09 January 2011

getting dressed...necklaces

i'm never very good at wearing jewellery but am determined to wear this incredibly beautiful necklace my super generous boyfriend gave me for christmas...

he got it from the shop floor project, which if you don't know it, is a very special website, designed like a real shop, featuring an eclectic mix of designers' and artists' work, some commissioned by the shop.  it's great for a window shopping session, wandering around the different rooms, a chance to dream about the beautiful, distinctive items on offer.  there's also a sister website, the secret arcade, that brings together shops from 29 british web-based retailers.  again, the website design is very impressive, based on 19th century parisian arcades with 'seven little passages leading off from the main entrance, taking the visitor to a tempting array of shops'.  the concept of the arcade is to 'shine a spotlight' on web-based retailers 'giving shoppers a unique experience to unearth little gems'.  i can't argue with that.  unfortunately, it's another perfect way to waste hours of time...

speaking of necklaces, my eye was seriously caught by a necklace created by a talented local (to me anyway in the north east of england) designer, katy howieson, who blogs at what katy did next and has an etsy shop too.  katy is currently working on her first bridal collection, which i'm sure will be a delight.

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