London Bride’s Wish List – Christmas Edit

Somehow, the first few weeks of December just fly by, and just when you think you have all the time in the world to do your shopping, you realise, that there are only two weekends left before Christmas. Panic sets in, at least it did with me so I resorted to online shopping (seriously, why would you go down Oxford Street?) and I’m more than happy to pay the delivery charges for the post man to bring me treats with a smile (bonus as mine always calls me ‘Miss’ and is ridiculously cheery!).

You’ve probably been way more organised than I, and therefore this may be a little redundant but for those that have yet to disclose their wish list to their generous loved ones, I hope this may be of some inspiration, and if not… well there is always the January sales!

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1. Whilst I’m at work I have my beloved Rose Gold ‘Layla’ Frends Headphones that I wear when trying to focus when I’ve got my head down on a proposal, however on the go to and from meetings I’m always on my Spotify or listening to Podcasts (hello, anyone else obsessed with Serial?) so these gold in-ear headphones from Happy Plugs would be perfect to add some glamour to the 149 bus journey. They certainly would live up to their name!

2. Not going to lie, this one was chosen purely for the name, the ‘Loose Lips’ candle – I’m obsessed with anything Byredo related, if you haven’t had the opportunity to sample their fragrances, do. Really. Plus it’s an excuse to head to Liberty. The Swedes really know how to do perfume with style and substance and without being shallow, the packaging is rather swish.

3. Rings, hair clips, coins, keys – a girl has so many bits! A little dish like this super cute ‘Odds and Ends’ Daisy Place Dish from Kate Spade to have on your bedside table or in your bathroom makes sure all your previous bits and pieces stay safe, and that you don’t take your engagement ring off and put it by the kitchen sink/bathroom basin/desk at work (delete as appropriate!) and forget where it is. Not that I’ve ever done that. Nope. Never.

4. Bring me some figgy pudding, oh bring some right now! OK, not quite the same but it is figgy. The Diptique Philoosssekouss (kidding it’s Philosykos, but can anyone actually pronounce this, I dread asking for it at the counter!) It’s musky, figgy and takes me away to far away shores, perhaps more of a summer fragrance but I’ll stash this one away for when the warmer nights come in. Top tip – don’t forget to put your perfumes out the sunlight ladies, they don’t like light or heat so will last much longer if stored in a cupboard. I know, such a shame when they are so pretty.

5. This beautiful set of J Crew jewels – the ‘Glacier’ necklace, is for those days when you have zero minutes to get ready to go to an after work party or last minute dinner and all you need to do is throw some sparkle on and you’ll be all set. I particularly love something like this over a plain grey or white t-shirt. Casual, yet glam (or at least attempting).

6. Oh come on, if you follow me on Instagram you just knew there had to be something cat related in here. In the form of this Lulu Guinness Kooky Cat purse. Totally unnecessary but totally coveted (note: currently reduced at time of writing!!)

7. The packaging is rose gold and it’s make-up. By Charlotte Tilbury. Need I say more?

8. If I can give you one piece of advice this year, it’s BUY THIS. If you ever have trouble getting to sleep, or just need a hand winding down at the end of the night this Deep Sleep Pillow Spray by This Works will be your most reached for product. Aptly named, it annoyingly actually does work.

9. I have a number of glittery, metallic phone cases on the go, but one can never have enough and I don’t have a gold glitter one.. so this little glitter number is from Gap. Just remember a phone case is for life… not just for Christmas.

10. Given my recent new hobby of writing my name 100 times over, otherwise known as attempting modern calligraphy, I’ve re-discovered the joy of hand-writing notes, letters and cards and with a fountain pen this swish (it has a gold nib!) it would be just in time for some thank you notes in the New Year. This is the Kaweco Classic Sport Fountain Pen from Quill London, don’t forget to stock up on cartridges too, I doubt you’ll be able to raid the work stationery cupboard for those.

London Bride Blog Survey + Giveaway 2014

As you may (or may not) know, London Bride was established way back in January 2009 which, at the time was amongst one of the first UK wedding blogs to launch. Fast forward over five years and no-one is more surprised than me that I, ‘Miss Fickle’ (as I have been affectionately known by my family due to my frequent mind changing) am still blogging, but somehow my passion for all things London and weddings just won’t be tamed!

