Baylis & Harding Linen Rose and Cotton Range

Recently I wrote a post about Baylis & Harding’s Limited Edition Pink Prosecco and Cassis Range.  This range was truly fantastic. I really did love the aroma and it was one that was popular with many of you too.  With that in mind I decided to make sure I featured another product that I discovered that I know you will also love this time from their Linen Rose and Cotton Range.  This range features a lovely mix of products many of which make fantastic gifts although you might decide once you have bought something from this range that you want to keep if for yourself.

The range is nice and varied to cover many tastes and budgets including diffusers, candles, different toiletry sets all of that are beautifully packaged.  I loved the look of the Linen Rose and Cotton Tin which features some lovely large bottles which anyone would be over the moon with once they smell the fabulous fragrance.  This is perfect for a pampering session and includes a 300ml Body Cleanser, 300ml Bath & Shower Crème, 125ml Bath & Shower Gel and 125ml Body Balm.  With Mother’s Day coming up this would make a great gift for mum to thank her for all her hard work this year as let’s face it mums do sooooo much and we can never really say thank you enough.  We must remember mum’s also need a little relaxation and pampering time for themselves and this is perfect for that.  The toiletries come in a pretty tin which will of course come in very useful for mum as it could be used to help store other toiletries when these all empty and would also look great in the kitchen to home jars of herbs and spices and if mum is green fingered she might even like to plant some herbs for the window sill or flowers.  A pretty heart design is displayed on the tin as well as onthe items nestled inside making this the ideal gift for one that you love.

 Now you know me if I can find this on offer for you I will so you will be pleased to know that although the RRP is £30 but, mummy here has gone and found it for the bargain price of (quick sit down!!!!!!!)

£9.99 at Argos.

OMG didn’t I do a great job there.  You will find it at Asda for £15 and Tesco also has it for £15 until the 26th March.

Another of the the products featured in that range that caught my eye was their;

Linen Rose and Cotton Large Wick Candle

How pretty is that in its silver coloured glass jar.  This candle has the same great delicate fragrance as the products in the tin and will help keep a room smelling gorgeous and it also looks great as a centre piece on a table or mantelpiece or even for those like my husband that enjoy taking a bath by candlelight  (you might want to get two or three in that case).  Almost everyone loves candles, there are very few that don’t now days an this is a great one to be given as a gift.  The wax is a baby pink colour and the 180g candle has a total burn time of up to 25 hours.  This has a RRP of £15.00 and can be found at OCADO £7.50 another bargain!!!!

There are many more in this range but I also wanted to include a product from the Pink Prosecco and Cassis range for a two reasons, one that it smells so amazingly fabulous that you should all be aware of it (okay so I’m stating the obvious there) the second reason, well I’m not going to tell you just yet you will need to read on to find out!!!! – Trust me you want too.

Pink Prosecco and Cassis  Diffuser Set

 Not only does this look pretty it gives off a lovely aroma to have any room smelling wonderful.  As with the other products from this range the packaging features the pretty rose gold.  The 200ml diffuser will last for up to 10 weeks.  The RRP is £15.00 but this can be found at Asda for £10.00.  Keep reading, you can win one of these below! (reason two).

What did you think of these super products from Baylis & Harding?

I have always been a fan of the various ranges that have been available and love discovering new ones.  For this reason I want to help one lucky reader discover two of the products / fragrances featured in this post.

Whose interested?

The prize is a lovely one that I would enter for too if I could but that wouldn’t be very fair.  One lucky reader will win a Linen Rose Cotton Large Wick Candle AND a Pink Prosecco and Cassis  Diffuser Set thanks to the lovely guys at Baylis & Harding.

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Project Mc2 H20 Nail Science Lab

My girls are pretty girly.  They love make up, having their nails painted, dressing up and taking their little handbags with them when they go out.  At school they have a great science teacher who has helped encourage them to develop a love for science themselves.  We were really pleased to hear that Project MC2 are supporting British Science week.(10th to the 19th of March).  The annual celebration of all things S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics.

Project MC2 are passionate about encouraging more young people especially girls into these areas demonstrating that they can be fun and are not just for boys.  Their aim is to prove that being smart is cool as those that watch the popular Netflix show Project MC2 will be aware.  The Project MC2 super smart and chic heroines are back to take on more secret missions for top secret organisation NOV8 using their love of science and sky skills to help them complete their missions.  Two new seasons of the show were launched in 2016 with new products and two new characters.  This Spring will see the girls return to our screens with many new exciting S.T.E.A.M. focused products including the Project Mc2 H20 Nail Science Lab.

