Counting down days until your next music festival or starting to plan your bohemian holiday wardrobe for the upcoming summer escape? These days our favourite boho style has been taken to a whole new level. Think less feathers and glitter and more artisan expression with beautifully crafted Henna tattoos. Fun and quirky, this exotic body art allows you to express your bohemian side and make a trendy statement at the same time, aka Rhinanna and Beyonce. So to introduce you to this oh-so trendy festival look we have asked Pavan Dhanjal of Pavan Henna Bar to give us a low down on how henna has taken festival fashion by storm…
With the Isle of Wight festival kickstarting the party season of the year and many more coming soon (well, hello, Glastonbury), we have put together five of our favourite festival jewellery looks to help you navigate through this boho fashion frenzy. So whether you are planning to go all out (face-paint and feather head-dresses galore) or are thinking of opting for a minimal chic look, we believe that no festival outfit is complete without some gorgeous gems (the devil’s in the detail, right!). From straight-off-the-catwalks statement earrings to cool side stacks, discover new styles as worn by celebs and loved by us.
Woohoo! We have officially entered Summer season… With long and warm sunny days finally upon us, we cannot help but reminisce about the stunning SS17 campaign we shot at the beautiful glamping resort, Casa de Laila, set amongst lush landscapes of Southern Spain. The idyllic location complimented our vibrant capsule collections in all their idealic glory. So here’s a little behind the scenes preview, we’re sure you’ll be feeling inspired and Summer ready! Read More
Hurrah! Summer is finally here… Which means getting your wardrobe ready for those gorgeous warm months! From dancing the night away away at the heady music festivals to enjoying lazy days at the beach, every great summer look needs great attention to detail (yes, of course, we mean jewellery…). To help you in your Summer jewellery styling quest we would love to introduce our stunning new capsule collection – Organics.
Yesterday marked the start of a wonderful cultural event – Museums at Night, which celebrates brilliant heritage of not only our dazzling capital, but many cities and towns across the UK. For this event, museums, galleries and heritage sites are invited to throw open their doors after hours to allow culture buffs to soak up the atmosphere and discover historical treasures in new and unexpected ways (think a calligraphy workshop at National Gallery and much more). To celebrate Museum’s at Night we have picked three amazing historical and cultural hubs in London that have a special meaning to us. Each of these magnificent cultural treasuries is not only frequented by our team, but hosts an exclusive selection of Ottoman Hands jewellery designed and handmade specifically for them.
Weddings are a big deal, right? Not just for the happy couple and all those involved in the big day, as a wedding guests you have such an important part to play in what is soon to become your friends’ best day ever! Its a wonderfully memorable occasion showered with love, laughter and amazing outfits! And with every perfect dress comes the perfect make-up, accessories and of course.. jewellery. Whether you are attending a wedding as a gorgeous guest or planning that ‘best day ever’ as a stunning bride, its the perfect occasion to let your style shine! And, as a wise woman once said (we’re pretty sure it was a woman) – accessories are the best way to show that amazing personality of yours! So if you are having some accessory dilemmas, we have put together five useful tips to help you discover the perfect wedding jewellery to compliment your personality and turn heads! Read More
With the month of May opening its flowering arms, we are celebrating not one, but two Bank Holidays and there’s truly no better excuse than a long (hopefully) sunny weekend to explore the continent’s most beautiful cities. But with such a big choice of cultural destinations and budget airlines to get you there, which of the Europe’s gems would you put to the top of your ‘explore and enjoy’ list? We spoke to our favourite fashion influencers and Ottoman Hands jewellery fans to get some inspiring city break ideas and style tips.
Image sources: Lucy Mason Instagram Page
What’s on your April play-list?! Could it be the beautifully chilled track from The Weeknd, another musical gem or a secret guilty pleasure (yes, we too like Harry Style’s ‘Sign Of The Times’, but shh, it’s a secret). One of our current favourites has to be Lucy Mason’s amazing new EP ‘Going Home Broke’. It has everything one looks for in a great track: beautiful lyrics – poetical, yet so relatable, tranquillising music and Lucy’s ethereal vocals.
