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Thursday, December 11, 2014

A Few Festive Faves!

The tree is up, the fire is keeping us toasty, all the lights are twinkling and the angelic little decoration rests atop the tree. And you may or may not have had the Kelly Clarkson Christmas album on repeat for days ...  Lovely, right? So lovely. But that's not all there is to it, there's also people - lots and lots of them if you're like me that require gifts for the festive 'everyone you know and a few you don't comes to visit' period.

If like me 2014 was a bit of a roller-coaster, it's a great opportunity to push yourself into the spirit of things around you and attempt to see the year out on a more positive note. And what a better way of doing that than gifting and stocking filling for the ones you love, the ones that have seen you through the previous 12months with some of the cutest items out there?


First up is an adorable site I found earlier in the year on the hunt for a new phone case - +Society6 offers the most creative designs from Geek to Chic in Women's, Men's, Home &Accessories. Shops and artists from all over the world contribute and let me tell you, I've lost an hour or two there browsing for unique home accessories or some sweet and environmentally friendly shopping totes!
Today they have a fab deal on their totes including $5 off AND free worldwide shipping, so get on that! I may or may not have sneaked a little tote as a treat for myself.

Oops?

Cute though, right?

Speaking of phone covers, I've become a bit of a addict of late. I chop and change far too much but there are just so many, and they're all beautiful. I'm currently rocking the shiny shield from +Captain America: The Winter Soldier which is just a little bit geeky but rather bad-ass looking if I do say so myself. (A+ film as well, check it out, one of the best of 2014!)But for gifting I've chosen the sweet and chic case from +kate spade new york via couture.zappos.com which is just beautiful and something I wouldn't mind finding in my stocking come Christmas morning!


On the cosmetics side of things, 2014 was another year of trial and error with makeup and skincare. But the fight continues, right? Two of my favourites this year (one based on packaging alone, because I am a magpie apparently) is the forever fave of +Benefit Cosmetics - Everything they do somehow becomes a favourite, and as much as I love a dupe every now and then I find it hard to give up my Beneobsession for anything. A great stocking filler I found is their Sugarlicious Deliciously nude…lip & cheek kit £25.50. Perfect for the fashionista among your ranks (or you know, a gift to yourself because hey, why not?) who wants to try out the mini versions of timeless classics such as their -
  • Benetint rose-tinted lip & cheek stain
  • High beam luminescent complexion enhancer
  • Sugarbomb "sugar rush flush" face powder
  • Ultra plush sugarbomb lip gloss
The second one was all +Agent Carter's fault or more so Hayley Atwell and her twittering for introducing me to the +Besame Cosmetics that they use for character and for the new show coming in January. The 40s look in makeup has always been a favourite of mine, and her look is just so flawlessly done - and we share a skintone and hair colouring so it's always good to know what might work on me from little details like that. The Besame cosmetics are so unique, they are packaged as if they came straight from the 40s and 50s, and their quality is simply stunning. On my wishlist is the 40s perfection that is the Red Velvet lippy! But check out their authentic style of mascaras and press powders. Perfect for that little something different that no one else is sure to have thought of! 

The splurge item on the list is of course the flawless @JoMaloneLondon. For obvious reasons  really - her scents are just amazing and long lasting, and the candles - while expensive are a real treat and a tiny luxury that is sure to be cherished!

Everyone, man woman or child in my opinion should have a cashmere scarf in their wardrobe. Not only are they incredibly soft, cosy and long lasting, but chances are they're super stylish as well. The one I chose for the list comes from +Nasty Gal in a nude/pink check pattern that is sure to compliment just about every coat/jacket combo and will surely keep you looking put together and polished even when there is no time for effort at all! Plus, did I mention softer than a kitten? Yes please.

The two final items are ones I have already and love - the Ugly Christmas Jumper has become somewhat of a thing this past few years, and love them or loathe them, they are EVERYWHERE. I was partial to this red one from +boohoo.com with a quote from a childhood classic Home Alone. It's cute without being too in your face, or so I tell myself. Either way it works out great for that Ugly Christmas Jumper 'night out' that everyone and their mother seems to be doing now too.

Clubbing in a jumper, is this 1990? Apparently!

And last but not least, a little sweet Karma. Via +Amazon.com these simple but elegant pieces go with every outfit, casual to formal they are delicate and beautiful and averaging around €30+ a gift that's sure to impress!

(Olaf included only if you sit to watch Frozen for the nine millionth time, sorry folks!)

Whatever you're getting up to this Holiday season I hope you do it happily, safely and full of love.

Till next time!

Laura
xo


Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Hitting the shops!

Tomorrow marks the beginning of the yearly horror of the Christmas shop for me. That time of year when all your own personal desires when it comes to all the things in the tiny stores, the big department stores, and in my case the beauty counters has to be cast aside in favour of what your friends, family and significant other wants or needs for Christmas.

Stressful right?

Little bit.

Which is why this being the first week of November, I aim to start 'early', and get it done at a decent time and leave myself extra time for those forgotten gifts and last minutes nicknacks. Never mind those abnormal people that have their entire Christmas shop for 500 people done by next week, we don't concern ourselves with those highly organized robots! :D

I like to put thought into my Christmas pressies, even for the most distant of friends or family that I haven't seen in ages, which isn't the easiest thing to do when you haven't seen a person from one Christmas to the next, but never let it be said that I would turn down a shopping challenge! Never!

 I've spotted a few things online browsing that I can pin for certain people!And the rest I hope to pick up in person for everyone else, my own 'self gifting' might be another post altogether ;)


Some age old favourite stocking fillers!


 Some posh undies for the men in your life!
Via Matalan.co.uk 

















Some very cute thin crew necks from Nelly.com for layering underneath the cardi, hoody, or jacket of his choice!

 The 'toggle' coat or what we used to call it the 'duffle' coat when I was a kid is so back on trend this season in both Menswear and Womenswear, I love the nostasgic feeling of the buttons, and just how chic is manages to pull together the most casual of outfits, all the while keeping you super toasty! This one is the JACK & JONES / HENRY WOOL JKT £ 179.95 which I found via www.Nelly.com !
 

No stocking is really complete without seemingly useless additions, like sweeties (extra points if they're the corner shop kind that we all still know and love no matter where we've moved to! Cola bottles, jelly rings, the works!)

Matalan.co.uk does an array of these little babies!


Love love love!

For the one that loves to cook, why not indulge with Nigellla! Finger licking is optional!

Via Amazon.co.uk
 And one of many ideas for your lovely mum or Gran are these personalised candles! Such a cute idea!
 


So, that's my little Christmas present inspiration post, I know I'm inspired myself to get cracking, I hope I've inspired you!

xo