Tuesday, 31 March 2009

Healthy low calorie gift ideas for Easter 2009

Easter starts with Good Friday, which is on April 10th, this year and a serving of Hot Crossed Buns covered in rich creamy butter.  This is followed by chocolate Easter Eggs on Easter Sunday.  These are wonderful traditions but for various reasons you may want to consider healthier lower calorie alternative gifts this year. 

May be you are just watching your weight, may be you are trying to reduce your cholesterol intake, maybe you don’t like chocolate or hot crossed buns, whatever the reason Easter doesn’t need to be packed with calories and cholesterol.

When you consider how expensive good Easter Eggs can be you can find some very nice gifts, which will last much longer for the same price.

Easter, somewhat like Christmas, is a good time for families to get together and enjoy a relaxing day.  If you cannot all be together at Easter, Easter cards are a good way of letting someone know you are thinking of them.  However, a good hand crafted Easter card can also be quite expensive and only lasts a few days at best. 

The traditional standby alternative to Easter Eggs is a good bouquet of flowers but these days’ flowers can be expensive, short lived and many people don’t like the smell of the pollen in their homes.  Many people also question the impact cut flowers have on the environment as they are often raised in heated greenhouses in colder parts of the World or companies fly them in from tropical parts of the world in refrigerated containers to keep them fresh.  If you know someone really likes flowers then it’s not a bad gift but for the same price there are better alternatives gifts.

Keepsake tokens make lovely gifts and they will last for years to come.  They come in many shapes and sizes from silver hearts engraved with names, and messages to miniature glass keepsakes in pretty colours and designs such as those from Spaceform of London. 

If you are buying a gift for the lady in your life, an Earth Squared sumptuous velvet jewellery roll is an inexpensive gift that she will treasure for many years.  To make Easter really memorable, a stunning piece of jewellery is a sure way to make her day. 

For the man in your life a Simon Carter polished pair of cufflinks will mean he looks stylish throughout the year and brighten up his look as we move into spring. 

If you need to send a gift to someone else this Easter why not look online for gift companies that can make the gift extra special for you.  Good companies offer same day despatch, next day delivery, luxury gift boxes and complementary gift cards to which you can add your own message.  Shopping for Easter gifts online can save you time, save you money and save the impact a trip to the shops would have on the environment. Shopping online also opens up a much wider range of alternative gift ideas for Easter.

If you don’t want to completely leave the calories behind this Easter, a Charles Buchan designer mug or cup and saucer filled with a small selection of homemade fudge is a creative and non-chocolate treat, which will show you have really made an effort.

Last but definitely, no means least, don’t forget the people with Birthdays at Easter this year.  If it is someone’s birthday on Good Friday (13th April 2009), do not buy them chocolate, be a little more creative rather than taking the easy option.  Make the effort and select a beautiful gift as you would if their birthday any other time of year.  Designer Jewellery Rolls from Dulwich Designs make excellent gifts for women of all ages and are great with the holiday season fast approaching.  For men luxurious Shaving sets from Edwin Jagger of Sheffield are a great addition to his shaving routine and will look wonderful in your bathroom.

However you decide to celebrate Easter this year and whatever gifts you decide to give your friends, have a wonderful relaxing break.



Friday, 20 March 2009

Angie Gooderham in Vogue April 2009 and Women and Home April 2009

Spring is now most definitely in the air. Blue skies and warm sunshine on your back gives you a wonderful feeling after such a cold winter. Clothes in bright colours are now everywhere in the shops which will be a welcome lift in all this economic doom and gloom. There use to be a time, where if you had the classic British pale skin look, you were not meant to wear bright colours but the youthful benefits of brighter colours near your face have been voiced for some time now.

If you are still feeling a little shy of brightly coloured clothes, start with just one brighter colour such as a top or jacket or accessorize with brighter colours.

A statement piece of jewellery from Angie Gooderham whose bright yellow bangle was featured in Women and Home (April 2009) – page 32 is a fun way to add a bit of colour. If this seems a bit ambitious or you would prefer a necklace, then go for pretty rather than too bright with Angie Gooderham’s mixed pink and silver bead necklace which adds girly but sophisticated touch to your look.

The gold resin Gold resin cuff as featured in Vogue (April 2009) – page 199 is not for the faint hearted. However, gold bangles are timeless and add an instant elegance to a spring/Summer outfit. Try the Angie Gooderham gold resin bangle below and you can wear it for years to come.

Accessorising is an excellent way to inject some life into an outfit without the expense of a whole new look.

Tuesday, 10 March 2009

Kleshna and Annie Lennox – Women & Home Magazine April 2009

On April 2009 Woman & Home magazine, Annie Lennox is wearing a statement black crystal necklace from Kleshna.  Kleshna handcrafts her jewellery designs and her name means ‘stealer of hearts’ in Russian.  Her necklaces have a ‘wow’ factor in part due to the stunning crystals she uses. 

If your purse strings won’t reach to a custom made Kleshna piece, her Baccus necklace holds all the allure of her stunning bespoke jewellery but at a price we can all afford.

The Kleshna Baccus Necklace consists of a pendant made of a cluster of crystals, often likened to a ‘bunch of grapes’.  The pendant is so tactile you won’t be able to stop playing with it or looking at it.  In silver or clear Aurora Borealis AB crystals, these Kleshna long chain pendants are simply beautiful.  The matching Kleshna Silver Bracelet  or Aurora Borealis Bracelet are a perfect match to complete an outfit.

