silver snowflake jewellery from jewellerybox

Are you feeling festive yet? It’s the most wonderful time of the year and definitely a time to get all the sparkles out.

Jewellerybox is an online retailer based in London and they have the most adorable festive items for you to choose from, all at affordable prices. They have wonderful bracelets, earrings, necklaces and so much more, there is literally something that will suit everyone’s style. There’s even the option of having an item personalised if you’re buying a gift for someone else.

I love adding a sparkly piece of jewellery to complete my outfit whatever the occasion but I also enjoy adding an element of fun with my accessories around Christmas time. You can imagine my excitement when I received this beautiful necklace  and cute pair of earrings from Jewellerybox. Honestly, you really will fall in love with everything on their website because I certainly did!

earings and necklace from jewellerybox.com

The first item of jewellery in my package is this sweet pair of Sterling Silver Snowflake Stud Earrings. They are so simple and delicate and I have already worn them loads this week. The earrings can be worn on their own or with the matching necklace and still look stunning. They really will add a festive touch to any outfit but I think they will still look gorgeous worn during other times of the year too.

The next item in my package is this adorable 18 inch Sterling Silver Snowflake necklace. I think it’s such a beautiful piece of jewellery. The length of the chain is just perfect and the pendant measures about 0.8 cm in height, it’s such a simple and delicate necklace, but perfect for Christmas time. Again, it can be worn on it’s own or paired with the matching earrings and still look gorgeous. I’ve worn it a few times this week and have had people comment on how pretty it is! I’m absolutely in love with this necklace, I think it’s too cute just be be worn at Christmas, don’t you?

Each piece of jewellery comes in a shabby chic style box and then each box is wrapped in brown paper and tied up with string with a little tag. I absolutely love it!

Overall, I’m really pleased with the quality of the necklace and earrings, I’ll definitely be wearing them a lot more over the coming months!

So if you’re looking for some fun, festive jewellery then I really recommend checking out jewellerybox.co.uk as they have some absolutely gorgeous pieces in stock. They would also make the perfect smaller gift for someone or a Secret Santa present, whoever receives them I’m sure will just love them as much as I do.

*This post contains PR items that have been gifted to me

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winter-haul

With Winter (and Christmas!) just around the corner I recently picked up a few little treats to make me feel a little bit more warm and cosy during the cold weather.

I’ve been super organised this year and have already bought my Christmas presents but I agreed to go shopping with my friend to help her choose gifts for people, also to stop her over spending which is not always a good idea. Instead I came home with a few replacement items and some new additions! Isn’t that just typical, never mind, we both had a fantastic day out with lots of laughs and a few cups of coffee to keep us both going!

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I don’t know about you, but socks are the one thing that seem to go walk abouts in my house, never to seen again! I think the sock devil comes in during the night and steals them so I’m left with a drawer full of odd socks.

As soon as I come home I like to snuggle up in my pyjamas and a pair of fluffy socks, especially around this time of year, so while we were in New Look I picked up 3 pairs of fun, festive socks to keep my feet warm. New Look have so many adorable socks in at the moment. I think the fluffy Father Christmas ones have to be my favourite pair.

My friend disappeared off to the changing room to try something on, I know just what you’re thinking, I was supposed to stop her over spending but what could I do, she just vanished! Anyway, I was distracted by this gorgeous pair of tartan pyjama bottoms, they feel extremely soft and have a drawstring waist which is great when you just want to be comfortable at home. I bought the pink and grey checked pair from New Look last year and  was so pleased with them, I thought I’d go for something a little different to my usual pastels and choose a more colourful option for this winter. I can tell I’m going to love wearing these.

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Staying with the warm feet theme, I’ve wanted a pair of  fun slippers for ages and used a own a pair of monster feet ones years ago, but they got worn so much they eventually fell apart and ever since then I’ve had “grown up” slippers. This pair of cute fluffy cat slippers was hanging up next to the pyjamas and I fell in love with them as soon as I saw them. I just can’t get over how soft they are and they’ll be just the perfect thing to keep my feet nice and toasty in the evenings. My cat’s not very impressed with them though!

Next we went into Home Bargains, now I love shopping in this store and have been known to spend hours in there eyeing up all their cute homeware and stationery items. I usually come out with far too much stuff but for once I only bought two things, yay well done to me!

