Whilst clothing options for petites have gotten a lot better in recent years, something that can still be a struggle each year is finding a winter coat. We’re still much shorter (pun totally intended) on options when it comes to long coats that – y’know – actually keep you warm without a breeze around the middle and with the right length sleeves. For example, ASOS currently have 24 petite coats on sale compared to 252 in their main collection* (not including maternity, plus & curve and tall because I know you girls are underrepresented and limited on choice, too.)

*Correct as of the 7th January 2017, and I know there are loads more places to buy coats from but considering ASOS has such a wide selection of clothing I wanted to use them as an example.

The Winter Coat of Petite Dreams

Petite winter coat from Miss Selfridge

Embroidered winter boots

Petite winter coat

Petite Faux Fur Collar Coat by Miss Selfridge via ASOS (also available in camel) // New Look Petite Jeggings // New Look wide fit embroidered heeled boots

This year I feel almost triumphant that I’ve found a coat that I genuinely love rather than settling for one just because it fit and I needed something warm to wear. It’s a delight from Miss Selfridge petite (which I bought from ASOS because I’m all about that ASOS Premier life) and it was a steal at £69.

Winter outfit

Embroidered boots

Now, I don’t want to detract from the coat but can we take a minute to admire these boots? The heel on them is quite high so I personally can’t walk in them for too long, but for going from car to desk they’re perfect. Plus I love that I basically just wore them here with some leggings and a top and boom – outfit.

Winter trends

The fashion shows are over and the look books for this season’s trends are in! So what is going to be big in the world of fashion and beauty this winter? Read on for the seven best on-trend tips:

Medium hairstyles: Out with the extremely long or short looks, this season is all about being somewhere in the middle. When it comes to hair, this means chopping between shoulder and ear length. You have many beautiful options when it comes to medium hairstyles, so choose the one which fits your bone structure best – you can always consult an expert hair stylist before making the big chop.

Glitter: From kitsch to trendy, glitter is a must have in the party scene this winter. Apply liberally in a range of colours for a fabulous and glamorous look! You can go for it in your eyeliner, eyeshadow, nails or even lips! It will also brighten your wintery look, since the tendency is to go darker this season.

Dark lips: As the nights are drawing in, there’s no need to bother with under-stated day looks or au natural. Indulge in a more dramatic style with deep shades of lip colour. Plum, maroon and dark scarlet were all in evidence on the catwalks this year so try a few of these exciting shades and see which works for you. And if you do decide to change your locks this winter, choosing between the range of trendy medium hairstyles, do go for a lighter colour as well, to give that fashionable contrast!

Fake fur: Fake fur is one trend that will help you stay warm this winter. Think collars, linings or boots with fake fur round the edges. Anything that will keep you cosy and give you that glamorous edge.

Boyfriend jumper: There’s nothing better than snuggling up in an old woolly jumper during winter and luckily, this year, you’ll be right on trend when you do. Steal from your boyfriend or buy outright. Either way, oversized, scruffy-looking but effortlessly casual at the same time is definitely the way forward.

Dramatic eyeliner: As with lips, eye makeup this season is big, brash and unapologetic. Think dark sweeps across the eye, fishtails and patterns.

Keep warm, look glamorous and stay up to date with the important fashion trends. This winter is full of great styles so head out to the shops and get creative with your look!

Thank you to All Things Hair for writing this post for Little Babble. 

Sleeping Beauty's Castle in Disneyland ParisWeek-long lazy holidays aren’t as fun anymore…
…Shorter jam-packed getaways are so much better
Disneyland Paris is truly the most magical place on Earth
Fancy dress dog walks are THE best way to spend a Sunday afternoon
Spending time with, and looking after, a child isn’t as scary as it seemsRupert and Colin in Devil Costumes No job or salary is worth your health
You spend most of your time in work so it’s okay to be picky when it comes to next career steps
If something sounds too good to be true then it probably is
Sometimes you should probably just get the last train home
Bikini waxes hurt
Hangovers are so much worse when you reach 25
Greece Snapshots Rhodes 6Friends weddings are so much better than family members weddings (sorry)
Cervical screenings are uncomfortable, but not as uncomfortable as receiving the letter saying your result was abnormal (all ok now but go for your smears, people!)
Espresso martinis are not only utterly delicious but they make you feel crazy sassy
Getting surprise flowers delivered to work feels as special and lovely as I always expected it would
Everything is better with a hot water bottle

If you’re anything like me, you’ll constantly be on the lookout for new products, techniques or treatments to keep your eyebrows in good shape. As much as a monthly wax/thread topped up with a daily comb through and filler can do the job of framing your face nicely, sometimes you just want something a little more permanent.

This is where the eyebrow treatment of 2016 (and 2017 too, I bet) comes in. Microblading, if you haven’t heard about it already, is a permanent treatment to give fuller brows that look natural. Microblading involves very thin, short hair-like strokes being tattooed on to the desired shape of the brow. The before and after images of the treatment speak for themselves.

