TDH MUSE: AMANDA STAVROPOULOS, FASHION EDITOR OF WHOWHATWEAR AUSTRALIA




When you’re spoiled for choice, sometimes it helps to get some curatorial advice from the best! That’s why we asked Amanda Stavropoulos, the Fashion Editor of WhoWhatWear in Aus, what Dark Horse pieces she’s snapping up this summer. Read on for her faves…

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I’d love to wear these Kitte Accoutrement earrings after a day on the beach with my hair in a top knot, and a black silk slip. 

I’m still so obsessed with chokers, and this one by White by G feels really different compared with everything else I’ve seen.

I recently got engaged and want little delicate rings to layer on every other finger. Loving these ones by Natalie Marie.

Find more inspo by Amanda via her Instagram: @amandastav. Remember to take advantage of our take home lay-by option to take the stress out of Christmas.

SHOP NOW, PAY LATER FOR A STRESS-FREE CHRISTMAS


There is no more convenient time to take us up on our take home lay-by option!



All Australian customers can purchase items up to $500 with just a 30% deposit. Even better, your items will be sent out to your immediately, so you can start wearing them – or wrapping them up for Christmas presents.

From there, you have a month to finalise payment interest-free – another four paydays! Take the stress out of Christmas shopping with this easy, no-catch payment option. Pay how you want as frequently as you want within those four weeks and we’ll ask no questions.

Thought you couldn’t afford that stunning pair of earrings or classic investment necklace? Think again! Here are some examples of take home lay-by pricing…

talke home layby


YOUR CHRISTMAS PARTIES, SORTED!


As Christmas party invitations start to roll in throughout November, we thought we better get our outfit inspo sorted early! We’ve got you covered from everything to BBQs to formal cocktail parties – bring on the summer!


Smart-Casual Office Party

Depending on where you work, office parties are something to either dread or look forward to. Go for something professional but achingly chic, like a silk skirt and a white cotton singlet with super chic accessories. Sip on a free champers and catch up with nerdy-but-cute Mike from Accounting.

Shop the look: earrings | skirt | top | cuff | sunglasses



Casual BBQ with Friends

For all those friends who leave mid-December to go back home abroad for Christmas, sneak in a BBQ before the big rush. Start the affair early with some sundowners and a cute boater while the Webber gets started.

Shop the look: boater hat | earrings | dress | sandals | ring | belt




All-Out Glamazon Cocktails

For the glamorous cocktail party held by your client, stick to something simple that you’ll wear over and over. Accessorise dramatically but sparingly for a sophisticated but fun evening look. Mind the daiquiris!

Shop the look: earrings | bracelet | gown | heels | clutch

ALEEN'S TRAVEL DIARY: DUBAI & ABU DHABI



Our founder Aleen recently had a whirlwind trip to Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Here are her recommendations.

STAY //
We stayed in Media One Hotel in Media City. Dubai is built in sections – Health Care City, Financial City etc. We wanted to stay close to friends, yet it ended up being such a perfect location. We would only ever be in the cab for 15-20mins max.

SHOP // We went to the Dubai Mall twice it was so big – there is an aquarium in there! You think you've seen it all and then another section pops up. It was definitely a shopper’s paradise, with a mix of street and high fashion, yet I only ended up buying two books (book stores are normally my weakness!). Outside of the Dubai Mall you have another great view of the Burj Khalifa (the tallest building in the world).

EAT // As you know every holiday is based on food and this was no exception. I knew there were two Australian cafes that I wanted to eat at: Tom & Serg and The Sum Of Us. Because our trip was so short, we ended up eating at The Sum of Us twice! We just knew the coffee was going to be good and it’s a fail proof place to get avo on toast.

DO // The Dubai desert is a must-do. I really wanted to go in the four-wheel drive around in the sand hills. It’s a lot of fun, slightly scarier than I anticipated (until I saw a 5 year old girl in another car doing it, so told myself that I probably shouldn't be scared!). It’s so peaceful and beautiful to be able to watch the sunset in the desert and you are able to have a traditional dinner with a (slightly over the top, but still so much fun) dance show.

SWIM // The water at the JBR Beach is like a spa! This beach has so much to do around it, some of the best cafes, a fun arcade style area with all these games and shopping too! 

INDULGE // In the Madinat Jumeirah hotel, there is a beautiful spa where we went to have a modern version of the traditional hammam bath.

