JEWELLERY THAT SUITS EVERYONE

There is jewellery that suits trendy people – and then there’s jewellery that suits everyone. Forever. The trick is to focus first on pieces that work together and well as by themselves, then add pieces that standout in terms of colour or size. Of course, all your pieces – basics and statements – could reflect your own style.

And that’s why we’ve pulled together a list of jewellery that suits absolutely everyone. Simply choose metals or styles that work with your wardrobe, and you’ll have all the essentials to have fun with and build on. Here are our favourites…


jewellery that suits everyone

Stud earrings

A simple stud will make you look finished and polished. Look for something in either diamond, pearl or your favourite precious metal. They will work with anything and add the look of effort when you’ve actually thrown on your favourite jumper and run out the door.

We love these and these.

Hoop earrings

We’ve spoken before about how there’s a hoop for everyone – but that’s because it’s true! It might be a simple silver sleeper or a big gold hoop; either way, they frame and elongate your face. Never a bad thing!

Read more about our love of hoops here and here.

Long, pendant necklaces

There is nothing better to liven up a t-shirt and jeans or finish off a cocktail frock. The long pendant necklace is an indispensable part of your accessories wardrobe. Very popular in the ‘20s and ‘30s (especially pearls!), the look has made a resurgence and firmly cemented itself as a classic. It’s the perfect piece for layering too, so load ‘em up!

We love this, this and this one.

A bangle

A simple bangle is the bracelet equivalent of the diamond stud earring. Wear it every day with any outfit and it will work. Stack it with other bracelets or leave it on its own. And don’t be afraid to invest here, because you’ll get daily use out of it.

We love this and this one.

HOW TO WEAR IT: HOOPS



One of the biggest jewellery tends at the moment, hoops can be worn all day, every day. We have created the perfect drop style, ensuring it is light enough and chic enough to go with anything. To show you just how versatile these little babies can be, we pulled together some ensembles to get your imagination whirling and your fingers clicking.

 

The very best news is that they are only $29 and available for pre-ordering now. Say hello to your new best friend.




For brushing up on your français

Pack up your books and settle into a cosy nook of your local café as you brush up on your French. Add a punch to your simple Saturday morning outfit with some great accessories. And don’t forget your dictionary!

Cape | top | booties | pants | notebook | pencils | earrings | lion cuff | | lipstick | nail polish





For werk, werk, werk, werk, werk

Keep the rest of your outfit simple but chic and add some personality with a ring set and dangly earrings. Unassuming but still stylish, they’ll keep up with you all day from coffee to meetings and back again.

Skirt | turtleneck | heels | rings | foundation | mascara | lip pencil | earrings




For drinks and a show

Bring on max sophistication by dressing up an LBD and heels with a modern earring. This look is all elegance with just enough flair to take you from whiskey bar to the theatre to whatever the night may bring.

Heels | illuminator | dress | necklace | earrings | lipstick

IT'S TIME FOR AN EAR PARTY

ear party

Man Repeller may have introduced you to the arm party, but allow us to introduce you to our new favourite look: the ear party. Taking a cue from Hollywood’s hottest stars, we’re all about this edgy, sexy way to accessorise. As at home on the lobes of a Brit socialite as it is on a rock star, the ear party is the time to put those matching sets to rest.

It’s as much about the crazy 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.

INTERVIEW WITH JESSICA BALYCK OF BALYCK

Launched in 2010, Balyck is known for its worldly craftsmanship that draws inspiration from different places and cultures. We sat down with designer Jessica Balyck to talk all things travel, inspo and accessories.


After studying at The Fashion Studio in Sydney, Jessica 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. Shop the new releases here.


balyck

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 the essential ingredients to one of your designs?

Love, and that every design is made by myself.

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.

What's next for Balyck?

Next for Balyck is the exciting new release of my collection "Absolem" in October where nothing is what it seems...

HOW TO MATCH YOUR EARRINGS TO YOUR LOOK

Sometimes you know exactly what jewellery you want to wear. Sometimes you know exactly what make-up look you’re going for. Sometimes you have absolutely no idea and wish someone would come along and tell you what to do so you can move onto cocktails.

Once again, TDH has come to the rescue! We’ve pulled together some of our favourite cool weather makeup looks and matched them to our fave earrings. And if you need some extra help, look at our last post for all our favourite makeup tutorials.

We’ve got your back.



No-Makeup Makeup
One of the chicest possible makeup looks is the no-makeup makeup look. With a natural-looking base, perfectly groomed brows, a light sweep of blush and liquid eyeliner, this is your template for any accessories and outfits you’d like. We like it with simple but statement earrings and a little black dress. It’ll take you from your morning coffee to your evening drinks. 

