Five Festive Favs
Can you believe we are less than three weeks away from Christmas? Seriously, where does the time go?! I'm here in Ireland helping out with my Dad (who is soldiering on magnificently, by the way) whilst trying to get myself in the festive spirit ... and all without my Hubby by my side. He's currently still in Cornwall but will join me here on the 20th. I. Can't. Wait. My Sister flies in from the States on Christmas Eve (no doubt we'll be the ones picking her up at the airport), which is when the festivities will truly commence. So, as you can see, it's a bit of a weird one this year but I'm still as gung-ho as ever about maxing out all Christmas possibilities. And that means (first and foremost) family, (secondly but also crucial) food as well as films, fashion, beauty, gifts, wrap, cards and carols... and anything else that makes Christmas, Christmas. It's a long list, so lets leave it there.
Anywho, here are some bits and bobs that are making my Winter a little brighter starting with the bling. Now, you're probably thinking this necklace is a bit OTT and I would tend to agree. In fact, it's so not me I'm amazed I actually bought it but hear me out before you click on another blog with decidedly better taste. I've been on the lookout for a statement necklace for a while. In truth I was hoping to nab one of those JCREW style pieces that make a simple outfit a standout one but (1) they are usually way out of my budget and (2) up until spying and trying this one I was unsure I could pull it off in the nonchalant way I desired. Fast forward to me wandering around Debenhams when this not-so-little beauty caught my eye in Phase Eight. I was wearing a denim shirt at the time (a JCREW one, in fact - ha!) and immediately threw it on. Let's just say I was instantly smitten and my Mum loved it so much she actually bought it for me - thanks Mum! It's going to get a lot of wear this Christmas - watch out for a plaid shirt, blingtastic statement necklace combo very soon.
Another day, another shopping trip and this time it was Wallis that came up trumps with their incredible range of leather-free boots and shoes... seriously vegans, check out their website pronto, they have an impressive array of footwear available and it's all so reasonably priced! Again, I had been on the lookout for a pair of black ankle boots and was finding it impossible to find the right kind... y'know what I mean, cuban-style heel (not to high, not too low), nice textured pleather (always looks better than smooth) with a bit of an 'edge'. Well, these 'mid heel cowboy boots' were (are) them. I almost shrieked when I checked the label only to discover they could be mine after-all ... don't you just love those 'man-made' fabric moments?
And then there's this hat. A cute pompom adorned number that, yes, you guessed it, is also made from synthetic fibres. I'm on a roll here. It was love at first sight - although I did wrangle between the rust and mustard before settling on this one because, you know, mustard. It's already a staple. If you're after one yourself check the men's section in New Look.
Confession time. I'm not a big wearer of nail varnish. Tootsies, yes. Fingernails, no. I think it was my violin playing past that put me off having anything of colour on my hands - I just found it way too distracting. However, I'm really trying to break the habit of a lifetime and this vegan friendly mustard gelly polish from cruelty-free beauty brand BarryM is just the ticket to ease me in. Whilst I've had it on my toes for a while now I think it's time to give the aforementioned fingernails a go... and this gorgeous hue could not be more fitting. Check instagram for the upcoming nail varnish wearing evidence.
Dionne Necklace /Phase Eight @ Debenhams
Mid-Heel Cowboy Ankle Boots/Wallis
Navy & Mustard Bobble Beanie/New Look
Mustard 'Gelly' Varnish/BarryM
Patent Mary-Janes (similar here)/Topshop
Shoes, shoes, shoes. A girl can never have too many, am I right? I actually bought these patent Mary-Janes a few months back (and I can't find the exact ones on their website now... sorry!)but knew they would come into their own around Christmas time. They really lift any outfit (equally perfect with pants, dresses and skirts) and are a must-have in my opinion. Again, it was squeal-time in Topshop when I realised they weren't actually leather. Adorable and cruelty-free - what more can you ask for?