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Neon has been in fashion for a few seasons now, and yet finding products that truly capture the electrifying brightness of the hue is still a challenge. I am an avid stationery fan and when I spotted the new Caran d’Ache ‘Couleurs Fluos’ I fell in love instantly.

The Caran d’Ache brand was founded in Geneva in 1924 when Arnold Schweitzer purchased the Ecridor Pencil Factory. Schweitzer named his new company after Caran d’Ache, the nickname of a French satiric political cartoonist, the name comes from the Russian word karandash which means pencil. Ever since 1924 the company has been making beautiful high quality pens and pencils for artists and creatives.

The new Couleurs Fluos crayons come in four colours: orange, pink, yellow and green. The chunky hexagonal shape is easy to grip and great for adults or kids. The colours are extremely bright and deep, particularly the yellow, and unlike many similar products are not waxy, but instead have a soft and rich texture. Highly pigmented these neon coloured pencils are ideal to use as a highlighter or for drawing.

You can buy the Couleurs Fluos pencils here from Choosing Keeping or browse the Caran d’Ache products here.

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The fun sweetie Swatch watches initially caught my eye in Paris, when I was browsing through the design pieces in concept heaven Colette. Here they stood out as cheap and cheerful amongst the luxuriously expensive jewellery.

Switzerland is renowned for watches, and Swatch has always been a popular brand with an accessible price mark and collections to suit all ages. When I was younger I loved my Flik Flak Swatch watches, which were available in varying endearing designs, often decorated with sparkling gems. For adults the colours and styles are endless, some are classic others very unique.

The current ‘Pastry Chefs’ special collection features 11 watches. This series is particularly nice for Spring and Summer, filled with the soft, sweet colours and illustrations of a candy shop. The designs are bright and tantalising, using favourite sweet treats like macaroons and liquorice to entice you. My favourite is the Sprinkled watch, in which the clock face and the plastic strap are covered completely in a photo of hundreds and thousands. This multi-coloured accessory will brighten up your wrist

The ‘Sprinkled’ Watch costs £44.50 and is available online here.