Xmas 2017: Gifts for Her

For me, Christmas truly is the most wonderful time of the year 🎄 but despite the festive magic that usually dominates the December air, things can still feel a little stressful – the presents to find, the decorations to put up, the food to buy and prepare… There’s lots to think about and lots of money to be spent!

I love shopping and get enormous satisfaction from the smile on people’s faces after they receive a present that they like. You might have the perfect gift in mind for that special someone – a pair of booties they’ve been eyeing up, some cute PJs, their favourite perfume – but sometimes there’ll be that one relative or friend who are really tricky to buy for. This is where gift guides can come in handy 😏

I love finding inspiration from the gift guides and lists other bloggers have made – so I thought I’d try creating my own with the aim of making someone’s present-buying life just a tiny bit easier.

I’ve Googled, and listed, and bought, and browsed for the past week or so, and have come up with a few little present ideas for the homebodies, the bakers, the travellers, the tech lovers, the makeup moguls, the coffee aficionados and the fitness fanatics among us.

Rather than separate into the stereotypical mum-dad-boyfriend-bestie-sibling-etc. lists, I thought it would be most useful to categorise by interest – we’re all unique, and just because you’re a woman doesn’t mean you’re going to love a beauty-related pressie! 

This gift guide was created with women in mind but some might still work for guys (or at least inspire an idea!). I’m working on a ‘For Him’ list that will be posted sometime next week.

I really hope you enjoy and *fingers crossed* get some sort of inspiring brainwave if you’re struggling to find a gift for the special gals in your life.

 

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  1. Yankee Candle “Fresh Cut Roses” Large Jar
  2. Very Waffle Throw
  3. Stackers Classic Mini Deep Jewellery Box, Rose Gold
  4. TK Maxx Blue Agate Stone Bookend

 

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  1. TK Maxx Four Piece Pink Cupcake Measuring Set 
  2. Meri Meri Festive Cupcake Decoration Kit
  3. Wilko Cake Carousel
  4. Paperchase Recipe Planner File

 

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  1. Skinnydip Ice Cream Faux Fur Luggage Tag
  2. Therapy Flamingo Travel Pillow
  3. BAN DO Available for Weekends Travel Bag
  4. Calvin Klein Marissa Card Holder

 

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  1. Prynt Smartphone Printer in Mint
  2. Crosley Cruiser Turntable Record Player
  3. RED5 Party Disco Bulb
  4. Kit FRESH Portable Charging Power Bank

 

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  1. Smashbox Create & Transform Eye, Lip & Face Palette
  2. Benefit Cosmetics Sugarlicious Deliciously Nude Lip & Cheek Kit
  3. PIXI Holiday Glow Tonic
  4. NYX Professional Makeup Matte vs. Metals Lip Vault Set

 

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  1. Bodum Copper Chambord French Cafetiere
  2. Grande Kaffe Toasted Marshmallow Ground Coffee
  3. Sass & Belle Black Cat Mug
  4. Cold Brew Coffee – Techniques, Recipes and Cocktails

 

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  1. Fitbit Small Alta Fitness Wristband in Plum
  2. PUMA Velvet Rope Legging in Black & Grey
  3. NIKE Yoga Matt in Pink
  4. Ivy Park Plunge Pintuck Bralet

 

Love,

Ellie

The It-Knits (A/W 17)

“Fall has always been my favourite season. The time when everything bursts with its last beauty, as if nature had been saving up all year for the grand finale.” ~ Lauren DeStefano

By the beginning of October, trees have started to turn magical shades of pink and orange and red, leaves seem to find their way into the house every time you open the door, and that “new season” feeling has truly set in. Autumn is my favourite time of the year – finally I’ve got an excuse to snuggle up in big chunky sweaters 24/7 and spend my evenings sipping cocoa in front of the fire. I can pop to the shops in an oversized jumper dress, unbeknownst to others that I’ve got pyjamas on underneath that I haven’t bothered to change out of. I can use “it’s too cold” as an excuse not to leave my cosy house, and most importantly, I can invest in some new autumn outfits!

