30.11.2015- The Christmas Countdown!

Monday, 30 November 2015

Now that the mania of Black Friday has just about dissipated, I'm sure I'm not the only one who is getting excited for the arrival of Christmas! Whilst I have to confess that I've only picked up a few presents so far, I've been having a good old browse to seek out a selection of goodies worthy of any shopping list- and I'm sure I'm not the one to be frantically bookmarking various potential pressies left, right and centre! Over the last few years I've tried to train myself into making fewer impulse buys so that I've got a pretty tidy wishlist up my sleeve for this time of the year, and as I've got that little bit older (26 on Wednesday, aaah!), it's a strategy which definitely seems to have paid off- particularly as it means I can really savour and anticipate the festive season. Needless to say, there are more than a few things which are on my radar at the moment (so apologies in advance to Father Christmas/Rudolph and the reindeer gang...)

Hampstead Rose Embellished Jumper, £85, Cath Kidston/Nails Inc Snow Globe in New Globe Walk,£15, Boots/London Bag, £99, Boden/Sterling Nights Eye Palette, £59, Bobbi Brown/Skinnydip Holographic Makeup Pouch, £16, ASOS/Aesop Cassiopeia Gift Set, £120/Large Eternity Hoop Pendant, £15, Accessorize/Pink Contrast Metal Mug, £15, Oliver Bonas/Garance Dore Les Femmes Calendar for Rifle Paper Co., £14.50, Northlight Home Store/Letter S iPad Case, £10, Alphabet Bags/Small Metallic Cloud Bag, £125, The Cambridge Satchel Company/One In A Million Business Card Holder, £25, Kate Spade/Facepaint: The Story of Makeup by Lisa Eldridge, £15.19, Amazon/NARS Dual Intensity Blush, £30, ASOS/This Works Sleep Plus Cracker, £12, ASOS/Mint Textured Coat, £95, Oliver Bonas/Double Circle Earrings, £20, Whistles/Pom Pom Hat, £9.99, Zara/Melanie Dress, £195, Reiss/Embellished Blouse, £65, & Other Stories/Olivia Burton Big Dial Watch Gift Set, £110, ASOS/Kate Spade: All In Good Taste, £15.58, Amazon/When in Rome Jumper, £45, Oliver Bonas/Adidas Gazelles in Sharp Grey, £67, Adidas/NARS Steven Klein Red Lip Set, £29, ASOS

I've had my beady eye on this Cath Kidston knit since I spied it at their AW15 Press Day back in the summer, and it's one of those wonderful multi-purpose pieces which lends itself to styling across the seasons (and makes a pretty snazzy alternative to a festive knit, don't you think?!) This Nails Inc polish is a bit of a cheat as I've snapped a bottle up already, but it's definitely one worthy of your festive beauty haul. Boden have really come up trumps this winter, and this bag is full of character, and is a brilliant flash of bold colour to brighten up any winter wardrobe. And, with brightening on the brain, I can think of nothing better to stash in your stocking than this gorgeous palette from Bobbi Brown- brilliant for everyday beauty as well as for creating special occasion looks. This Skinnydip Makeup pouch from ASOS is a great option for stashing away any festive beauty buys you've got brewing too. 

Something which I've touched on in a few previous posts is just how much the chilly weather seems to make skincare a little bit more of a struggle, but Aesop have come to the rescue with their selection of gifts this festive season- and this Cassiopeia collection is definitely an indulgence worth asking Santa for. For simple, chic seasonal jewellery look no further than this necklace from Zara Simon's Accessorize range- a really understated piece which has been on my wishlist for ages. If you (like me!) have planned to devote your Christmas break to hibernating, then you'd be hard pushed to go wrong with this beautiful mug from Oliver Bonas- ideal for cup of tea after cup of tea. And, if you're already planning an exciting 2016, then this Rifle Paper Co. calendar designed by Garance Dore is just the ticket.

With the personal (and practical!) touch in mind, this iPad case from Alphabet Bags is something which I've been meaning to pick up for ages- so fingers crossed Father Christmas will oblige! On another practical note, this gorgeous Cloud Bag from The Cambridge Satchel Company is just the incentive I think I need to start leaving the house with fewer possessions- and it's a great occasionwear offering too. Anything from Kate Spade will always get a huge thumbs up from me too, and this business card holder again offers a lovely personal touch. Lisa Eldridge's Facepaint is a brilliant option for beauty fans and history buffs alike, and I can't think of a better tome to get lost in over the Christmas break. Speaking of beauty, this cheek duo from NARS is sitting firmly at the top of my wishlist- particularly as it fills a gap recently left by my hitting pan on the Guy Bourdin blusher palette! I've also posted about my love for This Works before, so it will probably come as no surprise that I'm well and truly wishing for their Sleep Plus Spray once again!

