glitzbox is the UK's first subscription based jewellery service and I'm loving having the chance to trail some new pieces.

Exciting times bling lovers!  Jewellery rental subscription has arrived in the UK, as GLITZBOX launches, I’ve tested out this brand new service and am sitting here in a stunning pair of silver earrings and beautiful gold necklace as I type.

And it feels good!

I’m quite a creature of habit when it comes to jewellery, wearing the same earrings and necklace until they break or more often than not, I loose it. So I love the idea of being sent a different set each month to try, this way I get to see what looks good, to step out of my comfort zone and more importantly wear pieces which, if I’m totally honest, I would probably leave in a box for ‘best.’

But the great thing with only having them temporarily, (unless you decide to buy and not return, is that saving for best idea goes out of the window. So for the next month I will be sporting a while new me when it comes to jewels!

glitzbox is the UK's first subscription based jewellery service and I'm loving having the chance to trail some new pieces.

If you wondering how it works, read on;

GLITZBOXis a jewellery subscription service, with a monthly fee

Members receive a curated set of designer jewellery to wear on loan

They have the option to buy or return

They receive different pieces the following month

glitzbox is the UK's first subscription based jewellery service and I'm loving having the chance to trail some new pieces.

It was quite exciting getting my first box through the post this week, wondering what would be inside. I’d filled in an online questionnaire which helped determine what style of jewellery I preferred, so I had an inkling I’d like what was inside.

Just being able to step away from the diamond studs and silver necklace for the next few weeks wearing a few pieces (with a combined value of £300 which trumps my cheapies!) you don’t half feel the bees knees.

And despite being quite nonchalant about being swayed by bling, it seems I’ve completely fallen for the gold necklace, so am saving the pennies in the hope I can keep it. The £30 credit you get with your box should help sway it and anyway, I’ll be 41 1/2 next month.

A little bi yearly birthday treat to myself, me thinks!

So would you?

glitzbox is the UK's first subscription based jewellery service and I'm loving having the chance to trail some new pieces.

***   If you would like to trail GLITZBOX too, I have a few unique discount codes to share, please email Ali@muminanutshel.com ***

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Who doesn’t love a bit of bling? Even a delicate pair of studs can lift an outfit and make you feel a little teeny bit special. I personally never leave the house without my earrings, especially now my fingers are looking a little bare!

But for me, a piece of jewelery needs to have a story. Be it from the person who gave it to you or the designer who created it which leads me seamlessly into an introduction into JewelStreet,  home to over 500 independent jewellery designers each with an amazing story to tell which results in unique jewellery which is crafted with passion, patience and attention to detail. So while I have a few pieces of sentiment, I can now treat myself to something which fits the other bill.

A word of warning, if you’re even slightly indecisive, put aside a good hour or so before heading over to browse. I’ve got so much on my want and needs list now, and being able to really get to know the designers behind each piece makes that back story I crave so much easier and appealing. Unfortunately, it now appears I have more expensive tastes than I realised #goals.

So to tempt my wandering eye away from the stunning diamond rings and pendant necklaces (knowing there’s a few one off’s in those collections doesn’t help either!) I’m toning a down with a more practical look at British brand Anchor & Crew; the perfect nod towards a coastal living lady like yours truly.

They combine Great British naval heritage with contemporary styles with inspiration from anchors and nautical objects. Anchor & Crew are handmade, exclusive durable designs which not only look good, they’ll last!  Created using GB-Marine certified rope, natural leather and precious and semi-precious metals into jewellery suitable for both men and women. I’ve picked out a couple of pieces to show you exactly what they’re all about…

I love this contemporary and unisex jewellery from Jewel Street

Red Dash Admiral Silver and Rope Bracelet

The Red Dash Admiral silver and rope bracelet is a one size fits all and suitable for ladies or gents. As an everyday piece, looking great as a summer accessory, it’s perfect for anyone with a love of the sea or find memories of happy holidays on the coast.

………….Or maybe the more subtle Grey Dash Tyne Silver And Rope Bracelet is more your style.

