The Lifestyle Blogger UK

I’ve followed The Lifestyle Blogger UK for a little while now and I absolutely love the range of articles on her website. She includes so many useful articles from the latest list of Blogger Hashtag Hours (which are amazing for scheduling Twitter chats into my diary!) and the most delicious recipes including a Salted Caramel Brownie recipe (Yum!!)

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So imagine my delight when I found out The Lifestyle Blogger UK also has her own gorgeous fashion boutique! The Lifestyle Blogger UK asked me to choose a product to review either a necklace or bracelet and as I favour one particular necklace at the moment I opted for a bracelet. At this point I had no idea what the bracelet would look like and it was quite nice to know there was a surprise coming in the post for me!

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The bracelet arrived so promptly and safely wrapped so as to not get damaged in the post. It was wrapped in a gorgeous little packet with a “The Lifestyle Boutique” label attached. Inside was a pretty little organza bag (and as a quick top tip – don’t throw these away! They are perfect for using to carry earrings or other delicate jewellery on holiday in your suitcase!) This bag held a lovely gold and tan coloured bracelet.

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I always find bracelets quite fiddly to put on. After all usually you need two hands to put them on, resulting on some sort of bizarre finger yoga movements in an effort to get the most delicate of bracelet on your wrist. This one however, was so easy and effortless. Due to the sturdy nature of the material of this bracelet it was able to keep its shape when sliding onto my wrist. After entwining the clasp together it clasped together with ease using a magnetic clasp.

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This bracelet is the perfect accessory for outdoor adventures and holidays in the sun. It would look perfect with that khaki or tan coloured outfit which seems to be making a comeback as we move into Spring/Summer months! It makes the perfect gift for friends and family.

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Definitely make sure you pop by The Lifestyle Blogger UK website when you have a minute. Her articles are fabulous and a new one goes live every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday! You can also subscribe to ensure you don’t miss any!

Becky at Pretty & Petit

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#apovgiftswap – Part 2

First off, a belated Merry Christmas to you all! I have been enjoying the festive season to the max, spending time with friends and family, eating(!) as well as decorating my first real tree. It’s been nice to have a few days to catch up with myself and to reflect on the year too – something which I explored back in my Achievements and Resolutions post for 2016/17 which you can read here. Back to this one though and I recently wrote about the #APOV Gift Swap. We were each swapped with fabulous bloggers, we shared an idea for budget and a few things on our wish list before hitting the shops. I had a fantastic time choosing for my blogger, The Trendy Orange, and had a great time reading her fashion and lifestyle blog too. In turn she sent be a box of gorgeous goodies which I was so excited to open on Christmas morning!

So what was in my box of goodies? I opened it up to find the cutest little card from Ashley with a gorgeous glitter Merry Christmas. Underneath I spotted the Pusheen Cosmetic Bag straight away. I love anything Pusheen – the cutest cat – so I was so excited to see this. Pusheen has plenty of room for storing all my make up and is so furry. His little face is gorgeous and can brighten anyone’s day!

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Next up, I spotted bright pink flamingo paper clips. I love cute stationery especially when it involves animals or fun things. I’ve just created a new desk space to enable blog and writing for 2017 so these will definitely brighten up the space!

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The next gift I could smell as soon as I opened the box – a gorgeous Lush bath bomb in the shape of a parcel. I must admit I went in Lush just before Christmas just to smell all the beautiful bath bombs! I also jumped in on the online queue for the sales on Boxing Day and spent my day waiting from 75,000th in the queue! By the time I got onto the website there was nothing exciting left! Do let me know if you grabbed a bargain though!

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My final gift was the most gorgeous candle I’ve ever seen. It’s a little pine cone with snow decorating the base inside a pretty glass jar. The most perfect Christmas decoration which I am planning to save until next year as it is far too pretty to light!

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To complete the box Ashley included a number of yummy chocolates which I can’t wait to indulge in! You can never have too much chocolate at Christmas – Yum! Thank you Ashley so much for all of my fabulous gifts – even though we have never met the gifts you bought were so special and truly wonderful.

My advice to those who are thinking about a bloggers gift swap is totally do it! It’s such a lovely way to meet new blogging friends, learn about others’ interests and in turn it’s so fun to go out and choose unique gifts for someone.

Happy Christmas and wishing you all a wonderful New Year!

Becky at Pretty & Petit

32. Seaside Florist

My featured business this week is…Seaside Florist!

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Seaside Florist are a mother and daughter team from Hayling Island on the south coast. Liza, who has over 35 years floral experience along with her daughter, Helen, pride themselves on supplying best quality flowers for all occasions. Their flowers are wonderfully fresh and beautifully rich in colour.

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They offer a whole range of gorgeous flowers from gift bouquets and postal flowers through to sympathy flowers and wedding flowers. Gift bouquets are hand-tied and are bespoke to provide the perfect gift for your loved one. Postal flowers are perfect for those who wish to send a beautiful gift to friends or family who are a bit further away. There are a couple of options to choose from including a sunny bouquet, vintage bouquet and colour clash bouquet. All are absolutely stunning and would brighten up any room!

