A parenting & lifestyle blog written by Claire Chircop.

Event | NE1's Fashion Week Event - DYO Pre Launch Party, Newcastle, UK.

Yesterday I attended my first ever bloggers event - As part of the fringe event for NE1's Newcastle Fashion Week, DYO put on a 'Prelaunch Party' at Nancy's Bordello close to the city centre & quayside. It was a fab event, from start to finish! Being greeted with wine and cupcakes is always a bonus, but we got to make & take home our own Princess Pendants which was just fabulous!

DYO Fabulous Jewellery (Or Design Your Own Fabulous Jewellery) have come up with a brilliant concept & niche in the market when it comes to jewellery!.. Being able to design unique jewellery incorporating ethically sourced semi precious stones & beads. So not only will you be doing good, but you'll also have some fabulous jewellery that no one else will have!

We had a presentation led by Janet, the founder of DYO, who confessed (again & again) her love for jewellery as well as explaining her journey, from sourcing all the different components to setting up the web interface. Janet explained the darker secrets behind where our average high street jewellery comes from (which is pretty horrible btw) and discussed how passionately feels about ethically sourcing all the different components to make up DYO fabulous jewellery - Janet handpicks these components from artisans all over the world, so your jewellery really does tell a story. The 'Design Your Own' interface is really easy too... To begin with there's a template of three necklace lengths, collar, princess & matinee, from here you can click and drag over different pendants, chains, bead choices & clasps to make something that is unique to yourself! There are so many different choices too - It's difficult to choose, especially for an indecisive bugger such as myself!

DYO also offer a service where you can send in old jewellery items, such as an old pearl necklace, to be made into something bespoke and completely new! They colour match too!.. Janet gave an excellent example of a bride wanting to match her dress to her jewellery, so a swatch of material can be sent over to DYO to match up with some fabulous specially made jewellery!

Towards the end of the afternoon we had the opportunity to make our own Princess Pendant necklace. We selected our own chains, clasps, pendants & beads to make up our bespoke necklaces. I opted for muted more natural colours as they will go with a variety of outfits, however chose a chunkier than normal chain to do something a bit different. 

Here's my finished princess pendant! How fab is it - I'm super pleased with how it's turned out. I'm surprised actually at how long it took for me to complete the necklace, it's a lot harder than I thought it was going to be, but competing it & doing it myself makes me love it more! 
I won the bracelet too in a lucky dip! Yay :-)

I absolutely loved my first bloggers event & and meeting other bloggers from the North East. Thank you DYO for inviting me!.... I'm proud to say I'm a fabulite! 



A week has passed since receiving my very first Birchbox so without further ado I'm going to give you my honest review of the five products I received.

The Balm Cosmetics - How 'Bout Them Apples (£26.00 For Palette) 

Isn't the packaging on this just the cutest! I cannot big this product up enough!.. This is one of those products where as soon as I've finished this sample, I'll be straight to the shops buying a top up. This is a dual function product, both a lip & cheek cream in 'Pie' which is a lovely vibrant dark corally pinky colour. It's totally fab - really punchy on the lips yet quite simple & subtle on the cheeks. The perfect combination if you ask me! It's ridiculously easy to apply too... If anything I just need a bigger pot!

Color Club - Gold Struck (£15.00 for set of 4)

I was quite surprised with this one - As looks go by, it's not the prettiest bottle, in fact I thought it looked a bit cheap however the product inside is lovely. It's a gorgeous pearly colour with loads of shine, it's a really thick liquid too which was soo easy to apply. I only needed one coat! I applied it at the beginning of the week and even though it has chipped in places I wouldn't say it was any worse than normal polish. 

One Love Organics - Skin Savior (£30.00)

I'm not a lover of this product at all. The smell is lovely, but that's about as far as the good reviews go. For me it's far too oily & greasy, it make my skin feel all slippy & not very nice at all. This is pretty much all i can say on this product, I'm really stuck for words.

Laura Mercier - Body Soufle Body Creme (£27.00)

If you follow my blog you'll know I mentioned my godsend No.7 cream & how i was dubious about how this would compare. Yes its a lovely cream and yes it makes my skin feel gorgeous - But (you guessed it) I'm sticking with my No.7! This body soufle has given it a bloody good go but honestly I'd be surprised if anything beat my fantastic No.7!

Beauty Protector - Protect & Detangle (£15.00)

I've only used this product twice during the week, because even though it makes my hair feel fab, sleek & healthy to begin with, by the end of the day my hair is left feeling quite greasy & I need to wash it again. I don't know if anyone else has had this problem but on both occasions I had the same issue. Maybe it's my hair though, it's horribly dry from years & years of straightening.  

Sooooo, so far so good I'd say. My eyes have definitely been opened to new brands & products, which is exactly why I subscribed to Birchbox. I'm already looking forward to my next box of treats! I'd love to hear some other reviews on these products, so send me your links if you have them :-)