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Hello, my name is Helen and I hope this blog will share my passion for bright, beautiful beaded jewellery with you. Why not drop by my website and see my latest luscious lariat creations...

Tuesday, 28 September 2010


It's sometimes amazing what you come across in the least expected places...I'm going shortly to be offering "personalised" lariats - you can request a particular message to be engraved on a beautiful lariat bead to offer a personal touch to someone special...And in the quest to offer this service, my search began for an engraver! Having "googled" engravers and amazingly found someone local (5 minutes away). Within 10 minutes of making my initial 'phone call I was at Dean's house, talking through what I had in mind, seeing his samples and agreeing how we were to proceed!...I was struck by his helpfulness as well as his ideas and what he practically could achieve for me - in a word - ANYTHING! If you want to see what he can do - his website is http://www.EngraveFast.co.uk. And if you want to ring him it's 01372 459805. He'll be happy to help!

Tuesday, 21 September 2010


Here are another 3 key trends to be aware of if you want to be "au courant"! (See previous post, 21 September for first 3!)

4. PVC - a big feature on the Givenchy catwalk this season, with both black and colours set to be massive. Limit it to just one key item. Be bold in boots for a Sixties touch, go Eighties in a bright padded jacket, or dare to bare your pins in PVC leggings and a long woolly sweater or white shirt.
5. SEQUINS – on accessories, also they’ll be seen on skirts, dresses, oversized gilets and more...
6. BACK TO SCHOOL - knee-high socks, crest-embroidered blazers, pleated skirts and argyle sweaters are ALL on display. To avoid looking like you're on your way to 6th period maths, don't wear ballet pumps or trainers with the preppy look: break it up with heels or biker boots.

Friday, 10 September 2010


There are 10 key trends this season to looking "current" and up-to-date...Here's a few! (More to follow!)
1. PURPLE bags, belts, shoes and dresses are everywhere this autumn. It's just what you need to brighten up grey and black winter staples, and it comes in every shade from lilac to mauve and from aubergine to plum. Of course you'll need matching accessories - how about this lovely, sparkly, purple lariat in gorgeous, foil lavenders and rondell crystals together with stunning gun metal hematite...double click for clearer picture?
2. CHECKS are making a huge comeback, and this autumn's key trend is Scottish tartan (it was all over at the D&G catwalk shows). From tartan coats to scarves, skirts to bags, there's no escaping it this season.
3. FUR, after making a minor impact last winter, fur is back on the scene big time this year. Authentic or synthetic fur boots, bags and clothing are going to be huge. The key piece is the gilet. Use sparingly if you don't want to look like a poacher. Combine fur with plain, dark colours: team a sleeveless gilet with flared jeans or cords.