Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2014: let’s shop!

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But where do I start, you ask? Here’s a list of some of my favourite retailers that have jumped on the Black Friday and Cyber Monday bandwagon:

1. Retailers selling a range of products

Amazon UK: Amazon launches multiple deals with differing number of stocks and prices every 10 minutes between 8am and 9pm. Head over to their website to see all available and upcoming deals . While you’re there, you might also want to check out the Amazon Kindle Fire HDX Tablet – you can get up to £100 off all week, subject to availability.

Asda: Asda offers a range of discounted products in stores only, on Friday and Saturday. Sale starts at 8am on Friday. Check their Black Friday’s site to get an idea of the deals on offer and which stores are participating.

Marks and Spencer: M&S offers up to 30% off certain products online and in stores. Starts at midnight on Thursday until midnight on Monday, 1 December.

Sainsbury’s: Sainsbury’s offers a range of discounted products in stores only. Starts at 1am on Friday in its 24-hour stores and from normal opening hour in all its other stores.

Tesco: Tesco offers discounts of up to 70% on a range of products online and in stores. Starts at 00.01 on Friday. Go to Tesco Direct to see the deals.

Marks and Spencer

2. Fashion and beauty

Benefit Cosmetics: Benefit Cosmetics offers 15% off everything online from Friday to Monday, 1 December. Use code SAVE15 for your purchases.

Cath Kidston: Cath Kidston offers 15% off everything online and in stores from Friday to Sunday. Use code SNOW15 for online purchases.

Hunter: Hunter offers 20% off everything online and in stores. No codes needed and expiry date unknown.

L’Occitane: L’Occitane offers a number of deals online starting on Friday until Sunday, 7 December. Use the following codes for your purchases:

  • Escape to Provence gifts for £15 when you spend £30: BLACK (valid from 9am until midnight on Friday)
  • Weekend exclusive gift free when you spend £180: SPOILME (valid from 9am on Friday until midnight on Sunday)
  • Buy 2, get 1 free, on a gorgeous selection of travel kits: 3FOR2 (valid from 9am on Friday until midnight on Sunday)
  • Get a £10 gift card for your next purchase when you spend £50: GATE1 (valid on Monday, 1 December)
  • Free hand rescue collection when you spend £25 or more: GATE2 (valid on Tuesday, 2 December)
  • Pampering collection free when you spend £50 or more: GATE3 (valid on Wednesday, 3 December)
  • Expert care collection for men free when you spend £50 or more: GATE4 (valid on Thursday, 4 December)
  • Free 250ml shower gel when you spend £40 or mor: GATE5 (valid on Friday, 5 December)
  • Weekend essentials collection free when you spend £40 or more: GATE6 (valid on Saturday, 6 December)
  • Create your travel kit free when you spend £45 or more: GATE7 (valid on Sunday, 7 December)

On top of that, you’ll also get free standard delivery on all orders until Sunday, 19 December.

Mango: Mango offers 30% off everything online and in stores from Friday to Sunday. Use code 5BLACK4 for online purchases. It’s also offering free return until 15 January 2015.

Sweaty Betty: Sweaty Betty offers 20% off everything online from Friday to Sunday. Use code BLACK20 for your purchases.

Sweaty Betty Cath Kidston (UK)

Everything at 30% OFF!

3. Gadgets and electrical

Carphone Warehouse: Carphone Warehouse offers saving of up to £200 online and in stores. Starts at 8am on Friday until midnight on Tuesday, 2 December.

Currys PC World: Currys offers a range of “black tag” deals online from 8am on Friday until midnight on Wednesday, 3 December. Most of the offers are also available in stores. Rumour has it that it’s knocking £80 off Apple MacBooks and iMacs.

Game: Game promises big discount on… well… games. In stores only, and stores will open until 3am on Friday. Check their website for details.

John Lewis: John Lewis offers a range of deals (mostly electrical), which starts at 00.01 on Friday on its website and 8am in stores. It’s also offering price match on a range of products found elsewhere (including £100 off all MacBooks!). Check their website for details.

Happy shopping!!

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50 chic stocking fillers and Christmas gift ideas under £5

Disclosure: this is a non-sponsored post, and the prices shown below are accurate at the time of posting.

