Well hello! I hope everyone's having a lovely holiday so far. Do you know something I love about this time of year? It's totally acceptable to wear all the sparkles (and if you get the reference in the title, you have my respect!). Be it for Christmas, New Year's Eve or just because you feel like it because 'tis the season. So, it was a great time for my new necklace to arrive - you better believe I was cleaning the house on Christmas Eve in it. There's a part of me that's always a little sad about taking pictures of sparkly things because they never look as dazzling in 2D. Believe me though, this necklace is blingy, in the best possible, most festive way.
It was a gift from a shop I hadn't heard of before, Happiness Boutique, but the quality of this piece and the value for money so good that I'll definitely check them out when I next want a piece of jewellery. To be quite honest, I rarely buy jewellery, but when I do I'm always looking for something particular and I'd wanted a necklace with clear stones like this for a while (check out their other necklaces here - and they've tagged lots of pretties with 'vintage' as well). I love how much of a statement piece it is, while retaining that vintage 50s aesthetic. Beautiful. I promised I'd mention that Happiness Boutique offer free shipping to the UK, a customer reward programme and a bi-monthly giveaway, not to mention you can get 10% off any orders with my code cici-marie (for orders over a 19EUR value until 12th Jan) - what's not to love about those kind of incentives?
Anyway, you might also notice I have some very special shoes on here - finally got my hands on these Cinderella heels and my oh my they are so pretty. Unfortunately, I thought I was buying a size 37 and when they turned up they were a 38 (this is, believe it or not, the second time this has happened to me out of three attempts to buy secondhand shoes recently), so consequently they're a bit big for me. I love them to pieces and will probably hold onto them until that 37 comes up, but meanwhile they can at least feature in this outfit that I would totally be wearing out to a glitzy NYE party if I had one to go to this year! I am going round a friend's instead and I might just wear them anyway :D
The weather has been horrible here so doing these shots outside wasn't an option, thanks to incoming Storm Barbara (which makes me laugh every time because it's the name of my future mother-in-law). Our new house made things interesting because, well, it's not that big... but it has a lot of doors, so B was shooting me outside, through the open backdoor, which was kind of hilarious. I think it worked though and means I get to show you my new silver Christmas tree, ain't it cute? This is probably the only year it will have those blue decorations on because I've started collecting some kitschy glass baubles now - four dogs (of course), one Santa, one Eiffel Tower and a piñata later, I'm well on my way to a pretty awesome tree next year :D
Necklace: c/o Happiness Boutique (10% off with code cici-marie)
Top: Jane Norman
Skirt: c/o Voodoo Vixen (on sale for £25!)
Bag: c/o Hell Bunny (20% off with code cicim20?%)
Shoes: Miss L Fire (old season)
So there you go, it doesn't get a lot more glam than that, does it? I'm really glad I got to wear this skirt for some more photos because I really do rate it - it is great to roll up for partying on the go and doesn't need a petticoat really (although I have added a light one here to help it to keep the shape for photos). Voodoo Vixen currently have it in all sizes on their website for £25, which really is a bargain (fit is true to size, if ever so slightly on the more snug side).
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