Having multiple piercings in each ear can cause problems when it comes to shopping for earrings- there’s a fine line between looking cool and looking cluttered and gone are the days where I’m comfortable wearing elaborate chandelier styles like I did before I decided to go and get more holes punched in myself. I used to be known for my love of gaudy earrings, think “Pat Butcher” and you wouldn’t be far off the mark. These days I prefer something a little more subtle and for the longest time I’ve been searching for the perfect pair of every day studs for my first ear lobe piercings, something that won’t overshadow the others but also don’t vanish in to the background completely. It was The Jewel Hut
who came to my rescue with the perfect pair from Pandora.
Dragonfly Studs c/o Pandora at The Jewel Hut
I’ll be the first to admit I didn’t get the Pandora hype when it first leapt on to the scene. It wasn’t until a few years later and I picked out my first bracelet- a pink leather one with a single charm that it started to grow on me. Over the last three years my collection has grown a lot, with another bracelet laden with charms, a ring and now these pretty little studs that fit perfectly in to my piercing parade.
I actually think Pandora jewellery is pretty well priced. For me it’s one of the few brands that doesn’t tarnish after continued wear (I appear to destroy silver jewellery) so paying £35 for a pair of earrings that lasts forever seems reasonable. The size of these is just right too, I’ll be popping a pair or two on my Christmas list this year for sure- I’ve got my eye on the little bow studs that match the ring Ben got me last year (could I drop a bigger hint?!)
Tell me about your Pandora collection, or suggest where I should get (ear) pierced next!
It would be fair to say that life hasn’t been the easiest of journeys lately. Without going in to too much detail there have been some really tough times that have left me feeling a little vulnerable and in need of a boost. Enter Viking
and their super-cute #EmergencyHappiness campaign, launched to coincide with World Happiness Day (check out this cute video
) Viking have been sending out little boxes jam packed full of surprises to put a smile on your face and I was lucky enough to be a recipient.
The box is jam packed full of themed goodies, there’s The Tea Break for when tea and biscuits are the only cure (because when is anything not solved by a brew?). There is also The Lucky Bag with a lotto ticket (sadly not a winner), a lucky penny and some eternal happiness dust which I’m trying hard not to sprinkle everywhere just to spread some sparkly joy. The Fixer Upper was filled with some sunflower seed infused paper, some adorable plasters, a rubber and a paper clip all designed to keep you organised and on track. The Support was full of thoughtful gifts like a slate heart declaring that I rock, a note book and super cool pen, some bubbles to lift the down days and sweets for a sweet (or to induce sugar filled happiness highs). Lastly the box had added stress relief in the form of an stress ball and some bubble wrap. Perfect after a long, hard day!
Viking are inviting you to get involved by sharing what makes you happy via their twitter hashtag #EmergencyHappiness (follow them @Viking_Chat
) you may even win your very own box!
Thanks Viking for putting a smile on my face, let me know what puts one on yours!
I’ll let you in on a little secret- about ten years ago I had it in my head that I’d like to be a model. It seems absurd to me now as I know I have neither the looks or nor personality to make it. Still, when fellow blogger
and talented photographer Milly Tillson asked if I would act as a model for one of her university projects it did kind of feel like I was living my dream for a few hours. Milly recently sent me over some of the photos from the day and said I could share them on the blog, seeing them for the first time was slightly surreal- it’s amazing what some good lighting, a pro behind the camera and no doubt some clever editing can do for one’s self esteem!
The clothes were a mix of Primark, H&M and vintage if I recall correctly. There’s not much else I can say on the matter apart from thanks to Milly for asking me to be involved!
It’d be cool to hear what you guys think (click on the images to view them full size).