Thursday, 18 December 2014

Win over £1000 Of Goodies - Christmas Giveaway

"I like to start my notes to you as if we're already in the middle of a conversation. I pretend that we're the oldest and dearest friends… as opposed to what we actually are, people who don't know each other's names”.

This is exactly how I feel about you.  So many bloggers have used this quote to describe there relationship with their reader but it's the perfect way to describe our relationship.  It’s a great quote from one of my favourite movies ‘You’ve Got Mail’.  If you haven’t seen it you NEED to!  It’s the perfect film for a lazy Sunday on your sofa.

You see, my relationship with you is slightly more whimsical than just me merely typing and tapping away on my keyboard hoping that when you read my adventures and stories you will like them and hopefully will be inspired to try something new.

When I’m writing to you it’s as if we’re catching up on my comfy sofa, with scatter cushions all around us, large cups of tea in our hands and blankets thrown over us to keep us warm (especially our tootsies).  All whilst we spill all of our latest gossip and share our secrets as if we are the oldest and dearest of friends and have all the time in the world to chit chat and natter.

From time to time someone will ask me how do I find the time for blogging but the truth is, sometimes when I’m having a bad day it’s the only thing which puts a smile on my face knowing that you are on the other end of the internet reading my journey and sharing yours with me through your comments, tweets etc.  It makes the huge world which we live in not feel quite as big (and sometimes as lonely) as before.

I just love talking to you. Typing up my adventures, thoughts and feelings for you, it thrills me so much that I could burst with all the nervous excitement.  With the same question ringing in my head as I click on the magic publish button “what will you think?”

It’s all very magical that people from all over the world can fill you with such joy and happiness, but it’s the truth.

I think there’s a huge misconception about blogging about how it’s a one way relationship, one which I couldn’t disagree with more!

I am so thankful for all your thoughts, guidance and for you telling me all about your adventures, I love reading them and I could get lost in the for hours.  I just can’t say thank you enough.

If I could I would love to give you all a present to say thank you for everything… but sadly that’s a little difficult.  So as Christmas day is almost upon us, I thought I would round up all my favourite items (as I thought we basically like the same things) of the moment and let one lucky reader win them as a special Christmas gift!

Everyone has the same chance of winning, wherever you are in the world. Here are the goodies up for grabs...

What better way to start then with a truly British brand...

Burberry is all about British fashion at it’s finest and their make up is no different.  I’m totally in love with their lip glosses and nail vanishes as they don’t smudge or chip making them perfect for a girls night out.

I just love their lip glosses for a pop of colour, so I picked out for you this gorgeous coral colour which I think you will just love.  For the nail vanishes I thought I would keep it simple with Burberry’s signature green colour and a clear top coat one.

Now don’t be fooled, this isn’t just any old bag… oh no sir… this is a magical bag with an almost Mary Poppins element to it!

It’s by Hidee and is called the Salina.  One of the main reason why I love this bag so much is it's made in London by artisan craftsmen and being a London girl that is just music to my ears.

What makes it so special is that it’s uniquely designed with an upper and lower compartment. The lower compartment can carry your high-heels and other treasures, whilst the upper compartment stores all your normal things your current handbag would.  It’s just such a clever idea.

Now these little booties some of you already know about.  I featured them a few weeks back in my Autumn Leaves post and I have never received so many emails and tweets before.  So I thought you just have to have a pair of your own as well!

They are by Koalabi and I am head over heels in love with them!  I just cant stop wearing them.  They combine style, comfort and all things sheepskin into a pair of boots.

The winner can choose them in whatever size and colour they like.

Christmas is all about giving presents which are thoughtful and personalised.  So what could be more fitting then your very own personalised Coca-Cola bottle?!?!

I always think Autumn and Winter are all about the change in seasons and nature being a force to be reckoned with!  Designed By Nature which is completely inspired by just that… nature! 

This orchid buds silver ring is simply gorgeous and I thought you just had to have it!  
It’s great because it’s an adjustable ring, so it'll fit everyone.

These sunglasses are great even in winter.  They are by Polette who specialise in great glasses made for your eyes. I just love how these sunglasses take a classic design but have a modern twist to them with the pop of blue colour thanks to the mirrored lenses.

I had my eye on these babies for quite a while. They are just stunning and I have to admit they are my favourite earrings.  These Ikuria earnings are sterling silver and are designed like a spider's web. These are completely sold out now so this is your last chance to grab these gorgeous earrings!

