We are forever planning our next adventure at Wisteria London HQ, so we thought we would share The Jetsetter Christmas Gift Guide on what to get the stylish traveller in your life, or maybe you’re one yourself (in which case, subtly share this post with anyone who needs a nudge in the right direction!)
From travel document wallets, to passport cases and travel mugs, our range of travel accessories are the perfect gift for the girl who loves to travel whilst doing so in style.
Organisation is key to a relaxing journey. Why carry everything separately when you can have all your travel documents in one convenient place?
Our Alice Scott and Yes Studio travel wallets are the ultimate must have for any traveller! These luxury textured, leatherette travel wallets will store all your travel documents and currency in one convenient place. The pink and green banana leaf print exterior on the Alice Scott wallet, features the words ‘OUT OF OFFICE’ in embossed gold detailing, while the pink Yes Studio Wallet is printed in red with the words ‘ROADTRIPS AND OCEAN DIPS.’ Inside each of the travel wallets you will find labelled tabbed compartments, for easy access to tickets, boarding cards, passport and currency with a zip compartment for change and smaller items.
Our passport cases and luggage tags are perfect for the girl who loves to travel. The stylish designs (which also match the travel wallets), come beautifully boxed ready to gift this Christmas. The leatherette luggage tags will be easy to spot, ensuring that you grab your suitcase and start your vacay stat.
Protect your make-up essentials with our small and large cosmetic bags. The Alice Scott ‘Not Just A Pretty Face’ make-up bag is compact in design. It’s size and simplicity means that it is perfect for your cabin bag or check in luggage. An ideal carry case for your make-up, or easily lost items, such as, contact lenses, headphones and earplugs, keeping them neat and tidied away.
Alternatively we have the stylish and eye catching large tropical printed pouch also from Alice Scott, perfect for keeping your toiletries in check.
For the avid tea/coffee drinkers these travel mugs are the perfect gift. Not only do they save money and help with the environment, they let you look fashionable while drinking your daily cup of tea/coffee on the go! We love them!
Our slim Alice Scott credit card holder is both fun and versatile. A perfect alternative to a full sized purse, fitting effortlessly into your pocket or handbag to keep your essentials close at hand. It holds up to 4 credit cards and standard size business cards.
We all have a woman in our lives that embodies the term #girlboss. She’s a go-getter, who relentlessly chases after her dreams. With the holidays upon us, gift shopping has already begun but, lets face it, sometimes it is hard to choose just the right present for someone. If you have a lady in your life who is rocking it as a girl boss (or maybe you’re one yourself) then our ultimate girl boss gift guide will make both of your work lives more functional and cute, because we are all about those #deskgoals!
The perfect accessory for the on-the-go gal! It will help her make plans, set goals and get organised! An undated week to week planner, which means she can start and stop as she pleases. Perfect for the ‘I like to think I’m organised but I’m really not kinda gal!’
Who doesn’t love a gorgeous new notebook and that addictive feeling of being super organised? This A5 ‘Consider This Day Conquered’ notebook is the perfect accessory for writing her long lists of to-do’s
Bye October thanks for the memories. Hi November I look forward to making new ones.
Forget cosy nights in, throw on your chunkiest knitwear, grab a spiced latte and join us for our roundup of the top 5 things to do in November, we promise you won’t regret it!
1. Watch a Mega Firework Display
BOOM! Kicking off or top 5 things to do in November is London’s biggest and best firework festival. Back with a bang, on Friday 1st and Saturday 2nd November Ally Pally’s legendary firework festival will be lighting up the skies of London . Taking Bonfire night up a notch they have a lot more than rockets and Catherine wheels on offer! Why not head on over to the Luna Cinema where they will be showing the first Harry Potter movie or if that’s not your thing take to the Ally Pally ice rink where you can glide around the ice whilst listening to a disco soundtrack (singing is optional!) You can book your tickets here
2. Stylist Live Luxe
If you love Stylist Magazine you won’t want to miss their Festival of Inspiration from the 8th – 10th November. Join them for a line-up of seriously brilliant women (and men!) celebrity interviews, catwalk shows, uniquely curated shopping market and fabulous entertainment. If that wasn’t enough each person who attends will also receive a goody bag worth £185. Book your tickets here
3. Explore Hogwarts In The Snow
Credit: Warner Bros. Studio Tour London
Calling all Harry Potter fans, this one’s for you! The Warner Bros Studio Tour is having a festive makeover from November 16th-January 26th, with the movies iconic sets all getting a dusting of snow. Expect the Great Hall to be lined with Christmas trees finished with golden bobbles and topped with witches on miniature broomsticks , while the Gryffindor common room will be decked out with cosy Christmas decorations. Book your tickets here before they sell out
4. Visit Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland
Located in the heart of London get ready to fully immerse yourself in all things festive from November 21st – January 5th. Completely free to enter, you can save your pennies for funfair rides and hot chocolate. With over 100 spectacular rides, thrilling shows, London’s largest Christmas market, restaurants, cafes and bars, this Christmas extravaganza will keep you topped up with festive cheer!
