If there was one word to describe our cold-weather dressing mood it would be cosy and that’s why we are all about these winter accessories.
Whether you’re meeting friends for an outdoor hang or popping to the shops for some essentials, these accessories will make you feel like you’ve made an effort to leave the house.
Bucket Hats & Berets
Lockdown 1.0 was defined by Tiger King, lockdown 2.0 saw Emily in Paris take over Instagram, group chats and fashion searches. The good news is we have plenty of bucket hats and berets to make sure your look is très chic (and anything but basic!)
We get it, making plans with friends at the park or beer garden mid-winter is … unheard of. But new rules & regulations means getting creative and it also means making sure you’re warm – enter, the blanket scarf. Cute for the commute and then cosy for the destination.
At Accessorize we’re all about offering you on-trend pieces that can be stacked and styled to show off your unique style. The latest ‘we want one of each’ arrival is our collection of gold vermeil.
What is Gold Vermeil?
Gold vermeil (ver-may) is a century-old technique that gives you the look of solid gold, without the price tag! Think, a level up from gold plating.
A thick layer (minimum of 3 microns) of 14k gold is applied over sterling silver to create forever favourites.
It’s becoming more and more popular as IT-girls and fashion houses alike look for on-trend, and affordable, gold jewellery.
So, why are we (and everyone else) so obsessed?
Not only do these pieces last the seasons, but they are the kind of things you can wear every day for an effortlessly cool look. Think, Zoom meeting in 2 minutes and you’ve snoozed your alarm 3 times … simply pop your hair in a top knot, drape on a chain and stack up some earrings – done! (No one will know you literally crawled from bed to your desk).
The ease is just one of the reasons we love gold vermeil, of course. We are also all about that extra luxe feeling, cause we all deserve that! This rangefeatures semi-precious white topaz stones – shine bright like a diamond without the price tag!
So, enough talking. Because these pieces can convince you themselves!
Wear it everywhere, every day. Whether you’re after simple studs, hoops or chain – there’s that. We’ve also got the coveted initial necklaces (perfect gifts, right?!)
If you’re looking shine bright like the night sky, our celestial-inspired pieces are the perfect fit.
Somehow it’s already October and that means Pumpkin Spice Lattes, darker nights and Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
While we encourage getting up close and personal with breast checks all year round, this month we are taking part in the Change & Check campaign. This life-saving campaign is all about learning what changes to check for (hence the name!)
It was set up by Helen Addis (also know as @thetittygritty), who is the Features Editor for Lorraine ITV, after her own experience being diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer.
Change & Check
Helen discovered people didn’t really know what to look for when they were checking their breasts, so she created a handy guide which you can download here – don’t forget to share it with your family and friends.
Dr Hilary has also shared his step-by-step guide to checking your breasts – you can watch via the ITV website.
Signs and symptoms to look for:
Visible changes in shape or size. Skin changes such as; dimpling, puckering or rash around the nipple. Lumps or bumps. Bloody discharge from the nipple.
How to check:
Sit comfortably in front of a mirror with hands on your hips so chest muscles are relaxed.
Firstly, look at the contour of the breast to check that it matches on each side and see if there is any puckering or dimpling.
Look for any change in the nipple such as a rash, indrawing or pulling in.
Look for any skin change all around the nipple.
Using the fingers of your left hand to examine the right breast, walk your middle three fingers around the breast. You’re feeling for any abnormal lumps or bumps or any irregularity that hasn’t been there before.
Divide the breast into four quarters.
Start on the inner upper quarter, walking those fingers around the breast.
Do the same on the lower inner quarter and then across to the lower right quarter and then the upper right quarter.
Walk fingers up to the tail of the breast in the armpit.
Walk your fingers back to the areola around the nipple.
Repeat steps above on the left breast, using your right hand to do so.
Dr Hilary advises that menstruating women check their breasts following their period each month. For menopausal and post-menopausal women, pick a date each month that suits you.
If you notice anything unusual, see your doctor or nurse as soon as possible. Early diagnosis could mean a better chance of successful treatment.
Crystals and healing stones have been used for years – inspiring and encouraging wearers to take what they need for a happier and healthier life. Though there is no scientific backing, their popularity continues to rise and it’s no surprise they’re called for everyday wear – enter, healing stone jewellery.
Instead of carrying crystals or healing stones around in your pockets, you can wear them on your sleeve – literally.
Part of our Z by Accessorize collection, our healing stone jewellery range features beautiful semi-precious stones in gold-plated rings, necklaces and bracelets.
Each stone is believed to have its own healing abilities for the mind, body and soul. Whether that’s promoting the flow of good energies, such as love, courage and strength or the support to face negative energy, such as change, fear and general negativity.
Whether you think it’s ‘woo-woo’ or worthy of time and space in your collection – there’s something nice about having extra special meaning behind your jewellery. And at the moment, we could all do with a little extra support of good energy, right?!
that healing stone feeling
This stone encourages prosperity, well-being and good luck.
This stone symbolises unconditional love, emotional healing and compassion.
This stone inspires motivation, endurance and courage.
This stone symbolises creativity, empathy and positive thinking.
Coming in blue or grey, this stone inspires change, strength and perseverance.
This stone encourages patience, determination and the blocking of negativity.
Just in case you wanted a little extra mindful love, the bracelets in our collection feature charms that help balance your chakras (the main energy centres of the body). Learn more about them here.
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In times of great uncertainty, it’s even important to go the extra mile for yourself and others. To bring a little brightness to the day or make a difference.
We asked our team some of the things they do – or have had done for them – that make them feel like they’re sparking a positive change.
message a friend
“A few weeks ago I received a message out of the blue from a friend telling me how much she appreciated me. It was like a modern-day love letter and it made me feel so grateful for the people in my life.”