As seen in the Netflix original show Adrienne Attoms’ next mission is to use her cosmetic chemistry skills to formulate the perfect look for saving the world.  With the Mc2 H20 Nail Science Lab children can now perform this same cool S.T.E.A.M. experiment at home using just household ingredients.  By using a scientific process called hydrographic printing children can create amazing and unique marble designs!  It is very easy to use and can be applied directly to children’s nails or to the provided press-on nails with any combination of polishes that you own.

What is hydrographic printing?  A quick Science Lesson

This is also known as immersive printing and is in this instance when the nail varnish is added to the water and an object is placed on top – finger nails onto where the pattern from the floating nail varnish will transfer.  As the nail varnish is not as dense as the water it floats.  What is density – the number of molecules in an area, so the denser an object is ie. the more molecules the less likely it is to float.  Nail varnish has less molecules when applied in small amounts to water so this forms a thin layer on the water surface.  When we added the nail varnish in a large amount it would form a ball and sink as it is denser than the water (has more molecules).  This is why the instructions say to add one drop at a time.

Within the set you will find a multi-LED light up station with built-in nail dryer, three stands with holders for your nail polish, three discs with blank nails to design, adhesive stickers, four science pipettes, one design stick, and one clear beaker. Batteries and nail polishes are not included.  Detailed instructions are provided.

 You will need 3 AA batteries.

Here is how we got on:

As you can see we had great fun doing this.  Having done this for the first time in the video we have learnt from this as mummy used quick drying nail varnish as that was what she had.  Next time we plan to use normal nail varnish and see the difference.

As you will see from the video we changed the way the masking tape was applied to the fingers as this was far easier and meant the tape stuck better and cover more of the skin.

This seemed to work pretty well and we didn’t have to remove much excess nail varnish from around the nails.

I was a little apprehensive at first about using the kit but only because I wasn’t sure how easy it would be to use and was a bit worried about messing it up.  Thankfully the product was so simple to use I didn’t get a chance to make a mess of it which was a good thing as that would have been embarrassing, phew!

The results were good and we look forward to experimenting with this again.  We now want to see if Vaseline works well around the nails to prevent the nail varnish sticking.  What do you think will it work?

This kit is for ages 8+ and makes a great gift to help encourage children to have fun with science.

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Zoomer Zupps Tiny Pups: Diva

We are a family of animal lovers.  We love toy animals as well as live ones.  My children  would love to have a puppy but we simply don’t have the space or time to look after one.  When given the chance to review Zoomer Zupps Tiny Pups Diva of course we were game.  A puppy you don’t need to walk daily etc. is a far better alternative for us.  Wow these really are tiny pups we didn’t realise this pup would be quite so little although the name of the product does give it away, duh!  Anyway the day came when our pup Diva arrived and of course the girls and mini man were super excited so naturally I was extremely thankful that there were batteries included in the box.  Don’t you just hate it when batteries are not included and you need to do the mad scrabble around the house to find enough whist the little ones are asking over and over like a broken record “have you found them yet?”  This tiny pup is super cute and is brightly coloured too and she does make adorable little sounds.

What are Zoomer Zupps Tiny Pups?

Well they are pretty much what their name describes, tiny pups.

These tiny pups have little rollers under their feet so they can be pushed around.

The pups respond to touch via special sensors.  Pet their head and they bark and pant happily, pet and hold their head and the will bark “I Love You”.

Press their nose once or twice in a row and they will make cute sounds.  Press and hold the nose and they make a kissing sound.

The pups eyes light up as she interacts.

Each pup features a unique secret trick.  To find out what this is pet the head and then press the nose twice.

They play a fun Zupp game called the bark back game.  Pet the head and press the nose at the same time to play.  They bark and flash their eyes in a specific pattern.  Pet the head to repeat the pattern.  Pet the head quickly for a bark and pet and hold the nose for a howl.  Get three in a row and you win!

The legs are adjustable so you can make them stand, sit or lie down.

If you have a few pups you can watch them interact with each other.

There are six to collect and each pup comes with a collector card, instruction book and have batteries already installed.

These are for children aged 4 to 8 years old.

See Diva in Action: 

What Did We Think?

