Monday, 30 November 2015

House of Fraser: #SecretStylist Secret Santa

Okay, I'll admit it. I'm a sucker for a secret santa. I'm involved in a few blogger ones this year and I'm super excited for them as you really have no idea what you're going to get. Plus, isn't it always lovely to spend time finding out what people like and choosing the gift that you think is going to be perfect for them? House of Fraser challenged a few bloggers to choose some jewellery for their assigned Secret Santa, acting as a #SecretStylist and figuring out what they will love so this post is about the jewellery that I myself recieved as a gift from my own Secret Stylist!

So I got two things from my Secret Santa, the first of which was this beautiful feather necklace. This is definitely something I would have picked for myself as I'm a bit of a fan of dainty necklaces and I'm loving silver at the minute. I love little symbols and cute things like that so my secret santa did an amazing job choosing this for me - bravo, whoever you are because this necklace is just me all over!! The second piece got another huge thumbs up from me and it came in the form of this simple little ring. Again, it's silver and it has a cut out arrow symbol, keeping with the theme of the symbol of the necklace. I'm not sure if I would have picked it myself but that's matterless as I love it and it fits perfectly thanks to it being adjustable, another thing my secret santa gets a huge thumbs up for. As someone with very scrawny fingers, finding rings can be quite a task and even XS usually slides right off, so yep, another round of applause for the buyer please!!

If you're still in the midst of your Christmas shopping, House of Fraser jewellery is definitely worth checking out. They have some beautiful pieces for every budget, from necklaces and rings under £10, to the designer watch for that special someone you want to treat this season. I'd love my Secret Santa to reveal themselves - I'm too nosy not to know!

Amy x

Sunday, 29 November 2015

The Sunday Post: Christmas Jumper Style


I've got some bad news for all of you humbugs out there - Christmas is almost upon us. You can't deny it anymore so it's time to get out of that scrooge mindset, get the decorations down and get that Christmas jumper on! I've made no secret of the fact that I love the festive season and love any excuse to talk about Christmas so yep, my Christmas jumper is out. Asda helped me get truly into the spirit with a brand, spankin' new one and this year, the jumpers are bigger, bolder and better than I've ever seen. I love this navy one. It's fluffy, it's glittery, it has sequins and best of all, it has a Christmas pun. What more could you want from a novelty jumper, made for the jolliest time of the year? 

Anyway, Asda challenged me to show you how to make a Christmas jumper that little bit more stylish so first of all, I decided to layer it with a grey roll neck jumper. I'm always cold, so layering is a given for me, but I think the roll neck gives the jumper a bit more of a fitted look. It's a subtle change but if you think of the jumper without the roll neck underneath, it's a powerful one and really does make a difference to the overall look.

To make the whole outfit a bit more glam, I added the black faux fur hat, something which I think really makes a difference. Granted, you might not want to wear the hat all day if you're just in the house but if you're going out in your jumper, it does give the outfit a bit more of a "serious" look and balances it out just that little bit. I also added the absolutely adorable cross body bird bag - I mean look at how bloody cute it is! It's Christmassy enough to add to the outfit but not so Christmassy you won't be able to use it again after December is over, something which I'm always bearing in mind when buying festive accessories. 

Finally, to just finish the novelty jumper off, we have the traditional Christmas slippers. Boot style slippers like this are my absolute favourite because they keep my feet nice and toasty, without sliding off my feet like some styles do. Also, Harry seems to have taken a bit of a fancy to them and literally won't leave them alone. Every time I wear them I can guarantee that he's there and that he's trying to lick them or bite them or chew them - he's a menace! By the way, how cute does Harry look in his very own Christmas santa jumper?! He's not so keen on the hood, which I only put up for photo purposes, but other than that he seems to love it! Watch out for photos of Luna in her Christmas jumper soon...

So there we have it. That's how I wear my novelty festive jumper! Are you a fan of the Christmas knit?

