RECIPES

Six Christmas recipes that will blow your guests away

You’ve probably already planned the turkey and have thought about dessert but what about all the treats and trimmings? Here are some ideas to take your Christmas dinner to the next level. Click the images to go through to the recipe.

These adorable little Santas are made from strawberries and icing, so simple but so effective!

These mini pancake bites make great snacks to pass around to guests during any Christmas party.. They’re really tasty and look great too!

Toffee vodka, ’nuff said.

This is the kind of thing I dream of. It is, essentially, a small cup of melted hot chocolate with some milk, sugar and butter. It might worth limiting this to a one-off Christmas treat…

Want to try something a bit different on Christmas Day? Why not try this flaky, Turkey wellington. Great for Boxing Day.

Nutella truffles made with just four ingredients. These look delicious and I think I may have just given myself more Christmas baking to do!

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10 homemade Christmas gifts you’d actually want to receive

I love giving and receiving home made gifts for Christmas, it’s a great feeling to be able to spend time and effort creating something truly unique for someone you love. Over the past few years, I’ve been making cookies and sweets for friends and family and we’re stepping that up one this year (no hints!) but that’s nothing compared to these amazing handmade gifts. Click the pictures to go through to the full tutorial.

 Sharpie art on white plates and mugs is surprisingly easy. All you have to do is draw your design on a plate or mug – using a stencil, if you like – then bake in the oven. Click the picture to go through to Yes Missy where you’ll find all sorts of Sharpie tutorials.

These made great gifts as they look pretty, everyone can use them and they’re easy to make too. 

Easy to make and super indulgent. It smells like cupcakes too. You could then decorate the jars with your own labels, some glitter and plenty of ribbon!

The perfect winter warmer. This cocoa gift tutorial will show you exactly what you need to make some really cool cocoa kits full of all the little extras you need for an amazing hot chocolate includintg marshmallows and sprinkles.

Chic, unique and you can’t even tell they’re handmade. These watercolor mugs would make a great gift for those stylish people in your lives.

A festive beauty product that even comes with these cute little labels.

Make your own dancing baby groot. Who wouldn’t want one of these?

This is a candle that not only smells like cake but includes the sprinkles too!Colorful, useful and lovely little indulgence. Make these DIY bath salts for friends, family and colleagues, you can’t go wrong.

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Amazing festive decorations

We’ve been scouring Pinterest for some of the coolest holiday decorations out there. If you haven’t put your tree up already, let these fantastic images inspire you.

This is a really traditional, festive look. Replicate it with lots of red, green and white details. Make sure there are lots of snuggly cushions and blanket around too.

Make your own bauble decorations by tying ribbon to different sizes and hanging them from your staircase. You can also hang these above your window or from the ceiling too.

Green and red might be the traditional colours for free trimming but why not try different shades of blue along with silver too.

A wintry table runner makes a great center piece for Christmas dinner. Decorate it with candles, beautiful flowers and Christmas goodies such as little snowmen and reindeer.

Make your own bauble tree from small branches and a vintage vase. This would work nicely in place of a larger Christmas tree.Decorate the entrance hall of your home. Festive garlands can make a hallway feel really bright and welcoming.

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And the winner of the iPad Air is…

Our iPad Air 2 competition has now come to an end but it’s not the end of competitions here at Shoplinkz. We’re currently developing rewards for active users (so get creating those lists!) and we’re working on an exciting new competition too.

Congratulations to Ruth Harwood who is our very lucky winner!

Those of you who didn’t win, stick around. You’ll have plenty of chances to win some great prizes in the future so watch this space.

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Gift guide: Under $50

Here’s a gift guide for those of you who want to buy something really nice for family and friends but don’t really want to break the bank.

Plumb Pretty Sugar do these amazing gift sets for $40 that include a cute tote, eyemask and headband. It would make a great gift for anyone who loves to be pampered or who simply enjoys the finer things in life.

Superdry do all sorts of great gifts for both men and women. We love these signature tees, they’re just $40.

Fisheye Phone Lens

Thid Fisheye Phone Lens is just $20 and it’s great for anyone who considers themselves a bit of an iPhoneographer.

