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Wednesday, 17 May 2017

DID SOMEONE SAY CHANEL?


Hey gorgeous girls and guys, and welcome back.
Let's cut to the chase. When I saw this outfit in Zara, I thought I'd died and gone to heaven. Or should I say, tripped and stumbled into Chanel. Despite it's dire customer service, and often regrettably poor quality, the effortless way Zara picks up on recent catwalk trends and brings them to the high street in ultra wearable ways, is what keeps me coming back to the over crowded, badly lit rooms, queuing for what seems like hours and walking out with that grey paper carrier bag of gold time... and time... and time again. I'd actually just done a Zara haul video on my channel the week before, spent an obscene amount of money and was only visiting the store to make some returns, when I saw this on a mannequin. I swear my heart almost stopped! For goodness sake, I was supposed to be coming here to save some wardrobe space and make my purse a little heaver again, not the other way around! But how could I walk away and let that go? And at only £56 for the whole outfit, it didn't exactly break the bank...


I spent weeks and weeks earlier on this year, searching for the perfect (non-tacky) Chanel dupes for my Chanel Haute Couture SS17 Inspired Lookbook and it was seriously hard work. Probably because I did it far too early- the high street brands hadn't had time to catch on yet, but I wanted to do the video early enough to still be relevant. This would have been the dream duo to feature in the video. To me, this is instantly recognisable as a Chanel inspired piece. The delicate, feminine tweed in nude tones is a classic staple look, but the subtle gold metallic running through and of course the feather detail on the pockets, is such a nod to the SS17 collection. Obviously, haute couture isn't exactly wearable for the every day girl, so I just love how Zara has created something so simple and wearable, that totally captures the essence and glamour of the Paris catwalk. And much lighter on your bank account. Now let's talk accessories...


First of all, I have my beautiful Pandora princess ring. My boyfriend recently bought this for me because of course, I'm his princess, and if I can't wear a tiara on my head every day I should wear one on my finger. We all need a bit of sap in our lives, ok people? I absolutely adore it; the shiny rose gold, the intricate design, it's just so so pretty. Then to match, I'm wearing one of my new favourite watches, which is the rose gold La Vedette by Cluse. I'm so here and there with watches, sometimes I love something big, shiny and statement, but other time I much prefer something really minimal and elegant. I love how petite and delicate the watch is, yet it still makes it's statement with the metallic strap. So cute and the perfect watch to go with this outfit. Then finally, this fun rose gold clutch that I picked up from Accessorise on the same day I shot these pictures, as I didn't already own anything that would compliment. Apart from the Chloe which looks amazing with this outfit (doesn't it look amazing with everything?), but she featured in the last post so I wanted t mix it up a bit! I shot this outfit pretty last minute and didn't have a lot of time to find a bag. Accessorize was my first stop, and a successful one, reinforcing my thoughts of them as a total go-to, one stop shop for accessories. 


On my feet are these pretty little block heels court shoes by Dune. I picked these up back in December, but amazingly they are still in stock, presumably because they sell really well. And I can see why! They've already taken me through multiple occasions and have become somewhat of a go to, whether it's for an evening occasion where I'm wearing something kinda fancy but don't want to go overboard with super heels, or even if I just want to slightly glam up a casual every day look. And they are so comfortable- they feel more like wearing flats than heels, yet you still get that 'lift'. How wonderful is it for us tall girls and girls that like to wear a heel on a day to day basis, that these shoes are in? I feel like a few years ago this style of shoe was only worn by teachers and bank workers, and not the cool ones. I wouldn't have worn them if you paid me! Isn't it funny how fashion comes around. Now I'm rejoicing that I can wear a two-inch heel and still be stylish! I'd really recommend adding a pair of these to your shoe collection, and even better, they are currently half price! 

P.s. I just proof read my post, and thought I was so convincing on the shoes, I've even convinced myself and just ordered another pair in nude! 


I hope you enjoyed reading! Please do let me know in the comments if you've seen anything you think I must have! You can shop all the accessories in the post below, except the top and skirt, which you can find here & here

Lots of love,
Freds 
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Friday, 5 May 2017

THE FRILL HEM SAGA CONTINUES


The frill hem saga continues. 

