Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Christmas Gift Guide {Part 2}

Because whist trawling the internet for hours, there was just too much good stuff to do just one post! 

I've categorised them by price points, but I would like to stress this is a 'guide', I'm certainly not buying all these presents for my friends and family - I simply want to show people what's out there. Please take from it what you will. 


1. 'The Kinfolk Home': £14.81, The Word Depository

2. Rose gold-plated necklace: £12, Accessorize

3. 'Hygge' candle: £28, Scandinavisk at Nest

4. Printed glass jug: £12, H&M Home

5. Basket: £16, Ikea

6. 'Winter' room spray: £15, The White Company

7. Crazy stripe merino wool mittens: £15.96, Gap

8. Sheepskin inner soles: £18, Ugg Australia

9. Personalised stationery: from £15.90, Papier

10. Large concrete flower pot: £17, Cos x Hay

11. Compagnie de Provence hand cream: £11, Trouva

12. Glass cloche: £12, kikki K


1. Copper 3 cup caffetiere: £30, Habitat

2. Pink clay exfoliating mask: £21, Herbivore at Wood Grey

3. Blanket: £24.99, H&M

4. Metallic pendant light: £22, Trouva

5. 'Eat Drink Nap' book: £24.50, The Wordery

6. 9ct rose gold sleeper hoops: £29.99, H Samuel

7. Personalised silk eyemask: £25, Yolke

8. Gold shoes: £29.50, Marks & Spencer

9. Scented candle: £25, Elizabeth Scarlett


1. 'Cassis en Feuile' 100ml: £39.99, Miller Harris at TK Maxx

2. Suede and sheepskin slippers: £49.50, J Crew

3. Satin pyjamas: £34, Topshop

4. Duvet cover set: £34.99, H&M Home

5. Large wool scarf: £45, And Other Stories

6. 18ct gold vermeil studs: £39, Lucy Williams x Missoma

7. Black marble trivet stand: £38, Oliver Bonas

8. '1970' candle: £40, Bella Freud at Net A Porter

9. Conde Nast Traveller's 'Chic stays': £48.12, Wordery

10. Dressing gown: £45, John Lewis

Now, there is a £100 section as sometimes for loved ones or if a few people chip in, it's affordable. My husband and I personally have a limit of £30 to spend on each other, but a girl can dream, can't she?!

UNDER £100

1. Pineapple print pyjamas: £95, Desmond & Dempsey

2. Waterproof boots: £99.99, Sorel

3. 'Etoile' jumper: £79, Hush

4. 14k gold and diamond ring: £100, Carrie Elizabeth

5. Leather cross-body bag: £100, The Cambridge Satchel Company

Oh, and I will be back in a few days with a shiny, new website! 

Monday, 5 December 2016

Christmas Gift Guide {Part 1}

I'm not sure how it happened but it's December. It's here, it's happening and we need to get presents quick. 

My husband and I are still hoping to move before the new year (but might be Jan at this stage) so have made an executive decision to only buy one present per person this year, instead of getting  too carried away. It has really helped keep costs low and saved us time instead of constantly looking for just 'one more thing'. Here is my gift guide, most of what I have bought for people myself - hope you find it useful!


1. Milk jug: £7.50, kikki K

2. Pink gilt edged notebook: £5, Cos x Hay

3. 'Punk Bouquet' body wash: £7, And Other Stories

4. Moon and star earrings: £9.50, Marks & Spencer

5. 'The Life-changing magic of not giving a f**k' book: £8.23, The Book Depository

