Christmas Gift Guide - Stocking fillers!

For her...






From top to bottom: Alexander McQueen thin skull bracelet £146, Luxury chocolate heart slabs (NEXT) £8, Glitter diary (NEXT) £6, Owl hottie (La Senza) £5, Lush Magic wand £4.95

For him...






From top to bottom: Angry bird (NEXT) £8, Guinness brown leather wallet (NEXT) £30, disguise mustache collection (NEXT) £4, Pacman bottle opener (NEXT) £6, Paco Rabanne 1 million £69

Christmas wishlist

My Christmas Wishlist

I know for a fact I will  never get any of these but I've lusted over them for so long!! I intend to save up myself for the Mulberry and the rest but these are things that I would LOVE to receive!

Mulberry Carter double handbag £995 (YIKES)
I've lusted over Mulberry bags for too long! I've always wanted the Mulberry Mitsy tote but since seeing this beauty I have actually fell in love. It's just stunning. A gorgeous midnight blue colour! So similar yet completely different to a chanel bag. It's a similar kind of style but I think it's a lot more simpler than the Chanel. Simple is good in my books! (OH PLEASE SOMEONE JUST BUY ME THIS) -eternal love-

I already know I'm getting these but OHMYGOD are they not the cutest little slippers ever??? I've absolutely fell in love with Penguins after being completely addicted to Frozen Planet! I cannot wait to put these on my feet on Christmas Day.. let's see how the dog reacts haha! (NEXT £16)

Image 1 of Casio Gold Plated Digital Watch
Casio gold watch. I used to hate wearing watches, or anything around my wrist for that matter but ever since I've had a job I have had to wear a watch! I love wearing my watch now. I think it can add a little bit of something to an outfit! I currently wear a NEXT tortoiseshell style watch but I would love a gold casio. They just add a perfect little touch to an outfit! (ASOS £30)

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Thomas Sabo charm bracelet and charm (Bracelet £29.95, Charm £21.95)

This was just a quick little post as I'm feeling really under the weather lately but I'm for a trip to LONDON tomorrow :D eeeek! Excited. However a little scared to be going by myself..

P.s what's on your christmas wishlist?
xoxo

Christmas Gift Guide - Pets

My first year ever of having a pet for Christmas :D my beautiful 8 month old chocolate Labrador, Annie! So based upon having a pet dog this is a Christmas gift guide for dogs! (sorry people with other pets!) Anyway, it's a lot easier to buy for a pet than a person, they won't want to take it back and they won't complain :)

Image forRed Bones Faux Leather Dog Collar by Pets at Home
Annie has had the same collar for 7months now so I think I will treat her to a new one! I love this one, it's a gorgeous red colour, will suit a girl or boy. (Plus it's festive) And I adore the little bones around it, very cute! (£5.99 Pets at Home)

Image for16 Dog Bon Bon Christmas Cakes by Pets at HomeImage forHo Ho Ho Bones 2 Pack by Pets at Home
We all know that dogs will eat ANYTHING!! This is perfect, instead of them stealing our delicious Christmas food they can have their own little piece of Christmas with these biscuits! (£2.49 for 16 at Pets at Home) Or how about these doggy bones? Very festive! (£1.99 for 2 at Pets at Home)

Image forChristmas Antlers by Pets at Home
Personally, I think it is beyond cruel to dress dogs up. However, I don't think there is anything wrong with dog coats to keep them dry during Winter! Nothing wrong in these little antlers either, I'm sure they won't stay on for long but it's a little bit of fun for all :) (£2.49 Pets at Home)

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The ultimate Winter coat!

THE PARKA COAT

The parka coat for me is the ultimate winter coat. I absolutely adore mine, it does everything. It keeps me dry in the rain due to a waterproof coating on it and it keeps me warm thanks to the quilted inlay that I can detach 
in spring/summer. It is a timeless classic that will never go out of fashion!



Borg Collar Padded Parka

Wax Parka Coat



I will do a 'how to style' parka post. I really do love my parka though, it's my favourite coat for this season. It's long so it keeps quite a lot of you warm, most have a faux fur hood with a fluffy inside so it keeps your head warm, it usually has a drawstring in the middle so you can show your figure off and it keeps you dry! Seriously, what more could you ask for?

xoxo

Christmas Gift Guide - Grandparents

Grandma/Nanna


Every grandma loves gardening and flowers and plants. This is ideal, and I know my nanna would absolutely adore the thought that went into this. She is always growing tomatoes and I'm sure she would find it handy to write down how many tomatoes she gets each time and such! (M&S £4)


Plants are always a good gift to get your grandma/nanna, orchids especially! I get my nanna one every few years as they last so long, and I mean literally years. They flower throughout the year. However, if your grandma/nanna doesn't like orchids then how about a poinsettia plant, gorgeous for Christmas! (Double Orchid £30 M&S)

Grandad


I've never had a grandad but from the older people in my family I can imagine what they would like. I think this is an ideal gift for family members who have more time on their hands! Looking for the perfect day out. This countryfile book will show 100 places around the country to visit. So you can even make a family day trip out of it or even a little weekend away! (M&S £12)


