Christmas Party Outfits

Christmas Party Style

Whether it’s a work do or celebrating with your friends, Christmas parties are well under way and of course you need the perfect outfit.

I always see tons of features on party dresses, but what if you don’t want to wear a dress? There are some amazing co-ords this season and not forgetting the jumpsuit or playsuit. I think nothing quite beats a sexy tuxedo jumpsuit. So I have put together some of my favourites I have spotted recently and I must admit I do love a bit of sparkle on most occasions, so Christmas is just such a great excuse!

Dresses

Christmas Party Dresses

Rare Bodycon Dress £39 | Topshop Sequin & feather Trim Dress By Opulence £225 | Reiss Metallic Bandeau Dress £195

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Co-Ords

Christmas Party Co-ords

Feather & Sequin Co-Ord Top £75 / Skirt £95 | Limited Edition Lace Tee £85/ Skirt £85 | Limited Edition Embellished Shell Top £85 / Skirt £100 – all Topshop

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Jumpsuits

Christmas Party Jumpsuits

Whistles Wrapover Lace Jumpsuit £250 | French Connection Sequin Cosmic Jumpsuit £180 | Saint Laurent Jumpsuit £2300

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I think my favourites have to be the Topshop co-ords, they are just so stunning! Which Christmas party style will you be wearing? Dress, co-ord or jumpsuit?

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Time Bomb Black Ops Dark Circle Rescue

Time Bomb Black Ops Dark Circle

Are you afraid of the dark? Time Bombs asks. Well I am a little. Although they aren’t meaning a dark room, no Time Bomb have just released a new dark circles serum and ladies we all know we are afraid of that dark.

Whether it’s tiredness, nutrition, age or genetics we all have probably have experienced the dreaded under eye circles at some point. Help is now at hand with this new dark circle serum from Time Bomb. It is called Black Ops – Dark Circle Rescue, which I think is such an appropriate name. I managed to get my hands on a PR sample which came in one of the cleverest PR campaign style boxes I have seen in a long time. It was of course in a match box, complete with matches and a slogan ‘Don’t be afraid of the dark’, already I was sold.

Time Bomb Black Ops Dark Circles

Time Bomb Black Ops

Time Bomb Black Ops Serum

Let’s however look at the science of the blackops serum. The serum is packed with ingredients that offer a brightening effect, they also firm and strengthen the under-eye area. Horse Chestnut Extract and Quinoa Seed help diminish capillary swelling, Chia Oil help adds ‘cushioning’ to the thin eye area, 4- Hexylresorcinol brightens eyelids and counteracts hyperpigmentation. Whilst caffeine and micro reflective particles help to brighten the skin and neutralise corner shadows and darkness.

Time Bomb Black Ops Dark Circle Rescue

Time Bomb Black Ops Dark Circle Cream

Time Bomb suggest using the serum day and night and by tapping it on lightly. For me I tried using this after cleansing in the morning and evening. The serum itself is very light and you do only need a small amount. It doesn’t have a fragrance and didn’t sting or make the eye area red in any way and I have very sensitive eyes. I still have a while yet to wait for results as I have only used it a few times, but the results are very promising that Time Bomb present from a 28 day trial.

– 84% saw improvement in skin texture under and around eyes
– 72% saw improvement in the darkness in the corner of their eyes
and overall brightening in the eye area
– 68% saw improvement in darkness under eyes, less tired appearance
and less discoloration

Time Bomb Black Ops Dark Circle Rescue

I have always had quite dark patches under my eyes (not sure why!) so I am looking forward to continuously using this serum and seeing the results. Time Bomb Black Ops Dark Circle Rescue is £36 from Time Bomb or at QVC in a special set with some of their best products for £45 from the 4th of December.

Don’t forget to check out my Ultimate Beauty Gift Guide for more beauty gifting ideas!

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The Ultimate Beauty Gift Guide 2014

Ultimate Beauty Gift Guide

I hope you managed to get some good gift ideas from my Christmas gift guide. As promised here is the bumper beauty edition! I started doing lots of beauty on the blog this year and have thoroughly enjoyed trying so many new products and with beauty there is always something new, so it was only fair it had its own gift guide! This guide is made up of products I have tried and loved, new launches and Christmas gift sets. Plus I also put together a video to show you some of the sets and some of the products in action!

