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Let’s get personal – with gifts

The influx of sites such as and Etsy have created fantastic platforms for people to get creative and sell their own products. These in turn give the rest of us the opportunity to find the most thoughtful and relevant gifts for our friends and family.

There has also been a recent trend for personalised products – jewellery, mugs and clothing with inspirational quotes, funny slogans, names or initials on them. I love shopping for gifts on NOTHS as it makes it so easy to get a really thoughtful and good quality gift that will mean something to who you’re giving it to.
Personalised gifts
Here are some of my favourite personalised gift ideas:
Personalised gifts


Christmas Jumper Countdown

As the clock strikes midnight on the 1st of December, the festive season begins in my world. I am well known for my love of Christmas and my slight obsession with cheesy knitwear. So this year I have decided to wear a different Christmas jumper each day in December in the run up to the 25th. And before you ask, yes I do have enough (I think)!
Some people have thought I’m a little crazy for this but I don’t mind. I just love this time of year and if I make even a couple of people smile then I’m happy. I’ll also be hosting a Text Santa Christmas Jumper day in my workplace to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support, Make-A-Wish UK and Save the Children. If you’d like to donate £5 to these charities then you can do so by texting the word SANTA5 to 70760 or donate £10 by texting SANTA10 to 70760.

Where to get a decent Christmas jumper?


Blondedge – Where Primark meets vintage

Last year I wrote a blog post about where you can buy Primark clothes online. As anyone who has ever ventured into a Primark store will know, it can be like a manic jumble sale as you scrabble through the vast amount of bargain basement garments to find that one golden nugget – this could now be a thing of the past… A few weeks ago I was contacted by the lovely people at new site, Blondedge. They offered to send me some samples and a discount code for my readers, which you’ll find at the end of this blog post.

Blondedge is an online fashion retailer that takes the crème de la crème of Primark’s high street offering plus our treasure trove of vintage direct to the uber-confident, digital aged, fast-paced girls. Our mission is to provide the pick of the bunch online, giving everyone unrivalled access to the most up-to-date, curated fashion pieces.


Lots of love for Lvndr

Recently on Instagram I stumbled up Lvndr and OH.MY! I was in virtual jewellery heaven. Off I ventured to the website to see what else they had on offer and check out the prices – what a pleasant surprise I had…Beautiful Lvndr jewellery

So here are the chain of events that quickly resulted in me becoming an owner of Lvndr jewellery.


After I discovered Lvndr on Instagram I began tweeting about my excitement and had quite a few responses backing up my appreciation. I continued endlessly stalking their website then decided to order something. So much was already sold out, until this week when I saw on Instagram ‘our giraffe rings are back in stock’ – GO GO GO!

Postage prices

As I filled my basket and went on to choose delivery options, I was shocked at the postage prices:
  • Royal Mail second class – 89p
  • Royal Mail first class – £1.29
  • Orders over £20 have free delivery

The delivery day

This arrived…

Lvndr jewellery love
I excitedly instagrammed and then unwrapped to reveal my giraffe ring and infinity necklace…
Lvndr jewellery love
Now you can see why the giraffe ring was previously sold out; it’s adorable! Also up for sale are giraffe earrings and a giraffe necklace. Most items like this are available in gold and silver.
Lvndr jewellery love
Lvndr jewellery love
I really do love everything about Lvndr. I think the main reason for this is that I feel like it was created just for me. If I was going to start up my own jewellery shop I imagine it would be just like this. Their designs, affordability, company ethos, super friendly social media presence – all of these are why I think that this company will just grow and grow.

What are you waiting for?

Now I’ll be honest, I did contemplate whether to publish this post or not. My reason being that now more people will know about Lvndr and more things will become sold out. Alas, I am not that selfish and I had to share with the world. Everyone, go forth and drape yourselves in Lvndr jewels!

