Personal Style


Everyone has an Icon, be that in sports, life or in my case fashion - someone to aspire to play/be/dress like, and while we should remember we are all individuals in this world, it is nice to have some to aspire to. There are three such women that have become my style icon's, all for different reasons but never the less i do find myself drawn to their take on fashion and like to use it as my inspiration, while i cultivate my own style. With beautiful elements from all three that i try to build into my own outfits.


A true American fashionista, always polished and well groomed this lady could make a bin bag look chic. Her impeccable taste in shoes and accessories seem to finish off any outfit - whether she is at an event or walking her dog. I am particularly drawn to Olivia as she loves her statement necklaces, a girl after my own heart, and knows when to add one to make an outfit go from good to wow. Not really one to push the boundaries, she knows what suits her and sticks to it - a true style formula.
Key element: The value of fabulous accessories


A fairly recent favourite, who on the opposite side of the spectrum from Olivia has a much more casual, relaxed style but still quite classic. A true jeans and tee girl at heart - but knows how to wear with style. I think her style appeals to me as she is more of a girl next door type, more relate-able, however she knows how to glam up like a pro.

Key element: Keep it simple


The last of my style icons, is the wonderfully quirky Fearne Cotton. I love the rock chick elements within her style mixed with classic and usually a beautiful handbag. Always gorgeous but in that "i threw it together" way, that looks effortless especially when in her go to jeans uniform. The mix of prints and colour she wears is amazing, she never seems afraid to try new combinations. Nice too that she is very much a highstreet girl - so many great Topshop items mixed in alongside some gorgeous designer gems.

Key element: How to add print and colour to everyday 
(plus everything looks better with a Mulberry bag!)


Who do you consider to be your style icon? Maybe its your mum, not a celebrity.












Beautiful Braids

From single to triple, French to Dutch, fishtail to milkmaid, skinny to super chunky - braids come in all shapes and sizes and work in almost all lengths of hair - a new hair obsession of mine....


Check out my Hair board on Pinterest for these and other cute braid styles.

Lately i have been wearing a side French braid with either a ballerina bun or ponytail, I love how it is an easy relaxed hairstyle but still looks polished for work - quite simple but still mastering the basics (YouTube has some great tutorial video's). Need a bit more practice on the more intricate styles, but by the summer i will be rocking some of the beautiful braids above - so much more chic than a simple ponytail on a hot day.


What is your braid of choice? Have you mastered the more complex, intricate styles - if so please send me pics, would love to see.

Have a great weekend x







TGF Edit: Weekend Feet


Not my normal style of footwear however i needed something comfy and cute to wear at the weekends. Whether you want texture, print, colour or something a bit more edgy, most brands have at least one style but here are my top picks in store now:

Croc effect - Topshop £20, Calf Hair Leopard - Next £38
Mint Snakeskin effect - New Look £14.99, Silver Metallic Quilted - Kate Spade £167
Leather Snakeskin effect - Kurt Geiger £99, Cascading floral - Ted Baker @ ASOS £85
Printed floral - Kurt Geiger £120, Black Perforated - Next  £24

After much debate i opted for the New Look pair but in a gorgeous pastel lilac shade rather than the mint, as they didn't have them in my size and as these are just a weekend pair i couldn't justify spending a fortune. Some of the styles are very masculine and clompy looking but these are very cute and feminine - will look nice with jeans as well as my summer dresses. 

Which pair would you choose?






Beauty Review: Drops of Youth Bouncy Sleeping Mask


"Smoothing, refreshing & replenishing night cream-gel."

When I heard about this revolutionary new product from the body shop I was intrigued. After reading many reviews online raving about the benefits i decided to give it a go. I was still a little hesitant as at £22 it isn't the cheapest product on the market but i do love the Body Shop and know their products are worth the extra pennies.

"Discover our new Drops of Youth™ Bouncy Sleeping Mask, enriched with Edelweiss stem cells. Designed to be left on overnight, it leaves skin looking bouncier and feeling replenished." - thebodyshop.co.uk

Initial reactions: 
Texture: Very odd consistency, a cross between a cream and a gel which gives a cooling feel to the skin once applied.  Takes a little while to sink in too, best to apply well before bedtime or your face ends up kinda stuck to the pillow!
Application: Simple, small scoop of the cream along with the massage guidelines to "stimulate your lymphatic system, encouraging circulation for skin that feels renewed and bouncy". Like giving yourself a mini facial every night.
Massage guidelines

Scent: Pleasant smell, a very light almost cucumbery scent, something a bit different.
Packaging: A gorgeous glass jar gives a premium feel to the product, however not travel friendly as it is rather weighty!

