Friday, 22 November 2013

A Festive Special

When I was asked by Amy from Like Love Want Need to do a guest blog for her not only was I flattered, I was then stumped. What to write!? Amy suggested festive and with Thanksgiving and Christmas just around the corner it made perfect sense. So this is what I have come up with. It's a bit different to my usual posts but I have created this with the intentions that it will become a post that you can look back on for inspiration.

When it comes to updating your look for the festive season it's easier than you think. Sometimes all you need to do is change the way you wear your hair or make up and sometimes it's just about adding one or two new items to the wardrobe. Whatever your budget you can make it work whether the store you choose is designer or second hand. All you need is the inspiration first so you know what you are looking for and this is where Pinterest comes in!

Make up.

One of the easiest and often cheapest ways for you to update and change your whole look. If you don't wear lipsticks, why not try a pop of colour and keep everything else very simple. Red comes in a insane amount of shades and is as festive as it gets! If that's too much try a pale red gloss.

Similar for the eyes, if you are someone who loves your lips to be the focus, switch it around and go for a simpler lip and a smoky eye or an exaggerated eyeliner flick. For those of you that are never without make up why not try some sparkle, I am really loving gold on the eyes right now. For a big night out don't be afraid of some false lashes, even the most natural ones can really open up your face.

Remember department stores are full of makeup counters and booking with one can teach you a great new technique. Don't let yourself feel pressured into buying though! If you are not sure then walk away and see how you feel after a walk about the shops!


Next up is your hair. This is perhaps not a daily thing you would change, especially if you have kiddies to chase around but for a night out how you wear your hair is going to complete your look just as much as nail varnish and make up. Again if you normally wear it one way, switch it up and go for the opposite. Hair always down and straight, looks beautiful when you have a curl added or perhaps you never wear your hair up, try curling it and sweeping it up. If a visit to the salon isn't in the budget then study YouTube, there are some brilliant tutorials on there.

If you are like me and have a shorter style it is possible to look different. I quite liked to smooth my crop down for a night out as I love to play about with make up and often with shorter styles the cut makes a statement enough as it is. However I do love the look of some accessories that you can buy and who says that they are just for those blessed with long hair, just keep the outfit a bit more simple with something fussier on the hair dept to avoid looking 'too' much.

chirstmas hair


I personally like to keep my going out outfits pretty simple in colour but more exciting in texture so most are black, gold or cream, that way you can really play with accessories. If you are a bit strapped for cash then look at adding some glitz to what you already own. A pair of killer red heels matched with red lipstick will really stand out against a simple black dress. Sequins is high on my list right now and this time of year is perfect for it day or night. Sequins work so well with denim that I can't help but drool over sequin jackets in particular. They look just as amazing over a tight fitted simple dress as they do with a plain top and boyfriend jeans. The perfect wardrobe pick me up!

all that glitters

A faux fur jacket is also a must have this time of year, much the same as the sequin jacket that I would like it's wearable day and night. If a full on faux fur jacket isn't your thing then have a play about with a faux fur stole to update your current jacket. Also think about swapping your normal leggings for faux leather ones to update to the winter trend.

faux fur

It would be rude for me not to even skirt around the Fair Isle look when we are discussing festive times. It has to be done! Boden and Next have hit mixed up the look great and who can resist some festive fun socks!

Next Snowflake Jumper
Next FairIsle Jumper
Topshop Gingerbread Socks
Boden Fairisle Knit

fair isle


I'm not one for much on the Accessories front and that's something I am working on! I prefer to have a statement necklace or even just diamante earrings in, but for a night out at Christmas some bling has to be done! I love my Next silver glitter heels and they come out every time I want some sparkle added to an outfit.

Bags have become quite art deco recently and the high street has taken much inspiration from the catwalk. If I was buying a new evening bag it would have to be a box clutch, pure chic and no floppy situation going on under your arm.

A statement flat is also big news for this season and it wouldn't be right to not mention them, with it being the festive season something shiny works great. Not only does it dress up jeans and a jumper they work great for anyone who wants a dressy shoe for an evening out but can't take the pain or balance of a heel.

To instantly dress up your daily jeans combo look a chunky necklace is a must, layered over your blouse, tshirt, shirt or even a evening dress it gives you your moneys worth in versatility.

Luckey Dune Pump
River Island Gold Stripe Box Clutch
Topshop Beaded Oversize Flower Necklace
J Crew Shimmer Crystal Earrings
Next Silver Peep Toe Heels

christmas accessories

So there we have it, a quick post to update your festive wardrobe!


  1. What a brilliant post! I loved every bit of it. Thank you xxx

  2. Such a fab post Hollie with some great ideas & advice! I love the hairbands! I have a vintage M&S fur & a longer one that was my Nans in storage in London & I can't wait to get them back! I'm planning to buy a darker No7 lipstick 2moro with a money off voucher! Ax