JEWELLERY EDIT // YOU ARE GOLD

IMAGE: DAISYJEWELLERY.COM

Harry Styles might tell us that we’re GOLDEN… and you know what, we really are. And if the past year has taught us anything, it’s that the small things are what count the most. A small gift for someone you love, delivered in the post is perfect for when you can’t be there in person. Postal gifts have never been more essential for spreading a little love, joy and post-Christmas sparkle. That small token of love, whether for a birthday, anniversary or ‘just because’ will certainly make the grateful recipient smile from ear to ear, heck tears may also be shed! And hey, even treating yourself now and again is a righteous passage of lockdown, no?

 

Engagement ring, bespoke by @77Diamonds
Signet ring by @Daisy_Jewellery (AD – PR Product Sample)
Midi ring by @astridandmiyu

 

I’ve mostly always worn gold jewellery. I love vintage and antique-inspired pieces and I’ve taken to investing in ‘proper’ jewellery over the last few years. There’s only so many green-fingers one can get away with! Well,  the magpie in me is head over heels for this glorious Sunburst Signet Ring by Daisy LONDON. Because we all need a little bit of sunburst-shine after this last year! This magnificent Sunburst Signet Ring is an actual piece of me – made in collaboration with @esteelalonde – it is as bold as it is delicate ✨ This iconic collab with Estée Lalonde boasts a timeless collection of layering pieces that lift and inspire; effortless, everyday jewellery that you not want to take off. And since I received this Signet Ring, I’ve definitely not had it off! And thats not all, Daisy is a brand that is ethical and eco-conscious; with jewellery that is designed with love and made to last.

 

 

Signet ring by @Daisy_Jewellery (AD – PR Product Sample)

Golden jewellery never goes out of style – it’s classic, brightens and illuminates the complexion. It’s golden hue compliments most skin tones, meaning there’s something to everyone. And let’s be honest, when it comes to gold rings, one is never enough!
As I mentioned, I’m a bit of a magpie, so here is my edit of favourite golden pieces that are available online! And as there are limits to how much we can all spend right now, I’ve managed to keep this edit at UNDER £100.

 

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DAISY LONDON X ESTÉE LALONDE // SUNBURST SIGNET RING
£79.00

 

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WALD BERLIN // ASHLEY BRACELET
£60.00
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TILLY SVEAAS LTD // T-BAR NECKLACE
£60.00
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RACHEL JACKSON // ELECTRIC GODDESS SUN NECKLACE
£60.00
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&OTHER STORIES // MINI HOOP EARRINGS – GOLD
£35.00
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MONICA VINADER // SIREN RING – GOLD
£95.00
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CULT OF YOUTH // MAMA CHAIN – GOLD
£85.00

Let me know what your favourite gold pieces are from my edit. Or which pieces you’d like me to feature next time! Comment on this post or reply to the post on Instagram: @claire_briston.

C
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For clarity, I was kindly #gifted the Sunburst Signet Ring by DAISY LONDON Jewellery. For ASA purposes this is highlighted and marked as AD – PR Product Sample for total transparency.

This is not a sponsored or paid post; though this post may contain affiliate links that earn me a teeny, tiny commission.  But be safe in the knowledge that I only shout about items that I genuinely believe in.

MORE ABOUT // Estée Lalonde For Daisy LONDON JEWELLERY

Daisy has collaborated with Estée Lalonde on two jewellery collections, both full of the kind of jewellery you won’t ever want to take off, crafted in sterling silver and 18ct gold plate.

The Goddess collection consists of effortless, everyday jewellery inspired by modern goddesses, the power of feminine energy, and the notion that we are all perfectly imperfect. Lunar goddess symbols are complemented by organic textures and a variety of chain styles to layer together. A Goddess medallion as a talisman for inner strength. A changing moon symbol as a reminder that this too shall pass. A poured gold texture to symbolise imperfect beauty.

The original collection is the kind of jewellery you won’t want to take off. Estée fused her love for classic vintage jewellery and contemporary design to create a collection that is perfect for everyday, effortless accessorising. Consisting of both statement and dainty pieces, the jewellery in the original collection is inspired by the 1970s. From gold shield rings to classic t bar drop necklaces; the collection has a nod to decades gone by, but with a modern-day touch.

 

 

HALLOWEEN AT SELFRIDGES // MANCHESTER

Eli & Edie // Halloween 2019

HALLOWEEN AT SELFRIDGES // MANCHESTER

As a Briston-Hill household, Halloween is one of our favourite times of year – mostly helped by the fact that Eli is in a permanent state of “goth”, so of course its his annual time to shine!

