Monthly Archives: December 2015

Night Before Christmas Preparations…

christmas-prepTis the Night Before Christmas…Merry Christmas Eve everyone! It’s that time of year again where children all over the world are getting very excited for Santa to arrive. To begin the festivities check out our list of night before Christmas preparations…

1) Find a fun board game to play, do a nice Christmas craft activity or bake cookies with your family!
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2) Get into your favourite Christmas PJ’s.

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3) Have a nice hot chocolate to keep you toasty warm and a Christmas snack!

4) Select a Christmassy film to watch and snuggle up on the sofa with your family.

5) Before you go to bed, don’t forget to treat Santa to a glass of milk and cookies, after all he has a big job to do this evening! Psst…The reindeer also like carrots!

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6) Get tucked up into bed and read a magical Christmas story.

7) Time to go to sleep…Try and get a good nights sleep ready for what Christmas day will bring!

Happy Christmas!
With love from ilovegorgeous x

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How to braid your hair with The Braid Book

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At ilovegorgeous we are huge fans of cute, fun and easy hairstyles which is why when the new book from the brains behind London’s uber fashionable Braid Bar we knew you would all love it too! This week we are very lucky to be giving our customers a sneak peek inside The Braid Book with this super cute hairstyle – The Kate! Keep an eye out on our instagram page for our own attempts at The Kate and share yours with us too! Happy Braiding!

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THIS BRAID IS ONE OF OUR MOST POPULAR STYLES – WE CALLED IT THE KATE AFTER OUR MOST FAVOURITE FASHION ICON, KATE MOSS.

Let’s face it, she could rock any of our braids but we would love to see her with this. It’s also great for girls who want to keep their hair down but want a different look.
If you can do a Dutch braid and you’ve only got ten minutes, then this is the braid for you. It is best to do this braid on a friend or have a friend do it on you!

WHY WEAR YOUR HEART ON YOUR SLEEVE WHEN YOU CAN WEAR IT ON YOUR HEAD?
This braid is suitable for most hair types but better on mid-length hair. If you have a fringe it can be left out or braided in.

YOU WILL NEED:
Wide-toothed comb or hairbrush
Fine-toothed pintail comb
Crocodile clips
Hair bands
Hairspray

STEP 1 Detangle the hair and spritz with primer.

STEP 2 Using your pintail comb, part the hair down the centre.

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STEP 3 Make a second parting, again using the pintail comb. Begin at the very centre of the head and part diagonally back towards the hairline creating a wedge-like shape. pull this section of hair forward and section off. do the same with the other side of the hair so that you are left with two equal wedges. Tie or clip back your hair below the partings made.

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STEP 4 You may want to leave out the front strand of your hair. if so, do this now.KateStep4

STEP 5 Take the first wedge, divide this section into three and begin doing a dutch braid (pages 24–25). Start at the crown and curve towards the temple, then towards the back of the head, so it looks like the top curve of a heart.KateStep5

STEP 6 You will not need to plait your hair to the very end as when you tie the braids together at the back, the hair below the tie is loose. This will depend on the length of your hair. Secure using an elastic band.KateStep6

STEP 7 Now repeat on the other side.KateStep7

STEP 8 One you have done both sides, join the ends together with a band and voilà! – you have a heartbreaker of a braid.KateStep8

STEP 9 Finish off with some strong-hold hairspray to keep the braid in place and add a ribbon for cuteness or a neon band for a cool-girl look.KateStep9KateStep10

Taken from:
The Braid Book by Willa Burton and Sarah Hiscox
Published by Kyle Books
Priced £9.99
Photography by Jesse Jenkins

Christmas Recipe…

cookiesBring the family together at Christmas with this delicious snowflake cookie recipe…Yum!
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

blog-cookiesIngredients
250g Plain Flour
150g Sugar
150g Butter
1 Egg
½ tsp Baking Powder
200g Icing Sugar
Edible Glitter
Edible Silver Balls

Method
1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C/ gas mark 4.
2. Cream the butter and sugar. Once combined add the egg and mix.
3. Sift the flour and baking powder and combine.
4. Roll out the dough to approx. 1cm in thickness and use shaped cutters to cut out cookies. Add small holes ready for the ribbon.
5. Transfer cookies to a tray lined with baking parchment and bake for around 10 mins or until slightly golden.
6. Transfer to a cooling rack and let the cookies completely cool before decorating.

