VALENTINE'S DATE NIGHT, TWO WAYS

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With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, we’ve been thinking about what to wear (we’re always thinking about what to wear). But in the office we disagree on what Valentine’s Day is – some of us are excited about lavish dinners out on the town with cocktail packages and views, while others of us are planning meals at home with movie marathons. But that’s what Valentine’s Day is all about, right? Spending time with the one you love in the way you love.

Well, either way, we have you covered! Here are our dream Valentine’s Day plans…


 

Option 1 – Out & About

For those who think a night on the town in a slinky dress (and lacy underthings for the imagination!) is the perfect way to celebrate love, try combining a simple frock or jumpsuit with sexy detailing – a low back, a bias cut silk or a v-neck. Statement earrings and lips should be balanced with simple, classic accessories to look chic yet adventurous.

Slinky black dress | satin midi dress | amazing jumpsuit | heels | earrings | necklace | lipstick | lingerie



Option 2 – Netflix & Chill

For those who think a night on the couch with some favourite movies and comfortable pyjamas is far more romantic, line up a double feature with some popcorn and a special red wine. Because you’re probably beyond fussing with bits of lace, go for sleepwear that is a little more special without being OTT – and leave the old t-shirt with the rips in the drawer for tonight.

Silk pyjamas set | classic pyjamas set | jersey nightdress | earrings | ring | lip gloss | hair plumping

HOW TO CELEBRATE GALENTINE’S DAY IN STYLE

Wondering how to celebrate all your favourite women? Throw them a party this Valentine's Day! We'll show you how.


galentine's day picnic


The Occasion:
Galentine’s Day Sunday Picnic

The Location: the grounds of a private country residence (or, you know, the park!)

The Decorations: a rustic table or tartan picnic rug laid with a pretty white table runner, simple crockery, candlesticks and vases of white flowers

The Menu: a late-summer menu of elderflower mocktails, a bright leek and watercress soup dolloped with crème fraiche, a goat’s cheese soufflé with lavender cream sauce, and a fig tart to finish

The Favours: mini bottles of limoncello to keep summer going all year

The Music: classical/Taylor Swift depending on your jam

The Outfit: white jeans with a Breton top, fingers full of rings and some simple studs in your ears

{images via donna hay, I Quit Sugar, Pinterest, Inspired By This}


galentine's day dinner


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The Occasion: Galentine’s Day Dinner

The Location: an unassuming showroom or gallery space

The Decorations: a formal dining table and rose-coloured tassels draped from the ceiling to create a grand entrance. Top it off with several white paddle balloons floating throughout the space.

The Menu: white negronis to start while everyone arrives, followed by a caprese salad and prawn casarecce with lemon, chilli and corn pangrattato, and a lemon ricotta cake with raspberry ripple cream to finish.

The Favours: fresh croissants with little jars of jam – for tomorrow’s breakfast

The Music: put on a Spotify playlist and stop fussing!

The Outfit: a silk kelly green tunic and platinum chandelier earrings and badass cuff

{images via Style Me Pretty, delicious. magazine, Pinterest}

FIVE MINUTES WITH AU REVOIR LES FILLES

We sat down with Teresa Tiong, founder and designer of the ephemeral Au Revoir Les Filles label. Shop the new collection here.

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Who is the Au Revoir Les Filles girl?

She’s a modern romantic with a wicked sense of style. She sees beauty in shadows, has fire in her heart and walks to her own beat.

How do you imagine your pieces being worn?

I imagine the ARLF girl putting her own unique spin, wearing multiples of slim jewellery and layering designs in a modern way. She’s the everyday girl, who loves a bit of magic when she dresses up. To stand out, she’ll mix gothic statement pieces with a soft silhouette, embracing both dark and light, masculine and feminine.

What are the essential ingredients to one of your designs?

We place an emphasis on small thoughtful details that tend to be overlooked in design. The Celestial Ring is a reversible band with a fine chain. It can be worn in 4 different ways, with the star or moon on top, with the chain over or under your finger.

How would you describe your designs to someone who has never seen them?

They are modern keepsakes that tell a story. Designed with the wearer in mind, finely crafted pieces to be cherished and passed down through the generations.

When are you most inspired to create?

I am most inspired when I am relaxed. It’s important for me to take time off, and pursue other hobbies, like finding a new park to walk our cavoodle Dali, or hanging out with friends. Seeing others create something, whether it’s a film, an artwork or even a business, finding out what inspires them often gives me new ideas to explore and be inspired by.

What jewellery do you yourself wear?

