An Early Christmas In London

oxford street christmas lights An Early Christmas In London

As I mentioned in my previous post, I was taking a few days off from work and blogging to have a break. Adam and I took a trip to London from Wednesday until today, to spend an early Christmas together since we don’t get to spend the actual day with each other.

We stayed in The Cumberland Hotel which is just off of Oxford Street and we had two and a half days worth of shopping time and exploring the Christmas lights. We didn’t worry about seeing Big Ben, the London Eye or Buckingham Palace again, we have seen the sights numerous times, so this time we just concentrated on buying the things we wanted in the sales and enjoying Christmas a little early! I even got to meet Santa (yes, he was the real one!) in Selfridges which excited me! It took me back to being a kid again!

We ate in the hotels Brasserie, Prezzo and Wagamama, as well as getting our usual snack pieces from Marks & Spencers. It was really nice exploring all of the shops and this time actually doing more shopping for Adam than myself. I only picked up a couple of things in Topshop, a jumper in the sale at Diesel and some chocolate from Liberty. Adam was lucky enough to find a pair of his Bottega Veneta moccasin shoes at half price in the boutique and pick up a jumper in Gap, among a couple of other things in other stores. It was great being able to check out J.Crew in person too!

Overall, I had a really lovely time in London for Christmas. Our room was beautiful and I enjoyed the much needed break. I only allowed myself Instagram (@LornaRaindrops), I find it’s crazy just how attached I am to work (like most fashion bloggers), wherever I am, so I’m glad I could relax. How are you spending your holiday breaks so far? I hope you like these Christmas photos too! They were taken with my iPhone since we never took the camera, but let me know what you think!

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Various Shades Of All Saints Lorie Tula Grey

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(Coat – Exact, Jeans – Exact, Sweater – Exact, Scarf – Exact, Boots – Similar, Bag – Exact)

This is the look that I wore last weekend when I went out shopping with Adam. It was absolutely freezing though and I definitely didn’t wrap up warm enough, I ended up having to buy a new pair of gloves when I was out, just so I could wear them. I do really love this look though! I usually opt for a lot of colour in my outfits, but this time I decided upon various shades of grey.

I got this gorgeous All Saints Lorie Tula Coat in Charcoal last month when they were having a 20% off sale. I fell in love with it online and even though I loved the navy version, I really liked the grey more in person. The fit of it is perfect and I find it to be really classic and smart. It has a leather lapel to it and the plaid stitching is bigger on the arms than it is on the rest of the coat. It’s really stunning! For those of you interested in the sizing, I’m between a UK 6 to 8 and I took a 6 in this one. It is really fitted though.

Underneath I wore a GAP grey jumper and then layered a grey checked scarf by the brand on top. For my jeans, I wore my trusty AG Adriano Goldschmied Legging Jeans (similar here) and tucked them into my Kurt Geiger Winona Boots in Grey. Finally, I finished it off with my Rebecca Minkoff Mini Love Bag in Black and my Daniel Wellington Grace London watch.

This coat is absolutely something you will be seeing a lot more of on my blog, especially worn with black skinny jeans or burgundy ones, I really can’t get enough of it! What do you think of it? I would love to know! And on a side note, I will be taking a bit of a break from blogging until Saturday as I’m having an early Christmas with Adam! I will post on Saturday though with an update of things, so until then, have a great week!

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My New Daniel Wellington Grace London Watch

daniel wellington grace blue burgundy watch My New Daniel Wellington Grace London Watch

I own two Daniel Wellington watches already (here and here) so as you probably already know, I am a huge fan of the brand. I was lucky enough to be able to choose a watch from their brand new collection, so I opted for the new Daniel Wellington Grace London watch in Blue & Red. It’s absolutely gorgeous and I adore it! Navy and burgundy is a combination that I am a huge lover of anyway, since I wear it numerous times in clothing, so combining it in a watch is fantastic.

The new Grace London style features the classic nato striped strap, but it also has brown leather around it too, giving it a more elegant and expensive feel. The case is a sand blasted rose gold which hides the eggshell dial, so it combines a lot of luxury in one in my opinion. When I first got the watch, out of its pretty leather box, I was instantly drawn to it. It works for both women and men as it’s unisex and I think this colour combination goes with everything, but if it doesn’t, the straps are also interchangeable!

I’ve worn this pretty watch a few times already and I will be sharing the outfit I wore it with soon, but for now, I wanted to dedicate a full post to it because I really do love it. I’m happy to have added this one to my watch collection. Have any of you other fashion bloggers got the new Grace London watch? And do you love Daniel Wellington too? I would love to know! In the meantime, you can purchase this watch and the other strap colours online by clicking here.

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Raindrops of Sapphire Christmas Gift Guide

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It’s that time of year again where I create my Christmas gift guide (see last years here)! This one is pretty big and includes 50 items, ranging from clothes, shoes, bags and jewellery to accessories, make-up, beauty products and food! There’s something for everyone here and they are all pieces I love myself too. Instead of doing a December Currently Craving post, like I do each month, I decided to incorporate it into this gift guide instead! It’s super easy to buy the items, like usual, just click the numbers under the collages that correspond to the numbers on the items. Happy Holiday Shopping!

Above I have 10 different beauty items, choosing make-up in the form mascara, like the Benefit They’re Real Mascara and the Lancome Glamour Eyes Set (c/o), eye shadows from Illamasqua and Mally, lip balms and tints from Pixi, then a fantastic moisturiser for night time from Origins and the most amazing scrub that literally smells like Haribo from Jan Marini. I love everything here and I have no doubts that you will too!

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Who doesn’t love cosy accessories for Christmas? I’m always used to getting slippers, socks, gloves, hats and mittens! They are an essential which we all need at some point, but how adorable are some of these pieces? I even included a festive hot water bottle for those cold nights, an iPhone case and a pretty little snow globe!

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