Everything You Are: Sharon Hoyos-Martinez

Meet Sharon Hoyos-Martinez. Football enthusiast and all-round go-getter, Sharon lives life outside of the box by being true to herself. Whether commanding the football pitch or the dance floor, she proves that life can be as multi-faceted as you are.

 

What does a typical day look like for you?

I currently work in business administration at a sports law company. My job involves staying up-to-date with all the current sports news, so this definitely motivates me to keep active and healthy as I read up daily on inspiring athletes and their incredible stories. In the evening, I will either have football training, strength and conditioning training at the gym, boxing training (for my upcoming charity fight) or yoga. I like to mix my exercise up and not stick to one main sport because this causes injury, so I like to keep it varied to activate all parts of my body also because I get bored easily. If I’m not training, I’m probably socialising with friends (we usually catch up over a meal as I’m a huge foodie!) or going to gigs together.

 

Tell us about your passion…

I started playing football when I was about six years old. Just at school, it was something that I was naturally drawn to. I think I had a lot of energy and sports was the best way to release it. I used to be the only girl playing. I’d arrive at school early just to play. After playing at a decent level, I didn’t have enough support or opportunity to continue, and eventually ended up coaching around the world with Arsenal. This was an invaluable experience that showed me how influential football, and sport in general, can be, wherever you may come from. Then, I came back to London to study International Football Business and graduated with a first-class honours degree.

 

 

How does football make you feel?

Now that I look back, I realise football made me feel free. It allowed me to express myself creatively on the pitch both physically and mentally. I realised it was a form of escapism from reality, when I was playing or training, I was solely focused on the present, nothing else matters at least for that hour or two. Don’t get me wrong – it can be very frustrating when you don’t win or perform at your best but that’s all part of it. You learn to bounce back. Playing in a team is something I really enjoy; you’re constantly striving for a goal together and this makes you feel part of something important.

 

 

Talk us through your style…

Original, mix of classic and new. London street, sporty chic. I usually dress for the occasion, I enjoy glamming up too, but if it’s not me, I won’t wear it. I think you are able to see both my feminine and tomboy nature in the way I dress. During weekdays, I can’t really wear jewellery because of training but on the weekend, you’ll probably catch me with like six rings and three necklaces!

 

What makes you feel like you?

I love accessories: hats, sunglasses and jewellery. I love details and think one item makes an outfit. I feel naked without my rings, and on a night out you’ll probably catch me wearing hoops – classic Latina. I love music and I am quite varied when it comes to genres. Dancing salsa really makes me feel alive. I grew up waking up to noise and music (my family is Colombian) so it’s a big part of me. Growing up in London, I’m also into hip-hop and grime and love working out to hype music – I get so gassed. Give me great music, sport and food and I’m a happy Shaz.

 

 

What advice would you give to your younger self?

Enjoy the process, enjoy the journey. Don’t care what others say or think. Authenticity is everything and being your truest self is the best way to shine.

 

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Everything You Are: Steph Tress

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Everything You Are

 

Everything You Are: Steph Tress

Showing us there’s more to an #Accessorizer than meets the eye, professional cellist Steph Tress expresses herself not only through her music but also through her personal sense of style. Welcome to her world…

 

What’s a typical day like for you?

There’s no such thing as a typical day in my life. I tend to be in different places each week and my schedule varies but obviously, I spend a lot of time playing the cello! Sometimes this means practising at home (in my pyjamas) and often rehearsing with other people. I have a string quartet and we get together for a few days of intensive rehearsal most weeks. Sometimes I spend the day recording in the studio while on others, I teach cello. On some evenings, I also perform in concerts.

 

 

Tell us about your passion…

I started playing the cello when I was six. Now, people are definitely interested when they see me travelling around with my cello. I’m often asked what instrument I’m carrying on the train or bus, usually followed by “it’s bigger than you!” (for the record, I’m 5’1”). It’s hard to know for certain what I’ve gained from playing the cello other than the enjoyment because I’ve been doing it for so long. But playing with other people requires sensitivity and the ability to really listen which I hope are skills I have outside of playing music too. Being freelance, I also have to be organised and super-motivated – it doesn’t come naturally so that is something I’ve had to learn!