The kids loved Diva, they thought she was super cute and loved the sweet little sounds that she made and also when she said “I Love You”.  Zoomer Zupps are easy to play with and Diva’s back legs move so you can position her to do tricks such as sit, lie down as well as stand.

The pups are small enough to make them easily transportable.  The more you play with them the happier they are and the kids found this adorable little pup irresistible.  Mr Squishy liked Diva so much he wanted her.  The girls were not impressed when he grabbed her and said “is miiiii” (is mine).

Zoomer Pups are available to buy from retailers such as Toys R Us, The Entertainer and Smyths and have a RRP of £14.99.

Have you heard of Zoomer Zupps Tiny Pups before?  Would you get one as a gift for a child you know?

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Luxury Easter Eggs That Look Amazing

I’m not finished with Easter Eggs just yet.  Even after discovering and buying some that were on offer from Tesco for some of the children I know I have now changed the focus to other types of egg.  There are so many Easter eggs available and some are truly works or art.  I thought I would take a little look around the internet and share with you some of my favourites.  In some cases it might be best not to look at their prices lol as some do come with a hefty price tag.  So what did I discover on my travels?  These were some of my favourites:

Choccywoccydoodah

The Hare Family Eggs – Series of 3 Eggs

 

The Mr & Mrs and Sailor Boy eggs are comprised of 100kg of chocolate each.  Now that is serious chocolate heaven.  I have no idea of the price but it’s not going this be on offer that’s for sure.  The price is available on request.  Their dragon eggs last year were being sold for £25,000 if that gives you an idea of the sort of prices these guys can command for a monster sized egg.

Godiva

Giant Easter Atelier Egg

This luxury chocolate egg is handmade in Brussels by executive chef chocolatier’s Jean Apostolou and Ilse Wilmots and looks not only enormous but also delicious.  It weighs 13kg and features an array of beautiful white chocolate butterflies that are hand painted.  These are available from Harrods and Selfridges.  It costs a mere £1000 and I’m sure it is worth every penny.

Bettys

Imperial Easter Egg

The egg is named after the Imperial Suite at their Café Tea Rooms in Harrogate and is a real showpiece in craftsmanship.  It is decorated by hand with beautiful spring flowers.  Don’t let the small photo fool you this egg contains over 5.4 kilos of high quality milk or dark chocolate.  This egg is made-to-order and delivered personally, so you will need to contact them to place an order.  This pretty egg is available for £250.  There are some lovely smaller and cheaper options also available like this:

Trio of Spring Flower Eggs

These cute eggs are made with the finest Swiss chocolate and presented in a pastel box. Created to complement one another perfectly, the trio contains one milk chocolate egg, hand-stippled with dark chocolate; one dark chocolate and one eau de nil white chocolate egg with a silver lustre. Each is decorated with Royal iced spring flowers, carefully piped by hand.  260g of chocolate for £27.50 isn’t too bad when you are going for quality and great presentation.

Lick The Spoon

Paisley Easter Egg – Monterery

I love the colours and simple design of this egg that really make it stand out.   It would be almost a shame to break it up and eat although I’m guessing I would manage if I got one.  These celebrate 50 years since the famous ‘summer of love’ and the festivals held at the time.  Drawing on Paisley design influences their beautiful handmade egg is a thick chocolate shell covered in a gossamer thin pastel layer. The surface is hand decorated with an intricate gold Paisley design.  This egg comes presented in a blue keyhole box with a box of 12 Spring collection chocolates.  You will get 800g of chocolate for just £85!

Artisan du Chocolat

Sculpture Egg

Not your average Easter egg this is more like a piece of art and can be found in Harvey Nicols.  This is made from intense 70% Colombian dark chocolate and expertly finished in gold shimmer with an 18kt gold leaf adorning the central egg, what a stunning egg to grace any table or fireplace (don’t turn that on of course) until it is time to devour it.  There are mini eggs also included and this contains a total of 430g of chocolate which is priced at £44.95.

What did you think of the eggs I featured?

Have you seen any that look fab that I may have missed?

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Gel-A-Peel Pearly Pastel Kit Review and Giveaway

My girls love to do arts and crafts and honestly if there were more hours in the day we would be getting creative on a daily basis.  Unfortunately with school taking up to much time and then the dreaded homework, trying to squeeze in reading and then not forgetting the tutors with their homework most of our days are used up so there isn’t much time to get out all our arts and crafts gear and get making fabulous designs.  The weekends are great as we have a little more time to do things so this weekend the girls were super organised and started preparing for Mother’s Day 2017 which is on the 27th of March.  It was really appropriate as apparently March is #NationalCraftMonth.  They decided to design Mother’s Day cards using a new product we had been sent to review: Gel-A-Peel.