 

CLICK TO SHOP // ASK MUMMY & DADDY SPOOKY SKULLS AND JELLY BONES 
£5.99  Each
(Kindly gifted to us by Selfridges)

 

Outdoor Trick or Treating is off the agenda this year (damn you Covid), so I’ve been looking at alternative fun festivities for the family. SELFRIDGES in both Manchester (Exchange Square and Trafford Centre) always host great events and as usual, are your one-stop shop with a perfect selection of spooky themed gifts, confectionary from brands such as Ask Mummy & Daddy and Jelly Belly and all the decorations you can shake a witches-broom at. Oh and I must mention that SELFRIDGES also has everything for you to eat, drink and be scary this October to boot too.

 

CLICK TO SHOP // Trick or Macarons – box of eight 128g  // £23.00

 

Gather the family and head to the much-loved Laudurée Cafe in Selfridges Exchange Square to check out their limited edition Halloween Macarons, served in a glow in the dark box! What’s more, Laudurée will be giving a FREE macaron to any child in fancy dress on Saturday 31st October, simply head to the counter and enjoy!*

 

CLICK TO SHOP // Jelly Belly Bean Boozled Challenge! 
£9.99
(Kindly gifted to us by Selfridges)

Looking for a fun-filled family activity this Halloween? Visit Selfridges Manchester Exchange Square and  Selfridges Trafford for an abundance of excellent  in-store activities this October!

 

EVENTS

As Greater Manchester is (at time of posting) in Tier 3, the following in-store events are all compliant with current government guidelines and measures have been taken to help minimise the risk of coronavirus, in line with guidance from Public Health England and the relevant authorities. As such the wearing of a face covering is compulsory when visiting the stores and customers should only shop in a group from one household or support bubble.

 

Selfridges Pumpkin Hunt  // SELFRIDGES TRAFFORD & EXCHANGE SQ

About // Get hunting this Halloween with Selfridges’ Pumpkin Hunt, a perfect activity for all the family to enjoy. Receive a complimentary treat once you have found all the pumpkins and returned your competition card to our Host!

Date // 28 – 31 October

Time // 12PM – 4PM

Price // Complementary

Decorate a Gourd // SELFRIDGES TRAFFORD

About // Join us for some Halloween-themed fun and decorate your own ghoulish gourd for your house with the help of one of our expert decorators.

Date // 29 October

Time: 12PM – 4PM

Price: £5

Trick or Treat Bag workshop // SELFRIDGES TRAFFORD

About // Decorate your perfect Trick or Treat bag with us – it will make for a spooktacular Halloween accessory.

Date // 30 October

Time // 12PM – 4PM

Price // £5

Slime Jar Workshop // SELFRIDGES TRAFFORD

About // Discover how to create your very own slime at this fun-filled (and extremely spooky) workshop.

Date // 31 October

Time // 12PM – 4PM

Price // £5

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Can’t make it to an in-store event in Manchester? No problem – here is my Halloween Top Ten from Selfridges.com!

 

CLICK TO SHOP // Unicorn Costume Tail
£20.00
CLICK TO SHOP //Bat Shaped Donut Wall
£10.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CLICK TO SHOP // Marvin’s Magic 60 Light Illusions Set
Was £35.00 NOW £26.40
CLICK TO SHOP // Dracula Dressing Up Costume
£13.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CLICK TO SHOP // Bashful Dragon by Jellycat (18cm)
£14.00

CLICK TO SHOP // Jelly Belly Bean Boozled Challenge!
£9.99
(Kindly gifted to us by Selfridges)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CLICK TO SHOP // ASK MUMMY & DADDY SPOOKY FANGS 
£5.99 
(Kindly gifted to us by Selfridges)
CLICK TO SHOP // GHOSTBUSTERS Monopoly Board Game
£33.00

CLICK TO SHOP // Harry Potter Invisibility Cloak
£40.00
CLICK TO SHOP // Bat Fringe Curtain
£8.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more Halloween gifting and decor inspiration, head to Selfridges.com

 

Whatever you get up to this Halloween,  enjoy yourselves, stay spooky and stay safe!

C
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*Limited to one macaron per child. Redeemable at Selfridges Exchange Square only, for the first 100 children in store.

 


For clarity, I was kindly #gifted all products that are highlighted in this post above, on behalf of Selfridges Manchester.

This is not a sponsored or paid post and I was not obliged to write this blog post or link back the Selfridges website; though this post may contain affiliate links that earn me a tiny commission.  I only shout about items that I genuinely believe in, so be safe in the knowledge that I’m a big fan of Selfridges – both their in-store activities and online offering.

 


 

Goooooodbye, my friend

“IT’S NOT A REINVENTION, BUT RATHER AN INTERVENTION”

HIYA.

