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!

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.

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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?

Highstreet Knitwear

Hurrah – the temperature has finally turned and we can retrieve our cosiest, chunkiest jumpers and cardigans from the darkest depths of our wardrobes. However I think I speak for most people when I say that having delved for said items of knitwear, certain pieces are looking rather tired and bobbly.

With that in mind I’ve scoured the high street stores and put together my pick of some of the trendiest, comfiest and most affordable knitwear currently available.

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Grey Stripe Funnel Neck Sweater 

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We all have Lily Pebbles to thank for this one as I saw her sporting it on her Instagram story and was immediately attracted to it.

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100% Cashmere Sweater

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There’s nothing wrong with an oversized look, but to add a bit more shape I’d most definitely wear this with skinny jeans and a pair of sturdy chelsea boots.

Turtle Neck Sweater

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Statement sleeves and neck in a gorgeous, pure colour.

Topshop

Longline Cable Knit Cardigan 

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Love, love, love the colour. I’d imagine this is nothing short of wearing a big hug.

Striped Mohair Jumper

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Ignoring the ‘Where’s Wally?’ image that this jumper brings to mind, it would be nicely suited to a pair of light wash jeans and white converse.

ZARA

In previous years ZARA has been my go-to for knitwear however this year I find most of their pieces to be very flamboyant and dare I say ‘edgy’ and so not very suited to everyday wear.

Long Cardigan

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Now this is an office appropriate cardigan *dressing gown* if ever I saw one.

Short Sweater with Shimmery Detail

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A lighter piece of knitwear for *slightly* warmer days and in one of this season’s must have colours.

GAP

Textured Button Cardigan

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What is a knitwear haul without a grandpa cardigan?

Ribbed Peplum Sweater

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All about the sleeves!

Cable Knit Mockneck  Sweater

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Love the detailing on this.

ASOS

Monki High Neck Ribbed Jumper

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This jumper has a somewhat boyfriend look to it.

New Look Chenille Knitted Crop Jumper

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This jumper reminds me of furry cream ear muffs, hot chocolates and ice skating – could just be me though…

OOTW: Outfits Of The Week

Monday was a day of many firsts: First jumper dress of the year and the first outing for the newest members of my shoe collection.

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Jumper: GAP [similar here]

Jeans: GAP

Shoes: Jigsaw

Tuesday another first today: My new ‘Chloé Drew’ left the house for the first time.

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Jumper: GAP [similar here]

Jeans: M&S

Boots: Gabor

Coat: ZARA

Bag: SHEIN

Wednesday if this isn’t ‘smart casual’ then I don’t know what is.

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Coat: John Lewis [similar here or here]

Shirt: GAP

Jumper: ZARA

Trousers: GAP [similar here]

Shoes: Clarks [similar here]

Thursday layering up was the theme of the day.

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Jumper: GAP [similar here]

Jeans: M&S

Boots: Gabor

Coat: ZARA

Scarf: ZARA [similar here]

Friday saw another first, first roll neck of the year.

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Jumper: GAP [similar here]

Gilet: Mint Velvet

Trousers: GAP

Shoes: Superga