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Design your own engagement ring!

December 30th, 2016

So….if you’ve been following me on social media at all, you ‘might’ have seen that The Boy popped the question! Super exciting and romantic, overlooking the beautiful city of Lisbon!

He knows me well enough to know that I’d want a hand in choosing the perfect ring with him and so, once we arrived back in the UK we began looking for somewhere to pick a ring. Neither of us are especially (read: at all) experienced in this, so I did a little shout out on Facebook and luckily a few people got back to us with their recommendation. One of the jewellers suggested was Ivy Nixon, who did bespoke commissions, as well as her current designs.

After spending an unsuccessful day traipsing around various jewellers, who all looked the same, I took one look at her website and Instagram and knew she was right for us! She was super accommodating and came to see us on her next trip up to Manchester from London. I can’t recommend her enough – here’s a testimonial I wrote for her website:    

Throughout the process, Charlotte was a knowledgeable friend; super approachable, while helping to steer the design process with her expertise and advice. She was also dedicated, always responding to my (sometimes rambling!) messages, as well as sending over a variety of styles and stones for me to pick from – including some unusual and off-brief ones to test my preferences.

 I couldn’t be more pleased with my engagement ring. Not only is it gorgeous, but it’s lovely to know that it’s unique to us. Charlotte has triumphed in taking an uncertain and confusing brief and created something even better than what I originally described – it’s like she plucked it from my head!

 She’s been an absolute dream to work with and I can’t recommend her enough to any bride who wants something a bit different, but isn’t sure how to go about it and needs to be supported through the journey. At the end of it you’ll have a beautiful and one of a kind piece.

We were in no way compensated for this review, I’m just honestly very impressed with her service and the end result, which is well, see for yourself…  

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A little while back I was desperate for a change. I’d had the same light-brown/blonde ombre look for while; and after a trip to Mexico and a bit of neglect, my hair was in a sorry state. Just look at that frizz!

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Embarrassingly, it was watching Twilight in a hotel whilst on a business trip, enviously taking in Bella’s lovely locks, that triggered my initial urgency to have my hair seen too. I needed to switch it up, so I was on the hunt for a new salon and hairdresser who could help me out.

Luckily, a well-timed Facebook post from a friend brought James Roberts Hair & Beauty to my attention. I booked in with James and I couldn’t have been in better hands. He was really helpful and reassuring when talking through what I wanted. I wasn’t sure about a couple of things and he was really knowledgeable, steering me in the right direction and providing me with useful advice about what would work for my hair type and face shape, as well how I could phase in the changes I wanted.

In terms of the quality of the cut and colour, the pictures below speak from themselves. The richness of the overall colour contrasts beautifully with the caramel highlights. I didn’t get chance to sample the beauty treatments this time, but they have a whole range of different options which you can ask for while you’re getting your hair did – two birds one stone!

They offer a whole variety of new and trendy beauty and hair treatments, so if there’s something you’ve seen on Instagram that you fancy, the odds are they’ll have it! If you’re ever not sure where to get something done – I highly recommend checking them out.

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For a while now I’ve been looking for a good laptop bag. I know this is a quest of many tech ladies who wish to get their geek on in style. You’d think this should be relatively easy, but it’s not. Sure, you can find heavily padded, industrial, ‘IT department issued’ looking bags, but finding a bag big enough to take a laptop, charger/s, notepad and papers whilst still looking stylish is a challenge, unless you have a significant wad of cash to spend on a high-end label.

Last time I was ruminating on the subject of fashionable but functional laptop bags, I was considering the Rabeanco Tbc Laptop Bag and Zookie’s range. In the end I went for the Zookie Castle Rock Laptopbag Grey 15?, but over the last year, I’ve found it to be a bit too small for my needs (ranging from day-to-day at the office to hopping on trains and airplanes on agency business). Therefore, I’ve gone and plumped for the Zookie Far Away Laptop Bag 17 “ and bought it from Shopsuey (a cute little German fashion site). The benefit of this being that, not only did I save a few quid as it was reduced from € 249.00 to € 129.00, but it was beautifully wrapped and I got a cheeky copy of Glamour in Deutsch which was novel!

It’s a lovely bag and perfect for a day trip or overnight stay when accompanied with a handbag or travel bag, plus it’s so versatile you can dress it up with a suit or down for a casual look as demonstrated below. If you’re looking for form and function for your laptop bag, you’d struggle to find a better place to start than Zookie. They originally started with just two bag styles, but have now developed their range in an assortment of colours and sizes, so you can pick one to suit your mood and your outfit!


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For a long time now I’ve been a fan of the KBShimmer Oh Splat!? nail polish, but with it only being in available in The States it just wasn’t a viable option.

So, when I saw this Barry M Sequin Nail Effects polish I was super excited. They do it in other colours too and there’s a buy one get one half price offer on at the moment in Boots.

It bubbled a bit, but it does say to put a base coat on – which, me being me, I didn’t bother doing. I think the white would have stood out more too then, but I’ve had quite few compliments despite that.

Shiny, shiny.

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