December & January Round Up

Working in retail AND hospitality over the festive period has alot to answer for. I’ve missed blogging but simply didn’t have the time to offer some quality posts so please forgive my absence.

This will be a photo heavy post showing what’s kept me busy since I lasted posted.

December

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At work one day we had a “Christmas Glam” theme. Whilst this outfit isn’t as glam as I would have liked due to the almost freezing temperatures in my shop layering was crucial!

Outfit deets:

Headband: Tesco

Cardigan: River Island

Jumper: H! By Henry Holland

Skirt, tights and socks: Primark

Boots: New Look

I freakin ❤ this H! By Henry Holland jumper and have worn it loads. The split in the skirt was far too revealing to wear without tights but I quite liked the effect of the printed hosiery with this outfit.

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Another month another (few) trip(s) to Madeleines for some mouth wateringly good desserts.

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December saw me become an aunty again 🙂

My sister gave birth to another beautiful baby girl. As the bestest aunty ever I may have   did spent a small fortune of pink clothing from Gap and Debenhams.

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I celebrated my birthday (no I will not disclose my age!). It was a rather sedate affair this year but was lovely to spend time with my nearest and dearest. Also how cute is my Minnie Mouse hat gifted to me by the mother?!

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Just some of my Christmas gifts

The Bestest bought me this onesie and it is fast becoming one of my most favourite items ever!

I posted in my wishlist about wanting decent makeup brushes so imagine my delight when the parents gave me these beautiful Dior brushes. they are almost too pretty to use. Second best present was definitely my Cambridge Satchel. Bigger than my red one from the previous Christmas, I have used this almost every day since.

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This H&M dress was my outfit of choice for Hogmanay. Rather daring for me to be exposing the midriff but I have decided to step out of my comfort zone with clothing and what better time to start than New Year.

This whole outfit cost me the grand total of £44 thanks to some savvy sale shopping!

Dress: H&M

Shoes: Nine West

Necklace: H&M

Ring: Primark

January consisted of many relatives birthdays, some illness and wedding dress shopping! No not for me (alas) but the bestest got engaged on Christmas Day and as Maid of Honour it was my duty to offer critical analysis of dresses. Although the wedding isn’t until next August both the wedding dress and my dress have been purchased!

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So much for Dry January – LOTS of cocktails were consumed, favourites were from Tonic and The Roseleaf.

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It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year

Christmas is probably my favourite time of year (apart from it being so bloody cold) and visiting the Christmas Market in Princes Street gardens is a tradition. This year Yvonne and I took her little one who had an absolute blast although I think we enjoyed ourselves more than he did!

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It’s practically illegal to go and NOT drink Mulled Cider!

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The pink set looks like me!

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Was rather taken with this notepad, may have to go back and purchase it

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*Insert your own sausage related joke here*

*Insert your own sausage related joke here*

 

It’s not all about the alcohol – Yvonne and I ate a ridiculous amount of food in a short space of time! Was rather disappointed by the churros that weren’t actually churros, more like doughy doughnuts.

We didn’t actually go on the big wheel although I usually do. We visited the market on a Thursday afternoon and while the atmosphere was lost somewhat with it still being light outside, the fact that the kids were still in school made the whole trip much calmer than in previous years.

I’ll definitely be going back for another visit, perhaps this time without children so we can go on the bigger rides and drink ALOT more alcohol.

L     x

Birthday And Christmas Wishlist

I really do think I am the easiest person in the world to buy for: I like pretty things and handbags and accessories and shoes and handbags and jewellery and beauty products and handbags. Did I mention I like handbags?! So it puzzles me when my nearest and dearest complain about not knowing what to buy me for birthday or Christmas. I’m unfortunate to celebrate my day of birth a mere 6 days before Christmas. With this in mind I thought I’d put together an easy wishlist of prettiful things I’d be ever so grateful for 😉

£36 at House Of Fraser

£36 at House Of Fraser

I didn’t jump on the Urban Decay bandwagon when the Naked palettes were big news but lately I’ve favoured a neutral eye (and I need a change from my standard black liquid eyeliner) and if I’m going to go neutral then I might as well go for the best and the original.

Real Techniques at Cocktail Cosmetics £29.95

Real Techniques at Cocktail Cosmetics £29.95

I really am in dire need of some decent make up brushes and everyone raves about the Real Technique ones so I’d like to give them a go. This Sam Chapman Picks set is an ideal starter kit.

Michael Kors at House Of Fraser £310

Michael Kors at House Of Fraser £310

Ever so slightly expensive for a birthday or Christmas gift but I would love, love, love to own this Bedford satchel. It’s just a classic shape that will NEVER go out of style.