SEE // We didn't have too many hours in Abu Dhabi as we were with family, but got to see the Sheikh Zayed Mosque, one of the largest mosques. It was incredibly beautiful! Unfortunately, we couldn't go to Ferrari City, which we heard is super fun. We had a family dinner at an Armenian restaurant in Abu Dhabi (so good!) called Al Mayass. On our last night we went to an arcade/live music bar called Stereo Arcade. It’s so much fun and a very relaxed crowd.

ADORN // Unfortunately a lot of the souks are tourist traps. As much as the products were beautiful, they were very high tourist prices. I couldn't not go see the gold souk though – so much jewellery fanatic! It’s literally all this incredible gold (wish I took pictures!), but it is amazing just to go look at the items (and across the road from the spice souk).

 

BEYOND THE HAT: SPRING RACING ACCESSORIES


So, you've sorted out your hat (or fascinator or flower crown or headpiece...), and you've got your dress. What now? Pull that look together with some jewellery – statement or simple, depending on your dress and style. We've pulled some inspiration together to get you thinking!

 

Channel: Erin Holland

Take a cue from this former Miss World Australia and keep your look golden, Grecian and gorgeous. The emphasis here in on the beautiful cut of the dress and the bronze make-up, so pair with a simple but stunning golden bangle, heels and a glass of bubbles. Cheers!

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Channel: Jesinta Campbell

If you’re going to wear full-on floral and a D&G crown, you may as well wear statement earrings and a bold lip too. Cue the gorgeous Jesinta Campbell and go for a more-is-more approach to Melbourne Cup this year. Minimalism is for sissies.

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Channel: Kathryn Kelly

On the flip side, statement earrings also pair beautifully when they’re the main event. Keep cool and comfortable in a slip dress, a chic straw hat (that you’ll wear again and again!) and a pair of all-out, shoulder dusting earrings.

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Channel: This Cool Street Style Queen!

Some of us just aren’t into the frou-frou. Keep your Cup Day look you by embellishing your everyday basics. Swap ballet flats for drop-dead heels, keep your side split high, your hair done and your accessories simple.

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3 Halloween Costumes You Can Completely Reuse – With Matching Jewellery!

Just as you start thinking you need to save up for Christmas presents and plans, Halloween jumps up out of nowhere and scares the living daylights out of you with $200 costumes and BYO drinks. Fear not. We're here to show you how to pull together looks from your current wardrobe, or at least only buy things you'll use again. Because absolutely no one needs more junk lying around...

WWII Airman

Because jumpsuits are super chic and olive green is basically a neutral colour. This is actually just an excuse to finally buy one. Pair it with black booties and classic aviators to read wartime pilot. If it’s cold out and you’re ambitious, add a bomber jacket.

In everyday life, all of these pieces are chic and on-trend. Pair the jumpsuit with black heels and a longline necklace.

Shop the costume: jumpsuit | aviators | boots | jacket | ‘dog tag’ necklace


Eleven from Stranger Things

If you’re the sort of person who can pull of yellow, honour the memory of the lovely hamburger man who first befriended Elle when she arrived with her oversized yellow tee. Use an old red lipstick to give yourself some damage, slick your hair back and you’re set. Side bonus: you’ll have snacks handy all night.

The oversized tee would work well with jeans or leather pants in everyday life, dressing down with a pair of cons, dressed up with a pair of heels. Pair it with statement earrings to pull it all together.

Shop the costume: t-shirt in XXL | lipstick | frozen waffles | earrings


Tom Cruise from Risky Business

If you’re brave and not worried about cool spring evenings, your man probably has everything you need for this costume. Also, do we even need to tell you the ways to wear an oxford shirt in real life? How about with a necklace slinking down your décolletage?

Shop the costume: shirt | underwear | socks | raybans | candlestick | ring

TDH MUSE: CLAIRE DEANE

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Claire Deane is a digital marketer, Google analytics nerd and social media addict. She also teaches yoga, just because she loves to. Claire is one of our favourite TDH muses: she’s smart, she’s savvy and she’s gorgeous – on the inside and out. We sat down with her to talk all things #girlboss, trends and celebrations.

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How is your personal style influenced by your work?

At Deane & Co, we are constantly exposed to new trends and fashions, and if we were to follow everything, I would be broke! I’m much more of a casual dresser, and love that jewellery has become a real way to express yourself. Because I am always on social media, and always subscribing, following and liking, I do see a lot of the trends, and I am a sucker for pretty packaging and great branding - I’m more susceptible in the beauty space than in the fashion space though, if I see a beauty product with great packaging, I have to have it!

