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

STAFF CHRISTMAS PICKS: Jo’s Wish-List

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This Christmas, Jo is wishing for something to remind her to stop worrying about things that’ll never happen, and thinks that a myMantra pendant is the perfect piece to bring some positive energy into her life! She wants to get her pendant engraved with this lovely sentiment by Norman Vincent Peale: “Change your thoughts and you’ll change your world.”

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On the theme of love, Jo is very much hoping that her husband will get her a large silver Cherish locket, from Dower and Hall, filled with happy and loving Treasures. Jo loves the sea-side themed treasures, especially the seahorse and starfish. She also adores the angel wing, open heart, and wants to finish her locket off with some words of love.

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To sparkle this season, Jo would love to add to her Engelsrufer locket and Nikki Lissoni pendants. She thinks a Sparkling Soundball would add a touch of Christmas magic to her Gold Whisperer. Jo is always after new Nikki Lissoni coins to add to her collection, and this Christmas, she loves the iridescent glamour of the Blame It On My Wild Heart coin, and the sweet glitter of the Key to My Heart coin.

Shop myMantra at fabulous!

Shop Cherish at fabulous!

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Shop Nikki Lissoni at fabulous!

Find the perfect treat (in budget!) #FridayPayday

You’ve worked really hard this month, so you deserve something shiny, designer and fabulous to say well done! Here’s a selection of some of our favourite trending items…payday-treat-by-budget

If you’re looking to spend…

under £25 then an Alex and Ani initial bangle is perfect

under £30, has to be a The Giving Keys necklace, feel good on every level

under £50 you could go for a brand new fashion forward ring from Tresor Paris or a Wild and Free coin to update your Nikki Lissoni collection

under £42 then this scripted Love wrap from Alex and Ani is a great way to show yourself some love

under £60 look no further than the new Mantra collection, wish yourself happiness with this bar necklace

Which is your favourite? Do you treat yourself every payday? We’d love to know in the comments below…

What’s your favourite Mantra? Tell us to win!

As part of our ten year anniversary we’ve created our first own brand line, Mantra. Combining beautiful designs with thoughtful meanings, the Mantra collection is inspired by the power of positive affirmations. Wear your Mantra jewellery as a reminder of the power of positive thought and let the powerful words heighten your mood and awareness.

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Laugh Often & much, £50

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Go confidently in the direction of your dreams, £30

We created packaging to make the perfect gift, featuring an inspirational image and carefully selected phrase. Choose the perfect Mantra for yourself your friend or family member; Mantra jewellery comes in a beautiful envelope with space for your own private message, inside, is why we created the collection.

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photomantraLife is beautiful, £50

To celebrate the launch of Mantra we’re running a competition for the month of May. Just tell us your favourite Mantra, phrase or affirmation on social media with the #mantrabyfabulous for your chance to win £100 worth of Mantra jewellery. The winner will be randomly selected on 31st May.

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We look forward to hearing your favourite Mantras, and who knows, they might inspire a piece of jewellery!

Browse the collection at www.fabulouscollections.co.uk/mantra 

Dani’s Springspiration

Dani from the Web team shares her Spring wishlist, along with some top tips on what will be big this Summer!

I’m a fan of: I love wearing my Nikki Lissoni dreamcatcher necklace & I’m always wearing a bracelet stack of Chlobo & Alex and Ani. I love feather talismans so I have the matching Alex and Ani feather bangle & ring!

 My trend is: Lost Worlds

On my summer wish list:

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Chlobo Sundance Aztec Triangle, £60 to add to my silver bracelet stack

Happiness Mantra Bar Silver Necklace, £45 to layer with my dreamcatcher

Tresor Paris Allure Crystal Ring, £47 I love the cross design

Ray-Ban Wayfarers in green, £113 – on my wish list every summer, I’m yet to invest!

 Hot tip:

Flash tattoos (http://www.flashtat.com/) are jewellery-inspired temporary tattoos that look awesome with stacks of jewellery. You can choose designs that match your charms in metallic colours, or you can get creative with colourful designs. They work great with the Lost Worlds trend & are perfect for festivals & beach holidays!

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 Dream destination: 

I’m dreaming of another holiday to Ibiza! The beaches are gorgeous, it has the best night life and it’s great for a bit of celeb spotting!

Cafe-Mambo-Sunset-a22463955What’s on your Spring wishlist? Let us know in the comments box or tweet us @FabCollection

5 fabulous gifts to get them through the Marathon!

Do you know someone fabulous running the Marathon? Well, after our 30 mile walk last year we’re incredibly impressed and in awe of anyone taking on this incredible challenge. If you think they could use some words of encouragement, we’ve put together our edit of the perfect jewellery to accompany them on their journey…

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Mantra Hamsa Necklace, £20

This fabulous necklace from the Mantra collection features an ornate Hamsa hand on a chain necklace. The Hamsa hand is used in Middle-Eastern cultures to ward off evil spirits and protect the wearer. The necklace comes on an iconic Mantra card reading ‘You are loved, you are protected, you are blessed’ and is packaged in a beautiful Mantra box with room for your own personal message.

Believe Mantra Necklace in Rose Gold, £55 and Believe Mantra Bracelet in Gold, £55

These fabulous bar necklaces and bracelets from the Mantra collection are made from 925 Sterling Silver with Rose Gold or Gold plating and feature a horizontal bar engraved with ‘believe’. The perfect Mantra to carry with you to remember to believe in yourself, to believe in the good of others and to embrace a touch of magic in life, after all ‘all things are possible if you believe’. The ‘believe’ jewellery comes packaged in a beautiful Mantra box with room for your own personal message and is displayed on a card reading ‘all things are possible if you believe’.

Alex and Ani Warrior’s Will Gladiolus in Shiny Gold or Silver Finish, £33

Meaning ‘Strength – Nobility – Integrity’, this beautiful charm flower bangle from The Pursuit of Persephone collection will bring the delight of spring and colour to your Alex and Ani stack. The Gladiolus is the flower of the moral heart. From the Latin word meaning ‘sword,’ the vertical blooms of this flower signify gladiator-like strength. Associated with the birth month of August and believed by ancients to represent a warrior’s will, the Gladiolus energizes the heart’s morality and is the perfect present for someone taking on the Marathon.

Alex and Ani Guardian of Strength in Rafaelian Gold or Silver Finish, £24

From the new Guardians collection from Alex and Ani, the Guardian of Strength bangle is the perfect bangle to bring the wearer strength and courage on the day and will remind them that their loved ones are there with them, cheering them on!

Which piece of jewellery would you choose? Let us know in the comments below…