Lucy is a Sydney-born dream-pop singer song-writer, who has swapped the laid-back beauty of land-down-under for bustling creativity of London 5 years ago. Her debut single was released last year through Amazing Radio and BBC Introducing. The follow-up single ‘Feels Like Midnight’ has inspired the music world and earned Lucy a well-deserved spot on the up-and-coming-stars list.
We have caught-up up with Lucy to talk music, inspirations and, of course, jewellery.
“She can dance, you know that? She’s got the wrong partner of course, but she can dance.” (Tony Manner, Saturday Night Fever). There’s something so retro-magical about the broken lights of a disco ball disappearing into the sea of glistering movement… From the fabled glamour of New York’s club-scene to Bianca Jagger’s eloquent beauty, lensed by Eric Boman for British Vogue, this season we have felt truly inspired by that dazzling, divine Disco, which transformed 70s fashion into a whirlwind of shining colours and rather awkward dance moves. To introduce the stunning new collection of semi precious stone jewellery, influenced by the era, we have revisited fashion history lessons and thought of all the inspiring things, reflected in these bold and beautiful gems.
Spring has officially arrived in London and its time to enjoy longer and warmer days, bare legs, picnics and plan all the upcoming festival season action including our oh-so-chic bohemian wardrobe. When it comes to our festival fashion, we find it to be both super exciting and tricky to plan! Are we ready to sacrifice comfort to the unforgiving gods of style? Should we choose bohemian glamour or cool rock n roll? There are so many festival looks to embrace, we decided to put together a short questionnaire to help you find out what festival style tribe you belong to. So sit back, relax and get inspired to kickstart the party season with that perfect festival outfit (and get a pen and paper to doodle on)!
Patient, loving, caring, nurturing and compassionate are just some of the endless qualities they possess … What would we do without our Mums? They are the beautiful souls who have been there for us in good times and bad times, who always make us see the light at the end of the tunnel and have a kind word to say. Mother’s Day is not only an acknowledgment of how amazing our mums are, but a celebration of exceptional women, sisters, friends and daughters. It is also a wonderful excuse to show just how grateful we are to have these strong women in our lives. We believe, that when it comes to surprising her with a Mother’s Day gift, there are endless options, however, saying thank you with a present, that holds sentimental value, holds so much meaning and pleasure. Read More
With London Fashion week in full swing, we are embracing AW17-18 catwalk wonders and can’t help but get excited about all the gorgeous trends we will be taking for a spin this Spring/Summer.
Here, we share our top five favourite fashion and jewellery trends you need to know now!
With so much fashion inspiration flowing from London, New York, Paris and Milan, SS17 promises to be a truly exciting season. From summer’s new lace classic with a twist – crochet bottoms at Burberry – to floral bralets at Tory Burch, we can already picture ourselves sipping minty-fresh Mohitos at a bohemian beach bar in Mykonos. Just don’t forget to pack the accessories, as jewellery has shown bright on the catwalks this season too! We saw the resurgence of statement pendants at Balenciaga, Prada and Chanel, raw mineral gems at Givenchy, Christopher Kane and Stella MacCartney, ear-lobes full of wonders at Loewe, Proenza and Margiela and stunning structural cuffs at Courrèges and Louis Vuitton.
How are you spending Christmas holidays this year? Are you relaxing at home with a favourite Christmas movie, wrapped in a fuzzy blanket and drinking delicious hot chocolate? Or maybe you are jetting off for a healthy dose of winter sun? If, like us, you are spending your time off in the capital we have put together a list of our favourite things to do in London during Christmas.
We love December in all its festive glory, sparkling and sizzling in champagne flutes, dancing in beautiful reflections on jolly red sides of Christmas baubles, tasting of mince pies and soothing hot chocolate. There are so many things to do (we are not just talking about Christmas gift shopping) so many gorgeous parties to attend and so many memories to make. And with every special occasion popping up in our reminders, there is a an outfit to put together. We’re sure you have already started planning your ultimate festive wardrobe, however, here at Ottoman Hands we believe that, no winter look is complete without stunning Christmas party accessories. So to inspire you, we have asked our team to share their festive outfits and beautiful evening jewellery they are planning to complete their looks with.
