jewelry, believe that the current way of releasing a collection is broken. With their latest project they aim to shake things up, allowing for a better connection with their customers and the ability to respond to them, by crafting pieces they truly love.
Drawing inspiration from how musicians release an album, their latest collection will drop in 3 limited availability pre-releases, building up to the arrival of the main collection in November. Giving a taster of what’s to come, this release process allows the designers to gauge the reception to their pieces and tailor the final collection to their customers desires. Based on the input they receive, some of these sets will make it into the main collection, whilst others may be exclusive to the pre-release and unavailable again afterwards.
Each of the mini collections will focus on a different specimen, and the first of these releases centres around the darkling beetle. Available in necklaces, earrings and rings, the pieces have such a beautifully raw feel, thanks to the richly textured organic forms and attention to detail. Delicate little beetles appear as if frozen in silver, crawling along wrapped branch rings and hanging elegantly from necklaces. Zoe and Ashley have done a wonderful job of translating the beauty found in nature into unique, wearable pieces worthy of coveting. My personal favourites so far are the triangle necklace, horizontal ring and the stone necklace and earrings with labradorite bullets. A portion of the sales from the limited release collections will also be donated to insect conservations, giving back to the creatures that inspired them. If this is just the start, I honestly can’t wait to see what’s to come.
The Darkling Beetle Collection is available until the 6th September. If you have a favourite, make sure you grab it now!