Many years ago when I first began making jewellery I remember trying to decide which type of crystals to use. Sure Swarovski were a well known brand but surely no-one would know the difference if I were to use unbranded crystals, right? Well, I bought a few unbranded and a few Swarovski so I could compare them 'in the flesh' and I honestly couldn't believe the difference in quality, it was astonishing!
 
Swarovski really are the Rolls Royce of crystals, they are STUNNING and so I decided there and then all crystals and pearls incorporated in any of my designs would only be Swarovski from then on.

So I began researching the brand to see what they had to offer and I was amazed at the vast number of different colours, shapes and sizes that were available. Not only was the range of colours superb but I also discovered they have a number of different finishes to them. My personal favourite, again used in all my designs, is the Aurora Borealis finish (or AB for short)

The Aurora Borealis finish is a permanent, chemically bonded coating given to the crystals that creates a beautiful rainbow effect which literally makes them sparkle in the light.

Swarovski were established in 1895 and now have a world famous reputation for producing the highest quality crystals and I think it's quite obvious to see why. I absolutely love them!


Well, after a surprisingly glorious hot and sunny Halloween last week the temperature has now dropped and I am officially cold!


Time to start thinking about wrapping up nice and warm for the Autumn. I'm loving fur lately, it's so warm and glamorous and with thousands of different styles and colours out there this season I am spoilt for choice!

Here are my top five faux fur picks... 

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This gorgeous hooded coat from New Look comes in mink or black, looks so lovely and warm and I've just spotted it's in the sale too! Bonus.






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For something a bit more elegant this lovely coat from M&Co is perfect for the colder months.





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Add a touch of glamour to a leather jacket with this fabulous fur collar number from Pilot.




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How beautiful and warm does this scarf from M&S look? I love it.


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And to finish, this cute pink faux fur mini grab bag by Floozie makes the perfect fur accessory.

Stay warm out  there!!



I have recently discovered THE most beautiful home furnishings website.
Stil Haven stocks amazing cushions that are nothing short of pieces of art that could easily transform a room.

Here are some of my favourite designs:

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And my overall favourite:

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These stunning, original hand painted designs are transformed into beautiful cushions, right here in the UK, using the finest quality materials. 

Amazing work. 

Head over to Stil Haven's website to see the full collection or if you're local why not pop along to their launch party on 7th November at Pretty Things Tea Room in Horsham 11am -2pm


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I have also spotted Stil Haven are currently offering 10% off all orders on their website using the code: STILHAVEN01 at the checkout - perfect timing for starting the Christmas shopping!


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