The start of December means one thing - (aside from a guilt-free daily dose of chocolate)... My Christmas list has been submitted to my mother and other loved ones (at their request that I do so, not my insistence - promise!)
... so I thought I'd share it; maybe it'll give you ideas for what to ask for for yourself or what to get for others.
Fearne's Favourites Hat box, £26.66 by Fearne Cotton for Boots
Fearne Cotton always looks polished but not overdone, and I always love getting a selection of new make-up for Christmas. Day-to-day I stick with a tried and tested formula but I love experimenting. I especially love the presentation case for this, the make-up bag (of which I need a new one), and the leopard-print puff - the perfect finishing touch to a great Christmas prezzie at a very reasonable price!
(Image from www.officialfearnecotton.com)
Sweetness Crochet Lace Dress in Cream, £195, Reiss
I am so in love with this dress; especially since seeing Taylor Swift looking so gorgeous in it at the BBC Teen Awards in our very own London town. It's a bit steep price-wise but I believe, very versatile. A great neutral dress for layering in Winter, tea parties and picnics in Spring (watch out for the grass stains) and dressing up for dinners, parties and dancing.
Pretty, pretty please Santa?
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Corioliss C2 Platinum Zebra Hair Straighteners, £119.99, Corioliss
One of the more practical items on my list; my hair straighteners died recently and need replacing. I have to stop borrowing my flatmates GHDs sometime soon. I think GHDs are great but these Corioliss irons are supposedly the next generation. They also allow a little more scope for styling, which is great for me as I don't suit the dead-straight look and need a bit more movement to my hair than I've found GHDs afford me.
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Chanel glasses, approx. £138, any good opticians
My glasses have been broken forever, because I don't look after them properly. I figure if the rules of sunglasses (see here) apply and I get myself a pair of specs I actually care about, they'll last a lot longer.
I'm a fan of thick black, square-ish frames because they define the face so well and don't look weird with black eyeliner on underneath as some styles do (in my humble opinion).
And of course, Chanel do this style best. Obviously the price of prescription lenses will have to be factored in but glasses are back in a big way and no one can argue with those intertwined Cs.
(Image from eyewearbrands.com)
2011 Flash Floral Flexible Linen A5 Diary, £10, Paperchase
Many people ask for calendars for Christmas - I'm much more of a diary person. I like to use them as a diary/scrapbook/journal (not for writing who my crush is, but for sort-of... documenting life and stuff). I prefer not to go by academic year because it's too depressing planning your life based on when you study, and I like to have at least half a page per day (this diary has a page per day and half for each day of the weekend) to have enough space to get creative.
I like to get a pretty diary for obvious reasons. This year I had a plain black one (trying to be professional, was actually just depression-al) and it didn't bring me half as much joy as my 2008 or 2009 diaries. Shallow it may be, but give me pretty every day of the week.
(Image from www.paperchase.co.uk)
Diana F+ Clone Camera in Mr. Pink, $104.99 (approx £70), Modcloth
A vintage classic, always sells out quickly on Modcloth. Produces beautifully flawed photographs; my dreeeeaaaam camera!
(Image from www.modcloth.com)
Lomography Black & White 120mm Film, $11.99 (£7.60), Modcloth
For the camera above. I also need more film for my Polaroid camera (SO grateful they decided to keep producing it in the end)
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A top-up on my favourite perfumes. (available at all big department stores)
From top: Chanel Allure (for going out and lazy summer evenings, dusky yet light, sexy yet soft), Cacharel Promesse (for day-to-day, sweeter than sweet), Cacharel Amor Amor (for evenings, kind of sensual and distinctive), DKNY (for day-to-day, fresh and crisp like an apple).
Charms, Thomas Sabo
I got a Thomas Sabo charm bracelet a couple of birthdays ago. When I was first given it, it had one charm on and I've been building it up ever since. Because the charms are pretty reasonably priced (they're all sterling silver and range from about £15 to about £50), they're a great thing for me to ask for for Christmas and birthday presents.
(Image from allcharms.co.uk)
Necklace in Wonderland, $24.99 (£16), Modcloth
So yeah, there's like a thousand things from Modcloth that I could put on here, but this necklace makes me squeal. I love anything Wonderland-related; it's always been one of my favourite novels and one of my favourite stories in general.
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Near a Gnome Mushroom Candle Set, $16.99 (£11), Modcloth
Modcloth's homeware is always so adorable; these candles are just the right amount of whimsical without having the vom-factor.
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Philosophy Holiday Greetings Mailbox Beauty Gift Set, £18, John Lewis
Yummy yummy yummy. I love philosophy shower gels, I use them loads. These ones sound particularly tasty (not for eating).
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Bralet, £20, and Briefs, £6, Topshop
Definitely a fan of silky undies.
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ASOS Set of Two Vintage Style Metal Hair Pins, £8, ASOS
I SO wouldn't mind finding these in my stocking. Expect to see a lot from ASOS over the coming weeks, I went a bit mad adding things to my 'saved' list.
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Other than that, I like to get a decent amount of chocolate and a good book or two. I'll be asking for one of the coats from my 'Like, Coat-ally Adorable' post and maybe another pair of gloves from my 'It Must have been Glove' post.
Of course, there are more things I want - that's human nature - but I've learned to keep Christmas requests mostly practical, with a range of prices (for a range of budgets) and put enough on my list that I know I won't get everything, leaving an element of surprise.
Luckily my family know me really well and know that if they buy me something pretty that's not on the list, I'll probably love it - so I get lots of little gifts, rather than one or two big 'uns.
I'll let you know all about the exchange of gifts when it happens on the big day!
Ciao for now,