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Crissy pressies
  My gift highlights were the Michael Kors Darci Watch in the tri tone option, the Annie Haak Three Star Ring, Thierry Mugler Angel Eau de Parfum and the Sass & Belle Small Porcelain Gilded Stag Head Ring Holder.  
    Then Friend C went mad in NEXT with a load of mostly starry gifts for me.  The NEXT Faux Leather Tassel Keyring, the NEXT Star Pyjamas, the NEXT Metallic Star Tumblers and the NEXT Glass Star Bowl Set.  
Baggu and Happy Jackson

  Saving the planet with my eco bag shopping again.  Some bag-for-life bags are good enough to be seen with, Baggu bags and some Happy Jacksons.  
    I'm most happy with Baggu's new blues, in the shark and the static prints.  For travelling there's the Large 3D Zip Blue Shark, $12, is 10in x 7in x 6.5in when fully expanded.  Handy for toiletries, shoes, whatever.  And the wee version, the Baggu Small 3D Zip Blue Static, $8, is 7in x 3.5in x 3.5in.  
    The Standard Baggu, $9, is 25.5in x 15.5in x 6in, in the Blue Shark and the Blue Static.  I use my standards in a supermarket, other random shopping, going to work, whatever, they're really handy and stylish.  They fold down to a flat 5in x 5in pouch.  Can be carried in the hand, over the arm or over the shoulder.  Holds 50lbs.  I get mine direct from the American based Baggu website, shipping is reasonable and it's the only place to get the full range.  
    I got my Happy Jacksons at ASOS.  The Happy Jackson Great Big Bag of Stuff in blue £5.  The Happy Jackson Random Crap Bag Medium £4.50.  The Happy Jackson Christmas Stuff Large Storage Bag £4.95 and in the small size £3.95.  
silver & gold
  Was tempted to shop at Daisy London and then a very attractive discount code landed.   
    The Large Star Good Karma Silver Necklace.  Forget the Buddhist philosophy stuff, this is all about the starry bling.  What comes around to Starry Towers stays around at Starry Towers. £59, I got mine for £44.25.  M is for...Marilyn #obvs.  The M Alpha Initial Ring is 925 sterling silver with a 3mm gold-plated M.  £37, I got mine for £27.75.  
    Then I found an absolute bargain.  The Sterling Silver 'Rice & Noodle' Ball Bead Ring with Star Charm from Bumble Beads at Amazon.  With postage, this is £10.98 and of the same quality and quirkiness as far more expensive items at my favourite silver star jewellery online shops.  
Coat, boot & a cuddle

  Winter is upon Starry Towers, an inappropriately lightweight coat and a boot so gorgeous it'll never be allowed to even sniff the air of a snow cloud have arrived too.  The PU Collar Slim Fit Coat from Topshop is made from a luxury wool blend, with a cool PU collar.  £95.  I've wanted a snake boot for a long long time, just haven't seen THE one, until now.  The Office Ida Cylindrical Heel Boot is a snake embossed leather ankle boot with side zip and 8cm of this season's cylindrical heel.  Was £85, down to £65 on Black Friday.  The Leather Cuddle Clutch in silver foil leather from Topshop is a slouchy, cuddle-me-close statement clutch featuring a roll-over top with a mag-dot fastening to close.  Width 25cm, height 20cm, £32.  

  Treated myself to a couple of H&M pleather numbers and a metallic skirt to celebrate a very successful weight loss program (any excuse).  
    The Imitation Leather Pants is slim-fit with a regular waist, concealed elastication at the waist, and a concealed zip at the hems.  Was £24.99, down to £7.  The Imitation Leather Trouser is stretch imitation leather with a high waist, slim legs and back pockets, £14.99.  The Draped Skirt in silver is £12.  This is an unlined short skirt in shimmering jersey with a wraparound, draped front and elasticated waist.  
Happy Plugs

