This week I worked on a post for the Laura Ashley blog, with some of my favourite last minute Christmas stocking fillers. I’m a bit of a last minute shopper myself so I find gift guides really helpful. I picked some lovely pieces from Laura Ashley that would make great presents for friends and relatives.

I like gifts that can be used, so candles, make-up bags and scarfs are great choices. I love choosing pretty thanks with designs and patterns that suit the person I’m giving the gift to. Luckily Laura Ashley has lots of choice.

My first pick, is this lovely set of floral socks. I chose these ones because the colours are so pretty and the vintage style roses are gorgeous.

As I mentioned above, I love presents that people can use. Candles and reed diffusers make great gifts that can be enjoyed for months after Christmas. Laura Ashley has a wide range of fragrances to choose from. My favourite is the No1 scent 

A scarf is also a gorgeous gift, I love this floral vintage style one. I also really like some of Laura Ashley’s knitted and velvet scarfs, perfect for different occasions and outfits.

 I have absolutely loads of vintage jewellery and I really enjoy finding new ways to display it around the house. I love the adorable bird trinket dish and think it would make a charming stocking filler.  

For larger pieces of jewellery like brooches the heritage jewellery box would be perfect. Its like a lovely little treasure chest. This would be a lovely present with a little piece of jewellery inside as an extra thoughtful gift.  

Another lovely gift for someone with lots of trinkets, is an antique style glass trinket pot. This would look splendid on a dressing table and makes an excellent small Christmas gift.  

I often get purses and make up bags as stocking fillers. They are another gift that will always come in handy. There are lots of different prints, sizes and designs at Laura Ashley. I chose the Highland Heather print, as I love the opulent winter colours. I think it mixes and matches really well with the velvet purse. These would make a gorgeous gift either together or separately.  

My final gift is the pretty Iona cup and saucer. This would be a great gift for a tea drinker and I really like the classic vintage look of this set. There are lots of lovely tea sets to choose from at Laura Ashley. If the person you’re buying for prefers coffee, a ceramic take away coffee cup would be a lovely present too.  

To get in time for Christmas, visit a Laura Ashley shop. You can find the full list here. If you’re looking for something nice for yourself, the Laura Ashley sale is in full swing.

Have you still got gifts to buy, or are you wrapped and ready to go?

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At the beginning of the month I was completely ready to get into Blogmas and keep the posts coming all month. It was all going so well for the first few and then I had to stop. I did have quite a lot planned for Blogmas, so I’m going to try to pick up where I left off. I may even manage more than one post a day. We’ll see!

This time of year is so incredibly busy, especially for the kids. It feels like there’s been something happening school nearly every day. Luckily I think all the fairs, discos, concerts etc are all done now and I have a couple of days before they break up to get caught up.

This week I’ve had lots of writing deadlines for magazines and other things I write for. I usually try not to leave it all to the last minute, but December is crazy and I’ve ended up with a lot to do all at once! Luckily I love what I do, so despite being a bit stressful it all OK!

Both Rob and I both have birthdays in December, so there’s already been lots of presents and celebrating in our house. I’ve only just taken all our birthday cards down and started to put the Christmas cards up!

Other than lots of work, birthday celebrations and being a mum, I’ve managed to get most of my shopping done now, apart from a few last minutes things that I still need to get. I’m feeling very grateful for my Amazon Prime right now!

Hopefully normal activity will resume tomorrow, I have a few posts I really want to share with you before Christmas is over. I hope you are all feeling festive and looking forward to the big day. I have friends who are working over Christmas and if you are too, I just want you to know you are appreciated!

The pictures in this post were taken at Petersham Nurseries lovely Covent Garden shop. I popped in their earlier to look at all the lovely things. It’s well worth a visit if you’re in London. I already love their gorgeous site in Petersham.

In other news, I would love it if you could check out my latest blog sponsor. The Vintage New Year’s Party is a fabulous vintage celebration on the South Bank. Check out the website here.

Things are getting very festive in my house at the moment. The tree is up, the cupboards are stocked with tasty treats and the Elf on the Shelf is getting up to lots of mischief. It’s definitely time to start mixing up seasonal cocktails! Eggnog is the ultimate winter cocktail, it takes a little while to make, but the results are definitely worth it. I found this recipe in a 1960s recipe book and I absolutely love it.

Eggnog Recipe

You will need:

2 eggs

2 tbsp sugar

1 part whisky

1 part dark rum

1 part brandy

2 parts milk

2 parts thick cream

A pinch of ground cloves

A pinch of ground nutmeg

Eggnog Recipe

  1. Separate the eggs into two separate bowls
  2. Beat the egg yolks until smooth and add half the sugar.
  3. Add the whisky rum and brandy to the yolks, while stirring continuously.
  4. Set the yolk mixture aside and beat the egg whites until stiff, while adding the rest of the sugar.
  5. Stir the milk and cream into the yolk mixture.
  6. Fold the stiff egg whites into the yolk mixture.
  7. Spoon into glasses and sprinkle with the ground cloves and nutmeg.

