Thursday, 31 March 2011

New S/S 2011 Collection - A Vintage Affair

Our newest S/S 2011 collection, A Vintage Affair, is now live. This collection is full to the brim of beautiful, one-off pieces of vintage jewellery from the 1930s through to the 1980s.  We've completely fallen for the gorgeous pieces of the past (just like we knew we would) and thought we'd put together a post showcasing our ultimate faves!    

We adore these 1950s Emerald Green Glass Earrings, £12.  So bright and elegant and simply perfect for cocktail hour.  You wouldn't need any other jewellery to accompany these beauties, they do all the talking!


This 1970s Goldtone Link Necklace, £15, is just screaming out to be teamed with a jumpsuit and a pair of wedges.  Perfect seventies attire!  Such a statement piece, it's like wearing a work of art!

This 1970s Goldtone Amber Stone Bracelet, £15, is extraordinarily pretty.  The amber stones are so striking and really catch the light.  We feel this bracelet should be kept for very special occasions, anything less just wouldn't do it justice.

A definite fave from this collection would have to be this 1970s Enamel Stork Brooch, £16.  As you know, we're head over heels in love with bird jewellery so this brooch is perfect in every way.  We're passionate about its quirkiness and LOVE that it originates from the seventies.  Beautiful!


Have a happy vintage Thursday!
Chelsea Doll

Monday, 21 March 2011

A Vintage Affair

The name of our new collection - A Vintage Affair, sums up perfectly our love of treats and trinkets from past decades.  We've trawled vintage stores and auctions and raided our Grannies' jewellery boxes to bring you the most beautiful, one-off pieces of vintage jewellery and accessories.  Our pieces range from the 1920s right up until, the new vintage, 1980s and they're perfect to add charm and interest to both modern-day and vintage-inspired outfits.  When sourcing the items for this collection we found ourselves wondering how to explain the attraction of vintage.  Why do we, and millions of fashion-followers, love it so dearly?

We think one of the reasons is that every vintage item tells some sort of story, it has a history, a past, which, more than likely, we know very little about.  You can conjure up a story within your imagination as to whom the item belonged and the places that it's visited.  Every piece is unique, so has a unique tale to tell.

Another plus for vintage clothing and accessories is that the quality always seems so much better.  Things seem more substantial from the past and not as flimsy as items we buy today.  You can almost feel the effort and work that has been put into a piece.

Vintage-inspired clothing is currently having a huge moment in fashion.  This season the seventies revival dominates most high-street and online stores but we think there's nothing more special than wearing an authentic, original piece from the decade, instead of buying a piece re-designed and made in the teenies.

We came to the conclusion, though, that perhaps the most likely reason for our passion for vintage is that whenever we look back on life in our earlier years and look at photographs of earlier decades, everything seems much happier.  Those days might be a heck of a less sophisticated but they always seem more content (whether this be the case or not).  It fills us with nostalgia, and makes us think that with our very small piece of the past we can re-create the happy times of yesterday.

So there you have it, A Vintage Affair.  The collection will be live on the website on Tuesday, 29 March.   

Chelsea Doll

PS. We'll try and get a few sneak peeks of the new collection within the next few days!

Thursday, 17 March 2011

Happy St Patrick's Day!

Oh, how we love St Paddy's Day, always such a fantastic atmosphere whether you're lucky enough to be in Ireland for the celebrations or in the UK.  The Irish definitely know how to throw a good party.  We're wearing our finest emerald green in honour of St Patrick and have put together a quick post with our favourite green jewellery!

Emerald Green Gothic Key Necklace

Antique Silver & Green Stone Rectangle Earrings

Antique Silver & Green Crystal Ring

Bottle Green & Gunmetal Oval Frame Earrings

Have a fantastic day, whatever you're doing!

Chelsea Doll

Monday, 7 March 2011

The Bird is the Word! - S/S 2011

The Bird is, indeed, the word here at Chelsea Doll!  We've loved bird jewellery forever and thought it was about time that we compiled a collection in devotion to our feathered friends.  The Bird is the Word is not only full of wonderfully kitsch new pieces, but also features a few old favourites.  So if you're a fan of bird jewellery, you'll absolutely adore this new funky collection!

When we saw these Little Owl Hair Slides, £6, we knew straight away that we would have to own a pair.  Such an unusual piece, you've heard of bird jewellery but now you can look uber-cool in an owl hair accessory.  Unbelievably cute, it'll be love at first sight with these little fellas!