What’s your daily uniform?

In winter, it’s jeans every day. In summer, it’s all about simple dresses, and as many stripes as I can get my hands on. When I find something I like, I buy it in all colours, because I love being able to throw something on and know that it just works. At the moment, I’m wearing this Assembly Label dress in grey, black and coffee stripes with converse and leather slides, and dressing it up and down with simple jewellery or more statement pieces.

What do you never leave home without?

My phone and my lip balm.

What trends are you noticing in your field right now?

From a fashion perspective, it’s all about fine jewellery. We have a few fashion clients and fine jewellery all over social media as it really lets the wearer express themselves - stack it, wear it on its own, buy lots of cheaper pieces or buy just one really beautiful piece that means a lot to you.

In the beauty sector, it’s all about organic and natural. Even bigger brands like Anthropology and Urban Outfitters are jumping on the natural beauty bandwagon, but I love smaller retailers like CAP Beauty, Credo and, closer to home, Organic Index.

We’re also noticing a real trend towards micro influencers - customers want to follow real people, and that’s why they are turning towards snapchat and Instagram stories - there’s less curation there, and it means they can see more of the people behind the brand. That’s why I love The Dark Horse, because [founder] Aleen is always trying new things and trying to be a real person behind the brand.

What’s your fave piece of jewellery?

My favourite pieces would have to be my engagement and wedding rings. My husband sneakily had my engagement ring designed for me and the proposal was a complete surprise. At our wedding, all of our friends and family passed around our rings and infused them with good wishes, so they feel extra special.
For our third anniversary, my husband had an eternity band designed by Natalie Marie, which is a designer I discovered on The Dark Horse and have been obsessed with ever since! I have a few of her delicate pieces that I adore, including a pearl drop necklace from The Dark Horse that is simple and statement all at the same time.

How do you celebrate your victories?

It’s something I am working on. Typically it’s been, “oh great, now what’s next?”, instead of really taking the time to acknowledge what we’ve achieved. I’ve heard great stories of people taking 15 second dance breaks with their team when they achieve a goal, and I’d love to find something that’s unique to our culture like that. One thing we do each week is ask each other where we’re winning, and that gives all of us a chance to share our victories with the team.

Where can we find you?

Instagram: @clairemdeane

Website: deaneand.co

LAYERING & STACKING 101

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The most important thing to remember is that a perfectly curated stack or layer is all about your own unique style – think of it like a charm bracelet, but built over several pieces. Each piece should reflect you. Apart from that, just have fun! Here are our top tips.



 

How to Stack Rings

We think the best way to start a stack is with three rings. You can even buy stack sets to get you started! Go with a plainish band first, then add a gemstone piece and finish with a second plain band or something with a similar hue. You have your first stack!

Now, if you want to, you can build on the look. Add another layer or two to your original stack, and don’t be afraid to add rings to other knuckles to break it all up. And of course, the more rings you own, the more opportunities you’ll have ;)

Get started with our fave pieces: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4

How to Layer Necklaces

Mystified by the fashion blogger skill of necklace layering? We’ve distilled their secrets to four formulas:

  • Delicate diamond + small gold charm + medium gold charm
  • Oversized statement necklace + simple long chain
  • Chunky chain necklace + colourful vintage necklace + statement gold necklace
  • Two small charm necklaces + pearl bar necklace + medium pendant necklace
  • Dainty charm necklace + mid-length pendant + long statement pendant
  • Delicate choker + thin chains of varying lengths

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How to Stack Bracelets

The bracelet is back, and it's all about the bangle that doesn't require layering. Of course, that doesn’t mean you can’t – stack ‘em as high as you want! We love to mix them with finer pieces for a look that works day or night. Choose pieces that are just as special by themselves, and they’ll be classics forever.

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How to Layer Earrings

Ear parties are as much about the quirky stuff – the ear cuffs, crawlers and jackets – as it is about the delicate studs. Mixing and matching is the key to keeping it chic. And if you thought you needed to have more than one piercing in each ear to pull off this look, don’t worry. Designers today are creating styles that give the look of multiple piercings without the permanency (or pain).

