Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Christmas gift ideas for her

  Lets admit it the time has come!...and every year without fail there's Christmas pandemonium and chaos!
I know in our household, we have a kris Kindle with our Siblings...every time someone gets my name, there is a trail of "what's app" messages slagging the poor unfortunate that has been bestowed my namesake! So here's my problem with this No 1. its not much of a kris kindle if we all know who we're getting .:-) .think we mislead the whole meaning of KK somewhere down the line in the early years!! And No 2 why in gods name is it so hard to buy for me?? I'm easy I love everything.!!!
It got me thinking what do you get someone (a girl in this case) who has everything (no I don't have everything ha!)
I've pulled together a list of things that possibly every girly female likes getting...trust me it never fails!! My favourite gifts  I remember receiving for Christmas (Benefit makeup sets, Jo Malone gift set.. & slippers (I never have slippers!!) were gifts I wouldn't necessarily buy myself but would absolutely love, Its luxury gifts that I like but would never buy as I have more other pressing items I have to get, like work clothes or something Id need for every day use...so here's a list that might help any sibling or any man out there who literally does not have a clue what to buy his better half.
The majority of these gifts range mainly from €50-60 and a good few are less than this, I've also thrown in a small few more expensive items in case anyone is feeling particularly generous.
So here we go..............

Personalised Gifts/Unique Gifts
A personalised gift is just fabulous, I always try to get something for my parents and in-laws from the kids with it personalised, not to mention my hubby as its just something they will always have and a lovely thoughtful idea..so here's where I've picked up a few things and a great website for any sort of personalised or non personalised gift...www.Notonthehighstreet.com
Left to right: Hello Beautiful make up bag €29.87, Good friends bracelet also have other ones not just for friends €17.92, For the gym bunnies, gym bag €26.89. Centre row: Personalised Jewellery box €47.80 and there is loads of other fabulous choices, with personalised options. Life is a dream necklace €64.22. Personalised Rose golf ball Slider bracelet €67.22. Bottom row: Silver Zodiac Constellation necklace €50.79. Personalised Make up bag with Gold strips €23.90, Personalised Charm necklaces €28.38 other versions up there too with varied prices.

Next up...Make Up sets
Its the most obvious one in the book, every girl loves to have makeup doesn't matter how much she has she still likes trying out the best ones around or limited editions & every Christmas there is always a newer shiner one to buy and try out plus sets are handy if you don't want to pack your whole makeup kit into a bag when travelling somewhere xx
Top left to right: Benefit Feeling Dandy lip & Cheek Kit gift set €35, buy here, Urban decay Shadow Box €30 buy here, Benefit party like a rockstar set €43 buy here, Benefit get your party on Christmas set €56 (bit more expensive) here, The most obvious one Urban Decay naked palettes, any of them the one above is the Naked 3, Smokey eye €46 available here.  Bottom row, Benefit pucker up and party €29.50 available here. Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat Christmas gift set €75 but Debenhams have a 25% event coming soon! here, Another Urban Decay eye palette this is their newest product called the Vice 4 €49 buy  here
Another most obvious one ...Fragrances & Candles sets
I love any sort of luxury lotion and potion, and I'm obsessed with candles! But my all time favourite gift I received one Christmas was from my brother Derek, it was a Jo Malone set, something I would never get myself but was an absolute luxury to receive..
Left to right Blackberry & Bay Body & Hand Lotion €50, Jo Malone Candle €52, Bath & Body Collection Limited edition €58, Center Row: English Pear and Freesia Scent Spray €52, The house of Jo Malone Limited Edition is extremely expensive but put it in there incase €165, there is a cheaper set Pomegrande Noir Collection for €88 and is similar presentation, Far left White Jasmine and mint cologne 30ml €52, Christmas cracker limited Edition €38, but for more ideas on gift sets from Jo Malone click here.

