Thursday 27 December 2012

A Very Festive OOTD

Long time no see blog friends! If any of you work in retail I'm sure you know just how crazy it gets over the Christmas period but come January I should have a lot more free time to post more regularly. I spent Christmas day at my Aunty's house with my mum and my cousins and it was a lovely day, mainly spent cooing over baby Lily! I thought I'd show you what I wore to Christmas dinner, and throw in a few family photos for good measure!

Sequin Jumper - Topshop
Disco Pants - American Apparel
Boots - Pop (Independent shop in Leeds)
'Holloway' Bag - Radley
Lipstick - Revlon 'Spiced Brandy'

My mum bought me the American Apparel Disco Pants for Christmas so this was my first outing in them. I've been debating them for a while but I've tried them on a few times before and seemed to be between sizes and after my bad experience with the Topshop dupes I resigned myself to the fact that those super shiny leggings just weren't for me. I finally settled on a size and I now couldn't be happier, they are so comfy, they really do suck you in and they are such amazing quality! If you are between sizes, definately go for the smaller size as I find these have stretched loads already.

This jumper was another Christmas present from my mum (Isn't she lovely) and I love how long and slouchy it is! I'm not confident enough for the whole 'top tucked into disco pants' ensemble so I love that this gave me suitable bum and thigh coverage! I bought it from the tall section in Topshop as I do with most tops/jumpers so it is nice and long.

And now for a few family snaps...

Me and Mama Sav

Beautiful Baby Lily

Myself and the yummy mummy

Christmas cuddles with Lily

I hope you all had a very merry Christmas. I've been working none stop but I'm off for new year so can't wait to relax and catch up with friends over a tipple or two thousand! How did you all celebrate the festive period?

PS this is my last Christmas post I promise!


Saturday 8 December 2012

The Holiday Tag!

Ok Im sorry but I cannot resist ANOTHER christmas related blog post! I literally cannot think about anything else at this time of year, I am filled with the joys of the festive season. I saw Fleur from Fleur De Force recently do 'The Holiday Tag' on her YouTube channel and I just knew I had to give it a go too, minus the talking to a camera obviously!

1) What's your favourite holiday nail polish? 

I actually purchased this only today but already I can tell Barry M's 'Red Glitter' (LOVE the original name) is going to be a firm favourite of mine this Christmas! It is completely opaque glitter in just 2 coats and will be perfect for when I go out to my work Christmas party next saturday.

2) What is your favourite holiday movie?

I find this question pretty much impossible to answer with just one film so I am going to have to say it's a toss up between Home Alone, Love Actually and The Holiday; All of which I have already watched this year!

3) Share your favourite winter accessory.

I love fur collars this winter, just as I did last year as I think they add a bit of glamour to any outfit. I'll throw one over my coat for a smarter look or just over a cardigan for a bit of extra warmth and texture! I have 2; both bought from H&M recently!

4) Describe or show your favourite tree ornament. 

As most of you know, this is myself and Andrew's first Christmas in our house so we have had to buy all our tree decorations from scratch. We have bought loads of little individual ones I absolutely love but by far my most favourite are the beautiful personalised ones we ordered off Ebay. They add such a personal touch to the tree and we can bring them out year after year.

5) If you could have one wish come true this year, what would it be?

My one wish this year is that I can worry about money a little less; I know money isn't everything but it would be so nice to be able to have a little extra money left over at the end of the month to save for something special.

6) If you could kiss one celeb under the mistletoe who would it be?

Okay, this is literally IMPOSSIBLE for me to pick just one as I am a total psycho pervert so I am simply going to have to share with you all my celeb top 5. Brace yourselves...

1- Francis Boulle - He can take me for a ride on his skateboard any day.
2- James Arthur - His voice is like sugar.
3- Dougie Poynter - Probably the most beautiful human being to ever walk the planet.
4- Michael Cera - Supergood not Superbad. 
5- Justin Bieber - Have you seen him recently???

