Thursday, 26 November 2015

Christmas: Gift Guide For Your BFF

Buying for your BFF is a fun present to buy, you probably (well hopefully) know each other inside out so you'll be pretty clued up on each others likes and dislikes. I had so much fun putting this together, thinking about what I'd buy my friends and gifts that are always definite winners.

Is it weird to buy your BFF underwear? I don't think so unless it's a babydoll set or something racy in which case yeah a little creepy. This Pieces bralet is gorgeous and it's SO cheap! I'd never actually heard of this discounter before but they do loads of knitwear, accessories and shoes at massive savings so give M and M Direct* a peep if you like a good bargain!

A couple of gorgeous Kate Spade pieces popping up here, I love KS stationery. It's so dreamy and Pinterest worthy, I love the list pad which would look lovely on my desk (cough Charlie if you're reading this) and the thermal mug is so cute. My friend Grace actually bought this from Selfridges last year!

The Balenciaga book via Very Exclusive is a beautiful gift and will look stunning on any fashion lovers coffee table or shelves. I'm a bit of a sucker for a good coffee table  book. The Karl keyring and Stila palette are also from Very Exclusive, I'd highly recommend checking out their Christmas Gift section there's loads of amazing potential presents.

The Nick Cranston luggage tag is one of my favourite lower priced gifts, they actually have a few different cities (I love the New York one too!). The perfect present for any travel lovers out there! 


Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Fashion: Burberry 4177 Sunglasses

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Burberry Sunglasses Via Sunglasses Shop*

Hola! Today I have the pleasure of reviewing these absolute beauties. Sunglasses shop recently got in touch in regards to their amazing range of sunnies and upcoming offers, being a frequent sunglasses wearer I was more than happy to choose a pair to review. I actually lost one of my favourite pairs in Florida (damn that tower of terror) so it's perfect timing. 

I'll be styling these up in an outfit post very soon but as they're so damn gorgeous I thought they deserved a post solely dedicated to them! I adore the frame, I've seen lots of pairs with this double bar and I just love them. They're fairly big lenses but still so lightweight which means you can wear them all day without getting irritated and ending up with those annoying dents on your nose. 

The matte black frame is exactly what I would opt for when picking a perfect pair of sunglasses, I usually always go for a plain black pair just as they're so easy to style with everything. This pair in particular are currently on offer and there's also loads of other amazing pairs discounted in the sunglasses shop sale including these Celine babies. OH and on top of that there's also a massive 25% off for Black Friday!!! Just use code 25GIFT. Happy shopping!


Monday, 23 November 2015

Christmas: It's Party Season!

If you're a fan of getting glammed up for a night out then Christmas is definitely the time of year for you! Although I mostly opt for nights in with a fluffy blanket, festive films and snacks, I do love heading out over Christmas and New Year! It's a great excuse to buy that stunning dress, fluffy heels, embellished bags and other wow items that wouldn't usually have a place in your year-round wardrobe. 

Having attended a local business awards just the other week I did my fair share of internet scouring for an outfit. In the end I went with some killer heels, these Asos trousers and a plain white Zara bandeau for a minimal (but hopefully effective) look. I'm still on the hunt for a Christmas Eve outfit as well as something for New Years, I've narrowed it down to two very different outfits...

I don't often go for dresses, I've always been a trouser girl or opt for a co-ord but I just love the detail of these sleeves. It's the perfect little black dress and isn't too fussy but has just the right amount of sass. I've paired it up with simple caged heels, a striped monochrome clutch and of course you have to top it off with a furry coat! It is bloody cold after all!

Outfit number two is a very me trouser and top combo, I love these smart flared trousers from River Island, I think they'd look FAB with the statement crop from Topshop with simple accessories.  The Estella Bartlett necklace is so dainty, cute and simple which is definitely my preference for jewellery, I'm not really into big costume pieces! Sometimes a midi-heel is just right if your event involves a fair amount of walking, unless you're a pro at doing all nighters in heels which I am not. I lost my heel tekkers a good few years ago.

Which outfit do you prefer? The LBD or the flares and crop?

Sunday, 22 November 2015

Travel: Birmingham #Bloggerlodge & Christmas Markets

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This weekend myself and Charlie headed up north (it's north to us, anyway) to Birmingham. After being invited to the Travelodge or 'Bloggerlodge' to have a weekend mooching around the Christmas markets we packed our backpacks and headed up for a couple of days. We're actually only an hour and a half drive to Birmingham, I didn't realise it was such a short journey so we were there in no time!

