My Christmas Wishlist

I loved putting this post together as I was free to imagine myself living in a world where money is no object and I don’t have to ask myself the really practical questions like, “But how much wear will I really get out of this?” and “I can’t possible buy both of these, so which do I like more?”

This is not like last year’s version of my Christmas wishlist as this year I’ve ventured deeper into the realms of higher-end luxury. After all, everybody deserves to dream every now and again.

GG Marmont Velvet Shoulder Bag – Cobalt Blue Velvet

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The price of this beauty is roughly equal to my entire monthly wage, so unless I forgo my rent, this will firmly remain not just on my Christmas wishlist but my forever wishlist. One day in the future when I’m hopefully in a position to be able to reward myself for my hard work – practicing a little self love over here – this will undoubtedly be my luxury purchase of choice.

Grande Seconde Paillonnée

It was only recently that I discovered this watchmaker, through my work of all places, and having learnt about their manufacture, their intricacy, delicacy and level of expertise are like no other.

Tiffany Soleste

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The list wouldn’t be complete without a diamond ring, they are a girl’s best friend after all.

Chloé Wool and Mohair-blend Cape

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I’d wear this on a lazy weekend in Paris, accompanied by a freshly baked warm croissant whilst walking through Le Jardin des Tuileries. Keep on dreaming…

Velvet Love Tub

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This would fit perfectly in the corner of the little hall in my flat. It’s velvet and pink, the ultimate girly-girl chair.

I hope you enjoyed reading this fun, silly post. Material goods aside there is nothing more valuable than health and happiness, be it your own, those you love or that of the world as a whole.

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OOTW: Outfits Of The Week

Monday greasy hair meant it was dry shampooed into a pony for the day

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Shirt: GAP [similar here]

Jumper: ZARA

Jeans: GAP

Shoes: Clarks [similar here]

Tuesday was a cosy casual day

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Top: GAP [similar here]

Jeans: M&S

Scarf: ZARA [similar here]

Shoes: Converse

Wednesday spent the whole day itching wearing this scratchy jumper

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Jumper: Next

Trousers: GAP

Shoes: Converse

Thursday dared to wear double denim

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Top: GAP

Jeans: GAP

Gilet: Mint Velvet

Shoes: Clarks

Bag: SHEIN

Friday clear skies meant my velvet trainers came out to play for the day

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Shirt: GAP [similar here]

Trousers: GAP

Scarf: ZARA [similar here]

Shoes: Jigsaw

Bag: SHEIN

Snaps from my Week

Last week, well last weekend in particular, was a busy one. After four days of work I packed an overnight bag (several for that matter – I don’t think I will ever master the art of travelling lightly) and made the 5 hour drive for a long weekend at home. My granny turned 80, I caught up with lots of my lovely friends and busied myself eating the contents of the kitchen cupboards back at home (my mum buys naughty things that I don’t trust myself to have in my house).

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{There’s only one way to spend an extended period of time in a car: in pure comfort}

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{My mum treated myself and my brother’s girlfriend to a manicure; has to be red}

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{Photobombed whilst trying to take an OOTD}

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{Betty’s fondant fancy cake for a very special lady’s birthday}

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{Wore heels for the first time in years, nearly made it to the end of the night}

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{Stumbled across this beauty with my brother whilst out on a Sunday afternoon drive}

Chloé Drew Dupe

Ever since first seeing Sincerely Jules sporting her Chloé Drew ☟ (circa 2 years ago), it entered and has firmly remained on my bag wishlist.

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So naturally I was ecstatic when this caught my attention.

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This was my first purchase from SHEIN and whilst upon arrival the bag did have a somewhat artificial and dare I say cheap smell to it, I was pleasantly surprised by the quality. After a few outings its plastic smell soon faded and it started to feel like my own.

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I won’t be using it as my everyday handbag as I’m one of these people who can never go anywhere without the kitchen sink in tow but it’s most certainly a perfect evening or special occasion bag.

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This wasn’t the only dupe that I came across on SHEIN.

In the market for a ‘Gucci Dionysus’?

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Or maybe a ‘Saint Laurent’?

