A new video is up on my Youtube channel. If you remember my last blog post, this is the video about the OHM Beads Alice in Wonderland collection. I also share some scenes from when Nichol (MyPandoraCharmedLife) and I went to the Ivy Tea Room. They were having an Alice in Wonderland Mad Tea Party and this was one of the reasons I came to visit Nichol, at the end of February/early March (I also just LOVE her and missed her terribly, haha)! #beadsandtea was so much fun!
You can watch the video, HERE. Or you can watch it down below:
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I hope you and your loved ones are safe and doing well, during this outbreak. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers. Have a wonderful rest of your day!
I hope everyone is staying safe and healthy during this outbreak. I hope this blog post adds some happiness into your day. My thoughts and prayers are with everyone.
This year, Pandora celebrates their 20th Anniversary of the Pandora Moments charm bracelet. This charm bracelet was first released in 2000. To celebrate 20 years of collecting, Pandora is going through their archives and bringing back a vintage charm every month in 2020. All 12 of the charms will be limited-edition. Each charm will be available only until it has sold out, which makes all 12 charms an absolute must for a Pandora collector!
“Pandora releases the third of its limited edition, collectable charms to mark the 20th birthday of the iconic Pandora Moments charm bracelet.”
I am so excited to join Pandora in celebrating this special milestone! To celebrate Pandora’s anniversary, each month, I will share a special story behind a charm in my collection, and reveal what the limited-edition Pandora 20 Charm is!
So, make sure to grab a cup of tea…and let’s get started!
Sweet like honey…
* All 2020 Limited Edition Bee Charm photos are provided by Pandora *
Hello March 20th! Today we celebrate the relaunch of the Queen Bee Charm, in sterling silver! On her belly, you will see the Pandora 20 hallmark. Originally a two-tone charm, the vintage Queen Bee is found on many collector’s bracelets. She represents an unforgettable moment.
“This happy little bee, with the Pandora crown atop its head, reminds us of the power of community and the energy of nature. A beloved charm that holds so many stories for so many people worldwide.”
For me, the Queen Bee Charm represents when I was promoted to a manager role. She also reminds me of my former manager, who was a strong, successful and supportive leader!
Each 2020 Limited Edition Bee Charm comes with a certificate, confirming her authenticity.
The 2020 Limited Edition Bee Charm is sweet as honey. Her little smile, cheerful eyes and Pandora crown are some of my favourite details. She is available globally, at select stores. Very limited numbers are available, so it is best to purchase today, March 20th, 2020…if she is not already sold out! You can also find her for purchase on Pandora’s estore:
*please note that these charms are very limited. Until supplies last.
Take part in the celebration, with the hashtag: #Pandora20
Now, let me share the story behind my Enchanted Mouse Pandora Charm. His item number is, 791107. This adorable little mouse was originally released in 2013, and is now retired. Depending on your location, he may go by the name, Mouse in the Cup.
Some of my favourite details:
– he proudly wears the Pandora crown – his cute little whiskers and pointy nose – his tail curling down outside of the teacup – he is nestled inside a teacup and saucer – the tea cup has beautiful little accents, like you would find on a real teacup – placed inside the teacup is the adorable, “Be Mine” heart shaped balloon, a lovely nod to Valentine’s Day
The Enchanted Mouse Pandora charm found a home on my Tea themed Pandora Moments bracelet, a two tone charm bracelet with Pandora Rose and Sterling Silver. I added some pops of colour with touches of purple and pink enamel details. I have my “tea themed” charms on my 17 cm, Pandora Moments Heart Clasp Snake Chain Bracelet.
It also features a few Pandora X Disney charms! Can you spot Mrs. Potts, Alice and the Mad Tea Party scene?
Now, for the story behind my, Enchanted Mouse Pandora Charm…I have created a special YouTube video.
In this video, I share:
– a closer look at my tea themed bracelet – the story behind my, Enchanted Mouse Charm – how I styled my Pandora Moments “tea themed” bracelet with other Pandora Jewellery pieces
You can find the video, HERE! Or watch it, down below:
And that concludes this blog post! I would like to thank Pandora for the opportunity to be a part of their 20th Anniversary celebration! I am so excited to share exclusive Pandora 20 content and moments with you, over the next 9 months! Pandora will be providing me with 3 of the 12 anniversary charms, in this celebration.
I hope you have a wonderful day! Take care, stay healthy and spread love, especially during this time…praying for the world. <3
Did you know that the world is home to 600 million adolescent girls, aged 10-19? 1 in 6 of these girls are not in secondary school and are unable to fulfill their potential and dreams. This can change, if they are given the opportunities, right resources and the environment to learn.