I love stacking the Orion rings; the delicate band and fine chain looks great layered together. I usually pair it with the Surrender bangle (a personal favourite), and a couple of heirloom vintage rings inlaid with pearls and diamonds from my mum.

What’s next for Au Revoir Les Filles?

We did our first tradeshow in Capsule New York, and had our designs worn by The Veronicas recently, so it’ll be great to continue along these lines and increase exposure to the label. We are also looking at re-branding, and launching a revamped website early this year.

FIVE MINUTES WITH JESSICA BALYCK

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Launched in 2010, Balyck is known for its worldly craftsmanship that draws inspiration from different places and cultures. After studying at The Fashion Studio in Sydney, Jessica Balyck built her skills and experience in fashion and the arts. She began teaching herself the skills and craft of jewellery making. In the process she formed her own distinct style, which can now be seen in the beautiful collections of Balyck. We sat down with Jess to talk all things travel, inspo and accessories.

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Why did you start Balyck?

The Balyck label came about for three reasons:

First, I was always dissatisfied with jewellery I would purchase on travels, which would lead me to dismantle and rework them into something customized for myself.

Secondly, I wanted to bring something different and unique to the Australian market as I'm a huge advocate of supporting the Australian fashion industry and businesses.

And thirdly, I'm very family-orientated and have grown up watching my father work very hard. I wanted to give something back and named the label Balyck (being my last name). That in itself is the most rewarding thing about the label.

Did you always know you wanted to be a designer?

Yes! From a very young age. In fact I was dubbed ‘Piccolo Picasso’ (‘little Picasso’), as I was always painting walls and creating art from the moment I could pick up a pencil. So naturally the progression into becoming a designer was my given path. It was just harnessing that energy into my niche that was the process.

Who is the Balyck girl?

The Balyck girl is timeless, strong and an individual in her own right.

How do you describe your aesthetic to someone who has never seen your pieces?

Unique versatile designs with a mix of eclectic materials and concepts.

How do you imagine the pieces from the latest collection being worn?

Individually for the more simplistic wearer or layered together to create a statement.

Where are you most inspired to create?

I'm most inspired on my travels. In the same way memories are created on holidays, I like to translate this into my designs to create a memory for the customer.

What are you bored of seeing?

I'm bored of seeing generic trend-based designs that the customer then discards rather than a timeless creation that they can value for longer.

What jewellery do you yourself wear?

I personally always have a classic necklace and earrings on and then layer additional jewellery depending on my outfit.

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Shop the stunning new collection at The Dark Horse

FROM THE RED CARPET: GOLDEN GLOBES ACCESSORIES RECAP



Pfft, forget the gowns – we’re all about the memorable red carpet jewellery at the 2017 Golden Globe Awards. This year, little necklaces, rings and earrings seems to be all the rage, but let’s talk about the show-stoppers. From Natalie Portman’s Edwardian-era Tiffany earrings to Michelle William’s chic but unexpected choker, let’s give those unforgettable moments a second glance.

The Chokers

Yes we know chokers were already a trend in 2016, but see this?! It feels new and exciting again! Reese Witherspoon, Michelle Williams, Nicole Kidman… three’s a trend! Hopefully chokers will be the only thing in 2017 that’s same same but different…

Shop Michelle Williams inspo: Crystal Leather Choker | Houdini Leather Choker | Double Line Choker | Gold Cobra Choker

The Stacked Ring Bling

Stacked diamond rings – all the better to show off a perfect nude manicure and a bright red lip. It’s an elegant yet unexpected jewellery statement that’s gives the appropriate levels of modern glitz and glam to an otherwise timeless look.

Shop Tracee Ellis Ross Inspo: Silver Crystal Stack | Shashi Gold Ring

The Vintage Feels

We get it Nat – you go all out with your character development. The Oscar-winning actress has trouble leaving Jackie O behind with her sophisticated ’60s-style gown and accessories. The unexpected colour choices along with the vintage Tiffany jewels have everyone talking.

Shop Natalie Portman Inspo: Bering Ring | Long Pendant | Gold Necklace

HOW TO: BEACH TO BAR

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There’s nothing better than stepping off the sand, straight to the bar with your besties. But with sun-kissed skin and salty hair comes parched skin, awkward tans and – if you went there – mascara stains. If afternoons by the water leave you more sandy than sexy, here are our tips for nailing the beach-to-bar parade. With summer in full swing, we’ll show you how to go from swimming to sipping with the sort of breezy, I-just-threw-this-on accessories that will show how nonchalant and stylish you are.