Amy x
*this post is in collaboration with Asda*

Saturday, 28 November 2015

Psyche A/W15 Event

A couple of weeks ago, Karl and I headed into Middlesbrough centre for a night with Psyche, a store stocking mens, womens and childrens designer brands. Neither of us had ever been to Psyche before so we were really excited to see what it was like, especially Karl as he's a big fan of brands such as Ralph Lauren and Paul Smith, brands which can be found in Psyche. After a bit of a kerfuffle for want of a better word (including road works traffic jams and getting lost), we finally arrived at the store, where we were greeted with prosecco and we just got there in time for the start of the fashion show.

First, the show featured some cute little kiddies modelling the store's children's section. Oh my word, those children were absolutely adorable and my heart just about melted, especially when one of the boys brought a dog in. They all look fabulous! The guys were up next and they were sporting some seriously hot styles - check out that suit (pun intended)! The looks were bang on trend and the guys look fantastic, with styles from grunge to preppy, there was something for all ages and styles. 

Finally, the gorgeous girls took to the catwalk and it'll come as no surprise that the theme was "wow pieces." The pieces definitely lived up to their name making them absolutely perfect for the party season, with plenty of sequins, glitter, dresses and statement hairstyles to go round. The hair was simply stunning on all of the girls, featuring rings, braids and slicked back chic, the hair was done absolutely beautifully. I think my favourite piece had to be the sequin jumpsuit - if that's not a wow piece worthy of the Christmas party I don't know what is!

After the show, X Factor's Josh Daniel presented the raffle prizes (which were amazinggg - gutted I didn't win but not surprised given my luck!) and we were then provided with more drinks and nibbles. Nibbles are my absolute favourite - isn't tiny food the best? - and I think I ate about three people's worth of cheese and onion quiche but let's not talk about that... The food was all provided by The Keys and it was wonderful so hats off to them for the best quiche I've ever tasted! 

After looking around the store and swooning at the beautiful clothes, Karl and I were handed some amazing goody bags, including scarves, ties, Versace perfume and chocolate santas - yep, they were fantastic! 

Thank you to Psyche for having us - we had a fabulous time!

Amy x


Friday, 27 November 2015

The Under £30 Christmas Gift Guide For Him

Top Row (L-R): Barbour Lambswool Scarf (£19.98 in the sale) / LEGO Star Wars Alarm Clock (£18) / Oat Cable Knit Bobble Hat (£12) / Pack of 3 Calvin Klein Boxer Shorts (£23 in the sale) / 

Middle Row (L-R): John Lewis Checked Pyjamas (£30) / Black Rubber Strap Watch (£22) / 

The second of my gift guides focuses on the guys this time while still keeping the price low and under £30. I sometimes find guys quite difficult to buy for but I think that's the case whenever you're buying for the opposite sex so I always like to think outside the box and get something a little more unorthodox than the usual Lynx sets that guys are probably all too used to receiving at Christmas. Little novelty gifts can be really fun and I especially like the hipflask for this. ASOS have so many different kinds at really reasonable prices and some of them are just hilarious. I love the cartoon effect of this one which is why I chose to include it but really their whole collection is great! Another sort of novelty one is the Star Wars clock, which I class as "sort of novelty" as it is a bit of a funny gift but one that the recipient would probably end up loving once it was on their bedside cabinet! 

Of course, aftershaves are a failsafe and this Lacoste one is a great price, coming in at £28 for 100ml. Men's aftershave can be really pricey but you don't have to spend a fortune to get a great smelling one and the Lacoste ones are lovely! Pyjamas are another classic Christmas gift - I can't be the only one who still gets new pyjamas on Christmas Eve at age 22 right? It wouldn't be Christmas without them! This checked pair from John Lewis fall just within the £30 budget but I think pyjamas are something that are worth spending a bit on. Don't get me wrong I love me some Primark pjs but the difference in quality is something else when you splash out a bit more! 