  I go through a lot of earphones, very quickly they're bust.  Usually one ear-speaker stops working so I cut that one off at the splitter and get some more use from the single speaker.  I mostly use my in-earphones with just one in an ear, leaving the other ear for awareness of my surroundings, or in bed that other ear is against the pillow.  I suspect I break my earphones mostly by straining them while I'm sleeping.  These Happy Plugs will not be used in bed.  
    Happy Plugs are a Swedish company and these are the most stylish ear-plugs I've set eyes on.  I particularly like the metallics, opting for the silver and the rose gold, but there's a full range of colours and patterns.  Available from ASOS and other places.  
faux fur bag charms, hats, gloves and scarfs

  I like a bag charm, particularly fluffy ones and tassel ones.  I recently added fluffies and tassles to my bag charm collection.  The H&M Pom Keyring in black is £3.99 and the Large Fluffy Pom Pom Charm in blue, £10 from Topshop.  The Urbancode Double Faux Fur Pom Pom Bag Accessory in blue and red from ASOS, was £25, down to £8 on Black Friday.  The Black Contrast Faux Leather Strap Pom Pom Keyring from New Look is £3.99.  The luxe Leather Tassel Key Chain from Oasis is £8.   
      The Urbancode Colourblock Faux Fur Skinny Scarf from ASOS, was £49.00, down to £17.60 on Black Friday.  The New Look Black Colour Block Faux Fur Stole £18.74.  The ASOS Fine Knit Faux Fur Pom Beanie, normally £12, down to £9.60 on Black Friday and the Pompom Hat from H&M, £6.99.  The Black Leather Faux Fur Trim Gloves, £14.99 from New Look.  

  Brilliant new metallics.   
    The Topshop Clean Leather Backpack is great for a lightweight backpack to sling over a shoulder, go hand-held or actually stick it on your back.  I've taken it out twice so far, once to Seacliff Beach when it was fantastic to stick on my back, and shouldered it during a Waitrose grocery shop.  This stand-out loveliness was originally £55 but I got it at the sale price of £35.  Gorgeous soft smooth leather defines this ultra refined clean-cut design.  With drawstring, mag-dot fastening and adjustable straps, love it.  
      The Leather Layla Purse is keeping things fuss-free and fabulous. Crafted in the softest leather you’ll ever lay your hands on, this practical (but chic) purse is showing our handbags what they’re missing this season. LOVE the oversized handle and easy zip closure.  An unbelievably low £10 from Oasis  
      The ASOS Star Make Up Bag zip fastener, lined, leather-look fabric in a metallic finish.  H: 12cm/5" W: 21cm/8" D: 10cm/4", £8.  
Xmas outfit

  I'm working Xmas day this year, which stirred me to purchase a special Xmas outfit.  For the head...the Festive Mistletoe Headband, £7 from ASOS.  Bit of a risk...I may be randomly kissed #yeuck.  
    For the body...a Xmas jumper tunic dress.  The Rudolph Knitted Tunic, £16 from George.  With a flattering cut, crew neck, ribbed hem and sleeves and a little sequin sparkle detail.  In classic black with a surprisingly attractive Rudolph design, what I like most of all is the jingle bells on the antlers, inspired.  I jog up and down on the truly sounds like Santa's approaching with his sleigh.  
sock boots

  The Topshop Magnificent Sock Boot, £79.00, has a rounded point toe and sock detail and a 3.5 inch block heel.  These gorgeous boots are a modern-classic, so comfortable and the sock ankle fits snugly as a sock boot should.  

