31 December 2015

Goals of 2015: Review

It's the time of year for reflection, for looking back and planning for the future.  To be honest, it's something I am not very good at.  I make new years resolutions (and don't stick to them) as much as the next guy but I don't put too much thought into them.  Last year I jumped on the blogging bandwagon and tried to set myself some goals, here's how I did:
  • Listen to music more often: I don't really think I listened to more new stuff that's for sure.  I got my car though and that has allowed me to listen to music more regularly, even if I haven't updated my iPod since 2010!
  • Pass my driving test: I did this in March finally and got my car in May!  Although I might have to give it up soon when I move to London.
  • Visit at least one European city:  I went to Barcelona in September with some work friends and it was amazing!  I definitely want to do more exploring.  
  • Invest £100 in the stock market:.  This did not get off the ground at all, I did ask about some books to look into it but I never got hold of them.  It's still something I'd like to do one day.
  • Try and close the physical gap between myself and my boyfriend: Nope, part of this involved getting a new job, which I have managed to do, but we are now even further away.  Almost the other side of the country.  Hopefully this will be solved this year.
  • Start up an ASMR channel: I did, I haven't been able to post regularly though and it's going to be hard to do when I'm in London.  Hopefully, I can continue with it.

Then the blog goals:
  • Use Instagram and Goodreads less lazily.  With Instagram, yes, and I've seen an improvement towards the end of the year.  With Goodreads also, for the most part, yes, although I've gotten lazy towards the end of this year.
  • Take part in more twitter chats.  Massive fail on this part.  It's a shame because I love taking part of them but I just haven't found any time this year. This is something I'd love to do in 2016.
  • Hit a certain amount of views per month.  I did, easily every month, which is nice.
  • Hit 500 bloglovin followers. I hit this just 3 days ago!
  • Hit 2000 twitter followers, I'm currently about 50 away and I'm happy with that.
So there you go, overall not bad, although I'm not sure how many were conscious.  Next year is going to be one of big change for me, moving across the country and starting a new job, but mostly I am excited about the change.  2016 has to be a year of new things for me.

What was your biggest achievement this year?

P.S this pic is from when I went to Disneyland in October, I still haven't written the blog post for this yet.  Maybe that should be my New Years Resolution, to finish blog posts I start!

30 December 2015

Christmas Haul 2015

I know these posts can sometimes be a bit controversial. Some people can see it as bragging, but personally, I don't see it as that.  If we are allowed to haul what we buy, why not the gifts our friends and family have lovingly given us?  I adore giving gifts, and love seeing what others got for Christmas, so just thought I'd share with you guys.

I'm not going to go into everything I bought but here are some snaps of most of it, I split it into categories - can you tell?  It's miscellaneous, geeky stuff, vintage lovelies and beauty.  Yes, I am this sad! I also got a ton of chocolate but I figured you didn't need to see that, it's half in my belly already anyway!

My main gift from Harry this year was my PS4, I got him one too and weren't supposed to buy each other anything else but we both did.  My Parents got me Fallout 4 and Star Wars Battlefront to go along with it, so I am hoping I can get some play time in before I move to my sisters.  Harry also got me this adorable Lady Soft Toy which will hopefully provide some comfort, since I am no longer living with a real dog.  I also got some dollars for when I go to Disneyworld next year and this amazing blue shabby chic rabbit clock from my friend Leann.  I got a couple of new tabletop games and a Disney Jigsaw as I finished mine this year.

Between the pin curl tool, the vintage hair book and Dita Von Teases's new book Your Beauty Mark I should hopefully gain some skills in the hair department.  I also got plenty of flamingo related gifts (my current obsession) including this Banned Clothing Bag and these super cute Flamingo lights.

I also got plenty of Lush stuff to help me relax before starting my new job - there will be lots of baths taken between now and then!  I got a bottle of my favourite new perfume Lady Million and Amy got me a whole host of Hot Topic gifts including this Chesire cat set.

So there you have it.  I love having a nosy at what other people got for Christmas so feel free to link your posts below!

28 December 2015

What I Wore: Hollywood Party

Just before I left work for the final time (eek!) we had our Christmas party, and this year there was a theme: Hollywood!  Now I love a good reason to get dressed up, so I started plotting an old-school Hollywood get-up right away. The party itself was to be held in the upstairs office, so I knew it would have to be something appropriate and practical, but definitely a bit more glam than my usual attire.

Scouring some vintage blogs I had seen a lot of people looking rather fabulous in velour dresses.  It is a material I hated as a child but looked rather fabulous on other people so I thought it was time to give it another chance.

