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

TM Lewin – the day dress sorted.

Question. You’re off shopping for a new dress. Not a dress for a special occasion or an event, but a dress that would be smart enough to be suitable for work in Summer, or could take you to sport’s day at the kid’s school. Where would be the first place you would look? I’m taking a wild stab in the dark here, but am guessing that the your first port of call wouldn’t be TM Lewin, best known to most of us as the place to find the perfect work-shirts for both men and women. But you would be missing out if you didn’t pay TM Lewin a visit, for they have added some really brilliant day dresses that are strong in design and colour.

Samantha Wrap Dress £65 click to visit TM Lewin

Samantha Wrap Dress £65 click to visit TM Lewin

I was recently sent the Samantha wrap dress by TM Lewin, and have to admit to being totally shocked that this Diane Von Furstenberg influenced dress was from a brand I most associated with shirts and ties. A geometric print dress, in a glorious lime, white and black print, the Samantha dress is a classic faux wrap style that is very easy to wear, and yet still so chic.

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Dress TM Lewin
Shoes Clarks at Spartoo (still available in black click here)
Earrings Select (similar here)

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The dress has a wonderful shape, with ruching on the faux wrap which is great if you consider your tummy to be your problem area. The sleeves are very slightly capped but they are not tight so that they cut off the upper arm, but instead make a slight point on the shoulder. The dress has a deep v neckline due to the wrap style, but again, it is not too revealing – I often wear a brooch or a camisole under wrap dresses but this does not need one.

The fabric contains 5% elastane. This gives it a comfortable stretch and helps the dress to keep its fab shape. I also love that this fabric is fully lined – no see-thru bits to keep you blushing.

DSCN7793[1]I teamed my dress with a great 70s style leather sandal from Clarks. The Popple has a wooden heel and lovely strap detail, and I got it in a lovely tan colour. The sandal also comes in a black version, and a different version with more straps (that one is called the Popple Rumba). I love these sorts of retro sandals which are just that little bit dressier than a normal flat flip-flop or toe post design, and can therefore be suitable for work as well as the weekend. I wore this outfit for a day spent in my son’s school watching sports day and a special assembly and felt cool and comfortable, but still smart enough for the occasion.



 

 

Style Icon of the Month – Sarah Jessica Parker

There was only one choice for the style icon to round off the year. Sarah Jessica Parker has looked totally fabulous the whole month through, attending a whole host of occasions and on the premiere trail for new movie, New Year. From vintage Pauline Trigere, Theyskens Theory and Louis Vuitton, she has shown over and over again why she is one of the most iconic fashionistas of all time.

Her looks have ranged from princessy feathers to funky coloured tights. DVF 60s style mini dresses to white lace chic Stella McCartney numbers, there is no limit to SJP’s scope for reinvention.  My favourite dress is the early 1960s style black evening dress from Theyskens Theory that she wore to the Kennedy Centre gala. This dress has a touch of Carrie Bradshaw about it, and the hairstyle in particular reminds me of Carrie and Petrovsky in MacDonald’s, with Carrie wearing a fabulous pink Oscar De La Renta dress.

SJP, we salute your fabulous festive taste in fashion. A true style icon for this, and every year.

Get the Look – coloured tights

Pamela Mann Lurex ribbed tights £10.48 click to visit tightsplease

Jeffrey Monteiro Belle Lace Dress £120.55 click to visit Saks Fifth Avenue

In Louis Vuitton

Get the Look – Feathered skirts

ASOS Bandeau Dress With Embellished Bust and Feather Skirt £250.00NOW £155.00 click to visit Asos

Feather Embellished Shift Dress £70.00 £95.00 click to visit Oasis

Get the Look DvF Fumi dress

diane von furstenberg Fumi embroidered dress £557.00 click to visit Matches

Get the Look –  White Lace dress

Lavena Lace Dress £49.99 click to visit Oasis

Get the look – midi dresses

Sparkle Stripe Midi Dress £30.00 click to visit Oasis