Annie Haak Jewellery

I was given the opportunity to review some fab jewellery from Annie Haak.

Annie gets the inspiration for most of her design from the beautiful tropical island of Bali where she spends most of her time. Influenced by Bali life the flora, the fauna  the bright colours and magical people and villages. Most of Annies pieces have special meanings by way of mantras or symbols which make every piece extra special.

I was lucky enough to be sent in exchange for this review the fab Fuji Bracelet Stack

A trio of exquisite stacking bracelets in 925 hallmarked sterling silver, each piece is hand threaded onto high quality jewellery elastic, that i havent managed to snap, is testament to the quality.  Each bracelet is 17cm but can be made to order if you need a special size.  Each item comes well presented in a lovely box  complete with a bow to stop it sliding around and with its own cleaning cloth which is a lovely little touch.

As you can see the Fuji Stack Bracelet is so pretty and is better value than buying a seperate bracelet this piece is priced at £150 but for the quality its well worth every penny. My wife loves it so she has claimed it from me. So I will have to buy another for me. If you like fine jewellery check out the Annie Haak website. /www.anniehaakdesigns.co.uk I guarantee you wont be disappointed.

Green Earth Wok from Ozeri

I was lucky enough to be asked to review for Ozeri, something I have done in the past and when i was offered the chance to work with them again I couldnt refuse.  I was gifted a couple of items to review the first being Green Earth Wok. This wok is amazing high quality 14inches in diameter and a nice weight.

As with all good pans before use i primed it using a drizzle of oil and gently heated and made sure all the pan was coated before washing and using for the first time, this ensures the pan is clean of any debris to avoid food sticking to it.

Unlike other brands the Ozeri Green Earth Wok uses and ultra safe inspired by nature which is 100% PTFE and PFOA free.

Excellent non stick qualities that dont produce any harmful fumes even at a high temperature

Scratch resistant easy to clean ceramic coatin

 Made out of durable heavy-gauge die-cast aluminum with no heavy metals or harmful chemicals

heat resistant handle which is very important when cooking at high temperatures.

Whilst this may not be the cheapest wok you can buy it is one of the best not too heavy or clumbersome. I have used it for a while now and no odours have come from it and no scratches at all. Very stable even on a gas hob. I can now say this is my go to wok.

The Ozeri Green Earth wok can be bought on Amazon. https://www.amazon.co.uk/Ozeri-Smooth-Ceramic-Non-Stick-Coating/dp/B01AOJTI90/ref=cm_cr_arp_d_product_top?ie=UTF8

 

The second product i was lucky enough to be gifted are these amazing colourful bathroom scales Precision Pro 11 Digital bathroom scales with weigh change detection.

Not only do these give you an accurate weight they tell you whether you have lost or gained so no more heading for the calculator to double check its there in an instant.

New Weight Change Detection Technology displays your net change in weight in GREEN for weight loss and in RED for weight gain.
Step On Activation captures the precise weight measurements upon contact (no tapping required).
Uses 4 high precision G sensors to weigh up to 200 kilograms or 440 pounds in 0.1 kg or 0.2 lbs increments.
Award-winning design features an over-sized weighing platform with impact-resistant tempered glass.
Automatically turns off to conserve battery life, and runs on 2 AAA batteries with battery indicator (batteries included).

I already own Ozeri scales in the bathroom which i use regularly  but these make keeping track of my weight so much easier with red for weight gain and green for loss you can see immediately the results.  I have found my Ozeri scales to be more accuarate than dearer scales offered by a certain weight loss club and for a similar price these look good in any bathroom.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B005URI2VW/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o01_?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Sue Ryder Pop Up Shop

Friday 19th October sees a first for Charity shop Sue Ryder . When they open a pop up shop with donations from many celebrities.

Famous faces, including Eddie Redmayne, Kate Moss, Susie Cave, Gillian Anderson, Jean Shrimpton, Sam Smith, Daniel Radcliffe and Iskra Lawrence have donated personal items to a new Sue Ryder pop-up shop in Mayfair.

