Sunday, 29 December 2013

Thursday, 12 December 2013

Alison Moore Designs - Hand Crafted in Orkney

I had been after some stacking rings for sometime and couldn't decide on which gemstones I wanted. One day whilst browsing through the internet I came across Alison Moore Designs. I purchased these rings in August and thought after wearing them all summer they deserved a post of their own.

Alison recommended going up a half size due to the overall thickness of the ring so they would be comfortable to wear when stacked together.

The stones I decided on were Lapis Lazuli and Moonstone with a beaded design ring. The stones are glued into there setting and then soldered onto the ring band. 

This description is taken from the Alison Moore Designs website 

This stunning gemstone combination ring is made up of four seperate rings which can also be worn individually or stacked with rings of your own. They are made from solid sterling silver. One is beaded, one is a moonstone gemstone cabochon and the other two each have a blue lapis lazuli gemstone cabochon.
Wear them together or seperate them, or wear them with other rings. They are a very versatile style of ring. Other gemstone combinations available in my shop.
It is recommended that you get your ring size professionally measured. Alternatively you can select the option for me to send you a ring sizer first, at a small additional cost. Each item will arrive in an Alison Moore Designs branded box, gift wrapped and finished with a ribbon.
Please be aware that any inclusions, variations in colour or imperfections in the stones are because they are naturally occurring and not man-made.
The rings are made from solid sterling silver with genuine lapis lazuli and moonstone gemstone cabochons.
The bands are 1.5mm wide and thick. The gemstones measure approximately 6mm and 8mm wide.

Do you have a favourite gemstone? 

- Louise

A toxic free Manicure and Pedicure

Hands and feet are often the most neglected. So I thought I would do a mini blog post on it.

I don't wear strong nail shades and tend to stick to milky pinks, so my hands look a little more groomed for special occasions. The rest of the time I buff my nails to a glossy healthy shine. I prefer organic and natural products which are chemical free. Nail polish and polish remover contain chemicals, so I like to limit there use to special occasions only. I would like to in future for go polish altogether.

For moisturising I am currently using Essential Care Calendula balm and Trevarno olive and almond hand cream. I haven't decided which is my favourite yet.

My daily hand care routine is to moisturise and condition my nails often, to prevent them from drying out.

I apply Essential Care Calendula balm to my feet before bed. I don't wear polish on my toes.

For a manicure I file my nails using a crystal nail file, then I soak my hands in a bowl of warm water with bath salts for 10 minutes. Then I gently scrub my nails with a nail brush to gently push back my cuticles. After this is complete I buff my nails and then apply either Trevarno olive and almond hand cream or Essential Care Calendula balm.

For a pedicure I soak my feet for 10 minutes in a bowl of warm water and bath salts. Then I tend to my toe nails and use a pumice stone to remove any dry skin from the heels. Then I apply Essential Care Calendula Balm and pop on cotton socks.

Are you a natural product lover or a nail polish addict?

- Louise

Friday, 6 December 2013

Preparing for the colder days ahead. My recent purchases.

I love this time of year. Wrapping up against the cold. Purchasing things to keep me warm for the colder days ahead.

At this time of year when there is a lot of surface water around from snow or rain, I have found it difficult over the years to keep my extremities warm. It has been a nightmare to find a pair of wellies that would actually fit me (I have been blessed with chunky calfs).

I was really happy when I found a pair of wellies that would fit me. Whilst doing my research I found it difficult to not find a pair of wellies made in China. The pair I purchased are made in China, but they are great quality.

So without further ado, let me introduce you to Wellibobs. They are an ankle wellington boot and are so toasty warm thanks to the fleece lining. I would probably wear fluffy socks with them to keep my feet extra toasty (as I have really cold feet).

My next purchase comes from Celtic & Co and they are the sheepskin insoles. I don't own any Ugg style boots, but I saw the insoles and thought why not pop them into my everyday shoes. I have a pair of the sheepskin slippers from Celtic and that's what made me order the insoles. You could even pop them into the slippers to bring them back to life after they have flattened. My feet are very warm now, I may pop these into the Wellibob's on really cold days too.

- Louise