Friday, 29 November 2013

Tesco Diets...The Beginning

Those of you that regularly read my blog will know i am always on a mission to lose weight and over the years have tried every diet going. Ive come to the conclusion that i just dont have very good will power, am easily led a-stray (did somebody say Chinese takeaway?) and if i dont see results impossibly quickly i think its not working and give up! Silly i know!
My boyfriend and i have booked to go to Thailand in April, which is sneaking up on me much quicker than i expected, and i would definitely like to feel a little bit better about myself in a bikini (or swimsuit as it is at the moment) before then.
 
 
This week i have rejoined Tesco Diets which as you may have guessed is run by the well known supermarket chain. It is an online programme which provides personlised healthy diet plans, immediate expert support, community forums and the added option of a fitness plan all for a small monthly fee. While it is similar to many other diet plans available out there i really like Tesco because they have over 15 eating plan options such as gluten free, vegetarian, high fibre, low carb, low fat, light choices etc.. so they really do tailor everything especially for each individuals requirements. You select foods you do and don't like and what you are hoping to achieve and Tesco will recommend the plan best suited to your needs.
My absolute favourite feature of the Tesco Diet programme is that not only do they provide you with a shopping list so you know what to buy to enable you to follow the healthy eating plan, but you can also choose to be redirected straight to the Tesco groceries online food shopping page and the items are automatically added to your basket ready for home delivery - this may seem simple but it save so much time on other diet plans when you have to go through and write all this out & pick it out yourself.

I've got my food shopping being delivered tonight all ready to start the plan bright and early tomorrow. I've got 19 weeks until my holiday so im hoping with a steady 2lbs a week weight loss i can lose 2 & a half stone by then! Fingers crossed!!
Hopefully this will become a weekly series and i can keep you all updated on my process. And obviously please tell me off if i fall off the wagon too much

Have you tried any Tesco or any other diet plans?
Any tips would be really welcome? :)
XOXO

Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Christmas Bargains #1

Around Christmas time a lot of our favourite beauty & fashion brands come out with fabulous savings and discounts so I thought it would be a good idea to combine some of my favourites into a weekly post for any of you that aren't aware. Lots of these would make perfect Christmas gifts for your loved ones, or even a cheeky early Christmas pressie for yourself ;)
 
1) Sanctuary Pamper Tin - £19 (RRP £40) in Boots stores & online
 
I know the Sanctuary brand is always a winner with the women in my family. This pamper tin is full of a great selection of products, perfect if you fancy a little more luxury than your standard drugstore brand giftsets.
Contains: Body Wash (250ml), Body Lotion (250ml), Spa skin body polisher, Radiance exfoliater o(100ml), Fresh faced purifying wash (140ml), Spa facial headband, Pumice foot scrub (50ml), Moisture rich foot butter (50ml) and Spa pedicure foot file
Until Thurs 28th Nov (tomorrow)
 
 
 
2) 10% off all Beauty & Fragrance online at Debenhems (including Benefit gift sets)
 
I for one absolutely adore the Benefit gift sets! I think they are such good value for money even full price and give you the chance to try out mini versions of so many products before you commit to paying full price for anything. So whenever they are discounted anywhere I really try to snap them up.
A few of the sets on offer at the moment are: Cabana Glamour, Whole lotta lovin', Sugarlicious, The Bronze of Champions, Smokin' Eyes, Tropicoral, How to Look the Best at Everything.
Ranging from £9.33-£40.05
Obviously plenty of other brands are available also
Until Sun 1st Dec
 
3) The Body Shop's Pamper Collection £30 (RRP £60) online with promotion code SANTA


 
For £30 you really can't go wrong with all these great Body Shop products. A couple of body butters on their own would normal add up to that pretty easily. The contents of this little gem are worth £87! Contains: Coconut body butter (200ml), Coconut body scrub (200ml), Vitamin E moisture cream (50ml), Almond hand cream (100ml), Eye definer black (1.25g), Shea eau de toilette (30ml), Ceramic oil burner, Lavender home fragrance oil (10ml), Peppermint foot lotion (250ml), Bag for life       Until 09:59 tomorrow morning so snap this up quick!
 

