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Thursday, 10 April 2014

Neon & A Special Necklace

When I was having my hair and make-up done by Gemma & Lynne for the In Magazine Awards, they were telling me about the work they both do for A21 - a global charity that raises awareness and helps victims of human trafficking. Gemma is heading over to volunteer in the A21 shelter in Greece (Europe's human trafficking capital) in just a few weeks to see for herself the challenges the charity faces on a daily basis and ahead of this trip, both girls are doing a ton of fundraising.


Gemma had the idea of commissioning Linzi, local designer and owner of Elephant Juice, who makes limited edition pieces from antique silver cutlery, to come up with a symbolic necklace design - a combination of a butterfly (change) and a key (freedom). The girls are selling a very small number of these unique solid silver pieces over the next few weeks for £47 each. They're all the one design but each one is slightly different as it's hand made from a different piece of cutlery.


Well, I am honoured to be the first person to own one....I picked mine up from Gemma earlier this week and have worn it every day since...I'm loving the slightly brushed silver effect and the fact that it can be worn either way round.
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Yesterday, it got a dose of orange when I wore it with a Gap jersey top which firmly puts me in a good mood as it positively glows with neon-ness! If you stand close to me when I wear it, I promise you'll glow too! (it looks coral on the website but it's definitely neon in real life - down to £5.99 at the moment!)
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It's the kind of top that needs toned down a bit with a neutral so I teamed it with a stone coloured H&M jacket that I've had for a couple of years now and a scarf I picked up in local store, Heatons, which ties the colours together nicely. And then I got photo-bombed...
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Add in my Boden blue crossbody, Gap skinnies and Gap metallic flats and I'm good to go..
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If you'd like to buy one of these necklaces to support Lynne & Gemma's fundraising, just drop me an email to schoolgatestyle@yahoo.co.uk and I'll put you in touch with the girls.


Ax

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19 comments

  1. What a great idea and very unique. Love the photo bomber, little monkey x

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  2. What a great idea; I saw an article about human trafficking last night on the news and it was heartbreaking.
    Lovely neon top.

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  3. A super idea and a lovely little product. I adore your' photo bomber . I love the bright colour on you too. H xx

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  4. Lovely idea! But is the necklace sharp at all? X

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  5. What a unique idea, I really like it! Also loving your scarf, looks great with the neon top. I'm feeling the need to break out my neon jeans from last year!
    Abbi x

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  6. Hi Mel, no - not at all! It's completely smoothed - the edges and the surface. A little sharp around the edges of the key part but no more so than a normal key and not jagged in anyway that it would catch on clothing or anything. Beautifully finished. I think it might have been made from a spoon? Hope that helps! Ax

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  7. Love the pop of neon and that necklace is very special indeed, what a great cause! Your outfit is perfect for showing such a unique piece! xx

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  8. What a fabulous idea and such a beautiful and unique piece. I really like that.

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  9. Ingrid McCarroll11 April 2014 at 19:22

    Avril

    Stunning top! Which size did you buy? Limited sizes left online...

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  10. I love Linzi's designs, this is beautiful:) I was at an A21 event last year, the stats are scary - a great cause!

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  11. What a fabulous idea those necklaces are, so original and lovely. I adore the neon orange top with your scarf, a fab spring combination x

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  12. Hi Ingrid - I bought the M and it's quite generous fitting - nice and long. I got mine in Castlecourt if you have no luck online x

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  13. Lovely look Avril, those shoes are fab! What a great cause and a great idea, the necklace is amazing, I hope they sell out for such a worthy cause x

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  14. Hi my dear! The necklace is uniquely gorgeous and loving your outfit too, have a great weekend xx

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  15. LOVE the orange! Inspired to wear mine today, thank you!

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  16. This is a wonderful idea; such a pretty design! xxx

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  17. Cous Cous and Cork Wedges14 April 2014 at 21:24

    Stunning! No dinner & straight to bed for the photobomber! ;) xx

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  18. I am just catching up on some of your posts- is the necklace still available? I love this look on you- the blog is great x

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  19. Hi Charlotte - I think Gemma still has a couple of these left. Are you ok with me giving her your email address and she'll contact you with full details? Thanks so much for your lovely comment, Avril x

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