 

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I love a challenge, it keeps life interesting and gives you something to aim for. Luckily I’m not too competitive so if I don’t succeed then it’s all down to experience with very few tears and minimum sulks.  So how does that  fit into a review of the latest Mercedes C-class saloon you ask?

My challenge was to see how it fared as a family car.


Now as challenges go, this was pretty luxurious; a high-end, top of the range car with all the mod cons a gadget loving mum could wish for. Pretty lush as challenges go, I totes admit. My only worry was the abundance of older gentlemen I’d seen driving around my Devon roads, it’s retirement central down here, which has a big baring on my observation so I did have a niggling doubt it wouldn’t suit our needs completely.

So there lay my challenge…. would a Mercedes C-Class Saloon suit a mum, teenager, tween and toddler.  We cover the whole age range right now so this was going to be a thorough test!

First Impressions

Ok, this is serious eye candy. End of. The front styling catches your eye straight away, it’s a long car but don’t for one minute let that put you off. (Keep reading and you’ll find out why.) There’s no mistaking the Mercedes quality as soon as you see it. Stepping in side, you’re greeted by a cockpit feel as you sink into the leather seats. My toddler was straight in the back, having a gander, the door depth meant no problems asserting his independence a making his own way into his seat. Time saver and toddler tantrum diverter all in one manageable lump!

Would I recommend the Mercedes C-Class as a family car? I tested it out over a long weekend with a toddler, tween and teenage. Find out how I got on.

Gadgets Galore!

First off was to get my seating position right. At 5’3″ I needed to notch the seat up and forward quite a bit. The controls are on the door and really easy to get the hang of, as well as those I’ve just mentioned, you can also adjust the depth of the seat which I could pull it back so it rested at the back of my knees supporting my thighs and still giving me plenty of room to move my lower legs. Next was to adjust the steering wheel height so I could see over the dash without it obstructing my view. Then we were good to go! Nearly.

Would I recommend the Mercedes C-Class as a family car? I tested it out over a long weekend with a toddler, tween and teenage. Find out how I got on.

There’s a central touchpad which controls the tablet style screen which sits in the centre dash and gives everything you need at the click of a button; radio, telephone, navigation and car settings such a colour and brightness of the ambient lighting. (I chose a cool blue which radiated from a lighting strip on the door to light up the door controls without being a distraction which was sooooooo chillaxing while driving in the dark.)

So with the toddler strapped into to his seat via the isofix settings, teenager commanding front seat position, tween reluctantly sitting in the back, Radio 1 selected, I’m cool like that <cough, cough>  directions set and temperature adjusted it was ready to drive.

The Drive

You select your (automatic) automatic gears  from a stick (is that the correct term?) just behind the steering wheel. A simple up for reverse and down to drive then push the button in the park. Theres no hand break so it’s foot on the accelerator and go.

Smooth was the word for the journey, smooth with bells on!

You can barely feel the gear changes and it gets up to speed in no time. We started in comfort mode but as we hit the twisty Devon lanes it was time to test it out in sport mode. The suspension dropped slightly and my god did it handle the corners superbly. I’ve never driven anything which felt so in control of the road. Barely touching the accelerator, every turn and brake gave the most comfortable car ride I have ever had. The toddler dropped off without so much as a murmur and the leg room was ample for my leggy 12-year-old.

Would I recommend the Mercedes C-Class as a family car? I tested it out over a long weekend with a toddler, tween and teenage. Find out how I got on.
Now anyone who’s had the pleasure of driving the narrow lanes going out of Beer and Branscombe in East Devon will understand my apprehension of taking a sparkly new, larger car on a jolly down roads where you often have to stop and reserve into a dug out pull ins. But I needed to see how this car would handle every situation I might find myself in, and this is where the reversing camera came into it’s own.

Would I recommend the Mercedes C-Class as a family car? I tested it out over a long weekend with a toddler, tween and teenage. Find out how I got on.
With guide lines helping you adjust your turn and giving you a much better view of what’s behind you than looking over your shoulder could ever do, I had no problem reversing to let traffic through. The same went for parking. Nothing phased me and that was where the real joy of having a large family car didn’t compromise on the possible difficulty you’d face in everyday situations.

