9 Christmas Gift Ideas for Foodies

Christmas is only time of year where you don’t feel guilty for stuffing your face with food and drink while watching reruns of old TV shows.  Just eat, drink and be merry and leave the gym until next year. This is my last Christmas gift ideas series and if you missed the last two be sure to check out the fashion and beauty guide. Enjoy!

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1. Moet et Chandon Rosé Imperial Champagne Christmas Cracker, £18.99 | 2. M&S Swiss Collection Gift Bag, £20 | 3. BHS Connoissuer Rose Wine Selection, £15 | 4. Harvey Nichols Bubbleology Gift Box, £29.99 | 5. Hotel Chocolat Chocolate Wreath, £20 | 6. Debenhams The Biscuit Book Selection Tin, £8 | 7. Not on The Highstreet Fizzy Wizzy Sweets, £6 | 8. Biba Biba Gold Stem Martini Set, £35 | 9. Crabtree & Evelyn Preserve Trio, £8.50

 

 

How to Make the Most of Blogger Events

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One perk of being a blogger is attending events. From blogger meetups to press days, it’s an amazing opportunity to meet industry insiders, bloggers and to see how the fashion/beauty world works. Whether you’ve never attended an event or you’ve been to hundreds, it’s important to make sure that you benefit from each event you attend. Here are six tips to make the most of blogger events.

1. Decide if the Event is Worth Attending

When I first started blogging, I used to attend almost every event that came my way and after a while I realised that not every event benefited me and my blog. These days I’m selective with the events and only go if: a) the event is interesting b) fits with my blog and would be of interest to my readers (c) that are usually held on the same day. Since I don’t live in London, it costs me nearly £20 for a travelcard for an hours journey. If the event is for a few hours it’s fine as it will be worth the cost but anything less can work out to be an expensive journey for just a short period of time.

2. Find out Who Else is Going

If you know any bloggers that are attending be sure to get in touch with them so you can meet up beforehand. On the invite there’s usually a special hashtag to use to tweet about the event. You can use this to send out a tweet to find out else is attending so that other bloggers can see your tweet and reply back to you.

3. Get There Early

If you’re an introvert like me and find social situations a bit daunting you can always get to the venue early as it will be easier to make conversation as there’s fewer people. To break the ice you can comment on the person’s outfit, greet them with a smile and give out your business card and introduce yourself and your blog.

4. Don’t Forget your Business Cards

The more events you attend, you’ll start to notice that people will ask for your business card. It’s a great way to promote your blog and to use network with others. Be sure to make sure it’s a clean and eye-catching design with all your details. Popular business card services are MOO and Vistaprint.

5. Don’t Attend Events just for the Goody Bag Everyone loves freebies but that doesn’t mean one should take advantage of it. If the sole purpose of your blog is just to get freebies and to attend events to get goody bags then you’re wasting your time and it’s unfair to the company.

6. Save organisers contacts for future opportunities Once you’ve posted about the event, send the link to the organisers and mention them on social media with a thank you. Be sure to save their contacts for the future as it may come in handy for job opportunities and for blogger collaborations.

What are your thoughts on blogger events? Have you meet other bloggers/networked with industry insiders? Do you have any more tips to add to the list? How do you find out about blogger events?

Win a £30 House of Fraser Gift Voucher!

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Cyber Monday is an online shopping event that commences the Monday after Thanksgiving (1st December 2014) where stores offer exclusive deals and discounts and has become one of the biggest online shopping days. In celebration, I’ve joined forces with House of Fraser to offer one lucky reader a £30 gift voucher to spend on Cyber Monday. It’s perfect timing as Christmas is around the corner so you can easily treat yourself or buy a special gift for a loved one. Below are the sales happening during the course of the day at House of Fraser so be on the look out!

8am – 1pm

Additional 20% off Hotel Collection Bed & Bath

Additional 20% off MW Accessories

Up to 15% off Makeup

Additional 20% off WW Outerwear & Knitwear

1pm – 6pm

Additional 20% off WW Winter Warmers

Additional 20% off KW Knitwear and Outerwear

Up to 50% off Kylie Minogue Bed Linen

Additional 20% off Lingerie

6pm – 11pm

Additional 20% off MW Outerwear & Knitwear

15% off Beauty Gift Sets

20% off Nespresso

Additional 20% off Handbags & Purses

To enter, simply follow the instructions on Rafflecopter and the winner will be selected at random next week Saturday 29th November 2014 at midnight. The winner will be announced on Sunday 30th November 2014 via my Facebook and Twitter page. Good Luck! UK residents only.
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10 Christmas Gift Ideas for Fashion Lovers

Last week, I featured Christmas gift ideas for beauty lovers now it’s time to turn over to fashionistas. There are plenty of stylish gifts to choose from for all types of budgets. Be sure to check out next’s week’s post for another Christmas gift ideas edit. How’s your Christmas shopping going? Are you looking forward to Christmas?