As this outfit was going to be formal I knew there wasn't much chance I would wear it more than a few times, and as I was only wearing it to the office I didn't want to spend too much cash, so I went straight to eBay.  Luckily because I started looking really early I got a real bargain, this cost me under £10 including postage!  It's not perfect, the straps were way too long and needed sewing (by my mum, I'm not kidding about how useless I am) but other than that they fit pretty great - it didn't even drown my 5'3" frame like I expected.

Now let's be real, there was no way I was going to be able to get away with wearing a clingy dress like this without some work going on behind the scenes.  In this case, it was my fist ever piece of Rago shapewear.  I've been deliberating about what to get for months and finally decided to go for the 6207 after seeing Victory Violet's post as we have similar pear-shaped frames (although mine is on the larger side).  It's not the cheapest shapewear in the world but it's definitely worth the price difference.  It makes a huge difference to the fit of clothing, and it's pretty comfortable too.  The downsides are that it is pretty difficult to get on (and pretty funny for anyone watching, there is much lunging involved) and as I have a short body it pulls up past my waist and leaves a small fat role under by bra strap.  

I added this shawl I bought from Collectif last year.  It actually ended up being perfect because the straps still kept slipping down throughout the night and it also made me feel a little less self-conscious about having my arms on show.  

I am notoriously bad with accessorising but at least I tried here.  I added my Glitzy Secrets necklace and my new Luxulite broach to finish it off.  I love the little flash of colour it brings.

So there you have it!  I still need to work on my fashion posts, but I've had quite a few on here lately - I'd love some feedback.  Shout out to my hairdresser who did an amazing job styling my hair, you guys know that's one thing I really struggle with.  Maybe that's one thing I should try to work on in 2016!

26 December 2015

#SassyBooks Book Club: The Miseducation of Cameron Post

Happy boxing day!  I am currently sitting with my feet up at my boyfriends parents house in Cumbia, listening to the rainfall outside and watching Jurrasic Park while thinking about what to stuff my face with next.  This is how Boxing Day should be right?  

It's been a while since  have posted a Sassy Book Club review, in fact the eagle-eyed amongst you might have even noticed that there was no November Reads post last month either.  That is because November's chosen Sassy Books read was a bit of a beast, I started it at the end of October and only finished it this week!  It was the only book I read for the whole of November.  Luckily the organisers were having a similar issue and they didn't get it finished either.  In fact I don't think they even chose a December Sassy Books as everyone was so busy catching up, so I don't feel like a total failure.  This month's book was The Miseducation of Cameron Post, here's the official blurb:

When Cameron Post’s parents die suddenly in a car crash, her shocking first thought is relief. Relief they’ll never know that, hours earlier, she had been kissing a girl.

But that relief doesn’t last, and Cam is soon forced to move in with her conservative aunt Ruth and her well-intentioned but hopelessly old-fashioned grandmother. She knows that from this point on, her life will forever be different. Survival in Miles City, Montana, means blending in and leaving well enough alone (as her grandmother might say), and Cam becomes an expert at both.

Then Coley Taylor moves to town. Beautiful, pickup-driving Coley is a perfect cowgirl with the perfect boyfriend to match. She and Cam forge an unexpected and intense friendship — one that seems to leave room for something more to emerge. But just as that starts to seem like a real possibility, ultrareligious Aunt Ruth takes drastic action to ‘fix’ her niece, bringing Cam face-to-face with the cost of denying her true self — even if she’s not exactly sure who that is.

I have mixed feelings about this book, at is a slow burner all the way through and he descriptions can seem a bit OTT at times, and yet I don't think I'd change it.  It is definitely part of the writing style and it fits it well, but if  just concentrated on the actual storyline, the book would be half as long easily.  It's a nice, slow read and I didn't find the subject as shocking I expected to.  The relationships all seemed realistic and the character journeys all seemed very real.  

This book is set for the most part in the 90s, and it reads almost like it has an Instagram filter over it.  It's in the past but only just, a world we can relate to, but also look back and see what's change.  This method of reflection is a great tool used by the reader  to see how far we've come.  Have we changed enough in our attitudes towards LGBT life?  Video tapes and films in general are also an important theme, creating an important coping mechanism for many of Camerons feelings and desires. 

Overall I enjoyed this book, but it is a slow burner.  It's one to take your time over, certainly not a book to be rushed.  I think it's a book that could do with a re-read, however I won't be rushing t return to it.

