Selfridges – The Advent Calendar is Here

It is always the most anticipated, the most looked forward to Advent Calendar of the season, and the Selfridges Calendar is now available to buy online and in store. Which really is a sign that Christmas is on its way and that I need to get my finger out in planning for both Christmas and a December birthday for my boy.

SELFRIDGES 24 Day Beauty Advent Calendar £120.00 Click to visit Selfridges

As usual the Selfridges Calendar looks beautiful both inside and out. The gorgeously decorated box gives clues as to what you will find inside, adorned with gift boxes with Kiehls, L’Occitaine and YSL. The theme of the calendar, which is called the Loreal Luxe Advent Calendar, is based on two cities, London and Paris. .Inside there is a wonderful selection of 24 must have beauty, cosmetics and fragrance products including Viktor and Rolf, Lancome, Urban Decay and Kiehls.

The Selfridges Calendar is always a sell out, so it is well worth getting yours as soon as possible, giving you a lovely treat to look forward to this December.

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Stunning Storage Solutions From Lumino

Increasingly we want our homes to be full of products that can do more than one job. Space is at a premium, so anything that looks like one thing, but can do another job is always something to be impressed with. Lumino, who specialise in Illuminated bathroom cabinets have long since realised that their products can be multi purpose and multi functional. One example of this is their bathroom cabinet with shaver socket , that can be used for storage, as a vanity mirror, and also for shaving too.
Lumino’s bathroom mirrors and cabinets have lots of features which make them both a practical item and yet something that adds a tough of luxury to your bathroom. A key product is the sleek LED illuminated cabinet. All Lumino’s LED illuminated cabinets feature energy efficient lights and come in a variety of styles to suit any contemporary bathroom. These can dramatically transform a dark and small sized room into a larger and more welcoming space. Easy installation with no re-wiring needed.
As well as the lighting, which can always be a good feature if your room is a little on the dark side, the Lumino mirrors also have the demister feature. Bathroom mirrors tend to mist up very quickly due to condensation from hot baths and showers. This can waste valuable time in the morning if you are trying to get ready in a hurry. The demister feature puts a stop to all this, You no longer need to clear the mist away using your hand  which can leave unsightly marks and can be difficult to remove. Lumino’s range of beautiful bathroom cabinets even include innovative and stylish features such as motion sensors to help give your bathroom that added touch of luxury.
A beautiful mirror can add light and the appearance of space to a small room. Lumino mirrors also add the appeal of the most luxurious of hotels. Definitely something that could completely change a room.

Charity Shop Shopping Haul

Sometimes a shopping haul can be a trip to a shopping centre or a department store. Sometimes in can be a night of filing an online shopping bag full of items, in many cases not actually reaching the checkout. And sometimes it can mean a trip to a local town with a good selection of charity shops, where you find lots of bargains that range from designer, to good quality High Street, and a bit of vintage thrown in for good measure, and you end up spending less than £25.

This is one of those occasions. A morning away from the computer, making the most of a touch of Indian Summer sun, taking a trip around the decent charity shops of Cannock.

Here are the things I picked up.

Ralph Lauren  Top

This boho, slightly country style top by Ralph Lauren is made to be worn with a pair of skinny jeans and a thick Arran knit cardi. Add some brown or tan ankle boots and this is just a bargain for less than £4.

Wouldn’t wear it with this skirt (obs) but a good fit.

Barbara Hulanicki Top

Barbara Hulanicki or Biba fame did a couple of collections under her own name with George at Asda. This is not the sort of thing I usually pick up in charity shops as it is a low cost item to start with, but mass produced items are often tomorrows sought after labels as they tend to be less looked after, and more often are thrown away. Plus I love the fact it has tiny shoulder pads in to give it a slight 1940s shape, and for £3.50…

Jacques Vert Dress

I think this is just gorgeous, a sort of cross between a 1950s style and something more va va voom. It is a little on the tight side across the bust, so I would avoid wearing it if I was going for a food blow out, but it will be perfect for the theatre, and I actually love it teamed with gold shoes.

Gok Wan top

I’m guessing I wouldn’t have got this top if I hadn’t been wearing this nude skirt, but I loved how well it matched up. Plus it was the cheapest item of the day, costing a grand total of £1.49.

Collection Dress

I think this is a Debenhams label, and this is a clear indicator of why you should always try things on. This dress looks nothing on the hanger, but I loved the cut and fit once I tried it on. It was £4.99 and I think I will wear it loads.

And a bit of M&S St Michael Vintage

I love a bit of 1960s vintage, and St Michael is always a label I look out for, as Marks and Spencer has always been a sign of quality. This dress/pinafore should have a belt, but that is easy to replace, and I love the neckline and the colour. A 1960s piece for £3 is such a great find.

Have you picked up any charity shop bargains lately?

*This post is dedicated to Hazel Wilkins-Brookes, a lovely lady who loved fashion and loved a bargain.