4) Very rare 20% off Selfridges in-store (with voucher or online with promotion code SELF2013

Selfridges hardly ever have deals so if you've been holding back & waiting to make a big purchase definitely take advance of this. I'm thinking of treating myself to a Michael Kors Rose Gold watch that I've had my eye on forever and would be saving over £50!!
Deal runs Thurs 28th Nov to Sun 1 Dec 


5) House of Fraser Toy Clearance online and in-store

Online at House of Fraser you can find toys with up to 75% off at the moment.
There's a huge selection ranging from 89p to £107.99
There doesn't seem to be an end date for this deal so I'm assuming it will be as long as stocks last.

 So there's my top 5 picks for this week. Have you come across any Christmas bargains?



XOXO

Monday, 25 November 2013

Weekend wandering - Cars, Christmas shopping and Babies

This weekend was a pretty busy one! Saturday morning we had to get up early (something im never happy to do!) & pick my car up from the garage. She's been very poorly over the last week and had to have an expensive oxygen sensor replaced so i was happy to have the naughty little car back!! You don't realise how convenient it is to just jump in the car & head to the shops or how much you rely on it until something happens.

As we were already up & about early on a Saturday, which is a rare thing, we thought we'd make the most of it and get a full days Christmas shopping in at Bluewater. The shopping centre is around 30-40 minutes from us in the car and we go there a lot! I just think Bluewater has every shop you could think of (apart from Primark so if we need a cheap run we tend to go a little further to Lakeside or Westfield Stratford City). The Christmas lights have been put up since we last came and the whole centre just  looks so pretty & Christmassy - i love it!
images: Heart FM & flickriver.com
We only really needed to buy a couple more presents because this year i've been super organised and we're pretty much done but i still love looking round at all the gift sets and Christmas products that all the shops bring out. I picked up a couple of the special Christmas edition Lush products for my auntie - Golden Wonder bath bomb and Snowman bubble bar which both look amazing and i can't wait to see what she makes of them. I think im definitely going to have to go back & stock up on some of the Christmas products for myself!! The picture really doesnt do Golden Wonder justice, it is so so glittery and didnt come off my fingers for ages after i popped it in the bag.



Then it was a couple of not so interesting "Grandad presents" from Marks & Spencer and they had an added 20% off this weekend which was a nice surprise. And then on to maybe my favourite shop at Bluewater, and relatively new I think because I have definitely only noticed it the last few times ive been, The Yankee Candle shop!! There's no other way to put it, i am simply & uttery obcessed with Yankee Candles. They smell absolutely incredible, there are so many amazing flavours to choose from (especially at Christmas time), look so stylish in their glass jars and they burn foreveeeer.
If any of you haven't ever purchased a Yankee Candle you really really really need at least one in your life. At the moment they are selling so many delightful Christmas treats and gift sets, some really discounted and more reasonably priced than normal. Christmas flavours include: Merry Marshmellow, Sugared Apple, Christmas Memories, Christmas Eve, Christmas Cookie, Sparkling Cinnamon and many more, you can check them out here. Grant managed to get a large Sparkling Cinnamon jar for his mum for Christmas for just £15.99 - total bargain!

 
On Sunday i drove up to Essex for a friends baby shower. I've only been to a couple of these as i think they're a relatively new thing over here, much bigger in America. I do think baby showers are a really nice idea though, why should we have to have a reason to get together with friends and share your friend's excitement that their little bundle of joy will be arriving soon? I know some people think they are cheeky and all about the presents but to be honest if you are close enough with the expectant mum to be invited to the shower then you probably would have brought the new baby a little gift anyway wouldnt you? The new mummy-to-be probably won't have time to catch up with all their friends at once for a while so baby showers are great for this. Plus all the game & finger food. What's not to love really?
 