  Outerwear time of year, a nice new coat, parkas and a raincoat for Euro-city tourist rainy days.  Oh and a wee jacket I've been fancying for a long time but had to lose the weight first, it's so neat and tidy I had to be the same before I'd go there.  
    French Connection currently have a sale with some gorgeous coats at more than half price.  The French Connection Ex-Boyfriend Wool Blend Coat, was £275 is down to £110.  It has a classic cut and simple button fastening for a gently masculine feel.  A wool-blend coat with pleather textured sleeves and front slit pockets.  
    The French Connection Angel Sheer Raincoat is a transparent raincoat with a hood, long sleeves, centre front zip fastening and front welt pockets.  It has a smokey, sheer finish allowing your carefully chosen ensemble to be seen underneath.  £90 down to £45.   
      The H&M Parka in black is a lightly padded parka in a woven fabric with a lined drawstring hood, zip and wind flap with press-studs at the front, front pockets with a flap and press-stud, a drawstring at the waist and elastication and an adjustable tab at the cuffs. There is a quilted lining for extra warmth while still being a nice light coat.  £29.99.  
      The Leather-Look Sleeve Parka from F&F was £42, now down to £25.  This thigh length padded parka features drawstring fastenings at the hood and waist, has two front pockets with zip details and leather-look trims, has a zip-through fastening with press studs and is finished with leather-look sleeves, which are a big favourite of mine.  
      The Waxy Borg Lined Hooded Parka in black from F&F is a hooded parka coat with waxy panels on the sleeves and sides.  There's faux fur trim on the hood with silver toned hardware for a premium finish.  It has drawstring fastenings at the waist and hem for a better fit with a quilted and part-borg lining for a cosy finish.  The parka is complete with two functional pockets and two decorative pockets, with press stud tabs on the cuffs. A nice touch is the double zip-through fastening detail and I'm liking the extra long thigh length for particularly cold Winter weather.  £49.99.  
      The H&M Figure-fit Jacket in woven fabric with imitation leather details, is lined, has welt front pockets and no buttons.  I intend to add a hook and eye fastening for extra class.  Was £29.99, down to £20.00.  

  Playsuits are a definite sign of slim, while, if chosen carefully, still maintaining discretion for minor non-toned areas.  
    Here's two H&M playsuits which are extremely flattering, one for night special and one for Summer days.  
    The V-Neck Playsuit in a slinky woven fabric with buttons at the front, long sleeves with a tab and button, an elasticated waist, breast pockets and side pockets, £19.99.  
    The Playsuit in black marl is jersey fabric with narrow shoulder straps, an elasticated drawstring waist, side pockets and short legs, £7.99.  


box bag




Years ago I used a silver metal make-up box for a handbag on club nights out.  It doubled as a seat on occasions when tired legs and a lack of conventional seating became a problem.  It was a useful weapon.  It was a conversation starter or a talking point when conversation ran dry.  Items in the box were always easy to find.  I loved that box, it was different, unique, gorgeous, user-friendly and useful.  I loved that box so much I still have it.  It continues to be user-friendly and useful, only now it's a trusty sewing-box (third picture).

    Now fashion has caught up with me I have the Zara Studded Box Bag, £49.99.  A mini black box bag with silver stud details, silver metallic closure and edging.  It has a short handle and removable shoulder strap.  12cm H x 20cm W x  11cm D.  It won't double as a seat, or a weapon, it's not so roomy and it won't make a good sewing box in the future, but it's adorable.  


top metallic and black


My reward to me from me in celebration of how awesome I am for losing a shit-ton of weight (which I only put on due to the Hysterectomy and Bilateral Oophorectomy which led to low mood and eating like there was never going to be gorgeous new clothes I'd ever want to fit into again).


Still loving the metallic, here's a bunch of them.  Starting with the J Crew Metallic Linen Tank in gunmetal and gold.  Previously £35, down to £24 in the sale.  I got them with an additional discount J Crew had sent me, nice vests and a bargain.




