Red Soles

Meet the latest addition to my shoe collection, Christian Louboutin Melisa Leopard-Print Wedge Bootie.

That’s right, I’ve got my grubby little paws on a pair of Louboutins. In all honesty I still can’t believe that they’re mine and that Al got them for me. When I unwrapped them I felt like the luckiest girl in the world. At first glance I didn’t notice the sole, I was far too busy stroking them. And then I flipped them and saw the delicious and iconic red. I practically passed out.

They are completely perfect. At the moment they are proudly sitting on a shelf in the spare room so I can admire them every morning when I get ready. I’m desperate to wear them out the house but am far too scared to ruin the soles. I’ve been recommended buying some sole protectors but I don’t know how I feel about that. Does it really matter if the red gets scratched? What’s the point in having them if I can’t wear them? Got any advice, leave it below!

Anyway, back to the boots… Here they are in all their glory.

God love those red soles.

Thanks Al. You’re a keeper.

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Merry Freakin’ Christmas!

By the time you get round to reading this, after frantically unwrapping presents, drinking Bucks Fizz and tucking into scrambled eggs, I would have probably been awake for a good 5 hours. You see, I get so excited that on Christmas Eve I just can’t sleep. I’ll lay there for what feels like hours with my eyes wide open, praying that I will eventually fall asleep. It’s been this way for as long as I can remember.

When I lived at home I used to run into my little brother’s room and jump on his bed until he’d get out, we’d then run into my parents room where they’d both complain that it was too early and that they at least needed a cup of tea first. After we’d made that with a side order of biscuits for bribery, my grandad would be used as an excuse. He used to stay over in the living room on Christmas Eve, which is of course where our pillow cases full of presents would lie in wait.

Anyway, I guarantee by now I would have unwrapped my prezzies, danced around to the Buble and downed at least two glasses of bubbles, so there’s only one thing to say. MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!

See you on the other side, in a couple of days time. I’m off to spend some quality time with my family.

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5 Last-Minute Ways to Prepare for Christmas

With only a couple of days to go until the BIG DAY itself, I figured I’d impart some words of wisdom  with some last minute preparations I randomly thought of on the train home Friday.

1. Invest in some maternity-style trousers that have that extra bit of give at the front. Think Joey from friends eating all the turkey. I’m looking for that extra stretch. Extra stretch means extra parsnips and pigs in blankets.

2. Bake a cake. Maybe one from Food Network because we all know cake makes everything better. And because I work there. You need these 101 Christmas Baking Recipes in your life.
3. Bulk buy peppermint tea, indigestion tablets and hot water bottles because let’s face it, our inner fat bitches will raise their hungry faces and no one wants to pay the price with indigestion or cramps. I for sure will be stocking up. I will not be beaten up by IBS at Christmas. You will thank me for this one later. 
4. Two words. Christmas. Onesies.

You can get the one above, from ASOS.

5. Tissues. A family pack will probably be best here. I guarantee someone will cry at the Eastenders dum dums, someone will drink too much fizz and it’ll shoot out of their nostrils and someone else will cry with laughter at the former. Hence the tissues.

6. Booze. Now while I’m not encouraging irresponsible drinking, I do suggest stocking up. In my family we like to start with champers before moving on to Baileys, Asti, mulled wine, more Asti, more mulled wine… I think you get the picture. One year we even made fancy cocktails.

And there you have it, my top 5 last-minute Christmas prep tips. You’re extremely welcome for this ground-breaking advice. 

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My Bad, I Just Ordered Urban Decay’s Naked on the Run Palette

I may have accidentally (on purpose) just treated myself to an early Christmas present in the form of Urban Decay’s Naked on the Run palette. And do you know what, I don’t even feel bad about it.

I first spotted a picture of this palette on my Instagram feed and knew instantly that I needed it in my collection. I love my Naked 1 palette, the beautiful neutrals, the high pigmentation, the ability to wear a single shade for day and then vamp it up with a smokey eye at night. I’ve resisted adding 2 and 3 to my collection as I’m not sure I’d get enough wear out of the shades but this one is different.

I’m a sucker for a brown shimmer shadow and this has three, plus two mattes. Not forgetting the blush, bronzer, highlight, lip gloss, eye pencil and mascara, all wrapped up in a gorgeous travel-sized compact.

What You Get:
Eyeshadow: Dive (metallic rose with golden micro-shimmer)
Fix (soft taupe matte)
Resist (medium metallic taupe)
Dare (medium brown matte)
Stun (metallic bronze with light gold micro-shimmer)
5050 (cool bisque satin)
Bronzer: medium bronze matte
Blush: vibrant pink with light shimmer
Perversion Mascara: blackest black
24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil: Stag (deep brown satin)
Naked Lipgloss: Sesso (rose w/pink shimmer)

I didn’t actually think it was out in the UK yet but I was wrong. You can get yours from the Urban Decay site now for £37. Thank you, thank you.

When it’s arrived and I’m clutching it in my grubby little paws, you’ll be the first to know.

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Christmas Gift Guide: 10 Under £10

Usually this is the time of the year that I start thinking about myself, a lot. What kind of prezzies would I like this year, what couldn’t I live without, what can’t I afford to buy myself because all of my money goes towards cushions and soft furnishes, but this year, I’ve decided it’s about time I focused on others. 
I love Christmas shopping, it’s a tradition in my family that myself, mum, auntie and cousin all take a day off work, hit the town and literally shop until we drop, mulled wine in hand. And this year will be no different. However, I have started researching and planning the best gifts for my loved ones and hopefully this guide will help you do the same. 
Here we have it, 10 girly gifts under £10. Knock yourself out.

1. Fox Eye Mask, £6, River Island
2. Red Smile Compact Mirror, £8, River Island
3. Nutella: 30 Best Recipes, £6.99, Amazon
4. Photographic Lipstick Make Up Bag, £4, Next
5. Slim Zig Zag Ring, £10, Whistles
6. Dashing Santa Bath Bomb, £2.95, Lush
7. Touchscreen Knitted Gloves, £9.50 M&S
8. Dog Print Hot Water Bottle, £10, Next
9. This Works Dream Team Duo, £10
10. Thread Wrapped Cut-Out Cuff, £8, Topshop

My particular favourite, the fox eye mask. 
Found any gifts that are just too good not to share? Pop a link below.
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Today is possibly my favourite day of the entire year. I absolutely love Christmas. I love the food, I love spending time with my family and I love giving gifts.

Today I’ll be indulging in all three and hope you’ll be doing exactly the same.

Hope Santa left you a good stocking.