Top: Some of the brill games at the shower, my friends sister did such a fab job arranging the whole thing
Bottom: The fantastic nappy cake me & my friend Sophie gave as a gift. I think these make fantastic, unusal presents for new mummies and have bought numerous times from The Nappy Cake Shop. Really can't recommend them enough!

What did you get up to this weekend?
XOXO

Thursday, 21 November 2013

Glossybox - November

My Glossybox came in the post last week and i simply havent had time to sit down and give all the products a go until now. Crazy huh? I was pleased to receive my box around the same time that everyone else seems to again (last month was a first for this!). Before that i seemed to be getting my boxes weeks after everyone else so the surprise was always spoiled - maybe being a 'W' in the alphabet? Who knows? But not ideal anyhow.
 
Last month Glossy Box used a Dark Romance theme that nobody really understood because the products we received definitely didnt seem to relate to that theme. The theme this month was Christmas Wishlist which i think is pretty appropriate, most girls would be happy with this months products in their stocking.
 
 
Elegant Touch - Rapid Dry for Nails
 
Size: Full size 125ml
 
Product: Just how i have managed to get through life so far without purchasing this product i have no idea. It is total genius!! It is one of those items that i always see advertised, mentally tell myself i must have it and then forget all about it by the next time i go to the shops. A quick spray of Rapid Dry onto wet nail polish is supposed to leave you dry and ready to go in just 60 seconds and it does just that! I imagine if you apply polish particularly thick or a couple of coats it may not be so effective but as long as you are light with the polish application this product is a total god send. I am forever smudging my freshly painted nails because i am too impatient to wait for the polish to fully dry. I definitely also noticed my nail bed and cuticle were softer after using this a couple of times - this is down to the Vitamin E included in the formula.
 
Price: £3.00
 
Would i buy it? 100x yes yes yes. This will be one of my staple products for years to come.
 
Yves Rocher France - Hand Cream in Cocoa & Pistachio Nut
 
Size: Full size 75ml
 
Product: Being a lover of all things Cocoa buttery i already knew i would love this hand cream. It smells absolutely devine and already has a very comfy home on my desk at work. I love that the cream soaks into the skin really quickly, unlike some other hand creams that leave your hand feeling clammy & greasy for a while afterwards. I've definitely noticed a difference in the softness of my hands as well since using this, just what the doctor ordered now this freezing weather has set in.
 
Price: £1.95
 
Would i buy it? Definitely, i cant believe how cheap this beaut is! Im going to make sure i stock up and recommend this to everyone i know
 
Emite Makeip - Micronized eyeshadow in Nect
 
Size: Full size 1.48g
 
Product: I was over the moon to receive another Emite product after trying and loving their eyelash curlers a couple of months ago. I was sent the eyeshadow in the shade Nect which is a lovely shimmery pale cream colour, which i find perfect for those inner-eye corners and highlighting. I really appreciated receiving a product in a wearable shade that i will get a lot of use out of for a change. And all Emite eye products are paraben, oil, nickel & perfume free which is always good for sensitive skin like mine.
 
Price: £16.80
 
Would i buy it? I'm not sure i could ever justify spending £16.80 on an individual eyeshadow (MAC shadows are enough of an expense) but i do really like the shade, pigmentation and brand. If it was cheaper i definitely would buy, unfortunately at the moment no.
 
Vichy - Idealia Life Serum
 
Size: Three 3ml samples
 
Product: So far i have only tried one of the samples but this has definitely left my face much softer this morning. My skin around my nose & forehead has been getting a little dry in this weather and this serum has helped a lot. More so than just moisturiser has been.
 
Price: Full size 30ml is £29.50 so my three samples total £8.85
 
Would i buy it? Probably not for the full size price but a smaller/cheaper size would be good?
 
