Santa’s Little Helper

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Ouuuuu!!!!!! I can’t contain my excitement! Its Christmas Eve, I am feeling so Christmassy I think I am almost about to explode 🙂 These last few weeks have been filled with shopping trips, mulled wine tasting, Chirstmas pie eating and carol singing. I got my second Christmas card in the post… One of my mum’s lovely cousins organized for our family to sing Christmas carols under the big fur tree in Trafalgar Square to raise money for charity, but we not only spread the Christmas cheer that evening, we also did some festive singing last night at another one of our cousin’s village in Lincolnshire. All the trees had lovely lights on them and the whole two days were just so much fun! What have you been doing in the run up to Christmas? Have you bought all your presents yet? Are you doing anything nice on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day? If you don’t celebrate Christmas, what do you celebrate and what is it like?

So far I have had a few mammoth shopping trips to get all of my presents, one of which was until 12.30pm in the giant Westfield. Going that late at night was never going to be a great idea, but we did see a massive fight in the McDonalds food court where a guy tried to hit another one over the head with a chair and my Dad spent 3 minutes trying to run back up the escalors to avoid getting clobbered himself. From aunts, to boyfriends its crazy how much time it takes to choose something that is nice, that they will hopefully enjoy but that also doesn’t break the bank. So I thought that I would share with you the presents that I have bought, where I got them from and also share some gift ideas that I had which came to under £20!

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LUSH PRESENT FOR UNDER £20

My Auntie has recently been involved in a horrible accident and so we wanted something that would make her feel really pampered and relaxed. Lush is a great store to buy a lovely present for someone who you don’t get too see as often as you would like or for someone who has got quite a lot of things already. People know that it is good quality and that you have splashed the cash on something thoughtful. They do some great hand made cosmetics including bath bombs, soaps and bath fizzes. I didn’t go for the pre-packed tins because for £20 I could only get three things in a box. Instead I went round the shop and managed for £16 to get over 6 nice items: Sex Bomb Bath Bomb (£3.35), Big Blue Bath Bomb (£3.35), Sakura Bath Bomb (£3.35), Amandopondon Buble Bar (£2.75), A chunk of Sea Vegetable Soap, (£3-4) , A Little Pot of Hand Cream (£1), A snowman Bathmelt (£2). I then bought a luxury hair turban from Primark for £1.50 and some lovely bubble bath from Superdrug for £1.50 which bulked out the present and meant that she had lots of nice things to unwrap for £20.

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JACKET AND HEELS FOR UNDER £15

My boyfriend bought my Mum a great present from Primark for my Mum which came to £14. We found a beautiful foam jacket, which was cut in a very chic way and was very angular, looked great and was reduced to £3!!!!! My Mum has been ill so we thought it would be nice to get her something glam, so he chose some lovely silvery black sparkly pointed stilettos to wear to a fabulous party when she is better.

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FOR MUM

Forever 21 had some great stock in and I fell in love with these pointy green studded booties that cost £22. They have a slight platform and look really alternative, as if they were straight from urban outfitters. I loved the silver buckle and could easily of bought them for myself! (Must resist, the shopping trip is for others, not me!) I recently tried an amazing mascara, 3D lash mascara by Younique. Bella Lash Mafia stocks it and sends it really quickly to the UK so its a great place to buy it from. Whenever I wear it it just looks amazing, makes my eyes stand out and my eye lashes look so so long! I couldn’t recommend it enough, so I felt that I just had t share my secret and buy it for my Mum too! I finished the present off by adding large heart shapped pillow that I had bought from Primark for £4.

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PINK LEATHER and SEQUIN DRESSES for £20

This season I was really impressed with Forever 21’s style. Their use of sequins and embellished style was just perfect for finding something fabulous to wear over the Christmas period, which looked super expensive and very eye catching. My sister and I did a bit of his and hers in this store. I chose a beautiful sea green/ turquoise sequin dress that was just over £20 for her to give me, which I felt would be an incredible thing to wear out to meet the girls. My boyfriend and I bought her a dirty pink faux leather jacket for £15 and a pretty girlie crochet head band for £3.

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JET BLUE ZARA SLIP-ONS & PHARELL WILLIAMS ALBUM

A lot of the things in Zaras are on my Christmas list. I love their black leather backpack, their black boots and silver studded slip ons. They were also selling a beautiful camel coat, velvet cardigan and very stylish coats. If you are looking to buy a really lovely piece of clothing for someone then this is the place to go to be spoilt for choice! As it is pre-sale, everything was quite expensive, but I did find some amazing jet blue slip-ons for £19.99 that I thought my sister would really like! She asked for the Pharrell Williams Album (with Happy Single) so I bought that too 🙂

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SHOES, SHOES AND MORE SHOES

Usually by Christmas they have a great new selection of clothes for the coming year and as it is winter, I have found that shoes are an easy but really lovely present to buy for somebody. My boyfriend’s present to me are a pair of high top leather Vans sneakers which I love. Some other amazing festive shoes can be found at London Rebel, that do gold toe capped booties and gold studded booties, perfect for the cold weather and for jazzing up an outfit. Finally (because I couldn’t resist buying them for myself after spending days and days buying things for other people)…I bought two pairs of shoes, one black and one white of reflective creep sneaks from Schuh. Let me know what you think?

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FOR THE BOYS

My boyfriend likes wear shirts, so I bought him a Hawes & Curtis shirt for £25. It is very classic, a style which he loves and it is a very easy present for someone who has most things. My Dad also loves clothes and H&M had a great selection of casual tops and chinos. I bought a red checked thick shirt for £10 and a green thin printed t-shirt for £8. He also choose some dark brown trousers which he could dress up or down depending on the occasion and I bought him Toilet Golf from Tiger for £7 He also wanted some high top brown boots and these proved harder to find. Aldo was the best shop, their boots were stunning and so he will return there when the sales are on as the nice ones were over £100.

