Holiday Gift-Giving

A Girl, A Style _ Gift-GivingSomehow, the holiday season is already upon us and Christmas is a mere few weeks away. I love the act of gift-giving; hunting down the perfect gifts for my favourite people and lovingly wrapping them, ready to tuck under the tree on Christmas Eve.

If you’re anything like me (almost zero free time combined with a complete dislike of traipsing around the stores along with every other stressed individual in the lead up to the holidays), then the key is to do everything online (bonus festive points for doing so in your pyjamas with a side of hot chocolate and the Rat Pack’s Christmas album playing in the background).

Here’s my roundup of the best pre-holiday sales and the 50 best gifts and stocking fillers for everyone on your list (yourself included!). If all else fails, you can’t got wrong with a beautiful book, a luxe scented candle, cashmere anything, a monogrammed coffee mug (with a bag of roasted beans), the perfume you know they’ve been coveting, or a little sparkly something.

AGENT PROVOCATEUR: 20% off all styles + free worldwide delivery with code ‘MINGLE’ (until 1st December)
ANTHROPOLOGIE (UK/EU): 20% off site-wide (until 1st December)
ANTHROPOLOGIE (US): 25% off site-wide with code ‘HOLIDAY25′
ASOS (UK): 20% off site-wide with code ‘CYBERWKND20′ (until 2nd December)
ASOS (US): 30% off site-wide with code ‘TGIBF’ (until 30th November) + ‘ILOVEMONDAYS’ (until 2nd December)
BAUBLEBAR: Get 15% off 2 items with code ‘FRIDAY15′, 25% off 3 items with ‘FRIDAY25′ and 35% off 4 items with ‘FRIDAY35′ (28th – 29th November) + 20% off with ‘CYBER20′ (30th November – 2nd December)
GAP: 50% off everything with code ‘BLKFRIDAY’ (28th November)
J. CREW: 30% off most full-priced items, extra 40% off sale and free shipping with code ‘HOLIDAY’ (until 30th November) + ‘MONDAY’ (1st December)
JOHN LEWIS: Site-wide promotions and discounts on select lines (until 30th November)
LIBERTY: 20% off site-wide (until 30th November)
LULU GUINNESS: 20% off site-wide (until 1st December)
SELFRIDGES: 20% off site-wide with code ‘SELF14′ (until 30th November)
SHOPBOP: Save up to 25% off site-wide with code ‘GOBIG14′ (until 1st December)
TOPSHOP: Site-wide sale on select items + free worldwide shipping (until 1st December)
URBAN OUTFITTERS: Site-wide sale on select items + free shipping with code ‘BFDELIVERY’ (until 1st December)
WEST ELM: Save up to 25% off site-wide with code ‘SUPERSALE’ (until 1st December)
WHISTLES: 25% off site-wide (until 1st December)

Happy present-buying!

Love, Miss B xx

 

My Favourite Instagram Accounts

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Instagram is, unquestionably, my favourite social media platform. I love getting to see glimpses into the lives of people I admire around the world, and it is such a happy community (some of my best friendships were made via Instagram). Things I love on Instagram: pictures of Paris or New York or places I’ve never been to (but long to explore), flowers, cute dogs and beautiful lighting (things I hate: too many blurry selfies, messy backgrounds and accounts that only repost other people’s images). Here are the Instragrammers around the world that I just can’t get enough of:

parisinfourmonths
Carin’s feed is a beautiful love letter to her (adopted) city. She has the most beautiful vision, and Paris through her lens looks like the set of a Woody Allen film. A must-follow for anyone who dreams of Paris as I do.

sarahkjp
Sarah’s feed is the manifestation of the New England American dream; nautical adventures, preppy field trips and summer spent travelling around the North East coast. As polished, preppy and picture-perfect as her darling blog, Classy Girls Wear Pearls.

garypeppergirl
Nicole has achieved remarkable success with her blog, but for good reason. Her ‘outfit shots’ are more worthy of the pages of Vogue; grand editorials set in all the most breathtaking locations around the world. My favourite of the ‘super-bloggers’ by a mile.

juliahengel
San Francisco-based Julia is cute as a button (and just as sweet in real life) and shares my weakness for flowers and anything pink. I love the daily outfit posts she shares from her blog, Gal Meets Glam, and her current travels around Europe make me want to take a month off to explore the Continent.

nicolettemason
Full disclosure: I can’t be impartial when it comes to Nicolette because she is one of my favourite people in the world. Regardless, her feed is a beautiful documentary of her feminine style, her incredible home (where she lives with francoisethepug) and her life in New York.

carly
Carly, who writes The College Prepster (one of my daily reads), is the perfect girl next door; in fact, I wish we were actually neighbours so I could hang out with her and theodorefitzpatrick in Central Park every week. She lives on the Upper East Side, loves bows and books in equal measure (girl after my own heart) and shares all my Type A-tendencies.

lucylaucht
Lucy’s was one of the first blogs I ever followed (back when she was an English girl living in Australia), and I just love her aesthetic. These days, she lives in Brooklyn and shares snaps from around the city, her enviable travels and her flawless style. Expect lots of colour, perfectly-styled still life photos and the prettiest flowers.

amy_stone
Amy’s feed is a perfectly curated vision. From the nautical-inspiration to summer in Nantucket and her quest to find the most handsome doors in New York, her account is a delightful shot of escapism.

katiearmour
Katie, who edits the charming digital monthly, Matchbook Magazine, is, simply, one of the coolest girls I know. Part cultured neo-traditionalist with an appreciation for art galleries and old libraries, and part cheeky Tomboy with a fondness for smoking slippers and walks around New York with her dapper pug, Alfred, she has a style I adore.

thisisglamorous
As the name suggests, Rosalie’s feed (just like her equally gorgeous blog by the same name) is a tribute to all things beautiful, feminine and glamorous. I love peeking inside her home, the snapshots of Edinburgh (where she lives), and the abundance of blooms in all her pictures.