6. 'Disco Fever' nail varnish: £8, Cheeky

7. Lipstick in 'Temptation': £8, Topshop

8. Alphabet make-up bag: £8, Next

9. 'Bits and bob' lidded bowl: £10, Hay at Amara

10. Individual letter glasses: £4 each, Marks & Spencer

11. Set of cashmere mix socks: £10, Next

12. Pack of 4 coasters: £1.99, H&M Home

13. Cushion cover: £3.99, H&M Home

14. Loose leaf mulled cider tea: £5.50, Bluebird Tea Co


1. Cub sweatshirt: £22, Tobias & The Bear

2. Panda cup: £16.50, Cissy Wears

3. Star print wigwam: £89, Great Little Trading Company

4. Set of animal socks: £11.55, Boden

5. Astronaut costume: £34.40, Smallable

6. Gingerbread man stickers: £1, Paperchase

7. Stripe crown: £18, Alex & Alexa

8. Drum set: £46, John Lewis

9. Girl's glitter boots: £22, Marks & Spencer

10. 'I Want My Hat Back' book: £5.24, Amazon

11. Play kitchen: £25, Ikea


1. 'Mick Rock: The Rise of David Bowie, 1972-1973', £32.49, Amazon

2. 100% cashmere crew-neck jumper: £69.90, Uniqlo

3. Nubuck trainers: £79, Cos

4. Pack of 5 notebooks: £4, Muji

5. Steel mesh watch: £165, Skagen

6. 'Beardy man' egg cup: £11.50, Donna Wilson at SCP

7. Marca Negra mezcal: £29.75, Harvey Nichols

8. Ribbed wool beanie hat: £6.96, Gap

9. Personalised leather wallets: £80 each, Not Another Bill

10. 'Harrison' glasses: £98 including lenses, Bailey Nelson

11. Fresh coffee 3 month subscription: £29, Perkulatte at Etsy

12. Task lamp: £25, John Lewis

And for the wrapping? I still do my brown paper gifts but always like to add at least one extra style, and I picked up some sheets from kikki K in Bluewater last week. If you haven't been, it's a stationers dream (you just need to be careful not to buy everything - it all adds up!). Their campaign this Christmas is 'Celebrate with a Grateful Heart' which sums up this brand - all about mindfulness and giving. And with paper this good, it makes giving gifts even more fun.

Black and white wrapping paper: £2.50, kikki K. Monochrome string, part of a giftwrap set, Wood Grey. London wrapping paper: £2.50, kikki K. Brown twine: local 99p store. 'Home Alone' cards: from £2.19, Etsy
The last remaining Gift Guide ideas will be coming tomorrow - from £20 - £100 gifts.

Saturday, 3 December 2016

7 of the best: festive red lips

Lipstick in 'Hazard': £8, Topshop. Coat: £69, Marks & Spencer. Shirt: £80, Gant. Glasses: Bailey Nelson. Photograph: Christopher O'Donnell
I never used to wear much red lipstick in my 20s, I always found it a bit OTT. But as I get older, I understand it's appeal to feel 'done', I remember a friend saying she loved it because if she wasn't wearing any makeup, the pop of red made her feel a 'little' glamorous and I tend to agree. 

On holiday especially, when I like to let my skin breathe, I often go out without make-up but a bright lip and it's the obvious choice now Christmas is on its way. I asked Facebook a little while back on everyone's favourites, and there was a great discussion on it, so thought I'd share the ones I love...God knows why I have so many red lipsticks, maybe that's why I am struggling to afford a new kitchen! But I am also highlighting their differences by doing this post so...they're all justified.

1. Bobbi Brown 'Bright Poppy'

This colour is super matte, and almost a vibrant orange. In my head, it's very Jenny Lyons, which is why I chose to wear this shade for my J Crew event. As I often have a (bit of a) tan, I like to opt for a red with a hint of orange as find it a bit more flattering (some reds make my skin look quite yellow).

Clothes: Next (old)

This lipstick, to me, is the perfect red - it feels so grown-up, like the kind of lipstick my mum always carried in her purse when I was younger (when she wore YSL 'Poison' perfume). It glides on super smoothly and when I wore it for a hen weekend, all my friends asked about it as it stayed put the entire day.