Nivea Mini Treats Gift Pack - £3.93 - Amazon UK

Nivea Mini Treats Gift Pack – £3.93 – Amazon UK

Baylis & Harding Beauticology Gingerbread Small Bath Set - £4.75 - Amazon UK

Baylis & Harding Beauticology Gingerbread Small Bath Set – £4.75 – Amazon UK

Baylis & Harding Beauticology Macaron Small Bath Set - £4.75 - Amazon UK

Baylis & Harding Beauticology Macaron Small Bath Set – £4.75 – Amazon UK

The Body Shop Frosted Cranberry Lip Balm - £4 - The Body Shop

The Body Shop Frosted Cranberry Lip Balm – £4 – The Body Shop

The Body Shop Vanilla Brulee Shower Gel - £4 - The Body Shop

The Body Shop Vanilla Brulee Shower Gel – £4 – The Body Shop

The Body Shop Bob The Polar Bear Bath Sponge - £4 - The Body Shop

The Body Shop Bob The Polar Bear Bath Sponge – £4 – The Body Shop

L'Occitane Delicious Almond Soap - £4 - L'Occitane

L’Occitane Delicious Almond Soap – £4 – L’Occitane

L'Occitane Rectangular Cream Soap Dish - £5 - L'Occitane

L’Occitane Rectangular Cream Soap Dish – £5 – L’Occitane

Lush Dashing Santa Bath Bomb - £2.95 - Lush.co.uk

Lush Dashing Santa Bath Bomb – £2.95 – Lush.co.uk

Lush First Snow Alcohol Free Sparkly Dusting Powder - £4.75 - Lush.co.uk

Lush First Snow Alcohol Free Sparkly Dusting Powder – £4.75 – Lush.co.uk

Lush Yog Nog Soap - £3.40 - Lush.co.uk

Lush Yog Nog Soap – £3.40 – Lush.co.uk

Crabtree & Evelyn Tarocco Orange, Eucalyptus & Sage Hand Therapy - £5 - Crabtree & Evelyn

Crabtree & Evelyn Tarocco Orange, Eucalyptus & Sage Hand Therapy – £5 – Crabtree & Evelyn

