Thursday, December 27, 2012

Christmas Haul time!!

A few posts back, I showed you all my beauty haul for this winter season and the amazing Dior Mitzah palette that a friend had gotten for me.  I wanted to take time today to show you some of the non beauty related items that I got for Christmas :)

Before I start, I hope everyone had a really good Christmas with loads of food (and drinks lol), time with family and friends, and I hope everyone at least got one thing that they wanted to get.  We can all lose sight of the holidays by thinking it's all about the gifts, but really it's what's behind the gifts that matter. The thought, the love, and the effort :)

The first item that I wanted to show was a book that DH gave to me.  This year, we really couldn't afford to buy an Alexander Mcqueen bag so he bought me this amazing book about the designer himself.  Savage Beauty will go nicely with my Louis Vuitton and Stephen Sprouse book that is already in my collection. 

The book is massive and heavy (which I love) and has a brown cloth cover with an amazing holographic photo on the front.

As you tilt the book the image shifts from Alexander Mcqueen to a skull.

It contains such beautiful photographs in there and here are just a few. Words can not describe how stunning these are to me.

I wanted to share with you all this quote in the book as it really hits home to me.  Whether it has been music, art, fashion, I am always drawn to artists that understand the concept of finding beauty in sadness and the melancholy.  Mcqueen did just that for me. He beautifully brought together the chaos, intricacies, dynamics, and sadness of life and created such beautiful pieces of fashion for us all.

I can't describe how much I love this artist and how much I love this book. DH did really well in buying me a gift that I would love without having to look at my wish list :)

Other than some cash, which I put into our cruise fund, I also got the following items. I treated myself to these items as I really wanted to treat myself after the maniac couple of weeks that I have had, where I had zero personal time to myself.

McQ - Alexander Mcqueen tartan iphone case.
I think it's time for me to give my bear case a rest and join the adult population lol
I love the razor blade on this and that is what sold me on this case.

I finally got a pair of the Jeffrey Campbell litas. I couldn't have asked for a better price on these and I knew I had to grab them. 

I can't wait until I get these two in my hands. My orders are currently being processed and I can not WAIT! I hope they look just as good in person as online.  I love boxing day shopping.  Truth be told, I hate paying full price for things here in the UK as they are always so expensive, but the price of both these items were so ridiculously low that it would have been rude not to grab myself one x

So what did you get under your Christmas tree?

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Happy Holidays!!

Christmas 2012 has been an insane adventure for me. I've literally had no time to do anything to this blog or even on facebook & twitter.  I haven't been able to find that work and personal life balance and unfortunately this caused my blog to suffer, but I'm dropping by right before Christmas dinner to say MERRY CHRISTMAS and HAPPY HOLIDAYS to all my readers.

While my husband and his family glue themselves to an afternoon of films, I'll be updating my blog with a lot of interesting products that I have encountered over the last 2 months of being away from cyber world.  I'm hoping that nobody is alone on Christmas, but if you are and you stumble upon my blog, then hopefully it will be an interesting read :)

Christmas was modest in the T&O home this year as we are trying to be a bit more responsible with our money.  I even managed to save £50 after all my Christmas shopping this year to put away to our 2014 cruise fund.  I'm quite proud of myself as £50 would have never made it even 5 seconds after it got into my hands.

As 2012 nears it's end, I'm always left reflecting on the year beforehand and basically seeing what I could have done better.  The one thing that I learned is to really follow my gutt instinct. What have you learned this year?

Off to go stuff my face :) and be back soon.


Monday, December 17, 2012

Blog Giveaway?

What are everyone's thoughts about giveaways?
What sorts of gifts would you like to see in the next T&O giveaway?

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Christian Dior Mitzah Palette

I never in my dreams thought that I would be able to blog about this palette.  I remember when I first saw the press releases for this beauty.  I instantly fell in love, until the cruel reality kicked in and I saw the price tag.  I gave up trying to own it and didn't blog much about it after I mentioned it once in a lemmings post.  Then I had the privilege to become really great friends with someone who happens to work for Dior.  I never in my dreams thought that she would end up getting one for me.  You could imagine my surprise when I opened up the bag to find this! I was speechless...absolutely speechless.

I haven't dared to swatch it yet, and it might take me sometime to actually tough it.  I just love it so much and I'm still contemplating about whether I should use it or not.

This is the first Christmas gift that I have received.  If this is any indication of what Christmas is going to be like this year, I have a feeling it's going to be a good one :)

The packaging is luxurious (rightfully so for the amount of money they were asking) and it's really such a gorgeous product.  The actual palette has beautifully crafted as well.  I'm in Dior heaven :)

November's Beauty Haul

I have a really fun post to share with you all. November flew so fast and so is December! I managed to grab some high end polishes last month, so I definitely had a splurge month.

Here are my babies unwrapped...

Up first ..

OPI - Man with the Golden Gun gold topcoat

Christian Dior - Diva

Christian Dior - Marilyn

Gosh - Holographic Hero

Christian Dior - Dune
 My amazing Dior SA was so sweet and gave this to me xx

YSL - Premiere Niege topcoat

China Glaze - Electric Beat

So this is my small November haul before I had to start saving for Christmas.

What did you end up buying last month?