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Stocking Gift Guide for Her.

Saturday, 30 November 2013
With Christmas quickly approaching, I made the catastrophic mistake of going into town on a Saturday to post a parcel.
It was like the scene in Mean Girls where the animals are by the watering hole, or possibly the stampede scene from the Lion King that left us all crying into our parents arms as children. (And adults.) It was total mayhem. I thought I would save you all the trouble of going into town in December and possibly losing a limb in Topshop by putting together some gift guides that you can get online, and so here is the first of the lot: Stocking gifts for her. (All under £10, Santa's not made of money.)


Hetty Desk Vaccum, £9.99 at WHSmiths.
It's pink, it's called Hetty, and it's appropriate to have on your work desk because it serves a purpose. Perfect. Great for the OCD cleaners and messy hoarders alike. Who doesn't want a pink desk hoover?!

House of Holland Nails, £8.99 at Boots.
These are amazing, and there are so many different quirky designs, one to suit everyone! This is my personal favourite because it's customisable, choose what you want your nails to read and you can stick on the appropriate letters. Who knew spelling could be fun!?

Doughnut Notepad, £5 at Urban Outfitters
Because who doesn't enjoy stationary and who doesn't enjoy doughnuts?

Lunchbox, £6 at Newlook
I have one of these myself and it's the perfect size for some little healthy bits and bobs and a sandwich. It also saves so much money spend on Starbucks for lunch! And it helps you stay healthy! "No sorry, I can't have that biscuit, I just had my healthy lunch and am STUFFED!"

Multistack Rings, £7.99 at Missguided.
Stackable rings have been on trend for a while now, and you can pick these ones up at Missguided in either gold or silver, whichever is more to your liking. 7 rings, one present!

Lip Bullet, £5 at Topshop
For me personally I know I have a lot of Topshop makeup stocking fillers because my mother is fabulous. These lip bullets are only £5, and if you want to go a bit pricier their lipsticks are £8 and come in a colour to suit everyone. My favourite high street makeup brand by far. Definitely get better quality than you pay for with Topshop!

What are you hoping to get in your stocking this year??

The Miranda Effect.

Tuesday, 26 November 2013
The end of my University life is fast approaching, and what a whirlwind four years it has been. This said - the most frequent question I have been greeted with by anyone who I don't see on a weekly basis is "What are you going to do when you leave?" A deadlined version of "what do you want to be when you grow up?" Which to me sounds much less threatening/terrifying.

And so I have given this a lot of thought, the days have changed from when I wanted to be a dinosaur or Elle Woods. My new choice is much more reasonable, though possibly ten times less likely. When I grow up, I want to be Miranda Kerr.

Why? Well, just look at her. She's fabulous. That's why.


On top of her somehow eternally youthful face and dimples I would sell my mother for, she is also my most recent new style icon. This is why:


I think the first thing to applaud her for is the fact that these are candid shots. Meaning she was not necessarily expecting to have her photo taken, nor ready for it. I think if someone followed me around taking candid shots I would be blinking in most of them and doing something like dribbling in the rest. I bow down to you, Kerr.
In other news, her style is amazing. I love how she dresses up otherwise casual outfits with tweaks like the bright Michael Kors bag and the velvet thigh high boots. Other recurrent features are her signature red lips (perfect for the Christmas period), the big bags (perfect for all the shit I lug around with me. Carrying around my dogs jumper is necessary at all times, I swear!) and the sunglasses.

I wish I was the type of woman who could pull of wearing sunglasses all times of the year, but unfortunately in Scotland you are lucky to get a bright sky for a week mid August, let alone the rest of the year. If I walked around in my black RayBan dupes people would probably assume I was blind and try to help me cross the road.

I am completely in love with her casual luxe style, and may give it a go and add my own tweaks to it the next few weeks and see how I get on. I will do some OOTDs so you can see how I get on.

Who is your style icon?


A scarf by any other name wouldn't smell as sweet.

Friday, 22 November 2013
I have done it. I have found the perfect winter scarf. I feel like a chorus of angels should start singing and Beyonce should manifest and ask to be my best friend. It started in a Politics seminar, of all places. There is a boy in my class who is exceptionally beautiful - he looks a bit like a Ken doll (as in Barbie and Ken), only well dressed and more stubbly. So he sauntered in this fine afternoon with an amazing scarf on, which I was of course quick to compliment. Then I did what any sane woman would do in a bid to avoid de-masculating him and asking where it was from. I spent the hour peering at him from all angles, leaning at awkward positions and generally looking a bit like someone suffering from a minor epileptic fit until I caught a glimpse of the label. Ralph Lauren. Of course - no man so well dressed would shop at Primark as I had been hoping.



On coming home I quickly went on the Ralph Lauren website to find the scarf, which didn't take long. Unfortunately I exited the website just as quickly as I had clicked onto it on seeing it cost £75 for a scarf and then I ate my feelings.



However, the very next day I ran to TK Maxx for my Christmas shop (I prefer to call this being thrifty -  not cheap.) I checked the women's scarves in the hopes of finding something similar but to no avail. Then, low and behold, in the men's section I found the holiest of all holies - the very same scarf. For £25! They had other colours too, but I thought this one was the nicest and went with most of the outfits I wore. I honestly could have wept with happiness. The thing I love the best is that whereas one side is tartan (very on trend right now, well done Ralph), the other side is tweed. I am effectively getting two scarves for the price of one, with the reversible sides. Genius. The second thing I love about it is that I feel quite classy wearing it. Let's be honest here, if it wasn't Ralph Lauren this purchase wouldn't be quite as triumphant. A scarf by any other name just wouldn't smell as sweet.