This mint coat from Oliver Bonas is a really refreshing winter wardrobe alternative, and a great investment to see you through into spring as well. Speaking of investments, I've been on the hunt for some study new earrings for what feels like forever, and this pair from Whistles are great for everyday. With a distinct chill in the air too, this pom pom hat from Zara is brilliant option- particularly if you're shopping for Secret Santa, don't you think? At the slightly more luxurious end of the spectrum, this stunning dress from Reiss is a real festive favourite. And, if frocks aren't your thing then you can still embrace some seasonal sparkle with this ultra cool embellished blouse from & Other Stories- I know I'm already planning on snapping one up for Christmas Day!

Olivia Burton's lovely gift set is a perfect present- particularly if you're shopping for someone who is a bit of a chameleon- and I love the way it's presented too. Another slice of Kate Spade- this time in the shape of their latest book- the ultimate gift for someone who loves the art of entertaining. This Oliver Bonas knit is another transitional treasure, and something which I've had on my shopping list for ages- so definitely something which I'll be keeping my fingers crossed for. Another practical pressie in the shape of these Sharp Grey Adidas Gazelles- especially as Ive more or less been living in my black pair since I picked them up last summer, and for a final splash of festive fun, what better than this iconic lip collection from the Steven Klein for NARS collection?

Have you picked up any Christmas presents yet?

(Image credit: Cath Kidston, Boots, Boden, Bobbi Brown, ASOS, Accessorize, Oliver Bonas, Northlight Home Store, The Cambridge Satchel Company, Kate Spade, Amazon, Whistles, Zara, Reiss, & Other Stories and Adidas.)

27.11.2015- House of Fraser SS16

Friday, 27 November 2015

I don't know about you, but I always tend to find that one of the best antidotes to the winter blues is to start looking ahead to sunnier days as soon as possible. Whether it's booking a holiday, changing your desktop background to a picture of a tropical beach (guilty as charged!), or getting your daily dose of vitamin D via Pinterest, it's funny how little things can make a big difference in terms of making winter feeling that little bit more bearable. As well as scrolling through my favourite catwalk collections to pick up some much needed spring wardrobe inspiration, over the last few weeks I've been lucky enough to be invited to a selection of SS16 Press Days- the latest of which was the House of Fraser new season showcase which I popped along to last week:

Whilst I don't think I'll ever get my head around how strange it feels to look at spring and summer collections in the middle of winter, House of Fraser's new season offerings were a welcome burst of brightness on a rather gloomy day. Their fashion selection had me fighting the urge to pack a suitcase immediate as it's so perfect for holiday wardrobes- and I've already got my eye on the prettiest yellow midi skirt! Highlights amongst the accessories on display included some seriously lust-worthy Lulu Guinness pieces- surely worth saving up for, don't you think? The homeware also really grabbed my attention- particularly the pretty pastels and Scandi-inspired styles which punctuated the core collection perfectly.

Are you a fan of House of Fraser?

(Image credit: Sarah Farrell, please do not reproduce without permission.)

25.11.2015- What I Wore Today #240

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Although temperatures have definitely taken something of a chilly turn, at the moment I'm still trying to incorporate some statement favourites into my day-to-day wardrobe. Over the last few years, I've resolved to try and make more of my purchases earn their keep across the seasons too- so have been exploring lots of styling options for the colder weather. Don't get me wrong, give it a few weeks and I'm sure I'll be living in a series of jumpers and staple sweatshirts, but for the time being at least I'm trying to get as much wear as I can out of some pieces which don't scream 'winter' at first glance, but which I'm rather reluctant to wave goodbye to just yet:

Coat- Marks & Spencer
Blouse- Sister Jane
Jeans- Miss Selfridge
Shoes- Vans (c/o Surfdome)
Bag- New Look
Sunglasses- Ray-Ban (via John Lewis)

After having a beady eye firmly fixed upon this Sister Jane blouse for what seemed like forever, when I spied that it had been reduced in their sale, I swiftly added it to my bag. It's one of those brilliant pieces which makes a statement but which requires minimal styling- which gets a massive thumbs up from me! I'm already thinking about how I can layer it for winter, but here I teamed it with some old essentials in the shape of this Marks & Spencer coat, Miss Selfridge jeans and Vans. Blue and black is a combination which I definitely going to be experimenting with more too! 

How are you adapting your style for winter?

(Image credit: Sophie Warner, please do not reproduce without permission.)
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