Win Afternoon Tea with Me! | Stand Up to Cancer 2016

30 September 2016

I'm Standing Up to Cancer because it's a very personal cause for me. As most of you already know, my dad passed away from cancer a month after I turned 21 and of course it had a huge impact on my life. Prior to getting ill, my dad was a healthy, active and fit person. Nobody could ever believe his age (he was 70 when he died) and people would always comment on how young he looked, which in turn made him very vain! Haha :) I never thought I would lose my dad, as ignorant as it sounds. I felt like he was ageless and somehow imagined he would be around for a very long time. I do believe if it weren't for cancer that would be the case but unfortunately it's a nasty disease that robs you of life. My dad suffered through 2 years of chemotherapy before he couldn't fight anymore and it was a horrible experience I will never forget. But my dad is just one of the lives that have been stolen by cancer. Countless families are suffering through the same pain ours went through back in 2008, and we need to do all that we can to beat this thing sooner & help raise funds for vital, life-saving research. 

My Zodiac necklaces are inspired by a piece of jewellery I inherited from my dad and have been wearing everyday since my wedding. My gold Scorpio necklace (our shared star sign) was the whole reason behind me creating a jewellery line of meaningful pieces which can be worn by anyone. It only seems right that my contribution to the 1000 hours of fundraising for Stand Up to Cancer with YouTube should have something to do with the necklace which started my collection. 

Throughout October I will be donating 16% of the proceeds to Stand Up to Cancer. Anyone who buys an Anna Saccone jewellery piece will be entered into a competition where ten people have the chance to win tickets to a special afternoon tea in London with me :) Please note, you must opt in for this competition when at the checkout. Two international winners will have their flights and accommodation paid for! (So yes, the competition is open internationally). All entrants must be 18 years or over and have a valid passport. The competition will run for 2 weeks and begins today (30th of September) and ends on the 14th of October. 

The lucky winners will receive a box containing 2 Zodiac necklaces, the one they ordered and a second one that has a special engraving on the back which acts as an invitation to afternoon tea with me on the 26th of November 2016. For terms and conditions, please head to Good luck to everyone who enters and I hope to see some of you in London soon! :)

Mixing Old & New

21 June 2016

For as long as I can remember my parents have always hung maps in our home. My mum & dad were never into displaying family photos up the stairway and even though I sometimes wished they did (I even gifted them a picture of me to hang going up the stairs...ha ha, can you say vain?!) now whenever I see maps hung up in people's houses it makes me feel very nostalgic.

So when I saw these Mapiful posters I felt like this would be the perfect addition to my own home and would be a great way to honour my parents' tradition but in a slightly more modern way. Basically how it works is you insert a place name or location that is special to you into the website, and it creates a poster using the coordinates of that meaningful place. You can then customise the map by zooming in/out, changing the text and choosing the visual theme of your poster.

For our home I chose Sorrento, Italy (the place where Jonathan & I got married) and Cork, Ireland (where we met). I absolutely love how they turned out and have hung them near our stairway just like my parents did in the house where I grew up! If you'd like to create your own custom map posters, you can get 15% off with the discount code SACCONE16 until the 5th of July. 

Disclaimer: This post contains a paid for advertorial. All opinions are my own, as always :)

Maltese Mummy | 5 Tips on Owning a Maltese!

24 May 2016

I've always been a huge dog lover ever since I was a little girl. I used to beg my mum & dad for a dog, wish for one every year when I'd blow out my birthday candles and had a big poster of all the different dog breeds over my bed. Unfortunately we were never allowed to get a dog due to all the travelling my family did and it didn't help matters that my mum was allergic to pet hair! But that didn't stop me from continuing the puppy obsession. I used to own hundreds of cuddly toys, collect puppies in my pocket in my breakfast cereals, research dog breeds and avidly watch dog shows. My granny told me I used to cause her mini heart attacks whenever she'd take me for a walk and I would run up to random dogs in the street & throw my arms around them. (Sorry Oma!!) 

So it's no surprise to anyone that when I eventually moved into my own flat with my then boyfriend I bought myself my very first puppy...Albi! Who subsequently bonded with Jonathan. (Insert sad face here!) I learned so much from our first dog and of course we made all the usual mistakes...he slept in our bed, we took him everywhere with us as he suffered from separation anxiety, fed him too many treats and basically spoiled him rotten! 

