Panic Buy???

Hey fashionistas, how are your festive preparations coming along?

I have spent the past week dashing through the shops on a mission to buy presents, decorations, tableware, crackers and a rude gift amounting to no more than £2.50 (don’t you just love secret santa)

Is it complete? Am I settled in front of an open fire sipping baileys, eating yule log and watching Richard Curtis movies? NOT!

I fear the trouble with shopping is that it is just too distracting. How can I possibly find presents for people when the shoe section is enticing me, as are the pre-Christmas discounts in most stores. Then there is coffee, lunch, a make-up trial at MAC and a neck massage – yes really, on the ground floor.

So, it is with the afore mentioned Baileys and open fire that I write this blog entry and purchase afore mentioned non-purchased Christmas presents online. Along with a number of others apparently, as forecasts* predict that December’s online sales will amount to 5 billion pounds.

So far,  I have ordered for the husband, mother-in-law, kid, brother and next door neighbour but one. All will be gift wrapped and delivered no later than Wednesday at 4.41pm –  and not one impulse purchase has been made for yours truly.

Here is my pick of the best online, fashion minded Christmas gifts, for him, her, them and us!

Her

original_shrug-in-teal-embroidered-lace 89 noths

not on the high street £89

Him

mr porter 230 marc by MJ

Mr Porter £230 (Marc by Marc Jacobs)

Teen Her

asos 25

ASOS £25

Teen Him

boohoo 18

BooHoo £18

Kid Her

very 27

Very £27

Kid Him

vertabaudet35

Vertbaudet £35 (for full outfit)

Then of course there is always ClosetBox.co.uk where you can shop for a treat for yourself!

nicki sig

Office Party?

warehouse 60 marni 370 dp 10 reiss 179

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dress – Warehouse £60

Necklace – Marni £370

Bag – Dorothy Perkins £10

Shoes – Reiss £179

Enjoy!

nicki sig

Party Season…..

It is finally here! The month of the year when we can dress up, drink, dress up, drink and dress up again. Whooooop!

So, in honour I will be posting a number of party outfit ideas perfect for dinner, dancing and getting flirty underneath the mistletoe… hic!

topshopparty zara 19.99 charlotte olympia 595 rene caovilla 1180

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dress – Topshop £80

Necklace – Zara £19.99

Clutch – Charlotte Olympia £595

Shoes – Rene Caovilla £1180

Strapped for party dress cash? Then simply sell last year’s LBD on ClosetBox, then go shopping!

nicki sig

Are you suffering from Stuffocation?

This week saw a very interesting, and very relevant, feature in the Evening Standard about a 21st century problem penned as ‘Stuffocation’

The afflicted will find themselves in situations such as, writer James Wallman says, “Having a bulging wardrobe but not being able to find anything to wear, having to fight your way through piles of stuff that you do not use to find the thing that you need, and on receiving a present, not having the gut reaction of ‘thank you’ but rather ‘why would I want this?’. With up to half of Londoners now feeling this way.”

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We are now realising that we do not need mountains of stuff for status, symbolism or material recognition but instead we  need to start streaming our lives, downsizing, recycling and reducing our waste.

He suggests thaat everyone should use the festive season wisely. Start by clearing out anything that is not needed anymore, and also think about your gift ideas. Do not buy more stuff, but opt for experiential presents instead. Make a memory not a mess!

Well, there is no easier place to start than ClosetBox. First clutter stop should always be the wardrobe. So, if you haven’t worn it for years or it doesn’t fit, then get camera snapping and posting – especially with our festive free listing code for the whole of December. Xmas2013

Get selling and enjoy the freedom. (and profit of course!)

nicki sig

Christmas Jumper Day – Save the Children

On Friday 13th December, it is officially Christmas Jumper Day. A day when we can all make the world a better place by wearing a Christmas jumper for the day and giving £1 or more to Save the Children.

Schools, offices, colleges and cheerleading temas can all get together and fundraise on the day.

Here is some Christmas Jumper inspiration from the high st.

 xmas ted bakerTed Baker £99

H! by HEnry Holland 38

H! by Henry Holland at Debenhams £38

topshop48Topshop £48

john lewis 49.00

John Lewis £49

dorothy perkins 29Dorothy Perkins £29

text WOOLLY to 70050 to donate £1
You’ll be billed £1 plus standard rate text message. Include NO INFO to stop further communications.

Join the Woolly Revolution

nicki sig

Designer Dolls

Whether it is funky teddy bears, painted elephants or decorated plates, I simply love a quirky campaign that requires a designer/artist to put their stamp on an alternative product – and even more so when it is in the name of charity.

The latest fundraiser is for UNICEF, and involves a number of design houses creating a one-off doll with the theme ‘Wonderful Paris’ in mind, to be sold at a UNICEF auction on December 2. The full collection will be on display at the Paris’s Petit Palais until December 1.

All proceeds will go towards providing vaccinations for children in the Darfur region of Sudan.
Here is some of the designs from the world’s most elite designers.
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Chanel for UNICEF
Dior-unicef-designer-doll-vogue-26nov13-pr_426x639
Dior for UNICEF
Dolce-and-Gabbana-unicef-designer-doll-vogue-26nov13-pr_426x639
Docle & Gabbana for UNICEF
Gucci-unicef-designer-doll-vogue-26nov13-pr_426x639
Gucci for UNICEF
Jean-Paul-Gaultier-unicef-designer-doll-vogue-26nov13-pr_426x639
Jean Paul Gaultier for UNICEF
Lanvin-by-Alber-Elbaz-unicef-designer-doll-vogue-26nov13-pr_426x639
Lanvin for UNICEF
Dolls for grown-up ladies! Love.
nicki sig

Seasonal Sunday Best

coast 125 topshop 55 jimmy choo 625 charlotte olympia 645

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Skirt – Coast £125

Jumper – Topshop £55

Clutch – Jimmy Choo £625

Boots – Charlotte Olympia £645

 

Tis the season….

nicki sig