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Ruby And Oscar - Exquisite Jewellery That's Fashion Led

I love a bit of colour in my life. That is why I am drawn to coloured gemstones. Of course,, diamonds are stunningly beautiful but coloured gemstones are where my heart lies. So when Ruby and Oscar, the jewellery website that features coloured gemstones got in touch recently, I was excited to see the jewellery that they offer. This ad contains affiliate links.

Who are Ruby and Oscar?


Ruby and Oscar are a passionate British jewellery company based in Newcastle upon Tyne. Employing the best jewellery designers available they encourage creative flair so that every piece is stylish and crafted with the utmost care. 

They follow jewellery trends closely so that their website reflects the fashion of the moment, and thus bringing a dynamic collection of wearable jewellery to their customers. 

There are many pieces that I love from the Ruby and Oscar website and I was surprised at how affordable they are.  Here are some of my favourites below and some of their bestsellers too.

Opal
Opal necklace

I love this opal pendant in sterling silver. The classic teardrop shape is elegant and the opal looks amazing in the sterling silver setting. You can also have a choice of chain length from 16 inches to 22 inches at no extra cost, which I think is a great idea. Opals like this take on the colour of what the person is wearing so will look slightly different every day.

About Opals

Opals are hardened silica and have an iridescence that sparkles in the light. This makes every opal unique and different. Opals are thought to reflect the mood and emotions of the wearer. Opals are softer than some gemstones and are best kept for necklaces, bracelets and earrings. 

Tanzanite


I have yet to meet a woman that doesn't love the gemstone tanzanite, so when I saw these earrings I thought my readers would adore them. These tanzanite and cubic zirconia drop earrings are extremely glamorous. Set in sterling silver, the pear cut tanzanite sits in the centre of these beautiful vintage-inspired drop earrings and the cubic zirconia glitters in the light.

About Tanzanite

Tanzanite is the blue and violet variety of the mineral zoisite. Genuine tanzanite is only found in Tanzania in a very small mining area and this makes it much sought after. Tanzanite is not a hard stone so it's best used as a necklace or earrings as opposed to a ring. It is thought to be good for emotional healing.

Amethyst
amethyst necklace

Of all the jewellery on the Ruby and Oscar website, this amethyst heart necklace is their top seller and it's easy to see why. A simple asymmetrical heart, in inset with an amethyst stone. This modern silver heart necklace is set on a silver chain which is available in lengths from 16 inches to 22 inches available. This necklace would make a gorgeous gift for someone that is cherished and loved. 

About Amethyst

Amethyst is a violet variety of the mineral quartz. Thought to be a powerful and protective stone, the ancient Egyptians valued it greatly and carved amulets out of amethyst. Amethyst is the birthstone of February. 

Sapphire
sapphire bracelet

This sapphire bracelet above is my next choice. The sterling silver three stone tennis bracelet is exquisite, the sapphires are a deep blue and the small charms either side of the sapphires are diamond-cut giving a subtle sparkle. The lobster claw clasp adds some security to the bracelet too so it won't fall off your arm.

About Sapphires

Sapphires are a very precious stone, part of the corundum family and much sought after. Whilst available in a variety of colours, the most popular colour is navy blue. Sapphires are a hard gemstone, and suitable for use in all jewellery including rings. Sapphire is the birthstone of September and is a stone used to celebrate the 45th wedding anniversary.

Ruby
ruby ring

My choice for a ring from the Ruby and Oscar website is this heart-shaped ruby ring with shoulder set diamonds set in 9 carat white gold. A symbol of everlasting love, the heart shape is a classic romantic token. The small round brilliant cut diamonds set into the shoulders add that lovely sparkle to this exceptional ring. Considering the ring is made of white gold, the price is excellent too. 

About Rubies

Rubies are a precious stone also from the corundum family. Rubies are generally pink to blood-red in colour and are prized for their colour. One of the most popular gemstones, rubies are the birthstone of July and a ruby gift is traditional for a 40th wedding anniversary.

