Jord watch and gift box

Buying beautiful items that are designed to last is an absolute joy. Never being a fan of throwaway fashion I love pieces that withstand the fickle fashion trends.

Step into the frame JORD wooden watches. Made by ‘artists, designers, marketers, and minders’ they are beautiful, different, classic and designed to last.

In a world where every second counts, having a beautiful timepiece on your wrist is a luxury worth paying for.

Undeniably, the JORD wooden watches are stunning to look at but I was as interested in their ethics; sustainability being at the top of the list.

In JORDs own words they are

‘Focused on creating timepieces that are modelled after a modern lifestyle. They value sustainability, efficiency, and experiential living.’

It took an age to chose the dark sandalwood and smoke watch to review. It’s so different to the white ceramic watch I’ve worn for years. The wooden box is a beautiful touch, presentation is important and the box looks fab alongside my trinkets and treasures but helps make JORD watches a great present.

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You can see from the images the clarity of the watch face and how minimal the design is. The watch case is thicker and the face larger than those I am used to, but it is comfortable to wear, chic and the wood even warms a little as you’re wearing it!

Taking care of the watch means using an oil to clean the natural wood. And storing it, using the box and keeping it out of extreme temperatures (hot or cold) is advised (don’t store it near a radiator or wet environment.

At £149 this watch is a reasonable price for an exquisite piece of craftsmanship. Even better, there is an amazing $50 discount if you’re shopping for a JORD watch for yourself using the code 16ML6XTHYN3. I’ve set my sights on the Frankie 35.

Nic x

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Icarus Flight Simulation

Ever wanted to say that ? Know someone who does? Well now you can with this unforgettable Christmas offer!

Jump in the captain’s seat, take to the simulated skies and learn to fly with Icarus Simulation Limited.

A one-hour flight simulator lesson lets you experience the thrills of flying – all without ever leaving the ground.

During the lesson your personal instructor will help you to get to grips with: flight controls; take off, climbing, descending, turning, approach and landing; basic instrument flying and bad weather landings; function and use of flaps and undercarriage, and much more!

We’ve teamed up with Icarus Simulation Limited this Christmas to bring you a 20% discount on their one hour lessons. Simply book via this link and use “xmassparkle” at the check out to claim the discount.

What’s more, as the facility is predominantly used to train real pilots, the simulator can be used to train all aspects of light aircraft flying; so, if you do have previous experience you can let the instructor know in advance if you have any specific training requests and what you’d like to get out of the lesson.

Take to the skies and spoil the aspiring pilots in your life this Christmas!

*The offer is applicable to the junior (£49) and adult (£79) one-hour lessons and ends on 5 Jan 2017. 

See Santa at The Kingslodge InnEarlier this year we had the chance to pop to The Kingslodge Inn, Durham to see what we thought of it. And we loved it so much that I now run a monthly networking event for ladies there!

Well, they’re celebrating their first Christmas this year and we’re all welcome to join them.

They have a packed programme of events for all ages. Santa Claus is coming to town on Saturday December 3, and bringing some special guests from the North Pole with him. Children will have the chance to meet the man in the red suit and his elves, and receive a gift.

The fun continues on Saturday December 10 with the band Soul Central, then pop and rock disco and funk from The Flytes on Friday 16th, pop, rock and soul from The Casinos in Saturday 17, and superb folk covers and originals from Guilded Thieves on Saturday 17.

Each evening includes a three-course meal alongside the entertainment.

Christmas Day celebrations are now sold out but there’s still time to book to join them on New Year’s Eve when you’ll be transported back to the ’50s with Ruby & The Mystery Cats, a rockin’ quartet, who play wild and energetic rockabilly, rockin’ blues and rock ‘n’ roll music.

With a fabulous three-course meal, this is the perfect way to see Inn the New Year! The team are a really lovely bunch and their new Winter Menu looks fab too.

If you’re heading to Durham to the Christmas markets or just fancy exploring the wonderful Heritage Coast, or go shopping in the Metrocentre the Inn has 23 bedrooms and provides a Taste of Durham breakfast as part of your overnight stay.

You’re in safe hands as they hold an AA Dinner Award and the Taste Durham Highest Quality Assured Award in recognition of the quality of its home cooked pub food made with local and seasonal ingredients wherever possible.