I have a large collection of hats but I picked up this neutral coloured, thick woolly bobble hat to keep my head warm when I’m out for a weekend stroll, it almost matches a woolly scarf that I already own so they’ll both look perfect with my thick parka jacket and boots, and keep me nice and snug.

Of course I couldn’t come home without picking up this large Mulled Wine candle in a glass jar, it smells absolutely divine. I already have a couple of these in different fragrances and for the price I think they are pretty amazing. The mulled wine candle will make my room smell so wonderful throughout December.

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During my shopping trip I also picked up a couple more candles to add to my collection as I love burning them in the evening, it creates a certain ambiance in the room and really does make me feel warm and cosy. The mini Cinnamon Spice candle smells amazing and reminds me of my kitchen after I’ve been baking cakes, so you can imagine how much I love the smell of this candle. The Christmas Spice candle not only smells gorgeous, with more of a warm spicy smell rather than a sweet fragrance, but comes  in a deep red class jar and when the candle is lit it creates beautiful patterns around the room. I think this one will be seeing a lot of use when I’m enjoying a nice relaxing bath on a Winter pamper night!

I hope you enjoyed seeing everything that I picked up during my recent Mini Autumn/Winter Haul. Let me know what items you’ve bought lately.

 

Pyjama bottoms New Look £12.99

Santa Socks New Look  £3.99

Gingerbread Men socks New Look £2.49

Penguin socks New Look £2.49

Cat Slippers ~ New Look  £14.99

Bobble Hat ~ Home Bargains £4.99

Mulled Wine candle ~ Home Bargains £2.99

Cinnamon Spice candle ~ Wilko £1.00

Christmas Spice candle ~ Sainsbury’s £5.00

 

 

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Long before I started writing my own blog I’d always taken some time to read other peoples posts, some of which finally gave me the extra push I needed to start doing it for myself, and even now I try to read as many as I can. Some blog posts have made me laugh so much I’ve nearly had an accident or cry because I’ve felt the emotion in the writer’s story, some have really inspired me and some have even made me rush out to buy the particular product the blogger happens to be reviewing!

Every month I’ve written a Monthly Favourites post, which mainly features beauty items, but I’ve never written about certain blog posts that I’ve enjoyed reading. I’ve been lucky enough to have some bloggers mention me in their posts, which has really made my day, so I thought it was about time I showed some love back and featured 10 Favourite Blog Posts that I’ve recently enjoyed.

Jemma’s Ultimate Guide to Blogging was such a fantastic post with some amazing tips and bits of advice on being a blogger. She has almost 5 years experience and really knows her stuff, so if you’re thinking of starting your own blog or you’re already running one but need some new ideas, it’s definitely worth giving Jemma’s post a read.

Katy’s 126 Good Things That Happened This Week was pure genius, she asked all her followers on Twitter and Facebook to name one good thing that happened to THEM that week and then wrote them all in one amazing post, it’s a happy post with a twist!

Jade’s Luxury Christmas Soaps From The English Soap Company is a fabulous post about these gorgeous festive soaps from a company that has been around for many years. If you’re in need of a a gift idea then why not check out Jade’s post for inspiration. Her photos are just adorable!

Aine’s Winter Pamper Evening features some great products just in time for getting your body ready for the party season or just for that perfect cosy pamper night for one!

Saira’s Why Winter Is The Best Season really made me smile. I’m not normally a Winter person but after reading this post it made me realise that there are a lot of wonderful things to be happy about during Winter!

Holly’s All The Fun At The Fair features the prettiest eyeshadow palette from Sleek. So if you love wearing colourful eye makeup or want to start experimenting then check Holly’s great review.

Katie’s How I Improved My Photography post is full of some amazing tips on taking that perfect photo. Whether you’re someone who’s just starting out or you’re aiming to make your photos just that little bit better, head over to Katie’s post where she shows how her photos used to look like compared to how fabulous they are now, and what she did did to improve them.

Tania’s Winter Wishlist has some cute things if you’re looking for gift ideas or just want to have a little treat yourself to make Winter that bit more cosy. It was after reading this post that I parted with my cash and ending up buying a bobble hat, woops!

