My New York trip is only a few months away but already I’m excited about the shopping prospects. After casually stalking Marc Jacobs handbags and purses for what seems like a lifetime, I think I’ve finally made my mind up and now I can start saving for the big spend.

Temptingly named Too Hot To Handle, the new season Marc by Marc Jacobs accessories collection is gorgeous. Featuring on-trend shades of mink and lipstick, with the trademark gold designer plaque, I’m completely in love.

It was a hard task choosing from the options in the range, but these are the items I’m hoping to have saved enough dollars to buy.

MARC BY MARC JACOBS
TOO HOT TO HANDLE
SLIM ZIP WALLET, £185, HARRODS

MARC BY MARC JACOBS
TOO HOT TO HANDLE
TEXTURED LEATHER TOTE, £470, NET-A-PORTER

If any of my American readers could recommend where’s best to buy these lovelies in New York City that would be much appreciated – a bargain always helps!
Scottish fashion blogger. Always having a blonde moment.

It’s that depressing time of year when you realise all the parties are over and the return to the office is imminent. I don’t bother with resolutions, usually because I manage to break them before the ink’s dried on the list, but I thought I’d come up with some this year that may be achievable. And also remind myself of the ones that are definitely unachievable, no matter what year it is…

REAL RESOLUTIONS

1 Clear out the closet

Anything that has tags/not been worn ever/not been worn in 6 months/only ever been tried on in the safety of my bedroom is going, going, gone. Whether it’s ebay or the nearest charity shop, it’s time to say goodbye to the ghosts of fashions past, taking up precious dust-gathering space in my shiny new wardrobes.

2 Stop panic-buying

I need to realise that the sinking feeling when I look at my wardrobe is not due to lack of clothes. It’s due to lack of clothes that I want to wear. Maybe if I clear out the stuff I hate, I’ll be able to get a better view of the things that make me look and feel good, no matter how many times they’ve had an outing. And no amount of free next day delivery offers from asos is going to tempt me. Honest.

3 Use a make-up bag

Thanks to Santa, I obtained a cracking new set of Topshop make-up brushes, so there’s really no excuse for not taking care of them.

I’m sure there’s more bacteria in my handbag than the average public toilet, so is it any wonder my make-up brushes are usually awash with spot-transmitting particles? Time to clean up my act and get used to simple storage habits. It may also save me time when trying to find my keys on the way home from a night out…

4 No more chips

Dior Manicure – Gentle Nail Enamel Remover, £13, Harrods

It’s not a ban on the deep-fried variety (though that may not be a bad idea) but a vow to get rid of varnish the minute it starts flaking. Years ago, a stylist I worked with told me chipped nail polish looked cool. I think she lied. But then it was Shoreditch and maybe that’s fine. This year I’m going to aim to keep some nail polish remover handy at all times. And vow not to varnish over three-day-old colour.

5 Invest in a grown-up handbag

Marc by Marc Jacobs Globetrotter Calamity Rei Tote, £380, Harrods

I’m 30 this year and while the thought of not being a twentysomething actually terrifies me, there’s got to be an upside, right? A trip to New York City a few days after I officially say goodbye to my twenties is the perfect excuse to treat myself to a designer handbag. I’ve heard that Marc Jacobs does a good range of consolation goodies, designed to keep you looking young and happy… I intend to find out if that’s true!

THE ETERNAL FAILURES

1 Lose weight

Davina Intense DVD, £13.93, Amazon.co.uk 

From Patsy Kensit promoting the joys of WeightWatchers to Davina McCall inflicting her latest workout DVD on us, January is the month when we are most vulnerable to the promise of shedding some pounds in a few simple steps. Why’s it always so hard then? Maybe because we’re not pampered celebs with endless hours of the day to fill counting maple syrup shots or carb allowances? Generally, the only thing we lose is our hard-earned cash when we sign up to the latest get thin quick scheme. Save your pennies and starve yourself instead, at least then you’ll have some money left over to fit into that dress you’ve been lusting after. I’m joking of course, but you get the point.