Jumper: £19.99, H&M. Jeans: £34.99, Gap. Boots: Tabitha Simmons (old)

This lipstick came as part of a lip duo (named after the ever gorgeous Vivien Leigh), and I must confess to not trying the accompanying lip gloss - sticky red lips makes me tense, especially with light hair. This is almost a dark pinky red, again, very matte - and works so well with light colours.

Trench: J Crew(old). Top: $59, Storets. Jeans: £54.95, Gap. Shoes: £49.99, Zara.

I had no opinions on Smashbox until a few friends raved about their primers (which also, I never knew anything about until last year). Now I'm hooked on the primer, the hydrating foundation and basically everything about the brand. it just works, and this red is the perfect classic red - it looks darker than it comes out and I believe it's set to be iconic.

Shirt: £59, Hush. Glasses: Bailey Nelson

Possibly the darkest of my reds (but looks even darker on the site), this is a great cheap fix. Easy to wear, a matte finish and perfect for everyday use. I really rate Topshop beauty,  I also love their lip bullet pencils and they do the best red nail polish in 'Pillarbox' for £5.

Coat: £69, Marks & Spencer. Shirt: £80, Gant. Glasses: Bailey Nelson. 

So I also found out that these were none of your choices for red lippy! What can I say, I like to be different. So I've included a few below (along with some great buys this month, if you're not spending all your money on Christmas!):

1. Earrings: £6.99, H&M

2. Blouse: £19.99, H&M

3. Matte lipstick in 'Red Carpet Red': £23, Charlotte Tilbury

4. Heels: reduced to £28, Wallis

5. Frayed hem jeans: £46, Topshop

6. Chambray jumpsuit: £80, Hush

7. Wool coat: £139.99, Mango

8. Leather bag: reduced to £97.30, Radley

9. Leather trainers: £49.99, Vans at Zalando

10. Matte lipstick in 'Ruby Woo': £15.50, MAC

Thursday, 1 December 2016

What I really, really want...

...is a bottle of gin and some cashmere jogging bottoms. 

Family and friends always say how hard I am to buy for...but I'm actually quite a simple person.  A candle, handwash or a dressing gown: my dream presents to unwrap. So when M&S asked me to do a little Christmas gift guide, it wasn't really a stretch. All I have to do now is make sure my family don't see this list! 

Here's what I picked out:

1. FOR THE CUTE NEPHEW: dressing gown, £10, I love the star print and it's the softest fabric - I can't wait to see him in it. 

2. FOR THE 'OTHER HALF': grapefruit gin, £14 a bottle, not only does my husband always appreciate a decent bottle of gin, but this would also make a great gift for hosts. 

3. FOR THE CHIC SISTER: nightdress, £22.40, we're a family of pyjama lovers and this would never go unappreciated.

4. FOR PARENTS: handwash set, £25, my parents are those 'have everything' people, so I always buy them useful presents like food, cashmere or bathroom products (that will always get used).

5. FOR ME (FROM ME): earrings, £9.50, these moon and star earrings remind me of Valentino, and the perfect festive addition to my outfit.

6. FOR ME (again): cashmere joggers, £99, nothing pleases me more than a comfy pair of trousers. And in cashmere? Just dreamy.

7. FOR WRAPPING: spruce paper, £3.50, did I mention I love wrapping? It's possibly my favourite bit about Christmas! 

8. FOR A FRIEND: hand towel, £10, I love taking useful home items to friends who host us for dinner, I think it makes a nice change to alcohol.

9. FOR WORK COLLEAGUES: 'Noel' candle set, £12, easy to wrap, they smell amazing and look great as a token gift, especially for someone you don't know too well.

10. FOR THE FASHION FRIEND: velvet heels, £29.50, too good not to pick up for myself whilst there, no?

11. FOR THE CHRISTMAS DAY HOST: set of mini glitter crowns (picked up instore), I love these as a cute alternative to cracker crowns.

12. FOR THE PARTY HOST: polar bear bauble, £5, I love to take Christmas decorations as gifts for hosts, something a little bit different.

