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How To: Leather

We're all about leather - especially faux leather - so we've put together a mood board below of our favourite leather looks, coming into Summer.  

Keep it Simple 

Remember, keep it chic and simple by pairing your leather with something that compliments the piece, such as a simple graphic t-shirt with a leather mini, or a chiffon blouse with a high waisted leather pencil skirt.  

Invest in a Great Quality Signature Piece

A leather jacket will never no out of style, so if you're going to invest big dollars into a single piece, start with a jacket.  When buying a leather jacket, make sure you it fits you properly!  It needs to feel slightly snug at the time of purchase, as similar to leather shoes, the leather will stretch and mould to your body after a few wears.

Jewellery

Finish off the look with some dainty necklaces or some simple studs. Steer clear of chunky statement pieces, to avoid looking overdone, unless you're wearing your leather on the bottom with a simple top!

There Are No Rules

Remember, there are no rules!  Make the look your own, by adding your signature bag, or some bright coloured heels, and finish off your outfit with a cute puppy, Olivia Palermo style!

 

Image Sources:
1. Pinterest
2. Doma Oxblood Jacket, Urban Outfitters
3. Bloglovin'
4. www.shopdailychic.com

Festival Jewellery: The new Boho

The mercury is rising and a festival fuelled season is around the corner. Sporting a more fun, casual style is on the agenda so abandon your current views on bohemian style, the new bohohas arrived and were here to dish what jewellery to tap to make you stand out at any musical gig.

 Keep your base simple

Old bohemian sensibilities called for fringed wears, flower crowns and feathered accessories but who wants to spend their time tripping over their maxi skirts? Choose simple tees (or crops if youre feeling daring) and pair them with your favourite denim shorts or jeans.

If youre in the mood to wear something more feminine, no need to reach for a kaftan, instead opt for a flowy dress, edged up with ankle boots.

 Stack it like Kylie

 

Kylie Jenner is the queen of stacked rings and when were looking for inspiration shes the first on our pinterest hit list. Were a fan of the new festival jewellery adage theres no such thing as too muchand Kylie isnt shy when it comes to flaunting all of her favourite jewellery all at once.

The beauty of owning lots of fine rings is that theres no way to make a mistake when mixing and matching them. Fine jewellery will also fit seamlessly into your everyday wardrobe so its not just for the festival circuit.

Layer up

     

    Its no secret we love to layer our necklaces (and these days, who doesnt?) and well take any excuse to pull together our favourite Wink pieces.

    Our tip is to start with a stand out piece, be it a coloured crystal or your choice of talisman (we are biased towards an evil eye) and then layer simpler necklaces of different lengths.

    Nail it

    Youve taken our advice and gone for simple, stylish silhouettes complemented by layered and stacked jewels, now its time to have some fun with your nails.

     

    Take inspiration from Gigi Hadid and be playful with some bold, eclectic nail art or choose something more understated but equally as festival appropriate with matte black polish.

    Image sources

    1. sincerelyjules.com
    2. brandymelvilleusa.com
    3. @kyliejenner
    4. Who What Wear
    5. @gigihadid
    6. omghow.com

    Street Style Jewellery Inspiration

    With a new season upon us weve been losing some sleep thinking about how to update our wardrobes for the warmer months. Revamping your jewellery collection can be one of the easiest ways to give your outfits a refresh without maxing out your credit card. With that in mind we turned to our favourite runways, the streets, for fashion inspiration from seasoned style aficionados to guide us on choosing what new jewellery pieces to add to our collections.

    Pick a favourite piece

    Were privy to some layering at Wink headquarters but sometimes less really is more. A gorgeous solo necklace has the opportunity to play centre stage against a simple wardrobe, and the daintiness of finer jewels can add a sophistication thats both on trend and classic at the same time.