To Decorate
1. Add small quantities of water to the icing sugar until it becomes a piping consistency (similar to toothpaste).
2. Transfer to a piping bag and decorate cookies in snowflake patterns.
3. Add silver balls and a sprinkle of edible glitter if desired.
4. Only when completely dried, thread the ribbon and they’re ready to hang. When they taste this good though, don’t expect them to stay around for long!

It’s a Wrap! Christmas Gift Tag Printables…

blogTis the season to be jolly! Check out our Christmas gift tags, the perfect finishing touches to your wrapping! Simply download, print and away you go!

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Download and print the PDF, cut around the tags, write your message and then you’re ready to put them on your gifts!
Download PDF here.

 

Top Stocking Fillers 2015

stockingThe children will be counting down the days until Christmas day! If you’re looking for the finishing touches to make their Christmas extra special then look no further…Check out our top ten stocking fillers of Christmas 2015!stocking-fillers-blog-2

1) Bunny Hairband
This fun faux leather gold bunny ears hairband is a great way to finish off an ilovegorgeous party outfit and makes the perfect fancy dress accessory.
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2) Star Party Tee
Short sleeved jersey tee with star detail on the front. Ideal for a toned down party look or for adding a bit of excitement to an everyday outfit. The Star Party Tee is a wonderful and sparkly stocking filler!
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3) Colour Black Hat
Super cosy, soft and warm angora blend woolly hat with pom pom detail and contrasting colour block rib trim. We also have matching gloves and scarf to complete the look and keep your little one toasty warm all winter long.
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4) Sequin Bag
The sequin bag makes a fabulous gift and is a super cute accessory which compliments any outfit!
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5) Star Headband
Shine bright like a star this Christmas in this super cute stocking filler, the Star Headband is a beautiful sequinned hair accessory which is perfect for adding extra sparkle to a party outfit.
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6) Mary Jane Shoes
Hey I got some new shoes on! The Mary Jane shoes in gorgeous rose gold are comfortable and easy to wear plus they look absolutely beautiful with a glitzy party outfit.
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7) Navy Tights
A must-have accessory, the navy tights add a little extra something to any outfit and not to mention keeps you toasty warm in the winter whilst wearing your favourite dress!
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8) Aurora Hairband
Extremely pretty and elegant the Aurora hairband adds the finishing touches to a selection of our mauve diamond print party wear!
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9) Faux Fur Rucksack
This fab faux fur rucksack makes the perfect gift and is perfect for mini sleepovers or school trips… Super stylish!
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10) Faux Fur Collar
The faux fur collar looks fab with any ilovegorgeous outfit and makes the perfect wintery gift – It will keep you as snug as a bug!
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For more stocking filler ideas, check out our page here.

Clever Gretel Gingerbread Workshop @ Primrose Hill!

blog-workshopOn Saturday 21st November ilovegorgeous held an exciting sold out event at our Primrose Hill store, with a Gingerbread workshop delivered by Nicola from Clever Gretel for 16 lucky girls.

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Nicola held two workshops throughout the day in which the lucky participants made delicious Christmas themed Gingerbread jars filled with frosting snow, gingerbread reindeers, edible Father Christmas’ and many more scrumptious decorations. Once the children had competed their Christmas creations, they were able to take their Clever Gretel Jars home.blog-workshop-3 copy

All of the children who participated in our workshops also took home an amazing goodie bag filled with gifts Little BU , Clever Gretel and Studio Thirty Two , and the Mummy’s didn’t leave empty handed either. After an exciting day our mums left with a beautiful ilovegorgeous tote bag and a generous gift voucher from Noble Macmillan.

blog-mummy-gorgeousPhoto credit to: Mummy Gorgeous

Throughout the day we were very lucky to have visits from a long list of our favourite press and key bloggers who joined all of our wonderful customers in enjoying our 20% off store wide special, as well as some delicious cupcakes and beverages.

Jemma from Musings of a London Mums blog was one of the attendees of the event with her daughter, check out their exciting day at the gingerbread workshop here.