Pandorahas partnered with UNICEF to support these young voices. Through the sale of jewellery and other initiatives, Pandora will raise funds to empower children and young people, around the world. Pandora will be supporting UNICEF programs on education, gender equality, rights awareness, personal empowerment and civic engagement. Part of this annual donation to UNICEF, will also go towards supporting and improving the life of millions of children worldwide.
This is a 3-year collaboration and twice a year, Pandora will offer limited-edition jewellery pieces to support UNICEF. The funds raised, from these dedicated charms will be donated to UNICEF.
Here is what Pandora has to say about this special charm:
“Being empowered to make healthy, positive life choices is key to the ability of young women to become agents of change, as individuals and within their families and communities. For International Women’s Day, Pandora has created a limited edition Pandora for UNICEF We Can Do Anything charm that symbolises support from girl-to-girl and woman-to-woman as a part of the Charms for Change initiative.
The Pandora for UNICEF We Can Do Anything charm is a call for unity. Designed with self-awareness, exploring values and building self-confidence in mind, the sterling silver design is detailed with “The power is in me” and “We can do anything” in tonal blue man-made crystals and cubic zirconia. Designed to fit our Pandora Moments bracelets and bangles — a collectible jewellery concept made for storytelling and styling to express personality and passions — the design recognizes the fact that together we hold the power to effect positive change.
Launching globally in stores and online on 5 March and available for a limited period, the release of the Pandora for UNICEF We Can Do Anything charm links to International Women’s Day on 8 March, but the meaning and message behind it go beyond the day itself.
Between 5 March and 30 April 2020, Pandora will donate €15 of the purchase price of each charm sold to UNICEF.“
I love the message and representation behind this charm, but I adore that this charm will be supporting UNICEF. This charm released yesterday and I am hoping to have the opportunity to go to my local Pandora store to purchase it, over the weekend! I feel it will pair beautifully with my Pandora 2020 dangle. Stay tuned for a bracelet design!!!
Do you plan to purchase this charm for yourself or perhaps a loved one? If so, how do you plan on styling it?
P.S: Nichol!!! I think we both need this charm to represent us too!!! xo
P.S x2: a special thank you to Pandora for these photos!!! xo
On April 10th, 2019…I did not realize I would be stepping into my favourite place for tea. One of my best friends, Tiara had been talking about this new tea salon that opened up beside her gym…and how I just HAD to go.
April 10th, 2019…it was a really hard and emotional day. I was waiting to hear back about Harlow’s (my late guinea pig) test results, going through an extremely “burnt out” period of life, frustrated with health issues and needing to make some big life decisions. Tiara was so sweet and spent that entire day with me. As a doctor, she knew the best medicine for me: she took me to, Paragon Tea Salon for my first cup of tea misto.
Tiara and I waited in line and I gazed up at the menu. I wanted to try EVERYTHING!!!
When we got to the front of the line, we were greeted by Michelle, the owner of Paragon. She was a breath of fresh air and so welcoming. I was so impressed that she knew Tiara, by name…and you could just tell she genuinely loves her customers and takes time to get to know them and build a relationship.
She was equally excited that I was about to try, the paragon way for the first time. After some helpful recommendations from, Michelle…I decided to settle on the, High Mountain Roasted Oolong Tea Misto. Although…I was very close to ordering a matcha misto, haha!
Michelle started to make our tea mistos and I couldn’t get over how she was making them!!! TEA-like espresso! It was the coolest thing EVER. I actually ended up take a short video of the experience of making a cup of tea misto. It was so fascinating for me! 100ml of strong and delicious tea…
After our teas were ready, Tiara and I sat beside the window and chatted the afternoon away, as we sipped our delicious teas. She gave me sound advice.
But how was the tea?!!! THE TEA WAS SOOOO AMAZING! Perfect temperature, perfectly steeped. Perfect frothed almond milk (although…I ended up switching to oat milk afterwards, thanks to Michelle’s advice on my second visit). And to top the drink to perfection: the perfect cup to truly taste the aroma and essence of the tea!
I couldn’t wait to bring, Snowman (my husband) to try these teas!!! And I also couldn’t wait to go back myself.
During my conversations with, Tiara…I received a phone call from Harlow’s vet…that she needed to be brought in for more testing. The rest of this story, breaks my heart…as I didn’t know that only a few days later, my little Harlow would be passing away in my arms. Many of you know this story, so I won’t go into details here.