The shop, which will be open for just one day on Friday 19th October (10am to 4.30pm) at Bonhams in New Bond Street, will be selling a range of fabulous vintage clothing, accessories and curios. The temporary shop in one of London’s grandest auction houses, will have a decidedly vintage feel, selling items from across different eras in fashion.

Holly Spiers, Sue Ryder Director of Hospices & Fundraising said: “Our pop-up shop will be stocking some amazing vintage garments and accessories donated by a host of celebrities and iconic names from the worlds of fashion and entertainment. We hope that the shop will really put Sue Ryder on the map when it comes to charity retail, while also raising vital funds so we can provide more palliative, neurological and bereavement care.”

Oscar winning Actor Eddie Redmayne has donated a signed copy of his original script from The Theory of Everything, the biopic of Professor Stephen Hawking, who lived with MND for most of his adult life.  

Eddie, who was awarded the Academy Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of Professor Hawking said of the donation:

“It seemed a fitting tribute to the memory of Stephen, to donate my signed script from The Theory of Everything to Sue Ryder. The charity provides vital support to people living with MND and I’m delighted that funds raised from my donation will help to support people living with this and other life-changing conditions.”

Model and fashion icon Kate Moss, who has donated a signed copy of her coffee-table tome Kate by Kate Moss to the shop added:

“I regularly donate to my local Sue Ryder shop in North London and I’m delighted to be supporting the charity’s first pop-up shop.”

Jean Shrimpton, model and icon of ‘Swinging London’ has donated a luxurious Georgina Von Etzdorf velvet jacket to the auction. Speaking of her donation, Jean explained:

“I’m delighted to donate to the auction and to a charity which provides such compassionate care to people at the end of their life. I hope the event is a huge success for Sue Ryder and raises vital funds.”

Actress Gillian Anderson, star of cult shows such as X-Files and The Fall has donated a pair of Charles David sandals to the auction, Gillian explained:

“I’m delighted to be contributing to the Sue Ryder shop and to be helping a cause which does so much for people living with life-changing conditions.”

Model, rock-star wife and fashion designer Susie Cave, has donated one of her stunning Vampire’s Wife Juno dresses in pink and metallic to the auction.

A host of British designers have also donated items to the shop including milliner Philip Treacy, Stephen Jones, Henry Holland and hot label of the moment, Rixo.

Bonhams kindly offered to host the pop-up shop which will also include items donated by Daniel Radcliffe (Signed copy of Little Shop of Horrors), Ronan Keating, Karren Brady and Sam Smith (Signed limited edition Sam Smith vinyl), alongside many other items.

Visitors to the shop will be able to buy many unusual and unique items, which is open to customers from 10am to 4.30pm. Celebrity donated items will be placed in to a silent auction giving those that can’t travel to the shop in London the opportunity to get involved and bid.

All silent auction items will be available to view in the shop on Friday 19 October. The auction items will go live and bids will be able to be placed from Monday 15 October and will close at 23:59 on Monday 22 October.

Please visit www.givergy.com/charities/sueryder (from Monday 15 October) to view all of the auction items for the Sue Ryder at Bonhams silent auction.

The store will be open from 10:00 am – 4:30 pm on Friday 19th October at Bonhams 101 New Bond Street, London W1S 1SR.

 

 

About Sue Ryder

Sue Ryder supports people through the most difficult times of their lives. Whether that’s a terminal illness, the loss of a loved one or a neurological condition – we’re there when it matters. For over 65 years our doctors, nurses and carers have given people the compassion and expert care they need to help them live the best life they possibly can.

 

In order to continue to provide and develop our services and expert care we rely predominantly on income from our charity shops, fundraising activities and donations from members of the public.

 

For more information please visit www.sueryder.org

 

James Bond Day and Zippo

Unless you are a fan of James Bond you wont realise today is James Bond Day. It was on 5th October 1962, the world most famous fictional spy stepped onto our screens as Dr No, played by Sean Connery and to celebrate this memorable day Zippo.  Have revealed 5 sleak James Bond Designed lighters. Zippo are of course another icon albeit American founded in 1932 by George D Blaisdell.  Zippo famous for creating lighters that are much sought after by collectors they also now make quality handwarmers wallets and a range of clothing and accessories.

