“Little charm bracelet, so lovely to see, little charm bracelet means so much to me.”
Wanda Jackson

I’ve always been fascinated by charm bracelets. It all started with an inherited charm bracelet when I was young. It was incredibly heavy, made for a tiny wrist and had a clasp so secure, it was impossible to open. I couldn’t wear the bracelet, but I loved it anyway. It belonged to my paternal grandmother and told the story of her life. A grandmother who was born in the 1930s, lived through World War II and married the love of her life. 

Her name was Dee, known as Dee Dee to her friends. She lived the most exciting life, a life of travel and looking fabulous in her hand-sewn creations. If you need proof of a life well lived, you should see her charm bracelet. Now under lock and key at my parents’ house (for safety!) it contains a number of charms including a book, a champagne bottle, an aeroplane, a ring and more! A life captured in jewellery. There’s something so sentimental about a charm bracelet, each is personal to the owner.

Now that I’m approaching thirty, my mother is keen to buy me my own charm bracelet so I can mark the occasion and start documenting my life in this way. Buying jewellery to mark key life events is a tradition we started years ago, it astounds me that it’s taken us so long to think of a charm bracelet. Although my birthday isn’t until next month, this weekend’s surprise means that we’ve started to look at modern charm bracelets and, of course, the charms to go with them. And then, just like that, an offer appeared in my mailbox from Pandora.

I’m looking for a silver charm bracelet as my engagement ring is white gold. To start my story, I have my eye on this cupid charm, this letter J charm or these champagne glasses.  

The charms I eventually decide on won’t be modern charms. For me, they’ll need to tell a story and will need to be as chintzy as possible. 

Do you own a charm bracelet? Charm school advice for a charm beginner?
*Post produced in collaboration with Pandora* 


What I Wore is not a new feature here, but a close-up shot of my hand? Well, that is new! Now, this may not sound like the beginnings of a thrilling blog post, but stay with me. I’m pleased to say the nail biting curse seems to have departed me and I’m pleased to have the pleasure of sharing with you a beautiful Pandora ring. 

For years, I hid my hands, afraid that people would notice my unsightly, grubby bitten nails. Nails that were bitten so low they barely existed. My finger tips would sting and my cuticles would bleed from the constant picking, biting and gnawing. I’m not exaggerating. It was so bad, yet I never realised I was doing it until it was too late. 
As my friends would bemoan their chipped polish, declaring their nails a sight, I’d sit there silently wishing I had that problem, wishing that I could grow my nails. I’d grown so used to keeping my hands underneath the table or folding my arms at the briefest mention of nails, that these conversations become out of bounds for me. It’s a girly phenomenon I’ve observed, once someone mentions nails it’s like a Mexican wave. Every one has a story to tell about theirs. Not me, though. 
Nail biting is a habit, a habit that is especially hard to give up. I just couldn’t stop myself, I’d try then find myself biting them again. Sure, I could have bought that horrible tasting nail varnish but my habit was rooted in anxiety. Whenever I was anxious, my nails were bitten. In May, I’d decided that I’d had enough and with willpower alone, I decided to stop biting them. As fate would have it, Pandora chose that time to get in touch and ask if I’d like to review a ring of my choice from their summer range. 
A nail biter I may be, an idiot I am not. I didn’t hesitate to say yes please (whilst declaring I would definitely have to stop now). So, I did. I’d simply had enough and stopped biting them. It might sound easy, but I really had to work hard to remember not to bite them. Within weeks, I’d started to grow real nails and my cuticles were recovering! It became somewhat of a novelty. Within weeks, I’d discovered the lifesaver that is Rimmel’s 60 second nail polish and the beauty of the Rita Ora range. 
I was asked to choose my top five Pandora rings, just in case my first choice was out of stock. A few weeks later, this beautiful ring arrived through the letterbox. I was so pleased that they’d sent me first choice, the triple daisy flower ring. I considered Pandora’s ‘What’s Your Stacking Style?’ campaign when choosing how to wear the daisy flower ring. I tried on different rings from my own collection until ultimately, I decided that this ring needed no other. It was too delicate and pretty to sit with the other rings. “You can’t sit with us”
I still take the ring out of its Pandora box and admire its prettiness. Would I wear it every day? Definitely not. Although, I could. It may look dainty but it’s definitely sturdy. 
It really is the perfect reward for defeating the nail biting habit! Do you own a Pandora ring? How do you wear yours? Please do share your links, I’d love to see some inspiration! Or, are you a past nail biter? How did you give up?
*Product gifted by Pandora, chosen and loved by me!*