Amie’s It’s Okay not to Be Okay  post is a very well written post explaining that whatever emotional roller coaster you’re on right now, it’s perfectly okay and you’re still an amazing person. Give it a read, and I can assure you, you’ll feel a lot better about yourself.

Tanya’s Be At One Cocktail Masterclass looked absolutely amazing! I love being nosy and seeing what people get up to and it looks like Tanya and Nick had a wonderful time trying out quite a few different cocktails!

Of course there are so many amazing blog posts out there that I’ve absolutely loved reading and these are just a small handful of my favourite ones, I’d loved to have featured more but this post would have probably been the longest I’ve ever written! I also love discovering new blogs to read and try to keep up to date with whats around in the blogging community. Now with Christmas fast approaching I shall be keeping an extra special look out as I’m aiming to write another one of these featuring some of the amazing festive blog posts that I’ve enjoyed reading, which I’m really looking forward to doing!

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NYX Doll Eye Mascara

For so long I’ve wanted a mascara that would not only give me wonderful looking lashes but one that wasn’t going to run down my cheek if I got caught in a rain shower or ended up being a bit teary for some reason or another, which I’m sure many hormonal girls out there can relate too!

I recently picked up the NYX Doll Eye Mascara after it was recommended to me during a beauty bloggers chat on social media and needed to replace the one I’d been using.  Now I’ve been through a lot of different mascaras, and what works for one person might not work for me, but I’m so glad I bought this one as it’s probably my most favourite mascara to date. It comes in three different versions, lengthening, volume or waterproof, which is the one I bought, and they all come in the shade black. First of all the price, it costs £7.00 which I think is an absolute bargain considering I’ve paid a lot more for a mascara that really hasn’t been up to the job.

NYX Doll Eye Mascara

The wand is super easy to use, it’s fairly thin and shaped in kind of an hour glass shape, which I like. The brush doesn’t pick up too much product all at once, yet it still managed to coat the full length of my lashes really well. I usually curl my lashes first, then apply my mascara by tilting my head backwards, looking down into a mirror and wiggling the brush through my lashes to make sure each one has been covered in mascara. I was so pleased that this mascara held the curl nicely in place. Having quite fair eyelashes I did go back for a second coat just to make sure all the little lashes were completely covered and the brush is thin enough to use on my lower lashes as well without getting mascara everywhere, which is great considering how long I’ve spent doing the rest of my eye makeup.

The NYX Doll Eye Mascara contains a blend of natural oils, with vitamin E and its a drier formula which means there less risk of smudging during the application.

I’ve been using this everyday for about a couple of weeks and absolutely amazed that there has been no flaking or smudging, it’s just stayed put even after being out in a down pour! It literally lasts all day.

I wouldn’t say it’s given me full “Doll Eye” dramatic lashes, however it adds enough volume for it to be a fantastic everyday mascara. It really lengthened and defined my lashes rather than giving them loads of volume, plus I like that there isn’t any clumping and it separates my lashes without making them look all spidery. I’m also really happy that this mascara didn’t irritate my eyes!

I found it so easy to remove at the end of the day just by taking a cotton wool pad and soaking it in a waterproof eye makeup remover, placing it over my eye for a bit, then gently wiping it away, simple, and I didn’t wake up with panda eyes the following morning!

Overall, I’ve loved using this little beauty and I’ll definitely repurchase, however if you’re after a full on fake lash look then maybe this one isn’t for you, but if you’re in need of a mascara that gives your lashes lots of length and stays put no matter what then I highly recommend it!

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november-goals

Wow, what an amazing month October was! I really enjoyed writing down my monthly goals and found myself actually pushing myself just that little bit harder and having something to aim for, rather than just a “weekly to-do” list.

One of the biggest highlights for me was moving my blog across from Blogger to WordPress. My aim was to get a new layout and I could have stayed with Blogger but with all the issues I was having I thought what the heck, let’s do this! And here we are, with a wonderful new layout which I absolutely love and the cutest header I could have hoped for. I also want to say a huge thank to to everyone who has taken the time to read or leave a comment on my blog posts, it really does mean the world to me.

