NEXT | Festive Shop Window Design

Feeling Stylish Blog are currently hosting an amazing competition where you have to design a festive window for Next. I love Next and buy most of my clothes, homeware, and my children's clothes from there due to their quality and style and because of this, I had to jump on board and enter. 

If you have followed my blog you will know I like pieces that are transferable and classic, pieces that are stylish but can be used outside of say, the Christmas period. You will see from my shop window that I have decided to opt for the romantic setting and backdrop but teamed the delicate sheer whites and grey tones with the bold Burgundy's and Pine green for a real festive atmosphere. 

Clothes wise I wanted to show how you could go from day to night but still keeping to a chosen colour scheme, I love the cozy oatmeal stag print jumper and teaming this outfit with the slight sparkle and mini heel still leaves the outfit feminine and festive. 

And Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without the decorations and home comforts would it? Again I feel burgundy is such a sumptuous and warm colour that it can't leave you feeling warm, cozy and safe in your surroundings can it? Teaming the bold burgundy prints with the shabby chic colour pallet with the grey mirror and metal heart ornaments leaves it warm but not too oppressive. Again all of these items can be used outwith the Christmas period. 

Here are the links for all of the items pictured in my Next window mood board. (All of the items are from Next), pictured above: 

Night-time Casual 
Stud Dippy Hem Dress in Grey £55
Black Sequin Corner Frame Clutch £22
Berry Ostrich Cardigan £38
Black & Pewter Platforms £60

Daytime Cosy
Sparkle Slab Heel Shoes £30
Oatmeal Stag Sweater £24
Red Skinny Trousers £26

Bell Heart Decorations £10
Glass Light Tree's £20
Love Cushion by Kirstie Cordel in Red £20
Grey Heart Mirror £12

What would you think if you were to see these items in the Next shop window? Let me know your thoughts and if you haven't already entered this competition then please head over to Feeling Stylish now 

Hugs and Mistletoe Kisses

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Xmas is coming: Perfect Computer Game

This is an entry to the Perfect GAME competition for the chance to win a Wii U from GAME

11 Sleeps to Christmas!!! 

I am super excited and cannot wait to see what my sons faces are like, Have you all done your shopping or are you a last minute shopper? As someone who is freakishly organised I feel now that all of the shopping and hussle and bussle have been done that I can finally relax and take care of the smaller details of the day such as Christmas baking, wrapping and getting back to regular blog updating.  

I was asked if I wanted to enter the Pefect GAME competition that GAME are currently holding and of course I had to enter. I have put some considerable thought into what I would like to see in a game and what would keep me interested. I then asked my sons what they thought of my game idea and of course the response I received wasn't too positive.  I'm sure most teenagers and little girls [and older ladies] will love this game. 

Dream Game 

I love games such as Gourmet Chef (FB) and The Sims where you can really get in and design but I am always put off by the 'do you want to buy cash' ad's that tend to pop up or force you to add people or put things on your wall. If I could choose I would take the design aspects from these games. 

I love platform games like Spyro, Sonic and Super Mario Worlds (showing my age) and like most other ladies [or magpies] I love things that are pretty, look nice, easy to follow and aren't too severe so I would take the platform game aspect from these games. 

Mystery levels, mystery items and awards are all exciting so again I would add these as they keep me determined and interested. 

My game would be a world where you run your own businesses and run a town. You can build your own homes, shops, roads and you had to hold events to get the public interest up. (like concerts, build cinema's, sports events and various forms of entertainment). 

When you build your world to get some of the higher quality items like plush pads, boutique shops and better shop products you have to enter into a platform game level where you have to collect X amount of coins/tickets/magic stars and if you do you can earn hearts. Hearts can be used for purchasing the high quality items and allow you to progress further in the game. 

To keep you involved like Gourmet Chef and The Sims you will have to go and make sure the shops are stocked, the houses are being tended too and the events are going to plan, you earn coins for doing these daily tasks and if you don't then the shops will go bankrupt and the events will be cancelled (which is not good). 

I think it would be awesome because it would satisfy my need to design, to progress and I am a tad pig headed when it comes to things like this because I know I should just give up but I get so determined that I 'must' continue.

Sound wise anything some modern girly music would be fantastic, I do like it when computers give you the option of choosing the music and possibly adding in an aspect where you get to choose better songs if you plan an event or open up higher levels or specialist items. Anything by Justin Beiber, Girls Aloud, P!nk, Example, Taylor Swift or Kei$ha are a must. They maybe cheesy but for some reason I just don't get fed up of their cheesy tunes. 

I may try to draw my game inspiration (don't laugh) If I manage it without chucking something out of the window I will upload it. 

What would your perfect computer game be and why?

Betrousse: Pretty Beauty Box

This is a bit later than I wanted to post but you have all probably had the winter bug that's going about as did my little monsters. However during my short 'holiday' I have been testing out my Betrousse Pretty Beauty Box goodies. 

