Bonnie Bling Monstera Necklace AND Exciting Workshop News!

Bonnie Bling Monstera Necklace

If it’s possible to fall head over heels for a piece of jewellery, then this Bonnie Bling Monstera necklace might just be ‘the one’! I’m a huge fan of statement jewellery, local designers, plants (even faux ones!) and bold colours so this bad boy really has it all.

Bonnie Bling Monstera Necklace

Bonnie Bling Monstera Necklace

The fabulous Bonnie Bling are well-known for creating cheeky, Scottish-inspired accessories (I’ve been rocking my Blether and Peely Wally necklaces for goodness knows how long now…) but if you explore their shop you’ll find that their range of acrylic pieces are rad in EVERY language!

I just loved wearing this necklace with a subtle (ha!) gold velvet jumpsuit I picked up in the ASOS sale (the result of shopping while watching a Marc Bolan documentary, my friends!) . That decadent colour! Those Dynasty shoulderpads! How could a girl possibly resist? If you ask me, when my necklace met this jumpsuit, it was a match made in heaven…

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And while we’re on the topic of me gushing about Bonnie Bling, here’s some exciting news that I think you guys will love: this Sunday, Bonnie Bling will be running the first of their brand new jewellery-making workshops! At the event, designer and Bonnie Bling ladyboss Mhairi will talk the group through making their very own charm necklaces, while tasty treats from The Hidden Lane Tearoom are served.

Despite only being announced this month, this first workshop has totally sold out – but, don’t worry if you haven’t snapped up a ticket, a little bird has told me that there are plans for more very soon!

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I’m really excited to be going along to Sunday’s workshop and getting stuck in – if you’re coming too be sure to say hello!

In the meantime, I’ll be slinking around my flat in my jumpsuit and Bonnie Bling Monstera Necklace, throwing as many 70s rock star poses as I can think of…

A Holly Jolly Christmas Jumper

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Love ’em or loathe ’em, it’s officially time for Yuletide-themed clothes and accessories to see the light of day again and I for one couldn’t be more pleased. Falling firmly into the ‘love ’em’ camp, it’s the time of year that I can take my love of kitsch up another notch.

Acting as my festive accomplice / enabler, the lovely team of elves at George invited me to indulge in my love of corny Christmas ensembles by styling up one of their Christmas jumpers from this year’s collection. Snowflakes, penguins and reindeer, oh my! With nearly forty festive choices to pick from, I felt like a kid in a candy (cane) store…

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Opting for fine knit over fluffy, and a pattern instead of one main design, this cute little holly number called out to me!

I love the bold contrast of the pattern against the plain black of the sweater, and being black, it’ll be great for mixing and matching over the coming weeks.

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Combining textures is one of my favourite parts of winter, and I decided to style the jumper with a soft pleather A-line midi skirt. As well as feeling great on (and I can confirm that it passes the twirl test!), the skirt has two front pockets – and we all know how I feel about a skirt with pockets, right? Score!

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Fearing that I was wearing too much black (the horror!) I knew some sparkle was in order, and this embellished collar was the perfect way to jazz things up without piling on loads of layers. I wore it with my gold Bonnie Bling snowflake necklace, because you can never have too many metallics at Christmas time.

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This month’s Crown and Glory Glitterati subscription box was party-themed and one of my favourite pieces from it is this glittery name headband. Each subscriber was sent a surprise reindeer name in their parcel, and I was so pleased to get Vixen in mine!

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Can we just take a moment to appreciate these super shiny golden brogues? If these aren’t made for dancing I don’t know what is!

My Holly Jolly Christmas Outfit includes:

Jumper, skirt, collar & shoes: George
Snowflake necklace: Bonnie Bling
VIXEN Reindeer headband: Crown and Glory

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I finished my look with a slick of red lipstick – it IS mistletoe season, after all!

Will you be wearing a Christmas jumper this year? What’s your favourite reindeer name?

Love,

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With thanks to George

Snow Queen Style with Hollyhood Lynsay

Endless Winter  3Last weekend, our annual trip to Aviemore was by far the snowiest we could remember for a VERY long time. With thick flurries, forests looked doused in icing sugar and there were rabbit tracks in the snow (aww!). Our surroundings seemed to just scream Winter Wonderland!

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Needless to say, we couldn’t wait to get outside and explore, and I was beyond happy that I had brought my Chouchou Hollyhood along to keep me warm!

If you’ve been reading here for a little while, you’ll no doubt be familiar with Chouchou and their collection of Hollyhoods, capes and other awesome pieces – all made by hand with bucket-loads of love and the very best materials. Over the last year, I’ve excitedly watched Chouchou evolve from a local favourite to a truly international brand – with adoring fashionistas snapping up the unique designs the world over.

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You can imagine my utter surprise when Miss Chouchou herself, Silvia Pellegrino, told me that she had named one of the pieces in her latest collection after ME! WHAT?! Shut the front door! Yep, the hood that you see before you is the Hollyhood Lynsay, part of the Pheonix collection by Chouchou. I can’t quite believe it myself!

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Having this beautiful hood named after little ol’ me feels really special and a true honour. I’ve never experienced having anything named after me before – unless you count having the guy at Starbucks misspell my name on a to-go coffee. Which I don’t (well, not anymore…).

The hood is incredibly soft and made from a striking oversized hounds check fabric and trimmed with a plush caramel coloured faux fur.

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I love the way this hood looks but also the way that it feels. Snuggling into it its folds with a textured knit and silver skirt made me feel like a regular snow queen as we walked through the woods!

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And of course, no royalty is quite complete without her crown jewels! I’ve been wearing this shiny snowflake necklace from Bonnie Bling a lot lately and it felt especially appropriate during our Aviemore adventure.

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For stomping around in the snowdrifts, sometimes you can’t go wrong with the old classics! I wore my patent grape-coloured Dr Martens on our entire trip and my feet stayed toasty and dry!

I might be a tad biased, but the Hollyhood Lynsay is my favourite piece from Chouchou to date (it’s just SO DAMN SOFT!). I’m also very excited to let you in on a little somethin’ somethin’ from the Chouchou camp! Next weekend marks the brand’s 5th birthday, and to celebrate there will be an exclusive design launched on February 5th – so keep your eyes (and EARS!) on Chouchou this week…

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Spending a few days in our Winter Wonderland was nothing short of magical! Even though we’re home now, I have a feeling I’ll be rocking this snow queen-inspired ensemble back in the city.

What are your winter style essentials?

With snowflakes, snuggly layers and the sound of the forest,

Miss West End Girl x

All photography by Gary at Trouble With Film 

With love and thanks to Chouchou and Bonnie Bling (via Betty & Bee PR)