Sunday, 8 March 2009

New Claudia Bradby Pearl Earrings

Coco Chanel said that ‘Fashion Fades, only style remains’ she also wore rows and rows of long pearls which have, of course, never gone of fashion.  So if you want to purchase jewellery that you will be wearing for years to come, pearls are the answer.  Although rows of pearl necklaces look sophisticated and striking, you may find you need a more subtle approach for daytime, this is where pearl earrings add a touch of elegance be it if you are wearing jeans or a more formal outfit.

Some of the best pearl jewellery around is created by Claudia Bradby.  Her earrings are delicate and perfect to take you from daytime to evening and even weddings.  The simple and elegant Claudia Bradby baroque style pearls and Claudia Bradby long teardrop pearls are timeless and complete a polished look.  The Claudia Bradby pearl drop earrings with pale pink quartz bead adds a pretty note to these beautiful earrings. 

Heart shaped jewellery continues to the a year on year favourite, and the Claudia Bradby silver battered heart earrings with a freshwater pearl adds a modern sophistication to these beautiful earrings. 

We will have more Claudia Bradby jewellery next month so keep looking for updates.

Thursday, 5 March 2009

New Kazuri Jewellery Designs for Spring Summer 2009

So we had a little bit of sunshine over the weekend – admit it, how many of us were tempted towards those summer clothes at the back of our wardrobes?   I think it is safe to say that is easy to get  carried away with the thought of Spring and the cold today is harsh reminder that we are only at the beginning of March!  If those warm dark clothes that we are all addicted to at this time of year need some brightening then don’t discard yet in favour of light fabrics and colours, simply accessorize with some vibrant and striking colours.  This is the best way to brighten and cheer yourself with all the miserable weather and economic news around at the moment. 

For the fairest among us, pale blues always strike the right note for that daytime outfit.  The Kazuri necklace in Jazzy blue is shimmering, pale but with enough colour to add light to your face not drain it away.  If you favour warmer shades, the Kazuri Jazzy necklace in Oyster is perfect with it’s polished gold and brown tones.  

If you are addicted to black then simply add the Kazuri Zebra necklace in black pearl, a real statement piece to break up all that black.  Still keeping with black but in a more subtle way, the Kazuri Shale Necklace in Black Pearl also looks stylish and sophisticated. 

Kazuri continues to create exciting and unique pieces of jewellery for all it ‘s customers with their fair trade ethos as strong as ever. 

Tuesday, 3 March 2009

Don’t forget Mother’s Day on Sunday March 22nd 2009

With the first of the warmer weather this past weekend and the spring flowers starting to push their way through the ground it won’t be long before we are all consumed with the thought of Easter and Easter Eggs, or should that be the consuming of Easter Eggs?

Before the Easter bunny calls, make sure you don’t forget Mother’s Day.  Nothing makes me think of Spring more than a nice Mothering Sunday with a family meal and gifts for Mum.  If you are stuck for inspiration as to how to make Mother’s Day special, our Mother’s Day Competition page contains a number of exciting and creative things to so this Mothering Sunday which don’t cost a fortune.

We look forward to hearing your own ideas for the perfect Mother’s Day, and any we publish on this page -  Mother’s Day Competition page  will be entered into our competition to win £20 worth of vouchers to spend at www.iadoreyour.com

Also, take a look at our ideas page for gifts for Mum.  A velvet jewellery roll or Kazuri necklace makes a perfect gift for her.

Whatever you decide to do make sure it is an enjoyable and relaxing day for Mum – they deserve it.

Monday, 2 March 2009

Taguabella – Organic Jewellery made from the Tagua nut

If you spend your lunch hour or weekend walking from one shop to another just trying to find that perfect piece of jewellery which will complete your outfit, you can be forgiven for having a feeling of  déjà-vu because it would seem that much of the High Street is selling similar jewellery designs.  Whilst fashionable jewellery is now far more accessible and less expensive in these highly competitive retail times.  If you would like fashionable jewellery that will last, look no further than Taguabella. 

Taguabella jewellery is fair-trade, which means the people that hand craft this jewellery are paid a fair wage.  The word ‘tagua’ in Taguabella is the clue to how this jewellery is made.  This fair trade jewellery is made from the ‘tagua’ nut of the Genus Phytelephas tree (known as the ivory-nut palm) indigenous to South American countries. The palm trees are organically and sustainably grown making them eco-friendly.  The nut is dried, and then sliced into beads from which beautiful individual pieces of jewellery can be handcrafted.  The shape of the nut dictates the shaped of the bead, so no two pieces of jewellery are exactly the same. 

Not only is Taguabella jewellery unique it also provides a boost the local economy in Colombia and is an alternative to cutting down the rainforests or killing elephants for their ivory.

Taguabella is available in a range of bright colours and more subtle earthy colours.  From the fuschia Taguabella Guajira necklace which adds colour to your face to the brown Guajira Taguabella necklace which looks great with a tan.  The Putamayo Taguabella necklace in black is striking with a summer white outfit or any black and white outfit for a sophisticated look.  Add the black Taguabella conga bracelet for the complete polished look.  

Alternatively, adding colour near your face is anti-ageing and also lifts the sometimes pale British complexion, just enough for people to remark ‘how well you look’!  The Putamayo Taguabella necklace in fuschia and pink is a great way to do this.  

You can accessorize further with earrings.  The turquoise Taguabella earrings are perfect with the Putamayo Taguabella Turquoise and blue necklace.

Whatever you choose, it will be a vote for individuality with great designs and fair trade jewellery to boot.