So if you love beauty or know someone who does, add these to your list!

Cosmetics

Cosmetics Gift Ideas

1. Ted Baker Sweetness & Light Set £16  2. NARS Virtual Domination Palette £45 3.YSL Rouge Pur Couture The Mats £25 4. Me Me Me Cosmetics Divine Duo Taupe £10.50 – read review here. 5. NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil Gift Set £22 6.Rodial Instaglam Magic Pen Eye Glow £22 – read review here.  7. Make-Up Revolution Eye Palette £12 8. Red Carpet Manicure Gel Nail Set £89.95

Bath & Body

Bath & Body Gifts

1. Rituals Tao Gift Set £39.50  2. Aromatherapy Associates Bath Jewels £28 3. Scholl Velvet Smooth Luxury Pedicure Collection £39.99 4. St Moriz Tan & Scrub Gift Set £5 – read my review here. 5. Cocoa Brown Bronzed & Beautiful Gift Set £7.95 – read review here.

Beauty Gadgets

Beauty Gadgets Gift Guide

1. Philips Sonicare Diamond Clean Pink Toothbrush currently on offer at Boots for £99.99 2. Silk’n Silhouette £222.70 – read my review here. 3. Braun Face 2 in 1 Epilator & Cleansing Facial Brush £69.99 currently on offer at Boots for £49.99 4.Veet Infini’Silk Home IPL £249.99 – read my review here.  5. Foreo Luna Anti-Aging Skincare Device for Normal/Sensitive Skin £145  6. Philips Lumea Sc1981 Home IPL £200   – read my review here.

Hair Treats

Hair Gift Sets For Christmas

1. Sleep In Rollers Pink x 20 £14.36 2. Lee Stafford Argan Oil Blow Dry Gel £10.99read review here. 3. Electric Intensive Hair Rescue Kit £50 4. Redken All Soft Christmas Pack £20.80  5. Color Wow Speed Dry Spray £16.50 6. ghd Rose Gold Limited Edition Gift Set £124.99

Skincare

Skincare Beauty Gift ideas1. Beauty Candy with collagen £2.50  2. Nip & Fab Viper Venom Gift Set £24.95 3.Lancome Visionnaire Serum Christmas Gift Set £60 4. GlamGlow Gift Set £49.99 – read review here.  5. Alpha H Liquid Gold £31.50 6. Rodial Super Acids Hangover Mask £45read review here.

What beauty products have you got on your wish list?

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Christmas Gift Guide 2014

Christmas Gift Guide 2014

I can’t believe it’s been a whole year since my last Christmas Gift Guide, time has absolutely flown by! This year I have compiled lots of goodies I have been perusing on my shopping travels online and a few goodies I own myself that I think would make some great presents. Below you will find various categories, but you may notice that beauty is missing, well that’s because I am working on a super-duper bumper beauty gift guide which will be going live very soon so watch this space! I think one of my favourite categories is the stocking fillers, little treats can always be the best!

There are still plenty shopping discounts this weekend so get shopping and if you haven’t got your Christmas Tree yet then remember I have a £5 off code for Pines and Needles!

The Fashionista

Womens Gift Ideas

1. Marc Jacobs Daisy Dream 100ml £60 at The Perfume Shop 2.Henry Holland Riche Bish Tee £90 3. Kenzo Tiger Bracelet £110  4. DODO Silver Bracelet £280, Letter Charms from £60, Bell Charm from £265 5. Jimmy Choo Anouk Court £375 6. Christian Louboutin Nail Polish £36 – read my review here 7. Moschino Toy Perfume £80

Dark & Manly Mens Gift ideas

 1. Daniel Wellington Watch £179 2.H&M Cashmere Jumper £69.99 3. David Beckham Haig Club available at The Whisky Shop £45 4. Braun CoolTec Shaver £199.99 5. Aromatherapy Associates Refinery Essential Men’s Kit £36 6. Limited Edition David Beckham x Belstaff Off The Road Book £95

