Eternal Collection Christmas Jewellery Gifts under £25

It’s already the end of November and Christmas is just a few weeks away! While I try to be organised and buy most of my gifts early (especially the big things like the toy every child wants and is rarer than hen’s teeth) it’s easy to forget some of the smaller gifts that everyone loves to receive. Every Christmas, in addition to my main present, my mum buys me a piece of jewellery. I always look forward to opening my smaller presents because they are a surprise, and we all love surprises don’t we? Even more so when they’re sparkly 😉

There’s a huge range of jewellery to choose from, including clip-on earrings, which are often hard to find on the high street.

To give you a little inspiration I’m sharing a few gift ideas from Eternal Collection, a family-run business based in Scotland. You may remember the gorgeous Akoya Pearl and Cubic Zirconia necklace I featured on the blog last month – I’ve worn it lots since then and always get compliments on it. The pieces I’ve selected here are just a few priced £25 and under. There’s a huge range of jewellery to choose from on the website, including clip-on earrings, which are often hard to find on the high street.

All items arrive in a beautiful presentation box, and Eternal Collection offer a 30-day money back guarantee. Returns are free too. As well as jewellery Eternal also sells scarves, jewellery organisers, jewelled spectacle chains and hair clips.

Are you an organised Christmas shopper or do you leave it to the last minute? If you’ve got any tips for hassle-free shopping do let me know!

 

Top photo clockwise from top left: Sapphire Dusk Crystal scarf clip, £12 | poppy print scarf, £22 | poppy brooch, £18 | Crystal Winter’s Tale Filigree scarf clip, £12

Eternal Collection Christmas Jewellery Gifts under £25

Leaf pendant necklace, £18 | crystal clip-on earrings, £18 | pearl stud clip-on earrings, £10 | cat brooch, £15

 

Eternal Collection Christmas Jewellery Gifts under £25

Pearl and crystal scarf clip, £12 | diamante and pearl earrings, £20 | crystal moon brooch, £15 | silver tone necklace, £25

 

 

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Harley Street Hair Clinic Hamper

When I decided to dye my hair red about six years ago (not long before I started this blog actually) I didn’t realise how much maintenance it would require. My natural colour is (from what I can remember) a dark chestnut shade, although there are a few grey hairs popping up these days! Red fades very quickly, especially with frequent washing. I try not to wash my hair every day like I used to, so when I do, using good quality hair care is very important.

When this Harley Street Hair Clinic hamper arrived I had no idea what was inside so it was a bit like opening a Christmas present!

When this Harley Street Hair Clinic hamper arrived I had no idea what was inside so it was a bit like opening a Christmas present! I was happy to find it contained three products I hadn’t tried before, plus a handy comb. With a shampoo, leave-in conditioner and a hair perfume, all bases are covered here.

The Swedish brand’s ethos is to combine simplicity and function.

I really love the minimalist design of the Sachajuan Ocean Mist Volume Shampoo. The Swedish brand’s ethos is to combine simplicity and function.  The shampoo contains algae-based ocean silk technology and vegetable proteins to nourish the hair and give it volume. It has a very delicate, sweet fragrance  (not your typical shampoo scent) which I really like. It left my hair soft and silky yet still bouncy – even though it is in desperate need of a trim!

Sachajuan Ocean Mist Volume Shampoo

After washing and conditioning my hair I like to finish off with either a serum or a leave-in conditioner on the ends. The Phyto 9 Nourishing Day Cream is formulated with nine plants to soften, smooth and protect medium to coarse hair, while preventing frizz. I find that using a leave-in conditioner on the ends of my hair helps to protect it against the heat of blow drying and straightening. Only a small amount of this conditioner is needed so this will last me a good while.

Balmain Hair Silk Perfume

The Balmain Hair Silk Perfume combines an extra layer of protection with an exquisite Summery fragrance. The lightweight formula contains silk infused with pure organic Argan oil to detangle and repair damaged hair. This finishing spray conditions and adds shine, while leaving hair beautifully fragranced. I’ve looked on several websites but I can’t find what the spray is fragranced with. To me it smells a little powdery, and reminds me of love heart sweets!

The comb will come in very handy for backcombing to add lift to ponytails. The times I’ve found myself needing a comb but I always forget to buy one when I’m out shopping! It’ll also be useful for when I’m straightening my hair with my Irresistible Me flat iron.

Have you tried any of these hair care products? Let me know how you like to keep your hair in tiptop condition!

 

* I was gifted the hair care hamper for review. All opinions are completely honest and unbiased.

 

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Since the weather turned cold I’ve been living in trousers of some description or another. It was time to mix things up a bit. Luckily this StyleWe midi skirt arrived just in time to shake me out of my style rut. I ordered a red top to go with it but it was too cold to wear it when we took these photos. I really couldn’t face standing outside in short sleeves so I’ll save it for another day. Instead I paired the skirt with a sweater that I bought at TKMaxx recently. I’d been needing a black turtle neck sweater for ages and found the perfect one almost as soon as I walked in the shop. I didn’t even bother trying it on, I just knew it’d fit and feel right.

