Today I'm going to share with you the presents that I got for my birthday this year. I had thought about showing you the cards too but I think they're quite personal so I'd like to keep those private.
I can't believe that I've been blogging for over three years now and I have never done a 'What I Got' style post until now. Whilst I enjoy reading these kinds of posts, I have always felt uncomfortable about writing one as I think that they can sometimes invite negativity and that isn't what I would hope to achieve. This post isn't intended to be in bad taste, it is simply to respond to those who requested to know what I received for my birthday. I hope this gives you some inspiration for when you're buying some gifts for others, especially as Christmas is coming up!
The majority of my gifts were received from Mr WLL and my friends who all chose really well- I absolutely love everything and it really shows that we all know each other inside and out!
Beauty and Make Up
One of my friends knows how much I love Soap and Glory products, as does she, so she got me Clean Get Away gift set. This is a fab gift as it contains four products that are all under 100ml, making them perfect to take on holiday with you. There is a tub of The Righteous Butter body butter, Clean On Me shower gel, Calm One Calm All bubbling bath soak and Hand Food hand cream. I can't wait to take these with me on my next trip away.
Another gift set that I received from a couple of my friends is this amazing L'Occitane collection of some of their most signature products. There's a travel sized Bonne Mere Verbena Soap, Repairing Shampoo, Repairing Conditioner, Lavande Shower Gel, Cherry Blossom Body Lotion and a Rose 4 Reines Hand Cream. The set also has 3 sample sachets, these are the Milk Concentrate, the Repairing Hair Mask and the Exfoliating Gel. All of the products come in this gorgeous little drawstring back that is so handy to keep everything in.
I've never tried Illamasqua makeup until my birthday and now I have the basics of a great make up look. I received a bottle of the Illamasqua Skin Base Foundation in SB 08 from my good friend Zoe and some other make up bits from Mr WLL that I picked out- Intense Lipgloss in Indulge, Powder Blusher in Hussy and a Lipstick in Immodest. I'll be doing a make up look with these soon and a review.
Mr WLL has known that I've loved the Ladies Skeleton Watch from Kenneth Cole (via the Watch Shop) from afar for ages now and it was such a lovely surprise to receive it. I haven't had it off my wrist since getting it. The strap is a gorgeous bright white and the face of the watch has an exposed mechanism. It is automatic too so will never require a battery which is great for me as I'm notorious for never replacing them!
One of my really good friends got me the Double Woven Leather Bracelet in Purple from Pandora. I've lusted after one of these for ages because I think they look great when layered with other pieces. I have worn this with my new watch ever since I got them!
From a couple of my friends, I got this gorgeous blue jewelled cuff and a cute panda necklace. These are great pieces to accessorise more plain outfits with.
Technology and Accessories
Our technology was in a serious need of an update so as my main gift, Mr WLL got me a 21.5" iMac and a MacBook Air from Apple with the accessories we need like the Magic Trackpad, USB Superdrive and Apple Care Protection Plan.
I've wanted a MacBook Air for so long as they're ridiculously light and convenient for taking to work, school and for working on the go.
To keep my MacBook Air safe, my dad got me a Michael Kors case from Apple and then gave me some money to put towards whatever I wanted so I've saved it in case I need anything in the coming months.
Another tech accessories Mr WLL got me was this iPad case from Snuggs. I love this as it reminds me so much of my Bailey Button UGG boots.
Mr WLL and I went to see Olympus Has Fallen at the cinema earlier in the year and I absolutely loved it, he on the other hand couldn't tell you a thing about the film as he fell asleep about five minutes in. It really is a fabulously thrilling, action packed film that I know he'd love so I hope he stays awake this time around!
Clothing and Underwear
Its been such a long time since I bought any new underwear so it was really lovely to receive a lingerie set and some individual thongs from Boux Avenue. This is the Chloe Lace Balconette Bra and matching Shorts set in orange along with six of the Lia Lacy Thongs. I'm not a lingerie blogger and know very little about underwear compared to my friend, George who writes the fabulous lingerie blog called Fuller Figure Fuller Bust, but these feel super comfortable to wear and look great, almost undetectable under my clothes.
Also in the box were some other goodies from Boux Avenue. I've got to say, I'm SO impressed with their packaging- my lingerie and accessories were gift wrapped in a huge Boux Avenue box with scented faux rose petals and tissue paper and the it was placed in a big branded bag. It looked so gorgeous, I would definitely recommend them as a place to buy a gift from to give to someone close to you.
Room Fragrance and Accessories
Mr WLL knows how much I love my home and most specifically, my room, to smell amazing so he chose really well in picking up the Boux Avenue White Chiffon Room Spray to keep in my bedroom. This smells absolutely gorgeous and at 100ml in size I can see this keeping my room smelling great for a long time. He also got me the Heart Shaped Glitter Metal Trinket Box that has a soft cushioned, almost velvet, inside that will be great on my dressing table for keeping smaller, more delicate pieces of jewellery in.
Another room fragrance item that Mr WLL got me was the Pink Taffeta Reed Room Diffuser that came in a gorgeous gift box. It smells gorgeous and fills the room with its scent. I'm now using this one to scent my office as I still have a large diffuser from Next on the go in my bedroom.
I was also lucky enough to receive two candles from my friends.
The first candle that I received is the Spiced Orange fragranced Yankee Candle. This is perfect for the colder months as it has a deep, spicy scent.
The second candle that I received was the Vintage Rose and Magnolia candle from Next. It has a pretty vintage rose design on the outside of the glass holder and the candle smells so beautiful- floral without being overpowering. My friend got me this and the Lacy Heart Bunch to display in my room because they will really match the colour scheme and décor of my bedroom now that it has been decorated.
Food and Drink
From some of my friends, I received some yummy chocolates and a bottle of my favourite wine, White Zinfandel. Not the most high class varieties of amber nectar but its easy drinking and tastes sweet and delicious. I'm going to be saving this to enjoy over Christmas. I also got some sweets- a bag of M&S Caramel and Pretzel Chocolate Clusters, a box of Thorntons Praline Melts which are delicious (they taste just like Lidnt Chocolates) and a box of Maltesers that aren't photographed as I received them after my birthday along with the PJs above.
I have some friends who live in Leeds and I'm forever mimicking their accent. 'Go t farm t feed pigs' is something I regularly have them laughing about. One of my friends from there got me this tea towel and key ring with Yorkshire sayings on them which I found absolutely hilarious... as did they when I attempted to work out what the phrases meant!
On the day of my birthday Mr WLL blew up some balloons in my office and lay out my cards and gifts. He had some gorgeous flowers and a balloon delivered from Interflora that had some of my favourite flowers in- roses, lilies and gerberas.
I must say that this year I have been especially lucky. I am always grateful and very appreciative of every card and gift that I receive. Generally I don't ask for much for my birthday, or Christmas, and I don't tend to receive many gifts as the things that I want/need I tend to save up through the year and buy them when I want with my own money. I'm much more of a gift giver and really enjoy choosing a card with the words that I want to say, writing it out, picking a gift and wrapping it up! This wasn't the case this year however and I've really been treated from those close to me so whilst they wont read this (aside from my lovely friend who is kindly typing this up for me!), THANK YOU and I LOVE YOU ALWAYS.