The day of love is soon upon us – a dozen roses, a box of chocolates and a candlelit rendezvous – you know the drill. This Valentine’s Day, why not shake things up a bit and take your loved one on a quirky date she/he will not forget! London offers an array of diverse activities which are sure to impress. From dining in the dark to trampolining to indulging your inner Wes Anderson fantasies in Bethnal Green – 2017 is the year romance goes rogue in the best possible way. Here are our top picks of things to do to keep the fire burning (and cliche-free):
This idyllic cinema is making movie nights under the stars a reality. You can snuggle right up to your date on a beanbag and soak up the unique atmosphere that this popular South London spot has to offer. Plus, they screen a whole range of films from classics like 10 Things I Hate About You and Mean Girls to the latest releases.
Snuggle up under the stars while watching your favourite flick. Image: Instagram @backyardcinema
Why wear one ring all on its own when you can add another and another and perhaps, another! Rings can be stacked for impact and style and help provide a new spin on your rings. Thankfully, stacking is back in trend. As seen on the likes of Rihanna and Amber Le Bon, it’s time to adorn your fingers with layers of sparkle.
“The one rule is balance”, Catherine Alexander, Founder and Designer of Stanmore, told Forbes magazine, “I personally wear a stack of four or five similar thin rings on my first finger, a tall yet simple shape on my middle finger, and then a short stack of two different-sized rings on my ring finger. That way I have near-uniform ring-height across my hand but the total look isn’t overwhelming.”
Ring stack by 77 Diamonds, featuring (from top to bottom) the Afira, Vogue Medi, Vogue Skye, Paragon Medi, Bahira and Vogue Grande
No ‘Game of Thrones’, winter isn’t coming – it’s here, with a chilly chilly bang bang and so are the winter weddings. But what to wear to Mr & Mrs Von Hastings’ wedding in the freezing cold marquee in the middle of the Shires?
You don’t want to be drastically cold in a barely-there slip dress, nor do you want to be loaded up like a grizzly bear going into hibernation. You need to strike the right balance between layering up your look and cutting a sharp silhouette.
“A great blazer is key in colder months,” advises Marie Claire’s fashion editor, Lucia Debieux. “It’s the one thing that will really pull your whole look together if you get it right. From velvet to fall florals we’ve found the best blazers to shrug on over your wedding outfit to keep you warm but looking cool.”
Try this sleek green velvet number from Frame denim over a pastel silk midi dress; perfect for adding some tapered wintery pizzazz to your look:
Image: Instagram @Frame
Why wear one colour metal on your hand when you can wear them all? Traditionally, engagement rings and wedding bands have always been made up of one metal, either yellow or white gold, or platinum. Here at 77 Diamonds, we’ve seen a surge in couples requesting engagement rings in one colour and wedding bands in another; evidently, a new trend is catching on. Mixing metals can help set you aside from the crowd and give your wedding jewellery the unique and modern edge you are looking for.
For a fresh yet timeless combination, try pairing our Light Court wedding band in 18k yellow gold with the Principessa engagement ring in 18k white gold.
- Light Court wedding band in 18k yellow gold by 77 Diamonds
- Principessa engagement ring in 18k white gold by 77 Diamonds
Something old and nothing new? Forget modern hemlines and avant-garde gowns, vintage fashion is making a huge comeback this season in the bridal sphere, with intricate lace appliqué and high necklines dominating the wedding dress scene, there’s never been a better time to indulge your nostalgic bridal fantasies.
Take Vera Wang’s Ophelia dress for example as seen below, the complex intertwining of floral patterns embroidered onto the never-ending sheer layers of tulle in the skirt hark back to a bygone era of intense decoration unlike the modern bride who has always been defined by simplicity.
- Photo courtesy: @verawangbride
Oh to be a part of the elite Brit model pack…their hair is permanently sleek and polished, their skin is as dewy as a child’s and their Amazonian lithe limbs are undeniably envy-inducing.
It’s not just their natural beauty that catches our attention. More than ever, models are continuously being praised for their slick ‘off-duty’ style. As if they didn’t look good enough on the runways, they’ve nailed street style too and of course; jewellery plays a vital part in giving their outfits that star quality finishing touch.
Whether it’s strolling around Portobello Market on a sunny afternoon or posing up a storm in the latest Burberry campaign, Suki Waterhouse continues to blow us away with her effortlessly chic looks. We particularly love the below pairing of delicate hoops with huge, Jackie O-inspired sunglasses. Try our stunning Iris earrings in yellow gold with these unique and rather fabulous D&G sunnies – while dramatic, they are the ideal accessory to add some glamour to a classic white chiffon dress, perfect for making a statement on your own ‘off-duty’ days – think Sunday brunch at The Ivy Chelsea Garden or a crisp glass of rosé at The River Café.
