It was inevitable that I would end up a David Bowie fan- he’s my Dad’s favourite musical artist and I grew up with his songs as a soundtrack to my childhood. In fact my introduction to Mr Bowie started in the womb when my parents went along to one of his concerts and whilst he remains the one singer I would have loved to see live I suppose I can sort of say that I did.
I recently came across a post on the (frankly incredible) Josie’s blog which featured the David Bowie Newspaper Book from I Just Love It and immediately fell in love. Having declared my love on twitter I thought no more of it until I Just Love It got in touch and offered to send me a copy as well. To say I was excited would be an understatement!
This is one hefty book that would sit proudly on any coffee table- it’s more than just a pretty face though, inside you’ll find images and newspaper articles that cover Bowie’s musical career from the very beginning right up until his death in 2016.
What I really loved about Bowie was not only was he a bloody legend musically but he also pushed social boundaries too- his fashion influence is still very much in evidence today and he was also a trailblazer when it came to challenging the social norms of gender and being unapologetically yourself. These days everything we see in the media has been carefully curated by PR teams but in Bowie’s hey-day social media was still decades away and there was very little by way of filter. It’s no wonder he became such an icon and this book captures beautifully how he made his impact on the world.
I Just Love It also offer a personalisation service for the book, and as much as I wanted to keep this for myself I knew that really it had to be presented to my Dad who’s collection of Bowie memorabilia is growing almost by the week it seems. He was absolutely made up to receive this, and for me it provided a unique way to say thank you for all of the support and encouragement he has given me over the last 30 years (I think we might have agreed on joint custody though, I can easily lose hours at a time to poring over the pages of this book).
At £69.99 this isn’t a cheap gift but for a true Bowie fan it’s a worthy investment- be it for yourself or someone you love. With both substance and style this is a book that truly pays homage to the late and great David Bowie and it’s something we will still be going back to and enjoying for years ahead.
Fellow Bowie fans do you think you’d love it? And I must ask- what’s your favourite track of his? For me, if I absolutely had to pick just one it would be “Rebel Rebel” but in reality my favourites could probably cover a side of A4 paper and then some!
Disclaimer- book was gifted to me by I Just Love It in exchange to a blog post. My thoughts on the product are entirely my own.
Ah, Valentines day…I’m not a huge believer in having a specific date for showing someone that you love them but I’ll admit there is something a little bit magical about it whether you’re in a relationship or just want an excuse to round up your best girlfriends and have some fun.
This year will be my first Valentines day spent single in a while and whilst I once assumed I’d be bothered, I’m really not. I actually have some really fun plans for the week with some of my favourite people and I’m more excited about that than I am worried about moping around on the 14th Feb.
If you’re looking for a gift idea for your loved one then may I point you in the direction of Holly’s Lollies (read this post to find out more about Holly and her magical creations). Holly has come out with the most beautiful selection of boozy love themed treats that are perfect for showing your partner, or your best friends just how much you love them.
Heart Shaped Lollipop duo* | Trio of Boozy Lollipops* | Prosecco and Elderflower Rock Sweet Jar*
Holly very kindly sent me a selection of the Valentines Range
to try out- so far I’ve only tried the prosecco and elderflower rock sweets (which might just be my new favourite sweet, ever) as I want to share the lollipop love with my friends and family but from previous experience I can assure you that anything you buy from Holly’s magic kitchen is going to be an absolute winner.
Speaking of winners…Holly has also offered up a trio of boozy lollipops (worth £11) for one of my readers/followers to win- with delivery in time for Valentines Day too! If you fancy your chances then just follow the simple steps below.
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UK only, giveaway runs from 2-2-17 until 9-2-17 and winner will be picked and contacted by the end of that day. If no response within 24 hours a new winner will be selected and contacted.
I’m partial to a bit of sparkle- especially at this time of year when it’s practically mandatory to wear something glittery every day until New Years Day so when a gorgeously packaged bracelet from Browns Family Jewellers
turned up at my door that contained something very sparkly indeed I wasted no time at all in popping it on with the glitziest jumper I own (thanks Primark for coming up trumps, again!)
This Swarvoski Tennis Bracelet (c/o Browns) is a beautifully grown up take on the humble friendship bracelet and totally different to anything I’ve ever been drawn to before. And yet I love it, the second I saw it on the website I knew it was meant to be mine- sparkly enough to outshine the Christmas tree and yet classic and clean cut enough to stand the test of time.
Browns Family Jewellers is a leading high street jewellers based in Yorkshire with over 20 years experience. They mix pre-loved pieces with modern and contemporary designs and aim to provide a personal touch to the service you recieve whether shopping online or in store.
It’s a little bit late in the game to be writing a gift guide I know, I blame general Christmas chaos and illness for that one. However should you wish to spend a speedy message to santa or treat someone special then you can still order from Browns up until this afternoon and get it in time for Christmas.
And it’s not just this little stunner that they sell of course. I’ve popped together a few suggestions for under the £100 mark if you’re still looking for that special something or want to impress.
Bracelet | Earrings | Necklace | Bracelet
I’m seriously loving those silver and copper earrings myself…a girl can but dream, I’m done and dusted with my shopping and have indulged myself a little too much to justify another purchase.
Anyway, enough hanging around and reading this post, there is last minute shopping to be done- chop-chop!
You may remember that over the Summer I became a little bit obsessed with slogan and logo tees, to be honest they were pretty much all I wore on a daily basis for a good few weeks solid, paired either with a denim skirt or my old faithful denim pinafore. It’s been a while since I added to my collection but when my friends at Lush T Shirts
got back in touch (you may recall I’ve worked with them several times before) with some Christmas gifting ideas I decided it was time to get a bit cheeky.
Tee c/o Lush T Shirts (here) | Skirt: Urban Outfitters | Boots: Banana Republic | Coat: Mango (similar)
I think I’ve mentioned before that I am a very sarcastic person once you get to know me and this tee sums up that side of my personality perfectly. There really is a t shirt for everyone on the Lush T Shirts site though, I’ve popped together a few of my favourites for Christmas gift inspiration- at £14.99 they make for an affordable and fun way to get your message across, or you can shop the festive range
for an alternative to the Christmas jumper (and you can get any 4 for the price of 3 too so great if you want to stock up).
If you had to pick a T Shirt to represent you what would it say?
I’m not going to lie, I am that person who starts buying the Christmas food the second it hits the shops. It’s one of my favourite things about this time of year- there’s something about everyday favourites coming in festive packaging or novelty shapes that makes it taste that bit sweeter (not to mention the truly seasonal goods like Lebkuchen, we won’t talk about how many bags of that I’ve got through!).
I’m also a fan of giving sweets as gifts, to some it might seem like a cop-out present but for me getting a selection of the recipient’s favourite confectionary and wrapping it up along with some other treats is something that never fails to raise a smile. I’m always delighted to receive something edible and I’d like to direct anyone who wishes to indulge me (or you know, do some actual Christmas shopping) to Lolly’s Sweets who have a huge selection of festive gifting options to suit all tastes and budgets- and you still have a whole week to make your choices and still get delivery in time for the big day!
Top of my person wish list are the fruity liquorice candy cane bites
and the truly adorable fruity Rudolph reindeers
which look almost too cute to eat! Also on my shopping list are the white chocolate stars
which are a real crowd pleaser and would make great favours for the dinner table if you go down that route. There are also plenty of retro favourites available for creating a personalised hamper as well as pre-made hampers such as this epic Reese’s Chocolate one
who I think a certain friend
might approve of!
What are your favourite festive foods? Do you stock up the second they hit the shops or save yourself for December?