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If anybody knows of any other good designer dupe sites then please let me know! A girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do on a recent graduate’s salary!

What I Ate Today

Breakfast 

Spiced Plum Porridge

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This morning I tried a new way of quickly ‘stewing’ these sad looking plums that had been lurking in my fruit bowl for well over two weeks. I placed them in a dish with a couple of tablespoons of water in the bottom and microwaved for 2 (ish) mins. They came out lovely and soft!

Lunch 

Sweet Potato Falafel Salad

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These homemade sweet potato falafel were made using this BBC Good Food recipe. I’m not sure if I had less sweet potato than the recipe called for but I found that it was a lot of chickpea flour and I ended up adding slightly less.

Of course you want them to stick together so they don’t fall apart when they’re cooking but I was concerned the end product would taste very floury. My tip would be to add half the recommended amount and then add more accordingly.

Snack

Hippeas Cheese & Love

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These were by far better than Aldi’s offering from last week.

Dinner

Mac n ‘Cheese’

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You’d be forgiven for thinking that this is white sauce however you would be mistaken. Perhaps you’ll be surprised to know (as was I) that the main ingredient in this sauce is actually cauliflower and as a result it’s remarkably guilt-free.

I found the recipe on Plant Based Jane’s blog and wowie it’s scrumptious and so easy to make. I cheated slightly and boiled the onions and garlic in the pan with the cauliflower and they still added a tasty underlying flavour. You may think that the amount of salt and pepper Jane suggests seems excessive but it’s definitely necessary, I even added a touch more.

Until next time!

 

 

Highstreet Scarves

Any of my friends will tell you I love scarves. Chunky, blanket, knitted, cotton, silk you name it and I most definitely own one. To my Mum’s horror I once bought three blanket scarves in a 15 minute period during a trip to ZARA. 

My love of scarves is undoubtedly connected to my love of winter, nothing beats the feeling of being enveloped in a big soft comfort blanket. As a person I’m always cold, physically, not emotionally (I hope), so I’m always reaching for something to provide me with some extra warmth.

ZARA

Maxi Checked Scarf

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A classic ZARA blanket scarf, this colour combination would just about go with any outfit.

Soft Striped Scarf

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Fluffy and with the sneaky addition of this season’s must-have mustardy colour.

Topshop

Brushed Two-Tone Scarf

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If you don’t find the idea of being bundled up in this chunky number appealing then you don’t know what you’re missing.

Urban Outfitters

Striped Scarf

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I don’t consider myself ‘edgy’ enough to be able to buy clothes from Urban Outfitters, I wouldn’t describe my style to be particularly grungy but I like the simple striped detail on this otherwise plain scarf.

ASOS 

ALDO Galeawen Fringe Scarf

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White, grey and blue denim are the perfect combination.

Pimkie Wide Checked Scarf

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The perfect scarf to add a subtle pop of colour to your outfit in the morning.

Stitch & Pieces Boucle Knitted Scarf with Tassles in Blush Pink

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Not too long with fluffy tasseled detail.

GAP

Cashmere Rib-Knit Scarf

 

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The collection wouldn’t be complete without a cashmere scarf now would it?

Snaps From My Week

A few snaps from last the happenings of last week. It was pretty average week, work eat sleep repeat – we all know the ones, but I did manage to do a spot of dancing around my kitchen (song of choice featured below), enjoyed a spot of breakfast in bed, waged war with a plethora of wasp that decided to seek refuge inside my flat to escape from the cold (their chosen point of entry remains a mystery), and some Sunday afternoon baking as it’s my turn in the office bake off!

 

 

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{Extremely thrilling Friday night involving some much needed life admin – sporting my comfiest and very wet (the product of a tussle with a very dirt pan) prison-chic outfit]

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[What started as washing up turned into a karaoke session in my kitchen – why don’t they produce songs like this anymore?]

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[Cold day called for a cosy jumper]

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[A dreamy weekend breakfast that involved chocolate and Gilmore Girls ]

 

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[Hideous dream that quite literally made me bolt upright and check it was in fact just a dream]  

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[My turn in the office bake off meant Terry’s chocolate orange brownies and banana bread]

Happy hump day everyone!