Inspo | Earrings | Eyeliner



The French Look
It’s a simple fact of life that French women do it better. Like, everything better. This gorgeous, natural base of minimal makeup works so effortlessly with a perfectly coloured-in lip. In red, of course. Pair it with some slightly edgy earrings to keep it really cool. 

Inspo | Earrings (on sale!) | Lipstick




Winter Smoke
This look makes us want to cosy up next to the fireplace and discuss travel plans over mulled wine. Smudge that eyeliner in like crazy and keep the rest plain. A bit of nude lipstick adds polish if you can be bothered. Harmonising with these sweet earrings by Luv AJ, you’ll never miss Summer again.

Inspo
| Earrings (on sale!) | Smudgy Eyeliner




Party Girl
If you really do miss Summer, a slick of fuchsia lipstick will pep you right up. Combined with these glittery numbers, you’ll be able to party like it’s 30C without your makeup melting off! Keep the rest of your look low-maintenance with a few licks of mascara and beach-wave hair to really drive the point home. We get it, you don’t like Winter!

Inspo
| Earrings | Lipstick

WHAT DOES YOUR JEWELLERY STYLE SAY ABOUT YOU?

TDH Style Quiz

Giovanna Battaglia’s Italian Glamour

Sophisticated and sexy, Giovanna is the ultimate Italian woman. With all the right amounts of drama and elegance, she knows exactly when to dial it up and when to dial it down. Her outfits and accessories never compete against each other.

Marion Cotillard’s Iconic French

The French are admired for a reason: elegant and sensual, they know how to rock it when it matters. A combination of a high-voltage jewels and a simple, slinky outfit will have them wrapped around your little, accessorised finger. 

Alexa Chung’s Trendy IT Girl

A little grunge, a little cute, a little elegant, Alexa always makes her look playful and modern. She knows when to ramp it up for the red carpet and when to keep it simple. These clever accessories would take an outfit from movie premiere to dancing all night at your favourite club.

Dita von Teese’s Old School Glamour

All fun and work, Dita von Teese is a savvy business woman who knows how to balance her pleasures. Fun, sultry jewellery with a monogrammed clutch to hold her business cards exudes power and sexiness in all the right amounts.

Karlie Kloss’s Effortless Style

Sweet and feminine, Karlie Kloss always looks pulled together. She finishes her simple but polished outfits with beautiful, meaningful accessories. You can just imagine her having the squad around for a glass of Champagne before heading out to the hottest new restaurant in town.

Kate Moss’s Brit Rock

The ultimate cool girl, Kate mixes vintage and trend pieces to create her simple but lovable looks. She, of course, says yes to everything – how else do you end up dancing on tabletops or marrying rock stars – but always stays true to who she is and what she wants. 

Kate Bosworth’s Feminine Style

A day-dreaming city girl, this Kate is a gentle, sweet friend that always has time to debrief over a cocktail. Fun-loving without the crazy, she knows how to have a good time and start the weekend right.

Miranda Kerr’s Spiritual Chic

If yoga and green juice is what it takes to be that gorgeous, count us in. We’d be more than happy to trade cocktails for spa nights this Saturday night for that kind of luminosity. A country girl who made it big time, Miranda looks after her loved ones as well as she does herself.

 

Shop the Looks: Earrings | Gold Cuff | Choker | Crystal Earrings | Leather Necktie | Pave Earrings | Silver Ring | Leather Pendant Wrap 

OUR FAVOURITE YOUTUBE BEAUTY TUTORIALS

Sometimes it feels like everyone else knows exactly how to contour or do winged eyeliner or keep red lipstick in place. It’s not just us, right? If you too need a little bit of help upgrading your make-up skills, turn to some of our fave beauty vloggers for tips and inspo. The step-by-step instructions – as well as product tip offs – mean you’ll be flicking, schwooshing and painting with those Bobbi Brown brushes in no time!


 

Lisa Eldridge’s Dinner Date Look

Any girl worth her YouTube watching salt love Lisa Eldridge’s realistic, no-nonsense step-by-step tutorials. This classic, slightly glam look is perfect for birthday cocktails with your girlfriends, an intimate dinner with bae or, you know, because you’re fabulous and Netflix should know about it. Keep your look elegant but simple with Anita K’s gunmetal earrings and Peter Lang’s cocktail ring.

 

 

The Small Thing’s Golden Glow Look

If you’re in denial about the weather getting cooler, channel your inner glow with some beautiful shimmery gold and bronze. Simply swap out the shimmer for a matte eyeshadow if you want to keep this look right for daytime. (Also, can we just say: how awesome is it to see beauty bloggers with normal skin? Yay!) Go golden with Luv AJ’s lariat and barbell ring set.