Bracelets; Alex & Ani!
I absolutely love these bracelets, loads of different ones with lots of different meanings. I have two of these and wear them to death. In my opinion you can never have enough of these bracelets!
The majority of these are priced at €36 with some increasing to €49 plus..find them here
This is another gift idea that I love but would never buy any of these for myself..notebooks, diaries and travel holder documentation, I spotted the top left one "Life can be beautiful" in the Kilkenny shop Its by Disaster Designs and they make gorgeous other gifts apart from this....look at the inside the travel document wallet, it was beautiful and in my opinion a gorgeous gift to receive. Its €42.92 and available here. Also similar here. Sprinkle glitter 2016 Diary is from Easons and €16.20, Busy Bee Busy Life A5 Diary 2016 (no 16 on it) is from the Calendar club and €14.99 approx. available here, "She is quick, and curious nad playful and strong"Notebook by Kate Spade €20 available here. Passport travel holder €20.95 available here
Again any girl I know cannot have enough makeup bags I for one don't have enough. My sister Jill on the other hand has an enormous amount of wash bags/Make up bags for all her lotions and potions and I do be envious of her. I love these ones above from Top Left to right; All about that face Make up bag from notonthehighstreet.com (my shining armour has similar ones too) Disaster Designs Pom Pom Tutti Pink make up bag €32.95 available from all Kilkenny stores and here. Middle row: Another disaster designs washbag (im singing in the rain) €32.95 available here. Disaster Designs La Boutique Wash Bag €34.95, available here. Bottom Row: Disaster designs ditsy cosmetics make up bag €24.95. And the last cute makeup bag is from Next for €11.
For me its always lovely to get a fashion type book/ autobiography or a coffee table fashion book. I've a nice little collection, here's some books that I spotted and handy for a Christmas present..love her or hate her Caroline Flack has an autobiography Storm in a tea cup €21 which is becoming a sell out. Millie Mackintosh has brought out a lifestyle book too called Made,€22.99 Obviously the other two books are more for a girl crazy about fashion, but you can get any sort of book as a Christmas present ..these are just a sample of fashion books available from a number of fashion houses, and the bottom left is the "Whowhatwear" by Hilary Kerr €16.50.
Stella and Dot...
Love this brand and their jewellery ..I spend lots of hours lusting after these pieces and they are beautiful. Top left Arrow Chain €54, Silver Inspirational Bangle €49, Eva Ear jacket €49, Renegade cluster bracelet €54 in silver, Beauty bag, tribal geo print €36. The Renegade cluster bracelet in Rose gold €54, Gold Grace cuff €59. Deja Vu double sided studs come in Silver Gold and Rose gold €39. You can buy all these and more from Leona, here
We all love random bits and bobs ...these are my favourite..first up Family Organiser or organiser if you don't necessarily have more than one person to organise! This is a god send in our house..my sister bought me one, one year and now I buy them for myself if I don't get it as a Christmas present. My hubby travels a lot and this is one way we can keep on top of every date birthday, trips etc and obviously important school dates! I love this one as it has a shopping list pad and note pads. I use them all the time! Great gift for anyone who has kids!  Next up a coffee travel mug!! Need a 100 cups of coffee a day especially when Im on the go ..this ones from Penneys is €3.50. Oh and what girl doesn't need a portable phone charger..these chargers come in the shape of lippy and and blush compact holder. The lippy charger is priced at  €34.99 and the blush compact is €39.99 and you can buy them here. Next up the Wooden box picture frame (I got this for my husband) with your personal message engraved on the top €38.76 available here. Best friend wooden heart plaque €2.50 penneys. And Harvey Norman double wooden phase hearts plaques with messages "Enjoy the little things and Follow your dreams" €2.90 each.
And finally Trinkets..I love trinkets ..the little pressies..heres some ideas for trinkets! (Bits and Bobs would fall into this category too) Top right: Heart Shaped Jewellery Stand €12.50 available here, River Island Faux fur and bow slippers €22, Gift Vouchers because they are an obvious choice and always appreciated. Oasis pearl bow slippers €17 available here. Confessions of a tinderella book €15.80 available here. Copper Flower Jewellery stand €13.24 available here  Fur collar Dunnes €20, Black Leather gloves oasis €31, and Oasis Fur Pom sparkly beanie €12.

