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TSNC Advent Giveaway: Azuni London Jewellery! #TSNCxmas

Posted on December 4, 2016

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Hi Guys!

I hope you’re having a great weekend? It’s now day 4 of my Advent Giveaway, and I have a gorgeous set of products up for grabs today from one of my favourite jewellery brands, Azuni London!

If you haven’t heard of Azuni before, here’s a bit of info about them –

Azuni London is a fair-trade, designer jewellery brand, which blends ancient and tribal design influences with contemporary trends to create soulful and stylish Jewellery Treasures. Forever on a journey of discovery, Creator Ashley Marshall fuses a lifetime passion for ancient cultures and tribal designs with modern pop cults and fashion trends. His unique approach has resulted in an eclectic, distinctive range of collections which truly sit ‘Between Two Worlds’. Sourcing gemstones and techniques from across the globe with a fairtrade supply chain, each handcrafted piece tells a story and bares Azuni’s signature of inspired colour combinations, handcrafted textures, and soul.

And here’s what you could win –

A beautiful Athena ‘Elysia’ Gemstone Bangle, worth £75.00, with a matching pair of Athena ‘Damara’ Coin Earrings, worth £25.00. Both jewellery items are finished with stunning turquoise stones.

As usual, you can enter this giveaway via the Rafflecopter widget below. This giveaway is open internationally, and will run for five days. If you have any questions, please feel free to email me.

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I hope you enjoyed my post – make sure you come back tomorrow morning for another fantastic giveaway! xxx

Christmas Gifts Ideas for Jewellery Lovers

Posted on December 16, 2015

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Hi Guys!

When it comes to jewellery, I really am a magpie. I started collecting 70’s and 80’s jewellery many years ago, and though I don’t pick any vintage pieces up these days, I still have to look at jewellery whenever I go shopping, I’m like a moth to a flame. I’ve put together a few ideas for Christmas jewellery gifts today, they’re all affordable and definitely won’t break the bank, and some are from well known brands while some are lesser known. I hope you enjoy!

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Ok let’s start with this Silver Bunny Ring Holder (£8.95), isn’t it just the sweetest thing? The perfect gift for anyone that likes to swap between different rings on a regular basis, this Bunny Ring Holder will keep rings safe and sound whilst looking gorgeous displayed on any dressing table. I love that it’s a functional item whilst being quirky yet chic – oh and under a tenner too!

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Or what about this lovely Glittering Double Wrap Bracelet (£19.95) – this bracelet is just so pretty, and in neutral colours so it’s easy to wear too. It wraps around the wrist twice, featuring two different types of beads so it actually looks like two bracelets. It’s made of leather so it’s hard wearing, and will look fantastic as a casual or dressed up accessory.

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I’m in love with this stunning Rio Grande Lavender Quartz Ring (£65.00) it’s such an unusual colour and catches the light beautifully. The stone is massive – and it’s such a gorgeous shape for a cocktail ring. I just need an event to go to so I can wear it now! 🙂

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Or if you prefer necklaces, what about this Freya Necklace in Sterling Silver (£45.00). This necklace is simple, beautiful and yet somewhat unusual. It features two organic shapes, inspired by dried up autumn leaves, which I think is a lovely concept.

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And lastly, I just had to include some rose gold! These Ted Baker Arrow Small Drop Earrings (£25.00) are really dainty and pretty, and a complete bargain at only £25.00! Ted Baker produce some of the most gorgeous clothing and gifts, but I hadn’t really taken much notice of their jewellery range before – I’m so glad I have now though as I’ve added a few more pieces to my Christmas list! Definitely check out their jewellery range if you’re a fan of TB!

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I’d love to hear if any of these pieces have caught your eye? Or if there’s any jewellery on your Christmas list this year?

I hope you enjoyed my post! xxx

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Silver Goodness from Pia Jewellery

Posted on September 20, 2015

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Hi Guys!

It’s not too often that I feature jewellery these days – I’ve been trying to cut back as my jewellery obsession has been getting a bit ridiculous! But then Pia Jewellery asked if I’d like to share some of their beautiful silver pieces with you, and who was I to say no! 😉

I have featured a couple of Pia rings quite a while ago on the blog – so I knew their jewellery would be of fantastic quality (you can check the posts out here) but today I have a gorgeous selection to show you, including a ring, two bracelets and a beautiful necklace.

