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Quirky Gifts for Valentine’s Day

Cat Ear Headphones
Adorable Cat Ear Headphones by Brookstone

I have a little bit of a reputation as being a Scrooge with it comes to love. I can often be seen with my face twisted in revulsion, when anything overly soppy or romantic is before me, be it on TV or in person. Where most people think the speech from ‘When Harry Met Sally’ is adorable and sweet, it just makes me cringe.

It isn’t that I’m a total cynic that completely hates love – I am myself in a wonderful relationship – I just have a different perspective on what it means to me. I would rather have an insulting or pun-based novelty card for Valentine’s Day, than a huge bunch of roses. And I would definitely prefer to sit in my ‘fat pants’ and eat loads of snacks, whilst binge watching ‘Band of Brothers’ (we are a little late to the party on that one) with a mountain of snacks, than sit in a crowd restaurant, forcing some romance.

And if I do get a gift, I want something that makes me smile and laugh. Thoughtful and loving gifts for Valentine’s Day, do not have to be in giant bouquet form, or adorned with hearts, or in a heart shape. If the special person in your life loves hearts and flowers, then by all means, gift them hearts and flowers. But, if your other half likes things a little bit different, why dot go for a quirky gift this Valentines Day.

Quirky Gifts For Valentine’s Day

I’ve had a super fun time scouting through the Xwalker catalogue for the cutest and quirkiest gifts I could find. I love them all…I guess I do know how to love after all.

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1. No Season Solar System Phone Case, Edie Parker; 2. Gone Bananas Statement Earrings, Elizabeth Cole; 3. Adalyn Owl Leather Bifold Wallet, Kate Spade New York; 4. So Cute Decorative Pillow, Madura; 5. Bulldog Slip On Sneaker, Soludos; 6. Mickey and Friends Minnie Mouse Character Heel Pump, Irregular Choice.
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1. Sterling Silver Bird Pendant Long Necklace, Origami; 2. Flame Socks, Palm Angels; 3. Unicorn Intarsia Sweater, Coach; 4. Camo Print Scarf, Veronica Beard; 5. Hand Decorated Murano Glass Enamel-Capped Perfume Bottles, Due Zeta.

A little bit more original than chocolates and flowers, don’t you think? What would be your ideal quirky gift to receive for Valentine’s Day?

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Trending: Winter White

Trending Winter White - La Maison Talulah Midi Dress
La Maison Talulah Eyelet Midi Dress.

Another weekend has went by, and with it another Award ceremony, this time the 2018 Grammy’s. It was probably no surprise that Bruno Mars left with an armful of awards, but something that did grab my attention was the white roses that many of the women walking the red carpet, had pinned onto their glamorous dresses or sharp tailoring. The white roses were worn in solidarity of the Time’s Up and #MeToo movement, a big change from the black gowns women wore at the Golden Globes several weeks ago.

Recording artist Kesha – herself a victim of sexual abuse within the enterainment industry – went one step further, delivering an emotional performance of her song ‘Praying’. Her performance was particularly relevant as it is all about coming through adversity, and moving on from those that hurt you with forgiveness. She was joined onstage by the likes of Cyndi Lauper, Bebe Rexha, Camila Cabello, Julia Michaels, and Andra Day, all of which looked angellic in head-to-toe white ensembles.

After last weekend’s Grammy ceremony, winter white is definitely a trending shade. If you want some stunning white pieces to add to your wardrobe, I have found some beauties that are available through the Xwalker website.

Trending: Winter White

White is such a fresh and beautiful shade for the Winter months, but it is a trans-seasonal hue. It will be just as stylish in Spring and throuh to the summer. Anything white, will be a worthwhile addition to your wardrobe…just steer clear of the tomato ketchup.

Let’s start with dresses shall we…

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1. Make Way for Wonderful Off White Lace Maxi Dress, Ark & Co.; 2. Chic Goals White One-Shoulder Skater Dress, Lulus; 3. Blazin Black and White Striped Long Sleeve Dress, Amuse Society; 4. Melina White Lace Maxi Dress, Dress the Population; 5. Hidden Talent Backless Ivory Lace Dress, Lulus; 6.  Michelle White Sequin Maxi Dress, Dress the Population.
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1. Metallic Accents Bell Sleeve Shift Dress, Shoshanna; 2. Scuba Off-the-Shoulder Bell Sleeve Dress, Aqua; 3. Floral Pattern Dress, Nanette Lepore; 4. Paneled Overlay Midi Dress, Diane Von Furstenberg; 5. T-shirt Dress, Milly; 6. Pretty Belle Cold-Shoulder Dress, Nookie.

How about some more fresh and crisp winter white.

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1. High Waist Skinny Front Slit Jeans, NA-KD; 2. Trois Leather High Heel Booties, Sjp By Sarah Jessica Parker, 3. Scuba Hadley Jacket, Veronica Beard; 4. White and Red Heart Patch T-Shirt, Comme des Garçons Play; 5. White Leather Bucket Bag, Mansur Gavriel; 6. White Leather 1460 Boots, Dr. Martens; 7. Lexi – Pin-tuck Mini Skirt, Reiss.