Converse at Schuh £43

Converse at Schuh £43

This may come as a shocker to my friends and family but I REALLY want a pair of cons. I wore a pair of my mum’s Converse during the summer with maxi dresses and liked the look. Plus I have found the ideal pair of jeans so would be able to rock a casual look more often.

Would prefer this tee in black but would be great as I’m a massive Marilyn fan.

Obscure Couture at ASOS £45

Obscure Couture at ASOS £45

I blogged about this tee aaaaaaaaaaaaaages ago and still didn’t get round to buying it so I’m putting it on my wishlist.

I really don’t need another LBD but the netting and dots make this unlike any other black dress I own.

I kind of NEED this necklace in my life!

So there we go, the pretty things I’d like!

L   x

One(sie) Love

Yup it’s that time of the year with the dark nights drawing in and the temperatures rapidly dropping that I reach for the onesie to keep me cosy warm at night. My sister bought me one 2 years ago for Christmas and it’s safe to say I love it. Not the most attractive but ever so comfy. The only downside to wearing a onesie is having to unzip to pee. Oh and looking like an overgrown toddler/tellytubby!

I bought the bestest a pink patterned onesie from TK Maxx as a Christmas gift last year and we have decided to buy each other ones this year.

Here’s a look at the best around the web that I’ve found:

BHS £25

BHS £25

Next £32

Next £32

Matalan £14

Matalan £14

George @ Asda £14

George @ Asda £14

I’m particularly drawn to the Matalan one. I would just like to state that I would NEVER venture out of the house wearing one of these, strictly for lounging/sleeping in.

Are you a fan of the infamous onesie?

Jazzing Up An Old Party Dress

Think the title kinda says it all: not everyone has money to fork out for a new party dress this festive period but looking good on a budget IS achievable thanks to statement jewellery. With most of these pieces being uber cheap you can afford to splash out on new shoes or a new bag to spruce up an old outfit too.

Necklaces/Collars

H&M £14.99

Collars are still BIG news and such an easy way to update a classic dress or top.

I particularly like the colour of this one.

Bad Candy £15.75

Talk about a statement necklace! This Egyptian style necklace would add a fashion punch to even the most basic of LBDs.

Talullah Tu £32

Grazia also featured this beauty and it’s easy to see why – the black and bling will go with almost any outfit and is a surefire talking point.

Bracelets/Bangles

Envious Desire £11.95

Add a touch of class with this cameo bangle

Talullah Tu £22

Piled on with other bracelets or worn on it’s own this pretty little number will be one hard working piece in your jewellery collection.

ASOS £18

Statement doesn’t always have to mean chunky: these bracelets and a cocktail ring would look glam.

Earrings

H&M £5.99

Blingtastic earrings for the price of a cocktail. Get in.

ASOS £15

With the mixture of colours in these earrings they are guaranteed to go with most of your wardrobe.

Oliver Bonas £18

These dainty earrings look very pretty.

Rings

Chelsea Doll £9

Delicate but oversized.

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Cos everyone needs a guardian angel to stop them from making an erse idiot of themselves at the work’s Christmas do 😉

Oliver Bonas £28

This intricate ring just screams Christmas to me!

Whilst I have included some high street stores I am such a supporter of smaller businesses/boutiques and lesser known brands which also means you have less chance of seeing someone wearing the same item as you.

The great thing about all these statement pieces is that none of them are overly festive meaning whilst they will jazz up your party dress they will work just as well with jeans and a tee come Spring.

Other websites to try for statement costume jewellery are:

St8ment

PrettyLittleThing.com

Bunny Glam

Celliana

Christmas Party…. With Barratts Shoes

Christmas Party.... With Barratts Shoes
Another day another fab giveaway I’ve stumbled across: Over at Kel Loves one lucky blogger can win £70 to spend on pretty shoes in Barratts. Go check out Kel’s blog for full details. Bloggers who want to take part have to come up with a Christmas themed outfit, mines is for a Christmas party.
It is the festive period so if you cannot be over the top now then when can you? This dress has a lovely flare to the skirt (cue lots of swirling around in it) the over the knee socks make a welcome change from black opaque tights and the boots pull the whole look together with the accessories.
I spent aaaaaaaaages looking at the Barratts website as they had so many pairs of shoes and boots that I want.
What do you think of my entry? Would you wear this to a Christmas party?

Next’s Dress For Christmas

Next's Dress For Christmas

Blouse
£30 – next.co.uk

Black pants
£36 – next.co.uk

Leather handbag
£72 – next.co.uk

NorthernMum is running a competition with Next to give a lucky reader a £500 giftcard for Next just in time for Christmas. All you have to do to enter is make a mood board featuring what you would wear from the Next range on Christmas Day.
The above is my entry and would be perfect for my Christmas Day off visiting my granny before eating an obscene amount of delicious food and partaking in silly games!