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If you haven’t heard of Pia before, they offer a massive range of jewellery, predominantly in silver but also gold and rose gold, as well as watches, handbags and gifts.

The Pia collection celebrates their passion for creative styling and craftsmanship from all over the world. They offer timeless and classic designs, often inspired by nature or reflecting a cool modernity. Pia Jewellery is lovingly crafted to the highest standards and yet surprisingly affordable, whilst being safely delivered to your home in beautifully presented boxes.

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First up is the Blue Silver Spheres Bracelet (£35.00) –  this a gorgeous and interesting bracelet, made with five blue leather straps which hold a selection of small to large sized sterling silver orbs. I love how shiny the orbs are! This bracelet just looks fantastic paired with a minimalist outfit.

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And the beautiful Crumpled Silver Necklace (£80.00) – This is so pretty and unusual, yet simple and elegant enough to add interest to an outfit. The length is pretty short, which suits me perfectly as I find longer necklaces don’t usually sit too well on my ample cleavage! This necklace is definitely my favourite out of the bunch, I’ve worn this constantly since it arrived!

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You may have noticed by now that I’m a massive fan of anything brightly coloured and unusual, so this Mystic Topaz Ring (£35.00) is right up my street! Mystic topaz is actually not a ‘real’ gem as such, it’s actually just clear topaz that’s been given a coating to jazz it up. This really doesn’t bother me though, I love the multi-dimensional effect the stone has, when it catches the light it’s just mesmerising!

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And lastly the Step By Step Silver Bracelet (£40.00) – another beautiful, simple and elegant piece. This pretty bracelet is super delicate, featuring four fine strands of silver, wrapped together in sections across the bracelet. This looks great worn on it’s own or layered up with other silver bracelets.

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Well, I’ve fallen in love with all of these pieces, they’re all so classic and easy to wear with pretty much anything, I know I’ll get many years of use out of them 🙂

I’d highly recommend you check out Pia Jewellery if you’re on the hunt for some silver jewellery. They offer so many different styles, there really is something to suit everyone. Also, it’s a fantastic site to check out if you’re looking for a gift – prices start from a little as £5.00 so you can grab som fantastic bargains!

I’d love to hear about your favourite jewellery? I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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The Weekly Top 5 #16

Posted on August 23, 2015

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Hi Guys!

Happy Sunday! 🙂

Is it me or do the weeks just seem to be flying by really quickly at the moment? I saw someone tweet that X Factor is starting next weekend, which pretty much means it’s Christmas really doesn’t it? Crazy! Anyway, we’ve had a great couple of weeks with my brother in law and his family, they came over from Japan and for the last two weeks we’ve been having some lovely days out. Freddy’s really going to miss his cousin now they’ve gone, so I’m trying not to talk too much about them as I don’t want him to get upset.

Hopefully blogging will return to normal this week. Just from having a few days out and evening meals, I’ve found it so much harder to plan my time and fit everything in. I should have a whole load of posts coming up this week with some gorgeous new beauty products and stationery to show you.

Here’s this weeks top five –

Lemon Curd High Tea Classic Jar Candle from Flamingo Candles. This scent takes me right back to my childhood when I had a phase of having lemon curd sandwiches for breakfast! I just love the sweet smell of this candle, it’s lemony-sweet and yummy and just makes my house smell amazing. Flamingo Candles offer a massive range of scents that are really affordable, so definitely check their site out if you’re a candle fan!

17 Month Classic Florabunda Agenda from Ban.do. My amazing stationery order from Ban.do finally arrived (after some rather hefty import fees) and I think I’m in love! I’ll have the full details in a post hopefully later this week, but until then, just marvel at the beauty of my new agenda! Isn’t it pretty!

ASOS CURVE 90’s Skater Dress with High Neck from ASOS. I had a little ASOS splurge last week and bought myself some much needed new clothes. Half the items didn’t fit – thank God for free returns hey! But out of the few that did, my favourite was easily this really simple but pretty skater dress. It hugs me in the right areas, and skims over those I’d rather cover up. The colour is also much nicer than the picture, it’s more of a muted terracotta-red shade. I’m very happy with this purchase!