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Seaside Florist also create the most beautiful wedding flowers. I especially love the bouquets below. They have such gorgeous colours and the flowers look so beautifully fresh too! Seaside Florists believe that no matter what your budget you should receive first class service and so they offer a FREE no obligation consultation to discuss your requirements. This ensures you get the most perfect flowers matching your requirements and theme to complete your special day.

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Fancy getting creative? Why not try your hand at floristry? Liza now runs 2 monthly workshops on the south coast for those with a passion for all things floral! Make sure you check out their website for their upcoming dates by clicking here.

For the full range of services at Seaside Florist make sure you check out their website, Seaside Florist! You can also follow them on Twitter @Seaside_Florist and Instagram @SeasideFlorist

Becky at Pretty & Petit

All images from the Seaside Florist website.

30. Sweet Cheesus

My featured business this week is…Sweet Cheesus!

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I came across this fabulous mini cheesecake company at a bloggers event just before Christmas and they should literally come with a warning as they are probably the most delicious shop bought sweet treats that I have enjoyed in some time!

Flavours include Vanilla, Cookies & Cream, Apple Crumble, Salted Caramel & Pecan (my personal absolute fave!), White Chocolate & Summer Fruits and Salted Caramel (Gluten Free). Each are handmade and are the perfect size for a mini dessert or for a luxurious treat. I can highly recommend trying out all the different flavours. I wasn’t expecting to enjoy the Salted Caramel and Pecan and it ended up being my personal favourite! Why not get your friends over for dinner and buy a selection to share? Or snuggle down in front of a movie on a Sunday night with your favourite to indulge in?

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They are currently available in Selfridges and in various stockists around London with a view to branching into supermarket chains in the near future so keep your eyes peeled! Once customers get a taste for how good these are they will be flying off the shelves! Visit their website by clicking here and make sure you follow them on Twitter @SweetCheesusUK

If you could have any flavour cheesecake what would it be? Leave your answer in the comments!

Becky at Pretty & Petit

All images from the Sweet Cheesus website.

29. The Treasured

My featured business this week is…The Treasured!

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If you need amazing gift inspiration this is the number one place to visit! From homeware to stationary to fabulous accessories this website literally has a gift for everyone in your life.

The website hosts a range of beautiful imagery of their products along with costs averaging under £20 a gift so perfect for special occasion purchases! I love how simple this website is to navigate which is great for when you’re in a hurry for last minute present buying.

Orders are processed, packaged and posted within three working days and if you’ve opted for second class packages will be delivered within five working days although they usually arrive sooner.

I’ve included some of my favourite treats from the website but let me know yours in the comments!

 

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Sleep Tight ‘Hoopla’ Hand Embroidery Kit – £11.50

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Cloud Desk Tidy – £14

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Metallic Shape Notebooks (Set of 3) – £10

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Miss Unicorn Tote Bag – £11.99

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Mr Panda Cushion – £14.99

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Pyrite Bunting Necklace – £16

Click here to visit their website for the full range of wonderful gift ideas.

Becky at Pretty & Petit

27. Impossible to Buy For

For those of you who are stuck for ideas on what to buy for loved ones for Christmas this year don’t despair! I have a fabulous business to share with you this week called Impossible to Buy For.

Impossible to Buy For is a website suited to those who are totally stuck for gift ideas for loved ones in the run up for that special occasion be it Christmas, Birthday, Valentines Day etc. Set up by blogger, Louise Croft who owns blog, Pauper to Princess. All of the gifts are supplied by Amazon to provide gifts for literally everyone in your life!

“So many of my friends and family are impossible to buy for, and I knew I couldn’t be the only one feeling this way, so I figured it was time to fix the problem.” – Louise Croft, Founder of Impossibletobuyfor.com

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What I love about Louise’s website is how easy it is to find a gift. What I often find with larger department store websites is that it can take a while to find the perfect gift but this has all the ideas in one place for any budget.

So are you looking for some gift ideas? I’ve put together a few lists for you below for the different people in your life! I hope it provides you with some inspiration!

Gifts for the lady in your life

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Kate Spade Watch – £173.50

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Pink Lemonade Candle – £12

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Bottega Gold Prosecco – £47.99

Gifts for those who love a good book

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Invisible Bookshelf – £39.90

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Dawn O’Porter Book – £14.99

Gifts for those who love to bake

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Macaron Pyramid – £22.81

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Mug Cakes Recipes – £3

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Retro Waffle Maker – £27.15

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Chocolate Brussel Sprouts – £9.95

Gifts for the creative ones

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Artistic Clutch Bag – £29.99

 

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Illustrated Map of London – £13.99

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Vogue Colouring Book – £7

and of course I have to include my total faves!

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LOVE Light – £29.99

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Dressing Table – £69.97

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Fujifilm Polaroid Camera – £76.49

Do you have any gift ideas? Share them with us in the comments!

Click here to visit the full range of products available.

Becky at Pretty & Petit

Images taken from impossibletobuyfor.com

20. Alfie Moon Designs

This week my featured business is… Alfie Moon Designs!