You know me, when I find a trend I like, I adopt it and clutch onto it like a long lost child. Little did I know, when I ordered these particular trousers, (which I initially thought I would return from lack of confidence to wear them), that they would be the key piece of my Spring wardrobe, and totally evolve and expand my style! If you guys read my last blog post, you'll already know about my love for the frilled hem trousers, but even though I wrote about my white ones first, it was actually this gorgeous grey pair that inspired and started the whole obsession...


I freakingggg love this outfit. This has been one of my every day looks for the past month or so. The trousers are actually a perfect Winter to Spring transitional piece, looking equally as stylish paired with either a cami top for the warmer days, or a high neck, tight fitting knit, depending on our ever-temperamental English weather. I feel like I can't go on too much about the trousers, as I wrote so much about them in my last post! But they are just the perfect blend of a current trend, and my own simple, feminine style. As a fashion blogger, (how I do enjoy calling myself that these days), and actually just somebody passionate about fashion and style, I do think it's important to keep up to date with current trends, but not compromising your own personal style. Finding the balance is key! I don't believe in chasing after trends, purely for the fact they are currently cool, but equally one mustn't be too set in their own ways and reject new trends, as that's when you're style will become dated. In short, I try and let my style evolve and expand and go where the fashion wind takes me, but you will never see me in sliders!


Anyway, back to the point- the outfit! The trousers have such a gorgeous, tailored feel cut, and sit at a super flattering and convenient place on the hips, meaning they look great with tops tucked in or flowing out. I also love the beautiful, neutral lilac-y grey colour. I think it makes them a lot easier to wear and a good way to 'break into' them than if they were say, a bright pink (which I also have in my wardrobe by the way, but you know, I'm a frill hem connoisseur now.) I've found that trousers are actually a pretty convenient thing to wear; they keep you fairly warm and you don't need to worry about having smooth, tanned legs... however I've always found them a little bit too masculine and 'office-y' for my taste. But the frill hem on these trousers just give them that gorgeous, cute, feminine flair that totally diminishes those connotations. 

I'll be totally honest with you! I had to push myself to wear these. I'm never been a particularly bold kind of dresser, but it was one of my new years resolutions to be braver and more confident when it comes to fashion and step outside of my comfort zone. And after a few outings, these feel totally natural and actually pretty tame, and have become a staple piece in my Spring wardrobe, inspiring the purchase of a white pair and also a pink pair of course! 


The top I paired with the bottoms, is this really pretty, super simple off-shoulder cami. I wanted something really minimal, that would compliment and add to the feminine, chic look  the trousers demand. I absolutely love the juxtaposition between the free, flowing style of the top, and the more structured, statement style of the trousers, I think it works so well and gives the outfit dimension. 

To accessorise, I've added these adorable retro Miu Miu sunglasses, which I think are ridiculously cool and so much fun to wear, adding a cute, vintage vibe to the outfit. And of course, my beloved Chloé Drew bag. I think this is actually the first time I've shown this on my blog, which is unbelievable as it has practically become an extension of my body since I got it a few months ago. It really has been my dream bag for about two years, and I still get butterflies every time I see it and remember it's mine! Ok, so we all know this bag is expensive, especially for a small shoulder bag. I was so lucky that My Theresa, an amazing online designer retailer, offered me a gift voucher that partially paid for it, but honestly, I was literally on the brink of buying it, and the only thing holding me back was that I had just bought my Louis Vuitton. I'm not the girl that constantly splurges a lot of money like that, but I was so torn between the two bags when I decided to treat myself, and I decided to go for the LV because it was more of an 'everyday' bag as it's nice and spacious, and also the Louis Vuitton Neverfull is a good investment piece as it's a classic style that really retains it's value. Having said that however, I've used my Drew just as much as my Neverfull! And it's actually so refreshing to carry a small bag. When you have a large bag, you fill it. You fill it with nonsense items you don't really need just because you can, and you end up taking out a heavy bag that can actually spoil your day. The Chloe fits in everything that's totally necessary; wallet (mine is a relatively large purse), phone (I have the 7plus), tangle teezer (great brush for taking out on the go), and a small makeup bag for the essentials (lipliner, lipstick, concealer, beauty blender, mirror). And it's incredible how much more pleasant your day can be without a horrid heavy handbag bringing you down and giving you backache! So it surprisingly gets all the points for practicality. Not to even mention it's major style points. It literally goes with everything, and makes every outfit look ten times better. I'm serious! I could be wearing a plain old pair of jeans and a white tee, but sling the Drew over my shoulder and look chic! It's honestly such an incredible bag, and I know at this point if anything happened to it, I would definitely put the money in and buy another. In fact, I'm even tempted to buy it in another colour, but I think that may be going a bit far! Anyway, I hope you love it as much as I do, because I have a feeling you're going to be seeing a lot of it on the blog from now until forever!