5. Christmas Light Switch On
Credit: Time Out London
November is the month when many places in the UK get transformed into the sparkliest. blingiest, most festive places on earth, with the switching on of the Christmas lights all over the country. There’s nothing like the sparkle of Christmas tree lights to get you in the festive mood.
My bestfriends are like fairytales, they’ve been there since once upon a time and will be there until forever after
We know that your to-do list is already long enough, so we’ve made thanking your besties easy with our bridesmaid gift guide providing you with some inspirational gift ideas that your bridesmaids will actually want to wear after the wedding too!
Fun and feminine, the bee is the timeless trend that she can wear for years to come.
Over the years headbands have had so many standout moments – from Grace Kelly and Brigitte Bardot to the headband queen herself, Blair Waldorf. It’s the ultimate chic update to any simple outfit and headbands are certainly having their moment for SS19. After the revival of scrunchies and hair clips it is no surprise that designers have moved onto the headband trend as the next nostalgic accessory to reinvent. From Prada to the Duchess of Cambridge the headband trend is officially back in business!
1 . Made You Blush
For something that doesn’t blend into the background go for our beautiful Connie baby pink headband. The perfect summer shade it looks great with a simple white tee or dressed up for a night out. Wear yours with soft waves or a low pony.
2 . Back to Black
Prefer to keep it classic? Ease yourself into the headband trend with our classic Connie black padded headband. Pair with a monochrome suit for a modern boss babe take on the trend or go girly and pair with polka dots and gingham prints!
3 . Lilac Love
We love Marina Didovich take on ‘Lilac Love’ with her top to toe tonal look. Our Connie lilac headband is the perfect accessory for weekend brunches with the girls to summer sun soaked weddings!
4 . Royal Blue Approval
The Duchess of Cambridge, Pippa Middleton and Cressida Bonas have all proved the headband royal relevance having all wore them on several occasions including two royal weddings! Keep it bold and make a statement with our Connie headband in royal blue.
Hair accessories are back for SS19 and if Instagram and Pinterest are anything to go by, then we are going to be embracing the trend for many seasons to come. So, with that being said today on the blog we look at 6 ways to style our pearl hair accessories. No longer seen as a little girl’s accessory, the hair clip trend has grown up, so put down those kirby grips and grab onto something that is going to be sure to make a statement!
Celebrate your star sign with our beautiful new collection of Sterling Silver Constellation Necklaces. A celestial wonder, our stunning zodiac series is inspired by cosmic astrology and the starry night skies. Featuring a unique cut out design which relates to each of the zodiacs, these dazzling necklaces come in a range of chain lengths meaning you can layer your necklace with other jewellery you may have to create your own unique look. A perfect gift for a friend, loved one or maybe just as a treat to yourself!
Aries (21st Mar – 19th Apr)
Spontaneous | Fun | Adventurous | Competitive
‘The one who is courageous to speak their mind and passionate to follow their heart, who always lives life to the full’
It was fashions biggest night of the year, with the Met Gala 2019 taking place on Monday in New York’s iconic Metropolitan Museum of Art. The theme; Camp: Notes on Fashion based on Susan Sontag’s 1964 essay ‘Notes on Camp.’ As per, the night did not disappoint and delivered some of the most incredible fashion we could have wished for.
So here are some our favourite looks from the night
We can’t mention the Met Gala and not include the reigning queen of extravagance, Lady Gaga. She 100% took this theme and ran with it! Susan Sontag in her essay ‘Notes on Camp’ describes camp as being a reason to dethrone serious. ‘Camp is playful, anti serious, more precisely, camp involves a new complex relation to ‘the serious.’ One can be serious about the frivolous and frivolous about the serious.’
