The GEMA Jewellery sale has arrived!

Plug alert! Yep, I’m using DWP to tell you all about my own jewellery shop BUT since we’ve just hit sale season I think you’ll thank me for alerting you to the serious bargains now live on the website ;)

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From pretty pastel earrings (just £6!) to Saturday night-savvy statement necklaces and look-at-me bejewelled collars (all under £14.40!), you’ll be spoiled for choice in the GEMA Jewellery sale! Perfect for a little payday treat or a gift for someone special, now is the time to stock up on our SS14 styles as they won’t be around for long – we’re intent on getting rid of the lot to make room for AW14. *Psst.. scroll down to the bottom of this post for an exclusive peek at some of the pieces coming next season.*

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Left to right: Delilah, Was £18 Now £10.80; Octavia in Pink, Was £24 Now £14.40; Sardinia, Was £24 Now £14.40; Zaira, Was £24 Now £14.40.

But back to this season… a personal favourite of mine Delilah is a bold colour-pop piece and she’s just as at home poking out of a crisp white shirt collar as over a little black party dress. Oh and she’s been reduced from £18 to a purse-friendly £10.80. Then there’s Octavia in Pink. She’s a sturdy piece and guaranteed to get you noticed for your sartorial choices, which is probably why there’s only ONE left. We’ve taken a generous 40% off of her too so she could be yours for a tiny £14.40 but you’ll have to click quick. Alternatively Sardinia and Zaira are similar in style (but with a little more spike..!) and come in a gorgeous sapphire blue or chic black – guaranteed to update any outfit, any season.

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Left to right: Laila, Was £20 Now £12; Verona, Was £22 Now £13.20; Violetta, Was £24 Now £14.40; Oria (now sold out).

Looking for something on the subtle side? Laila is a classy dove grey and crystal piece, which can be worn high like a collar or made to hang lower like this. If a little more sparkle is what you need look no further than Verona or for something a bit more statement try Violetta or our Oria earrings.

There’s loads more where that came from, 22 other pieces in fact, so head over to www.GEMAJewellery.com now and have a gander. Let me know what you get!

And if you can’t wait for the AW14 drop (I’m beyond excited!!) here’s a glimpse at what’s coming soon..

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Wednesday Wishlist: Leather, lace and luxe perfect for payday

It’s payday, you’ve made it through the month, treat yourself. You know you want to. And with winter just around the corner (sorry, but let’s face it now, shall we?) it’s a great time to make your AW14 investments – I’m talking leather jackets, party season pieces and a fresh new make-up selection.

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SHOP: Stila at ASOS Cheek Duo, £16;  AllSaints Leather Jacket, £268; Anna Sui at ASOS Marble Effect Lipstick, £23 each; GEMA Jewellery Laila Necklace, Was £20 Now £12; Boden Organza Top, £99; eBay Butterfly Heels, £30.25.

I’m so excited about all of this week’s picks I don’t really know where to start! Should you feel the same I think a combination of all of them – a chic leather jacket that will see you through seasons to come, a 60s-inspired sophis lace top and matching grey statement necklace and a pair of Sophia Webster butterfly heel knock-offs (shhhh!) – make for a great start to AW14 dressing. Finish with a few bits from ASOS’ fab selection of make-up and you’re good to go. Happy shopping!

What are you putting your payday pennies towards this month?

The best red carpet dresses: 66th Emmy Awards

This year’s Emmys saw the rise of the tomato red ball gown (much nicer than it sounds) and a move away from the conventional (think cut-outs, midi-hems and colour-blocking).  A chic and minimalist look was however popular across the board with very little going on in the accessories department and simple fabrics and colours allowing the cuts and shapes do all the talking. I’ve been pouring over the snaps from the star-studded event all morning but I’ve whittled it down and here’s my favourites…

ALLISON WILLIAMS

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I’m completely obsessed with Hannah and the gang in Girls and my obsession has evolved to include the real life ladies. I’ve loved reading Zosia’s articles and Lena’s Instagram never fails to bring a smile to my face. But it’s Allison Williams I look to for sartorial stalking. She’s just gorgeous and dresses impeccable from casual daywear to red carpet dressing like at last night’s Emmys. Her gown, part of Giambattista Valli’s Spring 2014 Haute Couture collection is perfectly feminine and serene save for the Old Hollywood-esque black bow and the bright band of yellow at her waist, which I think really makes the dress. This is how to do young and fresh on the red carpet.

LIZZY CAPLAN

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She’ll always be Janis off of Mean Girls to me but I’ve really enjoyed watching Lizzy Caplan all grown up in Masters of Sex this year too. And her Donna Karan atelier backless black gown for this year’s Emmys has had me sifting through her back catalogue of style choices. I can report that while she has had some great moments, this sexy but strong black dress with chic halterneck and sexy cut–out details is her piece de resistance. Oh and that monochrome train? Gorgeous.

