Brighten Your Wardrobe With Rainbow Accessories

During these unprecedented times, we are all looking for ways to spread cheer and hope, so it’s no surprise rainbows are popping up everywhere, from windows to our wardrobes.  A rainbow is a universal symbol for hope and also represents brighter times after a storm, or in this case a crazy uncertain time. Today it’s also a thank you to those doing their bit to create a safer community. 

We are embracing this newfound adoration of multicolour with accessories that bring a smile to our faces. Whether we are staying in or taking our daily stroll, there’s something to brighten up every aspect of day-to-day life.

 

Technicolour Chill

Bring your lockdown lounging to a (bright) new level with our cosy rainbow scarves and socks. Pop on our rainbow rings, bracelet and hair clips for Thursday claps! 

 

Walk The Stripe Way

Make your outing a stylish affair with our rainbow tote, cardholders and socks – perfect for spreading a little joy on your supermarket trip.

 

Oh Look At Hue

Pick up something brilliantly bright for your little ones and spread a little extra cheer during Thursday claps (and every other day).

 

Bright Spark

Ensure your homeschool classroom (and office) is as colourful as can be with our rainbow stationery.

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Hottest Swimsuit Styles To Wear Right Now (No Beach Needed)

We’re dreaming of brighter days, where our skin is sunkissed, our hair waves with saltwater curls and we’re wearing our swimwear all day, every day.

While our summer expectations might be a bit different from reality (our backyard and Hyde Park VS the Med…) we can still make our summer dreams come true. From long walks through the park to sunbathing on your patio, here are the hottest swimsuits that can be worn right now!

Swimsuits make the perfect layer. Whether it’s a bodysuit or a crop top, they’re oh-so-cool paired with denim shorts, a floaty skirt or a linen suit – the list goes on!

Our Top Picks

Take the look even further and be a little daring by pairing your favourite swimwear with something sheer – think, kaftans and belted kimonos.

We’ve put together a few of our favourite looks. 

Park to (Zoom) Party

This colourful day time look will bring cheer to your (safe distance) park catch-up with your BFF. Add a gold chain and bold headband for an ‘oh-this-old-thing’ happy hour outfit. 

 

Patio to Snack Run

Belt your kaftan and you’ll have a look that’ll take you from tanning at home to Tescos. Add gold accessories for an effortless dressed-up-to-leave-the-house look.

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Dress Up Your WFH Outfits With 2020’s Hottest Jewellery Trends

Just because you’re spending most of your time indoors, doesn’t mean you can’t jazz up your outfit with trending accessories.

There’s something nice about popping on a mood-boosting pair of earrings or a nice headband during these uncertain times – especially when your outfits are a rotation of sweatpants and activewear (which you are not being active in!)

That’s why we’ve made a list of this season’s best accessories trends that are perfect for adding a little cheer to your everyday. Plus, even if you’re wearing sweatpants on the bottom it means you look super chic and professional for your video calls!

 

STATEMENT EARRINGS

This season statement earrings are the collection hero, making any outfit fabulous – even your sweatpants. If you’re feeling brave, try out another trend of the season and just wear one (we like this look paired with a side braid and a cute clip.)

We love…

The Gold Face Earrings, Eclectic Stone Drop Earrings and Opal Teardrop Earrings.

OVERSIZED CHAINS

Chains have been having a moment over the last few seasons, from it-girls on Instagram to everyone’s collection. This season, it’s all about bigger and bolder chains, either add them to your stack as a statement piece or wear alone for an effortlessly cool look.  

We love…


The Gold Plated Chunky NecklaceChunky Chain Collar Necklace and Chain Collar Necklace.

 

RHINESTONE

Remember as a kid you adored everything bedazzled? Well, this is the grown-up version of the trend you loved so much.

We love…

The Sparkle Chandelier Earrings, Bib Necklace and Crystal Collar Necklace.

BOLD COLOUR

We love to have fun with our accessories (obviously), which is why we are all over this colourful and cheerful trend. It’s like an explosion of colour in our jewellery collection!

We love…

The Torque Stone Necklace, Pressed Flower Earrings and Multi-stripe Drop Earrings.

BIG HOOPS

One of our favourite contenders for ‘most versatile jewellery’ is the hoop! And this season anything goes; big, sparkly, chunky, twisted. We love them all.

We love…

The Crystal Hoop Earrings, Chunky Hoop Earrings and Gold-Plated Large Hoops 

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A Little Thank You: Accessorize Giving Back to Our NHS Heroes

During these unprecedented times we are all doing our bit to make a difference; some are working from home, others are missing out on seeing loved ones and many are heading out into the world everyday to help those in need.  