I had hoped to do this blog post, shortly after my first visit, but with Harlow’s passing and that crazy “burnt out” period…I just didn’t have the time or energy.
However, I continued to go to Paragon and fell more and more in-love with the atmosphere, teas and people! I also made sure to bring Snowman (my husband) and he instantly became a huge fan. He often joined my on these visits.
e Harlow’s passing was a big wake up call to me, to start taking care of myself and my health more. Whenever I needed to take a break…I went to Paragon. It became the place where I started focusing on new goals and dreams; a place I could escape to and just “be”. I made some of my biggest dreams and goals there, while sipping tea and taking in the peaceful, creative atmosphere. I typed these goals and dreams into my phone, laptop or note paper. And the crazy thing is…every single one has come true, in less than a year. I still cannot believe that! It proves how magical tea can be…when you add it to your dream planning ingredients, haha. Oooh..and put those dreams and goals into action, of course 😉
One of my dreams, popped into my head about 2 months after Harlow’s passing. I was sitting with my husband (at Paragon, of course) and I just had this thought and major gut feeling that I needed a dog. My husband stopped sipping his tea and just looked at me…”really? Are you sure the timing is right? Shouldn’t you just focus on your health, etc?” I explained to him why this was the BEST idea, BEST medicine (besides tea) and BEST dream ever.
In that exact moment, I was convinced and when I want something, I will not give up, (poor husband). I wanted to adopt my very own puppy! I have always been a huge dog lover, since I was a little girl. But I never had the time or lifestyle to be able to take proper care for a puppy. After some big “life decision making”, the timing was perfect…and I just had a feeling that Harlow would approve of this decision. My husband soon (willingly, promise!) agreed and trusted my planner instincts, haha.
Ella came into our life and I’ll never forget bringing her to Paragon for her first visit. It was like that goal/dream had literally come full circle. It was truly incredible and felt like the biggest, “God Wink”.
And just before picking up Ella…another dream came true…and then another one and another one…it was incredible. And they just kept on blossoming, even after adopting Ella.
That’s the thing with dreams and goals…you need to make time to work for them. And having a wonderful place to escape to…and focus on them, plan for them and to achieve them…makes all the difference. I am truly grateful for discovering Paragon, through a very transitional and difficult point, in my life. It gave me that space I needed to focus and I will forever be grateful for that! AND…for the delicious cups of tea!!!
I now live in a new home (one of my goals)…where I have my own office/creative space to continue making my dreams and goals come true. I still love to go to Paragon, but I now have the opportunity to make their delicious teas, at home too!! Such a treat!!!
My personal favourites are: Hojicha powder, Genmaicha powder, Mango Hojicha, Genmaicha (matcha coated) and the High Mountain Oolong (but I still have more to try)!
Paragon also has an online store, if you would like to try some of their teas. They ship or you can pickup in-store, if you live nearby!
They also have a wonderful mini gift shop…and I was able to get a beautiful new matcha bowl, right before Christmas! I love it soo much!
Well, there you have it! Quite a long and personal blog post…that was suppose to be JUST a tea review…that turned into a much more personal story. But I feel right sharing it because that is one thing I get asked all the time:
How do you stay so positive? Well, that’s for another blog post topic, if you’d like to hear it. But as you can tell, through this blog post…that period was extremely challenging, but when life gives you heartache and gloom…you make tea and focus on the true and good things in life.
In this video, I share my collection of Celestial Stars Pandora Bracelet themes. I wore all four of these bracelets to ring in the new year, 2020 and have been enjoying wearing them throughout January.
I filmed this video on January 1st or 2nd, but just got around to doing the voiceover now! Hence, the Christmas tree in the background, haha!
In this video, you will see the following Pandora Bracelets:
1. Disneyland, “When You Wish Upon a Star” Moments Pandora Bracelet, size 17cm. Featuring Disney x Pandora charms and Disney Park exclusive charms.
2. Disney Aladdin theme, “Magic Carpet Ride” Limited Edition Fireworks Pandora Bangle with Pandora Charms.
3. Pandora Shine and Midnight Blue / celestial stars theme Pandora Shooting Star Sliding Bracelet Slider Bracelet with Pave Star Slider and Star Dangles Both Inspirational Star Dangle Pandora Charm and Bracelet were gifted to me from Gold-N-Memories Pandora for our Instagram Collaboration.
4. O Holy Night theme Pandora limited edition Mesh Bangle, “Shine Bright” Featuring Country exclusive, Mother Mary dangle.
