Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Blogger Secret Santa: George at Asda Christmas Gift Finder

I don't know if you noticed, but it seems that Christmas is a comin'! I know that may come as a surprise to most of you (the ones of you who live under a rock or at least try to at this time of year) but yes, it's that time of year where a bearded old man empties his sack all over your living room floor, drinks your brandy, eats your mince pies and then leaves (behave!).

Anyway, Christmas wouldn't be the same without a bit of anonymous gift giving and I was lucky enough to be asked to take part in a very special bloggers Secret Santa with George at Asda. 

Once I received the name of the person I was playing Santa for I scoured all of their social media and stalked them to death (well not quite they are definitely still alive but you know what I mean)! I'm still anxiously awaiting their verdict on the gifts that I selected for them but until then here's a little peek at the lovely items I received...

From fabulous fashion accessories to cosy home wares my Santa did pretty good! Now the weather is getting really chilly what better way then to spend winter evenings snuggled up in this lovely Woodland Throw and Hot Water Bottle whilst sipping tea from my kitschy letter 'N' mug.

George has a fabulous range of Chrimbo gifts to suit pretty much everyone on your naughty or nice list and with their Gift Finder even the most stumped of shoppers should be able to find something to make their loved (or loathed) ones smile!

Check out the #GeorgeSecretSanta hashtag on Twitter to get some Christmas gift inspo from all the other bloggers whom took part! 

Monday, 23 November 2015

Gothic Glamour, Leather & Lace: Persona by Marina Rinaldi, Zizzi & Navabi

Some of my most favourite outfits are ones I've thrown together purely by chance and others are ones that I think and dream about for ages before I actually acquire them. This one is definitely of the latter. 

I had wanted to pull together a 'Victoriana' style outfit for a while. All those dark gothic fabrics, the detailing and the drama of a look like this just gives me all the feels. I had been scouring the internet for some time looking for my perfect midi skirt and items to wear it with and finally struck gold with Premium Plus Size retailer, Navabi and got my hands on this (now sold out) utterly perfect Persona by Marina Rinaldi (p)leather skirt and Zizzi lace top.

Imitation Leather Skirt (Similar Here)
Wide Fit Strappy Sandals (Similar Here)
Red Clutch (Similar Here)
Statement Necklace (Similar Here)

I've never worn either of these brands before and I have to admit I am blown away by the quality and detail that they boast. I will be the first to admit that I'm not very forthcoming with wanting to drop a load of money on one item, I'm greedy and more often than not will try and get quantity over quality of items; however when it comes to pieces like this I can certainly see the benefit of buying statement pieces that will last for a long time. I spend of a lot of money on fast fashion, throw away pieces that I'll probably wear a handful of times before I discard them but getting to own, wear and love really beautiful items like these really excites me. I'm already planning the ways I'm going to wear them again.

Whilst we're on the subject of Navabi, I have been nominated in their 2015 Curvy Blog Awards and if you like reading my little blog I would be thrilled if you popped along and dropped me a vote. The competition is seriously tough and a little hobby blogger like me has no chance of winning but I've gotta try! Click HERE to vote (and thank you!).

(Apologies for the poor quality pics in this post! I had forgotten to take my good camera out with me!)

*Denotes Gifted Item