Who doesn't love a grandad hat? We all love and recognise them. This will keep the head warm throughout the colder months! A beautiful brown courdory cap, bang on trend for this season. See even grandads can be trendy ;) (M&S £12)


Next up: Christmas Gift Guide - Pets

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A handmade Christmas

I love Christmas!! It's that time of year where I can watch all my favourite Christmas films and re-watch programmes such as Only Fools & Horses! One of my favourite aspects about Christmas is the decorations and making the home feel so cosy that all you want to do is curl up on the sofa, read a book, watch films and generally relax. I wish I could do that this year but silly me got a temporary Christmas sales consultant job.. not that I'm complaining because I do enjoy work (and the money) but I could literally sit and cry at the fact that I'm barely going to be at home over the festive period, I will be in York in my student accommodation.. All alone! 

However when I do have some time to go home I cannot wait to help my dad put the tree up and decorate it, last year was just perfect. We put the tree up whilst watching films, Mr Magoriums Wonder Emporium being the favourite. It was such a lovely day. 
After watching Kirsties Handmade Christmas on Channel 4 last night it has totally inspired me to be a bit more creative this Christmas and make some handmade decorations.. My favourite handmade decorations were the snow globe, heart garland and a decoupage tea light!

snowglobe

kids' christmas lamps

Heart shaped garland

I love the fact that these don't only have to be festive for Christmas, you could put any decoration you like in the snow globe, put any pattern you like on the tea light lantern and do any colours for the garland, for example to put in your bedroom. I cannot wait to give these a go myself when I return home for a couple of days. You can get all the bits & bobs that you need from any craft shop! 
I shall let you know how mine go! 

Have fun decorating your tree! xoxo

Christmas Gift Guide - Father

RALEIGH Men's Knitted Waistcoat
My dad is currently going through the phase of loving tweed and generally looking like a farmer! However I think this is the perfect item for any dad, say if they're popping to the pub and it's a little chilly but don't want to wear a coat, a waistcoat is ideal to chuck on top of a denim shirt! (Joules £54.95)

Who doesn't love the Simpsons? Lets add a little fun to Christmas with these cartoon pj bottoms, perfect for lazing around in til the Christmas dinner is ready or ideal for when you've ate too much and want to burst! (NEXT £22)

This isn't just your average SatNav this is a SatNag.. We all know what men are like when it comes to driving and shouting/moaning about the other drivers on the road or the how the SatNav has taken you the wrong way and now you're lost (we both know it's just because they don't listen). This is a perfect stocking filler or present for a dad. Press the button and out comes turn right to Moaning Road! A lovely little novelty present that is bound to make your dad chuckle! (NEXT £10)


Next up: Christmas Gift Guide - Grandparents

xoxo

p.s what's on your wishlist this year??

Christmas Gift Guide - Mother

Chanel Coco Mademoiselle is a classic timeless perfume that everyone loves. A stunning feminine floral and sweet scent. Perfect present.

Little Superstars
I don't know about you but my mam LOVES Elemis, she watches the slot on QVC every time they come on.  Elemis have a range of sets to choose from, this particular set is 'Little Superstars', containing Pro Collagen marine cream, Pro Radiance cream cleanser, Frangipani monoi body oil, Tranquil touch creamy body wash and Tranquil tough indulgent bath elixir. This set is a little gem, mothers will do anything to look 21 again! 

HOW I STYLE: Jumpers

Jumpers are such a versatile piece of clothing. You can wear them casual or dressy. A huge variety of jumpers to choose from this season, from a gorgeous gold lurex jumper to a chunky knit! Here is a few ways of how I style them..





Jumper - Topshop a few years ago
Skirt - Rare @ ASOS
Dress - H&M
Shorts - homemade

Jumpers are extremely wearable and go with just about anything possible, other ways of wearing them are with leggings, jeggings, black jeans or if they are long enough just tights! So wrap up warm this winter and experiment :)

xoxo

MAC Glitter & Ice: Winter 2011 collection

MAC cosmetics collection for Winter 2011 definitely supports the glitter and ice that represents Christmas and the winter season. The sparkling dazzle of the lights that illuminate Oxford Street or the Christmas baubles, the amazing clarity of the ice below your feet and how it captures your eye. MAC Glitter and Ice will capture all.


The Glitter and Ice collection is inspired by Olympic ice skater Johnny Weir. Not only is he a medal winning, pro skater but he also has a high interest in fashion. Designing some of his own costumes and designing costumes for others. He is a diva of the ice skating world, daring to trim his costumes with fox fur, and dance to Lady GAGA, one of his idols. He is the gaga of the skating wold, he dares to be daring. No one can deny that ice skating is beautiful. This is the inspiration for this collection; all that glitters, a bit diva-ish, dazzling and beautiful.