I do love a flared midi skirt – they are so flattering and elegant- and you can wear them all year round.

The body-hugging fit of the sweater combined with the flare of the skirt creates a defined silhouette. I do love a flared midi skirt – they are so flattering and elegant- and you can wear them all year round. In Summer I like to wear them with a fitted T-shirt and court shoes; while during the colder months a pair of black tights and ankle boots combined with a sleek sweater transforms the midi skirt into a Winter wardrobe staple. I love the print of this skirt too – red, white and black is one of my favourite colour combinations. It also gave me an excuse to use my funky Zara bag again.

Now we’re experiencing some really cold weather I’m trying to be creative and Winter-proof my wardrobe with some clever layering. I don’t want to spend the next four months wearing only trousers and jumpers!

How about you? Do you have a tried and tested formula for Winter dressing? Drop me a comment or find me on Instagram 🙂

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Skirt: c/o StyleWe* | sweater: TK Maxx (similar here and here) | shoes: Autograph Marks & Spencer (similar here and here) | bag: Zara | bracelet and ring: Pia

 

*I was gifted the skirt in exchange for a review. All opinions are completely honest and unbiased.

 

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Happiness Boutique Pansy Necklace

A favourite trick of mine to liven up a plain outfit is to wear jewellery that makes a statement. Most often I go for necklaces because they help define and shape the neckline. A snazzy necklace can instantly transform an outfit, taking it from ordinary to eye-catching. When Happiness Boutique got in touch and offered me a piece of jewellery from their website I was rather spoilt for choice.

If you haven’t heard of the brand before (and I have to admit that I hadn’t) Happiness Boutique is an online company based in Germany that sells a wide range of beautiful and affordable jewellery, as well as scarves and clothing. The brand’s ethos is to spread happiness (well it is in the name!) which is why they offer free worldwide shipping with no minimum spend. There is also a reward programme which gives you points on every purchase, product review and social media share.

Ultimately, I chose this yellow pansy necklace because I love the cheery colours and big flowers – just what I need on a grey November day.

With so many show-stopping necklaces to choose from, selecting one was quite a hard task. Ultimately, I chose this yellow pansy necklace because I love the cheery colours and big flowers – just what I need on a grey November day. At first I wasn’t sure what to wear with it, but while going through some old clothes I found this faux wrap top. I must have had it about fifteen years given the number of house moves it’s seen, but I’ve hardly worn it. I like how the dusky pink shade matches the cut-out components of the necklace and contrasts with the yellow flowers. Suede wedge boots and a crossbody bag in berry tones complement the top and keep the colour palette simple.

I can see myself wearing this necklace with many different outfits: a simple grey sweater, a striped Breton top – there are so many options.

I can see myself wearing this necklace with many different outfits: a simple grey sweater, a striped Breton top – there are so many options. During the Summer I’ll wear it with a strapless dress. It’s made of zinc so is lightweight but not at all flimsy. All components of Happiness Boutique’s sample products undergo strict laboratory tests for lead, nickel and cadmium content. The quality is fantastic – no sharp edges or misaligned jump rings to snag your sweater (that’s a real pet peeve of mine). Happiness Boutique has a 60 day return policy, in the unlikely event that you want to send your order back.

Do you love making a statement with jewellery? I love reading your comments so let me know what you think 🙂

Happiness Boutique Pansy Necklace

Happiness Boutique Pansy Necklace

Paul Costelloe messenger bag

Happiness Boutique Pansy Necklace

Necklace: c/o Happiness Boutique | top: old (similar)| jeans: Gap (similar here and here) | boots: Office (similar) | bag: Paul Costelloe (similar here and here |

 

*I was gifted the necklace in exchange for a review. All opinions are completely honest and unbiased.

 

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Blue Warehouse skirt Parque de Atracciones

With the weather turning decidedly chilly it’s bittersweet to look back at photos of trips to sunnier climes. I had intended to write this post weeks ago, but the photos were on several devices and technology hasn’t been my best friend lately…well that, and also another trip abroad took my attention elsewhere! Anyway, let’s rewind a couple of months because at the very end of the school Summer holidays we managed to squeeze in a long weekend in Madrid.

Travelling to somewhere for the first time, especially a big city, presents all sorts of sartorial dilemmas, well it certainly does for me!

It may be hard to believe, but I had never been to mainland Spain before. Travelling to somewhere for the first time, especially a big city, presents all sorts of sartorial dilemmas, well it certainly does for me! Deciding what to pack when you’re trying to travel light is never easy for me. I’d checked the weather forecast in the week leading up to our trip so I knew it was going to be hot…and I mean really hot. In some ways that made it a little easier but I still needed to be stylish and comfortable in the heat.

I had intended to take only hand luggage, but a few days before leaving we made the sensible decision to take a case for the three of us.

