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Weddings & Events - what to wear?

Posted on August 13, 2014

If you have worn your occasion outfit one too many times this beautiful British summer season, and want to revitalise your style, without the expense of buying a complete outfit, try accessorising with my bold, yet pretty clutch bags and wrist cuffs. Read on to find out tips and tricks for restyling your occasion dress to last more than one event, and the importance of investing in key quality accessories...

Statement jewellery and conversation starting handbags can completely transform not only how you look, but how you feel. A simple update with a unique handmade pair of earrings, or pendant, teamed with a gorgeous statement handbag is maybe all you need to make you feel you've bought a whole new occasion outfit. And not only that, you will be the only person at the event wearing your unique pieces!

Investing in key accessories is a lot more cost effective in the long run. Buying a mass produced cheap handbag from the high street is not necessarily going to make you feel special, and may not do justice to your dress that you may have spent on for its classic timeless cut that can last for many seasons ahead. A high street mass produced accessory certainly won't last, and no doubt you will get bored of it after one wear. So in effect, it's a false economy.

Many of my customers tell me when they've worn their unique abi-K handbag or piece of jewellery they always get such a positive response, and it makes them feel special knowing no one else has the same piece. Wedding receptions and formal occasion events often mean you are socialising with people you've not met before. So for those with a keen eye for designer accessories, what better ice breaker than to tell the unique story of how your clutch bag is a one off, made from vintage Japanese kimono silk once worn by geishas, and the leather is individually hand selected for it's meltingly soft quality. 

My pieces are designed to last for years into the future and their style won't date. They are handmade using beautiful quality materials.There's no fast fashion here... and each time you wear them you'll feel unique and special.

So you have your main outfit... your dress. After transforming its look with my handbags and jewellery, look to your wardrobe of shoes. You may find that shoes you already own, but didn't think of trying, go brilliantly. The beauty of my bags and cuffs is the bold prints can handle an equally statement pair of shoes. Whether you go for the impact of killer black heels, a bold colour, or the simplicity of nude, gold or silver strappy shoes, all will look great with my designs. Picking out a bold colour, doesn't have to 'match' your abi-K bag either, if done with consideration and style, contrasting colours can be really effective.

Try experimenting with delicious bright lip colours that compliment the vintage kimono silk, or leather that I use in my products. It's a big impact and changes your outfit look for just the cost of a lipstick!  Again, you can match the colour if you like, or go for a contrast. For example bright corals, reds & oranges in lip colour look fantastic with my cobalt blue suede Shard earrings and pendant. Vogue's editors released their favourite lipsticks so try here for inspiration! Lip colour can really accentuate your eyes too, but if lipstick's not your thing, go for a neutral make-up palette, and let the accessories speak for themselves! 

Here's my top clutch bag & jewellery picks for updating a simple elegant dress for a wedding:

Enjoy, be bold & be unique :)

 

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upto 70% OFF SALE!!

Posted on May 09, 2014

SATURDAY 10th MAY 2014 -  I'll be selling my beautiful pieces at up to 70% OFF at the Bright n Crafty fair in Brighton. Get into the spirit of the Brighton Festival, and see some amazing talented local crafts people. Details below:

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NEW kimono cushions coming soon!

Posted on October 07, 2013


Just in time for Christmas, abi-K kimono silk cushions will be available in the boutique imminently... these stunning, one-off opulent vintage Japanese kimono silks are hand crafted and will make the perfect Christmas present. Made from the obi, the formal sash worn around the waist of a kimono, the silks are woven with metallic threads depicting striking images in symbollic Japanese culture. Punctuated with abi-K's unique laser etched leather button, make a statement in your home, mix up the silks and brighten up your living spaces. These cushions are contemporary classics... guranteed to start conversations. They also look fabulous in a pair accessorising your bed... whether you choose crisp white bed linen, or rich dark sheets, abi-K cushions will make a statement. 

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