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Discover The Best Winter Accessories To Keep You Cosy, Warm And So Stylish!

Hey Lovelies!

At last – tomorrow is Christmas eve and I hope you are all enjoying some serious chill time. Most of you will be venturing outdoors over the festive period and whilst we aren’t likely to see snow, it will be cold enough to reach for the hats and scarves on your way out of the door. Make sure you stay cosy, warm and super stylish this Christmas with these gorgeous winter accessories:

1.Accessorize Two Tone Brushed Scarf, £18, accessorize.com

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This awesome two-tone scarf with brushed texture and fringes has to be one of my winter favourites. I absolutely love this colour combo, which takes a stylish look to the next level (whilst keeping you so cosy). Win win!

2.Kitted Touchscreen Gloves, £8, topshop.co.uk

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You don’t need to decide between staying connected and keeping warm this festive period. Instead, simply bag yourself a pair of these cute and cosy touchscreen gloves.

3.Black Faux Fur Pom Pom Beanie Hat, £3.80, missguided.co.uk

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This black beanie hat with pom pom detail is so cute and looks incredible when teamed with your jeans, baggy jumper and boots. Better yet, it’s a steal at just £3.80. #HappyChristmas!

4.Sharice Star Scarf, £17.50 (Was £35), uk.monsoon.co.uk

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I absolutely adore this beautiful star scarf by Monsoon (and even more so now I know it is half price!). Infused with natural wool, this oh-so soft grey scarf can be paired with almost all other winter outfits, ensuring you remain looking like a star throughout the festive period.

5.Ramona Classic Short 11 Boot in Chestnut, £116 (Was £145), ugg.com

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When it comes to winter warmth no one oes it better than Ugg. These outstanding sheepskin and suede boots deliver an unbelievably soft feel. With wool lining and a cushioning foam insole the gorgeous Uggs ensure your feet will feel nothing but cosy, warm and completely pampered. I love!

Do you have any winter accessory faves? Leave me your comments below and have an amazing Christmas eve! xx

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The Cruelty Of Dementia

A thief, lurking in the shadows of time, waiting for its moment of victory. Carefully creeping further and further into the brain. Whilst you are sleeping it is silently eating away your reality. Each time I look, chunks of you are gone, eroded, consumed by this sick cancer they call dementia, until one day there will be nothing but your shell.

Sat facing you, I am forced to watch your death in slow motion. “Don’t let your tea get cold,” but my throat constricts as I try to smile reassuringly. I watch your Confusion – you pick up the same letter over and over, trying to piece together some logic, some sense – as If your life depended on the answer to a letter from some random posted charity request. For a brief moment I notice a flicker of realisation – the way the sunlight breaks past permanent cloud to shine in through the window onto metal – a stark glimmer of unwanted light, blinding, painful – from which we both recoil.

How ironic that this knowledge and reality I crave for you to cling to is worse, because we somehow both know it is slipping from your hands. Then I have to join in, pretend I don’t notice you noticing that you are no longer you. Don’t see the confusion, instead I turn it into my confusion to make you feel better and hope you aren’t aware that is my aim. Because that would be worse still. It doesn’t matter now; ten minutes has passed and I get another chance to better deal with it as the conversation has begun again. Who sent the letter?

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Credit: Alzheimers Association

“It has come a long way – from Halifax” you say.

Who sent the letter?

“This if from a charity, nan.”

“But what about this one?”

“That is a card from your son.”

“No, I don’t know who that is from, I think it’s from one of the neighbours.”

“It was your son saying he loves you nan.” I try

“No, because he doesn’t live near Halifax, it must be for someone else.”

“it’s written from your son, look how nice the words are inside.”

“it’s very strange.”

“Nan let’s have a cup of tea.”

Who sent the letter?

You feel like a burden because today you seem to know how much is lost. But you could never be a burden on me. And as your memories of sunny days fade, and you don’t recall loving me at all, I will paint them brighter. As the thief moves about taking everything you were and are, I will move faster still, replacing and reminding you how much you mean to us all. In this deepening darkness the light of your love and kindness will illuminate forever more.

