Book Gift Guide

These last few weeks, you have probably been bombarded, just like me, with about a million gift guides. Not that I'm complaining. You know by now that I love a good gift guide and I've certainly done my part in the whole shenanigans. No, scratch that, I've actually done three parts: a stocking fillers gift guide (because who doesn't love buying beautiful useless crap,) a what to buy your mum gift guide (because you are running out of candles you haven't yet given her,) and finally one for your beloved dad (because, in the end, we both know he will end up with another pair of socks, but there's nothing wrong with that!)


| 1. Christmas Days-Jeanette Winterson |2. V&A: The Twelve Days of Christmas | 3. The Night Before Christmas-Nicolai Gogol | 4. Neverwhere-Neil Gaiman | 5. The One Hundred Nights of Hero-Isabel Greenberg | 6. Austen Vintage Classics | 7. A Room of One's Own-Woolf Vintage Classics | 8. Mrs Dalloway-Virginia Woolf | 9. Brontes Vintage Classics | 10. Pretty Iconic-Sali Hughes | 11. Bloom-Estee Lalonde | 12. Inside Vogue-Alexandra Shulman | 13. Women in Clothes | 14. Literary London | 15. The Bookshop Book-Jen Campbell | 16. Aimme's Perfect Bakes | 17. Classic German Baking | 18. Golden : Sweet & Savory Baked Delights from the Ovens of London's Honey & Co.| 19. Jamie Oliver's Christmas Cookbook |

Faves from the Sales

Best Deals from the Black Friday/Weekend Sales

Black Friday Sales

I never understood the hype surrounding the Black Friday sales. It was always a bit too much for me. But this year, it seems like there are so many good ones out there, and especially online where you don't have to bump into others every second trying to find that jacket you had your eye on, so I thought I should not let them go to waste. So I scoured the web and found some great pieces that are on sale right now. I hope you like some of them!

Winter is Coming : Coats and Jackets to Wrap Yourself in

Topshop Wardrobe

Asos My Love

That's it for now! Rest assured, I am probably going to spend a good amount of my weekend trying to decide what to buy. I already know that by the time I decide it will be sold out and I will be crying my eyes out. Raise you hand if you've got a similar problem. I say we create a club "Indecisives\Perfectionists Anonymous". Who's with me? Anywho, I really would love to know what your favourite item from the sales are, even if it wasn't on my lists. Please share below! There's nothing I love more than being enabled to buy things ;)

Daring Red

Partywear

Partywear for the Holiday Season 2016 - www. theblushfulhippocrene.blogspot.com
1. UO - Light Before Dark Liquid T-shirt | 2. Topshop - Biker Jacket | 3. UO - Patent Leather Skirt | 4. Zara - T-shirt with Quilting | 5. Tophshop - Diamante Velvet Blazer | 6. Zara - Band Tee | 7. Zara - Trousers with Sequins | 8. UO - Metallic Bronze Leather Skirt | 9. Zara - Cropped Shiny Trousers | 10. Zara - Metallic Halter Top | 11. Zara - Metallic Cropped Trousers | 12. Topshop - Velvet Shorts | 13. Topshop - Satin Puffer Jacket | 14. Mango - Velvet Platforms | 15. Topshop - Mini Skirt by Unique | 16. UO - Rose Gold Metallic Ankle Boots | 17. Topshop - Sequin Sleeve Sweatshirt | 18. Topshop - Lace Dress | 19. Topshop - Graphic Tee | 20. Zara - Oversized Shirt | 21. UO - Stretchy Gold Ankle Boots |22. Topshop - Wooden Heel Boots | 23. Zara - Sateen Open Back Dress | 24. UO - Silver Foil Cami | 25. Mango - Velvet Dress | 16. UO - Velvet Frill Jumpsuit

It's almost Black Friday and let's face it: damage will be done, bank accounts will be wounded, if only scratched, and vanities will be satisfied. Personally, I know I'll be doing some shopping these two weeks. The holidays are upon us, and I do not only have to buy everyone presents, but also something to wear for the party season. Sure, I might not have anything planned yet. And yes, I'm not that much into partying. But my motto is there's a time and place for everything, and I'm trying to push myself to go out more during this time of year; accept any invitations that might come my way and try to have fun and let go (leeet it gooo, okay I'll stop.)

Christmas Gift Guide | For Mum and For Dad

Happy Sunday guys! I hope you've had an amazing week. Today I'm coming to you with two more Christmas gift guides. Last one was all about bits and bobs with which you can fill your stockings, but this time, it's all about mums and dads!.

Christmas 2016 Gift Guide for Mums - www.theblushfulhippocrene.blogspot.com
1. Dr. Hauschka Lavender Tranquil Kit| 2.this works Bedtime Story Set | 3.DKNY Printed velour pyjama set| 4. Marble Cheese Board| 5. Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution lipstick | 6. Aromatherapy Associates My Treat | 7. Neom Christmas wish home collection | |8. Topshop Satin Top (similar) | 9. The Ladybird Book of the Mum | 10. S'well Stainless Water Bottle |11. Mango Semi-precious Earrings |12. Kikki.K Goals Journal | 13.Carrara Set of Four Espresso Cups & Saucers | 14. Sarah Chapman Overnight Facial Set | 15. Copper Head Massager | 16. SKANDINAVISK Vinter Mini Candle Gift Set | 17. Travel Two Tier Jewellery Box |

I can't believe it's already the 20th of November. I find myself being very torn by this news because, on the one hand, it means that time of flying by and I have deadlines and other things I want to accomplish before the end of the year, but on the other hand, all I can think of is "Yay! Only one month left (almost) till it's Christmas!"

