Shine bright with the Ingle & Rhode silver and engagement ring collection - Droplet Earrings

 Ingle & Rhode silver and engagement ring collection

If you are looking for timeless jewellery to compliment pretty much everything in your wardrobe, look no further than Ingle & Rhode.

The Mayfair, London, based ethical jewellers presents an online offering including engagement, wedding and eternity rings, with bespoke designs available on request. But today, we are focusing on their silver collection.

What is Fairmined sterling silver?

The entire Ingle & Rhode silver collection is crafted within the UK using Fairmined sterling silver. So, what is Fairmined silver?

Fairmined is a gold standard assurance that the silver used to craft the jewellery is sourced from responsible small-scale mining companies. Companies that meet global standards for responsible sourcing. It is then shaped and finished by expert craftsman.

However, when you purchase your jewellery, can you always be sure where it is sourced and that it is done so responsibly? In the competitive jewellery industry, it is an unfortunate reality that environmental and human exploitation is abundant to keep prices down for mass production.

Consumers are far more aware of these harsh realities and desire conflict-free and responsibly sourced items. With Ingle & Rhode jewellery, you can always ensure that this is the case.

What did I think of the Droplet Earrings?

I was lucky enough to get hold of the diamond Droplet Earrings. These elegant, beautiful and utterly timeless earrings are crafted from the aforementioned and celebrated Fairmined sterling silver. Each earring is then set with a Canadian diamond.

Each sophisticated earring measures 2.5 centimetres in length with a delicate droplet style and clasp reverse. They can be purchased alongside a matching Droplet Pendant.

The majority of items within the silver collection (excluding the cufflinks) are adorned with Canadian diamonds. Diamonds that are beautifully crafted and ethically sourced.

Ethically sourced Canadian diamonds

Canada is renowned for its diamonds. It is one of the few countries worldwide to excavate monitored and traceable diamonds. Meaning they are sourced, cut and polished responsibly.

Thus, all diamonds used by Ingle & Rhode are traceable, fairly mined and certifiable, with Canadian environmental laws ensuring ethical practice and a thorough environmental conciousness.

Once these diamonds have been sourced, mined areas are restored and wildlife is always protected. Most noteworthy, Canada produce 15 per cent of gem quality diamonds globally.

An ethos ensuring quality sourced diamonds

The Ingle & Rhode ethos ensures quality in the sourcing of their diamonds as standard, as well as being paired with their expertly crafted Fairmined sterling silver.

As a result, their ethical approach shines through all of their jewellery collections and the jewellers pride themselves for being “socially and environmentally responsible.”

Bespoke engagement ring service 

In addition, they also other a bespoke engagement ring service, allowing you to design your engagement ring. There is an abundance of metal and gemstone options, as well as a variety of cut choices. This ensures complete customisation and perfection.

For those looking for that special gift for someone special, or even as a treat for yourself, be sure to discover Ingle & Rhode’s luxury collections of Fairmined silver or gold and platinum jewellery crafted from Fairtrade or recycled precious metal.

Either way, you are guaranteed to find a selection of stylish, ethical and environmentally concious jewellery. Jewellery to suit any occasion, budget and of course, you!

Have you ever bought items from Ingle & Rhode? What is your favourite item in the silver collection?

Stephanie xox

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How to deal with anxiety

There is nothing like a bit of brutal honesty at times. Aside from all the ‘new year, new me’ rubbish, anxiety is a demon many have to live with around-the-clock. Here’s how to deal with anxiety.

Many people would not see a person as anxious. In fact, most may even believe they are confident and outgoing – a shock to the system when this is further from the truth.

In the last few months, I have had to challenge my anxiety head on. I’ve had to do this for my own mental health and personal development.

See, anxiety is a nasty beast. It leaves you isolated, disconnected and quite frankly exhausted. So, I made it my mission to change my relationship with my mental health.