Nivea Double Effect Eye Makeup Remover from Boots. Considering Nivea is a massively popular brand, I haven’t actually tried many of their products at all. So I was really excited when this brand new eye makeup remove arrived on my doorstep last week. The Daily essentials Double Effective Eye Make-up Remover has a two-phase extra strength formula, including an oil phase to effectively remove even waterproof mascara and eye-make-up, and an aqueous phase to protect and care for the eye lashes, without leaving an oily residue. And it really does work! It takes my eyeliner and waterproof mascara off with minimal rubbing, and leaves my eyes feeling clean, refreshed and happy!

And lastly Pia Jewellery – I have some gorgeous pieces from Pia that I’ve been wearing this week, including this beautiful Mystic Topaz ring. Keep an eye on the blog later this week for my full post 🙂

In case you missed it –

#Bloggerbalckmail has been the talk of the week on social media, and when I say this week, it was trending on Twitter on Monday, being mentioned on Tuesday, and pretty much forgotten about by Wednesday. In case you somehow missed this and want to catch up with the drama, take a look here for my thoughts.

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Other things worth mentioning –

As a blogger, you know when you get a really exciting email and your heart skips a beat? Well I had one of those last week. A very exciting project is on the cards, it’s only in the very beginning stages right now, so watch this space!

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Ingle & Rhode Luxury Jewellers Q&A

Posted on July 5, 2015

Hi Guys!

Today I have a bit of a different post for you. I have an exclusive guest post interview / Q&A session with man-in-the-know, David Rhode from luxury jewellers Ingle and Rhode. David’s story began in 2006, when he was looking for an engagement ring but couldn’t find a jeweller who could tell him where their diamonds had come from, or the conditions under which their jewellery was produced. The more he looked into the industry, the more compromises he discovered he was being asked to make – from blood diamonds, to dirty gold, to sweatshops and child labour. Then in 2007 together David and his friend Tim Ingle launched Ingle & Rhode to offer an ethical alternative to the traditional luxury brands.

I’m a complete magpie when it comes to jewellery, and should probably admit that I own way more that my fair share! So I thought I’d take this opportunity to pick David’s brains on a few things…

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1. What are your favourite jewellery trends right now?

‘Stacking sets are popular at the moment; they offer great versatility as you can swap rings in and out of the stack depending on your mood. Also, you can add to the stack on special occasions over the years, so each ring might have different memories associated with it. On a wider level, bespoke commissions continue to thrive. Nearly one in every five engagement rings is made to order – it’s great that so many people have the confidence and the opportunity to create something really unique.’

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2. And what jewellery trends do you predict we’ll be seeing for AW15?

‘Rose gold has been popular for the last year or so, and increasingly we’re seeing this matched with fancy coloured sapphires – pinks and padparascha (orange/pinks) can work really well. It will be really interesting to see what other coloured gemstones people will try combining it with.’

3. Which one jewellery item do you think everyone should have?

‘A cocktail ring. It’s completely extravagant, a ring that’s impractical on a day to day basis – but lots of fun on a special occasion. It’s a great opportunity to use options outside of the ‘Big Four’ traditional engagement ring stones (diamond, ruby, sapphire, emerald). It should be possible to create a really impressive ring without breaking the bank.’

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4. When choosing gemstones, what should I look for?

‘The specifics will vary depending on what type of stone it is, but in general it will break down into colour, clarity, and treatment. You should judge colour on hue, intensity, and light/dark. So a blue sapphire might have a hint of violet or green about it, that’s it’s hue. The colour might be rich and strong, or the opposite – that’s its intensity. And obviously gemstones vary in terms of how light and dark they are, we generally want to avoid stones that are too far to one extreme or the other.’

‘With clarity, it’s important to compare apples with apples. You are totally justified in expecting your diamond to be free of visible inclusions or blemishes, but that isn’t the case with all coloured stones. Emeralds for example are very rarely totally clean, and it’s not fair to judge them by the same standards. You need to know what is a reasonable expectation for the stone you are choosing.’