Month reactions: 
Left my skin feeling fresh and soft for the first week or so however have been using this for a month now and whilst my skin is softer and a little plumper, it is also now all red and blotchy around my cheeks and nose! Nothing else new in my skin care regime so sadly not sure I will ever re-buy this, although I may retry once my skin clears up.

Worth checking out the rest of the "Drops of Youth" range at thebodyshop.co.uk

Would love to know if you have tried this? Has this been an amazing product for you?









♥ I NEED these in my life....

I have a Primark addiction at the moment, totally open and honest about it to, I cannot resist popping into my local store just for a look and i never seem to leave without at least 1 item. Mainly items from the accessories and homeware collections that have me memorized at the moment (who can resist a beautiful bedding set for less than £20 or a owl shaped candle for £2) although the clothing hasn't really grabbed me yet (still that awkward in between collections) but i do like a good basic tee or vest top.

The latest to grab my attention was this pair of shoes, featured in Look Magazine - the moment i saw them i knew i needed them in my life for the summer, the perfect partner to a fabulous new midi skirt from ASOS or my faithful skinny jeans.


Raffia Ghillie Heel £18

Now on a mission to find in store - i am going to London in April for my birthday and there will be a Tottenham court road store visit and i am hoping to find these (along with a few other bits). Damn Primark for not having an online store, i seem to spend a lot of my time hunting for items i have seen in magazines/blogs, it drives my hubby nuts. So wish me luck finding these .

If any of you have found/bought these beauties please let me know on social media. 
(links in the sidebar)

For a peek at what's new check out Primark.com








My February

"Life is better when your covered in Glitter!"


What I have bought / worn this month:
* Oversized, lightweight and spotty, the perfect combination for a spring shirt from good old ASOS, I wore this with a turquoise New Look statement necklace and skinny jeans. * New earrings from Topshop, semi precious Onyx arrows. I saw these in one of Fleur De Force's videos and instantly bought them. So cute and great for everyday although not so phone friendly. * Primark mini haul - basic vest top, "Wake me up when it's Friday" lounge trousers and matching sweatshirt top, striped smock dress, tan perforated ballet flats (to replace a pair from last year that I wore to death), giant heart necklace and gold/glitter bunting necklace. 
* Cute and for charity plus a designer label for as little as a fiver, I just couldn't resist this Lulu Guinness tote bag in association with Sainsbury's, three designs available. * Finally found a cute watch, my previous one broke and I have been looking for ages and great for only £12.99 from New Look. Rose gold hardware with a grey rubber strap. * Another day, another spotty shirt combo, this time with my absolute favourite necklace from Forever 21 and my gorgeous Vivienne Westwood jelly bow ballets. * Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2015 - my two favourite presentations. The talented and quirky shoe designer Sophia Webster, with her circus inspired collection and the latest offer from my favourite brand Mulberry, including the newest addition to my wish list. Make sure to check out both of my collection round up's on the blog.


Hair & Beauty loves this month:
* The latest in my make up bag, new Bare Minerals foundation and Mineral veil , Maybelline lash sensational mascara and Arcancil Paris Starliner black waterproof eyeliner alongside my favourite Essie nail polish. * Decided to see what all the hype is about and took the plunge with my first Benefit makeup collection, Feelin' Dandy - Posietint, High Beam, Dandelion powder and lip gloss, perfect little set to compliment my everyday natural look. * Cute spring nail polish from H&M, pastel confetti (although not that long lasting sadly). * Obsessed with braids at the moment, two great looks with a large front braid with both a messy bun and low ponytail, the perfect mix of relaxed and chic for everyday. * Garnier Micellar water - can totally see why this has become a beauty favourite. Great at removing make up and daily grime although I do find it can irritate my eyes so still using in conjunction with Garnier Express 2in1 eye makeup remover. * Frenchie - My Little Box this month, with three great beauty pieces for more on the contents check out my post here. * There has been a lot of hype in the blogging world about this amazing new sleep mask from The Body Shop, "Drops of Youth Bouncy sleeping mask" - slightly pricey at £22 but so far I am impressed - review to follow in March. Have you tried this?


