Just what is it about this ripe red ring that’s so different? So appealing?

Appealing to my inner child and love of all things pop-flavoured, graphic and red, this Glasjuweel ring is totally speaking my language. It says to me… Chupa Chup lollipops, hair bobbles, toffee apples, Nick Knight’s iconic Martine Sitbon ad, Minnie Mouse ears, Fiorucci, Manolo Blahnik’s Ossie Clark cherry heels, nights out at Pacha, Tom Wesselmann’s erotic art and a million other pop-art, Lolita-esque references…

[Last pic: The Cherry Blossom Girl]

Little Shilpa

Whoop! Upcycling accessory designer Little Shilpa has just landed at Kabiri. Little Shilpa’s unisex, medal-festooned jewellery moves the military trend on. Based in Mumbai, the designer makes each piece by hand from thrifted military regalia, antique chains and ribbons.

I love the necklaces and brooches but my favourite pieces are the jewelled epaulettes. Shoulder jewellery? Why not!

Portrait brooch

Bow brooch

Ribbon necklace

Epaulette brooches

[Pics: www.kabiri.com]

Wanted: helping hands

Now here’s a natty way to get your nails done. The London College of Beauty Therapy is attempting to crack the Guinness World Record for the highest number of File and Varnishes to be carried out in eight hours. The epic challenge is free for all volunteers taking part (i.e. you) and the college insist that each and every volunteer is guaranteed ‘an excellent treatment’. The venue is located at 47 Great Marlborough Street, W1 – ooh, a stone’s throw from Liberty – and the event takes place between 11am and 7pm this Thursday, 13th May.

The event is also to support the charity Wellbeing of Women which funds research into women’s health issues. So round up your friends, colleagues, boyfriends, dads and brothers (guys can have a Shape and Buff) and help them achieve their record. Just email [email protected] to book a slot.

Chucks get the chic treatment

While the luxury brands are muscling in on the trainers act, sportswear brands are smartening up their trainer offer. Converse showed the most beautiful suede Chuck Taylors in red, blue and black suede for AW10, which I’m not allowed to post on here but will be launched in July for £50.

Meanwhile, Vans impressed me with their new premium leather skate shoes for ‘dad skaters’ and unisex suede sheepskin shoes. Now we’re talking…