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St Patrick’s Day with The Glow Brand

Posted on March 17, 2015

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Hi Guys!

Happy St Patricks Day! I hope whatever you’re up to today has some sort of Irish theme!! As perviously mentioned, I’m not too well at the moment, so unfortunately as much as I want to, there will be no Guinnes swilling or attempts at the Riverdance for me today, I’m not even up for hunting for leprechauns – sad times! I do however, have a gorgeous new pair of heels to comfort me in my time of need, these amazing shoes are super high, neon green and made of rubber type material called thermoplastic polyurethane, and they. are. everything.

Ok I know they may not exactly be to everyone’s taste, but they are so me! I’ll happily admit I’m not the best at walking in heels, and I try not to actually walk in them at all costs – I’m more of a shuffle from the limo to the bar kinda girl, and just sit and look pretty if you know what I mean! ;D

Anyway my fabulous new heels are in True Green (for Paddy’s day of course) this colour supports the Missione Sogni Foundation, which is the Italian version of The Make-A-Wish Foundation. I love that The Glow Brand work alongside a wide range of charities, so you know that a percentage of your money is going to a worth while cause. Also, The Glow Brand also have loads of other bright (and a couple of less bright) colours on offer, with each different colour representing a different charity. You can see all the details on their site here.

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I was also lucky enough to grab the opportunity to interview the founder of The Glow Brand, Tammy Haines, so I could learn a bit more about them and the work they do –

1.    I’d love to hear the background story behind The Glow Brand?

My mother, Jennifer Haines, passed away some years ago from Cancer. She was someone who really did a lot for other people, simply from the goodness of her own heart without expectations and so I wanted to do something in her memory. My mother was also someone who was incredibly athletic. She was quite well known for running ultra-marathons e.g. the Comrades (in South Africa, 89km long) and at this time you would often see runners, raising funds for charities and wearing a silicone wrist band.

My mother had also started a new life for our family, she came ahead of our immigration from South Africa to Europe and literally went from stay-at-home mother to business lady, rediscovering fashion along the way. 

In my mind the stiletto is the ultimate power symbol for women, so it made sense to me to redefine this particular wardrobe item. I want the stiletto to be about the wearer, that they literally make a stand for their beliefs and values. Hence the classic design and beautiful use of colors, each representing a charity.

2.    Can you explain how The Glow Brand work with charities?

The Glow Brand looks for charities that have an intimate partnership with anyone contributing to their cause. As a start-up we expected in the beginning to be selling few units, and we got a lot of blocks from charities that expected guaranteed minimum contributions starting from 10,000 Euros and upwards. 

As a growing company, we hope to eventually be able to give this, and more, but this administration made us wonder how transparent it was on how clearly we would be able to see the difference on what our contributions where making. So this and our relationship with the charity has become very important to us.

We have looked for charities that touch every part of our lives and are either international or in a country that we haven’t had a chance to make a difference in. In fact, the color: Lady Greystone, hasn’t been allocated a charity yet and we are looking for one possibly helping with support in times of crisis such as supporting with medical supplies, fresh water or building homes. We welcome suggestions and s!

3.    I love the neon colours the shoes are available in – why did you go for neons rather than more traditional colours?

We started with 5 neon colours in order to grab attention, the same way the bright silicone wrist bands do. We saw that it explained our goal faster and young women where really having fun putting color back in their wardrobes. Looking around now, floresecent colors are quite popular in clothing.

We started last year also with traditional colour, not to be conservative, but to also embrace the ease of wearing The Glow Brand on a more day-to-day basis. E.g. Not every fashionista wants to wear rubber boots when it rains, The Glow Brand stilettos are perfect for bad weather in a extremely classy and eye catching way. Talk about brightening up your day!

4.    Is there anything else you’d like your potential customers to know?

A start-up is not easy; and in the fashion industry breaking the norm with new materials is extremely difficult. What we are doing is beautiful, designed with heart and honest. We aren’t supported by the marketing money of hiring well known celebrities to flaunt our product. 

Our stilettos are shoes for the people, worn by the people. We hope that the logo will eventually be known for the wearer and what that person wants to see improved or supported in their lives. The world is much bigger than one person. I owe this philosophy to both my parents, and I think this is a fabulous way to act as an entrepreneur. We need more businesses with this approach.

I’ts been great hearing the story behind the company, and I love that they work slo closely with many charities. I’d love to hear what you think of my amazing shoes!? xxx

This post contains a sample provided for review

Olivia Burton Exclusive Big Dial Watch!

Posted on November 18, 2014

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Hi Guys!