This Gold & Brown Patchwork Owl Ring, £9, not only ticks our *obvious* bird-love box but also, with its brown, gold and mustard colours is pretty on-trend with its seventies credentials!  With gorgeous emerald green crystal eyes, this owl ring is super sweet!

Aww!  The Tweet Tweet Brooch, £12, is a definite fave of the collection.  A quirky, cute, antique silver and crystal brooch featuring two birds tweeting together on a branch.  A funky addition to any brooch collection!

Our personal favourite is the Princess Peacock Necklace, £14.  You can see from the vivid colours that this necklace was made to be in the limelight.  A beautiful peacock design in bright blue, red and green enamel, we can't stop looking at it.  If you're looking for a necklace to jazz up an otherwise boring outfit, then this is the one for you!

Chelsea Doll

Thursday, 3 March 2011

The Bridal Collection - An Update

This time of year is always full of wedding inspiration and ideas, with summer weddings fast approaching (sorry if you're getting hitched and we've panicked you!).  Our Bridal Collection has been very popular since it went live at the beginning of January, and we've just added some more beautiful pieces.  We know how important it is to get an individual look and with this in mind we've compiled our favourite three pieces from the updated collection:

Our Jolie Peacock Feather Brooch, £14, adds a quirky touch, whether it's worn by the bride or bridesmaids.  We love feather jewellery and think it looks beautiful in a bridal context.  This brooch, in particular, provides a subtle look with gorgeous silver and shimmering crystal.

The Brigitte Crystal Bridal Necklace, £30, is an absolutely stunning, statement bridal piece.  This necklace is for starlets who want to stand out and have all eyes looking at them (no shrinking violets here!).  We love the unusual leaf design, the amount of crystals and jewels is insane!

The darling of our updated Bridal Collection is the Luxur 1920s Bridal Headpiece, £60.  We completely heart this close-fitting, crystal, side hairband.  Inspired by the Art Deco and Charleston age, the crystal ornament fits beautifully and makes a glamorous, vintage statement.

Chelsea Doll

Tuesday, 1 March 2011

Happy St David's Day!

Today marks the festival for St David, the patron Saint of Wales.  Chelsea Doll HQ is based just outside of Cardiff, so we thought we'd mark this special day by telling our readers a little more about Wales (that, and scoffing our faces with Welsh cakes!).

Wales is a very small country whose geography is famous for its mountains (the highest being Snowdonia) and valleys.  As you can imagine, Wales is full of wonderful, breath-taking views.  Apparently it always rains here too but we haven't really noticed that (tongue firmly in cheek!).  


Of course, Wales has its own language, which is spoken fairly widely throughout the country.  You'll notice road signs are marked in both English and Welsh and we have our own television channel, S4C.  Want to know a really handy Welsh phrase?  Iechyd da, which means cheers (something you'll definitely need in a Welsh pub!).

We love our poetry in Wales (we're actually really good at it).  Our most infamous literary figure is Dylan Thomas (you can view his work here).  If you come and visit Wales, you'd do well to visit the National Eisteddfod.  This festival happens every August and attracts over 160,000 visitors a year.  It's a real must-see to get the full Welsh experience as it celebrates our culture, music and visual arts.

We're *obviously* a really talented bunch, as our music is pretty good too.  Famous for our Male Voice Choirs and our national instrument, the harp, we've produced the likes of Tom Jones, Shirley Bassey and The Stereophonics.  In fact, the Welsh music scene is thriving!

Wales is also a sport-loving country, with successful national football and rugby squads.  We won the Rugby Six Nations Grand Slam in both 2005 and 2008, don't cha know!

Onto our favourite part of Wales now, the food.  WOW!  We have such an array of traditional culinary delights.  If our cheese doesn't get you, we're sure you'll succumb to Welsh lamb or beef.  Then there's our Bara Brith (which is a fruit cake) and Welsh cakes.  Welsh Rarebit is also a definite to try, especially if you're looking for an authentic dish for St David's Day (here's a recipe).

Some of our more famous brothers and sisters (past and present) include opera singer Bryn Terfel, fashion designer Laura Ashley, politician Aneurin Bevan, actress Catherine Zeta-Jones, rugby player Gavin Henson and former Prime Minister David Lloyd-George, to name but a few.

We hope you've enjoyed our very brief feature on Wales.  Of course, if you'd like to know more or you think we've missed something, leave us a comment!  There's only one thing that remains to be said, Dydd Gwyl Dewi Sant Hapus!

Chelsea Doll

PS.  We're taking 20% off all orders made today, with the code STDAVID.  Happy Shopping!