Flamingo Gifts- the one stop shop!

Another day and another post jam packed full of Christmas gift inspiration. I was recently contacted by the lovely folks over at Flamingo Gifts asking if I’d like to take a little look at the website and pick out a few gifts for review…I didn’t need to hesitate in saying yes, you only need to take one look at the website to see that it’s pretty much a one stop shop for everyone! I eventually managed to narrow down some favourites and a few days later a package bursting full of goodies arrived.
I always like to look for something special and a little bit soppy for my Mum. Between the two of us we own quite a lot of pieces from Spaceform and when I saw this landscape token I just had to add it to Mum’s collection and give her a little something back for everything she does for me. I think Spaceform tokens make lovely little gifts for any person and any occasion. I’ve amassed several over the years and each one makes me think of the person who sent it and what they mean to me.
Next up in the package was this Ted Baker mini pen set which would make a gorgeous gift on it’s own, or could easily be split up between friends to give with a pretty notebook or some girly printed note cards. I love all things Ted Baker and the latest stationary collection is truly covetable.
I already had a single design of these coasters by Sass and Belle and just love it. With a move to my own place on the horizon I thought a set of them would be a perfect way to inject some of my cat lady personality. At £6.45 for the set these would make a brilliant secret santa gift, or little stocking filler.
More cats! But how could anyone resist this kitsch little makeup bag? Again I think this would be lovely to give as a gift as part of a secret santa, or fill it full of beauty treats for your best friend. Mine? Well mine comes with me at weekends when I go and stay with Ben, prompting the “I want a Kitten” whine every time!
Last but by no means least comes this amazing cushion named Pete. Now I may primarily be a cat lady but I also have a penchant for penguins (to the extent my friends adopted me one for my 18th Birthday at Bristol Zoo). Again with a move to pastures new on the brain I thought this would be a great addition to my new home, but on the whole I think cushions make such lovely gifts- who can resist a snuggle up on the sofa with a hot chocoalte and cuddly cushion?
A big old thank you to Flamingo Gifts for spoiling me rotten. I love websites for this where you can shop for several people all in one place. The stock is regularly updated so there’s always something you haven’t seen before and the prices are competitive and delivery is only 99p under £34.99 and free on orders £35 and above- that sets them well and truly ahead of the game in my eyes!
I hope you found some inspiration from this post, what will you be asking Santa for from the Flamingo Gifts website?


Win with a daisy chain dream and Henryka

We’re coming up to the festive season and it’s always nice to be able to give something back to those who have supported you over the years. I’m delighted to announce that I have joined forces with the team at Henryka to give you the chance to win one of six prizes from their amazing (not that I’m biased) Daisy Chain collection which I first featured on the blog a couple of months ago
The main prize winner will win a stunning aamber and silver daisy chain bracelet for which you can pick the colour combinations. It’s such a gorgeous piece and I will be forever jealous of who-ever wins this!
FIVE lucky runners up will receive a daisy chain pendant with silver chain for which you can choose the colour of the stone (personally I’d go for yellow!)
To enter you just need to complete the simple form below. The giveaway will run for two weeks, ending on Monday 8th December- meaning you should have your prize in time for Christmas!
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Do You Want to Build a Snowman?

What can I say? I love a good festive knit and I couldn’t resist posting on on the blog despite it still being November. That and the fact I’m organising Christmas Jumper Day at work this year (in aid of Save the Children on the 12th December) and I’m trying to summon up some enthusiasm among my colleagues!

Jumper c/o Chiara | Skirt: New Look | Boots: Jonak via Sarenza

I couldn’t turn down the chance to own this Frozen inspired jumper from Chiara which have a brilliant selection this year. This one is so fun and cheerful, the downside been every time I wear it I start humming the frozen soundtrack, despite never having seen the film.

Sorry for the super small image sizes here, I’m not sure what’s going on with that- if you click on the images you can see them full sized. Mae wanted to get in on the action too, by stealing dad’s stuffed polar bear…she just doesn’t miss a trick!

Will you be taking part in Christmas Jumper Day this year? It’s in aid of a brilliant cause and is super simple to organise for your place of work or just amongst yourself and your friends. We’re actually doing it over two days at work due to the nature of people’s working days…someone find me another jumper, stat!


#dearsally- festive inspiration for tall girls!

As we race towards December I realised I’ve been so focused on gift guides that I’ve neglected to put together any posts on outfits for over the festive period. I’ve teamed up once again with Long Tall Sally to put together four looks for over the holidays- perfect for fellow tall girls looking for inspiration!
Christmas Shopping
I always think it’s best to keep it simple when Christmas Shopping, you want to stay calm and comfortable amongst the crowds of people and this all black ensemble is exactly the kind of thing I wear. I love the idea of the chunky funnel neck jumper from the TTYA range paired with skinny leather look trousers, it’ll keep you snug whilst remaining chic. I always favour flats for shopping in as I cannot bear having sore feet whilst charging around. I was instantly drawn to these ankle boots to toughen up the look a bit, finished off with a leather jacket that can easily be slipped off it things get all hot and bothered.
Christmas Party
As a tall girl I like to make the most of being able to wear maxi dresses without falling arse over tit and this metallic black number just screams glamour- it’s an update on the rose gold version I popped in a wish list back in the Summer, and although it might look simple it certainly makes an impact. I’ve added in some chic pointed toe shoes and a big old yeti coat to keep off the chill at the end of the night.
Christmas Day
Christmas Day in our house is a casual affair, gone are the days of getting all dressed up, we realised we actually prefer slobbing out in our comfiest casuals where it’s perfectly acceptable to undo a button to make way for the roast dinner food baby we’re all nursing. I love this cute robin sweater and would pair it with some slouchy boyfriend fit jeans and some pristine white converse (just in case I felt like an after dinner stroll).
Gift Ideas
If you need inspiration for your Christmas list or have a tall friend/relative to buy for this year then I highly recommend checking out the gift section on the website. I would 100% welcome a pair of pretty PJs that don’t flap around the ankles, and who can resist a super snuggly dressing gown? I’m also rather taken with the checked slippers and the hot pink hat and scarf…I do hope Santa is taking notes!
What do you think of my choices? What would you have picked?


Portable Perfume with Travalo

I used to collect perfume samples, no matter what the fragrance was like. I always like to keep a perfume in my handbag to freshen up my scent during the day yet have never been inclined to lug around the full bottle of whatever I’m currently using (my bag is full enough thanks!). I’m totally late to the game on this one but I was recently sent a few of these little gems from Travalo and I can’t believe they’ve been missing from my life for so long!
The little spray bottles are a no spills way to carry around your perfume without exposing it to air (and lessening the quality). At £12.49 I think they are brilliant value as they hold 65 sprays of perfume each and can be used time and time again. They come in a veritable rainbow of colours so there is one to suit everybody and thanks to being glass free they are airline friendly too!
Filling the Travalo is super simple, you literally take the cap off of the perfume you want to use, pop the bottom of the tube on to the plastic connector and pump! I was amazed at how easy it was to do, with no mess or faffing around. Originally I had visions of having to carefully pour perfume in to the container- and anyone who knows me can only image where that would leave me!
I’ve been carrying my Travalo around in my little pouch from Its Not Me Its You so I can freshen up over the course of the day. I’m currently carrying around Optimistic by Paul Smith but once I’ve used that up I think I’ll switch to Prada Candy- my all time favourite scent! Mum and Best Friend have each been given one of these little gadgets too, I was so impressed with mine that I just had to share. In the name of giving an honest review I was trying to find a flaw, or downside to make it seem a little more neutral, but right now I just can’t!
What’s your signature daily scent?