Birthstone Series Wrap Up

Birthstones Series - Wrap Up

Just under a year ago I debuted the first of what was to be a 12 month series; The Birthstone series. It was a monthly blog series in which I created a pinterest board and used it as a mood board for a style guide for that month’s birthstone. I loved the idea, I loved doing it, and I’m still somewhat annoyed that I didn’t get to post a style guide for each individual month. I did, however, keep up with the pinterest boards and intend to keep doing so on a much lesser scale though. I had originally intended to post this months style guide for Amethyst, and then later in the year catch up on the months I had missed. The problem with that is that I would constantly be playing catch up and adding more work, rather than admitting that there are some lessons I learned from this series. Instead I decide to post this wrap up, concluding the series and providing links to all the published style guides and each individual pinterest board in one place. I also wanted to use it as a way to reflect on what lessons I learned and how to adjust my planning for future blog series (oh yes, there are more to come! 😉 ).

 

Lessons Learned

The biggest lesson was that I over-reached, and wanted to do more than I really should have. The style guides needed to be more compact, and involving less work on my part. If I want to spend hours and hours pinning things to a pinterest board, then so be it. That’s my choice and I enjoy it; it’s also great for when I’m feeling really crappy and want to be productive. Likewise, thanks to my tablet I can do it on the go and anywhere in the house. The problem was trying to then convert that into a blog post; I had to wade through loads of links and save loads of images, resize them and so forth. It took so long. The next series is going to be more definitive, more to the point and less work in that department.

I also wasn’t as sharp with affiliate links as I should have been and probably lost out on a lot of great opportunities. I’ll be working on that in the future.

 

The Complete Birthstone Series

And finally, here it is! The complete set of published pinterest boards and the published accompanying style guides. I will continue to add things I find to these boards so take the time to follow them, whether it’s your birthstone or you simply love the colour palette for that month!

 

January – Garnet

 

February – Amethyst

 

March – Aquamarine

Style Guide – Aquamarine

 

 

April – Diamond

Style Guide – Diamond

 

 

May – Emerald

Style Guide – Emerald

June – Pearl

Style Guide – Pearl

 

July – Ruby

Style Guide – Ruby

 

August – Peridot

Style Guide – Peridot

 

September – Sapphire

October – Opal

November – Topaz

December – Tanzanite

 

 

Your Thoughts?

Did you enjoy this series? Which was your favourite? Did you prefer the style guides or the pinterest boards themselves? Did it help you style your birthstone or another stone? Would you like to see other gemstone based style guides? Let me know your thoughts in the comments <3

How to Style Emerald May’s Birthstone!

Birthstone Series: Emerald, May's Birthstone

After the less than inspiring transparency of diamonds last month I was looking forward to the vibrant and lush shades of green that make up May’s birthstone Emerald! Emerald can range from a bright green to a forest green, and even slightly darker. As we’ve got Peridot coming up in a few months (August) I had to be super careful not to overlap so I’ve stuck to deep greens of a cooler shade, forest greens and very few khaki greens. The pinterest board features items and colour palettes that cover all these shades, as well as gold, peach, navy and purple.

The Birthstone series will be exploring the world of birth stones and creating a pinterest mood board filled with style ideas related to that month’s birthstone and related colours. There will be women’s fashion, jewellery, make up, accessories, colour palettes and some home decor items thrown in too. This series will be posted on the third Saturday of every month.

 

Emerald Jewellery

  1. Emerald Necklace and Earring set by MarvelousHandmades.
  2. Raw Emerald Bracelets by CrystalFireBird.
  3. 18ct Gold Plated Silver Emerald Diamond Earrings from Argos.
  4. 9ct White Gold Emerald and 0.10ct Diamond Bracelet from Argos.
  5. Kagem Zambian Emerald (Ovl) Solitaire Ring in Platinum Overlay Sterling Silver from TJC.
  6. Silver & 9ct Yellow Gold Created Emerald & Diamond Earrings from H.Samuel.

 

Emerald Dupes

Emeralds are gorgeous, but sometimes a little too expensive so here you’ll find a selection of jewellery using green crystals and glass gems.