Fashion editorial? Fashion design? I want to be a designer, but I have to go to F.I.T. first and foremost because I have to learn every step of the process—the business side, the production, all of that kind of stuff. I can draw and sketch and design things and put my name on whatever I want, but it doesn’t mean that you know your craft and your job. I want to know everything. I want to be great.
What sort of design experience do you have? I design all of my costumes. I like to go out there and feel like I have contributed to every part of what I do. I choose the music, the choreographer, I’ve obviously chosen my coach, my costumes—all if that falls under my realm of power, my realm of influence. That’s something that’s very important to me, that it’s very organic and clear. I’ll start with the music and create a character in my mind and then slowly start to design around that.
Who are your design inspirations? 
Definitely this year Lady Gaga was a big inspiration of mine because she did push so many boundaries with fashion and different looks and shapes and things, that I was very inspired to go a little bit off center. Not that I don’t usually go off center—I mean, I dressed up as a swan—but just to be a little bit different with my shapes and different things that I use. And I actually was very surprised: I started to put ribs on my free-program costume, and I designed it in July or June. Then Gaga came out with the Bad Romance video and she had ribs.
So she was taking her inspiration from you? 
Perhaps! [He smirks.] No, but she’s definitely an inspiration. But I can be inspired by anything—a wet trash bag laying in a gutter could inspire me for a new kind of black shininess and things like that, so inspiration is all around.
Have you met Gaga? 
Yes, we’re good friends with her mama.
Speaking of inspirations, what inspired today’s body paint? 
Tara, my agent, actually. She said, “Why don’t we do body paint?” We work really closely with MAC cosmetics. They had an idea for the Olympic rings and the glitter and the hair. Then I’m wearing these Alexander Hotto boots—I got them in Russia, although they are Italian. And then Tsubi jeans and a Chanel watch.
The watch is so sparkly. It matches your glitter. 
I’m an ice skater. I’m all about the glitter.
[An interview with Weir from Vanity Fair]

This collection has a range of products in it, from singular items to a bundle of joy with several items within it. The collection covers all aspects, eye, lips, face and nails. Get yours before they are gone as this collection is going to skate its way off the counter very quickly!! The pieces of this collection are stunning.

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I recently went to the MAC Glitter and Ice event at Harvey Nichols in Leeds to get a preview of the holiday collection before it hits the shops! I had an amazing night. When we arrived we were greeted with cocktails and glitter covered cupcakes, we then watched some of artists use the Sultry and the Cool shadow palettes on the model as well as going through step-by-step tutorials of how they complete the look. They went through all the products they used, how they used them, what brushes were used and what tips they had for applying them! It was well worth making notes on, thanks to MAC giving us a 'Tecnique' little notebook to write down notes and what we wanted on our wishlist. After the hour long session we then headed to meet our make-up helper for the night, Thembi. She was lovely enough to show us how the palettes and such would work on us! I got persuaded to buy the sultry palette.. not that I needed much persuasion. It was a lovely night and the collection is perfect. So many things I wanted to buy, but my student status will not let me unfortunately :(!! I highly recommend this collection, stunning, beautiful and beyond all.. glittery!







The design for the box packaging is simple yet it shows the skaters tracks across it.
The brush pack continues the glitter and ice theme with a clear handle filled with glitter particles. Making them different from the normal MAC brushes. This set was £39.50 but I would highly recommend this for the price, it is a set of full size, everyday essential brushes.. only difference is the handle on the brush is smaller.






The packaging for the eyeshadow palette is absolutely stunning. It is a silver mirror with a glitter globe circle in the middle to symbolise the ice. This specific palette is Sultry, the shadows in this set are (From top left to bottom left) Black Tied, Trax, Shadowy Lady and (Top right to bottom right) Fun!, Lightfully and Festive Delight. These colours are stunning, all have a little shimmer or sparkle to them apart from Festive Delight with is a matt plum colour. You can create a range of stunning eye combinations with this palette, it adds a twist to the average smokey eye by adding plums and browns to it. This palette was £31.00

What do you think of MACs latest holiday collection? What's on your wishlist?
Lots of love xoxo


(I purchased these products and in no way am I endorsing MAC as brand, I am simply giving a review on the collection)

a little catch up

Where to begin, everything over the past few months has been beyond hectic!

Beginning university, getting a job and all the amazingness in between it all. I really enjoy the social side of uni, I've met so many new friends and my little floor, floor 3 and especially my flat, flat 20 have grown so close so quick. I love them all. The actual work side of uni, not so good. Yes I chose history because I love history but I don't enjoy the old parts of history, I like the more recent kind, you know, the past 200 years. I'm hoping the course grows on me! Although I did hand my first assignment in the other day, took me til 4am to finish it but I'm proud of myself.

Work.. I was ecstatic that I got a job. Extra $$$$$$, what every student needs. Especially me and my shopping habits.. big oopsie involved there! Work isn't so fun, especially for the next week that consists of: Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday of working and Tuesday/Thursday of Uni. Can't wait to go home next weekend though, get to see my nana! Best banter around.

Little round up of things I've done lately..
- Halloween party.. a week before Halloween: went as your standard black cat
- Actual Halloween party.. went as a Zombie Bride, was very proud of my make-up & scare factor.
- MAC Glitter & Ice Holiday Collection 2011 make-up event.
- Bonfire night (separate post, I have too much love for bonfire night)
- Booked a day trip to LONDON!!
basically too many things to write about!




Hope you are all well, what did you go as for Halloween? Wishing you all a happy bonfire night :)
xoxo