Monday 24 December 2012

quick & easy Christmas Cards

Hey guys!

If you've left it till the last minute to sort out your Christmas gifts and cards, here is a simple idea to make your own Christmas cards, they are quick and easy to do but add that extra personal touch to a gift, making it appear like you've put a lot of extra effort and thought. but the Just some quick and simple Christmas card ideas or they can even be used as gift tags for the last minute gifts you pick up. Plus it's always handy to have a few in case you missed someone out or get one from someone unexpected. This is our entry for a competition, details can be found here.

I always think handmade cards are cute and add a personal touch. Here are some simple designs with items that can be found around your house. All you need is coloured card, paper, glue and scissors. If you don't have card then you can fold the paper twice to create a small card. Christmas is great as they're are some really simple shapes everyone can do: trees, pudding, holly, stars, presents and snowflakes are very simple. Simply cut out the shapes out of coloured paper and stick on to the card or folded paper. Yes, it really is that simple! You can always print of the design on the coloured paper then cut out if you are still struggling.

Snowflakes can be a little tricky so I find it's easier to print of the design on white paper and then you can just cut around it. This gives a perfect symmetrical flakes. You can always try freehand.

The Santa hat is a simple deign. Just cut out a triangle out of red paper, I've used some old wallpaper then either cut out the trimmings for the hat out of white paper or stick on some cotton wool.

The snowman is another simple design. Just cut out two circles out of white paper, one smaller than the other. Then you can just decorate with any bits you have lying around the house. Real buttons could be used too. I've used a sweet wrapper to make his nose and some wall paper to make his scarf and hat.

The pudding was just made by cutting a circle(ish) shape from some brown wrapping paper. Then drawing around part of it onto white paper to ensure the icing matched the pudding shape. then cutting the holly out of coloured paper. There are so many other designs you could do: Santa, robin, reindeer and presents just to name a few. You can use glitter, buttons, sequins and cotton wool to decorate further. Just see what you have in the house.

For a more elegant card, cut out baubles shapes out of patterned paper and stick onto the card. You can then decorate further with glitter pens or ribbons. Wall paper with small patterns works well. There's no need to buy a whole roll just go to your local DIY shop and pick up some samples. I like using the baubles as gift tags too. Just cut out of your paper and use a hole punch to make a hole at the top then tread some string or tinsel through.

My favourite card design has to be a present. Just cut out a square or rectangle out of some paper. I've used some wallpaper (same as the baubles). The picture doesn't do it justice as it is sparkly and perfect for Christmas. Then just add the bow either drawing on with a glitter pen or sticking a real bow on. I think this looks great on black card and is the perfect quick and simple design.

If you feel even these easy deigns are way beyond your capabilities and want something simpler you can make cards on Publisher or Word then print out. I love this simple design of making a tree out of Christmas related words. Then you can use a Christmas border to complete the card. It's just a case of printing and folding and you've got yourself a unique card.

Have fun creating your own cards.

Merry Christmas!

Radha & Sita xoxo

Monday 17 December 2012

christmas party outfits: under £100 asos outfit

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Velvet is right on trend this season and we absolutely love this burgundy bodycon dress. The burnout detailing across the chest and sleeves takes the dress from simple to elegant.  As there is a lot of detailing across the chest and sleeves and the dress is high neck we decided to add only some simple stud earrings in terms of jewellery. We chose this feather clutch bag to add another texture to the outfit and switch it up a bit. We completed the outfit with some simple but elegant black booties.

This outfit was created for a competition run by, to create a party outfit for under £100 from one chosen fashion merchant. I must say we found this very difficult to find all items from one merchant, hence we chose ASOS as they offer a wide selection of different brands. The total for outfit came up to £98.99! 

For more budget Christmas outfit inspiration for under £50 click here. 

For plus size Christmas party inspiration click here

Sita & Radha xoxo 

christmas party outfit: plus size

plus size party outfit
All items form New Look | Clutch £19.99  | Tights £4.99 | Shoes £19.99 | Dress £42 | Bracelet £12.99 | Ring £3.99 | Jacket £24.99

It seems as though our posts are like buses, we had a brief spell of nothing and then two come along at once.     So whilst creating our budget Christmas party look for under £50, we came across a blogger competition run by New look. The aim is to create a party outfit to your suit your shape. This is the outfit that I have put together for my shape which is plus size.

The thing I love about this dress is firstly it's not black and secondly I love how the sequin placement creates a contouring effect thus providing an illusion of an house glass figure. Being plus size does not mean that you have to shy away from colour and wear black all the time, in fact sometimes I feel that black can look bulky rather then slimming. You guys know from my outfit posts that I love to experiment with colour, and so for this party outfit I knew I wanted an injection of colour. I loved this dark red almost burgundy colour because its so perfect for fall and winter, I absolutely love to wear rich bold colours during the colder months. In addition there's just the right amount of sequins to add a bit of evening glamour.

