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11 December 2013

Christmas present to myself?!

I have a new style crush!! Not sure if anyone else has come across The Conversation on the new Lifestyle channel which is hosted by Amanda De Cadenet? If you haven't I'll give you a quick run down! The format of the show is basically as if 2 girlfriends were lounging on the sofa having a good old chin wag! It works for me because the concept has been kept very casual so it allows Amanda get comfortable and ask some very frank and personal questions to the likes of Gwyneth Paltrow and Eva Longoria. Her interviewees seem to answer her very openly and honestly which makes you, as the viewer feel you could almost be sat on the sofa with them. I have to admit that I not only tune in because of the great guests she has but also to see what she's wearing as she has a look all of her own. I could never hope to emulate her rock chick style as it suits her so perfectly but there is part of her style that I could steal as I am particularly enamoured by some of the jewellery she wears! I have trawled the net to try and find a pic of her wearing this necklace it but to no avail!.


This gorgeous necklace comes from Esty and would have to be shipped from the US and so to save anyone else the trouble and faff, I shall be ordering it myself....thus making it my Christmas present to myself! You may have spotted it on the likes of Katie Holmes too, as she wore an S in honour of her daughter Suri. Amanda wears an A and I shall be sporting an M....for Michelle & mum!

As I am quite partial to a short, fine gold chain with a lovely charm attached (noting that Amanda has a few!) the above necklace put in mind of another brand called Orelia that I came across in Topshop, Oxford Circus a couple of years ago, I have noticed that it is also stocked by ASOS. Orelia really seem to specialize in this area and there are more than few of their necklaces I would love to have in my possession (if only the DH took the time to read my blog he would never be stuck with what to buy me for Christmas or birthday ever again!). This first one is my favourite. The wishbone


Then we have the double star




A lovely pair of Wings


A lucky charm Open horseshoe necklace


For some good karma Hamsa hand necklace


And finishing with Gold star necklace 



I would love a Christmas stocking crammed with these necklaces! Do you have a favourite out of all the above? Are you a dainty necklace lover or are you a fan of a chunkier statement necklace these days? 

So, onto an idea of what I've been wearing over the past week.....I say an idea as the dark mornings have played havoc with the light for at least one of the shots!

Starting off with the usual school run type attire from last Wednesday


Whistles parka
Topshop beige jumper (not seen)
Topshop Leigh charcoal jeans
Zara boots
Primark scarf


This was so dark I've played around with it so the pic is not great quality but it gives you a slightly better idea of what I wore on Saturday! 


Superdry leather jacket (T K Maxx)
H&M dark grey sweatshirt
Gap outlet black super skinny jeans
New Balance trainers
Marc Jacobs bag

A photo of me and my girl outside Harrods as we took her along to see the incredible window displays!


Zara coat
Zara check shirt (not seen)
Gap black sweater (not seen)
Gap black legging jeans
New Balance trainers
Primark scarf

Working the trainers yet again for the school run


River Island pea coat
H&M navy sweatshirt
Gap real straight jeans
New Balance trainers 
Aquascutum scarf (pinched from Husband)

Finally, today's outfit for helping my mum finish her Christmas shopping


Topshop coat
Mango sweater
H&M navy jeggings
Rag & Bone boots
Aquascutum scarf (hubby is not getting this back!)

Anyone else likely to be joining me and buying a Christmas pressie to themselves?? Now that I have done almost all my Christmas shopping I hope to have time to do a bit of a wreckie and start making a wish list of things to try and snag in the sales! I think we can look forward to some good reductions in January as there have been some amazing deals around over the last week!! My budget challenge will be over at the end of this month so the question is will I be splurging in the sales!!

As we have touched on my budget.....a quick up-date! I have made 3 purchases so far in December, the first one you may have noticed was the New Balance trainers....safe to say they have been a total winner so far as I've hardly taken them off. Good news was I managed to snag them with discount! I have also succumbed to some colour in the way of a sweater......all will be revealed shortly! I may have also found something for the work do although I am still cogitating about it and it could yet be returned!! Decisions, Decisions!!

Well, that's all from me for now! Until next time, Michelle x

24 comments:

  1. Ooooh I do love with a capital L your Whistles parker. I could do with borrowing it tonight as I brave the Xmas markets in Manchester. Brrrrrrrrr x

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    1. Donna, the Whistles parka has to be one of the best bargains I've ever had on eBay as it was less than 50 quid including P&P!! It was brand new with the tags on too!! Glad you like ;0) x

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  2. I love the Orelia necklace Michelle, I have to admit to toying with the idea ever since I saw Katie Holmes wear hers....although I haven't yet succumbed,although there's still time!!! But in the meantime I do have a couple of bangles with my son's initials and date of birth on instead xx
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    1. Isn't the necklace gorgeous Jane! So dainty!! Love the idea of your bracelets with name and date of birth of your children too! I shall take note for future celebration gift ideas!! xx

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  3. I can assure you that I have purchased NUMEROUS Christmas presents for myself :) so you are not alone in this madness. I really like these dainty necklaces and have one of them- the circular one with my children's initials on it. I also have 3 matching bracelets (1 silver, 1 gold, 1 rose gold) that each one of each of my kid's initials and the 3rd has my initials. Although I love chunky statement necklaces, I also love very dainty ones which I prefer to wear when I am in very casual clothes, or if my top is very busy looking. If I had to choose another necklace from above, it would be the gold star. There is something about its simplicity that I really like. Anyway, have fun choosing. By the way, I adore your scarf from Primark. I recently ordered a similar one from Zara.

