Over the years headbands have had so many standout moments – from Grace Kelly and Brigitte Bardot to the headband queen herself, Blair Waldorf. It’s the ultimate chic update to any simple outfit and headbands are certainly having their moment for SS19. After the revival of scrunchies and hair clips it is no surprise that designers have moved onto the headband trend as the next nostalgic accessory to reinvent. From Prada to the Duchess of Cambridge the headband trend is officially back in business!
1 . Made You Blush
For something that doesn’t blend into the background go for our beautiful Connie baby pink headband. The perfect summer shade it looks great with a simple white tee or dressed up for a night out. Wear yours with soft waves or a low pony.
2 . Back to Black
Prefer to keep it classic? Ease yourself into the headband trend with our classic Connie black padded headband. Pair with a monochrome suit for a modern boss babe take on the trend or go girly and pair with polka dots and gingham prints!
3 . Lilac Love
We love Marina Didovich take on ‘Lilac Love’ with her top to toe tonal look. Our Connie lilac headband is the perfect accessory for weekend brunches with the girls to summer sun soaked weddings!
4 . Royal Blue Approval
The Duchess of Cambridge, Pippa Middleton and Cressida Bonas have all proved the headband royal relevance having all wore them on several occasions including two royal weddings! Keep it bold and make a statement with our Connie headband in royal blue.
Hair accessories are back for SS19 and if Instagram and Pinterest are anything to go by, then we are going to be embracing the trend for many seasons to come. So, with that being said today on the blog we look at 6 ways to style our pearl hair accessories. No longer seen as a little girl’s accessory, the hair clip trend has grown up, so put down those kirby grips and grab onto something that is going to be sure to make a statement!
Celebrate your star sign with our beautiful new collection of Sterling Silver Constellation Necklaces. A celestial wonder, our stunning zodiac series is inspired by cosmic astrology and the starry night skies. Featuring a unique cut out design which relates to each of the zodiacs, these dazzling necklaces come in a range of chain lengths meaning you can layer your necklace with other jewellery you may have to create your own unique look. A perfect gift for a friend, loved one or maybe just as a treat to yourself!
Aries (21st Mar – 19th Apr)
Spontaneous | Fun | Adventurous | Competitive
‘The one who is courageous to speak their mind and passionate to follow their heart, who always lives life to the full’
It was fashions biggest night of the year, with the Met Gala 2019 taking place on Monday in New York’s iconic Metropolitan Museum of Art. The theme; Camp: Notes on Fashion based on Susan Sontag’s 1964 essay ‘Notes on Camp.’ As per, the night did not disappoint and delivered some of the most incredible fashion we could have wished for.
So here are some our favourite looks from the night
We can’t mention the Met Gala and not include the reigning queen of extravagance, Lady Gaga. She 100% took this theme and ran with it! Susan Sontag in her essay ‘Notes on Camp’ describes camp as being a reason to dethrone serious. ‘Camp is playful, anti serious, more precisely, camp involves a new complex relation to ‘the serious.’ One can be serious about the frivolous and frivolous about the serious.’
Arriving in a bellowing pink ball gown by Brandon Maxwell, Lady Gaga playfully revealed, in a Russian doll like performance a further three (yes THREE!!!) more outfits underneath!
All eyes were on us with Ezra Miller’s eye popping Met Gala look. The actor stepped onto the pink carpet wearing a Burberry suit accompanied with a jewel corset, train and white cape, but it was his face that had us in a spin! The Fantastic Beast actor had adorned his face in eyes that were so lifelike that it was a.) hard to figure out which were his real eyes and b.) hard not to fall over from dizziness
‘I would define camp as an expression of your most outrageous.’ Cara Delevingne did not disappoint, her rainbow theme was a nod to the LGBT flag with the Pride inspired stripes being completed with a pair of multicoloured platform heels and a Swarovski cane.
Kendal and Kylie Jenner
The girls certainly did their homework this year! Arriving in brightly coloured feathered gowns, Kendal looked every inch the Victoria Secret model she is, with her bright orange feathered wings, while Kylie went the extra mile matching her lavender wig to the colour of her dress.
