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December 20th, 2017 | Julia Braime

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We’ve been building up to Christmas since the very beginning of the month and so the excitement here is almost at fever pitch.  Santa’s coming!

Being the uber-organised (and slightly smug!) individuals that we are, we’ve pretty much completed our Christmas shopping for our loved ones, and so we’re self-indulging today with a little retail therapy focusing on the gifts we would love to receive on the 25th.

If you’re sensing your other half is planning a Christmas Eve shopping dash, or you’re still looking for gift ideas for your sister or bezzie, then we hope our wish lists can provide you with that little extra sprinkling of festive inspiration.

Merry Christmas everyone!

julia’s wish list

Julia's Wish List

Violet Black Mid Heel Over The Knee Boots, £229, from KG Kurt Geiger – Just call me Meghan Markle, these beauties – the actual pair rocked by the soon to be Mrs Wales on her first public engagement – wouldn’t leave my feet all year (who needs to go the gym anyway when your lower legs look this good)!

Gabrielle by Chanel, from £79, at John Lewis – my new scent for 2017, and possibly my signature scent to see me into 2018 and beyond.  A fresh delivery should help with the decision making process…

Butterfly Sunglasses by Chanel, £349, at John Lewis – sticking to a theme, these big and beautiful sunnies would top off the boots, the scent (and the threads mentioned below) with aplomb!

Leather A Line Skirt, £170, from Whistles – A future classic, this leather pelmet would look great dressed up or down.  Cost per wear = negligible.

Raspberry Pom Pom Hat, £25, from Mint Velvet – It’s pink.  It has a pom pom.  Need I elaborate further?

Winter Signature Candle, £20, from The White Company – I’ve been buying these gorgeously scented candles for all my girlfriends this year.  I just hope someone returns the favour.

Over The Rainbow Laptop Case by Skinnydip, £25, at Topshop – I seem to be on the road more than ever for work these days – whether scouting locations for UNVEILED or managing our Brides Up North events – and this case would keep my carry-on cheerful!

Kitty Embroidered Velvet Slippers, £325, by Charlotte Olympia at Net-A-Porter – a girl can dream, right?  I’d be the cat that got the cream in these highly impractical but hugely loveable kitty slippers.

Laura Mercier Crème Smooth Lip Colour in Dulche De Leche, £22, at House Of Fraser – I’m very fussy with lipsticks and this one ticks all the boxes: smooth, classic and named after my fave dessert!

Tiered Lace Dress, was £89, now £60, from Warehouse – Ok, ok, so I *might* have already bought this one (pressies to self totally allowed around here!), but I couldn’t leave it off. In the shade of the season (that’ll be the Markle effect again), super flattering and MUCH more expensive looking than its price tag.  It’s one I’ll dress up (already have) and down (natch), and love to pieces. And yes, I bought it at full price.  That’ll teach me.

rachel’s wish list

Rachel's Wish List

Devonna Mix Faux Fur Coat, £185, from French Connection – The winter chill combined with the party season calls out for an ultra-glam cover-up, and for me, it has to be this super-gorgeous, super-soft number from one of my main go-tos, French Connection.

The Uptown Girl Eye Kit, £74, from Charlotte Tilbury – Christmas and New Year give us the perfect excuse to up the beauty-ante with extra shimmery and seductive eyes. As a blonde, some smoky palettes can be a little too dark, but this one is just right!

Alphabet Wash Bag, £22, from Olive Bonas – Being on the go a lot means I always love a new travel item, whether it be a swish hand-luggage case, cool holdall or extra cute wash/cosmetic bags – just like this one.

B by Ted Baker Light Pink Satin Pyjama Set, £45, from Debenhams – Christmas isn’t complete without new PJs, right?! Which is why I’ll be putting these gorgeous girly ones top of my list.

Feather Pom-Pom Ballet Slippers, £39, from The White Company – Likewise, new slippers are a must at this time of year and these beauties would go oh-so-perfectly with those light pink jammies!

Metallic Star Gloves, now £15, from Topshop – Just when I thought I couldn’t love these glam burgundy gloves anymore, they go in the sale. Ab-sol-ute steal!

Oscar de la Renta Tiered Tassled Beaded Clip Earrings, £395, from Net-A-Porter – Statement earrings have definitely been my weakness of 2017, so if I was to have one splurge item under the tree this Christmas it would have to be a beaded pair from the master of bold ear candy, Oscar de la Renta.

Hoxton Ankle Boots, now £40, from Topshop – The Magpie in me just can’t resist these incredibly shiny ankle boots – amazing dancefloor footwear if ever I saw it, and another pre-Christmas bargain courtesy of Toppers!

Textured Rivington Clutch, £89, from Whistles – My bag collection has been a little neglected of late (must be all those statement earrings I keep buying) and so I’m trying to top it back up again with a new casual and ‘out, out’ addition – I think this gorgeous pewter number would tick the latter box just fine!

Cropped Sequin Sweater, £39.99, from Zara – I’m not a huge fan of Christmas jumpers (sorry!) but this shinier-than-a-disco-ball design covers off both seasonal and stylish, kudos to Zara!

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Julia Braime
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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