FREE Gift Wrapping for your Mothers Day

Mothers Day Free Gift Wrapping

How are you treating your Mum this Mothers Day?

I may be slightly biased being a Mum myself but I do think that the role of Mum is perhaps the most under appreciated job in the world. It means that I love Mothers Day because it's great to receive a bit of recognition, perhaps some pampering or a gift to say thank you. To celebrate this Mothers Day I am offering FREE Gift Wrapping on all purchases. That's means you get to choose something lovely for your Mum and I will ensure it is wrapped up beautifully ready for her to receive.

To take advantage of the offer select "GIFT WRAPPING" at the checkout and use code LOVEMYMUM21 to get it for FREE.

My Mother Kept a Garden

My Mother kept a garden,

A garden of the heart.

She planted all the good things

That gave my life its start.

She turned me to the sunshine

And encouraged me to dream.

Fostering and nurturing

The seeds of self-esteem.

And when the winds and rain came,

She protected me enough.

But not too much because she knew

I’d need to stand up strong and tough.

Her constant good example

Always taught me right from wrong.

Markers for my pathway

That will last a lifetime long.

I am my Mother’s garden.

I am her legacy.

And I hope today she feels the love

Reflected back from me.


Author - Unknown


Happy Mothers Day to Mums everywhere.

Thanks for reading

Caring for your Fashion Jewellery

Thankfully the days of your ears and fingers turning green because you went out in a cheap piece of fashion jewellery are now mostly behind us. In recent years manufacturers have phased out their use of very cheap alloys and advanced their use of plating solutions to bring us fashion jewellery that is less likely to turn us into the Hulks ugly sister.

Fashion jewellery is however not intended to last forever and will still discolour, snap and break especially if it isn’t taken care of. There is nothing more frustrating though than finding that your favourite necklace has been worn so many times that the plating has worn off and it’s now turning a dull grey colour and exposing the metal beneath.

So today I am going to share with you some hints and tips for prolonging the life of your favourite pieces of fashion jewellery.

First and foremost we need to talk about the classic mistake that women make when it comes to handling their fashion jewellery.

You must put your jewellery on last. lady spraying perfume on her jewellery

This is such a simple thing to adopt but essential if you want your jewellery to last. As we set about our morning beauty regime the average woman will handle hair products, deodorant, make up and perfume, all of which can be deadly when exposed to our jewellery. The skin on it’s own will secrete oils and perspiration during the day we don’t need to add to this contact with a ream of lotions and potions. Your basic routine needs to ensure that you have all your make up, hairspray, perfume etc on and dry before you think about handling your jewellery. Once you have finished applying your beauty products then wash and dry your hands before opening your jewellery box.

It’s also worth planning ahead what jewellery you are going to wear so you can think about which lotions and potions you are going to apply and where. For example if you are going to wear a necklace don’t spray your perfume on your neck, spray it on your wrists and make sure any body moisturiser you have applied has not included your décolletage. Reduce the risks further by making certain that your perfume and moisturiser is dry before bringing your jewellery in contact with your skin.

My second top tip for you is make sure you put your jewellery away. That seems simple enough but too often ladies have dressing table tops covered in jewellery they took off in a hurry and have left out. Try to avoid having any kind of jewellery tray, bowls or open trinket holders on your dressing table. If you want your fashion jewellery to last the best thing you can do for it is store it away after you have worn it. It’s worth investing in some very simple storage options to keep your jewellery in tip top condition.

My personal collection of fashion jewellery is quite extensive and this can pose a problem when it comes to where to keep it that still makes it accessible. I do have 2 very traditional and quite large jewellery boxes and find these are great for all my earrings and rings but they are not so great for bracelets, bangles and necklaces. They simply are not designed to store any quantity of items and certainly can’t cope with anything like a statement piece necklace.