Vogue Editor-in-Chief and chair of the Met Gala since 1995, Anna Wintour looked stunning in an elegant, highly embellished Chanel floor length gown which was in fact the last Chanel dress Karl Lagerfeld designed before sadly passing away earlier this year.
What was your favourite look of the night? Let us know if the comments below.
February 1st 2018 – The day Wisteria London went live!
Hi Everyone and happy Friday! As you can see today, is actually an extra special Friday for me as it marks ONE YEAR since going live with Wisteria London, and what a year it has been! It would be easy for me to sit here and fluff up the last year, but in reality it has been bloody hard work! I think I have been through every emotion imaginable and learnt a lot about myself in the process! I wanted to sit down and write this blog post, so I could share the twelve lessons that the last twelve months have taught me. So grab yourself a cuppa and let’s delve right in!
1 . If you can dream it you can do it
I can’t believe that today marks a year of the launch of Wisteria London. Time really does fly when you’re having fun. This time last year I had quit a job I wasn’t 100% happy in, to start up on my own! The very thought of being my own boss scared the living daylights out of me, but I am a great believer of chasing your dreams and seeing where they take you. If you have a dream and are determined to work damn hard then don’t let anyone take that dream away from you! Sometimes, all you have to do is believe in yourself and the rest will follow. So whether you want to start your own business, sign up o run your first marathon, learn a new language, go travelling or simply take the leap into a new job the DO IT!! If it doesn’t work out, then we can’t say we didn’t try…..life is to short for regrets, fight to do what you love every chance you get!
2 . Don’t let the naysayers have an impact on your dream
Not everyone is going to be your biggest fan and that’s okay! I received some pretty harsh comments in the beginning (we won’t name names!) but I was basically told that I was making a BIG mistake and that I would never succeed! HA how wrong were they?
3 . Accept you will never fully be ready
Whether you’re starting up your own business, running your first marathon or writing your first blog post, you will never feel totally ready. The plan will never feel perfectly formed, you’ll never feel as strong and prepared as everyone else seems (I’ll let you in on a secret; they’re not that strong or prepared either! No one is!) No one has every last thing figured out, we are all just paddling. Paddling is good though, it’s what puts us in charge of the situation!
If I had waited for the ‘perfect’ time to start Wisteria London, I would never have got started, and I would still be in a job I hated, wondering ‘what if.’ Off course I was scared, scared I would fail, scared I would run out of money and scared what people would think! The moral of the story is, that none of these things, matter in the whole big scheme of things as long as you are willing to work hard. Who cares what people think, at least you are taking a risk at following your dreams and if it doesn’t work out you can say you tried, more than any of them can say! So paddle like you’ve never paddled before!!
4 . Start where you are, Use what you have. Do what you can.
It’s so easy to get caught up in the ‘if only I had,’ thought process. My advice….do your best, given any situation, and be grateful for what you’ve been able to achieve because in the end, amazing things will happen! I created the entire Wisteria London website from scratch, myself. Now, I am no IT genius and funny story is when undertaking my degree in Business Management, one of the modules was building a website and I swore from the day that class ended, I would never build a website again! Six years later here we are….LOL! It may not be the most technical site in the world but I am proud of it. Same goes with product photos, I take all the Wisteria London photographs myself (bar a few I use from the brands we stock) but these are all taken on my iPhone 7 and edited on a free app on my phone.
What I am trying to say is that you don’t need to wait around to know it all, or have a fancy camera to take pictures, or have the latest high tech editing app. You can start now! Use your mobile phone camera and edit images on a free app, there are lots of them out there. Use Instagram/Facebook and Twitter (again all are free marketing tools that reach thousands of people daily,) to promote your business or blog posts, as you never know who might see them. I was lucky that some of the girls from Dancing on Ice last year saw my page and got in touch, and we were lucky to send them some of our products which they then promoted on their Instagram, to their thousands of followers.
