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Yoshi Lichfield are a family run business based in my hometown of Lichfield, Staffordshire. They produce some fantastic leather goods from handbags, to purses, to little keyrings and are well known for their quirky picture bags. I took one look at the website and fell head over heels in love with this Bookworm bag* and it’s not hard to see why! The detail on this bag is spectacular, each of the books that are appliquéd onto the front of the bag are based on real classics – how many of them have you read?

I’ve been using my Bookworm bag almost everyday since I received it. It’s the perfect size for my everyday essentials which are my phone, kindle, diary, purse (which is this mustard yellow satchel purse that they also sent me), a bottle of water, my pouch of medical supplies and a bit of makeup. I took it over to America with me and used it as hand luggage on the plane. Whilst I didn’t use it in the parks, as it’s not the best bag to be taking on rollercoasters, I did use it quite a bit when I just went out for some food and I had so many compliments on it. Back in England, a lot of people have stopped me on the street and have asked where the bag is from, especially in Lichfield and are surprised when I tell them that it was made just down the road. yoshi-lichfield-bags-cat-yellow-travel-bookworm

Yoshi sell their products online or you can go to Golunski in Lichfield to see a small selection of their goods. Tomorrow they are also going to be having a sample sale at Lichfield’s Guild Hall between 9 and 5, which is definitely worth checking out.

 

 

 

christmas-wishlist-blogmas-cath-kidston-zoeva-olivia-burton-nuxe-brantano-sighhAs it’s December 1st, I think it’s definitely time that I did a Christmas wishlist post. When I first started thinking about what I would like a few weeks ago, I struggled but as I was putting this wishlist together more and more things kept coming into my head. I think I’ll be keeping an eye out in the Boxing Day sales for a lot of these items!

Cath Kidston Story Books skirt – As a massive bookworm and Cath Kidston fan, this skirt couldn’t be any more perfect for me. I recently bought my first Cath Kidston skirt from Gatwick airport before I flew out to Florida and I absolutely love it and have worn it so many times since then. I would love to add another Cath Kidston item of clothing to my wardrobe.

Tickets to the Warner Bros Studio Tour – This is the one thing on my wishlist that I know I’m actually going to get for Christmas. Can you believe that someone so obsessed with Harry Potter has never been to the Studio Tour? My mom has already bought me gift tickets, we just need to decide which day we’re going and book trains. I’m so excited!

Pandora bangle – I already have two Pandora bracelets, the basic silver one and a black leather one, however I’ve seen a lot of people wearing the bangles recently and I love them. I have way too many charms just for one bracelet, so I tend to split them between the two that I already have. If I had this bangle, I wouldn’t wear a lot of charms on it as I think they look better with just a few. I would probably just wear a couple of my favourite charms and perhaps this vintage sky charm which is also on my wishlist.

Sighh pin badges – I have a bit of a pin badge problem at the moment and I can’t seem to stop buying them! Two that are on the top of my wishlist are the ‘Cat Lady‘ and ‘Needs Coffee‘ badges from Sighh Designs. I’m a big fan of Polly’s work and already own a couple of things from her shop, so I know the quality will be fantastic.

Mischief Managed Harry Potter blouse – As soon as I saw this blouse on the EMP website, I just knew I had to add it to my Christmas wishlist. I already own a lot of Harry Potter clothing from Primark but this is so unlike anything that I’ve seen before. This would be absolutely perfect to wear to the Studio Tour.

Cath Kidston Norfolk Rose bag – I already have way too many Cath Kidston bags, but I saw this one in the Winchester shop and just fell in love. It’s the perfect size for my purse, phone and kindle (the essentials!) and I just adore the colour.

White Sudio earphones – I usually just stick to the Apple earphones that come with every iPhone but unfortunately mine have been eaten by a small kitten so I’m on the lookout for some more. I was recommended these Sudio ones by Alice and they look perfect.

Brown Clarks ankle boots – For me, boots are a staple in the winter and I already have quite a few pairs, most of them black. I’ve been on the look out for something nice and sturdy for when it’s a bit slippery on the ground and I found this brown pair of ankle boots from Brantano which are a nice alternative to the usual black chelsea boots that I usually wear.

Olivia Burton watch – My favourite Fossil watch has died and I don’t want to shell out £45 to send it off to be looked at because I have no idea how much it’s going to cost to fix on top of that initial fee. Since it stopped working, I’ve been looking for another nice, every day watch that won’t break the bank but still looks quite smart. I’ve admired Olivia Burton watches for a while and I just love the simplicity of this one with a black strap and gold detailing, I think it ticks all the right boxes.

Nuxe gift set – The winter months are cruel to my skin and I’ve found myself using my beloved Nuxe Reve de Miel lip balm a hell of a lot recently, however I bought it in Paris over three years ago now and it’s probably a bit unhygeniec to still be using it. I’ve been keen to try some other Nuxe products and what better way to introduce myself to them than in a Christmas gift set?

Zoeva Cocoa Blend eyeshadow palette – I always eye up the Zoeva palettes when I’m in Selfridges, however I’ve never actually taken the plunge and purchased one. I’m not sure why as they’re only £18 which is a lot cheaper than my usual Urban Decay palettes! Out of all of them, the Cocoa Blend palette is my favourite, I love the warm red tones and it reminds me a lot of the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance palette which I wish I’d bought while I was in the US. I’ve seen a lot of great reviews for Zoeva online, so I think this is definitely worth picking up if I don’t get it in my stocking.

 

 

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As blogging is the main source of my income nowadays, I’ve found that it is so important that I have somewhere in my house that I can work comfortably. I would love to one day have my own office, however for now, I just have a desk set up in a corner of my bedroom and I have set out to make it as comfortable and pleasant as I can. I really don’t want to associate working on my blog with negativity, so I have a lot pf photos surrounding my desk such as the polaroids above which are actually some of my Instagram photos which I had printed out and I have pegged them to pieces of string, which is an idea I got off Pinterest.

I actually rely on Pinterest for a lot of my home decor inspiration and I have a whole board dedicated to ideas for decorating my home office.

Perhaps the most important part of my office area, is the chair. As I have problems with my spine, sitting for a long time can be really damaging, so I need to invest in a decent chair that will offer good support for my back. At the moment, I just have a foldaway chair however I have been eyeing up a couple of different options from Furniture at Work™

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If you’re reading this article then you clearly care enough about your girlfriend to put some proper thought into her Christmas gift, she’s a lucky girl, you’re a keeper!

Choosing the perfect gift for the lady in your life can be tricky; be too generous and you might come across as clingy, spend too little and it might seem that you’re just not that into her. It’s a minefield.

But, you can save yourself from festive dramas or disappointments by playing it safe and matching the gift to the length of time you’ve been with the girl. Here’s a few pointers: View Full Post