 

  1. Mint Green Rope Charm Necklace from TK Maxx.
  2. Black Velvet Choker by MidnightVision.
  3. Green Stone Set Ring from Dorothy Perkins.
  4. Swarovski Crystal Earrings and Necklace set by Silvercrystalscouk.
  5. Savannah Disco Bracelets Pack from Accessorize.
  6. Tassel Pendant Necklace from Forever 21.

 

Colour Palettes

 

  1. Blue Buds. View it here on Pinterest.
  2. Teacup Colours. View it here on Pinterest.
  3. Saffron. View it here on Pinterest.
  4. White Narcissus. View it here on Pinterest.
  5. Emerald Hues. View it here on Pinterest.
  6. Branching Colour. View it here on Pinterest.

Fashion

 

  1. Poplin Bow Shorts from George at Asda.
  2. Tailored Suit Jacket from Topshop.
  3. Satin Zip-Front Blouse from Forever 21.
  4. Floral Satin Souvenir Jacket from Forever 21.
  5. Boden Green Alba Top from Next.
  6. Gothic Sweetheart Corset by CurvyGirlsClothes.

Dresses

 

  1. Emerald Draped One Shoulder Dress from  TK Maxx.
  2. Jeseme Green Sequin Front Bodycon Dress from Pretty Little Thing.
  3. Short Floral Dress from La Redoute.
  4. Emerald Silk Cocktail Dress – Made to Order by alexandrakingdesign.
  5. Phase Eight Collection 8 Shannon Layered Full Length Dress from Next.
  6. Nola Shorter Length Parrot Maxi Dress from Monsoon.

 

 

Shoes

 

  1. Lost Ink Maci Green Mid Heeled Sandals from ASOS.
  2. Daisy Street Green Snake Print Heeled Ankle Boots from ASOS.
  3. Mint Floral Platform Court Heels from TK Maxx.
  4. Reebok Black & Green LX8500 Trainers from TK Maxx.
  5. Boden Green Angelica T-Bar Heel from Next.
  6. Emerald Dragon Heels by TheElusiveRabbit.

 

Accessories

 

  1. Hair Clip with Emerald Beads by CopperStreetStudios.
  2. Emerald green, white and gold flower hair piece by FernandAvery.
  3. Faux Leather Ribbon Floppy Hat from Forever 21.
  4. Cactus Faux Leather Crossbody bag from Forever 21.
  5. Green Oversized Square Sunglasses from TK Maxx.
  6. Green Rucksack from Next.

 

Nails

 

 

  1. Emerald Nails by Polilish.
  2. Cuprum Texture Nail Art by Manicurity.
  3. Fir Coat Nail Polish by ilnpbrand.
  4. May Birthstone Emerald Nail Polish by Jackschula.
  5. Nails Short Square Deep Green from Superdrug.
  6. NCLA Blue Exotica Nail Wraps from Pretty Little Thing.

 

Make Up

  1. Butter London Eyeshadow Duo Palm Paradise from Beauty Bay.
  2. Coloured Rain Eyeshadow from Beauty Bay.
  3. Pressed eyeshadow palette – May Birthstone – Emerald by BreakingBeautyShop.
  4. Barry M Dazzle Dust Bright Emerald 72 from Superdrug.
  5. Emerald Green Matte Liquid Lipstick by Aromi.
  6. Concrete Minerals Living Dead  Mineral Eyeshadow from Pretty Little Thing.

 

 

Miscellaneous

  1. Emerald and Copper Notebook by Elisabeth Fredriksson.
  2. Birthstone Collection: Emerald Notebook by Portico Designs.
  3. Deep Emerald Green in Flight 3D Wall Butterflies by MyButterflyLove.
  4. Emerald Green Mouse Mittens by evefashion.
  5. Parker Urban Premium green fountain pen from Paperchase.
  6. Queen of Green plant pot from Paperchase.

 

What do you think; is emerald a birthstone you think you could style? Is emerald a bit too vibrant for you, or do you prefer the lushness of the colour?

I hope you’ve found something you like in this post, and if not there’s plenty more on the pinterest board! I’ll be adding a few more things to the board from time to time so don’t forget to follow it. If you have something you think I should add, especially if it’s something you’ve created let me know!

 

 

 

 

Pin Birthstone Series: Emerald (May)