Arriving in a bellowing pink ball gown by Brandon Maxwell, Lady Gaga playfully revealed, in a Russian doll like performance a further three (yes THREE!!!) more outfits underneath!
All eyes were on us with Ezra Miller’s eye popping Met Gala look. The actor stepped onto the pink carpet wearing a Burberry suit accompanied with a jewel corset, train and white cape, but it was his face that had us in a spin! The Fantastic Beast actor had adorned his face in eyes that were so lifelike that it was a.) hard to figure out which were his real eyes and b.) hard not to fall over from dizziness
‘I would define camp as an expression of your most outrageous.’ Cara Delevingne did not disappoint, her rainbow theme was a nod to the LGBT flag with the Pride inspired stripes being completed with a pair of multicoloured platform heels and a Swarovski cane.
Kendal and Kylie Jenner
The girls certainly did their homework this year! Arriving in brightly coloured feathered gowns, Kendal looked every inch the Victoria Secret model she is, with her bright orange feathered wings, while Kylie went the extra mile matching her lavender wig to the colour of her dress.
Vogue Editor-in-Chief and chair of the Met Gala since 1995, Anna Wintour looked stunning in an elegant, highly embellished Chanel floor length gown which was in fact the last Chanel dress Karl Lagerfeld designed before sadly passing away earlier this year.
What was your favourite look of the night? Let us know if the comments below.
February 1st 2018 – The day Wisteria London went live!
Hi Everyone and happy Friday! As you can see today, is actually an extra special Friday for me as it marks ONE YEAR since going live with Wisteria London, and what a year it has been! It would be easy for me to sit here and fluff up the last year, but in reality it has been bloody hard work! I think I have been through every emotion imaginable and learnt a lot about myself in the process! I wanted to sit down and write this blog post, so I could share the twelve lessons that the last twelve months have taught me. So grab yourself a cuppa and let’s delve right in!
1 . If you can dream it you can do it
I can’t believe that today marks a year of the launch of Wisteria London. Time really does fly when you’re having fun. This time last year I had quit a job I wasn’t 100% happy in, to start up on my own! The very thought of being my own boss scared the living daylights out of me, but I am a great believer of chasing your dreams and seeing where they take you. If you have a dream and are determined to work damn hard then don’t let anyone take that dream away from you! Sometimes, all you have to do is believe in yourself and the rest will follow. So whether you want to start your own business, sign up o run your first marathon, learn a new language, go travelling or simply take the leap into a new job the DO IT!! If it doesn’t work out, then we can’t say we didn’t try…..life is to short for regrets, fight to do what you love every chance you get!
2 . Don’t let the naysayers have an impact on your dream
Not everyone is going to be your biggest fan and that’s okay! I received some pretty harsh comments in the beginning (we won’t name names!) but I was basically told that I was making a BIG mistake and that I would never succeed! HA how wrong were they?
3 . Accept you will never fully be ready
Whether you’re starting up your own business, running your first marathon or writing your first blog post, you will never feel totally ready. The plan will never feel perfectly formed, you’ll never feel as strong and prepared as everyone else seems (I’ll let you in on a secret; they’re not that strong or prepared either! No one is!) No one has every last thing figured out, we are all just paddling. Paddling is good though, it’s what puts us in charge of the situation!
If I had waited for the ‘perfect’ time to start Wisteria London, I would never have got started, and I would still be in a job I hated, wondering ‘what if.’ Off course I was scared, scared I would fail, scared I would run out of money and scared what people would think! The moral of the story is, that none of these things, matter in the whole big scheme of things as long as you are willing to work hard. Who cares what people think, at least you are taking a risk at following your dreams and if it doesn’t work out you can say you tried, more than any of them can say! So paddle like you’ve never paddled before!!
4 . Start where you are, Use what you have. Do what you can.
It’s so easy to get caught up in the ‘if only I had,’ thought process. My advice….do your best, given any situation, and be grateful for what you’ve been able to achieve because in the end, amazing things will happen! I created the entire Wisteria London website from scratch, myself. Now, I am no IT genius and funny story is when undertaking my degree in Business Management, one of the modules was building a website and I swore from the day that class ended, I would never build a website again! Six years later here we are….LOL! It may not be the most technical site in the world but I am proud of it. Same goes with product photos, I take all the Wisteria London photographs myself (bar a few I use from the brands we stock) but these are all taken on my iPhone 7 and edited on a free app on my phone.
