When you need a little financial Advice.

February 16th, 2017


The Low Interest rates we have been experiencing over the last few years have proved to be good news for those with a mortgage, but less good news for those with traditional savings held in bank accounts. This has led to a rise in people taking a more active part in financial planning, particularly looking towards securing their future, and also a rise in people seeking professional advice on how best to use and secure their savings.

Whether it be pensions you are seeking help with, or investments you want to make, or have made and want to protect and grow, you can always seek the help you need. Personal financ­ial planning can help you find solutions you need to protect your money, and hopefully see it grow further, providing a nice nest egg for you and your family.

Advice from a reputable company like Barretts Financial Solutions can look at issues like retirement and pension planning, another very hot potato in light of a growing, ageing population, but they can also look at other areas that require financial support, having a major effect on how we live our lives as a 21st Century family. These can include health and life insurance, school and university fees and even looking carefully at your mortgage, and at any other property you might also own.

If you want to get some financial advice from someone other than your bank manager, I would suggest that you look for a company like Barretts. The simple reason for this is that you can hold a totally free, no obligation initial meeting with financial advisors to assess your situation and look for a plan of action. This will give you a chance to air your own individual needs, and hopefully start planning for a more secure future.

A little black dress and a pair of red shoes

February 15th, 2017

Trends come and trends go, but a little black dress is a timeless classic, destined to be around forever. It is a piece of clothing that will take you to any occasion (even acceptable for weddings these days) and it is something that never looks anything less than chic. We all agree that Coco Chanel was a fashion genius, but maybe her greatest gift to the world was making the little black dress something much more than funeral attire.

I don’t think I could count the amount of black dresses that I own, for both every day wear and evening attire. My latest favourite is the Lovedrobe pleated lace dress from JD Williams, a piece that manages to combine style and comfort beautifully in one elegant dress. This dress combines so many of my favourite features – lace, stretch fabric, a pleated skirt in a midi length, and a v neck style to balance out a bigger bust

Lovedrobe Pleated Lace Dress now £55 Click to visit JD Williams

This dress is really lovely, with close attention needed for the lace fabric, it is just so beautiful. The lace is layered over a block coloured lining in polyester that is again stretchy, making it comfortable to wear.

The Fabric is super pretty

The dress has a very vintage feel, with lots of echoes of the 1950s ‘New Look’ styles. There is a keyhole fastening on the back of the dress, but no fiddly side zips or fastenings, you can simply put this on by pulling it over your head, a real good point if you are in a hurry and trying to throw something on and leave quickly.

I really love this dress and how it makes me feel wearing it. It has such a glamorous, old Hollywood style to it, perfect for occasions when you really want to dress up. I have wore this dress on two different occasions, for the premiere of ‘The Red Shoes’ at the Birmingham Hippodrome (where I teamed it with red shoes and bag and won free cocktails for best dressed.) I also wore it for Valentine’s Day, where I continued the red shoes theme with Westwood Melissa’s and a vintage faux fur stole. I think the dress could be teamed with accessories of many different colours, as well as metallics for an updated look.

JD Williams have a great range of dresses that start at size 8 and go up to a size 34, which is brilliant. If you are looking for a dress for a particular occasion this year I would well recommend taking a look.

Introducing ‘Stick Em Up’ stickers for the home

February 15th, 2017

When it comes to decorating our homes, it has to be said that it can be a very expensive business. Wallpaper is costly and many of us actually prefer the blank canvas that painted walls can provide, we can then add our own decoration and adornment. But blank walls can also be rather dull, particularly when they are in a child’s room. That is why I love the idea behind Stick Em Up, a company who are all about fun and interesting wall stickers that will create a theme for any room.

Stick Em Up are based in my neck of the woods (Wolverhampton to be precise) and have a lovely ethos when it comes to wall stickers and the great reason to try them. They say:-

“As parents we struggled to find a reliable source for wall stickers for our three children’s bedrooms as the characters they were in love with evolved.  Moving from Thomas The Tank Engine wall paper to Paw Patrol to the next great cartoon was extremely expensive and time consuming.  Now the room can be changed in minutes for less than £10.”

From focusing on stickers for children’s bedrooms, Stick Em Up have now moved around the home, and produce stickers that will work beautifully in a teen or adult bedroom, a living room, office or the kitchen – in fact – in any part of the home.  The stickers require no artistic skill to apply, and come with full sets of instructions in order to make the application process as easy as possible. They are also delivered with free shipping, making sure there are no additional costs. Most stickers currently cost under £10, this means you can add interest to a room, or create a themed wall for minimal cost. Some of the stickers are removeable, which means they are also good as a temporary fix – i.e. for a nursery which will then be transformed into a child’s bedroom.

You can find out all the information for the best walls to apply the stickers to on their website, but one tip is to avoid a newly painted wall, it is suggested you leave at least six weeks from painting in order for the wall to be cured completely.


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Win a sticker of your choice (up to the value of £14.99) from Stick Em Up, with free shipping worldwide. See below for ways to enter.

Win a sticker of your choice from Stick Em Up.