All the rest:
* This months favourites from my Pinterest boards - pastels and spring styling, getting me in the mood for the warmer weather. * A very productive afternoon spent re-organising my Pinterest boards, fresh board covers and some great new finds. * New social media logo for The Glitter Fashionista - simple yet stylish. * Have been waiting for this since it's release was announced, The Glam Guide is a fabulous collection of advice, inspiration and experiences from my favourite Blogger/youtuber Fleur De Force - make sure you check out her channel * A nice discovery in Waterstones, my favourite Paris streetstyle book now has a partner, that's dedicated to shoes!! Two loves combined, shoes + Paris = happy me. * The last of my Christmas pennies spent on this cute kitty cushion from Next, I love to sit and watch Willow on the bed as she has no idea what to make of it (think she may have even tried to wash it a couple of times!) * Gorgeous Valentines / anniversary flowers from hubby, a beautiful mix of colours and includes my favourite Gerbera flowers. * The one item from the Primark Spring/summer press day coverage that I had to have, after seeing everywhere on social media. A perfect pastel, mixed pattern bedding set - even better at £11 for the set! May have to go back and see about the matching throw and scatter cushion.

Would love to hear about any new fashion or beauty products you have been loving this month?








AW15 Fashion Week - Mulberry

"This season, Mulberry is fascinated by old English houses and how they lived through the decades, changing and evolving with the ebb and flow of times and fashions". Mulberry.com

The first collection from new creative director Johnny Coca (former Céline accessories design director) and I think Mulberry has re-discovered its voice and has presented a gorgeous collection, that has a clear brand message - just wish there had been a catwalk show. 


As usual it's the stunning bags that catch my eye and have pulled me back in love with the brand. A great mix of old and new, with Mulberry favourites updated in fall colours - the Bayswater, Lily, and Willow tote, alongside the new Darby (a great structured style with top handle, shoulder strap and zip pocket detailing), Jamie & mini Jamie (great everyday slouchy bucket style in mixed fabrications) and Delphie (reversible clutch style, a new SS15 silhouette). 

A stunning rich palette with key colours - oxblood, black, army green, midnight blue and mixture of sumptuous fabrics from ostrich and printed leather to washed clad leather and suede, that add texture and detail to this assortment of stylish bags.


The final new style is Roxette - an update to the classic Roxanne, a gorgeous bag that reminds me of vintage Mulberry, much more the brand I know and love. This bag has stolen my heart and i think it is simply stunning, and my favourite's are the Oxblood and grey colours both in Croc Printed Leather, they have fantastic texture that adds a subtle detailing to the bag, also a great size for using everyday. Roxette also comes in Pink sheepskin, which is not to my taste as it looks a little too like a teddy bear but the silhouette and hardware detailing is fabulous. Have been considering investing in a new bag, think I may need to wait till next season and get my gorgeous vintage tan Roxanne a buddy.


Not a massive lover of the clothing collection - but Mulberry for me always has and always will be about the bags. However these three looks from the main collection caught my eye - a sophisticated way to wear warm, ladylike knitwear.


"Interior stuccos, mouldings and other architectural decorations formed the basis of screen prints, woven jacquards, and embroideries. A neo-classical filigree motif was a recurring theme. It popped up on silky PJ suits but was best explored in a 3D ivory boucle coat, which had been embroidered, hand cut away and then painted on top." Vogue.co.uk

No surprise then that the showroom had been given a very interior inspired treatment - gorgeous pieces of art accompany the clothes/accessories - see more in video below:

        
* All imagery / Video content taken from Mulberry.com and mulberry_editor Instagram

A very beautiful and well put together collection, hopefully with Johnny Coca in charge we will be seeing this brand back on top, embracing what it is known for - British heritage.

What did you think to this Fashion week presentation? 









AW15 Fashion Week - Sophia Webster


The amazing new collection with it's joyous circus-inspired designs took China town by storm, taking its cue from Gwen Stefani's No Doubt era, and aptly named "The Freak like me" collection.

