My World: Tilly Macalister-Smith from @earafterear

©Collage / Oriane Baud

Get inspired by Tilly Macalister-Smith, the woman behind @earafterear, one of Instagram’s best sources for statement earrings

The world of Tilly Macalister-Smith – or at least the world of her Instagram account! – is pure pleasure, inspiration, and one of our favorites when it comes to statement earrings. Presented under the name @earafterear, she provides a magical dose of shine via a visual compilation of jewelry’s most inspirational moments, both past and present – think everything from Christy Turlington decked out in diamond drops captured by Peter Lindbergh to Veronika wearing Repossi hoops during Haute-Couture earlier this summer.

But who is hiding behind this fabulous account that features more ears than anyone has ever seen? Freelance journalist and Senior Content Director at DVF, Tilly founded @earafterear as a cool project and hobby on the side. It’s already raised more than 2000 followers in less than a year and we predict big things for this new Instagram account. It came right on time since the market is actually crazy about statement earrings and the styles are getting bigger and bigger, brighter and brighter, and more sculptural than ever.

Tilly’s goal? As she says, “curating the world’s best face furniture.” And indeed, just like a beautiful décor object can upgrade your living room, earrings can boost any basic outfit and bring some magic to lighten those dark circles after a wild night out. Monday moods can be lifted by funky Dolce & Gabbana lobster earrings and a simple white t-shirt, jeans, and sandals can look so chic when combined with some stunning Celine mirror jewelry.

As Tilly says, “earrings can be such a mood changer!” We couldn’t agree more!

Please describe your style in three words?

Accidental, unfussy, boyish.

First fashionable memory?

Sitting on the floor in the bathroom as a child while my mum was in the bath, looking through her old Vogue magazines.

Your ideal breakfast?

Avocado on toast. Smoked salmon. Chili flakes. Lemon. Fresh fruit salad. Lashings of coffee. Pink grapefruit juice. Served outside in the sunshine, overlooking the sea.

The song that makes you dance?

Anything by Talking Heads.

The book you re-read many times? And David Foster Wallace’s Brief Interviews with Hideous Men.

Childhood hero?

Charlotte and her web.

Piece(s) of jewelry you wear every single day?

Sophie Bille Brahe pearl earrings. Gold bracelets: one from my friend Verity, one from my friend Kate, and a Tiffany gold T bracelet. Inexpensive silver ear cuffs from Etsy. A gold hoop from my friend Alex. A small gold T stud – part of a “TMS” set – from my best girlfriends in London. A Greek glass eye ring from Mouki Mou, an Annoushka diamond ring, and a double diamond ring by Fiya.

Designer you expect big things from?

Eny Lee Parker. I found her on Instagram after I spotted someone wearing her earrings. She’s actually a young ceramist by trade. And the jeweler Annie Costello Brown.

The designer you would love to wear head-to-toe when you are a granny?

Part of me wants to say Charles Jeffrey. But actually Marni. It looks interesting and modern at any age, and you can be quite chic or quite bonkers with it.

Favorite color?

To wear: denim. For my home: greige and gold.

Signature shoes?

White Nike Air Force 1s.

What’s your dream car?

Something small, fast, and electric. 

Favorite pet?

Smith, my black cat who is no longer with us. He knew everything.

Favorite flower?

Cabbage roses. Or blue hydrangeas.

Top three on your wish list?

One: a free, go-anywhere courier who would ship all the vintage furniture I find online and can never be bothered to buy because of the logistics!  Two: a set of gold-dipped hand spun cups by No. (Romy Northover) from my friend Alex Eagle‘s shop. Three: a custom Spinelli Kilcollin stacking diamond ring. And, because this doesn’t exist but it’s my dream, four: a full set of Astier de Villatte ceramics in a one-off cobalt blue.

Most inspiring movie?

Well, my favorite movie is True Romance – but I’m not sure it should inspire any behavior! The most inspiring is a documentary I watched recently on Jane Jacobs, a city planner who tirelessly petitioned Manhattan’s property moguls against developments and protected this extraordinary city from being torn down and rebuilt as uniform tower blocks.

Fashion icon?

Patti Smith: any age, any place.

Favorite getaway?

Andalucía, for its wild, dusty terracotta landscape and simplicity. A louche trip somewhere fabulous like La Réserve in Saint-Tropez. Or an hour with my brother’s kids: You forget everything else.

Best restaurant?

Kichisen, in Kyoto, a three Michelin star restaurant where you sit with only two people in a room. Traditional kaiseki dining is based on the tea ceremony and you eat upwards of 15 courses – each is like a little work of art. The restaurant is hidden away in a leafy UNESCO site and each dish is inspired by the season. It was another level.

Favorite shop?

Merci in Paris. Or Waitrose (the supermarket). Very seriously.

Where do you see yourself in ten years?

I hope sharing my own family with my existing one, feeling loved and loving, and continuing to the explore this weird, wonderful, and evolving world.

Last (cultural) discovery that blew your mind?

The Noguchi Museum in Queens. The marble sculptures are extraordinary, wabi-sabi personified.

Top three magazines (online or off)?

The Gentlewoman, for not patronizing us. National Geographic, for showing truth is stranger than fiction. The New York Times, for being essential.

Follow her on Instagram (@earafterear) here or her privat account (@tillymacsmith) here.

French and Swiss, Oriane moved to Berlin to pursue her interest in all things creative. She loves art and photography and does a lot of yoga, also to balance out her passion for great cuisine - a real foodie so to say. And of course, she is obsessed with fashion, which you can tell from her weakness for peplum cuts and ruffles. At hey woman! Oriane is responsible for shooting, producing and styling as well as editing and collage design.