The Discerning Gentleman’s Guide to Choosing Jewellery

For many ladies out there (myself included) Christmas is the most romantic time of year; cosy fires and twinkling lights, lie-ins and prosecco for a week straight, not to mention dashing men in cable knitwear. While she may have dropped heavy hints about clothing, shoes, the same perfume you buy her every year, jewellery is the perfect sentimental gift to really take her breath away. It will show you pay attention to what she wears and likes, she’ll know you have put thought into it, and it’s something she can wear and always think of you. So here are our top tips on getting it right…

1. Pay attention
Over the next few days note what jewellery she wears. Does she wear Silver, Gold or Rose Gold? Does she have a wrist full of bracelets, is she always wearing a necklace, or does she rarely wear any jewellery?

2. Work out the size and scale
We can help you with this, but all you need to know is how tall she is and what size boobs she has. We say this because if you are buying a necklace it will help us to help you choose what length of chain to buy.

3. What is her style?
Don’t worry we know this is a big question but we have loads of ways of helping you. From taking a quiz to just looking at photographs. Two or three photographs of your lovely lady should help us work out what kind of style she has, obviously your smart phone is fine, we don’t need print outs!

4. Come armed
We can judge the size and scale, her style too but we’re never going to know your relationship. Come armed with some special dates, where you met, the best presents you’ve bought her in the past, the special people in her life. All of these things will help us come up with a romantic and sentimental present for her, for all the right reasons.

5. Don’t be shy
We love jewellery and absolutely love the opportunity to talk about it. Don’t worry about asking us questions either in store, online or over the phone. It’s our passion and we’d love to get it just right for you.

6. Don’t wait
If you get too close to the big day you’re probably going to panic, spend twice as much and come away with something you haven’t put as much thought into because you’re in a rush. Put aside a day to have a good look around and a think. Shopping’s fun if you’re not under pressure (right?). At fabulous we extend our exchange policy so if you need to exchange anything you can do so up to 14 days after Christmas day so you don’t need to wait until closer to the day to buy.

7. It’s all in the final touches
Anna, our stock manager feels like Rowan Atkinson in Love Actually at Christmas time, but it is so worth it! A beautifully wrapped present is the icing on the cake – don’t worry, we provide free gift wrap*. (*FREE over £30 online)

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8. Spoil her
How about you pick up a little extra token to hand her as the clock strikes midnight on New Year’s Eve! If you’ve bought a composeable item, like a Nikki Lissoni necklace, Alex and Ani stack or Thomas Sabo bracelet you can add a charm, bangle or coin to bring in the New Year! (Her friends will be past themselves with jealousy at your foresight)

9. Cheat
If she is really, really hard to buy for, request a catalogue (you can email christmas@fabulouscollections.co.uk for your copy). Let her circle things she likes and you can choose from her selection.

10. Don’t worry
If you’ve put thought, time and effort into your gift she will be able to see that and she’ll love it and you for choosing it. It really is the thought that counts.

Have a fabulous Christmas and make it personal! Take our quiz for some hints at what she’d like, or give us a call on 0845 450 9334 for our personal shopping service.

Our Top 5 Friends Thanksgiving Moments!

When we were growing up Friends introduced us to Thanksgiving, the parade, American football and Monica’s infamous Turkey sandwiches. So we’ve put together our favourite Thanksgiving episodes, enjoy!

1. The One with the Rumor

Yep, it’s the one with Brad Pitt! When he and Rachel were an item this had to be the most hyped episode in the history of friends.

2. The One with All the Thanksgivings

Cue fat suits and prosthetic noses, we love the flashbacks in this episode and of course the romantic ending!

3. The One With The Football

Another classic from the early days of friends, the perfect reminder of what is important over the holidays, friends and family!

4. The One Where Ross Got High

So many funny moments, we particularly enjoy Rachel’s beef trifle and Monica’s Mum putting everyone in their place.

5. The One with the Late Thanksgiving

The last ever Thanksgiving episode of the series, with a very emotional ending!

Which was your favourite Thanksgiving episode? Let us know in the comments below…

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ALEX AND ANIJENNIFER ZEUNERLAUREN G ADAMS

Top Thanksgiving Recipes

This year at fabulous we welcomed some amazing American brands, so we’re celebrating Thanksgiving by putting together our ultimate guide to the holiday season in America. Today, we’ve scoured the internet to find some fabulous Thanksgiving recipes!

jamie oliver pumpkin pie1. Jamie Oliver’s Butternut Squash Pie

We love the sound of this nutty desert for something a little bit different, he’s used Butternut Squash instead of Pumpkin which is easier to get in the UK all year round.

