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September Birthstone Ring by jewellerybox

What girl doesn’t love a sparkly ring on her finger? Even more so when it is an absolute steal. While browsing the jewellerybox website I utterly fell for this sterling silver sapphire gemstone ring*.

When it arrived a few days later in the quaintest little box (just look at all the love and care put into the packaging) I could not wait to see it. Inside was the most dainty ring, a slender sterling silver band adorned with a sapphire gemstone.

Due to its slim band, this ring is absolutely perfect to stack alongside other rings and there are an array of rings on the jewellerybox website for it to be placed atop. Just think of the pretty stacked creations you could be wearing!

Now, the avid reader will realise that I am in fact an August baby, and thus, a peridot would be my gemstone. However, the deep blue of the sapphire stole my heart in this case and I went against the zodiac, stars and astronomy.

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So, what do think of the September Birthstone Ring?

Do not fear though, because each star sign is covered and there is a wonderful array of birthstone rings, earrings and necklaces at jewellerybox, making the collection a perfect present all-year-round for that special someone in your life.

When it comes to jewellery, everything I wear must be sterling silver or gold. This isn’t due to some deep-rooted snobbery as unfortunately I flair up within the hour. As you can imagine, this can be pretty pricey if I want to accessorise myself (hence why I am so delighted with my new ring and its ability to match my outfits).

Honestly, the amount of affordable and fashionable jewellery on the website is astonishing, and all of the extensive collection is sterling silver or 9ct gold (so no itchy ears, hands or necks – jewellerybox are assay assured so quality is guaranteed) so you can cast all that tacky faded costume jewellery aside.

If you are wondering what to get as a gift, now you know (you can thank me later).

What do you think of my sapphire gemstone ring? What is your favourite product on the jewellerybox website? 

Stephanie xox

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Every 90’s kid just screamed a little. Yes, Moschino (headed by Jeremy Scott) and The Powerpuff Girls (Cartoon Network) have collaborated as part of their spring/summer 2016 collection.

Moschino has successfully mixed high-end fashion with sugar, spice and everything nice. Not a hint of Chemical X in sight!

The Powerpuff Girls x Moschino collection launched in Los Angeles earlier this week featuring an array of adorably kick-ass clothing, leisure wear and accessories.

Emblazoned with images of cutesy Bubbles, sassy Blossom and boisterous Buttercup (everyone had a favourite), demonstrating pop-culture at its finest and igniting some serious nostalgia on the runway.

Some of the Powerpuff x Moschino collection is already available to shop on the Moschino website.

I am being truly optimistic in hoping I will get my hands on the green short dress. At £371, I would be so lucky.

Let’s face it, every 90’s girl and boy wanted to be a superhero after binge-watching this terrific trio and this collection is utterly fabulous.

What do you think of the Powerpuff x Moschino collaboration? What’s your favourite item in the collection?

Stephanie xox

 

Christmas

I am actually down under for most of the festive season, so this list may seem a little redundant until I return from the land of Aus. I am actually hoping to pick a few of these up from duty free (hello lack of VAT).

Firstly, the Statement Black Spinel Pandora ring. I have actually fallen in love with this beautiful gemstone ring, circled with clear cubic zirconia. It is going to be a definite investment, a girl can never have too many rings (I say this already wearing four).

Now onto makeup, I fell in love with the limited edition VICE4 Eye Shadow Palette by Urban Decay as soon as I saw it, promising “20 addictively gorgeous, never-before-seen shades of iconic eyeshadow.” I love the mix of neutral and vivid tones, offering demure daytime to perfect-to-party looks in a flash. Unlike some other Urban Decay palettes, VICE4 handily comes with a huge mirror, double-ended shadow and crease brush and coordinating bag (even the casing makes my heart bleed).

Swinging to beautiful works of writing, Dirty Pretty Things by Michael Faudet is a book I have been eyeing for a while now. I think he is a wonderful writer, I adore his short stories and poems of dreamy romanticism with a dash of eroticism thrown in. I have always been a bit of a sucker for tales of love and after reading many a page already, I just know I will get lost in his book.