One of Ella’s Christmas presents were a few new items from Pink Tail Co. I first discovered Pink Tail Co. back before I brought Ella home. I had done an instagram search for feminine, floral dog collars and they came up! I love to sew, but I often don’t have as much time (as I would like) to create clothing and accessory items. That being said, I just recently made Ella a few collars. It is sooo good to get back into some home sewing projects.
ANYWAAAAY!!! What attracted to me to Pink Tail Co. is that it is a small business and each collar is lovingly, handmade in San Francisco. If I didn’t have the time to make Ella a cute collar, I might as well find a company that could! I truly love supporting small businesses, as I find they have the BEST service and products and I use to be a small business owner myself! So, I really appreciate the time, talent and dedication that these owners put in to making their dreams come true! And I really want to support that.
My first order was the, Aurora Bundle. It came with a collar, bow and leash. It was too big for an 8 week old puppy, but I knew Ella would grow into it and I couldn’t have picked a better first choice. I loved the rose gold hardware and the floral, spring-like pattern. Ella was born on May 26th, 2019, so I wanted her first collar to reflect that time of the year. I also find it so special that Ella was born in May, as it is also a very romantic month for my husband and I. Our first date was on May 1st, 2009. He made it official on May 15th, 2009. And we got married on May 16th, 2015. SO…as you can see, having a collar that reflects a special month was very important to me.
When I received my first order, I became SO obsessed and couldn’t wait to order more. I also really hoped they would introduce harnesses! AND THEY DID!!! I ordered two, for Ella. The Aurora (of course), as well as the, “Disney in Pink” harness.
This harness is beautifully made and having worked within the fashion and alterations industry, I appreciate the high quality and attention to detail that goes into it. It is durable, well made and you can tell the designer/owner truly understands what canines (and owners) need to feel comfortable, but also provided with function and style.
I really like how it fits around Ella’s collar bones and along her back and belly. It looks and appears to be a very comfortable fit. I am a huge fan of the Buddy Belts for this reason too, but Ella has wiggled out of them, on occasion, as it can be harder to find a perfect fit, especially for a poodle silhouette. I find the Pink Tail Co. stays on extremely well and I love how it is fully adjustable. I have yet to have Ella wiggle out during a play session outside or on a walk.
Speaking of which: another thing that I couldn’t get over, was I had purchased the harness during a Black Friday Promo and Pink Tail Co. adjusted the harness sizing to accommodate Ella’s poodle frame, at no additional cost! I was blown away…and this is something I think they SHOULD charge for, as someone who knows that it does take extra time to make those adjustments. BUT…wow! That just speaks volumes on their customer service and passion for a perfect fitting product.
When I first opened it, I adjusted the harness to accommodate Ella’s sizing and it was so easy to put on her. Although she is a puppy, she is well trained with having clothing and accessories placed onto her, but some of these things can take a bit of time to put on, with the different closures, etc. Surprisingly, the Pink Tail Co. harness was faster than I expected and I think that has to do with the parachute buckle! The hardware does put this harness in a light to medium weight category, but it is not at all heavy or uncomfortable for smaller or medium sized dogs.
I also love that Pink Tail Co. added a cute rose gold logo onto their harnesses and collars. It is a perfect touch and feels so fancy.
As you all know, I am a HUGE Disney fan and I had been wanting to make Ella a Disney themed collar or harness for quite some time. Well, it was like Pink Tail Co. read my mind because when they brought out two beautiful and fun Disney options, I could not resist!!!!
I find the, “Disney in Pink” fabric so fun and also extra cute for Valentines, as well as the “French” poodle, hehe. And the cotton material is breathable, lightweight and flexible for a little puppy.
Overall, I am so pleased with both the, “Aurora” and “Disney in Pink” harnesses. I am already planning my next purchase! If you have any other questions about Pink Tail Co., feel free to ask below. I also find the company to be very responsive on their social media accounts/website too!
In this video, I share my Pandora Moments Christmas Charm Bracelet and my Pandora Open Bangle Disney Christmas themed Pandora Bracelet. I also share my Chrismas themed Pandora Floating Locket necklace and my Ohm Beads Lucky Red Whip Bracelet with some Beadmas themed beads! I hope you enjoy this video and a very blessed and Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Seasons Greeting to each and every one of you! I hope it’s a magical one! XOXO
A few days ago, I posted my Autumn Style | Ohm Lucky Red video on my youtube channel. This is probably one of my most favourite videos I have done…because it turned out better than I had imagined and planned out, in my head!