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2. Sugarlaw’s Sweet Potatoes and Marshmallows

We can’t quite get our head around the fact that this is a side dish to the main course. So you add gravy to this? Mind blown! Let us know if you’ve tried it, we’re intrigued.

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3. BBC Good Food’s Blueberry Pancakes

How about some American Pancakes for your breakfast on Thanksgiving? We don’t have pancakes enough for breakfast, we’re going to start now!

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4. Martha Stewarts’ Dry Fried Beans

This delicious sounding vegetable side would make a great accompaniment to any dinner party. Take a look at Anne Quatrano’s full thanksgiving menu here for lots of inspiration.

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5. Sunny Anderson’s Leftover Turkey and String Bean Pot Pies

We love this simple way to spruce up your leftovers. You can add all of your leftover veg to one big pie, or top a dish full with mashed potato to make a shepherds pie.

Which is your favourite recipe? Will you be making a Thanksgiving dinner this year? Let us know in the comments below…

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5 fabulous DIY Thanksgiving Table Settings

This year at fabulous we welcomed some amazing American brands, so we’re celebrating Thanksgiving by putting together our ultimate guide to the holiday season in America. Today, we’ve scoured Pinterest to select our favourite table decorations for your Thanksgiving feast!

1. Pine Cones

Keep it simple and rustic with this fabulous idea. Simply saw a slim channel in the pine cone and slip a personalised note or name tag in the gap, co-ordinate with long slim candles in neutral shades for a chic look.

pine-cone-table-settings2. Feathers

Add a bit of glitz to the proceedings with these beautiful dipped feathers. Simply paint PVA glue on to the tips of feathers and dip them in gold or silver glitter. Simple yet stunning.

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3. Rosemary Sprigs

We love the idea of adding herbs to your table settings, these simple cards feature a sprig of fragrant Rosemary adding a warming scent to your table. Simple and elegant, add festive candles for an array of nostalgic scents.

rosemary-table-settings4. Orange and Cloves

This traditional Christmas decoration is a great Thanksgiving addition, get creative with your designs with initials, hearts or classic stripes. This is another great way to bring warming scents to the table.

orange-clove-table-settings5. Leaves

We love this downloadable template of leaf cutouts which you can customise with names. For an added wintery touch char the sides with a candle for a browned edge, or spray them gold. You can add acorns or pine cones, or simply place them on a white napkin.

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Are you having a Thanksgiving feast this year? Which decorations will you make? Let us know in the comments box below!

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JENNIFER ZEUNER ALEX AND ANILAUREN G ADAMS

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Top 5 Romantic and Personal Gift Ideas for Christmas

Jewellery is the perfect romantic gift at Christmas; something she can wear everyday which will remind her of you. It can be challenging to pick something truly personal, but with our composeable brands the hard part is done for you, you just choose the element which will make it truly unique to her and get you lots of brownie points!

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Nikki Lissoni Necklace from fabulous

1. Nikki Lissoni

If she’s a jewellery fan she may well already have a Nikki Lissoni necklace. The concept is simple, you buy a chain, a carrier and then you can change the coins to create a different necklace. If she already has the necklace, add a new coin, or introduce a second carrier for lots of new designs. If she hasn’t got one yet, choose from our pre-made sets, the perfect starting place. If you really want to spoil her, add a bangle and charm for lots of styling options.

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2. Scripted by Lily and Lotty

These fabulous necklaces are our favourite new romantic addition. It is so easy to make a truly personal gift that she’ll love. All you have to do is choose your words, whether it’s I Love You or a pet name, if you’re looking for extra brownie points order the plain pendants which you can have engraved or hand stamped (fabulous doesn’t provide this service but your local engraver will be able to help).

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Otis Jaxon from fabulous

3. Otis Jaxon

We have been searching for the perfect lockets for fabulous which is when we found Otis Jaxon. These fabulous lockets are made of glass which allows you to create a truly personal piece of jewellery. Take a look at our blog of ‘8 Romantic ways to fill your Glass Locket’ for inspiration.