22 December 2015

Lush Spa Leeds- Relaunch

It's no secret that having a treatment at a Lush Spa is on my bucket list.  It might seem frivolous, but I have heard nothing but good things about it there, and it just seems like something above the average spa massage.  Lush Spa in Leeds has recently had a renovation so they invited me over to take a look.  
When I arrived I spent some time looking around the shop before taking the Spa tour.  The shop was closed to the public and there were plenty of the famously incredible Lush staff on hand to show me around the Christmas range.  As always there was a wide variety of new and exciting stuff, I got to play with some bath bombs and bubble bars and indulge in their scents.  As I am still working my way through my Oxford Street Haul I decided against buying any more for myself right now, but I did decide to treat myself to some First Snow body shimmer.  it's just so soft and sparkly!  It's going to be perfect for Christmas and crazy nights out.

After some drinks and listening to one of the Lush staff play some amazing tunes on the guitar, I got a chance to try my hand at making a bath bomb.  It happened to be a Butterball, which is one of my absolute favourites - it just leaves your skin feeling so soft. 

Then it was time for the really exciting part: the spa tour.  I had never taken a look in here before, so I can't compare new with old, but what I can say is that this place looks amazing.  The first thing that hits you is the silence.  Here you are in the centre of Leeds and yet it is completely silent, thanks to some amazing sound proofing.  The initial room is dark and calming, with some very clever relaxing lighting.  Just being in there made me feel better.  

We were first taken into a treatment room where a live demonstration was being performed, on this occasion it was A Hard Days Night, a massage that involves movements being performed on you to the sound of some Beatles classics, and all whilst you wear PJS!  

Next we were in another room set up for the famous treatment, Synesthesia.  This is the treatment I  had heard the most about and by all accounts, it's almost otherworldly.  It's a mind cleanser that works across all your senses to make you feel truly relaxed. You could even choose how you want to feel afterwards and they adapt the treatment to you.

From here it was onto a room set up for The Sound Bath.  Being a nightly ASMR listener and occasional creator this really intrigued me.  This isn't just your usual massage treatment, it involves different sounds created by, amongst other things, tuning forks and singing bowls to reset your mind and affect your chakras.  Someone in our group had experienced it and said it was almost life changing, that she felt totally reset afterwards - like she was floating on air.

Lastly, we went to one of the newest rooms, this is set up for group treatments - it even has a bath!  Just being here made me feel completely zen.  Afterwards, I was treated to a quick but truly lovely arm-massage, before I returned to the Lush shop floor, feeling a little dazed.

Needless to say, my desire for having a treatment here is greater then ever, the question is - which one!

18 December 2015

What I Wore: Leeds Xmas Meet

Dress: Noelle Snowflake by Hell Bunny
Hair accessory: By Sink or Swim
Necklace: Vintage
Gloves: Vintage

A couple of weeks ago Rhianna organised a fabulous event in Leeds that gave Yorkshire bloggers a chance to meet up before the busy Christmas season.  At that point I had just found out that there was a chance I was going to be moving to London shortly, and as it was a large event, it meant I got a chance to see all my amazing blogger friends from in and around Leeds I'd met over the last year.  Without getting too cheesy on the subject, this is exactly what I needed.  I have always struggled to make friends and a year ago I was left rather upset by a blogging event where I knew no one and ended up on my own throughout.  I won't go into it, but there was something of a popularity vote involved and let's just say I was dead last!

This did put me in a bit of a slump and I was actually scared of going to events for a while.  However since then I've met some amazing people.  I look forward to seeing them whenever I come to Leeds so it is one of the reasons I am upset about moving away.  

Obviously, the meet had a Christmas theme and I wanted to make an effort, so I used this as an excuse to buy this dress from Hell Bunny.  I am a sucker for a novelty print every now and then and I can think of no better time than Christmas!  This dress comes in a shortened version like a lot of Hell Bunny designs but I opted for the longer version as usual.  I love how the blue fades into the white as the snow flakes fall down the dress, completed with the foxes, deer and candy canes.  Plus with a sweetheart neckline and capped sleeves, it's practically perfect!   I decided to do something I barely ever do and pair this with my cheap and scratchy, but perfectly shaped petticoat.  I think this was really the detail that gave this a little something extra, and I've never had so many compliments in my life.  Even strangers in the street were making comments as they passed, something that would normally make me very paranoid but for once, felt rather nice.  I even met a woman in full 40s gear in the train station who I ended up chatting to for over half an hour!  Due to the seasonal walm weather I paired this with nude tights, which I never wear and felt a little daring.  It felt nice to be out of my comfort zone for once, even in a little way.