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1. Topshop Textured Check Coat, £95  | 2. M&S Christmas Sequin Embellished Bow with Bells Jumper, £25 | 3. Boux Avenue Chloe Balconette Purple Bra (£24) and Brief (£10) Set | 4. Jaunt Monochrome Clutch, £145 | 5. River Island Pink Block Padlock Purse, £18 | 6. Londonairobi African Print Stud Earrings, £12 | 7. Sapelle Kanga Print Reversible Snood, £15 | 8. New Look Dark Pink Holographic Block Heels, £19.99 | 9. Dune Gold Metal Oversized Bracelet Watch, £59 | 10. The Cambridge Satchel Blush Metal Keyring, £35

 

 

10 Christmas Gift Ideas for Beauty Lovers

Christmas is the season of giving and what better way to give with these 10 gift ideas for beauty lovers. There are so many gifts to choose from including my favorite Glazed Apple range from The Body Shop ( the smell is heavenly) so you’re spoilt for choice and of course catered to all budgets. I will be doing these gift idea guides for the next few weeks so keep checking back for ideas and hopefully it eases off the stress of Christmas shopping. Remember to have fun and it’s the thought that counts!

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1. Clarisonic Mia 2 Sonic Skin Cleansing System, £125 | 2. Bobbi Brown Deluxe Lip & Eyeliner Set, £59 | 3. Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick set, £30 | 4. Burt’s Bees Endless Shine Trio, £9.99 | 5. Soap and Glory The Next Big Thing Gift Set, £60 | 6. Babyliss Vintage Glamour Ceramic Smooth Straightener, £19.99 | 7. L’Occitane Shower Gel Quattro, £22 | 8. Nails Inc The Alexa Editions Collection, £45 | 9.Cabtree & Evelyn Top Hand Theory Trio Gift Set, £12.50 | 10. The Body Shop Glazed Apple Tin of Fraser, £17

 

Luxe Leather Style with Debenhams

To be honest, one of the most difficult people to shop for is men especially now that we’re coming up to Christmas.  When you do find ideas, it’s usually the typical kind of stuff from socks, alcohol and football. To spruce things up, I’ve decided to join forces with Debenhams to create a special guide featuring statement leather pieces for three types of men. Check out my top picks below for ideas.

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1. Dating Material: Joe Browns Black Leather Jacket, £194

Rock and roll with a classic leather jacket. Made from a premium hide, this is an investment piece for your man’s wardrobe. I love the quilted detailing on the shoulders and ideal for the colder season.

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 2. Dad’s Classic: Ben Sherman Black Leather Strap Watch, £30

My dad is very picky when it comes to fashion and sticks to his comfort zone. This watch is perfect for dads that are difficult to buy for and plus you can never go wrong with a watch!

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3, Daring Menswear: H by Husdson Black Woven Leather Lace up Shoes, £42.50

How stunning are these lace up shoes?! I’m sold with these. I love the woven detailing as it makes the shoe stand out more. Perfect for those fashion oriented men who don’t joke about their wardrobe.

 

*This post was done in collaboration with Debenhams*

Bush Princess Luxury Handbags

Deep in Kenya lies a royal luxury handbag brand Bush Princess. The ethical brand founded by Charlotte Lefebvre who works alongside production assistant Severine Dewailly-Javris, combines traditional African tribal craftwork with each piece designed with character. Bush Princess is a brand that prides themselves on high quality goods with each design made by hand with love, care and attention to detail making it truly special for the fashion forward fashionista.

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1. How did you come up with the name Bush Princess?

Because we are an African based company, we automatically thought of a safari and bush feeling. The brand is also extremely feminine and we could not find anything more feminine than a princess. As a result, bush princess was born.

2. Describe the Bush Princess customer.

 They are modern urban women who travel a lot to Paris, New York or London but at the same time enjoy the wildness of Africa. We have worldwide customers!

 3. Why Nairobi? What led you to support the local Nairobi community?

 After my move in Nairobi, I did research to find local artisans in the fashion industry such as stitchers and cutters. I then realised that the community had a lot to offer and decided to start my own workshop. 

 4. Where do you look for inspiration when it comes to the design process of the bags?

 Absolutely everywhere! In Europe whilst shopping, in africa when on safari: inspiration is always round the corner.

 5. What projects are you currently working on?

 We are going to launch our first shop in Nairobi, in the biggest mall of East Africa. It is an extremely exciting project!

