My Christmas Wishlist for 2015!

So it’s the middle of December and after gorging on the first of many sweet treats to come over the festive season (if unlike me you have resisted the temptation to eat them all!) it’s time to create the wishlist of all wishlists! I love a wishlist.. and to be honest my wishlist is ongoing! That’s enough of saying wishlist for now!….wishlist.

I recently went on a major spending spree in Waterstones coming away with £50+ worth of gorgeous new hardback books from my favourite bloggers, vloggers and fashionistas, a review of which will be coming soon! I still love curling up with a good book and a couple on my wishlist this Christmas include:

Fleur de Force – The Glam Guide (I’m obsessed with blogger/vlogger books at the mo!)

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Dita Von Teese – Your Beauty Mask (She is my ultimate beauty icon! Even her front cover is stunning!)

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Alexander McQueen – Claire Wilcox (After seeing the exhibition, I felt intrigued to learn more about the designer)

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Lisa Eldridge – Face Paint, The Story of Make Up (Just look at the front cover!!)

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Secret Garden: 20 Postcards (Time to get colouring for friends and family)

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The World According to Karl (Full of wonderful, inspirational quotes. The perfect gift for any fashionista!)

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Miles of MAC (No one can ever have too much MAC)

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I am majorly getting into Charlotte Tilbury make up. Not only are the products looking super cute, the names of the different products are so unique and I’m super excited as we now have our very own branch in London!

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Mini Lipstick Charms – £29

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Nocturnal Cat Eyes To Hypnotise, Silver Leopard & Black Magic Eyeshadow – £29

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Lip Cheat, Pillowtalk – £16

Keeping with beauty and I think it’s time to admit that yes, I’m a Naked addict. By that I mean the gorgeous eyeshadow palettes from Urban Decay that have literally taken the blogging community by storm. I’m not going to bore you with yet another review of these fantastic eyeshadows – everyone knows they’re amazing by now. However, I am going to pop a couple on my wishlist and hope to inspire you to do the same. Once you do, there’s just no going back. (For those of you who are interested I am going to be doing a W7 palette review, which in my opinion are just as fabulous on a budget buy!)

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My absolute fave palette, Naked 2 – £38

How cute is this Fujifilm pink camera?! I adore it! Or if you’re a massive Hello Kitty fan check this one out too! I was debating getting one last Christmas but never got round to it.

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I love having photos around of memories and special occasions and I’ve found a few gorgeous frames from Paperchase that I absolutely love this Christmas.

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Mystic Rose Frame – £10

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Vision Peacock Frame – £15

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Flamingo Frame – £18

My computer is literally so old it’s practically running Windows 98 (which is saying something as it’s a Macbook!!) so it’s definitely in need for an upgrade. I have been looking at getting a netbook for a while now – something that I can pop in my handbag so I can set myself up in a coffee shop over lunch and get on top of my blogging. I love this ACER from Currys, which is sleek and versatile, perfect for working on the move!

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In 2016 I want to get mega organised with my blog and in order to do so I am looking to get a Blogger Planner. These Blogger Planners are perfect for keeping organised, planning content and brainstorming new ideas. They also have such lovely quotes and are seasonal, offering beautiful pastel shades in the Summer and blacks, greys and whites in Winter. Available from The Bloggers Planner.

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In 2016 I want to fill my home and life with everything rose gold. I can’t describe how much I love this colour. A slightly pinker version of a copper colour, it looks most fabulous with rich dark purples and white.

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Lantern from New Look – Now £5.99

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Tealight Holders from eBay – £7.99

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Bellini Rose Gold Coloured Furniture from Kaleidoscope – From £92

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Cushion from Ted Baker – £50

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Fairy Lights from Christmas Time UK – £34

When I was last in Debenhams (One of my fave department stores with excellent sales!) I spotted these gorgeous Ted Baker PJ’s. All of Ted Baker’s sleepwear and lingerie range is so beautifully silky and soft and so perfect for curling up in on a Winter’s evening. It’s a shorts and vest set too meaning you won’t get too overly toasty curled up under layers of duvets and blankets!

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I am totally besotted with the new Michael Kors Rose Gold perfume. Not only is it such a stunning colour but it smells so yummy that I kept the sample in my bag for weeks! Definitely check it out if you haven’t already. I hope you love it as much as I do.