     Chunky and fine jewellery combined

     

    What girl doesnt have a chunky bracelet buried in her accessories stash (and if she doesnt were sure she has her eye on one at one of her much loved jewellery spots) and they pair perfectly with our finer bracelets. So let your individual personality shine by either layering your finer bracelets against your favourite chunky bangle or your go-to watch.

    Layered necklaces

     

    We might sound like broken records here but we cant go past a neck adorned with layered necklaces. Our favourite fashionista Leandra Medine (aka the Man Repeller) has layering down to an art form with this gold layered necklace combo. Why do we love it so much? The jewels are mostly the same length, matching metals, and sit against a woven grey knit - nothing short of perfection.

     

    Choose a muse

    Our blogging muse, Sincerely Jules, never gets casual wear wrong. Her jewellery choices are no exception and when were on the hunt for our daily dose of jewellery inspiration her street style shots are ones we never skip. Shes all about the mixing her dainty rings, bracelets and necklaces with fashion forward threads and we must confess we have a style crush!

     

    Image sources

    1. Pinterest (source unknown)
    2. http://www.lefashion.com
    3. http://www.sartorialgravy.com
    4. http://thestyledevil.tumblr.com
    5. http://sincerelyjules.com
    6. http://sincerelyjules.com

    How to wear: Bar stud earrings

    There are some trends we can’t pass by and bar stud earrings is one of them. Move over midi-rings there is a new pack leader in the accessories game. We’ve seen the bar trend in necklaces (if you haven’t already invested in a bar necklace, you should!) and bar stud earrings have a similar simplistic edge. To help you embrace bar stud earrings we’re sharing some of our tips on how to wear them.


    1. Change up how they’re worn

    The bar style can be worn up your ear or hanging down, don’t be afraid to try out how they look both vertically and horizontally. Bar studs are all about restraint, they’re modern chic without being elaborate so it doesn’t matter which way you choose to adorn your ears with this must-have piece, they’ll add some extra style to your outfit.

    In the mood to go punk-rock chic? Sweep your hair to one side and wear only one earring, using the bar stud to add balance. This asymmetric look is a breath of fresh air.

     


    2. Pair them with other earrings

    While bar stud earrings make a stunning solo act they also share well with others. So why not get creative and mismatch one bar stud with a delicate square stud or be extra daring and match them with cross earrings.

    If you have more than one hole in your ears these versatile beauties can be accompanied by some of your other favourite studs. When mixing and matching earrings we recommend choosing similar metals.

    3. Rock them with any outfit

    Bar stud earrings are made for the understated lady. A statement piece they’re not, and that’s their appeal. Due to their minimalistic and delicate look they can be styled with whatever outfit you’re wearing, for any occasion. So don’t be afraid of donning your bar stud earrings for a night out on the town, with office attire, or with your go-to blue denim and striped tee.

    Shop our bar earrings here

    How to Wear Rose Gold Jewellery

    Rose gold is a metal that flatters most skin tones and it’s definitely on trend right now. We’ve noticed it popping up on the runways and red carpets; there’s no doubt rose gold is in vogue and the jewellery tone of the moment.

    So, we’ve rounded up some of our tips and tricks on how to wear ever-popular rose gold jewellery.

    1.    Mix up your metals


    Shop WINK rose gold here: How to Wear Rose Gold

    Who says you can only wear gold or silver jewellery on its own? You don't have to be committed to one kind of metal.

    Mix your rose gold jewellery with silver and your other gold toned pieces. Have fun by stacking rose gold rings with silver and gold or layering rose gold necklaces with necklaces made of other metals. Rose gold is a great tone to help bridge the gap between your silver and gold pieces.

    When mixing rose gold with yellow gold mix rose gold rings and necklaces with golds of a darker hue. This will make sure that your rose gold pieces stand out and don’t get lost among the yellow golds.

    If you’re combining rose gold with silver jewellery make sure your rose gold is the piece to look at by mixing it with softer antique silvers.

    2.    Wear it with nudes



    There is no better match for your rose gold rings and necklaces than clothing and other accessories in all shades of nude.

