Fashion

Heading into Autumn with Lighthouse Clothing

I love the Autumn, it’s my favourite time of the year. The slightly colder days, the changes in the trees, conker picking with the children, hot chocolate, the log burner, Sunday afternoon snuggling on the sofa watching a film not forgetting long walks in the woods with the dogs.

Heading out for family walks is something we all love, even though we don’t get out together as often as we should do. My Hubby is the main dog walkers he heads out for miles over the fields and I take them for a quick walk around the village between working and collecting the children from school.

Autumn at the moment is all about the rain! I mean it’s rained everyday for the last couple of weeks. It’s been awful, you look out of the window to find bright skies then 5 minutes later the heavens have opened and we have black skies and heavy rain.

Lighthouse Clothing Review

Luckily the lovely Lighthouse Clothing offered to send me out a coat, scarf and hat to help me through the rainy Autumn into the Winter. I looked that their large collection of lovely coats and quickly found the gorgeous Alanna coat in the Night Sky shade, which is a lovely rich navy colour.

My gorgeous coat

navy alanna coat from lighthouse clothing

I just loved the Alanna because of it’s length. I like a longer coat, I don’t like waste length because I’m quite curvy and heavy on the hips so I like longer coats to cover my bum. The other thing that really appealed to me is the hidden pull cord to help create a waist line within the coat. So it sits just how I like it.

Of course its fully waterproof Teflon, which is just perfect for the weather that we are currently having. It has a super soft lining, hidden pockets and pockets on the outside perfect for dog treats and poo bags. I took my coat on a weekend away in Hull, good job I had it with me as it rained just about the whole time we were there.

The hood on my Alanna coat is also detachable, which is a great addition, but I don’t think I will remove it. I quite like the added hood.

I have warn this coat lots over the last couple of weeks it’s honestly been perfect for all of the rain we have been having. It has kept me dry on the dog walks and also on the school run. I’ve also had to wash it as the muddy dogs jumped up, but it wasn’t a problem because it washed beautifully and dried quickly.

All of the pockets have proven very useful and it look fabulous on. I’ve had a few nice comments on the school run.

Hat and Scarfs

lighthouse clothing hat and scarf

Not only is the coat gorgeous but the hat and scarf I also got to go with it are just lovely. I chose the Hannah Bobble Hat in stone and the Merino Scarf in Lilac Dusk Blue Stripe. Choosing the scarf took me longer than choosing the coat. As yet I haven’t really needed to wear the hat and scarf as the weather hasn’t been quite cold enough yet. But I cannot wait for the temperature to drop a bit more so I can get lots of wear out of them.

lighthouse clothing scarf label

I’m so pleased with the coat from Lighthouse Clothing that I have been looking the different styles for the children. I will be using Lighthouse Clothing again, the quality of the coat is fabulous and I really feel that their items are good value for money. It really pays to spend a little more on coats so they last you.

Thank you Lighthouse clothing for sending me my lovely new coat, hat and scarf to help keep me warm and dry over through the Autumn and into the winter.

 

Great Tips for Jewellery Shopping

What girl doesn’t like buying jewellery? You’ll see plenty of unique pieces in their collection. Fine vintage and antique pieces that are exquisitely hand crafted are also treasured possessions in any woman’s jewellery box. If you like shopping for fine jewellery, here are a few tips to help you make the right choices.

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Know your Budget

We would all love to spend our time acquiring fine jewellery, but one must be realistic. Work out how much you can afford, and do not go over that figure, as you can easily find yourself short, and jewellery is definitely not considered a necessity. Knowing your budget will make your search a lot easier, and the frequency of a purchase should reflect your lifestyle. If you would like an update, there are some of the popular jewellery styles, which might give you some inspiration.

Buy Online

If you are interested in acquiring antique or vintage jewellery, search online for a reputable antique dealer, who would have an impressive catalogue of items, and that allows you to browse literally hundreds of fine items of jewellery, and from the comfort of your living room too! Check out the pieces of art deco jewellery worn by celebrities and you are sure to find something that hits the spot. Online shopping is convenient, and you are not paying extra for plush showrooms, and with the dealer’s expertise, whatever your preferences, he can source the right pieces to add to your growing collection. Once you have found the perfect item, a secure online payment will see the piece packaged and delivered to your door, and you can’t get much better than that.

