Christmas is creeping up and it’s time to get saving to treat the one you love. Aww! This is a luxury gift guide, with two stocking fillers thrown in. The most expensive item in this gift guide is the Oris BC3 Advanced Day Date from Market Cross Oris Watches. I think it’s a stunning piece and obviously a huge investment but it’s so pretty. Maybe one day I’ll be able to buy this kind of watch for Luke! Something a little bit more down to earth (but only just!) is the brown leather Vivienne Westwood Backpack, it is dreamy! Further down the affordable line is the Whistles Printed Sweatshirt which I love. The camo print is really cool but it’s a little different because of the colour way. Two lovely little stocking fillers are the Tartan Scarf which is available from ASOS for under £20! I also love these cheeky Pug Socks from Topman! What do you think?
Today’s post is all about some online gems that I love to scour when I’m after vintage and retro pieces or just to pass the time! I hope you like them. First up is We Are Cow – this is an amazing vintage & retro shop and online store. I’m lucky enough to have one on my doorstep in Nottingham but they also have stores in Manchester, Birmingham & Sheffield. Luke and I often pop in for a browse when we’re in town, it’s such a cool shop. I’ve picked three of my favourite pieces that they’ve had new in online recently to share with you guys. I love this blue denim midi skirt, this digital print boxy dress and this polka dot jumpsuit.
Let me introduce you to one of my favourite holiday outfits, the Boohoo Maxi Dress. I love the pattern, the back detailing and the split up the sides. I always find maxi dresses really hard to walk in because my legs get all tangled up but this one is super flowy and easy to move around in! I had to get this dress taken in as it was swamping me as it only came in S/M/L which is always dangerous sizing ground I think but my all star Mummy took it in for me.
Over the Bank Holiday weekend we tackled the next room of our house, decorating wise, our bedroom. Here are a few before photos, showing our room, warts and all with the grubby green colour. I think green is definitely now my least favourite colour after sleeping in this monstrosity for a few months. Right now, I never want to see another tin of paint again but there’s still more to do until we’re perfect!
When you say ‘Stoli’ to me, I automatically think of Ab Fab and Patsy’s classic Stoli & Bolly combination. Who doesn’t? But the old classic is getting a modern 2014 re-vamp. Stoli went on a tour in a 1950s van around London with their new Stole Lemonade creation, offering it up to the lovely local public! Unfortunately, I was unable to go but I really wanted to try this glorified vodka lemonade so they kindly sent me a bottle and I wanted to share the recipe with you guys! It’s a really refreshing summer drink and it’s great because you can alter the sweetness, lemony-ness and vodka measure in your own pitcher unlike the giant watery Wetherspoon’s pitchers that sometimes grace the table. Grab yourself a pretty mason jar and some straws and settle down for an evening in the sun. Multiply the recipe by 4 to share the pitcher with friends.
Dry shampoo, baby wipes, a little bit of sea-salt spray, loads of anti-bacterial stuff and a little bit of Avene Eau Thermale is the perfect festival survival kit. Forget the tent, I just need my Toni & Guy Sea-Salt Spray! Sporks have been my favourite piece of cutlery ever since I was in the cadets and doing Duke of Edinburgh, they’re an ingenious bit of kit that house a spoon, fork and a serrated edge for choppin’ and cuttin’!
After 3 days of DIY and a whole load of paint we’ve finally finished decorating our guest room! It looks cosmetically lovely now, if you don’t look at the floor or into the corners too closely. I live in a really old house and it was pretty run down when we took it on so this is as good as we can get it as we also rent! But, I think it looks quite lovely now and I’d be happy to have people to stay whereas before I wouldn’t have even slept in there myself by choice!
This week on Grazia’s #WhatToDoThisWeek feature I’ve recommended the super cool Sobar in Nottingham. It’s a completely 0% alcohol establishment and is run 100% not for profit. All of their profits go to drink and drug related charities around Nottingham and I think that pretty sweet! They also so amazing milkshakes so it’s become a weekend stop-off for Luke and I when we’re in town! You can check out the Grazia post and what all the other regional bloggers have been recommending here.
Thinking about Christmas in July is a bit mind boggling, but when Paperchase invite you to see some of their lovely goodies, you can only say yes! I went on behalf of UNiDAYS and you can read the full post about the collection here! I thought I’d just share some of my favourite snaps of the day that I took. Remember if you’re a student you can grab 10% off all full priced goodies with Paperchase & UNiDAYS.
Just a little bit of exciting news on the blog today. I now have a weekly blogger feature on Grazia sharing my knowledge of my city and what to do for the week & the weekend coming up! This week I featured Suede Bar, an awesome Pizza place just off the Lace Market in Nottingham. You can check them out here and you can check out the post and see what the other bloggers are suggesting from their cities here!