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Christmas Gift Guide and Giveaway!

Christmas Gift Guide and Giveaway lush winter

I wanted to make a gift guide with as much variety as possible without being overwhelming so I've put in a few items for different categories. Hopefully you'll find this helpful and get some ideas! Let me know which of these you'd like the most and don't forget to enter my Christmas giveaway at the end! 

For the homeware lover

Christmas Gift Guide for the homeware lover and Giveaway

I'm a bit obsessed with homeware. I want to have nice things in my home instead of just the cheapest option like when I was a student. I think anyone that has just gone to uni, has plans of moving out or even just enjoys decorating their room would appreciate these gifts.

Fairy lights are needed all year round, but they're especially useful at this time of year. You can never have too many cute lights in my opinion.

Christmas Gift Guide and Giveaway letter to santa decoration

Christmas Gift Guide and Giveaway moscow mule mug

I know a couple of people that have been wanting Moscow mule mugs for a while, and even if your recipient isn't into cocktails then the chances are they're on board with the copper homeware trend and will just love the look of these.

I think Christmas decorations make great presents, the cost of them can really add up if it's your first year buying them so why not get a few simple ones like this letter to Santa and cute stocking. Also, the little wooden tree in the background is super adorable and a great way to subtly bring in Christmas.

For the fashionista

Christmas Gift Guide for the fashionista and Giveaway
Clothes are a great option for gifts because you can get something a little bit different that you know someone would love but probably wouldn't buy themselves, like a great party dress or another scarf.

A little black dress is an essential but finding the right one can be hard, I know I'd be thrilled to get this vintage, one of a kind dress to wear through the party season!

If you're looking for men's clothing, my go to is a jumper. Everyone needs a nice jumper at this time of year and I'm loving this one from Nike, they have loads of great menswear.

Another great option would be a scarf. I have so many scarves but they can totally change an outfit so it always seems necessary to have them in every colour. I'm loving my burgundy one this year.

Jewellery is another great option and can be especially useful if you don't know someone's clothing size! These beautiful rings are all from Etsy, Tumble and Rose make all different crystal rings that I'm utterly in love with as well as some other lovely jewellery. The other rings are from BexBea and are perfect for stacking with others.

For the gadget geek

Christmas Gift Guide for the gadget geek and Giveaway

Christmas Gift Guide and Giveaway smartphone VR headset
A great place to find gifts for a gadget lover is HMV, there are loads of great choices including this VR headset to use with a smartphone. Side note, if you haven't been on a VR rollercoaster (as in, a real rollercoaster but you're wearing a VR headset) then you need to do that asap.

Another little gadget that I absolutely love is my clip on lens for my phone. It's so fun to switch it up with different angles now and then! If you know someone that loves snapping photos on their phone and doesn't already have one of these then I'm sure they'll love it!

Novelty memory sticks are super handy too, especially for students. I had this penguin one as a stocking filler one year and he's been my loyal friend ever since (he's named Percy if you were wondering).

For those with a sweet tooth

Christmas Gift Guide for the chocoholic and Giveaway mydorable

Everyone loves chocolate, right? Well, I know not everyone does, but I think it's fair to say that most people do. These MyDorable baubles are filled with their salted caramel pebble chocolates. They are honestly so so delicious, I could eat thousands of them. The beautiful packaging that you can hang on the tree afterwards makes a lovely gift. They're also included in my giveaway below so make sure you enter!

For the beauty lover

Christmas Gift Guide for the beauty lover and Giveaway pixi gift set tangle teezer

I've been a Tangle Teezer fan for a good few years now so when I discovered they have an in shower brush I felt a serious need to try it out as I always use my fingers to try and disperse conditioner in my hair but it's not quite as effective as a brush!

A little bit of a novelty gift but a toothpaste squeezer is definitely a useful stocking filler. They don't have to just be for toothpaste either, you can use them on your favourite beauty product tubes too!

I've been wanting to try Pixi products for quite a while but as I have so many beauty products that I already forget to use, it seemed silly to get anything just yet. That was however until M&S had this amazing Gift of Glow set for less than half price. I can't find this gift set anywhere anymore but there is another smaller version that would be great for trying out the brand and they also have some of their makeup in festive gift sets too like the Palette Rosette and the Silky Eye Pen Kit.


This post contains some PR samples and affiliate links, as well as delightful purchases I've made despite the dismay of my bank balance.

Vlogmas Week One - Christmas Gift DIYs & House Things

Vlogmas Week One - Christmas Gift DIYs & House Things

A slow and steady start to vlogmas. I'm sharing the gifts I've made for my secret santas, painting a copper wall and building my new Ikea Hemnes furniture! I also went Christmas shopping and broke my camera.

What have you been up to this week?

