#apovgiftswap – Part 2

First off, a belated Merry Christmas to you all! I have been enjoying the festive season to the max, spending time with friends and family, eating(!) as well as decorating my first real tree. It’s been nice to have a few days to catch up with myself and to reflect on the year too – something which I explored back in my Achievements and Resolutions post for 2016/17 which you can read here. Back to this one though and I recently wrote about the #APOV Gift Swap. We were each swapped with fabulous bloggers, we shared an idea for budget and a few things on our wish list before hitting the shops. I had a fantastic time choosing for my blogger, The Trendy Orange, and had a great time reading her fashion and lifestyle blog too. In turn she sent be a box of gorgeous goodies which I was so excited to open on Christmas morning!

So what was in my box of goodies? I opened it up to find the cutest little card from Ashley with a gorgeous glitter Merry Christmas. Underneath I spotted the Pusheen Cosmetic Bag straight away. I love anything Pusheen – the cutest cat – so I was so excited to see this. Pusheen has plenty of room for storing all my make up and is so furry. His little face is gorgeous and can brighten anyone’s day!

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Next up, I spotted bright pink flamingo paper clips. I love cute stationery especially when it involves animals or fun things. I’ve just created a new desk space to enable blog and writing for 2017 so these will definitely brighten up the space!

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The next gift I could smell as soon as I opened the box – a gorgeous Lush bath bomb in the shape of a parcel. I must admit I went in Lush just before Christmas just to smell all the beautiful bath bombs! I also jumped in on the online queue for the sales on Boxing Day and spent my day waiting from 75,000th in the queue! By the time I got onto the website there was nothing exciting left! Do let me know if you grabbed a bargain though!

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My final gift was the most gorgeous candle I’ve ever seen. It’s a little pine cone with snow decorating the base inside a pretty glass jar. The most perfect Christmas decoration which I am planning to save until next year as it is far too pretty to light!

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To complete the box Ashley included a number of yummy chocolates which I can’t wait to indulge in! You can never have too much chocolate at Christmas – Yum! Thank you Ashley so much for all of my fabulous gifts – even though we have never met the gifts you bought were so special and truly wonderful.

My advice to those who are thinking about a bloggers gift swap is totally do it! It’s such a lovely way to meet new blogging friends, learn about others’ interests and in turn it’s so fun to go out and choose unique gifts for someone.

Happy Christmas and wishing you all a wonderful New Year!

Becky at Pretty & Petit

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29. The Treasured

My featured business this week is…The Treasured!

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If you need amazing gift inspiration this is the number one place to visit! From homeware to stationary to fabulous accessories this website literally has a gift for everyone in your life.

The website hosts a range of beautiful imagery of their products along with costs averaging under £20 a gift so perfect for special occasion purchases! I love how simple this website is to navigate which is great for when you’re in a hurry for last minute present buying.

Orders are processed, packaged and posted within three working days and if you’ve opted for second class packages will be delivered within five working days although they usually arrive sooner.

I’ve included some of my favourite treats from the website but let me know yours in the comments!

 

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Sleep Tight ‘Hoopla’ Hand Embroidery Kit – £11.50

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Cloud Desk Tidy – £14

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Metallic Shape Notebooks (Set of 3) – £10

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Miss Unicorn Tote Bag – £11.99

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Mr Panda Cushion – £14.99

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Pyrite Bunting Necklace – £16

Click here to visit their website for the full range of wonderful gift ideas.

Becky at Pretty & Petit

26. Miss Magpie Fashion Spy

My featured business this week is… Miss Magpie Fashion Spy!

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I have been meaning to feature this fabulous business for a while now. I first spotted Miss Magpie Fashion Spy on Twitter, which was then followed by Instagram which in turn has led to me becoming literally obsessed with trawling through the different designs on her website.

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Below I have included some of my favourite designs (and you’ll see the reason for my obsession!) These most fabulous fashionista designs are definitely something to brighten your day whatever the occasion. I also love how the designs are detachable, so when it’s finally time to take your birthday cards down from the mantlepiece (trust me, in my household it takes a while to admit that a birthday is over..) then they can be popped into a cute pretty frame and treasured forever!

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These gorgeous illustrations are drawn by Niki Groom who has worked with some of the biggest names on the high street and has been featured in fashion magazines and blogs which are famous in the fashion world.

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It’s easy to see why. Her designs truly represent an essence of fashion that every lady (or man) aspires to. I love how each design is so unique and within her stationery range there is something for every occasion. Be aware though, these designs are too fabulous to give away – so you might just end up buying one for yourself and having to buy another for your friend/family/cat.

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Want to see the illustrations for yourself? Pop into Accessorize on Oxford Street to see the most beautiful designs adorn the walls.

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Miss Magpie Fashion Spy also has a cute Christmas card collection so make sure you check it out by clicking here to view the full range available.

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Keep up to date with their latest tweets:@MMFS_Stationery

Becky at Pretty & Petit

Images are not my own and have been taken from the MMFS website.