For those like us that have never come across Gel-A-Peel before this is very easy to use and I speak from experience.  This was something we were very excited to try and we read all the instructions first to make sure we did it correctly.  There isn’t much to it, you simply choose your nozzle (tip) and pipe the gel into shapes and patterns.

The girls were very keen to do a YouTube video to tell you all about it:

Inside the box we found 3 pearly pastel gel tubes, 16 design templates, 5 designer tips, and a gel tray.  You can also use this in arts and crafts designs it’s a flexible product and isn’t limited to one thing.  We decided to get creative and make some Mother’s Day cards so firstly we used the tray provided to make some gems and flowers.

The gems and other items will take a few hours to dry.  We left ours whilst the kiddies were out so about 6 hours.  I also thought I we should also make one of the items the kit has been designed for so we made some bracelets using one of the templates provided.  We added in some crystals (these did not come with the pack) as we thought they would look great against the pearl colour of the bracelets.  The crystals were attached whilst the gel was still wet.

Then we started on our card designs.

Didn’t they do a fabulous job!

The cards could have also be made using the gel pens only like this:

The girls also loved their bracelets.  Don’t they look pretty.  They felt very soft too and the girls liked stroking them.

My girls plan to make some more bracelets for their friends.

We thought that this was a fab arts and crafts set and that you guys would love one too so we are holding a competition for one lucky reader to win a Pearly Pastel Kit like the one shown in this review.

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Pocket Microscope from Interplay

I loved science when I was younger, in fact I loved it so much I ended up studying herbal medicine.  If found it really interesting to find out how the human body worked as well as learning more about nature.  My girls also seem to be displaying an interest in the human body and also the natural world and of course I want to encourage this as much as possible.  We do go out and about looking at all sorts of things such as creepy crawlies, fungi of various types, animals/birds that we may come across.  I remember one year we came across a field that had baby frogs.  We stayed for hours, the girls would run around and try and catch them although their reaction was hilarious when they jumped at them.  I remember as a child having my own microscope although what happened to that I haven’t a clue so when Interplay offered me the opportunity to review their pocket microscope of course I couldn’t refuse.

The microscope comes packaged with everything you might need to get started including a microscope, a sample slide with grasshopper parts, a sample slide with textiles, 3 blank microscope slides, 12 transparent sample covers, 12 labels for samples, 4 storage jars, tweezers and an instruction booklet.

You will need 2 AA batteries for this so if you are buying this for your children or as a gift bare that in mind it’s disappointing when you can’t play with your toys as you don’t have the necessary batteries.

Setting up the microscope is simple.  All you need to do is put the batteries in pull the torch to turn it on and look through.  The samples provided are great as they give little ones something to start looking at but it isn’t hard to find other things to pop under the microscope.  Simply look around the house, you will find plenty of items in the kitchen such as salt, sugar, whole and ground pepper.  Even something as simple as a hair from you hairbrush can be placed under the microscope.

There are plenty of items too that can be found outside to look at.  Why not try looking at a leaf of a stem of a plant.  Insects or parts of insects can also work well.  Don’t forget it the insect is live it won’t keep still so it might be more of a challenge to focus on it with the microscope.

We headed off into the garden to see what we could get our hands on.  The girls were very brave until we found a spider.  Neither wanted to try and catch it so of course mummy (who really doesn’t like spiders) had to assist (eeeuuuuuggggghhhhhh).  With our eight legged friend in tow we headed indoors to take a look and get some pictures to show everyone.

This looks like it could be a brown spider although I could be mistaken.  It has plenty of larger relatives in our garden but thankfully we didn’t come across any of those otherwise I am sure you would have heard our screams across the UK.  Although terrified of these we do also find them quite fascinating as long as they can’t touch us.

The microscope is small enough to fit into a pocket, handbag or back pack and is very light.  It can be used on the go if you find anything exciting you want to take a closer look at.  The microscope magnifies items to 30 times their actual size.

My girls are looking forward to discovering more creepy crawlies and looking at more things under the microscope too.  This is a great way to encourage children to move away from computer screens and get outside more and it can also be educational as well as great fun!

