This December I’m Loving…

December’s a perfect time to share an ‘I’m Loving’ post.  If you’re needing a little inspiration on the gift front, maybe this will help…


1.  First up is a new necklace by Under the Rose.

Under the Rose make bespoke jewellery for men and women (you can find them on Not-on-the-High-Street) and I just love this new silver quote pendant.  I wear a necklace most days and like having something unique.

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It arrived beautifully and thoughtfully packaged and the quality was just what I’d hoped… (sometimes you’re not sure if it’s going to be as well made as it could be…?).

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Things I like include the shape; it’s not quite a perfectly round circle.

The fastening (apologies, I didn’t take a photo of it) is a T bar slotted through a hoop, meaning there’s never a clasp travelling round your neck and ending up next to the pendant; it  always stays at the back of the neck!

Finally the text.  I think part of my taking so long to decide on what to have engraved was that those words were going to be set in silver loud and proud for all to see.  The writing is discreet and delicate, so will only be read by those who look long enough…

You can visit the Under the Rose website here.

2.  Second up is a quality Scandi print company, Desenio.

Desenio came recommended by Insta friends – (I love Instagram!).  After filling my online basket, I purchased up for the home and am now awaiting another delivery of Christmas presents as a few of the boys in the family have chosen prints for their bedrooms (as has Miss P… shhh!).

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There are SO many different types of prints to choose from, I got all my frames from them too, and the great thing is the prints don’t cost the earth so if you want a change a few months down the line, you’ve not wasted a fortune.  With them being so reasonably priced, I wondered if they’d be cheap-looking?  Not so.  The paper is beautifully thick and the quality details in the prints, I couldn’t fault them!

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3.  Finally, the Star Purse.

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Velvet’s quite the fabric at present and though I don’t do trends, when I saw these in the Lake District a few months back, picked up three unable to choose between colours. (There were about 5 other colours also available).

fullsizerender-249It’s possibly intended to be a make-up bag, and though I didn’t like the beaded attachment on the zip or label on the side, instantly thought they’d also make a great festive clutch if removed.

fullsizerender-248Having gifted the others this Christmas, I’ve kept the red, chopped off the label on the side and replaced the bead fastening on the zip with a tassle et voila.  The bags are around £15 by Lua are still available online if you google.


Ps, the quote on my necklace is a favourite of mine, it reads “At the end of the day it all comes down to love or fear.  Choose love and don’t ever let fear turn you away from your playful heart”

Have a very Happy Christmas ~ Olivia

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~O~

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The shop called Nora’s.

Nora's commissions fantastic pieces like this limited edition print for The Tour de Yorkshire. Click on the image to shop.

Nora’s commissions fantastic pieces like this limited edition print for The Tour de Yorkshire. Click on the image to shop.

Hello readers, what a week!  So many of you liked the toast house post; thank you for all your comments and shares, it is really encouraging.

About a year ago I shared my love for Nora’s with you, if you didn’t see that post you can read it here (click!)  The post was the ‘why’ behind the ‘what’ (more words, less pictures).  Since this blog has become more photo’s orientated and as Victoria (very lovely shop owner) is always buying in so many beautiful pieces, I had to re-visit and share some of the amazing things available now, with you all.  It’s clear… there’s just something about Nora’s!

Nora’s is the ‘go-to’ place when you need to get a gift for any member of the family… and you don’t know what to get but then you just end up seeing something… it’s that kinda place.  So whether it’s that last-minute Mothers’ Day or Easter presents – you’ll probably find them here!

For those not local to Ilkley, do visit the newly-overhauled online shop (here).  This revamped site is a great improvement on the old one so do re-visit if its been a while.  Would love to know what you think… what are your favourite pieces?

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