5 . Nothing happens overnight
I’ve never been someone that could simply ‘wing it’ in life. Everything I have achieved, I have achieved through hard work and determination. I am the most impatient person in the world, I want everything done yesterday, but this year has taught me that nothing happens overnight and the same goes for a lot of people in business. Sophie and Hannah Pycroft, the sister duo behind the fabulous Spectrum Collections, worked out of their garage and didn’t make a sale in their first six months, Coca Cola only sold twenty five bottles in their first year and Michelle Mone took three years to launch her brand Ultimo. Not one of these businesses found success overnight but that didn’t make them any less of a person, it just made them appreciate it more when they did make it!
Don’t get me wrong, there are still days I wish I had more sales, or my following on Instagram would grow a little quicker and there are many brands and businesses out there that cheat their way to the top but this is something I will never do with Wisteria London. I respect myself and my followers too much to do this. I want to build my brand properly and learn from my mistakes and if that take 5, 10, 15 years then so be it!
6. Be your biggest cheerleader
As one goes through life one learns if you don’t paddle your own canoe you don’t move’ – Katherine Hepburn
With many of us preaching self-love these days, it’s only right that we practice what we preach and become our biggest cheerleader. We deserve the praise and recognition and we need to start believing in ourselves!
I am going to be honest with you and say that I can be rubbish at this sometimes, however, I am learning and it’s forcing me out of my comfort zone! I am relatively a shy person and I’ve still to master the whole talking on Instastories malarkey, but rewind to last year, and when people asked me ‘what I did,’ or when I handed in my notice, ‘what are you going to be doing,’ my heart would race and I tended to either dodge the question or tell them quickly, and then change the subject! I don’t know why, but I was so worried about what they would think. Fast forward a year and I am getting better. If someone askes me now, what do you do for a living, I am more than willing to tell them about Wisteria London, hand them a business card and be proud to talk about ‘my baby!’
Moral of the story, be proud of you! Give yourself a pat on the back for going for it and trying your best. This is your journey and you’re on your own path! Who cares what other people think, this is your life? Everyone’s journey is different; if we were all the same it would be boring. So c’mon be your biggest cheerleader!
7 . Don’t get caught up in numbers on social media
I think we are all guilty of this! It’s easy to get lost in social media, especially when it comes to the numbers game. You can be left thinking why are they getting followers and I’m not? However, I’ve come to learn that it’s okay to grow slowly. As a small business, I want a community of like minded super fans, who love what I do, engage with my content, sign up to the Wisteria London newsletter and buy Wisteria London products! Off course we would all love to get to 10k to have the swipe up feature, but I would much rather have 1,000 engaged followers who support me than 10,000 who don’t give two hoots!
In the words of Sam Burgess from Small and Mighty Co, ‘I need a tribe not a crowd and I’m happy to grow slowly because I’ll gather followers as my business grows and that’s okay.’
8 . Structure is key
When you go from having a 9-5 to having a 24/7 job, you need to learn to manage your time better. You no longer have someone telling you what to do and when to do it by, so you need to be strict with yourself and plan how you can be the most productive.
9 . You need downtime
Running your own business undoubtedly brings quite a bit of pressure with it! If you don’t work hard enough, you won’t pay the bills! It can definitely be stressful and almost make you feel that you literally need to work every single minute of the day, but when I do take time to relax and switch off I feel like I come back a hundred times more productive. Nobody can keep going 100% all of the time, so it’s important to listen to your body and mind and make sure to give it the rest it needs. When it boils down to it, you are the boss, so you call the shots! Make sure to prioritise downtime, as it’s true what they say ‘your health is your wealth!’
10 . Reflect on what you have achieved
Sometimes we are so consumed by the now, that we forget the little things that have actually got us to where we are today. Last year, I made a conscious effort to note in my diary when something happened, whether it be big or small, so that when I was having a bad day, or feeling low, I could look back and see how far I’d come. It’s crazy how much you forget and the little things that make you smile. Although you may not think it, you’ve grown a lot from this time last year!
11 . Never underestimate Google Search or YouTube tutorials
Google Search and YouTube tutorials have become my new best friends. Starting your own business means you have to be a jack of all trades but not necessarily a master of them all. We all have our own strengths and weaknesses, I may have a business degree but that doesn’t make me an IT specialist or a financial advisor, which are both part and parcel of my everyday business. When creating and designing my website, I found YouTube tutorials a God send, not only did they tell me what to do but I was able to visualise it as I went along! What we ever did without YouTube and Google I will never know!
