Friday, 21 January 2011

London Jewellery Haul

Two weeks or so ago I went to London as part of my 21st birthday celebrations. If you read my blog you'll know that I have been meaning to do this post ever since, so I just wanted to give you a little insight into the trip and the goodies I bought whilst I was there.


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Alex and I stayed at the Corus hotel (a present from my mum and dad) which was so lovely. The last time we had been to London we stayed at a Travelodge so it was really nice to stay somewhere that felt that little bit special (please excuse the poorly made bed. I took this photo as we were leaving!)
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We even got our room upgraded, free of charge, so we had a lovely view of Hyde Park.
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We kept noticing Barclays bikes everywhere and as soon as we realised we could hire a couple cheaply Alex convinced me it would be fun. I hadn't ridden a bike for nearly ten years so I was a bit sceptical that I would even be able to stay on (I know, you never forget how to ride a bike, but I was convinced I could be the exception to the rule!). However, I did just fine and didn't fall off once. It was actually one of the best times I have had in ages. I made sure we didn't brave the roads as I wasn't sure my bike riding skills were up to it so we just stayed inside Hyde Park and rode around The Serpentine. After this we braved the shops and so here's what I bought...

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I did buy a couple of things besides jewellery but to be honest they weren't the most exciting of buys so I don't think I'll be blogging about those.
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I got this huge bangle from Mikey at Selfridges in the sale. I don't often buy a lot of Mikey jewellery as I find it quite expensive but as this was less than half price I was somewhat persuaded!
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I blogged about a couple of Urban Outfitter lockets a few weeks back, but I missed out on buying either as I left it a little too late. Luckily as I popped in to their store in Covent Garden I not only found the tortoise locket for £5, I also found two other necklaces I had previously seen in store and loved, and a cute id bracelet that is inscribed with "I'm in love".
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Whilst poor Alex found a quiet corner in Topshop to rest I found quite a few good sale buys. I bought my first Gogo Philip necklace, which is this lovely bear with moving arms and legs.
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I also bought this Orelia necklace in the sale. I really like their vintage inspired jewellery but find it can sometimes be a little on the expensive side. They had quite a lot of sale pieces and I decided on this necklace as I love the faux seed pearls and turquoise.
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I have already blogged about Russell that I picked up form Topshop, but I also bought this claw necklace, which I have blogged about before, in the sale for £3 and this triple finger ring that I had seen before in York and fallen in love with.
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Continuing my growing love of animal jewellery I bought this lion head necklace from Mango. I did pop in to see if they had any sale jewellery left but instead I ended up falling for this necklace and the ring beside it.
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And I thought I'd save the best till last. On our last day we visited Liberty, a new shop to us as I had only ever previously been on their website. I have to admit it is a really amazing, quirky department store with one of the best jewellery departments I have ever visited. They were having a bit of a sale and through all the other treasures they had up for grabs I noticed this one immediately. I kept my fingers crossed it would be in my price range, as I had seen so many other things that weekend that even with some birthday money I couldn't afford and luckily it had been marked down not once, not twice but three times! I have a full on obsession with Lanvin jewellery, but I find it is one of the most expensive designers to buy from so I was just too excited when not only was this beauty a real steal but it was also the perfect size. I had never seen this particular ring before and even after searching online I still can't find which collection it is from. I think it might be at least a couple of collections old but the quartz spikes make it perfect for spring/summer '11's natural jewellery trend. Needless to say it is my favourite piece of the moment :)
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As always we didn't want to come home, we have such a great time in London whenever we visit, and for jewellery shopping, I really don't think it can be beaten. I'm hoping to take another trip this summer when it is London Jewellery Week.
Fingers crossed!

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