Classic and yet of-the-moment, The Silver Collective is the Australian jewellery brand you should get to know, stat. Lending summer wardrobes a hit of shine, the brand’s collection of super-cool—and surprisingly affordable—minimalist pieces will elevate both your off-duty looks (think denim cut-offs and linen button-up blouses) and after-hours style.
Headed by mother-and-daughter duo Maria and Anastasia Papazoglou, the brand specialises in versatile Sterling Silver jewellery that transcends seasons. A mix of classic elegance and contemporary flourishes, the designs balance timeless style with modern detailing—think of them as heirlooms you’ll want to wear now.
Launching from home under the brand name ICONIC-STYLE in 2015, the label has since been rebranded as The Silver Collective. After two years of online business, the start-up now operates both online and from their year-old Sydney boutique.
The Silver Collective’s wide-ranging jewellery collection includes ultra-fine necklaces and chokers (perfect for layering under beach coverups or metallic party dresses), sculptural earrings and stackable rings. Despite the brand’s love of clean lines and a pared-back aesthetic, each season is crafted with unique personality. One of the brand’s best-sellers—and one of our top picks—the Pella necklace is made from an ancient gold-plated coin. Distinct in shape, it’ll add an insouciant edge to any summer look.
For any couple tying the knot, it’s their day and their day alone to do whatever they want with – begrudgers be damned.
But there as weddings become more commercialised and brides and grooms increasingly look to social media for inspiration for their big day, there are certain trends we see popping up over and over again at weddings.
One of the most overdone trends for weddings in 2018, according to a top wedding planner, is the trusty decorated wall.
Yep, you’ve surely been at a wedding where there’s been a flower wall but Robin Weil of WeddingPlanner.co.uk has told The Independent they’ve become overdone.
It’s a trend that started with celebrity weddings; most notably Kim Kardashian and Kanye West’s extravagant nuptials in Florence, Italy in 2014.
We love a flower wall as much as anyone (what better backdrop for a selfie?) but we’d have to agree that we’ve seen a lot of them over the past few years.
If you’d rather go for something a little different but still have a very floral theme running through your decor, you might consider suspended flowers instead.
The trend has grown in popularity on Pinterest recently and it’s easy to see why.
It’s a fresh, colourful touch that would work for either your ceremony or your reception, depending on your venue.
Hanging flowers would make the picture-perfect alternative to the flower wall too and are ideal if you’re going for a rustic or boho theme.
Whether you are a novice or veteran runner, buying shoes can be very overwhelming. The style of shoe constantly changes, as well as the latest trends in running. The biggest mistake runners can make when looking for shoes is “bargain hunting.” This can lead to shoes that aren’t designed for your foot structure, causing injury, miserable runs and lack of motivation towards training.
There are a few simple steps that can be taken when purchasing shoes to ensure a quality shoe that is appropriate for you.
Understanding pronation vs. supination
Pronation occurs when the heel hits the ground and rolls through the toe during foot strike. This is how your foot reduces the stress of impact with running. Excessive pronation is when there is too much roll from the outside to the inside of the foot, causing the arch of the foot to collapse to the ground. Excessive supination is when the outside aspect of the foot takes all the shock and the foot is unable to maintain neutral position and absorb forces evenly.
Assessing foot posture
To determine what foot type you have, stand in front of a mirror barefoot. You should see an arch on the middle aspect of the foot. A neutral foot is when there is approximately a ½ inch of space between the foot and the ground. A pronated foot is when there is minimal to no space between the arch and the ground. A supinated foot is when there is greater than 1 inch of space between the foot and the ground. You can further assess your foot type with a dynamic motion by squatting down and watching what happens to your arch and foot position.
Choosing the right shoe
Excessive pronators should choose a shoe with a straight shape. Motion control shoes would be the most appropriate for this foot type as they help prevent the foot from rolling in too far and are the most rigid and controlling shoe.
Excessive supinators should choose a shoe with a curved shape. Cushioned shoes allow for more shock absorption and encourage increased foot motion with less medial support. Neutral/normal arches should look for a semi-curved shape. Stability shoes are the most appropriate as they provide an excellent blend of cushioning, medial support and durability. There are also high-performance shoes which are generally designed for race day. These shoes are lighter, have less cushioning, are lower to the ground, and have a lower heel to toe ramp. Because these shoes lack normal stability and cushioning, they are designed for “serious” or elite runners vs. the novice runner.
Properly preparing before shopping
Shopping at a specialty running store will help with having a second set of eyes to look at your feet. The sales representatives working at running stores have specialized training in properly assessing every runner for the perfect shoe.
A few key things to check off the list when heading to the store:
Shop in the afternoon when your feet are at their largest
Bring your old shoes for comparison
Wear the socks you plan to run in
Bring orthotics/insoles you plan to wear in the shoes
Make sure both feet are measured for size, because one foot is always larger than the other
Ensuring the proper fit
When trying on shoes, check to make sure there is adequate room at the toe box by pressing your thumb between the end of your longest toe and the top of the shoe. Make sure there is enough width in the shoe but not enough to allow your foot to slide around when running. Your heel should snugly fit against the back of the shoe without sliding forward or up and down when running. When the shoe is securely tied, make sure the laces aren’t pressing too tightly on the top of the foot. Last but not least, make sure you have the chance to run in the shoes, whether it is on a treadmill or outside. It is the only way you will truly know if they are the shoes for you.