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I came across Alfie Moon Designs on my Twitter feed this week when a fellow small business retweeted their cute designs. I instantly fell in love with Slouchy the Penguin, Pete the Panda and the Alfie and Tommy Moon cats! These designs are printed onto mugs, tote bags, clocks and money boxes and are the perfect addition to any shopping trip, coffee table or desk at work.

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There are several collections to choose from including the loveable characters, woodland animals and a mix of modern twists on vintage classics! I especially love these tote bags below featuring a fox and a print from Alice in Wonderland.

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If you love your pet there is also an option to personalise a mug or tote bag with your favourite photo! These are very reasonable at only £7.50 for either a tote bag or mug.

If you are looking for a wedding gift this Summer then check out these cute printed ‘The Perfect Pair’ mugs, a cute gift for animal lovers!

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There is also a fantastic range of wall art available on the website including the loveable characters and other prints. I especially like the music notes and Pete the Panda!

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Click here to view the full range of characters available.

Becky at Pretty & Petit

All images taken from the Alfie Moon Designs website.

16. The Essential Bag Company

This week my featured business is… The Essential Bag Company!

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With the Royal Baby on the way I feel this week my featured business fits the theme quite nicely! The Essential Bag Company was set up by Alexis, a mother of one (with another on the way! Congratulations!) living in London, offering luxury gifts for those celebrating a new arrival in the family.

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The collection includes Mother to Be Bags, New Mother Bags and New Baby Bags. They also offer pre-packed hospital bags, New Father Bags and Big Brother/Sister Bags, a great gift for the older sibling when the new baby arrives. The bags can be ready made or you can personalise them by selecting the products you wish to include.

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Some essential facts about The Essential Bag Company!

1) They only sell luxury gifts from brands you know and trust e.g. Petit Bateau, Rachel Riley, Aspinal of London, Charbonnel et Walker, Crabtree & Evelyn etc…

2) Instead of putting the gifts in a wicker basket or gift box, the gifts are presented in a useful, stylish changing bag (from brands such as PacaPod, Storksak and Babymel), every new parent’s must have accessory.

3) You can create your own bag by choosing the contents or you can select one of their ready made bags.

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I absolutely love this business and I think it is such a beautiful concept. The website is so easy to navigate with stunning imagery and it is easy to personalise your own bag to make your gift extra special by selecting the products you want to include. It’s so great that you can get lots of well known luxury brands all part of one combined package and the changing bags the gifts come in are so useful too. It certainly takes the stress out of gift purchasing!

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If you’re expecting a little one, or have friends or family that are and are debating a gift to get them, why not take a look at the full range on The Essential Bag Company website by clicking here! You can also claim 10% off by entering ‘PRETTYANDPETIT’ at the checkout.

Becky at Pretty & Petit

All images taken from The Essential Bag Company website.

8. The Spotted Zebra Company

This week our featured business of the week is…The Spotted Zebra Company!

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I chose The Spotted Zebra Company this week as they regularly appear on my Twitter feed with such cute gift ideas and accessories that I wanted to share with everyone!

This week, with Valentine’s Day fast approaching, I have tried to include a bit of a heart theme through some of the items I have featured for all those out there that are stuck for ideas!

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They have a range of items including bags, purses, jewellery and really cute printed scarves – including this sail boat scarf below.

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Being Welsh, I absolutely loved Carrie Elspeth’s range of jewellery on the site including her Welsh inspired collection. Check out a few of my favourite items from the collection below. (Penblwydd Hapus – Happy Birthday!)

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Another pretty Valentine’s gift could be these glass earrings below. Pale pink in colour they provide a cute girly touch to any date night outfit.

150x200The Spotted Zebra Company also includes a range of quirky jewellery! Check out how cute Bertie Bassett is!!

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For the full range of items available click here to visit The Spotted Zebra Company website.
All images taken from The Spotted Zebra Company website.

Becky at Pretty & Petit

1. Hugo’s Workshop

This week our featured business of the week is..Hugo’s Workshop!

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These bespoke, handmade, wooden frames are perfect for any occasion but are especially wonderful given as a wedding gift on anniversary present.

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These frames are offered in a variety of sizes in a range of finishes. The frames include optional text and there are a range of fonts to choose from.

Sizes include:

  • 5×5 Inch Frames
  • 5×7 Inch Frames
  • 6×4 Inch Frames
  • 8×6 Inch Frames
  • Double Frames
  • Triple Frames

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I ordered a couple of these frames a while ago and thought they were stunning with a truly professional finish! I particularly liked the handmade nature of them, knowing that each frame was made specifically to my order. My favourite frame has the cute addition of paw prints in the top left hand corner. Perfect for pet lovers!

These frames are very reasonable in price and postage is quick and FREE! Don’t just take my word for it though, there are some fantastic testimonials on their website.

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So if you’re struggling for ideas for a wedding present this is ideal! A perfect way to display their favourite photos from their special day. Click here to visit their website!

Becky at Pretty & Petit

All images taken from the Hugos Workshop website.