    Think beiges, dusty pinks, and blushed hues to make the rosiness of your jewellery play centre stage. These muted tones combine perfectly with rose gold jewels and create a fashion-forward look.

    3.    Pair it with turquoise jewellery



    Rose gold looks especially vibrant paired with turquoise tones. Since rose gold is pink in colour, turquoise tones look a dream when matched with rose gold tones.

    So choose a beautiful turquoise crystal necklace to pair with rose gold earrings or rings, the earthy hues of turquoise crystals will offset the pink in the rose gold jewels perfectly.

    Shop all rose gold here.

    (Sources: saboskirt.com, totalbeauty.com, thatbohochick.com, tumblr.com, stylecaster.com, love-e-art-h.tumblr.com)

    Paired back Accessorising: How to Master Minimalism

     

    Whether she’s at the office or channeling a casual normcore vibe for coffee, there’s often that one refined friend who embodies Coco Chanel’s principle of paired back styling. We know that it can look so effortless but sometimes feel unattainable. There are two key factors –a neutral capsule wardrobe and thoughtfully chosen sets of dainty, timeless jewellery pieces in silver, gold and rose gold. Have a peek at how to wear a full body of jewellery with minimalist prowess below.

    In the Necklace Department

    A single, simple necklace is the foundation of a minimalist jewellery look. If you’re looking to avoid the bells and whistles of statement necklaces for day-to-day styling, go with a piece that is understated, timeless but perhaps a little different –like a wishbone! Bear in mind where it will sit on you and if this will mean it is a bare skin necklace for summer or ideal for layering over a textured knit in winter.

    Shop the Wishbone Necklace

    In the Earring Department


    We know what you’re –thinking, it’s not difficult to wear a single pair of earrings. The key is combining choice with pairing (for those with multiple piercings).  While petite, geometric shapes –particularly in matte shades, worn with simple diamond studs can achieve the minimalist look, more decorative, ‘feature’ or heavy studs usually won't.

    Shop the Cross Gold Cross Earrings

    In the Ring Department

    Dainty is the way to go to ensure minimal hand décor. To avoid verging on plain –try to mix textured bands with rings that have a simple shape feature like the mini triangle above. Wearing multiple metals can create a gorgeous effect if you’ve consciously collective pieces that pair nicely. Think quality and investment pieces when you look for rings –even if it’s just a simple silver band.

    Shop all rings

    In the Bracelet Department

    It’s also easy to get stack happy on the bracelet front for better or worse. If you’ve got a range of pieces –perhaps 3-5 if they’re delicate, try experimenting with a stack of all one metal or one beaded texture. For those who have a single yet treasured minimalist bracelet, pair it with a watch to add some dimension to the look. Remember if you’ve got a lot happening in the ring department, keep it simple on the wrist.

    Shop the Black Pearl Friendship Bracelet

    Image Sources: black diorrina tumblr, etsy.com, Buzzfeed, Pinterest, mija, shopstyle.com

    5 Crystals We Love + How to Wear Them

    It is no secret that crystals are treasured not just for their incredible colour and form, but also for their captivating energy and ancient healing abilities. However, for those who aren’t holistic therapists, knowing what stone to use when, and for what is a touch more cryptic. We’ve put together a breakdown of our favorite crystals to help you channel the energy these pretty stones can offer:

    1. For when it's time to party | Rose Quartz for Love & Peace 


    Spending time with the loved ones in your life? Rose quartz is the stone to wear. It is known to help open up and purify the heart –allowing us to reduce tension and stress and express sensitivity and compassion in relationships. It can also assist to enhance inner healing –enhancing self worth and confidence.

    Shop the Rose Quartz Pendant

    

2. For getting down to work | Turquoise for Awakening & Knowledge

    Perhaps the oldest stone in (wo)man’s history –turquoise is known to aid chakra balancing. The work-environment benefits of this particular crystal include improving communication and self-realisation, enabling you to understand and share your ideas. Wear one around your neck for that big meeting! 



