Friday, 22 November 2013

Top 10 Christmas Gift Ideas

Call me eager, but I already have my advent calendar (dutifully purchased by my Mum) tucked away and waiting to come out in just...9 days! That’s right, the countdown to the Count Down has begun! Sick of my annual present buying panic on around the 20th of December, I’ve decided that this will be the year that I become one of those smug shoppers, the ones with the gifts all purchased and wrapped before we even hit the double figure dates of December.  So, if like me, you’re in need of a little helping hand to get into the swing of things, then look no further than this little guide to my top 10 gifts from Ernest Jones.

I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again: diamonds really are a girl’s best friend. They’re precious, they sparkle, they’re suited to everything and, well, they just make us happy, ok? This stunning 9ct white gold heart pendant is the perfect gift to make her smile and, if you’re looking for something with a bit of a difference, then the curve of treated black diamonds adorning the edge bring a contemporary edge to this classic piece.

For something with a slightly more affordable price tag, then these Tresor Paris pink crystal stud earrings are a must. Boasting Parisian inspired jewellery adorned with Czech crystal, we’ve been having a love affair with Tresor Paris for most of 2013, and aren’t about to stop anytime soon! Girly and sparkling and checking in at under £20, these fabulous earrings are perfect as a token gift for a family member.

In every group of friends and family there’s always the fussy one; the one you dread choosing a gift for in case they pull that face when they open it and make some kind of non-committal comment along the lines of, “Well that’s different”. If you can’t think of that person amongst your loved ones, then I’m afraid to say; it’s probably you. Well, whether you are the fussy recipient or the anxious buyer, we have a gift idea that’s guaranteed to go down well. Simple, chic and bang on trend in a luxurious rose gold plating, this Amanda Wakeley sparkle bracelet is a versatile gift that can be worn with any outfit, to any occasion, and is sure to please even the most acquired of tastes.

So what about the man in your life? Well, our trusty friend Hugo Boss has that covered with this stylish watch and fragrance set.  Featuring a bold yet smart black strap watch and the divine Hugo Boss Night fragrance for him, this Hugo Boss gift set will have him not only looking good, but smelling good too!

And here’s a few more festive gift ideas guaranteed to win a smile on Christmas day:

Ted Baker Currvez square grey cufflinks: give the finishing touches to his party season attire

Marc Jacobs Critters ladies' gold-plated cat strap watch: a cute watch to indulge their quirky side

Chamilia silver Christmas tree with Swarovski elements bead: give their Chamilia collection a festive touch with this adorable Christmas tree bead.

Hugo Boss men's woven black leather card holder: a simply classic accessory for him to use day to day.

Mi Moneda Nautilus medium purple shell coin: help them build the collection for their Mi Moneda pendant with this elegant purple shell coin.

Vera Wang Love Knot photo frame 5"x7": for a personal touch, put a photo in this gorgeous photo frame by designer Vera Wang

Still haven’t found what you’re looking for? Then check out our Top 10 Gift Ideas at Ernest Jones online, changed weekly to keep you inspired!

Friday, 15 November 2013

Seasonal Celebrations

What’s that I hear? The sound of corks popping, glasses chinking, canap├ęs being nibbled and... thousands of women reduced to a blustering panic at the fundamental question of the season: what to wear to the Christmas party??

It has become quite the custom these days for perfectly composed, respectable women to become jittering messes when confronted with any kind of occasion that requires dressing up.... I for one am a prime offender. Sparkly or simple? Girly or sophisticated? Embellished or plain? Understated or statement? Black or white? ...agh, someone pass us the mince pies!  Well, whilst you make yourself a nice little floordrobe and frantically snapchat your friends a stream of outfit selfies, don’t worry, because we’ve got the accessory side of things covered this Christmas at Ernest Jones.

