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.

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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?

Getting To Know You Through Your Birth Flower

Our birth date affects many different things. It dictates our astrology sign, which in turn can often be an indicator to what sort of personality traits we have. It also decides which birthstone belongs to us, although this can be different depending on the source – I was born in June, some say this is the month of the diamond, others claiming it for the pearl. But, until quite recently, I didn’t realise that different months of the year had also been assigned a birth flower. This month, Flying Flowers have put together a handy guide to the correct birth flowers for each month, along with some information about the symbolism of the flower and the character traits of people born in a particular month, It is a fascinating piece, well worth a read,

My birthday is the 15th June, which makes my birth flower the rose. This really pleased me as roses are one of my favourite blooms. I’ve loved roses ever since I was a young girl, when my grandad had both a red and white rose bush growing in his garden. I remember clearly that the white always seemed to bloom in abundance, whilst the red gave flowers less regularly, and this made them seem rarer, and more special as a consequence. Even now, roses are my flower of choice when it comes to romantic occasions, although my husband tends to buy me yellow roses as these are now my favourites.

Flying Flowers says of the rose:-

Roses were first grown in China around 5,000 years ago, and now they’re one of the most popular flowers in the world. Their symbolism of love is known far and wide, and they’ll always be a solid favourite for Valentine’s Day.

That seems to sum them up perfectly for me.

I love the idea of knowing what your birth flower is. It makes it a perfect, and truly personal choice as a birthday gift for someone, as well as being a lovely choice for a new mother, to present her with a bloom to reflect her child’s birth date. Flying Flowers gives tips on what sort of floral gift people would like according to their birthday, and I have to say that mine was spot on in saying I would love a floral gift bursting with colour, anyone who knows me knows I totally love colour, the brighter the best, hence my love for yellow roses.

What sort of flowers do you love. Check out the flower birth date guide and see if your bloom truly matches your taste and personality.

Getting out and about this Autumn

For many people, Autumn is the best season. It it a time of great natural beauty, the leaves change and fall from the trees as temperatures start to fall, but we still have gloriously sunny days and blue skies that hold off the bay of Winter just that little bit longer. These lovely days (and if we’re really lucky, a touch of an Indian Summer) make Autumn a season where we really should be getting out and about and enjoying some fresh air and outdoor pursuits.

There really is no reason to be staying inside. Children need to be turfed out, away from their computer screens, and instead given a football, a frisbie or a kite. Moms and dads need to put those car keys away and make the most of the season by opting to walk to the shops or the school. Even if your mobility is a problem for you, there is still no reason why you can’t enjoy some time away from the TV, computer or PS4. A range of different mobility aids from a company like Pro Rider Mobility can give you the support you need to be able to enjoy time outdoors, whether it be a trip in the park or taking in a nature walk. And don’t forget that the best events of Autumn, Halloween and Bonfire Night, take place outside.

Here are a few more ideas for enjoying a wonderful Autumn.

Enjoy your local Park

As I’ve already mentioned, parks are beautiful places of change at this time of the year. Whether you are walking your dog, or taking your children to search for conkers and pine cones, this really is a great way to spend a couple of hours, particularly whilst we still have some daylight hours in the evenings after school and work.

Get yourself to a football match

We are now well into the football season, and while I have to admit that it gets pretty cold on the stands once we hit Winter, for me, the best way to spend an Autumn afternoon is cheering on your team at the top of your voice, and getting a hotdog covered in mustard on the way back. Most grounds these days have access for those with mobility problems, with my team, West Brom, also adding an area for those with sensory issues and new commentary for death supporters, making football far more inclusive than it was in the past.

At WBA v West Ham last Saturday

Say Goodbye to the bears of The Big Sleuth

The Big Sleuth has been a massive success if Birmingham and the surrounding areas this Summer, with 100 bears delighting thousands of people. But all good things must come to an end, and the weekend beginning October 6th sees the finale for the bears, as they are all gathered together in East Park for one last goodbye. If you didn’t get chance to see the bears in their locations, this is a great way to see the bears all together.

Birmingham Weekender

This weekend sees the Birmingham Weekender, a weekend dedicated to getting the arts out and about in the city of Birmingham. From Rangeeli, a colourful community parade taking place through the city-centre complete with Harminder the Elephant, to Slack Rope Connections and the Bullzini Family Funambulists in Cathedral Square, who will help you test your balancing skills, this is a great way of getting out and about with your family, and finding that the city is about far more than shopping.

How will you enjoy the great outdoors this Autumn?