Pick Six: Advent Calendars

A few years ago, I made the mistake of treating myself to a Ciaté Mini Mani Month advent calendar. It didn’t feel like a mistake on day one, two or even three, but come day four I was wondering how the heck I was going to finish and store all of the polishes. I had to add a glass pot to my Christmas wish list and still, two years on, it’s full to the brim! Sometimes these things need a little more thought.

I’m not sure I’m going to go there again with the whole twenty four gifts that I’ll never be able to use up, but a girl can look, and looking is exactly what I have been doing. Many of the advent calendars on offer for 2014 don’t come cheap and this years Ciate Mini Mani Month comes in at £49, as opposed to the £38 a few years ago. Hefty, when you think that you could buy quite a selection of colours you actually want and will use, for the same amount.

Anyway, I thought I’d pick out a mixture of different calandars for you to cast your eyes on again. It’s not all about beauty now is it, so I’ve included a delectable chocolate one from Carluccios, a fill-your-own and even a (sort of) calendar full of tea. Yes, tea!

 

1: Chocolate, chocolate, chocolate… What’s not to love?  Coming in at £11.95 this tasty little Carluccio calendar will definitely not go to waste in my house. How cute are those little chocolate figures?!

Carluccios-2014-Advent-Calendar

 

2: I don’t think I’ve ever possessed a full-sized yankee candle, but have purchased more than my fair share for family presents in the past – they love a bit of Yankee and would no doubt love to get their mitts on this calendar, which contains 24 festive tealights for £21.99

yankee-candle-advent-calendar

3: Pop anything you like in these date marked paper boxes from John Lewis – Perhaps a few pounds  more than I’d like to pay  onsidering you have to buy gifts to fill them as well, but you can reuse them if they are opened with care, and not damaged like everything I tend to open!

John Lews Advent Calendar

 

4: I love this idea! Post Tea are offering a presentation box containing 24 tea sachets, twine for stringing up, 25 mini pegs, a metal ball tea strainer, a guide to your teas and a special Christmas Day treat all for £29.99. Definitely one for tea lovers!

Tea Advent Calendar

5: If you love the Body Shop then this is the one for you! Packed full of their products for £50. I’m sure if you keep an eye out they’ll be a Body Shop code that you can use to get money off. They love a discount code !

Body Shop Advent

6: This spot was held for the Benefit Candy Coated Countdown calendar, but alas it sold out in a flash! So, let’s do one for the kids –  This cute Nutcracker theme jewellery box comes with a  bracelet and 23 charms. Priced at a reasonable £19.50.

Nutcracker Calendar

 

Until next time x

 

Winter Coat Picks

I’m on the look out for a new winter coat. Oh yes, I am! Some (Alex) might say that I don’t need another one to add to my collection, but I’m sure they (he) are just saying that because we have a bit of a lack of space in the house. I’ll find room, don’t you worry – there’s always room for more clothes!

Winter coats are in abundance in the shops at the moment, but unfortunately I can’t say that many are grabbing my attention. It’s always a tricky process buying a coat when you are vertically challenged, but it’s particularly tedious when your usual go-to website has such a dismal selection… Have you seen what ASOS have on offer for petites this year? They seriously need to up their fashion game, that’s for sure! The rest aren’t much better either. Sad times.

Faux fur, puffer, parka and camel coats seem to be a keen trend for 2014 – Also XXL coats, which is obviously a complete fail for me. I must say I am often drawn to a fluffy, soft number and have seen a few faux fur coats I quite like. I wore my  Michael Kors Puffer to death last year and it was a godsend – so warm and comfy, for my late nights working outside on the club guest lists. I’ll probably have to rely on it again this year, but I’d love to find a new coat to wear during the day. Now I’m wearing jeans again, I think a bit of re styling needs to be done… good excuse eh?!

Anyway, below are a few of my winter coat picks for 2014 – a mixture of different styles for all occasions. Let me know which is your favourite, or whether you have seen any other winter coats that I should be casting my eyes over.

 

Winter Coats 2014

From left to right – top to bottom.

1: Petite Collarless Blanket Coat – Topshop
2: Capri Textured Coat – French Connection – Use Code OCTF20 for 20% off French Connection
3: Elliot Padded Parka – Whistles
4: Cotton Parka – Zara

Winter Coat Picks

1: Camel Waterfall Coat – Next
2: Waterfall Front Parka  – Topshop
3: Wool Cocoon Coat – M&S
4: Furry Coat  – Zara

 

Oh, and a little word from Charity Hands On London – they need your old winter coats. Read on HERE

Pick 3: Summer Sale Dresses

The sales are well and truly running and it’s time to nab those bargains. Summer sale dresses, half price shoes, you name it, the deals are on.  I often use this time to buy another of any item that I’ve loved. Worn it to death? Just buy another… at half price! Unfortunately for me, I’ve only got loose change rattling around at the moment, so I can’t splash out. It’s not as bad as it sounds though, as I rarely find things that I love in the sale anyway. Keep telling yourself that Zoe… Just keep telling yourself!