What makes you feel like you?

I really love performing. Partly it’s just the joy of the music but I also think there’s an intensity of concentration that I get when I’m performing that I don’t really get in another situation. And I’ll be honest, I do enjoy getting lots of compliments after a concert!

 

 

 

How would you describe your style?

I like wearing a simple outfit with big earrings and a nice necklace. I’m not afraid to wear bold patterns and colour. I normally wear gold-based jewellery but often for concerts, I wear silver-toned metals because it’s more visible and sparkly on stage! On a night out, I always have to wear big earrings. Maybe that’s because I usually wear smaller earrings for concerts or teaching so it’s quite nice to feel glamorous.

 

 

 

How would your close friends and family describe you?

Hopefully, loyal, ambitious, hardworking and fun on a night out!

What advice would you give to your younger self?

Worry less, and worry less about worrying…

 

 

 

 

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Everything You Are: Miriam Zouhou

Everything You Are

Everything You Are: Miriam Zouhou

Meet Miriam Zouhou, England boxer and sports science student at the University of Birmingham. Defining herself in more ways than one, Miriam lets us into life in the boxing ring, as well as everything else that has made her into who she is….

 

 

Tell us about your passion…

I’ve always been sporty as a child. Then I heard about a boxing club near my house and that it would be good to keep fit. I’d always thought boxing was for boys and it was aggressive. When I went to the gym, everything changed. I realised I was ignorant to what the sport offers and I fell in love with it. Boxing makes me feel strong, determined and like I can achieve whatever I put my mind to. Some days are tough, but you get through them. It’s impossible to put into words.

 

What are people’s reactions when they find out that you’re a boxer?

Most people are surprised. They say, you’re too pretty or too small to be a boxer. Or they ask multiple times, “What, like real boxing? Do you get hit in the face?!”.

 

 

What do you think you have gained or learnt from boxing?

It has given me confidence; if you can get in that ring then you can do anything. There aren’t many things that are tougher than stepping through the ropes. It had made me independent as you have to do a lot on your own. It has given me a second home and a second family.

 

What makes you feel like you?

I always wear a small pair of studs or tiny hoop earrings (though I lose a pair almost every week). I like to wear a small necklace as well, although I have to take these off when sparring. The boxing club is where I feel the most comfortable, and buzz you get when you’re in the ring is one you can’t describe. When you’re fighting, I hear nothing but my coach, it’s like you’re in a bubble. I also like going to the pub with my friends, or spending time with my family, listening to music, and having a dance.

 

How would you describe your style?

My style is quite simple and practical, I like wearing jumpsuits and jeans with Converse day-to-day. Nothing too stand-out, though I do like having some bright colours.

 

How does your look change?

I usually carry a bigger bag or rucksack in the week to carry all my stuff but on the weekends, I carry a small bag big enough for essentials. I do love to dress up in a sparkly dress and heels when I get the chance, though it doesn’t happen enough!

 

 

How would your close friends and family describe you?

Hardworking, funny, helpful, moody and exasperating! They’d also say that I don’t give up on things until they’re finished.

 

What surprises people about you?

That I can be so “scary” in the ring when my personality is so “sunny”.

 

What advice would you give to your younger self?

Don’t sweat the small stuff and always have a positive attitude. And to remember that everyone makes mistakes.

 

 

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Everything You Are

Everything You Are

At Accessorize, we’re celebrating Everything You Are. For the you that takes centre stage. Doing what you do best. But also for the sides of you that people don’t always see.  Here’s to being different, unique and challenging perceptions in those everyday moments. Here’s to being authentically you. As part of our new campaign, we’re meeting four unique #Accessorizers who are proud to be who they are. Here are their stories.

 

 

 

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National Sisters Day Q&A with Sinead & Lauren Crowe

To celebrate National Sisters Day (5th August 2019), we’ve caught up with bloggers and biological BFFs Sinead and Lauren Crowe to talk all things siblings, style and Spice Girl dance routines…

 

Sum up your relationship in three words…

Sinead: She’s my bestie.

