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Secret Santa with Figleaves

*Dressing Gown : Figleaves \\ *Candle : HoboSoyCandles Before I start this post, can I just make an excuse about the photography? Has anyone ever tried to make a dressing gown look good in a picture? Well don’t bother its impossible. Way back in October I was contacted by the lovely people over at Figleaves about being part of a Secret Santa game with a few fellow bloggers. Obviously I couldn’t resist, who doesn’t love giving (and receiving) gifts? It was all in aid of their new online magazine which launched this month. As a website selling predominantly lingerie, I set about trying to find the perfect set of underwear that wasn’t too saucy (that would be weird).  I settled on a pretty soft lace bra with embroidered detail that came with matching pants, convinced that my chosen blogger was going to love it. So this is when my first shock came, the pants were a thong. Now, I’m not dissing the thong here, if you like thongs, then good for you, I’m just saying that it’s probably not the best thing to gift someone you’ve never actually met before. Regardless, I wrapped it up and took the pictures for the magazine then sent it off to said blogger. Second shock – when the magazine came out. There were beautiful pictures of everyones gifts they’d brought and the game was that when you got your’s you had to guess who had picked it. Looking through the pictures desperately mine stood out like a sore bloody thumb. Cute dressing gowns, check, pyjamas, check, underwear? Nope, just me! All I can do now is sit here and wait of the blogger to receive her thong and hang my head in shame. You never know, maybe she likes thongs? From random people? Anyway, Robyn from Phases of Robyn was my secret santa and she was incredible! I got the parcel when I was in my full flu/bed bound phase so there’s literally nothing more that I could have wished for than a soft and fluffy dressing gown! Well done Robyn, you da best. Please, please share your embarrassing gift giving stories (you must have at least one), to make me feel better about my situation!! And don’t forget to follow me on Bloglovin’!  

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Your Black Friday Discount Guide

Being the lovely (shopaholic) that I am, I’ve made you a personal shopping guide to the top black friday discounts complete with links, discount codes and my personal wish list. I know, I’m great. You can thank me later! Actually, thank my by following me on Bloglovin’ (shameless plug) and by commenting below to let me know if and what you buy?! Love sharing purchases, always makes me feel better about spending my own money!! Zara 20%– It’s very rare that Zara do a discount, literally 2 sales a year and thats your lot so this is definitely something to be checked out! Public Desire 20% – Use code CYBERBAE Topshop up to 50% – No Code needed River Island 20% – Use code BFRIDAY15  Missguided 20% – Use code CYBER20 Boohoo 50%  House of Fraser up to 50% off Asos 20% – Use code CYBER, always remember that they do Nars and Benefit makeup in the Beauty section when it comes to deals like this! In the Style 30% – Use Code BLACKFRIDAY, Get an additional 10% off with code SIN10 Rad up to 70%– Get an additional 20% off on top of black friday deals with code SINEAD20 Elcy Clothing 25% – Use code CYBER  Debenhams –Huge black friday deals – one example is 50% off YSL Touche Eclait  Urban Outfitters up to 50% – No Code needed Amazon 30% off- Use code 30BLACKFRI John Lewis – As the great people that they are, they’re currently running a price match service on lots of deals! New Look 50% – No code needed Pretty Little Thing 50% – No Code Needed & free shipping in UK Forever 21 21% – Use Code RSTYLE21, also huge discounts sitewide and free shipping Lavish Alice 30% – Use Code BLKFRI30 here’s some of my picks! Click the images to take you straight to the website – you’re welcome! And don’t forget to add the codes above!

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How to Wear a Crop Top …

.. without looking like you think you’re still 17. Okay, maybe not 17 but you get the idea. At the ripe old age of 25 I don’t really feel like baring too much on the stomach front but theres just so many nice crop tops out there. I had to work out my own way of wearing them without showing the world what I had for dinner! I couldn’t resist this suede crop top from Another Eight, it’s in such a warm winter colour and a suede top is such a great way of adding texture to an outfit. Side note – just checked out their website again and oh em gee how cute is this bag? Love a good box bag! Cardigan : Charity Shop| *Top : Another Eight | *Jeans : IntheStyle | *Shoes : IntheStyle | Bag : Zara – Back in stock guys so get there quick! I’m a big fan of oversized things and a more, relaxed kinda look so as it’s a fairly tight crop top (when I say fairly tight I mean I couldn’t breathe for the duration of this shoot) I thought I would layer it up with my favourite charity shop find, the camel cardigan. I have linked a nice chunky one from Missguided but mines a one off I’m afraid so unless you’re prepared to trawl charity shops for your own your gonna have to buy that one. I think it’s physically impossible for an outfit to not look chic and pulled together with this Zara bag. When I first brought it I had trouble handing over 90 sheets for a bag from Zara but honestly, you need it, it’s totally worth it and it keeps selling out so go and buy it now for your own good! I’m definitely not happy with the amount of stomach on show in this photograph but I don’t think it’s possible to edit jeans to look more high waisted and quite frankly if it is possible I don’t know how. How nice are these shoes by the way? I love the lace up style with a closed toe. I’m sure you can tell I’m a fan of a lace up on pretty much anything, but all of my lace up shoes are open toe which isn’t exactly practical in this weather. I’m also loving the colour, I know they don’t exactly go with the top but I think it’s a kind of nice clash.. maybe? What do you think does it totally not go? *Gold Bangle (left) : Melinda Maria | *Gold Bangle (right) : Melinda Maria | *Nail Varnish : Zoya Love these jeans sent to me by IntheStyle (and the shoes ) totally wouldn’t have gone for this style of jean myself but they’re actually so nice and add a bit of interest if you’re just wearing a simple outfit like jeans and a t-shirt – which I usually am lets face it. If you decide to treat yourself to a pair or something else from…

