This & That is a look into my current favourites, made up of recent purchases and repeat favourites that you may have seen on the blog before. Today’s focus is on geometric semi-precious jewellery, summery accessories that go with just about everything and my local skincare heroes.
I’ve become slightly obsessed with semi-precious stones this year. My interest was peaked by learning about their symbolism and the imbued properties. A strange co-incidence got me thinking that there has to be something to it; Onyx is the name I chose for the big black cat I adopted when I was sixteen, he’s a constant companion and seems to sense when I need company to calm down and feel emotionally restored. Which is funny, because a few months back I read that one of healing stones for my zodiac sign is onyx. It helps to relieve anxiety and is believed to help during times of stress. Things my Onyx has done for me going on ten years now.
As for the stones here, turquoise is said to be an “anti-negativity stone” and encourages creativity. During the Middle Ages Malachite was used to ward of the Evil Eye and that white stone with dark veins, reminiscent of marble is called howlite- it’s calms communication and aids emotional expression. Who doesn’t want more than that?
Back to the jewellery, I’ve always had trouble finding semi-precious stones that have been set in a way I actually want to wear. Whether you believe in the healing properties of stones or not, the successful combination of minimal details and geometric shapes can’t be questioned.
Earrings, all Collette
Malachite ring, Collette
Howlite ring, Edgars
Howlite necklace, Collette
I’ve featured this Anni King backpack in posts more than a few times and having worn this stunner throughout the year, I can attest to the brand’s quality. I’m very tough on handbags, they seem to disintegrate after a few months (or weeks!) due to my lifestyle and work needs. But this baby is really tough! The leather has very little damage and all I do is wipe it down with a damp cloth every now and again. All in all, this bag has changed my mind about how to shop for handbags- I’d rather buy one durable, quality piece that will last than a fast-fashion, quick-to-break bag that I’ll replace in no time. To see Anni King’s latest collection, check out the look book I worked on earlier this year here.
Back pack, Annie King
Sandals, Forever 21
These local skincare brands have me hooked on their products. Lipidol’s Cleansing Face Oil gets rid of even really thick make up quickly and easily, and doesn’t leave skin feeling tight after. I’m an absolute convert and would recommend it in a heartbeat, I also know a lot of make-up artists and models who love the product too. I’m really impressed by Ordinary Skincare’s Day Cream with SPF 30, the texture of my skin has improved and it’s a wonderful make up base. The fact that Ordinary Skincare is paraben and petrolatum free is a bonus for anyone looking to reduce the amount of topical toxins in their daily skincare routine. Oh-lief Natural Lip Balm has become my cruelty free, environmentally friendly lip balm of choice and for an inexpensive pick-me-up I turn to African Extracts Rooibos Deep Cleansing Face Mask.
Lipidol Cleansing Face Oil
Ordinary Skincare Day Cream SPF 30
Oh-lief Natural Lip Balm Grapefruit
African Extracts Rooibos Deep Cleansing Face Mask