Wednesday, December 30, 2015

OOTD | Roll necks

Dress - Topshop
Boots - Schuh
Bag - Carvela by Kurt Geiger
Bag pom pom - Topshop


A Boxing Day walk was so needed after all of the gorging I did on food last week, and it felt so good to have a brisk walk by the sea. It was also the perfect opportunity to snap a few outfit pictures as it was so quiet everywhere, it also wasn't raining which must have been the first day in weeks! After my pictures I stumbled upon this gorgeous period styled door on the Barbican with the most beautiful wreath upon it, I'm such a fan of gorgeous doors, and if you haven't already check out the #doorappreciation on Instagram, you won't be sorry!


I picked this roll neck dress up a couple of months ago now and it has been my go to piece that is so easy to throw on and pair with chunky knee high boots. To my dismay, but possibly your joy, I found that this dress is now in the sale for £18 which is amazing! It has such a comfortable fit and is a classic style that I will be able to wear every year. I also took my new purple pom pom out for a spin on my handbag which is also from Topshop. It's such a cute way to accessorise a handbag, and it looks perfect against the black & navy hues in my outfit.

What do you think of this outfit? Do you like pom pom keyrings? Are you a fan of pretty doors?

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Monday, December 28, 2015

What I Got For Christmas 2015!

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I hope all of you had the most wonderful Christmas! As always, Christmas Day & Boxing Day flew by in a flash! Nevertheless I had the most relaxing couple of days, filled with a lot of food and fun! I was so lucky to receive so many amazing presents this year from my family, boyfriend and friends. I always like to share with you all what I got for Christmas, I also LOVE reading posts like this & being a bit nosey! It only sunk in just how much I received after taking the photos, so this post will be more photo heavy than anything! I got a real mix of beauty, fashion and food bits, as well as some rather handy gift cards! You may want to grab a cup of tea and a chocolate biscuit whilst you get through this lot...
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LIFE MADE!! A personalised marmite jar - good job I love the stuff!
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A baby pink pom pom hat from Amelia Jane London, perfect for my upcoming trip to New York!
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Serious boyfriend points for creating my very own Birchbox from the stand at Selfridges, hinting definitely paid off! SO many lovely beauty goodies, I wish they had a stand in Selfridges all year as it's such a good idea!
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This Bando 2016 diary is literally amazing! It's going to make planning 2016 so much easier, it's filled with cool pages & quotes, and lots of quirky stickers to fill the pages with. 
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I think people know that I might like Lush... Expect a Lush Christmas haul post in the next few days!
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How cool are these Nakd crackers?? 2015 was the year I discovered nakd bars which was the best thing I ever did, as well as providing me with a healthy snack option, the high nut content in them has allowed me to finally put some much needed weight back on! I'm now fully stocked up to see 2016 in.
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I'm going to be training even more in 2016 with an open water event coming up, I will be running a series on this in the new year if you're interested to find out more! This TYR cossie is amazing, they last for so long too!
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You have no idea how happy I am that I will finally be able to play my own music in my car without having to sit through hours of adverts!
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I also got some lovely beauty goodies, with some minis to take away with me to New York, and some baby shampoo for washing my makeup brushes, practically an essential right?
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My mum knows that I love collecting mismatched crockery from Charity shops, and I adore these 2 pieces she picked up for me. 
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How insane is this fluffy pom pom from Topshop?!
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An amazing present for someone who loves a bath, this duck is meant to light up when it's put into the water. I can't wait to try this out!
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And for all of the makeup I've accumulated over the last year, I can finally stop living out of a makeup bag and get it all properly organised in these drawers!

I was incredibly lucky to get so many goodies for Christmas and I am so grateful for it all! With Christmas over I am so excited for 2016 now, and I'm ready to make even more memories than the last!

What do you think about my presents? What did you get for Christmas? Have you done a similar post? Comment below so I can go and check them out too!

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Tuesday, December 22, 2015

OOTD | Stags & Pastels

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Stag Shirt - George At Asda
Jeans - Mango
Scarf - Topshop
Bag - Carvela by Kurt Geiger 
Pom Pom - Dune
Brogues - Dune

Half way through these pictures the heavens opened and I got completely soaked, there doesn't seem to have been one day that it's not rained in December and it's kinda annoying, especially when you're wearing some of your favourite clothes! You've got to make the best of a bad situation though, and luckily I got a few snaps before I had to call it a day!

Wearing my favourite new stag shirt that I gushed about in my feelin' festive outfit post, I paired this neutral outfit with this new candy coloured scarf from Topshop. When I say new I bought it in September and have only worn it now. Anyone else buy clothes on impulse and never get around to wearing them? Needless to say they were perfect for pairing with my glittery princess shoes, a Christmas princess look indeed! 