As a small thank you for all their incredible work, we’re offering 25% off online to NHS workers, school staff members and essential workers.

We’ve also been doing a little something to show our appreciation to the NHS staff on the frontlines, who are taking big risks to help our friends and family.

As a token of our appreciation to the NHS staff, we are sending 200 bundles of Accessorize goodies to hospitals across the UK in the hope of bringing a smile to their faces. After all, it’s the little things that can make a difference.

To those who are doing so much during these challenging times, we’re so grateful ❤️​

NHS WORKERS, SCHOOL STAFF MEMBERS AND ESSENTIALS WORKERS, GET 25% OFF ONLINE HERE. 

Keep an eye out for more photos and news from our heroes in the NHS.

 

How To Have The Perfect Girls’ Night (Without Leaving the House)​

So many things have changed in this new normal we find ourselves embracing – no more so than the way we socialise – or don’t. 

If you’re starting to fun out of things to the people you share four walls with, reach out to your friends! Normally see your old school friends for dinner on a Tuesday? Set up a time, turn on the oven and have a dinner date via FaceTime.

Just because we can’t leave the house, doesn’t mean girls’ nights have to be a thing of the past. 

So how can you make the most of seeing friends through a small screen?

Video Call Happy Hour

One of the best parts of girls’ night is getting all dolled up, whether that’s your new dress you’ve saved for the occasion with the perfect hoops or hairband. Instead of girls’ night in your sweats (like ever other night during isolation), pop on some music, get the girls on FaceTime and get dressed up (to go and sit in the lounge!) 

Just cause you aren’t leaving the house, get dressed up with our fave on-trend accessories.

Start a Book Club

Now that you have a lot more free time on your hands…it’s a great time to snuggle up with a good book! Even better, use this time to create a book club with your friends – and when we are allowed out of the house, it’s a great way to catch up! It’s simple, first pick a name for your book club and then decide on the first book! Set yourselves time to read it and then catch up to discuss your favourite bits/things you didn’t like/what you learnt from the book (you can Google ‘book club questions’ for more).

Some of our teams fave books include: 

  • Everything I Know About Love – Dolly Alderton 
  • Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine – Gail Honeyman
  • Becoming – Michelle Obama
  • Shantaram – Gregory David Roberts
  • Such a Fun Age – Kiley Reid
  • Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini
  • I Am Malala – Malala Yousafzai

The number one rule of book club?  Stay comfy, say in loungewear! FYI number two is have plenty of snacks!

Netflix Party + Chill

Let’s be honest, a lot of our conversations revolve around the latest show we’re watching and whether we love/hate/can’t even with last nights episode. So, don’t let that end because you can’t sprawl out on your besties couch. Instead, set up Netflix Party and gossip away! 

Some of our teams top picks for easy watching with the girls include: 

  • Cheer
  • Grace and Frankie
  • Love is Blind
  • Self Made
  • Next in Fashion
  • Brooklyn 99

The one plus to being at home alone? You can don’t have to put clothes on, so get cosy in our favourite lingerie and socks!

At Home Spa

One thing that’s had a glow up in the past few years is sleepover makeovers – no longer cucumber on the eyes and some strange homemade facemask concontion, we are all about the brightest and best clay and sheet masks. So set up your phones, pop on facemasks and talk about anything and everything with your girls (just no prank calling, we left that in our childhoods!)

Keep your hair out of our face with our coolest headbands and scrunchies (plus, they make the photos way cuter).

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Dear friends: Accessorize COVID-19 Announcements

Dear Friends   ​ ​

At Accessorize, we put community first – our teams, our stores and our customers – and right now that is more important than ever.   ​

That’s why we made the decision to temporarily close all our UK and ROI stores from Saturday 21st March to protect our communities.   ​

For now, our distribution centre is still open. We have employed enhanced measures to keep our staff safe, from ensuring staff are two metres away from each other while working and reducing the headcount for each shift, to allowing an hour to clean between shifts and providing extra soap and hand sanitiser.    ​

We have also asked head office staff to work from home where possible to help keep our communities safe.   ​

We know that shopping isn’t a priority right now, but it is a nice way to treat yourself which is why we are offering free delivery on orders over £30, with no contact deliveries from our courier partners.   ​

Due to enhanced hygiene and social distancing measures we’ve put in place, we are experiencing some delivery delays. For standard delivery please allow up to 7 days, and for the fastest delivery possible (1-3 days) , please choose next day delivery and order before 8pm.

