Sunday, 2 December 2012

Christmas Gift Guide for Girls!

1. iPod Touch 5th Generation in Pink: The brand new iPod comes in such gorgeous colours - the first time Apple have branched out in to colours other than white or black for the iPod touch. This is on my Christmas list because I've had my old iPod for years and I think it's time I get a new one which actually tells you the proper battery level, the volume doesn't stick if you scroll too fast and isn't so scratched that you can't see into the reflective back at all. 

2. Beauty Blender: I've been really fascinated by this make-up sponge for ages and I think it would be a perfect gift for anyone beauty obsessed.

3. Taylor Swift 'Red': Come on. Who doesn't love a bit of Taylor Swift playing in the background?

4. Real Techniques Core Collection: I am pretty sure you will have heard everybody under the sun rave about these brushes and, despite the fact I STILL haven't tried them myself, I am sure whoever you are buying for will love them.

5. Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser: A true cult beauty product. I love this and wouldn't use any other cleanser now and would happily buy it as a gift for any other member of the female species.

6. Topshop MIGHTY Boots: These are absolutely gorgeous. I want them nowwwwww. I think they will suit a lot of people's tastes and the black will go with absolutely everything. I would be ecstatic if someone bought me these for Christmas. (hint hint)

7. Nails Inc Runway Collection: A gorgeous mix of colours. Includes 6 full sizes polishes, one mini Caviar top coat and a Nails Inc nail file. I lovvvvve the Hero Shade in there, 'Porchester Square'. I already have it and it is absolutely stunning. Quite fancy that sparkly one in there....

8. The Hunger Games: How about a set of the Hunger Games books?! If you know someone who hasn't read these books, buy them as a present. Seriously, best books to ever grace my bookshelf.

9. Vera Wang 'Princess': You can't beat a nice perfume for Christmas. This one by Vera Wang is delicious. Really girly and sweet but sophisticated and cool at the same time. One of my all-time favourites. Wowee.

Andddddd...... IT'S 23 DAYS TILL CHRISTMAS!!!!

Saturday, 1 December 2012

Modalu Kiera Olive Small Grab/Satchel Bag

First of all, I would like to apologise for being absent for a whopping two weeks. I have my prelims coming up a lot sooner than I would like - they start in two days in fact - and I have had literally no social life between studying and fundraising for my 3 week trip to Nepal in 2014 (see my recent post here), never mind  getting a chance to blog too. Yes, it has been pretty hectic but I know I can't abandon my little baby completely so here I am! Keep in mind, however, posts will be limited over the next few weeks throughout the duration of my prelims. If you don't know what these are, they are mega important exams for all your subjects in school - I do 8 subjects - so that if you are unable to do your proper exam during May time next year or you mess them up, you can appeal to the SQA and use the grade you got for this exam as a back-up. I have English on Monday, Maths on Tuesday, Geography on Wednesday, Modern Studies on Thursday, Chemistry on Friday, Physics the following Monday, Administration on Thursday and Friday and then Graphics the Monday after that. Whew! Exhausted (and nervous) just thinking about it.

On to the real reason for this post. I recently got a new bag from my mum's friend - brand new, never been used - and I am in love. It is from the brand Modalu, famously known for being the favourite of Pippa Middleton. They even have renamed the bag which Pippa has in a whole range of colours to - very fittingly - 'Pippa'. I already own a couple of bags from them and also a purse which I adore. Modalu is amazing, albeit expensive. All products are 100% real leather and amazing quality at that and this is no exception.

This beautiful olive-toned leather satchel bag is utterly to die for. I am not always a fan of studs, I think they can sometimes be overkill if too many are used, but this is just perfection. The leather exterior is gorgeous and smooth and I know it will last me for a long time. As most real leather often is, there are some ever so slightly distressed patches which adds to the overall prettiness of it. The handle is relatively long so it sits sort of on my hip but you can shorten it if you wish. However, this is my preferred length of strap so this is the length I have chosen to set it at. Even though it has no zip, it is still really secure with four popper studs and a little fold over clasp holding the bag shut. The stunning interior fabric makes me love it even more! It is incredibly spacious inside, much more so than I would have expected. Inside are a phone pouch, a slightly larger pouch and a zip pocket, all adding to the security of the bag. On the back of the bag is another pocket which is also unbelievable big with a popper stud clasp to close it. Again, this pocket is lined with the beautiful floral pattern.

I am a huge huge huge fan of this bag despite the fact I have only had it in my possession for a couple of weeks. The olive colour is perfect for this time of year and matches to all the lovely winter colours, especially wine colours, reds, greens, browns, blacks and even some paler colours such as cream. It is extremely versatile and I think I will be wearing it all year round with brighter colours in the summer like corals and pinks.

This bag retails for around £115. It is no longer available on the Modalu website but you can just google 'Modalu Kiera Olive Small Grab Bag' and you should find it around somewhere.