Picture are some of the lighters from the new James Bond range and im sure you will agree are going to go down quicker than a Martini with collectors and lighter fans alike. Ideal Christmas gifts and stocking fillers. If you want more information on where to buy these fab Zippo products check out the website. https://www.zippo.co.uk/

 

Starting University and getting through the first year.

In a couple of weeks time I will be back to university and to say it is life changing is an understatement, im going into the 2nd year of my Extended Media degree, but its my third year at uni as its an extended degree course the first year was similar to a college access course. I have met some fab people and friends for life even though i’m not actively doing as much as some people due to anxieties some have gone on to do greater things. Below is a post from a course friend who started uni last September feeling anxious and suffering nerves afraid of new situations etc but she climbed from her shell and over the year has been amazing here is her own words on what she has done in such a short space of time an inspiration to us all no matter what age you are.

Considering it is home time, I have a lot of incredible things that I am grateful for and that I can reflect upon. This summer I became the strongest and happiest version of myself. I have;

– Flew alone for the very first time
– Lived in Honesdale, Pennsylvania for 2 months

– Worked at a Special Needs Camp

– Came home for three weeks of family time and well-needed respite

– Travelled back to New York alone to see special people from camp

– Flew from New York -> New Orleans and travelled

– Travelled New Orleans -> Miami

– Travelled Miami -> North Carolina

– Took 2 flights on my own from North Carolina to reunite with my family in New York City

– Saw The Phantom of the Opera and Anastasia on Broadway

– Top of the Rock where I witnessed a proposal

– Fell in love with United States of America

A year ago it was overwhelming for me to even leave the house and do basic things without getting anxious. Standing where I am today, I can say there is so much more to life than being trapped by unrealistic thoughts; life is waiting to be lived, you just have to gain the courage to live it. In life there will always be moments where overcoming adversity seems to great of a challenge, but rock bottoms will teach you lessons that mountain tops can’t. I never thought I would be living proof that life can get so much better if you fight for it. This summer has only given me more ammunition to work hard for good results in my second year of University, and to work hard to earn the money to travel more. This summer will be one I will die remembering so vividly, and one I will always look back on with a full heart. I have always prided myself on being a person who refuses to live with regrets, and am so glad that I ignored my fears to create something wonderful. The things that will change you and your life will never be easy, but it will be worth every moment.

“You can be comfortable or courageous, but never both.”

special thanks must go to Sunderland University and the Students Union for all the help they provide be it financial, health and wellbeing or just needing a friendly face to chat too.

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It aint easy being wheezy

Damn You Asthma

As you may have noticed i love getting out for walks along the Durham Coastal Path, but i’ve been absent this last two weeks. I went for a walk couple of weeks ago and found it a struggle to make it up the sandbanks onto the footpath I became extremely breathless, weak everywhere, shaky and sticky, once i made it to the top which isn’t very far at all and not very steep I had to stop to take my rescue inhaler.(ventolin) the car was parked a five-minute walk away so I took my time and kept stopping to take pictures. I bumped into two fellow photographers who noticed that i was out of breath much to my embarrassment. After a brief chat I made it back to the car where I set off for home thinking I had probably done too much that day.

To cut a long story short I have been struggling to breath for the last couple of weeks but as I never go to A&E with my asthma I am totally oblivious to whether I’ve had an attack or not, take my rescue inhalers and carry on stoically or stupidly, make your own mind up. After upping the dosage of my inhalers in accordance to my care plan a week later im still struggling on, no wheeze,  peak flow rate is reasonable but not its best so i made a GP appointment to be told. My chest doesn’t sound too bad peak flow could be better, turns out I possibly did have an Asthma Attack and now have a chest infection so told to take it easy till I recover. On a course of steroid tablets and antibiotics. Moral of the story is i guess I don’t have typical asthma as i have a cough variant rather than wheeze asthma isn’t a one trick pony and can take many different forms so don’t take chances if in doubt get checked out. Asthma really is a killer and it’s not worth taking risks, (note to self)

It aint easy being wheezy.
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Bucket List

As today my other half is at work and im bored of scrolling facebook etc I thought id hit the blog up so pondered a bucket list, or things id like to do before i’m 60 (oh my im getting old). We have already decided a two year plan for when I finish University we are looking to relocate to either North Yorks or to the Scottish Borders as we both love the idea of country living, but its just not practical yet or id move in a heartbeat. Would need a job any offers greatfully accepted.

