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High Street Fashion from the Vanity House Outlet

December 6, 2014

Teal M&S dress

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I am so excited to have won two beautiful new dresses from the Vanity House Outlet, just in time for the festive season. The dress shown in the top photo is a teal viscose empire-line day dress and the bottom photo shows a plum velvet fit & flare party dress. Both of these dresses were originally made for Marks and Spencer and they are really good quality, but are for sale through the Vanity House Outlet online shop for just £24.99 each.

Vanity House Outlet sells ex high street clothing, shoes and accessories at a discount. They can do this due to cancelled orders, over-production or delayed deliveries. Labels are removed to prevent returns to the high street stores they were originally intended for, but apart from that these dresses are absolutely perfect (although my photographs don’t do them justice!).

As well as Marks and Spencer, there are fashion items available from other famous British high street stores include Topshop, Evans, Monsoon, Debenhams and Coast. I strongly recommend you take a look as there are some wonderful bargains to be found!

I won a £50 voucher for Vanity House Outlet in a prize draw and selected these two dresses from their range. Photographs, words and opinions are my own.

Update December 8th 2014 

Readers of Minibreak Mummy can use promo discount code MBM25 to get 25% off their total order at The Outlet by Vanity House until the 31st of December 2014. There are lots of lovely party outfits on at the moment for the festive season, as well as warm coats, wraps and knitwear. 

 

Magpie Monday – black beaded necklaces

December 1, 2014

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I do love a chunky beaded necklace! And it is always worth looking in charity shops to see whether there are any nice necklaces or other costume jewellery. I got these two black beaded necklaces for a few quid. They’ll look fab with Christmas party frocks. Can’t beat a bit of bargain bling!

I’m linking up with Magpie Monday at Me and My Shadow, which has just been relaunched as a monthly linky.

Personalised Christmas Stocking from Izabela Peters (review)

November 27, 2014
Personalised Christmas stocking

Personalised Christmas stocking

When I was invited to select an item from Izabela Peters, I was initially spoilt for choice, but then this Personalised Christmas Stocking in Duck Egg Gingham caught my eye.

My mum used to do Christmas stockings for me and my sisters, and I still remember the thrill of looking inside to see what was there. So it was a tradition I was keen to continue with my own son. And he is very impressed this stocking, especially because it features a gold star!

The stocking is beautifully made out of cotton, with a lovely soft brushed cotton lining. This is the ‘large’ size (40x30cm/16″x12″ RRP £18.99) so there is plenty of space to fit lots of small gifts inside. This stocking can also be purchased in ‘extra large’ size and there are Christmas Sacks as well.

I will definitely be purchasing more gifts from this gorgeous range, because the quality is fantastic and all items are produced in the UK.

I received this Christmas stocking for the purposes of this review. Words, photograph and opinions expressed are my own.

St Basil’s Cathedral 3-D Jigsaw from Museum Selection (review)

November 23, 2014
St Basil's Cathedral 3-D Jigsaw

St Basil’s Cathedral 3-D Jigsaw

I was recently offered my choice of gift from Museum Selection which is a most excellent website if you are looking for interesting and unusual Christmas gifts.

The thing that really caught my eye was this St Basil’s 3-D Jigsaw (RRP £27.99) because St Basil’s Cathedral has fascinated me ever since I saw it featured in the Pet Shop Boys ‘Go West’ video.

Last weekend, I spent a very enjoyable few hours constructing all the sections with my 9 year old niece, who is really good at this kind of thing. My brother-in-law helped too by putting it all together at the end.

The end result looks fab and very Christmassy! One day, I’ll get chance to go and see the real thing.

I received the St Basil’s 3-D Jigsaw for the purposes of writing this review. All words and opinions expressed are my own. Photograph by DTH Williams.

 

New boots for autumn and winter from Hotter Shoes

November 22, 2014

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Hotter Shoes have changed how I feel about myself. I have feet which are wide across the toes and narrow at the heel and could never find shoes that fitted well, were comfortable to wear and looked presentable. But then I discovered Hotter Shoes. The 5.5 extra wide shoes fit perfectly, and are so comfy that they are almost like slippers, but more supportive. But the thing that is really surprising is how stylish they are. I have several pairs of the Valetta shoes, which are absolutely gorgeous.

Lots of pairs of shoes by other brands have been taken to the charity shop now that I have realised how comfortable shoes can be! I wear Hotter Shoes for work, weekends and social get togethers. They’re great for minibreaks, because the shoes are very light so you can pack a pair without making your bag horribly heavy. It is also good to know they are made in the UK.

Looking at the autumn range, I am particularly impressed by the Moonstone boots (RRP £89). They are beautiful to look at and make my feet seem dainty and elegant. I think they are the most comfortable boots I have ever put on. I tried them on in a Hotter Store and did not want to take them off. So when I won a pair of these boots through a blogger competition, I was absolutely thrilled. They look lovely with dresses and skirts as well as with my favourite jeans.

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I’ve just treated myself to a pair of lovely Summit boots as well (RRP £115). These are lightweight Gore-Tex® walking boots, perfect for local walks. They are the most comfortable walking boots I have ever worn. And I love the red stitching detail.

Disclosure: I received a pair of Moonstone boots as a prize in a blogger competition. Some of the text in this blog post is adapted from text written as my competition entry, and was previously featured on the Hotter website. All words, photographs and opinions expressed are my own.

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Gift ideas for a minimalist man

October 25, 2014
Gift ideas for a minimalist man
Gift ideas for a minimalist man by nyssapod 

My husband is quite a difficult person to buy gifts for. He is a minimalist, and sometimes his first reaction to receiving a gift is to wonder how it will fit into his life.
So I thought I would share my ideas for gifts for a minimalist man, just in case any of you would find this helpful. These are all presents that would be suitable to give to a woman too – and I would be happy to receive any of these items myself.
This game looks great fun, and more portable than Scrabble. We already love the Fruitonimos game made by the same company.
I bought one of these for my husband’s birthday and it was a big hit (see blogpost for more details).
Coffee is always a good bet! This is fairtrade and a special blend for Christmas. We have a low-tech approach to making coffee in this house – using filter papers in a ceramic cone rather than capsules.
Lush stuff is life-enhancing as far as I am concerned! The ‘Whoop Whoop!’ gift box full of bath treats looks fab and is reusable and recyclable. Cosmetic Lad is a classic moisturiser.

This iphone amplifier is made out of bamboo and doesn’t need batteries. It’s also fairtrade.

These packing cubes are great for keeping small items like socks separate in a travel bag. They are also very light so don’t add much weight.

Disclosure: I received a free set of Bananagrams in a goody bag at BlogOnMOSI in May. All words and opinions expressed are my own.

The Photo Gallery: Eyes #‎seethemiracle

October 7, 2014

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Each week, Sticky Fingers blogger Tara Cain sets a Photo Gallery theme and other bloggers share their photos relating to the theme. This week’s Gallery theme ‘Eyes’ is in support of the ‪#‎seethemiracle‬ campaign, a new Sightsavers initiative called Million Miracles.

Sightsavers want to totally eliminate avoidable blindness and support people who are irreversibly blind or disabled to live independently. A sight-saving operation costs just £30, which means £30 million needs to be raised over the next three years to treat a million people in the poorest of countries. Every £1 you give will transform someone’s life forever.Follow Sightsavers on Twitter and Facebook and Chris who is writing about the campaign and sharing posts written by bloggers across the UK. You can follow the campaign and donate here: www.millionmiracles.org

For me, this is also a good excuse to share a favourite photo of my son, who has the most beautiful brown eyes I have ever seen!

Sticky Fingers Photo Gallery
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