Do you think there is some room in your wardrobe for some lucious white? There is definitly some room in mine. I’m in love with the white Dr. Martens…so cool.

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Trending: Floral Prints

Floral Prints - Brie Larson in Gucci
Brie Larson in Gucci (Image via Daily Mail)

Fantastic Florals

Leaving behing the black gowns that dominated on the Golden Globes red carpet a few weeks ago, it was floral prints were strongly represented at the 2018 SAG Awards  on Sunday evening, with many of Hollywood’s finest leading ladies, opting for femine, floral gowns. Vanessa Kirby wore a gorgeous blush gown with floral embroidery by Valentino, and Gina Rodriguez looked fantastic in a beaded floral gown with corsetted top.

Oscar winner Brie Larson wore my favourite look of the night, mixing the shimmer trend with florals, in a stunning sequin gown by Gucci. She kept her hair and make up, fresh and youthful, and accessories simple, which worked perfectly with the heavily embellished dress.

Thanks to Brie Larson – and  some of the other beautiful women that walked the SAG read carpet  – I have fallen in love with floral prints once again. They are pretty, flirty and feminine, but can be edgy too, when teamed with black leather and biker boots. Plus, in a pretty miserable January (well it is where I am right now), it is a great way to add a little bit of colour and brightness to your life.

I could certainly do with Spring coming a little bit a little bit early – is it just me, or does it seem like January has lasted forever? So, I have had a good browse through the Xwalker website, and found some great pieces that are sure to give you serious floral inspiration.

I can’t wait to add some to my wardrobe. Their bold brightness are sure to get me through the rest of January…I hope.

Fabulous Floral Prints

Get ready for some serious blooming loveliness…lets start with floral dresses.

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1. Avenue Floral-Print Mini Dress, Likely; 2. Floral V-Neck Midi Dress, Adrianna Papell; 3. Maje Floral-Print Silk Mini Dress, Parker; 4. Floral Maxi Dress, Rocco Sand; 5. Floral Print Fit-and-Flare Dress, Aqua.
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1. Queen of Hearts Black and Burgundy Floral Print Midi Dress, Lulus; 2. Strike a Rose Black Floral Print Long Sleeve Maxi Dress, Lulus; 3. Heather Mauve Floral Print Long Sleeve Dress, Astr the Label; 4. Kiss and Pastel Light Blue Floral Print Wrap Dress, Lulus; 5. Whispers Navy Blue Floral Print Skater Dress, Keepsake.

How about some floral separates? Some great pieces to mix and match into your wardrobe. Have you ever wore florals and stripes together? It looks awesome.

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1. Floral Wrap Top, June & Hudson; 2. Kikimu Floral Embroidered Blouse, Johnny Was; 3. Khali – Floral Printed Shirt, Reiss; 4. William Floral-Print Pant, BCBGMAXAZRIA; 5. Sasha Floral-Print Skirt, Alice Olivia; 6. Floral Pleated Full Skirt, Karen Millen.

And what about some accessories to finish off your new floral look?

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1. Parker Floral Print Shoulder Bag, Tory Burch; 2. Floral Printed Silk Square Scarf, Roberto Cavalli; 3. Jordaan Floral Brocade Loafers, Gucci; 4. Black Floral iPhone X Case, Richmond & Finch; 5. Signature Floral Watch, Olivia Burton; 6. Pointer Floral Jacquard Ankle-Strap Pump, Charles by Charles David; 7. Beaded Floral Stud Earrings, Nakamol; 8. Amaryllis Floral Backpack, Draper James; 9. Floral and Geometric Print Twill Silk Square Scarf, Emilio Pucci.

What prints are you loving at the minute?

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Top Five Rain Boots or Wellies

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Stunning Glossy Red Rain Boots from Hunter.

When I think of rain boots or wellies (Wellington Boots just in case we hit a language barrier), I usually think of having fun at festivals. You know, you pop on some fun rain boots to protect against the muddy fields, but team them with denim cut-offs, crochet camis, and lots of Boho jewellery.

Well, a change in the weather in my home city has greatly changed my thinking on the rain boot. The rain, snow, and everything in between, has been almost constant throughout January, and I am so tired of my feet swishing about in soaking wet shoes, colder than the shady side of an iceberg. I need some quality rain boots, and fast, before I lose my toes to frostbite, or swamp foot, or some other overly dramatic and unlikely condition.

Of coure, I don’t want something old-fashioned and frumpy…I want rain boots that are stylish and cool. Luckily, Xwalker has a really great selection of the weather proof boot, that look just as cool as any other pair of boots.

Top five Women’s Rain Boots

Any of these boots will once again make splashing in puddles fun, not to mention make you look good, whilst doing it.

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5. Original Refined Back Strap Rain Boot, Hunter; 4. Edith TPZ Rain Boots, Jimmy Choo.
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3. Original Short Flecktarn Camo Matte Rain Boots, Hunter; 2. Pascal Rainbow Glitter Combat Boots, Dr. Martens.
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1. Black Moto Rain Boots, Rag & Bone.