With a rainbow of colours and just the right amount of quirky, this presentation was a must see at fashion week and has got social media in a technicolor spin. Never before have I seen so many Instagram pictures of shoes, but as i have said before Sophia Webster shoes are more like wearable pieces of art. With some usual elements and some unexpected twists a really lovely collection that has left my credit card feeling a future dent coming from Sophiawebster.com


An update to the existing butterfly shoes, with new colours in established favourites alongside new statement pointed flats and a pair of stunning black stiletto ankle boots that scream style. 


Not only fabulous feet but now you can literally match your bag to your shoes. From her signature slogan clutches with quipy new sayings and some great new typography, to cute backpack styles - all in matching colours, to perfectly co-ordinate with your fashionable feet. The cutest new assortment is a nod to Coke Cola with red and white pointed pumps and a cute cherry coke clutch to match, not exactly normal but a great nod to the fast food fashions that have littered the catwalk over the last 12 months.


A beautiful range of embellished flats, funky boots and towering heels adorned with feathers, leopard-print, glitter, "warped check" and tartan - where else would you find all these elements in one show? Even the models were wacky bold and defiantly eye catching in their circus themed costumes. The "Miss Thang" slingbacks are stunning and very simplistic yet quirky, in a gorgeous subtle pink - could totally see these sitting on my shoe rack.


My favourite part of the collection is the mini range. Not many designers offer great mum and mini me pairings, whether you want cute little slogan toes or matching glittery butterflies, these mini styles are just as beautiful as the rest of the assortment. If only they were a little better priced - if anything like the current styles available on the designers website, you are looking at around £250!! think i best win the lottery!

Another amazing offer form this talented designer - thank you Sophia Webster for bringing some much needed quirkiness to my life.

All imagery from Vogue.co.uk show report









My Little Frenchie Box

In collaboration with Ines de la Fressange.


As soon as i received the email to say this month's My Little Box was on way, i couldn't wait to discover what goodies this chic little brand had in store for subscribers - sadly i wasn't in when Mr Postman arrived on Wednesday so had to wait to go and collect from the post office. 

After the disaster that was January's box (fitness themed with a mix of very random beauty products) i was waiting to see if the February box could convince me not to hit that cancel subscription button and on first impressions i am back in love. I have loved every box since i started my subscription back in September but January's was a total miss for me and i think the only item in the box i was truly happy with was the little calendar - not good!

Anyway back to the Frenchie box.....a true Parisian box of chic.


Presented in the normal way, with the contents wrapped up in a little ribbon - underneath a mixture of beautiful lifestyle and beauty products.

CONTENTS
My little world magazine, with beauty and fashion tips/interviews
Beautiful illustration of Ines, with "about her" on the back
My Little Beauty Complexion enhancer - glowing skin
By Terry Terrybly Khol pencil in Bronze Generation
L'Oreal Super liner brow artist shaper - Dark Brunette
DHC Blotting paper
My Little Smartphone case/pouch
Les petits mots D'Ines - jar of messages


DHC Blotting paper - in very cute little packaging (although not sure why it is in Chinese), although i don't normally have a need for this kind of product but a nice thing to have in my makeup box just in case. 

My Little Beauty complexion enhancer is a light face tint , that gives a glow to the complexion, a great consistency, very creamy and a light fragrance, will be using on my "light" makeup days. 

L'Oreal Super liner brow artist shaper - oddly i have been thinking about my eyebrows lately and wondering what to try and as if by magic MLB have provided me with a L'Oreal product that looks very natural on my brows and is easy to apply, handy too as it has the eyebrow pencil as well as fix/finish wax and a little brush. 

By Terry Terrybly Khol pencil - a gorgeous eyeliner, great alternative to my normal black, this one has flecks of bronze in which looks really pretty whilst still giving me definition. Glides on the eyelid smoothly and so far is a last all day product, perfect for my everyday look.


My favourite item in the box - a little blue smartphone case with red/white/blue spots on. I was worried about this item as i had seen a couple of reviews from other bloggers who said it was for an iPhone (which i do not have) however my Samsung Galaxy S5 mini fits perfectly. A nicely made and thought out item, perfect to keep my phone safe in the depths of my handbag, plus the little pocket on the front very handy for train tickets or even my headphones. 


