Saturday, 30 May 2015

Calypso and Ella Black Velvet Chokers from The Black Cat Jewellery Store

I hope you are all having a wonderful weekend. I've ended up with several jewellery reviews in my draft post list, so I thought I would begin with another Black Cat Jewellery Store review. I've ended up with quite a few pieces in my collection, but I these chokers are the ones I am most excited about. I purchased the Ella black velvet choker with black onyx, and Anna very kindly sent me the Calypso choker with a red crystal.

The Calypso choker features a faceted red crystal set within an intricate silver frame, which hangs from a red crystal. It is hung upon black velvet, and the clasp is decorated with two tiny red crystals. The red crystal catches the light wonderfully. It constantly sparkles in sunlight. The colour of this reminds of me of Angela Carter's The Bloody Chamber, when the Marquis gives the heroine a choker ordained with bright red rubies and she describes it as 'an extraordinarily precious slit throat.' It's such a wonderful shade of red! It is a very eye-catching piece.

The Ella choker features a black onyx crystal set within an ornate silver frame. A single black onyx stone hangs beneath the frame. It is a beautiful piece, and it epitomises elegance. It's perfect for formal events or to give a plain outfit a touch of opulence. It also came with a box stamped with a black cat. I adore little touches with packaging, and Figgy approves!

I adore the detailing on both of these chokers. Anna kindly made these to fit me, so they fit perfectly. I also find that some heavier chokers have a tendency to drop and fall down on me, so I have to tighten them throughout the day. Both of these are incredibly light and comfortable and I have not had to adjust them.

Both of these chokers are incredibly sturdy. I did manage to accidentally unhook the clasp my Calypso choker by dropping it onto my tiled floor, but it hooked back on and has not fallen off since. I dropped two of my Alchemy Gothic necklaces on it and both of them were immediately broken. One had to be glued and one had to be thrown away, so I would say that only having the clasp fall off is an excellent result and is testament to how well these are made.

I love both of these pieces. They are both incredibly captivating, and very unique. I can't quite decide which one is my favourite!

Both of these chokers cost £17.50 each. You can purchase both of these from The Black Cat Jewellery Store. The Calypso choker is available here and the Ella choker here.

Have you purchased anything interesting recently?

Disclosure: I bought the Ella choker myself and Anna sent me the Calypso choker.

Friday, 22 May 2015

Thirteen Curiosities

Hi everyone! My assignments are finally over. I handed in my 12,000 words on Wednesday, so I thought I would have the weekend off to get some blog photos taken. I have now moved onto my dissertation, and it feels really quite odd to be working on the final part of my masters degree!

I very rarely post home décor posts. I adore homeware, but I unfortunately do not have much space for it (I consider this a good thing as this means I do not fill my available space with clutter). However, I recently decided to try and lighten up my bedroom area, and bought a few things to complement my new theme. My bedroom was previously purple, which I loved, but it was so dark. I thought a light grey and white scheme with black accents would brighten everything up and it would be so much easier to read and work in. With this in mind, I thought it would be nice to invest in some new art prints to decorate my very bare wall.

I discovered Thirteen Curiosities on Instagram and fell in love with her work instantly. She mentioned on her feed that she was in the process of updating her shop, and I patiently waited to see what would become available. I'm very glad that I did. I purchased two prints and a teacup. After my order arrived, I decided that a third print would work better with what I had in mind, so I made a quick second order. Overall I purchased both of the Ouija prints, an original silver on black print, and a 'Witch' teacup. She also very kindly included an extra little print of Fiona Goode from American Horror Story in my second order. I haven't framed this yet as I haven't decided where to place it.

My order arrived quickly, and was incredibly well packaged. Irritatingly, despite having to ring the doorbell to deliver my teacup parcel anyway, which was quite large, my postman decided to completely ignore the big 'Do Not Bend' label across the front of my parcel and attempted to push it through my letterbox, which bent the edges of my Ouija Planchette print. Luckily I think I managed to smooth it out so it isn't too noticeable. I'm sure my postman doesn't like me, as he's done several things like this.

The prints are beautiful. The Ouija prints are simple, elegant and add a touch of intrigue to my décor without being too overwhelming. I adore the effect of the silver on black print in the middle. I had originally intended to have just the one Ouija print and the cauldron print next to each other, but I changed my mind after receiving them. I think the three of them complement each other beautifully. I originally intended to put the cauldron print in an ornate frame, but I couldn't find one that I liked. I do like the simple frames though. The prints look rather spaced out on my photo, but I promise they are quite close together in reality.

The parcel also came with a lovely little bag of lavender, which was a really nice touch. I actually collect lavender to put underneath my pillow, because it really helps to calm my mind.

I also ordered the 'Witch' teacup. It features red floral detailing, and a gold rim around the top of the cup, with 'Witch' inscribed across the cup in curly calligraphy. I was looking forward to this cup arriving, but I was not expecting it to be so lovely. I was intending to use this for tea, but it is almost too pretty to use. I  instead use it to store my favourite pieces of jewellery. I should probably order another one for tea!

The Ouija prints cost £10 for an A4 print and £7 for A5, and can be purchased here.
The 'Witch' teacup cost £13.00 and can be purchased in a different pattern here.

As you can probably tell, I can incredibly happy with all of my purchases! I am planning on decorating my bedroom soon (I have purchased new wallpaper and a few matching pieces) and I think my prints will look wonderful. I'm incredibly pleased with them,

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Tuesday, 5 May 2015


I hope you are all having a wonderful week, and I hope you are all enjoying the beginning of May. It was a bank holiday here last Monday, so we spent the day walking Bree in the sunshine. I try to avoid crowded places so I thought we would be better walking Bree somewhere quiet. These photos were taken on a long walking route which is probably five minutes away from my house in the car.

I'm afraid that I do not have too many pictures to share, but I personally adore walking through bluebells. It is my favourite part of spring. As you can see, I attempted to get a picture of Bree standing amongst them, but she completely refused to look at me, even when I tried to bribe her with treats. Bree adores spring so far. It is her first spring, and she is fascinated by all the flowers and animals. I have never been overly fond of spring, as it means that we are a step closer to summer. I dislike the crowds that summer brings, and I have never coped well with heat (even in England!). On the bright side, it also means that we are a step closer to autumn, which is my favourite season! Or is it a little too early to be excited about October?

It was a beautiful woodland. I had actually never visited before, but I will definitely visit again. The steps shown above led to the Hermit's Cave, which was built out of the sandstone cliff in the 12th century. It has sadly been covered in carvings and graffiti, which is incredibly frustrating. I will never understand why some people feel the need to vandalise something so old and beautiful. I unfortunately couldn't take a photo of the cave, as a family stood in front of it would not move to let me take a photograph. They apologised for being in the way, but then did not move. I waited awkwardly, but they made no inclination to move so I wandered back down the steps to the bluebells. I was a little annoyed! I will have to visit again and take a photograph of the cave.

I hope you do not mind this post being so short and empty! I also wanted to say thank you to those of you who replied to my last post about short monthly summary posts, which I will definitely be beginning soon. I will be taking a break from this blog until my next assignments are out of the way. My coursework is due in on May 20th, so I will be back after that day. I have several jewellery reviews and a home décor review to post. I will still be active on Instagram (my username is divineobscurity).

I hope you all enjoy the rest of your week!
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