Jewellery brand of the month: Rosa Pietsch

After a brief December hiatus, my ‘Jewellery brand of the month’ posts are back. When I was trying to decide on a brand to showcase in January, I couldn’t believe I hadn’t already looked at:


With a background in womenswear, textiles and accessories, Rosa Pietsch started making and selling her own jewellery in 2012. Her designs, inspired by vintage prints and contemporary shapes, are unique, unlike anything else in the world of acrylic jewellery. Amazingly, I only own one of her pieces, but there are several more on my wishlist, some of which I have mentioned below.

This Large Floral Pendant Necklace is beautiful.

floral pendant
Large Floral Pendant Necklace

The Engraved Arc Necklace offers understated glamour, and is available in several different colours.

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Engraved Arc Necklace

This Crescent Moon / Full Moon Necklace is gorgeously dramatic.

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Crescent Moon/Full Moon Necklace

I love the Art Nouveau-inspired Nouveau Flower Pendant.

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Nouveau Flower Pendant

Finally, this Star Flower Statement Necklace is simply stunning.

star flower statement necklace
Star Flower Statement Necklace

Find Rosa Pietsch via the following links:






Jewellery brand of the month: Smile and Make

My jewellery brand for November is a relatively new UK-based brand:


Based in Newcastle-under-Lyme, the brand’s designer, Lucy, has created some absolutely stunning designs recently. They proved so popular that I wasn’t in time to get hold of any, but hopefully I will be able to get hold of some in the future!

Just to note that there aren’t any direct links to the pieces below, because they’ve all either sold out or are not yet available. I recommend following Smile and Make on Instagram to be alerted when pieces will become available on Etsy.

Christmas Flowers Necklace
Christmas Flowers Necklace
Make A Wish Brooch
Make A Wish Brooch
Jovie Brooch
Jovie Brooch
London Bus Brooch
London Fireworks Necklace

Find Smile and Make via the following links:



Jewellery brand of the month: Oh So Flamingo

My jewellery brand for October is the UK-based


So far, my only purchase from this brand has been the special poppy brooch made to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I. All profits are donated to the Royal British Legion. I purchased the small brooch, the picture below shows the large.

Lone Soldier Poppy Appeal Brooch
Lone Soldier Poppy Appeal Brooch

What first drew me to the brand was a cute cupcake brooch I spied.

Cupcake O'Clock Brooch
Cupcake O’Clock Brooch

I also love the range of Hollywood-inspired brooches: this one was inspired by Elizabeth Taylor.

Lizzy Brooch
Lizzy Brooch

This squirrel brooch is super cute.

Squeaks the Squirrel Brooch
Squeaks the Squirrel Brooch

The brand doesn’t only produce brooches: I adore this rose necklace.

A Rose By Any Other Name Necklace
A Rose By Any Other Name Necklace

Oh So Flamingo can be found at:





Carnation Collectables (UK-based stockist):

Jewellery brand of the month: The Storybook Rabbit

As it’s nearly Easter, I thought it would be appropriate to pick a brand that focuses on that well-known Easter symbol, bunnies. This month’s jewellery brand, therefore, is:


The brand is the creation of Kelly White, who is based in Sydney, Australia. Her designs mostly involve animals, are incredibly cute.

‘Shy bunnies’ are some of the best-known brooches in the Storybook Rabbit range. I particularly like this little Red Strawberry Bunny.

Red Strawberry Bunny

Articulated bunnies made from different acrylic pieces are also prevalent. St Patrick’s Day has just passed, but I think this Lucky Clover Bunny Buddy would be an adorable brooch for that occasion.

Lucky Clover Bunny Buddy
Lucky Clover Bunny Buddy

This Lop Rosette Bunny is made with white pearl acrylic, but he is available in lots of different colours, and matching rose brooches are available too.

Lop Rosette Bunny
Lop Rosette Bunny

It’s not just bunnies though – this Pretty Kitty Brooch is super sweet too. Molly the cat comes with an extra, tiny kitten brooch.

Pretty Kitty
Pretty Kitty

My favourite is possibly this gorgeously detailed Shadowbox Brooch.

