This year more than ever we need to spread the love! While we cannot spend time with those we love the most, this Valentine’s & Galentine’s Day gifts can make all the difference. I’ve put together my favourite gifts from luxury to high-street. You can also find a treasure trove of personalised options on small business run websites such as ‘Not On The High Street’ and Etsy. Roses are a must for 14th Feb; perhaps you could get in touch with your local florist to support the small businesses around who may be struggling, if this service is not available for you see below for a list of online florists. You cannot go wrong with the classics; perfume, flowers, chocolates and jewellery, however niche gifts are thoughtful too…anything from a heart painted plate to a sensual torso candle. All of these items are available online. Love is in the air!
GUCCI LIP SHADE 25 – GOLDIE
Gucci Lip: shade 25 Goldie Red, Rouge à Lèvres Mat Lipstick has an incredibly striking colour; a total Hollywood starlet vibe. Gucci is one of my all-time favourite brands; their quality is continually on point. The gold packaging and Gucci engraved detailing in the lipstick are perfect features. Matte lipsticks regularly dry out, I adore a matte lip but hate when you reapply when out and your left with a cakey mess, but not ‘Gucci Lip’. This Gucci lipstick is a knockout; the smooth velvety texture stays fresh for hours; on my birthday I did a top up here and there after eating for an extra colour pop, but in general the colour stayed perfect for hours. Oh, and did I mention shade 25 Goldie on my skin tone is TO-DIE-FOR! Red lipstick has the complication of potentially washing out a complexion, this Gucci lip however creates a warm tone and looks fab. Gucci makes it super easy to pick a shade, on their website they show each lipstick on a range of skin-tones. GO GET ONE!
MADDISON IN GUCCI RED LIP SHADE: 25 GOLDIE
MASCARA L’OBSCUR BLACK
‘Gucci Eyes’ Mascara L’Obscur in black is a killer product. I am unbelievably fussy when it comes to mascaras, I usually HATE when I have to purchase a new mascara; I loathe when the product is clumped on the brush and weighs down my lashes. Previously my resolution was to use my old dried up mascara wand in the new product for a smaller amount. Until…I was gifted this Gucci mascara by my parents! My fresh mascara hatred has gone. The wand, the product, the packaging…everything is as you’d expect at Gucci; above and beyond. I adore Gucci for its premium quality and their Make-Up line does not disappoint. My lashes tend to stick together, however the Gucci mascara fans out my lashes coating them in deep, jet black and gives my lower lashes a smoky look. 5* The pink and gold packaging is beyond lavish; I keep it on display in my room, who could hide this gorgeous product in a make-up bag!
MADDISON IN GUCCI EYE MASCARA L’OBSCUR BLACK
Disney is “The Happiest Place on Earth” they say and I agree one hundred per cent! Standing at the bottom of Main Street with Sleeping Beauty’s Castle on view in the distance and a perfect blue sky above – all of my childhood memories come flooding back. Disney has it’s very own sights, sounds and smells and I never get tired of them. It’s no surprise then that a trip to Disneyland Paris was the perfect way to celebrate the end of A-levels. When it comes to styling and outfit for a day in the park, comfort is paramount but I didn’t want to sacrifice style for comfort entirely. Zara sale again gifted a perfect white cotton top; loosely fitted with an elasticated bardot neckline, a cute tie back and this season’s obligatory statement sleeve. I paired this with an adorable sage green, frill bottomed, double layer mini (not Minnie!) from H&M. Of course, no outfit for a day in the park would be complete without a pair of comfy trainers and a pair of sparkly Minnie Ears!
H&M – SKIRT
ZARA – SHIRT (SIMILAR OPTION)
ZARA – BAG (SIMILAR OPTION)
BRINGING THE BLAZER BACK
Blazers are the hottest outerwear choice of the moment. Scouring every shop/site for a lavish (affordable) blazer I spotted this sleek military, double-breasted blazer on Missguided. Embellished with gold naval inspired buttons this blazer was the perfect aesthetic that I was looking for, mirroring the preppy blazer styles on the designer catwalks. The subtle shoulder pads bring an 80’s revival to the style, differing from more contemporary slouchy fit. The pristine ivory against the metallic gold tones of the buttons makes a statement piece to be tastefully paired with a range of fashion from denim to flowing evening trousers. For the daytime edit I paired the blazer with my denim skort and a white bandeau top. To spice up the look for evening, wearing the jacket alone adds a daring fashion, alongside an air of sophistication.
BUY HERE – MISSGUIDED
PINK POPLIN SHIRT
Finally England is feeling the warm luscious Spring weather. For me this means I can finally peel away black clothing from my wardrobe and indulge in creams and other light hues for the Spring/Summer months. I absolutely adore summer fashion, the freedom and lightness of clothing is to be celebrated. Here I have paired my cream culottes with a PINK POPLIN SHIRT from (yet again) ZARA … Zara have it just right – the accented sleeve with a bow back, combined with the beautiful baby pink colour is perfect to wear with any summer bottoms, whether it be jeans, culottes, shorts or skirts. I accessorised the look with my ‘to-die-for’ nude bow shoes and the flirty frilly bucket bag (which I ADORE). The perfect outfit for Spring/Summer 2017.
BUY HERE – ZARA
S/S17 is all about meticulous fashion; subtle detailing is key this season to create the classiest look. These white twisted mule trainers from Topshop are perfectly in keeping with the detailed trend. The twisted top of the mules would compliment plain denim, while the bright white colour creates a summer vibe, contrasting against early Spring and Summer tans. The mule shape allows extra comfort in the summer, also giving more protection than a flip flop style. These are a fab twist on traditional mules and trainers, creating a contemporary trendy visual.
FRILLY BUCKET BAG
Once again Zara has fed my passion for frills and flirtiness. This white leather-look bucket bag is the perfect size for summer days. I adore the white and tan colour mix; my favourite summer combo. The short handle makes the bag the ultimate accessory for swinging by my side on Summer strolls, while the detachable long metal strap is perfect for an on the shoulder or across body look. The drawstring close completes the overall quaint quality of the bag, while the metal studs and chain add a contemporary feel. I simply love it.