Attic Accessories Review Vol.2
Sometimes in the winter, it’s easy to fall into a pile of dark colours. With black boots and chunky knits keeping us warm from the cold, I tend to add more sparkles to my day-to-day life in this season — reminding myself the importance of a little colour. Like all things in high quality, a little goes a long way. You don’t need a stacked wrist or finger to catch someone’s eye. Simple classic tailoring does a good enough job, just like these stunning pieces from Attic Accessories.
For those of you who's been here a little longer (thank you!), you know this is not the first time I’ve worked with Attic Accessories (read my previous thoughts here). That said, this time, I’m back with another post of five pieces (my edit!), how I would style them, and my overall thoughts. Sounds interesting? Keep scrolling!
IN COLLABORATION WITH ATTIC ACCESSORIES
I'm a vast ring wearer. Now that I'm older and more confident with my style, I don't seem to make much impulse purchases when it comes to jewellery. I always try to make sure they go with my current collection; if they don't, I ask myself if this is something I would or know how to wear by itself. Speaking of, I'm delighted with the two beautiful rings I've picked this time.
The Golden-Plated Snowflake Zircon Opening Ring is the first piece that caught my eye when Vanessa (designer of Attic Accessories), asked me to pick a couple of pieces from their latest collection. It is so sparkly. I love the feminine snowflake model, and the open design makes is slightly adjustable. I love how it is a piece you can wear both casually and also to a formal work event (for size reference, I wear it on my middle finger most of the time, I'm a size 50-52).
Now, the Asymmetrical vintage Gold Triangle Zircon Ring — my most worn piece from this entire edit. First, I love all things asymmetrical when it comes to styling, so when I saw the photo, I knew straight away it's going to be up on my alley. Since I'm pretty minimal most of the time, this piece to me is a semi-cocktail ring, and before the package came, I assume it would be quite weighty. But again, Vanessa, with her cracking skills, it is not hefty or ridiculously heavy, and she did not sacrifice the quality at all. I wore it by its own most of the time (you know the days when you only have 10 seconds to run out the door before you are late for work? this ring is my fashion saviour), and it is quite the statement. Just like the snowflake ring, this ring is also slightly adjustable.
接下來，是我在這五件單品中，最常配戴的不對稱復古金三角鋯石戒。光是不對稱這點，就已經深得我心，在加上小閣樓最擅長、也最為人熟知的復古銅色，整只戒指顯得更有故事性。若要比喻，那就是款代表個性女子的飾品吧。我的穿搭趨於簡單，所以這只對我來說已經算是 STATEMENT RING 了，趕著出門的時候，靠得就是這些指尖溫度來替個人風格畫龍點睛。其實光看照片的時候，已經做好這款三角鋯石戒會有點重量的心理準備，沒想到意外地很輕盈。拿起來仔細看，質感依舊在線，完全沒有任何為了重量得省略或是犧牲的跡象。這就是小閣樓的工匠精神，這就是為什麼即便看過國外的設計，我還是會對它著迷。同樣可以微調戒圍，我自己習慣戴在食指，尺寸剛好（食指歐碼為52-54）。
I know necklace-layering is the trend now. I have experimented with wearing multiple delicate necklaces together, but due to my stringy hair and its ability to tangle into every loop, these days I do one piece at a time. I prefer short chains (this one sits just below my collar bone). I think they look quite put together with black knits — a.ka my winter uniform. That said, the Branch Zircon Wheel Copper Necklace is one of the few neckpieces that made it to my collection.
Of course, being someone obsessed with details, this one appeals more than being a short length piece — the Branch style chain drawn me in at the first place. Most of my necklace has a classic chain, so it's nice to have something different. I like to think it adds a sense of edginess, which is the perfect touch up to my dark winter outfits. However, I can ultimately see myself wearing them as much now, as with summer dresses in the warmer seasons. It is one of those design twists that makes them fun and timeless at the same time
I love how beautiful the Rolled Zircon Drop Gold-Plated Bangle looks by just sitting there. I have small hands and wrists, and often the wrong proportion pieces can leave me looking odd and short-armed. This bangle is just the right size to flatter my wrist, and being adjustable is so much help.
This bangle is SO sparkly, which may be daunting for some. However, it's a lot easier to wear than you think. It is luxe, but perhaps it is the geometrical design that makes it less overwhelming. I particularly love how the gem is in drop design in the centre. I wear it over my sleeves so that it nestles and sparks nicely with the knits.
When I first discovered Attic Accessories 6 or 7 years ago (wow, time flies!), my first piece from them is a bracelet. And that was sort of what threw me into this rabbit hole of independent jewellery designer brands. This time, I went for the Zicron Step Copper Bracelet. Honestly, you don't see pieces at this price point done like this. I guess this is what I love about Attic Accessories. Their bits are not in a particular genre. You can style them in a traditional manner, while on the other hand, you can play around. You can make something vintage look modern, and vice versa.
All of the Zicrons Vanessa sourced are all so sparkly (how many times am I going to say this? make it a drinking game), but most nicely. It's bling that comes with quality. When you look at one thing, you probably can't even tell, but when you compare — you know. It wasn't until I lay out all my pieces that I realise this bracelet goes well with my two rings, well that's a plus! I had mine at the tightest, which shows the little charm at the back, which is quite lovely.
不得不說，小閣樓在鋯石這方面真的很厲害。那亮度，很驚人。閃這件事，大品牌不說，很多獨立設計師品牌都做得到，但要在價位大家可以接受的情況下，依舊閃得有質感不廉價，那就真的是極少數。跟前面分享的每件飾品一樣，擅長異材質拼接的 VANESSA ，不只在材料搜集上眼光獨具，在細節的掌握與控管，也讓我們這些老顧客非常放心。不用擔心照片與實品會有很大差距，只會更美。其實在選擇飾品的時候我並沒有特別留意，但收到包裹開始配戴後，意外發現這次選的都好搭，能達到互相加分的作用。我自己最愛這款手鍊跟第一只雪花開口戒混搭的感覺，你們認為呢？
I think there is nothing more satisfying than working hards and buying your own pieces. I love how jewellery means to me, the sign of empowering women to self-purchase her sparkly dreams. Speaking fo dreams, I think this is why independent designer brands always seem fascinating to me. Perhaps it is because they work in a smaller team, you get to peek into the behind-the-scenes a bit more and the story behind it all. It's raw, emotional and powerful — to see talented people working on their dreams. And as for Attic Accessories, the little charms, too - resembles the art of handcraft. Like I mentioned before, you cannot find anything in the quality at this price point. It is worth every penny.
Years, I've seen Vanessa grow. When we first started working together (man, I didn't even have my website then), it feels like she was at the experimenting phase. I recall her describing her brand as a beautiful accident. Well honestly, I think nothing is accidental. Everything happens for a reason. It's been over ten years since Attic Accessories has launched, and looking at her pieces now, you can see the growth & change. In her confidence, in her skills, her creativity, and mostly, her aspect of life. A decade ago, Attic Accessories was a brand created by a girl with a dream. Now? A brand run by a woman, fulfilling her dream.