From striking black to feminine pinks, this season’s top trends offer something for everyone. If you’re looking to go classic and classy this Christmas, then ensure you incorporate some soft pinks into your look. This stunning 9ct rose gold 12 point diamond and morganite ring offers just the right balance of sparkle and femininity, perfect for teaming with a neutral ensemble, or even contrasting against your trusty LBD. Surrounded by timeless diamonds, the morganite centrepiece offers a divine rose hue, creating an elegant style with a wonderfully Gatsby-esque, vintage inspired finish.

If you’re looking to make more of a statement this season, then you’ll be glad to hear that black is back. Whilst we typically associate the festive season with reds, golds and silvers, this staple colour is a welcome addition to our winter wardrobes; as the LBD taught us, you can never go wrong with black.  To give your party outfit an edge, opt for this Swarovski Slake Dark Deluxe crystal bracelet. Dark, sultry and uber sleek, this black wrap around bracelet is embellished end to end with shining studs and sparkling Swarovski crystals. Versatile yet sure to make an impact, this bracelet can be teamed with whatever outfit you may have in mind for your festive celebrations.

Party accessories don’t just have to mean jewellery; why not invest in a chic dress watch to give your look a stylish finishing touch? Everything about this Project D London ladies’ rose gold-plated strap watch is spot on for the party season. Rocking the much adored rose gold trend of A/W ’13, this watch delivers a compulsory dash of sparkle with a crystal embellished bezel, whilst avoiding totally stealing the limelight with its neutral, beige croc effect strap. Offering the perfect dose of modern elegance you can wear this watch all year round, and currently with 20% off, what’s not to love?!

Find your perfect party accessories for the festive season with Ernest Jones.

Thursday, 7 November 2013

Party Sparkle

Seeing as a complete wardrobe overhaul is completely necessary at this time of year that must mean a complete accessories overhaul is due too right? I mean, it’s safe to say we’ve bid farewell to our summer clothing and even our light autumn jackets, and are heading towards chunky knitted jumpers, woolly scarves and must-have boots. Although winter means wrapping up warm, it also means the ultimate party season, which in my book screams sequins, glitter, sparkle and a whole lot of jewellery to ensure you’ll shimmer at every occasion.  

So hands up, who’s bought their office party dress already? If, like me, you can’t help yourself and have already found your perfect dress, then the next step, which is just as important, is finding the sparkles to ensure it is party season worthy. 

The LBD is a fashionista’s must-have and will never let any girl down when it comes to making sure she looks her best. So whether you’re opting for mini, midi or maxi this year, a statement pair of earrings with an elegant chignon is sure to give your look an added edge. These Swarovski Vanilla earrings are the perfect addition to the ever faithful LBD, ensuring you’ll shine bright all night long for understated evening elegance. With statement earrings like these, skip the necklace and go straight for the ring with this matching Swarovski Vanilla ring; perfect for carrying a little glitter with you wherever you go. 

So now we’ve got the office Christmas party covered, what about New Year?  Why not join the coin craze and add a vibrant pop of colour to your dress with a Lucet Mundi necklace? With a range of different lockets, chain lengths and coins to choose from, Lucet Mundi jewellery is easily interchangeable and perfect for styling your own unique look. Sporting an outfit made up of darker hues? Then go for a sprinkling of colour with one of the crystal coins. This pink one has to be one of my favourites, perfect for a burst of colour against a darker background. If you’re going for a lighter outfit, add a darker crystal coin for contrast, or one of the pastel collection for a subtle addition. 

Found the perfect fashion jewellery to complement your winter style? Then why not spoil a loved one this Christmas with some fabulous fashion jewellery to guarantee a smile on Christmas day.  

This beautiful bow necklace from Hot Diamonds is ideal for a special gift. Complete with a chic polished finish and a shimmering diamond, this feminine necklace is simply stylish and perfect for adding a dash of sparkle to someone special this Christmas. 

Secret Santa? We’ve got that covered too. Go for contemporary chic with a pair of crystal stud earrings from Tresor Paris. Available in a range of colours and priced at only £11, these earrings are the perfect present for even the fussiest friend. 

So whether you’re looking for the perfect addition to your winter outfits or the perfect Christmas present, make Christmas wishes come true at Ernest Jones.