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Rock On

Hoping to rock a rock in the near future? While celebrities’ rings may be a bit out of our price range, that doesn’t mean we can’t borrow a bit of their style. While we don’t suggest copying anyone’s look diamond for diamond, we do think that there’s a ton of inspiration to be had from A-list engagement rings. Make these looks your own–budget be darned!–by adapting a bit of star style in your own life.

Pretty in Purple: Heidi Montag. Let’s get down to business with a ring that is really off the beaten path. While you may not love Heidi’s paparazzi-desperate ways, her amethyst and diamond ring is a choice that stands out from the pack. Don’t be afraid to choose a semi-precious stone for your engagement ring (this Lavender Kunzite in 18-karat yellow gold comes to mind), but if you’re foregoing a diamond, make sure that it makes a real statement.

Heidi Montag

Three-Stone Stunner: Mariah Carey. While it was rumoured that Mariah’s 17-carat square emerald-cut pink diamond flanked by two half-moon diamonds was recycled from Nick Cannon’s former fiancée (it’s not true), the ring is gorgeous either way. A lot of people love the sentiment of a three-stone ring (it references the past, present and future of your relationship), and it’s a meaningful way to incorporate more than one diamond shape into the design.


Royal Oval: Katie Holmes. Not everyone will get a proposal under the Eiffel Tower, but an oval-shaped setting is a flattering shape on virtually any bride’s hand. Katie’s 5-carat diamond surrounded by micro pavé is a little more interesting than a standard round, and the elongated stone will even seemingly lengthen the shortest of fingers.


Not-so-Mellow Yellow: Heidi Klum. Coloured diamonds are all the rage these days, and for good reason. These naturally-hued stones are rare, interesting, and allow you to focus on a spectacular stone rather than worrying too much about a setting. Heidi’s 12-carat cushion-cut canary yellow diamond is breathtaking, and by going Couture (who wouldn’t want this spectacular ring?) you can get a similar look with the same wow-factor.

Heidi Klum

Split Decision: Beyoncé. Let’s be honest: Beyoncé’s insane 18-carat emerald cut diamond ring is out of most everyone’s league. But one detail is easily replicated: The split-shank mounting that holds the massive stone. A split shank is a good choice for several reasons: It holds a diamond in place well with little worry of movement, it’s a perfect place for a bit of pavé diamonds without being over-the-top, and, well, it just looks pretty on the finger.


Hip to be Square: Ashlee Simpson. Considering her husband’s rock music pedigree, Ashlee’s ring is surprisingly sedate. But, the design is one of the most popular today: A diamond surrounded by pavé diamonds. The setting chose by her husband, musician Pete Wentz, is a very defined square shape–perfect for a modern bride who craves a little edge. Even better: The extra row of diamonds makes any centre stone look even bigger!


All of these rings, plus many more are available at Jewels Boutique: www.JewelsBoutique.com

At Can’t Help but Be, we say who needs a man? Pop one on your Christmas list, or treat yourself…your worth it!


Sunday Girl Accessories

By Eloise

Jewellery is one of those things that can really make a day special. It can make an outfit come to life even on the most ordinary of days. I for one am someone who always has a piece of jewellery on and am always on the lookout for more unusual and unique pieces to add to my collection.

So when Laura introduced me to Sunday Girl Accessories my magpie eyes sparkled straight away.

Imagine my joy when I discovered that not only the pieces absolutely adorable, they are all personalised to your specifications AND affordable – that’s what I call a match made in heaven!

The pieces are all made from acrylic and if you can’t find a design on the site that catches your eye, or if you have something in mind for a friend or loved one then the designer welcomes you to get in touch and see if they can come up with a design to suit.

It’s hard to believe you won’t fall in love with the collection online though, with everything from name necklaces to gorgeous romance themed hearts and cute as can be animals. All items are made using a laser cutter for a perfectly smooth finish and are available in a variety of colours.

Here are my top three items (although narrowing it down to three was mighty hard!).

I love this initial necklace- at £6 it is an absolute steal and a lovely way to have something personal to yourself, plus as the designer states it’s a great way to have a personalised necklace without having the full name on display- and I think it invites conversation as people will want to know what it stands for.


Next on my list is this stylised pebble necklace. I love the design as it stands but if you want it made wider, to make even more of a statement then that’s not a problem at all. At £12 it’s an absolute bargain and would make even the simplest of outfits outstanding. With statement necklaces a huge trend right now you really can’t go wrong.


And my final choice, well I simply could not resist this cutie pie. At £6 who could resist his charm? The simplicity of the shape makes this irresistible, I think he would look lovely on his own but imagine having a few in a variety of colours- your very own bird family to liven up any outfit and put a smile on your face.


With plenty of options and colours available in almost every shape that you could imagine, there is going to be something here for everyone so head on over to Sunday Girl now, you really won’t regret it!

Jewellery With an Edge

Studio Edge is a new online jewellery boutique featuring new jewellery designers and their exclusive collections. Studio Edge seeks to carve out  a niche for online boutique jewellery shopping and support up and coming designers.

