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Etsy Shop Purchases by Di Depux

Posted in fashion, gifts, jewellery
on April 23, 2015

You all know I love an Etsy purchase, you can purchase practically anything from there, all homemade and very very pretty. For the last year or two, I have been buying stunning, amazingly different jewellery from a seller named Di Depux – real name Despina, who hails from Greece. She has always accommodated my requests amazingly well, and really does her best to help her loyal customers. I recently asked if I could do a little post about her, as her talent really inspires me, and I just ordered two of her famous name necklaces and a bag charm, and so I thought I would ask what inspires her…


“As far as i can remember, and from the pictures i own from my childhood i was always obsessed with cute stuff. Packaging, letters and jewellery! When i was 18 i knew that i wanted to be a graphic designer. And i did. Went to college, graduated. I worked for 4 years for Advertising companies as a graphic designer and soon i realised that I wanted to work by my own. To do more things. So, in 2005 I started my own business under the name of: “Di Depux”, after a few months I had a client that wanted a corporate identity from me. She was a jewellery designer. In the process I found myself in love with jewellery again as I was so much as a kid making beads necklaces and boho friendship bracelets. So I made a few laser cut pieces and showed them to her. She loved them! She said if these are your first attempt, omg please continue! And I did. A few months back she was invited to a flea market event but she couldn’t participate and she said: You go! And I did! I sold out! I was so happy, and then I continued. Among with my graphic design clients I made jewellery until 2011. Until my big boy Harry was born. I decided that i cant work 24/7 on both careers, so I decided to quit the graphic design path. And glad I did! Cause it was hard but so liberated. I set up my Etsy shop. And started from scratch. And I am still there. I don’t know where this path will lead me to, but I am so happy to walk in to it.”


As they are so popular, Despina only sells the name necklace for the first week of the month and so I recently ordered two for my holidays. My first one is a white and gold name necklace, which comes with a white base, and a gold mirrored acrylic name. On this necklace there are also six clear crystals and two gold spike studs. The chain itself is a good sized, gold coloured chain and each necklace has a little love heart near the fastening with the di depux logo. I love the writing on this necklace, it looks super pretty but edgy at the same time. As it is white and gold I thought it would go with so many of my summer clothes, making it super wearable. The necklace isn’t heavy, which I love and so is really comfortable to wear.


The second name necklace I got is quite a bit larger than the white and gold one, and has my name made from the most gorgeous iridescent acrylic – it shimmers green, pink, blue and purple and I just love it – it will look extra amazing in the sunshine. It really is quite a large piece and has a cute little clear crystal underneath the T. The chain again is gold, with the di depux logo love heart, but you can upgrade the chain to one of Despina’s many varieties, but I wear gold quite a lot and so this one is perfect for me.


One of Despina’s newest products are the Bag charms, which I have bought quite a few of, and as mentioned Despina does her best to suit your requests, I have sent her bags and then she has designed me a bag charm to match. My latest bag charm, is this one, which is to go on my baby pink Ted Baker handbag. The chain itself is gold, with a large lobster claw clasp, which is super easy to clip onto things. Despina added a cute pom pom, pastel blue and pink lace ribbons, and a whole host of charms, including two genuine Care Bears, a pink rabbit, a gold horse charm, a pastel blue leather tassel, a pink plastic rose, and two longer charm lengths, which included lots of pretty faceted pink beads, love hearts, Greek eye, a K flower charm and the cutest gold keyring.


Despina always sends the cutest packages, everything comes in a gift box, and you always get a little freebie package, including one of her items and a lovely Greek sweetie. Definitely don’t get that on the high street. There really is something for everyone in the Di Depux Etsy store and I have recently seen the most gorgeous ice cream phone case, which when I finally manage to secure a job, will be on my To Buy list, if it hasn’t sold out by then.

You can follow Despina on Instagram here, Twitter here, Facebook here and view her Etsy store here.

What is on your wish list?


Kathryn xxx

Mr Curtis Designs Necklace & Earrings

Posted in Uncategorized
on May 27, 2014

Mr Curtis of Mr Curtis Designs is an artist and musician working in Edinburgh. He is a full-time tattoo artist, a part-time oil painting still life artist, a part time graphic designers, a part-time jewellery designer and a part-time double bass player! Phew! Mr Curtis has learned how to bend the fabric of time in order to in so many artistic endeavours.

We were lucky enough to receive some of his amazing tattoo-inspired jewellery. Mr Curtis Designs produce an array of accessories, jewellery and mugs, each themed on popular tattoo designs such as the English rose, love hearts and animals.


One of the sets that we received was the Sewing Machine Necklace and Cotton Reel Earring Set. Each jewellery item is made from printed acrylic, and this necklace has an amazingly designed old-fashioned sewing machine on it. The acrylic is cut to the shape of the picture too and the earrings are cute little matching cotton spools. I love the fact that each piece has such a cool vintage look to it and the colours are dark but able to go with most colours at the same time.


The other piece that we received was the Vintage Rose Teacup Necklace. If you love tea, then this one is for you! It is a tattoo art style necklace printed acrylic pendant on a metal chain, and is again cut to the shape of the beautiful teacup. The pendant measures 5cm by 4cm and the chain is 46cm. The pendant is waterproof, scratchproof and the design won’t peel off. I love the colours on this teapot necklace as they are light and bright and will be suitable each season.


You can check out more about Mr Curtis Designs at and browse his full accessory range at his Etsy store

The Sewing Machine Necklace and Cotton Reel Earring set is £12.78 and the Vintage Rose Teacup Necklace is £8.88.


GracieFace Designs

Posted in Uncategorized
on April 24, 2014

GracieFace is an original brand which pride themselves on their attitude and charisma. They believe that this is the reason that they have already built such a strong following and support base. North London based, they bespoke design and print their ranges locally in order to keep the brand as true British as possible. With over ten years in the industry across many product areas and aspects, they have the experience and expertise to keep delivering individuality and trend inspired ranges.

When contacted by GracieFace we were asked whether we would like to pick something from their online store or whether we would like something more personalised. As we love love love personalised items, we asked if we could have a t-shirt made with The Kats Paws on it.


The t-shirt arrived wrapped carefully in tissue paper with the GracieFace logo applied to the front of the parcel. I straightaway noticed the quality of the t-shirt, the cotton was thick and soft and I loved the fact that the short sleeves on the t-shirt were folded over making it a little bit edgier than your average t-shirt. On the back of the t-shirt is the GracieFace logo letting people know you have something unique on.


GracieFace sell on Etsy, on their website and also on ASOS Marketplace. Other slogans include Boom Shacka Lacka, Sup Bro, and Social Network Jerk for just £24 each.



Etsy – Made With Love Beard Oil

Posted in Uncategorized
on February 10, 2014

Perhaps I should have let my wife review this Beard Oil by Made with Love. After all, it is her who enjoys/endures (take your pick) my beard.  As far as I’m concerned it just hangs off my chin.

I don’t spend a great deal of time massaging it while in deep thought like the archetypal wise old sage. Containing Vitamin E, sweet almond oil, cypress, peppermint and tea tree essential oils, this mixture promises to soothe and moisturise, and certainly makes a welcome change to the plethora of sauces, juices and crumbs that usually get caught up in these coarser hairs during the week.


Application is a bit messy; you are provided with a pipette which is a bit too eager to dispense its contents. This is just a minor gripe, though, as fortunately, it smells great and I am pleased to say it has had a very definite rejuvenating effect on this tired old beard of mine.



You can find it online at