Fashion & Food For Winter 2017

With the days getting shorter,colder and darker we are slowly heading into winter (hooray for some, boo hoo for others!) Its happening either way like it or not so lets be prepared with some ideas to (hopefully) make it an enjoyable and memorable time for everyone!

First of all, we are bound to be staying indoors more which although at first may seem great it can get boring. So here are some ways to beat the cabin fever and have a great time…

FOOD – IN THE KITCHEN…

 

Choc Chip Cookies

Ingredients: • 100g brown sugar
• 125g butter (unsalted)
• 1 egg
• 1 1/2 tsps vanilla essence
• 1/2 tsps salt
• 225g Self Raising Flour
• 200g chocolate (any kind you like!)
• 1/2 tsp salt
Method: Pre-heat oven to 200*c. Put the butter and sugar in a large bowl and mix well. Add the egg and vanilla essence and mix again. Sieve in flour and salt then mix and combine well. Cut the chocolate, but not too finely and add. Mix all together, then roll balls of mixture to about 2cm by 2cm and place on a baking tray with baking parchment on. Be careful not to put the cookies too close together, as they grow in the oven. Place in preheated oven for 7-10 minutes.
For double chocolate cookies simply replace 50g flour with 75g chocolate powder. This recipe can be made with nuts, raisins or smarties too!

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Hot Chocolate Deluxe

Ingredients: 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup hot water
1/8 tsp salt
4 cups milk (Dairy or non-dairy)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Method: Combine the cocoa, sugar, water, and salt in a medium saucepan. Over medium heat, stir constantly until the mixture boils. Cook, stirring constantly for 1 minute.Stir in the milk and heat, but do not boil. Remove from the heat and add vanilla; stir well. Serve immediately. You can make this more fun by adding marshmallows or cream on top!

That should keep you warm,cosy and busy on a snowy day! Now enough with the food element and onwards to the fashion…

FASHION…

According to this years’ fashion experts the top colour for this winter is:

FLAME SCARLET

  CALVIN KLEIN

£110.00 (INC. VAT)
Now for the jewellery accessories from The Silver Shop to go with the dress:
B4844(Elements Silver)
Flame Silver Red & Black Drop Bracelet
E5219R(Elements Silver)
Red Swarovski Long Flame Drop Earrings

 

E5222(Elements Silver)
Flame Silver Red & Black Drop Earrings
P4409R(Elements Silver)
Red Swarovski Long Flame Drop Necklace

 

 

 

 

 

Wishing you all a relaxing and enjoyable winter!

Love

The Silver Shop… Add a little sparkle

DIY tips to get your jewellery sparkling again.

Tarnished silver, dull gold & lustreless pearls?  Keep your jewellery shiny & new with our quick & simple guide…

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Silver

For slightly discoloured pieces of silver that are a little on the dull side, just mix a few drops of mild washing up liquid with warm water.  Using a soft cloth, dip into the mixture and gently rub the jewellery.  Rinse under water and buff until dry.

For tarnished Silver, mix three tablespoons of baking soda to one tablespoon water to make a thick paste.  Using a soft lint-free cloth, dampen the jewellery and then apply the paste working it in small circles across the jewellery and into any crevices.  Rinse, buff dry and enjoy the sparkle!

FoilFor very tarnished silver, line a small bowl with crumpled aluminium foil.  Place your silver jewellery on the foil.  Sprinkle with baking soda then pour boiling water over it.  Carefully move the jewellery round in the water to ensure each side touches the foil.  Any tarnish will transfer from the jewellery to the foil.  Remove and rinse with water… Magic!

If your silver jewels have gemstones glued in, checkout our alternative cleaning guide below.

Gold

Brighten up the dullest of rings or chains with a few drops of mild washing up liquid in a small bowl of soda water.  Place your jewels in a small strainer (a tea strainer is ideal), place into the bowl andtoothbrush soak for 5 minutes or so.  Use an old soft toothbrush to brush away the dirt and rinse carefully in fresh clean water, dry with a soft cloth, sit back and admire!

 

Pearls

Whether real or cultured, pearls should be cleaned with real care.  Firstly mix a little shampoo into a small bowl of warm water.  Lay the pearls onto a clean pearlssoft cloth, dip a clean soft make up brush into the shampoo mixture and gently brush each of the pearls across the entire surface.  Clean the pearls with a well-wrung damp cloth and then leave them to air dry to prevent scratches or damage to the string.  When they are dry they will be full of lustre.

 

Gemstones

gemstonesSimply drop gemstones into a bowl of white wine vinegar.  Leave for 10-15 minutes, mixing occasionally.  Remove and scrub with a soft bristle toothbrush.  Rinse and buff dry…. good as new.

 

 

Glued in Gemstones Jewellery

Pieces of jewellery with gemstones that are glued into the setting shouldn’t be submerged in water.  Water can loosen the glue leading to your gemstones falling out, especially if they are knocked or brushed after being in warm water.

‘Dry’ clean these pieces by wiping them with a clean wet cloth that has been dipped into a washing up liquid & water bath.  Using the same damp cloth, gently scrub your jewellery.

Rinse the cloth in plain tap water, ring out and ‘rinse’ the jewellery by gently dabbing it with the clean damp cloth.

Lay or hang the pieces upside down to air-dry.  Hanging is best here to ensure all water droplets drip out rather than soaking into the setting.  Et voila!

 

Before you use any of these tips, make sure you know exactly what metal you are cleaning and whether or not gems have been glued.  If you’re not sure, check first!

Spring Summer 2015 Trends Update

Spring’s nearly here and already the sunnier days are a welcome change from the gloomy winter nights and frosty starts.

So what colours will this spring & summer be full of? Well, it’s all about pastels..just think sweet pea, fresh and feminine…

pastels*pastels 2*

It’s all about the 70’s again, fun, relaxed with plenty of flowers and a bit of denim thrown into the mix.

       Monsoon                                        Ted Baker                                   Warehouse

Monsoon Iona Trousers £79.00               Ted Baker                        Warehouse

Iona Trouser £79                            Tilford Dress £149                   Border Floral Tee £28

                                                                     Silver Flower Ring With Rose Gold

Silver Flower Ring With Rose Gold £42

 Floral prints on accessories will also be huge this season, check out this gorgeous bag…

Handbagoasis outfit

Oasis Printed Bloombird Clutch £30

And as for the shoes, well good news for all us shorter ladies; platforms will be strutting their way around the streets this season, there will be plenty more flowers and flats & pumps will still be big news.

Dune         Oasis             Rose Gold Swarovski Filigree Flower

Dune                                             Oasis                                     The Silver Shop

Celia Peeptoe Wedge Court         Patent Tassel Loafer £40      Rose Gold Swarovski                                                                                                                  Filigree Flower £26.50

 

Accessories

Finish your look with a variety of pastel jewels; fun and easy to wear, here are your staples

Sterling Silver Light Blue Enamel Swirl StudSterling Silver Light Blue Enamel Swirl Stud  £4.95

Silver Blossom Flower Earrings With Crystal Pearl And Mixed Finish Silver Blossom Flower Earrings 31.50

 

 

Rose Gold Plate Flower Cut Out BraceletRose Gold Plate Flower Cut Out Bracelet £124

Happy Shopping

Love

The Silver Shop… Add a little sparkle x

 

(*Pintrest, Caroline Cupcake & the Trend Council S/S 2015)