Currently there are three designers featured on the website, the pieces featured below are by Noreen Mirza who launched her designs back in 2005. Her collection for Studio Edge focuses on Cubic Zirconia and Freshwater Pearls.  Elegant Green Pear Pendant 3212826This elegant green pear necklace  costs £128 and features a gorgeous green pear shaped cubic zirconia with a crown of white gem petals, the perfect summer accessory for an elegant night out.







Black Pearl Knot Necklace 3212785

Next up, we at Can’t Help but Be are head over heels in love with this black pearl knot necklace (£111). This is a truly unique piece that will add interest and sophistication to even the simplest of day time outfits.







Heart & Pearl Drop Necklace 3212787

Perfect for this summer’s romantic trend, this heart and pearl drop necklace has captured our hearts (yes, I’m bad at puns!) Costing £126 this is an investment piece that can be worn with so many things to add elegance and glamour, I know it’s only July but this has made it’s way on to my Christmas wish list.





Multicolour Freshwater Pearl Necklace 3212786

This necklace is otherworldly, it’s composed of multi-coloured fresh water pearls and is reminiscent of tree branches. Wear with a simple outfit for a statement piece, perfectly in keeping with Summer’s loud jewellery trend.

Studio Edge also sells bangles, earrings and rings and holds hints and tips, industry news and trend forecasts. This is a must visit site for all fashionistas and holds the added bonus of free UK postage and packaging. With prices starting at just £43 there is no reason not to invest in these up and coming, and frankly brilliant designers and support a website that can only go from strength to strength.

MADE- jewellery with a conscience

Written by Eloise for Can’t Help but Be

Ethical shopping has become something of a trend of late, combining the desire for good quality products with the need for our consciousness to feel better about their source. From the fair-trade coffee beans, to the sustainable sourced wood products and organically grown cotton clothes, the world does seem to have captured the trend and taken it to their hearts. But isn‘t it more expensive and unfashionable? Well if that was the case then it is no more, MADE jewellery show there is no limit to tapping into the potentials of local artisans and in turn allowing them to help themselves to a better life; and we in turn get to wear some beautiful pieces of jewellery.
MADE have many mission statements to their brand but the key message is Made by the people for the people. But this isn’t just some pull on the consciousnesses of buyers with pleas of helping the impoverished, this is a truly unique jewellery company that produces stunning pieces of jewellery. The designers are all influential, including big name celebrities. Designs are taken to East Africa where they are sourced and made by workers within the communities. In doing so local villagers get training, fair wages, and a chance to break the cycle of poverty.
Hayley Mardon; She was born in Zimbabwe and graduated from Edinburgh college of Art. Her designs clearly show her love for her African home as they are formed around strong colours and bold shapes.  Her designs include this gorgeous bangles, statement earrings and show stopper rings.
Bex Rox;b6a6ca486d8016c673770c7019015b9b This lady has a real eye for amazing creations. She grew up in Menorca and through her career she has worked for no less than CK, W Magazine and Vogue and her designs have been shown at London and Paris Fashion weeks. And what makes this even more unique? Well Bex has cleverly made the jewellery interactive as her clasp is magnetic allowing you to adapt the jewellery to your heart’s desire!
Three string bead brass necklace £40 by Bex Rox for MADE. 
And if they aren’t names you recognise how about Peaches Geldof? Daughter of active charity campaigner Sir Bob Geldof it seems that philanthropy really does run in the family with Peaches designing her own line for MADE. Her designs incorporate  a Daisy theme and are all limited edition. Priced from £15.25 they aren’t going to hang around for long, so be quick! pgdaisyc 


 Three Daisy Necklace by Peaches for MADE £25.00






So where can you get your hands on this collection?
Well, online is a great place to start as MADE not only have items on the high street but they also have a unique online collection available nowhere else. And your budget? well you can own a piece of MADE from as little as £6, or if you have a larger budget then into the £100s.



If you do fancy splashing the cash then how about this gorgeous Natalie Sergeant pendant that was designed for Whistles at £115?










And if you love that then perhaps this brass necklace that was designed by Pippa Small for Nicole Farhi may just be the one for you, it’s pricey but I think it’s worth every penny of it’s £399











If such pieces are out of your price range, do not fear. MADE jewellery can be bought for as little as £9.79 for a pair of earrings.

If you want to get up close and personal with the items and you are lucky enough to live near the following shops then why not call in and see the collections for yourself? Items are stocked at Top Shop, Nicole Farhi, House of Fraser, Whistles and a select few Independent retailers including one in Norway and one in Sweden. Also keep your eyes peeled as asos.com are also stockists of this line.
If any of these designs have captured your eye then please head on over to
www.made.co.uk  and peruse their website. You can learn about the other designers, see the full collections and read about their story. Also if you sign up to their email subscription you receive 10% off your next purchase- now what more reason could you need!



MADE clearly shows that through fashion we can not only look great but allow people to help themselves to a better future.

(all images are from www.made.uk.com)