Tuesday, 29 December 2015

WHAT I GOT FOR CHRISTMAS - 2015-




So I've never done this kind of post before but I love reading them and watching them on youtube. I know it's a silly disclaimer but I'm the first person that appreciates spending time with loved ones, with or without presents! I think this time of the year can make some people sad if they can't afford to shower their family in gifts or receive any presents but remember that it's really not about the materialistic side at all. 

I would have been happy all the same even without all these things. As much as I loved opening them, I spent the rest of the day drinking wine with my nan and watching Christmas movies with my boyfriend, completely forgetting about having or not having a pile of presents. Don't get me wrong though, I'm still very grateful for everything I received and the people in my life. 

If you're nosey to find out what Santa left under tree - and what's YET TO ARRIVE (thanks Amazon for effing-up and losing my presents) then you're in the right post!


BEAUTY  

People HATE buying me makeup because my collection is quite big already and I know it can be quite scary to try and guess what I have or don't have. I have made it pretty clear though that there were two items I really wanted in my stash - the Hourglass Ambient Lighting palette - The Edit that looks so dreamy and Becca's Champagne Pop that has become almost legendary this year. My boyfriend kindly got me both which is awesome. I also bagged a MAC lipstick in the shade Whirl which I had my eye on for a few months now. It's not in the photo as it has been permanently in my handbag since Christmas and I've already worn it to work twice. It's so gorgeous! Review will be up soon. 

From a secret santa at work I received a lovely pamper bag by Botanica with a shower gel and a body cream which smell divine! The bag is very useful as well since I always use them when traveling around the country or to visit family. 

From my boyfriend's family I received a gift voucher that I spent on a new perfume from Versace, the Crystal Noir. The bottle is classy and chic but the scent is literally the most feminine, oriental and minimalist number in my collection. 


PHOTOGRAPHY 

Mum has been kind enough to get a new lens for my Olympus, the 45mm one that gives that fabulous blur to images. Since my goal is to take more outfit shots and travel around Europe in 2016, this little camera is what I'll be carrying with me all the time. 

My boyfriend bought me a FujiFilm instax mini camera (that Amazon failed to deliver on time after effing up the order). I should be getting it tomorrow though, which is really exciting! I always wanted a polaroid camera after losing the one we used to have back home in Italy for special events. 



FASHION & JEWELLERY 

The biggest purchase of the year for me has been the gift I have given myself. About a month ago I bought an Alexander Wang Rockie with Rose Gold studs. After wanting it for YEARS I saved up my pennies during summer and as a Christmas present I gave myself a little something extravagant for my standards. 

And if you're a Topshop employee then you probably know the feeling of having that staff discount. I bought myself a cheeky little pair of boots that are SO COMFORTABLE! On Boxing Day I sold 4 pairs after customers saw me wearing them. 

My best mate Laura gave me a very generous amount to spend in Zara with a sweet little e-gift card that I'm saving to use on something expensive like a coat or a few new jumpers. Same thing goes for Whistles, thanks to my mate Jessica, who also sent me an e-gift card. I don't tend to shop in the sales unless I find items I truly love so I'll be waiting 2016 to get some really nice pieces for spring. My other friend Lena got me an Etsy gift card that I really want to use on a knot bracelet I spotted a while back! (as you can tell I love my gift cards, always have!) 

As for jewellery, I know people usually love Pandora but a brand I discovered recently is Essential and their sterling silver rings are STUNNING. My nan bought me a multi-textured spinner number that has been great so far to wear and use when I'm nervous. I tend to fiddle a lot with my hands when I'm anxious so spinning my ring instead has actually helped during my Boxing Day shift at work. (weird huh) 
My mum instead got me a knot ring. I love the simple yet statement design of it and I will definitely be wearing both loads next year. 



BOOKS & RANDOM 

My best friend Zoe gave me two items I literally LOVED so much that they made me feel like a little kid again. First of all, if you know anything about me then you're probably aware of my slightly over the top, crazy, next-level obsession with Harry Potter. As you can imagine I have loads of the merchandise and the different editions of the books but something I was missing was the ILLUSTRATED EDITIONS! I literally screamed when I opened this up and I look forward to collecting the rest of them (obviously she gave me the Philosopher's stone first). 
She also got me a really fun set of two pup cake cases that I look forward to using for my future baking experiments! 

My lovely mate Milly gave me a Waterstones  gift card since she knows I love reading fantasy books. I am so excited to spend a whole day in the store and pick something new and refreshing. I was thinking something by Trudi Canavan but any suggestions are welcome. 