And finally, the shoooooooes. I've always said I'm not a shoe person, but I think I'm lying to myself more than anyone else. I picked up these fabulous peep-toe sandals by Miss KG at Kurt Geiger, and they have already been worn more than half the shoes in my wardrobe! They add such a fun, youthful sass to every outfit! I LOVE the sexy ankle strap, and the block heel. I know some people have mixed feelings about block heels, but I think it's all down to personal taste, as even though in general I'm always drawn to daintier styles, I much prefer these to say, a stiletto heel. I think they are much younger and much more fun! The colour is so versatile, especially for Spring, and they are the perfect day to night shoe, looking just as fabulous under a pair on pale, cuffed jeans, as they do accompanying a pretty little evening occasion dress. And the heel height is just spot on. You guys know I'm not so into high heels, mainly because I'm fairly tall and I feel uncomfortable totally towing over people, but also, who on earth can bare to walk or even stand for a long period of time in high heels?! But on the contrary, I just love the lifted feeling you get wearing heels. Your legs look longer and lovelier, your posture immediately looks better, and I always find myself walking with my head held higher and with a little flounce in my step, and I love that feeling. So these shoes are the perfect compromise. I've actually spent full days out in London walking around in these, and I would be lying if I said they didn't hurt me at all, but that was mainly just the shoe cutting into my feet rather than actually foot-ache, so if you armour up with plasters beforehand you'll be totally good to go. These were such a great find, and I've already got so much wear out of them and really made the purchase worth it. I already know these will be my most worn shoes this Spring/Summer!


So that wraps up this outfit post! I hope you're enjoying these posts, as I'm trying to put them up more regularly and share more of my favourite outfits with you. Please let me know in the comments section if there's anything else you'd like to see up here on my blog. I've been so buried deep in my youtube channel for the past year, it's so nice to have another platform to be creative on. Fashion is harder to do on Youtube, (you wouldn't make a video on one outfit like you can a blog post), and I'm in love with writing, so I'm really enjoying this a lot, and I'd really appreciate your suggestions. As always, you can shop the post below, and please do let me know if you bought anything you saw me wear, as when I read those comments/tweets, it honestly makes me so, so happy- it makes everything seem worth it knowing I inspired someone.

Lots of love,
Freds
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Thursday, 20 April 2017

THE SHOES & BAG THAT FELL FROM HEAVEN


Hey gorgeous ones, welcome back. I posted a picture of this outfit on Instagram and after so many comments, thought how could I possibly not post this on my blog! This is probably my most "aesthetic" outfit so far. Which reminds me- when on earth and why did people start using "aesthetic" as an adjective?! Fyi, that's the first time I've ever done so haha! Anyway, on to my sassy floral ballerina look... (I challenge you to come up with a better description! One rule- do not use "aesthetic")...


Where to even begin? Let's start with the trousers. My new obsession, which you're going to realise in my next few posts, is frill hem trousers, or any sort of cool, sassy trousers for that matter. There was a time in life when I would have been completely mortified by even the thought of wearing these sort of trousers, but I've come to a realisation. I will never be as young, or free, or as able to pull off crazy and outgoing outfits as I am right now. So I'm not going to waste my time being boring! True, some of the outfits I wear may well make me cringe later on in life, but no doubt some of the things I'll be wearing then would make me cringe now! That's the fun of fashion! And let's not pretend I'm some super fashion forward risk taker all of the time, because I am well aware that I'm not. But somehow, when Spring rolls around and the air is warmer and the days are longer, I start to feel like a newer, fresher, freer and more confident me. Maybe it's the vitamin D the grey English clouds withhold from us all Winter long that makes me feel so confident and fabulous. Or maybe it's the fact I don't have worry about staying above a 2 on the 0-10 'how cold am I' scale (0 being hypothermia, 10 being moderately warm- I draw the line very low down) and of course the fabulous Spring styles that pop up all over the high street, that gives me my much longed for fashion freedom.