Floral Skull Wall Decal

For anyone who appreciates a bit of interior style, this Floral Skull Wall Decal would makea great gift and it’s only $39.

I’m in the camp that everyone needs a Christmas sweater but it doesn’t have to be garish or cheesy. This fairisle sweater is perfect and it’s just $48.

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Gift guide: Under $100

If you’re looking for a special gift for a friend or family member then we’ve got you covered. Here are some amazing gifts for the people you love most in the world, no matter their tastes.

The chance to design their own shoes

20141119_ShoesofPrey_32Shoes of Prey is a service that allows anyone to design their own shoe then have it made and sent out to them. You can customise everything from heel height, to colors, to the little details. Visit the website and have a play if you fancy drooling over some lovely shoes. If someone you know loves designing clothes, dressing up and being creative then a $50 or $100 gift certificate would go down a treat!

Sports video camera

HD camera under 100

It’s possible to get a sport video camera that can be mounted to a helmet or dashboard for under $100. Check out this Vivitar 12.1 MP Full HD Camera. It includes a bicycle mount and a helmet mount, as well as waterproof casing. This is the perfect gift for anyone who loves extreme sports (or wants to get YouTube famous).

Herschel Backpack

This amazing Herschel backpack is just $69. It works for both men and women and would make a very thoughtful gift for anyone who values style and comfort.

Urbanears Headphones

Okay, so who wouldn’t want an amazing pair of over-ear headphones like these? A thoughtful gift for music lovers everywhere and they only cost $60. There’s a range of colors too so you can choose your loved one’s favourite.

Jewelry organizer

This elegant branch jewelry organizer was $89 but it’s now just $29.99. Snap it up, it’s the perfect gift for anyone who loves accessories.

Hawkley PJ set

A chic, simple gift that is bound to be well received. This Hawkley PJ set from Jack Wills just screams luxury.

Fitbug Orb

This is a fitness tracker with its own built in coach and it’s only $49. It would make the perfect gift for anyone who loves to workout.

What do you want this Christmas?

 

 

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A fashionista’s guide to happiness

A feel-good post from us today looking at how fashion makes us feel as well as how we can be happier people. We’d love to know your thoughts on this as well as if you already implement these!

There’s no hard and fast rule when it comes to happiness but hopefully these will give you some ideas as to how you can be happier.

Happiness isn’t about those big things in your life, happiness doesn’t just come from weddings, babies and riding off into the sunset. The truth is, you’ll be happier if you let all the little things in life contribute to how happy you feel.

Always dress up

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Dressing up, even for the most mundane of tasks, can make you feel good. You don’t need to wear heels to the supermarket but wear something that makes you feel confident. This isn’t about dressing a certain way or putting on make-up because of what others might think, it’s about feeling good in what you are wearing.

Think about how kids choose to dress given half a chance. You can be a princess/Batman/a pirate if you so wish.

Don’t care so much about what people think

This follows on nicely from the above. Don’t worry about what people might think of you. Wear and do what makes you happy.

Get up before everyone else

Even if all you do is make a cup of coffee and read a book, try and get up early. This way you can make the most of your day.

You might use the time productively to get some work done or you might take that time to sit quietly and meditate on the day ahead of you.

Exercise

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Ignore what everyone says about exercise being for fat loss; instead, exercise because it makes you feel good. Run early in the morning to clear you head for the day. Do Zumba with your friends because it’s fun. Lift weights to feel like a superhero.

Drink more water

Water is good for your brain, skin, eyes and general health. Dehydration can lead to impaired mental capacity so keep hydrated throughout the day. Generally, if you have a headache, can’t focus or generally feel a bit low, the chances are you’re dehydrated.

Get organised

If you are feeling in a bit of a slump, take a few hours off to reorganise your entire wardrobe. Refold all your clothes, give away or sell unwanted items and make everything much easier to go through when you’re looking for an outfit.

The same goes for your workspace, make sure it’s tidy because a cluttered working area can make you feel stressed and you might not even realise it.