The Summer season is a time for festivals, BBQs, Pimms, garden parties and of course, weddings! Nobody wants to have to get married in the pouring rain, despite how delightfully British it seemed in Richard Curtis’s latest flick About Time. We suspect the reality of reading one’s vows in the midst of a gushing torrent might be somewhat less charming. So, your calendars are bound to be packed full of weddings over the next few months, all of which will have been timed to ensure that the sun is shining.
This lovely weather gives way to a plethora of wonderful venues – all of which require specific attire and of course, a specific piece of sparkling jewellery to match. Here are our recommendations to ensure you are the most stylish wedding guest this Summer (without upstaging the bride of course!).
The Country House Wedding
Nothing exudes romance quite like the stunning English countryside. Unsurprisingly then, more and more of us are forgoing exotic trips abroad and embracing the local land we have been blessed with in the UK. With luxury country hotels popping up all over, curated by some of the best interior designers in the world, countryside weddings are more decadent than ever.
Such decadence demands elegance of the highest form, so why not pair our stunning Lumiere earrings in white gold with your gown of choice. We love the diamond drop look paired with a simple pastel coloured knee length dress like the one below from Coast. The off-the-shoulder look is incredibly flattering and will give your ears a chance to shine. Plus, the pale pink shade will go perfectly with the gorgeous flowers you will be surrounded by (countryside weddings tend to make the most of the outdoors, so the likelihood is that you’ll be sitting in a beautiful flower garden) as you try your best to hold back the tears.
Ideal Location: Think Soho House’s Sommerset hideaway Babington House or the decadent yet traditional Chewton Glen in New Forest.
You may know the lovely Becky from her site Diamonds in the Library. Becky describes herself as ‘a lady with a love for literature and shiny things’, as an English literature grad with an excessive diamond addiction, it felt only right for me (also an English literature grad) to find out a little more about her love of all things bejewelled.
The beautiful Becky Stone
The sun is shining, the flowers are blooming and all seems bright and beautiful as we finally see the end of a bitterly chilly Winter and settle into Spring. If we hark back to September’s Spring Summer 16 shows, it’s unsurprising to see so many floral patterns adorning the catwalks.
The Giorgio Armani show featured an array of colourful, bold floral patterns such as the one embroidered onto this elegant strapless dress. The flowery pattern is suggested rather than explicitly exhibited, not only does this make the dress more wearable than something with giant daisies stuck all over it, but it brings originality to what some would call an exhausted trend.
It’s not just on the catwalks where flowers are making an appearance this season, this and other stories two piece is a perfect example of how luxury high street brands are incorporating the trend into their collections in new and interesting ways. The halter-style top paired with the mid-length skirt adds a fresh elegance to the unique floral print.
For me, flowers have always and will always be on trend around Spring time and why should we limit our adherence to this trend to our clothing?
Our fleur ring in white gold is the perfect Spring accessory, delicate enough to be worn in the day time and sparkly enough to make a statement over cocktails in the evening. Let the sparkles be the centre of attention by pairing this with a simple knee length sleeveless black dress like the one below. Throw a classic black biker jacket over the top and pop on some strappy black heels to take you straight from the office to happy hour.
Instagram: @rovertour / ARMANI
How to wear it: Picnic
As soon as the sun comes out in London, the parks become a mass of foraging picnic-goers with baskets full of finger sandwiches, scones and of course, no British picnic would be complete without gallons and gallons of Pimms.
Of course, what you wear is just as important as what you munch so take a read of our favourite looks for every type of picnic you might be heading to this month.
The casual one in the park
When dining outside in the glorious yet infamously unreliable English weather, it’s imperative to layer up so you are prepared for rain or shine. This collared All Saints coat is the perfect subtle shade of lilac to lure you away from darker, wintery tones and into the lighter pastels of Spring. Pair with a light-knit jumper like the one below and a funky pair of round sunnies to protect your beautiful eyes from the Sun.
Take this simple look to the next level by tying your hair up, leaving your ears and neck on show, making way for our jaw-droppingly stunning Olympia drop earrings. The trio of hoops ooze elegance and add a sparkly shimmer to the outfit. Plus, the combination of yellow, rose and white gold gives them an interesting and original appearance.
To complete your picnic look, why not take along of lovely large bottle of Britain’s finest Pimms with some fresh strawberries, cucumber and mint leaves…is your mouth drooling already?