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    The Wong Christmas Gift Guide 2017

    Okay, so, first of all, I’m very sorry. My 2017 Christmas gift guide is so Wong-ly & fashionably late (hehe). But, in all honesty, this pretty much suits my personality.

    Last year, you would have found me panicking in the middle of London’s Oxford Circus with the rest of London screaming, “what do they f*cking want…?!”.

    In the hope that you’ll find it useful, I’ve designed this post to give you inspiration on what to gift your loved ones. With the help of my friends & family, I’ve tried to cover the very best.

    Merry Christmas! Eat lots of yummy foods, spend and relish time with loved ones & enjoy the festivities. xxx

    The Tech-Savvy


    The Foodie


    The Homeowner



    The Traveller



    The Fitness Addict




    The Fashionista


    The Beauty Babes


    The Mini’s



    Mummy Wong’s Favourites


    Sister Wong’s Favourites


    Brother Wong’s Favourites

    Daddy Wong’s Favourites



    Don’t forget, many of us are fortunate to be able to give and receive gifts. Why not give back this Christmas? It’s been a cold winter for everyone but frightful for those with nowhere to go. Here’s how you can do your bit:

    • Donate to Shelter, as they help our homeless find somewhere to live and get back on their feet.
    • You can buy a gift at Save The Children who will give food, shelter & love to refugee children in Syria.
    • Why not support your local Present Appeal and donate new, unwrapped toys and gifts for children. Click here to find your nearest Salvation Army Centre.
    • Donate/buy dry food at your local food bank at your local supermarket.
    • Age UK needs volunteers to talk our elderly. Call in Time is a free telephone befriending service for matching volunteers with older people.

    Thanks for reading, let me know what you thought of my last-minute Christmas Gift Guide! Did I miss anything?

    Location: North Pole

    Photographer: Brendan Donnelly (Insta here)

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    The best 2017 Christmas Advent Calendars

    It’s nearly that time of year.

    CHRISTMAS IS COMING! *Ahem*, yes as you can tell, I cannot nearly contain my excitement.

    As a kid, one of my favourite things about Christmas was counting down the days with a daily sweet treat. But, as an adult, who can resist opening doors to gifts from your favourite brands which are relevant to your interests like luxury beauty, alcohol, and fitness?

    Lounge by the fire in your cosiest knitwear, with mince pies & hot chocolate at arms’ reach, I’ve got a cracking advent calendar roundup for you.

    Loccitane Classic Beauty Advent Calendar

    Spoil a loved one, or *ahem* treat yourself to a sumptuous pre-Christmas gift with the L’OCCITANE Christmas Beauty Advent Calendar which is filled with shampoos, soaps & eau de toilette. Illustrated by the renowned French artist Kanako, this set is a beautiful way to get excited about Christmas. Also check out their full range of Christmas gifts for women.

    Look Fantastic Advent Calendar 2017

    Housed in a decadent and decorated case complete with a mirror inside, I love this because you can reuse as vanity unit to store your beloved beauty treats and essentials.

    Charlotte Tilbury Advent Calendar 

    Calling all beauty babes, if you haven’t indulged in a Charlotte Tilbury goodie yet, then you’re missing out. A mix of full-sized and mini’s this one houses the best sellers wrapped up in a glamorous, gorgeous box.

    The Mankind Advent Calendar

    The only male grooming calendar that’s got you covered. Packed with 25 full-size products, this luxury men’s advent calendar will leave you feeling fresh for the festive season.

    CIATÉ Mini Month 2017 

    A must-have gift for any manicure-addict, 19 carefully packaged mini nail polish paint pots and one full-size beauty.

    The Beer Hawk Advent Calendar

    You have to get this for your beer fan friend. The Beer Hawk Advent Calendar is filled with Belgian classics, crafty cans, German brilliance and British beauties.

    Carluccio’s Advent Calendar

    This one is for my fellow foodies. Discover the flavours of Italy with this limited edition advent calendar.

    BlueBird Tea Advent Calendar 

    Tea lovers! Open the doors to festive limited edition tea bags like ‘Mrs Claus’ Raspberry Prosecco,’ Mince Pie + Spiced Clementine.

    Drinks by the Dram

    Proudly crafted and distributed by Maverick Drinks, Drinks By The Dram explores various alcoholic spirits from around the globe, all in dram size containers.

    That Boutique-y Gin Company Advent Calendar

    I’m laughing at the thought of drinking gin every day. Developed by some of the finest distillers, this gin is housed within a charming box.

    My Protein Advent Calendar

    This one is for the gym fanatics, enjoy Christmas & retain your fitness game. Get your protein fix with cocoa butter and whey protein. It’s suitable for vegetarians.

    Holland and Barret Advent

    Brands included in this beauty bonanza are Dr Organic, Dead Sea Spa Magik, Pure Potions, Naturint, Weleda, Faith In Nature, Facetox, Sukin, Yes To, Trilogy and Beauty Kitchen.


    Make your own

    Hate surprises? Buy a real advent calendar and fill them up with goodies that you know you will love. I’ve picked the best ones at my funky widget below.


    Do keep checking this page as I will be adding more over the weekend and let me know if you recommend any others!