For anything that’s wooden, shell, plastic or leather I do love a Jewellery Stand. It’s a great use of space and can hold lots of items. You want to choose one that comes with some height so that long necklaces and pendants are not left resting on your surfaces collecting dust and coming into accidental contact with stray make up. Choose one with a wide bottom as well so that it’s good and sturdy and not prone to falling over as your collection grows.

If like me you have fashion jewellery that is plated and not made from natural resources this needs storing differently. If you leave your metal jewellery on a stand it will still come into contact with pollutants from the air that over time will aid in it tarnishing. For this type of jewellery my best advice to you is to invest in a gift box. You want easy access to your jewellery so you can see it at a glance but also store it quickly and easily and a Magnetic Closing Gift Box is ideal for this. A simple lift lid that closes with a magnet is a perfect storage solution. They are inexpensive compared with a space restrictive jewellery box and can easily be stacked on top of each other if you need more than one. I would recommend something like this elegant and simple black box, it will keep your jewellery out of site, tidy and protect it from contact with the make up and perfume used at your dressing table.

It doesn’t take much to care for your fashion jewellery but these simple steps will help you to enjoy your favourite pieces for longer.

Thanks for reading.

13 Reasons why you need a Madaraff Basket
Why have Madaraff baskets been so popular with Sassy Spirit customers? Lots of reasons actually but here are just 13 that go some way to explaining why our customers love these beautiful baskets.
Lockdown Organisation

Are you one of those people that is using Lockdown to turn your home into a show house? I have been amazed by all the social media posts from friends who seem to be doing just that. Personally, I am still juggling with the realities of running 2 businesses and my home whilst having my twins off school and my husband under my feet. As much as I would love to come out of this experience with beautifully painted walls and an RHS standard garden it's just not going to happen. I am fixing my sights on smaller triumphs like cleaning out my handbag and regaining control of my wardrobe; my jogging bottom collection has grown thanks to my jeans practicing social distancing and refusing to come together around my stomach!

On the plus side I have had at my disposal 2 things that have made my personal decluttering tasks a lot easy. My trusty collection of Handbag Organisers and my handbag shaped scarf hangers. Scarf Hanger

I have always been a lover of scarves; they are so useful for hiding under when you are not feeling entirely confident in your appearance. My boobs are too big, my boobs are too small, I don't like my shoulders, I wish my neck was less wrinkly, my stomach sticks out, all of these everyday worries that us ladies have to contend with can be solved so easily with a well-placed scarf. As a result, I have quite a large collection. For years I kept them in a divan drawer under my bed, but they were never organised and opening the drawer often felt like that moment Indiana Jones looks into the snake pit. It was always difficult to find what I was looking for and consequently I would end up wearing the same few scarves that happened to be on the top of the pile.

"Control your clutter or it will control you." - Anon

Now things are completely different. I have 3 Scarf Holders, all hanging at one end of my wardrobe. I can easily get 30 scarves (2 in each hole) hung on each hanger.

Thanks to Lockdown I have a bit of colour segregation going on as 2 of my hangers have been re-organised to hold my winter scarves whilst the 3rd houses my summary pastels and white based scarves.

It took me a whole afternoon to come up with this complicated filing system but the results are ace and not only do they look tidy hanging in my wardrobe but I felt a small feeling of satisfaction over my achievement. Get me, winning at life!

I know that getting organised is essential and in fact the benefits of being organised are compelling. If we took a moment to really assess them, we would make being organised a priority. It is a known fact that chaos and clutter elevate our stress levels, so by virtue clean and tidy environments that are organised can lead us to a sense of calm and wellbeing. I am sure this is something we are all feeling right now as the realities of being in Lockdown and looking at our living space all day brings home to us how much tidier, cleaner and more organised we all could be.

As women we have a natural tendency to carry clutter around with us all day. The average UK woman can be carrying around 5.4lbs* of weight in her handbag it’s not hard to imagine that an awful lot of that might be needless clutter. So, when was the last time you decluttered your handbag?

