It's the 1st November, Halloween is over, so I think that means we can officially start talking about the "C word"...... yes Christmas! In particular getting ready for Christmas. I know that during the festive season I have so many parties, dinners and family occasions to attend that I need to make sure I'm as organised as possible, so I have put together a small list of some of things you might need to make sure you are festive ready!
The Christmas Party DressI'm sure most of us will be attending a Christmas party (or three) which means if you're like me you leave it until the last minute then panic two days before hand that you don't have anything to wear and end up going online and frantically searching, or running into town and picking up a dress that you don't particularly like, but you had to have something new so it will do!
Fear not! I have saved you a little time and picked out three of my favourite party dresses from ASOS that won't break the bank. I love ASOS as they have such a huge selection of dresses and if you sign up to be premier customer (like me) you receive free next day delivery all year round!
Red knee length backless dress: £22.00
Green velvet wrap dress: £20.00
Rose gold sequined dress: £40.00
Christmas FairNothing else quite gets you in the Christmas spirit than attending a Christmas fair and the Spirit of Christmas Fair held at the London Olympia beats all fairs and markets I have ever been to, due to its sheer volume. You'll need at least a full day to get round it all but it covers every aspect of Christmas, from gift buying to Christmas decorations and the all important food and drink. I attended the fair yesterday and what I loved was finding so many unique stalls and companies that I have never heard of and certainly wouldn't stumble across on the Internet. If that wasn't enough there are plenty of cafes and restaurants dotted around and a welcoming champagne bar which is essential after a hard day shopping.
The Spirit of Christmas Fair is held at the London Olympia from 31st October until the 6th November - so hurry you don't have long!
The Christmas JumperNovelty Christmas jumpers have been the "in thing" for the past few years and I personally love them. The tackier, the more colourful and outrageous they are the better. Think Bridget and Mark Darcy and you're half way there.
Save the Children run an annual Christmas Jumper Day every December where they encourage everyone to wear silly festive knits and donate to help saves children's lives (FYI this year its on 16th December). Loads of companies get involved so for that reason alone its a good enough reason to get your hands on one.
This Christmas jumper is from Matalan and as you can probably tell its made for me! As a lover of wine I knew I had to have it as soon as I saw it. As an added bonus its super soft, has sequins on and is only £15! You can buy this jumper online or from Matalan stores nationwide.
Curly HairAs my hair is naturally very straight my going out out hair is always wavy as I think its nice to look a bit different on a night out and it gives me that much needed volume that I'm always in desperate need of. I have all sorts of gadgets to give me curly hair but recently I have been trying out the Babyliss Heated Curl Pods from Debenhams. This unique looking contraption heats the pods which you then twist your hair into and let to cool. Once released from the pods you are left with a beautiful soft wave. I don't like tight curls so the look these curl pods create is perfect for me. The pods also cool really quickly in my hair - I would say about 10 minutes, so it's great when you're short of time too!
Sparkly MakeupYou know me. I know like sparkles all year round but it's at Christmas that everyone deems it acceptable to wear glitter and people of all ages like to add that bit of sparkle to their makeup. I've been testing out some of Marks & Spencer makeup recently and I've been so impressed with the quality. These items are perfect if you want to add that little bit of shimmer and sparkle without going all out and having your face glistening like a disco ball.
Pure Luxe Powder Highlighter: £15.00 - This highlighter creates such a glow that it was hard to photograph! A beautiful golden highlight which would suit all skin tones and looks just stunning.
Autograph Face Palette: £15.00 - 9 eyeshadows, a powder and a blush all in a compact palette perfect to take in your handbag for those Christmas parties straight after work.
Ultimate Wear Cream Shadow Stick: £9.50 - This long wear creamy shadow stick provides a beautiful goldy/ bronze shimmer that won't budge, is alcohol and parable free and suitable for vegetarians.
Lip Lacquer Duo: £15.00 (for two) - I've already spoken about my love for these on Instagram as they are the most glossiest lip lacquers I own. It's obviously not only me that thinks this as they are currently sold out online but hopefully they will have them in-store or be back in stock online shortly - sorry guys!
Pure Luxe Multi-Blusher: £12.50 - This is a limited edition blusher from M&S and although it looks too pretty to use I caved in and its just as pretty on the cheeks. A beautiful soft pink that is buildable and gives a slight highlight too.
I hope reading this post has got you as festive as it did me writing it - Christmas is coming!!!!
What essentials do you have for the festive season?
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