I filmed half of the footage and Snowman helped film the scenes with Ella and I outdoors. He executed my vision perfectly. When I was editing through the footage, I couldn’t be more happier or impressed!!! It was hard to narrow down the footage to be around 6 minutes long…there were so many magical, outdoor scenes! Thank you so much, Snowman.
I love that I get to take you all along with me, as I go on a my daily autumn walk with Ella. The majority of the outdoor shots are taken at one of my favourite parks, that goes around a gorgeous lake. When we were filming, it was right near sunset and it felt extra enchanting…a true golden hour. The setting sun flickered through the vibrant coloured leaves and the wind blew about and it couldn’t have been more perfect or autumn-like.
Ohm Beads was kind enough to send me the Lucky Red Whip Bracelet to review (thank you so much…I would not have these opportunities without each and every one of you!). This bracelet had been on my Ohm Beads Wishlist (you can see it on my Instagram) after I saw it on their Instagram page. When I pulled it out of the packaging, the lucky red colour was even more vibrant in-person. It instantly inspired an autumn style themed video!!! However, I had to be patient because the weather was not in agreement to film, right away. It was stormy for about a week, haha. But I waited patiently and I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect afternoon!
I styled my Ohm Lucky Red Whip Bracelet with Ohm Wood Ent, Ohm Thanks A Lot and Ohm Heart of the Woods. I also used the Ohm WHO clasp as a decorative feature.
In the video, I enjoyed Vanilla Cappuccino by DAVIDsTEA. This was a tea my friend, Jo had recommended. When I am not sure how many grams of tea to purchase, I love to try it, “to go”. I decided to get, Vanilla Cappuccino, as a latte with almond milk. It was soo delicious and I am going to be purchasing at least 100 grams! If you are interested in ordering it, feel free to shop my affiliates links below:
Back in 2012, my fiancé (now husband) and I started a new Christmas tradition with DAVIDsTEA #24daysoftea. Every evening, we would enjoy a tea of day, along with our baby guinea pig, Harlow (she liked to take little licks from our fingertips). We looked forward to discover what tea awaited us: black, green, oolong, herbal…what would it be?
A tea advent calendar was the most perfect invention for me! And I was instantly obsessed and just knew I had to get my family and friends involved in the fun too.
In 2012, I had just moved across the country in July…and I knew this would be a special way to still feel close to them, at such a special time of the year. It soon became my tradition to stock up on calendars (as soon as the store opened) to make sure my family and friends could all get one! DAVIDsTEA would sell out DAY OF…if not, MORNING OF! Luckily, last year…they seemed to finally have better stock!
Each year and onwards, it became a time to relax and escape from the hustle and bustle of the holidays…and became a time of day we treasured. It warmed out hearts and souls…and we loved that our loved ones, though far away, were sharing in this wonderful experience with us.
The #24daysoftea calendar also became a heartwarming tradition with a very special guinea pig; my beloved Harlow. Harlow passed away this year…and it will be the first year I do not get my tea taster/tea assistant to help #HarlowApprove the tea of the day. It’ll be different, but I know she will be there in spirit, in her own way. Here are some of my favourite photos of Harlow during the #24daysoftea countdown!
I also enjoy the Christmas countdown with…ALL OF YOU!!! On my Instagram, it has become my tradition to also share the tea of the day with you all…through fun photos of the day!!! I love hearing your thoughts on the teas and seeing your photos too!
And now…for some truly exciting news to share with all of you:
I am now part of DAVIDsTEA Affiliates Program. It honestly feels like a dream come true because besides jewellery, #tea (and especially, #Davidstea) is my biggest obsession. What this means, is if you order through my affiliate links (featured in my blog posts, on my Linktree, instagram stories and youtube channel), I’ll receive a small commission, much like a sales associate would, at a retail store. It’s pretty cool and I’m so thankful. 🥰💕 I would not have these amazing opportunities without each and every one of you…so a HUGE HUGE THANK YOU!!! 🍵☕️ And an additional thank you to any one who wants to shop with these links. That’s super kind and generous of you! 🍃🍵🍂 .
In this video, I share an overview of my Pandora Rose collection while discussing why the original and older Pandora Rose jewellery change in colour and how Pandora perfected the Rose formula to help prevent this. I also share tips on how to care and clean your Pandora Rose charms and jewellery. Special thanks to Sam and Stephanie for sharing your insight! xx
Care and Cleaning Instructions photos (ft. in my video) are from Pandora’s Website, found in their Jewellery Guide. For additional facts and helpful information, you can find it in their Jewellery Guide, here.