Ordering and delivery


Every item of jewellery on the Ruby and Oscar website is hallmarked and produced to British and European standards, ensuring the quality is high. Ruby and Oscar even provide a lifetime warranty, which means in case of any problems they will offer a free repair or replacement.

All items from their website are sent to the UK with free insured and tracked delivery so you always know where your gift is in the delivery chain. Jewellery on the Ruby and Oscar website is conflict-free and they can trace their gemstones back to the source. They strongly oppose destructive mining practices and support fair pay in the mining communities. 

Read more about Ruby and Oscar jewellery ethos here.

As you can see, the jewellery on the Ruby and Oscar website is beautiful and affordable and their ethos of ethically sourced jewellery is fantastic too.  I definitely recommend a browse of the Ruby and Oscar website especially if you have a birthday coming up, or why not treat yourself? Check out the summer sale on for up to 50% off jewellery. 

Let me know, which items of jewellery have caught your eye from Ruby and Oscar?

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Three Tips To Improve Your Hearing

As we get older, our hearing can progressively get worse. You may have noticed that you aren’t hearing as well as you are used to - having to ask people to repeat things or perhaps even missing entire conversations. You might not know why it is happening and it may be a little confusing at times.

Hearing loss can be stressful and upsetting and sometimes can be permanent but sometimes there are other reasons why your hearing isn’t as good as it once was and the situation can be easily rectified.

Here are three tips to improve your hearing.

Consider Taking Some Exercise


You may be wondering how exercise can help but taking a walk somewhere that you can take in different sounds is a great way to get your hearing in tip-top shape again. Exercise is great for your health. Physical exercise and mental exercises help to strengthen your brain's hearing comprehension skills. Go for a walk somewhere that has little man-made noise and see what you can hear. For a mental activity, get someone to read to you and repeat what they say. Gradually introduce noise into the activity to see how far you can go with hearing what they are saying and repeating it.

There are plenty of apps and games out there too that offer mental exercises to help you improve your hearing. These aim to keep your mind focused on trying to find specific sounds and you slowly start to find the sounds you are seeking, gradually improving as time goes on.

Get Your Earwax Removed


Earwax is a brown/yellowish substance produced in the ear canal and is completely normal, playing an important role in keeping our ears healthy. It cleans, lubricates and guards against bacteria. However, an excess of earwax can lead to a build-up which could cause muffled hearing and itchiness. If you are suffering from these, it may be worth considering Earwax Removal Using Microsuction but make sure you use a reputable company and don’t try to do this at home! You don’t want to cause any damage to your very delicate ears, leave it to the professionals.

Supplement Your Diet



As you may expect, vitamins and supplements help give us what we might be missing out on and offer plenty of benefits. There are plenty of vitamins and supplements that can help prevent or delay hearing loss.

Fish oils, magnesium and folic acid have all been shown to have massive benefits when it comes to your hearing health. Remember to speak to your GP before taking any new vitamins or supplements though.

These are just a few ways you can attempt to improve your hearing. Exercises, both physical and mental, seem a great way to really work on your hearing and also relax yourself enough to actually listen out for things you may be missing during the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

Do you have any top tips for improving hearing when suffering from hearing loss? Have you tried anything I haven’t mentioned here?

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The Way Forward for UK Schools As We Face The Coronavirus Pandemic

Life has completely changed for a lot of people this year, and this is mainly because of the coronavirus outbreak that started late last year. As a result of the rapid spread of the virus, many people have lost loved ones. The UK and many other nations have been negatively affected by COVID-19. Several sectors have been on the receiving end and even the economy has been affected. The education sector has had its fair share of impact as a result of the pandemic. The government was forced to close all learning institutions some time ago. The decision to close down schools was put in place to safeguard the lives of the youngsters. No parent wishes to put his or her child in danger, and this explains why many have concerns about the reopening of schools.

