Wednesday Wants…. Alex Monroe

Tomorrow sees the launch of Alex Monroe‘s new collection, ‘Chase’, and being a bit put out that I can’t make it to the launch event (I’m working locally all day) I have been consoling myself by browsing his website of stunning treasures….

I’ve long since adored the wonderfully whimsical and enchanting jewellery made by the British designer, who grew up in Suffolk “surrounded by fields, rivers and the plants and creatures which inhabit them”…..it’s more than likely this idyllic inspiration that attracts me to the dainty, finely detailed pieces. I love that in his work you can buy ‘fine’ jewellery which is still fun and quirky, as well as so amazingly wearable.

And as if that’s not appeal enough, every piece that Monroe designs is hand made in his London studios, by his team of highly skilled craftspeople….just down the road from my old office as it happens! I’m just crazy about everything this man does, and I think this quote rather sums up his work and those who adore it as much as me…. ‘I like people who like my jewellery. They are not slaves to fashion; they tend to be more concerned about personality and craftsmanship. They care about quality and they like things that are quirky and individual.’ Well said!

But without further ado, here are my favourites, this week’s Wednesday Wants….

Tiny Bird Loop Necklace, from the Birdlife collection, £135.00

Pea Pod Necklace, from The Gardener collection, £120.00

Fine Ring with Tiny Heart, from the Dream of Me collection, £126.00

Hamper Locket, from the Daisy Bell collection, £180.00

Apple Locket With Baby Snake, from the Original Sin collection, £225.00

The Goring Shrimp, in collaboration with The Goring Hotel, £165.00

Rose Gold Plate Bumblebee Necklace, from the Classic collection, £165.00

If you’re off to the Chase launch, do have fun! I can’t wait to see the new collection!

Ems x

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Wednesday Wants….Stocking Fillers

To me, stocking fillers have always been things like satsumas and Ferrero Rocher. But I’m noticing lately that the shops are telling us that much bigger (and more expensive!) things will make the ideal thing to bulk out your over sized sock. But as much as I love tradition (and Ferrero Rocher), this post was never meant to be about the things I will possibly have….that would be so dull….it’s about the things I lust after, no matter how extravagant!

So with that in mind, here are a few ‘stocking fillers’ I’ve had my eye on…..

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Diana Baby 110 Gold Edition

I adore my Diana camera, which Adam bought me a few birthdays ago. I love its plasticy-ness and the crazy photos it comes out with….not to mention the way people look at me when I use the brilliantly huge paparazzi-style flash. It’s not *the* most easy thing to carry around though, especially with the umpteen lenses and accessories I was lucky enough to receive alongside mine….but this baby-sized one is! I’m crazy about its shameless glitzy-ness and bling-factor….it’s so different from the super-retro black and blue of the original one. It’ll cost you almost as much as that though, as this special edition is £59 from the Lomo shop. Still, a bit of bling is worth it!

Lee Broom Crystal Light Bulb

I really can’t think of something much more extravant to fill your stocking with than this. Inspired by the delicate craftsmanship of crystal cutting, this decorative light bulb-shaped crystal light fitting from Liberty has been individually hand blown before being cut with a classic crystal pattern and etched with the Lee Broom logo. Apparently it refracts the light beautifully as a play on the common light bulb versus a glitzy chandelier. Clearly for the person who has everything! Especially at £109!

And as a rather blingy theme has emerged….I give you…..

18k Christmas Bow Necklace

I am totally in love with this. It’s sooooo shiny and wonderfully fun and festive. I would like to think it would go with everything too. But then I’ve never been shy about wearing something a little OTT with a T-shirt and jeans. It’s made by hand by ilithe, and is available on Etsy for £625. And I bally love it!

Happy stocking stuffing!

Ems x