Regular readers of my blog know that I’m a dress kinda girl and I’ve been keeping my eyes open for any sale gems, just in case I happen across a money tree in the next few weeks. Below are three little numbers that I love… What do you think? Have you got your eye on any Summer sale dresses?

Summer Sale Dresses

From left to right:
1: Dahlia – Eloise Oversized Floral Shirt Dress
A great pick for festivals. Add leggings and boots for an edgier look, or go bare with sandles and a wide brimmed hat.
2: Whistles – Stevie Crystalised Floral Dress
Such a lovely colour for summer. Perfect for any special occasion.
3: Mango – Stripped Ponte Dress.
This dress screams summer in France to me. An evening stroll along the beach, before dining al fresco. *dreams*

 

These Are A Few Of My Favourite Things – John Lewis

I’ve always been partial to a department store and it has to be said that one of my favourites is most definitely John Lewis. I can often be found roaming around their Bluewater store, browsing the women’s clothing and accessories with a certain man (Alex) dragging his heels behind me! Actually, If I’m totally honest, John Lewis is the one shop that Alex doesn’t mind spending time in. I have tactics you see… If he’s getting a little huffy puffy, I simply just move into the tech or sunglasses section of the store and all is forgotten. He’s a sucker for those things, you see.

The John Lewis women’s wear section is pretty much the ideal place to go if you are in a rush to pull together a whole outfit. I’m talking shoes, clothes, sunglasses, handbag, lingerie… The works. What’s not to love?! It is my go-to store for so many occasions, but mainly it’s the shoes… hmm, and the bags… um, okay and the sunglasses! I just love the ease of having it all in one place, and the staff are so lovely you usually don’t feel pressured into buying anything.

As well as roaming their stores, I can also be found spending time on the John Lewis website and have recently been eyeing up a few items, in the hope of nabbing something nice before I head to NYC next week. I know that a lot of people wait until they go away to do their shopping, but I don’t think I’ve ever actually found much to purchase on any of my trips abroad. Well, nothing that I’ve actually worn after buying. Oops!

Here’s a little selection of what they have on offer at the moment…

John Lewis - Sunglasses

From top to right – Top to bottom.

1: Ralph Lauren RA5154 Transparent Cats Eye Sunglasses, Grey – £108
2: John Lewis Women’s Colour Block Round Acetate Sunglasses – £25 (I love these!)
3: Dolce & Gabbana DG4171P 277313 Cat’s Eye Sunglasses, Sand – £136
4: Ray-Ban RB4171 865/13 Wayfarer Sunglasses, Havana – £98 ( I also love these!)

These are a few of my Favourite things #John Lewis

1: Mulberry Bayswater Leather Grab Handbag, Bluebell Blue
2: East Leather Hobo Handbag, Tan
3: Somerset by Alice Temperley Ennismore Large Top Handle Satchel Bag, Tan
4: Ted Baker Jamun T Clasp Clutch Handbag, Pale Green

John Lewis Womenwear

1: Boutique by Jaeger Floral Tea Dress, Red / Multi – £150
2: Louche Dornay Dress, Navy/Cream – £69
3: Jigsaw Tencel Dress, Blue – £75
4: Miss Selfridge Assorted T-Shirt Dress, Blue/Orange – £42

Do you love John Lewis as much as me?

 This is a sponsored post, but every word is the truth… I really, really want all of the above and Alex really does get all ‘huffy puffy’ ;)

 

Christmas Card Cuteness

I probably shouldn’t be posting about Christmas cards that I’m actually going to be giving to people over the next few weeks, but what the heck… I love to live on the wild side. Hmm. Anyway, I really wanted to share this cute little bundle with you just in case you need a bit of Christmas card inspiration. I’m always on the look out for cards that are a little different, so decided to trawl Etsy last week to see what I could find, and I definitely came up trumps when I found Poosac’s shop.

Poosac *chuckle* is run by Kim who is based in Edinburgh. She makes original little items and cards for all occasions in her home studio. If you are ahead of the Christmas game and already have your cards, then do head on over and take a look at what else she has on offer… So much cuteness!

My cards were delivered at lightning speed and even came with some wonderful little free gift tags. I’m such a sucker for good packaging…

Christmas Card Cuteness

Christmas Cards

Star Card

Gift Labels