New Year || Silent Celebrations





Whatever you do and who ever you are, I hope you and yours have the most amazing New Year and beyond. I appreciate each and every one of you for supporting me over the last few years and also over on my newer lifestyle blog Lady Woolf (link) and plan to make both blogs more professional and relevant to your needs and tastes. 

Here's the 2015! 


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15 Christmas Sales || Which Sales Are Now Live!


It's fair to say we all love a good sale and at the end of the year it's great to use the sales to treat yourself - or - to pick it more gifts for the following year. I tend to do both but only when the sales one that you really can't bypass either because the products are a great price or the products are on my wishlist. 

Most in-store sales start on Christmas Day or Boxing Day but online you're good to go right now - you can shop in the comfort of your own home and get the best pick of the bunch without ever having a randoms elbow in your face *win-win* Here's fifteen of the best. 


Sales 

Argos || This sale starts on Christmas Day but it's supposed to be a good one. 

Boots || Up to 50% off. There are French Connection candles, Mini Hot Wheels sets, Mega Bloks for boys and girls and a range of bath and body treats. 

CutEcosmetics  || Up to 70% off || Brands in the sale include - Butter, Balm Balm, Bellapierre, BM Beauty, Burt's Bees, Eco Tools, Fair Squared, Hand in Hand, Inika, Korres, Laqa & Co, Lily Lolo, Limecrime, Love & Toast, Lulu & Boo, Megan Miller, NCLA Nails, NVEY, Priti NYC, Revolution Organics, Rosebud & Co, SW Basics, 

Cath Kidston || This has ''just'' gone live so be quick - there's up to 50% off and plenty of bargains for all budgets. 

Goldsmiths || Up to 33% off, if you've ever wanted to own a Marc Jacobs watch now is the time as they're on sale in all colours. Of course, there are other items too.

George || Up to half price off everything from dogs jumpers (yes really) to babies to men. 

Harvey Nichols || The sale in store starts on boxing day so be quick of the mark with the online sale which is offering up to 50% off in the women's and men's departments. 

Marks and Spencers || Cashmere jackets, limited edition dresses and beautiful tee's. If you like pieces that are classic, luxurious and are the epitome of beauty then this sales the place to go. 

New Look || Up to 60% off guys so bag your winter warmers and New Year style pieces at a bargain price. 

Next || Half price or less on the usual stuff. You know you'll always find a good deal and lots of products you must have in their sale. 

Nails Inc || Prices start from £5 and the sale also includes the seven full sized shade lucky dip for £19.50. My favourite is their Prime and Polish collection (£8) which contains five full sized products suited to a natural manicure. 

The People Tree || It's not the cheapest of sales but, it's still a sale and you know you're buying luxury and ethically with this brand. If you love Orla Kiely or cat prints you're sorted. 

Topman || I'm kicking myself as I literally just purchased some of these sales items a few days back *grrr* however, there's really lovely items in this sale for your man type. 

Topshop || Up to 50% off guys. The underwear is especially gorgeous! 

Urban Outfitters || Up to 50% off men's, women's and home products. Skull money banks, front clip bra's, dresses, photo albums, room sprays to farting putty. 


OPI // Fifty Shades of Grey - Thoughts & News

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It's Christmas Eve, who else is feeling the excitement? 

We're finally settled for the holidays hubster unfortunately only has Christmas Day and Boxing Day off and I always feel so bad for those who have to work on the 25th - if this is you then I'm sending lots of virtual hugs your way. We've wrapped, prepped the food and have three surprisingly agitated but very well behaved little monsters. 

There's so much hype about Fifty Shades brand - the novel went wild and everyone got a little bit randy didn't they? While I love books I never felt the need to delve into it's kinky pages because I didn't feel that any naughtiness was missing in my life so to speak - Even when friends and family members talked animatedly about the book and how amazing it was and how I should 'totally go buy it' I just never caved in; I did with Twilight but not Fifty Shades. Then there was news of a possible movie - and - that's when the fans became divided. The actors were cast, the fans disapproved, the star actor Charlie Hunnam opted out, the fans disapproved and then Jamie Dornan was cast as Christian and things changed somewhat, I still don't know if it's for the better or worse but it's due to be released in 2015 and you know what, I don't feel the pull to go see it. 

While I just don't love the whole Fifty Shades bandwagon what I do love is the news of OPI launching a Fifty Shades Collection. The collection consists of cool grey tones and a saucy but sexy cream based red. Along with the full sized individual bottles there is a miniature collection due to launch which normally only contains a few of shades within a collection but this Mini Fifty Shades of Grey collection contains all six polishes *yay* I do love a good bargain and when it falls on New Year you can be sure to count me in. 