What are your favourite winter drinks? Look out for more recipes over the next few days.

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One of the things I have enjoyed most since I got into vintage, would have to be the social side. I love going to new events and meeting new people. There is nothing more fun than immersing myself in times gone by. I adore getting dressed up, curling my hair and putting on my make-up. Choosing an outfit that fits an era from the past, while still being totally me. Vintage themed events are the perfect place to do this. Whether you’re a vintage pro, or new to wearing vintage, or someone who just wants to do something a bit different for a special occasion going vintage is so much fun.  

A Vintage New Year's Eve Party

For the last few years, there has been one News Years event that has really stood out from the vintage crowd. An event that brings together everything I love about vintage. From retro fashion to learning new dance moves and enjoying a whole range of musical styles.  The ultimate place to see in the new year vintage style would have to be A Vintage New Year’s Eve Party curated by Hemingway Design. For one night only The Royal Festival Hall is transformed into a vintage wonderland with 5 floors of glamour, music and dancing.  

A Vintage New Year's Eve PartyIn recent years the Hemingways have brought us some of the best vintage events on the scene, from the amazing Classic Car Boot Sale to Vintage by the Sea. Their New Years festivities are the ultimate event for those of us with our heads in the past, allowing us to see in the new year across the whole of the 20th Century. I’ve loved other Hemingway events I’ve been to over the years and this one is definitely right up my street, especially because my love of vintage spans across lots of different eras and musical styles.  

A Vintage New Year's Eve PartyThe event includes vintage night clubs, dining, a vintage hair and beauty salon. One of the biggest highlights of the night would have to be the opportunity to have an incredible close up view of London’s spectacular firework display from The Royal Festival Halls terrace.  

A Vintage New Year's Eve PartyFrom past experience of their events, you can expect the very best entertainment and wonderfully organised details. Past reviews of their New Years event have always been excellent. What a fabulous excuse to get completely dressed up in your finest vintage attire and disappear into the past with your friends for a few hours. The event brings you not one party, but several. There is definitely something there for all tastes, whether you love rock n roll or disco, tropical tunes or big band ballads. So what can expect at A Vintage New Year’s Eve Party? 

A Vintage New Year's Eve PartyIf your favourite vintage era is the 20s, 30s or 40s The Torch Club is the place to be. The club will feature a big band from Alex Meedham and his 18 piece orchestra. There will also be original vinyl spun by DJ Daddy Rich and for those of you who need to polish up your vintage dance moves Mark & Hoc will be there to talk you through some dance steps. This is the perfect opportunity to bring out your inner flapper in a beaded dress or channel some old Hollywood glamour, don’t forget your red lipstick! 

A Vintage New Year's Eve Party

For fans of the 50, the Tiki Bar will be serving up colourful cocktails. Expect sambas and mambos, alongside hula girls limbo lancing. Tropical is the theme of the night. If you like to dress tiki-tastic and love tropical prints and bamboo jewellery then this is the one for you! 

For a more classic 50s night jive dance teacher Andrew Hall will be on hand to talk you through jive basics in Let it Rock, so there’ll be no excuse not to hit the dance floor. There will be plenty of American and early British rock n roll.

A Vintage New Year's Eve PartyBar Bonkers is a throwback to the 80s and 90s, with plenty of pop, rock and dance anthems, so you can party like it’s 1989. To top it off there will be musical bingo and karaoke. As much as I love to 40s and 50s for the fashion, I absolutely love the 80s and 90s for music, so this sounds right up my street! 

A Vintage New Year's Eve PartyI am also a huge fan of disco so The Studio sounds amazing too. This area will trace legendary disco club nights from the 70s and 80s, through to modern-day. Expect everything from funk and disco, to electro and Northern Soul. Put on your dancing shoes and show everyone your best moves! 

I think this is such a fabulous line up and an amazing way to see in the new year. The night is an amazing opportunity to put on your favourite vintage style outfit from any era and go back to years gone by without needing a time machine. I’ve enjoyed every Hemingway event I’ve been to. The fabulous organisation and attention to every detail make their events some of the very best. One of my favourite things is checking out what everyone else is wearing, as well as putting on something fabulous myself.  

Tickets for A Vintage New Year’s Eve Party are available here 

*This post was Kindly sponsored by The South Bank Centre. All opinions are my own. 

Today I was looking back through my Instagram and at some of the outfits I’ve worn this year. Most of the year I’ve done a really good job of recording all my outfits. The last couple of months have been so crazy that I’ve not done it so much. I thought it would be fun to share some of my favourites and look back on what I wore this year. Sorry this is a really long post!

