It seems we’re having a belated last burst of Summer, after the cold & rain of the past few weeks when it felt like Autumn had come a little too early. I’m trying to enjoy wandering around without the need for a jacket again but I have to admit I’m kinda ready for the cooler weather now & Autumn layers, it’s definitely when I feel most at home & I always get so excited about the arrival of the A/W collections in stores.

I showed off this little silver necklace from ASOS on my Instagram a few days ago, I couldn’t resist the little ‘I want out’ inscription! It’s also perfect for adding on other pendants, I have a thing for claws & teeth, and this one from Thomas Sabo is perfect in shiny black onyx & a nice size too.

I was introduced Makki and their eel skin bags & purses when I was down at Pure London last month, as a brand they focus on ‘responsible luxury’ & are passionate about creating pieces which are both beautiful & ethical. Head designer Joanne came up with the concept whilst living in South Korea, where eel is part of the daily diet. The skins are unique, smooth & incredibly durable despite their softness, and they guarantee that all pieces created are a by-product of the wider food industry. I’d never come across or felt eel skin until recently, but it really is a gorgeous material. I love the little ridges & unique features, it’s baby smooth & also as a vegetarian who feels a bit conflicted about the choice of wearing real leather (which is what I choose) vs faux, the guarantee here that these materials are by-products & ethical is definitely something I’m more than happy to get behind & support.

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  1. Posted 12.09.2014 at 3:35 pm | Permalink

    Looking good lady! Gorgeous necklace…I really love that! xx

  2. Posted 12.09.2014 at 3:53 pm | Permalink

    I love that the material used for the purse is a bi-product, I think all leather etc should be! Eel is a bit of an unusual one, I had no idea you could use their skin! x

    Josie’s Journal

    • Posted 15.09.2014 at 4:04 pm | Permalink

      I agree with you Josie & that is the main reason I launched Makki 11 years ago now.
      Eel Skin is quite unusual & distinctive in both look & feel. It is such a soft skin & gets softer the more it’s used. I love it & don’t carry anything else now.
      Read more here: https://makki.co.uk/
      Joanne x

      -Owner & Head Designer for Makki

  3. Posted 12.09.2014 at 5:29 pm | Permalink

    Ah, you babe! I love the drapey dress and epic necklace! I have a real weakness for tusk pendants. My beautiful Makki purse arrived today, it really does feel so soft and beautiful!

    • Posted 15.09.2014 at 4:07 pm | Permalink

      Glad you like your new Makki purse Tara!
      Joanne – Owner & Head Designer for Makki

  4. Posted 12.09.2014 at 6:27 pm | Permalink

    Love that gorgeous dress! You look beautiful.

    Smoke & Smudge

  5. Posted 13.09.2014 at 4:21 pm | Permalink

    You look incredible, that dress is amazing!

    Maria xxx

  6. Posted 13.09.2014 at 4:58 pm | Permalink

    Never heard of eel skin, anything ethical gets a thumbs up from me though.

  7. jenny
    Posted 14.09.2014 at 2:34 pm | Permalink

    I just love this outfit! Especially the accessories they are beautiful :’) the Eel skin clutch by Makki sounds super interesting!! I have never come across anything made from Eel skin so this is very unique and it also looks so pretty but tough! xx


    • Posted 15.09.2014 at 4:09 pm | Permalink

      Hi Jenny
      I love how she has styled the Makki Wallet in this post.
      Eel Skin is super interesting! Beautiful, soft, ethical & 2-3 times stronger than Cow Hide!
      Read more here: https://makki.co.uk/
      Joanne x

  8. Posted 15.09.2014 at 4:56 am | Permalink

    Stunning as always but I love your last paragraph re ethics in leather production. Leather freaks me out, like a lot. Dead animal skin is gross when you think about it and horrible. I love Stella McCartney for her take on the faux and for proudly boasting about it too. I feel like vegan leather is simply hushed about for some reason. I love how this brand is just being honest and real and ensuring they do the right thing too. I used to own a pair of eel skin heels a few years back and they were the softest and most comfortable piece I have ever owned. I literally wore them to death (their death sadly) and haven’t been able to replace them since. I’ll have to check out Makki for sure. Thanks for the heads up.


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