Giveaway | Festive Fancies

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FESTIVE FANCIES

I’m so excited to be sharing this post with you all today as it’s been a long time in the making! I’ve known for a while that this Christmas I wanted to do a huge giveaway, and these past few weeks I’ve been busy organising the exciting prizes with lots of our lovely blog sponsors. Callum and I just wanted to do something to say a big thank you for your support this year. It’s been such a fun twelve months for our little blog, and we have so many more exciting things in store. Whether you’ve been with us for the whole three years or have joined us recently as a new follower, our blog wouldn’t be what it is today without each and every one of you – so thank you thank you thank you!

Every day I’ve been getting more and more excited as the prize packages for this giveaway just keep growing – I mean, just look at that spread above! In total the goodies come to a whopping £800! It brings me so much happiness to know that soon some of you will be enjoying these treats. So have a read on to find out how to enter and get your hands on one of the prizes …


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HOW TO ENTER

The rules are simple: just leave a comment below stating which prize package you’d like to win and how you follow us – whether it’s via email subscription, Bloglovin, Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook or Instagram. We don’t mind how! If you follow us on more than one platform be sure to let us know as each counts as one entry, so the more you follow the more entries you’ll have. For extra entries you can also share the giveaway on Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook, Instagram and on your own blogs (only one share per platform). If you do this, remember to leave me the links in your comment so I can count each entry. And don’t forget to tag me @girlinthelens in your tweets and Instagram posts!

The giveaway is open internationally and winners will be chosen at random. Entries close at midnight 24th December and I’ll announce the lucky winners the next day (25th December) so the prizes will feel like an extra special Christmas present! You could always try and win one of the sets as a gift for someone special if there’s nothing here that takes your fancy, though hopefully with five different prize packages to choose from you’ll be sure to find one you love :) here’s what’s up for grabs …


Fashion prize package


FASHION 

There’s quite an eclectic mix of things in this prize package, but all are little treasures. There is a gorgeous Cath Kidston tote bag, a Shore Projects watch, and an absolute beauty of a ring from Swarovski in a stunning blue crystal that will be perfect for any parties you have this festive season. There are also a couple of books for style inspiration – Alexa Chung’s It and vintage bible This Old Thing by Dawn O’Porter. And of course every girl needs a Christmas jumper, so I’ve popped in the same New Look one I’m wearing in the photos above in a size medium.


Beauty prize package


BEAUTY 

Oh no, your eyes don’t deceive you – this prize package really is packed full of so many beauty treats! There are too many for me to list, so just enjoy poring over the photo above and thinking how you’d use all these goodies if you won. I’ve selected a range of products to make sure you’re covered this party season, including styling products from John Frieda, my favourite eye and cheeks palette from Nars, and This Works’ miracle cracker to refresh and hydrate your skin after all that partying!


Tech prize package


TECH 

This package is a trio of tech goodies – all with stylish flair of course! This is definitely the one to pick if you love your gadgets. There’s a Cambridge Audio G2 portable speaker for you to play your festive tunes on (I have the same gold version myself), a super cute Cath Kidston iPad case to dress up your tablet, and – this is one for fans of all things retro – a Viddy build-it-yourself pinhole camera kit! It’s the perfect post-Christmas project and all you need to do once it’s built is pop a film roll in and get shooting!


Food prize package


FOOD 

Your kitchen will look super cute with this mix of foodie goodies, including quirky Cath Kidston kitchen essentials and teas from Whittard’s gorgeous Alice in Wonderland range. This prize package is particularly special to me as I’m a big foodie and always rustling up something in my kitchen. Plus, Alice in Wonderland is one of my all-time favourite books. “Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast!”     


Home prize package


HOME 

You’re absolutely guaranteed a cosy Christmastime if you win these gifts! I’ve stuffed this package full of all the things that I think make your home more homely and welcoming on those bitter winter days – I hope you’ll agree! There are scented candles and fragrances from Next, as well as their adorable Morris the Moose cushion, slippers from Bedroom Athletics, a Nuuna notepad for you to record your New Year’s Resolutions, and a couple more goodies as well.