What I am trying to say is that you don’t need to wait around to know it all, or have a fancy camera to take pictures, or have the latest high tech editing app. You can start now! Use your mobile phone camera and edit images on a free app, there are lots of them out there. Use Instagram/Facebook and Twitter (again all are free marketing tools that reach thousands of people daily,) to promote your business or blog posts, as you never know who might see them. I was lucky that some of the girls from Dancing on Ice last year saw my page and got in touch, and we were lucky to send them some of our products which they then promoted on their Instagram, to their thousands of followers.
5 . Nothing happens overnight
I’ve never been someone that could simply ‘wing it’ in life. Everything I have achieved, I have achieved through hard work and determination. I am the most impatient person in the world, I want everything done yesterday, but this year has taught me that nothing happens overnight and the same goes for a lot of people in business. Sophie and Hannah Pycroft, the sister duo behind the fabulous Spectrum Collections, worked out of their garage and didn’t make a sale in their first six months, Coca Cola only sold twenty five bottles in their first year and Michelle Mone took three years to launch her brand Ultimo. Not one of these businesses found success overnight but that didn’t make them any less of a person, it just made them appreciate it more when they did make it!
Don’t get me wrong, there are still days I wish I had more sales, or my following on Instagram would grow a little quicker and there are many brands and businesses out there that cheat their way to the top but this is something I will never do with Wisteria London. I respect myself and my followers too much to do this. I want to build my brand properly and learn from my mistakes and if that take 5, 10, 15 years then so be it!
6. Be your biggest cheerleader
As one goes through life one learns if you don’t paddle your own canoe you don’t move’ – Katherine Hepburn
With many of us preaching self-love these days, it’s only right that we practice what we preach and become our biggest cheerleader. We deserve the praise and recognition and we need to start believing in ourselves!
I am going to be honest with you and say that I can be rubbish at this sometimes, however, I am learning and it’s forcing me out of my comfort zone! I am relatively a shy person and I’ve still to master the whole talking on Instastories malarkey, but rewind to last year, and when people asked me ‘what I did,’ or when I handed in my notice, ‘what are you going to be doing,’ my heart would race and I tended to either dodge the question or tell them quickly, and then change the subject! I don’t know why, but I was so worried about what they would think. Fast forward a year and I am getting better. If someone askes me now, what do you do for a living, I am more than willing to tell them about Wisteria London, hand them a business card and be proud to talk about ‘my baby!’
Moral of the story, be proud of you! Give yourself a pat on the back for going for it and trying your best. This is your journey and you’re on your own path! Who cares what other people think, this is your life? Everyone’s journey is different; if we were all the same it would be boring. So c’mon be your biggest cheerleader!
7 . Don’t get caught up in numbers on social media
I think we are all guilty of this! It’s easy to get lost in social media, especially when it comes to the numbers game. You can be left thinking why are they getting followers and I’m not? However, I’ve come to learn that it’s okay to grow slowly. As a small business, I want a community of like minded super fans, who love what I do, engage with my content, sign up to the Wisteria London newsletter and buy Wisteria London products! Off course we would all love to get to 10k to have the swipe up feature, but I would much rather have 1,000 engaged followers who support me than 10,000 who don’t give two hoots!
In the words of Sam Burgess from Small and Mighty Co, ‘I need a tribe not a crowd and I’m happy to grow slowly because I’ll gather followers as my business grows and that’s okay.’
8 . Structure is key
When you go from having a 9-5 to having a 24/7 job, you need to learn to manage your time better. You no longer have someone telling you what to do and when to do it by, so you need to be strict with yourself and plan how you can be the most productive.
9 . You need downtime
Running your own business undoubtedly brings quite a bit of pressure with it! If you don’t work hard enough, you won’t pay the bills! It can definitely be stressful and almost make you feel that you literally need to work every single minute of the day, but when I do take time to relax and switch off I feel like I come back a hundred times more productive. Nobody can keep going 100% all of the time, so it’s important to listen to your body and mind and make sure to give it the rest it needs. When it boils down to it, you are the boss, so you call the shots! Make sure to prioritise downtime, as it’s true what they say ‘your health is your wealth!’
