Reviewed: bakerdays Cakes And A Giveaway

Choosing a gift for a loved one or a friend can sometimes be frustrating. You try to choose something they would like and enjoy, and love presenting it to them and seeing their expression as they open it. But there are occasions when, due to living in different places, you have to send a present across the miles, and then it becomes a little more difficult. This is where bakerdays cakes come in.

Bakerdays create beautiful cakes for any occasion, and these can also be personalised with both words or a photograph. Whether it be for a birthday, an anniversary, Halloween, Christmas or starting a new school or a new Job, bakerdays cakes can be matched to your occasion. The cakes are all designed, baked and created by the bakerdays team, but the thing I love the most about them is that the designs are especially made to fit through a letterbox, meaning that even if you are sending it to someone who is not at home in the day, the cake can still be delivered on time, giving your loved one a lovely surprise when they see a treat waiting for them on their doormat.

I chose a bakerdays cake for my son Joe, to celebrate going back to school, starting a new term and a new school year. The cake was sent in a gift tin that keeps it in perfect condition, it will stay fresh for up to 14 days upon arrival. The tin also contained balloons, candles and a gift card.

We opted for a vanilla buttercream cake, but there are many different choices including gluten free, dairy free and wheat free, as well as fruit cake and chocolate cake – something for every taste in actual fact. The cake was in perfect condition in the tin and tasted absolutely delicious, and, as promised, remained fresh – we had the last slice tonight, almost a week since it was first delivered.

With both Halloween and Christmas on their way, a bakerdays Cake is a fantastic gift idea to make a note of. But one lucky winner could win a Letterbox Gift cake in the recipe and personalised design of their choice, by entering the competition below.


bakerdays Letterbox cake giveaway

Handbag Essentials

The one possession I could not live without is my handbag, Like my women, my handbag contains my life, and a whole lot more. My current bag of choice is a black Steven Madden tote, and as well as the usual purse, keys and mobile phone it is home to a number of Panini football cards, Haribo sweets, a rather overfilled make up bag, tissues, a Big Sleuth map and my current reading  – A book about London’s strangest tales. The bottom of the bag is littered with train tickets, and I also have lots of perfume testers that I got at a House of Fraser beauty event last week. It is quite an eclectic mix, and probably says a lot about me, and my personality. But is is also desperately in need of sorting, because unless you actually want to damage your spine lugging around lots of random rubbish, you really only need to carry around your handbag essentials.

Here are my own personal handbag essentials.

A good sized purse.

A purse in a bag is obviously a bit of a no brainer, but for me, that purse needs to be strong and sturdy, and able to carry all your cards as well as your cash. Some people opt for separate card holders, but this is just something else to take up valuable space, and to search for when you are at the store counter. I always opt for good quality leather, my last purse was a River Island piece that lasted for eight years of use before it finally fell apart.

A notebook

As a blogger, and someone who still loves pen and paper, this is another must have in my bag. I use it to write down any ideas I have when I’m out and about – you never know when inspiration might strike, but I also use it to make shopping lists, Christmas lists and just to jot down notes and aid memoirs that help my day to run more smoothly. I love good quality moleskine notebooks, especially if they can also be personalised. A little bit of luxury in your handbag is always a good thing.

An Umbrella

I spend a lot of time running around, on the school run, doing errands and generally being out and about. As this is the UK, this demands an umbrella – especially for what I refer to as the 3.20pm rain outbreak that occurs on Monday to Fridays (at school run time for those who are scratching their heads and don’t have kids.) I used to buy cheap brollies, but after being caught out as they have blown inside out yet again, I now tend to opt for Fulton or a Boden design.

My Make-Up Bag

I sometimes run straight from the school run to an event, and tend to travel by train. I’m one of those people who put my face on whilst traveling, so having my cosmetics with me is essential. It’s not the size of a Boots counter, but does have enough products to make me look presentable, and a red lippie is the one item that it must contain.

What are your handbag essentials?

Trends in Men’s Jewellery

Once upon a time, a man’s jewellery box was a pretty lonely place. The odd ring might’ve resided in there, maybe a crucifix or a St Christopher on a chain, the acceptable necklaces for men, and there would usually be a watch of some variety, but that would basically be it. Jewellery was the preserve of women (and magpies) and real men avoided it. Let’s face it, some men didn’t even bother to wear a wedding ring,

But times really do change, and these days you only have to pick up a celebrity magazine to realise that men’s jewellery is not only on trend and totally desirable, but is big business too. There are luxury jewellery brands that are totally dedicated to men’s style, brands like Tateossian London who take materials like leather, titanium and silver and create pieces that are both elegant and masculine at the same time. Celebrities like Pharell Williams, Johnny Depp and Chris Hemsworth all enjoy wearing jewellery as part of a edgy style look, from chains and cruxifixes around the neck, to rope style bracelets and leather bracelets that can be stacked or worn individually.

Tateossian London Classic Cobra Bracelet £195

But the rise of the men’s jewellery trend is not just limited to the edgy, more outre styles. The king of men’s jewellery, in my opinion, is David Beckham, who has sported bracelets, stud earrings and crucifix style necklaces and chains. But Beckham is also renowned for his sharp sartorial styles that include the ultimate in men’s tailoring and grooming. He wears a suit like a dream, complete with a tie, and Beckham’s ties are always decorated with a tie pin, a rather formal, traditional accessory that he makes so on trend.

Diamond Dust Tie Clip

Even pins and brooches are no longer the confines of ladies. David Beckham is featured above wearing a pin, whilst Arsenal]s Olivier Giroud decorates his smart attire with an Arsenal pin worn on a lapel.

What are your thoughts on men’s jewellery – a yay or a nay?