Phew! So those are all the prizes you can win! Be sure to have a good think before you choose which package you want because you can only pick one, then just leave your comment below once you’ve completed your entries and your name will be added to my Santa’s list. Best of luck sweethearts! Callum and I wish you all a very merry festive season! x


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Outfits | In the Nude

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IN THE NUDE


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coat: c/o Marc Cain | jumper dress: Marks and Spencer | bag: Primark | jewellery: c/o Swarovski | shoes: Zara


Happy Sunday sweethearts! I woke up this morning feeling so happy and content. Even though I’m exhausted from a long day’s travelling and the cold and mist here is such a shock to system after a week of sunshine that I’d quite like to curl up in bed with some hot tea and do nothing more than watch reruns of The O.C to pretend it’s still summer, it’s up up up early for us today to work on an exciting project for you guys! You won’t have long to wait to find out what it’s about as the post will be going up tomorrow! All I’ll say for now is I’m getting my Santa hat on and am so excited to spread some Christmas cheer! x


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Outfits | Marshmallow

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MARSHMALLOW


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coat: c/o Marc Cain | dress: c/o Three Floor | shoes: c/o Warehouse


For those post-party days where you just want to snuggle up in a cloud, I introduce to you The Mashmallow (yes, I named it myself). The world’s comfiest coat, which somehow also manages to still be chic even though it does both feel and make you look like a giant marshmallow. So cosy I could sleep in it. Not that I’ve done so, of course … ahem. Today’s look is definitely one of contrasts, as inspired by this beautiful Three Floor dress. Three Floor dresses are a special occasion in themselves – each design is oh so unique. This one has a Jekyll and Hyde feel to it with its super sexy wrap skirt and sheer panelling paired against a preppy collar and soft, feminine shapes, so it made sense to dress it up with such a cosy, oversized coat.

I’ve got a few more looks coming your way with The Marshmallow, I hope you don’t mind! I’m just so addicted to it. But for now I’ve got to leave it at home as Callum and I are off this weekend for a cheeky getaway to celebrate our tenth anniversary. Ten years! I can’t believe it. Perhaps I’ll do a more personal post on the day to share with you all our own little love story, but for now just know that I couldn’t be happier sharing my own little life with this wonderful boy. Unfortunately our holiday destination is currently trapped in a freak winter storm, so it looks like I might need to pack The Marshmallow after all!

Speak soon sweethearts x

P.S. If you want a Marshallow all of your own be sure to visit Marc Cain’s online store as it’s currently on sale!


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Outfits | Tourister

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TOURISTER

As part of American Tourister’s #travelbright project to celebrate their colourful suitcase range – because who doesn’t want luggage as bright and uplifting as the feeling you get from going on holiday? – I teamed up with ASOS to show you my typical travel look. No heels here! For me when I’m travelling it’s all about comfy clothes and sneakers, and mixing practicality with luxe, laid-back style.


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top, bag and sunnies: c/o ASOS | leggings: Hearts & Bows via ASOS | trainers: Nike via ASOS | suitcase: c/o American Tourister


I travel through St Pancras a few times each week and it’s always been on my blog shoot location list. Even though it’s always so busy I find it strangely peaceful to wander down the main avenue with its brick arches and glass-fronted shops and cafes – the design is the perfect mix of traditional and modern. Funnily enough, when I picked out this outfit to wear on the shoot I didn’t realise how well the colours would match those in the station. Must have been some subliminal work going on there by my clever subconscious!

This look is a typical travelling style for me. When you’ve got a long journey ahead you want to be super comfy, but that doesn’t mean you have to forgo being chic. I travel quite a bit for work now and have picked up a few handy tips for keeping fly on the fly (*groan*). 1. Swap normal leggings for leather-look ones and you’ll instantly feel a little cooler. 2. Tie a check-shirt or your favourite jumper round your waist for a pop of colour or print, and you can always wear it if you get cold. 3. Sling your cross-body bag around to your front. This is an important one: it’s safer, makes your travel documents easier for you to access, and adds detail to an otherwise simple outfit. Plus, if you’re anything like me and bring half your house with you whenever you go anywhere, this way you can put the rest of your things in a backpack and still have two hands free for your American Tourister suitcase and that other all-important travel staple: a cup of coffee!

Happy travels beauties! x


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Outfits | London City Style Guide for Marc Cain

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LONDON LOVING

This summer I visited Berlin with German powerhouse Marc Cain, a household brand over there that combine wearable style with the highest quality materials and on-trend designs. Even though I was only there one night I fell head over heels for Berlin. It’s such a cool city, with a quirkiness and vibrant, urban feel to it – something which is definitely reflected in its diverse fashion street style. Now I’m back in London, Marc Cain asked me a few questions about this beautiful city of ours and how my own style has been inspired by it, as well as my thoughts on blogging and life …


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jumper and scarf: c/o Marc Cain | jeans: ASOS \ heels: New Look | bag: Primark | watch: c/o Kate Spade


What is your typical look in your hometown?