We will always love you.

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Last-Minute Gift Guide For Gadget Fanatics

Hey Lovelies!

Wow, it’s literally days until Christmas and there will be some of you out there (like me) who are still searching for that perfect gift. Do not fear – I have compiled a list of the best gadgets and tech that are guaranteed to make Christmas day a spectacular one for all the family:

1.For Your Child: Kano Harry Potter Coding Kit, £79 (Was £99), Argos

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Should your son or daughter love Harry Potter this is one of the most awesome gifts to buy. With a combination of Harry Potter magic together with learning creates a perfect formula for getting to grips with this key skill – no problem.

2.For The One Who Has Problem Teeth: Oral-B Pro 7000 Smart Series Electric Toothbrush, £154.04, Amazon

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Always wanted a dentist on tap? Discover this innovative electric toothbrush that not only ensures a deeper clean but also includes sensors that monitor your brushing habits and problem areas – amazing!

3.Fitbit Versa, From £151.99, Amazon 

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By 1st January, just about everyone will be reflecting over their accumulation of festive weight, which makes this an excellent gift for almost anyone. Offering way more battery life than some more expensive versions, more style and various features such as calorie and step counting, the Fitbit Versa makes for an incredibly useful pressie.

4.For Mum: Vitruvi Essential Oil Diffuser, £97.70, eBay

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For the one who is never out of the Yankee Candle shop – this amazing gift will save them hundreds of pounds whilst ensuring they are never without a beautifully calming scent. Available n oth black and white, all you have to do is choose your essential oil, plug it in and enjoy!

5.For Mr./Mrs. Clumsy: Urban Armour Gear Galaxy S9 Smartphone Case, £29.97, Amazon

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Credit: Amazon

Know someone who is continually dropping their phone? Then check out this must-have ‘pretty impossible to ever break your phone again’ case. Apparently ‘military drop tested,’ compatible with the Galaxy S9 and available in a range of colours, the Mr or Mrs Clumsy of the family will greatly appreciate this gift.

6.For All Phone Lovers: The Google Pixel 3, From £639, store.google.com

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Looking for the best phone on the planet, then you may just have found it (and that’s saying something coming from an Apple lover). Featuring awesome tech updates and an outstanding camera, Google has created something truly unique.

Happy last-minute shopping xx

The Best Luxury Christmas Gift Ideas For Her (A Girl Can Dream)

Hey Lovelies!

With less than a week to go until Christmas day, most people will have already bought their nearest and dearest some fabulous presents. For those who are still searching for that perfect present (for her) and want to utterly spoil their loved ones, here are some truly luxury Christmas gift ideas of which are guaranteed to make that lucky someone special beam until next year.

1.Tiffany & Co.Tiffany Hearts™ 18ct gold and diamond pendant necklace, £8,875.00, Selfridges

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“And she said what about breakfast at Tiffany’s?” What could be more romantic (and extravagant) than treating her to this beautiful Tiffany & Co.’s gold and diamond necklace? Whomever receives this stunning gift will feel like the luckiest woman in the world!

2.Range Rover Evoque, (From £31,600), www.landrover.co.uk

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With a sleek design, off-road capabilities and advanced technologies such as the Touch Pro Duo and Interactive Driver Display, this Christmas luxury would be a driver’s dream (well, mine anyway…after the Bugatti of course – but we need to be a little realistic).

3.Aerin Jade Stone Bottle Stopper, £135, www.harrods.com

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Financially speaking, this is a little more realistic and super stylish to boot. Should you know a champagne/wine lover the ornate jade bottle stopper is the perfect gift. An exquisite design of which features a polished rose-gold finish, this would also be ideal for all those who love to throw dinner parties.