    Shop the Turquoise Pendant

    3. For chilling out | Amethyst for Intuition & Spirituality



    If you're a little stressed (and let's face it, who isn't...) wearing an amethyst pendant can help to bestow inner peace and stability –making it a wonderful stone for use during meditation or down time in the evening or on the weekend. The peaceful energy of Amethyst can also assist with calming the mind and encourage restful sleep.  



    Shop the Amethyst Pendant

    4. For letting go | Black Onyx for Protection and Self Control



    Black onyx is an essential crystal for busy bees; aspiring career women and entrepreneurs who are looking to restore and re-centre their spirits. Valuable for difficult times, it can be used to help ‘let go’ or repel negative energy surrounding other people’s opinions or ideas.

    Shop the Black Onyx Pendant

    5. For when your head is in the books | Blue Lapis for Awareness & Purification



    The deep celestial blue lapis is known to resonate with truth, inner power and organisation. It is an effective crystal for spiritual connectivity, helping to activate the higher mind and enhancing intellectual ability. It is also believed to enhance the memories of its wearers, so if you need help remembering where you put your keys, this is the stone for you!

    Shop the Blue Lapis Pendant

    Crystals are not only gorgeous, when you wear them right you can harness their energy by embracing a crystal pendant to suit your soul.

    Shop all crystal pendants online here.

    Marble Moment: Five Subtle Ways To Wear This Textured Trend

    Marble is everywhere right now! From the instagram accounts of the most stylish bloggers, to brands adding this gorgeous print to pretty much everything, marble is now a wearable phenomenon. Here at Wink HQ, we can't get enough! Here's five ways we're adding a touch to our wardrobe:

    Marble Nails

    Left Image: Le Fashion | Right Image: Nails & Threads

    Simple but significant, an accent of marble in the form of a manicure is a modern and low-investment way to test your affinity with the texture. Google the ‘watercolour’ nail painting method or visit the Nails & Threads Blog to see how to achieve this look.

    Marble Tech Accessories

    Left Image: Shock Mansion | Right Image: Divaani Blog

    Another way to channel marble is to adorn one of your tech pieces with a case or skin sporting this pattern. While there is quite the market selection of smart phone, laptop and tablet accessories in the marble family, we think it would be fun to make your own!

    Marble Jewellery

    All Images: Wink Jewellery

    If it’s a more focal pop of marble you’re lusting for, our handmade White Marble Pendant Necklace in silver or gold could be your ideal forever piece. We love to layer the gorgeous double point crystal with shorter and longer chains to create a spectrum of styles.

    Marble Activewear

    Left Image: Fashion Gone Rogue | Right Image: Stella McCartney

    Yogi’s, gym bunnies and active ladies alike will know marble has conquered the active wear industry with designers from Nike to Stella McCartney for Adidas adding a gradient of grey and white to their recent collections. We love these pieces paired with black basics!

    Marble Bags

    Left Image: Country Road | Right Image: Rebecca Minkoff

    Those looking to bring a versatile marble item to their wardrobe will swoon for a petite marble clutch from gorgeous high-street labels like Country Road or high-end designers such as Rebecca Minkoff and Diane Von Furstenberg. Pair with a casual weekend look or an evening ensemble.

    Are you a marble lover too?

    Choosing Your Talisman: Do You Love Evil Eye, Crystal or Wishbone Jewellery?

    Evoking memories of yesteryear, an amulet and talisman wearer feels as if their chosen piece has been with them for eternity. Worn on bare skin, or adorned on your go-to piece of clothing, we’re lovers of talismanic necklaces and rings.

    Talismans and amulets carry with them a powerful energy that connects with their wearer. There is nothing nonchalant about these deeply individual, symbolic pieces. Here are some of the pieces that resonate with us - lovers of all things beautiful we promise you need these pieces in your life!

