As you may know last weekend Lucy and I celebrated our 29th birthday. It was a lovely relaxed few days spent in the company of our family and friends. We were both extremely lucky and received some amazing presents from our loved ones and I thought I’d take this opportunity to show you just a selection of what I received.
Zara tan cardigan
This was actually a present I already knew I was receiving as my sister, who bought it for me, also owns the same cardigan and I had admired it on her when she’d worn it. I have already worn it a number of times as it’s great for keeping me warm at this time of year and keeps me super cosy. It’s a neutral colour so goes with loads of things in my wardrobe so I should get lots of wear out of it.
This was a very thoughtful gift from one of my best friends in the world. It’s a wish jar that we will be able to use at the wedding that allows guests to write their well-wishes to use on a small ticket and post it into the jar as a fun alternative to a traditional guestbook. I thought this was an unusual idea that I will love to use on the big day.
Hollister pale blue jumper & necklace
As my fiancé and I are currently saving for our wedding next year, we’d decided not to spend much on each other for our birthdays, instead we went into town and picked out a couple of smaller presents instead. Both the jumper and the necklace were from Hollister and they add a lovely bit of sparkle to my wardrobe.
Lauren Conrad earring set
Being from the UK means that we don’t have easy access to many of Lauren Conrad’s products and as big fans of hers, this is a big disappointment for me and Lucy, so while Lucy was over in Florida last month, she took the opportunity to pick up a few bits and pieces including this earring set that I absolutely love.
Lip balm set
Dried, cracked lips is something I often suffer with at this time of year, so I will always have a lip balm or two in my handbag in case I need it. Lucy knows this about me and so bought me a Maybelline set containing 3 different varieties; one clear methol flavoured stick, one coral and one pink. They’ll definitely come in handy in the next few months as the cold sets in.
‘Dream big’ picture
My mum is very good at finding unusual gifts. Her and my dad tend to discover adorable little gift shops whenever they go on weekends away, and they use the opportunity to buy lovely unique presents for me and my sisters, and this birthday was no exception. I love the ‘dream big’ message written on to the pebbles, and I think it will take pride of place in our home.
You may remember a couple of weekends ago I mentioned that my finance and I were hosting a birthday/Halloween party at our house. I dressed up as a vampire, and as much as I love doing my own make-up I thought it would be a good opportunity to get my make-up done for me, as I didn’t have all the colours I would have wanted to use. I chose to visit my local Illamasqua counter as I’d heard very good things about the brand from my sister, and I’m sure glad I took her advice as the make-up was amazing. I was able to purchase some pieces up to the price of the makeover, so I picked an eyeshadow palette, a blusher and some false eyelashes. Here’s what I thought of my choices.
I’m the sort of person who usually has a few eyeshadow palettes on the go at a time as I like to have a choice of colours, depending on my mood and the occasion. This palette provides a small selection of nude shades, with a mixture of shimmery and matte finishes, and it’s great if you want a lighter daytime look or darker nighttime feel. It allows you to create the perfect smoky eye effect, and as the colours are really pigmented you don’t need to use much.
I chose this piece as the Estee Lauder blusher that I’ve been using for the past couple of years is just coming to an end and I thought this would be a great replacement. It’s so pigmented that you only need a tiny amount to add a bit of colour to your cheeks, but you can layer it to create a more dramatic look, so it should last me just as look as my last. I much rather peach tone blushers than pink so this was a brilliant choice.
I absolutely love these dramatic eye lashes. They were a brilliant addition to my make-up look as they really made my eyes stand out. I think they would be a little too bold for a normal night out, but for occasions when I want to make an impact, they will be perfect. The glue provided was extra strong so there was no chance of them falling off, which meant I didn’t feel the need to keep it close to hand.
This is such a simple DIY, but is still sure to be treasured by the recipient, as it’ll contain their treasured memories packaged up in the prettiest way. I love receiving photo gifts and I also love giving them to others, so this crafty DIY is right up my street. I printed these images using Polagram, which I reviewed here, just to give you an idea about the quality of these prints I’m using. Here you go on the simple steps.
Fill your box with the shredded paper, enough so that the prints sit will sit nicely on top.
Decorate the lid of your box with lots of nice pretty things. I used gold detail washi tape, some gold glitter dots and some gold sticky letters. All were a couple of pound and were things I had around the house in my craft box.
Pop your prints inside, close the box up and hand to the recipient.
I recently purchased some mason jars that I plan to use as centerpieces on the tables at my wedding next year, and as the jars came in packs of 4 or 6, I bought 12 of each size. As we will not be having that many tables, I have found myself with a few jars left-over so it got me thinking about what I might do with the spares, as I would hate for them to go to waste. I quickly discovered there is a huge amount of DIY ideas on Pinterest that would make great use of the jars, so I’ve posted a few of my favourites below. I just have to decide whether I want to use them as gifts or keep them for myself!
Following on from my post last month on effective packing tips, today’s post comes just at the right time for prime travelling season. If you’ve got a two week holiday booked, or you’ve got some wedding weekends to attend, you’ll likely to be taking a bunch of jewellery with you – we all know how important accessorising is, especially when you’re trying to look your best. I am terrible for either just popping my jewellery into the top compartment of my suitcase or taking a bunch of unnecessary boxes with me for each piece. Both of these techniques are silly when you can make it so much easier for yourself. That’s where The Little Book of Earrings is a saviour to space-conscious, earring obsessives like myself.
These little life savers come in two different sizes – the little size, which holds 12 of your favourite pairs, or the regular size, which holds 48 pairs. I would be tempted to say that the little one is more suited for weekends away and the larger size would be perfect for a two week break, or even for every day storage. I like to have choice when it comes to accessories, depending on the nature of all my outfits, so I would definitely need to take these along to make sure I felt I was accessorised just right for any given occasion.
They are also very well made, with plenty of space for each pair and a nice, cushioned backing to protect everything inside. It’s got a secure popper fastening and a gorgeous padded cover, so you know it’s going to be durable whilst doing all that travelling.
They come in 9 different colours (including my favourite, gold), so they make ideal gifts for all of your favourite people as they can be suited to pretty much any taste and is something a little different for the lady who loves practical as well as pretty things! And you don’t need to worry about space, the little book is barely bigger than my iPhone 6 and the larger one is about the size of a good make up bag, so you can easily fit it in with all your other essentials.
I can’t wait to take mine to the couple of weekend weddings I have this month and next, as well as my honeymoon in October, where I’ll be looking to take all my favourite pairs of earrings to look at my best!
This post was written in collaboration with Gifts Central. All opinions are my own.