What creepy crawlies or other items would you like to see under a microscope?

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Pancake Day with Num Noms #NumNomsFoodie

It’s Pancake Day, yaaaaaaaaaaayyyyyy!!!!!

We love pancakes so when the guys at Num Noms set us a challenge to create a Num Nom inspired pancake we of course had to accept, any excuse to make some pancakes.

The guys sent us a little

Inspiration…

to help us get those creative juices flowing.  They came up with some great sounding ideas combining some of their Num Noms.

Coconut Raspberry Topper

Introducing Razzi Berry, Coco Cali and Choco Sprinkles!  We think these three would make a pancake with just the right balance of sweet, sour, and a hint of coconut!

Straw-Nana Mallow Madness

When you already have a Nom which combines the delicious flavours of strawberry and banana in a lipgloss, it would be crazy not to combine these two in a pancake.  We’re bringing extra tasty toastyness with Toasty Mallow too, because who wouldn’t want melted marshmallow in a pancake?

Just cheese

 When you need a savoury treat, where better to start than cheese?  Cheesy Burrito is our chosen character for this one, part of the Fiesta food Starter Pack it makes for the perfect pancake.

Our creation combined two Num Noms

We thought we would have a bit of fun and make a pancake stack that looked like a Num Nom, how cool is she!

We also wanted to show this as a normal dessert.

We made a stack of mini pancakes then topped it with a home made dark chocolate ganache that combined 50g melted dark chocolate and 50ml double cream combined.  This was topped with yummy fresh strawberries and squirty cream and hundreds and thousands.

The kids couldn’t wait to tuck in.  Apparently it was “really good” not that I’d know as I didn’t get any.  Poor mummy.

We had so many different Nums Noms to inspire us.  The delicious Series 3 stackables has nine new collections, new themes include Marshmallows, Donuts, Fruits, Veggies, Candy and Fiesta Foods.  This seasons Noms are either erasers, stampers or dual-flavoured lip glosses, and of course they all smell so delicious.

We were also sent some starter packs to review.  You can take a look at our #unboxingvideo here and see what we were sent:

Available within Series 3 Mystery Pots, Starter Packs, Lunch Box Deluxe Packs and Surprise in a Jar, the uniquely scented characters have never been more fun, with so many ways to collect.

The lip-gloss range has also expanded, with duos of flavours such as Straw-Nana, Peachy Pina and Mintberry now being served!

There are so many fabulous scents and products now available we wanted to share the fun yet again with yet another wonderful Num Noms giveaway.  This time we will be giving away 1 Series 3 Lunchbox Deluxe Pack & 1 Series 3 Starter Pack!

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skinChemists Bee Venom Facial Serum

There are so many beauty products on the market and it can be very overwhelming.  Deciding what to choose can be hard and many of us can be easily influenced by brand names, price and fancy packaging although not all expensive products do what they claim too and many low priced products can be basic and in some cases ineffective.  The use of bee venom in beauty products has become a growing trend.  Yes I am talking about the bee venom secreted by the back end of a bee when it stings you.  Now I know you’re thinking why would anyone in their right mind want to apply products with bee venom to their skin, it is designed to be an irritant causing itching and swelling.  Don’t worry all will be revealed shortly.

The Science Part!

As our skin ages it loses its collagen resulting in the signs of ageing such as sagging skin and wrinkles forming.  By applying a product with bee venom the skin is in a sense tricked into believing it has been stung.  When you are stung the body’s normal response would be to increase the blood circulation to the area in question so application of a product containing bee venom to the face for example (not forgetting the neck and decolletage) will increase the blood flow in that area which will in turn encourage the production of collagen and elastin in the area of application.  The resulting effect is to give the skin a plumper, firmer appearance reducing the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.

The company skinChemists sent me some of their best selling Bee Venom Facial Serum for an overview.  This serum is packed with a range of ingredients that are designed to nourish, plump and hydrate the skin and which work together to stimulate the skin to give it a smoother and firmer appearance.

Within this serum the main active ingredients are:

Bee Venom

As mentioned this increases the blood flow and this in turn increases the flow of nutrients to the multiple layers of the skin resulting in a firmer, plumper appearance and the reduction in the visibility of wrinkles and fine lines.

Hyaluronic Acid

Another fabulous product which is great in making lines look reduced.  This acts by increasing the moisture levels in the skin thus plumping it up.  Imagine the skin is a wrinkly deflated balloon.  As the Hyaluronic acid begins to take effect the moisture levels within the skin increase so in effect the balloon would begin to inflate making those wrinkles less and less visible and the skin looking much firmer as it works.

