This week’s selection of products are sure to add a but more sparkle to your life
Salted caramel and chocolate hot cross buns, £1.70, Marks & Spencer (0333 014 8000, marksandspencer.com)
Purists might argue that this particular flavour combination makes these more of a cake than a hot cross bun, but however you want to categorise them, there’s no denying how mouth-wateringly delicious they are. Lightly toasted (watch out for molten caramel and messy melted chocolate) and spread lightly with butter, they’re our favourite seasonal treat at the moment.
SOMOOTH AS SILK
T by Tabitha Selous Zebra Collection silk scarf, £35, Avon (0333 234 5678, avon.uk.com)
“When it comes to fashion, nothing should be exclusive to anyone,” says fashion designer Tabitha Webb, whose designs are loved by the likes of Pippa Middleton, Fearne Cotton and Holly Willoughby. She has created this silk scarf and a matching makeup bag for beauty giant Avon, which both come in a cool pale pink shade and a quirky zebra print
Four Salted Caramel Chocolate Hot Cross Buns
T by Tabitha Selous Zebra Collection silk scarf
Shoes, £179, Ash (0208 616 4130, ashfootwear.co.uk)
Proving that comfy heels needn’t be boring, these jazzy mid-height numbers combine some of this seasons hottest trends – metallics, studs and snakeskin print – all together for a dazzling effect.
SEEN AND HEARD
Monthly book and audio book subscription service, £3.99 per month, Bookchoice (bookchoice.com/en)
If you struggle knowing what to read, get a team of experts to pick a selection of books and audiobooks for you each month and send them directly to your e-reader, phone or tablet with Bookchoice’s subscription service. You might find a new literary favourite in a genre you’d never previously considered. And at only £3.99 a month, works out much cheaper than buying them separately.
Monthly book and audio book subscription service
BESIDE THE SEASIDE
Canvas shopper designed by Sue Perkins, £5, Seasalt (01326 640075, seasaltcornwall.co.uk) – 50p goes to Disability Rights UK
A canvas tote bag always comes in handy, and this one not looks good but does good too, with money from each purchase going to the Disability Rights UK charity. This limited edition one has been designed by presenter Sue Perkins and depicts her favourite place in the world, Sennen Cove in Cornwall. Poldark actress Ellise Chappell and model Kelly Knox have also lent their hand to the campaign.
Joyce pyjamas, £24, Cyberjammies (0800 1699 755, cyberjammies.co.uk)
If you fancy treating yourself to a fresh new pair of pyjamas this spring, Cyberjammies have a huge selection of colours, styles and prints at really reasonable prices. This pair comes in a fine tile print and a bright raspberry colour, and the top and bottoms can be bought separately if your sizes vary.
Canvas shopper designed by Sue Perkins
Joyce pyjamas, Cyberjammies
QUENCH YOUR THIRST
Firefly botanical drinks, £1.79 each, Waitrose, Ocado and Whole Foods Market
In refreshing flavours and beautifully designed bottles, Firefly’s botanical beverages are certainly more stylish than your average soft drink. They contain no artificial ingredients or refined sugar – instead they’re made up of still water, fruit juices and natural extracts in thirst-quenching flavour combinations.
BEYOND THE FRINGE
Table lamp, £190, Out There Interiors (0208 0997 443, outthereinteriors.com)
Add tactile tassels to your home décor with this glamorous table lamp from Out There Interiors. Style it on a marble side table or next to a pale pink velvet sofa for a speedy style update.
Firefly botanical drinks
Fringed Table Lamp
A5 notebook, £10, Sara Miller London (saramiller.london)
Sara Miller London’s beautiful homeware and stationery always manages to look both luxurious and fun. Transport yourself to more exotic climes with this gorgeous notebook in bright pink and embellished with gold foil giraffes.
OODLES OF NOODLES
Itsu instant rice noodles, £1.75 each, supermarkets nationwide
Posher than your average Pot Noodle, these instant noodle pots give an authentic taste of Itsu’s Japanese restaurants in a quick and convenient form. These four varieties are full of gluten-free rice noodles plus a tasty broth that’s made with miso, herbs and spices and activated when you add hot water.
Giraffe A5 Notebook
Satay rice noodles
Klang M1 speaker, £169, Loewe (loewe.tv/uk)
Simple but timelessly stylish, this pocket-sized Bluetooth speaker is coated in real gold for a luxurious sounds system you can use in and out of the home.
