Friday Fashion: Sequins From Goddiva

Well, to say that yesterday was disappointing would be an understatement, but tier 3 or no tier 3 it is still almost Christmas, and when it comes to fashion, that means breaking out the sparkles and the glitter. I am a strong believer in the adage that the Christmas tree shouldn’t be the only ones that ‘sparkle and shine‘ during the festive season and I think that this is truer than ever this year.

Goddiva is a fabulous destination if you want to find sparkly tops. Their range is great for zoom parties, or for wearing on Christmas Day with your festive bubble A glittery top can be worn with jeans or coated skinnies for a look that is both glamorous and practical. Below I have put together an outfit idea that combines a gorgeous sequinned Bardot top and skinny jeans. I will definitely be wearing this outfit at some time over Christmas.

I don’t mind admitting that I am a magpie when it comes to shiny tops, and the Goddiva Bardot sequin crop top with cuffed sleeves is absolutely gorgeous. The colour is described as ‘CHAMPAGNE’ which is also perfectly apt for Christmas, and the size that I am wearing, which is M/L would easily stretch to fit a 16/18 as the elastication around the shoulders is generous, and the styling is loose fitting.

The top is described as having a crop style, but it is certainly long enough to be worn over the top of your waistband on your jeans or trousers. I do think the style suits trousers best, but there is enough fabric for it to be worn tucked in with a pencil skirt to give the effect of a dress.

Although it may feel for many of us that Christmas has been cancelled, that doesn’t mean that we can’t enjoy dressing up a little

Gift Ideas For Couples

As we move ever closer to Christmas, I am continuing with my gift guides. This one is full of ideas for couples, featuring gifts that can be shared and enjoyed together, including a couple of alcoholic treats, some chocolates, and other gifts that are beautiful or practical.

Mermaid Salt Vodka From The Isle of White Distillery

Alcohol is a gift idea that works for couples as it is something that can be shared and enjoyed together. Mermaid Salt Vodka, from the Isle of Wight Distillery, is infused with locally sourced sea salt that enhances its smoothness and flavour – described as being ‘like the subtle kiss of a mermaid’. With salt’s ability to enhance other flavours, the vodka had already gained a cult following amongst Isle of Wight bartenders for use in cocktails. But now, it’s finally available on the mainland and is presented in a stunning, eco-friendly, bottle with sculpted scales, like those of the mythical maritime creature itself. (You may remember the Mermaid Pink Gin, which you can view here.)

If you know a couple who fancy themselves as mixologists, this is a great vodka to use as a base for their vodka cocktails and martini’s. Add in that it is also vegan and gluten-free, and you have a stunning treat in a beautiful bottle.

Available from Masters of Malt, click here to view.

Ridolfi Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2015 | Decanter Silver Medal  From Independent Wine

Ridolfi Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2015 | Decanter Silver Medal ,which is available from Independent Wine, is made from 100% Sangiovese, which is harvested by hand at the end of September / early October. The DOCG wine laws demand that Brunello di Montalcino is aged for at least two years in oak, and four months in bottle. But this premium wine from Ridolfi exceeds the minimum: it was aged for three years in oak followed by twelve months in the bottle. Ridolfi is very careful not to overpower the delicate aromas of Sangiovese with the taste of oak. For this wine, large barrels of Slavonian oak were used. This introduces a subtle and almost invisible flavour which serves to highlight the natural elegant aromas of the Sangiovese grape.

This is a one of Italy’s best red wines, a real treat for the taste buds, and a gift that is pure quality, perfect for wine connoisseurs. Independent Wine offers a free gift wrap service which means that this is a gift that is wrapped and can be delivered to the very lucky recipients.

Photographic Gifts From Vistaprint

A photographic gift, whether it be a canvas, a print or something more unusual, is a great gift idea to give to a couple. Vistaprint’s range of photographic gifts are both affordable and are delivered quickly.

I love the idea of a photographic image rendered onto a cushion – for a couple this could be an image from their wedding, or a first picture of their child – this is such a gorgeous and personal gift idea that really works when you want to give something a little more thoughtful. A canvas is also good, and as it comes in a range of different sizes it can be a gift that could be delivered through a letterbox if it is being sent across the miles.

A personalised Candle from Kindred Fires

Kindred Fires is a beautiful, newly launched luxury personalised candle brand; the sister company of wedding stationery retailer norma&dorothy. They have an incredible range of candles that make the perfect Christmas gift, these are beautifully scented and can be personalised in any number of ways, from names to adding address details.

