Blogmas Day 6 – Not On The High Street Christmas Favourites

6 Dec

All the way back in July, I went to the Not On The High Street Christmas Press Day. At the time the big day seamed like a really long way away, but now with a matter of weeks to go, I’m feeling far more ready to share my highlights from the day.

not-on-the-high-street-press-day-christmas-baubles NOTHS is the home of small brands and independent makers, the perfect place to pick up unique and beautifully made gifts and decorations. As I mentioned at the beginning of Blogmas, I want to buy the majority of my gifts from small businesses where possible, so this is a great place to start.

not-on-the-high-street-press-day-flamingo-place-settingOne of my favourite displays of the day, was this pretty place setting. The marbled cracker is absolutely gorgeous and who couldn’t fall in love with a quirky flamingo plate. That gold cutlery needs to find its way to my table all year round, definitely not just for Christmas.

not-on-the-high-street-sherry-gets-me-merry

not-on-the-high-street-press-day-personalised-baubleThere are also lots of personalised items.  This signpost bauble was one of my favourites.

not-on-the-high-street-press-day-gold-christmas-baubleI took the kids along with me and they has a lot of fun looking at all the lovely toys. Lila Especially liked this personalised dolls house.

not-on-the-high-street-press-day-lila-dolls-houseIf you like traditional and wooded toys, there is so much to choose from. The wooden sushi is awesome!

noths-wooden-toys not-on-the-high-street-press-day-elfnot-on-the-high-street-press-day-kids-soft-toysThere were gifts for anyone and everyone and it gave me lots of ideas. I liked all the interesting bath treats, including cocktail themes and festive snowflake soaps.

not-on-the-high-street-press-day-snowflake-bath-melts

noths-press-day-jewelleryThere was also lots of handcrafted jewellery, I loved these pieces made from metal, wood and plastic.

noths-christmas-food-giftsFor those people who are impossible to buy for, I like the selection of food and drink and gifts. Who wouldn’t want to receive chocolate brussels spouts?!

noths-christmas-in-july-gold-cushions

noths-christmas-in-july-personalised-family-pictureI’d love a little family portrait like this one for Christmas (hint hint).

noths-blooming-lovely

noths-press-day-santa-milk-bottlesI hope this post has given you a few ideas. Do you have any favourite pieces?

not-on-the-high-street-press-day-christmas-tree

See the full range on the Not On The High Street website.

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Blogmas Day 5 – Christmas Baking Haul

5 Dec

As we all know I love a bit of baking. It’s my number one way to relax. Christmas definitely gives me a good excuse to get my bake on. Not only is it nice to prepare lots of festive treats to eat, but cookies and cakes also make great little gifts for my friends and family.

dot-com-gift-shop-christmas-baking-haulThis week I stocked up on some baking essentials from Dot Com Gift Shop. They have loads of lovely festive baking treats and their prices are fantastic.

dot-com-gift-shop-christmas-cookie-cuttersAt the moment I’m planning to make some festive flavoured muffins and cupcakes and lots of cookies, so I stocked up on cake cases and Christmas themed cookie cutters. I’m also going to use the cutters to make some salt dough decorations for the tree with the kids.

christmas-bauble-cookie-cuttersThese Christmas bauble cookie cutters will be perfect for making ginger bread and salt dough decorations for the tree. I picked up some pretty string to use to hand them as well.

retro-christmas-cup-cake-casesThe cute little cupcake cases and mini loaf cases, have lovely retro designs and will be perfect for some of my vintage bakes.

gingerbread-and-man-and-train-cookie-cuttersYou can’t go wrong with a good old fashioned ginger bread man and the train cookie cutters are just so adorable. I’m really looking forward to making a big batch of gingerbread and decorating these.

dot-com-gift-shop-christmas-cake-tinAll the lovely things I’m planning on baking, need somewhere to live, so I picked up this lovely retro cake tin. It’s a really good size and I can’t wait to fill it up with tasty Christmas goodies.

The whole haul cost me just £30, which I think is fantastic value for money and I’m going to have so much fun using it all!

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Blogmas Day 4 – Birthdays, Balls and Besties

4 Dec

I’m sitting at home in my pyjamas, having had an absolutely wonderful weekend with some of my favourite people. Rob and I travelled up to Northampton on Friday for our first weekend away together for absolutely ages. We had travelled up to attend a Back to the Future themed ball, organised by my lovely friends from Most Marvellous Meet-ups. Yesterday was my birthday and it was really great that I had a special event to go to on the day.

