Reviewed – Pandora from John Greed

One of the biggest names in jewellery today is Pandora. The creators of beautiful bracelets and charms has recently been unveiled as the official sponsor for the Girls Aloud 10 year anniversary tour, with each girl designing a very special bracelet to commemorate this special event. So, when I was approached by John Greed, the leading UK stockist of official Pandora jewellery, with a view to reviewing a Pandora bracelet and charms, I was, of course, very interested.

I consider myself to be a jewellery aficionado, particularly when it comes to bracelets, but am quite embarrassed to say that I didn’t own a Pandora bracelet.  I was interested to see how Pandora would compare to other High fashion brands in jewellery.

Pandora Single Woven Black Leather and Silver Starter Bracelet 

The Pandora starter bracelet is a great place to begin your Pandora collection. The single woven leather strand is very understated, making it perfect for wearing in the daytime with casual wear, or with a little black dress for an evening occasion. The black bracelet is also a perfect blank canvas in which to showcase your beads of choice, making a striking setting for both silver, and Murano glass style beads. I also believe that this bracelet is also perfect for both sexes, coming in three different sizes to cater for a larger male wrist.

Pandora Silver Open Work Flower Charm £20 click to visit John Greed

Pandora Silver Heart Beats Spacer Charm £15 click to visit John Greed

My bracelet was completed with an exquisite open-work flower charm, which is surrounded on both sides by the silver heart beats spacer charm. This looks so pretty as it is, but the great thing about Pandora bracelets is that you can continue to add more charms. Birthdays, Valentine’s Day, special anniversary, or just for a payday treat, a gift of a new charm is something to cherish, and helps make your bracelet very, very special, and personal to you.

I’m now a converted fan of the Pandora brand, the bracelets just make the perfect gifts for any occasion. I cannot go without mentioning the packaging. Even the smallest charm comes in oh so stylish packaging with the iconic Pandora symbol making this a much lusted after option. Husbands and boyfriends – Valentine’s Day is just over a month away – make a mental note in your diary now!

 

Christmas Day Crackers featuring Kate Middleton, Girls Aloud and Tess Daly

There were a few stylish moments on Christmas day that I did not want to ignore, despite taking a break over the festive season. The Royal Family, residing at Sandringham, made their annual Christmas morning trip to church and looked suitably warm and cosy, with Zara Philips my pick for most stylish lady. William and Kate spent Christmas day with the Middleton’s, but did make a more low-key appearance, with Kate adding a touch of festive red with her long scarf.

Christmas Day Top of the Pops has always been a tradition in my house, although we always seem to start eating the Christmas dinner half way through. This year there was glamour from Paloma Faith, and those Girls Aloud, who shimmered and sparkled in festive tinsel style gold.

And from a tradition that comes from yesteryear, to a new one that has become a major party of Christmas day television – Strictly Come Dancing. Tess Daly always looks amazing, and in white and silver, she shone in a Grecian style gown that must rate has one of her best looks from this season. Predictably, it was a boy band member that won (some bloke from JLS who was pretty nifty on his feet to be honest), but a sparkly Tess was a definite highlight for me.

Jingle Belles – The Spice Girls, X Factor and a bit of Girls Aloud.

Even as the year draws to a close, we still have time to feast our eyes on a host of wonderful looks, as those Christmas events come rolling in thick and fast. Last weekend alone saw the Capital Radio Jingle Bells Ball featuring the newly reformed Girls Aloud and girl of the year Rita Ora amongst others, whilst the X Factor final saw Nicole and James Arthur reigning supreme.

There have been other fashionable moments that also deserve to be celebrated, last night saw all five of the Spice Girls together for the premiere of Viva Forever, all looking suitably stunning and totally individual. And then there are just some fashion moments to cherish, like the rise and rise of Markus Lupfer and his stylish knits.

Here are some of my favourite looks from the winter so far, and a few ideas of how to get them.

Jingle Bells Ball

Cheryl was suitably fierce in a military style catsuit from Balmain. but then bought it down a notch when performing with the newly reformed Girls Aloud. Worth watching for ‘The Promise’  alone, Kimberley showed off that enviable midriff, whilst Cheryl and Nadine opted for little black dresses. My style pick was Nicola – I just loved her tuxedo style jacket.

Get the Look – Cheryl Cole , Nadine Coyle and Nicola Roberts

Nikki Sleeveless Peplum Dress £15 click to visit Boohoo

Tilly Cut Out Shoulder Bodycon Dress £12 click to visit Boohoo

Suri Box Shoulder Feature Button Blazer £18 click to visit Boohoo

Another gorgeous Jingle Belle was Lisa Snowdon, who was sparkly and resplendent in a one sleeved dress. Now, I’m not sure whether this dress is yet another example of a star wearing the Project D Itala dress, but it certainly looks very similar.

Get the lookProject D

PROJECTD LONDON Itala Ocean Asymmetric Sequin Maxi Gown £595.00 click to visit My Wardrobe

Dorrie Round Neck Sequin Maxi Dress In Antique Gold £49.99 click to visit Missguided

Now, there have been mixed feelings about Rita Ora’s new look. I personally hate the shoes, and the slicked back hair. But the dress is gorgeous, I love that mustard shade, and with a pop of red lips, Rita just about pulls this look off, but I hope the Marilyn curls return soon…

X factor Final

There was just so much great fashion to savour on this weeks X Factor final. Nicole took the style title for the series, and certainly saved some of her best looks until last. The Zuhair Murad red dress was sublime, a lesson in showing nothing and appearing super sexy. The dress just poured over her curves, and with her hair sleek and glossy, she looked simply sch-mazing.

Get the Look

Designer red sequinned maxi dress £122.50 click to visit Debenhams

Rihanna was the guest of honour on Sunday nights show, and this was an exquisite looking Rihanna that we were treated too. Head to toe in Alexander Wang, I get the distinct impression that Kirsten Stewart could be on the way out at Balenciaga…with Rihanna making a stunning new face for the label.

 

Tulisa also looked at her absolute best on final’s night. With her mermaid style hair and a shimmering dress that again poured over those curves, you wished that she had channelled this style for the whole of the series.

Get the Look

Jane Norman Sequin bandeau maxi £75 click to visit House of Fraser

But of course, Sunday night belonged to one lady. With two of her boys in the final, Nicole seemed to take her inspiration from a certain Cheryl Cole, as this dress really bought David Koma to mind. It was actually designed by Stephane Rolland haute couture, and succeeded in being Old Style Hollywood, and slightly space age – at the same time.

More Christmas Crackers

I’m a huge fan of Markus Lupfer, so I’m loving that so many celebrities are picking up on his unique sense of styling, and turning his knitted dresses into a wardrobe must have for 12/13. Beyoncé looked totally incredible, the hottest mama ever, in this gorgeous design, and I love how she picked up the red theme in her brightest of lipsticks.

Mel C was also seen on tv’s This Morning wearing a Markus Lupfer design, showing that these dresses are perfect for any occasion.

Get the look Markus Lupfer

Markus Lupfer Contrast Stripe Collar Body Con Dress £195.00 click to visit My Wardrobe

Markus Lupfer Peplum Frill Bodice Dress £245.00 click to visit My Wardrobe

Spice Girls Viva Forever Premiere

All the girls turned out for the premiere, even though Victoria was fashionably late. I loved the individuality of the looks, from Melanie C looking fierce in slate grey, to Victoria showing off her androgynous chic in pared down tailoring. Geri looked beautiful, but this was more bridesmaid dress than premiere if we are truly honest.