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Monday, December 05, 2016

WINTER WONDERLAND

WINTER WONDERLAND
Monday, December 05, 2016
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You know it's Winter when the faux fur coat comes out of hiding and I'm in my usual uniform of jeans, chunky knit and ankle boots! On Sunday we headed out to a lovely little Christmas festival held at one of our favourite places and soon to be wedding venue, and blimey was it cold! I donned my Vintage faux fur jacket and pulled on a pair of fabulous new boots from Moda in Pelle.

Faux Fur Jacket - Vintage
Roll Neck Jumper - Missguided
Jeans - Very
Chelsea Boots - Moda in Pelle*
Bag - Primark

The Chelsea boots are so comfy and were the perfect choice for strolls in the gardens and a day on my feet. I love the classic shape and how easy they are to style - they go with practically anything from skinny jeans and an oversized knit like I wore here, to a pretty dress and opaque tights for a relaxed look.
I'm also loving neutral colours right now like the deep cream shade of the cosiest jumper ever, paired with the pale blonde faux fur of my coat, a colour I like as it's a lot different from the dark brown or mink faux fur jackets you tend to see.

What are your favourite outfits to wear on cold Wintery days? 

C x




Sunday, December 04, 2016

FOR HER | THE ULTIMATE CHRISTMAS GIFT GUIDE 2016

FOR HER | THE ULTIMATE CHRISTMAS GIFT GUIDE 2016
Sunday, December 04, 2016
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I can't quite believe we're now in December and Christmas posts are sweeping the Blogosphere once again - this year has flown by in the blink of an eye! I thought I'd throw in my two cents and bring you a couple of gift guide posts to offer a helping hand with the Christmas shopping and those relatives and friends that are soooo hard to buy for (there's always one!). Here's my ultimate gift guide for the girls, with something to suit anyone from the beauty guru and fashion mogul to the workaholic or party girl. And if anyone I know is reading this, I'd happily accept any of these gifts myself (wink wink, nudge nudge).


There's a lot right!? Hopefully all these goodies can give you some gift inspo this Christmas. And never fear, the guys edition is on it's way in a couple of days too! Cue oodles of stylish gifts from the world of grooming, technology, fashion and accessories for even the most picky present receiver! 

C x
Saturday, December 03, 2016

LILY & THE LAMPLIGHT | PERFECT PARTYWEAR

LILY & THE LAMPLIGHT | PERFECT PARTYWEAR
Saturday, December 03, 2016
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Long time followers of mine may remember Lily & The Lamplight, as its always been a brand I've worn over the years. If you aren't aware though, its a label that is all completely handmade, with a little nod to all things vintage. In Summer you'll most likely see the brand's website adorned with 70s inspired boho dresses with fluted sleeves and beautiful prints, and in Winter you'll find 60s style mini dresses and tartan checks. This year, Lily & The Lamplight have introduced a 90s inspired line of partywear - think metallic leather minis, sheer sparkly tees, cami slip dress and lots of crushed velvet - just in time for the festive season!

Lily is the brainchild of one on my closest friends, Steph, and I'm so proud to see her brand evolve and go from strength to strength as she introduces new collections and designs. Every fabric is carefully sourced to ensure high quality, and every piece is made by hand in the UK. 
The new partywear collection is, as always with Lily & The Lamplight, a limited edition range. It's perfect for the party girl, and you'll find pieces that will create a fabulously festive look for all those Christmas parties, nights out and celebrations over the coming weeks.


Who What Claire readers are being spoilt with 10% off everything on the whole site! To claim your discount, just enter the code WHOWHATCLAIRE at the checkout and bag yourself a completely unique, handmade item, whilst not only looking amazing but also supporting an independent business, too. Here's a few of my favourites from the range, including some that I'll be purchasing for myself!

1. 'Peggy' Silver Crushed Velvet Shift Dress (here)
2. 'Joy' Gold Glitter Mesh T Shirt (here) and 'Edie' Pink Wool Mini Skirt (here)
3. 'Peggy' Midnight Blue Crushed Velvet Shift Dress (here)
4. 'Edie' Rose Gold Leather Mini Skirt (here)
5. 'Joy' Leopard Print Mesh T Shirt (here)
6. 'Bianca' Crinkle Jersey Culottes (here)
7. 'April' Liquid Silver Cross Back Slip Dress (here)
8. 'Edie' Zebra Print Mini Skirt (here)


Which are your favourite pieces? Have you bought anything from Lily & The Lamplight before? Let me know if you pick anything up from the new range!

C x
Monday, November 28, 2016

MERRY & BRIGHT | DESIGNING MY OWN CHRISTMAS JUMPER

MERRY & BRIGHT | DESIGNING MY OWN CHRISTMAS JUMPER
Monday, November 28, 2016
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It's no secret that I'm absolutely obsessed with Christmas and all things festive, so when I was asked to design my own Christmas jumper the answer was always going to be a yes! Now don't get me wrong, I love a good cheesy festive knit, but I wanted to create something a little more wearable, and, well, dare I say.... 'cool'! Rather than a knit, I opted for a simple grey marl sweatshirt in a pale shade, and slightly oversized for a relaxed fit. I then got to work on Photoshop creating the image that I wanted on the sweater.
Custom-made sweatshirt - Clothes2Order*

I chose a script-style font that would look fun yet soft, and opted for white embroidery rather than a print as I wanted it to have some form of texture to it. I was kinda going for a snowy sort of look with the marl of the fabric, the white text and the soft font, and I think the finished product worked out just how I imagined! 
The production and delivery of my Christmas sweatshirt was super fast - I received it just a few days after ordering which I was super impressed with considering it was embroidered! Clothes2Order can also print on to their products as well as embroider, and they can do everything from T Shirts to accessories! I'm so pleased with how mine turned out, and I love how it isn't so obviously Christmassy, so I can wear it  lots this Winter!