How to boost your mental health and mindfulness

Here’s how to centre yourself and deal with anxiety:

  • It is okay to not be in control 24/7– so what if you are late or say something ridiculous?
  • You can trust people – let people know how you feel and most will be considerate.
  • Talk more – it helps to talk about how you feel and to get a wider perspective on your concerns.
  • Take better care of you– put the dry shampoo down, wash your hair – you’ll feel better for it.
  • Dress up and get out– socialising always does you good, it’s only scary at first – step outside the front door.
  • Make time for you– find something you enjoy and do it often. Mindfulness is key.
  • Enjoy nature– take a walk and reconnect with your thoughts.
  • Structure your day – structure your day but allow for changes when needed.
  • Record your worries – If it helps, keep a diary and include your happy moments too!
  • Challenge yourself – Tackle anxieties slowly but surely and challenge your negative thoughts.
  • Sleep – if you over think too much, go to bed earlier. Also, listen to this (a lifesaver).
  • Be healthy – eat well and work out when possible. As a result, you will feel a lot better in your mind and body.
  • Breathing exercises – take deep breaths in and out for 7 seconds till you feel calmer.
  • Relaxation training – tense each part of your body for 4 seconds head-to-toe.
  • Seek support if needed – there is no shame in speaking to a medical professional. If you need support, contact your GP or local mental health support service asap.
  • Realise it is okay to have bad days! – Give yourself a break and start again tomorrow.

If you incorporate the above, your anxiety should ease up. Learn to centre yourself when you get anxious and utilise breathing and relaxation exercises when needed.

What do you do to challenge your anxiety? Have you tried any of the above?

Stephanie xox

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Why marzipan makes the perfect festive treat

When you think of Christmas food, a lot of items may come to your mind. Turkey, nut roast, potatoes, mulled wine, perhaps even the dreaded brussel sprout?

How about marzipan? The sweet and nutty treat is a firm Christmas favourite for many worldwide.

When it comes to marzipan finesse, family-run Niederegger marzipan has it down to a tee. Most likely due to the fact that the business has been creating the sweet treat since 1806.

Their festive collection boasts a variety of milk and dark chocolate covered confectionery, encasing a variety of scented marizipan.

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So, what did I think of Niederegger marzipan?

These include flavours of almond, pistachio, rum, orange, chocolate, espresso and apple strudel, to name a few

Niederegger marzipan offer seasonal gift packs and shaped products. As well as chocolate encased bars and standard ‘loaves’. Therefore, there’s plenty of items to choose from!

What I love about Niederegger is that all their marzipan is firm and paired with a thin layer of chocolate. My personal favourite? It would certainly have to be the apple studel loaf.

Have you ever tried Niederegger marzipan? What is your favourrite Chrstmas treat? 

Stephanie xox

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A guide to The best things to do in Kensington, London

Kensington is a bustling district in west London. Renowned as an upmarket area, it hosts London’s most famed museums, two magnificent Royal Parks and diverse shopping. Read on to discover the best things to do in Kensington, London. 

Of course, there are lots of fantastic sights and an abundance of hotels near Kensington, allowing visitors to easily access this cultural and glamorous area. 

The first stop for many in Kensington is three of London’s largest museums. These include the Natural History Museum, Victoria & Albert Museum and Science Museum. All of which offer free entry alongside a wealth of exciting exhibitions.

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The best museums in Kensington, London

Renowned as one of the most precious collections of natural history specimens, the Natural History Museum is not to be missed. On entrance, be sure to say hello to Hope the blue whale skeleton who looms over the foyer.

The museum is famed for its dinosaur collections, as well as other natural environment exhibitions. These include botany, entomology, mineralogy, palaeontology and zoology. In winter, the Natural History Museum also hosts an ice-rink and fairground rides.

Next door, discover the Victoria & Albert Museum, celebrated as one of the world’s greatest art and design museums. Inside, discover 5,000 years of creative genius with an abundance of ancient and contemporary collections.

These include eclectic collections of architecture, art, ceramics, design, fashion, furniture, paintings, performance, photographs, sculpture, textiles and jewellery. It’s certainly easy to spend a day getting lost within its astounding and varied exhibitions.