This particular box was a real mixed bag for me, not that I disliked it or the products contained inside but mainly because it felt all over the place with the types of products and the product styles. 
The pretty box however was stuffed full with lots of lovely products such as eyeshadow, lip-gloss, nail varnish, cleansing gel and cupcake cream (read more on that later) and more. 

This Betrousse beauty has 9 full sized products which is absolutely amazing if you consider it's competitors that have on average five products with only 1 or 2 being full sized or large sample sized. Currently Betrousse main competitors are Amarya, Glossybox, She Said Beauty and Joliebox. There are others but I feel these ones are the main one's within the U.K. 

So what did I receive in my box? 

* Papier Poudre blotting papers three pack - Costs £7.95. Each of these books of blotting papers holds 65 sheets. I absolutely love the Papier Poudre blotting papers having tried them from another beauty box previously,  I tend to keep one in my handbag, one at work and one at home as I can't go through the day without my lunchtime blot. I use to hate having shiny skin and these papers take away the extra sebum and leave me with super soft skin. What's not to love about that?

* Yves Rocher Organic Refreshing Cleanser - Costs £11 for a 200ml bottle and was wonderful at cleaning my skin at the end of the day without stripping it or leaving it feeling greasy or on the other end of the scale tight. 

*Yves Rocher Sexy Plump Volume Gloss - Costs £13.90 and it's the red gloss you see in the picture. This gloss was the right amount of pretty but glamorous and was suitable for both day and nightwear. It's easy to apply and has a non sticky texture that 'plump's up your lights slightly. Personally I didn't notice a difference with the lip plumping but I was really impressed with how nice this was on and how it didn't leave my hair sticking to my lips when I went outside. 

* Vera Valenti Eyeshadow Palette - Costs £2 I know some people received a pink version and some received the grey lilac version. I wasn't too impressed with this at all and personally I feel it may have been this eyeshadow palette that brought the tone of the box down a peg or two. The packaging is very flimsy and my eyeshadow palette came off a hinge when I first opened it. The colours are nice and have a slight metallic shine to them but the colours don't transfer on to the eyelid very well and you are left with a faded bland look to the eye. This is possibly a good palette for younger teens or those starting out with make-up. 

*Saffron Black Crackle Nail Polish - Costs 75p. One word No! No! No! I did try this out and it cracked well but scratched off far too easily and within the hour my nails looked like a cracked mess. I was so hoping that  this little 75p nail polish was going to be my amazing find, the polish to really wow me and the one that I would tell everyone about but it wasn't to me unfortunately. 

 Essyta Cosmetics body moisturising lotion for dry skin.- Costs £13.50 for a 250ml bottle. This lotion was a godsend as it's super cold, the central heating is on more and my skin was really suffering from the winter blues. After having my relaxing bath I decided to try this out and applied it to my legs and feet. I personally found the herbal scent of the lotion too much and had to wash it off but that was me personally. I tried it again the next night on my feet and it really did moisturise them and take away that horrible dry feeling, the scent is something I think I will grow to like but I doubt I would repurchase this once it's finished. 

*Cupcake Organic Frankincense and Orange day cream, - Costs £16ml for a 30ml. I was so excited to read 'cupcake' I had thought it would be sweet smelling or contain some sweet ingredient or be in an equally pretty pot made of cupcake yellows and oranges like it's super cute box, this wasn't the case and while the bright orange (excellent quality) pot was nice and unusual it didn't seem to register as having anything to do with what I perceived as being cupcake or cake like at all? The scent also was herbal and I disliked it but that maybe due to my sheer love and passion for anything cupcake-y. My cousin tried it and found it was fantastic.  

*  Kesari Radieuse Anti-Age cream - Costs £47 for 30ml. Wow what a price tag I love anything anti-ageing as I really believe that no-one is too young or too old to treat the signs of ageing naturally. It has great reviews and comes in a cute lilac pump tube. I am going to review this product separately after Christmas because I really want to give it a fair shot and be able to give you the full facts on how well this product does. 

Arganti 100% Pure Argan Oil. - Costs £10 for 60 ml. There has been alot of hype about natural oils and Argan oils in particular, I love natural oils but to be honest I was terrified of them before trying them out. This product can be used on both your hair, skin and cuticles and while it doesn't look exciting or smell gorgeous the products itself really improves your hair and skin noticeably. 

The Betrousse Pretty Beauty Box costs only £19 in which you receive goods to the value of £122 which is an amazing bargain. So far I have no doubts that Betrousse are way ahead of it's competitors and their customer service is especially worthy of noting for being so awesome. 

Betrousse's next box is the Christmas box but you can still purchase the Pretty box HERE  on their website or why not drop them a visit over on Facebook HERE 

Did you receive your Betrousse Beauty Box? What did you think about it's contents. 

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