Here are our best tips to make any combination work:

  • Whether it be drop earrings, a crystal stud, trippy double-sided hoops or a stunning cuff, choose a piercing to showcase the main piece.
  • Next, go for something that’s still a bit graphic, but not too heavy. Something like a gold hook.
  • Now choose something small but striking. It’ll oomph up the previous piece.
  • As you reach your limit, add something minimalist, preferably in the same metal as your first piece. This will anchor the whole look.
  • If you’re going all the way up, hoops and loops that hug your ear work best (see: Alicia Keys).
  • Don’t match on the other side. Keep one ear your focus and complement it on the other side, maybe switching the positions for certain sets.
  • To keep it really simple, mismatch your single piercings, one on each side.

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A WHIRLWIND TRIP TO HONG KONG

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I have always wanted to go to Hong Kong and was lucky enough to be able to have a whirlwind two and a half days there recently! I went as part of the jewellery fair and spent a good half day sourcing some exciting new goodies for TDH! I can’t wait to show you.

Hong Kong is separated into a couple areas and I stayed at the Pottinger Hotel on Hong Kong Island (the original British settlement area). It was in the perfect position to walk everywhere – I pretty much base all my overseas trips about where I can eat and knew I was walking distance from the below restaurants (and many, many more!).

hong kong 

WHAT TO EAT


Ho Lee Fook
Located in a basement, it has this iconic wall full of cats – you have to see it to believe it. Also the chef was previously of Mr Wong and Ms. G’s in Sydney, some of my local faves.

Zuma
Why not eat Japanese food in Hong Kong?! This is the perfect place for a sushi fix – they have an incredible weekend brunch, served with Veuve Clicquot. It’s an absolute feast of sashimi and tempura and all your regular favourites.

Oldies Foodies
I simply had to have a soft serve – and Oddies has the mix of east meets west that was needed! It is a soft serve topped with traditional HK egg waffles with choc chips!

Walking down to the area of Soho was perfect as literally every shop seems to serve food. The vibe of this section was a mix of east meets west and the options felt endless.

hong kong 

 

WHAT TO WEAR


Hot is an understatement about the weather at this time in Hong Kong. When it’s hot, I just want to feel minimal and I want my jewellery to also feel that way. For me it is all about earrings, so I wore our White Label drop earrings pretty much every day. When I wanted more of a night time look, I added the gold hapur wrap necklace as a choker. I mix and match my earrings all the time, below are my favourites:

 

WHERE TO GO


Kowloon
Staying on the island meant we needed to catch the ferry to go to Kowloon, which is part of the closer mainland Chinese section of HK. This is definitely a shopper’s paradise – there was no shortage of designer stores! The ferry is so easy (and cheap) to catch, and very much worth the experience.

Markets
Staying on HK island, I loved that we just kept finding all these markets. Some are definitely not for the faint hearted (i.e., the 'wet' markets, which sell fish on the streets) but there are markets with antiques, or just tourist-y goodies!

Tung Wah Ceramic Store: Stauntan Street, Soho
I am a sucker for homewares and didn't want to leave without purchasing a tea cup. This store was only a 10 minute walk from our hotel and was perfect for grabbing patterned ceramics.

Man Mo Temple
This was under construction when I went to visit, but was still open. It is the temple dedicated to the gods of literature and war – it was built in 1847. It’s a surreal feeling to enter such a serene, quiet temple on such a busy road.

hong kong 

WHAT TO WEAR THIS WEDDING SEASON

Wedding season is upon us, which means outfits must be planned, drivers designated and presents bought. We’ve pulled together some spring time looks (not a floral in sight!) to take you to any kind of bash. Whether you’re going for something trendy or classic, formal or smart casual, we’ve got you covered.


 

Grecian-style frocks literally look good on anyone. This lilac number is the perfect pick for a spring wedding, amped up with this beautiful cuff by Balyck, nude pumps (to elongate those legs!), a rattan clutch and a swipe of pretty pink lipstick. Wear your hair softly done up and bring a parasol if you’re sitting outside.

Dress | cuff | bag | heels | lipstick


 

For a glamorous black tie event, go for gold with this stunning, minimalist collar. This stylish maxi dress in velvet and silk will keep you just warm enough as the sun goes down, while a gold-detailed clutch will keep things practical as well as chic. Finish with a bright coral lip to keep your look sophisticated but fun.

Dress | collar | clutch | lipstick | perfume

 
 

If a frock really isn’t your thing, consider a top and pants ensemble. Dress up the top so you can rock jeans on the bottom. Add some arm bling, cool sunglasses and cool girl hair – who says weddings are boring?

Top | Pants | arm band | sunglasses | straightener