And as a Family car?

I like to avoid any cries of I haven’t got any room, any whinging really, but the leg room thing is a concern, and the leg room in the back seats and passenger seat of the Mercedes C-Class was spot on. Comfort was at a premium with temperature adjustments for each passenger and scuff marks from the toddler’s feet on the back of the front seats immediately wipeable thanks the hard plastic back.

The doors open wide enough to get a toddler or baby into a car seat without any difficulty and if attaching via an isofix in the front seat, the air bag is automatically disabled. The isofix connections allow you to use the outer and middle seats so there’s plenty of options for positioning. It really passed the toddler test on several levels/

What really surprised me though, was the size of the boot. I managed a weekly shop and a pushchair with ease and hand bags / changing bag sat on the floor by my toddlers feet. The boot shuts by the touch of a button on the inner edge and opens via the key so no getting your hands dirty too.

Been there, done that, got the smudge marks on my face.

Avoiding dirty hands is a bonus, believe me!

Would I recommend the Mercedes C-Class as a family car? I tested it out over a long weekend with a toddler, tween and teenage. Find out how I got on.
School picks up were a dream. With the boys having no hesitation at being seen in such a cool looking car, I was able to find and park in a spot at the busy school road thanks to the parking assist. The stereo is crystal clear too, so with a Spotify playlist set up on my iPhone, I linked it to the media settings using the touchpad and we were off. There’s also 2 usb changing points as well as the cigarette lighter style charging point so plenty of places to keep devices topped up on long journeys.

Volume and telephone answer and hang up buttons are on the steering wheel but you can also select the stereo volume from a dial in the centre. With everything to hand it meant all my attention was on the road. I didn’t find the information screen a distraction, incase you’re wondering, as you can change radio channels with your left hand on the touchpad at a position which doesn’t feel at all restrictive.

As an added extra, we were lucky to have the sun make an appearance during our weekend testing out the Mercedes so I opened  up the panoramic sunroof  and let the fresh air in. It’s probably the closest I’d like to get to a soft top while still appreciating all that nature has to offer while driving!

Is It Fuel Efficient?

This is a big car, so I naturally thought I’d pay the price in fuel. Wrong! The information panel records how much you’ve used and relays it in a graph style and as you drive the information panel shows how much you’re using. I cruised along at 50 – 60 mph on the A roads & 70 mph on the motorway with an average fuel consumption of 80 mpg. You do see if dive down to the 30 mpg mark when knocking the accelerator into touch to get up steep hills and over taking but generally it sat at the 80 mark.  As a money savvy mum those stats made me smile.

And the bad……

Ok, I’ll level with you. I wanted to find a fault to make this a full and honest review so I dug deep and found it. Yes it, Just 1. There’s no rear wiper. For the best part of 2o minutes on the second day I tried every control and consulted the car manual to find where the bloody thing was. The back window needed clearing of morning dew and despite the large side mirrors giving me a clear view of what was behind, (which I noticed drop down when in reverse so you can a good view of everything around, so cool!)  I still wanted that window cleared.

Then I flicked on the rear demister and hey presto, problem solved! So no, there’s no bad points. I lied.

The Mercedes C-Class In A Nutshell

I’ll go as far to say that this has been one of the most enjoyable cars I’ve ever driven. It’s comfortable for all passengers, the drive is unbelievably smooth, it corners like a dream and it’ll get you out of trouble taking over the odd tractor or cyclist. Once behind the wheel you don’t feel like you’re driving a big car and with all the seat adjustments you can comfortably  manage long journeys with ease.

It looks good, it feels good and I felt safe. So would I suggest it as a family car?

Does a bear……….

Would I recommend the Mercedes C-Class as a family car? I tested it out over a long weekend with a toddler, tween and teenage. Find out how I got on.