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4. Alex and Ani

We launched Alex and Ani in January this year and it is one of our most popular designer brands online. Alex and Ani bangles all come with a meaning, from good luck to friendship, loyalty to fate, so you can build a stack solely around her personality and outlook on life. You can use this http://www.fabulouscollections.co.uk/Designers/Alex-and-Ani-by-Meaning-How-to-Pick-the-Perfect-Bangle.aspx to find the perfect bangles by meaning.

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Karma Beads from fabulous

5. Thomas Sabo Karma

Thomas Sabo introduced the Karma collection in March this year, their new charm concept which is a much more fashion forward look. Buy the Karma bracelet and get a free stone bead worth £16.95 and add beads in colours or stones you know she’ll love for a personal touch. The beads can also be worn on necklaces and hoop earrings which make great add on gifts.

If you’re still not sure, give us a call on 0845 450 9334 to speak to one of our personal shoppers. If you can describe her and what she likes then we’ll be able to find you the perfect personal present.

8 Romantic ways to fill your Glass Locket

Our Christmas catalogue launched this week and it’s full of fabulous ideas for Christmas. This year we’re encouraging everyone to make Christmas personal. So we’ll be bringing you lots of great ideas on how to buy beautiful presents and add a really personal touch (#browniepoints).

Otis Jaxon is a new collection to fabulous for Winter, we fell in love with their vintage inspired lockets back in the Summer and knew they’d be the perfect addition to our Christmas collections. Their fabulous unique design means that whatever is on the inside of the locket can be seen, so you have the opportunity to make a real style statement. Here we’ve put together our top romantic ideas for what to put inside!

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1. A map

Whether it’s where you met, where you live, where you proposed or your favourite holiday destination, we love the idea of looking down at our necklace and being transported somewhere fabulous!

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2. Co-ordinates

If her style is more graphical then you could use co-ordinates instead of a map. Choose your location and find the co-ords for a stylish alternative.

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3. Pressed Flowers

If you had the foresight to press flowers from your wedding bouquet then this is the perfect place to keep them, allowing her to have memories of her special day on her at all times. If you don’t have flowers from the day, why not press a flower you know was in her bouquet – she’ll love the thought you’ve put in to it.

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4. Music

It could be your first dance, or the first song you ever danced to, maybe she’ll want to be remembering a loved one she’s lost this year and there’s a piece of music she treasures. Find the sheet music online and print it out, cut out a line from it for her locket. We love this subtle idea, when you tell her what it is she’ll be over the moon.

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5. Fabric

It could be a piece from her wedding veil or from a christening gown, fabric looks fabulous in these vintage lockets. Please ask before you go and cut up her favourite dress!!!

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6. A poem or letter

You can hide her favourite poem or reading from your wedding, or you could write her a love letter. Don’t tell her straight away, then when she’s having a bad day tell her to open it up to give her a surprise boost!

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7. Tickets

If you’re an old romantic you may have saved stubs from your first date, or special occasion. Add those to the locket for a unique piece of jewellery with a beautiful meaning.

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8. A Photograph

If there’s a favourite little person in her life, then there’s no better way to show them off and keep them close to her heart!

Glass Lockets are by Otis Jaxon and start from £65 from fabulouscollections.co.uk made from Sterling Silver and plated in Gold or Rose Gold. The clever screw top allows you to lock away your treasures, these beautiful lockets are in our Christmas fab 5, the top 5 gifts for her this Christmas.

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STAFF CHRISTMAS PICKS: Hannah’s Wish-List

hannah wishThis Christmas, Hannah is wishing for some Alex and Ani Colour Infusion Bangles to add to her stack. Her favourite is the Acorn Charm, which symbolizes Unexpected Miracles. Hannah is celebrating an unexpected miracle of her own this Christmas- after being told she wouldn’t be able to have any more children, she is expecting her third in the new year! She also loves the Hand of Fatima bangle, which symbolizes feminine power and positivity.

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Hannah has also been dropping some serious hints for her husband to get her the Eternity of Love Necklace by Thomas Sabo this Christmas. She loves that it’s a wearable necklace that will add a touch of festive sparkle to an everyday outfit- and the infinity motif is one of her favourites!

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For some Christmas sparkle, Hannah is looking to Nikki Lissoni. She loves the Silver Medium CZ Carrier for a perfect frosty statement necklace. Hannah plans to pair this carrier with the Something Blue Coin, as the combination of blue and silver makes up her favourite Christmas Colour Scheme

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