      Two metallic vests from Dorothy Perkins, the Navy Metallic Curve Hem Vest Top, £10, and the Navy Shimmer V Detail Vest Top, £8.  From Boohoo, the Rose Metallic Rib Turn Cuff Slim Tee in silver is particularly attractive, £14, the Martha Short Sleeve Metallic Knit Jumper in black for £12 and the Lucy Metallic Wide Funnel Tee in silver, £10.  The H&M Glittery Top in grey drapes beautifully, £12.99.  The Black Metallic Fine Knit Sleeveless Top from New Look, £12.99.  The Lurex Wrap Black Vest from Oasis has a perfect skin-showing cut out to the back, £20.  The Silver Darcy Tee, £15 from Oasis.  
      An absolutely beautiful metallic is the Boohoo Boutique Lua Full Metallic Midi Skirt in silver, far better and more expensive looking than it's £15.  Last up is the ASOS Gym Barrel Bag In Cracked Silver Finish, £25, for the overnight stay or (will never happen here) a gym visit.  
On to the blacks, always my most worn colour.  The ASOS Petite V Front And V Back Vest With Mesh Insert is my current favourite for day and night.  The same V neck and mesh detail to front and back, this slinky chiffon vest top feels great on and drapes deliciously, either hanging fully out, tucked in or partially hitched into a waist band.  £20.  The French Connection Polly Pleat Karla Top in black has pleated detail to the back, was £40, down to £10. 
      The Star Print High Neck Cami from New Look is just too starry to miss, £7.99.  The Topshop Scoop Neck Vest, £6 or take advantage of the two for £10 offer.   
      The H&M Crop Top is me in the '90s.  A cropped top in cotton jersey with a yoke and long sleeves in mesh, £7.99.   The slim fit Black Lace Midi Skirt has all over lace.  Was £17.99, now £10.79 from New Look.  
      The H&M Hooded Jumper is a short, of a fine-knit cotton with distress details and long sleeves, £19.99.  The H&M V Neck Jumper is a long really fine-knit jumper in soft yarn with a V-neck, quilted imitation leather details on the shoulders and slits in the sides, and lightly longer at the back.  It tucks nicely into a waistband for more definition to the body shape.  £19.99  
      The Dorothy Perkins Black Mini Pom Pom Kimono is a nice lightweight Summer cardigan, £14.  The Leather Look Trim Blazer is from (shhh, don't tell anyone...) George, £25.  This is a great jacket, dress it up or dress it down, but it really is good enough for the red carpet. I'd usually be a size 10 top half at George, so it's a little on the small-made side, but I bought the 12 and it fits beautifully.  The single hook and eye fastener is a really nice touch and fastens just right in one size up from your usual.  I've a similar pleather trimmed black blazer, but this is my new favourite due to it being light and extremely comfortable as well as good looking.  
      The Knee-length skirt in mesh with a slit and visible zip at the back, a raw-edge hem and jersey lining, is from H&M, was £24.99 down to £12.  The Star Print Knit Skirt from H&M is extremely me, bought some time ago and no longer available.  
      Now the dresses.  The Dorothy Perkins Petite Black Shift Dress, £28.  This smart and comfortable little number has a sheer yoke and roll up sleeves.  Another smarty is the Boohoo Giovannia Double Layer Crepe Dress, £20.  A flattering A line skirt tiered with a layered crop top with notched front, this is particularly neat and sweet.  The H&M T Shirt Dress with Mesh Inserts is a relaxed jersey frock, £12.99.  Another day dress is the Boohoo Trish Double Layer Shift Dress, a casual tiered tee shirt style, £15.  The similar H&M version is the T Shirt Layer Dress, £12.99.  And finally, this barely there H&M Sleeveless Dress was £19.99 down to £12.  The Husband imagined I was going to wear it over only bra and pants, as if.  I wear it over a black mini sheath, an under-layer from a different lace frock.  


silver & gold


  Lovely silver and gold.  I like my precious metals featuring a star, and I'm fond of a starry mix metals piece of jewelry too.  I'm also keen to promote Scottish businesses and the small talented ones are deserving of it most.  Alison Moore lives and works in Orkney, below are her two pieces that appealed to me the most, just beautiful.   
    I found the Lunar Star Stacking Ring Set with a 15% discount at a different website, what was £165 was down to £140.25.  However, that store didn't have the Small Key Pendant with Gold Star I also liked.  I tweeted Alison and she responded, no trouble, she sorted it and gave me 15% off the ring set AND the key pendant necklace from her website.  
    These are very special starry rings, I'm adoring the Lunar Star Stacking Ring Set.  I went for a middle finger size for the stack, a single ring can also be purchased and would be more suited to a pinkie.  
    The approx 3.3cm tall Small Key Pendant With Gold Star comes complete with a silver chain, with a choice of three chain lengths, 16, 18 or 20 inch.  It's £90...with the discount, mine for 76.50.  These wonderfully me items are available at  
      The other new silver at Starry Towers is my birthday pressie from The Boy and his lovely girlfriend.  Pandora's Moments Silver Star Bangle is the classic sterling silver bangle with a sparkling pavé star detail.  Now I have to decide which Pandora charms to add.  Pandora.  
      I've had a silver ring very similar to this in the past, I think it broke.  Great joy when I found this one at  £34.  Very happy to have this back on my finger.  


