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Sunday, 22 October 2017

Tommy Hilfinger Launches Adaptive Clothing Range

Tommy Hilfinger have launched an inclusive clothing range for people with disabilities.  1 in 5 people in the US and UK have some form of life limiting disability yet they largely neglected by the fashion industry.  TH has already launched 2 collections for children with disabilities in partnership with Runway of Dream, a foundation which aims to promote inclusivity within the fashion industry.  

This range of adaptive clothing is designed to make it easier for wearers or their carers to easily get dressed  and for the clothing to fit around orthotics etc.   The range consists of 34 women's and 37 men's pieces.  They feature wrist loops, velcro closures, magnetic flies  which can be fastened with one hand and magnetic zippers on top of specialised leg hems to take into account leg braces and orthotics.  The jacket, pictured above, for example, fastens with velcro. The range is designed to be wearable and fashionable for wheelchair users, people with prosthetics, limitations or restrictions in movement etc.  I find getting dressed to be exhausting and have trawled online shops for clothing that looks fashionable but is easy to get on and actually fits comfortably over my shoulder and neck braces whilst not getting tangled up in my walking stick! I only hope that other fashion retailers follow TH lead.

The range is already available in the US and Hilfiger hopes to eventually launch the range worldwide.

Friday, 20 October 2017

Chamilia x Disney

Chamilia have a new Mickey and Minnie Disney collection out now.   The black and red accent enamel  beads are £55, the little figures are sterling silver with enamel detailing are £45 and the sparkly Swarovski crystal Mickey charm is £45.

Available here and all authorised Chamilia retailers. 

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Book Review:: Undercover Princess by Connie Glynn

Connie Glynn the YouTuber, noodlerella, has branched out and signed a three book book deal with Penguin Books. The series is called the Rosewood Chronicles and  is about parties, politics and princesses and documents the life of 14 year old Lottie  as she starts at boarding school - Rosewood Hall.  

In the first of the series, Undercover Princess, Lottie finds herself sharing a room with a Maradovian Princess,  Ellie Wolf.  Lottie finds herself playing "Princess" so that Ellie can experience real life as a normal teenager.  Drawn into the world of royalty, Lottie faces a world full of intrigue, secrets and betrayal.  The forthcoming school ball and the mysterious new boy called Jamie show the reader that the happy ending is not always the one you anticipate or expect.

This is a Young Adult book that treads a fine line between the  classic fairy tale princess storylinr and badass 21 Century princess scenario.  As the story progresses, it is clear that the authors has managed to combine the two, making a great read, updating the traditional princess story line for the 21 Century. 

ARC provided by NetGalley and Penguin in exchange for an honest review.

Pandora Disney Collection

 The Disney Pandora Collection has made it to the UK!!  Made from sterling silver, enamel and sparkling crystals, the collection comprises of the traditional Pandora bracelet and beads, locket and charms.  The prices are listed n the above photo and seem quite reasonable considering the amount of detail that has gone in to each piece.  Pandora have a special intoductory offer on at the moment - if you spend £99 on this collection you get a free gold disney clutch bag. 

Available here and all Pandora stockists.

Saturday, 14 October 2017

The Wet Brush Wet Detangling Comb

The Wet BrushPro Wet Detangling Comb is £5.99 from Amazon UK using Prime.  Great for detangling both wet and dry hair, it doesn't snag or pull as the Wave Tooth ensures the comb goes through hair evenly which prevents clumping, snagging or breakage.  The handle is ergonomic and comfortable to hold.  It is great for detangling big knots after swimming etc or for use brushing air masques or conditioner through hair.  The wavy shape of the teeth allows th masque/conditioner to get to the scalp and the teeth also give the scalp a really good massage.   It is a nice sized comb, not to heavy or light It is sturdy and does not bend or give (up) but glides through my hair. 

I purchased this item myself.
Available from:
Amazon UK and Wet Brush stockists.  

Friday, 13 October 2017

Book Review: Christmastime Cowboy by Maisey Yates

Available  in the UK from the 1st November and in paperback form in the US from October 24 2017, Christmastime Cowboy is part of the Copper Ridge series (book 10) and is published by Harlequin.  Thirteen years ago Liam Donnelley had been bribed to stay away from Sabrina Leighton, the boss's daughter. Liam has now returned to Copper Ridge, very rich, The pair have to work together to set up her family's winery new tasting by Christmas (naturally) so what could go wrong?  

Christmastime Cowboy is full of characters that need fixing. What better than time than Christmas for this to happen.

ARC provided by NetGalley and Harlequin in exchange for an honest review.

Thursday, 12 October 2017

Chamilia Halloween Charms - spookily cute!!

As it is October and the shops are full of Halloween merchandise, I thought I would have a look for some wearable, spooky but not frightening jewellery!  Chamilia have brought out some Halloween charms.  They are spookily cute but not full on frightening and definitely wearable all the year round, not just on Halloween.  Made from sterling silver, there are, for example,  moss green Swaovski crystal embellishment for eyes, orange enamel for the pumpkin charm and the cat's hat.

Prices range from £25-70 per charm.  The 3 charm gift set in the witch hat box is £79 which is great value and would make a great gift (for me!).

Available here: Chamilia and all Chamilia authorised Stockists.