We’re also offering an extended returns window – 14 days from when our stores reopen and 60 days for online orders.   ​

During these trying times, please bear with us if queries or deliveries take a little longer than usual!   ​

We’re keeping a close eye on the COVID-19 situation and we will update you with any news.    ​

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Take care,   ​

Team Accessorize x  

How To Thrive While Staying at Home

Whether you’re working while at home or using the time to catch up on a good book, we’ve got everything you need to create the perfect home office or relaxing sanctuary (or both!)

CREATE A WORK SPACE

If you are working or studying from home the best way to keep your head in the game (and get your work done) is to create a space to work – in other words, do not work from bed! The best way to drag yourself out of the duvet? Set up a nice space to work from and complete it with stationery that makes you want to work! Think, flat-lay worthy pens, fun notebooks and this happy vibe pencil case.

 

VIDEO CALL IN STYLE

Whether you’re logging into a morning meeting or ‘meeting’ the girls for Friday night drinks, there will come a time where 3-day-dirty-hair-top-knot and your old hoodie won’t cut it! Don’t worry, we aren’t suggesting a next level glow up – though there is something fun in a makeover! All we are suggesting is some little mood-boosting touches to your stay-at-home outfit that bring a bit of joy! Think: A cool scrunchie to adorn the 3-day-dirty-hair-top-knot or some chunky layered necklaces to make your hoodie casual chic! 

If you need want a little more inspo, why not try and master the perfect pony or the perfect bun – don’t worry, both can be done in a matter of minutes!  

WRITE ABOUT IT

Whether you’re looking for a creative outlet or you need somewhere to write about the feelings and stresses you’re experiencing, journalling and writing is a great way to spend your time at home! 

We love the Jasmine Floral Notebook (the same as our bestselling bag!) and the Initial Notebook Range. Cause everyone knows you need a good notebook for things like this!

ORGANISE YOUR LIFE

Embrace the life-changing magic of having an organised life and sort out your stuff! After all, what better time to spring clean.

  1. Clean out your makeup, getting rid of old things (we all have them). Then, pop then in a nice clear case – very picture worthy. 
  2. Get all your travel bits together in a travel document holder – and check your passport isn’t expired. 
  3. Untangle your headphones and charging cords and pop them in this handy – and cute – tech organiser

STAY COMFY

Again, if you have to get out of bed (which you do!) you may as well stay as cosy as possible. That’s why we are all about leisurewear – the cosier the better. Pair it with some fun socks and you’re set! 

 

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Mane Attraction: How to wear a Hairband

A bad hair day can well and truly make or break a day (and night) especially if it’s a special occasion! So, how do you style the perfect bun? We’ve got you covered with an easy to recreate hair tutorial – complete with our pick of stunning accessories, of course. 

We ventured to Duck and Dry’s Soho salon to create some hair tutorials to inspire your next look. Next up, new ways to style on-trend hairbands.

 

I’M WITH THE BAND

Curl hair with a curling iron, twisting in alternate ways to create beautiful bounce! Brush out curls and spray with a light-weight hairspray to create a oh-so-lovely blow dry look.

Place a bold hairband into the waves, leaving hair to frame your face. Our top pick is the Beaded Polka Dot Hairband (It’s also available in black!)

 

Change it up by pulling your hair back from your face, we love the Crochet Knot Hairband for this look. 

 

Take it to the next level with a catwalk-inspired look and stack multiple hairbands – the more the merrier! The trick is to play with size and colour – we reach for a smaller band like the Freshwater Pearl Headband with bigger and bolder bands like the Black Velvet Sparkle Headband and Ruched Velvet Headband.

 

Feeling inspired? Watch the full tutorial here.

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A Mother’s Musings: Katie Impey

left: a women with a spotted headband. Right a women in a spotted headband and two children with pearl clips and heart sunglasses

To celebrate Mother’s Day, we spoke to three inspiring women about motherhood, their careers and their top styling tips, of course.

left: a women with a spotted headband. Right a women in a spotted headband and two children with pearl clips and heart sunglasses

Katie Impey is a mother of two, Isabella (9) and Charlotte (3). She’s a Creative Director and Stylist. 

Katie, what is the best advice your mother ever gave you?

To lead by example. She was the head of our family in every way, strong, kind and the most generous person I have ever known. If I can be half the mum she was I’m doing OK.

They say it takes a village, why is it important for you to have a community to help you raise your family?

It’s especially important for me as I lost my biggest support, my Mum, in April last year. I absolutely could not have got through this last year without help and support of others, it meant I can keep juggling all those balls, even at the most difficult time.

How does being a mother make you feel empowered?

Just the fact that you grew another human inside you is empowering in itself and will never not blow my mind! Then to give birth and raise those little humans and guide them through life as well as navigating your own, it can be tough, but the most rewarding thing you will ever do.  

