As a rule, I’m not a huge wine drinker. In fact, I’d go so far as to say, I don’t really drink wine at all, unless it’s fizzy and celebrating something fun. However, I couldn’t help but lust after this beauty of a bottle now available at Selfridge’s: the world’s smallest bottle of wine!
I’m not going to lie. From November until January, I wear as many Christmas jumpers as I possibly can. December is obviously reserved for the most Christmassy of my collection, but there’s nothing wrong with wearing a nice Fair Isle inspired sweater, or a cute reindeer print in the dark days of January (and beyond…?)
With that in mind, I’ve scoured some of my favourite retailers to bring you my best of the festive selection!
Here’s where to get your hands on these beauties, starting from the top left, then moving left to right, row by row:
- Star jumper, Hush, £85.00
- Navy dog festive Christmas intarsia jumper, Joules, £49.95
- Navy stripe festive Christmas intarsia jumper, Joules, £49.95
- Chrissie Knit Jumper, Joules, £79.95
- 25th December Sparkle Jumper, Boden, £89.00
- Patterned Crew Sweater in Red, Abercrombie and Fitch, £64.00
- Save The Children Fairytale of New York sweater, Bella Freud x Kate Moss, £365
- Let It Snow sweat top, Marks & Spencer, £19.50
- Monochrome Reindeer Jumper, Marks & Spencer, £32.50
- Sequin Embellished Robin Jumper, Marks & Spencer, £28.00
- Patterned Crew Sweater in Grey Penguin, Abercrombie & Fitch, £58
- Intarsia Crew Pullover in Red Merry & Bright, Hollister, £29.00
- Candy Cane Sweater, Next, £26.00
Which is your favourite? I have to say, it’s hard for me to pick, but the Joules navy stripe with stag print might just be my favourite – I’ve purchase one, and it’s so soft I don’t want to take it off! And, as a bonus, the stag head is knitted with gold sparkly wool, too! Heaven!
It seems as though gold is definitely in this year, and in honour of the season (and in order to satisfy my window shopping habit) I’ve put together a collection of some of the hottest items in this season’s most festive colour! I was inspired by Burberry’s beautiful gold beauty collection – and when I saw Mulberry’s new Metallic Mushroom range, I knew there was no hope for resisting…
The first, and only, glitter of the bunch was under the 11th door of the Ciate advent calender: it’s Jingle Belle!
This seems to be an exclusive for the calendar, and is a hot pink glitter with gold sparkles. I applied it over the top of Kiss Chase, from 8 Dec, which gave it a very pink base underneath.
As you can see, depending on the light, the colour appears either coral or pink – but either way, it was very pretty! I was initially worried about how well it would apply. Considering that the glitter is very fine, I thought it would go everywhere, and be difficult to remove from your fingers. But a quick wipe with some tissue (dampened if needs be!) worked a charm, and it’s even fairly easy to remove compared to some other glittery top coats. Again, nice job, Ciate! I definitely want to try out some different glitter top coats now!
Top coat is a funny old thing. It seems essentially useless and is incredibly boring to contemplate, but actually, it’s one of the most important parts of any girl’s nail varnish stash. The right top coat not only makes your colour last longer, but it can also fix bumps and lumps in the finish, and even set your varnish faster – and harder. I’m a long time convert to Seche Vite, just like any other nail blogger, so I was interested to see what Ciate had to offer.
Colours are always exciting, but an essential like this is good to have in a sample size for travelling, and it’s great as a way of convincing those who aren’t quite sure yet that that top coat is actually worth using! Not only does it hold your caviar manis in place, but it also brings out the shine in other top coats.
Ciate says: “Speed Coat is an award winning Formaldehyde free top coat which guarantees touch dry nails in sixty seconds, locks in colour and can extend colour wear. Taking the nail industry by storm, this formula has won many industry awards since its 2008 launch. Including U Magazine’s Best Top Coat award. A high gloss finish and chip free for up to 10 days, this gorgeous product delivers a perfect performance.” You can purchase the new and improved formula here – currently priced at £11.
Here’s yesterday’s Pillow Fight, layered with Halo, on the left. On the right, I’ve topped Halo with Speed Coat. As you can see, even in the incredibly subtle medium of photography, there’s a much glossier shine on the Speed Coat version – and it was much more pronounced in real life. Speed Coat is an impressive blend – thick, easy to apply, and it brought out a deeper shine on my finished nails. A keeper!