Jan 2013

Butler & Wilson

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I first came to know of Butler & Wilson through a friendly vintage jewellery dealer who had an assortment of fabulous brooches that I was eyeing.  He told me the story of how the company was founded in 1969 and has grown over the years into an internationally recognised British brand.  It was a favourite of Princess Diana who was often photographed wearing various brooches from their collections.  Upon further exploration on my part I learned they have two physical locations in London and they do not disappoint.  Practically every piece is adorned with swarovski crystals and they run the gamut from feminine floral earrings to statement necklaces dripping with skulls. My favourites in the shop are of course all the animal pieces they carry! (I am wearing one of their pieces here.)  In addition to jewellery they have an amazing assortment of clutches, vintage dresses (mostly all which are covered in sequins…..amazing) and a bridal accessories line.  Definitely worth a trip if you are looking for a little sparkle to jazz up an ensemble, or need a gift for the hard to shop for woman. Cheers!



First location address: 189 Fulham Road, London SW3 6JN

Telephone: 020 7352 3045

Hours: Monday through Saturday 10am to 6pm (Wednesday 10am to 7pm & Sunday 12pm to 6pm)


Second location address: 20 South Molton St, London W1K 5QY

Telephone: 0207 409 2955

Hours: Monday through Saturday 10am to 6pm (Thursday 10am to 7pm & Sunday 12pm to 6pm)


Dec 2011

Hirst Antiques

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I love jewellery (in case you had not noticed). I consider it to be one of the easiest ways to glam up an outfit, or completely reinvent a basic ensemble by just swapping out the accessories. It is also much more affordable to buy a few great pieces rather than a few new outfits. The more sparkle the better in my opinion.

Therefore Hirst Antiques is a must go, do not bypass, leave the boy at home (unless he is buying) if ever in need of a little bit of glam.  The teeny tiny space is filled to the brim with gorgeous, unique and amazing pieces that will make you swoon.  They have “conversation starting” pieces by Chanel, Kenneth Jay Lane, Miriam Haskell, and Christian Lacroix (just to name a few).  Prices run the full spectrum depending upon the item, designer and year it was made. Men do not feel left out as they do have a great selection of cufflinks to add a little dapper to your day. As if things could not get any better it is also right by Portabello Market so you can continue your vintage treasure hunting! Talk about a perfect day.


Address: 59 Pembridge Road,  London W11 3HN

Telephone:  02077279364

Hours:   Monday through Friday: 11:00am – 6:00pm,  Saturday: 10:00am – 6:00pm,  Sunday: closed