Luxury stationery from Executive Pens Direct

I have been a stationery lover for years. I can remember buying new items for each year at school, wanting to get my hands on the newest and most popular pencil case. Now I am no so much up to date on the coolest items, I just know what I like. I am still drawn to stationery in any shop, the more luxurious the better.

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Executive Pens Direct

One thing I have never had but have always wanted is a calligraphy set. Executive Pens Direct offered to send me a personalised leather note book and a starter calligraphy set. Something that I can play with, when I got married I really wanted to have my invitations written in a calligraphy hand, however it didn’t happen.

I was sent a Manuscript Masterclass calligraphy set that comes with two pens, numerous ink cartridges, a practice pad and guidelines book, to help you with the writing of each letter. All put within a storage tin, to keep it all safe. It’s going to take some practice, but I will give it my best shot. I love to learn a new skill. I cannot wait to try out different coloured inks and different sized tips, to create something exciting. When I have got to grips with it all, I might even order myself a feather quill style calligraphy pen. They all look fabulous.

Along with my calligraphy set I was sent a lovely medium brown leather personalised journal. The quality is fabulous, my Hubby said straight away you can smell the leather. I have had it personalised with C & P so I can take it with me for various blog event that I attend. The gold lettering really stands out and looks high quality, which I am really pleased about. When you place an order online, although it shows you how it will look, it’s just not quite the same. For my note book, I think it looks so much better than what it did online.

Executive Pens Direct have a fabulous range of stationery items, personalised note pads, pens, calligraphy kits and so much more. If you are looking for Christmas gifts for a stationery lover, then Executive Pens Direct should be your first stop.

 

*Thank you Executive Pens Direct for sending me, my beautiful calligraphy set and note book.* 

Engagement Ring Shopping Mistakes That Men Make

One of the most challenging things a man can do is to select an engagement ring for their fiancée. There are many questions that need to be addressed, such as, “Will she like the ring?” and “Can I afford to buy a suitable item?” If you are planning to pop the question in the near future and are concerned about the ring selection, here are some common mistakes to avoid.

Engagement Ring Shopping Mistakes That Men Make
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  • Buying the Wrong Size – This is a common occurrence, as many men assume the ring size based on her height and weight, yet some women have a bigger build than others and making a mistake like this will put a serious damper on your proposal. There are a number of ways to ensure you know her ring size, which include “borrowing: a ring that she wears on the third finger of her left hand, or measuring the finger with a piece of string. You can also enlist the help of one of her friends, which would ensure you don’t buy a ring that is too large or small.
  • Failure to Set a Budget – If you start looking at engagement rings with no real figure in mind, you will likely end up paying more than you can afford. An online search will reveal a wide selection of diamond engagement rings at prices to suit every budget, and buying from an online jeweller will ensure you do not pay more than you should.
  • Unsure of Her Taste in Jewellery – It is crucial that you have a good idea of her taste in jewellery if you want to be sure that she will love wearing the ring. This is not difficult, as all you have to do is take note of the jewellery she wears on a daily basis, while enlisting the help of her best friend will also ensure you get it right. You may want to get her one of those engagement rings with pink diamonds from Diamonds.co.nz which will be perfect if your girlfriend likes something unique and pretty.
  • Lack of Knowledge About Diamonds – Purchasing diamonds demands that you at least understand the basics of diamond grading – the 4Cs, which are the cut, clarity, colour and carat. Do some online research on understanding diamond grading and make sure that the stones you buy have GIA Certification. By sourcing a reputable online jeweller, you are all but eliminating the risk of purchasing inferior stones and if you really want to impress your partner, why not have a diamond ring custom made?
  • Lack of Practicality – While a diamond engagement ring with raised stones might look great, it is likely that the prong settings will catch on fabric, which causes the stone setting to loosen. Choose a setting that does not have sharp edges and always remember that she will want to wear this ring at all times, so the design must be very durable.

If you follow the above advice when looking at diamond engagement rings, the process should be smooth, and by ensuring the ring size is correct and she likes the style, your wedding proposal should be one that is remembered for all the right reasons.

Stylish skirting boards

I have recently been thinking more and more about what I want from our forever home. I know that when we find our forever home it will be something that will need renovating. With renovating a property comes time, money and a lot of patience. It doesn’t stop me dreaming about how I would like things to be. The kitchen, bathroom, garden, living room, children’s bedrooms, paint colours.

The more I see beautiful interior styles on various website, good home magazine (yes I subscribe) and in the large department stores, the more I start to think about the details. I know we don’t have our forever home yet, I don’t even know what the layout will be like. All I do know is that it will be in village location, miles away from the nearest town, just perfect.

skirting-boards

Stylish skirting boards

During one of my many forever home planning’s, I started to look at skirting boards. I think I had been to a friend’s old Edwardian house, which has skirting boards that must be almost a foot high. I then started to see different styles of skirting board everywhere.

Honestly, I had no idea that there are so many styles available. Skirting World specialise in skirting boards, architrave, window board they have a few different styles to choose from, plus they deliver all over the UK.

I really like the modern styles, they are like nothing I have seen before. Although very modern isn’t quite what I will be going for, they would look fabulous in the right places.

I think my favourite would be the heritage skirting board it really has that traditional feel that I love. My home will be quite traditional in style, I like older more vintage items of furniture. My dark wood dress and bureaux are among my favourite items. So opting for something that has that more traditional feel would suit what I have pictured for our home more.

The only thing for me about pretty skirting boards is that they take that bit more cleaning. I’m not the best cleaner in the world, but I think that using the right vacuum cleaning tools, I will be able to keep my skirting boards looking pristine all of the time.

What do you look for when choosing items for your home? Do you like something modern or do you prefer something more modern?

 

*this is a collaborative post. As always thoughts and opinions are my own.*