6. Would you consider working with other local communities in Africa? 

 Of course, we are already working with communities from Kibera and Maasai ladies here in Kenya. We have just worked with an Indian community to create a range of very cute jewels as well. So, yes, we would work with other local communities in Africa!

 Thanks so much Charlotte Lefebvre and  Severine Dewailly-Javris for taking the time to share a bit of insight on Bush Princess. You can read more about the owners and the materials used to make the bags by clicking on the following link.

Have you heard of Bush Princess before? Are you a fan of ethical brands and/or brands based in Africa?  Which bag designs are your favourite?

Winter Wish List 2014

My last Wish List for 2014. This year has really flown by! Now that’s it’s getting colder, I’ve gathered some stylin winter warmers with a colourful approach and lets not forget accessories (the best part).

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1. New Look Rose Pink Floral Necklace, £9.99

Statement necklaces are a favourite as it can spice up a plain-looking outfit. I love the pastel pink, lilac and red hues. It also comes in purple and blue at a bargain price of £9.99.

2. Butter London Purple Nail Polish, £12

Dark colours are prominent during winter and this gorgeous shade of purple is oozes dramatic glamour with a touch of sliver shimmer.

3. H&M Brown Leather Ankle Boots, £59.99

I’m on the hunt for brown boots as I don’t own any in my wardrobe. The heel height is just right for me with a small platform at the front. Would look perfect with a midi skirt or a pair of jeans.

4. Londonarobi Angeline Large Brass Pwani Ring, £24

Another purple number from  luxury accessories Londonarobi. It’s one size fits all. Stunning!

5. Marc B Mini Darcy Soft Tan Cross Body Bag, £45

As much as I love my big bags, there’s nothing like having a cross body bag. Ideal for when you’re out and about and you want your hands free and want to carry the essentials. I love the gold accents and comes with optional chain or plain straps.

4. Tom Ford at House of Fraser Bruised Plum Lipstick, £37

 My dream lipstick! It’s dramatic, sexy and luxurious. The lipstick has a creamy texture made from soja seed extract, Brazilian murumuru butter and chamomilla flower oil to keep your lips smooth. I will own you one day. 

5. Stella Jean at Matches Tribal Print A-line trench coat, £910

I’m a huge Stella Jean fan as she creates such beautiful printed garments. It’s a classic style with a twist featuring an African inspired print and pleated detailing at the back. It’s a hefty price but you can’t help but to admire the work put into it.

6. Dorothy Perkins Mint Jumper, £20

No winter wardrobe is complete without a jumper. I love the zig zag detailing at the back and the subtle mint colour. A got to style for those really cold days.

7. River Island Black Laser Cut Pencil Skirt, £25

Since I’m pear shape, I love pencil skirts and came across this lovely number from River Island. The laser cut detailing takes the skirt to the next level and goes so well with the mint jumper.

What’s on your wish list for winter? What are some of your favourite items from my wish list?

 

 

 

 

 

The Body Shop Christmas Showcase Event

The Body Shop has become a grower on me lately. Ever since I attend their Discovery Day, I’ve never felt so inspired about a beauty brand that genuinely wants to make a difference. Rakuten Marketing (Linkshare) invited me to The Body Shop Christmas Showcase Event in London. The aim of the event was to discuss theIr Christmas range for the festive season which they’ve been working on since January of this year. There are over 110 exciting new gifts to choose from to give to your loved ones. This holiday season, The Body Shop has teamed up with War Child which I briefly discussed in the Advent Calendar post. War Child is a global charity for children affected by war and The Body Shop wants to grant each child a wish of education. It aims to provide more than six million lesson in war-torn areas. Last Christmas, The Body Shop customers helped raise £200k towards the building of five news schools with our Community Fair Partners around the world.  Each product bought from the christmas range will help make a donation that funds a class for a child. It’s such a wonderful idea and perfect for the season of giving.

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The Schoolbooks of Wishes (RRP £15) have been handcrafted from artisinal paper by The Body Shop’s Community Fair Trade suppliers in Nepal in honour of the collaboration with War Child. Such a clever yet simple gift!

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The Body Shop Goody bag

There was a perfume showcased at the event called Red Musk (featured in the goody bag)  and it’s the most sexiest and seductive perfume I’ve ever smelt. It’s unisex and has a long-lasting result. I did take pictures but for some silly reason they came out blurry :(  #bloggerproblems however you can see some better pictures over at London Beauty Queen.  I thought I took a lot of pictures but ended up being a handful. But all the same I really enjoyed the end and would like to Rakuten Marketing (Linkshare) and The Body Shop for inviting me and the lovely goody bag.

Are you a fan of The Body Shop? What’s on your Christmas Wish List this year? Are you looking forward to Chirstmas?

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