Collectors Shadowbox
Collectors Shadowbox

If you like the look of these creations, check out the Storybook Rabbit via the following links:




Birchbox – January 2015

I had a six month offer for Birchbox, so this month’s box is my last. I’ve been impressed with the service, and I’m only cancelling because I am trying to save money – also, I’ve loads of samples to use up. I do recommend the Birchbox service if you’re interested in trying a beauty box subscription. The service is reliable and the box contents are interesting and worth the price, in my opinion.

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The January box is delivered in conjunction with Women’s Health, and is all about exercise and healthy living – what else? It’s a bit of a cliché, but I did like the bright box design. Inside, there are a number of products to help you feel better inside and out.

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activbod Cooling Finish Lotion – A handy lotion for after exercising, which is useful as I’ve just restarted the “30 Day Shred” programme.

Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum – A good serum which should hopefully help me get glowing skin this January.

Embrace Matcha Green Tea – Unfortunately I thought this was disgusting. I’m going to stick to Camomile & Honey if I want a change from normal tea!

HealGel Intensive – A useful cream which I find works well on my dry, cracked hands at this time of year.

Philip Kingsley Body Building Conditioner – My hair is dry but this conditioner works really well.

Stila Lip Glaze – I’ve had one of these before. I think they’re expensive for what they are, but they are nice nevertheless so I’m happy to get a free one. The colour is lovely, too.

It’s sad to stop the subscription, but at least I’ll be able to reduce some clutter at home by concentrating on using up the products I already have.

Birchbox – December 2014

Any December beauty box should be pretty good, what with Christmas and all, but I’ve been particularly impressed with Birchbox‘s offering. I even got to choose my nail polish shade before delivery – I’ve got several red glitter polishes so I chose the green, appropriately named “Absinthe”. The box itself was designed by someone called Sophia Webster, and I really like it – it’s covered in jewels and is really pretty.

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Here’s what I got in my box:

Sophia Webster purse – a handy purse with a nice design. I’m sure I’ll use this at some point.

Models Own Nail Polish Velvet Goth – I chose the shade “Absinthe” which is a gorgeous glittery dark green. Really pleased with this.

Benefit High Beam – I already have some of this, but I love this product so was happy to get some more. Plus, I love the little cracker it came in.

Electric Hair Hydrate Shampoo – I always enjoy trying new shampoos and can’t wait to give this a go.

Eslor Firming Collagen Day Cream – I hope I’m still young enough not to need firming cream, but I’ll give this a go anyway, to see if it makes a difference to my skin.

Eyeko Fat Eye Stick – This came in a lovely smoky shade, easy to apply and very effective.

Vasanti Brighten Up! Enzymatic Face Rejuvenator – I will use this after the Christmas holidays, when I am sure I will be in desperate need of something to brighten my skin.

Altogether, a really impressive box, which I’m pretty pleased with.

Birchbox – November 2014

After being, if not disappointed, distinctly underwhelmed with my October Birchbox, I was very impressed indeed with my November box.

With a “cosy” theme, it was full of items designed to help you through the cold winter months.
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I got:

Dr. Jart+ Skincare V7 Cleansing Foam – I’d never heard of this brand but my friend tells me it is a well-known and praised beauty brand in Korea, so I was excited to get this.

Beauty Protector Protect & Detangle – A handy spray to help look after my hair. Very useful especially as my hair is growing longer and is more prone to tangles.

OPI Coca-Cola Collection Nail Lacquer – I love OPI and this is a gorgeous dark purple shade.

English Laundry Signature for Her EDP Spray – Despite the uninspiring name I loved the scent of this perfume – warm, musky and sweet.

Lord & Berry Bronzer (Sienna) – I rarely use bronzer as I am so pale, but this will come in handy if I am ill and I need to look a bit more “human”.

Drinkwel Capsule Bottle – I am intrigued by these – they are designed to help prevent hangovers. I will be very interested to see how they work over the Christmas period!

The next box will be the Christmas one – wonder what will be inside?