4.The Turenne PM in Monogram, £1,100, www.louisvuitton.com

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What can I say…? Louis Vuitton, it’s Louis Vuitton people. Featuring rounded handles and front pleats, this luxury bag is SO on trend. And, um, not that I love designers, but who the HELL wouldn’t want this on Christmas morning? Need I say more?

Do you have any luxury gift ideas you would like to share? Leave me a message or comment below.

Happy Dreams people xx

Last-Minute Beauty Stocking Fillers For Under £40

Hey Lovelies!

Well, it’s just over a week until Santa tackles the chimney (excuse me while I nip outside to scream in sheer panic). If like me, you’ve almost run out of cash and at present the stockings don’t exactly look brimming, read on. Here are some amazing beauty stocking filler gifts (at such a good price you can even buy 2 of each and keep one for yourself). #Hohoho!

1.Benefit Benetint Lip And Cheek COlor, £21.67 (Saving £3.83 Online Only), boots.com

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For beauty lovers of all ages, check out this amazing stocking filler gift. Whether the colour in your lips is beginning to fade and you want to inject a boost of beautiful colour for Christmas or are simply after a key colour trend to see you through party season, Benefit’s Benetint is the perfect answer.

My advice – don’t think of this as a lipstick per se when applying to your lips. When I first tried this I simply brushed it on – big mistake. What you need to actually do is brush a few drops on and blend, repeating the process until you achieve the desired colour. The results are a gorgeous rosy glow that truly lasts. LOVE!

2.L’Oreal Double Extension Beauty Tubes Mascara, £11.99, Superdrug

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Do you know someone who loves the extra-long lash look? Instead of buying more falsies (that are bound to hang off by their third cocktail) why not treat them to the next best thing? L’Oreal’s Double Extension Mascara offers a two-step system comprising of a conditioning base coat  (loaded with Ceramide R and containing fibres), of which ensures a luscious lengthening effect. The other side gives your lashes that much sought-after deep colour. This is one of my favourite mascaras – no clumping, smudging or mess – just stunning lashes!

3.Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray Duo Gift Set, £36 (Worth £48), feelunique.com

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If you read my recent article on the best setting sprays, you will know Urban Decay is one of my most treasured brands.  Their innovative formula combines Proprietary Temperature Control Technology that will prevent your makeup (and you) from going into meltdown mode. This super long-lasting spray means that you can stop worrying about the whether or not your makeup still looks amazing (then going to the bathroom, looking aghast at your reflection and spending the following 20 minutes trying to work out if the hot guy who smiled at you might actually have been smiling for the wrong reason). With Urban Decay’s magic All Nighter you can simply get on with enjoying the evening and know that everyone will be smiling at you for the right reasons!

Have an amazing Christmas! xx

 

Discover The Best Stocking Fillers For All The Family

Hey Lovelies!

Well, it’s almost Friday again (yay), but that does mean we have somehow found ourselves less than 3 weeks to Christmas. Yikes! Fear not, I have compiled a list of some awesome Christmas stocking filler gifts for all the family, of which are certain to make everyone’s Christmas morning even more special.

1.For Your Little Brother, Nephew Or Son: Mini Volcano Lamp, £14.99, prezzybox.com

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Like most other 8-year-old boys, my lad absolutely LOVES volcanoes – so this would be a super-hot gift for him (excuse the pun). This unique lava lamp actually spews out ‘lava beads’ into the lamp, thus creating the red glow of an erupting volcano. Awesome.

2.For The Child At University: Mug Cakes, £7.99, prezzybox.com

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OK, so we aren’t expecting them to mirror the Bake Off but alternating from burnt beans on toast and pasta would be a welcome change. Unlike other recipe books, this is likely to actually be used – fast and easy cakes that take zero effort (perfect for the uni student). All you need to do is plonk the ingredients in a mug and place in the microwave. Et Voila!

