Autumnal Transitions

Still moving from hot summer days in the US to more “seasonal” weather is hard. It’s actually been very hard to be motivated to purchase autumn/winter clothes when the weather is scorching! (Have I mentioned I’m missing the UK right now???) Nonetheless, AUrate New York reached out to me and asked if I would take a look at their jewellery and put together some ideas for day to evening looks.

That being said, before I agreed, I did take a look at their website and products first. All thoughts and comments are my own and I have not been compensated in any way for writing this post. One reason I agreed to work with AUrate was that they’re a “local” company. Local in the sense that they’re based in New York and make all their jewellery in New York. That means it creates local jobs for local people – they aren’t just an office that then has their product made overseas by overseas workers and shipped back to New York to be sold. They also ethically source all raw materials and diamonds under UN rules. And in terms of marketing and markup, the prices are reasonable – well, reasonable for solid gold and gold-vermeil jewellery – because you’re purchasing directly from them and there aren’t the costs of a turquoise box and white bow, red box, or even a black box involved along with all the related marketing markups associated with those “names.” (And you know which companies I’m talking about there!)

Above: J.Crew faux leather pleated midi skirt $120; Hush diva boots £219; J.Crew Tippi sweater $79.50; AUrate Proud pearl earrings with black diamonds $1200; and AUrate Icon yellow gold ring with black diamonds $750.

All black. Perfect. Long drop earrings may not be ideal for your job, so wear studs whilst at work, and add the bling with the pearls for evenings – but the ring is so edgy and eye-catching, day or night!

Above: Hush Onyx leather jacket £295; M&S Collection floral print long sleeve midi dress £49.50; and AUrate Structural Pyramid gold earrings $200.

Shoes? Try black booties for evening or tall flat riding boots for the day. Even the trainers below would work. Peep-toe platforms may lead to cold, wet toes for your autumn adventures. A black leather jacket is classic. And the earrings are SO fun – edgy but eye-catching both day and night.

Above: J.Crew Billie demi-boot cropped jean $125; M&S Collection cable knit turtleneck sweater/jumper £35; Hush Galaxy trainers £145; AUrate Solid Circle earrings $280; and AUrate Flower Ring $580.

The price point on the M&S sweater is great – there are similar options out there that are 100% wool or 100% cotton for those who prefer natural fabrics to synthetics. As for the Hush trainers – hello, Saint Laurant dupe for about £400 less! And the AUrate – perfect solid 14k gold earrings you’ll wear daily and have forever – and add the ring for a 14k gold fun (but classic) look when you go out in the evening with friends!

Above: LaRedoute slim fit cigarette trousers £39; AUrate Geometric Bar earrings $480; AUrate Large Flower earrings $180; Hush black jacket £75; and J.Crew Academy loafers $248.

T-shirt or chambray shirt? Lightweight merino like a Tippi or Bella Freud under the jacket? Hair calf leopard loafers are classic. And the earrings – the bar earrings are 14k and classic. Buy once, wear forever – day or night! The flower earrings – super fun and 14k vermeil over sterling silver for a great price point and/or gift!

Most of the time, you don’t have time to go home, change and go back out again after a long day at work – you want your jewellery to carry you from work to drinks, movies, or dinner, or school plays. (At least I don’t – and let’s be honest, if I go home, joggers and a t-shirt are going ASAP.) With AUrate, I think many of their pieces are work appropriate but fun and edgy enough to transition to evening. All of the lovely AUrate earrings can be found here. What I didn’t share was their lovely collection of delicate necklaces that can be layered – primarily because in autumn and through winter, I’m always bundled up in a scarf and such lovely bits are bound to get lost under 10000 layers of fabric!

I also forgot to mention – AUrate’s charity of choice provides books to “economically underprivileged” children. Books. Because I know I can’t imagine my life if I didn’t have books…

Thoughts? I can’t wait to hear what you think.

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Balenciaga

Are you thinking of this?

Screen Shot 2017-05-27 at 07.59.08Or are you thinking of those timeless, iconic dresses and accessories when women “dressed?” Actually, properly, perfectly dressed.

If you want to see actual, proper dressing, head down to the V&A now until next February 2018 and see Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion. All the details are on the V&A website.

The outfits are hard to capture through the glass, but you get the idea. Members’ week at the museum and this was the preview night before it opens to the public this weekend.