Christmas Gift Guide: Stocking Fillers

Christmas Gift Guide: Stocking Fillers

Shop the gift guide:

1. Oh K! Highlighters | 2. Gel Nail Colour in Pirate | 3. Not For You iPhone 6 Case by Skinnydip | 4. Topshop Velvet Makeup Bagsimilar) | 5. Avocado Pod Face Mask | 6. (*The Little Book of Feminism | 7. Topshop Limited Edition Mini lip Bullet Trio | 8. It's Skin Macaron Lip Balm | 9. Happy Plugs Rose Gold Earbud Headphones| 10. Glitter Liner in Mosaic | 11. Release Your Inner Unicorn Cuff | 12. Shell Earrings Multipack | 13. Casio Casual White Digital Watch

Christmas is Coming

It's the 14th of November. Is it too early to start thinking about Christmas? No. Definitely not. The John Lewis advent calendar ad is out, the streets are one by one putting on their festive face, and the shops are brimming with partywear, fairy lights and glitter.

But isn't it too soon to start planning your Christmas shopping? I've been asking that question to myself for the last few days, feeling somewhat guilty for starting to think about the C-word so early. But you know what? Over the years, I've realised that the sooner you start your Christmas preparations, the better and the less stressful. It's quite funny how we've put so much pressure on a period that's supposed to be about relaxing and being with our loved ones. Though I might not be the best at laying my hair down(metaphorically because that's all I do literally), I am certainly looking forward to spending some time with my favourite people, be that watching Elf on telly in our snuggliest pyjamas or drinking wine in a bar downtown (yes, that almost never happens, but you never know! I might turn into Carrie Bradshaw any day now).

My Favourite Books

My Favourite Books | www.theblushfulhippocrene.blogspot.com

Ever since I can remember, I've loved reading books. No, scratch that. I've loved devouring books. On every birthday, on every Christmas, on every achievement, my present would always be a new book which I would immediately proceed to gollop as we were waiting for the dessert. I don't know if this love of reading is something that is innate in me or if the circumstances and the environment were fertile for this love to bloom. For me, the answer is always a bit of both. Being slightly introverted by nature and shy, books were what kept me company most of the time. Wait, that sounds utterly pathetic, but I swear it wasn't! Sure, I wish I had been trying a little harder to come out of my shell a bit sooner, but even if that were the case, I'd still love curling up in a corner to read a good book whenever I could. However, as I was growing older and slowly (like very slowly) more confident, I'd try to make up for all the socialisation I'd missed out on, and that had an effect on my reading. I would even choose to go out on a Friday if possible, than sit in bed and read. Gasp! Horror! I know.

Nowadays I just can't seem to find as much time to read. Whenever I'm tired, the internet just seems like the easiest option, and although I know in the long run it's not the most pleasurable, I will still be sucked into the black hole that it is. I also catch myself feeling guilty from time to time when I'm reading recreationally. That inner critic whispers malevolently in my head, "You could be doing something more productive with your time," or "If you've got time to read, then why don't you do *insert something vaguely boring here* instead?

The Tartan Shirt

The Tartan Shirt - www.theblushfulhippocrene.blogspot.com

October Favourites

Ocotber Favourites - www.theblushfulhippocrene.blogspot.com

Happy Sunday!
So, the first week of November is coming to an end, and everyone around me is sick of me asking "how the hell did that happen?".The clocks have turned back; the dark is getting longer and the cold stronger. But that's not all bad! Because all these are slowly heralding the arrival of Christmas and I couldn't be more excited. It's always been my favourite holiday, and I'm eagerly awaiting it every year. Yes, I am one of those annoying people. But please tell me I'm not alone on that!

Still, there is a whole month (and three full weeks after that) until then, and we've got to make the best of it. I just hope I have it doesn't go right past me just like October did. Looking back at it, I realised that I'd discovered some new loves and rediscovered some old faves. Here, then, are my highlights of this past month:

On Sustainability and Fashion

On Fashion Sustainability: Some thoughts and ideas - www.theblushfulhippocrene.blogspot.co.uk

Hey guys! Today I wanted to share with you some thoughts I've been having on fashion and sustainability. It's something I always try to educate myself on, and so I hope that one day I might feel proud about my shopping habits. However, it seems that these days, it's very hard to be ethical, surrounded as we are by a constant influx of new products and new "it-pieces" and it's the easiest thing to fall down that sweet slippery slope. But for me, it's all about balance. Once we discard the idea that we need to be perfect, even in our garment choices, then we can realistically see, what we can do, and how we can contribute to making the fashion industry and fashion consumerism a bit more ethical.


A Mountain Escape: What to Wear in The Country

Hi guys! Happy November!! Hope you've had a fantastic weekend! Whether you celebrated Halloween or not, it feels like this week has been the most autumnal of all, as if everything is slowly getting ready for the temperatures to drop even more and for the holiday season to commence. Anyone else getting excited?


Today I have something a little different for you. I might be a city girl, but I like identifying myself as a nature lover. As soon as the opportunity arises, I run towards the open air- and maybe fall on my face a few times in the process.

A Mountain Escape: What to Wear in the Country

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