River Island x Take10

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fingerless woollen gloves and pastel pink jumper


River Island Knitwear: Fluffy Crop Jumper

Brr! Starting to get chilly isn’t it!? Perfect time for a rather cosy Take10 challenge then! This month, we’re cuddling up in cosy River Island knitwear in collaboration with ASOS Fashion Finder. From ‘popcorn’ intarsia jumpers (see Olivia’s and Vicki’s outfits below) to slouchy cardi’s (see how Caroline does casual style so well) there’s a knitted top for each of us 10 Bloggesses.

What would a colour-loving lady like me pick? I went for a fluffy cropped jumper in a sherbet shade which is a well-overdue addition to my wardrobe. How have I gone so long without a splash of pink in the woollens department? Not to mention my lack of teddy-esque textures? Tut tut. I styled my knit up with a pastel backpack, silver skirt and fur jacket, I like to think I could slip into this Versace tableau with ease - I’m sure the supermodels won’t mind!


grey and turquoise new balance trainers and spotty socks

swinging around railings winter outfit

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Lucy star acrylic tatty devine pink name necklace with red hair

white fur jacket silver mini skirt yellow rucksack pastel fluffy jumper

camden black railings


What I Wore:

Jumper – River Island / Skirt – River Island / Hat – BritFash / Trainers – New Balance / Bag – Brit-Stitch / Coat (similar) – Finders Keepers / Necklace – Tatty Devine / Gloves – ASOS / Earrings – Junk Jewels

See what pastel outfit I wore last December ›

What the Take10 Girls Wore:

See our edit in full over on ASOS Fashion Finder where you can shop other pieces of cosy knitwear!

Shiny Thoughts / The Little Magpie / Burkatron / The Magpie Girl / What Olivia Did
Hifashion / Hands of Style / Love Cloth / Media Marmalade / Dearest Deer


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Shiny Xmas Gift Guide!

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* For Your Gal Pal *

You & Me Print - Urban Outfitters (frame – Amazon) / Instagram wrapping paper - Wrap.Me / Acrylic decoration and glitter bauble – Paperchase / Santa bauble – Rigby & Mac / ‘L’ decoration – Anthropologie


Eep! There’s not long left until the 25th comes around on the calendar and unless you’re superwoman then you’re probably in the same gift-gathering state as me. i.e the majority of the boxes are left unticked on your Evernote list. Ne panic pas! Here are a few last minute ideas for you to swipe up with the click of a button or pop out and grab on your local high street.

The novelty need-of-the-season this year is the incred’ personalised Instagram wrapping paper from Wrap.me. Create your own now and there’s no need to write a ‘From: ‘ tag!

Need more fashion inspo? Take a look at my wishlist and my Cyber Weekend picks. Happy Shopping!


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* Festive Threads *

Glitter Shoes - Boden / Jumper – Boden / Floral Pyjamas - ASOS

There’s nothing like a new PJ set at Christmas so I’ll be hunting down the perfect pair for my mum. These ASOS floral ones were a cheeky steal for myself but I’m tempted to go twinnies! I’ll be gifting my cousin this cosy alpaca jumper and donning these dancing shoes for the big day.


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* Gifts gifts gifts! *

Tray – Anna Viktorsson / Bright Bazaar book – Will Taylor / Adorn Book – Shini Park and Kit Lee / Ceramic egg crate and jarAnthropologie / Socks – ChattySocks / Gloves – Rose b Brown / Notebooks – Nuuna / Brussel Sprouts – Sainsburys / iPhone case – Gemma Correll at Iconemesis

Give your creative friends pressies they really want (some of these were my Secret Santa gifts from my best friend and I’m smitten!) Choose beautiful crafty and colourful books, cute phone cases from indie artists on Iconemesis or clever ceramic ware to be crowned the greatest giver. If in doubt buy socks: Chatty Feet are the bad xmas gifts you’ll want to receive!


sparkling wine and fine chocolate christmas gift guide flatlay

sparkling wine and fine chocolate christmas gift guide


* Cheers! Prost! Santé! *

Sparkling Wine - Cremant de Limeoux  at Roberson Wines / Glasses – House of Fraser / Bell Jar – Made.com / Chocolate – Stach (Amsterdam)

Pop! If you’re into something a little special to toast with then a sparkling wine is the best way to go (from La France, bien sur!) I picked up these champagne flutes to go with my delicious Cremant de Limeoux brut. Mulled wine? Rosé? Non, I want mine to sparkle!


australian tea T2 loose leaf christmas gift guide ideas

australian tea T2 loose leaf christmas gift guide ideas


* Tea for your ma-tey *

Loose leaf Teas – T2 / Glass mug and infuser – T2 / Glass teapot – Ikea / White mug – Ikea / Bamboo tray – Ikea / Biscuits – Bees bakery

You may well know by my previous ‘New Things’ posts that I’m a big loose leaf tea fan so I’m rather excited to give the new-to-the-UK brand T2 a whirl in my double-walled glass teacup. ‘Melbourne Breakfast’ or ‘Gorgeous Geisha’ anyone? They’ll go perfectly with a batch of cute Bees Bakery biccies!


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* Treats for your Ma *

 Loose leaf teas – Whittards / Milk frother – House of Fraser / Orange biscuits - V&A Museum shop / Initial mug – Anthropologie

It pains me to say this but… my mum doesn’t like tea. Shock! Horror! I know. Terrible. Instead, I’ll be buying her some coffee accessories for crimbo but for those of you who have normal nans and leaf-loving mothers, Whittards have lovely sets that make perfect gifts. Just add water, and an Anthropologie mug!


