Autumn statement necklace trend alert!

ZARA statement necklace

What happens when a girl goes to John Lewis in her lunch hour to replace the tumble dryer and finds herself wandering into ZARA (which just happens to be on the same floor of the shopping centre) whilst her husband goes in search of sandwiches in M&S?

THIS happens!

I didn’t try it on (way too dangerous!) but isn’t a beauty? I love the colours and the shape.

I just love the look of the new wave of autumn/winter statement necklaces that are coming into the shops (just as London Fashion Week is previewing next spring/summer’s looks!).

Bejewelled and sparkly, or as chunky gold and silver chains, the new season’s necklaces will look great worn with wintery layers, as they’re being shown all over Pinterest right now.

Plus, it’s a great way to extend your summer wardrobe into the new season.

And OK, I did grab some super-flattering new leggings – thick, black, I’ll report back! – on my way out (via the changing room).

I call it multi-tasking!

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Merci Maman and nonstopmama Personalised Family Tree necklace giveaway!

Merci Maman personalised Family Tree necklace

Do you remember the lovely Tree Of Life (as the French say, but in French, obviously …) necklace I wrote about here earlier this summer?

The perfect way to record a family tree to give as a gift to a mother, grandmother, sister … the list goes on!

I promised we’d do a lovely giveaway to win one, and I’m DELIGHTED to say the lovely team at Merci Maman are teaming up with nonstopmama to offer one reader their choice of 18 K Gold Plated or Sterling Silver necklace, engravable with up to 60 characters on each side (that’s an amazingly large number of characters!). The winner can also choose from a short or longer chain.

This truly personalised gift (or treat for yourself!) is really versatile – I’m wearing mine layered, above, with a longer necklace (another Merci Maman one, in fact, on the longer chain!).

It works well when teamed with a simple t-shirt or shirt, or dressed-up against black if you want to go glammier – it’s super-versatile!

To WIN a Merci Maman Personalised Family Tree with nonstopmama, simply:

 1.  ‘Like’ the nonstopmama Facebook page and ‘Like’ the post on the Merci Maman Family Tree Necklace giveaway!

OR  follow on Twitter (@jbadenh) and tweet the message “#WIN a @MerciMamanGift personalised necklace with @jbadenh:”

OR follow on Instagram (@jbadenh) and ‘Like’ the Merci Maman giveaway photo!

(Or do as many of the above as you fancy! :) ).

2. ‘Like the Merci Maman Facebook page

OR follow Merci Maman on Twitter!

(Or both! :) ).

3.  Last (but very important!) step, please leave a comment below, just let us know you’re in! I’d love to know what your favourite jewellery looks are – gold or silver? Statement or delicate? Or maybe there’s a jewellery look you’d love to try for autumn/winter?!. The draw is done randomly by computer, so that bit’s just for fun and only if you feel like sharing! :)

Please don’t forget to leave a comment, as it’s this data we used to randomly generate the winner!

Merci beaucoup for taking part!

The winner will be chosen at random by computer (we’ll announce them here at the blog, and email them arrange for the lovely team at Merci Maman to organise their beautiful prize!).

Please take a mo to check out the giveaway rules here, thanks so much for taking part!

This giveaway will close at midnight on Wednesday, 15 October 2014.

More info on the wonderful Merci Maman range and to order online here!

This giveaway has been promoted at Loquax and ThePrizeFinder – UK Competitions.

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Weekend links

Weekend Links

Happy Friday, everyone!!

I hope you’ve had a great week, even if it’s flown and you didn’t get to do all your to do’s (or is that just me?! Please say it isn’t, if just to make me feel better).

Just a few little things that have caught my eye online this week (because it’s been a crazy day, and I have a few more things to do, yikes!!) …

•  This Mom Trends video, Fabulous Herbal Teas For Moms, reminded me that I really should get into replacing my morning gallon of coffee with at least one mug of super-healthy green tea and winding down with a soothing herbal tea before bedtime (how about you?!).