 Anyway, what a ramble! The point is, this outfit is pretty much my life right now. I'm trying to push out of my comfort zone little by little, and in turn widen it. It's amazing how slowly 'breaking in' a certain look that once may have made you uncomfortable can really add to and evolve your style. I love to blend current trends with my own personal style, and I love to stand out without looking overly outrageous and remaining classic. And these trousers just tick all of the boxes. These beauties are from Zara, which I must say has been giving me total life so far this season. In the last month, I cannot walk out of there empty handed, and I have had to seriously hold back! They are killing it right now, and despite the hideous customer service and on the whole infuriating shopping experience that always makes me vow to never walk through the doors again, I am repeatedly drawn back in to bring home those styles that bridge the gap between high end and high street so beautifully well.


The whole look is so feminine and sophisticated. The trousers have a tailored look which gives a really elegant and polished feel, but the sexy satin cami (which is from last Summer by the way, but I'll link some similar alternatives below) brings it down to a more casual level. And isn't it fabulous how a detail as simple as a frill hem on the trousers, can instantly make the entire look completely current and totally on trend? If they just ended on a straight hem, they would not have the same effect at all. They make me feel like the actual princess of chic. That is a valid thing to feel by the way. Promise. 

And how perfect that the trousers are cropped? Drawing all the more attention to the absolute #shoegoals that are gracing my feet...


Bless you Aldo. Bless you for creating my DREAM SHOE. That's it- erase anything you had in your mind about me declaring any other pair of shoes my favourite, because these have stolen the title. Never have I ever owned a pair of shoes I love more (obviously I did not just take a sip... of the hot water and lemon infront of me). But for real, where have these shoes been my whole life! Believe me,  I have tried to find the perfect pair of ballerina shoes, but all the ones I've seen have been sort of gimmicky, and don't even get me started on the ribbons actually staying up on the ankle. But Aldo have actually done it. They have created the ultimate wearable, chic ballerina shoe. Everything about it is perfect. The soft, delicate pink suede, the classically feminine round toe, and the comfortable yet still elongating low-block heel. And I don't even have the words for the ribbons. There is literally nothing I would change about this shoe. They are so comfortable to walk around in, and the ribbons actually stay put up on the ankle, which believe me is a rare quality in this kind of shoe. Plus, the ribbons are actually removable, so you essentially get two pairs of shoes in one. The pump is very Chloe-esque, and in my opinion these do not look like they came from the high street. Perfectly feminine, sophisticated yet fun, and extremely flattering as well. I could go on and on and on. These shoes are simply beautiful, and have totally stolen my heart- exactly what the perfect pair of shoes should do to a girl.



Which brings me to the bag. I'm not sure I even have the words. I saw this in the shop window of Aldo and literally stopped in my tracks! I've never seen anything like it! Sadly I cannot seem to find this on the website, but I've seen it in three different Aldo's so I'm pretty sure you'll be able to find it in store. This is the kind of bag that get's my heart racing. I love a nude structured tote that will go with everything, and I love the gold chain. But the flowers. The stunning appliqué flowers STOLE my heart! The whole three dimensional appliqué style seems to be such a trend now and I find it so exciting. The organised chaos of the nude, pink and white flowers with gold studs and occasional diamanté is absolute perfection. Colour palette goals. This is such a statement and eye catching accessory, sparkling up the simplest of outfits. It is so unique and therefore looks more like a higher end piece, and at £55 I think it's an absolute steal. One of those high street gems that you just have to stand back and applaud (internally). Believe me, everyone will want to know where you got this bag; and believe me again, it will crush you a little bit to tell them how easily they can also get their hands on it... a bit like how I feel telling you now. Juuuuuust kidding! Or am I...


