Fabulous Holiday Destination: Rome with Sinade

Name: Sinade
Store: Solihull
Position: Retail, Creative and Buying Manager
Location: Rome with my boyfriend Darren
Duration: 4 Days

The Tiber River of Rome

The Tiber River of Rome

Holiday essentials: Comfortable sandals as there is a lot of walking involved and sunglasses as most sights are outdoors.

Highlights: All the sights in Rome are amazing but my absolute highlight of the trip was visiting the Trevi Fountain. Even in the intense heat where it was busy with tourists, it seemed calm and serene and I was desperate to jump in the cool, clear water. Darren had read that it is tradition to throw a coin into the fountain (in your right hand over your left shoulder) to ensure you return to Rome, and after 4 attempts I finally managed it correctly!

Gelato is a must! I tried cookies and cream, nutella, mint and chocolate brownie to name but a few. A personal favourite was the icy lemon drinks that were available across Rome – I had at least one a day.

The view from St. Peter's Basilica

The view from St. Peter’s Basilica

Top tips:

  • Drinks bottle – Rome has drinking fountains around the centre, which are ideal for quenching your thirst, particularly in the hot summer months.
  • Map – the best way to explore Rome is by foot, there is usually something to see around every corner.  Make sure you bring a map of the centre, as there aren’t too many signs to point you in the right direction.
  • Bag you can hold – Rome is known for pick pockets, we had no problems but to be safe, bring a bag you can keep tight to your person and close securely.
  • Cover up – whether you choose a scarf or a light-weight cardigan you will need something to cover your bare shoulders when entering the amazing Basilicas and churches.
Sinade drinking the must-try Icy Lemon drinks

Sinade drinking the must-try Icy Lemon drinks

Favourite outfit: Before I left I purchased two Vera Moda dipped hem skirts, these were light and airy and were easy to team with a vest, my sunglasses and my fabulous Tote bag.

What was in your fabulous jewellery roll? I chose to bring my Nikki Lissoni necklaces with me, so I had something I could mix and match depending on my outfit. I also packed my Daisy ‘Open Heart’ Karma bracelet, as this was light on my wrist and wouldn’t leave a tan line!

Sinade's Secret Garden Nikki Lissoni set

Sinade’s ‘Secret Garden’ Nikki Lissoni set

Celebrating Exam Results: The Perfect Gifts

Name: Lucy Vincent
Store: Leamington Spa
Position: Work experience

After months of revision and hard work for exams, it seems to take forever for results day to come round! As the summer goes on, results day looms and you think back to each of your exams and hope that luck is on your side when you open that envelope!

At the beginning of the summer I arranged to do some work experience at Fabulous Leamington spa, which happened to fall on the same week as AS results day. The week has been going really well, so hopefully that’s a good sign for Thursday! I took a look through all of the beautiful jewellery at fabulous and picked some gift ideas for exam results day.

The Nikki Lissoni ‘Good Fortune’ coin is a must have for this occasion, perfect for that extra bit of luck that I just might need. I also love this Tales from The Earth bangle inscribed with ‘a lifetime of luck’.Image

Nikki Lissoni ‘Good Fortune’ set, £123 – Tales from the Earth bangle, £36

Nomination charm bracelets are a perfect way to create a collection of memories. I love the graduation cap, star and scroll and if you’re proud of your results why not add them to your Nomination bracelet!

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Nomination Gold star, £16 – Nomination letter A, £18 – Nomination graduation cap, £18 – Nomination letter B, £16 – Nomination certificate, £18

Thomas Sabo also have great additions for your charm bracelet. You can add your grades to your bracelet or buy someone you’re proud of a star!

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Thomas Sabo open star charm, £19.95 – Thomas Sabo letter A, £21.95 – Thomas Sabo star charm, £29.95

Everybody remembers their school days, exams and results day whether good or bad! In a few weeks I will start my final year at Southam College, finish my A levels and then go on to something or somewhere new – which as a lot of you may know, is quite nerve wracking. I love the idea of having jewellery that reminds me of this transition, it’s scary – but exciting!

Fabulous Holiday Destination: Praia Da Luz with Becky

Name: Becky
Store:  Fabulous & Pandora in Bath
Position: Training and Retail Manager
Location:  Praia Da Luz, Portugal
Duration: 1 Week

I had a fantastic holiday with my boyfriend and 6 other friends. We hired a private Villa in Praia Da Luz which was fully equipped with pool, jacuzzi, pool table and table tennis.

Holiday Essentials: Every activity we did was a drive away so it will make your holiday easier if you hire a car. My hair always dries out on holiday so leave-in conditioner is a god send, and a good selection of versatile jewellery is an easy way to dress up or down.

Highlights: Quadventura – English run quad bike safari company who take you on a ride around the local area to see the sights.

Fiesa – this is a fantastic sandsculputre competition which happens every year. They have a different theme each time but this year was Music.

Mirage – we ate here twice in our week away. The first was the normal menu which was full of the local fish and meats (Piri Piri included obviously), and then the second time was an all you can eat BBQ!! Beautiful food both times.

Becky (far left) with her friends in Praia Da Luz

Top Tips: If you visit Praia Da Luz in a large group like us, always pre-book your table for dinner, as the small Portuguese restaurants cannot cope with large groups just turning up.

Favourite Outfit: White dress with lace detail (to show off a tan) Nikki Lissoni with Rose gold coin, Azuni and Ashiana Shellstone bracelets and Tan wedges and belt.

What was in your fabulous Jewellery roll: Nikki Lissoni 80cm Silver Graduated Chain, Medium Pendant, Rose Gold flower coin & silver sparkly coin; Fossil Georgia Watch Grey and Rose gold; 2 Pure Attraction beaded bracelets; 2  Azuni Shellstone bracelets and 3 Pandora stacking rings.