If I won the Lottery just what would I buy?

I love shopping! There, I’ve said it. I love the feel of getting something new, of finding a bargain, of treating myself, or a loved one, to something that has been admired, but may have been too expensive, and has maybe had to be saved for. But monthly bills and expenses, and also the ever growing expense of having a child who seems to grow out of things at an alarming rate means that my shopping habits have to be frugal and careful. How I wish that money was no object!

I’ve become one of the best bargain hunters around. I love to shop vintage, adore charity shops, and enjoy the sales so much. I love eBAY, and preloved sites where you can sometimes pick up coveted designer items for a fraction of the original price (my most recent purchase was a Furla bag that is just the softest, most gorgeous item.) And I love TK Maxx, where you can find both High Street and designer items at real bargain prices. But all this bargain hunting doesn’t mean I don’t dream of what I would do if one day I won the lottery. A lottery win is the stuff of dreams, but somebody has to win it and for the cost of the ticket it has to be worth a try. Many lotteries offer far more in prize money than the UK National Lottery. What damage I could do in Selfridges with that sort of money. I often daydream, after winning the lottery, what would I buy?

 

As money is now no object, I would also add a little piece of Victoria Beckham to my dress collection. Victoria’s close are known for being understated and elegant, but this abstract print metallic midi dress is probably as disco as Victoria is ever going to get, and I absolutely love the style and the print, although I’m guessing I would have to let if out a bit…I’m not exactly a VB sample size.

A holiday would be nice too. The place at the top of my wish list is New York. I would love to see a show on Broadway, and, as a massive Sex in the City fan, I would have to follow in Carrie’s footsteps by checking out all the sights from the hit TV show. Where to stay? It would have to be the The St. Regis, a bargain at around £500 per night. Show me the way to the penthouse suite please.

Shoes and Bags

Just like Carrie Bradshaw, I have a real passion for shoes and bags. Winning a fortune would leave me with a shoe collection that would rival Carries, and of course I would have to add some Manolo’s and Jimmy Choo’s to that collection.

New shoes need a new bag, and this season’s lust have BOTTEGA VENETA pouch leather clutch is just so gorgeous it would have to come home with me. The price? Well, put it this way, there’s no change from £1000. Definitely one for the lust list.

What else? A supermarket sweep around Tiffany’s would be nice, as would being let loose in the Foyles book shop on Tottenham Court Road. I also wouldn’t mind buying my favourite football club West Bromwich Albion if money really was no object.

We can all dream, can’t we.

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The Liberty London Doc is back!

The wonderful Liberty London documentary is back, and once again it is a total treat for anyone with even a passing interest in department stores, shopping and the history of retail. That iconic, mock Tudor style building is always a place I love to visit when I’m in London, it always has amazing window displays and sells items that range from the iconic Liberty print scarves, to the weird and wonderful.

My favourite star of the show (so far) has to be the truly lovely Judy Rose, the warm and funny front of house lady who gives the Liberty reception such a welcoming feel. Judy has put together her festive edit for Liberty, and, as you might expect, it is full of red, items relating to cakes (Judy loves a bake sale), and, of course, a telephone!

Judy-Rose

Judy’s edit

Red Series 302 Telephone £55 click to visit Liberty London

Red Series 302 Telephone £55 click to visit Liberty London

Sisley Hydrating Long Lasting Lipstick in L25 £34 click to visit Liberty London

Sisley
Hydrating Long Lasting Lipstick in L25 £34 click to visit Liberty London

Liberty London Red Liberty London Marlborough Tote Bag £395 click to visit Liberty London

Liberty London
Red Liberty London Marlborough Tote Bag £395 click to visit Liberty London

Charlotte Olympia Black Fantastic Dolly Tassel Suede Pumps  £695 click to visit Liberty London

Charlotte Olympia
Black Fantastic Dolly Tassel Suede Pumps £695 click to visit Liberty London

Flowers of Liberty Betsy Liberty Print Cake Stand £69.95 click to visit Liberty London

Flowers of Liberty
Betsy Liberty Print Cake Stand £69.95 click to visit Liberty London

To view all of Judy’s edit, click here.