Finally the last item in Ines's box, a cute idea but not quite sure how i will use in my life - a mini jar of messages. The one i have unwrapped read "Like 99% of women, i woke up this morning and had nothing to wear". Like i said a cute item but all the other lifestyle items i have had in my boxes have had a purpose this just doesn't, but it will look pretty on my dressing table.

- ♥ -

Do you subscribe to My Little Box - what have you thought to the last few boxes, have they left you feeling all Parisian or just bored? Would love to hear from you x







My January

"This is the year I will be stronger, braver, kinder, and unstoppable. This year I will be fierce."


* Every Christmas there is one item that seems to dominate the presents, most times in my family its DVD's or books but this year it was slippers... Minions, Julian the monkey and Mickey Mouse all made an appearance on my sofa, all from Primark. * A New Year's Eve walk in the freezing cold and snow with the family - hubby looks way too excited #photobomb. * New books to add to my coffee table collection - Pretty Honest, a beauty guide with very helpful tips in and the very inspirational biography from a personal role model, Diane Von Furstenberg - who knew this woman has done so much more than design the iconic wrap dress. * A treat to myself, new curling wand with a larger barrel perfect for more disheveled curls. * Winter inspired street style - pins from my Pinterest boards. * Favourite sale bargain - beautiful vintage look, long line floral blazer from ASOS. Not what i would have classed as AW wear but a bargain none the less, perfect for layering in the spring season and the perfect partner to my favourite little white dress. * Love an insect print - the new IT print from H&M, in a textured sweatshirt with exposed zip detailing, ideal weekend loungewear. * I am in love!! this Olivia Rubin jacket has my name all over it, although sadly with a £450 ticket on i may have to resort to loving from a far. * These days there are so many good copies around on the highstreet and i was very impressed with these great little courts i got from Primark especially when i found an almost identical pair on the Dune website for a lot more money. Great heel height and a patent heel, just need to the snow to go and i can wear.


* Discovering Primark Candles, a great scent - Coconut & Vanilla cream and a bargain at only £2.50. Will have to go back and try some of the other scents - any suggestions on which to try?
* In my opinion any outfit is made by the choice of accessories, just a few of my favourites from my Pinterest boards. * The January My Little Box - Energy. Not impressed with this one, why does everything in January have to be fitness related? The face cream, refreshing spritz and gym bag are useful but i really didn't need yet another bottle of red nail polish especially as i am not a lover of Nails Inc. The only item i was happy with was the cute little calendar, a great size for my desk at work and has some really nice illustrations. Hoping the February box is an improvement or its bye bye My Little Box. * New year, new Zumba gear - leggings from H&M, sports bottle from good old Poundland and the best sports bra i have ever had from Primark (a very unexpected find, went back for another colour) at an amazing £4!!! * Random sale find in Accessorieze, every girl should have a unicorn air freshener in her car, especially when it smells of bubblegum. * New phone time... love when my contract ends and i can choose a shiny new handset. As my contracts are usually 2 years long, i do find that at about 18 months i am bored and on the look out for my next phone and i was so happy to find the Samsung Galaxy S5 mini available on the contract i wanted. Such a great phone and in my opinion Samsung are just as good as iphone's. * More January loves from Pinterest - with some beautiful spring florals to brighten up this gloomy month. * Cute new scarf from Accessorize in the sale, warm and snuggly with a cute plaid print with pops of neon pink (doesn't look very neon in the pic). * Totally in love with the new collection at Paperchase - funky cats!! Pink glitter and a kitty wearing sunnies, need this notebook on my desk!


* Primark's new homeware collection is proving irresistible! This fleece blanket in grey checks is huge and for only £10 a great find for snuggling on the sofa, although Willow likes it too so i do have to fight to actually use it. * New mascara - Maybelline Lash sensational - pink packaging, great lash lengthening and non smudging what more could a girl ask for in a mascara. * Slogan tee's that caught my eye on the highstreet - the shopping addiction one even my mum saw and said was perfect for me. * My nieces amazing Frozen birthday cake, complete with fairy lights and characters. Looked great and tasted it too. * More Primark homeware - at only £6 i couldn't resist both sets of these little battery operated fairy lights. The little hearts are on my Ikea unit in the bedroom and the lanterns are draped on my staircase to add that homey touch. * My little phone felt quite naked until this leopard lovely arrived - so cute love the pastel leopard print. I do need to have a little rant here, why do companies only sell the fancy/fashionable/branded phone cases for iPhone? I fell in love with a Marc Jacobs and a Fifi Lapin case but neither are available for Samsung phones. Why can't these beauties be offered to the rest of the world who choose not to own an iPhone? please offer more!!!! * Great slogan from River Island, so true and love the colour palette, a nice spring nautical look. * Finally the new Mulberry campaign is out, check out my post Blooming Marvellous Mulberry? to see what i thought.