I am seriously in love with those Rag & Bone rain boots, they are nicer than the leather biker boots I own. So stylish!

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New Year Glitz Under $100

Frill Sequin Top by Glamorous
Frill Sequin Top by Glamorous  – Just $57.77

Hi all, it is good to be back, well for a few days at least, before the endless cheese eating and merriment continues once again. Did you all have a wonderful Christmas, spend with family and friends? I certainly did, and it gave me a rare chance to dress in a pretty dress, which had gorgeous bell sleeves.

Another chance to get all fancy comes in a few days with New Years Eve. The one day of the year, where it is socially acceptable to go to the local pub/bar in a full length sequin gown. How great is that?

It may not be too late to grab ourself something glitzy for the New Year celebrations. With many online sites offering next day delivery, you can have that new sequin dress in your wardrobe before you know it. So get clicking, and get you fabulous piece of sequin glitz and start celebrating.

Gorgeous Glitz Under $100

I just love a bit of sparkle I do, I’m like a magpie. I’ve taken a look through Xwalker, and found some sparkling deals…

Bargain Sequin Glitz for New Year - Under $100
1. Disco Heaven Beige Sequin Jumpsuit, Lulus$68; 2. Supernova Light Blue Sequin Star Print Romper, Adelyn Rae$83; 3. Sequin Maxi Dress, Passion Fusion$50.37; 4. Lookin’ Slick Black Multi Sequin Long Sleeve Bodycon Dress, Lulus$62; 5. Notorious Pewter Sequin Maxi Dress , Lulus$96.

How about some finishing touches?

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1. Giselle Sequined High Heel Sandals, Kendall and Kylie$97; 2. Rose Sparkling Bow Ring, Pandora$75; 3. Hint of Sparkle Scarf, Michael Stars$48; 4. Solid Glitter Resin Clutch Bag, Neiman Marcus$50; 5. Queenie Sequin Earrings, Baublebar$38.

However you celebrate, I hope you have a very Happy New Year.

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Christmas Countdown – Men’s Sneakers Under $100

Asics Running Shoes Under $100
Asics Running Shoes – $50

How was your Sunday? I had a nice relaxed day with a good book, recharging for the hectic week before Christmas. So, we have already featured women’s sneakers and trainers on the Christmas Countdown, so it is probably time to feature active footwear for the men.

My other half is a total sneaker freak, so I have spent a lot of time hunting for the perfect pair of sneakers that will light up his face on Christmas morning. I managed to finf the perfect pair of Adidas Originals, with almost 50% off the price at just $75.

Good bargain hunting takes time, and I’m willing to do the time for you, so you get to find those last minute gifts.

Men’s Sneakers Under $100

I have found some amazing men’s sneakers and trainers under $100, that any guy would be happy to have in his collection.

Christmas Countdown - Men's Sneakers Under $100
1. Dash RN 2 Mens Running Shoe, Under Armour$45; 2. FuelCore Coast V3 Mens Running Shoe, New Balance$65; 3. Air Max Advantage Mens Running Shoe, Nike$65; 4. 520 Mesh Athletic Sneakers, New Balance$90; 5. White Workout Low Sneakers, Reebok Classics$42; 6. Grey Suede Campus Sneakers, Adidas Originals$80; 7. Cloudfoam Racer TR Mens Running Shoe, Adidas$75; 8. Air Max Sequent 2 Mens Running Shoe, Nike$80; 9. FuzeX Lyte 2 Mens Running Shoe, Asics$70; 10. Pharrell Williams Pink Stan Smith Sneakers, Adidas Originals$54.

Do you think the man in your life, will fall in love with any of these sneakers? I love those minty green Asics, I wonder if they come in women’s sizes?

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Christmas Countdown – Women’s Trainers Under $100

Christmas Countdown - Adidas Running Shoes
Adidas Running Shoes at just £50

With 14 days to go until the big day, we are continuing with our Christmas Countdown, with women’s sneakers and trainers under $100.

 

Trainers are a perfect gift for the sporty woman in your life, or justfor a woman who wants some comfortable and versatile footwear, that she can wear for the gym, running errands and when out and about in nature.

So, I’ve had a good look through the Xwalker catalogue and found a great selection of athletic shoes and sneaker within the reasonable budget.

 

Women’s Trainers Under $100

Bright and bold, sporty or casual…actually, let’s just let the sneakers do all the talking.

Christmas Countdown - Womens Trainers Under $100
1. 490 Womens Running Shoe, New Balance$40; 2. Suede Classic Sneaker, Puma $65; 3. Authentic Sneaker, Vans$50; 4. Pure Boost Womens Running Shoe, Adidas$80; 5. Basket Heart Leather Sneakers, Puma$60; 6. Alvarado Sneaker, Asics$75; 7. Classics Princess Sneakers, Reebok$36; 8. Flex Experience RN 6 Womens Running Shoe, Nike$50.

 
So, what will be featured on our Christmas Countdown tomorrow? You will have to tune in to find out.