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What are on your Christmas wishlists? If you’ve posted them on your blog make sure you send me your link in the comments!!

Becky at Pretty & Petit

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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. 

 

YouTube Introductions: Mrs Rodial

As part of my YouTube Introductions series I want to introduce you to some of my favourite YouTube channels!

This week I am featuring Mrs Rodial. Mrs Rodial is the ultimate ‘How To’ channel providing guidance on the latest celebrity looks, beauty tips and fashion highlights.

The Mrs Rodial channel, is run by Maria Hatzistefanis, founder of Rodial Skincare & NIP + FAB and inspiring role model for those wanting to go into the beauty business. She has over 50.9k followers on Twitter, 263k followers on Instagram and 21.5k subscribe to her YouTube channel.

I’ve included a couple of my favourite videos below, including a Q&A session on how she started her business, her review of the Balmain for H&M collection and skincare for when you’re in your 20s.

She is such an inspirational lady who I really hope I have the pleasure in meeting one day. I absolutely love her top tips and advice on all things beauty and hope you do too!

Do you have any YouTube channels you would like me to check out and review? Leave your links in the comments!

Becky at Pretty & Petit

Get The Look For Less!

Today I am looking at how to get a fabulous outfit for Spring 2016 for under £100!

Taking inspiration from Danish brand, Designers Remix from Charlotte Eskildsen, off the shoulder looks are going to be a key trend for Spring 2016, providing a feminine, laid back look to any outfit. Charlotte uses beautiful, plain designs with gorgeous ruffles and frills to add a subtle extra to the outfit.  The off the shoulder leather dress from the ready to wear collection shown below is an excellent example of this perfect combination.

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Using this inspiration of the off the shoulder look I focused the outfit around a cute berry coloured dress from Boohoo.com. I love plain, simple dresses from Boohoo as they’re so versatile and so easy to accessorise for different occasions. They are always made of quality fabric and seem to last for ages. This dress was an absolute bargain at £15.

As this outfit is for Spring 2016 I thought I would pop a black hat at £13.99 from ASOS with this outfit to add some chic and to shade my eyes from the sun which is still quite low at this time of the year. Some cute ankle boots only £39.99 from New Look give a great look for Spring walks in the country, or strolling round Spitalfields market on the weekend.

To add a bit of glitz and glam to the outfit I included some gorgeous earrings only £5.99 from New Look and a studded bag, £22.99, enabling this outfit to go from daytime to evening, for a date to the cinema or dinner with friends.

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This post has been submitted into the Get The Look Competition in association with Travelex. Every vote counts so make sure you pop over to the website by clicking here to view all the entries – including this one! Voting closes on 4th November 2015.

Becky at Pretty & Petit

Outfit of the Day – Christmas 2015

I’m currently trying to find the perfect outfits for Christmas 2015 and have decided to go with something warm, cosy but with a bit of sparkle too!

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This Biba Cardigan from House of Fraser is perfect! Great for getting last minute shopping on Christmas Eve to Christmas Day dinner before curling up in front of the TV.

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Cardigan – Biba at House of Fraser

Black vest top – H&M

Black Skirt – H&M

Black Leggings – Atmosphere at Primark

Boots – Office

Have you started planning your Christmas outfits yet? Would love to hear what you’re wearing!

Becky at Pretty & Petit

#LoveMe Challenge – Day 20

Prompts

Something you love to wear

I love to experiment with different styles and colours. I absolutely love patterns whether that be a simple floral pattern or a unique printed pattern. I love to dress up in different items and definitely have a bit of a shopping addiction with the amount of clothes I own in my wardrobe!!!

My favourite international clothing brand has to be Black Milk clothing. Based in Australia, they offer an amazing range of unique printed items. Over the years I have collected Disney princess leggings, snowflake leggings, a Christmas ribbon printed dress, a pumpkin printed dress and a spiderweb skirt. I absolutely love how each item is handmade and is made with such care. I always feel like every item I receive from them is of the highest quality.

My favourite type of clothing has to be the A-line skirt which I often wear with bardot tops for a cute, girly outfit. I often wear a black striped skirt with a black bardot top which has a particularly Parisian feel!

My favourite A-Line skirts..