I always feel like the London girl is a mix of preppy and cool. She loves her skinny jeans and leather jackets, and isn’t afraid to go for more boyish styles. At the same time, feminine shoes and accessories are a staple in her wardrobe. London style is definitely paired back – we love our basics! Think Alexa Chung and Kate Moss for the iconic London style.

How do you think your nationality comes across in your styling?

Whether I’m dressing for a chilled weekend or for a big night out, my outfits always have a causal feel to them. A Brit girl can be wearing the most gorgeous, elegant dress and heels, but she’ll have left her hair messy and her make up relaxed. There’s always something a little ‘undone’ about my style.

Which styles of the Marc Cain Fall/Winter Collections do you think could become bestsellers in your hometown? Why?

Every single one of your coats! Whenever I’m wearing one of my Marc Cain coats someone will ask me where it’s from. My favourite is this nude faux fur style - it’s so snug, and works equally well thrown over ripped jeans and boots in the day and a party dress and heels at night. I could also see this black neoprene coat selling out – it’s so sleek and a modern take on the (very British!) trench. But the piece that’s next on my to-buy list is this amazing blush knit – such a versatile design that’ll take me through winter to summer.

What is a good place to watch people and get inspired by them in your hometown?

Brick Lane and Shoreditch in general are great for people-watching! It’s an area with such an eclectic style, and I love to see how colourful and creative people are there with their style. Plus it’s great for doing a bit of shopping too once you’re feeling inspired!

What music are you listening to when you are getting styled?

I’ve got a pretty broad taste in music and tend to listen to something that suits my particular mood, though I’ll usually go for something upbeat in the mornings to get me excited about the day. At the moment I’m loving Kygo’s house remixes.

What is your favourite hotel, bar and restaurant in your city which you can recommend to our Marc Cain fans?

I recently posted about Citizen M in Bankside – it’s just such a cool space and a hotel that manages to combine affordability with luxury and unique design. Bar-wise I love places like Cafe Kaizen and the bar at South Place Hotel, where you can get a great drink and sit and chat with friends for hours. There are too many amazing restaurants in London to count, and I love that you can head down any side street and find some cool little independent place to try. Somewhere I’m recommending to everyone at the moment is Roti King in Euston – having lived in Malaysia, I come here for the teh tarik, roti canai and laksa when I’m feeling homesick!

Can shopping buy happiness?

No. But it can help lift your mood when you’re down, and when you’re wearing a good outfit you feel totally comfortable and confident in it’s definitely an amazing feeling.

What is a current trend you would like to have banned?

I’m really not into all the glittery pieces. It’s just a bit too over the top for me, and I’ve never worked out how to wear sequins without catching them on things and making them fall off! Maybe I’m just too clumsy for glitter!

What is the least known place in your hometown you love the most?

Whenever I have an hour or two to myself in between meetings I’ll hole up in a bookshop somewhere. Daunt Books has an absolutely beautiful interior, and the new Foyles on Charing Cross Road is full of seats and hidden corners you can hide away with a good book.

Has your life changed since you are a blogger? If yes, what has changed?

It’s changed so much! I never imagined blogging would become such a huge part of my life – I can’t imagine what I’d do without it! I now spend my time between blogging and writing. Blogging has led to so many wonderful opportunities, whether it’s travelling across the world with a brand, styling a photoshoot for a magazine, or simply getting amazing clothes delivered to me every day. But for me, blogging is more than these perks. As great as they are, the true enjoyment of blogging comes from creating beautiful content for our readers with my boyfriend Callum (he does all our gorgeous photography!) and pushing ourselves to dream bigger and better.

What was the funniest comment on your blog?

I’ve had a few weird, personal ones that I’ve had to delete! Mostly men, and strangely it’s almost always a comment about my legs/feet ..!

What is your motto in life?

Work hard, live hard. I don’t mean hard as in drive yourself completely crazy working all hours of the week and never let yourself stop for breath (though I’m totally guilty of doing this myself), but as in just really put your all into every little thing you do. Life is short and unknown, so make sure you’re spending it chasing your dreams and always trying to be the best version of yourself :) x


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