Sunday, 5 May 2019

Birthstones

 
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"Pretty sure my birthstone is a seashell."
 
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 A birthstone is a special gemstone that represents the birth month of a person. Each of these gems has a unique meaning and historical significance.
In order to standardize the birthstones, independently of each other, both the American and British jewellery associations created a list at the beginning of the 20th century. In most cases, each month is associated with a single gemstone, but there are several months with multiple birthstones. However the lists are relatively modern creations, their origins date back to the ancient times, where people believed that gemstones had incredible powers such as healing, bringing luck or wealth.
Garnet, for example, symbolises friendship and trust. Aquamarine is a symbol of youth, health and hope. Ruby stands for love and passion and it was believed that sapphire would protect your loved ones from harm.
 
 
The pieces below are from CheapNameNecklace, a Hong Kong based online jewellery manufacturer, that turns names and initials into lovely jewellery. Each piece can be personalised with names, initials, font, metal and stones. On their website you can choose from the categories, necklaces, rings, bracelets & earrings, collections and charms. Most items are available in sterling silver as well as in platinum plated silver and gold or rose gold plated silver, with a chain length of 35 to 55 cm. Their birthstone rings are plated with stones and the "lovely open heart promise phrase necklace" can be decorated with up to 5 birthstones, attached to the pendant. To get more information on the items in the picture, just visit their website and let me know, which piece is your favourite.
 
 
 
If you are interested in these monthly gemstones, you may also be interested in the zodiacal stones, where each sign has its own gem or gems, but there are also birthday stones, where each day of the week has its own gemstone. But of course, you don't have to stick to your own monthly birthstone. If you feel connected to something else, just go with it.

What do you think about birthstones? Comment with your own below. :)

Lots of love,
E

Wednesday, 24 April 2019

You and Me

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"How amazing it is to find someone who wants to hear about all the things that go on in your head."

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If you regularly read my blog, you may remember that I love personalised items, whether it's a mug, a bracelet, or a necklace. Sometimes I prefer to have my nickname on it, sometimes I go for initials or stick to my last name. Somehow, I have always felt that they give something to a simple thing: a bit of personality, a bit of story.
Last year I had a pool on Twitter that asked if you liked monogrammed, personalised items, and it turned out that 85% of voters were up for them.
This year I asked if you were going to wear the name of your boyfriend/girlfriend on a necklace and it turned out that 42% of voters would do that and 58% would not. 

"Get name necklace" is an online jewellery manufacturer that offers fashionable, personalised jewellery. Each piece can be personalised by name, initials, font, metal, length and stones. On their website you can choose from various categories, such as necklaces, rings, bracelets, earrings, charms or even collections.
Couple necklaces are a cute way to show your partner how much he/she means to you. I collected my favourite pieces below. The necklaces arrive in a gift box. Most items I've selected are sterling silver 925, but you can also find items that are 18k gold plated. My personal favourite is the Yin Yang necklace. It is even perfect for those who do not want to wear something that clearly shows it's a couple necklace. The front side is the sign and the back has the name of your loved one. I like how simple and yet discrete and unique it looks. 
 
You also have the option to choose a half heart, a puzzle or simply a square shape. In the picture there is only one necklace, which is delivered as a single piece. With this "Personalized Love Arrow Birthstone Heart Necklace" you can choose material, birthstone, chain length and the text is already added: You are my angel.

Do you like personalised jewellery? What do you think about these couple necklaces? Do you have a favourite? As always, please feel free to share your thoughts in the comment section below.

Lots of love,

Tuesday, 16 April 2019

The luxurious silk



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"Wishing you a day soft as silk.. Sweet as honey and full of money."

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Silk is a natural protein fiber from which silkworms form cocoons, an outer shell that protects them during the pupal stage. Some forms of this fiber can be woven into textiles, and generally the silkworm of moth caterpillars is used for this textile production.

Silk bed linen and nightwear look elegant and a bit luxurious, but to be honest, I can only imagine, that such beds are either in a girlish bedroom, combined with cuddly pillows, feathers or in a hotel room that's perfect for couples.


All the items in this post are form FreedomSilk, a brand that is working with 100% pure silk, what is completely free of toxins and allergens. On the website you can do your search for different topics, such as pillowcases, bedding, sleepwear and accessories.
I made two collages. The first one is for silk bedding sets.
They are available in a variety of colours and designs, giving each room a nice overall look. The pure mulberry silk duvet cover looks beautiful and is available in different sizes and colours, such as blue, gold, silver grey, or classic black and white.

Silk pyjamas and nightgowns or silk camisole sets give a sexy look and are comfortable to wear. The floral printed sets, shown in the picture, are ideal for spring. The sets are available in sizes XS to XL. The company tries to design and make every piece so that they are "soft to the touch, lovely to wear and incredibly comfy to sleep in". You can find several designs on the website: long or short, with our without sleeve. 


I have to add to this post, that after doing my research in the topic, I found out, that the sericulture has been critized by animal welfare and rights activist as silk is produced by boiling silk worms alive inside their cocoons. According to PETA, about 3000 silkworms are killed to produce less than 0,5 kg of silk.

Besides the usual method, there is another, where silk producers wait until the larvae come out of the cocoon. It is called Ahimsa silk, also called peace silk. It is much more humane to the worms than many traditional methods, but concerns have also been raised about this.

What do you think about this post? Have you found the information useful? Do you like these silk products? As always, please feel free to share your thoughts in the comment section below.

