A Brief History Of Bracelets

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Bracelets are a common form of jewellery that is highly popular today and has been popular for thousands of years. Archaeologists have found bracelets from various civilisations and made them by using numerous materials, showing humans have worn this type of decoration for a long time. Below is a brief history of the different kinds of bracelets, so you understand the origins of the jewellery you wear.

The Earliest Bracelets

Archaeologists have found evidence of bracelets that can date back up to 7,000 years, and these early bracelets were different to what is worn today. The earliest bracelets were made using tree limbs, shells, and grasses, and it was quite a while before metal was used to create them. The oldest ones have been found in China, Mesopotamia, and Egypt, and it was not till after the Bronze Age (2000 to 1400 B.C.) that you find precious metals being used, such as gold and silver.

Reserved For The Privileged Few

We find that the earliest bracelet designs from metal were often only available for people with a certain status, such as royalty. The skill and work required to create intricate bracelet designs meant that most people could not afford them. As a result, the poorest people continued to use natural materials such as wood and grasses to make their bracelets. In contrast, the fewer, more privileged people had beautifully intricate designs of antique bracelets created from precious and semi-precious metals.

A 17th Century Revival

When the 17th century came along, metalworking techniques had improved immensely, and it was now much more affordable to have intricate jewellery created. However, it was still out of reach of many of the population, so although they did have metal bracelets, the designs were often plain and simple. It would be a couple of hundred years before bracelets can be produced efficiently and at less cost, opening the doors for the masses.

All these antique bracelets can still be valuable today. The beauty of these pieces of jewellery is that when they’ve been well taken care of that most of their original parts are still intact, they can be sold at a higher price today. If you think you have one, you may wish to have a professional check it out for you and see its value.

The 20th Century

With the 20th century came a significant increase in technology, which also affected the available jewellery. In addition, the mining for the precious metals and gems used in the bracelets had increased, which meant more materials were available. The skill of the artisans creating jewellery also improved, and with an abundance of materials, lower costs, and increased demand, many more people started to wear beautifully designed bracelets.

As you move towards the latter half of the century, jewellery started to become mass-produced, flooding the market with affordable jewellery. However, the quality of the jewellery went down considerably, and many people still prefer handmade jewellery, especially those crafted prior to the 20th century, as these pieces have more character. 

Modern Day

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In the modern age in which we live, we now have many choices when looking to purchase beautiful bracelets. There are many types of mass-produced jewellery available to buy, but there is also an increase in skilled artisans creating beautiful handmade designs. 

Many people still love antique designs over modern ones, which means there will always be a market for them. For more information on the history of bracelets through the ages, a search on Google should lead you to more articles that talk about this topic.

Sarah x

First Class Watches

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First Class Watches are one of the UK largest online retailers for designer watches. They are authorised distributors over 150 different brands!

I am really impressed by how many different styles and brands of watches they stock and most of them are a better price than buying elsewhere. They offer free delivery and if you are ordering a watch on a bracelet style band they will adjust the sizing for you for free too.

They also offer a price match service so if you see it cheaper elsewhere you can send them a request to match it! They also have a lot of codes dotted around the site, the one I chose had a code just for that brand for 10% off but if not there was a pop up to get 10% off your first purchase.

I had wanted a new watch for a while but couldn’t justify buying one as I wore my Apple watch most days but I wanted something cool to wear when I wasn’t wearing it. I don’t usually go for typically feminine watches so the one I picked out was this Nixon Time Teller in this stunning galaxy print. It would be suitable for both men and women.

Here are some details about the watch I went for:

Core Features of a Nixon Time Teller Watch:


Nixon watches are created through a collaborative effort between the brand’s designers and artists and athletes around the world.


The Time Teller watches are inspired by minimalism.


24-hour markers are placed on the inner bezel for easier access to military time.


Water-resistant up to 100 meters or 10 bars.


The watches are powered by a quartz movement.


Model Specifications: A327-2336-00


The tonneau 40 mm case of the model is made of acetate with splashes of blue, navy and black.


Securing the watch is an acetate strap with the same design.


The black dial is contrasted by white-coloured indices and hands.


Placed at the 3 o’clock position is the brand’s name.


Functions of the watch include hours, minutes and seconds.

Overall I am really impressed with the look of the watch as well as the quality but also how quickly arrives and how well it was packaged. It arrives wrapped up like a little present!

