Christmas Box Swap with Twisted Beauty

So a little bit of a belated post but I had a bit of a break from posting over the Christmas period! I did however want to share a fabulous Christmas box swap that I did with Twisted Beauty – kind of like Secret Santa, but not so secret! We each had to give each other five general things on our wish list and purchase gifts up to a budget of £20.

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I absolutely loved buying all the cute gifts for Rachael from Twisted Beauty on her list! She had owls, tea, something mauve, Home Bargains and photographs. It was so fun trying to find the items and within the budget as well. It gave me a few fun outings out in Covent Garden and on Oxford Street.

I definitely gave Rachael a bit of a challenge! My 5 things were:

  • The Big Bang Theory
  • Yankee Candles
  • Anything Kawaii
  • Cities – London/Paris
  • Sweet Treats

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First off she got me a fabulous trivial pursuit of The Big Bang Theory. I love games so I’m so excited to play! I have been watching The Big Bang Theory lately and it’s one of my favourite TV series so I’m looking forward to testing my knowledge now!

My box had the unmistakable scent of gorgeous Yankee candles which I have become besotted with this Christmas. The beautiful scents fill the house and make it smell like a Winter wonderland! I love them! Rachael bought me some lovely wax melts which will ensure the scents will linger. Yum!

I love anything cute and kitsch so when I found this most beautiful llama bag in my box I was so delighted! I love Tofu Cute and originally had a cute little sushi bag from them. This is a perfect replacement and I can’t wait to use it as my reusable shopping bag from now on.

As you may know I am a total fan of anything handmade and unique. This cute printed mirror with all things London is the perfect addition to my make up bag. I love little compact mirrors – they’re so handy for keeping in your bag and ensuring your make up is on point throughout the day!

We met the Jewellerybox.co.uk business whilst attending the Bloggers Conference back in the Summer when I first met Rachael. I absolutely loved all their cute designs and I was so excited to open up some fabulous pink doughnut earrings! I love pink and love big bold earrings so I’m sure I will be wearing these a lot!

Want to see what I got Rachael from Twisted Beauty? Take a read of her lovely review by clicking here.

Becky at Pretty & Petit

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25. Miss Milly

My featured business this week is…Miss Milly!

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Miss Milly are a wholesale jewellery business that I came across when I attended Pure London last February. Launching in 2012, they have some stunning pieces which look like miniature pieces of art!

Usually I’m not overly keen on large designs in jewellery unless I’m wearing a fairly plain, simple outfit, however all of these designs seem so versatile that I feel I could quite easily adapt an outfit to the design of the jewellery I choose to accessorise with.

I have a super long wishlist of jewellery from Miss Milly, most of which will definitely be going on my Christmas list this year. The colours are absolutely gorgeous and they can be dressed up for a night out or can be worn in the daytime to work or out with friends. All jewellery is nickel-free, lead-free and cadmium-free.

Every item has free delivery in the UK and comes with free gift packaging – the perfect way to shop for Christmas gifts!

After buying my gorgeous faux fur scarf from Miss Selfridge recently, I have gone navy obsessed! Navy is definitely the new black for me so when I came across this necklace (and matching bracelet!) on the website I knew it had to go top of my wishlist for Christmas.

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I have received three beautiful pieces from Miss Milly to review with each item delicately wrapped in a purple tissue paper, they were beautifully presented. The first was this stunning long heart necklace. Decorated with intricate detail, this pretty necklace has a long chain with a heart charm. I was pleasantly surprised by this necklace as I often find these to be made of quite a thin metal. This necklace however, felt well made and durable. £11.85

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The second piece was this set of starry earrings. Besides my pearl earrings that I literally wear on a daily basis, I go through phases of getting addicted to wearing the same pair of dangly earrings. I feel like space, stars and planets are definitely in trend for Autumn/Winter 2015 so I’ll definitely be using them to glam up my evening Christmas party outfits! I love the different colour metals used, it definitely gives them that unique, handmade look. £12.45

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My favourite piece that Miss Milly has been kind enough to send through to me has to be this blue disc bracelet. I loved the stones in this bracelet and love that it is elasticated meaning it is so easy to put on and take off. When holding the bracelet up in the light the stones sparkled with a rainbow of colours. I will definitely be taking this on my holidays next year when I jet off to Dubai. The perfect way to accessorise a cute holiday outfit!£16.50

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Make sure you follow Miss Milly on Twitter @MissMillyUK and click here to visit their website.

Best of all, in association with Miss Milly I am delighted to offer my readers a 10% discount! Make sure you use the word TEN in the shopping basket before going through to the checkout. Perfect for Christmas shopping!

Do you have a favourite piece of jewellery from Miss Milly? Let me know in the comments!

Becky at Pretty & Petit

*Items were supplied by Miss Milly to review for this blog post. Thank you Miss Milly!

Images are either my own or taken from the Miss Milly website.

Get The Look For Less!

Today I am looking at how to get a fabulous outfit for Spring 2016 for under £100!

Taking inspiration from Danish brand, Designers Remix from Charlotte Eskildsen, off the shoulder looks are going to be a key trend for Spring 2016, providing a feminine, laid back look to any outfit. Charlotte uses beautiful, plain designs with gorgeous ruffles and frills to add a subtle extra to the outfit.  The off the shoulder leather dress from the ready to wear collection shown below is an excellent example of this perfect combination.

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Using this inspiration of the off the shoulder look I focused the outfit around a cute berry coloured dress from Boohoo.com. I love plain, simple dresses from Boohoo as they’re so versatile and so easy to accessorise for different occasions. They are always made of quality fabric and seem to last for ages. This dress was an absolute bargain at £15.