 Homebirds

Home Gifts

1. Orla Kiely Bergamot Hand Wash & Lotion Set £20 2. Malin & Goetz Mojito Soap Set £26 3.  T London Darjeeling Reed Diffuser 100ml £26 4. Orla Kiely Mini Candle Set £26 5. Penhaligon’s Classic Candle £32 & Brighton Pavilion Matches Set £30

Technology Wizards

Tech Gift Ideas

1. Sam Smith Lonely Hour & Ed Sheeran X Albums from albumcards.com –  send a card with a downloadable album from £9.99. 2. Beats By Dre Pill XL £269.95  3. Goodmans Heritage DAB Radio £119 4. Bloc & Roc Galvanize 24 Carat Gold Plated Headphones £240 available exclusively at Selfridges 5. Polaroid Cube Camera £79.99 6. Smarter Wifi iKettle £99

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Stocking Fillers

Stocking Fillers Gift ideas

1. St Moriz Self-Tan Starter Kit £7 2. Aromatherapy Associates Star Bath Oil £10 3. Warehouse Crystal Disc Earring £6 4. Bakedin Chocolate Mug Brownie £4.95 5. Nip & Fab Glycolic Exfoliating Pads £12.95read my review here. 6. Topshop Penguin Ankle Socks £3.50

Hopefully this will have helped give you some ideas and keep your eyes peeled for my beauty gift guide special this week!

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Christmas Shopping & Savings!

Christmas shopping and discounts

The countdown to Christmas for me has officially begun. I am well under way in my present buying and also have stocked up on wrappings and tree decorations. With only 4 weeks to go I am feeling quite prepared which for me is unsettling as I am never prepared for Christmas. It always comes so quickly and then I have one week left to get everything!

I much prefer shopping online to in store, don’t get me wrong I love seeing all the Christmas displays in stores like Harrods and Selfridges Christmas windows are always amazing, but I just hate battling crowds and being disappointed when I can not get that perfect gift I’ve tried three streets worth of the same shop to find because it’s out of stock. No, I much prefer sitting behind my laptop in my pyjamas and in a few clicks it’s all done and arriving at my door, bliss! Yesterday saw some great offers as Black Friday hit the UK shops and people went crazy. There are still plenty offers to be had this weekend so I have listed some of my favourites I thought would be useful when buying some gifts.

Christmas shopping in Harrods

Also if you are stuck for ideas check out my top fashion and beauty gifts under £100 over on the Shopstyle x Amex inspiration hub. This is my first post for the hub and I am very happy to be included in the company of such fantastic bloggers such as Susie Bubble, so do take a peek.

Fashion & Beauty Christmas Shopping Offers This Weekend (from 29th November)

ASOS – 20% off EVERYTHING use code CYBERWKND20 ends 2/12

Benefit – 15% off everything use code SAVE15 ends 1/12

Boohoo – up to 30% off and Free Delivery with code FREEDEL

F&F Clothing – 25% off use code FESTIVE 25 ends 1/12

House of Fraser – up to 40% off ends 30/11

Links of London – 20% off use code XMAS20 ends 30/11

Look Fantastic – 15% off order with code WEEKENDSAVE

Missguided – 20% off EVERYTHING use code CYBER20

New Look –  up to 50% off in the fashion frenzy

Selfridges – 20% off use code SELF14 ends 30/11

Urban Outfitters – up to 50% off in the black out sale.

John Lewis – 10% off make-up and price matching!

As well as present buying, as I said I stocked up on tree decorations. I got these lovely coloured glitter and mirror baubles from Paperchase for only £6.50 for the whole pack. They are really bright and colorful so I think that will be my tree theme this year. I got lots of wrappings in Paperchase too, they had such a great selection. I am also adding a personalised touch to our tree this year with these initial decorations from Marks & Spencer. At only a £1 each I just loved them!

Christmas shopping and discounts

I’ve also been lucky enough to be sent these beauty treats for my tree. Rodial have their own glam balm lip balm tree decoration £14 with a full size lip balm in it and Aromatherapy Associates have an inner strength bath and shower oil in a star £10, which is so cute. So I will definitely be hanging these on the tree too to give my friends a treat when they come round to visit.

