Thursday, 23 December 2010

Mirrors for my Jewels

I have so much jewellery, probably a little too much if I'm honest but I find it really difficult to part with at times.  My room is going to be decorated after Christmas but it is going to take a while as there is LOADS that needs going to it.  In anticipation for it finally being finished (we moved in back in January 2007 and my room is still untouched!), I have been picking up bits and bobs to accessorise my room as and when I see them.  Ideally, I would like a HUGE mirrored jewellery box, i think that they are just stunning but all of the ones I've seen are around £50 which I don't mind paying, but I would rather see if I can get one a little cheaper first... so I'm waiting until the January sales to get one.  I was shopping in B&M Bargains this week for some Christmas wrapping paper, their sets are fantastic, especially their metallic range.  I chose gold and black and silver and black and my gifts look so classy all wrapped up.  Anyway, I digress, so I came across this mirrored jewellery box and bought two.  I already have a 3 drawer very similar to this but I've had it for years and one of the drawer fronts has come off (gutted).  For only £4.99 each these are a bargain and don't look cheap at all.  The beauty about mirrored jewellery boxes is that, although a bugger to clean, they look classy and glamorous.

When I get my BIG mirrored jewellery box I intend to have it on my dressing table, in the middle, with necklaces in and have these either side with my earrings in.  Ive started using these already.  When I first got them, I went through all of my earrings and threw out those that were broken and tarnished and those that had one missing I have put in a little organza bag until I find their match and if I don't by the time my room is finished, they are going in the bin!  I intend to be ruthless when moving into my new room and do not have space for things which are, essentially, unworn and useless.

WhatLauraLoves Top Tip!
If you have any earrings that leave a grubby green colour on your ear after you have used them then apply a little clear nail varnish to the back of them and allow it to dry.
Obviously I wouldn't recommend this for more expensive pieces as this shouldn't happen with those anyway but I've had it happen to larger stud earrings bought from Evans and Dorothy Perkins and after following this method, it didn't happen any more.

I will probably play around with the organisation of my jewellery boxes until it is just the way that I want it.  Ultimately, I am looking for the separation of studs from large earrings and the separation of colourful earrings, golds and silvers.  This will make it much easier for when I'm getting ready to go out as apart from my engagement ring, I am usually not wearing any jewellery to begin with and its usually the last thing I put on before rushing out of the door!  The way that I have separated my jewellery seems to be working so far and I'm finding it much easier to accessorise before going out and to wear pieces that I haven't had on in a while.  This is a key thing for me because I have so much jewellery that I never wear simply because its tucked away at the bottom on a jewellery box or I can only find one out of a pair of earrings.  This way, I can find everything I want and start giving some pieces much more air time!  I have organised the drawers as follows:

Jewellery Box 1
Top Drawer: Stud earrings and small dangley earrings (very little studs I have put in a little organza bag in this drawer to keep them together and so that a pair can be easily found).  Michael has one of his ears pierced too (in a flashy diamond way, not in a gold hoop in a working men's club fashion kind of way) so we keep his studs in here too, again in a little organza bag to keep them separate.
Bottom Drawer: Colourful earrings- anything except studs and little dangley earrings.
Jewellery Box 2
Top Drawer: Silver, pewter or black with silver earrings
Bottom Drawer: Gold, bronze or black with gold earrings.  I like to keep my gold and silver earrings separate then when I am getting ready its really easy to find pair to wear to match my outfit or other jewellery.

At the moment, I am just using these jewellery boxes to keep my costume jewellery in.  Real gold or silver jewellery or earrings like my Chanel crystal studs and Vivienne Westwood earrings, I prefer to keep in their own boxes that I bought them in.

It's Christmas Eve Eve today, so excited!  I'm getting quite a bit of costume jewellery for Christmas off Michael.  We were in Primark a few weeks ago getting his mum and dad some slippers as part of their Christmas box and I saw loads of gorgeous jewellery that would look fantastic with a lot of the outfits I've been wearing lately and of course, Michael being the fantastic fiance that he is, got me some for Christmas. Result!  Primark are fantastic for jewellery, especially for nights out and holidays as if it gets damaged, I don't mind so much.  They also copy a lot of the pieces you can find in more expensive high street shops like Top Shop and River Island.  I adore the jewellery in River Island but it is quite pricey.  Usually this doesn't bother me but the majority of pieces that I have bought from River Island have tarnished or broken after 1 or 2 wears which does bother me.  For that reason, I prefer to pick up most of my jewellery from cheaper shops like Primark, New Look and Matalan.  There hasn't really been any cult jewellery pieces that I have wanted for Christmas.  I've had my Pandora for about a year and half now and its almost filled with charms but I'm not really wanting to move onto anything else.  I know a lot of people have the Links of London bracelet and although they are gorgeous, I just cant justify the money on because I don't wear bracelets that often.  I think it is because I am on the computer a lot and hate the way bracelets get in the way of the keyboard on my laptop.  For that reason, I tend to stick to the gorgeous costume jewellery offerings on the high street and rarely buy fine jewellery.

I'm thinking of doing a jewellery collection and storage post once I have my big jewellery box.  Just the usual really, showing you some of my favourite pieces, how I store them, etc.  Please let me know in the comments box below if this is something you would be interested in.

Are you hoping for any jewellery off Santa this year?
How do you store your jewellery?
Do you know of any shops that sell gorgeous BIG mirrored jewellery boxes?

2 comments:

  1. Not sure how big they are, but I know M&S always have mirrored jewellery boxes :)

    I'm getting a lovely Tiffany bracelet and a Disney Couture ring for Christmas....that I know of! How about you?

    T x

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  2. @Tabitha Bluebell - Thank you honey. Im going to have a look in my local M&S tomorrow when I go with my dad. HOPEFULLY he may want to treat his only daughter. Thanks for the tip off! I didnt ask for any proper jewellery for Christmas, just for some costume jewellery from Primarni!xxx

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