13. FOR ANYONE: Cava, £11 a bottle, always the perfect back-up gift - friends, extended family, hosts and colleagues. 

Candle set: £12, Marks & Spencer. Glitter mini crowns: instore at Marks & Spencer. Tree decoration: £5, Marks & Spencer

Wrapping paper: £3.50, Marks & Spencer. Labels: Kikki K
Cashmere tracksuit bottoms: £99, Marks & Spencer. Tree decoration: £5, Marks & Spencer. Grapefruit gin: £14 a bottle, Marks & Spencer
Velvet heels: £29.50, Marks & Spencer. Earrings: £9.50, Marks & Spencer

This is the first of my Christmas gift guides - this one in collaboration with Marks & Spencer - there will be more Christmas gift guide ideas to come!

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Great lengths

Coat: £95, Topshop. Jumper: £42, Topshop. Trousers: Cos (old).  Trainers: £42.99, New Balance. Suede chain strap bag: £99, Marks & Spencer. Photographs: Christopher O'Donnell
There's something about this weather that makes me want to live in my dressing gown. So maybe that's what drew me to this coat. Maxi length, super soft and fully equipped with that 'throw-over' capacity, this coat has the winter factor. 

It is also a great coat for travelling as it folds down relatively easily, so the ideal capsule mini-break piece to take on my recent trip to Amsterdam. 

A camel coat is a bit of a must for me, it screams chic and elevates a somewhat uninteresting outfit of trousers, polo neck and trainers. And let's talk about the trainers - bought back in the summer on a bit of a whim, I've only worn them a few times but have reinstated them as my top pair. I love that they can help make an outfit, and without realising it, I picked a pair in pretty much the colour of the season.

One of the reasons I haven't worn them lately have been the fact they are a bit big...but I had the brainwave of stuffing them with Ugg sheepskin liners (I initially used them on my Converse but it made them a bit tight!) and now they're the pair I reach for at every opportunity. 

Coat: £95, Topshop. Jumper: £42, Topshop. Trousers: Cos (old).  Trainers: £42.99, New Balance. Suede chain strap bag: £99, Marks & Spencer.

I've not worn a polo neck for a long time, I find skinny roll necks too tight and a bit claustrophobic. So that's why I'm welcoming the recent trend of the oversized knit. This jumper has a wide, funnel neck which is much easier to wear and doesn't look so 'Riders' under a coat. 

Coat: £95, Topshop. Jumper: £42, Topshop. Trousers: Cos (old).  Trainers: £42.99, New Balance. Suede chain strap bag: £99, Marks & Spencer.

Sunday, 27 November 2016

White shirts in Shoreditch

Coat: £295, Gant.  Shirt: £80, Gant. Beanie hat: £35, Gant. Photographs: Christopher O'Donnell
I've never underestimated the power of a white shirt: its ability to bring a smart outfit together, look effortless with jeans or even dress down an evening look (I'm thinking about bringing out the tulle maxi skirt again with this shirt for the festive season).

And with Gant's new Regent Street store opening, I thought I'd take their iconic Diamond G shirt out for a spin amongst one of London's most iconic backdrops: Shoreditch. Luckily, the typical rainy London weather held off just long enough for us to get our shots!

I've teamed the shirt and classic pea coat with the skirt of the season: pleats, adding a fashiony edge to a classic look, but this shirt and coat would work just as well with jeans and trainers on the weekend: the perfect on/off duty pieces. I'm a big believer in owning a classic coat - camel or grey will serve you well for the years to come.


Coat: £295, Gant.  Shirt: £80, Gant. Skirt: £45, NextBoots: £82, Topshop. 

Coat: £295, Gant.  Shirt: £80, Gant. 

And I'm finally starting to wear boots again, after a long hiatus. I guess, to me, it's fully accepting that it's winter. But still no tights. Yet.

This post was in collaboration with Gant, whose new store has opened on Regent Street. All styling, Art Direction and wording my own.
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