Slightly Off The Beaten Track…

Okay, so when I started CounterCultural. CounterCouture, it was meant to be a place where I could rant and rave about how fashion doesn’t have to be controlled by the high street and catwalks. That there was, in fact, room for a girl who wanted to wear her faith on her sleeve and still wear Doc Martens with double denim. A year on, that idea has been modified and made less ‘rant-y’ and has expanded over a wide variety of topics. However, one thing that hasn’t changed is my love of alternative fashions, increasing with my exploration of Frome.

Yet I have [another] confession to make. I am not a 100% independent buyer. I do shop in high street chains, and I even have a certain fondness for certain ones. The same with certain celebrities, if I feel they have done something to deserve my respect.

The Lady Herself… 

So you can imagine my joy when I discovered that one of my favourite chains had collaborated with one of the few celebrities I respect. I may have discovered this new range in Hello Fashion Monthly (please forgive me for funding the Hello empire but it was only £1) but Millie Mackintosh, of Made In Chelsea previously, working with Dorothy Perkins did make me sort of excited. While I accept that my style is very different to Millie’s, I have to admit that I am intrigued.

I also have to admit that Millie herself intrigues me, and has done ever since she left Made In Chelsea (yes, I used to watch it). As a supporter of marriage, and even no sex before marriage, I thoroughly supported Millie’s decision to leave the TV show that had made her an icon to so many in order to follow her husband, Professor Green, in his career. It was at that moment that I started to take Millie, who previously I had brushed off as another ‘rich girl’, seriously.

But enough about Millie’s lifestyle choices. The jewellery that she has helped design for this collection is beautiful, and I actually quite the less chunky necklaces like the Multirow Necklaces (if anyone fancies buying me a Christmas present). The vintage feel is definitely prevalent though the drop necklaces and finger&thumb rings definitely have a boho-ness to them. If only I wore rings…

Finger and Thumb Ring in Gold

Anyway, now that I’ve got myself excited over jewellery that my ethics won’t let me buy (read this for an explanation) I’m going to disappear to drool over them. I would heartily recommend you do the same.

*All photos are from the Dorothy Perkins website and can be found at

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