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    1. It's good to know I'm not the only person thinking of spoiling themselves for Christmas!! I love the single gold star necklace too....think it's quite apt for Christmas!!

      As much as I love my Primark scarf I may just have to join you in the purchase of the Zara scarf.....it is gorgeous!! xx

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  4. Love these Michelle. I like all things feather so may treat myself to this as it's an accessory not an item of clothes! I also love the Etsy one. Now I've seen these on someone famous from the UK but I'm having a senior moment and can't remember who - bear with and I'll see if I can remember - lol. Super excited to see the jumper (I think I know what colour!!) Vikki xxx

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    1. I aim to please Vikki....glad you like! I would love one of each, although I'll happily settle for the Esty one for the time being!! If you remember which UK star you've seen it on let me know!! All I can say about the sweater is it's shocking ;0) Xx

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  5. I love that etsy necklace that is a really good find, I adore fine gold jewellery and think I may have buy it as a little present to myself! Luckily both my kids names start with a J! Can you let me know how you get on with ordering it from the US I always get stung by taxes etc! X fab outfits as always this week x

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    1. Will let you know how I get on! Going to hold off until after Christmas because of last posting dates and all that!! Fingers crossed as this will be my first time ordering from the states.....wish me luck!! xx

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  6. Gorgeous outfits as always , Michelle and some fab necklaces. Lynne x

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    1. Thank you Lynne....pleased as punch you like!! x

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  7. And my NB's haven't even made it out of the door yet! Great outfits Michelle - all effortless. And I don't know if you've ordered yet, but have you looked at Not on the High Street? They have quite a selection of initial necklaces - I might even pick one up myself. Thanks for the idea - I love that it has a personal touch.

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    1. Can't believe you haven't worn your NB's yet Sue!! They are seriously comfy!!
      I could wear them everyday!

      Will check out Not On The High Street as they do some wonderful stuff and their customer service is excellent, having just bought a Christening gift from them x

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  8. Hi there!! Looking fabulous as always, the New Balance trainers are gorgeous and I so want to get a pair!!! I think I will, but may be next year. Your necklace is really lovely and such a perfect present to yourself! I'm rather a bad blogger at the moment but I love to see what my favourite bloggers are getting up to and wearing- you and your daughter look really stylish and cosy!! xxx

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    1. I can't recommend the NB highly enough Sharon! Super stylish and comfy....what more can a girl ask for??
      It is hard to keep on top of the blogging at the mo isn't it!! So much to do and so little time in my case!! I'm struggling to keep up too! x

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  9. Those NB sneakers are fab and I adore the necklace. I've always wanted a version with 2 discs for each child's initial and then two tiny birth stones...x

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    1. Aren't the NB fab!!
      What a wonderful keepsake to have the 2 discs....one for each child with their birth stones!! That sounds gorgeous....if only I could pass that idea onto Santa for you!! xx

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  10. I have meaning to get myself one of these necklaces....would like 2 each with the initial of my little ones. I have a white gold necklace with no pendant, lost the diamond somewhere between Manchester airport to Malaga! Loving the new balance on you..... in my fav colour as well! ( not sure I could carry them off ) xx

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    1. Ohh no! Can't believe you lost your diamond from something so precious!! I hate losing stuff especially when it means so much :0( Really hope you get to replace it!!

      So happy with the colour of the NB's....who knew they would go with so much!! x

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  11. Aaaaah! Now I know why Sue said you couldn't enter her competition to guess what she bought!! Love the idea of the iniital necklace ... like a toned down version of the ever popular SATC 'Carrie'

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  12. Lol!! Helen....well spotted!! I managed to keep Schtum until Sue announced a winner!!

    I wouldn't mind a 'Carrie' style necklace either!! Think I am getting ever so slightly carried away by all this very tempting jewellery!! xx

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  13. I'm not a dainty necklace person, they would be lost on me to be honest. Love the picture of you and your girl and you do have some lovely coats, love the whistles parka and the camel coat. That programme sounds right up my street, what channel is it? Although I never forgive her for going off with my John Taylor lol and do you also know she is co-founder of Juicy Couture?

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    1. Lol Sharron....John Taylor was my idol from Duran Duran too!! I think that's why I'm so fascinated by Amanda....she is one sexy bird!! If you have Sky (I'm thinking if your boy loves footie you probably do!!) Lifetime is on 156 (I slipped up slightly there as I've put Lifestyle!!). It's on Sunday nights at 8pm. You will love it!

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