What do you get your guys for Christmas?

Amy x

Thursday, 26 November 2015

Into The Woods


Cord dresses have been everywhere at the moment and I'm absolutely loving them. It's a great material for winter as an alternative to the usual thin dresses as it's so much warmer without losing the look of the thin cotton dress. This button up cord dress from In The Style is the most beautiful of colours and is absolutely beautiful for the Christmas season. I love green at this time of year anyway but this shade just reminds me so much of Christmas trees and the decorations - it's so festive. Ideally I'd have liked to wear it without the top underneath but as I'm sure you're all too aware, it has been bloody freezing of late. In fact, I'm surprised these photos turned out as well as they did as I spent most of the shoot shouting at Karl to hurry up taking the photos because I was so cold - honestly felt like I was turning to ice! 

The knee high boots have been making a reappearance too. Can you believe this pair are from good ol' Primark???? They look so much more expensive and as Primark isn't available online, I've linked up a very similar and very cheap pair from Boohoo above so if you've been looking for a pair be sure to check those out! The great thing about boots this high is that they aren't ruined by the addition of tights so can give your legs an extra layer on top of the tights without making you look like the michelin man, which let's be honest isn't a good look. 

You can get 10% your whole order on In The Style with the code AL10 at the checkout! Click here to start shopping! 

Amy x

Tuesday, 24 November 2015



Recently I haven't been able to get enough of dungarees. I'll admit I've been leaning more towards my blue denim ones of late but when this raglan sleeve top from Animal arrived on my doorstep I knew it was a job for the black dungarees. In true Animal vibe, the top has a real "skate park" vibe about it and it's perfect for a super casual, super comfy and super grunge outfit like this one. You can't see the print on the front that well but it's got a kind of sheep skull with flowers (think like a tattoo design!) which is perfect for the vibe I was going for with the outfit as a whole! 

I finished it off with my trusty vintage hat which I haven't had out nearly enough since I cut my hair off. When my hair was really short I felt I didn't suit hats anymore because you couldn't really see my hair anymore. Now it's finally almost down to my shoulders I feel a bit more confident wearing them, something which I'm so pleased about as I do love a knitted hat for the winter! 

I did need to stick on a fluffy coat over the top of this outfit - seriously how bloody cold has it been this past week?! I don't know if any of you have had snow but I know for a fact in the next few weeks I'll have gone flat on my bum multiple times - pray for me walking on the ice!

Amy x

Monday, 23 November 2015

Upper East Side


Yep, those boots are making an appearance once again. Those boots that get more attention than anything I've ever known every time I wear them because they're just that beautiful. Seriously, I've never been stopped and asked about a piece of clothing so much - people just seem to fall in love with them as soon as they set eyes on them and it's with good reason to be honest! The colour, the texture, the fit, the velvet. Is there anything not to love about them? 

I took your advice from my last post wearing them as a few of you said that they would look amazing with an all black ensemble and boy, you guys were not wrong! I love how much they stand out against the black and they really do  do all the talking. They really put a bit of "wowwww" into an otherwise very casual outfit and I know this is fast going to become one of my favourite outfits. 

The jumper is another recent addition to my wardrobe and boy oh boy, do I love it! It's the softest, fleeciest, slouchiest jumper I've ever had in my life. I'm sure if you've been in your local Topshop recently I'm sure you'll have seen a whole variety of these beautiful fleecy jumpers doing the rounds and if you're like me and love a good slogan sweatshirt, I'd definitely advise you to pick one up while you can! It's perfect for a lounge day or a study day at uni and is such a versatile, everyday essential for this winter!

Have you noticed a difference in my photos? I recently purchases 50mm lens for my Canon 700d and I think the difference in quality is insane and I'm absolutely over the moon with it. The difference is more prominent in the close up shots but I'm so happy with it and it's definitely been one of my better tech investments!

Amy x
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