Friday, 11 December 2015

Tis the season to be beautiful


I LOVE the Christmas party season. It's the perfect time of the year to get your red lipstick and sparkles out. Christmas parties can often be the biggest events of the year, and pictures last a lifetime, so it is crucial in my opinion to find the perfect party dress.

My go to, one stop shop of choice this year is Jones and Jones. I loved this brand a few years ago but kind of forgot about it until recently, and I was truly spoilt for choice choosing a few dresses to feature in this post! I just love their really distinctive glamorous, ultra feminine style. They really are for the girly girl, and the fifties/sixties essence in the design makes them my ultimate dress obsession (obdression?). These dresses are timeless classics, and could easily be brought out year after year to dazzle during the festive seasons.

This first dress, the Terri Burgundy and Gold Sequin Dress, was my actual choice of dress for the Gleam Christmas party this year, and it really was a crowd pleaser. With the totally gold sequinned top half, and the beautiful wine burgundy satin skirt, this has to be the absolute be all and end all of Christmas dresses! Not to mention the incredible open back, the full fit and flare pleated skirt, and the one of a kind bow detail at the back. It is perfection in a dress!


Next I have these two beauties. Firstly, the Jessie Red Lace Dress is an absolute classic stunner. Sexy, fun and flirty with a gorgeous sweet heart neckline and all over lace detail, this dress does no wrong. Slightly more subdued than the stand out Terri dress, it's the perfect party dress that will draw attention, without looking like you're attending the Met gala! As is the final dress, the Audrey Berry Dress


This dress stuns in it's simplicity, and with it's high lace neckline and full skater skirt, you couldn't look more festively party perfect. I adore the full defined pleats, and the mesh underskirt- so classically feminine but still so young, fun and flirty. Paired with your favourite red lipstick, you will look like a little Christmas doll.


I hope you loved my Christmas party picks- if you did, Jones&Jones have kindly given me a discount code to share with my readers! Visit www.jonesandjonesfashion.com and enter FREDDY20 at checkout to receive 20% off any dresses! 

Love as always,
Freddy x


PHOTO CREDIT: AILERA STONE


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Sunday, 6 December 2015

Christmas girly gift guide

Happy December! I love the festive season- there's just such a happy buzz hanging in the air that's impossibly infectious. And I just love Christmas shopping. Not so much the actual shopping part- but the excitement to watch my family open their presents from me on Christmas day. But sometimes the endless searching and stress of finding the perfect gift can take away from the enjoyment. Also, it's easy to get stuck with what to pop on your OWN Christmas list! I always find that there's so many things I lust after during the year then when it comes to making my Christmas list, I can't think of a single thing! So I've put together this gift guide with some gorgeous gifts at all different price points to give you some ideas and inspiration. Just click the pink links to shop! Please do share this post if you liked it, it would really help me :)


Boux Avenue is such a gorgeous shop, with some beautiful gifts at an affordable price. This white chiffon candle has the most incredible, fresh, sexy smell and has a really sophisticated (and instagrammable!) design, similar to Jo Malone but no where near as expensive at £10. The pink, satin sleep mask is a piece of perfection with the pretty frill and the way it ties in a bow at the back- a really stunning, unique little gift for also £10. Then finally, this pretty pink and white striped sleep shirt is a lovely present at £26, as everyone loves to receive nightwear at Christmas, and this is similar to the Victoria's Secret nightwear but not at such a cost.


Next, a more luxury gift at £159, the perfect "main" present, and also quite a romantic one- they also do versions of this for men if you're buying for a boyfriend. This rose gold Thomas Sabo "Love Bridge" bracelet is so beautiful, with it's delicate, dainty design and teeny diamante features, and also comes with complimentary engraving to make it extra special.


Another gift on the luxury side, is the Dior Miss Dior perfume. This is one of my favourite frangrances and the bottle is to die for. Perfect for the girl that puts her perfumes on display like me! There is something so elegant and timeless about the fragrance, but still really young and fresh- it's absolutely divine and a present any girl would be delighted to receive.