Now Ladies if you found this helpful/useful..spotted something you want..then you know what to do send this to whoever will possibly buy you a Christmas present this year haha they'll have no excuses!!
Let me know what your favourite gift would be?? Or if you have any other gift suggestions ..that would also be appreciated ..and finally below..what I really want santa to get me!!!
Have a good week
Pam xxx

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

"My Happy Place" #MindYourself

For their "mind yourself" campaign , Independent.ie asked me to discuss "My happy place".  This I thought hard about, as the majority of people who know me would say, it was in the throws of shopping. Funnily enough although I love clothes and being a fashion blogger,  this isn't where my true happy place is... My happy place is being surrounded by my two little girls and hubby in a little village on the south East coast of Ireland. It's where we are all at our most happiest. Nestled in this little quiet rural village is a mobile Park with a small number of mobile homes.. It's here where it's my little piece of heaven on earth.. There's nothing in the village only a beach and a bar but to me it's perfect.  Hours are spent clearing the mind and spending quality time with family, exercising, walking running, breathing in free air and most importantly taking time out for myself. It's the simplicity of it and the easiness of everything when we spend time there that I love the most.
While spending time there it's like life slows down a little. We re all so busy these days and sometimes we're passing ships in the night, that we never stop and take time out, so it's lovely to have a little place where you get time to think, spend quality time together, clear the mind and slow down a little.  Our little mobile home might not seem much to others but to me and my little family it's a treasured 'happy place'.

Christmas day looks

So when I posted the last few blogs on Christmas party looks, I got a lot of requests to do a Christmas day look...so I said "Why not!".
I,for one, get completely overdressed on Christmas day...that's only because it was always tradition during my childhood we got really dressy new clothes religiously every year for Christmas day!! I'm sure it was the same for all of you, along with having good Sunday clothes which under no circumstances were allowed to be worn mid week! (haha how Irish of us!)
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So I have pulled together some looks that I would possibly wear on Christmas day...I've always gone for dresses that you can wear a pair of opaque tights with ..for fear it could snow....now when in gods name in the last decade has it snowed on Christmas day?? delusional I am!!...but you never know right? So here it goes ladies, let me know what you guys wear on Christmas day..I know some of my friends have PJ days which is just as nice...as all we'll be doing is eating eating and drinking..well in my case anyway!
I adore this dress, this pic does not do it justice. Definitely check it out online and that coat..white coats are just perfect at this time of the year (lets not think about how we're going to keep them clean as practicality literally flies out the window during silly season..)
Dress Lipsy.co.uk €78, available here, Zara Black courts €49.95 available in store and here, Topshop belted Wool Blend Coat €125 available here.
I featured this dress before on the blog and I love it..Ive added a red heel as being Christmas red always manages to sneak in at the time of the year...this looks details are as follows Zara lace and Leather midi dress €59.95 available in store and online, Jacquard Coat from Zara €89.95 available in store and online here, Red bow heels New Look €29.99 available here
You don't necessarily have to wear a dress at christmas, pants can just look as dressy..particularly the current trend of Culottes...These Tweed Culottes are €50 available from River Island in store and here Black Jewelled Flats €44 from Oasis available in stores and here Black Embellished neckline Jumper €35 available from All Oasis stores and online here. Black River Island Ankle boots €30 available instore and online here.
 Love this look, looks so cosy too. Cream embellished jumper €35 from Oasis, available instore and online here, Faux Leather skirt River Island Reduced to €18 buy it in store and online here. Suede Nude Heels New look €48.99 available in store and online here. Light pink jersey Jacket from River Island €87 available in store and online here.
Like I said Pants can look dressy and these faux leather pants are great with a dressy top/jumper. This looks details are as follows. Nude heels by dune €57.35 available here, Zara Faux Leather trousers €39.95 available instores and here, Oasis Jacquard Woven Sweater €60 available in store and online here. New Look shoe boot reduced to €14 available online here.
I'm a sucker for skater skirts and love this look. Sister Jane Lunar Eyelet and bow blouse €76.47 available here. Leather Skater skirt from Topshop €52, available in store and online here, Fur Collar Dunnes stores €20, Over the knee boots €140 available in store and online here.
Burgundy is everywhere this winter not to mention fur..two perfect combinations to wear on christmas day..think this and look 1 are my favourite. Details are as follows, Fur Coat Zara €79.95 available in store and online here, Topshop burgundy Joni Jeans €50 available in store and online here, Lace Top €29.98 available from Asos here. Burgundy heels from Savida for €30 available instore and online here, similar here too.
Another simple but elegant look. Zara Grey Dress with white trim €29.95 available in store and online here, Zara Brooch €14.95 available instore and here. Shoe boot from Lipsy €88 available here, or pair the dress with black opaque tights and black ankle boots! 
This is a great outfit too as you can pair opaque tights with it, it simple but dressy. Green Skater dress €49.95, available instore and online here, Feathered Bib with Diamante detail €29.99 from New look available in store and online here, pair with these heels from new look €25 available in store or online here, again you can pair ankle boots and opaque tights with this look. This dress is also available in red. 
Loving this too, can beat a bit of sparkle on Christmas day..Top with Gold sequin sleeves from Biba House of Fraser £62.30 available in House of Fraser and online here, Faux leather jeans from Zara as above €39.95. Ankle boots River Island Studio €105 available online hereZara long sleeveless waistcoat €99.95 available in store and online here
And of course Christmas always consists of a funky Christmas jumper. Every Christmas without fail we always manage to add one to the wardrobe!! So here's a few knocking around our stores at the moment...Top left Navy Christmas Scene jumper €19.99 new look available in-store and online here. Top Right white Xmas Jumper €24.99 available from New Look and is in store and online here. Bottom Left Elfie Selfie jumper (teehee my favourite!) H&M €22.99 available in store. Bottom Right Christmas Sequin bow jumper €27.99 from H&M. Centre I've added some more Christmas accessories, heck sure you might as well go overboard if your wearing the jumper! Christmas tree brooch €6.55 from H&M, Set of 4 pairs of earrings €6.55 available at H&M, Reindeer antlers also H&M €5.61.