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PRIMARK STOCKING FILLERS

If you are looking to get some great stocking fillers then go no further than Primark! I just love their sets of rings, earrings and necklaces. I also bought a 90’s chocker (£1.00).  Although they aren’t the best quality, they are great for creating cool looks and mean that you can have lots of different pieces to wear every day without spending a fortune. They are also selling women’s slippers, an almost identical version of the UGG boot slippers that cost £70 for £4 so I bought some of those for myself. Finally I bought a long thick knit scarf for £5 and some quirky fake nails for £1.

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Other ideas include Boxes of Macaroons, Perfumes (We have bought Channel N5 for my Mum and Hugo Boss for me), Winking Clutch purse from Forever 21 and anything Tiffany’s 😉

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Finally, here is a list of presents that I would really loooooove ❤ ❤ So perhaps would be perfect for making someone’s Christmas super special 🙂

Petite- Malle Monogram Trunk – LOUIS VUITTON

Harper Silver Necklace – DYLANLEX

Three Floor One Oh Dress- ASOS

Knit Cape with Sleeves –ZARA

Coat With Lapels – ZARA

White Wrap Front Shirt – RIVER ISLAND

Leather Backpack – CHIVOTE

Weaved Swarovski Bracelet – CASTELLANO ETHNIC ORIGINS

Crochet boxy Top – MANGO

Navy Blue Fur Jacket – ZARA

High Heeled Leather Boots – ZARA

 Printed Shirt Dress – RIVER ISLAND

Floral Print Shirt Dress- WAREHOUSE

Hope Heeled Sandals – ASOS

21 thoughts on “Santa’s Little Helper

    1. Awww thanks so much! Did you have a nice Christmas? I hope so! 🙂 I am so glad you liked the presents that I got for my family…they took ages to choose, so I thought I would share them in case someone had to buy some presents at short notice… A little secret though the rings and tatoo chokers were for me, just couldn’t resit them lol. Abi xxxx

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      1. I don’t know why I thought that you would have Primark over in the States…I’d find it quite hard to live without it now that I am used to shopping there to be honest, you are right, they do have so many great things and its so so cheap! When did you come to London? Did you enjoy your time in the UK? My Christmas was really lovely thank you, did so many nice family things! I hope you had a great Christmas too? ❤ ❤ ❤ I hope you have a great start to the New Year too!

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      2. Ah yes a life without primark is very sad, trust me! I had no idea how incredible it was until I stepped foot in it! I came to Europe a summer ago in July- August. I fell in love with London. It is definitely my favorite, as was all of England. So I am quite jealous of you 🙂 My Christmas was lovely. You are so kind to ask. Happy New Year to you! Hopefully 2015 will bring me back to the UK 🙂

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      3. Aww I am so glad you liked London and the UK so much! Its a bit rainy here at the mo so I wouldn’t be too jealous ;)) hehe I hope you can come back to the UK too in 2015 and if you do, let me know maybe we could have coffee and cake in some really nice place in Central! 🙂 Happy New Year to you too, Abi xxx

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      4. yes totally up for a coffee hang! I will need a tour guide of course! I love the rain 🙂 The weather here is so freezing, but not snow or anything just frigid winds.. not fun 😦 Hope 2015 has been lovely to you so far! 🙂
        ❤ mallory

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      5. Ok cool great, yes 2015 is going well so far 😉 I can help with the tour guiding of course as well 🙂 Let me know when you are coming over! Hope the weather where you are improves soon! Looking forward to hopefully meeting you soon, Abi xxx

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  1. I love the iridescent sneakers (black and silver). Oh, and I’m pagan, though I don’t really celebrate much, even pagan style. I love winter though. I wish I was someplace where it snows! Happy Yule! Family is huge into Xmas. Mother has xmas village set up with hundreds of houses she painted by hand. Crazy!

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    1. Aww thanks for your lovely comment. Its so nice hearing about other people’s Christmasses 🙂 That is so cool being Pagan, isn’t the 25th the day of the Sun? It has started snowing here in the UK today and its chaos, all the roads are blocked, trains are down…I know what you mean though, there is nothing better than drinking hot chocolate by the fire and looking out the window and seeing the garden covered in snow! Where abouts are you? Do you have any pictures of the Xmas village? It sounds really amazing!!!! ❤ Abi xxx

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    1. Hey!!! Thank you for your lovely comment! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas? :))) I am so glad you liked the present selection that I picked out, its pretty hard especially with people’s sizes… Macarons and cheese are amazing, total game savers. I mean how can people not like food at Christmas? 😉 Abi xxxx

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      1. That is such a great idea! I hadn’t ever heard of it, but it sounds amazing! Is it a bit like Cookie Dough flavour? I am going to have to try to get my hands on some…although I am scarred it’ll be another one of little addictions and guilty pleasures that I can’t keep a lid on (along with Nutella, Kinder Bueno, Dairy Milk, Cheesy Puffs…list is endless….) Thank for sharing your article too btw, I’m going to have a look now! ❤ Happy New Year xxx

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    1. Thank you so much! I hope you had a lovely Christmas Day? :)) I am so glad you liked the post! My brother is in Australia at the moment with his girlfriend who is from Adelaide…they go a lot this time of year and it just looks amazing! I love seafood so really your guys have got it well thought out! I also Google Moreton Bay Bugs because I had never heard of them before! Will have to eat one if I ever get the chance to go to Brisbane 😉 Merry Christmas, Abi xxx

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