What I got for Christmas (and a little sales wish list)…

Bit late in posting this – as usual, the festive season chewed me up and spat me out a shadow of my former self. I’m secretly quite glad it’s now January and 11am drinking is frowned upon once more.

I was very lucky to receive some beautiful things for Christmas, the first of which being these J Crew shoes:

Collection lace-up caged pumps

Collection lace-up caged pumps

They had their inaugural wear on NYE and while they weren’t like walking on air exactly, I was able to dance all night and walk home in them, which is more than can be said of most of my shoe collection. Yes, they are pricey, but I think really special occasion shoes are worth the investment. However, if you’re looking for a more affordable addition to your shoe collection, you may like the next pair Santa brought me, as they’re now in the sale:

Kurt Geiger Jamie Black High Heel Sandal

Kurt Geiger Jamie Black High Heel Sandal

I haven’t worn these Kurt Geiger sandals yet but they’ve been very comfortable when parading about the house. I have a smart dinner to attend next weekend so I’ll probably wear these with either leather leggings or a LBD – I’ll report back on the comfort factor.

Alexander McQueen De Manta Printed Clutch

Alexander McQueen De Manta Printed Clutch

I’ve wanted a De Manta clutch for, ooh, forever, and this diamond print,  monochrome version is perfect for me. It’s currently sold out as it went into the sale, but if you’re after one, keep checking back for returns as it’s a great price for a forever bag.

Elsa Peretti charcoal-colour Bone cuff

Elsa Peretti charcoal-colour Bone cuff

Last on my gift list (other than the usual DVD box sets) is this stunning Tiffany cuff. This is another item I have had on my wish list for years so I was just thrilled to add it to my jewellery box. My lovely husband did very well this year!

So, what have I got my eye on in the sales?

Jigsaw Pheobe Shearling Tote

Jigsaw Pheobe Shearling Tote – Was £149 Now £74

This plush shearling tote is stunning in real life. I have lots of small cross body bags, but I am a bit lacking in the tote department. This would be handy for those days when I need to carry a little bit more!

Rosemunde Short Sleeve Lace T-Shirt  - Was £77 Now £53

Rosemunde Short Sleeve Lace T-Shirt – Was £77 Now £53

I already have this top in navy and I get loads of wear from it – I love this plum shade, it would look great with black skinnies in the evening, or teamed with a pencil skirt for the office.

Isabel Marant Silver-tone ear cuffs

Isabel Marant Silver-tone ear cuffs

I’ve just ordered these ear cuffs after having them pinned for a while as I noticed they were on sale. I always wanted more ear piercings, but wasn’t badass enough (and getting my navel pierced at a festival with the predictable consequences put me off a bit) so these are a good compromise!

So, what did you find in your stocking? Or have you snared any great bargains in the sale? I’d love to hear about them – comments in the usual ways!

On my wishlist

Don’t worry it’s not all technical wicking fabrics chez Nectarine, though I won’t deny these have featured heavily in my shopping bags of late, I’m still as covetous as ever. Here is a round up of my Spring wishlist:

First of all I need a new Breton top. Let me tell you it is the DEVIL’S WORK finding one with a white background (not Ecru, Stone or Ivory). I quite like the look of this little Boden bad boy though ignores description navy/ivory.
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On a similar theme is this Boden tunic, which shortarse here would wear as a dress. Will order to try and cross my fingers that it covers my cellulite.
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As the sun shone for about 20 minutes this week, my thoughts turned to sandals. I really shouldn’t wear yellow as it does me NO favours but it’s such a happy colour that I can live with the prospect of jaundiced feet.
20140307-105311.jpgAlso a happy colour is this Jaeger bag. This has popped up on a few blogs now and I just love it, the perfect antidote to those winter navys, greys and blacks.
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This T-shirt is wonderfully silly – I love pineapples, so this would be a cute addition to my casual wardrobe.
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I’m sure I’ve mentioned my perennial quest for a denim shirt dress. I’ve wanted one for ^years^ now, but never found one that didn’t make me look like a middle-aged farm hand. You may have think I’d have taken the hint by now. You’d be wrong. This Next one has had rave reviews so I should at least try it, right?
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Back on safer ground, these Carvela skate flats are right up my avenue, so to speak. And Kurt Geiger currently have 25% off with code KGMARCH25. Rude not to.
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So, that’s what I’m after – what’s tickling your fancy at the moment. Do tell – you can comment below or hit me up on Twitter!