Lauren: True soul mates!

 

What’s the best thing about having a sister?

Lauren: Nothing compares to the bond you have with a sister; you can trust and rely on best friends or partners but until you have a sister you never know the next level of having somebody who’s totally there for you! Having a sister so close in age makes us best friends too.

Sinead: Always having someone on your side and someone you can bounce ideas off or talk to when you’re down or if someone upsets you. Someone you know that will always be there for you through the highs and lows. And stealing her amazing clothes!

What’s your favourite memory together?

Sinead: We used to make full-on, hour-long plays with Spice Girl dances and make our whole family sit down whilst we performed for them. I feel so sorry for my older sisters as they were teenagers at the time and must have hated it!

Lauren: As children we were partners in crime so it would be too hard to choose! As an adult it’s amazing that we do the same and get to experience so many incredible things together.

 

You both have a day off – how would you spend it together?

Sinead: Definitely lunch in my favourite place in Stamford, the Orangery Restaurant in Burghley House – it’s beautiful!

Lauren: A day off doesn’t really exist with us! When we are together, we always get more inspired by each other and can’t help but want to take pictures. My ideal day off is a day by the pool or beach but Sinead’s is probably a day at home with a puzzle!

How would you describe each other’s style?

Lauren: Sinead is a pro at making the high street look luxury! She’s the queen of effortlessly cool and simple style. She always manages to pull off super-casual looks and somehow look smart whereas I always think, “if I wore that I’d look like I’m off to decorate a house!”. But she pulls it off so well.

Sinead: Lauren’s a style chameleon. I love the silky fabrics she wears, and she has the most amazing range of Realisation Par dresses! But then she’ll also rock wide-leg jeans and a boyfriend t shirt; if she sees something and wants to wear it she will, she reminds me a bit of Carrie Bradshaw in that way.

If you could steal one piece from each other’s wardrobe what would you take?

Lauren: Sinead’s wardrobe is about eight times the size of mine so it’s really hard to choose, but how could I not grab all the Chanel and run?

Sinead: That’s a tough one. Probably her Louis Vuitton backpack or her daisy-print dress from Realisation Par. If I couldn’t choose, I’d just put the dress in the bag and make a run for it!

 

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Sustainable Swim: Meet our Recycled Swimwear Collection

It’s cool to be conscious. From swimsuits to bikinis, our sustainable swimwear collection is made from recycled plastic bottles, meaning it’s much kinder to the planet. Ready to take a dip? Jump on in…

 

1. Paisley Print

 

Our brand was born out of bohemia, so it’s only natural that our heritage prints were a key part of our eco-friendly swimwear range. Fashioned with a free-spirited feel, our lace-up swimsuit and bow bikini are both patterned with paisley motifs in light, refreshing shades of aqua blue, yellow and pink – perfect sun-drenched destinations.

 

2. Hawaiian Florals

 

Take a trip to the tropics – our recycled bikini is covered in Hawaiian flowers for a print that’s worthy of paradise. Featuring a triangle top with removable padding and low-rise briefs, this trending two-piece is also styled with striped trims in navy-blue and white to bring the blooms further into focus.

 

3. Luxe Leopard

 

Leopard print, but make it eco. Made from recycled polyester, our animal-print swimsuits and bikinis are coloured in a warm rust hue that flatters every skin tone, while its black spots make the motif feel new and considered.

 

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How to Style the Curated Ear Trend

Multiple piercings – otherwise known as the curated ear – are continuing to make their style impact in SS19. Delicate and decorative, artful adornments come in the shape of hoops, studs and dangly designs, carefully selected to match your fashion persona. Here’s how to style the trend…

 

1. Starry Skies

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Cosmic constellations are still shining bright as move between the seasons, with tiny, twinkling stars and flashes of lightning lending an ethereal feel to your finished look. Mix studs and hoops for a carefully curated aesthetic or make a move into minimalism with a single starburst that’ll catch the light from every angle.

