31 July 2017

Welcome To The Wonder Ears

Word on the grapevine is the bigger, the better and when it comes to the adornments flaunting their sass and style for Autumn, the oversized disco hoops were rife with a mix match of metals, charm and detail.

As the summer begins to make its gentle wind down into the balmy evenings of Autumn, the fashion gurus are revving up their awaited fashion week reveals by breathing life and size into our newfangled ear adornments.

It looks as if the reign for statement earrings is not prepared to hang up its crown as the it accessory of Summer 2017 as this standout style continued to flaunt its charming allure on the Autumn catwalk rows.

Indulge in a world of show-stopping drama and megawatts showmanship by letting your ears do all the new season talking...

From left to right: Suki Charm Dangle EarringsTurquoise Monarch Chainmail EarringsGold Four-moon EarringsHand Painted Gilda Earrings

From left to right: Gold Carmen ChandeliersGold Antoinette EarringsCross My Heart EarringsWhite Tassel Bead Droppers

Love, Sarah

Connect & take a snoop at what I'm up to on...

Instagram @sincerelysalmon 

Facebook  : Little Elysian

[Image credits: Image credits: Pinterest, freepeople, anthropologie, oliverbonas, selfridges, luisaviaroma, net-a-porter, theoutnet, uk.forzieri, julesb,farfetch]

23 July 2017

Things I've Learnt Commuting In London

Clasping on for dear life whilst you narrowly avoid slapping the person behind you with your bag, rugby mauls on the platform sprints between stations and enjoying the morning scenery of the concave of an unkempt armpit; Just another day of in the cutthroat world of the London commute. 

After up-heaving my entire life from the Hampshire countryside where morning scenery was rolling grass fields and paddocks full of horses to the bustling big smoke of London, my mornings now consist of sticky rush hour throngs and underground mice.

As a notoriously stubborn salmon, I don't tend to do things by halves which is why I threw myself into the deep end, striding into the daily commute with severe naivety. Boy did I grow up quick, with a great big shove in the back from a friendly fellow Londoner. 

From riding the crazy commute of working life, I've put together a little list of hurdles you soon learn- only after learning the hard way with an elbow wedged into your coccyx...

1. People have weird toes. Sweltering tubes in the summertime call for minimal clothing and open-toe sandals. It also calls for an abundance of toe types, shapes and oddities to stare at. It's like entering into Charlie's chocolate factory for a foot fetish obsessive. 

2. Some people do not participate in personal hygiene.

3. I deeply regret not embracing sport in my childhood; it would have prepped me well for the competitive race through the doors. It's a case of survival of the fittest and boy do I have a way to go.

4. I am exactly the same height as your average male's armpit.

5. To describe it as busy would be doing it an injustice.  It's like the nucleus of life that everyone wants a piece of.

6. Temperature control is non-existent. You sweat like a pig or freeze like an ice cube- no grey areas.

7. Standard class is exactly what it says on the tin. No fancy bluffs or metaphors, you do what it says - stand, stand and stand some bloody more.

8. Tube chat is not something to enter into during the morning. You may be a morning person but the rest of London isn't.

9. Queuing for the tube is a thing. The British art form still stands strong, even when in a rush.

10. You can always walk faster. Judging by the amount of elbow and back nudges you get, others think so too.

11. Always, always stand on the right. No, but seriously.

12. Pay cheques only come once a month so best be careful. Top expenses in order: Rent, Food, Alcohol.

13. Take your goddam multivitamins everyday. Two week long flu and a cheeky side of sinusitis will teach you the hard way.

14. No matter how much of a stereotypical polite person you are, you will get road rage on the sidewalks. Step aside you ambling tourists!

15. The dream of looking like a high-flying glamorous big body strutting the streets is exactly that. One unattainable dream. Embrace the hair-flying wind, embrace the silk soaking sweat and for the love of God replace those heels for a pair of nikes.