The London Bride brand has since grown in many ways thanks, I’ve developed my wedding planning and styling business, which has seen me assist over 40 fabulous couples with their wedding days (yikes!) and the blog has gone from strength to strength, becoming a multi-award winning site and it’s thanks to all of you: my readers, clients, sponsors, featured photographers, wedding industry friends and colleagues, I don’t think I say it enough but I really am so grateful for all your support *having a moment*….

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Now, as we steam ahead into 2015 (seriously, where did the year go!?) I’m looking forward to a few exciting changes and some shiny new things planned for London Bride in the new year – a glimpse of which is above – the lovely logo that was designed for me by the very talented BerinMade (admittedly it was designed back in 2012, but I’ve been so busy that I’ve not had a chance to implement it as yet!).

With all these things in the pipeline I thought it was about time to do a little London Bride Blog Survey, despite never having done one previously I’m really keen to make sure I keep improving the blog, and keep inspiring you and to do that I sort of (well, quite massively) need your highly valued feedback!

Of course, I appreciate it’s a big ask and I know how precious your time is so as a little thank you (ahem, bribe) I’ve collaborated with some amazing brands for this little ‘London Bride Loves’ prize giveaway of fabulous treats worth up to £300, which will go to one lucky winner from the survey entries. The items are all from brands I genuinely love and I hope you do too, and the items selected are perfect for both brides or anyone who likes nice treats! I may even throw a few more surprises in there too as I’m nice like that!

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So here’s what London Bride Loves and what one lucky survey entry winner will receive just in case you need more bribing!

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I just love everything that Hayley and Lucas (owners at Alphabet Bags) turn their hand to, and these three items are a great treat for any bride to be! The tote bag is perfect for the bride to don the day after the wedding, whilst the XO pouch with sweet pink glitter letters can be used on the day for the small emergencies every girl needs such as lipstick, mints and a mirror! You can then fill up the very roomy wash bag with all your pampering treats as you set off for your honeymoon! Perfect!

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Having visited the boutique earlier this year, I have become even more besotted with the designs and collection from Alex Monroe. They have that perfect mix of whimsical yet wearable and one of my favourite items is this sweet modern classic ‘Love’ bracelet in gold. It’s so delicate and pretty and actually would make a lovely present for someone though I vote that you keep this for yourself!

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I can’t think of a time I ever left a Benefit store or counter empty handed, they just have those ‘take me home with you’ products that are irresistible. To help relax and pamper you, this slinky Bathina body oil and mist set will ensure you are smelling deeeeelicious!

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I must paint my nails with Essie every few days (obsessed, much?) and as this blog is all about weddings, it seemed only apt that we made the most of the witty Essie nail polish names, so you can get your hands on (literally) the fuchsia Bachelorette Bash, soft classic pink, Mademoiselle and the aptly named Trophy Wife in a deep pearl teal shade.

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Not going to lie this was seriously hard putting back in the (beautifully packaged) box thanks to it’s encapsulating aroma. The modern blend of Moroccan blush rose, lime and black pepper is incredibly uplifting and not overtly floral, just divine and perfect if all the wedding planning gets overwhelming!

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It’s no secret that I’m a stationery hoarder, from pretty cards to copper tape to a whole cupboard of too-pretty-to-use notebooks, so we’ve included this gorgeous pink and gold foil notebook perfect for to-do lists, by LA based company Sugar Paper from Quill London who curate THE most coveted stationery items. 

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So to be in with a chance of winning (please see t’s and c’s below), and more importantly helping to shape the future of the London Bride blog, I’d be ever so grateful for 10 minutes of your time, just click to take part below!

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Giveaway Terms and Conditions

  • Only one entry per person will be accepted
  • Competition closes on Sunday 11th January 2015 at Midnight
  • Winner will be chosen at random from those who have entered the survey and provided their email address
  • Competition only open to UK residents (sorry to those further afield!)
  • Winner will be contacted by email to arrange delivery of their prize
  • Contact details will not be shared by any third parties other than London Bride
  • Survey information collated is only intended for use by London Bride