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* xoxo xmas xoxo *

Basket – TK Maxx / Xmas gift box, bath bombs and soap – Lush / Coconut oil – Vita Coco / Glitter nail varnishes – Orly / Nail art wraps – Juku Nails / Sleep Plus – This Works / Lipstick – New Look / Make up bag – ASOS

Last minute secret santa or that cousin you don’t know what to buy? Dash to Lush for handmade xmas-themed bath bits or go glitzy with Orly polishes and Juku nails tips. Sorted.


*** Christmas Giveaway! ***

I’ll be sending out a little gift box to a lucky follower with some of the pieces featured in my gift guide!

Just let me know in the comments below what you wish you could recieve from my gift guide along with a contact handle or address by Saturday 20th December and a ShinyThoughts follower will be sent a package of random bits.

Good Luck!

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BBBakery Bus Afternoon Tea

What do you get when you cross brilliantly British finger food, your favourite city, the best retro way to travel, world famous landmarks, christmas and tea? Far from a potentially messy meal, you get the perfect solution to a festive day out!

A couple of Saturdays ago, my Blogging pals and were invited by VirginExperienceDays to take a trip down to Waterloo station in London to catch the BBBakery Bus. I was convinced that our cake-pimped crimbo-themed double-decker ride was a myth. Afternoon tea from a delicious bakery served to you and your friends on a red bus whilst you ride around seeing what beautiful sights the city has to offer? Can’t be possible!

But lo and behold, under the bridge stood our shiny red tearoom for the afternoon. As imagined, laid out on each table amongst the christmas decs were glorious spreads of festive treats. Traditional sarnies, macarons, tartlets, red velvet xmas tree fairycakes and mandatory scones served later (remember to keep room for these!) were daintily (and not so daintily) gobbled down in between gossip and gags and numerous cups of tea. Perfect!


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If you’re looking for an original birthday pressie, a christmas party, treat for your mum or just a different way to see London with friends then hop on one of the two BBBakery rides that depart each day or take a look at other day out ideas on VirginExperienceDays.co.uk and you’ll have yourself a merry little pre-Christmas treat!

Thanks to Virgin Experience Days for treating us to this great day out! BBBakery Afternoon Tea bus departs every day at 12:30 and 15:00 from Waterloo station (don’t be late as it will leave on time!) Tickets are £45 for adults, £35 for children. Gluten free and other dietary requirements can be accommodated for. Book now or visit BBBakery.co.uk.



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Sequin Party Dress

I can’t help but layer, even when it comes to parties! You know, it’s cold outside and all you’ve got is a little strappy party dress. Yeah you’ve got a coat but STILL, you might get cold and a statement cuff and clutch just isn’t enough accessorising for you. Ok, I might be on my own here, but I just can’t help but mix things up by adding a top underneath! Maybe I’m secretly a little scared of dresses!


It might not come as a surprise that I don’t really own any party dresses as the ‘glitzy, one night only dress’ isn’t a brief my wardrobe gets assigned very often. Then the festive season creeps up on me and there I am come cyber weekend frantically searching for dresses without a clue what suits me. Hopefully this Free People iridescent sequin dress will do the job. Pairing it with a little collared crop top means you can style it a little differently. Perhaps adding a pencil skirt would give it another lease of life too. There we go, I’ve already got two parties sorted. – Bring on the Christmas parties!

Welcome Burkatron and The Little Magpie to the Take10 family! Take a look below to see how the other Take10 Bloggers have styled up their Free People party dresses.


See the other Take10 challenges ›


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anna sui free people green sequin dress

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anna sui free people green sequin dress

What I Wore:

Dress – Free People /  Boots – New Look / Coat – Warehouse / Bag – New Look / Top – ASOS (similar) / Earrings –  Junk Jewels / Cuff – John Creed

See what I wore last Christmas party season

What the Take10 Girls Wore:

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Burkatron / The Magpie Girl / What Olivia Did / Hifashion / The Little Magpie

Hands of Style / Love Cloth / Marmalade / Dearest Deer


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Have a Shiny Cyber Weekend!

I’m not sure whether you’ve heard (understatement of the year) but there’s this thing on the internet where if you buy something this weekend, you pay less than if you buy it next week! Yes folks, it’s Black Friday, the biggest shopping weekend of the year and luckily, some of our fave shops are helping our purses out by creating codes and offers we can’t refuse.

It’s time to tick off some items from your xmas lists and replenish your party dresses. I don’t know about you but I’ve definitely got a hole in my wardrobe under the ‘going out dresses’ section. Xmas party? Eeep!

To help make sense of all the cyber noise this weekend (and because I can’t help but have a browse, you know), here’s what I’m loving from some of my favourite online stores. Click through to shop their sale or get their codes. I’ll be posting my very own gift guide soon but for now, Happy Shopping! x


50% off selected items in their edit. Shop now ›

New Look

50% off certain items in their edit. Shop Now ›


20% off everything! Get Code ›


20% off everything! Get Code ›

Urban Outfitters

Up to 50 % off their top categories and free delivery. Shop now ›

River Island

20% off until 3pm Friday (quick!) Shop now ›


20% off all items. Shop now ›

Kurt Geiger

20% off everything! Get Code ›

Kate Spade Saturday

30% off full price items. Get code ›


Don’t forget to keep an eye out on my Wishlist page where I update my list of pieces I’m loving!


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