All I want for Christmas is…

I know there are a few of these posts around at the moment, but it’s Christmas and I’m constantly being asked by those around me what I’d like for the big day. So for anyone asking, here’s some of my top choices!

asos cat watchAsos cat ears watch £25

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Asos Michael Kors dupe £22

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Gold tassle necklace New Look £6.99

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Elephant coin necklace Asos £12

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Nail art brush kit from Topshop £10

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Pure Evoke Mio DAB digital radio in Seagrass

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Remington AC9096 silk hairdryer approx £30 from Boots

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Marimekko Unikko iPhone 4 case £34

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Tess Gerritsen novels – part of the Rizzoli & Isles series

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Nail Rock red and gold metallic moon nail wraps approx £6

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You look lovely today canvas pouch £18

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Soap & Glory Flake Away body exfoliator £7.50

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This Works Deep Sleep Heavenly candle £25 and the rest of the Deep Sleep range 

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Mulberry Primrose – well a girl can try!

So that’s what I’ll be having my fingers crossed for in just over a weeks time, what are you hoping to find under your Christmas tree?

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Fashion Friday: Isabel Marant for H&M

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This week is all about Isabel Marant for H&M which launches in stores 14 November, and if you want any of these pieces you better be quick to avoid disappointment. The look book came out this week featuring Alek Wek amongst others and the collection features items for men, women, children and teens as well as shoes and accessories, so there’s literally something for everyone.

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So this week I wanted to do a quick Fashion Friday to share with you the pieces that I love from yet another great high street/designer collaboration.

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The coats in this collection are amazing! As is this embellished jacket below, which is not cheap at around £200, but the craftsmanship and quality undoubtedly speaks for itself.

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Brilliant basics are a key part of this collection, with slouchy tees, jumpers and even sweat pants making an appearance. My favourites are these two jumpers which are very simple, but the pattern especially on the red jumper is pretty cool whereas the white jumper is great for autumn layering.

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My final picks are this white aztec tunic and the tassel necklace, which are effortlessly simple but would look great dressed up with jeans, boots and a sharp blazer.

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So there you have it, a whistle stop tour of my favourite pieces from the Isabel Marant for H&M collection. Which are your favourite items? Will you be making a mad dash to get the piece you most want?

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Snow scenes and style

The UK is well and truly in the grips of a cold snap, and we over in the small island of Guernsey have not missed out on a dusting of the white stuff. Although it only lasted for one day, I made sure I got out with my camera to try to capture some of the gorgeous scenes around me.

Below you will find some of my favourite shots from the day, including one looking out over the sea. The way the snow settled on the rocks for some reason reminded me somewhat of scenes not out of place in an Attenborough documentary.

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However snow is not without it’s problems, one of the main ones being what to wear! My go to items are a cosy jumper, warm coat and of course the obligatory wellies to keep your feet warm and dry! So although the snow may have melted in Guernsey, for any of you still knee deep in the stuff here are some of my high street faves.

Jumpers and Cardigans

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Pink aztec jumper available from New Look £19.99

Markus Lupfer sequinned car jumper available from Asos £310

Aztec cardigan available from BooHoo.com £20

NYC skyline jumper available from River Island £35

Coats

asos faux fur oversized coat 110innocence camel contrast sleeve coat new look 44.99river island 60 waxed faux fur collarle breve quilted new look exc 69.99

Faux fur collar oversized coat from Asos £110

Camel contrast sleeve coat from New Look £44.99

Khaki faux fur collar coat from River Island £60

Le Breve quilted jacket online exclusive from New Look £60

Wellies

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Knee high Hunter wellies in purple available from Asos £85

When you get home

Let’s not forget keeping toasty once you get home.  My choice is from PrettyLittleThing.com and is comfort and cosiness personified, it is of course the onesie. This one is channeling Minnie Mouse chic and comes complete with the bow adorned hood, all for £35.

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Feel free to share with me any photos you have of the snowy scenes around you or the outfits you’ve been wearing to stay chic in the snow.

Animal magnetism

Just like many other 25 year olds I am partial to a spot of shopping. Ok, let’s be honest, given that I live on an island with a few boutiques and a couple of national chains any time I’m in the UK or fancy a bit of a flutter online I pretty much go way overboard.

My current favourite things to wear are sheer shirts, printed trousers, big fluffy jumpers and chunky woollen scarfs. There is however one large proportion of my wardrobe that I have so far neglected to mention, which I have become more than a little known for amongst my friends and work comrades. The printed animal motif. On anything. Shirts, scarfs, tops, jackets, you name it.  If it features an animal I probably own it.

A few snapshots of my personal faves:

Fox print shirt from George at Asda

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Reindeer print scarf from M&S

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Bird print scarf from the Mathew Williamson at H&M range

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I can’t put my finger on exactly what it is that I’m so drawn too with this style of clothing, I’ve always been a fan of prints and patterns (hence the name of this blog!) and animal print in general, so I guess it’s only natural that I would like animal motifs. But more than that, I think I just like the fun, quirky nature that a lot of animal patterned clothing is about, especially the illustrated characters.

For any of you who are either totally with me on this trend or more of a sceptic, I have pulled together some of my favourite animal motif items in stores now. My favourite places to nail this look are Asos, high street favourites TopShop and New Look and great new website PrettyLittleThing.com who have a range of animals styles in clothing from shorts to knitwear and jeans to t-shirts.

My advice on rocking this trend is to stick to one key item and wear it with muted separates from denim shirts to leather skirts, these pieces are likely to be the main focus of your outfit so keep it simple to avoid overkill.

ASOS Highlights

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Boutique by Jaegar ladybird print shirt available from Asos £125

NW3 pug t-shirt available from Asos £35

Wildfox flamingo jumper available from Asos £135

Asos Curve rabbit print shirt £35

TopShop Highlights

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Cat Burglar jumper £38

Raccoon jumper Emma Cook at TopShop was £40 now £25

Tortoise print jeans JW Anderson at TopShop were £30 now £15

Zebra print shirt £40

New Look Highlights

yumi shorts 29.99 online excbrat and suzie at new look 39.99 online exclusivehorse print new look was 22.99 now 17.24new look owl t 7.99

Yumi bird print shorts online exclusive £29.99

Brat and Suzie donkey jumper online exclusive available from New Look £39.99

Horse jumper was £22.99 now £17.24

Owl t-shirt £7.99

Pretty Little Thing.com Highlights

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Elephant necklace £10

Multicoloured zebra bomber jacket £12

Butterfly print shirt £15

Bat print leggings £10