If you follow me on  and  you may have seen my posts over the last few days teasing you with images of a new mystery item from The Dressing Room. I started of by showing you The Dressing Room’s pretty pink gift bag, then a beautiful bird print Olivia Burton box, but what could possibly be lurking inside? For those of you that don’t know, Olivia Burton is a fairly new watch company who are well known for their beautiful muted toned timepieces with depictions of butterflies, hummingbirds and flowers. They offer something delicate and new that has never been seen in the world of watches before. I can tell you I’m now the proud owner of an , which is exclusive to The Dressing Room! 😀

This striking Big Dial watch has a gorgeous rose gold oversized dial, with a gold plated case and a real leather strap with a cream coloured mock crock finish. It also comes in a beautiful presentation case and has a one year guarantee.

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Olivia Burton’s packaging is so pretty, I had to share it all with you!

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And what a beauty this is! Even though the dial is large there’s nothing chunky or clumpy about this watch. It’s slim-line, understated and chic. It would make an amazing Christmas present or gift!

The Exclusive Big Dial Watch is available from The Dressing Room for £75. They also have a large selection of other beautiful Olivia Burton watches so there will definitely be something that takes your fancy. Also, f you’re looking for great clothing, accessories, jewellery and gifts, from top quality slightly more unusual designer names make sure you check out  for inspiration!

I hope you enjoyed my post!

This post contains a sample provided for review

Luxury Gift Guide For Her!

Posted on November 8, 2014

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Hi Guys!

Following on from my Luxury Gift Guide for Him I’ve now put together one for the ladies! I’ve tried to include a mixture of gorgeous gifts and accessories – no beauty products though as I’m saving them for a separate post of their own 🙂 Everything in this guide is what I’d class as ‘luxury’ at £50 , don’t worry if these fabulous things are out of your price range though, I’ll be putting together some budget guides too with amazing products that won’t break the bank!

  1. Tarsier Necklace by Violet Darkling, £115
  2.  by Zac Posen at Revolve, £309.42
  3.  by Valentino at Selfridges, £105
  4. Lunar Small Candle Holder by Lara Bohinc, £50
  5. ‘Wild’ Laser Cut Perspex & Leather Clutch Bag by Kzeniya at Coggles, £158
  6. Liberty Print Ianthe Navy Leather Diary by Liberty, £60
  7.  by Saint Laurent at Net-a-Porter, £160
  8. Grey Marble Cat eye Sunglasses by Stella McCartney at Liberty, £190
  9.  by Frends at Net-a-Porter, £140
  10. Camilla Velvet Heeled Ankle Boots by Kat Maconie at Coggles £135
  11.  by Pamela Love at Net-a-Porter, £160

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

The Country Candle Company Seashore Candle | Review

Posted on September 13, 2014

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Hi Guys!

I don’t know about you but I blame becoming a blogger for igniting my obsession with candles. (See what I did there?) I genuinely wasn’t bothered about them before I started writing, then seeing other bloggers with their pretty candles and hearing about how gorgeous the scents were, I thought I’d try some, and I’ve never looked back!

The latest addition to my ever growing collection is the  candle in a tin from The Country Candle Company. The Seashore candle in a tin is £8.50 and gives 30 hours of burn time, and you can also purchase the same scent in a medium jar or diffuser. The Seashore scent is described as ‘A brisk blend of fresh, marine and sea salt merges with jasmine, supported by dry woods, amber and musks’ I have to say this candle simply smells divine. Other candles I have tend to be sweeter and richer – which I love, but this is literally a breath of fresh air, giving a clean and fresh scent and feeling to my home. It’s like waking up on a summers’ morning feeling invigorated, then going for a stroll down the beach! I’ve noticed I’ve been burning this candle when I’m cleaning around the house and doing the washing up!

The Country Candle Company have a massive range of candles on offer including, Orange Blossom & Jasmine, Vanilla Lime Sorbet and Lime, Basil & Mandarin to name but a few. I’m loving the sound of Gingerbread, Sparkling Spice, and Orange, Cinnamon & Clove for winter time!

I’d love to hear what your favourite candle scents are? Of if you’ve tried anything from The Country Candle Company?

I hope you enjoyed my review!

This post contains a sample provided for review

Watch Lust List!

Posted on August 15, 2014

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Hi Guys!

I have a major thing for jewellery, but certain watches are really grabbing my eye at the moment! I don’t really see watches as functional items as I’m so used to looking at my phone to check the time, but they can be perfect accessories! I’ve recently discovered Olivia Burton, she creates such gorgeous and pretty woodland inspired watched, and Kate Spade (who makes some stunning accessories) has some fab fun watches on the ASOS site. I thought I’d put a little wish list together so you can see my top picks! xxx

  |     |    |  Olivia Burton Woodland Chocolate Bee Watch  |    |  

Oh Holographic Clutch, How Do I Love Thee…

Posted on March 18, 2013

I am completely obsessed with holographic accessories, bags, shoes, jewellery, nails,  anything really, and I particularly desire a holographic clutch… what do you think??

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