Crabtree & Evelyn Travel Bag - £5 - Crabtree & Evelyn

Crabtree & Evelyn Travel Bag – £5 – Crabtree & Evelyn

Lake Land Happy Jackson Love Me Bag - £3.99 - Lake Land

Lake Land Happy Jackson Love Me Bag – £3.99 – Lake Land

Lake Land Moo Moo Milk Mix For Kids - £4.79 - Lake Land

Lake Land Moo Moo Milk Mix For Kids – £4.79 – Lake Land

Lake Land Bubbly Bung Champagne Stopper - £4.99 - Lake Land

Lake Land Bubbly Bung Champagne Stopper – £4.99 – Lake Land

Babies R Us Hip Hip Hooray Rabbit Comforter - £4.99 - Babies R Us

Babies R Us Hip Hip Hooray Rabbit Comforter – £4.99 – Babies R Us

Babies R Us Snuggle Chums Play Mat - £4.96 - Babies R Us

Babies R Us Snuggle Chums Play Mat – £4.96 – Babies R Us

Paddington Bear Fizzers Gift Set - £2.25 - Marks & Spencer

Paddington Bear Fizzers Gift Set – £2.25 – Marks & Spencer

Harrods Showtime Bib - £2.95 - Harrods

Harrods Showtime Bib – £2.95 – Harrods

Harrods Showtime Children's Apron - £3.95 - Harrods

Harrods Showtime Children’s Apron – £3.95 – Harrods

New Look 5 Pack Gold Symbol Friendship Bracelets - £4.99 - New Look

New Look 5 Pack Gold Symbol Friendship Bracelets – £4.99 – New Look

New Look Gold and Pink Sleek Bangle Set - £2 - New Look

New Look Gold and Pink Sleek Bangle Set – £2 – New Look

Topshop Interlocking Heart Necklace - £4 - Topshop

Topshop Interlocking Heart Necklace – £4 – Topshop

Topshop Knife Edge Hoop Earrings - £4.50 - Topshop

Topshop Knife Edge Hoop Earrings – £4.50 – Topshop

Cath Kidston Mini Clocks Ticket Holder - £4 - Cath Kidston

Cath Kidston Mini Clocks Ticket Holder – £4 – Cath Kidston

Cath Kidston Clocks Pocket Mirror - £3 - John Lewis

Cath Kidston Clocks Pocket Mirror – £3 – John Lewis

John Lewis Inner Peace Yoga Bag - £4 - John Lewis

John Lewis Inner Peace Yoga Bag – £4 – John Lewis

John Lewis Assorted Lip Balm - £5 - John Lewis

John Lewis Assorted Lip Balm – £5 – John Lewis

Superdry Nail File Duo - £4.50 - John Lewis

Superdry Nail File Duo – £4.50 – John Lewis

Wax Lyrical Have A Totes Amaze Christmas Candle Tin - £4 - Tesco

Wax Lyrical Have A Totes Amaze Christmas Candle Tin – £4 – Tesco

Zara White Jasmine Christmas Edition Incense - £4.99 - Zara

Zara White Jasmine Christmas Edition Incense – £4.99 – Zara

Kikkerland Owl Contact Lens Case - £4 - Oliver Bonas

Kikkerland Owl Contact Lens Case – £4 – Oliver Bonas

Oliver Bonas Friendship Bracelet - £5 - Oliver Bonas

Oliver Bonas Friendship Bracelet – £5 – Oliver Bonas

Oliver Bonas Pearl Bracelet - £5 - Oliver Bonas

Oliver Bonas Pearl Bracelet – £5 – Oliver Bonas

Oliver Bonas Silver Two Hearts Drop Earring - £5 - Oliver Bonas

Oliver Bonas Silver Two Hearts Drop Earring – £5 – Oliver Bonas

Henry's Future Concrete Heart Pot - £4 - Notonthehighstreet.com

Henry’s Future Concrete Heart Pot – £4 – Notonthehighstreet.com

The Letteroom Letter Tile Style Buckets - £4.95 - Notonthehighstreet.com

The Letteroom Letter Tile Style Buckets – £4.95 – Notonthehighstreet.com

Beecycle Pack Of Five Message Beanstalk Seeds - £3 - Notonthehighstreet.com

Beecycle Pack Of Five Message Beanstalk Seeds – £3 – Notonthehighstreet.com

The Little Boys Room Personalised Bright Wooden Alphabet Train - £2.75 - Notonthehighstreet.com

The Little Boys Room Personalised Bright Wooden Alphabet Train – £2.75 – Notonthehighstreet.com

Sophia Victoria Joy Personalised Baby Keepsake Building Block - £5 - Notonthehighstreet.com

Sophia Victoria Joy Personalised Baby Keepsake Building Block – £5 – Notonthehighstreet.com

The Contemporary Home Decorative Sentiment Stone Heart - £3.50 - Notonthehighstreet.com

The Contemporary Home Decorative Sentiment Stone Heart – £3.50 – Notonthehighstreet.com

Sanctuary Spa 5min Thermal Detox Mask - £3 - Boots

Sanctuary Spa 5min Thermal Detox Mask – £3 – Boots

Sanctuary Spa Hand Wash White Lily and Damask Rose - £5 - Boots

Sanctuary Spa Hand Wash White Lily and Damask Rose – £5 – Boots

Sanctuary Spa Hand Lotion White Lily and Damask Rose - £5 - Boots

Sanctuary Spa Hand Lotion White Lily and Damask Rose – £5 – Boots

Bulldog Original Face Scrub For Men - £4.99 - Amazon UK

Bulldog Original Face Scrub For Men – £4.99 – Amazon UK

Bulldog Original Face Wash For Men (x2) - £4.50 - Amazon UK

Bulldog Original Face Wash For Men (x2) – £4.50 – Amazon UK

Bulldog Original After Shave Balm For Men - £4.99 - Amazon UK

Bulldog Original After Shave Balm For Men – £4.99 – Amazon UK

Nivea Men Shave Gift Pack - £5 - Amazon UK

Nivea Men Shave Gift Pack – £5 – Amazon UK

Nivea Men Minis Gift Pack - £4.50 - Amazon UK

Nivea Men Minis Gift Pack – £4.50 – Amazon UK

Sweaty Betty Winter Warmer Luxe Parka

“I love this sporty, stylish and fashionable winter coat from Sweaty Betty. I think it’s great for the city and outdoor activities. Don’t you?”

 

As winter approaches and the weather turns frosty and wetter (not that it hasn’t been wet all along – we live in Britain after all where rain gets featured as one of the top tourist attractions), I’m finding myself entering hibernation mode (involuntarily, of course) more often that I should. Forget outdoor activities, I can’t even bring myself to go to the gym where it’s warm! The thing is though, I prefer exercising outdoor, and I particularly like cycling to work. I can’t stand public transport – whenever I take the bus, I get stuck in traffic; whenever I take the tube, I get stuck underground! Despite the deteriorating weather condition, I still cycle, but I’m forcing myself to do it every time. And that’s the problem, I don’t want to have to force myself to do it, I want to enjoy doing it (like I did in the summer). So, thinking cap on; light-bulb moment achieved: I need to get myself a new clothes (anything) that would make me want to get on my bike. I need to be inspired! I told my husband about it earlier today; his response: “but you’ve got so many exercise clothes already” – men, they never understand, do they?! But you get me, right? Think about that time when you really want to do something just because you’ve bought a killer outfit and you can’t wait to wear it – right, right?? There you go, I knew you’d understand.