Read books

Books on fashion, photography and art. Or just get lost in the latest novel from your favourite author.

It’s so important to take some time to yourself and reading a book is one of those things you can do almost anywhere.

Socialise

Go out with friends, organise a date-night with your significant other, throw a party. Don’t get stuck in the routine of eat, work, eat, work, eat, TV, sleep.

Explore

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Wells Next The Sea, UK – A spot less than 30 miles from where I live.

You don’t have to go off to the furthest reaches of our planet but you should always explore, even if it’s just your home town. Discover new things, learn about different places and witness the sunrise.

Try to travel, you don’t always have to go very far to see some amazing sights, meet wonderful people and to experience things you’ll talk about for years to come.

Whenever you are somewhere new, explore on foot (if it’s safe to do so!). This will give you a better feel for that place that no tour or guidebook ever will.

What makes you happy?

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Partywear inspiration

One of the best things about the holiday season is getting together with friends and family for a party. It doesn’t matter if it’s the kind of party where it’s okay to wear pyjamas and bring ice cream or if you’re required to wear your highest heels and slinkiest dress. Here’s some partywear inspiration.

The biggest party of the season

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 Holidays: Party by shoplinkz featuring a gold purse

Lots of glitz, lot of texture and some beautiful shoes are perfect for a big party. This is your chance to get dressed to the nines.

A night in with the girls

Holidays: Warm

 Holidays: Warm by shoplinkz featuring genuine leather boots

Put on your snuggliest winter clothes and head to a friend’s for good food, drink and a movie.

After-work drinks

Holidays: Drinks after work

 Holidays: Drinks after work by shoplinkz featuring side zip boots

Red dress, green coat, what could be more festive. Just add some tinsel in your hair and you’re good to go. This makes a fantastic outfit for after-work drinks.

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Cyber Monday Deals

Looking for somewhere to shop online on the busiest shopping day ahead of Christmas? Look no further… We’ve got the best Cyber Monday voucher codes, coupons and deals listed below.

ASOS

30% off everything with the code ILOVEMONDAYS.

Perfect for sorting out your partywear for December. We love this embellished midi dress. It’s usually $227.40 but with that discount it’s just $159.18.

Karmaloop

15% off $35 | 20% off $75 | 25% off £150 (plus a $15 gift card) | 40% off $350 (plus a $25 gift card)

Use the code BREAKINTERNET.

Amazon

Get a Fire HD 7, 7″ HD Display, Wi-Fi, 8 GB for just $109. This makes such a good Christmas present for anyone who love reading and technology.

The Shopping Channel

Reduced from $1199.97 to $839.

Superdry

Superdry have 30% off everything. Great news if you’re looking for gifts or perhaps a new winter coat.

Paperchase

20% off everything with the code HAPPYHOLIDAYS. Perfect for your Christmas cards, decorations, gifts and more!

Petsafe

10% off everything with the code THX10. If you want to get something special for your pets, this is the place to shop. From toys and food, to adorable clothing.

Let us know what you’re buying this Cyber Monday.

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Best Black Friday sales

Happy Thanksgiving! Black Friday is upon us tomorrow so we thought we’d round up some of the best deals across the web. It’s time to get shopping.

50-inch Panasonic TV for $199.99

This TV from Best Buy is a great addition to any home that’s looking to upgrade to a 50-inch screen. Perfect for days spend watching movies of binge-watching the latest TV boxset (who hasn’t got around to Breaking Bad, yet?).

Apple Macbook Air for $854.99

Another great deal from best buy. The latest Macbook Air.

40% off Star Wars toys


Amazon has an amazing 40% off Star Wars toys. These make great gifts, or you could just treat yourself…

Xbox One with Assassins Creed for $329 (plus get a $30 Walmart giftcard)

This is a great Black Friday deal from Walmart for anyone who wants one of the newest games consoles in their lives. You also get a $30 Walmart giftcard too.

Up to 50% off at Jack Wills

This British brand has up to 50% off both ladies’ and gents’ clothing on their USA site.



They’re also doing a special 30% off offer for customers over Black Friday.