As this outfit is for Spring 2016 I thought I would pop a black hat at £13.99 from ASOS with this outfit to add some chic and to shade my eyes from the sun which is still quite low at this time of the year. Some cute ankle boots only £39.99 from New Look give a great look for Spring walks in the country, or strolling round Spitalfields market on the weekend.

To add a bit of glitz and glam to the outfit I included some gorgeous earrings only £5.99 from New Look and a studded bag, £22.99, enabling this outfit to go from daytime to evening, for a date to the cinema or dinner with friends.

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This post has been submitted into the Get The Look Competition in association with Travelex. Every vote counts so make sure you pop over to the website by clicking here to view all the entries – including this one! Voting closes on 4th November 2015.

Becky at Pretty & Petit

19. Iced Rainbow

This week my featured business is… Iced Rainbow!

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Iced Rainbow is a fun, quirky jewellery and accessories business which creates fun unique pieces of jewellery using brightly coloured and metallic perspex.

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I loved the bright colours used within the collections and the range of different designs available. I purchased a selection of items from the website which came very quickly and were packaged well and they go perfectly with my summer outfits! These items (shown below) came from the Eclectic Collection which is part of the SS15 collections.

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I also love the Rainbow Collection which is a new collection for SS15 and includes fun Summer inspired necklaces including designs such as a cute ice cream, funky fruit and golden rainbows.

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Click here to view the full range and make sure you enter discount code: P15 to receive 15% off your order!

Becky at Pretty & Petit

All images taken from the Iced Rainbow website or by myself.

15. Bohemian Jewellery Tattoos

My featured business this week is… Bohemian Jewellery Tattoos!

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Metallic Transfer Tattoos are set to be one of the biggest trends of SS15 and I was lucky enough to test them from Bohemian Jewellery Tattoos over Coachella weekend! I absolutely love tattoo transfers. They give you the flexibility for different designs, are so quick to apply and are completely safe to use.

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There are a whole range of different collections to choose from on the website costing £16.95 per collection and I purchased the Zenia collection. Delivery was quick and cost £2.95 which I thought was very reasonable considering the beautiful bubble wrapped packaging they arrived in.

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I tested the collection with my sister and 7 year old niece and we had a wonderful, creative afternoon trialling on the different designs included. There were 4 sheets in total and the length of the tattoos meant we could be as creative as we liked so we could create bracelets, anklets and rings.

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It took 10 minutes for the tattoo to originally dry on the skin and a couple of hours for the tattoo to set completely which was what the instructions stated. The tattoos stayed on for a few days and can be washed off with soap and warm water. They would be amazing for a night out or a festival!

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I will definitely be purchasing the Nahla collection which has a beautiful aqua blue in the designs for my holiday this year! I feel the tattoos were definitely worth the price in terms of quality and the amount of tattoos available.

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I also love the stunning henna inspired designs of the Vandana collection.

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Becky at Pretty & Petit

All images taken by myself and taken from the Bohemian Jewellery Tattoos website.

13. Alex Monroe

My featured business is… Alex Monroe!

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This week I am featuring jewellery designer, Alex Monroe. I first came across Alex Monroe on Facebook as another small business had shared their post on their newsfeed. The post caught my eye featuring their stunning new ‘Beyond the Sea’ collection which has recently been launched in store, online and also in Liberty.

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London based Alex Monroe has been designing jewellery for over 25 years and is inspired by natural world creating all of his original designs by hand. I think it is fair to say that I absolutely love every single item on this website! From floral rings to honeybee earrings and bicycle necklaces in gold, rose gold and silver. There is something to go with every outfit. I absolutely love watches by Olivia Burton and these natural world inspired pieces definitely compliment them!

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Beyond the Sea is their most recent collection. A collection inspired by sea creatures, boats and all things nautical! I love the statement octopus necklace below and the cute intricate detail of the crab ring.

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As I love so many bits and bobs on their website I’ve had to start making a wishlist! Here are a few of my absolute faves. I’d love to hear what your favourite pieces from the website – let me know in the comments below!

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Make sure you check out their website by clicking here as I’m sure you will love the collections as much as I do!

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Becky at Pretty & Petit

All images taken from the Alex Monroe website.

10. Mojiana

Our featured business is… Mojiana!

I first discovered Mojiana at Pure London when I visited a few weeks ago (Click here to read my post on the event!) Their pieces were featured on the catwalk in several collections and definitely stood out as something a bit more unique and unusual.

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I want to share a collection that I absolutely adore – the Galaxy collection. A collection made up of bold, statement pieces which incorporate a range of materials. I have only recently really got into statement jewellery but once I started purchasing statement necklaces I can’t seem to stop! I wear them on all my nights out now and they definitely add that little bit extra to any outfit. i have included a couple of my favourite pieces below from the Galaxy collection below but make sure you take a look through the whole collection though as I would love to hear what your faves are! One thing I noticed about this collection is the range of patterns and shapes – every piece is different with its own different style which is what I particularly love about the collection. There are some fantastic pieces to choose from.

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After looking through the other collections on the website I also came across two other collections I fell in love with. Project Britain – a range of retro pieces inspired by all things British and Project Eternity which included some beautiful bracelets I had to share with you all! Do you have any favourite pieces? Let me know in the comments below!

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Mojiana also has been nominated for the Arts and Crafts Design award so definitely one to watch!

Click here to view the full range online.

All images are taken from Mojiana website.

Becky at Pretty & Petit

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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My all time favourite spread – Nutella! Even just typing the name is making me dream of the chocolatey/nutty taste – yum!!!500x375-3

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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