Sarah x

Are you looking to start your own fashion business?

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Many people have taken the time during the UK lockdown to take up new hobbies or even start a new business. I have seen lots of people wanting to start their own fashion business but they just don’t know where to start. It can be hard if you have no where to turn to for guidance.

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I wanted to share with you some tips I have put together on how to start a successful fashion/ clothing business without breaking the bank with additional start up fees and being able to take it slowly.

The first thing you want to do is pick a name and design a simple logo, this can be done on Canva or you can often find free websites that you can create a logo on. You can then sign up to an online store website to manage your shop or sell your products on Etsy or Ebay if you don’t want to set up your own website.

You may want to start off selling wholesale products to get into the swing of managing online sales before you venture into selling your own designs. A good place to start would be to find a reputable supplier of wholesale shoes online where you can get your stock from.

This would give you a great range of shoes too ok sell on your website or online shopping account and means that you have a guide price of what to sell things for when you want to start selling your own designs too.

One way you can raise some money to get yourself started is by setting up a kickstarter account. You could offer a free item or accessory to anyone that donates to a kickstarter fund and promote it all over your social media.

Have you ever thought of starting your own fashion brand?

Sarah x

Father’s Day Gift Guide 2021

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If you have been a reader for a while you will know that I love putting together gift guides.

With Father’s Day approaching, it can be difficult to decide what to buy, especially if you have multiple people to buy for. For me, I usually have to decide on presents for my dad, my step dad, my father in law and my grandad. It can get difficult trying to pick what to buy everyone.

I know shopping is difficult at the moment with Covid restrictions in the UK but all of the ideas I have mentioned can be purchased online and if you don’t live with the recipient you can simply get it sent direct to their house.

Accessories

Personalised Wallet

£24.95

This black leather personalised card holder from Visconti, is embossed by Engravers Guild of London with either gold foil, silver foil or blind.

This card holder offers six credit card pockets and a central slip compartment for daily essentials such as notes or coins. It is designed to offer a more discrete line when carried in a pocket.

It has been hand crafted from vegetable tan leather and finished with a luxurious lining.

The black leather card holder measures 8cm by 10cm and is delivered in a signature Visconti presentation box.

Trendhim – Lannie Black Foldable Bum Bag

£39

This black bum bag is crafted from lightweight fabric and fitted with 4 zipped pockets that’ll hold your phone, keys and wallet – all of your daily must-haves. It is made out of durable material and is water resistant.

The adjustable, buckled strap is great for when you want to go hands-free and can be worn across the body or around your waist. When travelling or not using the bag you can fold it inside the inner zipped pocket.

Skincare

SB Lux Whipped Shea Nourishing Butter

£16

This cruelty free, vegan and sulphate free butter is rich in Vitamins A, E & F, as well as fatty acids, as well as being infused with Lavender, Rose Geranium and Honey fragrances, giving it a fresh delicate aroma. 

Shea Butter is highly nutritious for the skin & is very moisturising and works wonderfully in conditioning and toning the skin. It melts deep into the epidermis without clogging pores, allowing the skin to breathe freely.

SB Lux Black Clay & Liquorice Illuminating Face Mask

£17

This delicious smelling Face Mask contains dead sea mud, kaolin clay, activated charcoal and liquorice root extract. Infused with Blackberry and Ylang Ylang Essential Oil blend, these ingredients work together to produce a spa at home feel. 

The activated charcoal mask helps draw out bacteria as well as dirt and impurities from the surface of the skin. The liquorice root acts as an anti-inflammatory soothing agent, whilst the black clay and kaolin clay provide a deep cleanse and radiant skin. It leaves your face feeling so clean and smooth.

Beeutifal Man – Black Pepper & Sandalwood Facial Balm

£22.50

Beeutiful’s blend of beeswax & jojoba oil are teamed with masculine black pepper & sandalwood in this light but hydrating facial balm. With anti-inflammatory, astringent & soothing properties skin is instantly hydrated whilst also protected from the elements & all without clogging pores. It smells really good and with zero water content a balm goes a long way & you’ll need less than you do a cream. Less is more with a balm so start with a pea sized amount & add more if necessary.

Jim’s Bricks – Shower

£3.75

Jim’s shower bricks are made with coconut oil, olive oil, water and castor oil. The scented bricks also have essential oils added. They come in a great range of scents and are so easy to use. You can use the shower bricks for both body and hair.