12 . Enjoy every minute
One of the biggest things I have learnt is to enjoy every minute. Off course, some days can be tough, that’s life, but I have to remind myself that I’m doing something I have wanted to do for a very long time! I no longer have to dread getting up in the morning to go to a job I absolutely hate, I no longer have the Sunday night dread and I can look at Monday as a fresh start, a new week to achieve whatever the hell I want. Be grateful even just for the small things in life, as I bet/know there’s someone in the world who would love to be in your shoes! Monday-Friday are not days to be back at the grindstone, these are the days to be back at your passion. If you are working for the weekends you’re doing it all wrong!
And there you have it….12 lessons that the last 12 months have taught me!
I honestly can’t believe that it has been a year already! It has been thoroughly hard work and at times emotional, but I absolutely love what I do and wouldn’t have it any other way. I just want to say a MASSIVE thank you to my mum and dad who have been the biggest supporters from day one, my boyfriend Richard, who has picked me up when I’ve been down, and reminded me why I started and most importantly YOU. Thank you for being a part of my journey, for buying Wisteria London products and for following, liking, commenting and sharing our posts. My little business wouldn’t have grown in the last year if it hadn’t been for you, so thank you from the bottom of my heart.
To celebrate and say thank you there will be FREE SHIPPING on all UK orders until midnight on Monday 4th February 2019.
Secret Santa – the present we all leave until the last minute!
Every year it’s the same – you pick a name out of a hat, then spend half your time struggling to find just the right thing for that person…but fear not, we have the annual Secret Santa conundrum all wrapped up!
We have picked some of our favourite items from the Wisteria London website, all £10 or less, that’ll be sure to raise a smile as well as put the ho, ho, ho back into your Secret Santa gift!
For the Jetsetter
Every workplace has one, the colleague that seems to spend more time at the beach than at their desk! While you might be sick of seeing all her holiday snaps on Instagram and secretly jealous of her constant sun kissed glow, you’ve still picked her name out of the hat…so why not treat her to our fab-u-lous Yes Studio ‘Are We There Yet’ Luggage Tag. She might even bring you back a fridge magnet from her next trip!
Coffee/Tea breaks just got better, sip away the afternoon with our range of mugs perfect for the office or at home. Our ‘I’m like 110% Tired’ Mug will let everyone know that you’re not quite ready for that 3hr meeting on a Monday morning! Plus, it can be just as useful as a pen pot on your desk as it is a coffee mug at home!
We all know that one friend or colleague – the one who spends more time on their selfies than they do on their work! The one who takes so many selfies she always has her camera front facing. We might like to wind her up about it but we can’t help appreciating the dedication she has for the selfie game. As the holidays are approaching, why not support the cause with our Alice Scott #nofilter compact mirror. This handy pocket mirror means she will always be prepared for the perfect selfie. A must for make-up touch ups and quick hair fixes. This mini mirror is as pretty as it is practical!
Keep the chills at bay with our fabulous range of fashion scarves, perfect for your fashionable colleague or friend. We have a wide selection of different prints including animal print which is HUGE this season. Our Nala and Lumi scarves are perfect paired with your favourite outfit, tied in your hair or wrapped around the handles of your handbag.
Fashion designers are accessorising with them on the catwalks and they are all over the internet. It’s official the enamel pins are having their moment and what’s great is they make a really affordable Christmas gift. Whether they’re a coffee addict or you just want to show your girl gang some love, our fabulous range of Old English Company enamel pins will have you covered.
We don’t know about you but we would LOVE to unwrap a little bit of sparkle on Christmas morning. Timeless, meaningful and guaranteed to go with everything, a piece of jewellery is the perfect way of expressing how important someone is to you.
So, come take a walk through our jewellery wonderland, from Sterling Silver pieces, that will stand the test of time, to fabulous wrist candy and earrings that are sure to see you through every occasion.
Embrace festive elegance, with our gorgeous Sterling Silver Snowflake Necklace. Beautifully crafted, this delicate necklace is an enchanting piece and will be sure to make your look shine all season long. Available on several different chain lengths including our popular bobble chain.
