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CHRISTMAS GIFT IDEAS

It's the 1st of December and time to start Christmas Shopping (or at least start to think about it). If you are stuck for ideas or even better if someone has asked you to suggest some things that you might like for Christmas give them the link to this blog post and send them to Marks & Spencer. 

My first suggestion is the classic Christmas gift Pyjamas. Until owning these pyjamas I have tended to sleep in an old t-shirt and pyjama bottoms however these have changed my PJ attitude - they are SO comfortable, super soft and cosy and the only thing I will be sleeping in from now on. 

Another classic gift are slippers - something that you'd rarely buy for yourself but when you do own a cosy pair will make you happy every time you put them on.

Pure Cotton Star Print Revere Collar Pyjamas £29.50 / Cork Mule Slippers £17.50

I love this jacket - so cosy and cool and good to note that although white fake fur jackets aren't always the most practical of colours/styles this one is washable. This dress is great too and would look equally good with summer sandals for a sunshine wedding in the summer time. 

Faux Fur Jacket £65 / Jacquard Print Lined Fit & Flare Dress £49.50

Statement earrings are in at the moment and these are great - because they are black they will go with everything and despite being on the large side are super light and comfortable.

 Diamanté Resin Circular Earrings £15

This is such a beautiful bomber that feels and looks really luxurious. It can be dressed up and down and worn for loads of different occasions - it would make a lady very happy at Christmas.

Embroidered Bird Bomber Jacket £65

This handbag is cool and is a great size - perfect for both work and play. Gloves are always good, especially as it is so cold - these are super cosy, great quality and very warm.  

Faux Leather Chunky Chain Shoulder Bag £35 / Leather Gloves £59

This post is kindly sponsored by Marks & Spencer. I genuinely would give and receive all of these gifts.

BRAND: RACHEL JACKSON

Rachel Jackson Jewelry is the kind that you can't go wrong with - literally everything in the collection is stunning and designed to perfection. Her pieces are the perfect combination of cool, contemporary and classic that will last you a lifetime.

Rachel Jackson's pieces are designed to be layered up, stacked and customised. The letter rings can be worn one on each finger to spell something or stacked on one for more impact, the earrings can be mixed and matched and the loquets personalised with birthstones and different colours.

If you want to buy someone a gift or you want someone to buy you a gift or you just want some solid, reliable, never let you down jewelry that goes with everything then they this is a good place to start (and end).

I am a massive fan of this brand and have my eye on so many of their pieces - since i got the hexagonal hoops last week i've worn them everyday.

This is definitely a brand to watch.

Here is what the founder Rachel would like us to know about her brand.

NAME OF BRAND: RACHEL JACKSON LONDON

DATE IT WAS FOUNDED: 2016, but as a company we have 10 years experience and numerous awards to boot with previous label Cinderela B.

BY WHOM IT WAS FOUNDED: Rachel Jackson, mother of one super cheeky two year old.

WHY WAS IT CREATED: A friend of mine died in a plane crash and this was an epiphany. I realised life is short and should pursue your dreams Previously I had a 10-year career in the corporate world but I knew it wasn’t my calling in life

WHAT WE NEED TO KNOW ABOUT YOUR BRAND: We believe life is short and you should live it to the max. Our customers are smart, stylish and fun. Our jewellery is feel-good, personalised and seriously addictive.

WHAT WE SHOULD BUY FROM YOU: 1/ Our art deco initial necklaces and stacking rings as they’re fun and meaningful (you can wear as many initials as you like) 2/ For a chic look our ‘Serenity’ hexagon collection (the necklace looks wicked layered) 3/ Our ‘Mixed Birthstone Amulet’ as it’s a truly unique and personal design (it can contain all you family member’s birthstones)

DISCOUNT CODE: 'DLAM' for 20% off until the 31st of July

Photography by: Jane Looker Photography / @janelookerphotography

BRAND: ESMELOVES

EsmeLoves is a London based jewelry brand who create beautiful, timeless pieces for all generations of women.

EsmeLoves was born from a personal project - after the founder Sophie designed a matching bracelet and necklace for herself and her daughter to honor their relationship. The collection grew from there and celebrates the importance to connect with one another and to remind us of the people who are important to our lives.

I own a lot of jewelry but it's always the good quality, classic and meaningful pieces that i wear the most - this necklace is one of those pieces, especially as my daughter has a matching bracelet too. 