ZEAL FOR TEAL
Lyla velvet chair, £350, Next (0844 844 8000, next.co.uk)
If that fringed lamp above sparked an idea for a touch of teal in your home, take a look at this chic velvet low-backed chair. It’ll look great on it’s own in the corner of a bedroom, study or sitting room, but if you want a matching set, the Lyla style and this colour are also available in a couple of sofa sizes and a footstool.
Klang M1 speaker
Lyla velvet chair
KEY TO YOUR HEART
Keyrings, £2 each, Sainsbury’s, Argos and sportrelief.com – at least £1 goes to Sport Relief
This week, the nation comes together to raise money for charities around the world through sport and fitness related activities and challenges (who could forget David Walliams’ 140-mile swim down the Thames or Eddie Izzard’s 27 marathons in 27 days?). Another way you can help is by picking up some of the Sport Relief merchandise from your local Sainsbury’s or Argos, which includes everything from t-shirts and socks to these cute keyrings. The week culminates in a night of fundraising TV entertainment on the BBC on Friday.
Kid Normal and the Rogue Heroes by Greg James and Chris Smith, £6.99, Express Bookshop (expressbookshop.co.uk) from Thursday
Following on from radio presenter duo’s bestselling first book, Kid Normal, this children’s fiction sequel follows Murph Cooper as he lives life as a regular schoolkid by day, but a member of top-secret, crime-fighting Heroes Alliance by night. His skills are put to the test when he attracts the attention of evil mastermind Magpie.
Kid Normal and the Rogue Heroes by Greg James and Chris Smith
RAISING THE BAR
Meringue bars, £1.29 each, Flower & White (01952 684626, flowerandwhite.co.uk)
For a different type of sweet treat, try these light-as-air bars of meringue from Shropshire-based company Flower & White. Available in raspberry or chocolate, the fingers of crisp meringue have a slightly soft, chewy centre and are coated in chocolate. They’re also gluten-free, made with natural colours and flavours and less than 100 calories, but they’ll be sure to satisfy any sugar craving.
HOT OFF THE PRESS
Mermaid bookends, £46, Audenza (01162 986393, audenza.com)
Keep your books in place and add a touch of gilt to your bookcase with this quirky set of gold dolomite bookends.
Meringue bar, Flower & White
Pure Move R3 digital radio, £89.99, Argos and pure.com
Listen to your favourite DAB+ or FM radio station wherever you go with this elegant little white and rose gold portable device from audio experts Pure. It’s small enough to fit in your pocket, yet the rechargeable battery lasts for up to 15 hours and gives you access to a huge range of stations.
ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM
Felt elephant wall head, £85, Oh What’s This (07537 199071, ohwhatsthis.com)
Add a fun accessory to the walls of your nursery or children’s bedrooms with this elephant head made from felt and stitching details.
Pure Move R3 digital radio
Pastel Felt Elephant Wall Head
SHAKEN NOT STIRRED
Single estate vodka, £38, Ramsbury (01672 541407, ramsburyshop.com)
Created by the Ramsbury Estate in Wiltshire (where Prince Charles paid a visit to last year), this award-winning single estate vodka is made from wheat grown on the estate, and every bottle can be traced back to a single field. Ramsbury aim to waste as little as possible in their production processes – even the leftover grains are fed to their cows.
THE BEE’S KNEES
Simon Carter Darwin cufflinks, £84.95, Henry Tibbs (02891 889121, henrytibbs.com)
Create a buzz with these elegant cufflinks, made from malachite and Swarovski crystals and inspired by a visit to Down House, Charles Darwin’s home.
Single estate vodka
Simon Carter Darwin cufflinks
VerMints organic mints, £2.99 each, Holland & Barratt and Whole Foods Market
Instead of the usual chemicals, sweeteners and artificial flavours, these cute little tins of mints are made with all-natural ingredients and plant-based sugars, yet still pack a punch with their flavours.
As well as they usual varieties of mint, why not try Cinnamon, Chai of Café Express.
VerMints organic mints
Cabin case, vanity case, Radley
Cabin case, £139; vanity case, £75, both Radley (0207 741 1055, radley.co.uk)
Travel in style with this cute luggage set from Radley, available in on of their new prints, Vintage Dot Dog.
The cases are practical too, with a hardwearing outer and 360° manoeuvrable wheels. The vanity case can be used on its own, or it fits neatly on top of the cabin sized one.