10 . Reflect on what you have achieved
Sometimes we are so consumed by the now, that we forget the little things that have actually got us to where we are today. Last year, I made a conscious effort to note in my diary when something happened, whether it be big or small, so that when I was having a bad day, or feeling low, I could look back and see how far I’d come. It’s crazy how much you forget and the little things that make you smile. Although you may not think it, you’ve grown a lot from this time last year!
11 . Never underestimate Google Search or YouTube tutorials
Google Search and YouTube tutorials have become my new best friends. Starting your own business means you have to be a jack of all trades but not necessarily a master of them all. We all have our own strengths and weaknesses, I may have a business degree but that doesn’t make me an IT specialist or a financial advisor, which are both part and parcel of my everyday business. When creating and designing my website, I found YouTube tutorials a God send, not only did they tell me what to do but I was able to visualise it as I went along! What we ever did without YouTube and Google I will never know!
12 . Enjoy every minute
One of the biggest things I have learnt is to enjoy every minute. Off course, some days can be tough, that’s life, but I have to remind myself that I’m doing something I have wanted to do for a very long time! I no longer have to dread getting up in the morning to go to a job I absolutely hate, I no longer have the Sunday night dread and I can look at Monday as a fresh start, a new week to achieve whatever the hell I want. Be grateful even just for the small things in life, as I bet/know there’s someone in the world who would love to be in your shoes! Monday-Friday are not days to be back at the grindstone, these are the days to be back at your passion. If you are working for the weekends you’re doing it all wrong!
And there you have it….12 lessons that the last 12 months have taught me!
I honestly can’t believe that it has been a year already! It has been thoroughly hard work and at times emotional, but I absolutely love what I do and wouldn’t have it any other way. I just want to say a MASSIVE thank you to my mum and dad who have been the biggest supporters from day one, my boyfriend Richard, who has picked me up when I’ve been down, and reminded me why I started and most importantly YOU. Thank you for being a part of my journey, for buying Wisteria London products and for following, liking, commenting and sharing our posts. My little business wouldn’t have grown in the last year if it hadn’t been for you, so thank you from the bottom of my heart.
To celebrate and say thank you there will be FREE SHIPPING on all UK orders until midnight on Monday 4th February 2019.
Secret Santa – the present we all leave until the last minute!
Every year it’s the same – you pick a name out of a hat, then spend half your time struggling to find just the right thing for that person…but fear not, we have the annual Secret Santa conundrum all wrapped up!
We have picked some of our favourite items from the Wisteria London website, all £10 or less, that’ll be sure to raise a smile as well as put the ho, ho, ho back into your Secret Santa gift!
For the Jetsetter
Every workplace has one, the colleague that seems to spend more time at the beach than at their desk! While you might be sick of seeing all her holiday snaps on Instagram and secretly jealous of her constant sun kissed glow, you’ve still picked her name out of the hat…so why not treat her to our fab-u-lous Yes Studio ‘Are We There Yet’ Luggage Tag. She might even bring you back a fridge magnet from her next trip!
Coffee/Tea breaks just got better, sip away the afternoon with our range of mugs perfect for the office or at home. Our ‘I’m like 110% Tired’ Mug will let everyone know that you’re not quite ready for that 3hr meeting on a Monday morning! Plus, it can be just as useful as a pen pot on your desk as it is a coffee mug at home!
We all know that one friend or colleague – the one who spends more time on their selfies than they do on their work! The one who takes so many selfies she always has her camera front facing. We might like to wind her up about it but we can’t help appreciating the dedication she has for the selfie game. As the holidays are approaching, why not support the cause with our Alice Scott #nofilter compact mirror. This handy pocket mirror means she will always be prepared for the perfect selfie. A must for make-up touch ups and quick hair fixes. This mini mirror is as pretty as it is practical!
Keep the chills at bay with our fabulous range of fashion scarves, perfect for your fashionable colleague or friend. We have a wide selection of different prints including animal print which is HUGE this season. Our Nala and Lumi scarves are perfect paired with your favourite outfit, tied in your hair or wrapped around the handles of your handbag.
Fashion designers are accessorising with them on the catwalks and they are all over the internet. It’s official the enamel pins are having their moment and what’s great is they make a really affordable Christmas gift. Whether they’re a coffee addict or you just want to show your girl gang some love, our fabulous range of Old English Company enamel pins will have you covered.