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Friday, December 30, 2011

Have an amazing New Year's Eve weekend!

My lovely readers, can you believe that this New Year's Eve marks almost exactly six and one-half months since I started blogging?? I can't! Lovlies, it's been such a glorious year, and I can't thank you all enough for your wonderful comments and unyielding support. So, I hope you all have a fantastic weekend, whether you'll be stepping out in your sparkliest outfit, hosting a festive dinner party, or sharing a New Year's kiss right from your living room!

All the best, dear readers, and see you in 2012!!

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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Which party dress would you wear on New Year's Eve?

You've just finished slicking on your favorite shimmery eyeshadow and your prettiest mascara. All you have left to do is slip on your dress so you can head out for the evening, and ring in the new year with your closest friends. Which dress do you reach for?

Above, a festive V-neck dress, covered in beads and sequins.
A slinky black-jersey dress with subtle glitter accents.

A long-sleeve silk mini dress in super-bright aqua.

A sophisticated cowl-neck dress in a beautiful deep red.

A hopelessly feminine one-shoulder frock in a lovely light grey

A classic, off-shoulder bandage dress that totally speaks for itself.

So, which dress would you pick (I'd go for the black glitter midi, the red cowl neck frock or the cream bandage dress)?

Monday, December 26, 2011

Shopping-day hair

Check out this super simple headband DIY...perfect for wrapping through around your hair so you can head out for some day-after-Christmas shopping!

Speaking of Christmas, what did you find under the tree?

Friday, December 23, 2011

Have a joyful Christmas weekend!

I'm sure you've all had a lovely week, and I can only hope your weekend is just as lovely! In the spirit of the holiday, I'll keep this post short and sweet, and just wish you all a very merry Christmas! What are you up to this weekend? Going for a Christmas morning walk through the forest? Spying on some reindeer? Visiting family in the city? Do tell!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Japanese-inspired jewelry

My friend Monica loves Japanese culture, and I immediately thought of her when I came across these pieces from Alice in Japan. She would especially love the earrings, which are crafted from Japanese origami paper.

What culture do you really admire?

Monday, December 19, 2011

America's Best Vintage Shops

Apartment Therapy has compiled a fantastic list of the top vintage shops in America. I had a look through the list, and here are just two of the shops that I'd give an arm and a leg to visit:

Friday, December 16, 2011

Have a joyous weekend!

PHEW!! Exams are over! Yay :) This weekend I'll be rushing out to do the last bit of my holiday shopping. I'll probably drag Al along with me, as I'm sure he hasn't finished his, either. What are you going to be doing this weekend? Buying some adorable red pumps (complete with red bows)? Sauntering through an enchanted garden? Floating away on a giant balloon? Do tell!

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Thursday, December 15, 2011

Sparkly drop earrings

Swoon!! These are definitely on my Christmas list...along with every other pair of earrings that Anthropologie has to offer.

What would you like for Christmas?

P.S. The 2011 An Air of Surprise Holiday Gift Guide

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

And the winners are...

Congrats, all! You'll be hearing from me very soon...

Once again, a million thanks to Zuhal, Alison, Jenny, Nicola, and've all been simply wonderful!

And to everyone else who entered, thanks for playing!

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Monday, December 12, 2011

Anthropologie December 2011 Catalogue

I know it's late, late, late! But here are my absolute favorite picks from Anthro's latest catalogue.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Holiday Giveaway!!

For you, my lovely readers, I have five awesome items up for grabs.
Look on...
These gorgeous earrings, by the beautiful Zuhal of ViZU.AL accessories, which are totally glamorous and will shine wonderfully against the soft, white snow. {Facebook}

This vintage shirt dress (straight from the 50s!), found by the incredibly sweet Alison of MyAvonlea. You could wear it with tights and an overcoat this winter, and with strappy wedges next summer!

An über comfy and totally chic infinity scarf (in a color of your choice!) by the darling Jenny of Remember A Day. I loved them all so much, I ordered one for myself!

This super unique knitted knot bracelet, by the adorable Nicola of Nikala Jane, which has been hand-dyed to give it that brilliant color block pattern.

These gorgeous shadows, handmade by the wonderful Lindsey of Pollen Cosmetics. Each of these shadows goes on incredibly smooth, suits tons of skin tones, and will last all day! P.S. Most of her shadows are vegan-friendly!

NOTE: If you can't see the giveaway widget above, read on...

To enter, like this blog via GFC or Bloglovin'. For extra entries, "like" Zuhal, Alison, Jenny or Lindsey on Facebook or "follow" Nicola on her blog. Each "like" or "follow" is worth one entry. You can also blog about the giveaway, just link to this giveaway post in your post, and leave a link to your post in a separate comment. So that's up to seven possible entries, which should all be done in separate comments.

A HUMONGOUS thanks to Zuhal, Alison, Jenny, Nicola and Lindsey!

Best wishes, everyone!!

{Giveaway Closed}

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Friday, December 9, 2011

Have a spectacular weekend

 I hope you've had a lovely week! And for all those who haven't already done so, enter the holiday giveaway, now! On a much sadder note, I have exams coming up next week, so I'll be studying all weekend. But what are you doing this weekend? Tuning your guitar? Visiting the City That Never Sleeps? Belting out a few tunes, à la Frank Sinatra? Do tell!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Gift Guide #8: For Your Absolute Best Friend, Who, Despite Being Terribly Forgetful, is a True Gentleman and THE Best Saxophonist You've Ever Heard

An EvoWood pocket knife, $79.95, made from walnut wood and
finished with a masculine dark stain.

  A nifty red wire bow tie, $20. (P.S. Also, two wooden bow ties, and

A mini wooden iPhone dock that he'll love because they're handmade
and amplify sound naturally, $70.

The Chef's Pepper Collection, $29.95, which features six different
peppers from all over the world, that will inspire him to be his own
Master Chef.

The Moustache Grower's Guide, so that maybe he'll sprout a 'stache
of his own, $9.95.

A wool scarf that's manly enough for him to actually wear and stylish
enough for you to appreciate, $48.

A bullet-shaped Fisher Space Pen, $21.25, which is made from a real
bullet casing!

A homemade batch of his favorite cookies. Yum!

Seriously suave moustache cufflinks, $24.

The book The Gift of Nothing, along with a sweet note written inside, because you know he'd think it was more than enough, $10.19.

I hope you've enjoyed these gift guides! I'm so thrilled that I got to share just  a small bit of the people I love the most with you! Swing by tomorrow...I just might have a little pressie for you!

Monday, December 5, 2011

Gift Guide #7: For Your Grandfather, Who Always Looks on the Bright Side of Things, Drives a Big, Black Pick-Up Truck, and Always Talks Too Loud on the Phone

A classic V-neck sweater, $59.50, made from super soft cotton and

Roasted pecans, perfectly coated with a layer of caramel to subtly
satisfy both his sweet tooth and his love for pecans. $30 for an 18 oz.
tin, shipped in a sophisticated. black gift box. 

A subscription to Netflix, which he would totally soon as
you explain to him exactly what Netflix is, $7.99/month!

The Book Hook, a beautifully simple bookmark30.00 €.

A hilarious, but oh so fitting, wooden toothpick case, $15.

A Christmas card with a handwritten note inside that will make his
heart swell, $4.

Pop back tomorrow for the last gift guide: gifts for best
guy friends/boyfriends!

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