Hope you had a fabulous January....








Blooming Marvellous Mulberry?



After being semi impressed by the SS15 fashion week presentation, I was keen to see the latest campaign photography and how the new collection would be come across in print especially the beautiful prints and colours. My love for this British beauty has slowly dismissed over the last two or three seasons, I have not felt excited by the new additions to the handbag family or the campaign ideas, as you will have seen in my last few Mulberry posts.

Now I have finally seen the new shots, I am still not convinced by the collection however the photography is beautiful and really embraces the British blooms theme of the season. The biggest disappointment for me is that none of the stunning jacquard floral pieces have been shot - the main element of the SS15 presentation that i fell in love with. However I am so happy that Cara Delevinge has been replaced, although i am not a massive fan of Georgia May Jagger, she does as a softer more feminine and  playful quality to the campaign, as opposed to the harder fashion edge of Cara .The thing about these images that has captured my attention is the colour palette and the almost vintage feel and it's simplistic styling.

All imagery taken from mulberry.com




As per usual the best element of the new collection is the accessories, not many new options this year but the reversible bag, Delphie is a great investment as essentially it's two for the price of one. The mix of pastels and bold geometric prints on the leather goods is a fresh take on the spring/summer season. Not normally a fan of the shoes, but this pastel blue and navy snakeskin effect sandals have defiantly captured my attention.


The photography is brought to life in the supporting video, which continues with the vintage vibe and touches of feminine glamour. Sit back and enjoy the video....

                 

Thoughts on the latest Mulberry offering - has it left you disappointed or headed online to lust over potential purchases?

Mulberry.com







January Mini Haul


In an attempt to try and save some money this month, just a mini haul to keep my fashion habit fueled. Some great basic's with a couple of sale bargains mixed in, whilst I am trying to hang on for the new season stock to come in before spending my hard earned pennies.


1. Hard case humbug striped clutch £19.99 New Look 
Perfect size and a great variation on a traditional clutch, saw this on Llymrs YouTube channel/blog and had to buy it. Surprisingly roomy for such a small bag.

2. Textured Insect sweatshirt, with exposed zip £12.99 H&M
Fell in love with this print the moment I saw it, originally on trousers which did not suit, glad it was also used on a great casual day piece. Great textured fabric and the print is very different.

3. Statement necklace £12 and long leaf pendant £4 Accessorize
Can never resist sale jewels - a bold statement piece with a beautiful mix of colours and a simpler leaf pendant, great as all my long necklaces seem to have disappeared.

4. Watercolour floral longline jacket £22 ASOS
My favourite sale item. Amazing print, great shape and perfect for layering both now and the approaching warmer seasons - have worn this week with a striped tee and jeans. Also a great price, down from I think £45.

5. Bright bead necklace £3 Primark
Not much you can get for only £3 these days but this necklace is great and an unusual colour combination for me, saw on my Instagram feed a few weeks ago and was pleased to find just as nice in the flesh.

6. Fashion print T-shirt £7 Primark
Great slogan tee, perfect for me. Was going to use for my zumba class but too pretty for sweat!

7. Oxblood Pony skin cross body bag £22 Dorothy Perkins
A replacement to an old faithful that finally fell apart, my favourite colour and the pony skin texture is a modern twist to a relatively simple item.

8. Slouchy cropped tee £16 ASOS
Great for lounging, and I couldn't resist the slogan.

9. Coconut and vanilla cream Candle £2.50 Primark
A new discovery - gorgeous smelling candles at a fantastic price. Had to resist the urge to buy all the scents, but chose this one, love hints of vanilla.


Would love to know what you have indulged in this month? 








My December


This year is all about new Christmas traditions - new house, new traditions, especially as this is our first year hosting the big day.


