On Friday evening I was lucky enough to be invited to attend a Jewellery party at Hirst Antiques in Notting Hill, and able to take some photographs in store to share with you guys. The shop itself is an Aladdin's cave, full to bursting with the most amazing antique and costume jewellery collected by it's owner Amanda Wrigley (who is so lovely). There is so much to take in, from real Vivienne Westwood and Karl Lagerfeld pieces to cute, quirky little animal rings and brooches, and enough diamonds to keep a thousand girls happy. You could spend forever browsing the busy cabinets, organised into shelves depending on colour and style, and are sure to find at least ten things that you absolutely must have...and can have, too, as prices range from bargains to a hundred pounds and over. Each piece sold has been chosen and displayed with so much care, and you get the feeling that, despite being a good business, Hirst Antiques is about sharing a passion for beautiful things, and not about just making money.
The shop was closed for us to browse, and we were treated to Prosecco and Lemonade in gorgeous glasses, tied up with ribbon and decorated with rings or charms (like the shoe earring pictured above). I genuinely felt like a celebrity, or a member of the royal family or something (though unlike our Harry I managed to keep my clothes on). I couldn't get over how beautiful everything was...everywhere I looked their was another pair of earrings, or a bangle or bracelet that caught my eye.
I didn't get a full picture of my outfit but I'll tell you anyway that I wore a cardigan from Clothes Show Live, a football shirt from the East End Thrift Store, and a belt and tartan skirt from Beyond Retro. The skirt is one of my favourite pieces at the moment as it makes me feel like I'm in Clueless.
Each shelf is like a shrine; heaped with jewellery and inspiration, and pictures line the cabinets, giving you even more to look at as you browse items from both now and days gone by. You almost want to climb inside and physically explore.
I had an absolutely wonderful evening; almost dream-like, it was so perfect. The shop is a gold mine of classic, eccentric and kitsch pieces, and is so worth a trip if you live in London or are visiting the area.