Monday, 30 January 2017

SPOTLIGHT: Jewellery Collection (Part 6) - The Treasures...

Oh boy, this is almost embarrassing, but hey, a gal who's obsessed with coordinating her outfits needs lots and LOTS of choices, so here's the main collection I've amassed over the years, mostly from Lovisa & Colette sales. There's some Vinnies bargains as well, along with quite a few gifts from family and friends, and some items I've had for over 30 years. All up there are four cabinets of five drawers each (!), so here we go with the contents. WARNING: Picture heavy post!...

It all looks like a bit of a shimozzle, but truly I can find exactly what I want in a matter of seconds. As you can see there's so many different hues of red and orange, and then of course it depends if they're set in gold tone or silvery findings, so they're ALL essential lol. There's a few bracelets that I made by stringing beads together (back in the days when I had spare time), and even a couple of items I've yet to wear - what's important to me is to have a wide variety of styles and shade variations ...


Oddly enough I have two drawers of browns, beiges, creams, ambers and taupes - I don't wear them all that often in Summer (moreso in the cooler months), but I'm always drawn to them on the displays for some reason. Anyways, I probably don't need any more, well not at this stage ...


The emeralds and olives collections need a bit of work - like fashion, the availability of certain jewellery colours seems to be cyclic, so I just have to wait till the next phase, and then I'll flesh out this particular rainbow hue a bit more ...


The turquoises and pastel blues are also a bit thin on the ground, but I found a few baby blue pieces in Colette a few weekends back, so I'm hopeful that there'll be more available in the months ahead, and that this collection should look a bit healthier soon ...


Deeper blues are much easier to find, and of course lapis is my birthstone, so I have quite a good stash, mainly birthday pressies. However pinks & corals are problematic - very little to choose from in the stores I frequent, but I'm working on it ha ha. I had to wait 18 months to find the stretchy bracelets to match the hot pink necklace in the top left of the pic! Sigh...


Love purples - can never have enough of this hue, and one needs red-purples as well as blue-purples, right? The grey/silver and gold combos deserved their own drawer - I'm quite crazy about this pairing as I always thought that grey only went with silver, but I'm delighted that someone thought to put these two metals together...


The pearls and whites I tend to wear in warm seasons although pearls are so pretty and feminine at any time of the year. Almost all of these are faux, but they make them so well these days it's hard to tell the difference. Plain black is so very versatile and a great contrast with brightly coloured tops - it's my faithful standby if I can't find an exact match  for my outfit from the coloured drawers... 


So here we have black and silver, and black and gold. Can't decide which I'm drawn to more, so I'll just love them both...


And then there's the (almost) plain silver & gold pieces, also terrific standbys when all else fails.  I bought the silver indian head pendant (bottom left) for $15 from a street vendor on a business trip to New York back in 1994, and the dragon above it is a souvenir from my days of exploring ancient sites in the UK (Tintagel, Glastonbury, Avebury).  Jewellery holds so many memories ...


And finally, the watches, most of which you've seen in Part 4 of this series. I store my "jelly" watches (usually sourced from Aldi for $7) in a separate box as they don't lie flat, and therefore won't fit in the cabinets...

So there it is folks - holey guacemoley! Thankfully with the storage system I use, it's reasonably portable. The four cabinets are kinda spread around my room because of space restrictions, hence no single pic, and there are a few more pieces hanging on hooks or stands because they're either too bulky for the drawers, or strands that tangle easily, but I'll save them for another post ... 

Take care of you,
kats xxx

P.S. You'll find this post and lots of other interesting ones from other bloggers over at Ingrid's Monday Makeup Madness Link Up Party ...

18 comments:

  1. Wow Kats you certainly have a kaleidoscope of colours to choose from here! I've got mostly silver, gold & rose gold (costume) jewellery, plus a few blue & green pieces which I don't tend to wear that much. I forget to wear jewellery most of the time & when I do, it's minimal.

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    1. Lol Shell, methinks I might have too much - takes me a while each night to choose what I'm going to wear the next day, so I should probably go back to basics and save some time, but right now I'm having too much fun ♥♥♥

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  2. wow what a stunning collection! the golds are my absolute favorties !

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    1. Glad you like the gold items Claire - in my youth (prior to 50 that is ha ha) I only EVER wore silver because I didn't think that gold suited my skin. Thank goodness I changed my mind as there's so many pretty pieces around these days, and all for bargain prices xxx

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  3. You have such great taste, Kat! What a collection! xx

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    1. Aww Indie, you're so kind - I do have quite a variety of styles, and I do so love getting all decked out in retro pieces every now and then xxx

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  4. Holy moly. Such a beautiful collection. I'm actually jealous hehe xx

    Jasmine // sweetaholic-beauty.com

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    1. Thanks so much Jasmine - I seriously need to cull some of it, but I find it very difficult to part with anything (as you may have gathered) ♥♥♥

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  5. I LOVE seeing your collection! It's all so bright and organized Kats! Great job <3

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    1. Aww Tal, thank you sweetheart - with this much stuff, I have no choice BUT to be organised ha ha ♥x♥

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  6. Oh my GOD, what an impressive collection! They look so pretty colour sorted like that. I love a good Lovisa sale! xxx

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    1. Di, I reckon I'm taking the credit for whatever profit Lovisa makes this year lol! ♥♥♥

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  7. Wow, it's like you own your little jewelry store :) Must be fun to browse and hunt for treasures every morning!

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    1. Love your comment Magda, it's so true, so true - and yes it sure is fun poking around in the drawers, although I spend way too much time choosing. Talk about making life difficult for myself (but I wouldn't have it any other way ♥) xxx

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  8. What an amazing collection! Thanks to building it up over the years it almost looks more extensive than Lovisa's in-store collection! In the mornings when you get dressed do you just know exactly what jewellery you want to wear with it or does it take a while deciding?

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    1. Ha ha well said Ingrid - I sure keep them in business! I actually choose my gems the night before. I start by settling on a colour theme for my outfit, pick the clothing, and then spend 5 times longer putting together the matching jewellery lol. And then of course I take a photo for Instagram - the selection process actually helps me unwind from the stresses of the day (I call it therapy). I'd NEVER have time to do it all in the morning! I also choose my lipstick, eye shadow and blush, so everything is out and ready to go when I'm half asleep xxx

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  9. Stunning collection Kat, I love how ordered everything is!

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    1. Thanks Beth my dear - I have to admit I took these photos after I'd unpacked the cabinets and rearranged things a bit more neatly after they'd been flung around. Most of the stuff doesn't always look like tidy, only the watches lol xxx

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