Jewellery has always had a special place in our hearts, be it a beautifully intricate adornment, found during the latest travels or a precious heirloom passed down from generation to generation. It has been given as a gift for centuries and every culture seems to have left its mark and added its own meaning to this precious object of art. For example, in medieval Europe jewellery was not only seen as a symbol of wealth and status, but believed to be a sacred amulet, protecting the wearer from harm and evil. To this day, wearing our lucky gemstone necklace or slipping on a pair of gorgeous gold earrings, gifted by our favourite grandma, makes us feel happy and unique.
Here at Ottoman Hands, we firmly believe in the special connection between the person and their gems. We think that vibrant semi-precious stones we choose for our handmade treasures have powerful energies and wonderful meanings, making for a truly meaningful Christmas gift. On this note, let us whisk you away on a journey of discovering our favourite gemstone wonders. The only thing left to do is decide which precious stone is perfect for you and your loved ones…
Sample Sale alert! We have collaborated with an iconic clothing brand – Darling London – for a spectacular Autumn/Winter Sample Sale.
The sale will be held from 28th of November to 2nd of December at 27 Fitzroy Square, Fitzrovia, London, W1T 6ES. Enjoy brilliant discounts on beautiful semi-precious stone jewellery and gorgeous clothing. Prices starting from £5.00
Oh it’s that time of year again when jolly tunes are bursting into this wide world from every store. When TV adds make you reach for tissues rather than a remote control and when the rustling of paper and whooshing of scissors means only one thing – Christmas gift season is upon us! And with all the glorious expectation and anticipation of those long-awaited presents, we couldn’t help but offer you a helping hand in choosing that perfect gift they are sure to remember.
With London Fashion Week in full swing, we are reviewing all the previous action from biggest catwalks in New York, London, Milan and Paris and are getting ready to embrace the Autumn/Winter trends in all their flattering vibrant glory. To make your shopping for this season’s must-haves a little less stressful we have put together a selection of five jewellery and fashion trends the world is sure to be swooning over this September.
With gorgeous new season collections launching on our website, we couldn’t help but reminisce of how it all began six years ago at the heart of London’s iconic Notting Hill. To give you the full story of how, where and when, we have caught up with our creative director – Deniz Gurdal – to talk about the past, the present and, of course, the amazing future…
With only a few days left till Glastonbury we have caught up with the gorgeous Dawn Probert, Senior Assistant Buyer for jewellery and watches at our favourite shopping destination – ASOS, to talk all things festival. From festival must-haves to summer’s biggest jewellery trends, we are happy to be sharing these exclusive fashion insider tips!
From Field Day to Bestival this season’s most anticipated festivals are well upon us! And with so many style options and cool accessories available, it can become overwhelming deciding what to wear. Throw in temperamental whether, which can not be predicted by any means of modern wizardry, and we are left with either packing a truck-load of outfits and dragging it all through the fields to that perfect pitching spot at Glastonbury or having to party in, what used to be cute, gladiator sandals knee-deep in mud. To solve some of your festival style dilemmas we have put together a short but sweet Festival Style Guide, featuring 5 tips for achieving those perfect festival looks we have been swooning over while scrolling through our Intagram feeds. All you need to do is show up at that festival looking gorgeous and ready to dance the night away!
To celebrate the launch of our Spring/Summer 16 collection at the magnificent Victoria and Albert Museum we have caught up with the amazing buyer of V&A shop – Crystal May – to talk jewellery, trends and beautiful gems of the London’s finest cultural hub.
After many seasons of accessory austerity, this spring/summer catwalks have been set ablaze with beautiful jewellery, which came both mesmerising with intricate details and making a strong, clean, geometric statement. We have put together five of most coveted jewellery trends to bring into your wardrobe this season.
Our office will be closed from Wednesday 23rd December 2015 and will re-open on Monday 4th January 2016. Any purchases made online from this date will receive their orders from the 4th January.
Wishing you all a WONDERFUL holiday!
Ottoman Hands Team xx
Calling all jewellery lovers! Come and join us at our WINTER SAMPLE SALE! Is there a certain piece you’ve had your eye on for some time but haven’t managed to get it? Whether you want to treat yourself or a loved one, now is the perfect time to get up, close and personal with our stunning jewellery collection and kick start the party season!