I think I was less active on Social Media which I feel really bad about. My bloggers report would probably say “must try harder!” and this is something I hope to change going through November and concentrate on the platforms that I know work well for me, not try to do every single one. I’ve made some really great friends on social media but I haven’t been in touch nowhere near enough, I can only put it down to me just wanting to curl up under a blanket every evening and fall asleep, blimey what must you think of me!

I managed to save some money by not buying any unnecessary purchases, including coffees. Not only did making my own cups of coffee mean I had more pennies in the piggy bank but it gave me some extra time to do other things I enjoy because I wasn’t standing in a queue for ages waiting to be served. However, I did treat myself to a hot chocolate a few days ago when I met up with a friend I’d not seen for a while, so we had great fun having a catch up with what was happening in each others lives.

Yay for Halloween! I never thought I’d hear myself saying that but I honestly enjoyed it this year. The build up to it was great fun as I’d got some Halloween candles and pumpkin fairy lights which I’d had on nearly every night for two weeks. I managed to watch 3 films, Hocus Pocus, Sabrina and the film Halloween, yes I know, I’m pretty amazed at myself. I never thought I’d be able to do this because of my fear of masks, especially after last year when I got freaked out by two people dressed up for the occasion while I was in a book shop. So ever since then I’ve been taking small steps to help try to get over my fear, even down to being able to hold a plastic mask in a shop was a huge deal for me.

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I’ve been really loving Autumn so far and Adrian and I have been for a couple of walks in our local woods collecting leaves and conkers, just for fun. It’s been great to get outside and enjoy the fresh air, instead of being stuck indoors all the time. I also felt inspired to get my baking things out, not that I’m any kind of expert but I managed to make two batches of nutmeg and cinnamon muffins and oh my word not only did they taste so delicious but the house smelt like a dream! Ok, so I didn’t manage to make homemade cards as I’d planned but I baked cakes instead.

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My bedroom and office space are both looking really good after I added some finishing touches to them to make them look a bit more girly. The fairy lights, cushions, throws, pots and candles all go to making them feel like it’s my own personal space. Even just making the bed everyday and not leaving it until I come home has made me feel more organised.

Well on to Novembers Goals:-

Write up my Christmas Blog Posts

I’ve planned what posts I’m going to write and when they are going to be published, but I’d like to be well in advance and have them all written up and scheduled so I can enjoy Christmas with the family. It also means I can change things around at the last minute if I get the sudden desire to write another post.

Plan A Giveaway 

I’m coming up to a year since I first started blogging, so I’d like to plan a giveaway to say thank you to everyone who has supported me during that time.

Attend the Christmas Light Switch on

I can’t believe I’m even saying this, where has this last year gone? Literally 10 minutes up the road from me at the end of November the local town will be turning on their Christmas lights, there will also be food and entertainment which I am really looking forward to!

Christmas Shopping

I have got all of the main presents for people but I just need to get a few extra stocking fillers and a few smaller gifts that I have to send through the post. Next I want to get the food shopping done and all those little extras that make Christmas special, so it will just leave the fresh items to pick up nearer the day.

Celebrate Adrian’s birthday

Adrian’s birthday is on the 24th November and he is the most difficult person to buy for, I’m sure he won’t mind me saying that! We’ll most probably have a meal out with the family or a small house party, either way I need to sort something out. Oh, and I also need to buy him a card, or maybe I could make him one!

Social Media

This is one of my weaknesses! I am going to make a conscious effort to be a bit more active on at least Twitter and Instagram, so whether that’s joining in more Twitter Chats or setting time aside each day to go on and not only reply to someones else’s post but also tweet/post myself. I’m actually a very chatty person in real life, so if I put as much effort into social media as I do chatting in real life, you’d be fed up with me by December!

Sort out my scarf drawer

This may sound a bazaar one but I have an awful lot of scarves and it’s been something I’ve been meaning to do for ages, everywhere else is super organised now except this one drawer. I can never find the scarf I want as at the moment the contents of this drawer look like a pile of washing!

Get Creative

Yes, this was on last months list of goals so this month I am going to do some more baking as I thoroughly enjoyed making those muffins so maybe this time I’ll be a bit more adventurous, and I will make a start on those homemade cards for friends and family!

Let’s see how I get on during November. Have you set yourself any goals for this month?

 

 

 

 

 

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