Now let's talk gloves.  These gloves are the new love of my life!  They are a vintage 50s pair I picked up in Lincoln recently.  The detail on them is amazing with a little floral pattern and scalopped edges.  The condition is basically perfect and more amazingy, they actually fit!  I have tiny hands so this was a real find.

Then there is the bag!  I first spotted this bag on Cici Marie way back in February at London Edge.  She had it in red (I believe) but Banned had a mint green one on show that was due out in the new season.  Well since then I have hunted high and low trying to find it, I'd emailed the company and stockists, but no one had it.  Then Cici came to the rescue after spotting it on Audrey Stars Boutique (sadly no longer in stock) and not only that, it was on sale too!  Again this had so many compliments as people thought it was genuine vintage - I adore it.  It even has a removable shoulder strap if you need something a bit more hands-free.

The event itself was so lovely, really relaxed and open.  People could get involved with the craft section or not as they chose, so there was plenty of time to mingle.  There was a raffle where I managed to win an amazing Carnival Light from Rocket and Rye and a great goody-bag to boot.  I got some pics but I was so busy enjoying myself that I didn't take many, which is the sign of a great day!

Once again a massive thank you to Rhianna for organising such a great event, and thanks to all my lovely Leeds bloggers for making me feel welcome, I sure will miss you guys!

17 December 2015

So I have some kind of big news.....


Let me tell you, I am the worst at keeping things to myself!  I've been sat on this for a while and I've been desperate to share it with you, I've even hinted a few times in the #GirlGang chats, and now finaly I can tell you guys!

In the New Year I'm going to be moving to London!!

As you may not know I currently work for a small publishers in Yorkshire, doing all things ebook related and a bit of website maintenance stuff too,  My official title is Digital Publishing Manager.  Well I've been offered a job with Bloomsbury, this time around I'll be Ebook Production Controller.  I's not too dissimilar to what I do now except this time I'll be just dong the production side, I'll never have to write a metadata again!

So sometime in Mid-January I will be moving to London, I'll be staying at my sisters for a month or two before I find my own place.  I don't know if this will effect my blog at all so I ask you to be patience while you follow me on this new journey.

It's crazy to think that when I started this blog two and half years ago I had just moved back to my parents and was looking for a career change.  Within 3 months of starting this blog I had done just that, switching from theatre to publishing, and it as all very new and scary for me.  Just being in an office environment took a lot of adjusting, and I had moved back home, to a place where I no longer knew anyone.  Since then I have made some fantastic friends around Yorkshire through this blog, and I am sad to leave that behind, but I know we will stay on touch.

So here's to 2016, I've been keeping out of my blog life but towards the end of this year I've had some really awful, personal and family things to contend with.  It's been one of the hardest times of my life, but things are looking up!  Let's hope 2016 brings something special for all of us!

15 December 2015

Boxed Brownies: Review

There are few things I love more than food!  I am a sugar addict, easily susceptible to feeling 'hangry' and I will NOT be interrupted when I am eating!  Just ask my poor boyfriend who had to discover these things first hand!  So when I got the opportunity to review something which, was not only a sugar-filled delight, but also helped to support a local business, there was no chance I was going to turn it down.  I couldn't exactly let you guys get a disappointing brownie now can I?

Now we've all been around the block and had a few brownies in our time, so what makes these different?  Well they are made with fair trade chocolate and the eggs are from their own free range chickens, plus they are completely gluten-free - so that's three reasons right off the bat to indulge!  They are made by a husband and wife team right on my doorstep in Sheffield and were delivered in the cutest little box!  They started off as a home recipe for co-owner Clive's and became his signature bake - so good that it almost made him a British Bake Off contestant.

Not only can you get them posted to your door as I did, but they also travel around the country offering up their delights in a re-purposed horse-box of all things! These days their repertoire has grown and they offer a whole host of options. My box included: Salted Caramel and Cashew, Amaretto and Rosemary, Cranberry and Pistachio, Stollen, Cardamom and Gingerbread, and lastly Bonfire Toffee and Toasted marshmellow.

Now they aren't the biggest brownies in the world but once you've taken a bite you soon realise that bigger isn't necessarily better!  They are flavoursome and delicious but also incredibly sweet.  I have a notable sweet tooth, but I couldn't eat more than one (and that's saying something).  Texture-wise they are very dense and squidgy, almost as though they are half-baked, which might not be for everyone but it's perfect for me.  There is nothing worse than a dry brownie!

