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25 January 2016

READY FOR TAKE OFF



You guys, do you know what day it is? In a few more hours I'll be up, up in the air on my way to LA-LA Land. This is a major deal for me having been unable to set foot off this continent for close to five years now. I am someone who becomes irritable after being grounded for more than three months, antsy after one year and by the two year mark I am virtually clawing my eyes out, so you can imagine my state of being right now. To say I am ecstatic is a gross understatement. I'll be celebrating a milestone birthday this weekend in Vegas whilst moving about in California, brunching with fellow blogger babes and traipsing into Nevada and Arizona to visit these babies above, so make sure you're following me on Instagram and Snapchat - @soniademacedo for front row access on my adventures and shenanigans.

Adios for now lovers,

WHY SILVER JEWELLERY IS AN EXCELLENT CHOICE


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Silver jewellery is a timeless classic that is suitable for any occasion as it can be delicate and ornate, but not too ostentatious. As silver is so much more readily available than other precious metals, the cost of it is comparatively cheap when compared to the likes of gold and platinum. So if you are looking for some tasteful jewellery and do not want to have to break the bank, silver might be the perfect option for you.

A WIDE SELECTION OF CHOICE
If you want to see how broad and varied the choice of silver jewellery is, visit here and see one of the finest collections in the UK. No matter what kind of jewellery you are interested in, there is a wide variety of choice available.

  • Rings
  • Earrings
  • Bracelets
  • Broaches
  • Bangles

Whatever part of your body you wish to adorn with silver, you can guarantee that there is a type of silver jewellery for it, from your toes to your ears. Looking at the prices, it is so much cheaper than gold; you could buy yourself a ring and a set of earrings to match!

RINGS AND BRACELETS
When a silver ring or chain is nice and clean, they are a lovely sight to behold, and they are also surprisingly affordable. The internet has made shopping so much easier, that you can even buy your jewellery online now! It is simple to buy silver rings online at silver.uk.com as they have a wide selection available, as well as lots of other types of jewellery available such as bracelets. From plain silver bands, to ornate silver rings with semi-precious stones, or a simple silver bracelet, there is a piece of silver jewellery out there that is suitable for all tastes, as well as budgets.

EARRINGS AND BANGLES
Silver earrings or bangles are things that are suitable for both everyday wearing and special occasions. Again, with silver being much cheaper than other metals such as gold, you may be able to splash out on some big bangles that you would not be able to afford if you were buying the shiny yellow kind of metal!

Just as with gold, there are many different designs of silver jewellery, so no matter what your taste is, you will be able to find something to suit. There are also plenty of options using precious and semi-precious stones, which often have a different shine to them when placed with silver, making them stand out more.

THE REAL MCCOY
It is important that you make sure that you always purchase silver jewellery from a reputable retailer, whether they have a shop or an internet store. People can often have allergic reactions to silver when it is mixed with a cheap alloy, so you will need to ensure that you are purchasing sterling silver which is 92.5% pure. You can examine the piece of jewellery and look for the hallmark, which will confirm the purity of the silver. Now you know you have the genuine article, you may want to treat yourself to another little item, or two!


This article is contributed by Katrina ]
22 January 2016

DESIGN NOTES // ROSEATE CAROUSE




For me interiors, as in fashion is very much about a neutral base with dashes of peculiarity. I also greatly appreciate minimalism. And as in fashion, interior trends are about as fickle as they come. Magenta one moment, macabre antlers the next. It's easy to get swept up with what is in vogue, especially with the varied selections out there. You can find many a covetable piece at a reasonable price and because of this it becomes overly easy to overuse and saturate your space with frivolities. And unless you reside in a sixteen bedroom and bathroom abode, chances are you won't be able to accomodate a vast collection of curiosities. Something I can be prone to doing myself at times because I just want all the things.

So it always makes sense to prepare yourself with a great base by sticking to a neutral palette so you can add or remove pieces. And as fads fade you wont find yourself stuck with ghastly pieces for an eternity (or until your next major spring clean). Personally I'm not fond of too much change, especially when it comes to homewares. I'd rather invest in transcendent pieces as the idea of wasting resources and materials doesn't bode well with me. Soft shades of blush mingling with metallic accents like copper are very much du jour right now and unlike previous trends like chevron or fluro this is something you won't be reaching to replace next season.




PLANNING THE MOST RELAXING GETAWAY IN CHINA


If you are heading to China to refresh your mind, body and soul, this article discusses how you can do it so you come back feeling completely invigorated.

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Ever feel like you just need to get away from it all? The busyness of everyday life can get overwhelming, so much so we often seek breaks to other locations just to bring back peace into our minds. If you are feeling like you are in need of a retreat, China can offer some stunningly serene sights. There’s nothing like a peaceful view or a soothing sunset to ease the soul after all.

