Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Guest Post: Decorating for Christmas on a Budget

Christmas is nearly here again. It is so easy to get carried away but remember you don’t have to spend a fortune to get your home looking both festive and stylish.
Here are a few tips that can help bring anywhere into the festive spirit, from contemporary new homes in Devon to a retro Christmas look for older properties.
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Check the gardenIf you happen to have access to holly or ivy you can bring some greenery into the house without spending a penny. Pine cones make another wonderful Christmas decoration if you’re on a budget – either au naturel or the spray painted silver and gold look works well. It’s also pretty easy to make your own Christmas wreath. For the simplest design, just bend any suitable greenery into a circle and connect the ends with ribbon - add baubles, pine cones, beads, berries or feathers for a fancier effect.

Paint the windowsUse stencils and spray paint or, if you’re confident in your artistic skills, sponge snowmen or other festive scenes onto the inside of your windows. Make sure you use suitable paint such as acrylic craft paint so that you can clean the scenes off once Christmas is over.

Get creativeAnyone can make their own Christmas decorations and the more creative the better. Painted bottles can make attractive candle holders while tea lights floating in a bowl of water with a dash of food colouring added can create warmth in any room. Making decorations such as paper chains and cards can also be a lot of fun, especially if you have kids to help to apply the glitter.

Recycle and buy out of seasonDon’t feel like you have to buy new decorations every year. Even if you’re a dedicated follower of fashion, these things tend to go around in cycles and vintage decorations can look great in almost any setting. It might not help you much this year but the best time to buy decorations is after Christmas. Keep an eye out all year round for decorative items that can be put into use when this time of year rolls around once more.

How will you be decorating your house this christmas? Do you find these tips helpful?

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Sunday, 23 November 2014

Top Pick's of Advent Calendars 2014

I can't believe it's now nearly December! We will all soon be on the countdown to Christmas and be opening our advent calendars every day. I know a lot of the BIG ones are now sold out such as the Selfridges, No7 and Benefit ones, so I thought I'd do a little post on what's available if you're looking for a last minute one!

If you're looking for a great Beauty Calendar, The Lush and Ciate ones are still available. Although the Lush one is the 12 days of Christmas, It's filled with all of the Christmas favorites including Hot Toddy Shower Gel which I am loving right now. The Ciate one is amazing, filled with 25 amazing nail polishes - I had this one last year and there is so many I still haven't used, I'm set for the next couple of years! If you are heading to the Clothes Show, They will more than likely be selling these at discount price, I got mine for £10!
You can't beat a good old traditional Chocolate advent calendar. Lindt have brought out two this year one priced at £5.49 and a luxury one at £9.99 which you get a full sized bear on Christmas Eve. I have both of these and can't wait to scoff them every morning.
So, Alcoholic advent calendars are a thing now! I found  Vodka and Gin ones. They are quite expensive at £99 and £110 but if you're interested in tasting different samples, this is for you. 
The last two calendars I have found I think are brilliant. Smiggle is an stationary store which a few stores have recently opened in the UK and they have launched a stationary advent calendar. I also have this one and I'm pretty excited about it. The other one I've found is a Lego one, It's brilliant if you have children or a childish mind like me! You can collect pieces to make your own little Christmas scene! 

Let me know if you've got an advent calendar, Have you got an unusual one?


Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Millie Mackintosh Peplum Dress

Long time no speak (like four days ha!), I'm currently in the middle of my Dissertation now, So that's my main focus right now. I really wanted to share these photo's of my new Millie Mackintosh dress which i acquired at the Voucher Codes Swap Shop! It was brand new from House Of Fraser and probably my favorite find! (I did also get the Zara floral bomber jacket which Mary Berry had and that's on par too)
It's a really cute dress with a peplum hem which I was unsure about but it's actually quite flattering! I was aware Millie did a little collection for House of Fraser but after a little investigation, I've fallen in love with this other piece too. How amazing and elegant is it? The collection is really beautiful!
Heels - Payless Shoes

In other news, I've become a gym nut. Who'd have thought that? I've really gotten into it now! 
Also, My BonmarchĂ© giveaway has ended now and the winner has been announced on my Twitter!


Saturday, 15 November 2014

It's begining to look a lot like Christmas...

To continue with the sort of Christmas theme of this week's posts, I thought I'd upload a festive inspired outfit. Christmas is really creeping up on us now, the German market in Birmingham has just opened and I've just booked to go to Winter Wonderland next week!
I just need to say how obsessed I am with this fur jacket. It's from Miss Selfridge and it was basically love at first sight. I thought it would be great for going out round Christmas and I can even pair it with jeans to dress it down.
I think this dress from House Of Fraser is such a festive colour which I matched with a pair of shoes which I believe are from Matalan. I acquired them at Voucher Codes Blogger Swap Shop on Monday. I got to exchange some garments which I didn't really wear and get some brand new items - Some were even brand new! I'll be featuring them all soon!

Bag - Chanel
Shoes - Matalan

Also, Did anyone see the S Club 7 reunion last night? It's literally made my week! The stylist probably needed sacking but I just hope they tour so I can see that in person!


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