B - Quick One Coat Professional Long Lasting Nail Polish in Persica 189

Size: Full size 8ml
 
 Product: I actually quite like the shade of nail polish i received this month. Its a pale orange/coral and while i do have lots of coral shades already i definitely dont have one quite this subtle and pale so its an unusual but welcome find. As for long lasting i got my standard 5ish days before any chipping. Im impressed with this but i dont think its noticeably longer than most other polishes with a top coat. I think it hugely depends on whether ive been doing any washing up as well! hehe
 
Price: £4.99

Would i buy it? Affordable and it does what it says on the tin...Yes

 
TOTAL BOX VALUE: £35.59

All in all i was thrilled with my Glossy Box this month. It was nice to have a box of nearly three times the value of what you pay for a change and 4 out of 5 full size products was such a treat.
I can't wait to see what they pull out of the bag for their Christmas box this year!!

What did you think of the November Glossy Box?
Will you be subscribing?
XOXO


Sunday, 17 November 2013

Style Crush - Blake Lively

For my style crush this month I have come back to one of my favourites....Blake Lively!
For those of you that don't know Blake is an American actress and model best known for playing Serena van der Woodsen in the popular series Gossip Girl. The show finished last year and since then Blake has been busy making movies, becoming the new face of Loreal (as of last month) and marrying Ryan Reynolds (lucky lucky girl!)
 
I think Blake first came to my fashion radar due to the amazing Gossip Girl wardrobe department, but since then she has definitely proven herself in the style stakes. I think she always looks absolutely effortlessly stunning. It seems that any old outfit she throws together looks totally incredible, something im sure we'd all love to be able to! ...and don't get me started on her hair - total total hair envy!
 
Here are some of my favourite Blake looks over the years:


all images: google
What do you think of Blake's style?
XOXO

Friday, 15 November 2013

Some wise words for the weekend....

Just thought i would share with you my favourite wall canvas:
 
As you grow up, you will
have your heart broken
more than once and it's
harder every time. You'll
break hearts too, so
remember how it felt
when yours was broken.
You'll fight with your
best friend. You'll cry
because time is passing
too fast, and you'll
eventually lose someone
you love. So take too
many pictures. Laugh too
much and love like
you've never been hurt.
Because every sixty
seconds you spend upset
is a minute of hapiness
you'll never get back.
 
This is from the Primitive by Kathy range and you can find it for sale on eBay here
 
What are your favourite quotes?
Hope you all have a fab weekend!
XOXO

Thursday, 14 November 2013

Laurens Way Self Tanning Lotion in Darker Than Dark

I just realised that despite always mentioning what a fake tan hoarder i am, im actually yet to post on what seems to be my favourite subject! Crazy right?
Being a natural redhead with pale skin a tan has always always been something i wish i could get naturally (especially when my boyfriend pretty much goes black everytime we go on holiday *jealous doesn't even cover it!*)....but im very slowly and begrudgingly coming to the decision that this isn't ever going to be happen for me so i have been a fake tan superfan for as long as i can remember now. For this reason i am always looking for new fake tans to try & test, always looking for a smoother application, better smell, richer tan etc..
For those of you that have some how avoided the TOWIE phenomenon Lauren's Way is the beauty company created by one of the original stars of reality tv series The Only Way is Essex, Lauren Goodger. Although as far as im aware Lauren's Way only started out selling fake tan, you can now purchase dream rollers, hair extensions, big buns and false eyelashes, while fake tan is now stocked in salons nationwide. Lauren also offers an "Essex Angels" service where her team of trusted beauticians come out and get you ready for your big night out - very useful if you happen to be in the Essex area. You can find out more about Lauren's Way on the website here
Lauren's Way self tan comes in the following variations:
Medium (mousse & lotion), Dark (lotion), Glam Tan (spray), Darker Than Dark (mousse & lotion) Instant Wash Off lotion & Gradual Tan lotion. Being the tan obcessive that i am, i of course opted for Darker Than Dark. I always go for Dark tone fake tans as it is so anything that claims to be able to make me even dark than that is definitely something i was interested in. I always pick lotion over mousse (although it used to be the other way round) because i think i get more use from a bottle of lotion, might be entirely in my head! haha and i find lotion much easier to work with and rub in streak free. Again since i first started using fake tans they have come on a long way and don't really tend to streak anymore no matter how slap dash you are when you slap it on, but still better to be safe than sorry eh?