2. Crystals from SWAROVSKI®

 

It’s time for a little luxe. Available in silver- and gold-tone metal, these sleek studs are encrusted with crystals from SWAROVSKI® – sparkling stones which have been crafted from quartz, sand and minerals (the exact proportions remain a closely-guarded secret) and precision-cut for a multi-faceted finish. Wear them all at once for pure glamour.

 

3. Bohemian Girl

 

Bohemian styling has resurfaced in the curated ear trend. Eastern-inspired pieces are delicate and dainty, combining gold-tone metals with eclectic embellishments for a free-spirited fashion mood. As well as studs and hoops, long-drop designs are brought to the fore here – pick your favourites to create a carefree look.

 

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Design Stories: The Jacqueline Bag

Bags – it’s what we know and what we love. In our latest edition of Design Stories, we talk to our designer Hannah about what inspired her to create one of next season’s key bags, as well getting a closer look at some of our new arrivals.

 

The Inspiration

 

“I wanted to capture the patchwork trend in a contemporary way, highlighting the key colours of the season and mixing surface textures for interest. Inspired by Chloe, Coach and Tory Burch, the chain shoulder bag continues to be a trend must-have, taking you from day to night.” – Hannah Callaghan, Designer.

 

More New Arrivals

1, The Quilted Bags

 

Quilted bags are back with a whole new guise. Usually associated with classic cross-body designs, uniform patterns have been taken over with asymmetric textures, with soft lines and even softer shades lending them a definitively modern look.

 

2. The Tan Bags

 

Emulating the look and feel of classic brown leather, PU bags are going the extra mile as we move from this season to next. Be it a backpack or a hobo bag, tan-hued designs are mixing vintage influences with modern touches, making them the new wardrobe heroes that we’ll be wearing with everything.

 

3. The Cross-Body Bags

 

Cross-body bags have been overhauled. Elongated silhouettes with softer structures are dominating our new-in arrivals, with everything from bold primary tones to mock-croc textures in powdery palettes making up our most note-worthy styles. Function is key with these fashion-forward finds – think double compartments and adjustable shoulder straps.

 

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Design Stories: The London Collection

From its sensational sights to its leafy green spaces, London is an endless source of inspiration for our talented team of designers, based in our Notting Hill studio. To celebrate the wonderful diversity of the capital, they’ve created the London collection, a new, hand-illustrated range that captures the unique charm, wit and personality of the city that we call home. Here’s your exclusive behind-the-scenes look…

The Inspiration

‘London is dynamic city which you can explore again and again. I have lived here for six years and still find new places that inspire me, such as exhibitions, markets and festivals. Despite London being a busy city, we are surrounded by beautiful green spaces, such as Kew Gardens, Hyde Park and Regent’s Park, and the range reflects the balance of the exciting city and calm, spots of nature.’ – Georgina Chappell, Designer.

 

The Collection

 

Found across our new-in stationery styles and travel accessories, our exclusively-designed London print mixes hand-drawn illustrations of the city’s iconic landmarks with luscious foliage, creating a modern, quirky look. Look out for tote bags, passport and document holders, pencil cases, purses, luggage tags and lots more.

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Z for Accessorize: The Precious Metals Jewellery Guide

By now, you’ll know that our Z for Accessorize jewellery collection is packed with precious pieces – but what exactly is it that makes them so special? It’s all in the plating. Lending a high-gloss shine while adding durability, plating is the process of bonding a very thin layer of gold, rose gold or platinum over another metal. This gives it the look of solid gold or silver while eliminating the metal’s natural softness and weakness, resulting in jewellery box treasures that were made to be worn for years to come. Ready to find your new fashion favourites? Here are the precious metals to love now and always.

Gold

Here come the modern classics. Dreamt up in our London studio, these keepsake creations are plated in gold for understated glamour and set with semi-precious stones that’ll glisten under the sun and starlit skies. Expect to find delicate chain necklaces and hooped earrings with embellished geometric charms and, for a less structured look, stacking rings in varying designs provide an eclectic touch.