The Crushed Velvet Shirt | OOTD

The Crushed Velvet Shirt OOTD
Photos by Marie Francesca

The Crushed Velvet Shirt OOTD

The Crushed Velvet Shirt OOTD

The Crushed Velvet Shirt OOTD

The Crushed Velvet Shirt OOTD

The Crushed Velvet Shirt OOTD

The Crushed Velvet Shirt OOTD
Shirt - New Look  |  Skirt (similar) - Urban Outfitters  |  Boots - Dr. Martens  |  Belt* - Zaful

The Crushed Velvet Shirt OOTD Crystal Copper Ring
Ring* - Tumble and Rose

You'll know from my post last week that I went to Cambridge recently and this is the outfit I wore that day (I also had a jacket because I'm not completely crazy). I've had this velvet shirt for quite a while but I just always come back to it every autumn/winter, who doesn't love a bit of velvet? I'm super sorry though that I can't find anything that similar to it that's currently in stock. Let me know if you've seen anything!

I'm also wearing this beautiful crystal ring that was super kindly gifted to me by Helen from Tumble and Rose. I think this exact one is sold out but she has lots of similar ones that are just as lovely so make sure you go and take a look. They're really reasonably priced and would make an adorable gift for someone (or yourself!).

The last couple of batches of outfit photos that I've edited have led me to realise that I need to find some new poses haha. I always put my hand to my hair when I don't know what to do, ah well. 

My next post will be a Christmas gift guide so make sure you're following me so you don't miss that! And tomorrow over on my Twitter I'll be launching my Christmas giveaway! 

The Debenhams Christmas Wishlist

Does anyone else find it really hard to answer the 'what do you want for Christmas?' question? I have a December birthday too so I get double the asking at this time of year. There's no shortage of lovely things around though so it can't be too hard to put together a wishlist, right?

I was emailed by Debenhams at the start of the month to tell me about the Win Your Wishlist competition where there are eight prizes to be won. It sounded like a fun post (as well as useful for my family for me to think of things I like) and fairly good odds of winning a prize compared to a lot of competitions so I made a little wishlist from their Christmas range and here's what I would love to put in a Christmas hamper from me to me!

I also want to point out the photo above of some presents I wrapped a couple of years ago and the super adorable gold fox paper. I love wrapping gifts and making them look nice but it also seems a little bit pointless when the paper just gets ripped off and put in recycling.

My Debenhams Christmas win your Wishlist blogger competition

Dressing Gown  |  Lamp  |  Perfume  |  Scarf  |  Bag  |  Lipstick

Dorothy Perkins Fox Hooded Dressing Gown
Who doesn't want a super cosy dressing gown to snuggle into on chilly mornings and evenings? I couldn't be without a dressing gown in the winter and there's quite the selection at Debenhams. I chose this one because even though you can't see it in the photo, it has a cute little fox face on the hood. Adorable! 

'Evan' Tripod Floor Lamp
I've been obsessing over the idea of having a nice floor lamp for so long now. But my current issues are that 1. nice ones are expensive and 2. I actually have nowhere to put one right now. But I should be moving soonish so then I will have some more floor space to put things like lovely lamps! I have a major thing for these spotlight style ones that are all the rage right now. They're just like glamorised photography/filming lights and I love that.

Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb Christmas Gift Set
Flowerbomb was my first proper perfume that I went and chose myself for my 18th birthday and I still love it. I still have the empty bottle because it's so pretty. This gift set is absolutely gorgeous, I've not tried any of the other Flowerbomb products but I bet this body lotion and shower gel are heavenly. I think I'd even have to keep the Christmas tree box as a decoration.

Miss Selfridge Gingham Scarf
I've been craving a new scarf lately in colours that I wouldn't normally go for like oranges and reds and neutrals. I think it's good to have options with your accessories, it can make an outfit look completely different in such a simple way. This is such a lovely and classic style that I'm sure it would last for years upon years.
Principles by Ben de Lisi Patent Clutch Bag
You can never have too many bags, right? This super deep navy patent clutch is so simple but so beautiful. It would be perfect to go with Christmas and New Year party outfits. I love the touch of gold to add some shimmer and glamour.
Unless you've been living under a rock you'll probably know that Debenhams now stock Kat Von D makeup. I haven't been lucky enough to try anything yet but when I go to London in a couple of weeks I will be eyeing up everything at the Oxford Street store. I love pretty much all the shades that Studded Kiss comes in, so many lovely deep colours!

What's on your wishlist this year? I'd love to know!

A Few Hours in Cambridge

cambridge university autumn leaves cute bobble hat

cambridge university autumn leaves

cambridge university autumn leaves

cambridge university autumn leaves

cambridge university autumn leaves

I asked in a previous post whether you guys liked these posts about my various outings and a few people said they did so I thought I'd share this one too despite not having many photos to put with it. As I'm writing this (the night before this is published) I've actually just gotten back from another day trip to Pembroke but I have even less photos from today as I was mostly driving around so I doubt I'll have a post on that. Perhaps I should do an end of year collective post of all the random photos from different places I have from this year. Again, let me know if you're interested! Anyway, this is about Cambridge.