It’s been a long time coming. I’ve gone to change my username on here a dozen times or more, and “chickened out”. You see, @instagram was the only remaining social channel that I used JUDY PINK as my username. So many people knew me IRL as such, it always felt tricky to change it! While I’m sad to say goodbye to Judy Pink, this isn’t a reinvention but rather an intervention. Today I am, just me.

I thought I better introduce myself – my *actual* name is Claire👋🏻

(Cue: “her name’s Claire” 🎶)

I’m thirty something and 5 foot nothing. I’m from the North East and (somewhat proudly) reside in the North West🐝  Mama to two and a half-wife of 16 years to another. I’ve recently taken to sewing – I have no idea either – but it’s keeping me sane during this weird time 🤷‍♀️

So there we have it. Judy Pink is officially no more. And I’m, just me.

C
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OUR BREASTFEEDING JOURNEY

I want to start by saying that breastfeeding does not “just happen” from the get go.

Your baby isn’t born knowing what to do. It is something that you and your baby must learn, together. Have patience with your baba; have patience with yourself.

Also. Two babies are never the same. In alllll of the respects.

These are the best bits of advice I was given.

Sadly, my BF journey with Eli was exceptionally difficult. I had an NCT group of mothers; who all appeared to be naturally breastfeeding-gifted. I struggled with Eli’s latch. In hindsight, we wonder whether it was tongue-tie as he also had speech issues when he started talking. Anyway. I would grit my teeth and cross my fingers at every single feed. I’d fight back the tears when with company and let them free flow down my cheeks at home. The pain was unbelievable. I was cracked. Sore. Shattered. Shocked. Full of worry and felt immense pressure to ‘perform’.

I was also ridiculously scared to feed in front of friends, family and in public too. For fear of being told off, ridiculed, just a “look” caused me to panic and go straight home. I had many a break down whilst trying to do shopping when Eli would start to stir during that short window between feeds.

At 6 weeks we went to a wedding and I bought a @Medela Swing to express. I ended up expressing for a further 6-8 weeks until my supply dwindled. I just couldn’t get the feeds and expressing in. We then went onto SMA and Eli was a much happier baby for it. I was happier for it!

Edie however; a totally different baby. Edie took to the breast from her first feed and ran with it. I was possibly more relaxed this time. I had YouTube’ed everything in terms of latch, positioning and everything in between. I was armed with so many resources – just incase. I had nipple shields, I had Lansinoh, I had a new @medela, I put no pressure on myself and set no expectations. I was also a more confident mother but I still had the anxiety of feeding in front of friends, family and in public getting to me. This is something I learned with patience and understanding your baby. I also had a bank of clap-backs ready, just incase. I knew my legal rights as a mother too.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At our 6 month check I was still exclusively breastfeeding Edie and loving every single second. Yes there were days when she would cluster feed 24 hrs. But I just loved it. Absolutely loved it. Was I more attached to BF because of our miscarriage? Maybe? Was I more determined because I’d had such a shit time with Eli? Who knows. That midnight feed, curled up in bed together was actual bliss. It felt like it was just me and Edie awake on the whole planet ✨

But at that 6 month check, the HV suggested Edie wasn’t gaining enough weight. We were monitored and then referred to a paediatrician. I was advised to introduce Formula and solids as per the guidelines. I reluctantly went with it. Edie went with the changes, without fuss and ran; until the only breastfeed session left was that midnight feed. Which, by one point turned out to be more routine and comfort than sustenance any longer. We made it to 8 months or so.

I don’t remember our last breastfeeding session. It just stopped one night after a few nights of fussiness.

Which kind of breaks my heart.

But I cherish every single day that she fed attached to me. I really do.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Have I googled and researched re-lactation? Of course I have.

But Edie? She’s happy. She’s thriving. She’s an SMA baby now too.

Breastfeeding mothers. I salute every single one of you. It hurts, it’s confusing, it’s damn tiring, no matter how little or long you decide to breastfeed for.

And if you feed your baby by bottle or breast, who even cares. Fed is best. That’s all that matters.

THEY ALL EAT CHIPS OFF THE FLOOR HOWEVER THEY MAKE THEIR START IN LIFE ANYWAY. SO 🤷‍♀️

 

EDIE TURNS // ONE

EDIE TURNS // ONE

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Our 🌈  babe has taken her first trip around the sun🌞

 

 

365 days Earthside 🌍

ONE whole year of pure joy and delicious smiles and your wondrous music and the best dancing EVER.

Edie Lavender, you are made of magic ✨

We love you more than you’ll ever know, our precious wild child🌿
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NEVER KNOWINGLY CONCISE x THE BIRTH POSTER

 

THE BIRTH POSTER

Ad/Gift | Promotional code below.

