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.

 

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Stocking Fillers from Tegen Hair Accessories

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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

 

 

 

 

Preparing for the Party Season: What Jewellery Should you Wear with your Outfit?

December brings us the biggest party season of the year, what with work parties, winter gatherings with friends on the run up to Christmas, and of course, the biggie – New Year’s Eve.

It’s a special time of year where we all look forward to to dressing up and looking fabulous, ready for plenty of good times and celebrations. Although you might have your party frock ready for the festive fiestas, do you have the right jewellery to go with it?

Choosing the best jewellery to wear with your outfit can make you stand out from the crowd and have you feeling sensational, but only when the pairings are done right. Here’s a quick and simple guide to picking the right jewellery to wear with your party outfit this season, from the sterling silver jewellery providers, Silver Sale.

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Keep it simple…

If you’re a fan of big bold prints and patterns, or if you’ve gone for an outfit with plenty of texture, your jewellery should be kept simple and delicate. Your outfit itself will be making enough of a statement, so that jewellery should only be worn as an added touch of glamour.

Refrain from wearing any kind of necklace or long dangly earrings with high necklines with lots of pattern or texture – they will simply get lost in the design of the dress. Instead, opt for small and simple earrings, such as these sterling silver wraparound earring climbers.

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Even if striking jewellery isn’t really your thing, you can pair subtle jewellery with a more simple outfit – we’d just recommend wearing more of it! A combination of necklaces, earrings, bracelets and rings can add some sparkle and style to your elegant outfit. In this instance, pairing the right jewellery together becomes more important, so make sure each piece shares the same material and style. Plenty of jewellers provide jewellery sets to make sure everything you wear goes well together.

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The best outfits for bold…

Bold jewellery can dazzle and amaze your fellow party goers, especially when you’ve chosen a simple yet stylish outfit to wear it with. Only one bold piece of jewellery should be worn at once, otherwise they can appear garish.

Usually it’s a choice between a statement set of earrings or a bold necklace, and either can be worn with any simple outfit, especially those with a high neckline. For low necklines, we’d suggest a statement pair of earrings over a bold necklace, otherwise the jewellery and the style of the dress would clash.

Ear jackets and cuffs are becoming increasingly popular, for their unique design and stand out appearance. If you’re looking for something a little different but don’t want to go for big and bright earrings, here are some ear climbers that you might love! Don’t be afraid to pair statement earrings with a vivid and chunky ring, as they’re worn too far away from one another to look over the top.

These tips here are just a general rule of thumb for looking stunning and stylish during the party season, but if you have any suggestions of your own to share with us, let us know!