Tuesday, 27 December 2016

Gift Ideas for Guys

If you’re ever struggling to find that perfect gift for your best friend or loved one, the longer you leave it, the more stressful the task usually becomes. Don’t panic though – read on to find out the top seven gift ideas that should mean you find the perfect present for your dad, brother or boyfriend, just in time. You might hate me for mentioning it - but even though we've barely said goodbye to Christmas, it's never too early to start thinking about Valentine's Day!

1. Jewellery & Watches
Men love jewellery just as much as women, so don’t rule out a statement bangle or honour ring. There are plenty of unique pieces over on the ChloBo website; how about a unique ‘helix’ ring, or a striking obsidian bracelet? You even have the option to customise pieces with the charm of your choice. If your relative prefers to take their timepieces seriously though, look out for designer watches in this season’s sales.

2. Sports equipment
Whether it’s new football boots, the latest tennis racket or a stylish gym bag for them to take on every workout, sporting equipment is always a welcomed present. Try asking them a series of probing questions to find out what they need or what’s missing from their equipment.

3. An experience
If they don’t have a hobby that immediately springs to mind, have they ever mentioned wanting to try something? It could be a helicopter lesson, a para-gliding session or the chance to drive around in classic cars for the day. There are dozens of experience gifts just waiting for you on sites like Virgin Experiences. I always think people need to be reminded that gifts aren't something the other person should need - it should be something they want.

4. Sweet’s packages
When most people think about buying sweets as a gift, they think of a Christmas selection box or a hamper, but there’s far more variety online. If they have a certain sweet or chocolate they love, like retro flying saucers and flumps, or they’re a Cadbury’s addict, try searching for specific packages on sites like Amazon. I recently bought my other half the American version of their beloved 'Mars Midnight' bar that was discontinued in the UK a few years ago. You'd be surprised at what you can find online!

5. Suit and tie
If your loved one spends a lot of time at the office, why not check their measurements before picking up a new suit and shirt combo? If you have a larger budget, you could always book them an appointment with a tailor and give them a voucher towards a bespoke suit. Or for a smaller budget, ties and cufflinks sets will always be classic gifts. Alternatively, most shops now will let you book an appointment with a personal shopper for free, taking into account your personal style and budget.

6. Artwork
It could be that your brother has a fondness for comic-book style posters and super hero themes, or your boyfriend who has a love of photography, fills his wall space with stunning black and white images. No matter who you’re buying for, artwork will always go down well, as it’s personal, thoughtful and something they can keep forever. Sites like Charlie's Drawings will draw portraits from separate images - a lovely idea for generations of the family that never got to meet, only to be united in one picture.

7. Tickets
Finally, when all else fails, why not buy tickets to their team’s next major football game, their favourite comedy act, or surprise them with tickets to the gig they thought was sold out. It will be a memory they can cherish, and an activity you can enjoy together and have to look forward to.

If you have more gift ideas, be sure to leave them in the comments section.

In Association With ChloBo Jeweller

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Top Treats for Deserving Mums this Autumn

The summer months are over and now that we’re into autumn that can only mean one thing for mummys the world over – the planning for Christmas must begin. I don’t know about you, but when it comes to Christmas I have to stay on top of things and start getting organised well in advance. Not only do I have to start shopping for presents so that I can spread the cost, but there’s always so many people to buy for, food to stock up on, winter wardrobes to top up, and so on. I can only begin to imagine the stress each mummy must feel, especially those who give Santa a helping hand around his busy period.

That’s why in today’s post I’m highlighting a few top treats for mums over the festive season. Mums deserve to indulge themselves just as much as the rest of the family, so whether you’re looking for something that will give your mum the pampering session she needs, or you've no idea what to get her for Christmas, take a look at these top three ideas. 

1. A Charm BraceletI love charm bracelets this time of year; they add that little extra sparkle to the office party outfit, but they can equally add a little glamour to your casual everyday look. You can buy something sleek and stylish with some beautiful gemstones, or opt for something a little more unique like a ChloBo boho bracelet, which perfectly combines bohemian chic with high-quality, luxury styles and charms. There will also be no excuses when it comes to Christmas presents, as anyone who knows you will be able to pick you up a new festive charm for your statement piece of jewellery.

