I was recently contacted by TSB and they challenged me to go on a little shopping spree and spend £100 using only contactless in celebration of their new offer in which you'll receive 5% cash back on your first £100 of contactless payments each month when opening one of their plus current accounts - not a bad little offer at all. I'm a self-confessed shopaholic and already a massive fan of using contactless so I was obviously well up for the challenge!! The reason I love contactless so much is because it makes shopping so much easier and quicker - all you have to do it place your card over the screen and wallah, payment has been made. I know that probably sounds really lazy as entering a pin isn't exactly the most difficult of tasks but when you're going from shop to shop and are weighed down with all your bags, it can become a pain in the butt! Especially if you're forgetful like me and regularly have those moments where you go completely blank and think 'oh crap, what's my pin?!?!'. 

Armed with my new TSB contactless card, it was time to hit the shops. I went for a shopping spree in Manchester city centre with my mum and Nanna and we had lots of fun - we even got ourselves some yummy Christmas Costa coffees using my contactless card! I could have gone mad in the shops (so much beaut stuff around at the moment!) but due to the £30 limit on contactless transactions, I did have to hold back a little. I kind of wish the contactless limit was higher than this as it's SO convenient but I can totally understand why it isn't - lets face it, if you lost your card, someone could easily go on a huge contactless shopping spree without the need to know your pin number so its definitely safer this way! Anyway, let me stop rambling and show you the goodies I bought...

I ended up going to Boots a couple of times throughout the day as my mum and Nanna were buying Christmas presents and I knew there'd be some bits and pieces in there that I just *had* to have. The first thing I spotted is this French Connection hand wash and hand lotion duo and I just LOVE the packaging (is that marble effect I spy?!) so I had to have it for my bathroom. Now I'm living in my own flat, I love treating myself to nice hand wash and hand lotions - it may sounds completely sad to those of you still living at home but trust me, little things like this make a house a home. Also, I'd just ran out of my beloved Molton Brown hand wash so this will be a lovely little replacement!

A few more thing I picked up from Boots are a clean cotton Yankee candle jar and the matching tea lights. This is my favourite scent ever ever ever so I just had to stock up on one to keep my flat smelling lovely and fresh. Now I'm working from home, I always have candles lit throughout the day - I find them really calming and when they smell as good as this one, I just want to have it lit 24/7. If you've not smelt this, you need to give it a sniff next time you're passing Boots. It smells so clean and fresh - I love it!! I also picked up this months Glamour magazine as it has the beautiful Tanya Burr on the cover. As a blogger, I'm all for supporting 'team internet' and its amazing to see Youtubers and Bloggers getting theses amazing opportunities. I can't wait to sit down with a cup of tea and read this!!

My boyfriend and I LOVE the TV show Supernatural and season 10 is now on TV but we haven't yet seen season 9 so when I saw this in Tesco, I had to pick it up. It will give us something to watch in the evenings again now Pretty Little Liars is finished - yep, I made my boyfriend watch PLL!! If you haven't seen Supernatural, its about two brothers Sam and Dean (who by the way, are rather dishy ladies) who are 'hunters' - they basically hunt supernatural creatures such as demons, vampires and werewolves. Most episodes are about a new case which the brothers are trying to solve but there's also a contenting storyline throughout about their relationship and you get really attached to the characters! It's definitely one worth watching!!

Okay so this is a super practical and boring purchase but I was in desperate need of some new bedding so whilst passing Argos, I popped in to see what they had on offer. Unfortunately this packaging doesn't have a picture of the bedding on it but it's a lovely grey and white set which matches the colour scheme in my bedroom perfectly. I'm sure I'll be tweeting a pic when it's all ironed and on so make sure you're following me on Twitter @k_leexjx to see how it looks!!

It was my friends birthday recently so I popped into Pandora to pick her a charm up. I'd seen a best friends charm I liked the look of online so I grabbed her that and she loved it! We always seem to get each other Pandora charms has we both have the bracelets and its not something you'd really buy for yourself! I also bought myself MAC 'Velvet Teddy' lipstick - I've wanted it for such a long time but its usually sold out so I was very excited when Selfridges said they had it in stock and I can't wait to give it a try. I'm hoping it'll transform me into Kylie Jenner (keep dreaming Kayleigh)!

So there we have it, all the things I bought on my recent shopping spree. I think this came to slightly over £100 (told you, shopaholic) but that's cool as I'm super happy with everything! PS - please ignore the bottle of Too Faced foundation in the top image - I have know idea why I added it in as that was an online purchase!!

Have you used contactless yet?

*This post is sponsored by TSB but as always, all views are my own.

Win This: Glossier & $1000 To Totokaelo

Something you may not know about Glossier HQ: We have great neighbors. It's part of the charm. Man Repeller, for instance, is just up and over a few blocks. Totokaelo—the Seattle boutique full of Rachel Comey, Yohji, and home goods so nice they're called Art-Objet—just opened their first New York outpost smack-dab in between our two offices. Very convenient for mid-afternoon shopping (you can call them 'meetings').

To celebrate, we thought, why not host a little sweepstakes for you guys—maybe you're not Soho-based, but that shouldn't mean you can't partake in the fun. It's simple: Sign up for our newsletters below (only one submission box, for your convenience), and you'll be automatically entered to win the entire Glossier lineup (Phase 1 Set + masks) plus $1000 to spend as you please at Totokaelo. It's the stuff pastel-colored, minimally designed dreams are made of.

The winner will be picked at random—and is more than welcome to drop by the office if you're in town. We'd love to show you around.

ITG, Glossier, Tototkaelo, Man Repeller

Type your email address in the box below and hit submit for a chance to win all the Glossier products, plus a $1000 gift certificate to Totokaelo. One entry per email, US residents only. Enter by September 28th, and the winner will be announced September 29th. Best of luck!

