Thursday, 18 December 2014

V. I. BUSY BEES: 10 Stylish ways to wrap those Christmas gifts with brown paper!

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Done all your wrapping yet? Top marks to you. I am still waiting on Internet shopping to arrive, doing last minute dashes into town and trying to find the paper I brought in the January sales.

Since having Miss Marnie my Christmas prep has slipped a little - but one thing I won't let slip is my wrapping. I LOVE wrapping gifts. Seriously...it one of my favourite things. So much so that a old colleague of mine even brought me this book.

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We had a mutual love of gift wrapping, stationary and yes tying the perfect bow. One year I had to describe over the phone - whilst she was on a Christmas shoot how to tie a bow - if anyone had overheard us they would of thought we were a Martha Stewart SOS helpline!

Anyway, back to wrapping. It was this picture from Oh Happy Fry on Instagram that inspired this post. I mean how chic and simple? 

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Tuesday, 16 December 2014

V. I. BUYS: Have yourself a Royal little Christmas...

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By now you would have seen the gorgeous Christmas shots released by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge of Prince George.

The little Prince was shot on the steps of Kensington Palace. And, of course his little outfit has re-triggered the 'George Effect' and has pretty much all sold out!

The 'Royal Cuteness' as he is dubbed was sporting a fab little Royal guards knitted tank top from Cath Kidston. Until new stock arrives - which CathHQ are trying to do you can grab this little lookalike version from The Little White Company (and from Alexa and Alexa).

Monday, 15 December 2014

V. I. BUYS: What to get the mama who has everything - or doesn't want anything this Christmas!

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I've been hassled for a Christmas wish list for few weeks now. And truth be told as much as I love compiling gift guides I find doing my own hard work.

Yes, there are things I really want (a new bathroom, thin thighs, a good nights sleep, shelves put up in front room..) and as much as I love nice things - and I really do (nice hotels, good food, spa treatments, holidays..) there is nothing I really need

I even tweeted about it:

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Sunday, 14 December 2014

V. I. BOOKCLUB: 25 of the Best Christmas Books - *Bookclub Special (Part 3)*

A few more festive stories to add to your Christmas Book collection…

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That's Not My Reindeer by Fiona Watt and Rachel Wells £5.99
These books are popular for a reason - bold, sensory and simple receptive text that engages young toddlers. Miss M has a couple of these and she still loves them now. A great first Christmas gift too.

Spot's First Christmas by Eric Hill £5.99
A classic lift-the-flap book that sees everyone's favourite puppy discovers Christmas trees, presents and carol singers. A must-have for toddlers.

Friday, 12 December 2014

V. I. BUYS: Gorgeous Gifts for Babies First Christmas!


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Miss M on her first Christmas 2012



Looking for the perfect gift for a babies First Christmas


Here are some ideas that will suit any recently born babes or those that may even be turning one soon. 

Most will last longer that 2014 - meaning they can come out year after year as a special reminder of this first festive milestone.

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

V. I. BUYS: 10 Fabulous Personalised Gifts & Zazzle.com £50 voucher *GIVEAWAY*

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A press bag from Mothercare that we now use as Miss M's nursery bag!
Growing up I could never find anything with my name on - you know when you went into those holiday gift shops and looked through all the personalised knick-knacks. And, I fear I may have bestowed the same fate on Miss Marnie….

That's why I love an initialled product  - no worries about unusual names here. Plus, they make super stylish gifts.

So, when Zazzle - possibly one of the largest online custom made sites got in touch and offered us a monogrammed gift I took the opportunity to get something special for Miss M.


Sunday, 7 December 2014

V. I. BOOKCLUB: 25 of the Best Christmas Book - *Bookclub Special (Part 2)*

Continuing on from our 25 favourite Christmas stories here are 10 more classics to add to your collection….

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Dear Father Christmas by Alan Durant £6.43
This fab book is full of letters between a young called called Holly and a man she believes looks like Santa. As Holly learns about Lapland, reindeer's and elves in this beautiful pen-pal style story book

How The Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss £4
For over 40 years this zany tale of the 'Grinch' who attempts to steal Christmas from the citizens of Who-Ville (and also the basis of the Grinch movie starring Jim Carrey from 2000 - can you believe its was that long ago?)