Edita reports | Museum of the Jewellery Quarter

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A point in your life comes that you come to terms that not everyone is keen on museums. My mother once said that she didn’t like them much, and not many of my friends imagine looking at old stuff as a particularly enticing way of spending their free time either.

I do, goddamn it. I love a great exhibition or seeing artefacts. Keeping the past in check allows you to appreciate the present and form educated decisions about the future.

I will give you an example of an educated decision: I simply NEED one of those gold bamboo bangles after visiting the Jewellery Quarter Museum in Birmingham. Let me elaborate.

The weird and the wonderful in the pictures above may not look particularly glamorous or fashionable. But the items produced in this creative chaos is what led Birmingham to become the jewellery capital of Europe. And it still is until this day – if you ever decide to pay B’rum a visit, you will find that the Jewellery Quarter is just like Oxford Circus, only instead of every Zara or H&M, you will see fine jewellery shop upon fine jewellery shop.

Going back to the museum, you will be surprised to find that when this was an open workshop, it was kept elaborately clean, and mysophobia had nothing to do with it. In fact, the owners obsessively cleaned the floors as well as each of employee’s shoes and hands for them not to accidentally walk out covered in gold, quite literally. Similarly, pulled up trousers were not allowed nor was touching your hair excessively, in case you were trying to get away with gold dust in your hair. Talk about making most of the situation.

The company whose ghost we were exploring was originally named Smith and Pepper and they were the ones who pioneered the bamboo bangle – a bracelet that looks like a bamboo – you can see it in one of the images. After Smith and Pepper closed its doors, it was transformed into a museum with every book, every tool, every stamp placed where it was originally left one Friday at 5pm in 1981. The next Monday morning no one came back to continue producing gold jewellery and the doors stayed shut ever since. It was an end of an era.

If you are ever in Birmingham, this is a great place to visit. The museum guide will allow you to envision how it all worked and even show you a few jeweller’s secret tricks of the trade – I caught a picture of him doing so, so no, he is not smoking anything dodgy. It’s actually a sophisticated technique that you will want to see for yourself.

75-79 Vyse Street, Birmingham, West Midlands B18 6HA

Edita wears | Grunge Antoinette

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Jacket: Kookai, Top: Adolfo Domingues, Boots: DKNY, Jeans: Diesel, Clutch: Mimi.C, Pearls: Asos, Earrings, Ring: Amrapali, Bracelet: Moon & Star
Images by Safeera Sarjoo
Let them eat cake.
Marie Antoinette

Here’s a mix you don’t necessarily think would work. Marie Antoinette’s over-the-top aesthetic combined with ascetic grungy undertones makes for a surprisingly modern look.
Pearls strike again. You might remember my latest pearl post – The girl with the pearl everything – where jewellery overindulgence formed the basis of the outfit. Call this look part two.

Edita wears | 2014 in outfits: Pret-a-reporter 2014 look book

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What a spectacular year and what mesmerising locations I have managed to shoot in – Spain, Israel, Gibraltar, Wales, the Isle of Wight, Lithuania and Germany!

It’s such an honour to end this beautiful year on a high – pret-a-reporter is in the shortlist at the UK National Blog Awards!

I am grateful for every word, every image, every pixel, every typo, every pageview, every comment – even of the spam variety – everything that helped me work on my mistakes and make this blog better for both you and I.

Thank you for sticking around and I can’t wait to bombard you with more fashion in the new year!

As a reminder, here’s pret-a-reporter’s 2013 look book.

Edita wears | Cossack hat

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Cossack Hat: From Moscow, Coat: Vintage, Turtleneck: Fendi, Glasses: c/o Firmoo, Bag: c/o Paul’s Boutique, Skirt: Vero Moda, Boots: Toga
Images: Ahmed Fayed
“Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.”
Marilyn Monroe

So this outfit might be imperfect, it might be mad or absolutely ridiculous. But you’re watching, aren’t you. Had it been boring, you’d be already on blog number two, three or ten.

Many of you compliment my eyes, thank you. They come with a price – and the price is that I can hardly see. On days when I can’t face the fact that I need to pop clear contacts in, I wear glasses.

Firmoo kindly offered me a trial of their online glasses shop preposition. So I did. I chose these frames among the hundreds on offer, uploaded my prescription and in two weeks’ time got my glasses. It’s a great alternative to my cateye Chanels. It’s generally a good idea to have a spare pair, especially for blind bats such as myself. For this, I promise you, Firmoo is the way to go.

And finally, I would also like to thank the loveliest team at Paul’s Boutique for giving me an early Christmas gift – this wonderful bag. It’s big, it’s neutral and it is simply made for this turtleneck.