Fashion & Home: Spring time keeping
he clocks went forward on Sunday morning and for a couple of days it felt like Spring!
Sadly we're back to the dull drizzly days and I don't know about you but I know two things, firstly it seems to have been a long Winter, secondly I really missed that lost hour!
As the weather is failing to brighten up our lives at the moment, with clocks having gone forward, the best thing we can do to bring a bit of sparkle to our day, is to buy a fabulous clock.
Here are my budget, blow it and compromise choices:
The wrist watch
A chunky strap watch worn loosely is set to stay in style this season
Primark are currently selling this beauty. At just £10 it's fashionable timekeeping on a budget.
If you have the cash the Gucci Dive collection ladies stainless steel bracelet watch is the one for you. With a round white dial with contrasting silver hands and date window, this beauty retails at £550
DERNIER VERRE- Swatch
With a red wine-coloured dial and polished stainless steel body, this one is good to the last drop £79.50
The snooze button on my mobile has to be one of my worst enemies. Regardless of how many articles I read about the benefits of not hitting snooze, no amount of time spent dozing is as luxurious and comfy as those extra naughty minutes. Here are my choices of quirky time pieces.
Primark nails it again in the budget home style department. This oversized clock retails at just £8. Whilst it might look like an alarm clock it isn't, so this fashionable piece has no intention of interrupting those z's. If you must have one that works, Wilko do a standard size version for £6
Lumie Bodyclock Luxe 700 Wake up to Daylight SAD Light
Getting out of bed when the mornings are dark is harder than ever, but this high-tech wake-up alarm clock mimics the light and colour of a real sunrise so when you open your eyes you should feel properly awake. Waking this way is said to help regulate your sleep/wake cycle and has even been shown to boost mood, energy and productivity levels for the rest of the day. It also have the facility to stream your own music or radio via Bluetooth, and a USB port for more audio files or for charging your phone. It also comes with over 20 wake-up and sleep sounds. Available from Currys PC World for £149,99 https://www.currys.co.uk/gbuk/home-appliances/health-wellbeing/wellbeing/lumie-bodyclock-luxe-700
Cube Click Clock
Stylish and sleek, this Cube Click Clock is perfect if you hate bright lights in your bedroom. It is unique in that the time appears instantly when you click your fingers or gently tap your bedside table, so it's a perfect bedside table. £29.99 from Not on the High Street.
The Quirky Wall Clock
Next time you're clock watching give yourself something a little different to look at.
Always have a problem knocking your suitcase down to the correct weight when you go on holiday? This Sniffa clock from Ikea is designed to look like those scales of doom. You can stand the clock on a table, use the included hook to hang it, or place it on a metal surface with the magnet on the back of the clock. £7https://www.ikea.com/gb/en/products/decoration/clocks/sniffa-clock-art-90374146/
GALLOTTI & RADICE TIC TAC WALL CLOCK
A contemporary, sophisticated twist on a classic Grandfather cock. Designed by Pierangelo Gallotti and made from solid ash wood in Italy.
This hand crafted clock made in Italy looks fabulous but might just give you a few sleepless nights with a price tag of £2710.00
Tin dog wall clock - this quirky design from Dwell is the dogs 'you know whats'. A talking point at just £24.95
I'm going to leave you with one guilty pleasure clock on my wish list. Imagine waking up in the morning with a steaming hot cuppa by your side, well, in the absence of someone bringing me a cuppa in the morning or indeed a butler, a Teasmade is fast becoming a very real want.
Forget the old fashioned idea of the Teasmade. Android Teasmade, as the name suggests, will exploit the Android system that has been creating ripples in the tech industry. Controlled by your Android phone you can pick your favourite music or radio station. The top of Android Teasmade has a recess that is used to store mobile phones. This recess will charge the phone when placed on it.