It’s not rare to find knitwear in the Autumn/Winter trend charts, but in 2017 there is a strong focus on textures. Cable knits, feathers and fur – sweaters this season are going to be adorned with all manner of materials and patterns. While I’ve not yet jumped on the feathered-sweater bandwagon, and that furry Zara jumper will be sitting on my wish list until I get a pay cheque, I’m so excited to have another excuse to fill up my closet with some more fluffy and velvety items.

In this post, I’ll be talking about some of the knitwear – new and old – that I’ll be wearing for the rest of the season (or year, tbh).

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This cropped striped sweater was purchased from H&M years ago, but there are lots of similar pieces on the market at the moment such as these at Forever 21 and New Look. It combines two popular trends – the monochrome striped pattern that has plastered the catwalks for the majority of this year; and the cropped style, perfect for pairing with high-waisted miniskirts or jeans, or over a flowing dress. I’m embracing texture in this outfit and pairing this crop with a beautiful lace midi-skirt (originally from an M&S sale rack, similar can be found at Missguided and Very.co.uk), a big silver chain necklace (Missguided have a gold version) and some chunky white heels (Boohoo; similar here).

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Avenir Stripe collage (FIRST ONE!)

You can find similar knitted turtleneck jumpers at ASOS and Missguided.

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Velvet

As might be evident from the name of my blog, I’ve got a weakness for anything velvet – whenever I’m adorning any soft bits of clothing, you’ll find me unconsciously stroking it throughout the day 😂. I own very few pieces of beige-coloured clothing but I fell in love with this Chenille jumper from Stradivarius as soon as I saw it on its hanger. Its beautiful texture adds detail to an otherwise plain piece, and I love the contrast of the light nude on darker colours. I’m a big fan of neutral palettes, so I’ve paired it with a really simple grey A-line skirt and black boots; the cute “bunting” necklace adds a nice pop of colour though. If you’re looking for a cheaper alternative, Tesco sell almost identical ones in three colours, and River Island have got a cardigan version!

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This gorgeous mustard yellow is going to be my staple colour this season. It’s bright and it’s bold – something I often shy away from when I’m constructing my outfits each day, but this cosy knit from Primark adds a much-needed burst of colour into my otherwise dark wardrobe. The sleeves on this piece are wider than average – I love how they look when they’re rolled up – and the neckline is almost polo-style. I’ll be wearing this sweater with black skinny jeans, a pair of chunky boots and an oversized scarf when the weather starts getting cooler. Primark don’t have this piece on their website, but similar-ish versions can be found at Missy Empire and New Look.

I hope you enjoyed reading about my (slightly unhealthy) affection for jumpers, and perhaps feel a tad more inspired to fill your own closet with knitwear and cosy clothing for this new beautiful season.

Love,

Ellie

It’s about time…

Processed with VSCO with hb2 presetEvery year, for the past six-or-so years, “start a blog” has been written amongst the tens of other goals on my New Years resolutions lists. Until now I’ve not had the time or balls to publish a website with my name and face attached to it; I’ve questioned my ability to create content that’s worth reading, and whether I am imaginative enough to write interesting posts about new topics every week!

This past summer I have tried to dedicate time to rediscovering my passion for writing, photography and art, things that I used to love doing until I let my psychology degree take over most of the space in my brain. It has been such a relaxing and invigorating summer – I’ve managed to pick up books (that weren’t textbooks!!) for the first time in years and actually get to the end of them; I’ve taken so many photos and reminded myself of why I loved photography in the first place; I’ve been able to explore new areas of my city; I’ve painted and drawn and collaged; and most importantly, I’ve moved further down the path of understanding what truly makes my heart flutter (yay for tachycardia!).

My 3-year university degree came to an end earlier this year and at the time, I don’t think I had ever felt more lost or unsure of what to do next! But after settling back in at home with my family and finding myself with lots of spare time (unemployed graduate life for ya…), my old creative interests started returning – suddenly I wanted to write & paint and photograph beautiful things and listen to inspirational podcasts and style outfits again! So I picked up my paintbrush, unclipped my camera lens, invested in some new clothes and created a blog.

Joie de Velvet will likely be a reflection of the weird and wonderful things that fill up my brain; a mixture of fashion, photography, beauty & travel, maybe with a little bit of psychology thrown in now and again. I really hope you enjoy reading my blog as much as I will enjoy writing it.

Love,

Ellie