Now I've got a few lower-priced items to make perfect stocking fillers, secret santa gifts, or little presents if you want to show someone you thought of them, but don't have much Christmas budget. The first is this lovely pink leathery passport case, which can be found on Amazon for only £1.60! Next, the classic Christmas favourite, the Magic Wand Bubble Bar from Lush. This smells incredible, and is such a cute, pretty little gift at £5.25. Then finally, my favourite, this adorable dusky pink pom pom bag charm from Accessorise. These are very, very in right now, and look amazing clipped onto a handbag. A lovely little present for £7!


Now for the next gift, which is my new discovery and I'm very excited about! This incredible makeup brush set was sent to my PO Box by the new UK brand Fierce Face. Before I even opened the case I knew I would love it by the white leather and rose gold writing. And the brushes don't disappoint as you can see. A full set of brushes priced at £69, so really reasonable for what feel like really good quality brushes in a gorgeous carry case. It really is the perfect gift for the makeup lover, and very photogenic for blog posts and instagram which is always a bonus! 



Next, an all time favourite. It is of course, a Yankee Candle. IMO no gift guide would be complete without one. Long lasting, powerfully scented, in it's classic iconic jar, the Yankee Candle is always a winner. This is my absolute favourite smell- Fireside Treats. There's nothing nicer than being in a room that smells of toasted marshmallows! At £22 for a large jar, and £18 for a medium jar, they are not the cheapest of candles, but still far more affordable than the likes of Jo Malone and Diptyque, and just as lovely a gift.


Here I have a couple of products from the brand Skinny Dip, which is a super cool brand stocked in Topshop and Selfridges, and also their own online store. They have so many cute, quirky accessories which all make fab presents, but these two were my favourite. The first, their classic glitter iPhone cases, reminiscent of those nineties toys where you tip it upside down and the glitter slowly falls. Paired with pastel coloured unicorns, what more could you ask for? Then, these gorgeous headphones which are a bloggers dream with the pretty white and gold design. The best thing about these however, is they are designed by the poorly children at Great Ormond Street Hospital, and 100% of the profits made from the headphones are donated to the GOSH fund. If you can buy a loved one a present, and donate to an amazing worthy cause at the same time, it is a real gift. They are £30, and the phone case is £18. 


Now for the beauty lovers, I've chosen a few gift sets. The first is the Benefit "Real Cheeky Party" set, which has 8 miniature sized products in, including some of my all time FAVOURITE Benefit products such as the Watts Up highlight, Dandelion and Rocketeur blushes, and the They're Real mascara. At £25.50 it's a steal! Then there's the Ted Baker Sparkle and Shade set, which can be bought from boots for £18 on 3 for 2. Including a blush brush, a blush and highlight compact, and two liquid illuminators it's a gorgeous gift for the girl that loves to highlight and strobe! Then finally this cute little Essie nail polish duo, which is an adorable little present at £12.99.



This is something I have lusted after for a while and is one of the most perfect Christmas gifts I can think of! The amazing Kate Spade 2016 agenda. Again, a bloggers actual DREAM! The classic Kate Spade design is sublime as always, and the inside is so pretty and well laid out. I couldn't live without a planner, so if you know someone like me who loves to get organised- or someone who NEEDS to!- this is an ideal gift at £30. (They also do a medium size for £25).


And FINALLY I have the bag of the year! This Topshop beauty is perfectly similar to the IT bag of LIFE- the Chloe "Drew" bag- without looking like a fake or a copy. Looking SO much more expensive than it's small £30 price tag, it's the present of dreams for the fashion girls. Simple, sophisticated and outrageously stylish, any girls heart would skip a beat opening this up on Christmas day.


I hope you loved my gift guide as much as I loved putting it together! You can click on any of the links in my writing above to be taken to the websites if you want to shop, and if not I hope I've at least given you a little inspiration if you were stuck for gift ideas, or even what to ask for yourself. Feel free to share this post on twitter/facebook etc to give subtle hints to people who are buying pressies for you ;)

Lot's of love as always,
Freds 
x


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