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Tips on Festive Shopping for Gifts

That time of the year has dawned, yet again – you arrive at a shopping mall and cannot find parking and once you do, you wonder why you didn’t just walk or get dropped off there. Once you’ve hiked your way back to the mall to actually start doing some season shopping everywhere you turn you will see a bunch of teenagers walking around the shops in packs acting like they own the place, excessively large trees decorated to the nines, glimmering with tonnes of glitter. Boney M’s music will be playing very loudly over the intercom system and there will be queues everywhere and you’ll have to find the correct presents and foods to ensure that you and your family have a very happy festive season.images

Nothing is going to make the above problems go in away BUT a good attitude to start off with is not a bad start. If, like myself, you are amazed when you hear people happily cheer that they have ALREADY completed their Christmas shopping and you proceed to panic and make yourself wonder what is wrong with yourself, well just because you haven’t had the time, patience or forethought to do so does not make you a bad person, however it means that you will have limited in order to complete all the tasks in time for Christmas.

The Thinking Stage

First things first, think before you go out. Create a list of people who you need to buy presents for. Write them down, and then think of either items you would like to give as a gift (within your budget of course) or what amount of money you would ideally like to spend on them, and sleep on it, you never when know when divine inspiration hits. Try not to buy useless items as gifts and put some real thought into the gift you are buying the other person. This is actually the hardest part. There is nothing worse than giving or receiving a gift that doesn’t mean anything and it was bought just because it is the socially accepted thing to do. If you’re going to do something, do it properly.

The Planning Stage

Once you have an idea of what you are going to be buying, plan where is the best place to purchase the items you are looking for. The days are gone when you need to hit the shopping malls and search, there is a very handy tool called the internet and more specifically Price Check where you can check where you will get the most bang for your buck. Regardless if you are dirt poor or filthy rich, it’s always worth to get the best offer available rather than throw your money away.

For the items which you have to visit the shopping malls for, try go early in the morning or late at night (a lot of big shopping malls extend their working hours until approximately 10pm at night which is ideal if you have full time commitments).

When planning your shopping sprees, make sure that you can do them as quickly and effectively as possible in order to avoid wasting too much time. Make allowances for coffee breaks.

The Wrapping Stage

Don’t make the same mistake I always do, no matter how hard I try, I always underestimate how strenuous this chore can be. Some presents are just not ‘wrappable’ (I know that is not a word but I am really far too tired to care right now) no matter how hard you try. Rather invest in a lovely little fancy bag which the gift will fit in and save yourself the heartache. Make sure before you start you have the adequate tools of: cello tape, scissors, and wrapping paper; bows and ribbons are nice to haves but not necessary.

Above everything else, try and ENJOY it, it’s a beautiful time of the year where you can reciprocate, in your own way by small gestures and presents for all the support and love you receive from your loved ones during the year. It’s about making other people happy and not holding a grudge about it… and if all else fails just smile, damnit.images

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Have a Dose of Fashion Porn to Lift Your Spirits!

Hiya Poutlings!

The festive holidays are notoriously stressful because as everyone is scrambling to do 2 weeks worth of work in 5 whole days, plus buy everything they can get their grubby little paws, wrapping it, making it look purdy for your mother-in-law, on whilst deciding what you’re going to do with the family on Christmas day! It’s beyond exhausting!

But fret not, because in the fashion world it’s now spring/summer 2013 as their ad campaigns for that season drop.

Back in the real world, we’re dying of heat exhaustion in the office on my last day of work for 2013!

So, pick your medicine and sit back and unravel those frazzled nerves witha hefty dose of fashion porn!


… dive into the colour saturated sport-fest that is Cara Delvevigne in DKNY SS13.


Or recharge your batteries with some ultra-modern mod Michael Kors.

But my own particular favourite shot-in-the-arm to lift the weight of the past week is Dolce & Gabbana’s SS13 campaign!


Because nothing lifts my spirits than an older Italian man letting it all hang out. (Look again closely, on the right hand side).

or some of my other favourites…


Saint-Lauren-Paris SS13 ultra cool, calm and collected in B&W.


or some sophisticated style like only Prada SS13 can do!


Stuart Weitzman SS13


Got to say, I find Givenchy’s SS13 campaign a bit creepy!


or if acid-like-trips are your thing (I would not know, but I feel nauseous after seeing this), here is some Louis Vuitton SS13.

Marc-Marc-Jacobs-Spring-2013Marc-Jacobs-Spring-20131Marc Jacobs has done it again!


some real fashion porn from Hugo Boss SS13.


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Krapdashians White-Wash Fakery in New Christmas Card!

Hiya Poutlings

As you know, we are not fans of the Kardashians, Krapdashians. So please set your eyes to roll while reading this post. It’s the fakest, fakery of fake celebrities – The Krapdashians – in their all white and silver 2012 holiday photo card.

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This year, the Krapdashians went all out trying to really bring the fake, looking like they actually like one another and they are content people.

The following may or may not need to be brought to your attention:

– Kris Jenner is toasting her forthcoming freedom from Bruce, the spin-off show chronicling the divorce, KRIS TAKES BRUCE TO JUDGE JUDY and her new show entitled, Kris takes Adderall.

– Khloe, Lamar and Kendall (only two of thses people appear to have real jobs) were photoshopped in due to work commitments and seem the most actually happy out of the bunch as a result.

– The tree people most likely to jump ship, Bruce, Scott and Lamar have been corralled into the middle in case they try escape with Mason, while Kourtney is distracted offering baby Penelope Scotland to the alter of fame.

-Rob seems utterly delighted with himself and his sock empire, while his on screen buddy has opted to go NAKED about the ankles.

-Kim hasn’t be able to convince her stylist boyfriend Kanye to particiapte so instead brings her cat as a date. The ironically named, Mercy has since left this planet. Where is Kanye, is there trouble in K-paradise?



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RubyBox – Come to Me!

Hiya Poutlings

OHHHH MY GOD – Have you seen Rubybox’s Come to Me advert on YouTube? No?

Watch it NOW!

Big thumbs up to RubyBox’s adveritisng team for this naughty ad!

Don’t forget to do your Christmas shopping online here *clickety click*



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Hiya Poutlings

This Christmas, which is is less than 2 months away (you’re welcome), seems to already have a Disney theme. After a very controversial *clickety click* Barney’s New York has taken an Electric Holiday with high fashion versions of Minnie Mouse and Daisy Duck, Harrod’s is ALSO glamourising the Disney Princesses to be featured in their holiday windows.

Roberto Cavalli, Marchesa and Oscar De La Renta are just three of the participating 10 designers in the Disney Designer Princesses for Harrod’s. Three designers have re-imagined some of the most iconic characters in pop culture and they’ve got a makeover which I think is magical.

The display coincides with a huge pop up shop inside the department store to be unveiled on the  1st of November, the windows will truly be a litter girl’s grown up dream come true.

You decide : what real life princess attire are you wishing to wear??


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