So whatever you choose to wear ladies, at least now I hope I've giving you some details and information on where to get pieces!
I know as much as I have a wardrobe packed with clothes, I will still march to the shops to get my Christmas outfit...what are we like!
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Have a great weekend

Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Partywear Part 2.. Christmas is coming

 Ok ladies, I did promise more looks for the party season coming...and its coming fast!! Im totally unorganised!
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I am convincing myself here!

So ladies, let’s sort out our priorities and start thinking about our party options! ;) And to make things easy for myself and yourself..I've pulled together more looks for you, that are not dresses (like the last post here) as not everyone wants to wear a dress over the Christmas season..
I've pulled together some separates that are available on the highstreet and locally..In my opinion christmas parties are the best excuse to get over dressed and totally dolled up...or maybe I get less occasions to do this so I'm going hell for leather on this one!!
Lots of sparkly is always acceptable at Parties! This sparkly top is available at Verso Douglas here, and in all Topshop stores. Skirt is available from Verso douglas €44.99 here, and heels River Island €60 in store and here.
If you don't know by now I love Jumpsuits, they are my go to outfit if I'm not quiet sure what to wear, and they are incredible easy to dress up! I love this Coast playsuit €159 available in all stores and online, Zara messenger bag €39.99, available in all stores and online, Shoes new look €19.99 (were €29.99) available in store and online here ,and earrings new look €8.46 available in store.
Leather pants are great ...especially with dressy tops, they add a bit of edge to any outfit. The ones above are from River Island and are the much loved "Molly" version. €55, available in store and online. here.  Warehouse Clutch bag €25, available in store and online here. Beaded fringe cami top €60 from Topshop and online here. Shoes as before from River Island.
Love this outfit I know its all black but personally sometimes I think that's nice..its easy and you can dress it up with assessories! Love this whole outfit from Zara.Top €39.95 buy here and in store and online here, and leather skirt is €39.95 available here. Earrings €14.95 from Asos available here. Miss KG Leopard print heels €117.65 available here.
The best thing about Christmas is you can wear white haha love wearing white at Christmas, love this look too. Pop on a lovely fur coat and your good to go! The skirt is from Topshop €65 in store and online here, Topshop Semi Precious Stone chain €26 available in store and here, Asos Grey cami €32.35 available here. New Look embellished sandals €49.99 available in store and online here.
It Christmas pary time so you got to have a bit of red. Bit of a cliche but I like this look! Sequin clutch €36, from Lipsy here, Red midi skirt available from Topshop €84 here  or Canella Lane for €29.99 here. Top with tie back from Topshop for  €52,available here and instore . Or the other option for this skirt is an embellished collar skirt from Oasis €56 available instore and online here.
Again back with the leather leggings, these are from Asos €32.35 here, Pair them with any of the tops above, starting with the Black Sequin Cami from Warehouse for €65 which is available in store and here, Or Middle Top: Khaki Sequin top is from Vila €55.88 available here. Top left long sleeve Lace top Oasis €31 available instore and online here. Love these River island lace ups, at €95 they are a tad pricey but I do like them I like em a lot! Zara messenger bag €49.95 available here.
Like I said at Christmas parties its the perfect excuse to wear white..although this might not be the cleverest if you are going to go hell for leather! This jumpsuit could end up another colour by the end of the night!! But risk it, its so worth it! White Culottes Jumpsuit from River Island available in store and online here for €75, available in Black and Pink. Pair it with a white Cape €75 by lavish alive buy it here, a gold sequins clutch from Oasis €31 available in all stores and here, New look heels €44.99 available here.  
Love this blazer., please santa I've been really really good!! Kind of ..sorta! The White blazer with fur collar is River Island and €87 available in store and online here. Black cami Topshop €20 available in stores and here. Adore this river island embellished skirt its a little similar to the all saints ones don't you think? €87 and available in store and online here. Black cage heels €24 from Boohoo.com an absolute steal!! Buy them here.
Again just adding a little red..avoiding a santa look, although this Coat might be a tad bit too close in likeness but I love it!! Cami as before from Topshop...adore this beaded beauty from River Island for €87 you can buy it in store or online here, Red Long blazer €59.95 available from Zara here, and in stores. River Island Sandals €60 available in stores and online here
So ladies, I'd love to pull together hundreds more looks but we d be here all night!!! I would be.. probably not you! So here's a quick look at a few more around....love these leather cropped trousers from Mango €51.46 available from Asos here, put any of the above tops with them Top left  River Island from Zip Top €37 available in store and online here. Top Right beaded top from River island €50 available in store and online here. Bottom Left Oasis Beaded top €56 and available here similar from River island here for €50. Bottom Left Black Sequin top from River Island €55 sold out online but available in selected stores.
Ok so the above tops all have sleeves, I know a lot of us prefer a sleeve on a top, and hate baring our arms...I often wonder is this just an Irish thing? So for those of you who prefer sleeves here's a few that's party worthy ;-) Top left Oasis Zig zag top €44 available in store and online here, Top Centre Black lace top €55 River Island, available in store. Top Right Teal Lace top Oasis €31 available in stores and online here. Bottom left Sequin top from Topshop €68 available here, Bottom Right Top with Black sequins on the bottom €76 available here. Leather Pencil Skirt €43 available from River Island in store and here.

