Homeware for the festive season

Festive homeware

I've been hosting Christmas at ours for the last couple of years now, and I always like to make our home that little more festive because of this. So, whilst browsing the world wide web this week, I found some great festive homeware pieces - some of them you could definitely use all year round (the practical buyer in me loves this!).

Dressing for the festive season

December is that time of year where all the shops are full to the brim with sequins, shimmer, metallic and velvet - party season is upon us, and whilst I'm pretty comfortable spending Winter in my PJ's, I also have a couple of party commitments (is that a thing?).

The high street has enough pieces to get you feeling, and looking festive.  If you're stuck with what to wear to your work Christmas party, or you fancy a new outfit to wear on Christmas Day (any excuse, am I right?!) I've visited my favourite high street stores, and picked out an outfit in each - keeping in mind no one wants to look like a Christmas decoration.

Office Christmas Party with & Other Stories

& Other Stories Xmas outfit

Christmas Eve Drinks with Whistles
Whistles Christmas party outfit
Pins  / Silk top / Boots / Trousers / Bag / Earrings 

Christmas Day with Zara
Christmas outfit by Zara
Bag / Skirt / Jacket / Top / Boots / Headband

New Years Eve with Topshop
New Years Eve outfit inspiration from Topshop

12 hours in...Paris

12 hours in...Paris
Visiting Paris is one of my favourite things to do, and with the city only 2.5 hours away from London by Eurostar, it’s easy enough to go for the day.
So, I thought I’d fill you in on what a typical day trip to Paris for me looks like! 

Angelina is always the first port of call when I get to Paris, grabbing one of their famous hot chocolates to go and heading to my favourite neighbourhood, Le Marais. 
12 hours in...Paris
When it comes to Le Marais I love the familiarity of it and the fact that it has everything Parisian written all over it, oh and the Chanel store is all sorts of beautiful. Grabbing a falafel to go from L’as du Falafel, macarons from Carette, and a few trinkets from Merci are my go-to things I have to do when in the city but, aside from those there is so much to do and see.
12 hours in...Paris
12 hours in...Paris
I have my favourite restaurants in the city, but I do try to visit a new one each time I’m over there. Pink Mamma is my newest favourite and an easy walk to Montmarte and the Sacre Coeur (more about the restaurant here). Sometimes though, I like to go back to an old favourite, Chez Janou in Le Marais as having some of their chocolate mousse is the best thing ever. 
12 hours in...Paris
12 hours in...Paris
12 hours in...Paris
If I have time, I try to go and see an exhibition - Paris always has something interesting going on, and currently you have the Christian Dior, Couturier du Reve at Musée des Arts décoratifs and Irving Penn at Le Grand Palais, both absolute must-sees. 
12 hours in...Paris
12 hours in...Paris
12 hours in...Paris
Then it's back to Gare du Nord to catch the Eurostar. I like to walk back to the train station instead of getting the metro, as the streets and buildings are so pretty to look at, and you never know what you’ll stumble across.

Paris is a dream, and I’ll never tire of visiting. 

The Weekly Edit: Statement Earrings

One of the biggest accessory trends right now is statement earrings. I've been loving them for a fair few months now and, like the magpie I am, I can't walk past a display of sparkling statement earrings without taking a little peek.

Proving not to be just for the runways and red carpets, upgrade a casual daytime look – think a plain white t shirt, jeans and flats – by adding a pair of bold and colourful statement earrings. 

But rather than the glitzy chandeliers from seasons past, this time it’s all about modern structural designs, playful mismatched pairs and obnoxious shoulder-dusters. 

Ultra chic

Bobbi Brown Crushed Lip Color

Bobbi Brown Crushed Lip Colors
  Over the last couple months, I’ve become slightly obsessed with lipsticks. For a girl that barely has a top lip, this may be a strange makeup obsession but during the Winter months I love to add a bit of colour to my daily makeup look, and throwing on a bit of lipstick is what I go for. 

 I have a lot of favourite makeup brands, and Bobbi Brown is one of them. One of their latest launches caught my eye. The Crushed Lip Color lipsticks are a total game-changer when it comes to the brands usual lip products - they’re designed to give a ‘blotted’ effect to your lips, which means if you don’t want to go for a super-bold lip, these are perfect for you. 
Bobbi Brown Crushed Lip Colors
 On application, the lipsticks themselves feel like a balm (thanks to the hit of vitamins E and C and beeswax) and the finish is not matte, nor glossy and they are so comfortable to wear. The washed-out looking pigment does what the Bobbi Brown team claim - a staying power of a lip stain (apparently 8 hours) and they do really stay on your lips for hours, fading as the day goes on but so beautifully I didn’t find myself wanting to re-apply. 
Bobbi Brown Crushed Lip Color swatch
 With 20 shades to choose from, there really is a shade for everyone. My favourites are Cabana and Regal. The packaging is colour-coded, and whilst it is slightly different to the usual classic Bobbi Brown packaging, I find this really useful for identifying which shade I’m going for, as I have a few colours! 

The perfect lipstick for that ‘undone beauty’ look we’re all dying to achieve. Head to your nearest BB counter now and get swatching. 

Buy online here

The Epic Christmas Gift Guide 2017

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas, which means it's that time of year where I don my Elf outfit and go into the world wide WebSphere to find some Christmas gift ideas for you lovely lot!

Go fourth and browse....Just don't blame me if you end up buying something for yourself (that may have happened to me when I was putting this post together) 

Christmas Beauty Gift Guide

Christmas Homeware Gift Guide

Womens Christmas Gift Guide

Kids Christmas Gift Guide

Men's Christmas Gift Guide

Under £50 Christmas Presents