Jim’s Bricks – Shampoo

£3.95 each

Jim’s shampoo bricks are very similar to the shower bricks but they have an added conditioning ingredient (cocoa butter) for your hair. They come in the same great scents as the shower bricks so you can mix them up or use the same scents at once.

Jim’s Bricks – Brick Tray

£5

The best way to store your brick is out of the shower on a holder that lets the water drain off and allows your brick to dry and be ready for your next use.

Their wooden brick tray is perfect for this job.They are made locally to them, these beautifully crafted trays are made from FSC Beech wood. They are grooved on both sides for maximum drainage and use, these wooden holders are the perfect tray for your bricks.

Gruum- Ultimate Beard Kit

£50

The ultimate beard kit contains:

1 x Washbag

1 x Beard oil

1 x Beard wax

1 x Beard comb

1 x Exfoliating face wash

1 x Gentle moisturiser

1 x Rejuvenating facial tonic

Built with practicality in mind this kit has everything you need without taking up too much space in your bathroom. It is designed to look after your skin beneath, as well as your facial fuzz itself.

This set contains the kóri Exfoliating Face Wash to brighten complexion, pür Gentle Moisturiser to rehydrate the skin and the gösta Rejuvenating Facial Tonic to refresh. The bård Beard Shampoo, leif Beard Oil, tor Beard Wax and limited edition comb keep your fuzz looking fresh, with natural beeswax and Argan and Jojoba Oil working together to nourish and shape the hair.

Rubis Sweezers

£14.50

These Rubis sweezers are precise and reliable. The angled precision tip reliably holds even the smallest hairs across the entire tip. Eyebrows can be easily plucked and shaped into a perfect shape.

They are Hand-made in perfection. Each individual tweezers are made in Switzerland, checked by hand, sanded and precisely matched to each other.

Embryolisse Lait-Crème Fluide

£28

Embryolisse Lait-Crème Fluide is a velvety smooth lotion that replenishes the moisture your skin needs, leaving it soft and supple. You can apply it to your entire body after a bath or shower to seal in moisture. It is a lighter version of the famous Lait-Crème Concentré that contains the same natural, nourishing and hydrating active ingredients. It is quickly absorbed, it leaves skin smooth, soft and supple.

Food & Drink

Two Brooks Hard Seltzers

Available in 3 flavours

12 cans for £23.99

These gluten free and vegan drinks from Two Brooks are all about the natural and the simple, the coming together of fruit spirit on the one hand, perfectly balanced with sparkling water on the other. It is a light and refreshing mixed drink gently infused with natural fruit flavours – nothing more, nothing less.

They come in three flavours: Mango, Lime & Mint and Passion Fruit.

Il Gusto – Elysee Bottle of H Gin

£26.50

The Elysee bottle filled with Il gusto gin is the perfect personalised gift for every occasion.

All the IL Gusto Gins are Handcrafted and they work with French gin producers to source gins of exceptional quality in exclusivity for the UK.

You can choose from 13 gin flavours and they also have different bottle options and other liquors or even a good selection of oils and vinegars for those that don’t drink alcohol. You can also have the bottle personalised.

The Chuckling Cheese Company – You’re Not Old, You’re Vintage

£25

This vintage box contains:

• Vintage Cheddar – a 3 and a half year old Cheddar with a bite!

• Charcoal Cheddar –  a popular cheddar infused with edible charcoal.

• Strongest Cheddar –  a 2 and half year old cheddar with an intense tangy flavour.

• Batemans Vintage Ale special limited-edition beer based on a 40-year-old barley wine. 

• A pack of pork scratchings, perfect size bag of pork scratchings that are ideal for snacking.

• A pack of interesting flavoured Pipers crisps.

• A bottle of comedy age related beer.

It is a great selection of food and drink that would make a really great gift. They have so many other boxes to pick from too.

Haribo Starmix Gift Box

Haribo Football Mix Share Size

Both can be bought from Heron Foods, B&M, Sainsbury’s, Spar and Co-op – Prices vary.

If you want a gift that is as sweet as Starmix, the cute Haribo starmix giftbox packed with the iconic Egg, Ring, Bear, Cola Bottle and Heart shaped pieces is a real treat. It is a family favourite for over 25 years, and will certainly deliver a moment of childlike happiness for Dad.

Let’s not forget about their Football Mix. With its football shaped, fruity pieces you’ll be sure to score with this pocket money gesture for all those footy fans out there!

