Get ready to up your above-the-waist-dressing game...
Over the past nine weeks, my working from home outfits have been on quite the journey. Most days, you'll find me sprawled across my sofa wearing pasta-stained pyjamas without an inch of makeup. But then, there'll come a stage in the week where I suddenly feel the urge to put on a full face of makeup and my fanciest dress. There is no in-between.
However, no matter which working from home aesthetic I chose that day, there is one consistent throughout my looks: my jewellery. The stacked necklaces, bracelets and hoops in my ears have remained in place even as the rest of my clothing has veered more to the casual side.
Much like the self-tan effect – where self-tan sales rise during an economic downturn as women seek out small, affordable pleasures – I've found myself reaching for modest pick-me-ups in the form of jolly accessories. Requiring minimum effort but providing maximum impact, something as simple as a pair of drop-pearl earrings is brightening up my Zoom calls (even if I am are wearing GAA shorts on my bottom half).
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While you probably have quite the collection of jewellery stapes already, it's always worth investing in new pieces. From NJO Designs huggie hoops to Chupi's coin pendants, there are certainly a few jewellery box favourites that make my WFH get-up 100% more joyful. Below, I've rounded up just some of my favourite independent Irish jewellery brands that will not only jazz up your jewellery box but could also do with your support right now.
From delicate fine jewellery to beautiful signet rings, NJO Designs specialise in easy-to-wear accessories, but at an attainable price point. Shop their collection on their newly launched website here.
Chupi is almost a household name in terms of Irish jewellery at the minute. And with her gorgeous array of wild and natural themed pieces, it's not hard to see why. Treat yourself and shop their stunning collection, here.
Gold, rose gold, and silver jewellery will always be staples in every collection but every once in a while, a more abstract piece is needed to add that certain something. Based in Carlingford, ThinkThreads hand makes earrings from broken and unwanted jewellery and clothing. So not only is it chic but it's sustainable too. Available via Etsy.
The New York Times cited MoMuse as one of five shops not to be missed in Dublin, and they're not wrong. Each piece of the hand-finished collection is classic and stylish, with a vibrant selection of semi-precious stones and gems adding a pop of colour. Soon as lockdown lifts, we highly recommend visiting their store because it truly is a gorgeous experience. But for now, shop their collection here.
Cosmic Boulevard creates pieces that are contemporary yet classic, simple yet statement-making. Judging by the name, I'm sure you've guessed already what a lot of their pieces are centred around. Think stars, marbled rings, enchanting chains and sparkles. Grab your crystals and get shopping, here.
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