17 Dec 2014

Stocking Filler Gifts - For Her

Ciao ♥ How are you? I hope you're all well and not letting this miserable, bone-chilling, cold weather get to you. If it is then simply remind yourself that Christmas is in exactly 8 days time. Yes! Only 8 days. Cheered you up a little? Haha! I thought so :P

As crazy as it may sound I'm already looking forward to grabbing some one too many bargains during the Boxing Day and January sale. One Boxing Day, a long time ago, I mistakenly went shopping on Oxford Street. Erm, NEVER again. Instead I will be shopping online in the comfort and warmth of my own home. Perfect! I've already started to search through the high-street and online websites, picking out things I'm hoping will get reduced, so that I can make a cheeky purchase when the time does come. Two websites I know for sure I'll be raiding left, right and centre is Zara and House of Fraser. Okay, so when it comes to Zara I'm pretty sure I don't really need to explain why as I'm literally like a walking advertisement for that place. It's my favourite clothing brand by far.

As for House of Fraser they will be hosting a 12 days of  'Christmas Offers' event which will be starting on the 24th December and will run until the 4th January. This event will involve a different well-known brand offer reduced each day, and then everything reduced on the 4th. Whoop! Exciting stuff right? Especially as they pretty much stock every single desirable brand you can possibly think of including Bobbi Brown, Chanel, MAC, Nars and YSL, etc. For those who are interested I suggest you keep an eye on the House of Fraser website and their social media platforms during those dates to find out more. I know I most certainly will be. Oh and remember, it's Christmas so why not treat yourself :)

But before you do that you're going to have to ensure that you've bought all of your presents. I recently published a post on Secret Santa gift ideas For Her and For Him. Following up from those two posts, below are a selection of goodies that I think will make fabulous stocking filler gifts. All of these can currently be found on the high-street or online. What do you guys think?

Baylis & Harding Sweet Mandarin & Grapefruit Gown Set - £45/£22.50 from House of Fraser (click here to view)
Casio Black & Gold Mini Digital Watch LA670WEGA-1EF - £35 from ASOS (click here to view)
Key To Freedom Silk Make-Up Bag - £19 from Topshop (click here to view)
Origins Super Set Sampler - £35 from House of Fraser (click here to view)
Verismo Vanilla Latte Kit - £9.24 from Starbucks (click here to view)
Alexa Chung: It Book - £16.99 from Urban Outfitters (click here to view)
Mehr Lipstick - £15.50 from MAC (click here to view)
Real Techniques Nics Picks Make-Up Brush Set - £29.99 from Boots (click here to view)
Necklace With Floral Pendants - £19.99 from H&M (click here to view)
Embroidered Pouch - £29.99 from Zara (click here to view)
Burt's Bees Honey Pot Bodycare Gift Set - £7.99 from John Lewis (click here to view)
Rugrats Print Pyjama Set - £20 from Topshop (click here to view)
Floral Jewellery Box - £15 from M&S (click here to view)
No.1 Noir Candle - £17/£13.60 from Laura Ashley (click here to view)

What product out of these would you be happy to gift and also to receive?
Ciao ♥ Xx

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13 Dec 2014

Christmas Party Outfit Ideas

Ciao How are all of my lovely readers doing today? I hope you're all well and enjoying the exciting lead up to Christmas :) Over the next week or so many of you will be partying it up as it's Christmas parties galore. In my previous post I mentioned that I attended my first one of the year a few days ago. You can see what I wore HERE.

I know just as much as you do that finding the perfect dress can be quite daunting, especially when nothing screams out "You've found me. I'm the one". So, being the good little Santa's helper that I am, I've put together three different outfits that will hopefully give you ladies some inspiration and will help ease your panic and frustration at not yet finding your party frock. I've done my best to ensure that there's a style to suit you all so you can either opt for a sexy, cute or elegant look. Which one of the three is your favourite? 