Illustration by Lucy Han.


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Dopp Kits Are Your New Sidekicks

Traveling light is something to aspire to. I understand the concept, but I’m always going to pack both full-sized foundation and tinted moisturizer—it’s just who I am (even though the more I fly, the more I think I’m coming down with a case of Carry-On-Shoulder, which is this really un-sexy red indentation that I can only blame on “the airlines”).  I’m trying to be better, though, looking to The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up for inspiration (like everyone). Marie Kondo focuses on the closet, but why not apply this to your cosmetics bag? Instead of bringing enough makeup to fill a roll-aboard, treat yourself to a snazzy new dopp kit, and only bring what fits. (Your shoulder will thank you.) A selection:

Smythson Burlington Collection Small Wash Bag
Just looking at this buttery, forest green leather beauty makes me feel like I have a graduate degree (Why have one degree when you could have two? Similarly, why have one zip when you could have two of those, too?) Everything Smythson makes is timeless, but it also gets better with age, unlike that sample sized bottle of perfume you’ve been holding on to since freshman year (throw it out!).

Want Les Essentiels de la Vie Marconi Travel Case
Woowee. Doesn’t it make you want to whistle like a leery construction worker gazing upon a sexy piece of dopp kit? Just me? That’s cool. Well this ain’t no Clinique free gift rubber bag filled with sample-sized lipsticks you’ll never use (throw them out as well!). Packing this in your overnight bag will immediately class up the joint, and make you feel like the grown-ass woman (or man)/international spy that you are.

Billykirk No. 257 Snap Dopp Kit
No, you can’t fit 257 things in it, but that’s a good thing! This dopp opens up in an ingenious design that makes it a hell of a lot easier finding your tweezers in a plane bathroom with terrible lighting. (“Excuse me, sir, you’ll have to wait your turn, my brows are askew!”) Ash waxed canvas is also this brilliant material that only gets better the more it’s scuffed and loved. Thumbs up, Billy.

Shinola Travel Kit
Also opens up to a cube! Shinola makes the kind of goods people pass on to their children. “Honey, this was mommy’s most trusted dopp kit and it held some of her most majestic lip stains as she traveled the greater midwest and all over the world!” But seriously, water-resistant, tough as Detroit, and easy on the eyes.

Anya Hindmarch In Flight Patent Leather Trimmed Travel Case
Everything Anya Hindmarch makes is winking at you, Lucille Bluth-style (and winking at those construction dudes, too). Wonderful. Tell those TSA agents to get off your back, almond butter isn’t explosive, and neither is your mini jar of under-eye cream. Everybody chilllll.

Herschel Chapter Dopp Kit
Herschel knows what you need in a bag (which is why their backpacks are everywhere you turn)—pockets. And this dopp, which is pretty girly cute if you’re into that, is just the thing to store only the essentials in, or at least four different glimmer creams and cheekbone highlighters. Glisten on.

—Alex Beggs

Photographed by Tom Newton.

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Glossier Balm Dotcom Is On Net-a-Porter!

This is particularly exciting for two types of people: those who like innovation in packaging, and those who live abroad. Packaging because this isn't just the Balm Dotcom—it's a Balm Dotcom three-pack in a nifty pink carrying case that works for balms as well as other things. (It sort of feels like a sneaky playing card case, but we can probably agree that balm is infinitely more useful than cards.) The logic behind a three-pack is simple: one balm for your current purse, one balm for your office, one balm for your bedside table (the judges will also accept coat pockets, cars, vanity drawers...). Better yet, you can share it with two of your closest friends, so they stay universally salved as fall approaches. Then you can use the box to organize any selection of three lipsticks, mixed and matched.

Secondly, yes, anywhere Net-a-Porter ships, the Balm Dotcom will now ship—we're getting worldly with this one. So if you're someone who's new to us by way of another country, a quick primer: The Balm Dotcom is a gentle, waxy salve that you can put on lips, cuticles, cheekbones—anywhere, really—to protect and hydrate. It's great because it stays put and it's not particularly glossy (though it does work well as a subtle highlighter).

Lastly, we're happy to be in good company at Net-a-Porter. Hop on over to their site to check us out.

Photographed by Brayden Olson.

Once you've got your three-pack, experiment with another balm flavor (we've also got coconut).

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Rid Your Closet Of Black, Replace Everything With Cream

Wear cream this fall. The color is classic and light, but it still envelopes you—sort of like the way the interior of a luxury car feels simultaneously cavernous and cozy (on that note: has anybody ever noticed how well Mercedes Benz hones in on the coolest color of leather for their seats? That's what I want to wear).  Of course, I'm not coming down on black as something to totally abandon in terms of your wardrobe (or car). It'll always be there for you—just take a break for the foreseeable future with the help of:

1. Totême Luca Blouse: Conveniently structured like a pajama top, for days when you don't want to get out of bed, but you have to anyway.

2. Simone Perele Celeste Briefs: Something lacy and a little racy to go with said top and under whatever you want.

3. New Balance For J.Crew Sneakers: Practical and mellow in a two-tone color scheme. Just add jeans and a solid-colored t-shirt. Sneakers your dad would wear, but a little more polished.

4. Wilfred Baudin Sweater: Cozy enough to curl up fireside, lightweight enough to wear it with denim cut-offs and slide right into fall gracefully.

5. Veda x Man Repeller Trench: Another item that comes with options because versatility really is the name of the game here. This one is both a good ol' trench and can also become something a little more exciting with the addition of a red satin sash. It's good—really good—both ways.

—Claire Knebl

Photo via GANNI.

But what shoes are you going to wear? May we suggest these?

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