Our Sterling Silver Bee Necklace is a true classic and a firm favourite with everyone. A fail safe gift for the trend-conscious and nature-lover alike. Available on several different chain lengths including our popular bobble chain.
The perfect gift for life’s young dreamers! This beautiful and unique dream catcher necklace will enchant and delight, no matter what the occasion. Available on several different chain lengths including our popular bobble chain.
Make someone’s Christmas extra special this year, with our beautifully detailed, Sterling Silver Round Filigree Necklace. The perfect foundation, for layering and a personal gift, to treasure. Available on several different chain lengths including our popular bobble chain.
Happy Friday everyone and happy payday! Yes that’s right the day is FINALLY here! It’s our favourite time of the month and the perfect excuse to treat yourself (not that we need an excuse to shop!)
From chunky scarves to bobble hats it’s pretty obvious that autumn is here and it’s here to stay! Is anyone else getting excited about the thought of coats, boots and all the layering? We know we are!
Below we have put together our top picks from the website this month to help you get ready for the autumn/winter months and the colder days and nights. Don’t forget that by signing up to our newsletter you can get an exclusive 10% off your first order (it’s only technically two more paydays until the big man in red comes, so every little helps!) and we would love to hear what you are treating yourself to this payday! For full product ranges check out the website here.
As the cold weather draws near, oversized blanket scarves are an essential investment for AW18 and especially if you are looking to refresh last year’s winter coat. Think sophisticated neutrals in classic check patterns with our Olivia Scarf, heritage-chic vibes in timeless tartan with our Rosie scarf and bold faux fur for statement making style with our Roxy Scarf.
Keep your head warm this winter and feel glamorous whatever the weather with our stylish cable knit bobble hat with faux fur pompom, available in a range of colours. Warm and thick with a soft fleece lining, our chunky knit bobble hat will be a staple of your cold weather styling, the perfect accessory for AW18.
Forget the quotes…just give me the coffee and no one gets hurt! Get your caffeine fix and make a statement with these straight talking travel mugs, perfect for travelling to work, college or your everyday adventures.
Double walled to keep your drink warmer for longer, these super cool plastic eco mugs are guaranteed to make a statement no matter where you go! So go on, show the world your sassy side!
If you wanna be great, you gotta hydrate! The Yes Studio ‘I Did Not Wake Up Like This’ and ‘Woman Power’ water bottles allow you to enjoy your favourite drink anytime, anywhere. Whether you’re keeping your warm drink hot or cold drink cool, this gorgeous insulated bottle does it for you in style and will keep your drinks warm or cold for up too 6 hours! Genius!
Make a statement in our lucky coin earrings available in gold and silver plate. These beautiful earrings are perfect for everyday wear or save them for a special occasion. The perfect gift for any stylish lady whether it be your sister, best friend, daughter or mum.
Keep your look always on point with our mini Astrid beaded hoop earrings. The small hoop shape will sit closely to the ear while the beaded details adds that little something extra to the overall look. The perfect foundation for creating the new Instagram trend: the curated ear.
Our new Sloane circle cross-body bag will round of your outfits with a major trend twist this AW18. For a stand out style statement that’s still wonderfully sophisticated, the Sloane bag is a great way to update your handbag collection without the hefty price tag! With an eye catching rounded design the Sloane bag also features a double zip closure and adjustable strap. Available in red or dark green.
It was fashion’s biggest night of the year, with the Met Gala 2018 taking place on Monday in New York’s iconic Metropolitan Museum of Art. The theme, Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination.
When it comes to red carpet moments it is usually all about the dress, but at last nights Met Gala it was all about our favourite thing……the ACCESSORIES!
So, here are some of our favourite looks.
This was by far our favourite look of the night! Wearing a Versace gown featuring regal embroidery, a bejewelled bodice and full skirt, Blake Lively accessorized with over $2 million (yes $2 million!!!) worth of Lorraine Schwartz jewellery including our favourite accessory, a custom made halo with over 100 carats of nude champagne diamonds….WOW!! She finished her look with a pair of 30 carat Colombian emerald and diamond earrings (as you do!) an array of gold bracelets, 3 diamond and ruby rings and a custom Seamless Sacred Heart clutch by the talented accessory designer Judith Leiber, a favourite among the celebrities on the night with Madonna and Rihanna also carrying her designs!
