Archive | January, 2012

Handmade Jewellery – Always a Plus.

17 Jan

If you’re trying to find a quirky gift for a friend, girlfriend, daughter or sister, then you should definitely try www.jellybuttonjewellery.co.uk.

Started up by a woman called Michelle Dady, Jelly button jewellery has a large range of cute alternative jewellery. Things like lego piece rings, scrabble necklaces, sweet charms on bracelets, heart earrings and biscuit hairslides.

Penguin Necklace - £5.00

One thing I will say, is that if you need the present quickly, I wouldn’t use this company. Because even though the outcome is definitely worth it, and the price is INCREDIBLY reasonable, it does take a long time. But, you know, if it’s hand-crafted then that’s a given – right?

Kitsch Swallow - £3.50

I’ve bought things from this website on numerous occasions; particularly at Christmas. Plus, to leave enough time for the presents to arrive, you can sort out the gifts for your girl friends or family in advance. One thing that they do at Jelly Button Jewellery at Christmas is a “cracker”. It’s about an inch long, and has a surprise piece of jewellery in it. So if you get someone you don’t know too well aged 10-18 for ‘Secret Santa’ next year – I would highly recommend it.

Wonderland Theme Bracelet - £7.00

 

One last thing that I’ll say about this website is that they have a charity scheme with their ‘Lil John’ Moustache Necklace. They have promised to make and donate £1 for each sold to help solve Parkinsons Disease. If you’d like to read more into it, then Michelle Dady has her own blog, too. To see that, click here and scroll down to the post titled “Little John“.

Little John Moustache Necklace - £6.00 (£1.00 goes to charity)

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iPhone, HTC or Blackberry?

15 Jan

After all the hype that the launch of the iPhone4S received, I’ve been trying to work out which “team” is best. Obviously, there are the lovers of Blackberry, HTC and iPhone. And it seems that if you own one of these brands, then all others seem ridiculous and shabby in comparison.

 

Last November I got the iPhone4 for my birthday, and at the time it was relatively new. It was my first Apple phone, and I was impressed by the clarity of the screen and the quality and speed of the WiFi connectivity. However, its downfall seemed to be its battery life – which is what most people criticise it for. But I realised that by turning off location services that I didn’t need or was using, the phone itself seemed to manage pretty well.

iPhone 4 - my personal favourite

The majority of my friends have Blackberry phones of all different types. Touch, Bold, Curve, and other ones that I don’t remember the names of because they seem to look the same to me. Anyway, I found that the keypad was extremely difficult to use (obviously, you would adapt to it but personally I think it would take time) and since I was used to being able to simply tap the screen when I wanted to use something, using the touch-sensitive scroll made everything take far longer to see. Plus, the main thing that everyone owning a Blackberry claims is the winning factor is the Blackberry Messenger App. But the iPhone has Whatsapp – which can be used amongst anyone with a smartphone.

Blackberry 'Bold'. I can't really tell the difference

As for the HTC, I personally see it as it was made to be – an Android. Don’t get me wrong, it has its positive  points – the touch screen, the apps, the battery, the internet etcetera – but it doesn’t account to the iPhone. in my opinion, the clarity of the screen itself is pretty poor in comparison. Plus, it has less than half the number of apps available to Apple users.

HTC 'HD'. Clearly they've developed it, but I'm still not swayed.

Obviously, I’m biased due to my belonging to the iPhone and other Apple products. But if I were to change to either of the other phones, I’m sure that I would eventually grow to love it. Or perhaps not…

Onesies: Yay or Nay?

14 Jan

For Christmas this year, my cockney Nan bought my dad a bright white, Elvis onesie. Complete with “The King” written in gold across the waistband. As naff as this is, it definitely provides you with a set of the giggles; particularly if you already own the Elvis wig and sunglasses!

As a product itself, it is incredibly comfy and soft on the inside. But – like many new cotton clothes – after one wash it will definitely become less cosy. So to avoid this, either wear it only on special occasions or not at all. Think of it more as a topic of conversation rather than your favourite outfit. As sleepwear, it seems to be ideal in the winter months – as long as you aren’t seen by anyone. And I mean anyone.

I just couldn't resist...