The Ultimate Level Up Christmas Wishlist For Becoming 'That Girl'
Hey It-Girls, I don't know about you but I am feeling super festive right now! I'll admit, in previous years I've definitely been guilty of being a bit of a Scrooge (blame being overworked and underpaid) but this year just feels different. Maybe it's spending last Christmas in lockdown or a result of practicing gratitude and romanticising all the little moments in my life but I feel like all the things I used to take for granted or deem 'overrated' are bringing me so much joy right now. The Christmas markets, the colder weather, the cosy drinks; it all feels beautiful and such a welcome change as we head towards the end of the year. So with this newfound outlook, I decided to be a little more intentional with how I approach the holiday season for once. Instead of the usual shrug when someone asks what I want for Christmas, I've decided to take some inspiration from my young and very wise sister and actually make a list for once. I realised that now is the perfect opportunity to receive some of the resources I need to take my level up journey to the next level and I think it's something we could actually all benefit from on our quest to become our very own versions of 'that girl' (or an It-Girl if you will). So if like me, you've got big dreams for next year, I'll be sharing some gift ideas that you can add to your Christmas wishlist to get you ready for an amazing 2022!
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As someone who used to love coffee but now lives caffeine-free (due to insomnia and anxiety), I'm always on the lookout for a healthy natural alternative. Chicory and mushroom coffees are really popular and this particular brand also happens to be organic and vegan so if you're hoping to go caffeine-free next year, this is definitely one to try.
Does anyone else feel like they often end up neglecting night-time skincare? I basically have the same routine for day and night and have yet to find an effective evening skincare routine. So for the new year, I'm ready to step up my game and invest in specialised night serums so I can truly indulge in some 'beauty sleep'.
Fun and youthful but understated and sophisticated, if you're looking for a signature scent this is definitely one I recommend. This has quickly become my favourite day-to-night fragrance with uplifting top notes of lemon + fresh ginger, middle notes of rose & peony and base notes of amber and musk!
ACTIVEWEAR + ACCESSORIES
I have become completely obsessed with athleisurewear lately and love the whole retro sports socks and leggings aesthetic so naturally, Adanola pieces had to be on my wishlist! The socks are super versatile and pretty much go with any sporty or lounge outfits. Sports socks are also great to wear with boots during the winter! The sets are so dreamy and look so flattering and supportive on everyone I've seen wearing them - definitely a must-have for those 'hot girl walks'!
I've also fallen in love with tote bags purely for how much you can actually fit in them from work laptops to groceries from your local market. So versatile and stylish at the same time! I recently discovered this gorgeous sustainable small business called Rue Clotilde who make the most amazing recycled cotton tote bags that are perfect for running errands, going shopping or working on the go with your laptop in tow. I bought their 'Eco Fashion Club' tote for work but they recently released a new 'Yoga & Matcha Run' bag that I think would be perfect for weekends!
Speaking of gorgeous sustainable businesses, MANOLA is a Barcelona based loungewear brand that produce pieces on demand to avoid deadstock and reduce textile waste. This cute and cosy sweatshirt is the perfect piece for the colder months ahead; worn with leggings or sweats for laid-back winter style.
JOURNALS & PLANNERS
Okay so as a self-development junkie, journals are pretty much a guilty pleasure at this point. I'm obsessed with buying new journals but notoriously bad at actually filling them up. So the idea of a journal that I can use for 5-minutes a day sounds like a dream come true! I've been seeing this journal everywhere lately so I'm excited to hopefully try it for myself!
Okay so speaking of quick and effective journals this daily planner has been an absolute dream to use this year! As someone who is very sporadic when it comes to using planners, I love the fact that the pages aren't dated as it means I can actually make use of them all no matter how long it takes to fill up! It's also far less wasteful which is a huge plus! I also really love the fact that they have a holistic approach to daily planning and motivation including space for: quotes of the day, meal planning, shopping lists, expenses, daily exercise, water intake and self-care as well as ample writing space for notes!
Another must have from GGD London, this financial planner has been key in achieving my financial goals this year while still being able to treat myself to the things I love and enjoy. I found the monthly budget was great for seeing the bigger picture of my outgoings but it was the expense tracker that really opened my eyes to just how much I actually spend on Uber and takeaways (it's wild but definitely something to work on)!
HOME & LEISURE
I've seen these drink glasses everywhere and I don't know why but they're gorgeous. I love anything that will encourage me to make a nutritious green smoothie so I'm excited to hopefully get these.
Winter is coming and these days I can almost always be caught with a cup of oat hot chocolate from my local Starbucks or work café. Unfortunately, along with all that cosy goodness comes a lot of waste that I'm keen to reduce in 2022. This travel cup is actually made from recycled coffee husks (the external casing of coffee beans) which means that not only does it reduce the need for single use coffee cups but it also repurposes waste from the coffee industry which is amazing!
I literally cannot get enough of this candle! The scent is so warming and cosy and festive and can literally always lift me out of a bad mood! Suri London is an absolutely gorgeous sustainable black-owned small business with beautifully made self-care products including vegan skincare scrubs and soy wax candles. If you choose to gift yourself anything this year, I promise you won't regret getting this!