C x
Friday, November 25, 2016

#VERYDRESSES | THE VERY PARTYWEAR EVENT

#VERYDRESSES | THE VERY PARTYWEAR EVENT
Friday, November 25, 2016
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With Christmas just around the corner and lots of social events cropping up on my calendar through the festive season, the Very Partywear blogger event came at the perfect time when some outfit inspiration was definitely needed! Set in the Very HQ in Liverpool, the event was a glittering feast for the eyes with wall-to-wall dresses in sequins, shimmer and sparkles. We were treated to a sneak peek of the latest partywear collections from the likes of Warehouse, Oasis, Lost Ink (one of my favourite brands right now!) and Very's own brand, V by Very.


Amongst all the gorgeous party pieces there was also a range of fabulous killer heels in all shapes and sizes, oodles of beautiful bags and even a selection of stunning lingerie. We were spoilt with Very cupcakes and free make up tips and makeovers from the lovely girls from the NYX store in Liverpool! 



The makeovers were insane and mainly based around partywear - think glitter lips, bold eyes and bright colours - however I was headed for pizza so a subtle look was definitely on the cards. I went for a smokey eye with a touch of contour and highlight, and absolutely loved it! We also got to see the new NYX collection and I can confirm I want it all. I'm head over heels in love with the eyeshadow palettes, and if Santa thinks I've been good enough, I'd love some of their brushes (SO SOFT!) to add to my collection. 




I've now got my eyes on so many of the looks that were showcased, from floor length sequin gowns and embellished mini dresses, to leather trousers and beaded blouses and lots of lace and velvet! I've put together some looks featuring some of my favourite pieces that I spied at the event, and hopefully can give you some outfit inspiration for the festive season too!
THE CHRISTMAS PARTY
One for all those office parties, the work Christmas do or just a festive night out with friends, I am OBSESSED with these crinkled glitter trousers and lace body suit. And those shoes! Oh the shoes. Let's just take a minute to appreciate those, shall we?

- V by Very Lace Bardot Body Suit - here
- V by Very Pleated Wide Leg Trousers - here
- V by Very Mini Glitter Duffle Bag - here
- Office Sierra Silver Mules - here

CHRISTMAS DAY
In our family, Christmas Day means it's time to dress up! This gorgeous embroidered skater dress is a casual enough shape to wear at home, but has just the right amount of detail to make it dressy for Christmas! Paired with barely there heels and a glitter clutch, this is one for the Christmas list!

- V by Very Glitter Envelope Clutch - here
- Miss Selfridge Embroidered Skater Dress - here
- Carvela Gloss Heeled Barely There Sandals - here
BOXING DAY
Boxing Day is just as much of a party as Christmas Day, so it's a perfect excuse to dress up again! Pair down your look and go for trousers over a dress, like these velvet trim numbers, but keep the festive theme alive with pops of red!

- V by Very Slim Leg Velvet Trim Trousers - here
- V by Very Lace Sleeveless High Neck Top - here
- V by Very Velvet Embossed Shoulder Chain Clutch - here
- V by Very Nikki Real Suede Point Court Shoes - here

NEW YEAR'S EVE
The biggest night of the year deserves all-out glam in the form of sequins, embellishments and full-on sparkle! This incredible dress is an absolute beauty, and even better in real life! You'll be the belle of the ball as you shimmer on the dancefloor as the light catches the beading, and the shoes are a statement in themselves! Complete the look with a dramatic smoky eye with pops of blue and silver to match.

- NYX Professional Make Up Ultimate Shadow Palette - here 
- Maya High Neck Embellished Mini Dress - here
- LYDC Party Clutch Bag - here
- Carvela Grab Embellished Platform Sandal - here


I absolutely love all of these looks and would wear each and every one of them in a heartbeat. Well done Very for not only pulling together an incredible partywear collection that ticks all the boxes and throwing a fabulous event to showcase it all, but also for the dent that you're about to leave in my bank account! Bring on Christmas!!

C x





Thursday, November 24, 2016

VICHY IDEAL BODY BALM | REVIEW

VICHY IDEAL BODY BALM | REVIEW
Thursday, November 24, 2016
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You don't need me to tell you how much I love Vichy and all of their skincare. I've lost count of how many times I've repurchased their Dermablend Foundation because it's the only thing that doesn't break my skin out, so when i heard about their newest line of bodycare I knew they were on to a good thing! The new Ideal Body range is designed to visibly transform the look of your skin and consists of four brand new (beautifully packed in powder pink) body products. The collection consists of the Dry Oil, Serum-Milk, Hand & Nail cream and the one that I've been trying out, the Ideal Body Balm.




The Ideal Body Balm is recommended for those with dry to very dry skin types - perfect for me as I suffer from dry skin on my body, especially at this time of year! It's rich in texture and smells lovely, with notes of rose, peach blossom and vanilla to name a few. The great thing about this balm though that sets it apart from similar moisturisers and body butters, is that it doesn't leave the skin feeling sticky. Once applied, it quickly absorbs and melts in to the skin and leaves a powdery non-greasy finish that means you can dress almost straight away. It leaves the skin feeling incredibly silky smooth and moisturised without any residue on clothes, which is perfect if you're in a rush to get wrapped up after your morning shower now that the weather is getting colder!



As I expected, I'm super impressed with this and can't wait to give a couple of the other products in a range a whirl. I've definitely noticed a change in my skin's texture, particularly my legs, since I started using this a couple of weeks back, so I'll be sticking to it to stay moisturised through the winter months.

If you're looking to try the Ideal Body Balm or any other pieces from the Vichy Ideal Body collection, you can find the range at Boots

C x


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