Honeybuns Gift Box

Pricing depends on cake options selected. I picked out a tin of 8 x chocolatey cake slices including : brownies/blondies/choc caramel shortbread & more. All gluten free plus vegan options.

Honeybuns have a great range of cakes and you can make up your own tin with whatever cakes you want. They are all individually wrapped for freshness.

Find Me A Gift – Personalised Cadbury Dairy Milk Bar

£12.99

You can choose from 360g or 850g of delicious Dairy Milk chocolate, depending on just how much they adore Cadbury Dairy Milk – and how much their stomach can take of it, too.

With a heart motif on each bar sleeve, they will know just how much you care, because everyone needs reminding that they’re loved every once in a while.

You can personalise the chocolate bar with a name of up to twelve characters, so everyone knows exactly who it belongs to!

Find Me A Gift – Personalised Old Fashioned Sweet Shop

£20.99

Designed to look like a traditional, old fashioned sweet shop, with a candy striped roof and a window full of goodies, as well as being finished with a personalised gift card with a name and message of your choice, this beautiful gift box is bursting with nostalgic magic!

It includes Flying Saucers, Love Hearts, Cola Bottles, Lovely Lollies, Parma Violets, and so much more. Perfect for someone who has a serious sweet tooth!

Find me a gift have such a great range of Father’s day gifts to pick from.

Traeger Grills BBQ Rubs

Pricing depends on stockist

Whether you’re cooking meat, fish or vegetables the range includes something for all tastebuds. From jerky, coffee and veggie rubs to a signature Traeger rub or the irresistible Apricot BBQ sauce, this tasty collection is sure to deliver BBQ perfection every time.

Traeger’s range of accessories, rubs, sauces and wood pellets are available from Dobbies, Hillier’s and The Orchard (Ireland) and leading independent garden centres all over the UK.

They are so easy to use and create some really great flavours!

Prezzybox – Personalised Football Cadbury Favorites Box

£24.99

Score some extra points on Father’s day with this sweet Personalised Football Favorites Box.

A brilliant gift for someone who loves a bit of footy, this box of goodness is packed full with 20 45g Cadbury Dairy Milk bars – that they can enjoy while watching their fave team play.

The bespoke outer sleeve can be personalised with their team, name and a sweet message.

ChocFACE Edible chocolate box

£14.95

ChocFACE can turn your treasured photo memories into delicious Belgian chocolates, presented in a gift box that fits through the letter box. It’s the ideal gift for Fathers day.

Each square of chocolate is printed with edible inks and they are so easy to design. You simply upload your snaps online and create a box of chocolate photos entirely personal to you and the recipient.

ChocFACE uses edible colour printed onto a top layer of white chocolate to create remarkable image resolution. This in turn sits on a Belgian milk chocolate base to create a deliciously tasty treat. Each box contains one large, printed chocolate slab and five smaller ones.

Homeware

Sussex Wax Melt Co – Perfume Trio – Him

£5

Sussex wax melt co produce beautifully smelling wax melts and this trio is a great try me pack.

Sauvage has top notes of Bergamot and features Ambroxan which creates a luxurious woody scent.

One Million features top notes of grapefruit, blood orange and rose, spiced with cinnamon and mint. Mingling with the soft white woods are patchouli, amber and leather.

Bleu is a dark sophisticated fragrance with herbaceous top notes of lavender, basil, cypress and chamomile freshened with grapefruit, lemon and bergamot resting on an intense woody accord of patchouli, vetiver, sandal, musk, amber and cedarwood.

Pack contains 2 of each scent (6 in total)

Six Yards Out – Arsenal 1991-93 Away Shirt Retro Football Mug

£9.99

This retro Arsenal football Shirt has been brought back to life with a retro football mug. This Arsenal mug is from the 1991, 1992 & 1993 seasons. 

Their retro football mugs are designed to be as close to the shirt as possible and you can also request a shirt of your choice to be made into a mug. They are dishwasher proof and microwave safe.

Asda Photo – Premium Canvas 16×24″ (40x60cm)

£39

Price depends on type of canvas and size

Canvas prints are a great way to brighten up any plain wall. You can choose from a range of single, large or multiple canvases to create the perfect unique gift for him.

The canvas prints from asda are always such great quality and you can stretch them further if required. They are easy to hang up and always look really good.