The colours include: 

Cement the Deal || I'd sign anything to get my hands on this stony, cool gray. 
Dark Side of the Mood || This brooding, stormy charcoal is dangerously gorgeous. 
Embrace the Gray || Let this chic, moody gray creme become one with you. 
My Silk Tie || This silky, gleaming silver has got me all tied up. 
Romantically Involved || I'm in a deep relationship with this luscious creme red. 
Shine for Me || This shimmering silver with subtle blue sparkle really turns me on! 

Although they're due to launch on January 1st 2015 they're available for pre-order right now over on Nailpolish Direct (link) and are priced at £9.50 each or £15.95 for the miniature collection. 

So... do you feel the pull of the naughty Mr Christian Grey? 

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10 Christmas Gift Ideas || For Boys


Normally I'm super organised ahead of the festive season but this year I'm really feeling the stress and the struggles for a few reasons, the first is due to my house move that never happened at the last minute - putting a house (painting, flooring and organising) back together again during the festive season is just crazy- crazy I tell you and I don't recommend anyone try it…ever! My second reason is that my three sons are all at that in-between age where they believe they're 'big boys' so this means no Thomas The Tank, no Spiderman or light and sound toys - inside I'm heartbroken and confused because what are you suppose to get children who are at that in between stage? Having a serious sit down and think I realised they adore their gadgets and creative toys. They can't get enough of Youtube and music, they adore building Lego (who doesn't) and love to play their school friends on Xbox Live. I figured my dilemma would be something that many parents are going through or are going to go through in the next year or so and hopefully this post will inspire, or at least save you some brain-ache when that time comes. 

With us being so close to Christmas I figured it's wise to look to shops that are close by and are trustworthy because it's too late in the game to be worrying about unreliable posting from bad brands. I've considered what would be popular, I've even sneakily interviewed my little monsters to gauge how interesting specific toys are and the winners seem to be anything by Apple,  Xbox consoles and games and Lego. What I will say is be a bit selfish if you're asking Santa to bring any of these gadgets because life can get very noisy - ask for earphones also. Tesco have some amazing House of Marley earphones which all three of my mites have specifically asked for and also Gear 4 Angry Birds earphones which are suited to both girls and boys. 

Ipod 7th Generation | House of Marley Riddim Earphones | House of Marley Smile Earphones

Having secretly browsed the Tesco's website with my three little men under the precedence of 'adding to their Santa lists' they all think that the House of Marley Riddim Earphones and the House of Marley Smile Earphones are heads and shoulders above the others. They also each asked for a new 7th generation IPod - Cole would like the yellow, Cooper wants the blue and Rome wants the green colour, the different colours will definitely save hours of arguing over who's is who's. 

These are excellent additions to any IPod and my sons have the older IPod which is really fantastic because there's some excellent learning apps, they can make their own music playlists and there's parental controls too which gives you peace of mind and the addition of the earphones gives you peace, it's a win-win. 

Forza 5 Xbox One Game | Fife 15 Xbox One Game | Xbox One Console 
Ferrari Racing Wheel Xbox One 

These were already on my sons wish lists, I have two car lovers who can't get enough of car games and apparently The Crew is the latest must have game as you can alter your cars and race and I have one footballer who says Fife 15 is first on his list because it's going to be 'way better than Fifa 14' *sigh* I'll never understand these games but I do know they'll love them. 

Finally there has to be some toy's because I'm not quite ready for them to let go of the creative toys yet. 

Nerf Thunderbox Mega Blaster | Glow in the Dark Science | Lego City Police Station 

Let's be honest even big kids are going to love these toys. 

Lego's always so much fun because we all get involved when a new box of Lego comes into the home, as much as the boys try their hardest to build them on their own they always eventually rope me in- but - I secretly adore building legos and having fun with the boys. The same goes for the Glow in the Dark Science - I'm definitely someone who believes learning and education is priority, but "funess" is important too. These science sets combine both and are huge winners because kids don't even realise they're learning a new skill. 

You can find all ten of these products and more over on the Tesco Direct website, surprisingly they have everything from slippers for your nan to toys for the kids and coffee makers for your other half. If you've not started your shopping then check out Tesco’s because you will get everything in one go which saves so much stress believe me - many of the ‘it’ toys are still available here too so check here before hitting Ebay as the touts are pricing everything brutally but be quick because many will sell out.