A Christmas Vlog!

Monday, 18 November 2013
My two guapas came up to visit from down south, so we headed to Glasgow for a day of Christmas shopping, cocktails and ridiculous outfit testing. I thought I would vlog it, I know it's not my usual type of post or video but I hope you guys enjoy it anyway, I will be doing quite a few through December and may even take part in the Vlogmas challenge of a vlog a day :)


Trust No B****

Saturday, 9 November 2013

Winter arriving (extremely rapidly up North!) has meant I've started experimenting with a lot of layering up. I've noticed I tend to wear really huge jumpers for the baltic outdoors, then step into a sweltering moshpit at uni and want to strip but can't so end up fanning myself while I sweat like a pig and try not to smudge my face off.
I feel like mastering the art of layering will help me avoid such repulsive situations.


Today I went out for lunch with my now purple-haired compadre, Daisy. I wanted to wear my necklace, which I bought from a weird boutique place in Miami. I had seen people teaming this style of  necklaces with collared shirts, so I learnt from the wise and threw on my almost-forgotten spiked sheer blue shirt from Missguided.



My jumper has been in my recent haul videos and is a personal winter favourite from Primarni - a fabulously cheap Topshop/Zara dupe at just £8.  My skirt is from River Island, and beauty wise I'm wearing my new Chanel Rivoli dupe lipstick - Sleek Cherry, (check out my dupe post - this is the perfect lippie for fall). I have been tanning with my best friend St.Moriz in an attempt to look healthier than I feel, and put in my synthetic extensions from DevaLook.

  (Of course puppy cuddles became involved in the photograph process.)


I ended up really liking the mix of textures and clashing colours in the outfit, and stayed snug (but not sweaty) which was ideal.
How do you guys layer for this time of year?

Fall Favourites

Here are a few of my recent favourites for the Autumn!


What have you guys been loving recently?

Chanel Rivoli Dupe

Friday, 8 November 2013

For my birthday I treated myself to the Chanel, Rouge Coco lipstick in Rivoli, #21. Yesterday I went into Superdrug and saw they had a 3 for 2 on all cosmetics, so I picked up Sleek's Cherry from their Sheen range. I realised they are basically exactly the same, so at £3.99 for the Sleek version vs the £25 for the Chanel version, you can get yourself a real bargain here.



These show the Chanel swatch (left) and the Sleek swatch (right.) As you can see there is barely any difference, the Sleek version is slightly bolder but I also find it more dehydrating on the lips. At the end of the day, its a save or splurge situation. Below I'm wearing Sleek, Cherry.


Would you rather save or splurge?


Missguided Party Must Haves

Monday, 4 November 2013
As my all-time favourite brand (Check out my job application if you're reading this Tina Patel ;) ) , I thought I would do a quick Party Edit post on my go-to items for the partying season coming up from Missguided.

The Dress.

From the material to the colour, this dress screams 'Christmas!' Velvet is my go-to material for Christmas parties and the loose fit and hang of this dress is perfect for day to night transitions.
I would wear it with : A dark berry lip, like Rebel from MAC, and some killer spiked heeled boots like the Jeffrey Campbell ones.

The Top .

This top is a great dupe for the Alexander Wang crop Rihanna has been seen in - and she looks  completely amazing. I actually decided to buy this top despite my overdraft weeping as it died at check out. I ordered on a Sunday and got it today, on Monday afternoon. Companies, take note : Missguided are doing it right! The straps are a bit too long for me though so I will have to pop in to a seamstress to prevent an unsightly nipslip!


I would wear it with: A bright pink lip, Rihanna style, and a high waisted girly floral skirt to contrast the punky style of wet-look.

Skirt.

This skirt is ideal for jazzing up an otherwise plain outfit. The two fabrics which make me think of Chritmas are now covered - velvet and sequinned. 
I would wear it with - A tartan shirt tucked in to contrast the sequins for a more casual look, or if I was going out, I'd keep it simple with a black or white cami vest and accessorise it with heels and a big faux fur coat.

What are your essential Christmas party pieces?

Patterned Pyjamas.

Saturday, 2 November 2013
The other day I wore these trousers out to dinner and my boyfriend asked "why are you going out in pyjamas?" He obviously just isn't down with the fashion. Or perhaps they do  look a bit like pyjamas. Either way, I wore them out regardless.


 Top - Primark // Trousers & Belt - River Island // Boots - New Look // Laces - Schuh



If you imagine a belt made out of cardboard of the poorest quality - that's what this belt is. But it came free with the trousers so that's no surprise. Until I find another belt to go with these trousers, the cardboard one will have to do.

It was as if I could hear Tyra Banks in my head. "Want to be on topp?




I also contoured today because my nose looked fatter than usual. Thank God for makeup. My lipstick is Collection 2000, Cherry Red. (I'm cheating on MAC.) Sorry I haven't done an outfit post in ages, I've been living in sweatpants and hoodies.





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