Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Mother's Day

Gift Ideas, at great prices, for Mother's Day

I have chosen just a few lovely things that are currently at great prices that would all make wonderful gifts for Mother's on their special day. 

littlewoods trinket box photo

Small Trinket Box available from Littlewoods
 Reduced from £15 to £6

photo fossil maddox rose organiser bag
Fossil Leather Maddox Rose Organiser bag from Treasure Box
originally £178 now £79

photo of fiorelli wristlet, leather from Treasure Box
Fiorelli Portia Leather Wristlet, also from Treasure Box
Reduced from £28 to £12 

photo of Oysho half slip from ASOS

Oysho Solution Half Slip from ASOS, available in sizes M and L only
Reduced from £15.99 to £6

 photo Tripp raspberry flower suitcase Debenhams

Tripp Raspberry Flower, Large Suitcase from Debenhams
Reduced from £150 to £45

Photo of Elizabeth Arden Prevage set from Debenhams
Elizabeth Arden Prevage Set From Debenhams (low in stock)
Reduced from £110 to £55

photo of Bliss it's a fabulous life set at Debenhams

Bliss It's A Fabulous Life set from Debenhams
Reduced from £39 to £19.50

photo of Coach poppy EDP fragrance gift set at John Lewis
Coach Poppy Eau de Parfume Fragrance Gift Set from John Lewis
Reduced from £49 to £32.83

photo of Elizabeth Arden 5th Avenue EDP gift set from Superdrug

Elizabeth Arden 5th Avenue EDP Gift Set from Superdrug
Reduced from £39.99 to £19.99

photo of votivo and vogue charity candle at harvey nicoles

Votivo and Vogue Charity Candle from Harvey Nicoles
Reduced from £35 to £14 

photo of Sekonda quartz women's watch at Amazon

Sekonda Women's Quartz watch from Amazon
Reduced from £39.99 to £8

photo of marks and spencer's mother;s day bouquet

Mother's Day Bouquet from Marks & Spencer
 £25 with Free Delivery 

There isn't any gift that can express how much we love and appreciate our Mother's, but I chose lovely things which are mostly discounted, not because our Mother's don't deserve full price gifts but so you can get more for your money and therefore treat Mum to something even nicer. I am lucky enough to still have my Mum and I am grateful every day for that fact. I hope all the Mother's out there  have a wonderful Mother's day, whether you spend it with your children, your Mother, or someone who you love like your Mother.

Do you know what you are buying for your Mum yet? Let me know if you have found any great bargains out there.

Monday, 25 February 2013

The Oscars 2013

The 85th Academy Awards Red Carpet 

This years red carpet look was all sparkles and satin, with so many incredibly beautiful gowns it was hard to just choose these few to show you. But I think these are some of the best, and one or two of the worst, maybe?

Charlize Theron in Christian Dior couture

Naomi Watts in Armani Prive

Jennifer Lawrence in Dior Couture.

 Amy Adams in Oscar De La Renta 

Robin Roberts in Marc Bouwer

Jennifer Aniston in Valentino

Adele in Jenny Packham custom wear, which apparently weighed 15 kilos!!

Anne Hathaway in Prada

Catherine Zeta-Jones in Zuhair Murad

Sally Field in Valentino

Kerry Washington in Miu Miu

Reese Witherspoon in Louis Vuitton

Kelly Rowland in Donna Karan Atelier

Kelly Osbourne in Tony Ward couture, and a Judith Leiber bag

Kristen Stewart in Naeem Khan, Kristen actually arrived on crutches!

Halle Berry in Versace

Brandi Glanville (Real Housewives of Beverly Hills) apparently designed this gown herself! At least she won't have to fire the designer for this hideous dress, Brandi gets my award for worst dressed on the red carpet this year.

And let's finish our look at the Oscar Red carpet with the cutest looking girl there...

Quvenzhane Wallis in Armani Junior, and a cute puppy bag

From the perfection of Charlize Theron in her Dior couture, and Adele flying the flag with her 15 kilo Jenny Packham, to the rather unbecoming Versace chosen by the beautiful Halle Berry, and the dreadful, self designed, barely nipple covering monstrosity that Brandi Galnville, (who? exactly) wore, I hope you enjoyed checking out the gowns I chose for this blog.