Foot stuff


  I recently experienced problems keeping a high stiletto shoe on the foot.  I'm now liking a shoe with staying-on tricks...strappy bits are the answer.  Happens I've found some remarkably gorgeous seriously good, and strappy in one way or the other, shoes.   
    I saw the pink glittery starry Ashley Williams shoes in LOOK magazine.  While I waited for them to drop I went to Schuh to take a gander at Ashley's previous collection.  Hence my first Ashley Williams shoe is the Red or Dead White & Black Zuburbz in white leather with a black suede bow and an 8cm heel.  Previously £95, down to £29.99.   
    Then the new collection dropped and there they were, the sparkly Ashley Williams Red or Dead Alexandra.  Pink glitter, with a contrasting star studded leather strap, stunningly beautiful on the foot, and they stay on the foot.  Pointy toes and a kitten heel height of 7.5cm.  £90.  Both Ashley Williams are from Schuh.  
      womens red or dead pink alexandra low heels  
      The RJR John Rocha Designer Black Velvet Sequin High Court is crafted in luxury velvet, with a leather lining and a sequins embellished 9cm block heel.  From Debenhams£49 down to £36.75.   
      RJR.John Rocha Designer black velvet sequin high court shoes  
      Going into new boots are Shake from Miss Kurt Geiger Suede ankle boots with knotted tassel detailing wrapped around an 80mm contrast stacked heel and decorative silver zip and stud metalware.  £90, but lucky me, I took advantage of a fleeting 20% discount.  
      Kurt Geiger Shake boots  
      I also grabbed a couple bargains at Amazon.  These sandals are tucked away in the Starry Towers Walk-in-Wardrobe till they're called on for summertime/good weather Euro-city strolling.  
      The Dune Jakob Stack Heel Sandals in silver metallic leather with a 5.5cm heel.  Originally £69.00, I found my size 5 at Amazon for only £20.70.  The leather Ravel Columbus Sandals in black and white, were originally £65, now only £19.50 at Amazon.  
      Dune Jakob Sandals silver metallic  
      Ravel Columbus Sandals black and white  
      The H&M Leather Sandal is comfortable and a great height for an evening out. £24.99.  
      The Office Queen Block Heel Sandal in leopard with a 7cm heel, perfect height for strolling in day and for going out of an evening.  In the Office sale, £60 down to £36.  In bold blue leopard print, the Rio Bow ballerina is a slip on shoe with delicate bow detailing. £20 down to £8, also available in tan leopard.  


Zara leather


I found my new black leather biker jacket at Zara.  Beautifully soft leather with silver metalwear.  £89.99. 



Match with this Zara Leather Bucket Bag With Studs.  The studs form star detail. Has adjustable and detachable shoulder strap, various interior compartments and a drawstring closure.  Height x Width x Depth: 30 x 24 x 24 cm.  £79.99.








The silver starts with a beautiful sterling silver necklace and bracelets from JacyandJools.  It moves on from there to a bag and shoes, so do scroll down. 

