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hi, I am a 41 year old who loves jewellery and all things sparkly.My Instagram account is @sparkling_magpie

Thursday, 23 November 2017

Fox & Ivy Set of Two Nested Glass Jewellery Boxes

There is a definite trend in jewellery boxes this Winter 2017.  Glass and copper terrarium style trinket boxes are the "in" style. Beloved  by both instagrammers and bloggers as the boxes are certainly photogenic, they combine two key elements- rose gold and glass.

They certainly aren't a cheap purchase, I found some copper/ glass trays and boxes at Debenhams, for example, where prices range from £24 - 30.  Paperchase have a triangular terrarium jewellery box for £20, but the jewellery can only go no the bottom, there are no shelves so there is a huge amount of wasted space.  Urban Outfitters has some really cool divided coloured glass trinket boxes (£24), but still expensive items.  There are some gorgeous ones available on EBay but there is no guarantee they will get here for Christmas and stock photos can be very deceiving. 

I was wandering through my local Tesco Extra and noticed that they have a variety of glass, terrarium  style trinket boxes under the brand Ivy & Fox. The prices are reasonable - I got a set of 2 for £15.  They are a nice size - the larger box measures 14cm (W)x 12cm(L) x 7cm (H).  The smaller one measures 10cm (W)x 5m (H) x 9cm (L).  They are well made and the lid stayed up when opened so no risk of it crashing down on fingers as you reach for a piece of jewellery.   As there are 2 in each set you could keep one and give the other as a Christmas/Birthday/whatever gift or keep them both for yourself. There were lots of other lovely jewellery boxes on display on my local Tesco including a blue shabby chic mini dresser style box, so it is well worth a browse.

I purchased this item myself and all views expressed in this blog are my own. 

Monday, 20 November 2017

Book Review: The Billionaire's Christmas Baby by Marion Lennox


Max Grayland has inherited his baby half sister just in time for Christmas.  His father has died and his step mother has abandoned her baby daughter once she found out that she would only receive financial support if she had a boy,  She leaves the baby in the hotel suite, which is where Sunny Rae, the hotel maid, finds her.  Max asks/demands that she should help him over Christmas whilst he sorts out child care.  She agrees, so long as they spend the festive period with her family.  Sunny thought love solved everything whilst for Max love was an anathema. He was used to taking people financially but not loving them.   Max changes his view as realises he, and the baby, need/love Sunny.

This is a slow burn romance.  It is enjoyable but drawn out in places.  

I received this book via Netgalley and Harlequin Romance in exchange for an honest review,
The Billionaire's Christmas Baby by Marion Lennox is published by Cherish Mills and Boon on 30 November 2017 in the UK and December  5st 2017 by Harlequin Romance.   
Available from:Amazon UK

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Book Review: The Bridesmaid's Royal Bodyguard by Liz Fielding

Published by Tule Publishing on 18 October 2017, The Bridesmaid's Royal Bodyguard by Liz Fielding is the third book in the "Royal Invitations" series.  Ally Parker has returned home to Combe St Philip after losing her jb at a gossip magazine.  Her friend, Hope, employs her as a PR consultat for her forthcoming marriage to Prince Jonas.  Head of the Royal family's security, Count Fredrik Jensson, does not approve of her employment due to her prior employment and her debts which could encourage her leak stories to the press.  He tries to fight his attraction to her.  Will they overcome their past issues and make a future together?

I received this book from Netgalley and Tule Publishing in exchange for an honest review.

Sunday, 19 November 2017

Review & #Win #Beauty&theBeast #primark #Mrs Potts & #Chip Bag and Purse

Primark Beauty and the Beast Chip Cross Body Bag & Purse

The Chip purse and cross body bag were available for about a second in Primark.  It is an official Disney product. I got mine via Ebay and the pair were £18 including postage. There are still some available on Ebay and the price seems to be slowly gong down.

The cross body bag is cute. It has Chip on one side and is a contrasting pink on the other.  It has a pinky/gold glittery bottom and a iridescent gold nose/handle. The zip goes along the back of the bag rather than the top so it can be difficult to fit things in it.  The strap is quite short as it is meant to be a child's bag and it is not adjustable in length.  The bag measures 12x19cm and the strap 39cm.

The chip  purse, like the bag has Chip on one side and is a contrasting pink on the other.  He has a glittery pink base, a gold iridescent handle and a gold zip at the top. He is fully lined.   He measures 9x11cm

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Thursday, 16 November 2017

Book Review: Little Secrets: Holiday Baby Bombshell By Karen Booth

Holiday Baby Bombshell by Harelquin was published on 1 November 2017 by Desire (Mills & Boon) in the UK and on November 2017 in the US.

Ex competitive swimmer turned real estate agent/magnate Michael Kelly finds himself in direct competition with his pregnant ex-lover and hotel heiress Charlotte Locke. As they compete to sell the most number of apartments in the same hotel, The Grand Legacy, they find themselves living in appartments on the same floor, next door to each other. Charlotte is determined to keep her pregnancy a secret from both her over protective family and from her commitment phobe ex-lover and make a success of her real estate business. Michael has to overcome his avoidance to commitment, grow up and address childhood issues if their relationship is to grow.  Two adorable dogs add humour to the story!

I got this book free from Netgalley and Harlequin in exchange for an honest review. 
Available here

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Review: Evie Bird Peanut Butter Jar Holder


Winter, for me, means not only changing up my wardrobe, moisturising and makeup routine but also changing and increasing my bird feeders.  In the summer I use my Gardmans kids bird feeding station.  In the winter I like to add more feeders to encourage other birds to feed in my garden.  As I cannot lift my arms above my head, use  screwdrivers etc I find it difficult to find suitable feeders. 


The Evie plastic peanut butter jar holder for birds is great for me.  I can securely Velcro it around washing lines, drain pipes or tree trunks or hang it from a tree.  You take the front off and insert the jar securely in the plastic housing.  Once it is securely inside the wooden front is fastened back in place.  The peanut butter is made especially for birds, so do not try and eat it! and comes in different flavours.

I purchased my 3 Evie peanut butter holders from Horze.co.uk.  The holders are £7.49 each, with three colour ways (cheaper than Amazon UK) and the peanut butter jars £2.99 each.  The customer service from Horze was great.  They emailed me when the items were dispatched, the items arrived within a week and were securely wrapped.

I purchased these items myself and are available here