2 Delete his number

This will be the year you finally say goodbye to that toxic waster that’s clogging up your recently dialled list. But then, who would entertain you at 2am on a Sunday morning after one too many sambucas? Exactly. Plus, no one actually believes you didn’t write his number in your diary before you deleted him digitally. Especially him. Maybe read this self-help book instead, written by a self-confessed bad boy/toxic waster type:

The Manual: A True Bad Boy Explains How Men Think, Date, and Mate


3 Open a savings account

Apart from the fact that there are so many rainy days in Scotland that you don’t need to save for one, what’s the actual point in this? Living costs are rising, wages are standing still and we’ll probably all be dead before we’re old enough to retire if the government has its way. And do you think we’re stupid enough to let the banks keep anything safe for us these days? Thought not.

4 Learn a language

While the thought of mastering an exotic new language is appealing, there will never be enough hours in the day to take an evening class in Spanish/Italian/Russian. Unless the teacher is a cultured piece of eye candy of course. Plus, when in doubt, isn’t that what Google Translate is for?

5 Stop smoking/drinking/eating chocolate/reading horoscopes

Anything we have to try hard to give up is always a pleasure, guilty or otherwise. Denial is bad for the soul, indulge and be happy. In moderation, of course.

Wishing you all a happy and hopefully prosperous 2013!

Scottish fashion blogger. Always having a blonde moment.

Halloween is all but over and this year I didn’t even make it to a party. No dressing up, no trick or treating, no ghosts and ghouls. But to be fair, there’s enough ghouls, goblins, gremlins, guys out there on a normal weekend, so I’ll never be too far away from a haunting or disturbing experience. It’s a horror/freak show out there, depending on which way you look at it. And it’s those that look the most normal that usually have the biggest skeletons in their closet.
 
Yesterday was #NationalTextYourExDay according to the official guide to life, Twitter. Talk about an early Halloween horror show – why would you? ‘Ex’ marks the start of many great adjectives – exhausting, exasperating, excruciating. Don’t let twitter fool you into thinking it’s an excellent/exciting/exhilarating idea to participate in this ploy to up your mobile phone usage. You’ll only end up hating yourself. Again. Unless you’re drunk of course. And so is he…
 
But enough about men, let’s talk about fashion. The dark side’s not just for Halloween – it’s for Christmas and New Year too, judging by the catwalk and high street collections. Suits me – I bought a black Christmas tree the other day (£10 from B&M stores – bargain!) so I’ll be entering into the gothic festive cheer this year. 
 
Deluxe Black Christmas Tree, £9.99, B&M Stores
Needless to say I won’t be decorating it as pictured, but you get the idea. If anyone knows where I can get a skull instead of a star to sit at the top of the tree, it would be much appreciated!
 
I found some bewitching buys that would’ve been perfect to wear for Halloween, but since the gothic trend’s continuing for a few months yet, I think they’re worth investing in/saving for:
 
Grey Cross Print Vest, £20, Miss Selfridge
Skull dress, £14, Kylie @ M&Co

 

Lipstick in Wicked, Topshop, £9

 

Black Cross Print Leggings, £12.99, New Look

 

Black Skull Print Dress, £19.99, New Look

 

Tom Ford Nail Lacquer in Bitter Bitch, £25, Harrods

 

Valentino So Noir Pony Slingback, £715, Harrods

 

Alexander McQueen Skull Print Silk-Chiffon Scarf, £165, Net-a-Porter.com

 

Markus Lupfer Sequin Embellished Vampire Wool Sweater, £290, Net-a-Porter.com

 

Zoe Karssen Bat Print Sweater, £95, Matches

 

Skull Stretch Bracelet, £8, ASOS

 

Lipsy Cross Print Jumper, £32, Next
 
 
Scottish fashion blogger. Always having a blonde moment.