Which is your favourite? And I doubt I need to ask, but which did you think was the worst gown - out of the ones above? I would love to hear your thoughts.

Credits for photos to : The Huffington Post, The Daily Mail online and  Getty Images 

Sunday, 24 February 2013

Milan Fashion Week A/W 2013


Always one of the most highly anticipated shows of fashion month, Prada showed on day two of Milan Fashion Week, and as expected praise was heaped upon Miuccia Prada, here we can see why...

Prada A/W 2013

There was a colour palette ranging from black and grey to light pink and blue, used in checked fabric and leather. There were elegant silhouettes and flashes of red and aqua, all of which seem to indicate a Winter of smart looks that will easily transfer to the high street.

Prada A/W 2013

Prada A/W 2013 pink checks


There were more checks seen in the Versace collection but this time in tartan, and of course Donnatella also used leather and spikes, bold colour and lots of white, as always the "rock chic" stylist to the rich and famous.

Versace A/W 2013

Versace A/W 2013
credit Edward James

And of course the lady herself in leather and studs, what else?
Donnatella Versace
credit guardian.co.uk

So, as always MFW is stylish, elegant and what we all expect from Italy. Do you have a favourite designer from the shows so far? Or did you prefer NYFW or perhaps LFW instead?

All photo credits, except those otherwise mentioned, go to millionlooks.com

Friday, 22 February 2013

What's in my handbag?

Let's have a nosey inside my handbag

Everyone in the blogosphere has done a "What's in my handbag" post, except me it seems. So without further ado here is mine.

I use this bag every day, even though I have a cupboard full of bags. Primarily because it holds quite a lot and is a cross body bag, the only type of bag I can use regularly because of my spinal disease as they distribute the weight so I don't hurt my back or neck any more than it already is. It is a black leather Jasper Conran bag from Debenhams which only cost about £40 if I remember correctly, I have had it for about 18 months now.

Jasper Conran cross body bag

 The contents of my bag, well  except for all my hospital and doctor's appointment cards and paperwork which I keep in the back zipped section of my bag and which no one really needs, or probably wants, to see.

My purse is a black leather Osprey, bought for me by my lovely son about two years ago. I love this purse, it is so roomy and has lots of pockets for credit cards, loyalty cards etc.

Osprey black leather purse

This holds all my medication that I have to have with me at all times. I received it when I bought a Tibetan mala bead bracelet. I have had a lot of jewellery come in these little Asian fabric purses, but usually they are much smaller than this one, this is the ideal size to hold all my meds.

Asian fabric bag
The contents

My prescription sunglasses, I have to wear sunglasses whenever we have a bit of sun or I get a horrible headache.

These Camouflage bags are fab, they fold up so neat and small but are very strong.

Camoflage bag

I only carry a few beauty products most of the time, and these are the things I rarely leave home without. I love perfume samples for throwing in my bag and always have one or two with me. My favourite lip balm is this tinted Burt's Bees, the chap stick is an old favourite that seems to be lasting forever! I love my eye liners so try to always have one with me to try and make it look like I haven't been awake for 72 hours straight! The Dermologica cream is just for when my skin feels particularly dry or tight, and of course - my old faithful - L'occitane hand cream. And finally one of my gorgeous Clinique chubby sticks.

Clinique lip chubby Burt's Bees L'occitane hand cream Dermologica

Got to have tissues and wet wipes with me all the time.

This was a Christmas gift and I love it. Down the side is a small pen, when you take the pen out it opens up to a small writing pad, really useful and very pretty.

Odds and sods, my trolley token, tweezers and  lighter.

I picked this up as part of a birthday gift when I was shopping the other day and forgot it was in my handbag to be honest.

So there you have it, the contents of my handbag. I used to always carry much bigger bags and carried around everything but the kitchen sink, but as my spinal disease has progressed I am unable to carry that sort of weight and this handbag has become a firm favourite as it is so comfortable to wear and holds a decent amount. I also usually have my cell phone and camera in my bag when I leave the house, but as I haven't been out of the house for a few days, due to my stupid spine, my phone isn't here and of course I was using my camera :) 

Do you use the same bag most days, or do you change it out to match your outfits? If you have written a WIMB post please feel free to leave the link below and if I haven't already I will check it out.