Monday Morning Lust List – Kurt Geiger

One for all you shoe lovers out there! I’m feeling a bit blue this morning after a long Valentine’s weekend with my husband, so what better way to restore that loving feeling than with a spot of shoe porn.

Kurt Geiger is like the Playboy Mansion when it comes to shoes; super tempting, with something to tickle everyone’s fancy. Here are a few of my favourites (just click on any of the images to take you directly to the site):

Kurt Geiger London Ella

Kurt Geiger London Ella, £195

I really like the silver mock croc toe and sturdy heel on this pair. They also come in black and white if you don’t want to make quite such a statement! I’d wear these with a black leather midi skirt and a grey marl sweatshirt and let the shoes take centre stage.

Anais Kurt Geiger London, £150

Anais Kurt Geiger London, £150

I’ve been looking for a pair of low heeled black shoes for work, and these might just be the ones. They’d look great with a pair of cropped, slim-fit trousers.

Liquorice KG Kurt Geiger, £39

Liquorice KG Kurt Geiger, £39

Then again, how fierce would these look with the same cropped trousers? And with a discount this good, I’d be rude not to, wouldn’t I..?

Sloane Carvela Kurt Geiger, £150

I’ve been smitten by these since I was first tipped off about them by a friend who works in the fashion industry. A more affordable version of these, they’ll go with everything from skirts to skinnies. The gorgeous oxblood colour is on sale too!

Shannon Carvela Kurt Geiger, £60

Shannon Carvela Kurt Geiger, £60

Oh, I love these. I know they are ridiculously impractical for a woman who spends her off-duty days kicking round a muddy park, but how amazing would they look with indigo skinnies and a simple grey tee. For the practical among you, they also come in black (though they are not as heavily reduced – can’t imagine why!)

Senorita Carvela Kurt Geiger, £70

Senorita Carvela Kurt Geiger, £70

I’m a sucker for a cowboy boot, and these are like a cheaper version of my Cobra Society pair. These would add a bit of edge to a flirty sundress on a summer day.

Funky Ash, £190

Funky Ash, £190

Now it wouldn’t be a shoe post from me if I didn’t include a pair of wedge trainers! I love this pair, not least because they remind me of the Buffalos I had back in 1997 when the Spice Girls ruled the world. Not everyone’s cup of tea, I know, but I’d be very surprised if these didn’t find their way into my shoe closet.

Star Acne, £400

For those of you with serious money to spend, the Acne Star boot. I have loved these since I first laid eyes on them, but last week I saw a girl in the lift at work wearing a grey pair (and carrying a PS1!), and love became obsession. Of course they are sold out in the grey everywhere. Sigh.

KG have been running their “Everything but the dress” campaign for a few seasons now, so it wouldn’t be right if I didn’t finish with a gorgeous accessory:

Jessie Brocade Clutch KG Kurt Geiger, £70

Jessie Brocade Clutch KG Kurt Geiger, £70

Jessie Brocade Clutch KG Kurt Geiger, £70

I love this Jessie Brocade clutch in both colours, perfect for dressing up a simple outfit. I can see this clutch looking fab with white jeans on a summer night out.

And if that wasn’t temptation enough, you can get 25% off all full-priced merchandise from the following brands: Kurt Geiger London, KG Kurt Geiger, Carvela Kurt Geiger, Mr KG and Miss KG, using discount code VOGUE25 until 5 July 2013! Don’t say I never give you anything…