And then finally we have the sunglasses. If you know me well you'll know I have a small obsession with Aldo sunglasses, and the moment I saw these I knew they had to be mine! I love everything about these- the sexy cat eye silhouette, the delicate rose gold frame with laser cut detail, and of course the pink iridescent lenses. Look at that reflection! I wish I could wear pink iridescent contact lenses and always look at the world with a pretty pink filter. These sunglasses are so statement and chic, and so so girly, fun and glamorous. I already know I'm going to wear these SO much during Spring and Summer.

I hope you enjoyed the post. Because I always want to be honest and transparent with you, I want to let you know that Aldo sponsored me for two Instagram posts, where I featured all of these products. But I loved them SO much that I just had to write a blog post! So this post isn't sponsored at all and I had no obligation to write it, I just felt that the shoes, bag and sunglasses were so beautiful they deserved so much more than two pictures, so I felt completely compelled to write this! Just wanted to let you know incase you were suspicious as to why this post was so Aldo heavy! Nevertheless, I hope you loved the outfit as much as me! As always, let me know if there's anything you've seen in store or online lately you think I would love!

Lots of love,
Freds
x


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Wednesday, 5 April 2017

SPRING STYLE DIARY


Hellooooo my lovelies, and welcome back to Freddy My Love, the fair-weather fashion blog :') and that is officially what I've decided it is. I've realised reading and writing about beauty products totally bores me! I love using them of course, and watching them in action on Youtube and Instagram, but they don't inspire me anywhere near as much as the perfect outfit. I'm sure there will be a beauty post on here occasionally, but first and foremost I want to focus on documenting my personal style. And now Spring has almost sprung (I feel like we're still in the Spring-ing process currently), my inspiration is flying off the handle. Finally, every where I turn, every rail I see (I totally sung that in my head Moana style) is filled with white and pastel hues. Finally, we are moving out from under that dark cloud I call Winter. Those six months of the year where the amount of black and lack of pink just depresses me. The six months of the year where my style is suppressed! Of course I still always make the best of it, (this usually entails risking hypothermia everytime I walk out of the door due to lack of warm layers), but it is soooo much easier and more fun when there is so much more choice and my preference of colour and style is actually weather appropriate. Sadly, it's also the time of year I pretty much lose all sense of self control; my love for Spring hues and lace details heavily outweigh my powers of restraint. Anyway, I wanted to share with you my favourite new Spring additions to my wardrobe, and of course by now you'll have noticed the beauty that is my coat...


I bought this coat at the end of January, so deffo pre-Spring, but it did serve me pretty well as a Winter coat. It's not the warmest, but you know me- never one to let a silly thing like warmth hold me back! But it certainly seems more suitable as a Spring coat- bearing in mind our Spring here in England is still pur-etty chilly. I picked this darlingggg trench coat up in Abercrombie & Fitch, after lots of comments from my Youtube viewers. I did a fabulous video with my ten year old sister, where we chose an outfit for each other. I bought her the absolute cutest pink mac from Abercrombie Kids, and commented on how I was yet to find the perfect one for myself. I had lots of comments telling me I could find one similar to Coco's on adult A&F! So naturally I went straight there! I love Abercrombie, but I must admit I would never have thought to look there for a coat like this. But I fell in love instantly, and bought it just in time for my trip to Paris. I'm not exaggerating when I say I'd rather not go to Paris, than go to Paris dressed badly. Okay, maybe a slight exaggeration. But it is super important to me to always feel my best and chic-est (new word; I'm thinking I need a Freddy dictionary section to this blog as I make up so many words) at the best of times, let alone when in Paris! But this coat made me feel absolutely perfect, and it does every time I wear it.  Do you want to know my new motto? Life is too short to wear black. And do you know what is really a fabulous feeling? Walking down a busy street wearing a pink coat in a sea of black. 