Think Investment 

When buying jewellery, it is always best to look at vintage or antique items, as they appreciate in value, providing they are looked after. Your jewellery collection will grow as time passes, and with some astute purchases, the collection will become a valuable asset. When you purchase a modern jewellery item, you lose at least 30%, should you wish to sell, yet with a fine antique piece, the value will only increase. Whatever your preferred style, the online antique dealer has a great selection of vintage and antique jewellery items, and all at affordable prices.

Do Some Online Searching 

Google images is your best friend when wanting ideas for jewellery, and once you see something you like, you can start looking for it through a reputable online antique dealer. If, for example, you sent the dealer an image of a necklace you like, he would be able to source something similar, and with his help, you will always find what you want. Forging an alliance with such a dealer will pay long-term dividends, and whenever you want to source a particular jewellery item, give him a call or send an email.

It is always best to have a firm idea of what you want prior to shopping, and with a budget in mind, you can search the online antique dealers for suitable items. Rings, necklaces, bracelets, earrings of all shapes and sizes can be found through an online antique dealer, and whether you prefer art deco or the glitzy forties, the online dealer has an extensive catalogue of fine items, and what he hasn’t got, he can easily source.

The Top 5 Precious Gemstones Used in Jewellery Today

There are, of course, many gemstones that Mother Nature has bestowed upon us, and some are more popular in jewellery than others. Over the centuries, jewellery tastes have evolved, and so has the lists of precious stones they used, and with that in mind, here are the top 5 precious stones that are used to create jewellery, in order to popularity, of course.

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Alexandrite – This extremely rare stone has a unique ability to change colour in different light conditions, giving it a kind of exclusivity from the other forms of precious stone. If you would like to view some stunning alexandrites, there is an online jeweller based in London who has access to some of the best alexandrites available. These rare stones have been found in a handful of countries, such as Russia, Brazil, Tanzania and Mozambique, and will change from red to green as the day progresses.

Diamonds – Just pipped by alexandrites, diamonds come in all colours, and as far as quantity of jewellery goes, diamonds win hands down. Thanks to aggressive marketing in the 1930s by diamond broker De Beers, diamonds are now a girl’s best friend, and that doesn’t look like changing anytime soon. Diamonds come in many colours, with pink diamonds particularly in demand, and there are colourless diamonds, which are quite rare. Engagement and wedding rings have long been decorated with diamond clusters, and the really big stones usually end up on the finger of a celebrity or member of a royal family.

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Sapphires – Blue is the colour for this attractive gemstone, although they can be yellowish green, and this is the birthstone for September. Sapphires can be found in all forms of jewellery, and can be found naturally in parts of South East Asia and Eastern Australia, and there are online jewellers with a wide selection of stunning sapphire jewellery.

Rubies – A ruby is from pink to blood red in colour and is related to the sapphire, as it has similar chemical makeup, and the name stems from ruber, the Latin word for red. It is the element of chromium that causes the stunning redness, and generally, the deeper the red, the more expensive the stone. Ruby is the birthstone for July, and is very popular in all forms of jewellery, and you can find a great selection of ruby jewellery at the online jeweller, who would probably be a little cheaper than a traditional High St retail outlet.

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Emeralds – Green is the primary colour associated with emeralds, and with green tint is the result of minute traces of chromium, which gives the stone its attraction. Graded using the same 4Cs that are used to grade diamonds, emeralds are very popular stones when it comes to jewellery making.

Of course, there are other gemstones that are commonly used in jewellery making, but the above 5 are at the top, and that hasn’t changed for many centuries. Whatever your personal preference, when buying precious stones, either separately or in jewellery, it is important to verify that the stones are of good quality, and the best way to ensure this, is to buy from a reputable online jeweller.