Now is this the type of mascara you have always dreamt about?  You’ve probably seen these all over the internet as everyone is talking about them.  It’s called Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes by Younique.  It dramatically enhances and magnifies the appearance of your own lashes using fiber to latch onto your own lashes.  It immediately creates the appearance of incredible thickness and volume to your existing lashes.

I tried it on a whim and it’s quickly become one of my favourite makeup must-haves!

Chá com Letras is a quirky brand which produces design-conscious products with a pinch of wit.  I just love how they include a childish sense of fun in their products. I just love their bright and colourful print of macaroons, their British butterflies designed their phone case and their matching tote bag.   So I thought you needed to get your hands on these too!

With the cold nights and the rain slowly drawing in a pair of Hunter short boot socks are an essential for keeping your tootsies nice and toasty while you are roaming around exploring outside.

I’m a HUGE fan of Hunter in general but these are a real keeper!  Comfy, stylish, practical… what’s not to love.  

It's a bundle worth over £1000 - yes, a thousand pounds - and I think it’s the perfect combination of pressies for you!

I will send it anywhere in the world, so this is an international giveaway and everyone can enter.  The winner will be chosen at random on Christmas day.

If you'd like them as your Christmas gift from me all you have to do to enter is fill in the widget below:

Monday, 15 December 2014

Christmas Wreath Making At Evitavonni

Whether it's showing up the neighbours, christening your new home or keeping up with traditions, there's only one accessory to get the front of your house ready for the festive fun... a Christmas Wreath, everyone loves one (even those neighbours).

So I headed down to my favourite florist Evitavonni for a little champagne and rose sniffing all whilst making my very own Christmas wreath.

Of course, Christmas is a time for family, so there was only one person I would ever want to get into the festive spirit with and do such a Christmas-y green fingered activity... my mother.

We started by taking a peek at all the beautiful flowers and were very sweetly given little mince pies, mulled wine to get us into the wreath making spirit.

Before we knew it, it was time to take our place at the work station and start to fill our wire base with the moss.

Now I’m not the most green fingered person in the world, but that was no issue as the wonderful florists teach you on practically a one on one basis meaning they are always on hand to help steer you in the right direction.

Once the moss was stuffed inside the wire, we wrapped the back of it with the green cellophane to help protect our door once we are ready to hang it up!

Next up it was time for us to get our creative juices following and attach all the beautiful green foliage to the wreath with florist twine.

I went for a mixture of eucalyptus, berries, bay, fir, curry leaves and many more!

We giggled and compared notes whilst tying the foliage as tightly as we could to our wreaths. 

The whole florist smelt incredible.

I just wish there was such a thing as smell-o-vision so that I could capture the smell with my camera and share it with you as I know you would have loved it too.

The cold, festive scent of the moss mixed with the strong, fresh flowers was the perfect accompaniment to our wreath making fun.

Once all the foliage was tied it was time to attach our flowers and christmas accessories.

I’m a huge white roses lover so I decided to add them to my wreath along with frosted waxed apples, pine cones, cinnamon sticks, and of course I topped it off with a gorgeous purple bow.

I am so glad with the way my wreath turned out… nobody will ever believe I made it.

I'm wearing my most favourite cashmere jumper.  It's by Laniger and it's probably the softest thing I own.  It's perfect for a cold winters day to wrap up warm.  They also have so many other great jumpers so it's definitely worth checking them out. 

My shoes are my trusty Koalabi sheepskin boots and my black skinny jeans are from Topshop

With a spring in our step and with the excitement of putting our wonderful creation on the front door we raced home eager to see what it would look it.

Not bad eh?…

I honestly can’t recommend the experience enough, you seriously need to get yourself down to Evitavonni for a lesson.  We had such a wonderful afternoon and the florists their are second to none.

Oh, and they do classes all year round so there’s plenty of reasons to go.

Friday, 12 December 2014

Make The World Better With A Sweater

Ho ho ho, Merry Christmas!

It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas and what better way to get into the Christmas spirit than to don your favourite novelty festive jumper – and even better when it's all for a good cause.

Today is Christmas jumper day where Save the Children is asking people to 'make the world better with a sweater' by wearing a festive woolly top for the day and donating money.

All money raised from Christmas Jumper Day will go towards vulnerable children, both in the UK and abroad.

My cosy wooly jumper is from H&M and they have a great selection to tickle your Christmas jumper taste buds!

But my earrings are my current fav's.  I am totally in love with them, they are just stunning. These Ikuria earnings are sterling silver and are designed like a spider's web. These are completely sold out now but luckily for you I am currently running a giveaway for you to get your hands on a pair of these gorgeous earrings too (along with over £1000 of other goodies too)!

