Hello, fellow humans!
Guess who’s officially broken up for Christmas? Oh, yeah – that would be me. I spent my first day of freedom watching Christmas movies and pigging out and- it. Was. Awesome. (The last one was Love Actually – am I the only one who wanted the widow dad and the cheated on wife to get together? And what happened to Carl and Alan Rickman’s employee whose name I cannot remember? For that matter – what happened to Alan Rickman and his seductress assistant? Yeah; he’s tempted to cheat on his frankly awesome wife with a young, hot, foreign assistant. Nobody blew any brain cells there. I now need to do a Christmas Movies review post. It shall be done.)
Also, I may have possibly bought myself a little Nightmare Before Christmas necklace because I love Jack Skellington so much. Seriously – I sympathise with Sally’s swooning. She’s only . . . okay, well, I guess she’s not human. Whatever.
Back to the point!
So, I’ve actually completed pretty much all of my Christmas shopping! I know – I managed to do it before Christmas Eve; I’m growing up. Now, I would love to show you all what I bought everybody . . . but I wrapped it. And not very well either; all those dreams of beautiful packages sitting under a glittering tree are just that – dreams.
We don’t even have a tree up yet.
So, as I clearly cannot bring you all the brilliant Christmas presents I went and bought everyone, what am I showing you? Why, all the brilliant presents I bought myself.
First off, can we just talk about something that I’ve wanted since all the way back here in August – my dragon print trainers!
Yes – the first thing I bought were a pair of trainers. And they’re beautiful.
I bought these as the last pair from a stockist on Ebay, so unfortunately I cannot link them – which is why I bought them now, rather than waiting until after Christmas, like everything else; when they’re gone, they’re gone. They’re from Rita Ora x Adidas SS 15 collection (My obsession with dragons cannot be curbed – back in summer, I bought a dress with the same print from the same collection. And it’s beautiful and I recieve compliments for it whenever I wear it. You need a picture now, don’t you?)
It seemed a bit like a big buy considering I was soon to be Christmas shopping, but my Amazon cheque finally cleared (international banks do not communicate as if it’s the 21st century.) and I figured that . . . well, if I want to blog more about fashion, this purchase was more an investment. (BTW – if you want to know how I earned that cheque – check the post out here!)
Next up – well, some more things from the wishlist. This is actually a tip of mine to get the most out of your money – create a wishlist (I personally use Padlet.com . . . let me hit you up with a screenshot) of things you want and need and, when you get the urge to shop, pick things off there. Trust me on this – you will automatically refine and change your wishlist until the only things left on it are things you actually want. It’s like magic.
Besides, a good general rule of thumb is that if you can sit and pine over a product for over three months – you actually want it. Next up, though . . .
So, as I have cried over not only here but in all of my gift guides, I actually bought myself a hand chain and matching ring set from Forever 21.
Now, these I can link for you!
If you don’t think these are gorgeous, I’m sorry but you’re wrong and possibly blind. It is my sincere recommendation that you head straight out to a doctors. Please – it’s for your sake, not mine.
Next up was this “Make Your Own” necklace set; I’d been eyeing this for a while, but wondered if it was actually worth it. And then. And then. I realised, in a white hot flash of epiphany, that another thing I wanted but didn’t know if it was worth it would go perfectly with this.
And that, folks, is what you call a happy ending.
Link, link, link – okay, I think this is out of stock, because I cannot find it, but it was £9.
Why would they even care about that if they can’t get it for themselves? Sorry. God, girl, get your act together.
Now, these rings are a possible gift idea for one of my friends and are adorable.
Babe rings – £2 . . . and these are also not in stock. However, there are a lot of really cute alternatives.
We have kittens. That is all I can say to excuse Blackie’s tail in my photograph. If there is paper, rustling, sound, movement, breathing, air, or just a human being they know they can get affection off of (namely me because I’m the one that’s a: home most and b: nocturnal and willing to play with them when they’re hyper at 3am) they will be there.
These two final cute bits were more to tip me over the £21 mark; if you spend £21, you get free shipping – so I thought why not grab a few little essentials?
Okay, so that’s the Forever 21 section of my shopping all did. Now, time for a brief but necessary kitten interruption as I show you how fucking hard they made taking these pictures.
Now – enough of Blackie and Whitey (no, that is not their “official” names. Yes, that is what they are called.) Back to pretty things.
As tempted as I was to buy a watch, all I bought from New Look was a bottle.
Yes, you read right – a bottle. Just wait for it; you’ll see.
This year’s production of “The Mermaid Milkshake Bottle” is proudly presented to you by the white kitten. Yep. It’s a really cute bottle that says mermaid milkshake on it. And it has a candy cane straw. I’m a happy human.
And, last but not least . . .
Word to the wise – if you’re looking for some really fantastic deals on gifts this Christmas, look no further than BHS. I got both my mum and grandma some really great sets for just over a tenner.
How much was this gorgeous palette? About £2.50. Live Love London is having a brand launch at BHS, so all their make-up palettes and sets and whatever else is all majorly reduced. I like to think I restrained myself by only getting this one, because this was actually bought while I was out shopping for other people.
But it’s so gorgeous and perfect for Christmas party make-up.
Thanks for reading you little rascals – I’m half surprised you made it this far, but you never disappoint, so the other half of me is just slowly applauding your dedication. That’s my pre-Christmas shopping haul done – what were your favourite things I picked up? And have any of you picked up any . . . “blog investments” for yourself?