Recently, the UK government has decided to reopen schools, and the plans are on the way. Schools are essential and reopening them was only a matter of time. The government has put in place several guidelines to ensure that pupils are safe as schools reopen. Here is how the reopening of schools is going to work.

Additional Space


Social distancing has been crucial in the fight against the pandemic that we are currently facing. Through social distancing, the spread of the virus has been minimized. For school-going children not to be affected by the virus, a form of distancing needs to be maintained. Though it is considered challenging for your pupils to maintain social distancing while at school, they will not mingle like before.

Extra space will be needed because the number of pupils in a class will have to be reduced. Reducing the number of pupils per class means that other buildings like libraries will have to be used. It will be wise for learning institutions to utilize temporary structures. Schools that are having a tough time getting the much-needed space should consider getting structures from Smart-Space. It is based in the UK and has been at the forefront in helping many institutions that require space because of the virus including schools and hospitals. You should visit the website to learn more about their building solutions and why the education sector should utilize them.

Cleaning


Research has shown that the virus is most likely to spread through contaminated surfaces. Schools have been instructed to ensure that there is regular cleaning of these settings. Every teacher and pupil will also be required to clean their hands frequently and maintain good hygiene.


Many people have come forward and raised genuine concerns about what will happen if one is found with the virus at school. It is crucial to note that the UK government has stated that testing will be conducted at schools to establish those that might be infected. If a student or teacher is found with the virus, he or she must self-isolate at home. Those that show symptoms of the virus will have to stay home and self-isolate for 14 days.

Conclusion

As schools reopen, minimizing the contact between pupils will be essential to limit the further spread of the virus. It is essential to follow the government and doctors’ guidelines during this period.

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Ideas To Make Your Perfect Garden

With the lovely weather we have been having recently and the restrictions placed on us with trips out limited, many of us have been spending longer than ever in the garden. If you have a beautiful garden then spending time there can be therapeutic but if your garden is not looking its best then it can really get us down. So why not do something about it? Creating your perfect garden can be easy if you know how. Let's have a look at some tips on how to make your perfect garden. 

Make a plan


Firstly make a plan. This can be as simple as sketching out a design on a piece of paper. Measure the garden's length and width and make a note of it for later, then brainstorm what you would like in your garden and where you would like to put it. 

Pinterest can be great to get some inspiration, alternatively, check out from magazines like House and Garden. Consider if you want a formal or informal garden.  Formal gardens are very tidy whilst informal gardens are wilder. Check when the light hits different areas of the garden and make a note of that too. This can affect where you want to sit and what plants go where. Then consider if you want flowers, bushes, pot plants, a water feature, a seating area, a swing chair and so on, then cost it up to ensure you have the budget. Here you can get excited - your perfect garden is in reach!

Install a seating area

A seating area is very important to most of us,  so you can relax at leisure in your garden. Think about whether you want a chair, bench or a patio set. It's a great idea to have an area that's flat for the seating. You can pay for someone to lay a patio,  do it yourself or have family or friends lay it for you. This is a useful guide on how to lay a patio to help save you money. 

Encourage wildlife


Bees and butterflies are great for the environment, being natures pollinators they help plants grow and breed by spreading pollen between flowering plants. The vast majority of plants we need for food rely on pollination especially by bees and butterflies, so encourage them in your garden by making a bee house and planting lots of lovely flowers. Also, why not buy or make a bird feeder? As well as providing essential food for birds in the winter, birds are also pollinators and you can spend many hours watching birds and their behaviour in your garden.

Think of a water feature 


A water feature can be an interesting addition to your garden. This can be a pond, a classically tiered water fountain, or something more modern.   The advantage of a water feature is that the sound and sight of water can be soothing and relaxing. It also has the benefit of providing water for wildlife like birds and bees and pondlife like frogs and fish. 

