Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Quirky Gift Ideas with Flamingo Gifts

We love a bit of quirk in our gifts, moreso my husband and son. I can be quite a classic gift lover but would never say no to something a little different. Sometimes I think quirky gifts can actually be a tad more personal than just the usual scarves, hats or gloves.

Recently we had the pleasure of reviewing some of the fantastic gifts available at www.flamingogifts.co.uk who seem to stock just about EVERYTHING you could possibly want for figuring out quirky gifts for friends and family. A serious amount of brilliant stocking fillers as well as bigger gift ideas too.

When it comes down to choosing presents I know that the kiddo likes things he can cuddle and I know The Mr likes a bit of retro so I managed to find 2 perfect presents for them.

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The Salt & Pepper Bots are the coolest thing I've seen in a long time and they are being hugely enjoyed at the dinner table here. They wind up and you can send them walking across the table, gives a whole new meaning to ''pass the salt'' oh just by the by, Flamingo Gifts also do Tardis Salt & Pepper shakers!!
The Bagpuss is actually a Microwavable Bagpuss! Pop him in the microwave for 2 minutes and it's lavender scent and warm cosiness is perfect for Kiddo to take to bed with him. Much safer than a hot water bottle, plus he's so taken with it!

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The sheer amount of choice is amazing and we spent hours looking through everything available and have since been back purchasing for family. Here are some more gift ideas from Flamingo Gifts.

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Prices range from a few pounds to the more expensive but I guarantee there's something for every budget and, to get you started, how about some pressies from Flamingo Gifts to either fill a stocking OR you could always keep them for yourself....

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Good luck! And don't forget to stop by Flamingo Gifts! I dare you to not be impressed at their range...

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

The Christmas Dress Edit | All Red Everything

When it comes to what to wear on Christmas Day I'm drawn to all red everything, I always have been and I doubt that will change this year (though you never do know!)

Cue a manic search in the run up to December for that perfect Christmas Dress so here I am today with 30 of the best red dresses, just in case you find yourself in the same position.

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1. Anna Field Jersey Dress, Zalando £42
2. Embroidered Mesh Sweetheart Skater Dress, Asos £31
3. Steffi Embossed Velvet Batwing Dress, Boohoo £20
4. Billie and Blossom Petite Red Collar Dress, Dorothy Perkins £22.40
5. Minnie Dress, Chi Chi £74.99

The Chi Chi dress is beyond stunning though I love the idea of the slight slouch and comfort of the Boohoo dress.

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6. Petite Mallary Lace Dress, Coast £119
7. Trixie Doll Dress, Collectif £55
8. Wool Skater Dress, Boden £97.30
9. Dickens & Jones Florence Spotty Dress, House of Fraser £87.50
10. Red Chiffon Fit and Flare dress, Dorothy Perkins £35

When are Coast not on point with their stunning dresses and I couldn't do a dress roundup without including a Collectif one for the retro lovers out there but get a look at the Dickens & Jones prom style spotty dress, I think it's love...

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11. Free People Lace Dress (now out of stock which is so disappointing!)
12. Knitted Dress, Fashion World £16 - £26
13. Karen Millen Embroidered Party Dress, Asos £215
14. Cut out Textured Dress, George at Asda £18
15. Jones & Jones Nicole Dress, Next £60

I had to include the Free People dress because I fell completely in love with it's boho feel, secondary to that Karen Millen plays a blinder with their stunning party dress.

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16. Lace Yoke Velour Skater Dress, M&S £49.50
17. Little Mistress Tall | Mesh Detail Midi Dress, Asos £37.50
18. Little Mistress Embellished Halter Prom Dress, Next £65
19. Needle & Thread Iridescent Tulle Dress, Asos £175
20. Contrast Collar Swing Dress, Marisota £20

The Marisota swing dress with collar is similar to what I ended up wearing (out of sheer comfort) Christmas Day last year however this round has to go to Needle & Thread and M&S for their beautiful luxe deep red offerings.

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21. New Look Dress, Zalando £25
22. Oasis Lace Sleeve Skater Dress, Asos £24
23. Phase Eight Harper Guipure Lace Dress, House of Fraser £99
24. Paper Dolls Red Bow Front Lace Sleeve Dress, Little Mistress £56
25. Red Lace Insert Skater Dress, New Look £19.99

Now this is where it gets tricky because Oasis, Paper Dolls and New Look are hitting it out of the ball park here, it all depends on what style you'd prefer! Personally I think number 22 and number 24 would be the most comfortable here.

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26. Praslin Lace Sequin Top Dress, Simply Be £48
27. Lace Swing Dress, F&F £40
28. Pink Clove Velvet Bardot Skater Dress, Asos £28
29. Lace Dress, Wal G £33
30. Therapy Embellished Collar Dress, House of Fraser £42

We know I adore retro fashion and for this reason the F&F dress and the Pink Clove Bardot dress are singing their siren song to me here.

The thing is... I am going to have to choose just one dress to wear and there are 30 amazing red dresses here, how do I begin to narrow it down? Simple! It's got to be a dress I feel confident in but also a dress I feel comfortable in and that will accommodate that Christmas Dinner (and dessert of course!). I like a Christmas Dress to have at least the hint of a sleeve as though it may get warm whilst cooking and running around, it's still December remember! I do like velvet at Christmas, there's something exquisitely luxurious about that material that suits the time of year so at the moment it looks as though M&S might just win it for me but who knows...

How do you choose your Christmas Dress? See any you fancy?