Fashion

Country walks and comfy boots from Simply Hike

We love a country walk with the dogs on a Sunday afternoon, we don’t really do the hill walks like we have in previous years now we have the children. Plus we don’t always have the time to head over to the Peak District so much anymore. This year however is have spoken about getting out there a bit more. The UK is such a beautiful place and there are so many fabulous walks and trails we can do as a family with the dogs.

Country walks and comfy boots from Simply Hike

We have lots of financial commitments this year, so finding places to go and enjoy that isn’t heavy on the bank balance, is priority. So picnics and nice long walks with the dogs it is, the children will be able to take their bikes sometimes depending on where we go. It will be great to increase our activity, get out and enjoy the beautiful UK.

Comfy walking boots from Simply Hike

I have therefore been looking at walking boots for us all. It’s a bit of a minefield as there are lots of great outdoor brands out there. However, I found a company called Simply Hike online, and they have an amazing collection of outdoor brands. I was drawn to them not just for their collection of walking books but also their collection of ski wear is brilliant. We went to Finland last year and have big plans for another trip next year.

Looking through Simply Hike’s collection I was drawn to the Meindl range. I have friends who have recommended Meindl so I thought I would give them a try. They has a history of producing high quality walking and hiking boots. Meindl pride themselves on being one of only a few footwear brands that hand make their boots. Which ensures the attention to detail is in all of their boots. Each of their styles are specially designed for walking and hiking enthusiasts in mind.

Meindl have a memory foam system for all of their boots to make sure they are the perfect fit just for you. As the boot is worn and the memory foam arms up it changes shape to match the shape of your foot. Say good bye to pinching, rubbing or pressure. It also ensures a high level of comfort for every step you take!

Country walks and comfy boots from Simply Hike

Simply Hike also stock Meindl laces and wet proof spray, so should you ever need to replace your laces you can easily get them replaced.

I really like Meindk Womens Bhutan Lady MFS hiking boot, I really like the traditional style of these. I also really like The Meindl Mens Bhutan MFS hiking boot for my Hubby. The more traditional brown style is very us, they will be great to get us started out on our healthier and more active 2019.

 

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The Different Eras Of Antique Jewellery

Antique and vintage jewellery has been popular for a long time, and there are many different years where the jewellery is still in vogue even today. If you have a passion for jewellery and want to better understand where your favourites pieces have come from, below is a summary of the most popular ears for jewellery.

The Different Eras Of Antique Jewellery
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The Georgian Era from 1714 to 1830

The Georgian era is named after the British kings George I, Gorge II, and George III, spanning from 1714 up to 1830. During this era, jewellery was predominantly worn by the upper classes and is more about the size and cut of the stones, rather than the intricacy and beauty of the jewellery itself. As such, many Georgian pieces were broken and reused to create other pieces of jewellery, which makes what survived highly collectable.

The Victorian Era 1837 to 1901

The Victorian era was also named after the British monarch, Queen Victoria, and it is said that the style of jewellery at the time often mimicked her life. Popular during this time were hearts, bows, birds, as well as flowers, and during this time, it also became fashionable to wear darker coloured jewellery which incorporated black enamel, fossilised coal, as well as black onyx.

Art Nouveau Era 1880 to 1910

The Art Nouveau era did not last for very long, but it did have a big impact on jewellery design which can still be seen today. The era is famous for getting inspiration from nature and also for using new types of material such as horn, copper, or shell. The popular precious stones for this era were freshwater pearls, amethyst, amber, opal, and citrine.

Art Deco Era 1920 to 1939

Within this era, symmetry was embraced which is reflected in the geometric designs that became popular during this time. You can see some excellent examples of Art Deco pieces such as vintage watches from Kalmar Antiques. Bigger and brighter stones were used during this era with rubies, sapphires, and emeralds being popular.

Edwardian Era 1901 to 1915

During the Edwardian era, the most popular materials that were used for jewellery are diamonds, platinum, as well as pearls. The style was thought to be the epitome of sophistication with its white on white design. The jewellery designers of the time would often look at Ancient Greek, Roman, and Napoleonic art for inspiration when designing their jewellery.

The Different Eras Of Antique Jewellery
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Retro Era 1939 to 1950

The retro era is the final one in antique jewellery, and the jewellery that was created in this time is also known as cocktail jewellery. With films being extremely popular during this time, the demand for Hollywood style fashion also grew.  Many of the stones that were used were oversized while keeping a playful feel. It was also a time when many synthetics were introduced, and alloys became a more popular choice for the metals used.

The Different Eras Of Antique Jewellery
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If the history of jewellery is something that sparks your interest, then you may also wish to read the History of Jewellery.

These are the different main types of antique jewellery that you find in the marketplace. There will always be some jewellery which is not really classifiable but is still an antique and beautiful.

Christmas shopping with Bradbury’s The Jewellers

With Christmas coming it’s so important that your shopping experience is as easy and as stress free as possible. As more and more people shop online instead of the high street it’s important that companies have beautiful and easy to use websites so people can shop with ease and come back.

I am one of those people who loves to hit the high street but just runs out of time so I do most of my Christmas shopping online. I do not however like a site that is difficult to use. Recently Bradbury’s the jewellers got in touch with me to ask how I found their online shopping experience and if I would use their online store for a spot of shopping. Why not, when I love shopping and jewellery!

At the moment if you go to Bradbury’s the Jewellers home page, you are greeted with failing snowflakes! How perfect is that? It brings me straight into the Christmas mood, they are so small that they do not get in the way of browsing the site but they lovely.

bradbury's the jewellers gift wrap

Bradbury’s the Jewellers is a jewellers based in Halifax, Yorkshire and are home to some fabulous designer brands, Links of London, Thomas Sabo, Couer de Lion, Folli Follie, Olivia Burton and quite a few more. Their choice of brands are just fabulous, they are my go to for gifts for my sister and closest friends.

Bradbury’s the Jewellers website is so easy to use, you are able navigate round I going back and forth between that pages, different brands and product types. I was easily about to find numerous items that I like for both me and for gifts.

My Olivia Burton from Bradbury’s the Jewellers

I ended up buying an Olivia Burton honeycomb bee necklace in rose gold, there was so many lovely items I could have chosen. I have spoken about my love of bees before so this was perfect for me. Adding items to the basket is also easy and them continuing shopping was easy. It all adds up to make a lovely shopping experience.

My item arrived packaged beautifully and gift wrapped beautifully. I love my necklace and I cannot wait to start wearing it, it will suit so many outfits.

When I shop online it’s the whole shopping experience for me, from first landing on a website to the items arriving. I have many times gone back to a company online when the items have arrived beautifully packaged in tissue paper or a nice branded bag or box, even if they are slightly more expensive. It just makes for a happy experience.

Thank you Bradbury’s for making my online shopping experience so wonderful. I look forward to shopping with you again.

 

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