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.

Tiny Treat Boutique miniature pick and mix necklace
Tiny Treat Boutique miniature pick and mix necklace

Tiny Treat Boutique miniature pick and mix necklace Tiny Treat Boutique miniature pick and mix necklace

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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How to make your Instagram Photos Stand out

For those of you who don’t know,  I’m a complete instagram addict. Everything I blog about inevitably goes up there first as a way of instantly sharing my enthusiasm for new products I review or items I receive from the brands and small businesses I work with.

They’re so beautiful I cannot resist! Sometimes it is hard to make a photo original and to stand out from all the other photos of the same product. I’ve included some ideas from my own feed to share with you!

Liquorice Allsorts

My favourite sweets right now –  who doesn’t love a good bag of all sorts! And don’t theyphotograph well?! Here they are making my instagram photos look amazing!

coconut wheels and chanel!
coconut wheels and chanel!

Liquorice Allsorts & my favourite makeup bases

Watermelon Plate

Fruit is everywhere right now,  whether it’s in our fruit bowls at home as the summer season ripens,  or all over the high street in fabrics, and accessories.

I picked up this adorable watermelon trinket dish from Paperchase for £8.00. Isn’t it a dream?!  It’s pictured with my favourite nail polish right now,  pole position from the Barrym speedy quick dry collection!

instagram faves

instagram faves

Foam Bananas

I’m a huge fan of Barrym as you may well know,  and this image of mine on instagram was regrammed by @BarryMCosmetics! I was super pleased! I mean, who doesn’t love Foam bananas?

instagram faves

Anything Colourful!

I am also in love with my Pina Colada cologne from Library of Fragrance UK – you can read more about my collection here and here. To make these photos more interesting i use unusual angles and scatter bright related objects around it. Here I used Poms poms and glitter and sequins from a mixed box from Paperchase! The cocktail stirrers were from Sainsbury’s.

instagram faves

barryM green lipstick

How awesome are these things to take photos of? I’m so addicted to fun prints and colours!

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