#DIY painted shell jewellery holders

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Are you looking for somewhere pretty to store your jewels and treasures? Well so are we. Your jewellery holders need to be just as pretty as the trinkets they hold.

We came across this gorgeous DIY to create beautiful jewellery holders with Oyster shells.

Materials Needed:

Step One: Make sure oyster shells are clean, dry, and free of any debris.

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Step Two: Using a round or flat, angled paintbrush and  Liquid Gold Leaf , paint the inside of the oyster shell to the outer edge.

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Step Three: Allow to dry.

And voila. Gorgeous jewellery holders, to show your pretty baubles off!

Wedding shoot by: de la Barra Photography

Process shots by Kathryn McCrary

The Oscar Edit

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Hollywood was out in full force last night, as The Dolby Theatre played host to the 86th Academy Awards. And the night certainly didn’t disappoint. Selfies, pizza and J Law’s inevitable trip on the red carpet (the Unicorns fully sympathise with Jennifer’s Bambi-legs), as well as a plethora of very-deserving nominees. And all though it’s the performances of these stars that we celebrate on the night, we of course can’t help but to lust over their fashion and beauty looks for the night. So here are our winners of the night:

 

Best Lady in Red:

Jennifer Lawrence in, of course, Dior. Looking stunning in this red, peplum number, Jennifer really stood out in the sea of nudes and black gowns that seemed to swamp the carpet.

 

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Best Fairytale Gown:

Lupita Nyong’o looked every bit a fairy princess in Prada. For us, the Oscars is the ultimate event to go all out and throw on a dreamy, ball gown – and Oscar winner, Lupita executed it beautifully. She’s yet to disappoint on the red carpet.

 

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Best Vampy Witch of Her Age:

The gorgeous Emma Watson in Vera Wang. Another lady who never lets us down, Emma’s classic and simple look was a total winner for the Unicorns – paired with that red lip, it’s the perfect understated, vampy look.

 

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Best Old Hollywood Glamour:

Leading lady of the night, Cate Blanchett in Giorgio Armani. Channeling the glamour and glitz of the Golden Era of Hollywood, Cate looked like every bit the classic, sophisticated lady she is.

 

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Notable mentions to:

Olivia Wilde and bump in Valentino, Sarah Paulson in Elie Saab, Sandra Bullock in Alexander McQueen and Kelly Osborne in Badgley Mischka.

 

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Best Beauty Looks:    

A mix of vampy dark lips and smokey eyes from Margot Robbie, Sandra Bullock and Emma Watson, against pretty, natural looks from Naomi Watts, Lupita Nyong’o and Julia Roberts.

 

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Oscar-Worthy Jewels for you:

Trend Report: LFW Autumn/Winter 2014

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Suffering from the post-London Fashion Week blues? Then sit back, relax and have a nosey through our LFW trend report!

Maximalism

What? Mix layering, textures, prints and colour – think big. Then think bigger.

Where? Alice Temperely, Christopher Kane and Peter Pilotto

On trend jewels: Intricate, oriental earrings from Annabelle Lucilla, chunky necklaces from Only Child and handcrafted pieces from Clare Hynes.

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Shop the trend:

 

Geometry

What? This trend is all about experimenting with shape and symmetry through print, texture and cut.

Where? Jonathan Saunders and Roksanda Ilincic

On trend jewels: Structural, opulent pieces from Jessica Nam and Gothic, smooth shapes from Kasun London.

 

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Shop the trend:

Folk

What? Floaty, dreamy loveliness. Plus homemade style heavy wools and beautiful embroidery.

Where? Burberry Prorsum and Mary Katrantzou

On trend jewels: Precious Niza Huang rings, pieces inspired by wildlife from REO Jewels and pretty, delicate twig necklaces from Justine Brookes.

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Matching Layers

What? From coats, scarfs, dresses and tops – match those layers to create a multi-dimensional, fluid effect.

Where? Temperley, Burberry and Giles

On trend jewels: Stack up on Ros Millar from head to toe (or finger), for a matchy look that’s not overdone

 

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Valentine’s Day, are you a lover or a hater?

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The look of love is in your eyes…or maybe, not so much. It’s that time of year again that polarizes the nation – Valentine’s Day, are you a lover or a hater? Whilst the thought of sappy couples, gazing into each other’s eyes can bring a feeling of nausea to some, we like to look past the cliched cheesiness of the holiday and use it as an excuse to celebrate the relationships that mean the most to us.

Boyfriend, girlfriend, friend or relative, for the unicorns V-day is all about sharing the love and showing appreciation for the people we care about most. So whether you’re a total Valentine’s devotee or prefer throwing a cynical eye over the whole thing, remember to show a little love to the people you care about!

Choose your side, choose your playlist!