Now, if you watch me on my youtube channel, you'll know all about this bag. I treated myself to this just before Christmas. After a year of hard work and a few pretty good achievements, I decided to buy myself my first "grown up" present. This was pretty much the first time I've splurged so much on one single thing (apart from my car!) but it was so so worth it. I've wanted a Louis Vuitton forever; it was the first designer I ever really took notice of as a young teenager and developed serious heart eyes for. So buying this was a pretty big deal to me and a bit of a dream come true! I'd known for a while this was the style of bag I wanted to get; something that would be an every day bag, and be convenient as well as gorgeous. The Neverfull in the MM (medium) size was perfect, especially when I saw they now make it with Rose Ballerine interior. This really was the perfect bag; I'm in love with the classic and iconic Damier Ebene canvas, and the baby pink interior gives it the ultimate Freddy flair! It's  been such a great every day bag and really lives up to its name- you can carry so much inside it. The straps are the perfect length for carrying it both over the shoulder, and in the crook of your arm, and the canvas material is almost invincible, so it's pretty much guaranteed to stay in fantastic condition for a really long time. I couldn't be happier with this beautiful bag, I'm so in love with it and I still get a thrill every time I pick it up! I would absolutely buy it all over again, which is actually quite worrying as, like everyone said I would, I feel like I've caught the Louis Vuitton bug...


Okay, so now for accessories, and I'm quite relieved to finally talk about them in detail as I've been getting so many questions lately about my signature jewellery pieces. First, this beautiful pink crystal ring from Pandora. I got this at the end of January, and I'm not exaggerating when I say I've worn it every day since, and I'm not particularly a ring person! I adore the simplicity and elegance of this ring. It's so dainty and sweet, and although it's very understated, I still feel like it stands out. The delicate pink crystal is almost iridescent and it's just so blooming pretty. And then of course, the necklace. The necklace. The piece of jewellery I had coveted for months and months, and after the sometimes perhaps not so subtle dropping of occasional hints, my wonderful boyfriend bought it for me for Christmas. I got my first Tiffany necklace for my 18th birthday, and again, pretty much wore it every day. I'm sure you'll all have seen my Return to Tiffany mini double heart pendant, with the pink enamel. But after four years, I was totally ready for a change, and my teenage fantasy was always wearing a big Tiffany pendant from my loved one. And like the bag, I still get a thrill every day I put this on. The classic and instantly recognisable Return to Tiffany tag is the love of my life, and with the added touch of rose gold in the key, it just pushes it past perfection! Again, it's so simple and elegant, and looks perfect with everything I wear. Oh I could go on and on all day about how much I love this! And with the sweet message engraved at the back, it means so much to me sentimentally as well. 


OH THE BOOTS. These boots have been my everything for the past few months. I can't tell you how long I spent searching and scouring for the perfect pair of pale grey over the knee boots, that would actually fit my legs properly and stay slim. This search turned out to be a lot harder than I expected, with the majority of boots either not being that gorgeous shade of grey I was obsessed with, or mostly just sitting really baggily and ugly on my leg! I tried on so many pairs, and one day (the week before THE Paris trip), I ordered 7 pairs of boots online at once! And these ASOS beauties were the only ones that fit the bill. The only others I've seen that looked perfect, are the Stuart Weitzman boots, but at a super hefty price tag they were not ideal. These boots cost an absolute fraction of the Weitzman's, and although I couldn't say they were just as nice, I'd say they were actually pretty close and definitely the closest I could get on the high street, and without spending hundreds of pounds. They are the perfect shade of grey, and over the knee boots have just become on of my style staples. They utterly transform an outfit, instantly making the simplest of outfit look fabulously on trend and chic. They are the ultimate Winter to Spring transition piece, and definitely a key item to add to your wardrobe for the next few months. These actually have a gold detail heel, which I wasn't keen on at first but they've actually really grown on me, and now I love how they have something a little different and statement about them. The heel height is also great, (yes, I'm realising as I'm writing this how I really didn't capture the best picture of the boots!) as they are high enough to still feel elevated and sophisticated, but not too high so I feel too tall or can't walk comfortably. And in terms of comfort, I rate them pretty highly, although I wouldn't recommend going for a hike!


So let's remove the coat, (hold the tears), and see what's underneath. I've been looking for a gorgeous every day grey skirt for a while now, and the struggle is real. Well, when you're a big old fusspot like me, that is! And I've come very close with this E.F.L.A peplum hem skirt. My checklist for the perfect everyday skirt; high waisted, structured and feminine. Check, check, check! Admittedly for the femininity, I would almost always rather a skater style skirt, but I really couldn't find a decent quality one. Although I thought the peplum hem totally checked the feminine box, and the structured style is very chic. Smart casual, as you know I love, and just a really cute, classy skirt that gives an outfit a very polished feel. And the top I've paired this with, is this beautiful white lace blouse, with the gorgeous bell sleeve detail, which I must say, is my number one favourite Spring trend. If something has bell sleeves, it's appeal is instantly increased! This blouse is so simple and pretty, and just embodies Spring! It's so easy to wear, and looks so cute even with just a pair of pale or coloured jeans, or tucked into a skirt like I'm wearing it. 


