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Investment piece Christmas list and ASOS challenges and rewards

When I look back on Christmasses from when I was younger I always feel overwhelmed with the feeling of how lucky I was, and how generous my parents were (and are).  I will always remember the excitement of the weight of a pillowcase full of presents pressing down on my toes at the end of my bed, furiously tearing off reams of wrapping paper and then coming down to more presents lit by fairy lights under the tree and the joy of integrating new things into my collection of toys and belongings - with much loved items making way for new favourites.  I've mentioned before that my attitude to buying in the past has always been quantity over quality; preferring to own three Primark dresses rather than one Topshop dress for example, and that has always been replicated in Christmas lists - as I grew up my parents always wanted to buy me one special item at Christmas; a lovely watch or piece of jewellery for example, but my seemingly greedy nature meant that I could never give up on the ecstasy of mounds of stocking filler-esque presents to make way for one or two more quality, investment gifts.  This year I yet again filled my Amazon wishlist with books, slippers, pajamas etc when my Mum again raised the suggestion of buying me something that would be a really treasured present, rather than things I buy myself every month.  Since I've been working hard at my recent attempts to 'buy less, buy better' I've also been making a mental list of 'investment pieces' I feel I should own, and ones I feel I should spend out on and treasure the quality of for years to come - much like the lovely Becky's investment piece wishlist - and it occured to me to pop a couple of these on my Christmas list in case I really have been a good girl this year.  I can see how pleasurable it would be for her, or Tom to buy me the Michael Kors watch I've been putting £1 coins in a pot for months to save up for, for example, instead of a few Lush bath bombs, books and DVDs.  And I can see how amazing it would be for me (and how incredibly lucky I would feel) to be able to look down at, or put on something I feel amazing in and remember Christmas 2012 when it was given to me.

I feel like I'm sounding like a right Veruca Salt in this post and I really don't want it to come across that way. Above everything I treasure Christmas for the time I get to spend with friends and family, and the majority of my excitement comes from giving presents rather than receiving them.  I do feel so lucky that my parents and boyfriend are thinking of things to buy me that I'll treasure, and believe me, it comes out of their kindness and generosity rather than either of them having a bulging bank balance!

I've been nosing around ASOS the last couple of days trying to collate a wishlist of investment items - capsule wardrobe items if you will - and one of the things I've been dreaming of is a good quality winter coat.  Here are my favourites...

1. French Connection - £120 // 2. Mango - £109.99
3. ASOS - £100 // 4. (large photo) 4. Sessun Sissi - £235
5. ASOS - £35 // 6. ASOS £100
And of course what sort of blogger would I be if I wasn't lusting after a Michael Kors Rose Gold watch?  Here is the one I've been saving for...

Rose Gold Chronograph watch - £199

#bestnightever


I actually also received an email yesterday with some exciting news regarding ASOS that I wanted to share with you all.  They've teamed up with Yourvine, which is a platform that invites people to complete challenges in order to receive rewards, and there's loads of challenges coming up in conjunction with ASOS that mean you could get things like discounts off your next ASOS shop (25% and 30%), gift vouchers or Premier membership.  The challenges (centred around the hashtag #bestnightever) are things like taking a picture of your favourite party outfit, creating your perfect party outfit using ASOS’s fashion finder or pulling together a wishlist for your 3 favourite people. I've already signed up and I'm really excited for the launch next Wednesday (21st), especially since the challenges I've seen so far are things I love doing to while away time on the internet anyway! If you want to get involved you just need to sign up at Yourvine and they'll send details of the challenges when it's launched. I still haven't quite got away from my scrimping ways and so a 30% discount would certainly take a dent out of some out my wishlist items (and the list of presents I have for other people, yes I will be doing that too rather than just daydreaming about my own presents!)




11 comments

  1. I absolutely LOVE coat number three, it's so, so lovely!
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  2. I completely know what you mean about investment pieces. I have a wardrobe bulging full of clothes but hardly anything I feel will last me years! I've been trying to be selective but it's the naughty thrill I get from just *buying* something I need to shake out of! What a greedy guts. Love the watch, although I tried on my friend's and my weakling arm could nearly handle it :/ xx

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  3. coat number 3...I am ready for you. I need to start being more selective rathr than being a bargain basement queen. end up with laods of clothes...like all of them! x

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  4. Lovely post! I get really overwhelmed too, especially when I think about the fact that my mum was a single parent who ran her own business.

    Totally know what you mean... I distinctly remember seeing things I liked in Topshop one time but then hotfooting to Primark to buy a few crappy equivalents which I barely wore before going off them! Such a waste!

    I've been using the Amazon wishlist this year to help people with bday/xmas ideas but it's already looking like that of a 5-year old's! Love the berry and the mustard coats btw!

    @nickohlaa x x x x

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  5. Oh that watch really is beautiful. I know another blogger who saved to buy it too!
    Daisy Dayz
    Cross-Jones-Photography

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  6. Funny you should mention Miss Salt- I watched Charlie & The Chocolate Factory this afternoon (the Tim Burton version unfortunately, not the original). Perfect sleep Saturday movie.

    Still loving the buying better theory, and luckily, like you, I've been fortunate to have very generous parents, and in the last 5/6 years, my parents have given me fewer gifts in favour of something either useful or 'special', which is awesome. Some of my favourite jewellery have been birthday presents, and last year my parents bought me a smart pen which it turns out is the most useful thing ever for my new job. I really aspire to give gifts like my mother does.

    I still really like the michael kors 'blogger' watch, although I have to say, I've veered away from it, as although I love Rose Gold, I like it to contrast with another metal or colour.

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  7. The watch is pretty cool, but I'm still obsessed with Casio ones (I know, I know.. super hipster, but I can't help it!). I want all the different colours and sizes (a girl can dream :D).

    And the coats rock - number three is pretty amazing! :) xx

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  8. I am exactly the same with quantity over quality! I loveee that watch!
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  9. My favourite coat is the 4th one the Sessun Sissi one it's a lovely colour. I think I need to take a leaf out of your book when it comes to quality over quantity! xx

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  10. My mom has always been huge on quantity over quality. So even though we were dirt poor I had TONS of toys. Cheap plastic $1 to $10 toys. It took me years to convince my mom she only needs to get me one quality gift that I really want. We argued about it all the time. I kept seeing my friends getting the one thing they really wanted and one day I couldn't take it any more and we had an explosive fight! And since then she gets me a quality item with some cheap items. I guess that's a compromise. I may seem like a bad person here but in the end I think I got my mom to stop wasting her money on stuff I didn't want. I hate that she has instilled in me the fear of buying pricier items.

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  11. DKNY watch similar for £99 at h samuel

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