Make it greener and prettier


As well as being great for the environment, it's lovely to have a colourful and green garden. Bees love colourful plants so plant a variety of bluebells, crocuses, forget-me-nots, and comfreys. They also smell lovely too. You could consider planting a lawn to make it greener or if you have a large patio, plant some flowers in big plan pots. Native plants are a low maintenance option so if you need some advice ask at your local garden centre to which plants are native to where you live.

Make a veg plot


You can add a veg plot to almost any garden. There is nothing like the satisfaction you can get from growing your own veg. Easy to grow veg include salad leaves, potatoes, peas, runner beans and onions. Some of these you can grow in pots as well, even if you have a paved garden. In fact, one of the best ways to grow potatoes is in some earth in a bucket!

These are some ideas to make your perfect garden. Let me know - how do you use your garden? Do you have the perfect garden?


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Building a Capsule Wardrobe For Work

So you've got a new job and you are looking to revamp your work wardrobe. Or you realise you have lots of clothes but nothing you want to wear more than once for work. If you are looking to build a capsule wardrobe for work there are some things you need to take into consideration. A mix and match wardrobe can be a great idea. Let's have a look at how to build a capsule wardrobe of clothes for work if you work in an office environment. 

A classic coat



Every wardrobe and especially every work wardrobe should have a classic coat. If you can afford to, choose a wool coat or a cashmere mix which will be soft and keep you warm on a cold day. Cashmere can be expensive but it is worth paying for as it is super soft and warm. This dark grey coat above is simple, stylish and elegant and will go with most things. The tie will also define your waist. A perfect coat for your capsule wardrobe.

A little black dress
If you don't have a little black dress or LBD in your wardrobe you should get one now. A little black dress is one of the most versatile items you can own. You can pair it with sensible shoes for work, team it with jewellery and heels or boots for night outs and I have even seen people wear a little black dress with trainers.  Of course, a LBD, is great for your capsule wardrobe. I would buy the best quality you can afford as you will get a lot of wear out of it. This double crepe dress above is simplicity in itself. 

A summer shift dress
As well as having a LBD, it's good to have something lighter in colour, especially for the summer months. A classic shift dress is a light blue, would be perfect for this. This is the sort of dress that can take you to a summer occasion too like a wedding or day at the races. The quality of this dress is outstanding with perfect finishing of the seams, and the darts nip in your waist.

A smart winter suit




A smart suit in a neutral colour is a business wardrobe essential. Traditionally a black or navy suit is a great idea. If you want to be slightly different a grey suit like the one above is stylish and smart too. I like the black detailing on this wool mix suit. It's cut very well and would look super flattering on. 



These black and white trousers with a wide leg are a great fit with the jacket above. Sitting flat on the stomach and with a wide leg, they would look good with ankle or long boots, or court shoes too.
This matching pencil skirt can be worn with the jacket above or on its own with a top like the cream one below. 

A light summer suit

So you have a classic warm woollen suit in your wardrobe, pair it with a different suit for summer in a lighter colour. This beige suit is great for summer when you don't want to wear a dark colour. Again it is super smart and has a button to accentuate your waist. This is the sort of suit you can also wear to a special occasion like a garden party at the palace, or your niece's wedding as well as business lunches with you top clients. 
These beige trousers match the summer jacket perfectly and the slightly wide leg make them a flattering fit. Match with boots or court shoes for some height, and you have a summer suit with pieces that can be worn on separately too.


Every capsule wardrobe needs a few long sleeve tops. Again neutral colours are perfect to mix and match. This scoop-neck long sleeve top in a cream jersey material has lycra added for stretch and fit and this will help it wash over and over again and still keep its shape. You can't really go wrong with a scoop neck top.

Pearl earrings



Some pearl earrings are a great choice for your work wardrobe. They are always in style and although they can be thought of as a conservative choice, you can pretty them up with a little sparkle or wear them as a drop earring. Accessories like this can really finish your look.

