Review: 12 Days of Joy Gift Box

Nothing helps build up more excitement for Christmas like a festive advent calendar. But these days, many of us are ditching the chocolate treats and opting for a more luxurious option. One perfect example is this 12 Days of Joy Calendar, generously given to me by the online bingo experts at paddy power bingo.

The calendar features 12 glamorous pieces of jewellery, it is a truly beautiful surprise sat behind every window, just waiting to be revealed.Forget five gold rings, in this set you’ll get a silver plated necklace and bracelet as well as 10 beautiful and unique charms. Each of them with glamorous crystals from Swarovski.The set is lead and nickel free and is hypoallergenic.

What I like most about this set is that not all of the charms are focused on Christmas, yes most of them are related to the holiday seasons with snowflakes, Christmas tree, and embossed festive text some of the charms but there are charms that can be worn all year round.

I also love that the whole set is completely customisable, meaning that there are no set guidelines on how to dress up your necklace or bracelet – the choice is yours. You can choose to wear as many or as little charms as you like.

My favourite part of this set has to be the sapphire charm. It is the only charm that offers a dramatic pop of colour, yet is still small enough so it doesn’t completely overshadow all of the other pieces.

I’d say my least favourite charm would have to be the Joy, love, peace, believe, Christmas charm. Although the text makes up the whole of the charm, it is still very small and difficult to read, maybe a different phrase would have been better.

Merry Glitzmas from Book your Lifestyle

The coming of the 1st of December means the countdown to Christmas is real. Most of us started the morning by opening a window on our advent calendars, maybe munching on a small chocolate treat, or, if we were really lucky, opening one of those fabulous beauty advents that contain everything from skincare to nail polish, and all things beauty in between.

If you weren’t lucky enough to have an advent calendar, never fear. The Internet is currently awash with virtual advent calendars where you can win all sorts of prizes, just by opening a virtual window or entering a competition. One of the best ones around if you are a fan of beauty is being hosted by London beauty experts Book Your Lifestyle. The company, who curate the best London beauty treatments,  spas, hair salons and fitness experts so that you can find whatever you are looking for in minutes, have created their very own advent calendar which promises you a very merry Glitzmas.


The Merry Glitzmas advent calendar is very simple. Each day a window opens to reveal a new prize. The prizes all have one thing in common, they have a very glamorous theme. It could be with a top London hair salon, a nail salon, a spa or one of Book your Lifestyle’s beauty industry partners.  The prizes are worth £4,000 in total and each prize is only open until Midnight on the day the window was opened, a new prize is revealed every single day until the 24th December, perfect treats for getting you in the mood for Christmas…especially those parties.


Christmas isn’t just the season to be jolly, it’s the perfect excuse to be glam and gorgeous. All the treats in the windows will be just the thing you need to get your Christmas glam on, and, as it is free to enter, what are you waiting for?


Smiggle opens in the Bullring

Last week I was invited to the opening of a fabulous new store in Birmingham’s Bullring. Smiggle is a stationery store that promises to bring fun, choice and must have pieces to any school bag. (think Paperchase with a younger target audience). The store is sure to be a haven for youngsters and teens, as well as a nostalgia trip for any adults who used to collect rubbers and key rings when they were younger.

DSCN0227[1]Smiggle is an Australian company that has now opened 16 stores across the UK in 2014. The stores change the stock every six weeks, so there is always something new to see, making it a destination that will be on the must visit list for many in 2015. The shelves are colour coordinated, keeping all items of the same colour together. This makes the shopping experience much simpler – if you are purple mad – just head to the purple section. Larger Smiggle stores have an area for doodling and scribbling that will help keep your youngsters occupied while you shop.





A red carpet was laid out on Thursday, and visitors were given a tour of the shop. We were all presented with Smiggle’s current best seller, the amazing advent calendar that is stuffed full with stationery treats. This made Joe a very happy little boy when I got home. (Find out how to get yours here.)


The red carpet.


Smiggle advent Calendar

I think Smiggle is a fabulous addition to the Bullring because there is no where quite like it in Birmingham at the current time. I think it will be very popular for stocking fillers and presents as we move towards Christmas – there are just so many lovely things that would make someone very happy on Christmas Day. I have my eye on some football related products for Joe and am looking forward to paying another visit very soon.



*With thanks to Smiggle and Georgina Maley from Small Man Media for the invitation.