A Mini Christmas Wishlist

Christmas is now a little over two months away, and for me, this means I can begin my wish list and my shopping list. Due to it also being my little boy’s birthday on the 17th December, I have to start a little earlier now than I did pre-Joe, but it also leaves a lot to look forward to in December so I am not complaining too much.

That said, the birthday and Christmas scenario does mean that the next couple of months are a pretty expensive time. I have been looking into installment loans online in a bid to spread the cost a little and give me an extra financial hand, and I have also been looking at selling some unwanted clothes and toys so that I can make some spare cash, as well as making some much needed room for new items. Ebay used to be the best way to sell unwanted items, but I now find Facebook selling pages are good too, as you can then sell your items local and they can be picked up, a great help if you are selling larger, bulkier items.

With many towns and cities already putting their decorations up, and light switch ons planned for November, now is certainly the time to make your Christmas wish list, so that you don’t miss out on what you really want.

Here are my top five items on my wish list this Christmas.

A red Coat

Not just for Santa you know! A red coat is this year’s hottest trend in this year’s hottest hue. I love this long, tailored version from Topshop, but Primark has a fabulous buy for just £25.

EDITORS Style Coat £95.00 Click to visit Topshop

 Velvet Shoes

If red is the hottest shade this season, the velvet is the leading fabric, especially when it comes to shoes. I’m in love with these gorgeous hot pink heels from Dorothy Perkins.

Magenta Velvet ‘EVIE’ Court Shoes £25.00 Click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Pearl Jumper

Saw this on a recent trip to M&S and totally fell in love with it. I mean, just look at those sleeves. I always feel attracted to anything with pearls and this is just a brilliant combination of glam and cosy.

Textured Round Neck Pearl Sleeve Jumper £35.00
Click to visit M&S

Leather Skirt

When it comes to Winter, I tend to spend a lot of time in pleather skirts, so I think an investment in a real leather skirt could prove to be a gift that would keep on giving.

La Redoute Collections Leather Pencil Skirt £99 Click to visit La Redoute

A very special bag

Diane Von Furstenberg is one of my favourite designers, and her new handbag range, covered with sequins is just so pretty. Very disco diva and super glamorous.


DIANE VON FURSTENBERG
Sequin Soirée shoulder bag
£200.00 Click to visit Selfridges

Halloween Fashion From New Look

In the car this morning, as I once again tried to avoid sleep walking through the school run, a song came on the radio that immediately made me smile. It was ‘The Monster Mash’ by Bobby-Boris Pickett and the Crypt-Kickers, a classic Halloween song that was a hit in both the 1960s and 1970s and has been played at a million Halloween parties every year since. It reminded me that Halloween is less than two weeks away, and that I had yet to have looked at the Halloween fashion which has sort of been a tradition since I started this blog. So here it is.

This year I decided to have a look at the Halloween range from High Street fave New Look. who I genuinely think have played a blinder this year, with a range that covers everything from casual t-shirts to beautiful dresses and skirts that could be worn for Halloween, and will then be dressy enough to be worn through the festive season that follows.

New Look has created a collection that allows you to add a little bit of Halloween to your wardrobe without a huge expense. There are cute pumpkin earrings that cost just £1.99, a fabulously creepy spider choker for less than a fiver, and a great range of spooky t-shirts that cost less than £10, which I think is a great bargain.

I have highlighted some of my fave pieces below.

Will you be dressing up this Halloween?

New Look Halloween – Key Pieces

Black Halloween Spider Choker £4.99 Click to visit New Look

Black Premium Galaxy Embellished Mesh Dress £39.99 Click to visit New Look

Halloween Black Sequined Bat Mask £5.99 Click to visit New Look

Black Scary Movie and Chill? Metallic Slogan T-Shirt £9.99 Click to visit New Look

Curves Black Skeleton Print T-Shirt £9.99 Click to visit New Look

Halloween Floral Net Head Band £7.99 Click to visit New Look

Cameo Rose Black Frill Hem Trousers
£19.99 Click to visit New Look

Black Spot Mesh Hanky Hem Wrap Front Dress £24.99 Click to visit New Look

Black Trick or Treat Colour Block Purse £4.99 Click to visit New Look

Bright Orange Glitter Pumpkin Earrings £1.99 Click to visit New Look

Red Suedette Stiletto Over The Knee Boots £44.99 Click to visit New Look

Black Leather-Look High Waist Skinny Hallie Jeans £25.99 Click to visit New Look

Black Witch Please Slogan T-Shirt £7.99 Click to visit New Look

Black Skeleton Print T-Shirt Dress £12.99 Click to visit New Look

Black Sheer Midi Skater Skirt £22.99 Click to visit New Look

 

Fashion Friday: Latest Collaborations and Limited Editions

This season has seen a whole host of limited collection pieces and designer collaborations that have made the High Street a very exciting place to be.

Last week saw the launch of the collaboration between Kate Middleton’s fave LK Bennett and British designer duo Preen. This collection had already had a preview when it was worn by style maven Olivia Palermo at the recent London fashion week, and it is full of beautiful, timeless pieces that could have a place in your wardrobe forever.

LK Bennett say:

We are delighted to introduce our first ever ready-to-wear collaboration, with internationally celebrated label, Preen. Design duo Justin Thornton and Thea Bregazzi drew inspiration from the floral watercolours of Scottish artist Charles Rennie Mackintosh to create this timeless collection of luxury silk dresses, floral print skirts and soft knitwear. Rendered in a rich palette of pinks, purples, reds and blues, you’re sure to fall for this elegant capsule collection.

LK BennettxPreen

Sonic Dark Pink Sequin Dress £550.00 Click to visit LK Bennett

Sioux Tulip Print Dress £475.00 Click to visit LK Bennnett

Devoto Dark Pink Silk Dress
£475.00 Click to visit LK Bennett

Reed Rose Print Silk Dress
£495.00 Click to visit LK Bennett

Syd Floral Print Dress
£325.00 Click to visit LK Bennett

The Vali dress worn by Olivia Palermo is currently out of stock, but I have added a link to it below in case you want to bookmark the page.

Vali Rose Silk Dress
£450.00 Click to visit LK Bennett

This dress is also similar to one worn by Olivia.

Shelly Black Print Dress £250.00 Click to visit LK Bennett

Boden Icons Collection

Another new collection launched this week is the much anticipated Boden Icons collection. This limited edition collection is full of pieces that have a folkloric influence, as well as more classic items that will work with what you already have in your wardrobe.

‘This season’s collection was inspired by the lavish dressing of the early 20th century. We’ve injected a sense of romance into every garment to create luxurious, expertly crafted pieces that are destined to be treasured for generations.’

MARIAM BOUTORABI, DESIGN DIRECTOR

Boden Icons – Key picks

Virginia Blouse  £170.00 Click to visit Boden

Lilian Skirt £200.00 Click to visit Boden

Lilian Jacket £300.00 Click to visit Boden

Winifred Midi Dress £280.00 Click to visit Boden

Adele Knee High Boots £250.00 Click to visit Boden

Zooey Blouse £150.00 Click to visit Boden

Primrose Midi Dress £250.00 Click to visit Boden

Hettie Fitted Dress
£250.00 Click to visit Boden