Dear Santa…

With Christmas/the party season only round the corner now, many of you will be already pondering what to pop onto the Christmas wish list or what to wear for that special do.

In my own case, I’m doing just that, but this year, I will be carefully considering my choices, as I want these items (clothing/accessories) to last more than one season. They will now be investment purchases/gifts (it’s my Birthday just 2 days before Christmas, and although this has its negatives, I also get some lovely combined presents from my loved ones!), and I’m definitely going for quality over quantity.  I obviously won’t be asking for all of these as gifts… but Santa if you’re reading, please take note!.

I’m on the look out for the perfect pair of pointed courts – fabulous with boyfriend jeans, a great dress or tailored Capri pants.  These from Whistles are perfect.

Whistles £125

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Hunter Wellies: Replacing my Dr Martens, the Hunters are welcome winter wear. And may be pulled out in the summer to accompany me to any UK festivals.

Hunter Wellies at Urban Outfitters £79

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I love travelling, and there are so many more places I want to visit.  I think this world map would look lovely against the white walls in my bedroom…

World Map at Urban Outfitters £130

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A good quality classic leather jacket is key to any wardrobe, and is a perfect coat alternative on a night out with the girls, or that shopping trip in the city. I love this aged leather jacket from Whistles.

Whistles £295

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Sunglasses are needed all year round. As the years have gone by I’ve always worn Ray Bans, however I’m now coming to the realisation that these do not suit my face shape. I have a very angular yet oval face shape. Therefore I should mirror this when picking out sunglasses. Cat eye sunglasses have both the fluid curves and angular points. I’d just love these to protect my eyes from the winter sun.

Matthew Williamson for Linda Farrow at Selfridges £240.

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New Balance trainers will be part of my off-duty wardrobe. Perfect for a quick gym session, and a trip to the shops.

New Balance at Urban Outfitters £60

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I came across Russian Jewellery Designer, Olga Prokopova, on Instagram, you can soon view her website here... although it’s not fully up-and-running yet. I just love her one off designs.

Volha Jewellery

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I tried a sample of this Truth Serum once, and it really is a miracle beauty product! It tightened and refreshed my skin each morning, with a gorgeous smell.

The Whole Truth Skin Kit by Ole Henriksen at Harvey Nichols £45

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The holidays are coming… Merry Christmas in advance!

xx

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I’m a LUCKY LUCKY girl.

Wow, I LOVED my Christmas/Birthday presents this year.  Not only did I receive homemade gifts, a ridiculous amount of chocolate, pretty bits and bobs, and money, but also these favourite items below.

Thank you to my gorgeous friends and family. x

Clinique Happy // MAC Russian Red

Handmade Candle

Dr M's

Michael Kors Chronograph Watch

Mulberry Purse

 

Thank you! xx

My Very Crafty Christmas

This year, with money being a little on the tight side, me and a few of my friends decided to make each other Christmas presents.  Not only does this loosen the purse strings for partying at Christmas but it also allows us to give thoughtful keepsakes which mean a lot more than shop bought items.

I received a handmade notebook, a 3 course dinner token, and candle made in a vintage tea-cup and my very own Frankincense body lotion.  I gave handmade bracelets, tree decorations and homemade soap… I also got crafty with my nails this year (paint clear nail varnish on and sprinkle on craft glitter – then paint over the top), I made Jamie Oliver’s Epic Hot Chocolate mix, which you can find here, and then gave this in a hand painted glass jar, and I also gave a photo album gift full of special travelling memories.

 

To make the soap (seen on the left of the image), all you need to is: glycerine (I got mine from eBay), a Covent Garden soup carton, fabric pieces and essential oils (again, from eBay).

I chose Lavender as my essential oil.  I used left over fabric pieces from my tree decorations and cut these into mini heart shapes.  I took a Covent Garden soup garden and cleaned it out… (I would recommend to use a light coloured soup, rather than a bright tomato one – it took me a while to scrub off the orange from the inside of the carton!)  You can even you a juice carton if you’d prefer.

To start I melted 6 squares of the clear glycerin over a low heat, once melted I added in about 10 drops of lavender oil.

I stirred this in (DO NOT allow to boil) and then poured this in the carton, leaving a little in the pan.

I then dropped in 5 heart shapes and pushed these around to the preferred place with a spoon.

Then in went the remainder of the liquid.  Then this went straight into the freezer to solidify.

Repeat this process and pour over the top of the frozen soap (takes around 45 minutes to solidify properly), keep doing this until you have around 4/5 bars.

Take out the carton and peel around the soap.

Take a knife and separate the bars – they should come apart easily.  Use a knife to scrape off any unwanted bits/tidy up the bars.

Wrap in tissue paper and tie a ribbon around in a bow – voila!

Here’s the gifts I made for Jenny and Gemma…

The bracelets that I made (also in the image) are these, using either double cords of leather or single.  If you like the look of these, I shall soon be selling them on this blog for £4 each, I shall post a larger image of these in the next couple of days.

I’d love to hear about what you made for Christmas gifts…

xx

You were pretty, Queen of New York City

No matter how well you know your girl friends, it can sometimes be quite tricky trying to find that perfect present that will bring joy and a wide smile to their face on Christmas morning.  It can also be equally as difficult, buying presents for your friends, and not keeping them, leaving a relatively tight budget for the Christmas present list…

I’ve done a bit of a search on cute, stylish and coveted gifts for under £25, which are all available online.  I’ve come up with 10 ideas, and although they might be the perfect gifts, I can’t promise that you won’t end up buying them all for yourself. Sorry!

Merry Christmas folks.

1. Furry Ankle Socks – Topshop £7 

(a favourite of mine – however I am yet to brave baring my legs and team ankle socks with statement shoes and mini dress.  These would also look super cute peeking over the top of high ankle boots)

2. Lip Tattoo – Harvey Nichols £10

(who needs lippy, when you can have these super sparkly lip tattoos! Also available in gold)

3. Chain Headband – Rock n’ Rose £16

(a modern take on boho – I want this in silver)

4. Berliner Luft Book – Urban Outfitters £15.99

(I REALLY want to go to Berlin, this will just feed my longing)

5. Spike Headband – Topshop £25

(I love a bit of metal headwear and this is perfect to compliment any LBD this party season)

6. Velvet T-shirt – Yayer £24

(Yayer is a website that I love, and this t-shirt is just one of the many cool garms; whether vintage or new, for a great price)

7. Jo Malone Travel Candle (Fig &Cassis) – Jo Malone £22

(candles instantly make a room feel cosy, and Jo Malone ones are the best)

8. Metallic Laptop Case – ASOS £20

(now this could double up as an oversized clutch – but would make a perfect little home for my Mac book)

9. Velvet Boots – Boohoo £25

(I couldn’t believe the price of these boots – one can never have too many shoe boots)

10. Stag Ring – Mozzypop £5.95

(I have recently discovered Mozzypop – jewellery at fabulous prices)

Happy shopping – I’ll leave you with my favourite Christmas song…





xx