Here is some more information from the founder Sophie, on how it all began and what she wants us to know about her brand:

NAME OF BRAND: EsmeLoves

DATE IT WAS FOUNDED: November 2015 (although it has been a personal project for much longer)

BY WHOM IT WAS FOUNDED: I (Sophie) am a mum of two lovely little people and I now live in London. I recently spent 8 years living and working in India in the education sector. I have spent a lot of my life living overseas and I always sought out jewellery, from the gem markets in Thailand and Malaysia to the silver bazaars of Delhi, over the years I have developed a hobby and passion for gemstone jewellery.

WHY WAS IT CREATED: It initially started out as a personal project. I wanted some jewellery to signify my journey and relationship with my daughter. I couldn’t find anything I liked and so I designed a small silver baby bangle for Esme and a necklace of the same design for myself. I loved the idea of wearing something that both of us had. I then had one made for my mum and the concept grew from there as friends requested pieces for themselves and loved ones. The collection grew as the story did.

EsmeLoves (Esme means ‘beloved’) is a brand that celebrates the relationships we have, as a mother, a grandmother, sister and more. I want a jewellery brand that appeals to both my Grandmother and my own growing daughter with subtle, timeless and delicate designs that will be worn through the years.

WHAT WE NEED TO KNOW ABOUT YOUR BRAND: It’s about women and our relationships. We live in world that is connected, across the globe 24 hours a day we can call, email, text people who we love. To stay connected has never been easier, yet the gap between the generations is growing larger. The world moves and changes at such speed it is hard to stay connected to what matters. Relationships and people are our connection. Our mothers, grandmothers, sisters, nieces and friends.

EsmeLoves is a London based independently run jewellery business with an aim to celebrate our relationships and reminds us of the people in the world who mean so much.

I want people to wear jewellery with meaning (and look good of course at the same time…)

WHAT WE SHOULD BUY FROM YOU: The whole of the EsmeLoves collection are all my favourite pieces and I wear them often. I wear the silver rose quartz Grande necklace pretty much with every outfit. It is different to most long necklaces and it is unique in design. I find it is stylish and classical with the intricate filigree design over the rose quartz stone. People always comment on it. My daughter often wears the silver baby bangle of the same design. I also love the rainbow moonstone circle earrings and they are very popular and perfect when you want to ‘dress up’ an outfit.

BRAND: DESMOND & DEMPSEY

Desmond & Dempsey is a pyjama brand founded by a couple after she (Dempsey) kept borrowing his (Desmond) shirts to sleep in and from a desire to savour mornings - especially Sunday ones.

Desmond & Dempsey travel the world to find unique prints and have recently launched a marble print that they created by hand in Florence at a small book binders shop - see the video here.

I love a brand that does something really really well - that pays attention to detail, has an authentic story and that is great quality - these are things that Desmond & Dempsey defiantely have and do. 

Here is some more info from the founders Joel & Molly (aka Desmond & Dempsey).

NAME OF BRAND: Desmond & Dempsey

DATE IT WAS FOUNDED: September 2014, although we spent nearly a full year figuring out how to make a pair of D&D’s (the perfect pair of PJ’s).

BY WHOM IT WAS CREATED: Joel Jeffery and Molly Goddard

WHY WAS IT CREATED: Because I (Molly) kept stealing Joely’s shirts for bed and accidentally ruining them. Joel is a bit of an old romantic and tells the story better here.

WHAT DO WE NEED TO KNOW ABOUT YOUR BRAND:  At Desmond & Dempsey we believe that simple little luxuries can make your day. We create home-wares that bring you that feeling of excitement. The feeling of putting on fresh pyjamas after a long day. Getting into clean crisp sheets. New socks.

We travel the world to find unique prints and or ideas and apply them to practical textiles. As a result, we make quality products for your home. We have started with really great pyjamas.

We have always a love affair with Sundays. It’s a day for slow living. For pottering around the house making into home. A day for treasuring your loved ones. It’s a day of a escape. It’s day when you can forget the outside world and be content with sweetness of doing nothing. Our brand focus’ on Savouring your Sunday, because it is the day when you most appreciate life’s simple little luxuries.

WHAT WE SHOULD BUY FROM YOU: We make pyjamas that will rock your socks off. A pair of D&D’s will change your time in-between the sheets forever.

DRESSING MOTHERHOOD MY WAY

One of the many reasons i started my DRESS LIKE A MUM campaign was to make a stand against all the false misconceptions and ideas people have about Mums and motherhood.

