Monica Vinader: The perfect Mother's Day gift


Monica Vinader is a luxury British brand that's had my attention for quite some time now - which is pretty impressive considering that (a) my attention span is about the same as a gold fish and (b) I'm somewhat of an accessory-phone. I've seen so many of her pieces on the likes of blogger babes Sandra Hagelstam and Amelia Liana, and after teasing myself on the website for so long I finally decided to pick up one of the Fiji chain bracelets in rose gold.

Of course, being a luxury brand these babies aren't going to come cheap, which is exactly why I've decided to stay away from my standard 'haul' style blog post, and instead focus more on giving, rather than receiving (although I won't deny the latter is good too). With my Mum's birthday and Mother's Day just around the corner, I've started racking my brains for gift ideas, when in reality one was under my nose, and on my wrist, this whole time.

Now I know how my Mum likes to read my blog every so often, so Ma, if you think you've sussed out what you're getting from this post then you're way off - I'm not going to give the game away that easy! But for all of you out there that are struggling like I am, I thought I'd plant a few ideas in your head as to what you can do/buy for Mothering Sunday.

Personally, I often find it quite difficult to put my feelings onto paper without cringing at myself, but I want nothing more than to tell my Mum how grateful I am for everything she's done for me during the past 22 years (I was an absolute nightmare teenager - trust me on that one), which is exactly why I thought these bracelets were such a good gift idea. When buying Monica Vinader pieces you're able to have some items engraved with images or text to show that person - even if it is yourself - how you really feel. It be something as simple as some initials, or a message to say how much you love someone or just a few words to remind you of the important things in life. 

Needless to say - judging by the length of this post anyway - I'm not exactly skilled when it comes to jotting down my thoughts into just a few words, which is why i chose to engrave 'keep it simple' onto my Fiji - just as a reminder to do just that. When it comes down to it, I think the best thing you can do for your Mother (or anyone, really) is to lend your time to them, and to enjoy the simple things in life. If that happens to be a Monica Vinader bracelet, then so be it..


Monica Vinader Rose Gold Fiji Chain Bracelet

Christmas Gift Guide: 2014

Christmas Gift Guide: 2014

Stocking fillers for beauty lovers

Aromatherapy Associates The Star Tree Trinket (£10)
Possibly the nicest bath oil..ever!?

The Body Shop Glazed Apple Bath Sprinkles (£7)
A personal must-have for bath time

FashionistA Double Take Longw
ear Lipstick in Aubergine (£1.99)
Budget lipstick that just lasts and lasts

LUSH Santa's Lip Scrub (£5.50)
I literally eat this stuff - it tastes that good

Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector in Rose Shimmer (£18)

A beauty blogger favourite, so why not?

The Body Shop Lip Butters in Honey (£4)

Again, I wish these things were edible

The Library of Fragrance Perfume in Clean Skin (£14.99)

Absolutely obsessed with all of these fragrances!

Essie Glitter Top Coat in As Gold As It Gets (£2.50)

Perfect for the festive season (duh)

Zoeva Mixed Metals Palette (£15)

Super high quality shadows

Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment (£23.50)

I have so many of these in my beauty kit!

Christmas Gift Guide 2014
Christmas Gift Guide 2014
Christmas Gift Guide 2014
Christmas Gift Guide 2014

Affordable gifts for the boys

BASSBUDS Bassboom Portable Speaker (£34) via THEN AND NOW
Amazing sound quality and looks damn cool

Happy Plugs Gold Earbuds (£25)
Haven't I raved enough about these? Best headphones ever

Aromatherapy Associates Refinery Essentials Kit (£29.70)
Gave this to Ollie as an early presnet - he's obsessed

Boss Bottled Fragrance Set (£39)
Because who doesn't love a bit o' Boss?

The Body Shop Modern Gents Shaving Kit (£25)
Amazing gift for a traditional sorta guy!

Christmas Gift Guide 2014
Christmas Gift Guide 2014
Christmas Gift Guide 2014
Christmas Gift Guide 2014
Christmas Gift Guide 2014

Affordable gifts for the girls

NEOM Scents of Christmas Gift Set (£50)
I may have already burnt these babies #sogood

Redken Gift Set (£20.50)
LOVE Redken products and this kit is such great value

Thierry Mugler Angel Glamorama EDP (£65)
The limited edition design that looks pretty badass

Caseapp Marble Macbook Cover (£22)
Completely transformed the look of my crappy old Macbook!

Caseable Custom Gadget Case (£39.90)
Great gift for people that are tricky to buy for!

What's on your wish list this year?

Jack Wills Christmas Gift Guide

Jack Wills Christmas Gift Guide

Jack Wills and Cocochic pairing may not be the most obvious choice in the world, but this year they've knocked it out of the park with their Christmas offerings. An entiremonth of events and activities and - of course - a lot of plaid loungewear = a very happy inner-child. I may or may not have gotten carried away with sock-buying. My bad.

Jack Wills Christmas Gift Guide

Avenue 32 Christmas Gift Guide

Avenue 32 Christmas Gift Guide

Just incase you missed the rest of the world (including yours truly) talking about it, Christmas is well on it's way. Four weeks away to be exact - so I think it's acceptable enough to start reeling off the Christmas Gift Guides in 4..3..2..

Today's Christmas Gift Guide is a bit more luxury based and is filled with some not-so-subtle hints directed at any one out there who wants to spend some of their moolah on me - *ahem* Ollie *ahem*. In all seriousness though, I do think these gifts would suit just about anyone if you're looking to spoil that special someone. I mean, first (and probably the most important) things first they look pretty baddass, which is always a big plus. But this little cluster of ideas are pretty useful too. Got a friend that loves music? Head on over to Frends. Or if you know someone with a serious love for good quality basics (guilty) head on over to Rag & Bone for potentially the most beautiful breton stripe top that has ever existed. If they don't like any of the above, you know where to send it*..

*To me!

Breton stripe top from Rag & Bone
Mini Pashli bag from 3.1 Phillip Lim
Fedora hate from Rag & Bone
Gold and black headphones from Frends
Embellished flats from 3.1 Phillip Lim