So ladies I hope this post leaves you with some idea of what to wear for your ultimate party night out! Loads of time left to get sorted ladies and plenty of options!
And I shall leave you with this quote below!!
Have a super weekend
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Wednesday, 4 November 2015

Party dresses...Part 1 of Party Season

A little party never killed nobody....unless you've got kids and a major hangover the next morning...or even if you don't have kids, and have a hangover the next morning..its hell! ha!. I honestly think hangovers are gods way of asking you, just how old do you think you are?..Well that's me in this case!! But hey you've made good memories right???The moment you hear about a party, its like "what the hell am I going to wear?"...and especially with the season that's coming up...fear not, its time to sparkle ladies and I've pulled out lots of looks for you. Hope you like ..and what's your favourite...
I am in love with this dress..love swishing in dresses haha and this is perfect for this sort of activities, no doubt I do lots of swishing at parties..say hello to this virgo lounge dress Will become available in the next few weeks so keep your eyes peeled. New look shoes €29.99 available in store and here. Embellished Clutch €24.99 available in stores and here.
Embellished Dress Oasis €150, available in store and online here, Kardashion Kollection Gold heels €70 available here
Oasis Dress €88 available instore and online here, River Island Heels reduced to €30, available here, Dune Gold clutch €56.62, available here
Oasis dress €62, girls this is divine on...Black Clutch New Look €24.99, here  Black pointed heels €29.99 here 
Frock and Frill dress €110 available here, heels new look as above, embellished bag €20 available from Boohoo here
Frock and Frill Dress €99.27 available here, New look heels €44.99 available in store and here, Nude Clutch €41.18 available here
Warehouse dress €75 available in store and online here Clutch Lipsy £55, available here, Shoes new look €24.99 and penneys have similar for €15.
Sequin Dress from Asos €95.55, New look heels as before €44.95, Fold over clutch €41.18, available from Asos here.
Chi Chi Clothing sequin dress €88.48 available here, Clutch from Lipsy £30, available here, Love these Red Heels, €29.99 available here.

So that's Part 1 of the Party dresses, I'll be back with more alternative options next week...
And for sure this will be me below, in a few weeks time!!
Have a great week and an even better weekend...
Pam xxx