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Platinum

Emulating the look and feel of real silver, these platinum-plated pieces are the ones we’ll be wearing from now till forever. Nodding to the nineties whilst still retaining that sense of contemporary cool, stand-out styles include chain drop earrings and pendants with small-cut cubic zirconia stones for that extra glamour and glow. After something a little more classic? Necklaces with cushion-cut pendants and sparkling rings make up the timeless treasures to add onto your outfit for every unforgettable

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Rose Gold

Rose gold is going nowhere – and these delicate designs prove it. From star-strewn rings and bracelets to necklaces with opulent sparkles, each piece from our Z for Accessorize collection is plated in beautiful blush-toned gold for a luxe feel. For curated maximalism, layer on your favourite finds all at once, creating a look that feels wholly unique to your personal sense of style.

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Crystals from SWAROVSKI®

Plated in gold or made from sterling silver (this refers to metals made from 92.5% pure silver and copper alloys), our Z for Accessorize collection also features precious pieces adorned with light-catching crystals from SWAROVSKI®. Crafted from quartz, sand and minerals (the exact proportions remain a closely-guarded secret) and precision-cut for a multi-faceted finish, these stones come in a variety of colours, from barely-there hues to dark, inky tones.

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Let’s Get Away: New-In Travel Accessories for Jetsetters

City breakers, beach seekers and road trippers: Let’s Get Away, the new travel collection, has just touched down at Accessorize. Created in our London studio, this holiday-ready range features thoughtfully-designed bags, purses, make-up cases, luggage tags and in-flight accessories for efficient packing and compact travelling. Get your first look now…

 

 

All the Essentials

 

Here’s to the accessories that we can’t leave home without. Stylish and sturdy enough to store in your suitcase, our new-in make-up bags are the practical way to carry your cosmetics from A to B – choose from zipped-up styles soft blush pink and classic quilted black. Jewellery boxes keep precious pieces safe and tangle-free, while laptop cases, passport holders and earphone pouches are on-hand for extra organisation points.

 

Pack it Up

 As seen on Remi Afolabi (left) and Rosie Butcher (right)

Long weekend or long-haul flight? No matter where you’re headed next, a cool carry-on is the ultimate must-have for any jetsetter. From animal print to all-black everything, our softly-structured holdalls are a no-brainer thanks to their strong, spacious designs which include zip pockets and sturdy straps. Back on home ground? Be it yoga, swimming or a spin class, these clever creations also double up as super-chic gym bags.

Take Flight

 

Meet your new airport accessories. Making light work of hand luggage, our roomy tote bag will fit all your in-flight essentials, with handbag organisers, travel pouches and make-up cases helping you stay on top of your game. Stow loungewear in a matching laundry bag (great for long-haulers) and make your suitcase stand out on the baggage carousel with bold belts and tags.

 

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4 New Occasion Bags for Summer Nights

Your moment has arrived. Dance under starry skies with the four new occasion bags for summer nights, as cool, contemporary silhouettes, refined prints and high-shine textures take to the floor – we’ll see you at dusk.

 

1. Pleats Please

 

Having made their mark on midis, jumpsuits and other wardrobe wonders, micro pleats have now moved onto accessories. Hitting a nostalgic note with a clip-frame design, this vintage-inspired clutch is artfully crafted with plisse pleats in olive-toned yellow and finished with a beaded loop handle for extra glamour. Wear yours under palmy shadows with tonal colours for an SS19-approved look.

 

2. Nocturnal Animals

 

As the lights go out, animal print comes out to play. Luxe leopard in a luxurious jacquard texture revamp the classic envelope clutch, lending it a sense of newness. Modern glamour comes in the form of the gold-tone metal detailing and chain strap, which also allow the maximalist motif to stay in full focus. An after-dark fashion hero.

 

3. Outside the Box

 

Covered with a shimmering jacquard fabrication, this top-handle box bag exudes the charm of a long-forgotten vintage treasure. The gold-tone metal frame and hinged fastening further accentuates the thrift-shop feel of this structured style, creating the perfect contrast to your summer evening get-up.

 

4. Shell Out

 

At first glance, seashells may not feel suited to summer invites – but this cool clutch proves otherwise. Inlaid with lustrous mother of pearls in a chevron pattern and edged in a sleek metal frame, this hard-case design turns the trend on its head. The perfect plus-one for every sun-soaked soiree.

 

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