Stocking Fillers from Tegen Hair Accessories

December 4th, 2016

You may be just getting those last few Christmas presents, or may be only just starting and already fretting over what to buy, so I am going to be spending the next week pointing you in the direction of some gift ideas, and I’m starting with some beautiful hair accessories from Tegen Accessories. Tegen stock a wonderful range of hair accessories, including barettes, hair claws, combs and bobbles, many of which have been handcrafted in France. The collection is beautiful, and contains many items that would make wonderful stocking fillers, particularly for those who love to dress their crowning glory.

I was sent some beautiful pieces from Tegen which show the diversity of the range and how the pieces would work from day to night. One of my favourite pieces is the Rosie Fox Turquoise Circles Beak Clip which is super pretty and covered in sparkling crystals. This can be used when your hair is left loose – it is strong enough to keep your hair in place, although for a neater look it may be better to wear this over an elastic band.

Turquoise Circles Beak Clip £9.95 Click to visit Tegan Accessories

Turquoise Circles Beak Clip £9.95 Click to visit Tegen Accessories



The looped pelican clip is another stylish piece that is great for long hair. I used it to hold my hair in a ponytail with an attractive flourish, but this is strong enough to hold up all the hair in a French twist. I have the blue mottled version and have to say that it is a very pretty design, which works well for every day wear.

Looped Pelican Clip £6.95 Click to visit Tegen Accessories

Looped Pelican Clip £6.95 Click to visit Tegen Accessories


Tegen is not just about large hair accessories, it also stocks smaller pieces too. One such piece is the exquisitely jewelled Rosie Fox blue crown brooch that also doubles as a hair clip. This is really special piece, it would look fabulous on a denim jacket, but could also be used as an evening piece holding back a fringe.

Blue Crown Brooch £9.95 Click to visit Tegen Accessories

Blue Crown Brooch £9.95 Click to visit Tegen Accessories


The Oh La La collection from Tegen is all French made, using resin, which is so much stronger than its plastic counterparts and so should last so much  longer. The Florilie hair claw is a modern looking piece that comes in a range of designs, including a rather fabulous Prada design that is perfect for someone who loves their designer pieces.

Small Floralie Hair Claw £14.95 Click to visit Tegen Accessories

Small Floralie Hair Claw £14.95 Click to visit Tegen Accessories


All Tegen Accessories come in a gorgeous hot pink gift bag, meaning that you don’t even need to gift wrap them, they are ready to present to family or friends as a wonderful, girly gift.





Finding shoes and trainers with a wider fit.

December 4th, 2016

There can be many reasons that you need to find shoes with a wider fit. It can be that your feet are genuinely wider and so require comfort and width. It can be that you are suffering from a foot condition, something like bunions, or hammertoes, something that can cause swelling of the feet, and therefore needs orthotic shoes. It can be that spending a lot of time on your feet makes your feet swell (something that used to happen to me all the time) so wider fit shoes are a better option. Whatever the reason, it is not always that easier to find the styles you like in a wider fit.


There is a website though, that may make finding the shoes you need a little bit easier. Wide Fit Shoes has the largest selection of wider fit shoes available online, and offers worldwide delivery. They are members of The Society of Shoe Fitters and can literally offer any type of footwear that you need in wider settings. Whether you are looking for extra wide trainers, walking boots, smart shoes to wear for work or safety boots for work, Wide Fit Shoes can provide what you are looking for, having curated footwear from brands such as New Balance, Padders, Equity Shoes and Josef Seibel. In addition, if you are looking for Christmas gifts for a loved one, they have a great selection of slippers, or wellies for that wet and snowy winter weather.


Wide Fit Shoes also has a great section where you can search for shoes specifically for problem feet, and they stock accessories too. I was really interested to see they have socks for Diabetics, as both my dad and I have the condition, as well as Copper insoles that are useful for those with Arthritis. And if you need wider fitting shoes and are getting married, you can find shoes here too.


Do you need a wider fit in your shoes? Do you find it difficult to find styles you like?


Santa Arrives at House of Fraser, Birmingham

December 2nd, 2016

Every child loves a visit to Santa, and, if you are in Birmingham, the most beautiful and magical grotto of them all is the one that opened at House of Fraser on Thursday. The House of Fraser Grotto is this year working in association with the Birmingham Children’s Hospital, with all proceeds going directly to the hospital. With this in mind it was fitting that the grotto was officially opened by patients from the hospital in a lovely, moving ceremony.



The thing I love about the House of Fraser Grotto, apart from the wonderful charity element, is that it clearly has children in mind and totally understands them. It understands that kids are not always patient whilst waiting to see Santa, and so has an area with colouring in pictures where children can enter a competition, and there is also a TV screening seasonal favourites like The Polar Express and Frozen.



The Grotto itself is truly lovely, full of the magic of Christmas, with houses decorated as Santa’s post room and different children’s bedrooms. There is also a workshop and gorgeous animatronic reindeers that made event the adults in attendance smile. A sleigh, and penguins and acres of snow all add to the feel that you have entertained into a winter wonderland.







Santa himself is lovely, with lots of time for the children, and, due to his elf helpers, he greets children by name. It is not a rushed experience, children have time to chat to Santa, and there is also time for a photograph, which can then be purchased at the end of your Santa Experience.



If you are in Birmingham this year, and you have young children with you, I would definitely recommend taking the escalator up to the 5th floor of House of Fraser to enjoy a very special meeting with Santa, one that has its heart firmly in the right place.