3.For Your Nan: Engraved Silver Heart-Shaped Bookmark, £12.99, gettingpersonal.co.uk

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Credit: www.gettingpersonal.co.uk

This gift would be a winner for grandparents who love to read. Treat them to this beautiful bookmark engraved with a personal message of your choice – a loving reminder of how much they mean whilst ensuring the pages remain in perfect condition. Beats the garden fork you were considering.

4.For The Girlfriend, Wife (Or Me): Caudalie Resveratrol Face Lifting Experts Set, £42 (Worth £69), lookfantastic.com.

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I will let you in on a little secret – when it comes to anti-aging, resveratrol is going to be huge! This wonder ingredient has undergone extensive tests and shown to deliver outstanding rejuvenating results. Caudalie’s set is formulated with stabilised Vine Resveratrol and micro Hyaluronic Acids to firm, lift, plump and smooth the skin. Included in this kit is the Resveratrol Lift Firming Serum, Resveratrol Face Lifting Soft Cream and Resveratrol Eye Lifting Balm. Believe me, any woman who knows of Caudalie will be over the moon to find this in the Christmas stocking.

5.For The Fella: Vintage Leather Personalised Notebook by the British Belt Co. £30, notonthehighstreet.com

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This Christmas gift him something he can use every day. Check out the vintage leather notebook (including an embossed personalisation in the bottom corner that will also remind him of YOU). Containing refillable A5 pages, it is ideal for work notes and makes a great stocking filler gift.

6.For Mum: John Lewis & Partners Fleece Lined Gloves, £22.50, johnlewis.com

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Ensure your mum stays chic, stylish and super warm this Christmas with the help of these gorgeous Italian leather gloves. Designed to fit perfectly to the shape of your hands over time, the exceptionally comfortable and soft gloves are a real treat.

Happy Shopping! xx

Christmas Jumpers Everyone Will Love

Hey Lovelies!

Whether you love them or hate them, the fact is there’s no escaping them – no, I’m not referring to the cycle of Christmas songs, I’m talking about Christmas jumpers. They are everywhere you look – even retail staff have swapped their uniforms for a festive jumper. Take a peek at these Christmas jumpers that are so cool they will make the most Scrooge-minded of people smile.

1.For Her: Festive Jumper by JD Williams, £28, jdwilliams.com

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Credit: jdwilliams.com

When it comes to funny-as-hell Christmas jumpers, this one does the job. If there ever was a perfect adult Christmas jumper, this would have to be it. Genius.

2.For Him: Jack & Jones Originals Knitted Christmas Jumper With Super Fly Santa, £30, asos.com

santa fly jumper
Credit: www.asos.com

Why not gift your brother, fella or friend this awesome Santa jumper? I’m loving this!

3.For Younger Children: Peppa Pig Red Christmas Jumper, £13, tuclothing.sainsburys.co.uk

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Everyone (young and old) love Peppa Pig, so this jumper is bound to be a winner.

4.For Older Kids: Knitted Reindeer Christmas Rudolph Jumper, £5.49-£12.50, amazon.co.uk

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Available in sizes 2-14 years, this awesome reindeer jumper would put anyone in the Christmas spirit. Besides, Rudolph is the most-loved of all the reindeers (does anyone know the name of any others?).

5.For The Dog: Christmas Pudding Pet Jumper, £4.99, aldi.co.uk

Dog xmas pudding jumper
Credit: www.aldi.co.uk

Oh my God, how funny is this? Everyone who has a small dog should go out and buy this jumper for their pet. Hilarious.

6.For Anyone: MerchDistributor The Grinch Christmas Jumper, £29.99, amazon.co.uk

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Credit: www.amazon.co.uk

With the recent release and subsequent popularity of the film The Grinch, it is no surprise this jumper will go down a treat for practically all the family (8 years and upwards).

Have you seen any funny Christmas jumpers? What are your favourites? Please leave your comments below.

Happy Christmas jumper shopping.

Best Beauty Gift Sets For Under £40

Hey Lovelies!