I paired the dress with some black tights and simple black heeled shoes. Tights are practical to keep your leg warms, and also a great way to cover up if like me your not to comfortable having bare legs. Picking a pair of black shoes to complement the black tights will create an illusion of longer legs.

In terms of accessories I chose this gold beaded bracelet. I have been seeing these beaded bracelets everywhere lately and I like how this one has the addition of some tassel detailing. I also paired a simple gold ring with the outfit, you guys know from my outfit posts that I usually prefer simple jewellery. To hold my essentials, namely my phone, keys and some money I chose this elegant black clutch with gold trimming and sequinned detailing.

Lastly to keep warm whilst travelling to and from the venue I chose this tailored black blazer to cover up with. I love how it nips in at the waist to give a structured look.

My last tip, not just for us plus sizers but for everyone, is don't forget to wear the right type of underwear under your dress. This will help the dress to sit right and look more flattering, no one wants to see VPL's!

If your the same shape as me what are some of your top tips for choosing a party outfit? 

Radha xoxo

Sunday 16 December 2012

party on a budget: under £50

party on a budget

Hi guys! Apologies for being a bit MIA of recent. Sita has been on a course for work this week and is busy with revision for professional exams. Radha is busy with job applications so just to let you know, we will be a bit quieter during the next few weeks. Thank you also for all your comments, we do appreciate them and we're a bit behind on the replying front so do bear with us! 

This week we have a very girly party outfit for you, a combination of sequins and sparkle. All items featured are from New Look. The main focus of the outfit is the pretty sequinned dress. We paired the dress with some simple nude platform heel shoes and a simple studded clutch bag. For the accessories we chose some pretty pink and silver drop earrings and we couldn't resist adding this diamant√© statement ring to finish the look. 

Lastly we just wanted to let you know that New Look have currently got a buy one get one free offer on their Jewellery pieces as well as 50% off selected party items so be sure to take advantage of these offers! 

Click here for more inspiration on party outfits under £50. 

Sita & Radha xoxo

Monday 10 December 2012

work to party

work to party
Earrings: Accessorize £10 | Bag: Warehouse £42| Shoes: Marks & Spencer £25| Blouse: Next £30 | Skirt: Next £35| Jeggings: Oasis £55 | Bracelet : River Island £18 | Clutch: Miss Selfridge £32 | Shoes: Next £38
pencil skirt  blouse  work outfit  clutch bag 
Happy Monday! Hope you guys are doing well, and had a lovely weekend.

I think you all know how much we love browsing clothing websites. Anyway we spotted this gorgeous embellished blouse from Next. This piece is very versatile and can be worn in a variety of different ways, for numerous different events, day or night.

In this set we've paired the blouse with a pencil skirt for a smart work look. We've added some cute bow shoes to add a bit of personality and finished the look off with a smart bag and some stud earrings.

To take the look from work to party, we've switched the smart pencil skirt with some black jeggings, they have a bit of silver sparkle to add a little something extra. We've added a bracelet and switched the smart work bag for an elegant clutch with this really pretty cut out detailing. We finished the look off with a simple pair of peep toe heels.

Versatile pieces like this shirt can be really useful when you have engagement's after works, weather it be after-work drinks, a dinner or a date. You can create a whole new look by switching out a few things and adding some accessories.

What's your most versatile piece of clothing? And how many different events have you worn it to?

There is still one more day left to enter our Give-Away! 

Sita & Radha xoxo

Saturday 8 December 2012

winter skincare essentials

winter skincare essentials

The dry air that comes with the cold winter chill and the increased used of radiators makes winter the worse season for your skin! So we've put together a list of our favourite products for the winter time to ensure that your skin stays hydrated!

We absolutely adore The Body Shop Body Butters to moisturise our skin with during the winter time. There are different body butters available depending on your skin type and they have great range of scents to. Our favourites are the shea butter and the brazil nut. These are particularly good if you have dry skin.

Top Tip: Moisturise your skin two times a day, morning and night! 

It is essential to regularly ex-foliate your skin to remove any dead skin cells and leave skin looking radiant and smooth. Soap & Glory body scrubs are ideal, they smell absolutely awesome, good enough to eat! AS well as leaving your skin feeling silky smooth.

Top Tip: Remember to moisturise your skin after ex-foliating to keep it hydrated. 

We love this shea butter handcream. Your hands feel completely nourished after applying it. What's more you don't have that greasy hand feeling. Shea butter is a great ingredient to moisturise and sooth skin. Both of us have quite dry skin, so we love products with shea butter.

Top Tip: Keep a small tube of hand cream in your bag and regularly apply throughout the day, especially after hand washing!  

Feet tend to have a hard time throughout the year, but come winter feet tend to get forgotten. We love the soap and glory heel genius to keep our feet nice and soft during the winter time. This cream is a weird blue colour and smells quite herbal and medical, so if you don't like those types of smells then this might not be the right cream for you, but there are plenty of other options out there.