Lots of love,
E

Sunday, 10 March 2019

Practical phone cases


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"Your cell phone has already replaced your camera, your calendar, your alarm clock... 
Don't let it replace your family."

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ENGLISH

I am definitely one of those people who prefer not to take an extra wallet or purse. If it is a jacket weather, I put everything in my pockets, but in the summer I have to find other solutions for my cards, cell phone and keys. Some phone cases solve the problem with the first two, and for some phones, I think it is much easier and cheaper to find suitable ones.

The Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus case shown below is a very useful product for those, who prefer a minimal wallet. It is a handmade, protective case with card slots that was first available on 14 February 2019 at amazon.co.uk. This case and the Samsung Galaxy S10 case are sold exclusively by FYY. A practical back pocket with golden rivets provides space for your cards and a magnetic closure ensures that they are kept safely. The foldable card pocket can also be used as a stand. The case has the exact cutouts, so all features are fully accessible and there are several brilliant colours (black, brown, green, navy blue, wine red and yellow), from which you can choose your favourite.


If you prefer not to carry a small bag with you all the time, this FYY case might be the right choice for you. As a gift, I even have 50% discount vouchers for you, which are valid until 16 March and can be redeemed on Amazon.

→ 50% off for Galaxy S10 Plus Case (only black): KNDNM4Z8
→ 50% off for Galaxy S10 Case (only black): DDXQ74IQ

The cases are also available on the homepage of fyystore, however, the above-mentioned vouchers are only valid on Amazon.

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DEUTSCH

Ich bin definitiv einer der Menschen, die es bevorzugen, keine zusätzliche Brieftasche oder Geldbörse mitzunehmen. Wenn es ein Jackenwetter ist, stecke ich alles in den Jackentaschen, aber im Sommer muss ich andere Lösungen für meine Karten, Handy und Schlüssel finden. Einige Handytaschen lösen das Problem mit den ersten beiden, und für einige Handys denke ich, dass es viel einfacher und billiger ist, geeignete Taschen zu finden.

Das unten abgebildete Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus Case ist ein sehr nützliches Produkt für alle, die eine minimale Geldbörse bevorzugen. Es handelt sich um eine handgefertigte Handytasche mit Kartenfächern, die erstmals am 14. Februar 2019 bei amazon.co.uk erhältlich war. Diese Hülle und auch das, für Samsung Galaxy 10 werden exklusiv von FYY verkauft. Eine praktische Tasche mit goldenen Nieten bietet Platz für Karten und ein Magnetverschluss sorgt dafür, dass sie auch sicher aufbewahrt sind. Die faltbare Kartentasche kann auch als Ständer verwendet werden. Das Gehäuse verfügt über die genauen Ausschnitte, sodass alle Funktionen vollständig zugänglich sind und es gibt verschiedene brillante Farben (Schwarz, Braun, Grün, Marineblau, Weinrot und Gelb), so man seine Lieblinge auswählen kann.


Wenn man es vorzieht, nicht ständig eine kleine Tasche mitzunehmen, ist dies möglicherweise der richtige Wahl. Als Geschenk habe ich für euch sogar 50% Rabatt Gutscheine, die bis zum 16. März gültig sind und beim Amazon eingelöst werden können. (Die befinden sich am Ende der englischen Version.)

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Lots of love,
E

Thursday, 28 February 2019

For dog lovers


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"Some things just fill your heart without trying."

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February has flown by as in a blink of an eye and I can hardly believe that tomorrow is already March. However, during these wo months so many things happened that it feels like eternity at the same time.
Today's post is especially for dog lovers, I hope you like the thematic items, I collected. :)

 
Lots of love,
E

Sunday, 6 January 2019

For a happy, peaceful year


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"You. Yes, you. The one reading this right now.
You are beautiful, talented, amazing and simply the best at being you.
Never forget that."

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2018. A year of ups and downs. Many struggles, but also many positive events.
People who came into our lives, and others, even loved ones, who chose to leave us - voluntarily or because they had no other choice. Tears, losses, heartache, heartbreaks, mean people, hate, work stress, health problems.. 
I could continue the list and unfortunately many could relate to it. But do you know what, life happens whether you want it or not. And we are here. We have not only survived. We are stronger than a year ago. Bad things happen, and it is okay to cry, but I say and always want to believe, that if you can make a small difference on your own, then together we can make a big difference and make the world a better place.

Let's focus on the good things, the happy moments. Remember that walk with your loved one. That beautiful place you discovered this year. That tasty meal you created from scratch. That smile a stranger gave you when you left him in the queue in front of you. Your inner child, that flattered, forgetting all your problems for a while. Or the movie you saw, the book you read, the places you visited, the lovely people you met this year. The funny moments with your family, friends, that big laugh. Concentrate on these. Train your mind to remember these positive events.

This year I want to challenge you, us, to be more kind, including to ourselves. If you are having a bad day, then remember, that we all struggle sometimes, and stay strong, be positive even in these difficult times, because you are capable of amazing things. 
So, keep shining, beautiful one. The world needs your light. And remind yourself that you don’t have to do what everyone else is doing.

I wish you all a wonderful 2019. May this year be filled with love, joy, happiness and health. :)

Let’s spread some positivity to start the new year with a good feeling.  
➡️ Please share one of your favourite, most memorable or sweetest moments from 2018 in the comment section below.

If you liked this post, you might be interested in these one, too: "New year, new attitude: Try to live, not just exist" (Just click on it to land on the original post.)

Lots of love,