You can personalise your candle as you wish, creating, as Kindred Fires put it a wonderful gift that can send Christmas Cheer through the post. Check out their full range here.

World Pepper Selection From Sous Chef

Sous Chef offer gift ideas that are just perfect for foodies. The World Pepper Selection is a great example of this, a set of four unusual peppers just waiting to be grind and used in your cooking. The four peppers are:-

  • Sarawak White Pepper 70g
  • Kampot Black Pepper 50g
  • Voatsiperifery Pepper 15g
  • Java Long Pepper 30g

The peppers come in a stylish tube, and also with tasting notes that suggest the sorts of dishes they would work with. If you know a pair of keen foodies, this gift could be the one.

Nursem Day And Night Gift Set

Nursem is a skincare brand founded by a paediatric intensive care nurse who found that her hands were constantly suffering due to all the hand washing required in her job. Their products are gentle enough to be used throughout the day, but also offer care and protection for the skin.

The Nursem Day and Night Gift Set includes the Caring Hand Cream (75ml), Caring Skin Fix (50ml) and Nursem Promise Nomination in a Nursem Gift Bag. Designed to be used both throughout the day and overnight, this treatment offers a 24 hour skincare regime to help soothe, condition and protect your skin. Apply the hand cream throughout the day to relieve soreness and retain moisture, and the skin fix on target dry spots overnight to regenerate any areas of irritation.

With with every product purchased, Nursem gives a month’s worth of hand cream to a nurse or midwife, so this is a gift that is truly doing good.

Guylian Temptations

Whatever the question, chocolate is always the answer, and Guylian is an even better answer. Guylian, who create beautiful Belgian chocs, has a selection of magical Christmas treats and gifts in store and online for chocolate lovers to enjoy with their nearest and dearest.

The Guylian temptations take the traditional pralines and then add in biscuit, caramel and truffles to add an extra layer of deliciousness. These are brilliant as a small gift, maybe as a token of appreciation for a couple who have helped you throughout the year.

For online exclusive Guylian products, visit



Purchasing The Ideal Ring For An Engagement

Finally, you’ve found the love of your life, and you are over the moon. You can’t wait to make her yours forever. But now, finding the ideal engagement ring is a challenge. In that case, you’ve come to the right place. In this guide, I will discuss everything you should know about picking the right ring based on several factors. Are you ready for the ride? If so, then hop in and fasten your seatbelt, because it’s about to go down.
Have you heard of the 4Cs when it comes to selecting a gemstone? And by 4Cs, I mean colour, carat weight, clarity, and cut. Both diamonds and moissanite crystals form around these elements. You can differentiate the quality of one precious stone from another using this grading system. In actuality, the Gemological Institute of America, also known as the GIA, developed their grading system around these factors. So, let’s find out more about selecting your ideal ring using them.

Your Ideal Engagement Ring
Regardless of your budget size, you can find the right engagement ring for your significant other. First, you should know your spouse’s ring size. You can take a cue from one she already has, or simply ask her. But, let’s assume you intend to surprise her, then we’ll go with the former. Place her ring in a bar soap to make an impression. By using the measurement, it is easy to find the right engagement ring at a jewel store. But what if you are on a tight budget and can’t afford a diamond ring worth tens of thousands of dollars. No need to fret. Other carat weights cost less than that price range.

Another factor you should consider when shopping for an engagement ring is your lady’s lifestyle. Is she an outdoor person, one who loves to make a fashion statement, or conservative? Depending on her persona, you can get an affordable ring or an elaborate alternative. Purchasing a cheap diamond ring doesn’t imply a drop in quality. As I discussed before, there is always a gemstone for any budget size.

The Right Band for an Engagement Ring
It is not enough to have an ideal gemstone for your spouse; ring band also plays an essential role. Ideally, you should select a band that can last as long as the precious stone and complement its size. Yellow-gold bands are known to make a statement anywhere. Other alternatives include white-gold and rose-gold ring bands.

How About the Diamond Cut?
Some people overlook gemstone cut when purchasing an engagement ring. But bear in mind that it also contributes to a person’s appearance, as subtle as it may seem. If you are going for a precious stone with fewer facets, then it should have more clarity. If paired with other multi-stone jewels, then opt for any of the following: Marquise, Oval, or Round. If you have no clue of her choice shape, classic cuts will do. If she wears her rings round the clock, you should get an engagement ring that complements her outfits.
Your girlfriend may love shapes with more boxy lines. In that case, diamond cuts like the Princess or Emeralds are ideal for her. However, if she has a more traditional preference, go with the Round-Cut gemstone.