Rosie Huntington Whitely
Looking like she came straight from Heaven, RHW wore a Ralph Lauren gown that many said resembled a stained glass window, but it was her gold circular halo that took our breath away.
That hair!!!! Wearing a gold ensemble from H&M it was Jasmine Saunders rose studded braid that took centre stage.
Lily Collins head piece was gracefully striking but with an edgy twist. She left no detail unturned as she stunned in a Givenchy Spring 2018 couture gown and accented her glitter rimmed eyes with a red teardrop.
Meghan Markle’s bestie looked stunning in a bejewelled head and neck covering which stood out against her ‘cardinal red’ Ralph Lauren look. We wonder what she will wear to the wedding?!
Gigi Hadid looked stunning in her Versace dress which saw multi-coloured panels woven together to represent shards of glass, just like that in a stained glass window. She kept her accessories simple with a bold yellow diamond earring and gold hair pins
Kate Bosworth paid full homage to this year’s theme giving us pure Virgin Mary vibes in her tulle gown and veil by Oscar de la Renta designers Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia. Look at the detail on that veil!!
She may be Mother of Dragons in Game of Thrones but she was certainly Queen of the red carpet at last night’s Met Gala. Wearing a statement gold crown with floral detailing her drop earrings were complimented perfectly by her sweeping chignon.
What was your favourite look of the night? Let us know in the comments below.
One of our favourite childhood films incorporated into afternoon tea equals our favourite meal of the day!
Who doesn’t love afternoon tea with a twist, right?!
At One Aldwych in London’s Covent Garden they have created a scrumdiddlytmptious afternoon tea inspired by Roald Dahl’s classic tale, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and guess what, you don’t need a golden ticket to get in! No detail is too small, you can expect decadent golden eggs, blueberry brioche and playful flavoured candy floss on the menu, just the way Willy Wonka would have liked it. You will be sure to be transported back to your 10 year old self; however we must include the disclaimer that we cannot guarantee that you won’t come out looking and feeling like Augustus Gloop!!
From the moment you walk in staff are attentive and lead you to your table. The actual setting for this spectacular afternoon tea is the stunning Indigo restaurant located on the first floor. As our waitress (no umpa lumpas in sight!!) led us to our table I investigated every corner but I couldn’t find a chocolate river and although I was tempted to lick the wallpaper I figured this might embarrass my boyfriend a little bit too much!!
Once seated we curiously watched as others received their afternoon treats, whilst sipping on some chocolate tea (yes, there is such a thing as chocolate tea and let me tell you it is absolutely delicious!) The Charlie and the Chocolate factory afternoon tea feature many flavours of tea, both weird and wonderful – our favourites were the mango and the peppermint. Finally it was our turn!! The playful menu started with a selection of finger sandwiches, which included cucumber and smoked salmon, egg mayonnaise with watercress and Coronation chicken. Further savoury options included vegetable Wellington and leek, walnut and Montgomery cheddar quiche. The storybook adventure really began for us when the sweet treats were presented. First up a golden egg filled with vanilla cheesecake, then lemon and white chocolate cake pops. The fun didn’t stop there, next there was Eton mess, homemade candyfloss, blueberry brioche and to finish warm scones served with Devonshire clotted cream and berry jam! Once finished I felt like Violet Beauregarde when she turned into a giant blueberry, and was convinced that I was going to need to be rolled out of One Aldwych (thankfully that was not the case!!)
All in all it was a very enjoyable afternoon and I would highly recommend it for both adults and children alike. If you would like to be transported into the One Aldwych Chocolate Factory then you can find out more information on their website here. The Charlie and Chocolate Factory Afternoon Tea is served daily and each sitting is 2 hours long. A gluten free, vegan and vegetarian menu is also available – just let the staff know when booking if you have any special dietary requirements. Let us know in the comments below if you are booking to go or have been before and if there are any other afternoon teas that you would recommend. We love trying new places!!
Until next time,
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