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injecting a little luxury into your bedroom starting with these bed linen fragrances

You’re sleeping environment has a huge influence on your quality of sleep. I’m incredibly fussy, long gone are the days of crashing out where ever my teenage and early twenties seemed fit. Now I strive for a place of tranquility and somewhere I can relax to at the end of a busy day. I’ve got rid of any electrical, dream zapping gadgets and have decorated it in calming, peaceful colours. (check out my french grey up cycled furniture to get an idea.)

Now it’s onto thinking about the finishing touches and an opportunity to inject some luxury. Simple things like this set of 3 bed linen fragrances, from luxury living store Frette, help maintain that just washed scent. Nothing beats the feel of getting into freshly laundered bed, and with this set you can do this night, after night, after night.

injecting a little luxury into your bedroom starting with these bed linen fragrances

And for any sleep wear, go the extra mile with some cashmere scented detergent!

injecting a little luxury into your bedroom starting with these bed linen fragrances

And that’s just for starters.

Summer evenings don’t lend themselves to thick dressing gowns so this linen poncho is a devine alternative. I’m a sucker for not giving up that cosy feeling and having something to throw on when the doorbell rings  is always handy!

luxury linen poncho is a perfect alternative to thick dressing gowns on a summer evening

For a complete and utter touch of luxury how about casually draping this beautiful fine printed silk and cashmere throw. When the weather turns colder and you’re looking for an extra layer, this warm Margot throw combines old-world sophistication with modern style and versatility (quoted from the Frette website)

njecting a little luxury into your bedroom starting with a silk and cashmere throw from Frette

And to complete the ultimate in creating a luxury bedroom. it would be complete without a pure, extra long-staple Egyptian cotton ben linen. It’s not he first time I’ve written about my love of quality sheets  but this is one area where you really do benefit from going the extra mile in terms of quality against quantity. Not only are they cooler and softer, but in my experience, my Egyptian cotton sheets have washed well and out lasted any cheaper alternatives. As the saying goes, you get what you pay for!

So food for thought and something for all budgets, whether your looking for a complete luxury sleep experience or just a little something to make you feel like a princess.  (or prince)

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A gorgeous solid oak personalised stool from Clean Cut Wood

Question;

What do you think about heirlooms?

Unnecessary clutter or little reminders of a past lifetime?

I’m all for them personally. I love that something which can be insignificant to one person, holds a heartwarming memory for another. The Cabbage Patch Kids, old school books and china in my loft are testament to it. And each of my boys have a memory box filled with items which tell a story. From their first baby grow, birthday cards, teddy bears and christening gowns.

They’re not bulging, but just of a memory jogger which will once take pride of place in their own attic I hope.

And recently we’ve added one more item to the Toddler’s collection, a solid oak stool, personalised with his names from Clean Cut Wood.

This indestructble tristool is virtually indestructible thanks to the

chunky solid oak construction, with through-tenon leg joints and no screws, nails or other fixings.

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Which is reassuring as my boy is a fiddler, climber and investigator but being on the slightly heavier side means he’s not carting it around the house to reach things which have been purposefully put out of his way. (We’ve learnt from experience!)

A gorgeous solid oak personalised oak stool from Clean Cut Wood

At the moment, he’s using it as a reading corner, it’s just the right size to perch on without help and then a spot for me to sit and read his bedtime story. It’s made of such a quality that I have no qualms about breaking it either.

One unexpected surprise from this particular oak stool is that each time I walk into his bedroom, I’m greeted by a wonderful fresh wood aroma that only quality wood gives and enhances the quality feel of the room.

The only exception to this heirloom is that once he’s out grown it, instead of making it’s way into the loft with the rest of the boys bits and bobs, it’ll be easy to find a new spot in our home as it’s not limited to the nursery years. (By that I mean it’s not decorated in pastels or trains!)

Just an idea, if you’re heading to a christening, why not club together with some other invitees and get one of these gorgeous little stools as a gift. Much more unusual than the customary money box, photo album or teaspoon.

Don’t you think?

A gorgeous solid oak personalised oak stool from Clean Cut Wood

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I was sent this time for my honest thoughts, I received no monetary compensation to write this review. 

 

 

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