    I was naturally attracted to the Little Letter Necklace in the Star option, I adore it.  Also available are the Love and Wish options.  Or make your name, or any word you want really.  The silver blocks are available in 4.5mm and 5.5mm options, all the letters, a star and a heart.  The Jacy and Jools website makes it so easy to customise your own jewelry, with drop-down box options plus for any other personal choices, just contact them through the website at checkout and they're on it immediately.  I'm planning on having my name in too.  The Silver Block Letter necklaces prices start at £15 for a single block, going up to £47.  Plus, the blocks are easily moved onto another chain of your choice if you want to wear another style or length of chain.  
    I bought three (so far) silver bracelets from Jacy and Jools, the Skinny Sterling Silver Ball Bracelets, in the double star and the peace,  £20 each, and the Sterling Silver and Swarovski Pearl Bracelet with a flat star £35.  They'll change the length of the bracelet for you, just ask.  They'll do all sorts of personalisation, you can basically design your own jewlery made from any of the constituent parts, beads and charms they have to offer.  
    The quality and style of the Jacy and Jools pieces are way up there, and the prices are too good to be true, but they are true, this is a fantastic online shop, highly recommended, just don't all rush there at once, permit me to enjoy the exclusivity of my lucky find for just a little bit longer.  
    Jacy and Jools star block necklace  
      Jacy and Jools star block necklace  
      Jacy and Jools Bracelets  
      Jacy and Jools star and peace bracelets  
      The RiverIsland Silver croc leather circle bag is a delight of metallic leather and the season's hottest bag shape.  Features a cross-body strap and a tassel trim. £30.  
      River Island silver croc leather circle bag  
      The Dune Fibie in black is a sporty heel sandal with contrasting black and silver leather straps and a slingback buckle fastening.  The contrasting sole and block heel completes this sporty style.  The perfect fusion of comfort and style.  Was £69, down to £48 in the sale.  This is perfect for Summer Eurocity walking.  
      Dune Fibie in black  
      The Silver Leather Cross Sandal from DorothyPerkins has an approx 2.5 inches block heel and again, comfort and style, good daytime Eurocity sandals.  £45 down to £20 in the sale.  
      Dorothy Perkins Silver Leather Cross Sandal  
saddle bag

The Grafea Across Body Saddle Bag in Black.  £60 from ASOS.


A cute and classy small across body bag, just enough space for an evening out accoutrement.  Smooth matte real leather with pin buckle detailing on the magnetic fastening flap top and an adjustable shoulder strap.  H: 18cm/7" W: 23cm/9" D: 4cm/2



    mmm  Grafea across body saddle bag  

sheer maxi, jeweled heels and tit tape




Got myself a truly decadent scrumptiously delicious new frock and knock-out heels.  A sheer lace maxi dress and jeweled heels, now where's the night out?


This is the True Decadence Sheer Lace Maxi Dress.  An ultra-flattering all-over lace mesh overlay with a sheer yoke, long sleeves and hem sits over a bodycon strapless sheath.  The lace mesh overlay is good quality and substantial, there won't be accidental holes and ladders, unless I stand and put a spike heel through the hem, I'll be extra aware and alert.  It's a damn fine piece of frock.  £50 from House of Fraser.


I've purchased my Tit Tape for the strapless sheath.  And I admit, I bought the Hollywood Fashion Tape brand option because of the dinky little tin with the stars.


The knock-out heels are the Dune Maia Patent Jewelled Two Part Sandals.  Patent leather upper of front strap and slingback with a buckle fastening and a sparkly encrusted jewelled block 85mm heel.  They're eye-catching, beautiful and extremely comfortable.  Originally £89 at Dune, it's getting harder to find the black version, £52.75 from Isme.

      True Decadence Sheer Lace Maxi Dress  
      Dune Maia Patent Jewelled Two Part Sandals  
      Hollywood Fashion Tape  
boots & pom pom beanie


Just one look, that's all it took, yeah.  Black leather, a deep V vamp, metal detail to the pointy toe and a 9cm block heel adorned with metal plate and actual screws.  I got these beauties, the Vince Camuto Adee, original price £140, down to £99, from  They're perfect, great quality, so comfortable, gorgeous and true to size.


Vince Camuto Adee

     While at Shoeaholics I picked up another black knit hat with a pom pom.  I've got a few, all slightly different.  This is the Kurt Geiger Jenn Fur Pom Pom Hat for £15, down from £35  
      Kurt Geiger Jenn Fur Pom Pom Beanie  




fringing & tassels

This is a statement must-have, ticking the duffle, the fringing and the tassel trend boxes in one very cool black leather and suede bag.  There's two detachable straps which allow this fringed tote to be worn on the shoulder or across the body.  It's roomy with one internal pocket and I just love the swish of the fringing and the two front tie tassels.  Height 32cm, width 33cm, handle drop 27cm, strap length 112cm.  £65.

    River Island Black Leather and Suede Fringed Duffle Bag  
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