What are your favourite Instagram feeds? I’d love to read your suggestions in the comments!

P.S. Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram here!

Love, Miss B xx

Back in Class

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The students are all making their way back to Cambridge this weekend, all wide-eyed and enthusiastic ahead of the start of term this week. I love the sight of them wheeling the wooden trolleys through their colleges, laden with books, cases and all their worldly possessions for the year ahead. Although it is years since I graduated myself, every autumn I still crave that preppy back-to-class look (which seems to suit life here in Cambridge so well).

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I had to wear almost this exact outfit (navy blazer, kilt, bow-tied shirt) all the way through school and so really should be over it by now, but there’s still something I love about that uniform. Though truthfully, the preppy look is a lot more fun as an adult when you can swap the knee-socks for ladylike red-soled Louboutins, the tartan kilt for a leather skirt, and not be hauled into the Headmaster’s office for wearing lipstick (true story).

I suppose there will come a point where I’ll have to stop dressing like Blair Waldorf at prep school, but for now, while I’m in Cambridge, I still take comfort in pulling out my preppy uniform each autumn.

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Wearing: Band of Outsiders blazer (similar style available at J.Crew) // Whistles sweater (also available at ASOS) // ASOS shirt // Whistles skirt (now on sale + also available at ASOS) // Lulu Guinness clutch (past season, but similar styles available here + at Kate Spade) // Christian Louboutin heels (sold out, but similar styles available at Net-a-Porter + J.Crew) // Lulu Frost necklace (past season, but similar styles at MatchesNet-a-Porter + J.Crew) // Vintage brooch // Lola & Grace ring c/- // ASOS hair bow (also available in red).
Beauty: NARS ‘Heat Wave’ lipstick (also available at Sephora + John Lewis) // NARS ‘Orgasm’ blush (also available at ASOS + Selfridges) // Essie ‘Bahama Mama’ nail polish (also available at Debenhams + Liberty London). 

Is there a style you gravitate to year after year, regardless of which stage of your life you’re at?

Love, Miss B xx

Photos by Beth Morton

 

How to Master Everyday Smokey Eyes with Bobbi Brown

A Girl, A Style _ Smokey Eyes with Bobbi Brown

While I love to experiment with my makeup as the seasons change, my everyday look remains fairly consistent: polished skin, a smokey eye with a flick of liner, and a nude or bright lip. I have been using Bobbi Brown for years (their brow kit and gel liner are two of my longtime makeup staples), but their new Smokey Nudes eyeshadow palette is my new favourite. It incorporates every shade I look for, but is versatile enough to create all the eye looks I favour (bronzed, smokey, bold or a classic 60s cat eye). I’ve teamed up with Bobbi Brown to share how I create my everyday smokey bronzed look:

Step 1: Start with polished skin (I used my usual foundation + concealer under my eyes), a hint of peachy blush and groomed brows (I used my old favourite Bobbi Brown brow kit).

Step 2: Using a flat shadow brush or fingertip, blend the palest shade in the Smokey Nudes eye palette all over the eyelids up to the brow. Follow with the cream shimmer to the crease and into the inner eye socket. Add contour by blending the matte taupe shade along the crease.

Step 3: With a fluffy shadow brush, gradually build up colour all over the lid with the metallic brown shade and along the bottom lash line using a smudge brush (this can be as light or as bold as you wish; use a damp brush for the strongest colour). Add depth around the outer corners and along the crease with the sparkly chocolate shade. Finish by pressing a touch of the sparkly pink shade onto the centre of the lids to make the whole look pop.

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Step 4: For extra-long wear, I started with a thin line of my favourite Bobbi Brown gel liner right along at the lashes. Using the inky black Smokey Eye Kajal Liner, add a line all along the upper lash line and on the outer third of the bottom lash line (thickening the line slightly towards the outer edges of the eye), before smudging the whole line slightly with the pencil’s sponge tip. Curl your lashes for good measure, and add a coat of mascara (is it physically possible for any woman to put on mascara without pulling a bizarre face? Not me, that’s certain…).

Step 5: Add a little contour using a bronzer under the cheekbones and around the temples, and a light-reflecting illuminator along the cheekbones, around the brow bones and down the bridge of the nose (I used the Shimmer Brick in ‘Sandstone’). Finish with a swipe of nude lipstick (I used the Creamy Matte lip colour in ‘Nude Rose’). Et voila!

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A Girl, A Style _ Smokey Eyes with Bobbi Brown 2 Wearing: Equipment shirt // Lulu Frost necklace // BaubleBar earrings // ASOS hair clip.
Beauty: Smokey Nudes eye palette c/- // Shimmer Brick c/- // lipstick c/- // kajal eyeliner // mascara c/- // brow kit (all products by Bobbi Brown)

Love, Miss B xx

This post is in partnership with Bobbi Brown.