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.

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Raising awareness around body image

Over the last weekend something amazing happened in Piccadilly Circus, London. On Sunday afternoon, Jae West, stood in her underwear to bring awareness to body acceptance. Now I don’t know about you, but I am not overly keen about getting in a bikini by a swimming pool or on the beach, so the fact that this woman stood in one of the busiest tourist destinations in London was an absolute inspiration to me!

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Jae, who has suffered with an eating disorder for much of her life, stood proud and strong holding a sign asking strangers to draw hearts on her naked body to bring awareness to those who had suffered with eating disorders and self-esteem issues.

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I admit I have my own self-esteem issues as my weight does fluctuate which has probably been reflected in my anxiety issues in recent years. I am happy with my body though and comfortable in my own skin.  I’m truly proud of what Jae has achieved and I hope it encourages others in self-acceptance. You are beautiful!

To read the full Buzzfeed article click here.

Becky at Pretty & Petit

All images taken from Buzzfeed.

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.

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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Or this Creme Egg necklace.. How do you eat yours?!500x375-1

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