So if you're in the UK and have a second, please text JUMPER to 70050, to donate £2.

You may not have joined the woolly revolution today, but you can still show some love for this great cause and help make someone else’s Christmas that little bit brighter.

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Carnaby Street & Cocktails

I love Christmas shopping.

Christmas is by far my favourite time of year.  I’ve always been the same.  I’m a big kid really as I get far too excited.  I love giving presents and seeing the reactions of my loved ones as they open them.

When it comes to Christmas shopping, I’m like a scavenger, always on the look out for the perfect present hoping to stumble upon something unique and totally fitting for all my various loved ones.

So I popped on over to Carnaby Street to pick out a few pressies before heading over to the city for Christmas drinks.

This is my gorgeous new ring by Designed By Nature which is completely inspired by just that… nature! 

This orchid buds silver ring is simply gorgeous.   So if you fancy getting your hands on one, then head on over to my Christmas giveaway as you could be in with the chance of winning one along side over £1000 pounds worth of goodies! 

All shopped out, I headed on over to Threadneedle Walk in the city to hang out with Charlotte (check out her blog here) & try out a new hot spot, M.

M is seriously impressive as it houses 2 restaurants, a bar and private dining space.

On the left is Grill, the heart of the operation serving cuts of the finest beef from six countries.  On the right is Raw, for casual, cheaper dining courtesy of cured, smoked and pickled small plates of fish, meat and noodles.  You’ve also got the bar which is sleek and sophisticated with dark colours and expensive materials.

It’s the brain child and first solo project from Gaucho’s previous MD, Martin Williams.

We headed downstairs for a drink and a few cheeky snaps in the Photo Booth.

The bartenders whipped up some (very strong) Johnnie Walker Gold Label Reserve Christmas cocktails for us to sip whilst we nattered and laughed about what we’d been up to.

I’m so sorry for not being a bit more snap happy and taking lots of photos for you. I really wanted to share with you all that M had to offer but I got far too carried away catching up with Charlotte!

This is definitely a suited and booted bankers playground with it’s luxury foosball table, whiskey lockers and it’s extravagant wine tasting wall with a variety of bottles.

But hey, this playground has something for everyone and I for one can’t wait to go back and frolic again!

P.S. If you’re a bit like me and love to check out the bathroom’s whereever you go, M get’s a seriously high score in my book and is well worth a visit just to check them out…

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Trèsor Rare, Mayfair

I'm not great when it comes to the whole beauty thing.

I really wish I could be one of those people who spend hours putting on make up and who have a regular beauty appointment scheduled in their diary every week for the next three months.  I'm even more impressed by those that use the phrase 'sorry I'm busy tonight, I'm washing my hair' and actually mean it.  As much as I wish it was, sadly that just ain’t me!

I normally put beautifying off and constantly say to myself “oh I’ll do it next week”.  Next week never usually comes around and I realise that it's been months since I last spoilt myself.

So with the weather getting colder and my skin getting dryer, I finally gave into the winter.

Ready to say goodbye to my dry skin, I headed to Trèsor Rare in Mayfair for a seasonal overhaul.

Trèsor Rare (french for rare treasure) is based over on South Molton Street in Mayfair.  They specialise in skincare and have a variety of facials from premium skin relaxer thermal masks to exfoliating cream cleansers and more.  They only use their own exquisite skin care products, which are designed to restore your skin to its most beautiful and natural state, leaving your skin feeling luxuriously nourished and supple.

What separates Trèsor Rare from others is that the ingredients they use are composed from gemstones, deep water pearls and diamonds.

Yes you heard me correctly, diamonds!

I mean come on, diamonds are a girls best friend; earrings, necklaces, bracelets, rings, we love them all, but a diamond facial… who wouldn't love that?!?!

This heroic man, Sam Meyer, battled my winter skin and whipped it back into shape! 

Every facial at Trèsor Rare is tailored specially for the individual and the results are instant.  My once tired, dry skin had been transformed to feel velvety soft.

He did a skin relaxer thermal mask on me which took around 25 mins.

I left feeling like a new woman!  Cheerio dry skin, hello sublime soft, smooth skin!

It's safe to say I'm a very happy little lady!

You can find all the Trèsor Rare details on their website.  It’s ideal for forgetful little “next week” type girls like me who just need a little extra care to whip them back into shape every now & then.

P.S. Can you believe there's only 21 more sleeps until Christmas Day.  I'm just a tad excited (that's the understatement of the century - I'm a big kid)!

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