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

John Lewis Beach Safari edit

When it comes to colours and trends that sum up Summer perfectly, the colours, tones and patterns of safari style are pretty hard to beat. Jungle style prints and neutral beige, khaki and nude tones can easily transport you to a place of sun, sea and sand, even when you are feeling the heat in the city.

John Lewis have launched summer with a style edit called ‘Beach Safari’. An eclectic mixture of John Lewis’s own collection and selected brands, this range is chocked full of animal prints, natural shades and simple clean lines.

What makes this collection stand out from the general safari style looks is the addition of luxe fabrics. Think silk – both the wafer thin and the heavier varieties. Think leather in the form of Gerald Darel pieces in stunning cognac shades. Think unusual suede for sandals and lots and lots of different straw bags. The luxe nature of this collection makes it highly covetable, totally wearable and ultimately timeless – these are pieces that will find a space in your wardrobe easily and then earn their keep by being worn again and again.

Here is my edit of the John Lewis edit. I am totally in love with this – what are your thoughts?

John Lewis Nuria Suede Espadrilles, Brown £59 click to visit John Lewis

John Lewis Nuria Suede Espadrilles, Brown £59 click to visit John Lewis

John Lewis Brushed Leopard Print Bandeau Swimsuit, Multi £59 click to visit John Lewis

John Lewis Brushed Leopard Print Bandeau Swimsuit, Multi £59 click to visit John Lewis

Karen Millen Zig Zag Silk Print Kaftan, Multi £130 click to visit John Lewis

Karen Millen Zig Zag Silk Print Kaftan, Multi £130 click to visit John Lewis

Jigsaw Heavy Silk Shirt Dress, Khaki £198 click to visit John Lewis

Jigsaw Heavy Silk Shirt Dress, Khaki £198 click to visit John Lewis

Warehouse Palm Print Shirt Dress, Multi £45 click to visit John Lewis

Warehouse Palm Print Shirt Dress, Multi £45 click to visit John Lewis

Violeta by Mango Belt Shirt Dress, Light Beige £44.99 click to visit John Lewis

Violeta by Mango Belt Shirt Dress, Light Beige £44.99 click to visit John Lewis

Collection WEEKEND by John Lewis City Straw Shoulder Bag, Multi £39 click to visit John Lewis

Collection WEEKEND by John Lewis City Straw Shoulder Bag, Multi £39 click to visit John Lewis

Gerard Darel Auline Skirt, Cognac £301 click to visit John Lewis

Gerard Darel Auline Skirt, Cognac £301 click to visit John Lewis

Karen Millen Soft Tunic Dress, Khaki £160 click to visit John Lewis

Karen Millen Soft Tunic Dress, Khaki £160 click to visit John Lewis

Collection WEEKEND by John Lewis Straw Shopper Bag, Natural £29 click to visit John Lewis

Collection WEEKEND by John Lewis Straw Shopper Bag, Natural £29 click to visit John Lewis

Mint Velvet Belted Shorts, Khaki £49 click to visit John Lewis

Mint Velvet Belted Shorts, Khaki £49 click to visit John Lewis

John Lewis Rectangle Frame Sunglasses, Tortoiseshell £20 click to visit John Lewis

John Lewis Rectangle Frame Sunglasses, Tortoiseshell £20 click to visit John Lewis

To view the complete John Lewis Safari Beach edit click here.

 

La Redoute Autumn Collection

Fabulous French online brand La Redoute has just launched its new Autumn collection, and it is sensational.  An eclectic mismatch of tailored separates and pretty dresses, feminine tulle skirts teamed with stripy Breton styles, this collection is almost Schizophrenic in terms of influences and I absolutely love it.

It is almost as if the La Redoute designers and buyers looked at an average wardrobe and said ‘what do women like to wear for a night out?’ or ‘a shopping trip?’ or ‘a family wedding?’ and basically decided to create pieces for any and every occasion, creating a one stop shop of affordable value.

Take a look at this key pieces and see if you agree.

The wear anywhere sweatshirt – also available in black, but I’m loving this Raspberry shade.

Sweatshirt-Style Cowl Neck Sweater £11 click to visit La Redoute

Tartan is such a big story this Autumn, and this subtle plaid style print is just gorgeous. Love the elegant shape of the coat too.

Checked Mid-Length Wool Mix Overcoat £99 click to visit La Redoute

Delicate Victoriana at it’s best in this wonderful blouse. Love the prettiness of this, imagine teaming with distressed skinnies and biker boots to subvert the whole look. This blouse is also available in Ivory and Soft Pink.

Long-Sleeved Cotton Crêpe Bib Front Blouse £39 click to visit La Redoute

This dress is unbelievable value for just £17. The jewelled shoulders make this very dressy. I like the Midnight blue version, but this also comes in grey marl and classic black.

Short Jewelled Dress with Long Sleeves £17 click to visit La Redoute

The Saffron colour is amazing. Nuff said.

Cotton Jersey Cardigan with Bow £25 click to visit La Redoute

A denim shirt seems to be a must have in every celebs wardrobe, from Diane Kruger to Alexa Chung. This one is a steal at £17.

Cotton Denim Studded Shirt £17 click to visit La Redoute

This red lace sweater is a versatile piece that would look equally great with a pencil skirt as it would with jeans.

Lace-Effect Round Neck Sweater £17 click to visit La Redoute

Jessica Alba has been showing how beautiful tulle skirts can be for daytime, this lined flock skirt is just gorgeous.

Lined Flocked Tulle Skirt £39 click to visit La Redoute

Love this lace dress. Add a battered leather and spiked heels for a 1980s retro look.

Short-Sleeved Lace Dress with Elasticated Waist £17 click to visit La Redoute

I love the idea of a leather skirt with a very ladylike blouse – rock and roll style teamed with Downton Abbey!

Straight-Cut Leather Skirt with Zipped Pockets £115 click to visit La Redoute