Monthly Archives: December 2013

sherry and mince pies

Making Calories Count

What if we told you that by eating too much this festive season you could help fight world hunger? Yes, you heard it right! This new app Give your Calories turns your over-indulgence into food for those who really need it.


The free app from Action against Hunger uses image recognition and barcode-scanning software to recognize your snack. It displays a preset donation amount based on its calories, which can then be donated via PayPal. It’s that simple!


They say: ‘The money you donate by scanning calorie-laden snacks will be used around the world to benefit those who need food and clean water the most. Action Against Hunger operates in more than 40 countries and helps severely malnourished children get back to a healthy weight and thrive. By providing long-term agriculture support, income opportunities, and access to clean water and sanitation, Action Against Hunger helps vulnerable communities become self-sufficient for the long run.’

Now, where are those mince pies…



Alpha XR Top 10 Statement pieces: part 1

With only three more days to place your order for *guaranteed delivery before Christmas, we thought we’d give you a helping hand in finding the perfect statement piece for yourself or someone special this Christmas and New Year.

Top 10 statement pieces-part1

1. The Nungunungu Necklace, £35.00

Nungunungu, meaning porcupine in Swahili, is one of signature pieces here at Alpha XR. Hammered brass spikes on cotton cord make up what always promises to be a focal-point of any outfit. It’s such a classic that the Nungunugu necklace looks just as fabulous worn over a plain tee shirt as your favourite little black dress.  We just dare you to try and say Nungunungu after a few glasses of celebratory festive fizz…
Shop the Nungunungu Necklace here > 

2. Mbili Mkono Cuff by EA Burns for Alpha XR, £45.00

Designed by British Designer EA Burns, the Mbili Mkono Cuffs are the perfect statement piece to dress up any outfit this Christmas and New Year. Crafted by hand from brass sheet, the hammered finish cuffs are synonymous with EA Burns’ edgy geometric style.
Shop the Mbili Mkono Cuffs here > 

3.  Mauteme Necklace by EA Burns for Alpha XR, £35.00

This leather and brass geometric collar style necklace from EA Burns will make the best kind of statement this season. Hand crafted using reclaimed leather and recycled brass, the Mauteme Necklace will look just as great with your favourite winter knit as your best cocktail dress.
Shop the Mauteme Necklace here >

4. Karatasi Ring, £12.00

Sometimes simple really is best. This hammered brass disc ring is simple, stunning and statement enough to finish off any outfit. And it makes the perfect stocking filler…
Shop the Karatasi Ring here >

5. Bitongolio Earrings, £25.00

A good pair of earrings will get you far in life – or at least that’s our mantra. Hand crafted using reclaimed brass, the Bitongolio earrings are a pleasure to wear and will look fab with any outfit.
Shop Bitongolio Earrings here > 

* As advised by Doctor erectile dysfunction


Alpha XR has the X Factor

Hailed as possibly the best X Factor winner in the show’s 10 year history, ex-prison officer Sam Bailey wowed audiences at last night’s final showdown at Wembley. The beautiful singer debuted her new single Skyscraper whilst wearing  a shimmering floor-length sequin gown – finished off with our Kigonye hammered brass cuff. article-2524225-1A21A22E00000578-133_634x922

Add some shimmer to your Christmas wardrobe, buy your own Kigonye Cuff here

Alpha XR Kigonye Cuff



Beshlie McKelvie for Alpha XR

Here at Alpha XR we love what we do and nothing makes us happier than when new stock arrives in our showroom. Especially when it’s our new Beshlie McKelvie for Alpha XR scarves which arrived recently. As we unpacked the swathes of super-soft cashmere we quite literally squealed with delight.

Each hand dyed cashmere scarf is embellished with gold African- inspired motifs printed using custom-carved wooden blocks, making each scarf completely unique. Alpha XR with love by a family-run cooperative in Rajasthan, India, the scarves are steeped in the history of the traditional techniques used to create them.

Having trained in Fine Art  print-making, Beshlie spent time living and working alongside rural communities in South and Central America and India. Now an established designer in her own right, Beshlie McKelvie works with groups around the globe to promote, preserve and harness the traditional skills and craftsmanship of often marginalised individuals and communities. By working directly with the artisans making her collection, Beshlie is able to ensure they benefit directly without compromise.

We can’t think of anything we’d rather receive underneath the Christmas tree this year than one (or all) of these stunning scarves.

Beshlie scarves

Beshlie Mckelvie for Alpha XR scarves, £90

Shop Beshlie’s scarves now >