On swatching Darker Than Dark does seem very very dark but don't let this put you off. I always find fake tan appears much darker on the mitt/gloves than on the skin for some reason and once you rub it in it will be much less intimidating I promise. This tanning lotion is a rich mahogany colour which on application is so smooth and creamy. With other tans in the past I've found that you have to work the product in really quickly before it dries and is stuck wherever you put it but Darker Than Dark is really easy to work with and I didn't feel the need to hurry when rubbing it in at all. Saying that it did apply evenly without a lot of effort due to the creamy moisturising texture which is always a good thing.
My absolute favourite thing about this product has to be the smell. It is a simply amazing and exotic citrus/orangey scent which makes a very welcome change from any tanning product I have ever used in the past. My boyfriend usually hates me getting into bed with the smell of fake tan on me & in the sheets but even he admitted this fragrance was pretty scrummy. Even when tans are designed to be scented and escape the well known 'biscuit' smell I always find that once they begin to develop and have been left on for a few hours the usual smell starts creeping back in. Darker than Dark really didn't do this! On application it smelt of oranges, lying in bed it smelt of oranges and when I woke up 9hrs later to shower it off it still smelt of oranges. I was really impressed and refreshingly surprised - big big attraction to Lauren's Way in my opinion!

To be completely honest this only aspect of this tan i am slightly disappointed with is the result. When you first apply the product you are left with this rich, strong, mahogany tan and after leaving it to develop overnight (which i always do) and rinsing it off the colour fades pretty dramatically. Don't get me wrong you are still left with an awsome golden tan but the name suggests this would be particularly Dark and i don't think it's any darker than a normal medium/dark tan would be. Maybe i was expecting too much?
I am still very happy with the results and will definitely be using Lauren's Way products again and recommending them to my friends and family, if for nothing other than the fantastic smell. I just don't think Darker Than Dark is an accurate description of the finished look. Although I can easily apply the tan a couple of times to get my desired look i guess i was hoping for a super dark finish with one easy application.
Darker Than Dark lotion blended effortlessly, left me with no streaks or patches at all and left my skin feeling incredibly soft and moisturised which again is rare with any tanning product - definitely going to be adding this product to my drawer of go to tanning lotions.

Have you tried any of Lauren's Way products?
Will you be trying Darker Than Dark tanning lotion?
XOXO

Monday, 11 November 2013

Barry M and MUA Haul

While most of these are Christmas presents for various friends and family i couldn't help myself sharing my recent purchases. I was very over excited to have so many treats in my basket at once...
 
 
All Barry M from top to bottom, left to right: Gelly Hi Shine in Lychee, Gelly Hi-Shine in Dragon Fruit, Gelly Hi-Shine in Lilac, Sequin Nail Paint in shade 3, Textured Nail Paint in Ridley Road, Matte Nail Paint in Black Espresso, Nail effects in Silver Foil, Gelly Hi-Shine in Orange, Christmas Limited Edition Nail Paint

 
Top: MUA Undress Mee Too Eye Palette
Bottom: MUA Pro Palette Undressed

 
MUA Professional Mosaic Blusher in English Rose
 
I am totally in love with all of these products and actually debating whether to give them as presents now or just keep them for myself! Especially the MUA eyeshadow palettes, i think at £4 these are amazing value.
This entire haul only cost me around £28 as everything in the beauty section of Superdrug is on 3 for 2 at the moment. Get down there quick and start/finish your Christmas shopping, or even just treat yourself!
 