I had intended to take only hand luggage, but a few days before leaving we made the sensible decision to take a case for the three of us. This proved to be a wise decision, but it also tempted me to over pack. With hindsight I should have just taken the lightest, coolest clothes I had because the temperature was in the mid to high 30s! I travelled in jeans and some new silver slip-on Fitflops, but the heat made my feet swell up quite badly so I ended up wearing my red and white FitFlops during the day. They are the most comfortable flip flops I’ve ever worn and I was so glad I’d packed them.

We stayed with a friend, who we’d only actually met IRL once…the power of social media!

We stayed with a friend, who we’d only actually met IRL once…the power of social media! We met our lovely host and friend Raphy almost eight years ago when I was pregnant with Isobel. Raphy briefly dated a friend of my husband’s and they came to Nottingham (where we were living at the time) for a football match. We met for dinner that evening, and as I’d just had my first scan we broke the happy news to them. It turned out to be quite a memorable night because throughout the course of the meal my back seized up and by the end of the evening I could hardly walk! We stayed in touch on Facebook, and all these years later Raphy finally got to meet the cause of my backache and abstinence from alcohol. The two of them hit it off straight away, as I knew they would.

Madrid trip

As soon as we arrived we got changed and headed out for lunch, followed by a trip to the Parque de Atracciones – a massive amusement park for kids that has all the usual fun rides…think Alton Towers only with better weather. I tried several different outfits on before deciding on a pale blue skirt from Warehouse and a black vest that I’ve had for ages. The skirt is a lovely lightweight and cool material. I bought it especially for the trip in a little House of Fraser shopping spree. We did a lot of walking around in the sweltering heat and my usually comfortable Clark’s gold wedge espadrilles were rubbing my toes a little by the end of the afternoon. That gave me the excuse to sit out a few rides and have a rest under the shade of the trees. I actually bailed out of the roller coaster ride at the very last second, much to my husband’s amusement…I’m such a coward! I did manage a genteel boat ride though 😉

Parque de Atracciones

We left around 6pm – just as all the Spanish children were arriving. The park is open until 10pm, and of course it’s cooler in the evening. Later on we all went out for dinner which was delicious. The seafood dishes were simply divine. I could really get used to all that yummy food and Cava!

Fish and octopus dishes Madrid

On the Saturday we went out sightseeing (after a dip in the apartment block’s pool 🙂 ) and headed to the Mercado San Miguel for lunch. It’s the most spectacular food market selling a vast range of delicious nibbles. Unsurprisingly, it gets exceptionally busy and table space is limited, but it’s definitely worth the hustle and bustle. We tucked into fried and salted asparagus and peppers, anchovies and tortilla..with a nice glass of Cava of course!.

Mercado San Miguel Madrid

Mercado San Miguel Madrid

Mercado San Miguel Madrid

Me and Raphy

The frozen yogurt was too good to refuse…especially when topped with caramel sauce and chopped nuts!

Mercado San Miguel Madrid

Bear and Strawberry Tree statue Madrid

The famous Bear and the Strawberry Tree statue.

Madrid segways

Madrid refugees welcome

White Stuff striped jersey dress

This White Stuff dress (similar) was so comfortable I wore it two days in a row for sightseeing. The jersey material is lightweight and doesn’t cling, yet still creates a flattering outline. Oh and it has pockets too 😉 I’m never without my trusty straw hat from Matalan in the sun…it’s clocked up some airmiles over the years! Later that evening we had dinner at Ramses Life overlooking the magnificent Puerta de Alcalá.

Royal Palace Madrid

Royal Palace Madrid

Puerta de AlcaláWe kicked off Sunday with brunch at the Bernabeu Stadium (Real Madrid’s home ground). I have to admit that I’m not a football fan but it was still a fabulous touristy thing to do. The food was good too! Afterwards we did more sightseeing, with a boat ride around the lake in Retiro Park followed by a visit to the Prado Musuem. Top tip: admission is free Monday to Saturday from 6 pm to 8 pm and on Sundays and holidays from 5 pm to 7 pm. Don’t be put off by the very long queue – it moves very quickly.

Bernabeu Stadium Madrid

White Stuff striped jersey dress Puerta de Alcalá

Parque del Retiro

White Stuff striped jersey dress

Parque del Retiro lake

Parque del Retiro lakeRetiro Park Parque del Retiro

To finish off a fabulous weekend we had dinner at Azotea del Circulo, a rooftop restaurant and bar. Again, the food was wonderful.  I’d go back to Madrid in a heartbeat. The city is clean, there are plenty of free things to do and the weather was great.  Oh, and if you love Zara and Mango (and let’s face it, who doesn’t?) the prices in Spain are significantly cheaper than in the UK. We managed to squeeze in an hour of shopping and I picked up a gorgeous military style jacket (which I’ll be featuring on the blog soon) and a cute little bag which I’ve worn here.

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Have you been to Madrid? If you have what did you think of the city? I’d love to read your comments so please do share any tips!

 

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