When it comes to workout clothes, Sweaty Betty is certainly one of my favourites (if not my favourite). I love their clothes – they’re stylish, comfortable, not too expensive (I don’t think it’s more than the mainstream brands) and the quality is really good. Anyway, look what I found on their website:

Sweaty Betty Winter Warmer Luxe Parka | www.angeliquelee.co.ukThey called it the “Winter Warmer Luxe Parka” – “The ultimate weather-proof jacket for day-to-day style and winter commutes, this durable layer is waterproof and windproof with an insulated lining for extra warmth. Drawing in at the waist for a flattering and feminine fit, this luxe parka jacket features a subtle camo-floral print. Reflective seams, velcro cuffs and a back cycle vent ensure maximum functionality.”

I love it! “Ultimate weather-proof” is exactly what I need to brace the wind and rain in this city! “Insulated lining for extra warmth” means it’s winter-ready – very practical! And the style… don’t you just love the style? I think it’s really flattering; it’s sporty yet fashionable. If I had one of these, I’d want to get on my bike and cycle to work even in the frostiest and wettest weather (within reason, of course – I’m not an unreasonable person; I wouldn’t, for example, cycle in a hurricane). Also, I think the reflective seams are a nice touch; it’d help me stay visible on the road. It’s a great parka for outdoor activities, I give you that (I’m thinking: walking, running, cycling, boating? etc). But I also think it’d make a good city wear – I can see myself wearing it over regular clothes, with leggings, jeans, and boots, going about my day (shopping, Starbucks-ing, lunching, walking around town, and in a few months… even pushing my pram with Baby G inside). So stylish!

So… all I want for Christmas is… (or rather, one of the things I want for Christmas is…) the Sweaty Betty Winter Warmer Luxe Parka! It’s a good investment! I think my husband would agree!

Disclosure: this is a non-sponsored post; all opinions are completely my own.

8 reasons why winter is my favourite season

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1. Winter fashion

There’s only so much you can wear in the summer – I always find it hard to accessorise my outfit. But in winter, oh… the ways in which you can layer and accessorise your clothes are countless: dresses over tights, cardigans over dresses, boots over tights, coats over cardigans. And then there are the accessories: the hats, the gloves, the mittens, the scarves, the shawls, the earmuffs, and they’re all so stylish and comfortable. Even at home, you get to wear warm cosy pyjamas, fuzzy socks, fluffy slippers… etc etc…

2. The cold crisp air

It refreshes you, especially when you step outside in the morning. It also tends to make your face stay matte and make-up stay put for much longer, and give you a natural rosy blush on your cheek. Beats humid, hot weather anytime.

3. The fact that it gets dark earlier

Am I weird? Maybe. But, you see, in the summer, when it’s dark, it means that the day is truly over and night-time has arrived (for me, that translates to bed time soon). But this is not the case in winter. Yes, in a sense, days are shorter but that doesn’t mean that the day is really over – for example, I like the feeling of discovering that it’s only 4pm when it’s dark outside; it makes me feel more productive when I work or do things through the “night“. Yes, weird, I know.

4. Cosy night in

Don’t you just love curling up on the couch in your warm cosy pyjama under a soft fleece blanket with a cup of hot chocolate (and marshmallows, of course) watching a good movie or catching up on that TV series you missed? Not the kind of thing you do on a hot summer night.

5. Holidays…

You’ve got to admit… winter is full of fantastic holidays and special occasions. Christmas, New Year, Valentine, Chinese New Year. It means: lovely, bright, colourful, and sometimes over the top (but who cares?!) decorations, christmas trees, presents, shopping (everything’s on sale!), festive mood, good food, off days, vacations… amazing, right?!?? Oh, don’t forget that we’ve also got Bonfire Night – spectacular fireworks, anyone?

6. First snow fall of the season and snow days

Sure, snow itself can be quite annoying, especially if you live in the UK where they never seem to be able to cope with even the slightest dusting of snow. But you must agree that it’s so very beautiful when it’s falling down and covering everything. Yes, it can be inconvenient, but that doesn’t stop me from wishing it’d snow every winter.

7. Hot soups, hot stews, hot beverages and grilled halloumi!

Mmmmm… yum… They’re incredibly warming and they make the house smell wonderful too.

8. It’s just sooo nice to sleep

Do you like sleeping on a humid, hot summer night? I don’t! You’re never quite sure whether or not to use the duvet, you get all sweaty and your body gets all sticky when you wake up. I very much prefer sleeping on a dark, cold winter night, snuggling cosily under my down duvet. Bliss!