Mother’s Day 2016 Gift Guide

March is just around the corner, which means it’s time to start thinking Mother’s Day gifts! With just ten days to go, it can feel like the time to choose the perfect present is running out. Luckily, we have hand-selected the perfect Mother’s Day gifts for every taste, meaning you are sure to be Mum’s favourite this year. If you’re unsure which gift would be perfect for your mum, take our fabulous quiz!

The Fashionista

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Your mum loves a treat and is no stranger to being spoiled! You admire her so much for her grace, poise and classic style. She is both a mother and a best friend to you, and the bond between the two of you is unbreakable. You want a gift that expresses how deeply rooted your love is, and to say thank you for all the deep talks about life, love and, of course, fashion!  This Mother’s Day, spoil her with Thomas Sabo’s Infinity Heart!

The Sweetheart

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Your mum is a ray of sunshine! Eternally sweet, patient and kind, she is the first person you go to with your problems and she never fails to leave with smiling. Her joie de vivre is infectious and you want a gift that reflects her amazing personality. This Mother’s Day, spoil her with an iconic necklace by Daisy!

The Nurturer

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Your mum is an emotional rock! She has seen you through thick and thin, and has always stood by your side. You want a gift to say thank you for all the years of support. This Mother’s Day, spoil her with the Silver Rose necklace and earrings by Mantra.

The Bohemian

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You and your mum have an incredibly meaningful bond. She taught you the virtues of being adventurous, bold and open-minded. You want a gift that shows how much you love and admire her courageous spirit. This Mother’s Day, spoil her with Alex and Ani’s Because I Love You, Mom bangle.

 

In The Stars: Pisces

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Pisces: 20th February- 21st March

Pisces is in the stars this month! This water sign is imaginative, mysterious and adaptable, with a hard-to-pin-down character. Symbolised by the fish, this friendly sign is adept at going with the flow and is the social chameleon of the zodiac wheel. Because of this, the true nature of the Pisces can be difficult to uncover; however, they are incredibly intuitive with strong spiritual instincts. Still waters run deep, and this seemingly playful sign is usually wise beyond their years.

Pisces Strengths: 

  • Compassionate
  •  Adaptable
  • Accepting
  •  Devoted
  • Imaginative
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Pisces Star Maps by Mantra in Silver (£35) and Gold (£50)

These stunning Star Map necklaces by Mantra reflect the alignment of the stars upon the wearers’ birth. We love the attention to detail in these necklaces- with tiny cubic zirconias embedded in the constellation in black and white, respectively. Buy them at fabulous!

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Pisces Bangle in Rafaelian Gold, Celestial Wheel Pisces in Shiny Silver  by Alex and Ani (£24)

These zodiac bangles by Alex and Ani are the perfect way to personalise your stack. The traditional zodiac bangle features the classic Pisces fish emblem on Alex and Ani’s trademark Rafaelian finish, while the Celestial Wheel offers a pop of colour on a shiny finish. Buy them at fabulous

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Silver Pisces Zodiac Necklace by ChloBo (£105), Pisces Zodiac Bangle by ChloBo (£200)

We love the hammered Silver finish of the Silver Pisces Zodiac necklace by Chlobo, which features the traditional Pisces symbol. Pair with the Pisces Zodiac Bangle for the perfect present. Buy them at fabulous

Red Carpet Looks: Baftas 2016

Following on from the trends on the Golden Globes red carpet, stars at the  69th British Academy Film Awards embraced all-out glamour with  a particular focus on statement earrings.

 

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Cherie Drop Earrings by Swarovski (£75)

Cate Blanchett, who was nominated in the Best Leading Actress category for her role in Carol, dazzled fans with stunning diamond drop earrings by Tiffany&Co. We love the Cherie Drop earrings by Swarovski, which rival Cate’s with their delicate sparkle, pastel hues and drop formation. Shop them at fabulous

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Emerald Earrings by Soru (£160)

Both Isla Fisher and Julianne Moore made waves by contrasting their iconic red locks with emerald earrings. The striking green gem is famously the stone of Venus, goddess of beauty and love, and is featured to amazing effect in these Emerald Earrings by Soru. Shop them at fabulous!

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Silver Almaz Drop Earrings by Dinny Hall (£345)

Kate Winslet, who won in the Best Supporting Actress category for her role in Steve Jobs, also opted for diamond drop earrings. We love these Silver Almaz Drop Earrings by Dinny Hall, which mirror the unusual chandelier shape of Kate’s. Shop them at fabulous!

