Old English Company stationery

If you’re anything like me you struggle to keep organised and have a million and one scraps of paper with various numbers and names scrawled on them – generally whatever I can reach when I am taking a message on the phone!

As a result, it has become a new goal of mine to get into better habits when it comes to organisation, and keeping track of my tasks both at work and at home, or for my side-hustle mentoring businesses, & The Hive.

Old English Company very kindly sent me a selection of their beautiful and highly instagram worthy stationery to try and kick-start my new highly efficient life, and I am so excited to get my planner filled in, my schedule arranged, or simply having some pretty post-it notes to hand for those on-the-phone memos.

I also couldn’t resist this motivational mug – although in my usual vocabulary it would say ‘get sh*t done’ instead.

Do you have any super organisation tips you can share with me to keep my momentum going? Seen any cool stationary recently?

Love! X

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Gear4Geeks

I was really excited to find out about Gear4Geeks and be offered to do a collab with them on my blog.

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Any gamer geek ladies out there will know what I mean when I say that geekery in fashion is definitely very one sided. From band t-shirts to slogan tees from your favourite TV show, film or Game ; they’re either made to fit men, and therefore equate to us wearing a tent-like boxy t-shirt made of thick, robust and unflattering cotton, or they’re tailored with busty models in mind, if the slogan placement is anything to go by (I mean,I bet she doesn’t know her FFVII from her FFVIII amirite?!)

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Say it, Picard.

There’s a distinct lack of quality out there in the garments that are available, and often girls can’t express their passions for geekery in the same way it is so easy for men to do. (If you ask me if I borrowed this top from my boyfriend I will punch you in the face!)

Geark4Geeks are one of the few e-retailers out there who are offering high-quality and female-oriented clothing items. Batman, Disney, Harry Potter, Star Wars, to name a few, are represented here!

I chose a girly kitty dress, some awesome Mario colourful leggings and a Bambi vest to cover the whole range of what they offer.

Shoutout to Kallisti Jewellery for sending me this kickass Princess Peach necklace to match these leggings! Find her here on twitter, and on Etsy!

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The quality of these items is excellent, and I would highly recommend Gear4Geeks! – Browse their website for yourself!

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In case anyone was wondering, I’ve listed some of my favourite games of all time below – do we have any in common??

  • Final Fantasy (7-10)
  • Elder Scrolls
  • Mass Effect series
  • Devil May Cry
  • Bioshock Series
  • Fallout
  • Crash Bandicoot

Also I take Star Trek over Star Wars, My favourite Avenger is Thor, Vincent Valentine is a way better hero than Cloud Strife, and Terminator has so many plot holes I cannot even cope.

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Where we’re going, we don’t need plotholes!

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Larch Living

Anyone who has followed my blog for sometime now will know how much I love supporting small businesses. They may also know that I moved into my first home this September in Manchester, and naturally I had my eyes open for cute living items to make it feel like home.

Larch Living, a company I have been following on Instagram for a while now, really caught my eye with their eye catching Skandi-style homeware items in monochrome hues, as well as offering a delightful selection of Jewellery and miscellaneous gift items perfect for Christmas.

Who doesn’t love scatter cushions, I ask?

The Cloud and Raindrops cushion was  the one I fell for- shop it here. its a beautiful soft linen fabric, and although you can’t see in the photo, the reverse is patterned in tiny black raindrops!

Here it is in pride on place on the bed!

Seeing as I mentioned the jewellery, I thought I would show off what is by far one of the most beautiful pieces of jewellery that I think I will ever own! A ceramic hummingbird. The quality of this piece is beyond what I was hoping for, with a delicate chain. The colours of the paint and the enamel glaze are really beautiful. Shop it here, it’s on sale at the moment too!

Visit their website as there’s not of items on sale right now so you can pick up a bargain in time for Christmas.

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A sweet creation retro sweets box

Xmas Gifts for a Sweet Tooth!

This post falls into so many categories for me, I’m so excited about it!

Firstly, SWEETS! Secondly, Small & Local & Handmade Business! tick, tick tick!

But seriously, this post contains two beautiful candy-related items from two different sellers which would make great Christmas gifts for a loved one or a friend – the best thing about it is that they won’t break the bank, and you’ll be supporting a small business in the process.

First up are these Retro sweetie boxes from A Sweet Creation, A Manchester confectionery seller who also specialize in events.

These boxes cost only £5 each, and can be ordered directly from their Facebook page by following the link here! Items come giftwrapped and with a blank gingerbread man tag to write out. They always respond super quickly to messages, so don’t hesitate to have a chat about placing an order.

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candy box!

Secondly, is a piece of jewellery almost good enough to eat!

If you have a female friend with a super sweet tooth and penchant for jewellery, then look no further than this ADORABLE miniature sweetie jar necklace, created by the very talented Caroline at Tiny Treat Boutique. Her pieces are exquisitely detailed and really reasonably priced. Go and have a browse of her Etsy shop for other pieces. You can get anything from hot dogs to cake! I chose this piece because I literally cannot resist a coconut wheel.

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Tiny Treat Boutique miniature pick and mix necklace

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The detail is incredible, and the quality is brilliant. I love wearing this piece, almost as much as I love Pick n Mix!

Want more Christmas gift ideas for Booklovers? Or for that person who has geeky interests, ranging from insects to video games? Check out my Geek Pinterest board!

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Dower & Hall bracelet

Dower & Hall Orissa Bracelet

Good Morning lovelies!

Today I want to share with you something a little more luxury than usual- beautiful jewellery from Dower & Hall. The lovely folks at D&H sent me this absolutely beautiful package and I almost didn’t want to open it – how lovely does it look?

