Thursday, 12 January 2017

What To Buy In January

New year, new clothes - right?! I hope you all have had a great start to the new year, and get exactly what you wish for in 2017. One of the biggest lessons I learnt in 2016 was that if you work hard and have determination, you will get far.  It takes passion and a whole lot of hard work to see results (whatever your goal is) but as long as you put your heart into it, it will happen.

That being said, I think January is the perfect time to have a wardrobe refresh. I know I've said this before- probably in spring time (isn't that when everyone does it?) but why not get ahead and start the new year with a fresh clean out. That's what I'll be aiming to do anyway - (watch me talk in Spring about needing to do a spring clean out.. lol.)

Here are my top picks for things to buy this month. I'd love to know what's on your shopping list.. Tweet me at @alarabasul :) & thanks so much for reading as always! X


Tuesday, 10 January 2017

The fragrance I can't get enough of | Valentino Donna

Ah boxing day. The day where you know you shouldn't be browsing online, because Christmas was just the day before, but you can't help it.  I inevitably fell in the newsletter-looks-too-good-to-miss trap and found myself on a couple of websites, looking at things I certainly didn't need. Apart from one thing. Perfume.

There were so many great discounts going on in, especially in department stores, that I thought it's a great time to take advantage of favourite products and trying new ones. I needed a new everyday fragrance and found myself browsing through the fragrance department at Debenhams (so many discounts, such little time.)

When it comes to scents, I usually go for sweet, musky scents that are easy and suitable for everyday. I don't like something too powering as I find it's usually too much to wear during the day and in the office. I was between two scents actually, B by Balenciaga and then came across the Valentino Donna scent which was one I've wanted for agesssss.

This fragrance is the most elegant perfume I own. When I tested it on my wrist I immediately loved the smell and knew it would be a great everyday perfume. Valentino Donna has top notes of bergamot, with base notes of vanilla which creates the most amazing & subtle scent. It also has great packaging, with almost stud-like glass covering the pretty pink bottle. It's the perfect accessory for the vanity table (when you're not using it, of course.)  I'm literally obsessed with this perfume and so glad I tried it. I definitely recommend trying it next time you go past a Valentino counter as I guarantee if you like similar sweet and musky scents like me you'll love this one.

I bought the fragrance from Debenhams, and they currently have three sizes available.


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