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Jon Richard Fashion & Bridal Jewellery

A fortnight ago I was packing to go to Liverpool for one of my friend's hen weekend. Now that my All That Glitters and Disney Princess costumes have been worn, unpacked and washed it's time to start thinking about the wedding outfit. I think I've found the perfect dress with bardot sleeves, lace and a little bit of sparkle. The hardest part now is accessories! Do I got for a hat or fascinator? What colour shoes do I wear? What about the clutch? After all of that it's time for jewellery. With a little help from Jon Richard I think that might be the easy bit. 

Jon Richard is a stylish but affordable fashion and bridal jewellery brand that's located in 140 Debenhams stores across the UK. Within the Jon Richard range there's something to suit different styles and occasions including John Richard made with Swarovski crystals, MOOD, Simply Silver and Alan Hannah Devoted. So whether it's something simple and timeless or a bold statement piece there's something for everyone. The designs reflect the latest trends and are sure to attract attention and stack up the compliments.



The Simply Silver Sterling range is full of sterling silver jewellery without the premium price tag. There's necklaces, bracelets and earrings with different crystals, coloured stones and pearls. You can choose from timeless looks and contemporary designs and if you're anything like me you'll want to check out the rose gold plated pieces.

I was sent the Rose Gold Plated Star necklace and earrings and I was so impressed by the colour and quality. Sometimes rose gold can look a little off or tarnished but this has the perfect pink hue. The necklace has a nice length chain (16cm with 2cm extender) and the pendant isn't too big. The cubic zirconia has a nice sparkle too. As for the earrings, they didn't irritate my ears at all, that's when you know they're good quality!


£25



The MOOD by Jon Richard range is the place to look if you love something trendy or stylish. There's everything from necklaces and rings to hair accessories and compact mirrors. Everything is a stand out piece whether you're brave enough to wear the whole set or one piece on its own. It's all about the shapes, colours and eclectic fashion.

The MOOD range has the most beautiful selection of colours and with Jon Richard being  a bridal jewellery brand it only seemed right that I tried out something blue. The tonal blue pearl drop set is made up of two gorgeous blues, a bit of black and gold plated metal. All three pieces are definitely statement items so they're big and bold but that doesn't mean you can't wear them all at once. If you have a plain dress maybe with a low neckline the necklace would look amazing. The bracelet is perfect to wear with a LBD. The earrings are a little big and heavy for my liking but maybe with the right up-do they'd add a little glamour to an outfit.

MOOD by Jon Richard Tonal Blue Pearl Drop Bracelet*
£18


Both the Simply Silver and MOOD by John Richard range have something for lots of different ages and occasions. I know my little cousin would love anything from the Rose Gold, Simply Silver section and with her 18th coming up I think that's her present sorted. Or maybe you've got a prom, graduation or graduation ball coming up? Lets face it, you don't need a special occasion when the prices are this good. I've got my eye on the Alan Hannah Devoted range for wedding planning.


Hen Weekend in Liverpool

This time last week I was rushing around trying to fit everything back into my suitcase and keeping my fingers crossed that a hangover couldn't kick in. We went to Liverpool over Easter weekend to celebrate my friend's hen. 8 of us went by car, plane and train whilst the other 5 met us there after a train journey. It's so nice to catch up with old friends and make lots of new ones too. The hen weekend was organised through the company Hen Heaven. This is definitely an expensive option but good if you don't know a city very well. If you're organising the hen with lots of people you don't know then its risk free for you as you don't need to worry about money and losing deposits. 


We were up at 4am for our flight and it was definitely adrenaline and excitement that kept us going. Our flight was a little longer than an hour and with all the waiting and moving about involved we arrived at 10am. We were staying at the Adagio Aparthotel which was an amazing location, fantastic studio apartments, good facilities and had a handy luggage storage. I would 100% stay here again. We couldn't go to Liverpool without checking out some of the shops. I need to go back, we barely touched the surface! By 1pm we were lagging so we headed off to Wetherspoons for cocktails. Didn't take long for us to all perk up again. Before long we were checked in and visiting Tesco for a big shop.


It wouldn't be a hen night without some games! The hotel had a big lounge which we were allowed to decorate and use. This was perfect as a meeting point and stopping us having to squeeze into someone's room. We played some of the classics including Willy Twister and Pin the Willy on the Man. We all got goodie bags which had some dares, photobooth signs, willy straws, shot glasses and a present from the groom - £20! Before long we were getting ready for our first night out. We had the theme of All That Glitters and I took great delight in adding Beauty Boulevard Star Dust to everyones' face. I was wearing a Mela London jumpsuit from New Look and big chunky heels. We headed to Levels and due to the guestlist we had to get there before 11pm. This meant it was really quiet when we got there and we were a bit worried. It didn't take me long to start the dares (and take it upon myself to do everyone else's too). The shots were in and we were soon up on the dancefloor. We didn't leave until 3am - that's 23 hours on the go.


