26 November 2012

Christmas Gift Guide #1 – Stocking Fillers £5 and Under

Whether you're filling a stocking, or searching for small gifts for friends, it's shocking how quickly seemingly small presents can add up to hefty prices. Lovely presents shouldn't need to break the bank. Here are a few ideas for £5 and under, I hope they inspire someone!
1. Rabbit night light, £4.95 – dotcomgiftshop
2. Nails in Ruthless, £5 – Topshop
3. Enamel heart stud, £3 – Accessorize
4. Sleepy owl socks, £3.50 – Accessorize
5. Cowboy crush mug, £5 – Cath Kidston
6. Jar full of smiles, £3.99 – Thorntons
7. Tartan stags set of 2 exercise books, £4 – Paperchase

18 November 2012

Jingle bells swing and jingle bells ring

This weekend I decided to pay my mum a visit and we went to a Christmas market in the Weald and Downland Open Air Museum. The museum is mostly outside and has a lot of reconstructed old buildings. My big sister actually got married here in April this year and it was a gorgeous setting (although it’s a shame the April showers couldn’t hold off for the whole day, Abby and Ian had a very soggy ride in the horse and cart!)
You’re allowed to take dogs into the museum so my mum was able to take her crazy springer spaniel. He can be incredibly naughty but he’s very loveable! The market was so so busy, but it had plenty of stalls and it was really lovely to start getting into the Christmas spirit. Now I just need to sort out my Christmas shopping!
The rest of my weekend consisted of Friday night drinks with my friend Christina and paying a visit my friend Bex in her spangly new flat. It's been a relaxing and lazy couple of days.
Have you been to any Christmas markets yet?

12 November 2012

Review | Models Own Mirrorball Disco Inferno

Models Own in Disco Inferno from the Mirrorball Collection | Missguided Nail Splash in Missfit
I’ve had my eye on the Models Own Mirrorball collection ever since it was announced and I picked up Disco Inferno during one of the 3 for 2 offers in Boots. It’s described as a glide on glitter which leaves a frosted finish. I love the colour gold so it was an easy decision when choosing which shade!
I put it over this dark shade to show off the big chucks of glitter – it looks really lovely when it catches the light and I think I’ll be using it a lot, especially over Christmas. It’s just such a shame that all these pretty glitters are such a nightmare to remove!

10 November 2012

Winter Wish List #1 Accessorize Favourites

I stumbled across the Accessorize website yesterday and I really had to restrain myself from making an order (especially as they are offering free delivery at the moment!) But I was very sensible and settled with compiling a wishlist instead – cue my bank balance heaving a sigh of relief! In my dream world I would have the whole shop in my house, but here are a few of my favourite items.

1. Flock Dock Leather Glove, £22 – My hands get very dry during the winter months and I would love a pair of leather gloves to keep them as snug as possible when I'm braving the frosty air. Plus I'm a real sucker for polka dots.
2. Pearly Rose Stud Earrings, £4 – I used to love my massive statement earrings, but now I'm much more content with a pair of delicate studs.
3. Tomasina Cat Ballerina, £26 – I've seen these cat style shoes on a few different blogs recently and they're so cute! I'm not really a heels girl so I would love to get my hands on these for evenings out.
4. Aztec Illusion Nail Polish, £4 – I've been slowly building up my nail polish collection and I think this is a pretty wintery colour.
5. Emerald Jewel Long Pendant, £8 – This is such a stunning colour and would be perfect to dress up an outfit over the party season.
6. Fox Phone Sock, £4 –When I first got my phone I was sooo careful with it but I'm a little ashamed to say that my clumsiness has got the better of me and it has been dropped on more than once occasion. This foxy phone sock would be brilliant to help cushion any unfortunate falls and protect it from scratches. 
7. Doctor Sarah Stag Bag, £45 – This bag was the main reason I ventured across to the Accessorize website in the first place. I found it on Little Bear Found's blog and I just think it's gorgeous. I have a feeling that this might be number 1 on my Christmas list!
8. Chunky Cable Fur Trim Beanie, £15 – I've bought two new scarves this year and they both have bold patterns on them, so I'm eyeing up this (relatively) plain hat so I could wear it with both of them.

5 November 2012

October Highlights

Autumn is definitely my favourite season so I'm very pleased it's back! I love the gorgeous colours of the leaves scattered along the pavements and I really love that satisfying crunch when you step on them. I'm also a huge fan of wrapping up warm and feeling snug in chunky knits –  I actually feel a bit lost in the summer and I never really know what to wear. If only it was a little bit easier to get out of my toasty bed on the chilly mornings!

I'm a bit late to the party with this one, but I've wanted ombre hair for a little while now. After a rather unfortunate home-dye attempt (which I promptly covered over with brown!) I had it done at a salon. Simon's brother Stuart is training to be a hairdresser so he did this for me on one of the 'model' nights. I absolutely love it and it only cost £12! Obviously it has damaged the ends of my hair a LOT, but I've been conditioning it a lot and also been using Moroccon Oil and it has noticeably improved.

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It was my birthday at the end of October and it was really lovely to spend the day with my family – and being a little bit spoilt! Above is the sugary cake my mum made for me and an indulgent present from my flatmates (how gorgeous is Georgia's handwriting?).

I went back to Chichester twice this month and it was so nice to stay with my mum, her hyper dog and my favourite little cat again. 

These tickets were one of my birthday presents from Simon and it was a really amazing performance. The perfect way to spend an evening.

What was your favourite bit of October?

1 November 2012

Bat and Lashes

This Halloween I thought I'd branch out from my standard cat costume and opted for a bat instead! Simon drew some bat-esque wings on my face and we made these wings out of two children's capes from Poundland. My friend Christina had a Halloween party which was really fun but we somehow ended up in our local club. The next day was my birthday and I was definitely feeling a bit worse for wear when I woke up!
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