I'm yet to meet up with a couple of my other best friends that are coming back from the holidays in January so we'll do a gift exchange then. If you're curious to find out what I receive, follow me on Snapchat - whatkrisdid and I'll make sure to update you all. 




Anyway, I hope you all had an amazing time off (or if like me you worked on Boxing day then pat yourself on the shoulder because you're a badass boss). If you have a similar post to this link it up in the comments and I'll come stalk what you got for Christmas! 

XOXO 

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  1. So many gorgeous gifts :) Love that Hourglass Palette - Such a beauty!

    Hope you have a fab New Year my love!

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    1. awww thank you lovely :) I hope to see you again next year xxx

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  2. You must have been so good ;)! So many beautiful gifts!♥
    Love the Hourglass Ambient Lighting palette♥

    CAPTURING MY LIFE blog

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    1. haha I tried ;) That palette is made by the gods of makeup haha
      thanks for stopping by lovely xxx

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  3. Some gorgeous gifts there (and photographed very well!). Very jealous of the Harry Potter illustrated book! It looks AMAZING

    Katie xo | KTMY

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    1. Awww thank you :) it's gorgeous and so fun to read and flick through ! xx

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  4. Looks like you had some amazing gifts. The Hourglass palette looks fab x

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    1. it's even more stunning in person :) The blushes are gorgeous x

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  5. Oooh that hourglass palette looks gorgeous and may end up on my shopping list when I go to NYC next year. And yay to treating yourself to a bag! I did the same with a Chanel bag x

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  6. LOVE the bag and that hourglass palette is just amazing!!!

    Shot From The Street

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    1. IT'S SO PRETTY! I don't want to dent it haha

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  7. I love Champagne Pop - hope you're enjoying it! Do you have a blog post on the Olympus Pen at all? I've been considering getting it xx

    Jasmine Talks Beauty

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    1. I don't have a review up yet but I'm planning to write it soon ;) It's definitely worth it!

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  8. You got some amazing presents! I love the Alexander Wang bag!

    Danielle's Beauty Blog

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    1. It's so pretty I can't stop stroking it haha

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  9. WOW!!!! That bag is just SO dreamy!!!
    Love the photos in this post too, your man deserves huge props for the champagne pop & hourglass, well done :)
    Just added you on snapchat too xx

    Gillian xx EyelinerFlicks.com

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    1. Yay! He did good ;)
      Thanks for stopping by and reading x

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  10. Those illustrated Harry Potter books look incredible, as does the gorgeous Hourglass palette! Looks like you had some wonderful gifts, hope you had a fab christmas!

    Lilies and Lipbalm
    xx

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    1. I did indeed lovely :) I hope you did too! xx

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    1. I am in love with it! I baby it too much though haha

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  12. The Hourglass palette looks beautiful!! I really want the illustrated editions of Harry Potter too, they look incredible <3

    Jess xo
    http://just-jesss.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. It looks amazing and it's so fun to flick through :)

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  13. Ah you got some beautiful goodies! I love the look of the Hourglass palette, their formulas are amazing. Shame your instant camera didn't come on time though! x

    Tamz | http://www.throughneweyesx.com

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    1. IT'S HERE NOW :) I'm so excited to play with it! xx

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  14. What a lovely selection of gifts, especially the Harry Potter book!

    http://IAmLinderella.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Aww yeah :) It's a gorgeous selection of gifts, I'm really lucky x

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  15. Oooooo my eye instantly caught the Harry Potter Book... I have a little Christmas money left and I'm tempted to purchase the page to screen book.. it's pretty pricey but seems to be well worth the money. I saw it in The Works just before Christmas and I may just go for it :D xx

    Kate @ A British Sparkle<a

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    1. DO IT! Harry Potter is worth all the money ;) haha

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  16. That edition of Harry Potter looks amazing! I'm the same as you I'm a total HP geek.
    Julz Obsessions xx

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    1. HELLOW FELLOW POTTERHEAD! Nice to meet you ;)

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    1. They're so comfortable too :)
      Thanks for reading xx

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  18. It looks like you got some awesome presents! I really like the Hourglass pallette, it's on to my to do list for when I hit up America. x

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    1. You're going to America? I AM JEALOUS! :) xx

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  19. What lovely presents you had, and well done you for treating yourself to that amazing bag.

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  20. wonderful gifts, I love that bag! Great post girl! http://lavendernhoney.blogspot.com

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