We got up early on Saturday morning to shoot some pictures for the Lindy Bop dress review that I posted yesterday. We found so many pretty locations to take pictures, Northampton has some gorgeous buildings and it was really fun having a little wander, looking for good spots to take pictures. I feel really lucky that Rob always helps me out with photo shoots and we always have a laugh taking them. One day I might show you some of the funny ones that never make it onto the blog!

lindy-bop-dressAfter taking our photos we relaxed in the hotel for the rest of the day. It gave us a chance for a much needed rest and I did some writing and photo editing. It was then time to get ready for the ball. I wore a dress I bought a while ago from ChiChi Clothing. I usually like to wear original vintage to events, but I loved this dress so much and it definitely deserved an outing! I paired it with a pair of shoes from Hotter and an original vintage necklace and Enid Collins bag.

ball-outfitI decided not to take my camera to the ball, as its nice to just enjoy myself sometimes and not think about taking blog pictures. I got a few snaps on my phone though. The organisers had re-created the Enchantment Under the Sea dance from the Back to the Future film and the whole place looked amazing. We were treated to lots of live music and a fantastic sit down meal at the Deco, a venue in Northampton.

picmonkey-collageIt was wonderful seeing so many of my friends and everyone looked absolutely amazing. I was so touched that people had made an effort to celebrate my birthday too. I got a birthday balloon a cup cake with a candle and a lovely little gift. I also won a prize in the raffle and I’ll be choosing a girdle from Girl on the Run as my prize. Which should I choose?!

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1920s Speakeasy Style – Lindy Bop Silver Screen Review

3 Dec

Recently I’ve been a little obsessed with the 1920s. Historically it’s one of my favourite eras to read about and everything from the roles of women to the drastically changing fashions fascinates me. I’ve been longing for a 20s themed outfit for absolutely ages, so when Lindy Bop launched their beautiful new Silver Screen range I was so excited to try one of the gorgeous dresses.

lindy-bop-silver-screen-reproduction-1920s-dress-reviewI chose the stunning Everly gold embellished dress. I absolutely love the colour and the classic sequin and bead details. It’s just so gorgeous and elegant. To go with it I chose a faux fur stole and some lovely t-bar shoes which are also from Lindy Bop. I finished off the outfit with a turban that I picked up recently at a car boot sale.

lindy-bop-silver-screen-everly-1920s-dress-reviewThe dress arrived beautifully packed in a box, because of the fragile glass beads it was carefully packaged with plenty of tissue and bubble wrap to protect it. As soon as I opened the box I was amazed at the beautiful quality of the dress. It has a sheer layer over a gold lining and the sequins and glass beads are firmly stitched into the fabric. The dress is quite heavy which makes it hang perfectly.

lindy-bop-silver-screen-1920s-beaded-dress-reviewI opted for my usual size 14 and the fit was absolutely perfect, so I’d say these come up true to size. The dress fastens with a concealed side zip, which really helps with the lovely fit.

lindy-bop-everly-flapper-dress-and-faux-fur-stoleThe fur stole went really well with the dress, it fastens with a hook and eye at the front. It adds a nice extra layer when its cold and wearing the two together was perfect for the season. This would make a great outfit for a Christmas party or winter wedding. If I go to any 20s themed nights or events, I’ll definitely be wearing this dress. 

lindy-bop-gene-shoes-reviewI was also really impressed with the shoes. They were beautifully made with quite a cushioned lining, making them quite comfortable to wear all day.

Overall I am really impressed with all the items I tried and I can’t wait to try more dresses from the Silver screen range.

Outfit Details

‘Everly’ Soft Gold Embellished Dress – £107 (currently on offer at £75)

Faux Fur Stole – £16 (currently on offer at £8)

Gene Round Toe Tap Style Shoes – £22 (currently on offer at £12)

Nude Seamed Hold Ups – £9

*I was gifted this outfit for the purposes of review. All opinions are my own. 

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Blogmas Day 2 – Cute Vintage Inspired Christmas Outfits

2 Dec

Today has been a busy one, this morning I finished packing for our weekend away. I seriously hate packing, I’m really bad at planning my outfits in advance, so picking everything I need for 3 days is surprisingly challenging! I also had to finish packing for the girls, who are staying with their grandparents for the weekend. Once I was finally packed and on the road I was far more relaxed and so excited to spend my birthday weekend with Rob.

As I mentioned yesterday I’m slowly getting into the Christmas spirit and I’ve definitely been admiring some of my friends Christmas themed outfits. I thought I’d share some of my favourite Christmas themed clothing today. The vintage reproduction brands have really delivered this year and there are so many things I love.

lindy-bop-christmas-dressesGilda Dress – £38 – Sinead Dress – £30 – Both Lindy Bop

christmas-jumper-and-skirtParis Skirt – £34.99 – Tiger Milly – Deer Sweater – £45.50 – Collectif

blue-christmas-dressNoel Dress – £40 – Miss Bamboo – Praia Skirt – £24 – Lindy Bop

lady-v-london-christmas-dressFair Isle Sweater – £46.50 – Collectif – Amelia Dress – £35 – Lady V London

Which are your favourites? My mum bought me the Paris Print skirt for my birthday and it is absolutely gorgeous! One of the things I like about wearing vintage style clothes, is that you can wear them every year. I know my skirt will be making an appearance for many Decembers to come.

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