Monday, 3 December 2012

All I Want For Christmas Is... A Lot Of Stuff

1 iPad Mini | 2 The Best of the Rat Pack | 3 Dainty Doll Orange County Girl Blush 
4 Studded Western Boots | 5 Casio Men's Gold Tone Watch | 6 Stackable Rings 
 7 Cut Out Cross Ring | 8 Burt's Bees Essential Body Kit | 9 Tweed Cigarette Trousers 
10 Moonrise Kingdom | 11 Sheaffer Prelude Pen  12 Babyliss Curling Wand 
 13 Desperate Housewives Complete Collection | 14 Chanel Nail Colour in Peridot  
15 Model's Own Nail Polish in Champagne 

With Christmas fast approaching, 'gift ideas' posts galore on blogging haunting my reading list and some online window shopping are leading to a burgeoning feeling of greed. So, I've compiled an uncomprehensive list of the things I would like to find at the bottom of my tree this Christmas - unrealistic and affordable items alike. Still, it's an improvement from my earlier years when 'yacht' and 'lego' headlined my present suggestions....

The iPad Mini: such stuff as dreams are made of. It's portable, lightweight and simply sleek, and also obscenely out of my price range...
Understandably, a pen would not be considered a gadget by many, but I couldn't bring myself to add a 'miscalleneous' heading, and the Sheaffer Prelude does look like a 007 prop. It's eccentric, I know, but I'm a stationary junkie.
Affordable and effective, the Babyliss Curling Wand is certainly appealing. My newly bobbed hair offers little variation, but a few curls and waves here and there would not go a miss.

I have had my eye on a Dainty Doll blush for a long time. If you're unfamiliar with the line, it was created by Nicola Roberts, of Girls Aloud, and crafted for pale skin. I can see the obvious flaw - my skin is far from porcelain, however Orange County Girl has been suggested as a NARS Orgasm dupe which makes it a must-have.
Burt's Bees gift sets are luxurious skincare in a box, and often accompanied by a reasonable price tag around Christmas.
Chanel Peridot is such a unique colour, perfect for Autumn or festivities. Similarly, Model's Own Champagne is party appropriate as the name suggests!

Courtesy of the bargain beacon that is eBay, these Studded Western Boots are comparible to many highstreet equivalents - at a fraction of the price.
I have been lusting after a pair of fitted trousers for a long time and Topshop seem to have taken notice of my longing. They're tweed, they're oxblood and they're androgynous.

I love vintage Casio but I've always find the womenswear underwhelming. The unapologetically yellow gold exterior, analog and digital face and chunky strap on this watch make for a gorgeous piece of arm candy.
As I've finally kicked the habit of biting my nails, I feel a celebratory ring spree is desperately needed!

The Rat Pack includes some of my all time favourite songs - 'My Funny Valentine', 'In the Wee Small Hours of the morning' and 'I've Got You Under My Skin', to name a few. There's something about Christmas that draws out the sickening romantic in me.... but there's no need for a boyfriend in Winter when you Have Davis, Martin and Sinatra to sing you to sleep at night. In a completely non-voyeuristic sense...
Moonrise Kingdom is one of my favourite films released this year and I've been itching to get my hands on the DVD. Directed by Wes Anderson accompanied by a seamless soundtrack and a cast that boasts the likes of Bruce Willis and Edward Norton, it's a heart warming depiction of childish love and adventure. Take a look at the trailer here.
Last, but certainly not least - Desperate Housewives. My Mother and I used to watch the earlier episodes on a Saturday night whilst toasting marshmallows over the fire. The show was more than age appropriate for an under-ten, what with all the murder, blackmail and adultery... but I think a telly full of Mike Delphino on a weekly basis had my Mum too besotted to care!


P.s. What is on your Christmas list?

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Colour Blocking: What Sara Wore

 Coat: Louche / Bag: Hand-me-down / Jumper: Primark / 
Velvet Pencil Skirt: eBay / Boots: Topshop / Hoop Earrings: Claire's Accessories  

The secret's out: I am an amateur hula-hooper. 
It's been a long time since I posted an OOTD. The days are getting shorter and the light fades by 4pm which gives me a very narrow window for photographs. Plus, if I do get the chance I'm either in a onesie or the heaven's open... end of excuses. 
Although this post revolves around the jumper, I have to start with my boots. They're Topshop's Acton Clean Buckle Boots and an appropriate preprocessor to my beloved Chelsea Boots. There's the two inch heel to contend with (making me about 5'11") which is highly impractical on icy pavements, but they're worth every stumble! 
The jumper is one of a collection I recently accumulated from Primark. It was under a tenner, is surprisingly good quality and extremely cosy. Plus the red is Autumnal and festive.
Pencil skirts are my current obsession as they're long enough to provide a warm layer and figure flattering - even on smaller frames like my own. You don't need to be a Marilyn to pull off a pencil skirt, ladies!


Friday, 16 November 2012

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains: Reviewed

Shade: Romantic

Well, first things first - this is macro gone mad. I appear to have a delicate moustache framing my mouth. I can assure you my face is extremely hair-free, but HQ photographs manage to find flaws where you least expect them... 

Uncomfortable introduction over and onto the rave review!
I bought a Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain when they were first released in the UK and special offers were emblazoned above every Revlon stand. I chose the shade Romantic because I was yet to hear reviews about it and it seemed like a pretty pop of colour for the Summer. That, it is. 

I would dare to call this shade flexible for warm and cool skin tones because it contrasts with a tan and adds a Snow White effect to porcelain skin.

The balm stains retail for around £7.99 which I think is quite reasonable for such a multi-dimensional product. If you consider the cost of a long wearing lip stain and a thoroughly moisturising lip balm, you're saving yourself some pennies!

Romantic is glossy and hydrating but steers clear of that sticky lip gloss feel. It doesn't dry up the lips and demand reapplication every hour, which makes it ideal for long, lazy days.

The colour does not budge, but like any kind of balm a quick dab doesn't go a miss every three hours or so.

Smell (!?)
I know some #bbloggers have found the stains give off a less than desirable aroma, but unless you have a very sensitive nose I can't say the smell is a deciding factor. They smell a tad plastic-y but the scent disappears almost instantly.

Overall? 8/10
Click here for my vampy lip picks!

P.s. Have you tried any of the balm stains? Let me know in the comments - I will reply!