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 Peridot, August’s Birthstone!

Birthstones Series - Peridot - August's Birthstone

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.

 

Two birthstone posts in a row, but don’t worry Sharing Saturday will be back to normal next week and I’ll be looking at the gorgeous Sapphire for September’s birthstone in three weeks time.

 

 

 

Peridot was a tricky one to style, mainly because it’s quite a bright shade and I have to admit it’s not one I’m naturally attracted to. I love the gemstone and jewellery, however, it was the fashion items, dresses and make up that proved hardest to find. Some companies and retailers seem to be quite fond of the colour for women’s fashion, while others tend to lean towards khaki and olive. Unlike Emerald, Peridot is a much lighter and yellow hue shade of green. It’s spring greens, lime, chartruese and then the more mellow shades of olive and khaki. My tip for styling it, if you’re like me and not too keen on going for full on lime green, is to add it in little ways. A spot of make up here, some beautiful peridot jewellery to spice up an outfit or even just a flash of colour for your shoes or bag. It’s also a colour that goes really well with yellow, darker blues and purple which you can see in the colour palettes below.

 

 

Jewellery

 

  1. Peridot Butterfly Pendant Necklace from QP Jewellers.
  2. Raw Peridot And Pyrite Bracelet from Not on the High Street.
  3. Clogau Sterling Silver & 9ct Rose Gold Peridot Awelon Ring from H.Samuel.
  4. Peridot Copper Bangle by DesignedByAnnemarie.
  5. Peridot Leaf Drop Earrings by AnvilandThorn.
  6. Nina B Sterling Silver Heart Stud Earrings from John Lewis.

 

 

Dupes

Peridot is a stone that ranges in price so it’s not always necessary to look for a dupe, however, it can also sometimes be one that is hard to find. There’s a lot of suitable dupes out there using coloured glass, crystals, and beads that still have that vibrant shade you’re looking for!

  1. Sterling silver green cubic zirconia ‘kiss’ pendant from Debenhams.
  2. Lime Green Earrings by annakingjewellery.
  3. Green Stained Glass Cuff by AimeezArtz.
  4. Lemon Beaded Hoop Earrings from Accessorize.
  5. Khaki Cord Multirow Necklace from Dorothy Perkins.
  6. Green & Gold Tone Clover Drop Earrings from TK Maxx.

 

 

 

Colour Palettes

 

  1. Spring Flora Colour Palette, view it here on Pinterest.
  2. Yellow Rose Colour Palette, view it here on Pinterest.
  3. Sweet Tangerine Colour Palette, view it here on Pinterest.
  4. Sun Through Leaves Colour Palette, view it here on Pinterest.
  5. Lime Colour Palette, view it here on Pinterest.
  6. Green Peas Colour Palette, view it here on Pinterest.

Fashion

 

  1. Charter School Cardigan in Chartreuse from Modcloth.
  2. Torrid Jeggings – Neon Citron Green Wash from Torrid.
  3. Live Unlimited – Lime Floral Print Kaftan from Debenhams.
  4. Maine New England – Lime linen blend blazer from Debenhams.
  5. Lime Green High Neck Shirred Top from New Look.
  6. Lime Stripe Denim Shorts from Jane Norman.

 

 

Dresses

  1. Green Premium Strappy Lace Dress from New Look.
  2. Tall Plunge Front Maxi Dress from ASOS.
  3. Coast Jamie Printed Dress from House of Fraser.
  4. ISSA Mila Embellished Dress from House of Fraser.
  5. Wallis – Mint floral orchid shift dress  from Debenhams.
  6.  Craghoppers – Soft khaki Nosilife symone shirt dress from Debenhams.

 

 

 

Shoes

  1. Lotus – Lime suede ‘Briony’ wedge sandals from Debenhams.
  2. L.K. Bennett Coralie Flower Ruffle Sandals in Lime from John Lewis.
  3. Lime Green Suedette Trainers from New Look.
  4. Wedge Heel Sandals from H&M.
  5. Block Heel Ankle Strap Court Shoes from Marks & Spencer.
  6. Hunter Original Short Boots from Sole Trader.

 

 

Accessories

 

  1. August Birthstone Pouch from Achica.
  2. Elegant Peridot Watch with Vintage Face by ArdentLife.
  3. Green Colour Block Saddle Bag from New Look.
  4. The Nellie Belt – Turquoise, Lime and Orange Buckle with Brown Leather Belt by AWCdesigns.
  5. Lemon Lime Gemstone French Barrettes by ReynaRed.
  6. Olive Green Paisley Bandana Knotted Jersey Headwrap from Claires.

 

 

Nails

 

  1. Zoya nail polish in Tangy from Holland & Barrett.
  2. Rimmel Rita Ora 60 Seconds Super Shine in Partner In Lime from Superdrug.
  3. BeachClub Summer Collection Neon Yellow/Lime Crelly by MsSparkleBoutique.
  4. Bright eyes – Lime-gold Holographic glitter polish by DarkMetalLacquer.
  5. Lauren B. Beauty Nail Polish in Where’s My Oscar from Europa Cosmetica.
  6. Ciate Nail Polish in Mojito from Europa Cosmetica.

 

 

Make Up

 

  1. LOréal Paris Infallible Eye Paint in Keep On Khaki from Look Fantastic.
  2. Jeffree Star Cosmetics Velour Liquid Lipstick Chrome Summer in Venus Flytrap from Look Fantastic.
  3. MANIA Sparkle Eyeshadow by FabledFragrances.
  4. Green Cream Matte Liquid Lipstick Non Transferable Water Proof -Key Lime by michelerenaecosmetic.
  5. W7 Cosmetics Angel Eyes Eye Shadow Palette – Out On The Town from Scentsational.
  6. Razor Sharp Water-Resistant Longwear Liquid Eyeliner in Lust by Urban Decay.

 

 

Miscellaneous

 

  1. August Peridot magnetic bookmark by 1107Studio.
  2. August Birthstone Print by HarknettPrints.
  3. August birthstone dragon with peridot gem by HowManyDragons.
  4. Ryman Soft Cover Notebook Medium from Ryman.
  5. Filofax Personal from Ryman.
  6. Personal Banker Organiser from Modcloth.

 

What do you think; has this style guide swayed your thoughts on lime green and peridot? Or were you already a fan?

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!

 

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