When we bought Sina a year later it was mostly in an effort to get Albi a friend as he was so co-dependent and we couldn't leave the house! What I didn't realise was that I would actually be the one to gain an amazing companion & friend. Sina bonded with me instantly and we even ended up getting pregnant together! Fast forward to now...and we have six dogs. It's definitely no easy task to look after that many pups and even though I've fulfilled my childhood dream of owning lots of dogs, it does come with its fair share of obstacles which we've learned to overcome. 

Here are some tips I've found helpful for owning a maltese:

1. Don't let them sleep in your bed. This was the #1 mistake we made with Albi...and I KNOW some of you are reading this thinking "nooooooo!" but trust me when I say that it will only lead to problems later on. And I am the first one to admit that there's nothing quite like doggy cuddles in bed (especially when you're feeling sad!). However I wish I would have known this before getting a dog. Unfortunately most maltese have a Napoleon complex anyway and allowing them to sleep in the "master's bed" will only make this worse. It makes them believe they rule the roost when actually it's you that does and they need to learn that. (No matter how cute they are!) Ever since putting all of our dogs to bed in a crate I noticed a huge difference in their behaviour. They love their crate & will always seek comfort in it when they're feeling stressed or anxious. It's like their very own bedroom or "safe haven".

2. Use a good quality dog food and filtered water. Okay this may sound like I'm raising total divas here...but I was once told by a dog groomer that the best way to prevent tear staining in maltese (those pesky red marks/stains around their eyes and paws) is to give them filtered or bottled water. So we keep a Brita filter in the fridge just for them...ha ha! And I swear it works! I've always fed our dogs Royal Canin Mini food since it came in Albi's puppy pack but about a year or two ago I found the Royal Canin Maltese which caters specifically to their breed. I always feel confident that by feeding them this, I'm giving them the best possible quality of food they can get. It specifically helps with their coat & dental health, helps stool odour reduction and satisfies fussy appetites (which we definitely have our fair share of!). 

3. Get them groomed regularly...preferably by a professional unless you're rather gifted! We get our dogs groomed once a month - but some say to do it every 6-8 weeks which is also fine if you're keeping on top of brushing them out. I personally don't have time anymore to brush them daily with two kids and a household to run so I choose to rely on a professional! But we also like to keep our maltese short in a "puppy cut" or "teddy bear cut" as I've heard some people call it because I think it looks cute and also it's more practical with their regular walking! We did try going down the route of grooming them ourselves when it was just Albi & didn't end very well. They looked like they had been hacked with a kitchen knife or gardening truly was not a pretty sight!!

4. Be prepared to have multiples...unless you're home all day. This was something I admit I should have researched more however thankfully we now have jobs where we work from home but that wasn't always the case! Maltese are very co-dependent and do not like to be left on their own. So if you go to work all day, or aren't home much then this is not the right dog breed for you. They also do love each other's company and while I probably wouldn't recommend having SIX, they do love to be paired in twos. All of our dogs have special bonds with each other and I've noticed they happily pair up quite a lot. So unless you have lots of time dedicated to special one on one time with your pup, be prepared to get them a friend :)

5. Enjoy your baby! Maltese are an incredibly intelligent & lovely breed. I definitely recommend training them properly (there are tons of YouTube videos on how to do this using treats or clickers) and you should enjoy a very special and rewarding relationship with your pup. They are playful, smart, funny and very affectionate. They LOVE one-on-one time so lots of cuddles on the sofa at night-time is a must and one of my favourite ways to unwind after a long day. 

I hope this blog post is helpful! I'm not a dog expert in any official capacity but I do feel like I have quite a lot of experience with maltese, or at least I seem to have fallen into that role!

Disclaimer: This post contains a paid for advertorial. All opinions are my own, as always :)

Laundry Day Glam & Pie Face!

14 May 2016

Yesterday was laundry day! And here I am keeping it real with my maternity leggings, v-neck tee, check shirt & flip flops, ha ha. So glam.

The leggings are from ASOS, flip flops are Nike (soooo comfortable - everybody needs a pair of these in their life!), t-shirt is by Velvet and shirts is Rolla's.

We also played a very exciting game of Pie Face yesterday evening...which went very wrong for Jonathan! Emilia had a similar reaction to her mama; she thought it hilarious when other people get pie faced but not so much when it happens to her. Can you blame her really?!