Monday, September 8, 2014

One Necklace, Six Faces

instagram shopping, little april showers jewellery, jewelry, hot air balloon necklace, tim burton black bunny earrings, quirky accessories
instagram shopping, little april showers jewellery, jewelry, hot air balloon necklace, qirky accessories
instagram shopping, little april showers jewellery, jewelry, hot air balloon necklace, quirky accessories
instagram shopping, little april showers jewellery, jewelry, hot air balloon necklace, quirky accessories
instagram shopping, little april showers jewellery, jewelry, hot air balloon necklace, quirky accessories
instagram shopping, little april showers jewellery, jewelry
I hold the slightly unpopular belief that the UK is home to some of the best fashion inspiration and trends around the world. French and American style have their glory days, but British fashion is the unsung hero of the fashion industry. One of the many reasons I know this to be true is one of my favorite handmade jewelry shops, Little April Showers Jewellery, which is based in the UK and has the type of quirky jewelry you'd see in Fashion Week street style photos. I am most definitely not at New York Fashion Week right now, but I might as well be with this hot air balloon necklace. I've had my eye on this little piece of art since April, the creator of Little April Showers Jewellery, featured it in an Instagram giveaway in April. I have a very obvious addiction to Instagram shopping so it's no surprise that even though I fell in love with the hot air balloon necklace when I actually placed my order there were 8 items on my list (one of which is a pair of oversized black bunny earrings that remind me remotely of Tim Burton, which you can see in the topmost pictures above).

In the four months I had between the time I first laid eyes on an LASJ hot air balloon necklace and the day it arrived in my mailbox I'd thought of at least 10 different ways I'd wear it, but once I saw a picture of April styling it herself with a black collared shirt I was pretty dead set on pairing it with every single collared shirt I owned. That is, until I realized I had a ton of collared shirts. There just isn't enough daylight in 24 hours for me to photograph me wearing it in all of my different blouses so I decided on 3 of my favorites and spared you the pictures of my wearing it with a plain white tee which is how I've worn it almost half a dozen different times in the past two weeks. Even with a plain t-shirt this little hand illustrated hot air balloon makes me feel happy and princess-y (which is the more girly version of quirky, I guess) and that feeling triples when I pair it with a clashing patterned top or pastel pearl studded Peter Pan collar. I usually try to keep it cute and "professional" when I'm doing a photoshoot, but in the spirit of the quirkiness of Little April Showers Jewellery and their hot air balloon necklace I chose the 6 funniest and/or most care free faces I made from over 100 photos of silly poses. Never take life too seriously!

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