Assumptions are made by all kinds of people and companies about how you will behave once you become a Mum and most of them are false. ‘Mums’ often get lumped together as one demographic, but the fact is that there are loads of different types of people and women and therefore Mums. We can’t and shouldn’t all be treated the same. Mums are completely different people to one another and individuals in how we parent, dance, think, eat, live and dress.

DRESS LIKE A MUM is challenging and changing one aspect of these misconceptions about Motherhood - which is that mums can’t dress. Yes we can! We loved clothes and fashion and looking good before we had children so why would we change this?

Dressing like a Mum is about wearing what you like, what you feel good in and what makes you happy. I don’t want to tell people what to wear they can wear whatever they like. But I want to help, remind and inspire women not to loose their love of clothes and who they are once the madness, busyness and massive love for others becomes more important than them.

There are a few things that all Mothers do have in common - one is (obviously) that they have a child (or more) and the other is that we are all awesome, are doing our best and are doing (or dressing!) it our own way.

This Mother’s Day Not On The High Street have launched Mother’s Day the Maverick Way which celebrates ALL the amazing individual Mothers out there doing their thing their way.

Not On The High Street are also running an Instagram competition - all you have to do is share your #MaverickMum moment (these moments happen to Mums multiple times throughout the day - some are bigger than others but all these moments are important) with the # for the chance to win £500 NOTHS vouchers. (There will be a total of 3 winners).

Here are a few Maverick Mums that i have had the pleasure and honour of getting to know recently. The thing that brought us together was that we all have children, but the thing that keeps us together is our maverick-ness!


 

BRAND: ILADO Paris

Inspired by the magic of ancestral jewellery Ilado Paris's pieces are meaningful, symbolic, simple and stunning.  Designed and made by talented and passionate designers and artisans from France and around the world, their first collection of pregnancy necklaces are a unique, contemporary interpretation of an ancestral Mayan tradition.

Ilado was founded by two childhood friends (and mothers) in Paris who left their jobs to follow their passion and desire to create simple beauty amongst the chaos of modern life.  Here is what they'd like us to know about their brand and beautiful jewellery: 

NAME OF BRAND/COMPANY: ILADO Paris

DATE IT WAS FOUNDED: March 2015

BY WHOM IT WAS FOUNDED: We are Celia Bonahon and Sandra Zeller, 2 childhood friends and young mothers based in Paris. Originally, ILADO was the name of an African peninsula where our friendship began when we were 10. In 2015, 20 years later, fascinated by the meaningful beauty and the magic of ancestral jewellery, and inspired by our own search for meaning and harmony in the hectic pace of our lives as young mothers in Paris, we left our jobs as fashion buyer and marketing director to create ILADO Paris!

WHY WAS IT CREATED: ILADO Paris offers “Jewellery for the Soul”. In today’s world, where the loss of meaning and the stress of our fast-paced modern lives take us away from ourselves and from what is essential, we imagine jewellery that you wear to feel good, to express who you are, to inspire you every day. We capture jewellery, beyond its beauty, to its deeper meaning, by connecting with its magical and spiritual essence celebrated for thousands of years around the world. In our industrial cultures where most objects look all the same, we look for talented and passionate designers and artisans from France and around the world, to perpetuate the beauty of traditional know-how at the heart of contemporary creations, that are unlike any other.

WHAT WE NEED TO KNOW ABOUT YOUR BRAND: Our first collection of Angel Caller jewellery offers the first contemporary interpretation of an ancestral pendant that has been celebrated for centuries in many cultures, from Indonesia to Mexico. It contains a silver ball that emits a subtle and harmonious chime when shaken. Legend has it that this sweet jingling sound, that is unique for each pendant, is magic: it has the power to call the wearer's Guardian Angel. In Mayan culture, it was worn during pregnancy to protect expectant mothers and their babies. After birth, the familiar soothing sound will reassure and calm the baby, as a reminder of the warmth and comfort of the womb and the invisible presence of its mother.

WHAT WE SHOULD BUY FROM YOU: All our Angel Caller necklaces are beautiful gifts for mums-to-be or for your loved ones! Our favourite one is the U Angel Caller necklace with its minimalist and elegant contemporary design and its adjustable length chain. Our chiming pendants are unique pieces, handmade by a craftsman in Taxco, Mexico, in the greatest respect for tradition. They are then gilded with fine gold and suspended at the end of precious necklaces by a French or Italian manufacturer. Our creations are carefully packaged in a joyful cotton pouches that comes in a protective box made of recycled materials.