Find Me A Gift – G Clamp Bottle Opener

£11.99

This G Clamp Bottle Opener is quick and easy to use. Simply clamp it temporarily to a table, bench, counter or shelf (basically the closest thing with a jut to them) and open bottle after bottle with ease, making that drink so much more tasteful and enjoyable. 

This is a great gift if he is into DIY or has an at home bar.

Prezzybox – Sound Asleep iMusic Pillow

£14.99

This soft pillow is not only a place to put your sleepy head but it has speakers built inside so you can relax with no headphones and listen to your music in your pillow.

The speakers are inside of the pillow and make it a lot easier and more comfortable to listen to your music as you nod off. You can slowly drift off listening to your favourite music every night.

All you need to do is connect your pillow to something to play your music from, it’s all connected through the headphone jack!

I really hope I have inspired you and given you some good ideas!

Sarah x

Trying out some more items from Femmeluxe

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If you read my posts regularly you would have seen me mention Femmeluxe before and I had recently picked out some really great co ord sets, as well as tracksuit bottoms, knitted loungewear, tshirts and jeans. I wanted to pick up some more loungewear, some trousers and a pair of shorts. They always have so many great things to pick from but for now I wanted to get some more comfortable pieces.

Grey Tartan Slim Leg Trousers – Marie

£17.99

I absolutely love the colour and design of these. They will be perfect for work and come up a great length. I think they would look good with boots. The material is really soft and very slightly stretchy.

Pink High Waisted Tailored Suit Trousers – Jade

£8.99

I love the pink colour of these. They will be perfect for work and come up a great length. I think they would look good with little dolly shoes and a nice top. The material is really soft and very slightly stretchy.

White High Waisted Distressed Denim Shorts – Laura

£12.99

As the jeans I previously got from here fitted me so well around the waist and the bum I wanted to try out some of their denim shorts too. I went for a white pair and they fit perfect around the waist. I like the style of them and the pockets are a good size and these would look great in the summer or with tights in the winter.

Black Cropped Cargo Loungewear- Zuri

£14.99

These can be worn separately or mix and match making them great value sets. They are really comfortable and soft, which is what you want from a tracksuit. These type of sets are ideal when working from home through the cold months and can also be worn when going out for your daily exercise.

The delivery is always really quick from them which is great, it only takes a few days to arrive. I hate having to wait ages for online orders to turn up! The prices are always really reasonable too and considering how cheap they are, they are really great quality. I like to size up in the clothing from Femmeluxe as I find they come up slightly small.

Sarah x

Expanding my wardrobe

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If you read my posts regularly you would have seen me mention Femmeluxe before and I had recently picked out some really great co ord sets, as well as tracksuit bottoms, knitted loungewear, tshirts and jeans. I wanted to pick up some more loungewear, some trousers and a pair of shorts. They always have so many great things to pick from but for now I wanted to get some more comfortable pieces.

Blue Mid Wash Distressed Denim Shorts – Leanna

£15.99

As the jeans I previously got from here fitted me so well around the waist and the bum I wanted to try out some of their denim shorts too. I went for a blue pair and they fit perfect around the waist. I like the style of them and the pockets are a good size and these would look great in the summer or with tights in the winter.

Grey Tartan Slim Leg Trousers – Marie

£17.99

I absolutely love the colour and design of these. They will be perfect for work and come up a great length. I think they would look good with boots. The material is really soft and very slightly stretchy.

Lilac Double Side Stripe Elasticated High Waisted Drawstring Joggers – Holly

£14.99

I love wearing joggers, either to lounge around the house in or to go for a walk in as well as if I need to pop to the supermarket for anything so these are a great staple for my wardrobe. I prefer high waisted ones and love the side stripe detail. They fit well and are very comfortable.

Red Tie Dye Guns N Roses T Shirt Dress – Maria

£14.99

Their slogan t shirts are always great value and they are really soft and wash well. They are ideal for around the house or to team with cycling shorts or jeans to go out in. You really can’t go wrong for this price and they have a lot of different designs and colours to pick from. I love this band one the tie dye style of it. It’s also designed to be more of a t shirt dress and oversized.

The delivery is always really quick from them which is great, it only takes a few days to arrive. I hate having to wait ages for online orders to turn up! The prices are always really reasonable too and considering how cheap they are, they are really great quality.

I had always been skeptical about ordering clothes online before as you can’t feel them to know the quality but these are always great and never had a problem.

Sarah x