5. Which celebrities do you find inspirational in terms of the jewellery they wear?

‘A lot of celebrities just assume that ‘bigger equals better’, and are keen to show off their huge diamonds. It’s always good to see pieces that a show a little more thought . Zoe Soldana’s emerald engagement ring was a really interesting choice, so was Scarlett Johansson’s Art Deco style ring.’

Thanks so much to David for your answers! I think I need to get myself a cocktail ring now!

I’d love to hear about your favourite jewellery item? I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

This is a collaboration post with Ingle & Rhode.

ASOS Accessories Sale Haul!

Posted on July 1, 2015

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Hi Guys!

Ooh I do love a good bargain, and I’m pretty much guaranteed to grab something from ASOS’s regular sales every single time. They have SO MANY things on offer, from fashion, to accessories, to gifts to stationery (I actually just picked up some gorgeous stationery bits the other day!)

I’ve been part of Access All ASOS for a while now and they’ve kindly given me a £50 voucher to shop the sale – woo hoo! £50 isn’t really that much to go shopping with these days, but when there’s a sale on I think I’ll be able to grab quite a few bargains! I originally had my sites set on beauty, accessories and possibly shoes…

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Ok so you can see I didn’t end up picking up and beauty items, or shoes for that matter! Shoe shopping online can be a bit problematic for me as I’m a 5.5 so shoes often end up not fitting well. I decided to stay safe and went for accessories and stationery this time instead! Oh and I did cheat a little bit… the sale actually started on Monday at 8am, but as I’m part of ASOS Premier, ASOS often email their Premier customers with sale previews, so I sorted the whole of the sale into price order with cheapest first on Sunday evening (obv so I could get the best bargains) and added everything to my save list that I liked the look of. Then when Monday morning came I was all ready to purchase 😀

Here’s what I picked up!

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I’m a bit of a magpie and ended up with quite a lot of jewellery, but I snapped up some fantastic bargains – the Gorjana bracelet for example was originally £95, and I got it for less than £20! I’d also highly recommend signing up to ASOS Premier, it’s only £10 for a years’ subscription and you receive free next day delivery with all orders, no matter how small, as well as free courier collection returns – saving you going to the post office, and not forgetting sale previews so you get the best picks of the sale before all the good stuff sells out!

I’m really pleased with my haul, I hope you enjoyed my post and I’d love to hear if you picked up anything in the ASOS sale? xxx

My Top 10 Summer Accessories Wish List

Posted on May 13, 2015

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Hi Guys!

I had planned to start this post with the phrase ‘Summer is officially on it’s way…’ as it’s been quite nice here lately, but it’s actually chucking it down right now! Nevertheless, I can’t wait till the warmer weather arrives, I’m hoping to bust out the fake tan very soon! It’s also now officially less than a month till my birthday too – June 12th in case you want to add that to your diary – oh and chocolate would be very nice thank you 🙂 It’s my son’s birthday on the same day too so I’m now starting to get excited and make plans for both of us! I’ve put together a little wish list today with some gorgeous golden and metallic accessories that I’ve had my eye on lately. I love warm gold tones for summer so hopefully I’ll be able to snap some of these up when I get paid, and pop a few of them on my birthday list too!

    • Semi Precious Torque Collar (£15) from Topshop
    • Quay Modern Love Sunglasses (£29.63) from Nasty Gal
    • Hipanema Bonnie Bracelet (£79.31) from Revolve
    • Small Punk Skull Necklace (£260) by Alexander McQueen at Selfridges
    • Gold Plated Hoop Earrings by Eddie Borgo (£115) at Net-a-Porter
    • The Stud Out Mini Bucket Bag (29.63) from Nasty Gal
    • Frends Laya Rose Gold Headphones (£140) from Avenue 32
    • Holographic Robot Watch (£18) from ASOS
    • Ultra Mini Tre Pearl Band Ring ($365) from Vita Fede
    • Metallic Leather Sandal (£28) from Espirit

I hope you enjoyed my wish list! I’d love to hear if you love any of these accessories as much as I do?