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13 Sep 2012

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I enjoy the odd cheapo costume jewellery purchase and sometimes it's the quickest and fastest way to update the wardrobe.

I spotted this H&M necklace on countless blogs. I thought it was interesting because whilst it's just oversized glass and neon - and could therefore never pass for anything other than an inexpensive costume piece - it still looked tasteful(ish). To coin a cliche - cheap and chic! :)

Perhaps it's down to the fact that it's such a blatant ripoff of the lovely Dannijo designs or maybe it's the classic shape but it does really lift and transform whatever you are wearing. I have worn it with black shirts, tees and this ASOS swing dress. It works particularly well with white shirts, casually hiding underneath an open collar, but I don't have a picture of that so this is all you're going to get :)

So with a temporary hold put on my love for dainty accessories, I have now started looking at other shops to see what other necklaces are out there that are affordable but most definitely defined as "statement".

I am specifically looking for colour and sparkles and as usual ASOS delivers. I am thinking of this next - Link! - and maybe some lobe stretching earrings - Link!

I have to say though, as pretty as they are, the H&M one is still my favourite. As I said, this has been out for months and showcased on many blogs but you can probably still pick it up - I got mine this week.

Now because I don't want this post to JUST be about a necklace I also must mention the lip combo worn in the picture above.

This features two products - Dior Linen lipliner and MAC's Casual Colour Lip and Cheek cream in Have a Lovely Day!

Some things to note:

* Dior Linen is everything LisaLisaD1 on YouTube has ever promised it to be. Smooth, creamy consistency and a colour that works with so many lip tones/lip shades. One thing I will add is that whilst it looks scary brown in the container it translates as a super neutral tan colour that makes your lips look BIG. I like!

* Have a Lovely Day! is a bit of a let down as a product. The consistency is thin and greasy and on my cheeks the NARS Douceur like colour lasts all of 5 minutes.  Maybe that's why it's advertising campaign alludes to lazy days....that's a romantic way of referring to days when you don't give a toss about your makeup and can therefore afford to put up with poor performance.  It's only saving grace is it's charming name and the fact that it looks like a dupe of MAC's Calm Mode tinted lip moisturiser - my all time favourite lip product and therefore my sole motivation for buying it in the first place. I will use it up purely because of the shade. And when used in combination with Linen it makes for a good pouty lip - a perfect look to adopt when you are product-bitching, no? :)

Catch up soon!


  1. i've seen those necklaces everywhere, looks like i need one!

    ps. hair looks as pretty as kate's ;)

    1. I love it - I have worn it every day - bar one - this week :) Everyone around me is probably sick of the sight of it :) and Ps. i wish!

  2. this is right up my street! love a good cheapo costume necklace. I'll have to keep an eye out.



    1. Really hope you get hold of it. I heard nasty rumours about it ending up on ebay and being sold for crazy prices. There were tons of them in my H&M though so no need to do that!

  3. Beautiful necklace, I'm always quite impressed with H&M's jewellery and the lip combo does look gorgeous on you! Its always a pleasure reading your blog! I'm a follower from the lollipop26 youtube days! :D

    es-jaymakeup.blogspot.com - for beauty reviews, hauls and health posts


    1. Thank you Es-Jay :) They also have some lovely earrings in right now that are a mix of colours and metals...and cheap. All good stuff :)

  4. I love mauve shades for the lips, so clean and versatile!

    Sparks In Spring

  5. These shades kind of remind me of Revlon's Mauve it Over matte lipstick. Love the necklace as well, I think I am definitely going to grab it if I see it at H&M.



  6. Loving the H&M necklace. Also noticed in your previous post what looks like a Cambridge Satchel Co. pastel satchel, is that correct?! I've been lusting after one!! xXx

  7. Lovely autumn inspiration. I tend to go for more deep red shades in autumn though, but I would love this lip combination in summer :) x

  8. I wore this necklace all summer & still love it!! Been wearing it under my denim western shirt of late.
    Have a fab Thursday Hun xoxo

  9. gosh I love this - why haven't I seen this necklace around in the H&M's here? and then I'm living in freakin' Paris at the moment! x
    Raves 'nd Ramblings

  10. Absolutely adore that necklace! Its such a statement, and the colours are brilliant for brightening up what would otherwise be a boring outfit xxxx

  11. The necklace is really pretty :) great if it's so versatile too.

  12. wow i have the same necklace, good choice ;) btw you look more beautiful in every post, it's amazing! *_*


  13. I've seen those necklaces all over the blogosphere too... glad you were able to pick one up! Looks great on you :)

    xo, alison*elle

  14. Sad to hear about the MAC Have a Lovely Day! It looks like such a nice product.


  15. i really don't know how i feel about statement necklaces. whilst i see them around a lot, i can't help but feel that most of them are tacky. i also wouldn't know what to wear them with or whether i could pull them off. however, on you, this necklace looks amazing! loving the lip colour as well! :) X

  16. love the necklace and the lip combo is defo a winner on you ! x

  17. Love all your items in this post!


  18. I would personally never buy that necklace to be completely honest, but after seeing it on you - paired with a black top, it actually looks quite stylish...go figure! xx

  19. I like how you've teamed the necklace but I don't think I'd be brave enough to sport it! Also love your makeup in this pic, the cheek colour looks fresh and pretty.
    My sister recently bought some statement necklaces from Forever 21 in the sale for some ridiculous price, and they look lovely (much better than website pictures), I particularly like this coin bib-ish type one she bought.

  20. I am still hunting for the perfect fall staement necklace... The lip combo looks great despite the disappointing quality of the product. Have a great week! Stacie xo

  21. Fab post - love that necklace! x

  22. Lovely necklace. I think you'd also love MAC's Tinted Lip Conditioner in Petting Pink - lovely pinky/nude x

  23. Now you made me want this necklace! Thank God it is not pricy!

  24. Love the Post as always! Also Loving the hair, looks a lot more healthy x


  25. that lip combo looks fabulous on you! And mac collections have a been a real let down these past few months.

  26. ahhh that necklace reminds me of this one from loft, so pretty!


  27. I LOVE neon jewelry.


  28. You look so stunning in that photo, I'm envious!
    I love getting nice cheap jewellery from charity shops, you always find something that is cheap and you know none of your friends will have :)
    Niamh xx


  29. I usually don't care for really costumey (not a word I know) jewelry but that looks extremely interesting.

  30. I like the necklace, it doesnt look like a cheap piece.


  31. I've been wanting this necklace as well, but I can't find it anywhere.

    Sandra from The Puzzle of Sandra's Life

  32. Just came across your blog and love it! Spent the last while going through all your posts! :o
    Love your writing, honesty and quirkiness! And the darker hair colour too!
    Your newest follower :)

  33. love this necklace, ive seen it everywhere!


  34. I am going to have to keep an eye out for that necklace, it's lovely!


  35. I do love that necklace, they do it in pink now too! X


  36. Don't you just love lisalisad1?! Necklace and lip combo look great on you!

  37. Love your hair, looks amazing! And I agree about lip pencil, all Dior make up is just great!

  38. Love love your blog! Your hair is perfect!


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