I will post my list further down but after googling I found this list 50 things to do at least once in your fifties.

  1. Karaoke. (done it)
  2. Go on a road trip with friends. yep id like this one
  3. Dramatically change your hairstyle or look. is pink dramatic enough done that in my thirties.
  4. Learn a new language.  Cheese Garlic Bread Special in Italian is appealing
  5. Formally learn a style of dance. nope
  6. Get a tattoo. already got a few
  7. Travel to an exotic destination. i can go for this one as first holiday next year to Kos.
  8. Go skinny dipping. Only if you want to evacuate the immediate area.
  9. Build something yourself (Ikea assembly, while impressive, doesn’t count). ikea and argos both done, b & q shed, tick
  10. Help fix an issue that has always bothered you through volunteering.  shoot poachers if its allowed.     List supplied from https://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/23/things-to-do-at-least-once_n_3028271.html.

Now onto my list

  1. Northern Lights as a keen photographer everyone needs to see this fab display
  2. Write a book. My life story could send a glass eye to sleep but will it sell?
  3. Hot Air Balloon. I would love a hot air balloon ride, i can even provide some hot air.
  4. Exotic Destination is up there. Barbados Bali Jamaica.
  5. Sleep under the stars, hopefully can make this come true with the 2 year plan and move to some dark sky  area.
  6. Model Photography i would love to be brave enough and confident enough to try this.
  7. Safari who doesnt love a safari failing that visit every zoo in the UK.
  8. Sit in the cockpit of a plane or flight simulator maybe the safter option.
  9. Own a motor bike, have owned one when i was younger its always the best way to travel
  10. Own a 4×4. for when the weather isnt kind enough for bike riding.

What is on your bucket list? feel free to leave a comment.

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Back to School With BOKA

Boka is the new all green for go traffic light snack you wont feel guilty about eating.  The full set of green traffic  lights means each bar is super low in fat, saturates, sugars and salts, and only 96 calories in a bar. Named after the Italian Bocca for mouth Boka bars come in four flavours Caramel, Strawberry, Apple Cinammon and Choco Mallow.

It took the creators a lot of trial and error to get the flavours right and I believe they have achieved this. Four green lights means its good to go no hidden sugars or anything else that is deemed bad for you.

The first snack bar in Europe to be low in sugar, salt, saturates and fat. Products are in line with key health guidelines -with criteria set out by the Department of Health in its Change4Life* public health programme aiming to get children/parents eating no more than two 100 calorie snacks per day. Sweet enough to temp even the sweetest pallette away from sugary food and drinks Boka hits the spot leaves you feeling like you have eaten the forbidden fruit with no guilty pangs.

I tried all four varieties but my favourites are Apple/cinammon while my other half likened the choco Mallow to a rocky road cake, High praise indeed. Ideal treats for the lunchbox for adults or little people Boka is a healthy cereal snack for everyone.  https://www.bokafood.co.uk 

So stop squinting at labels and worrying about hidden sugars, and start enjoying delicious snacks… Remember, four greenlights means you’re good to go!

 

To read all about Boka bars check out the blog from BokaFoods,

 

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WORKING LIKE A DREAM: UK’S TOP 10 ‘DREAM JOBS’ REVEALED

The day has arrived after the summer holidays the kids are back to school and the majority of us back to work. Are you in a job you hate and only doing it for the money?, or do you dream of working for yourself. Personally Im dreaming of working in PR once i finish my University degree in 20/20. I have done the dog walking/petsitting one after a few succesful years it went well when I was single but its hard when you have a family to leave them for weeks on end, unless you both do it, it can work.

