Jewellery Ideas for Valentine’s Day

January 19th, 2017

Earlier this week I started to look at gift ideas for Valentine’s day with a look at gifts that would work for the special man in your life. Today I am turning my attention to a gift that usually works well for both men and women, that is, the gift of jewellery. Jewellery is very much a gift that appeals to varied tastes, and whether you opt for beautiful costume pieces, or the real deal, you can be sure that the effort that has gone into choosing a piece of jewellery would be very much appreciated.

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Here I have put together a few jewellery gift ideas that I think should cover all bases and tastes.

A Watch

Giving a gift of time works well for both men and women. Brands like Rolex, Breitling and Cartier would be enough to put a smile on any face, but, of course, these do come with a high price tag. However, you could opt for a second hand design at a much more affordable price. Pre-Owned watches are now available with a guarantee of authenticity from companies like Xupes. Xupes also deal in pre-owned designer handbags which could be another gift idea, one which would definitely work for me.

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Costume Jewellery from Butler and Wilson

When it comes to costume jewellery, Butler and Wilson is my destination of choice. I’ve always loved the beautiful store on South Molton Street, which is how I imagine the jeweled cave from Aladdin would look, just so sparkling and pretty. If you can’t get to the London store, you can find Butler and Wilson pieces at super affordable prices at QVC.

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A designer piece

Buying a designer piece of jewellery can often be cheaper than opting for the designer bag or shoes. Selfridges have great pieces by Marc Jacobs, Vivienne Westwood and Alexander McQueen that come in at less than £150. These gifts come beautifully boxed and would be sure to be opened with appreciative gasps on February 14th.

 MARC JACOBS Enamel disc hinged bracelet £50.00 Click to visit Selfridges


MARC JACOBS Enamel disc hinged bracelet
£50.00 Click to visit Selfridges

 ALEXANDER MCQUEEN Skull double wrap leather bracelet £135.00 Click to visit Selfrdiges


ALEXANDER MCQUEEN Skull double wrap leather bracelet
£135.00 Click to visit Selfridges

 VIVIENNE WESTWOOD JEWELLERY Kika stud earrings £95.00 Click to visit Selfridges


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Kika stud earrings
£95.00 Click to visit Selfridges

Ideas for your man for Valentine’s Day

January 18th, 2017

In the general tradition of years literally flying by, we are now less than a month away from Valentine’s Day. And whether your opinion is that this is the most wonderful, romantic day of the year, or that it is just a commercialised excuse for the likes of Hallmark to make lots of money from tacky cards, less than impressive teddy bears and overpriced roses, the chances are you will still get sucked in and buy something for the love of your life. I guess we’re all old romantics at heart.

With that firmly in mind, I am of the opinion that if you are going to buy a present, you should make it a good one. Nobody really wants novelty socks, ugly cuddly toys or, thinking about it, anything with the word ‘novelty’ attached to it. So I am going to point you in the direction of things worth buying, gifts which might actually get a genuine smile and thank you. In this first post I am concentrating on the man in your life and looking at the offering from House of Fraser.

A good place to start looking is in the shoes, boots and accessories department where you are sure to find something that is both stylish and classic as a gift idea. I have been looking at the great range of Chelsea Boots for my hubby, who seems to have more shoes than any other bloke in the world, but still keeps finding new styles to admire. There are also lovely items like scarves, cufflinks and tablet cases. They even have socks, if this is your gift of choice, you can at least pick socks with a classy design and a decent label attached to them.

Here are some of my picks from House of Fraser that should win you brownie points from your old man this February 14th.

 Superdry Meteor Chelsea Leather Boots £59 .99 Click to visit House of Fraser


Superdry Meteor Chelsea Leather Boots
£59 .99 Click to visit House of Fraser

 Barbour Bolt tattersall scarf Now £25 Click to visit House of Fraser


Barbour Bolt tattersall scarf Now £25 Click to visit House of Fraser

 Ted Baker Two Colour Weave Bracelet £39 Click to visit House of Fraser


Ted Baker Two Colour Weave Bracelet
£39 Click to visit House of Fraser

 Emporio Armani EGS2071040 Mens Cufflinks £80.50 Click to visit House of Fraser


Emporio Armani EGS2071040 Mens Cufflinks
£80.50 Click to visit House of Fraser

 

 Pretty Green Union jack iphone6 case £25 Click to visit House of Fraser


Pretty Green Union jack iphone6 case
£25 Click to visit House of Fraser

 Aspinal of London Ipad mini stand up case £150 Click to visit House of Fraser


Aspinal of London Ipad mini stand up case £150 Click to visit House of Fraser

 Polo Ralph Lauren 3 Pack Large Pony Logo Socks In A Box £20 Click to visit House of Fraser


Polo Ralph Lauren 3 Pack Large Pony Logo Socks In A Box
£20 Click to visit House of Fraser

 Linea Wallet & Cufflink Set £12 Click to visit House of Fraser


Linea Wallet & Cufflink Set
£12 Click to visit House of Fraser

Celeb Trend Report – Vaping

January 17th, 2017

It might be hard for young people living in our enlightened times to believe, but, once upon a time, smoking was the height of cool. The favourite film and music stars, from Clark Gable in the 1930s, to Mick Jagger in the 1960s, were often photographed with a cigarette in their hands, whilst popular films had iconic scenes were cigarettes were actually integral to the plot. Just think of that famous, romantic scene in Now Voyager, with Paul Henreid and Bette Davis, the iconic Audrey Hepburn with her cigarette in a holder in ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’, or a dazzling Rita Hayworth, photographed in a slinky black dress and a swirling of smoke in Gilda. Smoking was cool, desirable and all the beautiful people did it.

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Today, however, we live in different times. If ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ was to be filmed again in 2017, there is every chance that the delectable Miss Holly Golightly would not be smoking, but would be vaping. As we become more and more aware of the dangers of smoking, as the habit becomes more and more socially unacceptable, and as it also becomes more and more expensive, it seems that even the most habitual and seasoned smokers are using vapes to both cut down, and to quit altogether. Kate Moss, Cara Delevingne, Paris Hilton and Katherine Heigl are just some of the female celebrities who have been photographed vaping, whilst Vape brand Vype are a prime example of the rise of vaping, working with Tinie Tempah’s fashion and music brand Disturbing London on a series of pop-up stores during London Fashion Week Men on 2017, as well as collaborating on a range of t-shirts.

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Whilst the jury is still out on the health pros and cons of vaping, it cannot be denied that in terms of helping people to quit smoking, it is a very effective weapon. My husband was able to go from 30 cigarettes a day to completely quitting, using vaps as a go between – he has now not smoked for three years, something I would’ve said was impossible. Vaping is also much cheaper than buying cigarettes, and the smell is definitely much pleasanter that tobacco smoke.

It would be brilliant to think one day we could live in a world without the terrible weed, and it seems that vaping might just be a logical step towards this.