16. Have your travel card handy at all times. Deliberating like a kid at a candy counter will get you nothing but a torrent of abuse and death stares.

17. Thinking you'll beat the crowds and go that extra 15 minutes early means you'll be one of approximately 986 other people doing the same.

18. Everyone is battling their own demons - showing a little respect and kindness can mean the world to someone internally struggling.

19. You quickly learn the art of positioning yourself precisely where the carriage doors will open on the platform. Oh the glory of being at the front of the bullseye!

20. Starting a conversation by chatting about the weather or the price of London living and you're good to go for a lengthly chinwag.

21. Money will come. Then it will go just as fast. It will be like that kid you always heard rumours about back in school but never once saw in the flesh.

Love, Sarah

Connect & take a snoop at what I'm up to on...

Instagram @sincerelysalmon 

Facebook  : Little Elysian

[Image credits: Pinterest, that adventurer, rachellishman, vogue]


22 July 2017

The Unspoken Beauty of Moissanite

Moissanite (/ˈmɔɪsənaɪt/)

So what exactly is moissanite; the ugly step-sister of the cinderella gem world? Think again! Incredibly rare and precious, moissanite is a beautifully natural gemstone born from a meteorite star that fell to Earth in 1893.

Originally thought to be the discovery of Diamond by French scientist Henri Moissan, it was soon revealed to be a crystal gemstone with very similar properties to Diamond but that was composed of silicon carbide.

Due to the natural composition of Moissanite, it has become a very scarce mineral worldwide making moissainte as we see it today almost entirely laboratory-grown. Through careful engineering and synthesis, moissanite delivers a similar illusion to the brilliance and enchantment of a diamond making the physical brilliance, durability and scintillating colour of these two gemstones akin in their elegance.  

Diamond quality is measured through its colour grading regardless of whether it is naturally sourced or grown within a lab. Diamonds have a natural base colour found without traces of brown or yellow tints which is what gives it its dazzling, bright white beauty. In comparison Moissanite stones are graded as 'colourless' which is why in certain lights, a yellow or green hue can be detected. Like a diamond, the smaller the moissanite stone, the more colourless it will appear. The larger the moissanite the more noticeable light reflections will become and the more identifiable the stone will be as a stimulant of diamond.

Forever Brilliant Moissanite is manufactured for those wanting a near-colourless stone like diamond, making it a beautiful alternative for engagement or eternity rings that are less yellow coloured and showcase a white brilliance like diamond. For a stone of ice white clarity ForeverOne moissanite, although limited in shape and size deliver a completely colourless and near perfect stone, parallel to the exceptional white clarity of diamond.

Measured as a 10 on the Mohs Scale of Hardness Diamond is renowned for its superior durability and is well established as the hardest mineral within the gemstone family. Due to this quality diamonds have traditionally been the go-to choice for both engagement and wedding rings due to their incredible durability for everyday wear. Measuring a hardness score of 9.25, moissanite is the second hardest mineral found amongst all gemstones besides diamonds. Due to its substantial ability to withstand surface scratching, moissanite is steadily gaining popularity as a chosen central stone for many engagement rings.

Whilst moissanite does not supersede the classic look of a diamond, it's remarkable brilliance and attractive price point in comparison to mined diamonds makes it is a stunning alternative to the classic diamond ring at a fraction of the cost.

As moissanite reflects white light incredibly well it can quite often sparkle at a higher degree of brilliance to diamond. With its unique dispersion of light and ability to attract less dust and grease on its surface, moissanite boasts a glorious radiance and glow in superior levels to all other gemstones.

With its arresting glow, inviting durability and gorgeous scintillation, immerse yourself into a new world of glitz, glamour and enchanting moissanite.

Love, Sarah

Connect & take a snoop at what I'm up to on...

Instagram @sincerelysalmon 

Facebook  : Little Elysian

[Image credits: Pinterest, charlesandcolvard, brilliantearth, doamore]
© Little Elysian | All rights reserved.
Blog Design Handcrafted by pipdig