A box will set you back £15, which is a little steep, however when you are supporting a local business it's totally worth it.  Plus these aren't the kind of flavours you are going to find in Tesco.  However, if money is a little tight at this time of the year you can use the code CHRISTMAS until the 20th of December to get 20% off.   Also, if you live in Sheffield, don't forget to pop down to Union Street.

Which flavour would you go for?  I can't decide which was my favourite!

13 December 2015

Lush Oxford Steet Haul

Quite a few months ago now, possibly September, I took a trip down to Oxford Street while I was in London to check out the exclusives in the new Lush store. The store is huge and busy so it can be a little overwhelming, but of course the famous Lush staff are on hand to help out. When I first bought some of these most of them were Oxford Street exclusives but since then a lot have been brought out across the country. This is the problem with having a list of blog posts I want to write as long as my arm!  So here's what I got:

Brazened Honey Fresh Face Mask

Wake up your skin with this fresh face mask containing fresh fennel, ginger root, parsley and coriander to detox and stimulate. We use a sage, rosemary and juniperberry infusion with cardamom and clove bud oils for their antiseptic qualities, fresh lime juice to cleanse the skin and free range eggs, honey and almond oil to soothe and moisturise. Smooth a generous layer of this mask onto your face and leave for 10 to 15 minutes.

Green Bubbleroon Bubble Bar

This moisturising, citrus-scented bubble bar will put you in mind of a fresh summer meadow. With bergamot to brighten your mood, fresh avocado to reinvigorate and shea butter to make your skin feel like velvet. These bathtime macaroon-shaped treats aren’t quite as bubbly as our other bars, but do contain extra-softening ingredients that create silky-soft water, leaving your skin hydrated.

Milky Bath Bubble Bar

Don't cry over spilled milk - bathe in it! This comforting little milk bottle bubble bar is filled with uplifting orange oil and skimmed milk to treat your skin to a dose of happiness. A cocoa butter bottle top adds a little bit of extra softness. Simply crumble under running water, for a super bubbly treat of a bath.

The Experimenter Bath Bomb

If you're looking for adventure... you'll find it in The Experimenter, starring vibrant colour, popping candy and Fair Trade vanilla absolute from near the Rwenzori mountains in Uganda.

An enigmatic and comforting romance of... deep, complex vetivert notes that enthrall your senses before creamy vanilla and tonka provide a sweet antidote.

It's everything you've always wanted to do ... and with a plethora of five bright colours, it's the only one you'll ever want to do it with again. 

Dragon's Egg Bath Bomb

Dragon’s Egg makes bathtime exciting as it fizzes and crackles and changes the colour of your water to a gorgeous citrusy gold. Its scent is reminiscent of lemon sherbet, with a hint of jasmine, leaving you feeling great and ready for a good day. Its citrus scents leave you feeling transformed and invigorated.

And lastly Delight Bath Melt, MMMelting Marshmallow Bath Oil and Shark Infested Custard Bath Oil, all of which are still Oxford Street exclusives so I can't find any description of them online. Basically they are like solid bath oils, but they melt very quickly so can be very messy to transport!

I'm not going to do a review of each of these as I still haven't got around to using them all just yet (my parents bath takes over 30 mins to fill!). If you want me to do a review on any of these in particular just drop me a comment down bellow and let me know.

Is there anything you've been after from this store? I'd love to know for next time I'm there.


9 December 2015

Soap and Glory 'In The Bag' Gift Set Giveaway

I have been a big fan of Soap and Glory for over five years now.  I was initially drawn in by their vintage inspired packaging, but I stayed for the amazing scents and fantastic products.  So when they asked me if I wanted to host a giveaway for them I was over the moon, not only do I get to work with one of my favorite brands but I get to pass something onto you guys, who have stuck by me in this year of ups and downs!

Soap and Glory currently have a new campaign to 'put the G in Gorgeous'.  They are heading around the country giving out mini make-overs and other goodies to members of the public to inject a bit of glam into our lives.  Here's a video to give you a taste of what's to come.


Don't The Glory Girls look amazing?  I would love to join them that's for sure!