2. Beauty Advent Calendar These are the latest and greatest ideas to come out of the beauty industry. While the kids are tucking into their chocolate advent calendars, each morning you can open your own beauty calendar instead. There are tonnes of brands who produce these, from M&S and Boots No7, to Charlotte Tilbury and Jo Malone. It all depends on your budget and what you love to buy, but from candles to make-up you’re sure to find one that you love, so that each December morning you’ll have a new treat in store! You might even find your next essential beauty item. You can view a selection of these right here. Now all you need is the willpower to open only 1 drawer a day! 

3. Something for the Home I think most mums like to shop for their home just as much as their wardrobe, so if you’d rather pick up some festive homeware instead, then now is the time! I prefer things to be a little more personal than just mass-produced home goods, so why not look at a site like Not on the High Street instead? There are tonnes of festive decorations that can be tailored to suit your interior design, and if you’re the handy type, you can buy decoration-making kits that will provide you with a fun activity for the family.  

Do you have any more top gift ideas for mummies? Feel free to share them with me and leave them in the comments section below.

Sponsored by ChloBo Jewellery

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

These Boots | Boohoo

Clockwise from top 

Lena Laser Cut, £35, Black | Claire Cylinder Heel, £28, Black | Tilly Zip Trim, £30, BlackClaire Cylinder Heel, £28, White | Faye Block Heel, £28, Nude | Macy Clear Heel Thigh High, £40, Grey

Being mid September, I've had to come to terms with the fact that summer is definitely over, and it's time to say say 'bye bye' to sandals and pumps. Next month the clocks go back, and although that means an extra hour in bed, it also means that dark mornings are glooming, and morning make up applications are near impossible. Ultimately preparing myself for nippy mornings and the cold winter air, I've browsed Boohoo's latest boots section and reached a new highscore for items on my wishlist! My favourite have to be the Claire heels in black (top right). Last year I searched endlessly for a pair of above ankle boots after spotting Samantha Maria (beautycrush) in a pair, but they seem to be more mainstream this year. It's time to keep those toes cosy!


Tuesday, 6 September 2016

Só Soy

As cliché as it sounds, the idea to create my own candles came to me in a dream (well, more of a duvet-day nap to be honest). I remember thinking, wow - this is something I could really do. Being a lover of scented candles, and always having an interest in design, I've created Só Soy.

'Só' is the Gaelic (Irish) word for 'Luxury', and being on the North Coast of Northern Ireland, I thought that adding a little bit of Irish character was a must. The candles I create are hand poured on the Causeway Road and only a short walk from the actual Giant's Causeway stones. The whole process happens in my kitchen at home, much to the dismay of my parents.

Before buying supplies for my candles, I researched different waxes and made the decision to use soy. Even though I've burned plenty of candles in my time, I was oblivous to the benefits of using soy wax over the typical paraffin wax that you'll find in most well known brands.

Soy wax is a relatively new product discovered in 1991, and is made from soya beans - 100% natural, renewable, and friendly to the environment. Paraffin wax however, is a bi-product of the refinery process for petroleum oil and essentially just a cheap waste product. Soy wax has a low melting point and can burn up to twice as long as paraffin wax, giving you more burn for your buck. As it's biodegradable and has a lower melting point, any spills are easy to clean. It's also made from vegetable oil, which is non toxic and gives a clean burn. Compared to paraffin, it gives off up to 90% less soot.

As well as using soy wax, I've also picked wicks made from unbleached cotton and linen threading, giving a cleaner, longer lasting burn. The first scent is 'Lemongrass, Lime & Ginger Root' - a sensual fragrance that my other half likes to describe as "smelling like a spa". I'm excited to release new fragrances and sizes, especially on the lead up to winter. Currently, Só Soy candles are exclusively available to buy on Etsy, and shipping is worldwide. To keep up to date with new fragrances, follow the official Instagram and Facebook pages.

For safety information and candle burning tips visit the FAQ section of the Só Soy shop,

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