Discovering Stella & Dot | Accessories Haul

Friday 16 June 2017

Have you discovered Stella and Dot yet? The on-trend jewellery and accessories brand has been on my radar for a while, but I’d never actually ordered anything until a few weeks ago.

I took the plunge and ordered one piece, then got another couple for my birthday at the beginning of the month and all of a sudden I’ve started to develop a little collection.

For many women, Stella and Dot is a home-based business – a bit like doing Avon, but a lot more stylish! You may probably know someone who is a Stylist for the company, and they’ll offer ‘Trunk Shows’, which is basically an excuse for a lot of friends to get together, drink prosecco and shop, all from the comfort of home.

If you host one, you get some lovely freebies and discounts on your order  - I have one scheduled in!

I’ve absolutely fallen for Stella and Dot lately. The jewellery is so beautiful and the right mix of classic and edgy – interesting in design, but still something you’ll love forever.

If I’m honest, apart from my engagement and wedding rings, most of jewellery is from Topshop or Zara, and Stella and Dot is a little more expensive, but a lot higher quality. It’s still all affordable though -  the average piece is £40-£70. I’m at the stage where I’m wanting stuff to last longer and be a better investment, so that appeals to me.

After eyeing it up for quite a while, I got my hands on the Rebel Stone necklace. I absolutely love any jewellery that features rough-cut crystals, so this is right up my street! I think it’s a perfect balance – statement enough to make an impact, but delicate enough not to dominate an outfit too much -  and I also thought that the design would go with so many different outfits.

A mix of semi-precious clear cracked quartz and shiny gold fragments, the necklace is hand strung onto a slender gold chain. How gorgeous is it? I love the natural variations and occlusions in the quartz, they’re so beautiful.

At £170, I was hesitating to buy this, though. It’s more than I would usually spend on a necklace and probably one of the more expensive pieces in the range. But when it went into a sale for £70? I had to have it! And I’m so glad I did as I’ve been wearing it a lot ever since.

If statement isn’t your thing, there are also lots of more delicate pieces in the range, and they recently launched a line of ‘bespoke’ jewellery that can be personalised in many different ways. I’ve been wanting a necklace with a dedication to my son Theo on for a while, so I asked for their Bar Necklace for my birthday and was lucky enough to get one, engraved with Theo’s name.

You can choose from a big variety of fonts, initials and symbols to really make it what you want, and there are lots of different styles and metals to choose from also.

The bespoke range also includes bracelets, rings and even cufflinks which can be personalised. It’s a really sweet idea and makes the piece so personal to you.

I love my bar necklace because it’s very simple and delicate. It’s become one of those things I don’t usually take off, so I’m wearing it most days either on its own or layered with other pieces. It looks just as good with some other delicate gold necklace as it does with a more statement piece, like the Rebel Stone necklace. Again, the bar necklace is really lovely quality and will be a ‘forever’ piece for me.

Finally, Stella and Dot also do really nice bags! Now, I am a complete ‘bag lady’ and can never have enough different styles. Nothing makes me more excited than a great bag.

But in the past few years, I’ve focused on buying classic, quality, high-end bags and weaned myself off fast-fashion ones. Stella and Dot sit somewhere in the middle of this – sort of high-end high-street, like a Whistles or a Reiss bag. I have become quite picky about quality fittings and things like that, and I was really pleased with the finish of this bag when it came.

This is the Waverley Petite, which comes in a variety of finishes and patterns, from classic black and nude to popping laser-cut orange designs. This version is the Breton stripe finish – I’m a little obsessed with stripes, so it immediately appealed to me!

The reason I wanted to add the Waverley Petite to my collection was the fact that you can wear it four ways, which makes it so versatile. It’s a simple design with a zipped top, that folds over. It has two sets of small D-rings – one at the top, one halfway down.

This means that you can either have it folded over as a sleek clutch, attach the strap to make it either a shoulder bag, or a small cross-body, or you can fold it out and have it as a larger cross-body. When folded out its surprisingly roomy -  I can easily fit all my daily mum essentials in, and folded over it looks great.

I adore the versatility and the fact it can take you from day to evening effortlessly. It’s absolutely ideal for taking away with you on a trip, as you can get so many looks out of it. The striped material is a thick canvas, with elegant nude leather trimmings, and I love the zip tags which are a popping bright yellow, as well as the interior which is a bright yellow ikat print. So pretty!

Definitely thinking about treating myself to the black and nude perforated leather version, which is even more useful as you can flip it so it's nude or black. It might just be the ultimate day to night bag.

This is definitely the start of a big infatuation with Stella and Dot for me. I’m sure I’ll have a few more treats to share after my Trunk Show as well. It’s a beautiful brand to discover, from the pretty colourful packaging to the stunning accessories.

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