Get your finger on the pulse

Tired of reading about some must-buy item in your favourite magazine or on your favourite blog, only to find out it's sold out quickly in-store, and even more quickly online? Well, someone has devised a way to keep you up to date, with very little effort on your part.

Shop Pulse is a new website that launches on Monday. The site is a compilation of all the new items from a selection of high street and designer retailers. You can browse through the images, or filter by category (bags, accessories, clothing, shoes) or shop by price. You can also filter by high street or designer.

The site is updated daily, and you can look at what was new yesterday, last week, or last month. You can also sign up for the Shop Pulse Edit, which is basically a newsletter of highlights sent to your email address.

Could online shopping get any easier?


Inspired by nature...and Glasgow

If you're looking for some jewellery, and you'd like something a bit different, check out Abigail A Percy's designs. I stumbled across her website through her blog, which gives you a nice wee peek into her inspiration and observations of Glasgow.

Her jewellery is handmade, and from what I saw, very much inspired by nature. I particularly loved the hollyhock silhouette necklace, but it's all very pretty, with Abigail's use of bright gold and soft, sorbet coloured stones. And, according to her blog, there's still enough time to order items from for Christmas.

Pure snuggly luxury

I bought some grey Ruby & Ed leg warmers off ASOS yesterday, and they arrived this morning. I couldn't resist, as they were £20 marked down from £50 in the Outlet section of the website. They are amazing. I put them on under my wide legged trousers, and they feel like a cuddle. Like I've wrapped my legs in warm purring kittens. Okay, that's a weird image, but they're LOVELY.

 And they'll be perfect in my Dad's old, cold, London flat on Christmas, as all my flannel pjs are too short for me.

But this I vow: I will never, ever, wear them over tights with a skirt, a la image to the left. Never. Ever.


Oh no it's another gift guide

Okay, ubiquitous gift guide time. It is December after all, and despite the plethora of guides, advice and assistance out there, people do still struggle to find the right present. So here's a list of suggestions based on what I like to give and receive:

For music lovers
Get ahead of the sound technology curve and get your loved one the super stylish Audio Chi headphones - with a retro design, and futuristic sound quality, these beauties offer the best of both worlds. Plus, a pop-up store has just appeared in Prince's Square, which means the only problem you'll have is choosing which colour to buy.

For phone lovers
Knomo has introduced a range of iPod and iPhone covers that would work equally for men or women, but if you really want to splash out, you could go for the Apple range from Mulberry. Yes, my phone needs a wee £150 bag all its own.

For glamorous girls
Poppy King, the Lipstick Queen, has introduced Chinatown, a new range of chubby lip pencils that cover lips in a translucent red, pink or orange hued sheen. The woman at Space NK assures me the coverage lasts for ages.
For winos
Wine is always a great gift, if you know that the person you're giving it to does like it. For great wine advice, visit Snooth, a sort of online resource/community/shop for people who love the vino. There are all sorts of articles on different varieties of wine, so you're bound to find something for all tastes.

For people who sparkle
Astley Clarke is the place to buy beautiful, unique, designer jewellery. This green fluorite nest ring or these pink freshwater pearl stud earrings should do the trick.

If you're buying for a man, how about these red chalcedony cufflinks? But watch out gentlemen, the ladies will be sneaking these onto their own french cuffs.

For the eternal child
One of Christian Louboutin's Barbies is finally available on Net-a-Porter. Catsuit and Louboutins included.

For fashion loving readers
The fascinating Gentlemen of Bakongo should be on the bookshelves of fashionable men and women alike. This book chronicles the men who follow the Congo's 'religion of clothing'.

Alternatively, you could pick up The Sartorialist, the book of the popular blog, which shows many people strolling about looking effortlessly fabulous.

For lovers of pointless gadgets
The worlds bestest useless gadget has to be the Sega indoor fireworks projector. Set this baby up after Christmas lunch and ooh and ahh from the comfort and warmth of your own sitting room. It creates a spectacular show with no adverts!


The best use for rubber I can think of

Let me guess - you got up later than you wanted to and saw the rain and couldn't be bothered going down to Buchanan Street when H&M opened on the day they launched the Jimmy Choo collaboration, and all that was left by the time you got there was a handful of studded leather bracelets. Am I right? Well, console yourself with this other Jimmy Choo collaboration - one that will seem most appropriate coming out of the wettest November on record. That's right, crocodile-print Wellington boots. Perfect. Available at Net-a-Porter and at Glasgow's House of Fraser.


December wish list

Now that I've been paid, I can start shopping again! Okay, it will mostly be for presents for other people, but that won't stop me from compiling a new wish list.

I must be depressed by the increased darkness, because most of what is on it is bright bright bright. I'm usually a person who dresses in various shades of black, grey, and beige. Maybe I should put a SAD light on the list as well.

This turquoise DKNY clutch would be perfect for all my Christmas party needs. Buy it at Net-a-Porter.
Not bright enough for you? This yellow purse would be like carrying a wee chunk of the sun in your handbag. Available from Avril Gau.

I don't under understand why House of Harlow keeps selling out the instant any of the online shops get the pieces in stock, but I do quite like this bracelet at My-Wardrobe. I think it would look fab layered with my gold Missoma charm bracelet and the Hermes horse bit choker I wear as a bracelet.

I have officially worn out my black studded Ash trainers - yesterday found me hunched on Buchanan street with a shoe full of water that had entered through the hole in the sole. So, I've replaced them with these white patent leather Converse ones at Net-a-Porter.
The collaboration I'm most excited about this year is the Mawi jewellery for ASOS. Even when Mawi appears in Cocosa's secret sales, it's still too expensive! I like pretty much everything they've done for this collaboration, but this necklace in particular stands out to me. Alternatively, for a bit less I could get one of the many 80s inspired necklaces from the Gogo/Topshop collaboration.
Cognisant of the fact that I will be walking miles and miles all over London at Christmas, I'm looking to get an additional pair of comfortable shoes. I'm thinking these ones by Nine West at Kurt Geiger. Okay, so they're mostly black, but everything else on my list is bright, so I think it's the exception that proves the rule.

Oh, and a black cardigan by Splendid at Net-a-Porter. That proves the rule too. But, I'll just apply some of my MAC strobe cream to lighten up all that black I'll inevitably continue to wear.


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