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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.


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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 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.

GIVE YOUR MUM EXTRA SPECIAL POWERS THIS MOTHER'S DAY



As you know, we’re big fans of stones and crystals here at The Dark Horse. Not only because they are stunning, but because everyone needs a bit of magic help in their lives – even Mum. Here are some of our favourite pieces to infuse a bit of creativity, love and beauty into her everyday…

 

Moonstone Rainbow Pendant by The Dark Horse’s White Label

This beautiful moonstone is known for its properties in introspection and reflection, harbouring clear decision-making and judgment. It also encourages freedom of expression, which in turn enhances creativity. A versatile piece that can be worn long or wrapped around the neck, wrist or ankle, we love it worn like this as a stand-alone against a simple black dress. It also looks beautiful when layered with other favourite pieces.

 

The Moonstone Rainbow matches Pisces in particular – being honest and generous can sometimes lead to being taken advantage of. The crystal helps the trusting Pisces make sound judgments. Find out more about what crystal suits Mum’s star sign here.

 

Limited-Edition Orbit Bracelet by YCL Jewels

Exclusively available from The Dark Horse, the orbit bracelets are sold as a pair – one for Mum, one for you. The rose quartz stone, also known as the love stone, symbolises unconditional love, and serves to enhance the love between the wearers. A modern and chic take on the matchy-matchy mother and daughter trend!

 

As limited edition pieces, the bracelets will not be available after Mother's Day. Snap them up while you can!

 

Special Stone Ring by Reliquia

This simple 18ct gold ring is inlaid with cubic zirconia stones – perfect if you love the look of stones and crystals without wanting to harness their properties. The timeless and elegant piece can be worn with every outfit. Better yet – it’s on sale!

Written by @phoebetully 

THE PERFECT GIFT FOR MUM

When it comes to the choosing the perfect gift for Mother’s Day, we often find ourselves torn. Does Mum want something sentimental? Something really useful? Something luxurious that she would never buy herself but really, really wants? The answer to all of these is, of course, jewellery.

 

From the classic to the glitzy statements pieces, we’ve put together some gift ideas for mama that are sure to win you some brownie points – and maybe even fuel some friendly sibling rivalry.

 

Go for something for the baby…

If your BFF has just become a mama herself, this super sweet baby bracelet by What Would Karl Do is the perfect thing. Anchors are a symbol of hope, but as any new mother knows, so is a good friendship!

 

Go for classic…

A simple gold bangle will go with anything at any time of the day or night. Sophisticated and elegant, this number by Anita K will elevate every outfit, whether it’s for work or play.

 

Go personal…

If you’re an only child, you’re in luck. You only need to buy one of these monogram bracelets from Mezi! If you’re not, get all your siblings to pitch in to give your mama a set with all your initials. She can pick and choose who her favourite child is each day…!

 

Go for something she wouldn’t buy herself…

A pair of chic, Art Deco-inspired drop earrings from Peter Lang could be just what your mum needs to make every day special. The elegant pair will work with a LBD or an evening gown – perfect for date nights with Dad, which are going to be far more frequent with these sexy things hanging around.

 

Go for a message…

This simple necklace from Matters Speaking sums it all up. Mamas, we love you.


Written by @phoebetully 

WHICH CRYSTAL IS PERFECT FOR YOUR STAR SIGN?

Crystals are all the rage, but did you know they are more then a pretty stone? We have put together a guide for which stone would be perfect for your star sign! Whether you believe in astrology or not, it does feel pretty special to have a stone that is made for you!



Howlite White - Virgo

Virgo's have a keen mind which can sometimes lead to perfectionist tendencies. Howlite White provides a calm and grounding force to it's user, soothing the Virgo's overactive mind.

 

Lapis Lazuli - Cancer

Cancers enjoy their me-time, and sometimes can avoid telling others how they truly feel. Lapis Lazuli aids in communication, creating positive and open dialogue for Cancers.

 

Chrysocolla - Leo

Leo's are natural born leaders and are able to be forthright in their opinions. Chrysocolla aids users in gentle communication, enhancing the Leo's power with compassion and empathy. 

 

Amethyst - Libra

Libra's are naturally intuitive, but struggle to struts their own instincts. Amethyst enhances one's sense of guidance, allowing Libra's to trust their inner wisdom.

 

Celestite - Scorpio

Scorpio's are keen observers, and approach circumstances with vigour. The Celestite stone aids in providing clarity to the watchful Scorpio, with its cleansing power useful in calming their intensity.

 

Clear Quartz- Sagittarius 

Sagittarius' have great determination, and can bring enthusiasm to any situation. However, they must channel their energy or they will wear themselves out going in too many directions. Clear Quartz is useful in directing and creating energy, creating a focus to the Sagittarius' life. 

 

Rose Quartz- Capricorn 

Capricorn's are great at understanding other's problems and often take it upon themselves to fix them, sometimes at the neglect of their own feelings and needs. Rose Quartz strengthens the empathy the Capricorn shows to others, whilst allowing the user to also look after and nurture themselves. 

 

Rainbow Moonstone- Pisces 

Pisces are honest and generous, which can sometimes lead to them being taken advantage of. Rainbow Moonstone encourages introspection and reflection, allowing for better decision making for the trusting Pisces.

 

Aventurine Green- Taurus

Taurus' are steadfast and find happiness in the simple joys of life, however their love of consistency can sometimes lead to a fear of change. Aventurine Green, as the stone of opportunity allows Taurus' to see the good in the new, and bring forward prosperity and luck in emerging endeavours. 

 

Obsidian BlackGemini

Gemini's have an insatiable curiosity, and are the communicators of the zodiac. Relying more on mental analysis than gut instinct, Obsidian Black enhances the Gemini's connection to the spiritual realm, allowing their inner guidance to coincide with their quick mind. 

 

FuschiteAries

Aries are able to charge ahead with determination, sometimes to their own detriment. Fuschite has strong healing properties, allowing the Aries to bounce back from any setbacks, reigniting the signs natural energy and courage. 

 

Red Tigers EyeAquarius

Aquarius' make great friends and have a love of community. However, this immersion in group activities mean the Aquarius can struggle to assert themselves as individuals and become sluggish in their own ambitions. Red Tiger's Eye is beneficial in igniting the Aquarius' vibrancy, allowing them to take care of their own endeavours.