Warehouse Metallic Paisley Print Skirt - £38

Warehouse Metallic Paisley Print Skirt – £38

Monki A-line 70'S Suede Skirt - £60

Monki A-line 70’S Suede Skirt – £60

River Island 70'S Geo Zip Front Mini Skirt - £30

River Island 70’S Geo Zip Front Mini Skirt – £30

Embroidered Jacquard A Line Mini Skirt in Black - £25

Embroidered Jacquard A Line Mini Skirt in Black – £25

Red Abstract Jacquard Woven A-Line Skirt - £10

Red Abstract Jacquard Woven A-Line Skirt – £10

Do you have any particular favourite items of clothing?

Becky at Pretty & Petit

Inked Shop Review

Usually I only tend to review businesses from here in the UK but as this is a fashion related post, I’ve decided to go international as I absolutely love this brand!

Inked Shop, based in the United States, provides women’s and men’s clothing, merchandise and homeware from many alternative designers. They offer reasonable International Shipping although be aware you may need to pay a customs charge on delivery.

I absolutely love the different designers on Inked Shop and I especially enjoy anything Disney related. So imagine my delight when I came across this Frozen inspired T-shirt by Black Market Art! I absolutely love it. The design is so cute and whilst I normally don’t wear T-shirts because of the neckline, I really loved the scoop neck on this.

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Below is my wishlist from the website! Do you have any favourite items? Let me know in the comments!

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Click here to view the full range available.

Becky at Pretty & Petit

All images from Inkedshop.com

#BigBloggerConference

Yesterday I attended the #BigBloggerConference! The event was organised by @LDNMeetUp and was held in Hotel Russell, a beautiful hotel in Russell Square, London. Chandeliers adorned the hallways with beautiful decorative mirrors and gorgeous hanging baskets lined the fence to the grand entrance of the hotel.

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Front of the Hotel Russell, London

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The beautiful chandeliers throughout the building.

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Desperate for one of these mirrors for the hallway!

We were provided with some cute gifts from Ohh Deer and Jelly Belly and started the day with a number of really insightful workshops, starting with ‘Pinterest 101’ in which Elizabeth Sellers, Pinterest UK Ambassador gave loads of fantastic tips on how to use Pinterest with blogging. This was great as I have been using my personal Pinterest account more and more lately. I love looking through the beautiful pictures, gaining inspiration and creating wishlists! It’s fantastic for my blog too as it features a lot of smaller businesses and Etsy shops which I have not come across yet. I’m always excited about what I may find on there. So make sure you keep an eye out for Pretty & Petit on Pinterest soon!

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Check out these cute gifts from Ohh Deer and Jelly Belly!

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The lovely Elizabeth navigating us through Pinterest.

Next up we had a workshop from Jasmin Charlotte, Lifestyle Blogger in SEO. I have to admit, whenever I hear ‘SEO’ I seem to cower a little. I absolutely love social media and marketing – I do it as my full time job! but when it comes to SEO something about it makes me want to run into a corner and hide. It’s just not an area that I have an interest in. Jasmin however changed that yesterday. Through providing fantastic tips and advice she informed us of the best ways in which to aid SEO through our blogs. She noted that content is key and provided useful stats about the optimum number of words to include in blog posts and so on. It was very insightful and it was a fun approach to looking at SEO from a bloggers perspective.

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The lovely Jasmin providing us with an insight into the world of SEO.

Finally we had a workshop with Sarah Moody of The Prosecco Diaries in how to monetize our blogs. It was so nice to hear a bloggers perspective on how to do this. It is rare to hear of how much a blogger may be earning but with the rise in blogger and vlogger ‘celebrities’ it just goes to show that if you can put the hard work in you will definitely reep the rewards. I’m excited to take on board some of her advice through consultancy and developing my blog brand. It’ll be exciting to see what the future holds for my little blog!

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The lovely Sarah sharing her top tips on monetizing our blogs!

We headed out to have some (really delicious) cake! before heading out for lunch in the park opposite the hotel. As you might recall it was a beautiful 29 degrees in London yesterday and it was so nice to see everyone enjoying the hot weather. I definitely recommend heading over to Russell Square if you are ever in London. It’s close to the British Museum and is such a lovely place to stop and have a picnic. They also have a cute little cafe there that sells sandwiches, cake, ice cream and even prosecco!