Do you have any of these products?
Which are your favourites?
XOXO

Thursday, 7 November 2013

The Christmas Tag

Tonight on twitter I came across the lovely Becky's blog Lipgloss and Lashes and this super cute tag...The Christmas Tag!! As you'll all know from my last post I am so so excited and looking forward to Christmas this year so I couldn't resist.
 






1) What is your favourite Christmas drink?
Well I only discovered them last year but this definitely has to be Cafe Nero's Amaretto Latte! Words cannot describe how amazing these taste. Yum!

2) What is your favourite Christmas  smell?
All of them! Cinnamon and all things Christmassy are my favourite ever scents. We constantly have cinnamon burning away at home so it does smell a little sickly & like Christmas all year round *hangs head in shame*. Last week I picked up a Yankee candle air freshened for the car and that is 'Christmas Cookie' flavour and absolutely devine.

3) Do you have any Christmas traditions?
Not really. None I can think of anyway. Just spending Christmas & Boxing Day with family & we always save presents until the afternoon and open one by one in a circle. It takes forever and makes presents seem never ending and you get to really see someone's face light up when they open your gift. My nan also without fail buys me a pack of tan tights (in the wrong size and I don't wear tan tights), a packet of cotton buds and an impulse deodorant every single year. Bless her heart!

4) What's the one thing you really want to get from Santa this Christmas?
My boyfriend has had a pretty hard time the last couple of years and due to some personal issues he really dreads Christmas now. Just to see him happy and enjoying himself would be a great present. Plus it's our first Christmas in our new home so him not having to work Christmas Day (he works for the NHA) and being able to spend it with me would be great!
Materialistically I've got my eye on a pretty camera, the Nikon L810 in red to be precise. Hehe. We're off to Thailand in April so is love to be able to take some quality photos to remember our trip forever.

5) Have you ever built a gingerbread house?
I definitely never have!...but being a natural ginger person (redhead) I do have a soft spot for ginger things so maybe I should give it a go?

6) Who is your favourite person to buy presents for?
hmmm..this is a tough one because I really do love buying presents for everybody. Probably my boyfriend because I always have lots of ideas and know exactly what he will love or all my best friends children just because buying for kids is so much fun and all the little toys & clothes are so cute! I could shop for babies forever! Really can't wait to have our own family Christmas'

7) What is your favourite Christmas song?
It maybe a little unusual but it's got to be Stay Another Day by East 17. I have no idea why it's considered a Christmas song but it definitely is isn't it? More traditionally probably Merry Christmas Everybody by Slade

8) There wasn't a no 8 question so I'm going to add my own...When do you put up your Christmas tree & what colour decorations do you have this year?
Despite my best persuasive skills my boyfriends isn't going to let me put our tree up until 1st December *boooo* and I'm very excited because it's our first Christmas living together so we get to go out & pick everything together. We're going to have a 6ft green tree - artificial - with red & silver decorations.

9) What's the weirdest gift you've ever received?
Ooooh interesting one, umm nothing too strange that I can think of. My brother bought me a canvas picture of elephants once. I actually love it, it's now up in our hallway & elephants are my favourite animal but he had no idea of that so it was just a bit random..but in a good way.

10) Do you like to dress up for Christmas or stay in your PJs?
If it was left to me I would 100% stay in my PJs as I really do live in them. They are the comfiest things and normally first to go on when I get in from work each day BUT my mother would definitely not approve and I think Christmas is a nice occasion to get dresses up so I usually wear a nice dress or something like that

I've really enjoyed doing this post and I tag you all to get in the Christmas spirit and give it a go!! Let me know if you do so I can come & check out your answers
XOXO

Wednesday, 6 November 2013

The Search for the Ultimate Christmas Party Dress

Whether you like it or not Christmas is fast approaching! Now Halloween & Bonfire night have been and gone we officially have Xmas to look forward to next *try to contain excitement*
Personally i absolutely love Christmas, always have. I love the whole build-up, carefully picking out presents that i know my friends and family will love, decorating the tree, Christmas songs playing all day on the radio, going ice skating & to Christmas markets, and of course the actual Christmas period itself, having time off work and spending lazy cosy days at home with all my loved ones. How anyone can dislike Christmas is beyond me!
 