A tote bag



Now, I don't know about you but I seem to have everything in my handbag, including the kitchen sink! For work, this roomy tote bag is just perfect. Big enough to carry around your purse, makeup, laptop and even your kid's toys, it's size is great and this leather bag in a croc print adds a touch of detail to your wardrobe. I personally feel it's worth investing in a quality leather bag like this as it can last you a lifetime, and because of that has a low carbon footprint. You definitely pay for quality.

So these are some of the items I would use to build a capsule wardrobe for work. Check out Lalage Beaumont, for more capsule wardrobe inspiration. 

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Happy Birthday Mum With Moonpigmoments

I wanted to make my mum's birthday extra special this year and when Moonpig stepped in to help I was very grateful. Thanks to Moonpig for gifting me these items. 


My mum is a diamond and she's had a bit of a tough year. Why is she so special? She's always been very laid back and non-judgmental, she never makes you feel guilty about anything and always offers unconditional love. She's never had a lot of money but has saved hard all her life. When my son was in university, she helped out by paying for his accommodation. She didn't have to do that but we were extremely grateful. That's the sort of person my mum is.

Just before Christmas last year my father died. He had multiple conditions including heart problems, breathing difficulties and more. In the end, he passed away in hospital. It was a tough time especially so being so close to Christmas. Then Covid19 happened and my mum due to her age and health decided to stay at home and not go out unless essential. When you are grieving and then have to isolate it can be hard. So my mum definitely needs a treat.


Moonpig, the gift company, for their campaign Moonpig Moments, gifted me a selection of goodies for my mum. Firstly I decided to make her a personalised card for her birthday this July. The personalised cards available on Moonpig are fun. You can upload photos and add your own message. I was really pleased with the personalised card above when it arrived. I ordered a large card (205cm by 290cm) which was about A4 size and priced at £5.99 I thought it was a good quality card and nice to be able to personalise it. It came quickly too and you have the option to either send it directly to the person or back to you with an envelope.

I was also sent a Yankee Candle in the fragrance Sea Air. I live by the sea in a little seaside town in South Wales and my mum loves it there. She visits when she can, so I thought she would love this candle... and I wasn't wrong. Yankee Candles are a very well known brand of candles and this one had a light fresh fragrance that reminds you of the seaside. The burn time is 65 to 75 hours. 




Now my mum isn't a big drinker but once every couple of weeks she will have a little tipple and vodka and cranberry juice is her favourite. So she really appreciated the gift of the Russian vodka and a special glass embossed in gold lettering with the message 'Mum, you're so lovely'.   That's one thing I like about Moonpig, the variety of gifts available, so you can combine more than one to make an extra special gift.



To complete her birthday I chose a beautiful bunch of birthday flowers for her called The Happy Birthday. A bright and cheery mix of cerise germini, pink roses, white lisianthus and scented oriental lilies, the mix of pink and white looked amazing in the vase and my mum was delighted! I particularly loved the colour of the roses. When you order flowers with Moonpig you get full tracking and a two-hour delivery window which is brilliant, so you can plan your day. They also have a five-day freshness guarantee which is good to know. 



They are also special as they come with a box of handmade chocolates too which came in a lovely decorated box. 

You can check out the birthday gifts for mum here if you want some further inspiration. If you order anything by 4pm Monday to Friday, it will be dispatched the next day, making it a useful site if you want a gift, flowers or card at short notice.



If you are looking to order from Moonpig, cards and gifts from can be ordered online via the web or via the Moonpig app. If you download the app then click on the following link and use APPFREEWGIFT you will get one free card when you buy a gift. This promotion runs until the 17th of August 2020.

My mum really liked her gifts, and I was especially delighted with the card. Thanks to Moonpig for sending me the items in exchange for an honest post. 

Let me know, have you used Moonpig? Do you like any of the gifts?