Even though China is one of the most densely populated countries in the world, it no doubt has its special relaxing areas. Once you know where they are, you will be able to start planning your refreshing getaway.

Finding a reputable and high quality tour company to take you to these locations will be the next step in your planning. To do so, we recommend The China Travel Company. Being a family run, independently owned operator with an extensive knowledge of the country, you can rest assured you will be in great hands. There’s nothing quite like going somewhere and having someone else take care of absolutely everything. This way you can let go of all your worries and be truly relaxed. Want this feeling? We know you do! For more information call or book online today.

So where do you want to begin your journey through China? Knowing how you are going to get from A to B is another important part of planning a smooth, relaxing trip. From trains to planes, finding out the latest travel information will help you plan your travels successfully.

Regarding where to head to, here are some great relaxing destinations that can get you on the path to unwinding…

THE SUMMER PALACE // YIHEYUAN
This beautiful park has at its centre a historical building that features some stunning architecture. If you want to get away from the crowded streets and super touristy areas, this is a brilliant place to go to. In fact, it was once used as a summer retreat by the Emperors of China. Nowadays, travellers come by to enjoy peaceful walks across the bridges and to observe the glorious gardens. You just need to spend a few hours here before you feel like you are in relax mode again.

THE GREAT WALL
Even though walking up thousands of stairs doesn’t sound overly relaxing, the views are undeniable. Once you are surrounded by the stunning landscape you will forget about all your worries and your troubles will melt away. It’s one of the the country’s charms and is full of history. If you want, you can find a quiet spot and meditate or sit quietly as you watch the world go by.

MOUNT HUANGSHAN
Also known as the ‘loveliest mountains of China’, you can soak up the fresh air in this world heritage site. Nature does something to the soul that we cannot put into words. If you are keen to check out some more mountains plan a trip to Mount Wuyi too.

Plan a day going around one of these places and you are sure to come home feeling refreshed and ready to take on life again.


This article has been contributed by Mediabuzzer ]
19 January 2016

14 DAY WEIGHT LOSS DETOX WITH REVIVEME TEA



I think it's safe to assume that the majority of us associate weight loss with New Years resolutions. Personally this had been my own for many, many years and naturally, it's the first to be broken. I once worked with a girl who insightfully noted something which has stuck with me ever since. Her belief when it came to weight loss and the general road blocks we face was that it was correlated to our mindset and thoughts. By simply using the phrase "I want to lose weight," dooms you immediately. And this is because our minds associate the word "loss" as being overly negative and thus, unconsciously, begins to work tirelessly to regain what it believes you've lost. Because as human beings, we detest losing anything.

She would say it was crucial to replace that phrase and use other more affirmative vocabulary, words that our mind couldn't identify with negative loss like "drop" for example. I always thought this was the most profound way of viewing weight loss and ten years on, this has continually stuck with me. This was always just a mere observation of hers, a hypothesis of sorts, so don't take it as gospel. That said, our minds are incredibly powerful tools.

The mind is everything. What you think you become. - Buddha -


If you recall from a previous post (here), this year I refrained from making any resolutions, selecting rather to focus on positivity, hope and health. So when the amazing team at ReviveMe Tea contacted me about trialing one of their detox teas I was delighted to do so. Who are ReviveMe Tea? They're an all Australian company dedicated to promoting health and wellness. They ship anywhere in the world and offer a variety of tea blends, from clear skin to relaxation. I elected their fourteen day detox program which consists of two speciality teas. One, a daily detox which is brewed and consumed first thing in the morning to help invigorate you and the second, a body cleanse is then taken every second day in the evening.

Effortless to remember really.

The program is focused on energising and cleansing your inner system while also targeting bloating. And with a healthy diet and proper exercise it also assists in weight loss. Truthfully, I didn't stick to the fourteen day plan as intended, because life. I did miss a day here or there but nothing overly dramatic. And in hindsight I could have done more to improve my diet too. In terms of flavour both detox teas are pleasant and nowhere near as repugnant as those I'd previously sampled. From past experience I've found detox teas in general to be overly bitter and too strong for my liking. And that is because personally I don't drink tea itself because I despise the taste. So that's saying something right there. Overall I was pleasantly surprised with the program. Did I experience dramatic weight loss, no but I certainly felt more energised and enlivened. Most surprising of all was that I found it aided in my perpetual lethargy battles brought on by my thyroid condition. This has definitely motivated and set me on a new path to taking better care of myself.

Be sure to check out their 14 day weight loss detox page for more information, or if you're simply interested in learning more about other products in ReviveMe Tea's expansive range make sure you visit their site. Currently you can save 20% with code NEWYEAR.





[ This has been a sponsored post. Products, c/o of ReviveMe Tea. Opinions and words expressed above are my own ]
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