CAT DEELEY

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If Cat Deeley’s mission was to look like an upturned flower for her stint on the Emmys’ red carpet, well mission accomplished. In a good way. The dusky rose chiffon gown is beautifully delicate yet full and really flatters Cat’s slim frame. The low-cut neckline stops it from looking to frumpy (too much fabric can do that) and the tie at the waist creates definition while the cascading ombre skirt is princess-perfect. A simple gold clutch and a few bracelets really make this a timeless look I wish I had an event to wear it to.

ZOEEY DESCHANEL

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Zooey Deschanel can do very little wrong in my eyes. I love everything she’s been in film and TV-wise and I love love love She & Him. Her dress-sense is quite similar to mine too and that girl knows how to work a cute 60s-inspired shift dress. For the 66th Emmys however Zooey ditched her signature style in favour of this form-fitting column dress in Barbie pink and I couldn’t like it more. It’s great to see her showing off her figure and I love how she’s paired a grown-up strapless cut and fit with the in-your-face fun hot pink shade.

KIERNAN SHIPKA

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Recognise her? No? She’s the little girl from Mad Men! And she’s all grown up. I personally loved her style, even when she was a pre-teen as you can see in this post here, and grown up Kiernan is just as good if not better in the style stakes. I’m really pleased that Kiernan bought a street style-favourite, the midi-cut to the glitz and glam of the red carpet this season and the beautiful curved waist detail of her Antonio Berardi frock complements her shape perfectly. This is the one I’d wear if I were to attend the Emmys. Dream on, right.

SARAH HYLAND

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I’ve only watched to season 2 of Modern Family so Sarah Hyland looks very grown up to me! Aside from her obvious aging, you know, with time, her Emmy dress choice has certainly come on. Much like Kiernan, Sarah has boldly translated a very current style to the prestigious awards red carpet and she’s done it very well IMHO. The cut-out is just enough to give the effect of a two-piece, without seeming trashy or too revealing and the bold tomato hue (wait for it, there’s more where this shade came from) teamed with a subtle cream is smart and allows the full pleated cut stand out. A larger statement set of earrings would have really finished Sarah’s look for me but she’s one of my favourites from the night all the same. Now, to source Modern Family season 3…

GIULIANA RANCIC

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Nothing gets me ready for a day at the desk like a bowl of oats in front of E! News and Giuliana really makes it for me. She’s such a good presenter and seems like a warm, fun person, which I think she always tries to showcase in her red carpet dress choices. Leading the A-listers in their love of tomato red G donned a straples Gustavo Cadile gown, with origami style folds and side-swept fishtail. With a box clutch and a newly dyed razor cut long bob G made this classic style look tres contemporary. Love her!

CLAIRE DANES

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Showing that a highneckline and toe-tickling hemline can be sexy Claire Danes looked gorgeous in her red Givenchy dress, which featured a sneaky sheer back and modest lace panels at the waist. In another colour, perhaps a dusky rose or pale blue I think this dress could have been perfection but the bold red is beautiful too and looks great against Claire’s complexion and blonde hair. It’s the collar that I really love though – no need for jewellery with this style!

What do you think of this year’s Emmys style? Who is your favourite?

DWP Home: Creating the perfect home office

I say perfect. My perfect home office would look a little something like this. Or this. But the fact is we’ve fallen in love with a one bedroom flat, which doesn’t allow for a room solely dedicated to my desk. It’s a bit annoying but it’s okay. I’ve survived over a year without an office, I’ll survive another one. And so a corner of either our new living room or bedroom will be my little writing home. Of course a new desk and a few extras are helping to ease the pain…

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SHOP: 1. Great Little Trading Co Pin Board with Shelf, £35 2. Karpen Tub Chair, $3400 (okay so this mental, but I love it! Find similar here & here) 3. Marks & Spencer ‘G’ Cushion, £10 4. IKEA White Desk, £60 5. Laura Ashley Pineapple Lamp, Was £75 Now £52.50 6. Flamingo Candles Green Tea & Lemon, £12 7. Cath Kidston Dotty Mug, £6.50.

I’m waiting till I’ve moved the rest of my crap in to the new flat before making my all-important desk purchase but as long as this one will fit it’s going to be miiiine all miiiine. Can you believe it’s only £60? Love Ikea! And should anyone be looking to purchase me a flat-warming gift a Flamingo Candle always goes down well as does anything Cath Kidston. And if you’re feeling particularly generous, how about the lamp of my dreams? I *need* a pineapple lamp.

Stay tuned for what my ‘home office’ actually ends up looking like in actual real life here. I move in later today!