A Blend of Amino Acids

The amino acids have an important role which is to balance the skin improving its clarity and encouraging a brighter complexion.

Animal Friendly

skinChemists do not harm any animals in the making of their products.  The bee venom used in this product is from a sustainable source which applies to the industry standards of technological extraction.

My Findings

The bee venom facial serum felt very light and absorbed well into the skin and left it feeling velvety soft.  The aroma is nice and not overpowering.  There was no adverse effect on the skin or reddening.  The pump bottle the serum comes in allows for easy dispensing and prevents too much product being used.  The design of the packaging is simple, pretty and effective.

SkinChemist products have had rave reviews from all sorts of celebrities and quite honestly I can now safely say I understand why.  I have something truly shocking I wanted to share.  I have only been using this for 3 days.  That’s 1 application at night and one in the morning over the face, neck and decolletage each day and already my skin looks brighter.  I must admit to about 5 rechecks at least as I couldn’t believe my eyes.  I looked in the mirror this morning and thought my eyes were going funny initially maybe due to water loss overnight but then I looked again in another room.  My skin did look brighter.  This really does give me a great feeling about this products ability and I am hoping soon I will notice a reduction in my wrinkles and fine lines too.

The results speak for themselves with celebrities fashion designers such as Dolce and Gabbana, Stefano Gabbana and model Jourdan Dunn singing their praises.  Camilla (The Duchess of Cornwall) has also confessed to using this fabulous must have beauty secret after which sales of this serum sky rocketed.  With Mother’s Day coming up this youth elixir in a pump action bottle is something that I know any mum would love to get their hands on so why not get mum something she really wants a more youthful complexion and appearance.

Now for the price.  The RRP of the serum is £135 BUT skinChemists have given me a code for my readers to get this serum for the bargain price of £19.99.

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Gorgeous Pre Loved IWC Watches for Men (Mostly)

Last week I wrote a post about some gorgeous drool worthy handbags from Mulberry; Mulberry Must Haves for February 2017 that I know many of you enjoyed.  This week I thought I would continue with the luxury theme but this time I wanted to feature some gorgeous high end pre-owned designer watches.  I discovered that you can get some gorgeous second hand designer watches a few years back when I went on a day trip to Brighton with my parents as I was appearing in a cookery competition which was to be aired later in the year.  After I finished filming we had time go wander around Brighton and off course go shopping.  Whilst there we visited a jewellers who also had watches many of which were designer and a fair number were second hand.  Yes!!!! Second hand watches is apparently a thing and since then my parents have purchased a few.  Of course Brighton is a pretty long way to travel to get hold of a second hand watch so onto the internet I went and that was where I discovered a company called Xupes.  Now this site really does have a fabulous range of wrist candy that you will adore.  These types of watches retain their value so they are more than just a watch / gift, they are also an investment.  The second hand IWC watches on the site caught my eye.  There are some lovely watches to choose from and although there are watches for men and women I thought this week I would write a men’s second hand luxury watch wishlist although I have featured a few unisex watches.

Just a little background about the brand IWC.  It was created in East Switzerland in 1868 by American engineer and watchmaker Florentine Aristo.  The brand promoted itself as a high end engineers watch and has always been one of the brands leading the market in watch design.  Second hand watches from Xupes are inspected inhouse by master watchmakers to ensure that they serviced and polished where necessary.  The watches come with a 12 month warranty.  A strict history and authenticity check comes as standard for each watch.

There are numerous IWC watches available and here are some of my favourites.

 Watch 1 

Vintage Watch Cal.89 18K Yellow Gold Unisex 1949

I couldn’t resist squeezing in a few unisex watches this being one of them.  The numbering is clear and simple and the watch has a sophisticated look to it.  This watch shows that gold is still a great colour when used correctly in a piece like this.  This super stylish watch will never go out of fashion and would look great on both men and women.  The black leather strap means this will look great with work and evening wear.

Watch 2

Vintage 18K Yellow Gold Gents 853 1961

This lovely gents watch looks great with the gold dial and baton markers in place of numbers.  It is a stunning piece that helps finish off an outfit for a formal event.  This watch exudes class and sophistication and is truly a stunning piece and any man would love to wear.  The crocodile print strap adds to the great design of this watch making it an extremely desirable piece.