7) What's your new year's resolution?

It's the obvious one and everyone says it but I really want to lose some weight; I wish I was one of those people who just ate food to survive, alas I love food. I also want to have a bit more of a life, I don't really go out or do anything, mainly because of my lack of money, but it would be nice to get out and do more.

8) What keeps you going during the "holi-daze"?

Work, work, work. I am very lucky to be in a job I really enjoy and work with such a lovely group of people; I think it's rare to find a job where you like every person you work with and actually enjoy being at work. As you all know I work at Office Shoes and I really enjoy meeting the customers and obviously, buying shoes! It is our Christmas party next saturday, and after last year's occurances I can only begin to imagine what will happen this time! (Hi Lauren if you are reading this; BLOG STALKER.)

9) How do you celebrate the holidays with your family?

We all go to my Aunty's on Christmas day and I am sooooo excited this year as it is baby Lily's first ever Christmas! I cannot wait to give her all her pressies and have some Christmas cuddles!

10) Favourite holiday song?

All I Want For Christmas Is You. Obviously.

11) A childhood photo of you at Christmas.

Me and My Mum Christmas 1992

Me and My Mum Christmas 2010

12) What's your favourite winter candle scent?

My new favourite winter candle is 'Apple Cinnamon Wreath' by Yankee Candle. Some of them smell so sickly but this one is so yummy!

13) What's your favourite holiday candy?

It isn't really specifically a Christmas chocolate but I am completely addicted to M&S Creme Brulee white chocolate. It tastes like a posh Caramac if any of you remember those? So good!

14) What's your elf name? (Favourite nail polish + first pets name)

Red Glitter Steve. Wow. 

So that's the end of the tag! If you do it as well then please send me the link as I love reading anything Christmas related! I'd also just like to congratulate Hannah from Cosmetic Crave who won my Mac lipstick giveaway earlier this week. Thankyou to everyone that entered and I look forward to doing more giveaways in the future!


Sunday 2 December 2012

A Little Sunday Catch Up & A Lot Of Christmas Cheer

Ahh guys it's been so long! Work has just been crazy, crazy, crazy of late so I haven't had chance to blog in well over a week! I've been extremely tired and just haven't felt the urge to write so I thought it was better to wait until I was feeling more relaxed rather than churning out some crap I clearly wasn't enjoying writing. This is just a little photo update post before normal blogging resumes this week; Me and Andrew went and bought our first ever christmas tree together today and we have spent all day dressing up the house and making it look full of festive cheer!

Andrew with our tree, we bought a Nordman Fir if you are interested!

The best thing ever. M&S smoked red leicester cheese bake for a bit of energy!

Our very own bauble collection.

The tree in all its glory.

An array of festive fragrances.

The finished tree with it's star on top.

Obviously there had to be a special little guest.

It isn't Christmas without Home Alone!

Beautiful Christmas garland and wreathe and of course a bit of Buble.

Curled up on the sofa in comfy Christmas PJ's and the new Christmas cushion.

My new favourite Yankee Candle; Apple Cinnamon Wreath.

I've had such a lovely day relaxing and making the house all lovely and Christmassy. It feels so good to be back on the blog and I can't wait to do more festive posts over December, my love for Christmas is just insane. If there's any posts you'd like to see from me please don't hesitate to let me know as I'm really struggling for inspiration at the moment! 


Wednesday 21 November 2012

Doe a Deer a Female Deer, Ray a Drop of Golden Sun

On Sunday myself and Andrew hopped in the car and took a little trip to Harrogate for the afternoon. We went to a lovely little pub called 'The Kestrel' for lunch (we had the sharing platter; the brie and cranberry was to die for FYI) and it was so nice to just get out of the hustle and bustle of Leeds for the day. On the way home THE most magical thing happened; We were driving over a steep hill and it was all misty and foggy, then we came down the other side and there was a field of deer! It might sound ridiculous to find that so exciting but it just felt SO Christmassy I could've cried. Then Biebs came on the radio and it was just the icing on the cake really, best day ever! 