Karen Betts’ Microblading Technique

“It’s incredibly important to me and my team that the brows we create suit the facial shape, thickness and natural colouring of the person; to make the brows look natural.” – Karen Betts

The Queen of Brows, Karen Betts (who also brought us HD Brows, FYI), is the go-to person when it comes to microblading. She has twenty years experience using the technique and has developed her own elite team who aim to create the best natural looking brows as possible. Karen’s technique involves using a small handheld device with a sharp blade at the bottom to draw small hair-like strokes onto the brows. Karen uses KB PRO Pigments that are designed to blend in with her client’s natural hair colouring.

For more information on Karen Betts and her microblading techniques you can visit her website here.

 

If you’re looking for hints and tips on throwing the perfect Christmas party then look no further. Today, I’m handing over the Little Babble reigns to Nat from Help I’m Getting Married to share a post all about her tips and advice on hosting the perfect Christmas party.

Hosting the Perfect Christmas Party

The Best Drinks to Serve at a Christmas Party

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As much as I love giving and receiving presents at Christmas, the real pleasure for me comes from spending time with family and friends. And whilst it feels like getting all of my loved ones in one room is growing increasingly difficult with every passing year, Christmas is the one time where there is no room for excuses. Without sounding like I’m quoting a line from a classic gangster movie, at Christmastime, it’s family over everything. It’s one of the few points in the year where most people will take annual leave at the same time, and will hopefully be in good spirits. It’s a time to catch up with those distant cousins or friends that live on the other side of the country. It’s a time to eat and drink whatever you like before you swear to yourself in January that this is the year you finally get fit.

Of course, all of this extra socializing means that inevitably you are likely to have to play hostess at some point over the festive period. But there is no getting away from the fact that hosting at Christmastime can be incredibly stressful, whether it’s a casual dinner party, or a more civilized drinks and canapes evening. I have spent many an evening running between the kitchen and living room to check on the dinner whilst only catching the tail end of stories, or trying to talk to guests whilst subtly checking if their drinks need topping up.

But after many years of practice, I feel like I have finally mastered the art of hosting a Christmas party, and am all too happy to be able to share my top festive tips!

Winter Warmer Cocktails

If your friends and relatives are anything like mine, then alcohol features heavily at Christmastime. A great way to get your guests in the party spirit is to make some festive cocktails to greet them with upon arrival.  I’ve tried out many options over the years, but the cocktails that have always gone down best are the ones that incorporate the smells and flavours that we associate with this time of year. Rather than mulled red wine, why not serve mulled white wine using dried apricots and honey? Or my own personal favourite, a winter whiskey sour with decorative edible gold glitter to really dazzle your guests.

Christmas Party Decorations

A key player at any Christmas party is the decorations, and over the years I have found that making a little extra effort in dressing the table or room can really add to the festive atmosphere.

If you’re hosting a sit-down meal then think about a festive centerpiece. It shouldn’t take up too much precious table space, but centerpieces are a great way of creating height on your Christmas dinner table. If you’ve got a bigger budget, then you might consider hiring luxury party planners to look after the decorations for you, but DIY decorations work equally as well if you are particularly good at crafts.  Personal taste will off course play a big part, but there are plenty of festive ideas out there if you are thinking about creating your own centerpiece, table settings or decorations.

However it’s equally as important not to be too overambitious. I speak from experience when I say that snow in a can will not make your house look like a winter wonderland, but it will make a huge mess. So make sure you don’t bite off more than you can chew.

Christmas Party Music

After you’ve spent a lot of time carefully selecting cocktails and decorations, the next priority for any Christmas party is the playlist. Everyone loves those classic Christmas songs, but walking in to a party that has ‘All I Want for Christmas is You’ on full volume before you have even had a drink can feel a little overwhelming. Create a playlist that starts with more mellow songs, and increases in tempo as the evening draws on. Save those big Christmas hits to the end, stand back and watch as your nearest and dearest belt out the lyrics to ‘Fairytale of New York’ with all the festive enthusiasm they can muster.

Party Layout

Whilst this might not sound like a particularly glamourous thing to think about when planning a Christmas party, considering the layout of the space will work wonders once your guests arrive. If your dining table is in a different room to your kitchen, perhaps you can set up a side table with spare napkins, barware and other essentials to stop you running back and forth. Or if you are hosting a drinks evening, think about setting up a bar area so that people can help themselves to drinks as and when they need them.  Doing this will not only save you from a lot of running around, but will enable you to actually enjoy the party that you have so carefully planned!

Guest post written by Nat. Nat lives in Brighton with her husband Mike and cat James. She has her husband to thank for getting in to blogging, as his proposal was the inspiration behind her blog, Help I’m Getting Married. Nat loves travelling, cocktails and of of course, writing! You can find her tweeting @martinnathalie9.