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Adjacent, you will find the Science Museum. Here, you are welcome to learn more about the world around you with countless exhibitions and hands-on displays.

Quite often, the Science Museum will also host a collection of special temporary exhibitions. Currently on, The Last Tsar: Blood and Revolution provides an interesting insight into the Russian royal family and their secretive medical history.

The interactive Fly 360° flight simulator ride also proves a popular paid attraction for adults and children alike.

What to do in Hyde Park Gardens, London

Have no fear though, museums aside, there is more fun to be had. Kensington is lucky to feature not one, but two Royal Parks. Discover the connected Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens.

These parks offer plenty of open green space to explore, be it for a summertime picnic or brisk winter walk. 

Firstly, take a stroll in Hyde Park, one of the world’s greatest city parks. Here you will stumble upon 350 acres of nature at its finest. Appreciate its beauty among trees, flowers and meadows, as well as an array of monuments.

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Stop for a moment by one of its lakeside refreshment points and enjoy views of The Serpentine. In summer, you may even opt to take a boat or pedalo out.

From November onward, you can also visit Winter Wonderland. Here you can enjoy traditional German wooden huts, fairground rides and an outdoor ice rink to boot.

You will also stumble upon a variety of monuments and memorials, such as the Achilles statue and the Joy of Life Fountain, to name a fewYou may admire flora in the Rose Garden, take a moment at the Diana Memorial Fountain or listen to the voiced opinions of many each Sunday at Speakers Corner.

Hyde Park has something for everyone, and offers year-round attractions and sporting fun. Connected, you will discover Kensington Gardens via the glorious Serpentine Bridge.

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What to do in Kensington Gardens, London

The gorgeous and graceful Kensington Gardens offers 265 acres of green space to wander. It is home to the celebrated Kensington Palace, the Albert Memorial, Serpentine Galleries, The Italian Gardens, The Allotment Garden, Peter Pan Statue, Elfin Oak and the treasured Diana Memorial Playground.

Kensington Palace is a particularly popular pastime for tourists and local residents alike. This lovely stately home is embellished with period furnishings, landscaped by gorgeous surrounding gardens.

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Inside, discover the State Apartments, Queen Victoria’s former living quarters and a special Diana exhibition, dedicated to the fashion and charitable work of the late Princess of Wales.

It is currently the official London residence of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (Prince William and Kate Middleton). Afterwards, enjoy traditional afternoon tea in the Orangery before taking a stroll through the Sunken Garden, much loved by Diana.

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What to do in High Street Kensington

Culture and outdoor ventures aside, Kensington offers a spectacular selection of outlets for leisure and shopping.

South Kensington is home to High Street Kensington, renowned for its impressive variety of independent shops, cafes, restaurants and galleries, as well as many a high street favourite. For antique finds, you will want to visit Kensington Church Street.

You could certainly spend hours hunting around Kensington’s variety of fabulous shops. My personal favourites include Whole Foods Market, Urban Outfitters and Japan House London.

Be sure to stop for a quick lunch at Whole Foods Market, this gigantic organic food market is famed in the area.

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Next stop, the recently opened Japan House London. Surprisingly, contained within a three-floor art deco building, it features Japanese artwork, retail shopping and fine dining at the authentic Akira restaurant.

A fantastic experience for all, head downstairs to enjoy a fascinating biology of metal exhibition and become immersed in this cultural hot spot.

Finally, the Royal Albert Hall offers a night to remember. This concert hall is home to many a classical offering. Surprisingly, this grand venue also hosts a diverse selection of gigs, dance, opera and sporting events on occasion.

The Kensington area is especially accessible, served by the Central line at Queensway station and the Piccadilly, Circle and District line at South Kensington, as well as numerous buses.  

If you are looking to spend a weekend in London, Kensington is an area not to be missed!

Have you ever explored Kensington in London? Where would you go first?

