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 ūüėČ

£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

Searching For The Perfect Watch

Time for a confession: I haven’t worn a watch for at least 10 years.

Not because I can’t tell the time or because I rely on my phone but my body hates watches. Seriously. I can wear a watch and within hours/days/weeks it’ll break. I’ve tried taking watches back to the manufacturers and complaining yet they don’t find a fault. The problem is ME! I’ve since looked into it after breaking numerous expensive watches and it’s all to do with the electric current running through the body. Whilst the majority of people have no problems with technology my messed up body decides it doesn’t like watches, cameras and phones. In fact years ago my friend’s central locking in her car used to play up when I was travelling!

Recently though I’ve been fine with phones and cameras (touch wood) so I’ve decided it’s time to invest in a watch (excuse the pun). My problem is after years of not wearing a watch I don’t know what style to go for and I’m wary of buying an expensive one in case it breaks. I desperately need one for work so had a quick search one lunchtime in New Look and Primark and none suffice. Also seen a couple on the John Lewis website but they are all bloody sold out.

I know what I don’t want:

Plastic
Cheap looking
Digital
One of those charm bracelet types
Novelty i.e. with ears or mustaches on
A rip off of a designer style

Unsurprisingly the few watches I have seen and liked are all designer – Marc Jacobs, Michael Kors and Lulu Guinness.

I want something classic that’ll go with anything I’m wearing, not too big and not too small. I’m beginning to feel a bit like Goldilocks here….

Here’s what I’ve found on the internet:

Limit via WatchShop.com £24.99

Limit at WatchShop.com £24.99

Not really sure if this is very “me” but it looks small and discreet.

River Island at ASOS £20

River Island at ASOS £20

The colour mix of metals would work well with my jewellery. Annoying that they don’t have it on the River Island website or instore though.

Oasis at H Samuel £33.99

Oasis at H Samuel £33.99

Clearly I’m feeling the two tone.

Timex at Jewellery Junkies £58.49

Timex at Jewellery Junkies £58.49

Bit more expensive than I was aiming for but this is exactly the kind of watch I’d like.

Not a whole lot to choose from, don’t even think I’m being particularly picky!

Any suggestions of nice yet inexpensive watches?

L     x

The Magic Of Monochrome

Like alot of women out there a LARGE percentage of my wardrobe is made up of black clothing. Luckily for those of us who embrace the dark side come Spring time we will be seeing monochrome kicking in BIG time. As seen on the catwalks of Roland Mouret, Jason Wu, Michael Kors and Ralp Lauren Monochrome oozes chicness. The best thing about this trend is that it really is timeless.

Anthony Vaccarello

Anthony Vaccarello

Roland Mouret

Roland Mouret

Valentino

Valentino

Images courtesy of Style.com

To make sure you are the epitome of style I’ve scouted around the internet to find some of the best monochrome pieces out there.

Oasis £38

Oasis £38

Republic £35

Republic £35

This bomber jacket is great for giving a casual look to a monochromatic outfit.

AWear £50

AWear £50

Damsel In A Dress £84

Damsel In A Dress £84

Oliver Bonas £36

Oliver Bonas £36

Topshop £38

Topshop £38

Yoox £20

Yoox £20

I LOVE this tee.

LOVE Label £38

LOVE Label £38

Zara seem to be the best on the high street right now for making black and white pieces look more expensive and luxurious.

£39.99

£39.99

£69.99

£69.99

Ruffles and monochrome = 2 trends in 1

£79.99

£79.99

This could easily become a bit of a BeetleJuice look but the sleek lines of this blazer teamed with black keep the look stylish rather than scary!

£39.99

£39.99

£39.99

£39.99

So there you have it. Are you a fan of monochrome?

Tickled My Fancy

Apologies for the absence – had a bit of a flatmate disaster which resulted in me spending DAYS cleaning my house from top to bottom. I did attempt one of those days to dress as a 1950s inspired domestic goddess but alas I did not take photos.

This is a bit of a ¬†filler post, do feel bad but don’t wanna leave it too long to post incase my dear, faithful readers abandon me! I do have several ideas for longer posts with more content but in the meantime please find my picks of feathered dresses which would be perfect for that New Year’s Eve bash

MICHAEL Michael Kors £305

Rare Opulence £220

See U Soon £144.95

AX Paris £30

Theory £415

Whistles £275

So you’ve bought your feathered dress (Personally I adore the See U Soon one) and now its time for the accessories and we all know it starts with the shoes!

Barratts £45

Dolce & Gabbana £495

Forever21 £24.75

Nelly £100.95

ASOS £65

Friis&Company £110

Dress and shoes picked now it’s time for the bag and only a clutch will suffice for such festivities

ASOS £15

Bank £25

Barratts £15

Biba £145

Dorothy Perkins £18

Karen Millen £95

Now lets move onto the tights, it is winter so unless you’re supder duper brave I’d recommend keeping your pins warmer in these gorgeous tights

Charnos £17.95

H&M £9.99

Jonathan Aston £10.25

Walford £33

Jonathan Aston £12

River Island £15

And the last item to get you set for any big party is Jewellery

ChelseaDoll £12

Forever21 £4.90

Forever21 £10.65

ASOS £15

River Island £9

Topshop £12.50

There you go that’s you set to shine this Hogmanay!

What’s everyones plans for New Year then??