Friday, 19 December 2014

DIY Christmas Cards


Being well into the Christmas Season, J shares her inspiration for some DIY Christmas cards this year


It is officially Christmas card season and as always I try to have time enough to make the christmas cards I give. Sure you could spend hours making an absolute masterpiece of a christmas card for your nearest and dearest, but if, like me, you are frantically running out of days before the big day I thought I'd share a couple of quick DIY ideas for if you want to make your cards this year: 


Spare Buttons as baubles


Old wrapping paper or last eyars christmas cards to make a winter forest

Scraps of fabric (or again old christmas cards) to make festive animals

Paint tester sheets and a nifty hole punch

Finger print animal faces.

All these and more are featured on one of our pinterest board.  I hope this helped give you a bit of inspiration, and please do tweet us a picture of any of your creations to @RAJEdesign #diychristmas

J x



Thursday, 18 December 2014

Baby it's Cold Outside // Cosy Nights In

A drifts away reviewing the new Bavarian Winter candle from M&J London.

On a cold winter's night, after a hard day's work, there is nothing better than holing up in a homey idyl to while away the evening. To properly cosy up I'll brew myself a cup of tea, grab a mince pie (or two) or a hand-full of lebkuchen, light a candle, and curl up on my bed with a good book.


Thanks to the lovely M&J candles, I now have my favourite candle for said frosty winter's nights. Part of their new range of winter scents, the Bavarian Winter candle is a beautiful melange of cinnamon, vanilla, cloves and blackcurrant.

The seasonal scent is rich, decadent and reminiscent of luxurious Christmases of long ago. Not too sweet or overpowering, the aroma enriches the room, bringing an easy luxury to proceedings, in short, it's perfect for Christmas.

What with all this drifting off to far-away, exotic lands, I quite forgot to mention that it's hand-poured in London from sustainable soy wax and housed in a handmade recycled glass tumbler.

To get your hands on your very own delicious M&J candle or to surprise a very lucky loved one this Christmas, head on over to their website, find them in your local Whole Foods or hit them up on Twitter

A x

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

I Blame The Crackle // Burberry Beauty

J gives us a rundown on her latest adventure into Burberry Beauty

The other day I went on a bit of a makeup splurge. Now if you are a regular reader of the blog this may seem slightly odd. Sure I have arguably invested far too much in my nail varnish collection, but I rarely 'buy' into seasonal beauty trends mainly cause I'm a bit stuck in the mud on the makeup front, keeping to what I know looks OK and can achieve while commuting to work on a rocky bus or tube.


Burberry's recent launch into the beauty industry did get my attention, probably unsurprising given my invested bias towards pretty much everything Burberry. But it hasn't disappointed, as with Burberry's general approach to fashion the make-up collections are accessible without being bland - with options of more adventurous colours and shades for those inclined, but more than anything the quality is second to none. 



This Rose Blush is slightly darker than I am used to, which was terrifying at first, but once I conquered my fear I understood why I was advised on this colour - it looks SO good, giving my face overall more depth and dragging me out of my renaissance type pale complexion.


Midnight Ash Eye Definer
Almond & Gold Trench Sheer Eye Shadow

The two sheer eye shadows allow me to keep my fail safe smokey eye standard, but the use of the midnight ash eye definer brightens this up from my usual black, and the green hint complements the green in my eyes perfectly. 

But overall I have been most impressed by the quality, after 9 hours of tube battles, whatever the British autumn weather decides it is doing and countless meetings, my cheeks have retained their rose-y glow and eyes have maintained their smoulder.

5 stars Burberry. 

J x

Saturday, 13 December 2014

What to Wear this Party Season

A solves your Christmas outfit dilemmas

It may be the most wonderful time of the year, but it is also one of the busiest. With an ever-growing to-buy-for list and a diary struggling under the strain of one-too-many social engagements, the holiday season can prove challenging to say the least. The last thing you need is a wardrobe crisis on the eve of that all-important family reunion or work Christmas do. 

Knowing this, and sincerely sympathising, we have found some fail-safe outfits and sartorial saviors for this party season.

Party Feet


These adorable heels from Kurt Geiger tick every box: glamorous, glittery, and gorgeous. If you're not an all-out party dress kinda girl, these will add a touch of Christmas sparkle to a chic winter outfit. Think of them as the sparkly icing on the cake of a jeans and cosy jumper or smart blazer combo.


Head to Toe Glamour



Dolce and Gabbana have Christmas wrapped up. For high-impact, the Italian duo have your back. This stunner of a gown is just dripping with seasonal glamour, and can't fail to impress at a swanky party or even an intimate Christmas dinner date with your loved one. Team with simple metallic accessories to avoid looking too OTT.


Raid the Archives



To ensure you stay ahead of the fashion crowd this season, go vintage! Beyond Retro has a huge selection of vintage party dresses and fancy tops that will guarantee you a unique look at your reunion/ dinner/ do [delete as appropriate]. The 1980's was a particularly good decade for party frocks, so embrace sequins, square up to those shoulder pads and power dress your way through the festive gaieties. Just make sure to keep the rest of your outfit ultra-modern to keep your look savvy chic rather than sadly out-dated.


Not Just Any Party Dress



From thermal vests to cashmere jumpers, good ol' M&S can be relied upon in most emergencies and their Per Una Speziale range really comes into it's own this Christmas time. With luxury fabrics and embellishment galore, this is how party dressing should be done. Pair this fun fringed cocktail dress with opaque tights, black courts and a flash of diamante for a faultless festive look.


Shine Bright Like a Diamond


Pull out all the stops with this no-holds-barred piece of loveliness from ASOS Black. This is the only time of year when it's perfectly acceptable to prance around dressed like a human bauble, head to toe in sequins, singing 'jingle bell rock' at the top of your voice, so make the most of it. Pair with equally bright accessories and a coloured faux-fur stole for ultimate impact, or tone-down with black tights, heels and minimal jewellery for a sophisticated take on maximalism.

Wherever you go, whatever you do and whatever you wear, remember to have fun!

A x