 

Look 1

Sleek and sophisticated, this daring swimsuit is all for show. Set yourself up for some people watching (and being watched – let’s be honest). Move on for cocktails in this super sexy cover up – just enough to pass at the bar if you’re feeling game. Switch it up for a vintage kimono to bring it back down to earth.

Do Not Disturb Hat | Sunglasses | Swimsuit | Kimono | Sandals | Earrings | Towel



Look 2

Keep it sweet and fun in a pretty scalloped bikini and simple accessories. When you’re finished splashing around and working on those perfect tan lines, throw on a white lace playsuit and some comfy heels to keep the party going.

Bikini | Playsuit | Shoes | Sunglasses | Hat | Earrings | Necklace | Towel



Look 3

For the girl who wants a game, not a lounge, this rashie is sporty and stylish. And what would beach to bar be without a little bit of Zimmerman? Throw on some shorts and earrings to complete your outfit.

Rashie | Earrings | Shorts | Shoes | Sunglasses | Ring | Towel

It’s our biggest sale of the year!



You didn’t think we’d leave you hanging without a Boxing Day sale, did you?! To celebrate the end of 2016 and to thank you for all your incredible support this year, we have whole designers on sale for you to snap up and enjoy! Don’t forget to tag us in your pics xx

Peter Lang

We have major crushes on Peter Lang’s new collection, and looking at our recent orders, it looks like you do too! Get in there before they are all snapped up.

Shop Peter Lang here.

Gorjana

The lightweight, versatile pieces are made right near Laguna Beach in California. Inspired by that easy-going lifestyle, these pieces are made for layering and forgetting.

Shop Gorjana here.

Giles & Brother

Made by a brother and sister in New York, these incredible pieces of craftsmanship have won multiple industry awards. Let the compliments begin…

Shop Giles & Brother here.

Lemon Jewellery

These quirky pieces are designed in Melbourne and produced by hand in Indonesia. Stunningly original, each piece in one of a kind, thanks to the use of natural stones.

Shop Lemon Jewellery here.

Luv AJ

Full of her signature spikes and layered chains, Amanda Thomas’ pieces are loves by Jessica Alba, Kylie Jenner, Nicole Richie and Miley Cyrus. Sign us up.

Shop Luv AJ here.

 

WIN $400 FOR YOU AND A FRIEND!



How would you like to win a $200 voucher plus a $200 voucher for a friend? To enter, just tag a friend on our post on Instagram or Facebook, and ensure you are both following The Dark Horse. We will announce the winner on Christmas Day.

What would you scoop up with your winnings? What about some matching necklaces to celebrate your (now even better!) friendship? We love these simple beauties from Matters Speaking.

 

Join us on Instagram or Facebook to enter! Shop the online store here.

LAST MINUTE CHRISTMAS GIFTS FOR EVERY BUDGET



In a perfect world, you’d be able to send every person on your list to their dream holiday destination with a never-ending supply of Champagne. But this is the real world and you probably have a budget – however big or tight that might be.

Fortunately, we have plenty of options that fit every budget – from $30 right up to $200. We’ve rounded up our best sellers in each category – all guaranteed to make your favourite people feel over the moon! So no matter who you’re shopping for and how much you have to spend, we have everything right here.



under $30 gifts
under $50 gifts
under $100 gifts
under $250 gifts

Under $30 The White Label Gold Drop Hoops | Under $50 Shashi Nellie Ring | Peter Lang Arcadia Earrings | The White Label Leather Neck Tie | Under $100 Shashi Evil Eye Drop Earrings | Shashi Angela Studs | Matters Speaking Necklace | Under $250 Luv AJ Statement Ring | Shashi Necklace | Nylon Jewellery Star Choker




BRAND NEW 'MATTERS SPEAKING' IN STOCK NOW!

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We love working with the Matters Speaking sisters to bring their collections to our TDH friends. How beautiful are these new pendants?

Jessica and Laura have a bond that goes beyond words. They have invested their love to create pieces that make your soul feel at home – jewellery that is all about encouraging you to be who (and all that) you are. Own your reality without apology. Open yourself up to possibilities.

Their words speak to you – they are pendants you can wear like you wear a heart on your sleeve. The gypsy pendant is the perfect present for a friend of ours who dances her way around the world and never feels quite at home unless she has the next adventure planned. ‘Spirit’ would suit another friend who is kind and compassionate but fragile and nervous in her own calm way; a protector who also needs protecting. ‘To The Moon & Back’ would look divine hanging around the neck of a BBF who gets layering – in amongst other chains she’s been given over time. The special thing about words is they resonate in different ways with different people.

What resonates with you?


>> Shop all Matters Speaking here. <<