 
Lily Bodycon Dress - £99 from Miss Selfridge (click here to view) 
Dune Black Feather Clutch Bag - £69 from Debenhams (click here to view)
Crackled Leather High Heel Sandal - £49.99 from Zara (click here to view)
Made Mini Shilai Katoto Round Disc Earrings - £15/£12 from ASOS (click here to view)
Ruby Woo Lipstick - £15.50 from MAC (click here to view)

 Patterned Organza Dress - £24.99 from H&M (click here to view)
Kilgallen Earrings - £12 from Aldo (click here to view)
Beaded Box Clutch - £39.99 from Zara (click here to view)
On Top White Leather High Heels - £65 from Office (click here to view)
Eylure Volume 101 Pre Glued Lashes - £5.35/£3.50 from Superdrug (click here to view)
Tom Ford Lip Colour in Spanish Pink - £33.30 from John Lewis (click here to view)

Freda Embellished Monochrome Dress - £265 from Reiss (click here to view)
Rachel Strappy High Sandals - £46 from Topshop (click here to view)
Bibita 1 Clutch - £116 from Pinko (click here to view)
Black Jewel Earrings - £12.99 from Zara (click here to view)
Eylure Exaggerate 140 Lashes - £6.99/£4.84 from Superdrug (click here to view)
YSL Rouge Volupte Lipstick in Pourpre Intouchable - £22.50 from John Lewis (click here to view)
 For those ladies who are still in desperate need of some more inspiration, feast your eyes on these beauties below :)
Ciao ♥ Xx


11 Dec 2014

OOTN - Christmas Party

Ciao It's beginning to look feel a lot like Christmas. The festive season has well and truly kicked in as I attended my first Christmas party of the year the other night. It was held at the very lovely Shoreditch House Rooftop where drinks and canapes were served.

One of my favourite things of the night was the lead up to going out. I love the process of getting ready for a night out almost more so than the actual night itself. Who else is with me on this? :P Once again I underestimated the amount of time it would take me to get ready meaning that I had to frantically rush towards the end to avoid being late. Gosh! I really do need to start making use of the time I have to get ready when going out. I guess that means I'm going to have to stop moping around in my dressing gown, doing absolutely nothing, for a good half an hour after I shower. Boo :( I wore this gorgeous red dress which is very cute and girl-next-door type. What do you guys think of my outfit and make-up?

 
Dress from Zara
Heels from Zara
Earrings from H&M 
Lipstick from MAC (Lady Danger) 

Ciao ♥ Xx


7 Dec 2014

Secret Santa Gifts - For Him

Ciao A few days ago I put together a selection of goodies that will make fabulous Secret Santa gifts for the ladies. You can view this over HERE. Today I'm back with the guy version.

Buying a gift for a guy, especially one you are not so familiar with (i.e. a work colleague), can be a little bit tricky sometimes. "What do I get him?" is a question that so many of us ask and rack our brains with. The easiest option is most probably a gimmicky/novelty gift. Yuck! I absolutely hate these type of gifts as I feel that they'll either get binned or used for about five minutes and then stored in a place where it will be long forgotten. Honestly, what's the point?

I searched scrolled high and low to find some truly worthy gift ideas that I think will make great Secret Santa gifts. All goodies are £10 and under and can currently be found on the high-street or on online. What do you guys think?
Simpsons Water Bottle - £10 from Topman (click here to view)
Lynx Africa Duo Gift Pack - £7/£3 from Superdrug (click here to view)
Dark Red Twist Knit Beanie Hat - £8 from River Island (click here to view)
How to Swear Around The World Book - £8.99 from ASOS (click here to view)
T-Shirt With A Print - £7.99 from H&M (click here to view)
Multicoloured  X-Men Marvel iPhone 5 Case - £8.99/£6.74 from New Look (click here to view)
Textured Cut Edge Belt - £10 from Burton (click here to view)
Old Spice Aftershave Splash 150ml - £8.50 from Fragrance Direct (click here to view)
Casio Men's LCD Black Resin Strap Watch - £8.99/£6.99 from Argos (click here to view)
Raised Square Cufflinks - £10 from Burton (click here to view)

What product out of these would you be happy to gift and also to receive?
Ciao ♥ Xx