Check the Inn out, we know they’ll definitely Welcome You Inn! #WelcomeInn

Nic x

War Paint Makeup bag from Smudge by JillyWhen Jill sent this parcel to our office, I got to thinking about our first meeting and just how different things are now.

It was a couple of years ago, I was delivering digital training across Yorkshire and she was working on the same programme. We connected immediately, two northern chatty lasses having a right banter!

Time rolls forward and she’s been a busy lady designing websites for businesses but also following her passion to launch her own cosmetics and skincare range.

Which is no mean feat.

I was genuinely over the moon to receive the parcel, all beautifully wrapped in brand colour tissue and tied with raffia string. I felt really proud of this gutsy lass.

Hidden within the parcel was a 100ml tube of Natural Tea Tree and Lemon Face Wash, £12 and a fab makeup bag emblazoned with War Paint (true enough most days!) which retails at £10.

The face wash is lush. A really subtle mix of tea tree and lemon, the lemon fragrance wins out for me, handy as I love fruity fragrances. My face felt really clean after using it and it’s especially good for oily skin (mine isn’t so I’d probably use the product every other day).

Jilly is developing a full range of skincare products and hand poured soy candles which are cruelty free, only tested on humans, organic and the ingredients are sourced in the UK.  Next on my list to try; the scrumptious looking lip balm and glosses.

If you’re keen to support small, local businesses, then jump over to Jilly’s website and take a look around.

 

5 months after the treatment from Newcastle Foot ClinicMy feet are pretty much neglected for three quarters of the year, with the exception of summer sandal time and Christmas party frivolities, they’re housed in shoes or boots and barely see the light of day.

But for the last 3 or 4 years I’ve had a fungal nail infection that I could not get rid of. I know exactly when I got it. I’d bought a fabulous pair of Italian leather shoes from a charity shop, brand new and they were too small and nipped my big toenails. I only wore them twice.

I’ve bought all of the over-the-counter lotions and treatments (TOTAL waste of time and money) and nothing shifted it and in fact, all the picking and messing about made it worse.

State of my toenails with the fungal infection FEb 2016In February this year, I’d finally had enough. I was properly was fed up. Sophie’s wedding was in July and I wanted to have the option of wearing sandals. And varnishing over bad toes nails just wouldn’t cut it anymore. I wanted my feet back to normal.

A quick google search later and I was at the Newcastle Foot Clinic.

I was treated by Craig Burton, the owner of the Newcastle Foot Clinic. Patient, knowledgeable and lovely, he was insistent that he could treat my nails and there was a great chance that I’d not have to have the nails removed. He was also insistent that my story of foot neglect was not unique.

It was worth a go. It wasn’t until this point that I realised that I’d neglected a part of my own body for years; left it with a fungus infection no less! As I lay in the chair having my treatment, I really did wonder why I’d do that to myself.

The treatment that I undertook is called Clearanail  in which 50 tiny holes are drilled into each of your nails so when you spray them with the fungal nail treatment, it actually gets to the source of the infection.  It’s called Controlled Micro Penetration (CMP) and the drill is set to a specific depth meaning it never damages the nail bed.

Receiving the treatment at the Newcastle Foot Clinic

It doesn’t hurt at all. It was a bit of a weird sensation but it’s all done in less than an hour.

I was advised against painting my nails until the nail had actually grown out, which makes sense as you’d be defeating the purpose of the holes otherwise. I became a little obsessed checking the little holes in my nails (fascinating and odd), spraying my feet consistently every day. It was great when I spotted the holes moving and healthier nail following!

I had my treatment in back in late February ’16 and in 4 months I’ve got my nails back. They’re not perfect yet but they’re a million times better and I can see the new, uninfected nail growing nicely where my cuticles are.

I asked Craig’s permission to wear nail varnish to Sophie’s wedding; he said yes and that we’d check to see if I needed another course of CMP in the Autumn.

Looking down at my feet, I am so happy that they look normal again! I didn’t realise the impact that not getting them sorted was having. My feet were ugly to me for years, and now they look like my feet again!

I can’t recommend the staff at the Newcastle Foot Clinic enough. They’re really lovely and passionate about feet and general health. (I ended up getting orthotics for my shoes and my knee pain has completely vanished but that’s another blog post).

I’m off to paint my nails. If you want to find out more about the Newcastle Foot Clinic pop over and give them a Like on Facebook x