Kew Sprig Folded Zip Wallet from Cath Kidston

Today I will be sharing with you something I’ve been eyeing for ages. A good quality purse/wallet to see me through my shopping days and general life has been at the top of my mental wishlist for as long as I can remember, so you can imagine the pure joy I felt from opening this baby on Christmas day (thanks Mum and Dad!). Without further ado, here are the pics:

 

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First of all, I’d like to state how well-made this is; you only need to take a look at the stitching detail to acknowledge the undeniable quality that comes with Cath Kidston products. The outer ‘oilcloth’ material is wipe-clean, putting my mind at ease (yes I am that person who is capable of spilling hot chocolate in their bag). It also adds a degree of durability- less chance of wear and tear in the years to come. Furthermore, the outer-part is cushioned, making it very comfortable to hold, and safe to throw in your bag amongst numerous items. When you undo the popper fastener thingamajig, you can see there is room for 12 cards, with 2 pouches on either side- great for stuffing receipts, bus tickets or other useful documents. I really like the fact that all of the cards can slot in without sticking out all over the place, which can happen with cheap wallets. The inside fabric is strong and thick- those cards are nice and secure. There is a compartment for notes which is spacious and can open quite wide. The zipped section of this wallet is divided into two sections for coin storage, with the wall across the middle being very sturdy and secure. One of my pet peeves is zips on products that don’t open and close with ease. Fear not, this is not the case here. The zip puller (technical term?) and strip holding the popper fastener (again, struggling) are brown leather, which adds to the quality of this piece. The size of the wallet is perfect in my opinion, large enough to hold all your cards and cash, but not so big that you can’t hold it comfortably in one hand.  

Overall, this wallet is very well-designed with many storage compartments to suit the needs of an avid shopper and general card/bits-and-bobs hoarder, with the prettiest, strongest and most durable material to not only look good but ‘does the job’ exceptionally well. I have high hopes for this item to last me for a long while! You can purchase this here for £28, or in your local store. Please let me know in the comments you’re best picks from C.K, and whether you love this floral land as much as I do.

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Cath Kidston does Christmas!

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I love their paper bags more than anything!

I popped into Cath Kidston yesterday for a smooch around, and found a notebook that I fell for (as if I need any more). I just thought I’d to a post on it because I was blown away with their efforts to wrap and package my item so well. I was actually a little sneaky- they asked if it was a gift and I said yes… even though it’s for me. Why, I hear you ask? Well, I wanted my notebook wrapped in cute tissue paper. If you’re stuck on what to get someone for Christmas this year, I suggest having a look in your nearest branch and picking something up; they have lots to choose from, without having to break the bank (so long as you avoid the handbags). They do a wrapping service free of charge, which can’t be said for every shop. Here are some piccies:

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I melted a little at this sticker.

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As you can see. pretty awesome stuff. Is it just me that needs to take a moment after looking at the pages inside this notebook? I love the old-school vintage style. This was originally £8, but I got a discount on it (not quite sure how but not complaining) and it rang up on the till at £6.80. Let me know if you’ve got your eye on anything Cath Kidston… I for one am after a mug.

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You Beauty Advent Calendar 2013

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It’s pretty big

After reading many a blogpost about beauty advent calendars, I just knew I wanted one for myself. The thought of gaining a new beauty product (even if it’s only a small one) every day for 24 consecutive days makes me sigh with joy. There were several to choose from, but it came down to price and availability (the Boots one was gone in seconds I swear). I went with YouBeauty’s offering, after the positive reviews. Mine took 4 working days to arrive, which is ok. I’m very excited about it, and it is so hard restraining myself from opening those cute little doors.

This size of this baby is impressive, hence the picture above to show some comparison with my phone charging on the left. It is also relatively heavy, which is good- there is definitely a load of products in there. I have resisted the urge to read the magazine that came with it (containing product information) and covered my eyes when there were spoilers in some posts; I want to experience that element of surprise, like a small child opening ickle presents on Christmas day. To sum up the packaging- beautiful. I think the white works really well with the gold accents, and the white bow is just darling. The only pet peeve I have with this is the flaps on the inside being slightly ajar. No peeping, I told myself, whilst pushing them down again. I think that the cardboard doors need a little something more to keep them secure. Each compartment varies in size, which creates a rather fun guessing game as to what you think would fit into that shape of a hole. Overall, I am very happy with my purchase, and can’t wait till the 1st comes around.

The You Beauty advent calendar is still available here (hurry!) for £49.95 and £4.95 p+p. Considering the contents are worth over £240, not too shabby, really. But I can understand if you find it hard to justify spending that much on an advent calendar.

And now I pose a question to you- would you like me to post everyday up to the 24th December about what is behind each door? I am happy to do it, if you’d like- let me know.

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