Tell us a bit about your career? 

I started out in events before moving on to marketing  & PR. I was made redundant after I had Isabella, but I ended up landing my dream job as a fashion PR. I gradually progressed to a Creative Director role and last year I took the jump to freelance as an Art Director and Stylist.  


How have other women empowered you and helped you succeed in your career?

My Step Nan Liz is a huge inspiration to me, she has always worked, even while raising her children, first as a nurse, and went on to be a director at Liverpool Women’s Hospital, she is still working now in to her 70’s but has always maintained the balance of career and motherhood.

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Living an on-the-go life with kids, how do you refresh everyone’s outfits with accessories? 

We love a hair accessory around here!  Bows, headbands, clips bring a bit of fun to any outfit.  I also think accessories are a great compromise to let them think they’re styling themselves.  

 

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Together We Can: International Women’s Day with Accessorize

Here at Accessorize, we honour strong women all day, every day. As a brand by women, for women, we’re proud to celebrate the move toward a more equal world – which just so happens to be the theme of this year’s International Women’s Day

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So, as we champion change toward a more gender-equal world, what does International Women’s Day mean to our team?

Kathleen Mitchell
Accessorize Brand Director

International Women’s Day is an opportunity to recognise the trailblazers that came before us and identify the remaining inequalities that persist. Thankfully the role of women in work and in the world has evolved tremendously since I left university, but we still have work to do!

My entire career has been spent at companies that are for and by women and working with mostly female teams and customers has been my absolute privilege. 

Julia Beal-Preston
Accessorize Marketing Director

It’s about recognising inequality and restoring the balance of power in every aspect of women’s lives.

At work, it’s being heard and respected the same way as men. As a mum, it’s raising a daughter and a son who both feel they can achieve the same goals, both respect everyone the same way and both feel worthy.

Every day it’s empowering females and males around me to ensure equality this the norm rather than a ‘thing’.

International Women’s Day is also a day to re-brand feminism, moving away from the stereotypical idea of women’s rights. It’s all of our responsibility to teach society equality and kindness.

It’s about equal respect regardless of gender. 

Daniel Shocklidge
Learning & Development Manager

International Women’s Day is about recognition, celebration, and empowerment; it’s a chance to recognise all women, give a spotlight to those who might not always get it when they deserve one, and lending my own voice to theirs.

Harriet Poppleton
International Director

It’s a day to reflect on achievements and progress that’s been made in creating equal opportunities around the world.  We have a long way to go but the wave of change has most certainly started and there is an opportunity to ride it, so don’t waste it!  

It’s also a chance to give thanks for not only all the women around the world but more importantly those that make up your world!  

 

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A Mother’s Musings: Portia Prince

To celebrate Mother’s Day, we spoke to three inspiring women about motherhood, their careers and their top styling tips, of course.

Portia Prince is a mother of Ngaire (1) and a full-time model living in London. 

Portia, what does motherhood mean to you? 

It’s meant a lot of growth, patience and more rewarding that I could have ever imagined. She’s taught me a lot about myself along the way. I certainly feel like motherhood is just the start of something fresh and exciting. 

They say it takes a village, why is it important for you to have a community to help you raise your family?

I still say this all the time. Especially living in London. Women simply weren’t meant to sit alone in their city flats raising children. You soon gravitate towards other mums with children the same age or I found with older children, so I could take their tips. 

Tell us a bit about your career?

I’m a freelance British model and have lived in London for 11 years. I’m represented internationally and hoping to spend some time in New Zealand at the end of the year.

How did becoming a mother make you feel empowered in your body, especially as a model?

I couldn’t believe what I was capable of. Any hang ups I had before that completely disappeared. I owe my life to this body because it gave me a healthy baby girl.

How have other women empowered you and helped you succeed in your career?

I have a solid work ethic, maybe too much at times, but it’s helped me achieve more than I could have imagined and I’m proud of that.

A group of mothers and their children dressed in Accessorize accessories

What career advice would you share with other women?

If a new opportunity arises, say yes even if it’s out of your comfort zone. I’m extremely optimistic in the sense that even if the outcome is bad, I think there’s something to be learnt from it. 

What advice about self-love and confidence do you wish to pass on to your daughter?

She’ll know that it’s important and it needs to be prioritised as no one else can do it for you. I want her to see the way I do it for myself and it will be openly spoken about in our household.

Living an on-the-go life with kids, how do you refresh everyone’s outfits with accessories?

Definitely hair accessories or earrings. Both are easy to add to outfits and great for transitioning an outfit from day to night.

 

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