This will be my last post until after Christmas, so I would just like to wish all of my lovely readers & blogging friends the most wonderful Christmas, eat, drink & be merry, and enjoy every moment with your family & friends!! 

What do you think of this outfit? Do you like wearing pastels throughout the winter?
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Sunday, December 20, 2015

Christmas Gift Wrapping Ideas With Brown Paper

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Eek only 5 sleeps to go, I can barely contain my excitement!! With only finishing my Christmas shopping properly yesterday it was time for my favourite part of all - the wrapping of the presents! As I mentioned in my favourite things about Christmas post, my obsession with gift wrapping stretches to a dedicated board on pinterest of gift wrapping ideas. With an abundance of ideas in my head, I knew that I wanted to wrap everything in brown paper, it gives such a beautiful vintage look to all your presents and it really can be decorated any way that you want! Incorporating lots of foliage and festive colours, I have put together quite a few different ideas to show you just how creative you can be with brown paper and which are actually really easy. It also gives me a benchmark to improve on next year! Before you get stuck in I must warn you that I spent a good few hours perfecting this lot...
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All materials used were from a range of shops & things that I already had including: Ebay, Wilkinsons, The Works, The Range & Hobby Craft.
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A lot of foliage was used in this post but no trees were harmed in the making, I promise!! Fir trees are plentiful at this time of the year, as are holly bushes - sadly the bush in my garden didn't have any berries on it anymore though! Some of you may be lucky like me to have access to fir trees etc, but if not head to your local park to see what you can find. Pine cones would also make a great addition to these presents.
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Hence the reason for the blog post, everything was wrapped in brown paper. It's super affordable to buy and you can get it relatively cheap and in big quanities from Ebay & Amazon. I know that Poundland also sell it though if you're looking to get some in time for Christmas.
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I absolutely love the way old fashioned stamps make unique gift tags, wrapping paper & cards. After seeing this done a lot on pinterest I popped over to Ebay and picked up this amazing alphabet and number stamp set which included the ink pad for only £8.99! It was the pivotal piece for my gift wrapping and as you'll see I used it on all my gift tags and even the wrapping paper! As a tip if you want a clean finish on the stamp make sure you wipe the edges of the stamp with a tissue or a paper towel beforehand to stop a border showing once printed - this makes it look much more neater and professional.
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The festive of the lot, this present was super easy to put together. I am a big hoarder of ribbons so I found this gorgeous red ribbon lying around. Once tied in with the brown gift tag (The Range), I simply slotted four separate cuttings of the fir tree through the ribbon. 
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Such a simple yet stunning touch to these presents, the doilies were picked up from The Works for about 99p, and the white ones came in circular and heart shapes - so they can definitely be used for Birthday's & Valentines day too. I used the doily as a gift tag in the first image and used my stamps to print the name. I then tied them up with some twine (Ebay) and finished each one off with separate little details. The star was from one of those grow your own trees a few years ago. As I said earlier, I really am such a hoarder for anything crafty, as it does always come in use at some point! 
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Using Bakers twine (Wilkinsons), fir tree and tiny pegs (Hobby Craft) to put this together, it creates such a cute finish that has a really timeless style. For me bakers twine is an absolute essential for wrapping Christmas presents, it reminds me of old fashioned letters & bakeries! 
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Using leftover raffia (Ebay) from when I made Santa sacks a few years ago, I cut it into a long runner shape that I attached down the middle of the present. I then topped it with an old napkin ring holder for a really unique look! You can also create your own wreaths with fir trees by arranging the pieces around a plastic ring or wire.
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Spare mini baubles lying around? No better use for them than adding them as a finishing touch for a bit of sparkle! It gives the receiver an additional little keepsake to keep hold of too!
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Using my favourite bakers twine again in two different thicknesses, this time I added a jingle bell and a piece of holly for a finishing touch (mind those sharp points though!). I also used the stamps on the paper this time, the possibilities for the text you use are endless!
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I absolutely loved putting these gift wrapping ideas together from scratch, gathering all the materials and watching them come together. The underneath of my Christmas tree is now looking incredibly stylish, I think they might even be too nice to open? If you haven't wrapped your presents yet these ideas will hopefully give you some inspiration, but if you have already wrapped all your presents then you might want to bookmark this post for next year!! Do let me know if you give any of them a go!

What do you think of my wrapping paper ideas? Do you like wrapping with brown paper? Which wrapping paper idea is your favourite?

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