December 21st, 2016 | Julia Braime
We’re so close to the festive break now that we can almost smell the mulled wine.
From both a work and present-buying point of view, we’ve got Christmas all wrapped up and so are indulging in a little virtual retail therapy this afternoon by sharing the top items on our wish list to Santa.
We work hard, we play hard and so we’re hoping to be rewarded with a few of these lovely gifts beneath the tree come Christmas Day – though we fear our other halves may not have even started their shopping yet. If yours is the same, try leaving your laptop or tablet open on this page with the hope they will get the hint and hop-foot it to the high street!
Merry Christmas everyone!
rachel’s wish list
Siren Band, £75, from Monica Vinader – Having been spoilt with a few pieces of Monica Vinader jewellery for my 30th birthday recently, I’d quite like to add to my collection with this gorgeous topaz pimped gold band.
Coach Eau De Parfum, £35, from Debenhams – Every girl needs a new scent to start the new year, and it was this sweet-smelling fragrance from Coach that caught my attention in the perfume aisles of Debenhams. Not a bad price tag either!
La Boheme Watch, £75.41, from Cluse – By now you may be well aware that I have a slight addiction to watches, I blame by boyfriend for that, he started it – so now he will have to continue to feed by cravings with this clean and contemporary design from Amsterdam-based brand, Cluse.
Trin Heeled Over The Knee Boot, £78, from Dune – Having celebrated a milestone birthday this year, I decided it was now or never to become the proud owner of a pair of over-the-knee boots – no matter how pantomime-esque they may look!
Phellia Textured Leather Shoulder Bag, £215, from Ted Baker – A new bag often features on my Christmas wish list, and I thought this stunning metallic Ted Baker design made the perfect evening arm-candy that can withhold more than a phone and lipstick.
Four Season Votive Candle Collection, £40, from The White Company – Because surely everybody wants their home to smell like a White Company store.
Eddie Harrop Voyager Appliqued Textured Leather Weekend Bag, £675, from Net-A-Porter – Having enjoyed some fabulous short breaks away this year I feel like it’s high time I replaced my rather worn-out weekend bag – and top of the list to take its place would have to be this gorgeous Eddie Harrop design.
La Boheme Pyjama Set, £38, from Topshop – Another Christmas staple, the festive period just wouldn’t be complete without some new PJs and this pretty pink set certainly get my vote.
711v2 Graphic Trainer, £55, from New Balance – More of a practical request. I loathe buying new gym gear but my trainers are literally about to fall apart, and so if I’m going to make Joe Wicks (aka The Body Coach) proud – needs, must!
Premium Fine Cord Lace Shirt, £49, from Topshop – Finally, for those festive nights out I’d love this oh so pretty lace shirt, which I would top off with an on-trend black bow tied at the neck. Well it is Christmas, after all!
julia’s wish list
Toulouse Printed Skirt, £129, from Coast – Having welcomed our brand new baby girl this year, we’ll just be toasting 2017 at home with friends, but I’ve some glitzy industry events coming up in the New Year where I’ll need to look the part. I love this statement skirt: very Olivia Palermo, don’t you think?
In The Bag Perfect Pouch, £15.99, from Katie Loxton – this working mama likes to stay organised, and look chic whilst doing so. Katie Loxton’s Perfect Pouches are great to grab in a hurry and transfer from work tote to changing bag, keeping all my essentials in order. I’m buying them for all my girlfriends too!
Red Performance Swimsuit, was £60 now £42, from Stella McCartney for Adidas – working out used to be something that I loved to hate, and now it’s my ‘me time’. This gorgeous swimsuit means that I’ll look fab whilst clocking up the laps.
Any makeup by Charlotte Tilbury, price varies – For me, the best part of a night out is getting my glam on, and Charlotte Tilbury’s products are both fun and effective. I’ll take one of everything please!
Classic Bracelet by Nomination, price varies – I’ve worn my Nomination charm bracelet every day since I was 15, but would like to add some stacking bracelets bearing my daughter’s names to my collection… it’s the closest this needle-phobe will ever get to a tattoo!
Kate Spade 2017 Agenda, £20 from Quill London – I’m a sucker for pretty stationery, and this beautiful agenda will look beaut on the desk at Brides Up North HQ.
Letters, from £19, L.K. Bennett x Boyarde – I can’t wait to personalise every clutch I can get my hands on with these beautiful leather handbag stickers designed by Boyarde for L.K. Bennett.
Gwyneth Dress, was £195 now £115, from Whistles – Whistles just works for me, full stop. I’m currently coveting this beautiful jaquard cut out frock. Santa better be quick though, because it’s just gone into the sale…
Mirah Embellished Collar Jumper, £129, from Ted Baker – Super feminine and snuggly to boot, this knit will work well both on and off duty. Hope my baby gets the memo… this one might be dry clean only.
Lola Ruffle Front Dress, was £109 now £130, from Reiss – Ok, so I might have already treated myself to this one, but who could resist such a perfect festive party dress. Get the Kir Royales on ice, this girl is ready to shimmy!
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Former lawyer and bride to be Julia founded Brides Up North in 2010 with a chip on her shoulder. Frustrated by the poor Northern presence in glossy bridal magazines and online, she decided to do something about it herself. Astounded by the rapid growth of her blog and brand, Julia now manages Brides Up North’s online content alongside their busy wedding exhibition season, industry events and related commissions. And she’s always, always, got a new project on the go…
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