Pixiewoo’s Bond Girl Look

With big, big eyes and a cheeky pink smile, Pixiewoo nails the Bond Girl look with some fake lashes and plenty of mascara. Of course, Bond Girls look that glamorous even when climbing out of bed in the morning, but we’re more comfortable wearing the look for days when a dash of daring is needed. Like when you know you’ll run into your ex. Dial the drama up with Laurie Fleming’s flora ear cuff and Peter Lang’s gothic crystal bracelet.

 

And this one just gave us the giggles… Enjoy!

 


Written by Phoebe Tully 

WHY THE WORLD WENT CRAZY FOR ROSE GOLD



Feminine and subtle, rose gold exudes sophistication. Its warmth – a contrast to the cool elegance of sterling silver – makes it a classy alternative to other metals.

 

Flattering to most skin tones (particularly those with yellow or warm undertones), the world was swept up into a storm when Apple released its rose gold iPhone last year (arguably more pink that rose gold, but that’s just a technicality). It’s not just Apple either: Alexander Wang made a rose gold satchel. You can get a floor-length, fishtail version of Herve Leger’s iconic bandage dress in rose gold, a rose gold version of Birkenstock’s classic Arizona sandal, or rose gold-tinted sunglasses from Michael Kors.

 

Also known as Russian Gold, it was popularised in the 19th century, and beloved by the Victorians for its romantic aura. Personally, it reminds us of the glow just before sunset… and of chilled rosé! But what gives rose gold its distinct hue? Copper. Rose gold simply contains a higher level of copper than yellow gold.

 

We love it because it is perfect for mixing and matching, as it blends seamlessly with gold and silver. It looks stunning against natural materials and neutral colours, especially shades of blush, pink and ivory (making it perfect for weddings!). Why not have a play yourself and see what combinations work for you?

 

Shop our favourite rose gold pieces here.

Written by @phoebetully 

OUR 4TH BIRTHDAY!

The Dark Horse is four years old! Thank you to you all for supporting us these past few years and for being the coolest, most gorgeous women around! Your style and demand for excellence has always fueled our fire – and we hope you’ll be around to help lead the way for many more years to come. We sat down with TDH’s boss lady Aleen to talk celebrations, rules and, of course, jewels.

Congratulations on your fourth birthday! How do you celebrate your victories? 

We never have celebrated birthdays, but this year is very exciting and different. We are offering our customers something very special, which only newsletter subscribers knew about (just one of the perks – make sure you sign up via our home page to be included!). Personally, I’ll be sitting down with a nice bottle of Champagne and toasting in our new year.

You must spend a lot of time thinking about jewellery and the way women wear it. What are a few of your favourite things to see?

I love seeing customers share images of their goodies. It means so much to us when you share that excitement. To me, it never gets old; it's part of what makes business much more pleasurable instead of getting wrapped up with data and numbers.

How would you describe your own collection?

My jewellery collection is very eclectic. I do lean towards more delicate pieces, but layer them with bigger earrings or a statement ring. I have a couple vintage items and also many beautiful pieces gifted to me over the years and mix costume jewellery with real gold, diamonds etc.

What is the must-have piece for every woman’s collection?

Earrings always complement a woman’s face. I love the confidence earrings bring to their wearer – especially while wearing your hair up. It’s beautiful and a look anyone can pull off with the right pair.

What rule do you always break?

Mixing golds, colours and chains. I will wear a delicate thin chain necklace with a thicker chain and always mix gold, silver and rose gold. 

What rule do you never break?

Big earrings and big necklace, one or the other. It's an old rule many people break, but I personally like to keep one as a statement.

 

WHAT IS TDH FOUNDER WEARING THIS WEEK...




As founder and owner of The Dark Horse, Aleen has picked her current favourite items off The Dark Horse. 

Leather Neck Tie

To be honest, this has been a favourite since it launched. It matches any outfit and just creates an effortless vibe which I love. I personally have both colours but seem to wear the black one pretty much every day! This piece has a way of capturing attention, I receive a comment or a compliment on it whenever I wear it, including from people you would least expect (my postman is a big fan!).



Moonstone Rainbow Pendant Leather Wrap

I may be biased picking White Label pieces which I design in-house, but this is such a favourite of mine at the moment! I love crystals, I love the meaning behind them and especially the moonstone, which is known for helping make better decisions, something that always comes in handy when running a business.



Luv Aj Full Bloom Statement Ring Silver

Another item I wear this everyday! I am a big fan of jewellery I do not need to think about and I just throw on. I go through phases and find I wear the same items for a couple months and then change it to something else, I've been wearing this ring daily for the past two month.



Reliquia Egyptian Hoop Earrings

I kept one of these as soon as they arrived! I find I wear a lot of black or white and this adds an element of colour with it's blue detailing inside the gold of the earring. I also love the shade of gold, it isn't overly yellow and a softer shade of gold which works better with my skin tone.