#StyleSaturdays / My Victoria Square Christmas List all for £100

Saturday, December 10, 2016

So you're about to realise this is more than the usual style post I do here. 

This time, the key items are courtesy of Victoria Square as part of a shopping challenge given to me by Gemma Bond (Marketing guru at Victoria Square & author of 'That Belfast Girl' one of my favourite local blogs & one of the first to the NI Blogging scene.) 

This is one of the first times I have ever worked with a brand on any sort of project for Clothed In Strength - so when I received the invitation, I was immediately counting down the days. 

It brought out wild shopping spree tendency's that do show themselves sometimes - who can relate?!

The tendency's that mean trucking a huge load of clothes into the changing room much to the dismay of the shop assistants, and filling my camera roll with mirror selfies of various outfit combinations and then realising you've spent over an hour in one shop (I know I'm not the only one).

The day started at the Champagne Bar in House Of Fraser
(which I entirely recommend, super GF macaroons on offer)
 + great chats with Gemma herself.

It was a complete treat. 
Although this treat had a challenge attached to it:

The concept was to shop my Victoria Square Christmas List for £100

Something I want,
Something I need,
Something to wear,
and something to read. 

Now I wouldn't normally believe you could get a coat, a pair of boots,
 a good quality eye kit plus a well known book for just £100 altogether
 (unless you're in Primark!) - but I stand corrected, I was in Victoria Square and it was still possible. 

This was majorly due to the House Of Fraser brand event 

going on this week (ends Sunday, so get in on it quick!) 
& due to surprising value for money in a couple of other shops outside of HOF. 

So, the list. 

This was hard to nail down at first i'll admit.
(All products are tagged in the links if you're interested in treating yourself or for presents!) 

The something I wanted, was definitely always going to be an alternative to my ever favourite long green coat, something in a more neutral colour and perhaps longer and much more fitted. 
(I was wearing my green one to death!)

 I immediately fell involve with one hanging in the sale section of Miss Selfridge in HOF, the minute I tried it on, I realise the fit was perfect. With the HOF brand event I got an extra 30% off and paid £48. I've been wearing it ever since...

I knew my something to wear would be a pair of new *comfy-er heeled boots. 
I was wearing a pair of boots from New Look recently (bought last year) 
which are not fit for all-day-long wear. So I was on the look out for a comfier version and that's just what I got and from one of my favourites - PULL&BEAR. I love the shape and the thick heel, there's something so cool about them and are you ready for the price? 
£15.99, yea that's right, and I'll leave it at that. 

My something to read was of course The Fashion Book, of which I found in TOPSHOP(I couldn't find this version the book online, the one linked is a more expensive version!). I have been reading it ever since over a cuppa with every break I give myself. It's permanent home is now the coffee table. The A-Z of fashion designers/icons/influencers is such an interesting concept to flick through (my favourite being Victoria Beckham & Coco Chanel). I'm anticipating cosy reading time over the Christmas holiday.  £7.95

Finally the something I needed was a nude eye palette. Now I get it - it's not a necessity, it's not overly practical either, but I realised while dong my makeup this week, that I had worn down any nude colours I had, and I think it's important for every girl to have a nude/paired back option for the eyes. 
I love mauves and pinks for a nude look and this is exactly what I found, and it was the Benefit eye contour kit, none the less! I initially went in racking my brain for a budget nude palette option, thinking about trying to fit it into the £100 budget - but hey, I ended up getting a well coveted eye palette for £25 (including the HOF brand event discount of 20%). 

Above is a snap of the nude/mauve shadow look I created with the palette. 
Now it's not perfect at all,  (mostly due to my lack of make-up application skill) but I have to say I am totally thrilled with the colours & pigment. I'd say a little more experimenting and playing with it & I'll have the nude look I'm after soon. 

I also wanted to feature some of the brilliant samples given to me by Gemma (in a new Victoria Square tote bag which I'll feature on my IG soon)

These are a selection of my favourite from the bunch. The first being the GinZing energy boosting moisturiser from ORIGINS, it's smells super zing-y and orange-y and has that cooling fresh sensation when used. The second being the AWESOME (I know one one every uses that word anymore but I don't care!) pore-minimising serum from Clarins, I LOVE it. The difference to the overall finish of my make-up was massive. I'd highly recommend for anyone trying to avoid the foundation sinking into every pore and crevis syndrome. 

The Gimme Brow Gel (another gem from Benefit), the Eye-contour Gel from Clarins, the Nails inc. polish and PRADA CANDY were just some more fab treats (as if I needed anymore!)

Jumper: TOPSHOP / Bag: MANGO

I just had to include some more photos from today at Helens Bay - look at that sky! 
Helens Bay is for sure my escape, and place of rest and I will be writing on this soon... 
(notice the change of shoe-game once the photos were finished, walk in heels? Not quite.)

That's it for todays #StyleSaturdays post. 
A big thank you to Gemma & Victoria Square for this brilliant treat. 
I still can't believe how much I got for the £100 - it has definitely opened my eyes up to what a little savvy shopping can do. 

Have a good weekend ladies - I don't know if anyone else is as excited as me for the X Factor final tonight?! (I can't choose who to vote for - Matt or 5AM?!?!)  

Back soon, 
HB x


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