The next day we were up and ready to meet at 12. Our first activity was a treasure hunt around Liverpool. We were split into small groups, had to download an app called Adventures and had 2 hours to walk around the city completing tasks. This was a great way to see the city, have a bit of fun and blow away the cobwebs. I was worried my phone wouldn't last the 2 hours and I was right to think that - we finished on 1% so if you're doing something like this get yourself a battery pack! A quick stop for some drinks and food we were ready for our second activity - Nude Life Drawing. This was hilarious. It was based in the Adelphi Hotel and we had access to the bar. We laughed non-stop for the full hour. The poor hen had to get up to lots of funny things and we all had the chance to work on our artistic talents. After the drawing class we had a quick stop in an Irish pub before going to Blakes for dinner. The restaurant has a Beatles theme and quite a big cocktail list. Unfortunately I was a little disappointed with the food. 


Onto Saturday night and the second theme - Disney Princesses. This was right up my street. I loved dressing up as Elsa and we sure got lots of attention. We went to Popworld and again had to arrive by 11pm. Unlike Levels the party had already started. The music was amazing, the DJ was great and we had the bottles of Vodka flowing. We didn't leave the dancefloor the whole night, I would highly recommend Popworld for a good cheesy night. The drink was cheap too. After leaving at 4am we headed home for a quick sleep. I think you can tell from the last photo, taken at the train station, that we were a little tired and all ready for our beds. Liverpool did not disappoint for a hen weekend and I'd love to go back.

Learning to Drive - The Theory Test

For some people turning 17 means learning to drive and for others it's the last thing on their mind. I suppose it depends on whether you need and want the freedom of being able to hop into the car and go, or whether you live in a city where there's buses, trams and trains taking you everywhere you could want to go. I started my driving lessons just a month after my 17th birthday and it wasn't long until I had my theory test booked. I wasn't too sure what to expect and after my boyfriend had failed it a few times I was feeling a little apprehensive.  My parents weren't much help as the theory test was only introduced in 1996 but they were useful for the Highway Code questions. Pass 'N' Go has all the details and it covers everything you need to know about the driving theory test. Here's the low down with a little help from them and my experience...
Booking the test
As soon as you turn 17 you can sit the theory test, but with a charge of £23 I'd suggest taking your time and making sure you've had time to revise. Depending on what test centre you visit you can sit the test on a weekday, weekend or even a bank holiday. You can't book more than one test at a time but you can change the date or rebook if it doesn't go well. It's worth having a look for different test centres if you fail the first one and can't find a suitable date for a resit, there's loads of places! Normally you can find a test within 2 weeks of what you're looking for. My test centre was on a bus which was a strange experience when it broke down and had to be worked on by mechanics while I was doing the test!

Revising for the Test
So as soon as you decide to start driving, even before you’ve booked your theory test you can start revising. The theory test is made up of 50 multiple choice questions and a hazard perception test using 14 separate video clips. You can take a free mock test on the Gov.uk website but there’s also computer software and apps that you can use to learn all about the Highway Code and get to grips with the hazard perception skills. The multiple choice test is 50 random questions all related to the Highway CodeKnowing Traffic Signs and the DVSA essential driving skillsThe hazard perception test was the harder part in my opinion and took a bit longer to practice and get the hang of. The video assessments check your effectiveness at spotting hazards on the road using everyday road scenes and at least one developing hazard. Points are scored when you spot the hazards as they begin to occur You can’t lose points if you get the timing wrong but you will get no points if you click too continuously as though in a pattern. You can practice this both using the CD-ROMs, apps and also getting out there and driving!

Sitting the Test
So it's normal to be a bag of nerves when it comes to doing the theory test but as long as you've done the work you've got a good chance. Driving theory tests have a 57-minute time limit on the multiple-choice section but you can finish it quicker than this (or if you’ve got dyslexia or need more time you can contact the DVSA with proof from a doctor, teacher or employer). When you answer all of the questions you can then have a 3 minute break before moving onto the hazard perception test. The hazard perception has no time limit, it lasts as long as the 14 video clips take to be viewed. As long as you get 43 or more out of 50 for the multiple choice questions and 44 or more out of 75 of the hazard perception test you’ll have passed. You do need to pass both parts – so no slacking on one or the other!

Once you've Passed
When you pass you'll get a letter which will reveal your scores, congratulate you and have a theory test pass certificate number. You need to keep this safe because it's needed to book and take your driving test. You'll want to start thinking about booking your driving test soon because your theory test certificate number expires after 2 years. That might give you a kick up the bum to do more lessons and practising. If you don't pass your driving test before the 2 years are up you have to resit the theory. Having the time ticking on my theory certificate number helped encourage me to get back into lessons in Edinburgh while I was at uni.

Primark Wishlist



Nude Heels £12, Lace Insert Tshirt £10, Lace High Neck Bra £8, 
Black Cut Out Dress £10, Suede Skirt £6, Stripe Bardot Top £10

I've got a little retail therapy trip scheduled in before I go back to work next Monday so I thought I'd scope out the Primark website and see what's new. Making a wishlist can sometimes help prevent too many impulse purchases but it doesn't work too well if my local store isn't well stocked. The struggles. After wasting away at least an hour on the website I was quite surprised to see how monochrome my wishlist is - what season is this meant to be? Maybe I'm just not ready for Summer yet.