That's it from me for now! Hope you enjoyed the outfit post and as always you can shop the post directly below! I love sharing my style with you and now Spring is here and the clothes are better, and shooting outside isn't so painful, there will be many more to come!

Lots of love,

Freds
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Thursday, 16 March 2017

THE HEART OF PANDORA



Welcome back everyone! I thought I'd title this post with a little pun... Hearts Of Pandora is the name of one of my favourite Pandora jewellery pieces, and one of my favourite necklaces that I own. Delicate and elegant, feminine and glamorous. I have always been a loyal lover of the brand, my charm bracelet never leaving my wrist. Last year I had the privilege of travelling to Thailand, to visit the Pandora factory in Gemopolis, Bangkok. This place was the real life heart of Pandora, and I wanted to write this blog post to explain why, and why this trip made me love my Pandora jewellery so much more than I did before.


So first, a bit of background. Pandora is the number one jewellery brand in the UK, creating 100 million pieces of jewellery every year. It sounds like a total machine. When I was invited to visit the factory, I was pretty confused, as I pictured huge mechanical apparatus, churning and spitting out rings and charms by the minute, and I thought, why would they want to take me to see that?! I could never have imagined how intricate, and personal, the jewellery making process actually is. Every single piece, is hand-finished by expertly skilled craftspeople. And when I say highly skilled, I mean it. To reach the approved level of skill, training can take up to a year. I actually tried my hand at creating one of the signature Murano glass charms, and even with the lovely lady's hands guiding me, it was a total fail! It is utterly unbelievable how intricate and complex the tasks are that these incredible people complete hundreds of times a day. There are so many stages involved in creating a piece of jewellery- in fact each piece passes through thirty pairs of hands before it's finished. I wish I could list all of the individual stages, but there are so many I can't remember! You honestly wouldn't believe it. I have never been so fascinated. 


Aside from the incredible craftsmanship, I was so warmed to see how well Pandora looks after their employees. Jewellery factories in Bangkok have received some pretty negative press recently, and Pandora wanted to show us how differently they work. The typical working week in Thailand is 6 days, but just like the London office, the factory is closed at the weekend, and everybody finishes early on Fridays. The perks include healthcare, insurance, free travel to and from work, pensions, free meals, maternity/paternity leave, educational classes and workshops, and even the occasional fun trip to a theme park! All of which are rare and often unheard of in similar workplaces. And they do this for all of their 12,000 employees. The employee turnover rate is incredibly low (is it any wonder?) and in fact, the first factory employee still works there 20 years later! The job is so sought after, that when Pandora announced (by word of mouth only) the opening of their new factory in Chiang Mai, ten thousand people queued all day outside the facility to be interviewed. And every single person was seen.

The atmosphere in the factory was incredibly calm and relaxed; not what I expected at all. In a lot of companies, employees are paid per piece of product they produce, so there is an urgency and a panic to create as much as possible. Pandora's employees receive a fixed salary, to ensure each piece is perfectly crafted and not rushed, and to maintain a pleasant, relaxed working environment. 






On top of all of this, the high quality sterling silver and 14ct gold, is almost all recycled, and all the gemstones and pearls are conflict free, ethically sourced from suppliers approved by the Responsible Jewellery Council. When it comes to sustainability, ethical  business practices, working conditions and environmental impact, Pandora is leading the game, and a real model to other companies.

I wanted to share this with you, as my experience gave me an entirely new love for my Pandora jewellery. It was a privilege and a truly heartwarming experience, to meet the ladies and gentlemen behind the rings, bracelets and necklaces I love so much, and it made me love and respect Pandora in a way I hadn't before.

I really hope you enjoyed this post. Let me know in the comments if you have any Pandora jewellery you love, and if this made you look at it in a different way.

Lots of love,

Freds
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