    Happy shopping from The Wong Blog x

    Location: Christmas Calendar Central

    Photo: Big thank you to Not On The High Street for lovely your Christmas press day invite.

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    Best Black Friday & Cyber Monday deals



    Is it just me or does Black Friday start earlier & earlier, each year?

    To mark this joyous occasion, I’m wearing all black err-thang coat and boots. Well, it’s my excuse for being fashionably late for this blog post, (hehe get it?).

    Last year, I gave you a roundup of the best deals here. The sales are similar this year; Selfridges is using the same code.

    Avoid the Olly Murs scrum party, stick the kettle on and get comfy. We’re going to bag to best deals in our PJ’s (if you need some new ones, use code FLASH20UK at Victoria Secret, you also get a free pair of fluffy slippers!).

    The big all-rounders

    Amazon | eBay (worth checking out the big brand outlets on these sites too)

    Selfridges up to 20% off with code: SELFCCE

    ASOS up to 20% off. Code: WIN20

    Debenhams up to 20% off

    John Lewis Price Match

    Very (up to 50% off!)

    Currys Black Tag Event

    Argos Black Friday


    Topshop | Topman

    Mark’s & Spencer (3 for 2 offers)

    New Look (up to 25% off)

    French Connection


    Urban Outfitters

    TM Lewin (20% off)

    Office (Code: SHINE)

    Clarks (BLACK20)




    Look Fantastic – save 20% on code LFCW20

    Boots (best fragrance deals)

    Superdrug (up to 60% off)

    The Body Shop (40% off code: 19806)

    Sephora (gift & receive)

    Cult Beauty (25% off Huda)

    Travel, Home & Experience Days

    Heals (for 10% off use code: BLACK10)

    Anthropologie (use code: itsyours for 20% off!)

    Homebase (price match)

    Etsy (I got a great chunky yarn from here)

    Paperchase (20% off)

    WHSmith (use code BLACK17 for 10% off)

    Kikki K (20% off)


    EasyHotel (3000 rooms for £9.99) | RyanAir Black Friday Sale

    TUI Holidays (various deals)

    Thomas Cook (use code BF200)

    Virgin Trains Seat Sale & get £5 off RailCard (code: BFDAY711)


    I need to roam around Old Bond Street more often. #London

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    I know you’re desperate to run away from all this Black Friday madness, luckily there’s up to 25% off flights from British Airways.

    I’ll be posting and updating this page throughout the rest of the Cyber weekend.

    If you’ve got any deals to share, please comment below, I’d love to hear from you.

    Location: Black Friday Madness Land

    Photographer: Brendan Donnelly (Insta here)

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    Conquering your fears

    Autumn is wonderful at the moment. Crisp, delicate and golden, this post is decorated with bursts of yellow, orange, brown & pink. In collaboration with the festive TP team, I’m wearing my Tresor Paris Crystal Bangle. Crafted in sterling silver and pave-set with white crystals (I’m allergic to cosmetic metal, I love this brand because they have allergy-free titanium), screw-fix bar bracelets are great because you can express yourself with personalised charms. If you’re based in London, visit them in Farringdon or you can shop online here.

    Snuggle up in your thickest blanket, sit by the fire (or a candle), with a mug of something steamy; we’re about to walk through fear.

    Fears. I have them; you have them. At any point in our life, we’ll experience debilitating fears. Big & small.

    Fear isn’t necessarily a bad thing. They alert us, prime us to run away and help us avoid getting hurt. But how do we stop them from holding us back from doing the things that we unquestionably want to do?



    I’ve heard the all of the advice to dive in, head first. While that’s commendable, it isn’t sustainable long-term. Break down your fear into manageable pieces.

    Do what you feel you are capable of doing right now if you had to and work your way up from there.


    People struggle to overcome their fears because they believe they are not good enough. As a result, they will give themselves avoidance techniques to avoid the task at hand. But, don’t worry, you are not a lost cause. Being aware of your own methods of procrastination is very powerful.

    Think of all of the explanations you give yourself for not doing what you’re anxious about. What can you do to overcome them? Write it down.


    Everything is about perspective. If you have a fear of what people think about you, chances are, people don’t think about you to the extent that you’re feeling.

    The key to is to change our perception of our ability to perform the task. The difference between someone who is a great public speaker and someone who is awful is that the good one believes that they will succeed whereas the person who gets nervous and stifles feels they are not. Believe that you can conquer your fear. Have faith in yourself.

    Everyone is different but think of ways on how you can rewire your brain to adopt a different perspective. E.g., for a public speaking fear, instead of thinking ‘everyone will think I’m an idiot in this speech,’ think about how you’re just having a conversation with everyone in the room.

    I’ve had two serious, big fears, which are why I used them as examples in this post. The first was during my teenage years which was a fear of people not liking me. After school, I would go home and ruminate about it, over & over. Then growing up, public speaking became my enemy. Both fears were detrimental to my studies & career. At present, I don’t give a sh*t if people like me, and I no longer suffer from attacks before presentations. (I still get nervous, but I can do them without wanting the ground to swallow me up).

    2018 should be the year of conquering fears. They are incredibly difficult but overcoming them will make you stronger than ever. You deserve success, to go and get what you want and not let anything stop you.

    Location: Hampstead Heath, London

    Photographer: Holly Baxter

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