Sunday, November 30

An Amazing Gift with a Personal Touch: The Book of Everyone

Hi my lovelies!

Firstly I'd like to wish you a very warm Happy Advent... yes that's right ladies.... it's officially December! Get to the shops now in urgent gift grabbing melt down... or perhaps I have something that you'll find twice and good and not at all manic to purchase...

A few weeks ago the amazing people at The Book of Everyone contacted me to review their books. I'd never heard of them before but when I checked out the website I so wanted one!

The book of everyone is exactly that, a beautiful hard-backed book (or e-book if you wish) made especially for your loved one all about them. They call it a book that celebrates that 'one-of-a-kind' person. Using some vital stats each page becomes all about them - like their star sign, what happened in the year they were born. Each page is filled with fun facts.

The pages themselves are beautiful too. That's because each one is designed by a bunch of talented artists.

With free shipping in the UK the cost is very reasonable I think... £7.50 for the digital version, £19.50 for the soft cover and £29.30 for the hard cover which I was sent. Not bad for a totally bespoke one-off coffee table book.


The bit I especially like is their joint work with Age UK. On top of sharing their profits they'll also be celebrating the lives of elderly people; presenting them with beautiful personalised books full of stories and photos about them.

I chose my amazing boyfriend to create a book for. It was so fun and easy! You don't have to log in or sign up so go play around and create your own book now.

Before I knew it it had arrived at my little flat door...






There is just so much detail in it, it's like an interesting facts book all about them, love it!

Cannot wait to give it to him! :)

P.S. they also do a Christmas version... hells yeah!

Love 

LauraClaire

Thursday, November 27

An Interview with Sneaker Chains UK




I love fresh home-grown entrepreneurial talent. It's so inspiring to see great people go out of their comfort zone doing something they're passionate about. Whilst scanning Twitter recently I stumbled upon Sneaker Chains UK which is just one of those inspiring businesses. 

Sneaker Chains UK sells a range of slick key chains and air fresheners and have quickly amassed a 3000+ strong social media following. 

Jordan, the brains behind it all, was kind enough to send me the Air Max 90 Duck Camo which he designed and had produced himself! As you can see from my snaps it looks amazing, I was so impressed when I received it - retailing at £2.50 it's a must for any sneaker head... the perfect stocking filler! 

So, with a great product and a buzz growing fast around the brand I was eager to interview the genius behind it all and find out his ambitions for the future...

Can you tell us a little about yourself and where you're from? 

My names Jordan, I'm 19, I live in London but I'm originally from Blackpool.

What inspired you to start Sneaker chains uk and when did it all begin?

I was inspired to start sneaker chains uk due to being a huge trainer collector/fan for years and it just clicked that keyrings would be a great idea to match the trainers with a keyring on your keys.

What's your favourite product in your range and why? 

My favourite product is the Air Max 90 Duck Camo because I designed it and had it produced myself, Very chuffed with how it came out too.

You seem to have masters social media for your business. You've created a buzz on Twitter and have a strong following. Any tips for social media success? 

The only tips I can really offer are don't be afraid to put yourself out there, if you don't ask you don't get. It was a risk and it worked. 

Best business moment so far since starting up?

My best business moment since starting up has been meeting some of the nicest down to earth people. Business doesn't just bring in money, if you're nice about it you'll also develop a lot of friends.

What are your ambitions for your business in the future? 

My top ambitions for the future are first of all expanding my brand to selling a whole range of products and my dream would be to see my brand appear in one of the top high street stores such as Selfridges, Liberty London, Harvey Nichols or/& Harrods.

Watch out for Jordan as I have a feeling we'll be seeing more from him and Sneaker Chains UK in the future. 

Love

LauraClaire

Sunday, November 2

The Top 5 Luxury Advent Calendars of 2014

Hey pretties,

So, it's the 2nd of November... perfectly acceptable to start talking about Christmas right?

Eeerrrmmm... so I may be pushing it BUT I have a great excuse... I'm giving you a month's notice to get your BF/Mum/Sister/Random on the street in line to buy you one of THESE must-have beauties!

Coming in at a very respectable number 5 is...
From Tomorrow L'Occitane fans can get their hands on a gorgeous collection of mini goodies for advent. The calendar has lots of beautiful miniatures and all different... unfortunately you're only going to get 13 of them (something to do with Provence holiday traditions) and that's why it's my number 5.. yep I'm greedy!

Counting down to 4 we have..

EEEK that's right girls it's Yankee Candle yaaay! I'm going to generally assume that everyone loves a Yankee Candle, I've yet to meet somebody that doesn't! This advent calendar is a big big big love, such cute packaging and a candle for each day. It's called Advent House (aww cute), costs £24.99 and you can buy it from the yankee store.

It would have been top of my list had it not been for the teeny tea lights in all of the door bar one... bit of a moan on their tea lights... they only seem to burn for half of the candle... sort it out Yankee!

For number 3 I've chosen...

It's a favourite from good olds Boot. Called 25 Days of Beauty Secrets, this little beaut comes in at £35 but is jam packed with 25 (yep, even a goodie on Christmas day!) treats worth a total of £130. Impressive.

Slipping in at number 2...

is the highly coveted Benefit Cosmetics Advent Calendar, this year entitled Candy Coated Countdown, which I'm sorry to say has already sold out online! Retailing at £60 on their site I've still seen it being sold on Ebay etc. but with prices up to £120 there's a pretty painful mark up. All the same with the incredible array of gifts and goodies behind each door I suppose it's no surprise... I'll have to get in earlier next year!

Absolute number 1 is...


always going to be from Selfridges right! There 2014 Enchanted Spells calender opens in half like a book to reveal 24 little doors and 24 incredible potions and lotions that even the most high maintenance woman would go weak and the knees for.

£85 for such a collection of enviable goodies is darn reasonable too don't you think? We have a winner!! 


Ditch the chocolate, keep the pre-Christmas health kick going and go all out with an grown up calendar this year!

Love

LauraClaire 
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