    Evil Eye Jewellery



    The protective powers of evil eye jewellery are ancient, it’s believed to ward off ill-wishes and bad luck. But if you’re superstitious or not this is a trend you shouldn't let pass you by, a piece incorporating the eye motif should definitely be worked into your accessories collection.

    So ward off those evil spirits and rock a brilliant evil eye jewel, as a ring, a necklace or a bracelet. The possibilities are endless.

    Shop the White Evil Eye Necklace here.

    Crystal Jewellery



    With a nod to spirited bohemia we can’t turn away from moody crystals. They might have a brilliant shine, a smokiness or coloured tones, capable of being incorporated into any look. We’re told crystals can also improve your mood and well-being.

    Woven into your everyday style, they can be minimalistic when worn on their own or boast a sultry flair when layered with other delicate chains or stacking with rings of different hues. We also love seeing an array crystals worn at once - with this trend, less is definitely not more!

    Shop they Amethyst Tusk Pendant here.

    Wishbone Jewellery



    An understated wishbone jewel is thought to be able to make your wildest wishes come true while bringing fortune and luck. This delicate charm can be layered with other charm pieces or create a standout look on its own. Experiment with staggering the length of chains and wear multiple wishbone necklaces at once.

    Be it crystals, eye motifs, or wishbone jewels, your chosen piece will help you create a statement that is uniquely yours.

    Shop the Gold Wishbone Necklace here.

    How To: Ring Stacking 101

    We love a good ring stack, and a ‘stack-a-thon’ is the perfect way to breathe new life into your existing ring collection, as well as a great excuse to invest in a whole new set of basics! Here’s our take on how to keep ring stacking cute, light and casual - you'll be blowing away the Mani Cam in no time!

    Nail It

    If you’re about to adorn your hands with a gorgeous group of rings, don't forget your nails! Keeping them raw and natural will suit a bohemian aesthetic or switch things up with a polished ballerina pink for an office-apt ring stack. Layering up the rings for New Years Eve or a special occasion? Embrace something wild that will make your jewellery edit pop!



    Get Colourful

    Speaking of colour, there’s a world of options from metal hues to the shade of enamel, stone or crystal when it comes to pairing rings together. For an every day, casual look, go for either classic gold or silver, or a bit of both. If you’re a die-hard turquoise lover and have a solid collective of rings sporting this gem, why not feature the colour and see how they all look together!

    Mix Texture

    To ace the third dimension and avoid your ring edit looking ho-hum, go for rings with different embossed and molded textures, everything doesn't need to have a flat finish. As well as simple bands, embrace rings with a feature element whether it be floral, geometric –anything you like!



    Go Sideways

    If wearing a line-up of rings on multiple fingers just isn't working for your lifestyle, try wearing less, across more fingers. This will still create an effect while leaving you with a little more motion - and room to type. Opt for finer styles for easy wear.



    Pick Your Position

    There is a style-myth than only delicate rings are stackable, however we have up to 10 fingers to work with and this means there’s most certainly room for feature rings and more. Set off one or two of your favourite chunky, cocktail rings with finer complimentary knuckle rings (worn at the base of your finger) and ‘top finger’ rings, worn a little closer to your nail. It’s all about the ratio!



    Just Add Jewels

    Normcore is sweeping the style space, but we can't go past a fist full of sparkle! If you have a forgotten family heirloom or your eye on a new statement ring, experiment with how these look worn with other pieces. A clever use of colour can be beautiful and eye-catching!



    There’s not necessarily a right or wrong approach to the art of ring stacking –it’s all down to personal aesthetic and style sense. Treat it like an ongoing creative project; look out for new pieces, embrace old ones and experiment!

    Need to add to your stack collection? Shop all rings here.

    (Image sources: Photobucket, Vogue, Chicago Class Southern Sass, Fashion Tag, Gypsy Blogger, Style Math)

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