  • Opportunities abound to be a model, a sommelier, or even just spend all day walking the dog
  • Research suggests daydreamers yearn for job satisfaction and a healthy work-life balance over a big salary
  • Dream jobs allow flexibility as well as enjoyment – and in many cases can command lucrative pay packages

London, 30 August 2018 – Dreams really do come true for a lucky few workers, according to new research from the world’s largest job site Indeed – which has identified 10 roles many of us grew up longing to do but have since abandoned in favour of a ‘proper’ job.

For most of us, many of the top 10 dream roles won’t even seem like ‘jobs’ in the conventional sense – spending days tasting wine, watching football or walking dogs, for example – but while they once may have felt youthfully, possibly naively, aspirational, they are still very much available and attainable.

Many job seekers are now returning to first instincts when it comes to their careers. While making a living will always be important, salary is no longer the dominant driver it was in the past.[1] Among young people in particular, the need for fulfillment and enjoyment often overrides the desire to make a fortune – even when fantasising about a notional ideal role.

As such, these ‘dream jobs’ are coming back into vogue, with job seekers prioritising their own satisfaction, a healthier degree of flexibility and a better work-life balance – many or all of which are key factors in the top 10.

As with any job, a combination of talent, application and perseverance is required to be successful, but that is not to say that anyone should ever feel discouraged from pursuing their dreams of being the next Kate Moss or John Motson – after all, somebody’s got to do it.

Job

Average Salary[2]

Model

£40,624

Fashion Buyer

£31,404

Private Investigator

£29,637

Food Technologist

£26,207

Journalist

£25,146

Dog Walker

£24,219 (£12.42ph)

Sommelier

£23,114

In-ground Football Correspondent

£20,628

Wedding Planner

£19,491

Horticulturist

£17,101 (£8.77ph)

Indeed found model to be the best paid role on the list with the average salary of £40,624, an attractive position in a great many ways – for anyone that looks the part and can walk the walk, this is a no-brainer.

Lovers of animals and the fresh air should consider the role of dog walker. Bringing home £24,219 while having endless hours of fun with man’s best friend, and getting in your 10,000 steps, this job is great for all ages and can be flexible around already busy schedules.

And football fans would doubtless love nothing better than being paid to watch the sport they love, making the role of in-ground correspondent an indulgent and enticing one at £20,628.

Bill Richards, UK Managing Director at Indeed, commented: “Having a job that allows us to feel truly fulfilled is something worth chasing, and it can be mutually beneficial.

“For employers, finding an employee who is entirely suited to the role will lead to more innovative and committed team players whose intuition and drive can lead to better results.

“The jobs we have identified on our list combine leisure hobbies with bringing home a solid salary. By striking a balance between the two, people are able to become masters of their field, and their own destinies. When you spend the majority of your day doing something you love, you will be even prouder of the work you produce.

“By highlighting that many dream jobs are within touching distance, we hope this will inspire people to invest in themselves and achieve fulfillment both personally and professionally.”

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Wedding Weather, what does mother nature hold in store for your big day?

Planning a wedding is a huge responsibility for any bride and groom to be but one thing that is out of everyone’s control is Mother Nature and the weather. On my own wedding day we had ice, snow, sleet and brilliant sunshine and i got wed in January so mostly what we expected the biggest worry was would we even make it to the Registry Office. The Fab peeps at  Monsoon have created a weather forecast to help plan your big day. Using official Met Office rainfall data, we’ve looked back and analysed 86 years’ worth of statistics to establish which days have historically been the driest and which days have been a washout.

According to the calculator April despite being famed for April showers is in fact the driest month of the year with just 2.29mm of rainfall, the 15th April comes up trumps as the driest day of they year.

I have a wedding to photograph in September and was as always preparing for all eventualities but the calculator states 39.08 percent chance of rain that day. So I will be prepared and feedback my findings. You can of course check the calculator if you date has already passed and let me know how wet or dry your big day was.

The calculator can be found here at https://uk.monsoon.co.uk/will-it-rain-on-your-wedding-day