We headed back to the hotel for the second part of the day which incorporated an exhibition. This interactive exhibition provided us with the opportunity to meet with brands and see their products first hand! I handed out my lovely new business cards and collated information of the amazing brands that were exhibiting. Brands included:

  • Shoeaholics
  • Scoliosis UK
  • Made by Jade
  • The Gifting Lounge
  • Look Fantastic, Beauty Expert and HQ Hair
  • Designed by Henna
  • The Parlour
  • Comb
  • Beau Bronze
  • Suti Skincare
  • SASS
  • House of Fraser
  • Heaven
  • Jewellerybox.co.uk
  • My Protein
  • Bee Good

(Sorry if I have missed anyone!)

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The amazing Shoeaholics stand. I absolutely loved their cute cupcakes and check out the leopard shoes on the right! Stunning!

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Made By Jade stand. Loved the cute leather bracelets!

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The Gifting Lounge stand. So bright and colourful! Such a cute range.

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The Look Fantastic stand, full of beautiful boxes of beauty gifts.

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Beautiful packaging on the SASS stand.

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A sneak A/W preview from House of Fraser!

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JewelleryBox.co.uk has the cutest range of jewellery. So many dinosaurs!

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The Heaven skincare stand. Loved the packaging of their gorgeous products.

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Bee Good with their bee inspired products and cute sweet and savoury biscuits!

There were also ‘tweeting’ challenges throughout the afternoon in which we had to provide tips and our favourite products to the brands we had come across throughout the afternoon. Make sure you look out for some reviews of these fantastic brands in the coming weeks!

The Parlour were offering cute braiding on their stand and how could I resist? These cute braids literally lasted all day and I really didn’t want to take it out at the end of the day. Their salon isn’t too far from me so I’m so excited to go and try them out – especially after reading all the amazing reviews they have received!

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Beautiful braids from The Parlour

At the end of the day a raffle was held with proceeds going to the Scoliosis UK charity. I never say no to a raffle and was absolutely delighted when I didn’t only win one prize but two! The first was a lovely gift set from Paul Mitchell and the second was an amazing beauty bundle from W7. I couldn’t wait to get home and try everything out so be prepared for some upcoming reviews soon!

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My beauty bundle from W7

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Collection of goodies from Paul Mitchell

Overall it was a fantastic day and I wish I could do it all over again! Thank you so much to the organisers from @LDNmeetup, including  and . You put in so much hard work for us all and it truly paid off. I can’t wait until the next event!

Becky at Pretty & Petit

21. Foxford

This week my featured business is… Foxford!

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I first came across this independent clothing business on Twitter and absolutely fell in love with their clothing. Launching in 2014 they are based in London and have produced collections that include hoodies, T-Shirts, bomber jackets and beanie hats. Each item includes either a really cute fox emblem or a beautiful typography of their Foxford Vintage logo making each item unique.

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They have both womenswear and menswear collections and every product looks as though it is made to the highest quality. Prices are very reasonable ranging from £9.99 for a beanie hat to £49.99 for the bomber jackets.

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My absolute favourite item is the Foxford bomber jacket. It looks so comfortable and warm! I have also put a couple of my favourite items below including a couple of cute T-Shirts so you can see how beautiful the typography is. All the items are perfect for Sunday lounging around or walks in the park.

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Click here to visit their website. To get your 20% discount use the code “PRETTYPETIT PETIT”

Becky at Pretty & Petit

All images taken from Foxford twitter feed and website.

18. Esemee Fascinators

This week my featured business is… Esemee Fascinators!

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As the wedding season approaches it’s time to find the perfect fascinator to match your wedding outfit! Esemee Fascinators host a variety of beautiful, artistic fascinators and act as a the perfect accessory.

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Suzanne, the owner of Esemee Fascinators set up the business after requiring a fascinator and was unable to find a bespoke type that she was looking for. She has created a range of bespoke fascinators with stunning matching bags to complete any special occasion outfit.

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Created using materials such as soft feathers in an array of unusual designs there is something to match any colour combination. For childen there are pretty bespoke headbands with butterflies and flowers adorning them that are perfect for flower girls and bridesmaids.

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I have included some of my ultimate favourites below. Do you have a wedding coming up? I’d love to hear which are your favourites!

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I particularly love the range of fascinators to choose from on the website and in all different colours. The creativity of each fascinator is amazing, I love how artistic they look and what a statement they make.

Click here to visit the website and to view the full range of beautiful designs.

Becky at Pretty & Petit

All images were sent to me from Esemee Fascinators.