Anyway I thought I'd show you a quick snap of what I wore for our little venture, Sunday's to me are all about being comfy and lazy so I don't wear much makeup or put on anything exciting but there's no point me pretending I wear leather skirts, high heels and bright lipstick 24/7 is there?

Denim Shirt - Topshop
Burgundy Dress - Topshop
Cardigan - H&M
Scarf - Zara
Boots - Office
Lips - Jason 'Lips Bee Healthier' Lip Balm

Sorry that this is a bit of a chatty, pointless post! I just really wanted to get something up tonight, I had a real urge to blog and I genuinly felt compelled to tell you all about those deer, it made my day, my week, my month and quite possibly my year! Make sure you all enter my Giveaway if you haven't already, I've just reached 100 followers so I am giving away a Mac lipstick!


Tuesday 20 November 2012

100 Followers Giveaway!

I'm so happy! I finally reached 100 GFC followers today and I can't believe how far my little blog has come! I just want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has followed/supported/read my blog as it brings me so much happiness knowing someone enjoys reading what I ramble on about. I've decided to hold a little giveaway to celebrate and give something back to you guys so be sure to enter, good luck everyone!

Good luck everyone and thanks again!


Friday 16 November 2012

Fashion Vouchers - Xmas Party Blogger Challenge

Bit of a different post from me today as this is actually my entry for the 'Christmas Party Outfit Blogger Challenge'. To be in with a chance of winning £100 in fashion vouchers all you have to do is pick one of their merchants and put together the perfect Christmas party outfit that comes in under £100. The merchant I chose was of course, the ever expanding ASOS, but there is a whole host of other shops and online fashion specialists to choose from. For full details on how to enter the competition just click here.

Mango Dress - £44.99
Rimmel London Kate Lipstick in '107' - Currently £3.84
Pack of Rings - £8.00
Cross Earrings - £10.00

Total - £91.83

The outfit I put together is very vampy and perfect for Autumn/Winter parties. I chose this absolutely stunning velvet maxi dress with cut out mesh panels as it looks so expensive and is definitely something I would choose to wear. I think it would be perfect for pear shaped girls like myself as it is detailed around the top, highlighting the slimmest part of the body, but it subtly flares out of bigger hips/thighs.

I chose these gorgeous burgundy heels as they add to the gothic vibe and are very on trend with the pointed court shoe style. I carried the oxblood red through to the top of the outfit by choosing the ever-so-popular Kate Moss for Rimmel lipstick in shade '107'. 

Jewellery wise I chose these really statement cross earrings as they offer continuity to the vampish outfit but they also add a bit of drama to what is actually quite a plain ensemble. Because there are no sleeves on the dress I felt something extra was needed so chose this simple set of gold band rings as they create more interest without being too over the top.

I hope you all like my entry for the Fashion Vouchers Blogger Challenge and if you attempt this yourself please link me to your post as I love seeing what outfits people put together!


Thursday 15 November 2012

OOTD - Leopard & (Fake) Litas

Hi guys, just another little outfit post for you today featuring my new Lita rip-offs from Office! I just cannot get over how comfy they are, I'm usually the girl who takes her shoes off after about 5 minutes on a night out and forgets one of them in the taxi on the way home but I think these may just change that! Not that I actually go out anymore...

Shirt - River Island
Skirt - Topshop
Coat - Label Lab @ House of Fraser
Fur Stole - H&M
Boots - Office
Lipstick - Chantecaille 'Aurora' 

Apologies for featuring this skirt AGAIN. I know its been in my last 3 outfit posts but I honestly cannot stop wearing it, it literally goes with everything, I just love it! I bought this leopard print shirt from River Island a couple of months ago and I love the black contrasting sleeves and little studs on the collar,it's perfect for this time of year.