Stephanie xox

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Dirty Bones Oxford review

If you are looking for some American-inspired food with a New York City twist, Dirty Bones Oxford is the place to be.

Walk inside and you are welcomed to a sleek interior, with moody low-lit lighting, plush seating and quiet corners aplenty. The perfect venue for an intimate evening with your other half or friends.

Grab a drink from the gorgeous cocktail bar and sit down to a menu embellished with traditional and exotic pairings – with many a twist to be discovered.

The menu offers quite the variety, with a fantastic selection of vegetarian choices and a vegan option to boot. As a fussy eater (and a vegetarian), I am always delighted when I have a few options to choose from!

To start, we sampled the mac and cheese balls and gyoza dumplings filled with mince and cheese. Who doesn’t love a starter oozing with cheese?

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So, what did I think of my dinner at Dirty Bones Oxford?

For my main, the vegan mac daddy burger, lovingly loaded with espresso-spiked BBQ sauce and vegan mac and cheese. I removed the ‘smoky mushroom short rib’ due to personal preference. Regardless, this main was a dream, held together in a soft bun and messy as they come.

My other half opted for the 12 hour braised beef short rib. These were anything but ‘short’, the monumental short rib is garnished with espresso-spiked BBQ sauce, crispy shallots and spring onions. They must have been pretty moreish, as the plate was left bone dry.

Alongside our mains, we sampled the cheesy truffle and crispy lamb topped fries. The cheesy fries garnished with aged cheddar, Parmesan cheese sauce and white truffle oil. The lamb fries, loaded with succulent crispy lamb, sweet miso, red chilli and jalapeño.

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To finish, we indulged with the peanut butter cookie cup and the stickiest toffee pudding. I have to admit, the pudding did not quite reach the bar compared to the rest of the meal. Of course, it was delicious, but seemed to just miss the sparkle that the starters, mains and sides had offered.

Overall, would I return to Dirty Bones Oxford? You bet! However, next time, I might have to skip lunch and breakfast that day…

You can book your next brunch, lunch or dinner date at Dirty Bones here.

Have you been to Dirty Bones before? What would be your go to main?

 Stephanie xox

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Here’s why you need to add a prestige hampers luxury christmas hamper to your gift list

What do you get the person who seemingly has everything? A Prestige Hampers luxury Christmas hamper! Nothing puts a smile on someone’s face like a festive gift. Above all, one brimming with snacks, confectionery, condiments and wine.

This hamper offers the perfect combination of savoury and sweet. First of all, open up your large handmade wicker basket and inside discover an oh so delicious selection.

Enjoy Christmas breakfast with festive preserve or marmalade. Scrumptious toppings embellished with mulled wine and orange and cranberry. Sample these with a mug of indulgent double chocolate coffee or another cup of English tea.

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So, what did I think of the Prestige Hampers luxury Christmas hamper?

As the smell of Christmas dinner wafts, you can devour an array of treats. These include chocolate coated peanut brittle, cranberry and pumpkin bites and chocolate covered raisins, caramelised and salted nuts.

Afterwards, compliment an impeccable Christmas dinner with a moreish Christmas pudding.

Finally, pair the Queen’s speech with a glass or Chardonnay or Merlot. With the inclusion of two bottles, you are guaranteed a very merry Christmas. Especially while sampling a mini box of indulgent chocolates.

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Although, there’s plenty more to sink your teeth into. Snacks include cinnamon and demerara shortbread, Yorkshire cured ham and pickle crisps, cocoa crisp popcorn and delectable sticky toffee pudding biscuits.

Of course, if you can not manage the entire hamper on Christmas day, there is always Boxing Day and New Year’s Eve to indulge!

It’s simple, a Prestige Hampers luxury Christmas hamper will not fail to impress this festive season. Utterly decadent and beautifully presented, you can purchase an Elegant Christmas hamper here.

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What would be your first pick in this luxury Christmas hamper? Have you ever received a Christmas hamper before?

Stephanie xox

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