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Above: Attract Earring Jackets by Swarovski (£69), Below: Silver Stud Ear Jackets by Thomas Sabo (£115)

Both Emilia Clarke and Laura Whitmore brought an edge to their gowns by accessorizing with ear jackets. We love the combination of classic sparkle and on-trend style that these ear jackets by Swarovski and Thomas Sabo have. Shop them at fabulous!

Happy Valentine’s Day to me!

Celebrate the day of love and romance by letting the most important person know how much you love them – you! Fill your day with treats and reminders of just how fabulous you are, whether you’re celebrating with friends, family or your significant other – take a moment to embrace some #selflove

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From top left: Alex and Ani Lovestruck Ring, £24

Mantra Initial Necklace, £25

Faith Giving Key, £30

Alex and Ani Wild at Heart Bangle, £24

Alex and Ani Lovestruck Arrow Wrap, £42

ChloBo Triangle Ring, £40

The Giving Keys Love Padlock, £58

Happiness Mantra Bar in Gold, £58

 

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Top Romantic Spots for Valentine’s Day

With Valentine’s Day around the corner we’re dreaming of where we’d love to spend the most romantic day of the year! We’ve already picked out our dream jewellery so now it’s time for some location spotting…

For a location close to our Solihull store we’re lusting after a spot at Marco Pierre White’s roof-top restaurant in The Cube, we’re not so bothered about the food, more the cocktails overlooking the city!

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We’re lucky enough to visit Bath often and we love it, it’s such a beautiful city full of character and history which makes it the perfect romantic city break. So if Bath was our Valentine’s location we’d definitely head to the Thermae Spa for a roof-top dip in the natural thermal waters before visiting one of Bath’s many amazing bars and restaurants. We love the Art Bar in the Abbey Hotel for cocktails and Sotto Sotto for fabulous Italian food.

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Head office is based in Leamington Spa which also has a plethora of amazing bars and restaurants perfect for the romantic occasion. We’d head to Morgan’s Bar above Restaurant 23 for cocktails (which we have been known to treat ourselves to after management meetings) we love the art deco interior and recommend the espresso martini, and then we’d heat out for a cosy dinner at Wildes.

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What are your plans this Valentine’s Day? Do you have a recommendation for our fabulous areas?

London Marathon Training Update, Jo

As you know, I am running in the London Marathon in April, to raise money for Breast Cancer Now.

I am now 4 weeks into my 16-week training programme, with 12 weeks to go before the big day!

I am up to 18km (11 miles) on my long runs, getting up to 21km by next week, which is half-marathon distance. I have run one half-marathon before – Stratford, last April – so it will be good to see if my time has improved over the year.

I have been listening to motivational audio books and talks as I train. A great TED talk to watch while doing challenging hill sprints on a treadmill is by Diana Nyad, who was the first person to swim the 100 miles from Cuba to Florida, in shark-infested waters. Diana finally did it, in 2013, on her 5th attempt – at the age of 64. Her mantra, to somehow ‘find a way’, kept her going; and I have decided to adopt this as my mantra for 2016.

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The marathon is clearly going to be very tough, but it is the thought that I am raising money for such a good cause that motivates me as I train. Breast Cancer Now is determined to stop deaths from breast cancer by 2050. Although many more survive than ever before, 1000 women every month still die from it in the UK.

This inspirational charity organised a superb marathon training day last weekend, with talks on nutrition, injury prevention and training, where I also met many of the other runners aiming to raise vital funds for the charity.

We heard a fascinating talk by Shane Foo, one of Breast Cancer Now’s researchers, about ground-breaking research he and his team are undertaking on the way breast cancer tumours behave, and why they so often spread to other organs. Shane’s team are aiming to find ways of slowing down or stopping their spread.

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I would like to say a HUGE thank you to everyone who has sponsored me so far. I know it’s tough to find extra cash at this time of year, so soon after Christmas, so I am very appreciative of everyone who has already sponsored me in my quest to raise £3000 for Breast Cancer Now. I still have some way to go, but I am making good progress!

I’d love it if you would support me with some sponsorship, if you can. I have a fund-raising page set up at www.justgiving.com/jostroud.

I’ll continue to keep you updated with my progress over the next few weeks, as the date gets closer! Thanks very much for reading this, and for your support.

Jo x