Birchbox – October 2014

I received my October Birchbox a little later than usual, but better late than never. This one, which had a “breast cancer awareness” theme, wasn’t as exciting as my previous box, but I was reasonably happy with it.

October Birchbox 01
My box
October Birchbox 02
Fun stuff

I got:

Meaningful Beauty Glowing Serum – a pleasant serum that makes skin feel soft.

Pixi by Petra Shea Butter Lip Balm (Honey Nectar) – a lovely lip balm which tastes really nice.

Shaveworks The Cool Fix – a handy calming balm for use on skin after shaving.

Cattier Pink Clay Mask For Sensitive Skin – a relaxing face mask.

KMS California HAIR PLAY Dry Wax – a handy wax for keeping hair under control.

I also got a little pink makeup bag and a pen designed to look like a pink lipstick. I guess you can never have too many pens or makeup bags!

The Lightbox, Woking

On Saturday I visited Woking. Partly this was to go to the theatre, but partly it was to visit the museum there, which is called the Lightbox. There was one particular exhibition I really wanted to see, about vintage beauty, and as the whole museum is free, I thought I wouldn’t mind having a look at the rest of the exhibitions too.

The Lightbox

I started on the ground floor, in the Art Fund Prize Gallery, which had an exhibition on The Art of Marcel Ronay. I’d never heard of this early to mid-20th century artist before, but I liked his work, which is dark and unsettling. I also took a look at the art in the Corridor Gallery, which had a display called Art from the Vyne: Our Museum Community Project.

On the first floor, the Main Gallery had an exciting exhibition called The Giant Electronic Art Show, which had exhibits that you could touch and mess about with. I largely left these for the kids, but I enjoyed looking at the 3D-printed items on display.

Woking’s Story had a display on the history of the town, with items on the local firm Kenwood, the nearby asylum, and the Necropolis Railway which used to transport coffins from central London to Brookwood Cemetery, near Woking. I made a mental note to pay a visit to this cemetery someday.

Finally, I went up to the second floor to see the exhibition I had really come to see. In the Upper GalleryGlamour on the Go – Compacts: The Beautiful Story of Make-Up had an incredible display of compacts and other beauty accessories ranging across the twentieth century.

Matching compacts
Compact designs
Guitar compact
Compact designs
Compact designs
Vintage magazine and beauty accessories
Amazing evening bag containing a compact, comb, beauty tools… and a pair of opera glasses!
Assorted compacts
The original Boots No. 7 range
Max Factor cosmetics

Later, while wandering around Woking, I came across a rather odd-looking sculpture – a Martian. H.G. Wells was living in Woking when he wrote The War of the Worlds, and in the novel it is in Woking that the Martians first land. In celebration of this, the sculpture by Michael Condron was unveiled in 1998.



Birchbox – September 2014

I was very excited to receive my September Birchbox through the post. After a great August box, I was really looking forward to it.

My September box

Inspired by “back to school”, the theme for September was “Happy Days”. It’s many years since I was at school, but I liked the theme anyway, and loved the design of the box.

Happy Days

Here’s what I got in my September box:

This month’s goodies

Korres Citrus Shower Gel – I have tried this before and I really like it, so I was happy to receive this. It’s refreshing and smells lovely.

Benefit It’s Potent! Eye Cream – I’ve tried this before too and it’s a good eye cream, so I was happy to have this.

ModelCo® Lip Lacquer Viva – This is so dinky, it would be ideal to pop into a tiny evening bag. I really like the colour.

Beautyblender and Blendercleanser – I was mega-chuffed to get this, as it is super expensive to buy. It’s a great way to apply foundation smoothly and without lines.

Agave Healing Oil Treatment – I’ve tried a lot of these hair treatments and this one is no better and no worse than any other. It does make my hair soft and shiny.

Urban Fruit Magnificent Mango – A bonus food sample. I thoroughly enjoyed this as I adore mango.

Photo Holder – Birchbox included this to be in keeping with the Happy Days theme – you are meant to put a photo of a happy event here. A nice little extra.

Overall, I am really happy with this month’s box, particularly the Beautyblender. I hope next month’s box is as good!