My Stamp of Approval – July

I’m always discovering new things; places to eat, websites, new shops, etc. so I thought I would start to share them with everyone else every now and again. So here goes- here is a list of things that I love at the minute…

Our home

Although we moved in back in April, I still forget that we are actual home owners. I absolutely love our home, more and more every day as we gradually put our stamp on it. We’re getting rid of all the horrible floral wallpaper (I never knew there were so many varieties) and painting it with our choice of colours. The living room is the only room that is finished but it looks great and is perfect to relax in the evening. Three of the walls are cream and we have a ‘Proud Peacock’ feature wall, as you can see below. There is still so much we want to do and lots of bits and bobs that I would like to get to make it more cosy but this is part of the fun and I’m quite happy to do this over time.
Home sweet home

The Great Gatsby Soundtrack

I was never particularly fussed on seeing the film but my other half was watching it when I got home one evening so I sort of fell into it. Most people aI’ve spoken to seemed to have read the book at school but I never did. The film was surprisingly good, however that could be because I had such low expectations. The best bit about it was, in my opinion, the soundtrack. Now I can’t stop listening to it when I’m at work so I recommend you give it a go!

My new hair

Although now, my new hair is not so new. I just love all the layers that I had cut into it. I am desperately trying (and failing) to blow dry it myself but I just don’t have enough arms! My default setting now is to put it in a french platt when it’s still a little damp and then I have 2 days of messy, wavy hair which I love. Since my trip to Dean Jones Hair Dressing I really understand the importance of a good blow dry and I will keep persevering to achieve this myself!

Getting my walk on

At work we have been taking part in GCC (Global corporate challenge) which has the aim of getting people more active and healthy and this is tracked by wearing a pedometer every day. This has fed my competitive side and although I don’t go running or ride a bike, I am more than happy to just keep walking. As part of this I have started a series of Discovering Edinburgh blog posts. I have the walking bug and can’t stop. Although it does help that there are so many pretty walks just on my doorstep in Edinburgh.
Last weekend, however, was different. We had a new challenge in which we had to beat our personal best step count. My PB was achieved when I was in Rome last month so I knew that to beat this I’d have to do some serious walking. My boyfriend kindly agreed to join me on a super walk on Saturday morning. We walked up Leith Walk, around Arthur’s Seat, up Calton Hill and back down to Leith. This didn’t quite beat my PB but with some dancing in the evening at my friend’s birthday and walking home after, I ended up with a new PB of over 31,000 steps and blisters on the soles of my feet – it was totally worth it!
Edinburgh walks

Indigo Aana Jewellery

I’m from a very small family, one sister and no cousins. My boyfriend however is from a huge family – he’s one of five. He has some super talented siblings (including himself) and today I thought I’d give a wee shout out to Steph. She has been building up her own company making and selling jewellery. From necklaces using bottle caps to earrings and bracelets. She shares what she is making on her Facebook page, Indigo Aana jewellery, where you can also find prices and details of how to buy. I’m sure she would love it if you had a wee look around so please do!
Indigo Aana jewellery

Serrano Manchego

If it wasn’t for the heat and the fact that I can’t speak Spanish, I would totally live in Spain. Okay, so the only reason I want to live in Spain is to drink wine and eat tapas. When I heard about a new bar/cafe/restaurant opening on Leith walk, a matter of minutes from our flat, I couldn’t wait to visit the new Serrano Manchego. When we did finally go, nearly a week after they opened, I was not disappointed. Inside it is beuatifully decorated with leather seats and bare brick walls. They even have a few seats which are perfect in the sunny summer evenings to sit in the sun. We ordered a variety of dishes which you can see below and everything was absolutely delicious. Of course, the serrano ham and the manchego cheese were top notch. My only criticism would be that they don’t take bookings which was a little frustrating. However this does fit in with the relaxed and chilled out Spanish vibe they have perfected.
I cannot wait to go back and try their churros and hot chocolate – ever since they posted a photo on their Facebook page I can’t stop thinking about it!
Serrano Manchego, Edinburgh
So as you can see, I really do love so much at the minute. I hope you enjoyed my little peak into my life in Edinburgh.


History of festival fashion – what’s hot in 2014?

Although I’ve never been a massive festival goer, I do enjoy the festival fashions that make an appearance each summer. New Look recently launched their Evolution of Festival Fashion which takes you through the decades of fashion from grunge to boho chic.

Neon boho, tropical beach and neon bloom – there is something that will appeal to everyone this season. I love a bit of neon in the summer, on my nails and my clothes. I already have a few tropical print garments including this New Look dress below:

New Look Tropical Dress (more…)