Watch 3

Portofino Stainless Steel Unisex IW356507 2014

I love the face of this pretty unisex watch with the silver numerals and hands.  The black alligator leather strap finishes of the piece perfectly making this a great watch for work and day wear.  The design is a classic meaning you would get many years use as it would always look smart and elegant.

 Watch 4

Vintage Cal. 89 18K Rose Gold Gents 1952

Rose gold really is in fashion right now so this watch is a fabulous piece to wear out and about.  The appearance of this watch makes it look masculine even with the rose gold.  The dark leather strap is the perfect colour contrast and the makes this piece one that can be worn with just about anything.

Watch 5

GST Pertpetual Calendar Stainless Steel Gent’s IW375607 2000’s

This stainless steel classic looking men’s watch looks great and is just the thing for day and evening use.  The style is one that will always be in fashion and is one that others try to copy although not as well.  This great masculine looking watch is one of those that will appeal to many due to the colour and good design.

Watch 6

Portuguese 18K Rose Gold Gents IW390405 2016

I love the combination of the rose gold on the watch with the black alligator leather they do look great together.  This has a great masculine style that again looks great with most types of dress whether it is formal or casual.  The dial is clearly set out and looks stylish and the sort of design that will appeal to a range of ages.

I hope you liked my choices.

Which watch is your favourite?

Mulberry Must Haves For February 2017

I am a sucker for a nice bag, aren’t we all!  A good bag for me doesn’t have to have a designer label as long as it is made well and is in a style and colour that I love.  Mulberry have a drool worthy range of bags to keep any fashionista happy myself included.  It’s still winter at the moment but Spring is coming up fast which is great as the season brings with it some fabulous colours.  For the moment though the colours that inspire me in my choice of colours for bags are black (we all love a black bag) dark blue, grey and some shades of brown.  You could of course inject some colour into your winter bag selection but for today I will focus on winter inspired bags.

Bag 1: Tyndale

The Tyndale bag is a gorgeous croc print bucket-shaped bag which is simply gorgeous.  I love the colour and the glossy exterior.  The style of the bag means it’s one of those easy to use bags that will fit in a fair amount and is easy to carry.  This is a great statement bag and is fabulously feminine and oozes sophisticated style.  This has a removable and adjustable strap.  I love the colour of this and if anyone is feeling generous you are more than welcome to buy me one, they are only £1,195.  I might wait for the sales to get this one.

Bag 2: Small Zipped Bayswater

This is a smaller version of Mulberrys most iconic bag and it’s hardly surprising the bag is a great size and style.  This deep embossed croc print bag has a zipped main compartment to ensure all your essentials remain in the bag.  This can be carried in various ways either via the two handles or should you prefer with the removable leather shoulder bag.  I love the black option but this can also be purchased in oxblood should you prefer.  I am sure this is on top of many ladies wishlist and costs the same as the the Tyndale.

Bag 3: Freya Satchel

A new addition to the Freya range this small, soft, goat print Taupe satchel is easy to wear and easily fits your main essentials.  The bag has a flap over closure and adjustable body strap to give the wearer ease of use and comfort and to ensure contents are safely hidden away.  This bag is smaller than many of the others featured here and costs a mere £595.

Bag 4: Freya

This beautifully designed, soft, goat print Hobo bag has an adjustable top handle.  This is a great classic style which can carry a fair amount of essentials and looks sleek and feminine.  This is also available in taupe and oxblood but my favourite must be the black it looks great and goes with many more outfits.  The Freya bag will guarantee the wearer numerous envious glances.  Middle of the range in price this weighs in at £895.

Bag 5: Cheyne

This compact clasp closing bag can be worn with either the chain or leather strap.  This clay coloured smooth bag has one main compartment and the focus of this bag is the simple yet pretty design of the clasp in the centre.  The gold chain gives a great colour contrast that is quite eye catching.  The leather is soft and the bag can be worn over the shoulder or across the body for extra security.

Bag 6: Mini Cheye

This super cute bag is a mini version of bag no5 and comes in the colour midnight (a very dark blue) but the chain has a silver toned finish.  This can be worn as a day or evening bag and can be matched to a range of outfits.  This fits just the essentials so if you like to carry around a lot of cosmetics this unfortunately isn’t the bag for you but you are welcome to gift it to me.  The smallest bag brings with it the lowest price of £495.

Which bag is your favourite?

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