All beauty fanatics out there are certain to love a fabulous beauty gift set in their Christmas stocking. Discover the best beauty gift sets around for under £40. Read on:

1.Benefit Defined And Refined Brows Kit, £31.50, boots.com

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Everyone knows that if your eyebrows look great it literally transforms your overall look. Now you can achieve professional brows with ease; this awesome kit contains everything you need for creating flawless brows and incredible selfies. I love this.

2.Bobbi Brown Pret-A-Party Mini Eye & Lip Palette, £26, bobbibrown.co.uk

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I am a total sucker from neutral eyeshadows and nobody does them better than Bobbi Brown. Check out this awesome little gift set combining 5 eyeshadows and nude lip gloss to complete a beautiful Insta-worthy look. Sold!

3.Laura Mercier Pret-A-Powder Limited Edition Powder & Puff (Translucent), £36, spacenk.com

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Want sheer matte coverage, perfectly set makeup and an undeniably pampered feeling? Behold, Laura Mercier’s rose-gold lidded gift set. Fantastic Christmas pics – Check, check and check!

4.MAC Look In a Box Basic Brush Set, £39.50,  maccosmetics.co.uk

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Globally-loved brand MAC brings us their best-selling makeup brushes in a too cute for words, giant-sized lipstick holder. Let’s face it, who wouldn’t want this in their Christmas stocking (other than the dog, perhaps)?

5.Dior Diorshow Pump N’ Volume Gift Set, £27, boots.com

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This Christmas make your eyes pop and wow all who see you with Dior’s backstage kit, including Diorshow Pump N’ Volume Mascara and a mini Diorshow Maximizer 3D for the perfect base to achieve maximum effect lashes. Could this Christmas get any better? I think not.

Have you bought any of these gift sets? What do you think? Please leave your comments below xx

Luxury Gift Ideas For A Truly Pampered Christmas

Hey Lovelies!

Well, it’s almost December and my chocolate advent calendar has survived fully intact (a first for me). To celebrate the sheer excitement of ensuing festive celebrations I have compiled some of the most luxurious gift ideas that will guarantee an unequivocally joyous and pampered Christmas, that’s nothing short of amazing. Should there be someone in your life who has gone the extra mile this year, why not show them your appreciation by treating them to one of these amazing presents?

1.Noise-Masking Sleepbuds, £229.95, www.bose.co.uk

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Credit: bose.co.uk

Oh My God – this invention is truly priceless and Bose, I can’t thank you enough. TV on so loud the floor vibrates? Neighbours music so deafening you want to go on a killing spree? Partner’s snoring so painfully ear-splitting, you regularly mistake it for a burglar smashing up the house? If you have added any of these to your list of reasons to die, hang fire. These wondrous gifts from heaven (known as Bose) will at long last, give you back your precious sleep (and sanity). Happy sleepy Christmas.

2.Dyson Airwrap Styler, £399, johnlewis.com

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Should you know someone with troublesome hair, why not gift them the ability to achieve incredible locks in minutes? Behold Dyson’s new hair tool, the Airdrop Styler. This innovative styler is a literal game-changer for anyone who struggles to smooth and tame their hair or whose tresses are on the limp side.  Using air instead of heat, the Airwrap achieves beautiful waves and curls or simply creates smooth and volumous locks without the dreaded shadow of split-ends peering over your shoulder. Dyson, you are a true genius!

3.Sony PS VR Starter Pack, £179.99, game.com

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If gaming and virtual reality is your loved one’s obsession, check out Sony’s VR Starter Pack. The PSVR pack offer everything you need to become totally immersed, enabling you to experience gaming like never before. The Pack includes:

1 x PSVR Headset

1 x PS Camera

PlayStation VR Worlds

N.B: You need to connect this to a PS 4 to play.

4.Veuve Cliquot Brut Personalisation Tin (750ml), £56.99, selfridges.com

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This has to be my favourite champagne and the fact that Veuve Cliquot has now jumped on the personalisation train makes it that much better. Who wouldn’t love this?

 

Happy Shopping! xx

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