* So starting as we mean to go on - advent calendars. Cadbury Dairy Milk for the humans and weird green kitty treats for little Willow (who still has half the windows to eat even though it is now Jan). * It really is the most wonderful time of the year! * New festive Pj's (Primark long sleeved top and fair-isle Sainsburys bottoms) have to open pressies in an appropriate outfit. 
* Amazing light up star decoration, i couldn't resist. Paperchase gold and white paper chains covered in stars and stripes, which filled a Sunday afternoon with hysterics as hubby has never made paperchains before (sad!) and my beautiful tree - purple and silver with a dash of white, with one sad looking star that Willow chose to love and now looks a little sad with a hole in. 
* My boss knows me so well - yummy chocs and a bottle of bubbly, although not your run of the mill flavours, oh no - mint and strawberry and hot hot chocolate with chilli which burns the mouth, to name a few. * Christmas shopping isn't complete without a trip to the Disney store and this year a cuddle with Olaf! and some much needed DVD purchases for my collection - i am a bit of a Disney lover and was excited to see these on offer in HMV, a couple of classics and a modern favourite.


Think i may be a little obsessed with burgundy/oxblood!!!

* New high neck top from Topshop - sleeveless and longline, perfect with skinny jeans and boots. Will be a nice transitional spring item too. * Mixing it up for work with my new ASOS heart clutch bag, teamed with my grey M&S drop hem dress and ankle boots. This bag is amazing, oversized and large enough to fit in all my daily essentials, with a gorgeous gold magnetic heart fastening - £25, still on the site if you fancy a treat LOVE and the black version is currently in the sale too. * Another bag purchase a simple cross body bag from Dorothy Perkins, perfect for those hand free days, gold detailing and a touch of pony skin for some added luxury. * This month's delivery - My Little box in collaboration with Fleur de Force (my favourite youtuber with those most adorable sausage dog puppy), with more delightful goodies inside - click here for a peak inside - roll on the January box. * A small collection of "me" gifts this month, most of which you have already seen but also a fab little humbug clutch from New Look and my favourites of the month, my Pom Pom shoes from Topshop which you may have seen in my November post, so comfy and versatile even in the colder months. * The latest collection of street style inspiration on my Pinterest boards - a mix of snuggle and sparkle, which sums up December for me, check out the link for more. * My indulgent purchase from Topshop (present to me from me) this gorgeous furry cardigan, with a faux fur collar. I was instantly drawn to the amazing print and mix of colours but was put off by the price - £65 was a bit of a shock, so originally i walked away and didn't buy, but after 3 weeks of dreaming about it i gave in and managed to track one down (sold out online), and so glad i did as i haven't stop wearing it since, the perfect thickness for the office and so comfy over both jeans and dresses. Styled for work with a little lace detail dress and ankle boots.


Its Christmas!!!!!!

* Love this man sooooo much and was very impressed with the amazing spread he put on for the family, it was a raving success (he has been booked to do it all again next year), although bless him, he did feel the pressure cooking for three women who have been doing this for 20+ years!!! . * Family selfie before dessert. * Just a couple of my gifts - my mum knows me so well, a fabulous shopping bag (slogan so true) and a sparkly slipper with a mini bottle of Rose. The wine didn't last very long but the shoe has taken pride of place on my dressing table with my make up brush pot in it. Plus from my sister the book i have been very excited to read - as a footwear buyer i do have an obsession for all things shoe related and this book will be an interesting read (plus who doesn't love a good pair of flats these days). * Dressed up for the cold - my winters day uniform: jeans, UGG boots, jumper, coat and blanket scarf plus a fedora or bobble hat. * Snow day outfit - all the previous with UGG's switched out for my stunning lilac Hunter wellingtons, which were needed for the snow we got on Boxing day. * Out and about on New Year's eve with the family for a walk to tire out my neice - which did not work!!! With the obligatory family selfie needed if for no other reason than to show off the array of hats! (except my sister in law who was brave without one).

Happy New Year - i hope you all had a good 2014. It seems to have flown by and a lot of exciting things have happened - hubby and i finally moved into our own house, my little sister got married and i spent the festive season with all the people i love to name just a few. 
However i know this year has been tough for many so i am so thankful for my life and for all those that make it so wonderful - so here is to the New year and all the adventures it brings.

HAPPY 2015