I have a few days off work at the moment so I'm trying to post as often as possible, I'm really enjoying blogging and can't believe it's nearly 6 months since I started, I feel like I've come such a long way. I'm nearly at 100 GFC followers now and looking forward to doing a little give away to thank you all for your support so keep your eyes peeled for that over the next couple of weeks! In terms of the prize I'm unsure whether to go for one high end item or whether to get a few different drugstore bits so let me know what you guys would prefer, it's one of you who will be receiving it afterall!


Wednesday 14 November 2012

My Autumn/Winter Shoe Collection

I feel that it is something of an occupational hazard when working in a shoe shop that you end up buying a lot of shoes. I've worked for Office for around a year and a half now and I have developed quite the footwear collection so I thought I would do a little (massive) post showing you the shoes I've been rocking for these Autumn/Winter months!

Not the most weather appropriate shoes in the world but I love wearing my white Converse all year round. They are super comfy and literally go with anything! I think Converse always look better when they've got a bit scuffed up and are more worn looking so I am pretty happy with the stage mine are at. Just a little note for if your ordering Converse online or not trying them on, they come up pretty big so you're better off going down atleast a half size; I'm a 6.5 and I got a 6!

Studded Ankle Boots - River Island

One of my few pairs of shoes not actually from Office I have had these little studded biker boots for a good 2/3 years now and I can happily say they are my favourite boots OF ALL TIME. These have studs missing, scuffs all over and pretty much no insole left inside but I think they look better than the day I bought them! They are super slouchy and loose and look so nice with skinny jeans tucked in.

Lace Up Boots - Office

I bought these little cute lace up boots from Office last year. They are such buttery soft leather and a really nice change from the standard tan/black boots. 

Vans Authentic - Office

It took me a while to buy a pair of Vans for some reason. They were everywhere over Summer but I wasn't massively keen on any of the colours but as soon it hit Autumn I knew I had to get this Burgandy pair! They are so so comfy and make every outfit look casual but thought out. As with Converse, these come up quite big; I am a 6.5 and went for the 6!

This is the comfiest boot ever and really seems to dress up any outfit! They are a gorgeous black suede with a really 90's chunky heel; Me and the girls at work call them 'Clarissa' as in Clarissa explains it all? You'll have to be a true 90's kid to know what I'm on about ;) I'm not a big fan of these with jeans but they look so lovely with tights and dresses.

Leopard Studded Shoe - Urban Outfitters

I received loads of compliments on these after featuring them in a recent outfit post, you can see that here. They were a total bargain in the sale and I think leopard print is perfect for Autumn as it looks amazing with all the dark berry colours that are around. I love the tiny heel with the studded detail and they are really easy to style.

These are the latest addition to my shoe collection and were an absolute bargain after being reduced to just £25! They are clearly a total copy of the Jeffrey Campbell Lita's but what I really love about these is that they come a lot lower on the ankle so are much more flattering if you are concious about your legs like me. Im going to be wearing these with dresses and tights all through Autumn/Winter for Christmas parties as they are so comfy and give an 'edge' (cringe) to any outfit.

'Nikita' Boot - Office 

This is probably my most worn boot, hense why it is looking a little worse for wear! This is just the easiest little ankle boot to wear and literally goes with everything.

This is easily my most worn shoe as I wear it to work most days. It is so unbelievably comfy and the leather is incredibly soft. I love the fact the studs are black as I think they go with a lot more than if they were gold or silver and look a bit more expensive. These are getting so scruffy now but I love them that much I think I will buy another pair!

Slippers - Primark

It wouldn't be an Autumn/Winter post without a pair of slippers so these are the ones Im currently wearing and they were super cheap from Primark! They are lovely and soft inside and keep my feet toasty in this freezing cold house!

So they are the main shoes and boots I've been wearing so far this Autumn/Winter. Let me know if you've liked this post as I could do something similar for my heels/going out shoes and also a similar one when Spring/Summer comes around. A few of my friends and little baby Lily are coming round for a take away tonight so I better go clean this mess up...