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The Victoria’s Secret PINK Mock Neck Ultimate Deep Zip pullover in Black Orchid/Marl looks so ridiculously cosy. Everyone is optimistic about their January health plans and if (when) these fall through, at least I will be super snug. I love the deep zip, flattering slim fit and stretch fabric. Hey, it may even entice me to actively go outside.

Okay, so the velvet matte lipstick in Diva by Christian Louboutin, is a tad extortionate (okay, VERY extortionate), but isn’t is just beautiful?  This lipstick captures “the essence of the iconic red sole. Housed in a stunning metal bullet case threaded with a gold ribbon.” Diva offers a matte finish and contains “a complex of natural oils and seed butters enhance moisturisation for up to four hours.” It is a serious case of want, need, want.

What is on your Christmas wishlist? Are you doing anything special over the festive season?

 Stephanie xox

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When a beloved high-street and designer fashion duo meet something beautiful is destined, there is no way that Balmain x H&M can fail to impress.

I have been obsessing over this collaboration for months now and will be one of those individuals who will be eagerly at H&M’s doors tomorrow morning awaiting the store to open.

The only scary factor about all of this (other than how long everyone has had to wait) is the price tags. Although an absolute steal in comparison to Balmain’s usual prices, some items are not exactly high street affordable.

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I have two personal favourites, the longline beaded jacket and the emerald green dress.

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The beaded jacket was first seen on Kendall Jenner when the collaboration was announced at the Billboard Awards back in May, coming alongside a price tag of £299.99. The detail on this jacket is just exquisite, and although I desperately want it, the emerald dress will have to take precedence.

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The emerald green dress is a little more friendly (I said little more) on the bank balance at £119.99. This beautifully detailed sequin dress is perfect for the festive season. However, its plunging neckline does bring with it fear, tomorrow will reveal just how risqué it really is, if I even manage to try it on that is!

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The most affordable item of clothing in the collection is the Balmain T-shirt at £24.99. This logo T-shirt has gendered versions with similar styles being sold by Balmain for around £150.

The Balmain x H&M collection features both fashion and accessories and will be available online here and  in selected stores from tomorrow. But really, you should already have had November 5th in your diary from May. Take a peek at the full collection here.

What do you think of the collection? What would be your go to item?

Stephanie xox

Tartan Mini and PVC Midi

After a long and exhausting week, I went to Leicester to see my friend James for a bit of relaxation and to seriously progress my dissertation proposal. The evening was spent relaxing, while we ate far too much and watched American classics (American Beauty and Fight Club, both brilliant films). After which, I felt a bit peppier.

Today we went shopping before I left to return to Nottingham. I have to admit I have a new found love for Leicester and all its independent shops, delicatessens and eateries in the cobbled and quaint streets of The Lanes (the rest of the city not so much).

While browsing I purchased two new skirts, a total bargain at £5 each, it is safe to say I was delighted. The yellow and green tartan knitwear mini is from the Sweater Shop, a shop entirely dedicated to knitwear (or heaven for someone like me) and full of bargains. It’s so warm and thus ideal against the winter chill.

The PVC black and grey panel midi is from Kiwi Sumo, a beautiful independent shop filled to the brim with handmade clothing, accessories and homeware. It can be worn either way round and has a zip detail it’s entire length to the back. It too, is ridiculously cosy and will be a perfect addition to my Halloween outfit plans.

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I also picked up these adorable silver drop earring with turquoise black matrix stones from Evolution before going for lunch at Pret. I have to add that the cauliflower coronation wrap is utter perfection (sounds strange, tastes delicious).

Goes to show that you can find a bargain anywhere and it feels so much greater when it comes as a surprise!

Where is your favourite place to shop? Do you prefer independent stores or the high street?

Stephanie xox