I went on a little day trip to Cambridge a couple of Monday's ago, but due to the traffic and sat navs being stupid we ended up with just a few hours there. We managed to do a fair bit of walking around though and saw lots of lovely buildings. It got dark pretty quickly after we stopped for food though so I didn't take all that many photos. 

We stopped for food at Butch Annie's because Lee and James had previously googled burger places in Cambridge and this was apparently the best. I'd definitely be inclined to agree. I had the Honolulu Babe as a veggie burger (but I took out the chilli because I'm a wimp) and it was quite possibly the best veggie burger I have ever had. I tend to avoid veggie patty burgers because they always seem to have peppers or spicy things in which I don't like. I don't know what was actually in this one because they say it's a secret recipe but it was so so good, especially with the pineapple and the cheese. So good. I also split a raspberry milkshake with Marie which was really tasty.

After that, we had a wander around the market and over to some of the university buildings and just generally wandered around. I have some outfit photos from the day too so take a look if you're curious! Before we knew it, it was dark and time to go home as it somehow took me five hours to drive back from there, even though google told me it would only be three. Ah well, we went past the huge John Lewis warehouses at Milton Keynes which was oddly exciting to us so that made it a bit more entertaining. 

I'd love to know where you've been recently too, leave me a comment or I'd love to see if you have any blog posts about it!

The Casual Elfin Outfit | OOTD

romwe clothing elf elfin outfit casual wear cardigan skinny jeans ootd

romwe clothing elf elfin outfit casual wear cardigan skinny jeans ootd

romwe clothing elf elfin outfit casual wear cardigan skinny jeans ootd

romwe clothing elf elfin outfit casual wear cardigan skinny jeans ootd

romwe clothing elf elfin outfit casual wear cardigan skinny jeans ootd

romwe clothing elf elfin outfit casual wear cardigan skinny jeans ootd
Longline Cardigan* - Romwe  |  Plant T-Shirt* - Romwe  |  Black Skinny Jeans* - Romwe

If you know me then you might currently be wondering why on earth I'm wearing a huge green cardigan when it's my least favourite colour. The truth is, I'm not sure, but I've been rather attracted to forest green knitwear lately.

I'm loving how cosy the cardigan is, I've been wanting a long cardigan to wrap up in for a while and this fits the bill perfectly (and it has pockets!). I'm also pretty enthusiastic about how much like an elf it makes me look.

I also need to bring attention to this super adorable t-shirt. The plants and bottles are embroidered too not printed which somehow just makes it even cuter. I've had to stop myself from wearing this 24/7 because it feels so nice and fits me perfectly for a casual but not scruffy kind of look.

The jeans are also from Romwe, and also super comfy - can you see the theme of this outfit? You can find my previous posts that feature their clothing right here, I've been a fan for a fair few years!

Autumnal Adventures - Ystradfellte Waterfalls

Autumnal Adventures - Ystradfellte Waterfalls

Autumnal Adventures - Ystradfellte Waterfalls

Autumnal Adventures - Ystradfellte Waterfalls

Autumnal Adventures - Ystradfellte Waterfalls

Autumnal Adventures - Ystradfellte Waterfalls

Autumnal Adventures - Ystradfellte Waterfalls

Autumnal Adventures - Ystradfellte Waterfalls

Autumnal Adventures - Ystradfellte Waterfalls

Autumnal Adventures - Ystradfellte Waterfalls

Autumnal Adventures - Ystradfellte Waterfalls

Autumnal Adventures - Ystradfellte Waterfalls

Autumnal Adventures - Ystradfellte Waterfalls

Autumnal Adventures - Ystradfellte Waterfalls

So here are some more photos of the walk that we took on this day. It was such a lovely day (Halloween, in fact) and we had wrapped up quite warmly only for it to be 17°! Not what we expected on the last day of October. We've been here twice before but it looks quite different in different seasons and they've also cut down quite a lot of the trees since we last went.

Let me know if you like this type of photo diary post as we're always going on mini adventures so I could definitely start taking more photos to share with you. Or if you just want to see little snippets then make sure you're following me on Instagram!

This walk is about four miles I think back and forth, the path is quite varied but there's nothing too strenuous. The hardest part for me is the walk back up the steps from Sgwd yr Eira (the waterfall that I've shown here, you can walk behind it too).

If you haven't seen the other posts this week in my Autumnal Adventures mini-series then make sure you have a gander if you enjoyed this post. I'd love to know what you've been up to this autumn too, do you enjoy forest walks?