Trend Alert: Seeing Stars

Now, we know that geometric jewellery has been going strong this year. Triangles and cubes add easy, modern touches to any look. Stars on the other hand have gained more of a high street presence and are becoming a micro trend. You could either try something subtle such as Perlota bracelet from Luisaviaroma or, if you feel like going full on bling, go to Kurt Geiger who has matching sets of star earrings, necklaces and rings! The star shape takes me back to my sweet childhood, and a very simple sterling silver ring I used to have as a little girl. Except for this time my stars are encrusted in diamonds. What a great way to take something into your adult life that reminds you of your fun, young days.

An Interview with… Nomilk Today

Here at The Coup we are all about discovering fresh and unique designs. So we are very proud to introduce our new feature called  ‘An Interview with…’ where we will bring your attention to uber creative and ambitious designers from all over the world. We hope you will fall in love with their work as much as we have!

Today we are introducing you to Nomilk Today, whose fresh, geometric designs tick all the right boxes when it comes to statement jewellery. With a theme of colour blocking, Nomilk Todays pieces are bound to receive a lot of compliments.  And, bonus, until Sunday evening, we are giving The Coup readers (you) an exclusive discount of 20% on all of Todays designs. Now that’s something to smile about :)

The Coup spoke to Eva, the owner, about her beginnings, inspirations and how she makes it work, being an agronomist and a jewellery designer.

Q: What made you decide to start your own business?
Being an agronomist student in Athens, and trying to cover my own expences I worked in different jobs while studying. Then in 2010 I had to write my thesis and my time was limited. Knowing that next year I would move to the Netherlands for an Msc, I had to find a way to work from home. So, already familiar with polymer clay, I started crafting. I found Etsy, I started with the usual polymer clay sculptures and after 4 months, I came up with the idea of a polymer clay vitreau. Little by little, I managed to do a lot of progress in the way I work on this technique, but still there is more to come.

Q: Where do you get your inspiration?
I like to observe. A lot. I find inspiration in details around me but also on the internet. The more I browse, the more I see and get inspired. But most of all, my imagination makes the hard work here!

Q: What are your favourite materials to work with and why?
Polymer clay, definitely. Its so convenient and playful to work with, and I found out it has many more potentials than just the usual ones. Many people dont even realise that I work with polymer clay, because as far as I know, I was the first to use it to make this kind of vitreau.

Q: How would you define your style?
I really dont know how to answer this question. I suppose it depends on how someone incorporates my pieces in her wardrobe. But for sure nomilk today style is easy going and joyful!

Q: What’s been the highlight of your career to date?
On March 2011, when my work was featured on design-milk.com. This had a huge impact on the traffic in my shop and gave me a great boost!

Q: What would you like to do next?
Right now, I am just trying to make it work out together with studying. Its a bit tough, though. Next year I will finish the Msc and start working as an agronomist, but nomilk today is now part of me, I dont want to quit it! Maybe I ll do some seminars to work with silver and then combine the two means. My dream is to have my own farm in a Greek island. And then, you know farmer and jewelry designer-this is something I am looking forward to see!

Q: Do you create small production runs or make to order?
I do both, and I have to say I really like custom orders. I also accept wholesale orders for small boutiques.

Q: Where would our readers find your products for sale?
They can find my items on my Etsy page and can keep in touch through my facebook fan page

**Don’t forget to purchase all of your Nomilk Today pieces with an exclusive discount of 20%, for this weekend only. Just enter the coupon code THECOUP20 which will be valid  until Monday morning. Visit Nomilk Today shop here. Happy shopping!**

Ottoman Hands

Vogues Fashion Night Out helped bring a lot of boutique designs to the forefront of Londons most prominent shopping district – Oxford Street. It was here that I first noticed Ottoman Hands – a Turkish jewellry boutique house. Those behind the Boutique select unique gems and work closely with local, skilled artisans to help refine and retain the beauty of Ottoman gems. Craftying these gems in a unique way, Ottoman Hands aims to create affordable yet one-of-a-kind exclusive pieces. With jewels that are best worn to jazz up everyday outfits, these gems promise to inject rare beauty into any outfit. My favourite pieces are these earrings; they are simplistic yet dazzlingly. I love them! Check out the res of the Ottoman Hands range here.
From left to right
Cazibe 2, £34.00; Cazibe 5, £34.00; Cazibe 6, £32.00

Anyone who knows me will be able to tell you that I’m totally ‘watch crazy.’ From silver to gold,  leopard print, black and even rose-coloured leather straps; you name the style, I can guarantee that I’ve either had it or a worthy alternative.

But I’ve had my eye on these Michael Kors treasures for a while now and I’m having a pretty hard time deciding which one should be my next investment. Fancy feeding my addiction by helping me chose? All comments are welcome – which one do you think should be my next purchase?

** To check out our previous ‘colour watch pop’ post, click here

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Top: ‘Rose Golden Glitz Watch’ – $295, Michael Kors

Right: ‘Ritz Chronograph Glitz Watch’ – Michael Kors

Bottom: ‘Parker Chronograph Glitz Watch’ – $375, Michael Kors

Left: ‘Golden Runway Glitz Watch’ – $250, Michael Kors

Stacked Up Pleasures

Three things that I love to do when I travel is to check out local culture, music and fashion. As someone who loves to have a few exclusives in my wardrobe, holiday shopping is a total must. Indulging and seeking out local brands, especially boutiques, is a great way to ensure your wardrobe remains unique and cutting edge.

So, about three weeks ago when I made a flying visit to Chicago, it was a total breath of fresh air when I came across Henri Bendel. The Bendel boutique has been around since 1875, so to you this may be old news, but to me it was news. With a range that includes a selection of fine handbags and jewellery, the Bendel brand is definitely the ‘beacon of luxury’ it aims to be.

Below is a selection of my favourite ‘Stacked’ up Bendel rings, made with the finest of Swarovski crystals and available in gold, rose gold and silver. We all need a statement ring or two to either vamp up or complete any outfit. These Bendel beauties guarantee to do just that!

1. Deluxe Hand Me Down Stack Ring, $118

2. The Pixie Hand Me Down Stack Ring, $98

3. Fake It Stack Ring, $68

4. Petite Hand Me Down Stack Ring, $98

5. Hand Me Down Stack Ring, $98

Coote Pendants

A selection of colourful and ‘coote’ owl pendents. I’m in love!

From left to right, Vintage Owl Necklace – £95, Farfetch.com

Owl Mask Small Necklace – £27, Tatty Devine

Magic Owl Black Silver Pendant Necklace, with multicoloured sapphires & 18KT pink gold detail on black sterling silver chain – £3,582, Cada