Let your girls and guys know how much they mean to you with a simple message. We’ve even started some for you!
I appreciate you because … I’ll never forget that time we … Thank you for always …
learn something new
“I recently taught myself how to do macrame – it’s so relaxing and you get some cool pieces afterwards. It made me appreciate all of the things my Gran knitted me so much more, the time those ‘ugly’ jumpers must have taken …”
Learning something new is not only fun (and educational, obviously), but it can also give you a new appreciation and outlook on life.
Grab your besties and pick up a new book, shop for some new crafts, listen to a new podcast or sign up for an online course!
recycle used accessories
“Like most of us, I have a lot of accessories…while most are used season after season to update my look, there’s been times I don’t want them (or can’t fit them in my collection) anymore. I’ve started to donate these pieces, it made me feel good knowing I’d given the accessory a new life and made a conscious choice!”
You can pop into your local Accessorize to donate your used accessories and will send them to New Life.
buy some plants
“I became a new plant mum during lockdown and bringing nature inside has made a massive difference to A) the look of my room and B) how I feel – indoor plants have proven health benefits – plus it’s satisfying keeping them alive!”
Studies have shown plants can boost mood, productivity, concentration and creativity – all of which are so important now that our homes have become our offices. Best get shopping.
send a surprise gift to someone
“The doorbell went one day and the postie handed me a parcel I wasn’t expecting (I originally thought I’d ordered it in my last shopping spree and forgotten…) But it was a gift from my bestie. It brightened my mood for the rest of the day and was nice knowing she’d seen something and thought of me.”
Give your friends or family some excitement and send them a special gift. The more personal and thoughtful, the better – think a zodiac necklace or initial jewellery. Plus, science has actually proven we get great pleasure from giving, and we feel even happier when spending money on others. Win-win!
Summer love like Sandy and Danny in Grease rarely exists, but that’s ok, we’ve found our summer sole-mate with these leather sandals.
Simple yet stylish. Comfy yet cool. These sandals tick the boxes of plenty of 2020s sandal trends – from a pastel hue to strappy and sophisticated styles. They’re a fashion-forward take on your go-to shoe of the summer, the flip flop. They’re easy to slide on but look just as at home on the beach as they do in the office or out for dinner.
These leather sandals will make sure you step out in style.
Whether it’s a scorching day or a cooler evening, The Seville Twist White Sandals will complete any look. Explore the beach, or the city during a staycation, in comfort in the Wide Leg Beach Trousers. Then, take them for an evening stroll with the Puff-Sleeved Polka Dot Maxi, perfect for a night of Italian cuisine.
While you’ve all been begging for hairdressers and nail salons to reopen, we’ve been having a freshen up ourselves and we’re excited to share our fresh new site with you – explore the new-look site now.
An absolute beauty, the new site has everything you loved about the old one and a few bits that will make your shopping experience even better.
Shopping online got even more fun
See how many Treats points you’ll earn from each purchase.
See the new item you’re going to buy from every angle!
Search for exactly what you want to complete your outfit, from polka dot bags to pearl hair clips.
Share what you buy with #Accessorizers and you could be featured in our weekly and monthly outfit-inspiration rounds ups!
Phone, keys…face covering and anti-bac. Our ‘can’t leave the house without’ list has grown in light of current circumstances – and there are many new normal accessories that can make your new every day easy and stylish.
Whether you wear it alone or pair with your other bags, a micro bag is as fashionable as it is practical. It’s also the perfect home for your face coverings and anti-bac, so you can just grab and go.
Whether you’re going to the hairdressers (finally) or getting a much-needed mani (yay) it’s important to take your own drink, so you may as well do it in a cool and eco-conscious way!
The number one thing we’re starting to learn is the less you can touch, the better. As most stores go cashless, it’s only necessary to have your cards with you – ideally easily accessible.
While comfort has always been important – yay for sports luxe – it’s even more necessary now as many of us opt for longer walks opposed to public transport. Put your best foot forward in comfortable sneakers and flip flops.
We’ve created a range of face coverings to keep you safe and stylish. Pick a pattern or colour that expresses your personality – matching accessories optional!
Wear it right
Wash your hands or use hand sanitisereverytime you putthe face covering, snood or gloves on oroff. Store them in a plastic bag until you wash them.
FACE COVERINGS & SNOODS
Use the ear loop ties to put the face covering on andoff and avoid touching your face.Refrain from adjusting your mask once it’s on.
Remove safely by grabbing the glove at the wrist, avoiding touching your bare skin. Peel it away from the body and turn inside out. Remove the second glove by putting your fingers inside the glove at the wrist and peel away, turning it inside out.
We’ve been obsessed with pearl jewellery from the moment we dressed up with our mum’s string of pearls as a child. Once a classic look worn by royals or at 1920s dress-ups, pearls have found their place in modern jewellery boxes. And they aren’t going anywhere!
The pearl is sophisticated, stylish and timeless. They’re ideal for embracing effortless dressing.
Pearls had a reputation of being the kind of piece your nana dons with her Sunday best – nana was a trendsetter! Now they’ve had a modern makeover, but that doesn’t mean you can’t embrace the classic side of the look. Think elegant studs, simple slides and one show-stopping pearl pendant.
Welcome to the new era of pearls – where simple strings have had a makeover. Pearls are now adorning any and every piece in our collection, from statement Baroque pearl earrings in our Z range, with gold-plated finishings, to stylish options that embrace more is more.
Last year was the year of the pearl hair clip – a fresh blow dry with a single pearl clip and you were set. While that’s still a popular choice – one we don’t see going anywhere anytime soon – this season it’s all about more. Whether that’s bold pearl headbands or stacks of pearl style. Don’t be shy, add more!