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 I love this pink Laura Ashley dress, it has long sleeves and is pretty warm for the colder months. I don’t wear hats very often, but this felt Primark hat is one of my winter favourites. See the full look in my review of the dress.

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Another favourite Laura Ashley dress, this floral pink retro dress, made me fall in love with 70s style flow dresses. I’ve bought quite a few similar things since. I also reviewed this dress on the blog.

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 This lovely cherry print dress from Joanie Clothing, got a lot of wear last winter. I’ll be giving it a lot of wear again this winter, its such a classic easy to wear dress.

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 In recent years I’ve been a bit obsessed with TU Clothing at Sainsburys and have bought A LOT of dresses. This is one of my favourites, I love the vintage inspired print.

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 I wore this green original vintage dress for a day out at Kew Gardens with some friends. I got it from Beyond Retro and I just love the beautiful colour.

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 This beautiful original vintage Horrockses dress dates from 1948. It’s such a beautiful dress and a real treasure to me. See the full outfit post and find out more about Horrockses in my blog post.

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 This lovely vintage dress was an Ebay find, I really love the colours and print. I wore it for a day out in Greenwich with my brother.

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  This green 1950s had been lurking in my repair pile for a very long time. I finally managed to wear it agin this summer.

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 I wore my beautiful fruit print vintage Swirl dress quite a lot this year. It is very fragile and is not in very good shape at the moment, so it’s gone into the repair pile until I can give it some much needed TLC.

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 This wonderful dress from Palava was a new addition to my wardrobe this summer. It is beautifully and ethically made from organic cotton and features beautiful illustrations. See my full review on the blog.

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 I wore this original 1940s dress with my lovely Flair sandals from Hotter. the dress was a bargain £5 car boot find. See the full outfit post on the blog.

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 I wore my Cath Kidston Winnie the Pooh dress for a lovely trip to Margate with friends. I wore this straw hat from Primark a lot over the summer.

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 Another beautiful Cath Kidston dress – the London Parks dress was a gift from Rob. I’m wearing it here with casual Converse for a walk around the lavender fields.

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 My all time favourite 1950s dress got quite a few wears this summer. Here I’ve worn it with my lovely Miss L Fire shoes for a visit to Chartwell.

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 I wore this lovely colourful 50s dress to The Classic Car Boot Sale in Hastings, doesn’t Fay look lovely in her Collectif skirt too.

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 I wore this lovely maxi dress from Peacocks so much this summer. It’s such an easy to wear style, I’m going to pick up some more from there next year. I saw a few at their press day that I’ve got my eye on.

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 These Collectif dungarees are perfect for days out with the kids. I wore them a lot over the summer holidays.

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 I managed to get this lovely dress from Palava for an absolute steal in their last sample sale. Their dresses just can’t be beaten on quality.

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 This embroidered dress from Peacocks is one of my favourites of the year. It looks so much more expensive than it actually was. I wore it for my friend’s birthday in the summer and again for my own birthday last weekend.

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 I took a lovely trip to Bath with Rob at the end of the summer. One of my outfits was this lovely original 1950s dress, worn here with a vintage belt and hotter sandals.

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 This Palava dress got another wear for a trip to Hampstead Heath with my brother and the girls.

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 I wore lots of casual mum outfits over the summer, this was one of my favourites. The t shirt is from Peacocks and the skirt is a very old Primark one that I got for a couple of pounds on eBay.

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 I wore this original 70s dress for a press view at the National Gallery. This is another dress that I wear all the time, but I don’t think I’ve featured at all on the blog. It was a bargain £1 purchase at a car boot sale.

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 I’ve worn all my Disney Cath Kidston dresses a lot this year, but this Peter Pan one has to be one of the best dresses I’ve bought this year. You can see my whole collection in this post.

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 I had a lovely day out at Hampton Court with Rob a few weeks ago. I wore this beautiful gingham dress from Dolly and Dotty. Read my review of the dress and see more pics on the blog.

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This is such a typical outfit for when I’m being a mum not a blogger! I’m wearing my Cath Kidston Pets Party dress, a denim jacket from Peacocks, a vintage belt and Hotter shoes. this was for a fun day in the park with the kids.

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 Lastly another casual outfit from me (unless I’m in gym clothes or an emergency school run leggings outfit, this is as casual as I usually get) I’m wearing a vintage 70s dress and belt, with my Peacocks jacket and converse.

Which outfit do you like best? Is there one you’ve seen me in this year that I’ve not included? I promise to post more of what I’ve been wearing on the blog over the next few months, I’ve just been VERY busy with the kids and looking after myself recently.

You can see more of what I wore in the outfits section of the blog. There are also absolutely loads more outfits on my Instagram.

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