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I just love the combination of dark Indigo and mint.

The bracelet I chose was from the Orissa bracelet collection – with over 75 possible combinations there’s sure to be a bracelet for every birth stone, favourite colour and taste! Choose your metal (Sterling Silver, 18ct Gold or 18ct Rose Gold) and your stone to create a unique bracelet. I chose Rose Gold and white pearl for a classic look bracelet.

I have to say I wore this bracelet continuously for days after receiving it – it goes with everything I own and adds a classy touch to any outfit! I think it would be paired best with white or blush pink, though!

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It’s truly stunning and an item I am so pleased to have in my collection to wear for special occasions and everyday too!! What combination would you choose?

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thank you Dower & Hall!

A special thanks to Dower & Hall for sending me this bracelet. All opinions within this post are my own.

Bernese Mountain Dog

Lovingly Handmade handbag Charms by MisHelenEous

Cupcake charms

Hello all!

Very excited to share with you some beautiful and specially made hand-crafted items from the wonderful Mancherster-based MisHelenEous! Mascotted by Helen’s late beautiful border Terrier Whiskey, and now by the adorable puppy Heidi, MisHelenEous is about as British Handmade as British handmade gets. She’s a crafty one this one!

Are you a Radley lover? Ever felt marginalised because although you kinda like Scottie dogs you’ve always been more of a, say, Collie person? Look no further! Helen specialises in crafting bespoke pieces – handbag charms/keyrings of our favourite dog breeds. As a cat lover (and all round general animal lover really) Britain is a nation of dog lovers and we love our pooches than much that their iconography blends easily into our fashion and into our home furnishings!

I chose this Bernese Mountain dog charm, because I of the opinion that the bigger the dog the better – but if Beagles, Welsh Terriers or Chihuahuas are more your bag, she’s got you covered! These would make fantastic gifts for friends and family (sorry to remind you but Christmas is creeping up!)

Bernese Mountain Dog

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hungry dog!
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Have dog, will travel

If dogs aren’t your thing, then surely a GBBO lover would appreciate this adorable cupcake? or perhaps this beautiful hand knitted rose brooch?

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CAKE!!!

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I never tire of saying that supporting small businesses is really important to me – these people are the foundation stone of our economy and of Britishness itself!

If you like what you see, or want to explore her other items (Doggie clothing, bunting and much more) please visit her Etsy shop or contact her on the details below!

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manbeeco

ManBeeCo

Manchester Bee Company
manbeeceThe worker bee was adopted as a symbol of Manchester during the industrial revolution, when it was leading the way for the rest of the country in mass production techniques. In fact, you can find bees everywhere in Manchester City Centre to this day!

ManBeeCo is a Manchester-based company(obviously) and they create cool items inspired by Manchester’s history, and the symbolism of the worker bee.

Anita, the busy Queen of the hive at ManBeeCo, very kindly send me this cool bee pin (I absolutely love bees, I was so excited about this!) and a custom hotel room key keyring- they offer a custom service to have anything you like written on one, and in a range of colours.

I opted to have something made that incorporated both my blog name and some of that good old Manc cheekiness. I think I managed to nail it with “Thrifty So + So”. Thanks Anita, it’s awesome!

If you’re lucky enough to live in Manchester, you can shop their items at the exclusive stockist the Royal Exchange Theatre Gift Shop, on St Anne’s Square!

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I absolutely love the attitude of some of the designs! It’s so Mancunian- If you’re a proud Manc then there’s definitely something here for you at ManBeeCo.

Visit their websiteEtsy Shop or Instagram page!

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isn’t he adorable?!

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Chocolate with YOUR name on it!

Hello everyone!

Hope you have been getting all organised, decluttered and prioritised as per my earlier post!

I just wanted to share with you my awesome custom chocolate!!! It’s got my blog name on it!! (Sorry I had to take a bite out of it right away… oops!) These were kindly sent to me by the lovely Melissa at Tailored Chocolates and Gifts, who had my blog name and tag line printed on it!

She also threw in a laundry bag with ‘Faye’ on it, so if you’re name is Faye drop me a message – You’ve won a cute linen laundry bag with your name on it… LITERALLY!

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Yummy!

I must admit, the chocolate was really yummy too, though I had to be careful not to eat the whole bar before Dinner!

You can get something special made for a friend, a teacher or a family member, or even get chocolates made as wedding favours to bestow on the guests of your special day!

Whatever you want them for, or if you need something different, take a peek at their website! Find them on Twitter and Instagram too!

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Christmas Gift Idea – Custom Stamped Bookmarks

My husband commented casually the other day that he didn’t have anything he could use as a bookmark – we are not heathens and we do not fold page corners! (I jest of course).

… so I consulted the only place I could trust – Etsy.

The lovely Lauren at MauveMagpie based in Scotland has an Etsy shop specialising in stamped bookmarks and bracelet cuffs. I had a smile on my face browsing through her selection of items – geeky references galore! I adore that sort of thing. There’s really something there for everyone, and if there’s not, Lauren can probably make it!

I spotted a bracelet that had the words on I wanted and within a day Lauren had agreed to created a special bookmark just for me bearing said words. The delivery was insanely quick, and I am very impressed with the item – My Husband is going to love it! I chose a blue ribbon to reflect the football team he supports. The bookmark is made of stamped Aluminium metal.

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This in an ideal stocking filler too, coming in at just over £14.00 inclusive of delivery. Pop over to her Etsy page, or follow MauveMagpie on Twitter!

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Here are a selection of my favourite items from her shop, aside from my special item, of course!

Do you think my husband will like it? x