Top tip: Slather your feet in foot cream and put on a pair of cotton socks overnight.

Accessories: The Body Shop

In addition to using moisturising products, using foot files, body brushes, loofah's are a great way to ex-foliate and keep your skin soft and smooth.

Top tip: Use a pumice stone or foot file on your feet to get rid of rough spots

What are your favourite products and tips for keeping your skin hydrated this winter? Share them below in the comments :) 

There are still 3 days left to enter our Give-Away

Sita & Radha xoxo

Friday 7 December 2012

christmas party outfit

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This party outfit consists of separates, a heavily embellished gold top, paired with a jacquard floral printed skater skirt, both from Miss Selfridge. The rich fabric combination screams luxury.The shoes are from Barratts

We love that they have an ankle strap, which not only secures your foot but is right on trend. They also have a cute bow at the front which makes them absolutely adorable! At fifteen quid they are definitely a bargain. What's more Barratts are currently offering 25% off and free delivery! 

To accessorize this look we kept it simple, we chose a stylish simple gold clutch, some cute pearl earrings and this gorgeous cuff bracelet, which ties into the floral print of the skirt. 

This outfit was recycled from our separates post, however this time we have included additional accessories to create the ultimate glamorous look. This set was created for the Barratts Christmas give away. Click here to find out more information and enter yourself. 

To see winter wonderland inspiration party outfits click here and to see sophisticated black outfits click here

You still have a few more days to enter our giveaway if you have not done so already! 

Sita & Radha xoxo

Tuesday 4 December 2012

winter coat buying guide

Winter Coats

winter coat  wool coat  women's coat  fur coat 
Before we get into the post, a fun little pop quiz for you! Can you guess which of the coats above are designer and which are from the high street? Continue reading to get the answers and see if you were right!

Monday 3 December 2012

the weather outside is frightful

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Rudolph All-In-One: Next £34 | Festive Mug : Next £8

The temperature of late seems to have significantly dropped. When I leave for work at 7am in the morning, I'm met by a cold chill hitting my face and there are icy patches on the roads. When I leave in the evening again it's cold and frosty. All I want to do is get home and snuggle up by a fire and keep warm.

Recently I spotted some adorable onsies in-stores and online, they look so cosy and warm. As well as being fun and festive. They seem like the perfect attire to snuggle in! I think they will be great to change into after a long at work to unwind and relax in, keeping nice and warm at the same time.

The Mink and Pink Rudolph one above, from Next, has to be my favourite, perfect for the holiday season. I can just imagine myself curled up on the sofa with a yummy mug of hot chocolate!

What do you think of onsies? Are you a fan? 

Remember to Enter Our Giveaway

Sita xoxo

Saturday 1 December 2012

christmas party outfits: innocent in ivory

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Earrings: Oasis £9 | Bracelet: Oasis £14 | Dress: Topshop £110 | Clutch: Topshop £70 | Shoes: Karen Millen £250

White dress  Peplum  Embellished Dress
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Earrings: Debenhams £4.80 | Ring: Goldsmiths £299 | Dress: Miss Selfridge £89 | Clutch: Accessorize £55 | Shoes: L.K.Bennett £185

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Earrings: Accessorize £10 | Clutch: L.K. Bennett £195 | Dress: Warehouse £50 | Bracelet: Accessorize £12 | Shoes: Next £32 

Hi Guys! Hope your having a lovely weekend. Happy First day of December. Really can't believe December has already arrived, this year seems to have gone by in a blink. This week we have some pretty ivory outfits for you. This can be such a elegant colour for the winter, especially if the snow has fallen, teamed with a cosy faux fur cape or coat to keep you warm. 

Whilst browsing the net we noticed the stores seems to be offering a few discounts at the moment and we couldn't leave without sharing them with you all. You may want to take advantage off these to help stretch your cash a little bit further for the perfect party outfit and those last minute Christmas gifts. 

Warehouse: 25% off all full priced Items with the code XMASGIFT
Dorothy Perkins: Up to 30% off everything online until Sunday (2/12/12)
Oasis: 25% off selected lines
Topshop: Free Worlwide Delivery Ends Monday (3/12/12)
Miss Selfridge: Free UK Delivery Ends Midnight 3/12/12. Enter: HAPPYSHOPPING
Jane Norman: 25% of all full price items 
Debenhams: Up to 30% off selected lines and 10% off Beauty until Sunday (2/12/12)
Rare London: 20% of full priced Items Enter: LOOK20OFF
H&M: 50% off one Item Enter: 0362 
Urban Outfitters: 20% off Headphones and Lomo Cameras Enter: XMASSS
House of Fraser: 40% of Selected lines until Sunday 
New Look: up to 50% off Footwear & Bags. Free Delivery when you spend over £45

Check out last week's edition on pairing separates

Don't Forget to Enter our Giveaway! 

Sita & Radha xoxo