Mom Trends You Tube

And to try making my own iced tea, because I love it (although, I don’t think Nicole means the caffeinated sort. I knew there’d be a catch).

•  I’m excited that Shauna Niequist, has written a new book, Savor (she wrote about it this week on her great blog!).

Shauna Niequist Savor

I LOVED Shauna’s last book, Bread & Wine, and how she writes about her faith, family and food.

• Back to videos: I think that the latest clip from Caroline Hirons deserves an award for the ‘Best Intro To A Beauty Video Ever’.

It’s so funny, and I’m so glad she kept it in and didn’t edit it. Caroline, a beauty editor, expert and now vlogger is a true pro and her videos are always super-informative (this girl knows her beauty oignons).

•  Have you heard about U2 releasing their new album, Songs Of Innocence, free to all iTunes customers? I’ve only caught one song so far, California, which I loved when Will played it in the car today and made me guess who it was from the intro. I said The Beach Boys (which make sense when you hear it!). More about the whole thing here at Rolling Stone!

•  Lastly, cheating a bit because this isn’t a link as such, but it’s just SO lovely and I had to share it here – our winner’s tweet about receiving her Balance Me giveaway prize!

Hi, I received my prize today. Thank you so much. Just in time for some weekend pampering!”

Balance Me goodies

Thanks SO much fore sharing that, Lola!

A lovely NEW giveaway coming on Monday, too!

Until then, wishing you a wonderful weekend!

(Photo top of post taken last night, at an event to celebrate the launch of St Swithun’s church, Bournemouth. How amazing are those LOVE lights?!).

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Jewel autumn 2014 nail trend: it’s all in the diamond dust!

Fun new autumn 2014 nail trends!

Thursday afternoons are made for taking exceptionally silly snaps of review nail colours, aren’t they?!

Since pushing any long-lasting mani to the limit by doing some (much overdue) gardening stuff last night and not being able to find my trusty flowery gloves for the job, it was time to change-up from Monday’s neutral shimmer and dip into one of the new Models Own Diamond Luxe colours for you to check out!

Any excuse!!

I instagrammed them as soon as they came in on Monday …

Models Own Diamond Luxe Autumn 2014 nail polishes

So, this is the Pear Purple!

With diamond dust for a ‘multi-dimensional sparkle’, these make for lovely autumn-transitional nails as the jewel colours really ‘pop’ but not in mad-bright neon way.

The Emerald Green is super-pretty too, and the Marquise Maroon has Christmas parties written all over it (there are 10 shades in total and they launch 19 September online, at Superdrug on the 24).

In gold, of course (aren’t you loving the lids?!).

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Barnardo’s launch The Nation’s Fridge Door campaign

Barnardo's The Nation's Fridge campaign

Ours could best be described as ‘eclectic’ (in fact, this is the most orderly bit. It gets worse the further you move down).

That snow globe you can see, sticking out? It stopped ‘snowing’ years ago. But I can’t bear to throw it out.

And I’m a TOTAL sucker for a theme park ride fridge magnet.

Will goes crazy about the fact that he can’t walk past without sending some random, novelty fridge magnet flying (‘I’ll organise it better!’ I keep saying).

When Barnardo’s asked if I’d shout out The Nation’s Fridge Door campaign, I had to blog about such a lovely idea.

You ‘pin’ your fave family photo/drawing/school certificate to the virtual fridge door (where they’re displayed for everyone to see) and Barnardo’s will even choose some to make into posters for their shops.

The idea is to raise awareness of the children throughout the UK who don’t receive this sort of support, encouragement and record of their achievements, which the charity reaches out to.

There is no donation required and you can add as many pics as you like throughout September. The idea is simply to get the word out there and share the campaign (and your own ‘magnet’!) on Facebook, Twitter or email with your family and friends!

See the magnets and maybe add yours here!

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