Monique Chevalier by Bert Stern for Vogue April 1962

Pick me up…

To look at the positive; we’ve been lucky with the weather on this lock-down so far haven’t we? I’ve always appreciated our garden, which is currently not looking it’s best – but far better than it has been for the last six months due to some garden renovations/building – but never have I appreciated it, or felt as grateful as now to have some of our own outdoor space.

To be able to fling the back door open, hang washing out, even sit and read a book for a bit (possibly even, undisturbed) is blissful. But the quiet is… in Zone 3 of London something else. It’s generally just sirens that we can hear amongst the birdsong… until my darling offspring enter the swing ball arena and a challenge is laid down.

Like many friends I’ve spoken to… I’m not really feeling the shopping for clothes thing as such at the moment – happy to still have a look now and then, but as I don’t have work/meetings/events to go to currently, I feel reluctant to spare with cash as, well, the future for many of us, now more than any time is unknown.

To go to a supermarket is an event now… worthy I’ve found of making an effort. And by effort, I mean wearing rings (so much hand washing = sore hands even with hand cream), earrings other than just my little perma-hoops, and possibly even a clean t-shirt, as opposed to one selected from the floor-drobe. I know!

Having embraced WhatApp, Zoom etc, there are opportunities (or requirements maybe) for effort to be made as well – but just from the waist up if needs be.

As much as fashions may come and go, and because I’m a hoarder – given half the chance – I rarely part with earrings/jewellery. (I still have some brooches sentimentally hanging around from the 80’s/90’s, though not yet sure when they might come back to the fore…)

So perhaps you might be wearing a ‘whatever’ top – but some jazzy earrings could add oomph to your head-shot for weekly catch ups with friends about… staying home?
It’s time also maybe to have a rootle through your jewellery box and see what’s not been worn for a bit – anything goes right now, if your dangliest most sparkly earrings normally reserved for a festive do look perfect and feel great with your AC/DC t-shirt then that is what you must wear. No one can surely be judged for anything right now; we’re in survival mode.

As I’ll have mentioned before, earrings don’t have to break the bank, but can add a feeling of being updated, and add colour or interest to a great or ‘meh’ outfit. On the list of areas to tackle/tidy/sort and check through is definitely ‘my jewels’ so I can pair up earrings again/find missing backs/fix & access what needs mending etc…

If you’re in the mood for an earring update these are some absolute peaches out there… and that are all available online/for delivery.

These update the classic coin earring – which always cry out summer to me… I love the tiny pops of colour…
Hush Lea Hoop Earrings £28

Hush Lea Hoop Earrings £28

An alternative to the gold hoop.
MicaPeet Statement Triangle Stud Hoop Earrings £24

MicaPeet Statement Triangle Stud Hoop Earrings £24

Also from MicaPeet are these which would look great with numerous outfits/colours from navy, khaki, creams to browns – you name it.
MicaPeet Minimal Terrazzo Circle Hoops £18

MicaPeet Minimal Terrazzo Circle Hoops £18

These are ridiculously pretty…
& Other Stories Rhinestone Hanging Earrings £23

& Other Stories Rhinestone Hanging Earrings £23

Asymmetric pastel stones & beads… stunning… which look like something to be worn, well, whenever, but also to a wedding, if EVER, you know…
& Other Stories Flower Pendant Earring £35

& Other Stories Flower Pendant Earring £35

Long term lovelies to keep for years and years, love the detail of how the beads are attached.
Hush Amazonite Earrings £90

Hush Amazonite Earrings £90

Something totally different – but with a bit of a boho feel?
VickyBeeHandmade Geniune Leather Earrings £9.75

VickyBeeHandmade Geniune Leather Earrings £9.75

Finally, these would be the perfect holiday earrings – sitting by the pool after a hard days work lying down ready to go out for dinner… but OH, we’re not going, we’re staying home for cocktail hour… oh well… these will still do nicely. Faintly bonkers, totally brilliant
H&M Lemon-shaped earrings £9.99

H&M Lemon-shaped earrings £9.99

Stay strong… as strong as your cocktails needed to get through this.

What are your pick-me-up go to’s currently, I’d love to know, do leave a comment in the box below.

xx

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