To be honest I'm not sure what I ever did before the invention of online shopping, I probably had a bit more money, but I was probably much more of a sheep. Having to buy jewellery pieces in the same shops, as your school and college, friends and enemies, meant that it was so much harder to have your own individual look and style. Bar a few ladies that made their own jewellery we all looked the same and wore exactly the same necklaces, earrings and rings.
Thanks to the kazillions of options online though, it's now much easier to find quirky and one of a kind jewellery pieces. I'm a huge fan of ebay, and charity shops for unusual and vintage pieces but I also love online boutiques, and one of my longtime favourites is Punky Pins.
Way back when, when Sex In The City premiered, the jewellery piece to own was the Carrie name necklace. I loved the concept but whilst I love small ditsy, pendants and chains I wanted something a bit bolder. The answer came via magazines, and various chat forums that I frequented - a North East (Middlesbrough) based site called Punky Pins, which was founded in 2005.
My first purchase was one of their acrylic, mirrored name necklaces, and an NYC themed acrylic pendant, that featured a mirrored gold Empire State Building, a star and the I NY logo. I don't think I've ever owned a jewellery piece that's attracted as many comments as my name necklace did. I wore it at my first ever blog event which was FABB Newcastle, and it proved a great conversations starter and well and helping people remember my name - you can't see it too well but just to refresh your memory this is my FABB outfit post x
All was well then something awful happened - I stood on it :( Being mirrored, acrylic it broke in two - I was sad and a bit annoyed at my carelessness but these things happen and I never thought much more about it but a couple of weeks ago a Punky Pins offer landed in my inbox and I decided to replace it.
There are several different types of name necklaces to choose from, from wooden, to different styles and colours of acrylic, but I went for what I had before, the Sexy City Personalised Acrylic MIRROR Name Necklace.
You can get any name up to 9 letter and it comes in either silver or gold and whilst I'm normally a silver girl, gold was what I had before. It comes on a 41 cm gold plated chain with a 7 cm extender chain which features an acrylic Punky Pins logo.This necklace is £15 but since every one is made to order I don't think that it's a bad price.
The reason why I chose to place my order when I did was not only down to a free P&P offer but it was also because of a free gift offer. I love a free gift and I love my cats so the offer of a free cat themed necklace with a £15 purchase sucked me in.
The necklace I got was the Wooden Cat Necklace, which features a super cute, wooden engraved cats head on a 48 cm silver plated chain, with a 5 cm extender and a metal Punky Pins logo. You can buy him on the website for just £5.
I know name necklaces and cats aren't for everyone but if you're after something quirky and a bit unusual then I would definitely recommend having a look at Punky Pins. As well as necklaces, they also do a range of other jewellery pieces and accessories. Here are some of my other picks and wants from the site.
Have you ever bought anything from Punky Pins? Let me know in the comments below x