And then we have the fashion-mommy edit. Here’s what I’m loving from Liberty London this Christmas.

Liberty London Red Liberty London Oversized Clutch Bag £150 click to visit Liberty London

Liberty London
Red Liberty London Oversized Clutch Bag £150 click to visit Liberty London

Liberty London Blue Liberty London Little Marlborough Small Tote Bag £295 click to visit Liberty London

Liberty London
Blue Liberty London Little Marlborough Small Tote Bag £295 click to visit Liberty London

Flowers of Liberty Betsy Liberty Print Disc Charm Bracelet £14.95

Flowers of Liberty
Betsy Liberty Print Disc Charm Bracelet £14.95

Flowers of Liberty Theodora Liberty Print Mini Suitcase £65.00 click to visit Liberty London

Flowers of Liberty
Theodora Liberty Print Mini Suitcase
£65.00 click to visit Liberty London

Flowers of Liberty Green Theodora Liberty Print Friendship Bracelet £14.95 click to visit Liberty London

Flowers of Liberty
Green Theodora Liberty Print Friendship Bracelet £14.95 click to visit Liberty London

Flowers of Liberty Wiltshire Liberty Print Tote Bag £24.95 click to visit Liberty London

Flowers of Liberty
Wiltshire Liberty Print Tote Bag
£24.95 click to visit Liberty London

Flowers of Liberty Wiltshire Liberty Print Knot Watch £59.95 click to visit Liberty London

Flowers of Liberty
Wiltshire Liberty Print Knot Watch
£59.95 click to visit Liberty London

Liberty London Purple Liberty London Coin Purse £65.00 click to visit Liberty London

Liberty London
Purple Liberty London Coin Purse
£65.00 click to visit Liberty London

Diptyque Hiver Candle 2014 190g £45.00 click to visit Liberty London

Diptyque
Hiver Candle 2014 190g
£45.00 click to visit Liberty London

Diptyque Blue Scales A5 Notebook £15.00 click to visit Liberty London

Diptyque
Blue Scales A5 Notebook
£15.00 click to visit Liberty London

Diptyque Essences Insensees Solid Perfume 3.6g £38.00 click to visit Liberty London

Diptyque
Essences Insensees Solid Perfume 3.6g
£38.00 click to visit Liberty London

This season, for the first time, Liberty has launched a very special advent calendar. Containing a range of luxury products totaling £420, this is selling at the amazing price of £149, and is literally flying off the shelves. The perfect gift for beauty lovers.

Liberty Print Christmas Beauty Advent Calendar £149.00 click to visit Liberty London

Liberty Print
Christmas Beauty Advent Calendar
£149.00 click to visit Liberty London

contlibe499000098-nocolour_1So many gorgeous picks, Liberty is certainly a place to visit if you are looking for unusual gifts.

 

 

Selfridges Destination Christmas

Even in the realms of Christmas in July events, there is always something super special about Selfridges Christmas in July. For fans of the festive season, it is truly destination Christmas.

Held in the industrial confines of the Old Selfridges Hotel, this years event had snow, a giant Polar Bear, a Kate Spade pop up shop and some of the most mouth-watering gorgeous food treats I have ever tasted. There were also William and Kate Christmas cards, dancing pigs from Giffords Circus, a Tatty Devine ‘make your own bracelet’ stand and so much more…

The one thing I always love about Selfridges Christmas events are the range of items that are available for a wide range of prices. These range from the fun of the Cara Delavingne colouring books to exquisite shoes from Charlotte Olympia and Jimmy Choo. Beauty was represented by the ultimate in YSL nail polish  collections, every single shade in one totally amazing gift set, and there were also luxury products from Jo Malone and Kiehls. There was also another new colour from Azature, not quite million dollar nails,  but certainly getting there.

Just feast your eyes on my favourite products from the Ultimate Christmas Event…and get compiling that Christmas list…

Fun at Selfridges Destination Christmas

Loving the Giant Polar Bear at Destination Christmas

My choice of charms for my Tatty Devine bracelet

Dancing Piggies from Giffords Circus

A Mock up of one of Selfridges Christmas Windows, this one showcasing Kenzo.