Monday, 25 November 2013

L & B Gift Guide 2013: Presents for the Parents

Parents are quite hard to buy for. Forget the stereotypical aftershave set for Dad and the candles and slipper set for Mam. Be Creative! Add something to the home they will value. Purchase a voucher/tickets for a night out/hotel stay. Buy a luxury item you know they would never purchase for themselves. Parents are always hinting (well at least mine are...) about something 'they wish...' or 'if only I had...' around the house- so be attentive. My parents are getting tickets to a show in NYC (I am thinking the Book of Mormon...)  and dinner in a lobster restaurant they have been excited to try having seen it on tv (don't worry- they are not tech savvy so would never read my blog lol!)   My top ten are a mixture of low cost goodies or luxury splurges- so whatever your budget...and if you really have no idea, fire away with one of these. Thank me later!

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1. Faux Fur Blanket by Zara Home
2. Tall Cake stand by Zara Home
3. Glenfiddich- different ages can be found at most off-licenses and supermarkets.
4. Roberts Radio- cute and colourful for Mum- House of Fraser!
5. Kitchen Aid mixer- I know my Dad would love one of these- but slightly out of my budget. They also look tres chic on the countertop in the home. Can be purchased in store in Brown Thomas or online at Selfridges.
6. Reservation for Nevin Maguire's Restaurant and stay at MacNean's House- a bit on the pricey side and fiercely difficult to get bookings- but the hospitality and food is outstanding and I loved it! Make bookings at MacNean House!
7. 'The Eagles' tickets in the O2- available on Ticketmaster!
8. His and Hers winter gloves. Too cute! Zara (Dad) and Topshop (Mam)
9. Textured Swing coat by Topshop for Mam!
10. Wool Herringbone blue marl coat by Topman for Dad!

Friday, 22 November 2013

Fierce Shoe Friday

Satin me up...

Today's Fierce Shoe Friday is Topshop's 'Ad-Lib peep toe boot'. Loving the colour block of the emerald green vs the navy heel. Satin is such a luxe material and the gold rim along the sole brings out the fierceness.

I bought a pair of tartan pants a while back (also from Topshop but currently sold out- so similar here and here) and these boots would go well with them. But I also see these going well with a pair of waxed skinnies and an oversized knitted jumper.

Happy Friday Folks x

Ad- Lib Peep toe boot (Topshop)

Sunday, 17 November 2013

L & B Gift Guide 2013: Presents I would love to see under my Christmas tree...

So yes folks, it's that time of year, Halloween has come and gone and we are now saving the pennies and making our Xmas lists. My lists were done in October (yes...I like to be organised...) and I am now purchasing presents week by week so there isn't too much damage put on my poor visa card.

I love purchasing presents and love to come up with ideas that the receivers will really appreciate. From mini bottles of bubbly with a gift card tied up around it for close friends or tickets to a gig for my Dad- I like to buy things that I know people wouldn't buy for themselves...

So I am kicking of my first Gift Guide of 2013 with top ten presents for....Me! Lol! Yes, slightly selfish but there is a good range here with items raging from high street steals to the down right extreme can dream eh?!

p.s- yes I have been MIA...damn business has taken over my whole life....Sorry! x

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1. EOS lip balms as raved by my most bbloggers, are hard to find in Ireland but can be found here- on Amazon !
2. Jose Eber curling wand- I recently had a disaster with my old curling wand- yes a lump of hair came off with the curler and I am now trying to find a curler that wont do this again! Cue the Jose Eber brand- (which I have's fantastic) and can be found in store at Arnotts! 
3. The Mini Selma Messenger by MICHAEL Michael Kors...Obsessed at how cute this tiny bag is and under 150 euro at Neiman Marcus
4. Tom Ford 'Josephine' sunglasses- I don't know whether I want these simply so I can walk round saying 'I don't pop molly...I rock Tom Ford' a la Jay Z or because these are just so effortlessly slick... - can be purchased here at FarFetch or at Neiman Marcus!
5. Nike Free 5.0- I already own a pair of frees and they are by far the comfiest pair of trainers I own. Loving the camo on these- plus I fit into the kids section... UK 5.5 please...Can be found in store at Footlocker or on their website- see here!
6. Fur Stole- In the obligatory leopard print- I.DIE.FOR.THIS- can be purchases at Zara
7. Crown brushes set- I am hearing really positive reviews on crown brushes- good quality but not as the hefty prices that MAC or Bobbi Brown charge-and all my brushes seem to have disappeared... plus this set comes in candy pink- what's not to love?! Can be purchased online at Crown Brushes!
8. Three words- Cartier. Love. Ring 
9. I love Sincerely Jules blog- everything is so effortlessly chic and so is this crew neck sweatshirt she sells on her store. Please and Thanks- Sincerely Jules!
10. I'm really into oversized neck piece statements and Folkster (an Iirsh owned chic website that stocks some of the coolest brands...) has a brand called Xevana which had the most amazing pieces! I am thinking pair with a black high roller body con...dayum...