Now, at this time of year our skin is always going to suffer and we need some pamper time.  So we are giving away the In The Bag gift set.  This is how the guys over at Soap and Glory describe this set:

"The stuff that CLEANS are made of is IN THE BAG™. This adorable toiletry bag is overflowing with good cheer – and six mini-sized cult classics. Includes the award-winning CLEAN ON ME™ Moisture Shower Gel, HEEL GENIUS™ Foot Cream, HAND FOOD™ Hand Cream, THE SCRUB OF YOUR LIFE™ Body Buffer and THE RIGHTEOUS BUTTER™ Body Butter. Plus, the GLAD HAIR DAY™ Shampoo hailed as a “miracle” on Soapandglory.com. With a super-smoothing BODY POLISHER thrown in as an extra Christmas bonus (We love being generous, especially at this time of year)."

Clean On Me is one of my favourite scents ever, I have it as a perfume and the shower gel and it is the best, it lasts forever.  I bought a new bottle just last week so I am stoked that it is part of this giveaway for you guys, hopefully you'll love it as much as me!

This giveaway is UK only.  To enter, simply use the Rafflecopter instructions below, it ends on New Years Eve so one of you guys will have another reason to smile as you enter the new year.

a Rafflecopter giveaway


7 December 2015

Top Tips for Surviving the Christmas Party with George @ Asda

It's that time of year when everyone's minds turn towards the office Christmas party.  This can be a minefield!

Attendees of the party may include your colleagues who you get on with, but possibly don't classify as 'good friends'.  Whilst you try to avoid the person that you accidentally cc'd in the email about them that one time (awkward), there are also potential clients to butter-up.  Also remember to not make a fool of yourself in front of the boss (and if you're unlucky, there might even be two of them!).

Top it all off with a supply of alcohol and you have a potential recipe for disaster.  Of course, it doesn't have to be this way.  Here are my very simple tips to keep yourself free from office gossip this festive season!

1) Alcohol

This is the obvious one but boy it is a biggie!  It is tempting at the end of the year to really let your hair down.  However when you walk into the office in the new year do you really want the photos of you singing karaoke with Boris from I.T's tie over your head, followed by you puking into the plant pot doing the rounds?  Probably not.  At my work place we have two Christmas parties, both in the same week.  One is more business orientated and the second is more of a true 'staff party'.  During the second one I can let loose a little more, but it's important to watch that I don't get too carried away!

2) Turn the work talk off

Work parties can be a little awkward when you don't know people well, so the temptation is to go to your common ground, work.  However, this can run into the danger zone of ranting, especially when the wine is flowing.  Think of some fun conversation starters if you are nervous in crowds.

3) Take time out

Christmas parties of any kind can be intense, with all the inter-personal relationships, drinks and glitter everywhere.  If you feel yourself getting overwhelmed, find a quiet space to chill for a bit.  A toilet isn't glam, but it will provide some respite - or just go stand outside, you might feel much better for it.

4) Plan how you are getting home

Whether it's public transport or a taxi home, make sure you have the money set aside and know your route.  Even small towns can be busy at this time of year and you don't want to be left stranded due to a fully-booked taxi service.  Stay safe and remember to never be tempted to drink and drive!

5) What to wear

Again this is a bloody hard thing to choose, especially if like me you have two Christmas parties to attend, both with not much turn around from work.  My personal rule is to keep it fairly conservative but this depends on your own comfort levels and work place.  Luckily this is where George have helped me out this year.

The second party is Hollywood themed, so I have a dress for that ready to go.  Here are my two options for this year's sales conference party

This dress isn't my usual 'outside-of-work' style, but it ticks all the boxes for an office party.  It doesn't show too much of anything, but still looks 'dressed-up' and classy.  The detailing at the top adds a touch of glam and means I don't have to worry about accessorising in my limited time - plus you can never go wrong with black!  I've paired this with my collectif shawl to give it just a bit of added glam.  I've never tried this shape before and it did scare me a bit with it being so loose, but it is incredibly comfortable.  Now, as this is a relaxed affair I don't really fancy wearing heels, and since I live in brogues at work anyway, I thought glitter brogues would be the perfect thing for a Christmas party!  Both sparkly and comfortable - what more do you need?

I am a big fan of greens and purples at this time of year, and not only that, I have been looking for a pinafore style dress for the last two years or so!  This does all that and it's only £14!  I am seriously so happy with it.  I have paired this with a green top (Primark) and bowler hat (H&M old) for a more casual look that's great for work.  The material of the dress is so soft too!  Can you believe I have reached the age of 27 without ever owning boots?  Well now I can finally say I own a pair! These are so comfortable and the touch of faux fur really smartens then up - these are going to get a lot of wear this year!

So what do you think, option one or two? And what are your tips for sailing through the Christmas party season?  I'd love to hear them!
Clothes sent for review, all opinions my own and completely honest

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