 

 

 

 

The Perfect Jewels for your Valentine…or Anti-Valentine

 

The Unicorn’s love: the new Lana del Rey cover of ‘Once Upon a Dream’ for Maleficent

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You know we love fairytales. The darker the better. And it doesn’t get much darker than Maleficent.

The new trailer premiered at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards last night, was also the first time the public heard the title soundtrack, Once Upon A Dream, sung by pop sensation Lana Del Rey. It is hauntingly dark and very fitting.

We particularly love the scene with Aurora, played by Elle Fanning, is last pictured in the iconic spindle scene, tentatively about to place her finger on the needle.

What do you think of the trailer?

Future Jewellery Making Trends 2014 -2015

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The first in one a series of guest post, Jessica Rose from The London Jewellery School talks us through the jewellery making trends for 2014/2015.

The rising prices of precious metals such as silver and gold – especially silver at the moment – is influencing jewellery making from the big brands to designer-makers to home hobbyists. For a while this has meant that jewellery has been getting smaller but now we are seeing interest in bigger pieces using alternate materials – whether that is using new materials or combining expensive and cheaper elements.

In 2014 – 2015 we are expecting to see more people using perspex and resin to make larger statement pieces. These are both materials that also have the advantage of being relatively easy to work with at home plus they are very versatile so people can put their own spin on what they create. And the success of brands like Tatty Devine has put colourful plastics on the map.

 

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Metal clay will still remain popular but with people using more copper or bronze clay rather than silver. Silver clay will still be used but more as an accent on pieces made in with the base metals.

If you look at current jewellery fashion trends you see more jewellers working with precious stones set in bronze, copper or brass and then silver plating them – or even leaving them as the base metal. This means everyone is likely to be more confident about using these metals for stone setting and for pieces that traditionally might be made in silver.

These trends will also go through to findings for beading – even with semi-precious stones. In keeping with the move to bigger jewellery, there will be more interest in chunkier crystals and semi-precious stones both for beading and for wire work which is likely to see people using more copper and plated wires than previously, as well as combining beads and wires with cord and ribbons rather than chains.

If you would like to learn some new skills and make professional quality jewellery either for fun, as a hobby or to start a jewellery business search for the right course for you today on the Jewellery School’s find a course page.

The unicorns love: Disney Villain perfume bottles

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We just adore Disney here at Wonsuponatime, which was why we fell in love with these gorgeous perfume bottles. They’re created by the ever-so-talented artist Ruby Spark who envisioned the villains in these extraordinary creations

See the rest of Ruby’s designs here.

Which is your favourite? Do you love them as much as we do?

 

Destination inspiration: Coachella, flower babies and sunshine

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We’re looking forward to magical summer skies, floral headbands and beautiful tanned boys. Ferris wheels, candy floss and bohemian hair. Winter dreaming for summer healing. Gorgeous jewels, multi-coloured rainbow stones and a summer where everyone is called ‘Baby’.

Win £100 to spend on Wonsuponatime jewellery!

Wonsuponatime Ros Millar Meteor Shower II Luxe Rings

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Feeling the burn after Christmas? Did you buy lots of presents for everyone else but yourself? Well now we’re giving you the perfect chance to treat yourself!

You could win £100 to spend on beautiful jewellery from 18 of our very talented designers! Sound good?

Well all you have to do is follow us on Twitter and RT this tweet here:

The competition ends at the end of January! Good luck.

Love Sarah and Emily (The Wonsuponatime Unicorns) xx

The Unicorns love: magical set designs by Shona Heath

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While trotting through the Internet on our daily adventures, we come across some beautiful things. Today we saw an interview with Shona Heath who designers gorgeously enchanted sets for the likes of Tim Walker and more.

Her fairytale work really invites and inspires us. Attending the University of Brighton to study fashion and textiles, Heath has always been inspired by fantasy and the imagination which stem from her childhood home.

 

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One of our favourite things she has created, is the willow tree for designer Lanvin, of which she says:

Heath has also created sets for runway shows, most notably a life-sized willow tree for Lanvin in 2011.“On the day before the show Albert [Elbaz] walked in and said, ‘I am not sure about the tree, can you take it down?’”

“It was vast. It had taken about 48 hours to put up and would have taken a day to take down. I remember thinking ‘Oh my god,’ and saying, ‘Yes, yes I can take it down, but I will have to know in the next 20 mins, so just let me know. I can get the guys working on it straight away.’ He looked at me, at [the tree], paused, considered and said, ‘No, no. I like the tree.’ I just know that had I said no, I would have had to take it down. [The work] had to stand up itself.”

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It is in particular working with the famous Tim Walker who really shot Heath to fame:

”Arguably, it’s Heath’s work with Walker that has earned her the most recognition. Indeed, together, the pair are responsible for some of the most thrilling fashion editorials of the last decade. Theirs is a world of offbeat allegory and surreal fantasy; of giant dolls and toy soldiers, magic and play.”

Read the full article on the Business of Fashion.