Of course as Christmas is near so is the Christmas party season!! A super important time of any girls social calendar with  many many adventures, parties, drinks, dinners etc.. and i know i am forever searching for perfect party dresses. So here are a few of my favourites...
 
 
1) Boutique Nina Shiny Sequin Wrap Front Dress - £45.00 - boohoo.com
For some reason Christmas parties always make me think of sequins and looking glitzy. This gorgeous boohoo dress is perfect for so many reasons. Its black so will always be appropriate and on trend (a girl can never have too many LBDs right?), its long sleeved which i think is super important in a sequin dress - short/no sleeves tend to result in under arms scratched to death which is not fun (from experience!), the shoulder pads look amazing and really add to the statement look and its a wrap front dress which tend to flatter most shapes.

 
2) Chuana Velvet Chiffon Contrast Skater Dress - £29.99 - missguided.co.uk
I'm loving this velvet/chiffon dress from MissGuided.co.uk, not only is it a total bargain but velvet has been all over the catwalks this year and is hugely popular at the moment. There's something about the texture of velvet that always makes me feel wintery, warm and cosy so it really is perfect for this season. I think sometimes any piece that is entirely velvet can be abit much so breaking this dress up with a chiffon skirt is genius in my eyes :) I love this rich berry colour for winter but it also comes in black or grey

 
3) V Feather Fluff Dress - £50.00 - Topshop
I definitely think in the Christmas season you can definitely get away with wearing dresses that you wouldn't usually wear. Extra glitz, glam, bright colours and funny textures are definitely allowed. This dress is one of those...to be honest im not entirely sure id actually wear this one, but i would love to have the guts too. This dress looks amazingly soft and cosy, i think i would just want to stroke myself all night - haha! It also comes in Burgundy which may be more appropriate for Winter but being a super girly girl i couldn't resist the baby pink

 
4) Sequin Sleeve Tartan T-Shirt Dress - £45.00 - ASOS
This dress is a little more casual but still has that Christmas glam feel about it with the sequin sleeves. I think this would look amazing with thick black tights and some cute little ankle boots. I'm yet to buy anything tartan but am really really desperate too so this may well be the one ;) my boyfriend is half Scottish as well so it would be rude not to really.
 
 
5) Heart Print Shirt Dress - £55.00 - Oasis
Again i'd wear this as more of a day dress with chunky leggings and definitely make it a bit more casual but i really really love it. Ever since Burberry showed their heart print shirt on the catwalk this year celebs like Harry Styles and Victoria Beckham have been seen in it and high street dupes have been popping up all over the place. I've never been keen on the shirt version as the only place i really wear shirts is the office and im not sure my manager would appreciate a heart print one but i definitely love the idea of it as a dress.
 
 
6) Engineered Sequin Bodycon Dress - £140.00 - Warehouse
Although its a little pricier than the others i think this bodycon dress is a perfect addition to any Christmas party season wardrobe. The website describes the colour as pink but i'd definitely say its more neutral dusty beige than pink. The bead & sequin embellishment detailling is beaut on this piece and would definitely be an eye catcher under the mistletoe!
 
And it goes without saying that as usual Celeb Boutique have a million party dresses that im lusting after (but can't afford at this time of year *boohoo*). In particular im really loving the Mercy Blue Tribal Mesh Mid Sleeve Dress but need to start saving. I really do recommend Celeb Boutique dresses for any special occasion or event. They may be slightly more expensive than the high street but the quality is just amazing, they are made of such thick, flattering material - you can't really explain it unless you've felt them. Go into the store at Westfield Stratford and have a grope ;) totally amazing i promise.
 
Have you got your eyes on any party dresses this year?
Will you be purchasing any of my favourites?
XOXO