What I Got for My Birthday 2016

Following on from my What I Got for Christmas post, here is a ‘What I Got for My Birthday’ post! My birthday falls on Boxing Day (26th December) so this festive time of year is, understandably, my favourite. Similarly to Christmas, I chose my main presents from my parents and bought them during Black Friday weekend, as well as gifts from my sister and brother lol, so there weren’t too many surprises. Nonetheless, that means I absolutely love everything.

My boyfriend kindly got me these Pink Velvet Boots from Zara that I told him I absolutely loved. They are so beautiful. My brother gave me an Ohh Deer Rose Gold Marble Notebook; Ohh Deer do the most gorgeous designs for stationery. My sister got me this Sass and Belle Copper Jewellery Holder that I wanted and I can’t wait to hang it up somewhere and organise my necklaces. A cute, funny gift from my parents was the How it Works: The Cat (Ladybird for Grown-Ups) Book; one page in particular, which is about food, is so relevant to my little angel cat, Princess (the little diva).

I got some Black Micro Stud Boots from Next as my main present from my parents, along with an amazing Aldo Greenwald bag which really reminded me of something Chanel might design.

I got a The Body Shop Green Tea & Lemon Candle and Room Spray which smells really refreshing and uplifting! I also got a mini Absolut Raspberry Vodka which is kind of funny because I don’t really drink much alcohol anymore so this probably won’t get drunk for some while, when the next rare occasion I go out is!

My boyfriend chose me this book – Our Endless Numbered Days by Claire Fuller – which sounds pretty good from reading the blurb! And lastly, he got me such a cute and thoughtful gift which just made me LOL when I unwrapped them – framed pictures of my cat, Princess! I’m ashamed I didn’t have any framed pictures of her already so this was perfect. She is just uh, everything to me <3 .

I was also completely spoilt by the rest of my extended family in terms of money so I will definitely enjoy spending a bit of that on some bits that I can blog about in future 🙂 .

So that’s my gifts received for another year! It’s annoying waiting for Christmas and Birthday to come around but when December hits I know it’s a double whammy ;).

Have a happy and safe New Year whatever you’re doing.

Love Nicole xxxx

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What I Got for Christmas 2016

I’m still not sure exactly where I stand with these ‘What I got for Christmas’ posts and videos; I get that they are self-indulgent, could come across as boastful and that they fuel the materialism and consumerism of Christmas… All that being said I cannot deny that I do quite enjoy having a nosy at what other people received. As long as you stay grounded and grateful for everything you have yourself and don’t feel inadequate or jealous of everything you see and remember it is just ‘stuff’, then there’s not much harm.

Here’s what I was lucky enough to unwrap this year (a lot of it however wasn’t a surprise as I chose things for my parents to give me xD )!

From my sister I got the Sleek Solstice Highlighting Palette which I am so delighted to own. So many YouTubers I love (like Jaclyn Hill) really love this palette so I was desperate to try it. I have used the two baked powder shades from the palette so far and, boy, they give some bam highlight! I got two Charlotte Tilbury Lipsticks in the shades Kim KW and Very Victoria; I haven’t tried them yet but these will be the first Charlotte Tilbury products I’ve tried. I’m sure I’ll do a blog post on them with some swatches in the New Year. I also got The Body Shop Shower Gel in Pink Grapefruit which smells divine and the Pacifica Island Vanilla Perfume – I really needed to start searching out some cruelty free perfumes so I’m happy I can now try this.

My family knows how much I adore Bambi so my Mum found this gorgeous pair of Bambi PJs from George at Asda! <3 I had wanted a card holder for ages so my brother gave me this amazing pink, shiny, iridescent Monki Cardholder! It’s so pretty, it just makes me think of unicorns. I got some cosy Primark socks and the Sanctuary Spa Candle in Black Rose & Cassis – this one smells just like Diptyque Baies!

As is traditional every year, I got a 2017 Cat Calendar! I am such a cat lady. I also got a Ted Baker Mini Must Haves Set, a variety of delicious smelling Yankee candles and a gorgeous Sass and Belle Double Photo Frame. My Mum also got me the Mindfulness Colouring Book! I’ve said for years I should start doing colouring to help with my mind and anxiety so this was a lovely gift.

My main present was this amazing Olive Green Wool Peacoat from Marks and Spencer. It’s such a lovely fit and just feels so nicely made – I love it. It’s such a good style too, timeless and smart.

Lastly, I got chocolate in abundance to keep me going well into the New Year!

I hope you all had wonderful Christmases and Holidays! I’ll be back soon with a ‘What I Got for My Birthday’!

Love Nicole xxxx

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Gift Ideas for Her – £20 and under

I’ve not really been in the frame of mind for blogging with worrying about everything else in life. Blogging brings about it’s own stresses when it comes to thinking of ideas and getting frustrated with the awful Winter lighting when it comes to planning photographs. But I thought I’d ease myself back in with a little gift inspiration! I’ve mostly done all my Christmas shopping (I certainly made the most of the Black Friday weekend) but as usual it’s the men in my life causing me problems – Dads are so difficult to buy for! I’m sure he’ll just end up with chocolate and socks like every other year.

But when it comes to the women in your life – friends, sisters, mums – there’s so much fun to be had deciding upon the perfect gift! I’ve come up with a selection of affordable gifts that will hopefully give you some inspiration if you’ve still got shopping left to do. They are mostly beauty/fashion related I’ll be honest as that’s what I love myself. And things like books are amazing gifts but are very down to personal taste.

20 and under gift ideas for her sister mum best friend affordable inspiration beauty fashion

Top Row

Ohh Deer Stone A4ish Notebook (£3.99) | Black Patent Quilted Bow Cardholder (£9.99)  | Sanctuary Spa Black Rose & Cassis Candle (£10) | Pixi Best of Bright Kit (£20)

Middle Row

Becca Moonstone Glow on the Go Collection (£20) | Sleek Solstice Highlighter palette (£9.99) | Urban Decay First Hit Travel Kit (£15) | Charlotte Tilbury Legendary Party Eyes (£20)

Bottom Row

ASOS Metallic Metal Lock Quilted Cross Body Bag (£15) | Pack of 3 Yankee Christmas Votive (£4) | Black Quilted Badge Shoulder Bag (£19.99) | Zoeva Cocoa Blend Palette (£18)

I think the above would all make lovely gifts for anyone with an interest in beauty or fashion, especially if they’re into YouTube or blogging themselves! 🙂 I can’t remember who’s lovely blog I read this on, but the Sanctuary Black Rose and Cassis candle smells just like Diptyque’s Baies candle! I couldn’t believe it when I smelt it and just had to buy one for myself.

Love Nicole xxx

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