Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Mulberry Campden Clutch | Sequin Cami | Glitter Mid Shoes
Christmas party season is officially upon us. And it seems like everyone I know is heading out with work this week. Having already indulged in a festive meal with the Precept lot at The Botanist last week, (where I got away with wearing my Christmas jumper from last year), we're having fairly low key drinks next week. But whether you're heading out with work or just friends, tis the season for sequins. I'm not sure whether it's the dark nights, or the approach of Christmas, but I'm all about a bit of sparkle this time of year. So when it comes to finding the perfect Christmas party outfit, I think there's nothing better than a statement glitzy piece that will stand out. Whether it's a full blown show stopper dress or playsuit covered in sequins, I think it's the right season to experiment. There's something about wintery nights that makes me want to either go bold or go home. But if you're not feeling that brave, there's always the option of an embellished top with a simple leather skirt. Lately, I've found that a lot of my outfits have focused on either top or skirt. If you're not feeling the statement piece though, black sequins can be a bit more subtle. I think a simple little strappy sequin top like the one above looks great with a pair of skinny jeans and heels, but it's plain enough to work with any colour, or even with a patterned skirt. The one above is actually from Asda (of all places!) but it looks they've sold out online at the moment so I've just linked to a similar one. It's worth looking at their site. They've got some pretty cute party dresses in stock right now too which are pretty easy on the purse if you're not looking to spend a lot. Proving that you don't have to bankrupt yourself over the holidays to still look like you've pulled out all the stops. Plus it leaves you with more pennies to spend on your festive makeup (obviously red. Obviously Chanel), and accessories.. Not that I ever need much of an excuse to want to treat myself to more!
Tuesday, December 09, 2014
Monday, December 08, 2014
Saturday, December 06, 2014
Balance gift set c/o Neal's Yard
Friday, December 05, 2014
Since I realised how run down I was, I've been making an effort to increase the protein in my diet to help my body heal itself. Which generally means I've been eating a lot of eggs and avocado. The pasta in the photo is inspired by a recipe on The Londoner. But since I've not really ventured out the flat much, I changed the recipe to something a little simpler. Making do with what I already had in, rather than going out for ingredients. It's dead easy and it's full of goodness so if you want to try out my slightly more simple version (which serves 2 people), you'll need:
1/2 lemon (or some lemon juice)
1 teaspoon of chilli flakes
1 teaspoon of parmesan (or any hard cheese)
A handful of cherry tomatoes
A handful of spaghetti
Once your pasta has boiled, peel and mash up the avocado in a small pan (I used a potato masher), squeeze in the juice from the lemon, along with parmesan and chilli flakes. Add this to the cooked pasta along with the chopped cherry tomatoes (so they don't get squished while you're mashing) and stir until the mixture coats the pasta. Then all you need to do is enjoy! Adding more parmesan is optional but thoroughly recommended.
Wednesday, December 03, 2014
Cath Kidston mug | L'Occitane hand cream | Crosley Record Player | Boden festive socks | Cath Kidston PJs
There is nothing I love more than putting together a Christmas wishlist. There's something about this time of year where I feel like you can admit to wanting to be a little more indulgent than usual. And wishlists are one of the cheapest ways of shopping. Sure I always end up wanting it all and that's never going to happen.. but there's still something that I love about making lists. So imagine if someone told you that you could win your wishlist? The other day Links of London got in touch to let me know that they're running a Pinterest competition. All you have to do is create a Links of London Christmas wishlist and tweet the link to your board to have the chance to win your entire wishlist, up to the value of £1200, this Christmas! You can find full details here.
To help promote their competition, I said I'd put together my Christmas wishlist too! Obviously in an ideal world a black lambskin 2.55 would always come top of the list. But rather than lust after things I REALLY can't afford, I thought I'd stick to a slightly more realistic budget. Since I'm pretty skint at the moment my money needs to go on presents (and not ones for myself) so I didn't want to get too carried away with myself..
Rather than one big present, I'm more interested in having lots of little things. And usually that may include a piece of jewellery, or a watch. I've noticed that lately I've been opting for quite minimal jewellery, sticking to wearing a couple of simple pieces with a watch. I've not really returned to my MK watch this year, preferring to wear my simpler Daniel Wellington watch I got last year. But I'm still after a new metal strap one. Maybe something like an Olivia Burton one or this Links of London watch, where it's still got quite a simple face.
Since I'm trying to take some time to relax, a lot of the things I seem to be picking out are perfect for cosy nights in the house. There's nothing better crisp new PJs, a nice big mug of something hot and a relaxing scented candle (Bosson has opened my eyes to the wonders of Diptyque after she got me an amazing Ambre candle for my birthday). I've also been looking at lot more at homeware lately, and I'd love to create more of a space where I can write in the flat. Trouble is space is limited since I've got the smaller bedroom. But I'd love something like this lamp and maybe a new side table that could serve as a makeshift desk. Along with nesting, I've also decided that I want a record player. Don't ask me why. It's a complete whim based probably on watching too many old French films. Anyway, this Crosley is appealing to me because: 1) it's small so won't take up much room, 2) I've already decided it'll look cute standing on top of my Hemnes chest of drawers.
A new DSLR has been pretty high on my list (although not within the reasonable price range of presents you can ask someone for) for a while now. I've been mulling over what sort of model to get, how much I really need one and what sort of spec would be good enough. I'm torn between choosing something at the higher end of the scale, knowing it will be used for work too, or just opting for a cheaper model which will do me for now. At the moment, I'm leaning towards the former and just pushing myself into getting a full frame like the 6D (so I don't get bored and ending up wanting to just upgrade anyway). But I'm definitely open to advice and suggestions?!
Sunday, November 30, 2014
Maisie Hotel Chelsea boots c/o Clarks