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How to Nail Christmas Gifting

Viktor & Rolf Flower Bomb Perfume | Melinda Maria Gold Rings | Elcy Clothing Alexa Bralette | Candy Flower Cat Ears | Sigma 3DHD Kabuki Brush | Chanel Compact Mirror | Madotta Marble Phone Case | Urban Watch Pastel Pink | Sigma 3DHD Precision Brush | So if like me you’ve only just realised that it’s exactly a month tomorrow until Christmas.. shut the front.. I know! Then I’m here to save your ass.. kinda. I’ve put together a fail safe gifting guide – but only for women so I’m sorry about that but I can’t be good at everything now can I? If I’m honest I had far too much fun making this and it may or may not be a silent shout out (hi Mum) about what I myself would love to open on Christmas day. Can’t blame a girl for trying! Anyway, if you don’t know what to get your Mum, sister or girlfriend then I’ve got you covered! Dressing Gown | How to be Parisian Book | Diptyque Candle | Anya Hindmarch Letter I don’t know anyone who wouldn’t appreciate a fluffy, white, towelling robe on Christmas day? I’m pretty sure it’s a failsafe gift, I’ve linked a nicely priced one from New Look but if you’ve got the budget then The White Company do some uh-mazing ones! Another failsafe gift for any woman in her right mind is candles. You can never have too many candles and that is a fact. I’m going to let you into a secret here though, the look and the smell matter just as much. Now I know Yankee Candles have some pretty amazing scents but they aren’t exactly easy on the eye. You know you’re friend/mum/girlfriend better than me but personally I love a candle I can put on show! If the lady in question has a particular interest, books are always a lovely gift. I personally love big glossy hardback books or coffee table books, they’re not only interesting to read but a lovely thing to own. Topshop and Urban Outfitters always have good ranges in their gift sections. For the girl who has everything, and is a little bit quirky, I love these Anya Hindmarch letter stickers, they look great on your purse, handbag, phone case, diary.. anywhere you can stick them really! Bralette : Elcy Clothing Esme Bralette  | Charbonnel et Walker Chocolates | Flower Bomb by Viktor & Rolf Lingerie is always a winner when it comes to Christmas, I would steer clear of bra sizes unless you’re 100% sure! Something pretty like this Esme Bralette from Elcy Clothing is perfect as it’s ties with ribbon so shouldn’t cause too many issues if you get the wrong size – its virtually impossible! Of course no wish list would be complete without perfume and chocolates. Flower bomb is my ultimate favourite scent, I always get compliments when I wear it! And when I say Chocolates, I don’t just mean any chocolates. Charbonnel et Walker are the King of chocolates and you ticket to a one way trip to…

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My Favourite Outfits

So I’ve been blogging for approximately 8 months now and the majority of those posts have been outfit posts, so I thought I would do a little look back at some of my personal favourites. Ok you got me – I’m still ill and I need content. But I have actually been meaning to do a post like this for a while so it’s just been moved forward because of the flu.. can you let me off? Anyway, these are my favourites, my top one is 100% the rust jumper I picked up from Sweden, it’s the first shoot I did with Alex and it’s still my favourite shot! I also love the denim skirt with the camel cardigan, i think transitional outfits will always be my favourites! I’ll link all of the pieces I’m wearing beneath each outfit or as similar as I can find if they’re sold out as some of these are pretty old! don’t forget you can scroll along – I’ve linked loads! I’m not being funny but does anyone else think that this bag just makes any outfit? i’ve had it for nearly a year and it just never get’s old – I think it will always be one of my favourites!! I’ve linked a similar one from Aldo below which is less than half the price and such a good dupe! I truly love this look, it’s one from just last week – not sure why the images are such bad quality in comparison, I think they might be saved wrong so apologies for that! Which one’s your favourite? or is it not here? I love hearing what you guys think! Also if you’re loving these outfits then follow me on Bloglovin’ for more to come !!

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