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Anyone who knows me will attest to how sentimental I am. I stash dates, times, places & faces deep in my heart. But sometimes it’s nice to have those precious memories proudly on display.

@theBirthPoster is just the perfect reminder to one of the most special days of your life – the day you met your baby.

In a 1:1 scale, The Birth Poster provides you with unique and timeless illustrations that are personalised to your newborn’s ACTUAL length at birth. Looking at Eli, who is almost 8, it’s so difficult to imagine him so tiny. And yet he was!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We’re absolutely over the moon with our prints – I could cry every time I look at them! We’ll cherish them forever✨
#thebirthposter
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As a thank you, I have a 10% discount to share with you! Use the code: judypink_10

Each Print was kindly #gifted: Original Continuous Line #2

Print hangers: @HMHome


For clarity, I was kindly #gifted both posters by The Birth Poster.

This is not a sponsored, paid post and I was not obliged to write this blog post or link back to The Birth Poster website. I only shout about items that I genuinely believe in, so be safe in the knowledge that I’m in actual love with The Birth Poster!

NINE MAGICAL MONTHS // OF YOU

NINE MAGICAL MONTHS OF YOU 🌿🌙

She’s been out as long as she was in. 💫

Edie, even with your little croaky voice and absolute sass, you are the happiest baby EVER  Our ray of sunshine. Our moonbeam. Our little bun-bun 🐰

We love you little 🌈 Bébé and hope we can share your smile with our family & friends, in person, again soon 🖤

SALOPETTES FROM SUPER CUTE BRAND : @ORGANICZOO

C

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ASOS x KLARNA // SHOP TODAY & GIVE BACK WITH KLARNA

Klarna x Red Cross event | ASOS Style Feed
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SHOP AND GIVE BACK WITH KLARNA

As you’re aware, people on the front line of the COVID-19 response around the world are showing total bravery by risking their lives and helping others.

So, Klarna (one of the major payment partners at ASOS)  has teamed up with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to bring a great way to give back. On Wednesday 29 April, £1 from every Klarna purchase on ASOS will be donated to the ICRC!

WHAT THE ICRC DOES

 

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is an independent humanitarian organisation that is directly responding to the COVID-19 pandemic and helping some of the world’s most vulnerable people, such as those living in countries affected by conflict. This includes sanitation work to prevent the spread of the disease and supporting vital health infrastructure such as hospitals. It also involves working to ensure access to clean water for countless communities and resilience-building activities to mitigate the impact of the pandemic.

HOW TO SHOP WITH KLARNA

 

Klarna gives you different ways to pay for your ASOS orders – so you can shop easier, and budget better.

To pay for your order with Klarna, tap ‘Change’ under payment type when you’re in checkout. Then tap ‘Add New Payment Method’ and add your chosen Klarna payment method. Place your order, and you’re done – £1 of your purchase will automatically go to the ICRC!*

Plus, don’t forget to share this one-day initiative with your friends and family, because every little bit counts.

*Only applies to eligible customers 18+ years of age in the UK, Germany, USA, Norway, Finland and Sweden. Klarna will donate to the International Committee of the Red Cross £1 from every successful ‘Pay 30 days later’ or ‘Instalments’ purchase made through ASOS on 29 April 2020. 

Peace & love
C
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LOCKDOWN 2020 // COOL COLOURING SHEETS

 

TIME TO ADD SOME COLOUR: Cool (printable and free!) colouring sheets.

We’re currently in lockdown, here in the UK, and while the weather has been pretty good (now thats unprecedented!) the kids always need something to keep them occupied during that rare and scarce downtime. As so many of us are working from home or have other children that require more 1:1 care, colouring sheets are vast becoming something of a life-saver and a bit of routine too!

We’ve found colouring sheets really fun – they’re also a great way to encourage a little bit of mindfulness. A bit of time to zone out. I’ve personally done my fair share of colouring sheets too – when accidentally on purpose printing out one too many for Eli. A lot of our favourite small brands and businesses have created their own colouring sheets, printable, and for free, using their signature styles and branding. Some of these sheets are perfect for colouring and popping up in your windows to brighten the day of your neighbours and those passing by. Some of these sheets might also be nice to colour and send to those that you’re missing or as a little “hello” note for neighbours or perhaps (like us) you have a local nursing home that are accepting artwork to spark a little bit of joy for residents.

Also, just to add, these colouring sheets are predominantly aimed at the kids, but let’s not lie to ourselves when we say that “we’re printing them for the kids”. Because they’re really good when you’re a fully fledged adult too. Whatever that is…

Without further ado, I have compiled a list of all my favourite colouring sheets so far. I’ll continue adding more as they crop up.

Enjoy colouring – and let me know which you’ve done!

Peace & love
C
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