Our first stop once we had dropped our bags off was FOOD. I was staving as we didn't each breakfasts so not to spoil a nice lunch. We got there about midday and almost all restaurants already had crazy queues but we managed to nab a table at the Handmade burger company. Oh my, these were good burgers. I've never eaten there before but I couldn't believe how many veggie burgers there were to choose from. Normally we get one at a stretch but I was deliberating over the menu for ages, I don't know how meat eaters cope with so much choice. In the end I had the mushroom stack and it was divine and the chips were just as heavenly.

Next we took a stroll around the bullring, it's pretty damn good for shopping with Selfridges, COS, Whistles, Reiss, Topshop all under one roof. We also visited the new Grand Central where there was a John Lewis and I picked up a cute sausage dog decoration for the Christmas tree!

Then it was time for the Christmas markets, and man these were BUSY! Very pretty, very cute but very busy. The atmosphere was buzzing though, I just couldn't believe how many people were there. We grabbed a couple of hot chocolates and had a stroll around the wooden chalets selling lots of handmade crafts, gifts, sweets and food.

Then we headed to the movies to get out of the crowds for a little while and caught a showing of the last Hunger Games (which by the way I thought was great apart from the final 45 mins when it went really strange, do you agree?).

We headed out for dinner around 8ish, although we had a bit of a disaster as my order didn't get put through so I waited over an hour for a margarita pizza but hey at least my amazing burger at lunch made up for it!

Our stay was courtesy of Travelodge Birmingham, we stayed at the Moor Street hotel which was just a stones throw away from all the shops. A really great location, comfy kingsize bed and extremely clean. I couldn't fault it!

Want to know more about Birmingham? Planning a trip? Check out this guide from Travelodge for everything you need to know.


Thursday, 19 November 2015

Travel: Planning For 2016 & Beyond

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I like to plan. I REALLY like to plan. If it involves a lengthy discussion, list making and researching then I'm in. I spend too much of my spare time simply planning or making hypothetical plans to go here, there and everywhere. I have a serious case of ongoing wanderlust. 

It's probably over the past few years I've developed this desire to trot off around the globe, or simply head somewhere new in my home country. I have a thirst for exploring and seeing new places. Instagram doesn't help my desire to escape, I mean, why can't I be one of those girls that seems to spend life hanging around beaches and drinking from coconuts? Major life goals. 

Anyway as I said planning is my forte and I've already made a 2016 travel list, though I will admit this is quite an ambitious list so we'll say 2016 but maybe the start of 2017 too because time goes bloody quick these days and before we know it the year has gone. 

1.  Amsterdam

I can't believe I haven't already been here! One of girl friends even lived there for a year yet I still never got round to going. It's such an easy, short flight yet here I am still looking at pictures of bridges and bicycles wondering what this city has to offer. It's definitely a city I will visit next year. 

2. New York

Yeah I did say this was ambitious. It's somewhere I am DYING to go to so I really need to make it happen asap. Just imagine the shopping!!! 

3. Lisbon

Both myself and Charlie (my bf fyi) have a mutual agreement that this is somewhere we would like to visit and have discussed taking a 4/5 night stay there in spring time. It looks absolutely stunning and if the photos I've seen are anything to go by, it will be pretty spectacular. 

4. A Cruise

Cruises didn't used to appeal to me, Charlie has always mentioned he wanted to go on one but I think my inner fear of boats, stemming from watching the Titanic aged 8 has held me back. You can get some amazing deals through Bolsover Cruise Club* often have great discounts and it's a great way to see lots of places whilst casually taking your time and sitting back with a few cocktails. Dreamy. 

5. Venice

Ah the city of romance. I love Italy, it's one of my favourite places to visit and I can't wait to head back to Rome in the next couple of years. I truly fell in love with the city and I have a feeling Venice will leave me with the same feeling. 

6. Budapest

Because of the George Ezra song? I joke. Kind of. I've heard good things about Budapest and it's pretty cheap too in terms and flights and hotels. It looks like a gothic dream which always draws me in. Expect a Budapest photo diary coming your way soon. 

7. Chicago

So yeah I definitely won't be doing NYC and Chicago in one year, but I can certainly add it to my list nonetheless. Travelling America has always been my major dream. I would love to do a TrekAmerica but if that doesn't happen, one place at a time will have to do. 

8. Madrid

I've only ever been to Spain once on a typical villa holiday where I pretty much just spent two weeks sitting in the sunshine reading a Harry Potter book. Madrid has always appealed to me, it looks like such a vibrant city and I'd like to visit a little more of Spain.

What's on your travel list for next year? If you have any tips or blog posts for these places I'd love to have a read so please leave me a link!
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