Monday, 18 December 2017

Christmas at Chatsworth

Hello! I know it has been quite a long time since I updated this blog (nearly a year!) but I finally have the means to blog again (two broken laptops later) so I'm hoping to get back on track with a post about two of my favourite things - Chatsworth and Christmas.

Some of you may remember my post about Chatsworth House last year. Chatsworth is one of my favourite places to visit; I have memories of visiting as a child and it will always hold a certain level of nostalgia and joy for me. Despite this, I've never been able to visit at Christmas. It's always incredibly busy at Christmas (especially at the weekend) but this year my Dad, my sister and I were all able to book the same day off work so we thought it would be nice to take a family trip to see the house in its Christmas splendour and take Bree on a walk around the grounds and gardens. Chatsworth has a Christmas theme each year, and this year was Dickens, which I was very excited about!

I will warn you that this post is just full of Christmas trees!

Thursday, 16 February 2017

La Belle Esprit Necklace by Alchemy Gothic

So I've been a terrible blogger once again. I've been busy with work and I've really started to neglect this blog. I'm hoping that now the busy period at the start of the year is over I'll have more time to dedicate to my blog.

I've actually been intending to post this review for months, but for some reason it has just been stuck in my pile of draft posts. However it's such a beautiful necklace that I thought that not posting about it would be a shame. I bought this necklace ages ago (last year!) from The Gothic Shop.

I had been admiring the La Belle Esprit necklace for months before I finally bought it. It's on the expensive side so I was a little hesitant when I bought it. I'd like to apologise for the photos in this post, I'm currently taking all of my photos outside as we're decorating and my house is incredibly dark.

The La Belle Esprit necklace features a beautiful large green Swarovski crystal wrapped in an ornate pewter frame. A pewter fairy guards the crystal with foliage forming delicate and detailed wings. A clear white crystal cube is suspended from the bottom of the necklace. I really like that the crystal is set back from the frame; it adds a level of depth and intrigue to the necklace.

This necklace is everything I expected to be. It is ornate, opulent and almost excessively decadent. Alchemy Gothic pieces always tend to be on the large side, but this necklace is easily the largest necklace I own. I'm very petite, but I can just about get away with this without it being too overbearing. If you prefer smaller necklaces this one certainly isn't for you! It's very extravagant, and wonderful for formal occasions or to add a bit of elegance to your everyday outfits. I'm rather disappointed that I bought this after my graduation as it would have been perfect.

The necklace hangs on a double grey satin ribbon. This is my only complaint and the only problem I have with this necklace. I always prefer a chain. I like that you can adjust it to your own length, but it never stays in place. I can never tie the knot tight enough to hold the necklace (it's quite heavy) and the knots always get stuck in my hair and they're almost impossible to untie. I just find a chain easier and a little more elegant. I might actually add a chain to it at some point. It is still a stunning piece regardless.

The only other issue with this necklace is the price. It's one of Alchemy's more expensive pieces, but I think it's worth it. It's a beautiful necklace and incredibly well made.

This necklace costs £51.50 and can be purchased from The Gothic Shop.

Have you bought anything interesting recently?

Disclosure: I bought this necklace myself.

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