Beauty Tree Decorations

Aromatherapy Associates Christmas Tree Star

I still have a bit to wait though till decorating, as our tree is ordered to come on December 10th. This year I am being sent a real tree from the lovely people at Pines & Needles. Who not only do they deliver all over the UK but if you are London-based can also set up your tree and better yet decorate it if needs be. I quite like to do the decorating part so for me they will be bringing it in and setting it up, which is always the hard part. I can’t wait as I love the smell of a new tree in our flat! Also did I mention men in kilts ahem.

If you are still to order your tree do check out Pines & Needles and they are offering my readers £5 off an order with the code LDN14 at checkout.

Are you all set for Christmas, what have you been buying?

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Tredwell’s

Tredwell's Review

Tredwell’s is the latest restaurant opening from Marcus Wareing restaurants and is a slightly different set up of that of Marcus’s Gilbert Scott restaurant. Tredwell’s is a much more relaxed and informal atmosphere and is based in Seven Dials which if you are unfamiliar with the area is in the heart of the theatre district and right next to Covent Garden. Last week Danny and I were invited down to try out the menu for dinner.

As soon as you step inside Tredwell’s you know it’s the perfect destination for food this winter, it’s cosy and warm atmosphere definitely feels like it should have a burning log fire as the smell of freshly made mulled wine fills the room. It was however much smaller than I had anticipated, the ground floor has about 6 booths and a few tables, with the bar lining the wall, but there is also an upper mezzanine floor and a basement which I never saw but imagine this to have more space.

Tredwell's

We started off our dinner with a couple of signature cocktails which are designed to complement the food menu. I chose ‘Down the Apples & Pears’ which was Belvedere Vodka, apple, pear, elderflower and thyme. Absolutely delicious and really interesting to learn about the details behind the drink, the fruit is dehydrated in the bar which turns the apple into a sweet more than just a garnish. I would come back to Tredwell’s just for this cocktail alone it was so good! Danny tried the ‘New Fashioned’ with rye whiskey, marmalade and bitters which he said was a good twist on an old fashioned cocktail.

Cocktails Tredwell's

Down the apples and pears cocktail

New Fashioned

For starters we chose the chicken liver mousse with bacon jam and toast and also the chargrilled chicken with peanut sauce and chutney to share between us. The chicken liver mousse was very nice and lightly whipped and I liked the extra addition of bacon jam. The bread was slightly too charred for my liking so I didn’t enjoy this as much as I thought I would. The chicken however was lovely, very succulent and juicy.

Chicken Liver Mousse and toast

Chicken Liver Mousse

Chargrilled chicken

As we chose our mains we also decided on a wine to go with the food. I decided on the slow cooked pork belly with apple sauce and nutmeg and a glass of ‘Grüner Veltliner, Weingut Krems Weinzierlberg Stadt Krems, Austria 2012′ which was a white Austrian wine, I never really opt for an Austrian wine but thought I would give it a try and it was lovely. The pork belly was cooked extremely well and the apple and nutmeg just helped add to the flavour. Danny had the rib eye steak with pepper sauce, cooked medium and with a glass of ‘Merlot, Lyeth, California, USA 2012′. The rib-eye was cooked chargrilled so I was glad I didn’t order this one as I’m not that keen on when it’s cooked like that but Danny really liked it and said the sauce was a really good addition. We also shared a portion of moreish fries and sweet potato chips.

Wine - Tredwell's

Pork belly, apple and nutmeg - Tredwell's

Fries

Rib Eye Steak - Tredwell's

Sweet Potato Fries - Tredwell's

Lastly it was time for dessert. I had been looking forward to trying the coconut mousse which I had my eye on when I first looked at the menu. The mousse came with pineapple and lime and when it was brought out by the waiter it completely wasn’t what I expected, I think in my head I imagined the mousse and pineapple on the side but there was a lot of pineapple on the underside of the mousse. The mousse was very light however and easy to eat. Danny had the special which was a custard tart that even the Queen has enjoyed at one point. This was really delicious and was a bit jealous I hadn’t ordered that!

Coconut Mousse & Pineapple & Lime - Tredwell's

Custard Tart - Tredwell's

After dinner we went for a walk into Covent Garden to burn off all that food and bumped into the amazing and really tall Christmas tree in the centre of the square!

For more info and to book Tredwell’s visit tredwells.com.

Christmas Tree Covent Garden

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