"Clutter causes stress and stress is one of the main barriers of productivity." - Charisse Ward

In the past at Sassy Spirit parties one of the games I play with guests is "What's in the bag?" It's a funny trip into guests’ handbags as we discover the bizarre and odd things we women like to carry around with us. It never ceases to amaze me what ladies reveal; seashells, pebbles, broken pieces of make-up, old hair clips, out of date sticky throat sweets, cutlery, teabags and pens that don’t even work are all common sites. On the more unusual front I once met a lady that had a can of dog food in her bag. It was pretty unusual when the lady revealed it was a permanent feature of her bag. Why? She said it was for emergencies! In the event that she came across a distressed hedgehog she could feed and care for it immediately. That was not your everyday answer at all. By far the funniest thing I came across during What’s in the Bag, was at one of my earliest Sassy Spirit parties. A lady waited until the end of the game to claim a prize for the most unusual item and she won hands down. Earlier in the day she had been at the Doctors and picked up an NHS leaflet on................. How to Clean your Penis! Lexy Stationary

As a single parent she thought it might be useful for her teenage son and save them both some embarrassment if he could read up on the subject. I am sure you can image what a room full of ladies with glasses of wine thought about that.

This type of hoarding behaviour does mean a Handbag Organiser can be a very useful thing and as I have taken the opportunity to switch over from my winter handbag to one of my summer baskets I have had a clear out of my organiser.

My love of using handbag organisers around my house is no secret, why limit their use to just tidying up your handbag when they can be put to good use in different ways. Check out these ideas for alternative uses:

Chelsy Christmas     Chelsy Toiletries   Lexy Make Up       

It's easy to see that our organisers can be useful in a multitude of ways. So I am now going to do my bit to help you get more organised during Lockdown and get on top of your own clutter. If you have reached this point in the blog, thank you for reading. The code LOCKDOWN2020 can be used against any of our Periea Handbag Organisers and will reduce the cost bY 25%. That’s a great incentive and our brightly coloured collection of varying designs will seriously help you with not just decluttering but also overall organisation in your bag. No more fumbling in the bottom for your mobile and keys.


DISCOUNT CODE: LOCKDOWN2020 - Click this link to view our full collection.


If whilst you are clearing out you discover something funny in your bag drop us a note below and tell us what you find, the crazier the better.

Thanks for reading and #staysafe


 Clare Signature


*The Daily Mail 24th October 2014.

Introducing Hazel & Pip

Hazel and Pip, sounds like great names for 2 mischevious kittens. In this instance though there is nothing feline like about Hazel & Pip.

In actual fact, Hazel and Pip is a new brand that Sassy Spirit will be stocking for 2020.

Every year I look for new suppliers who I think my customers will like, it's not always easy and I try to focus on finding brands that deliver something a little bit different.

Hazel & Pip caught my eye immediately because their use of colour is amazing. I was immediately drawn to their range of beautiful scarves in vibrant colours. 

Inspired by the beauty of the flora and fauna of the Cornish countryside their designs are quitessentially English and capture an array of our favourite native wildlife. From Birds to Blackberries, Butterflies to Blue Tits their designs are both pretty and colourful.

Creator of the brand; Will Ward works from a Old Farmhouse and uses visits to Looe Island, Bodmin Moore and the Cornish Coastline for his inspiration.

I feel pleased to be supporting a British designer and hope you will love Hazel & Pip as much as do. Please do let me know what you think to the range.

Thanks for reading.



Beecham House is an Accessory lovers Heaven
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Nail Polish helped me feel good about myself
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All I wanted was a smile I wasn't afraid of
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My Earrings took me from prejudice to pageants
Welcome back to our Fashion and Fears series; this months guest Blog has been written by Teresa Clayton-Sanderson. This heart warming story comes from a lady who battled rejection for over 30 years of life before finally getting a medical diagnosis that brought both clarity and a stark realisation. Tess is truly a woman that knows how to reach out to fashion to overcome not just turbulent times but the every day slog of a life with challenges.
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