Tuesday, 5 December 2017


If you love Christmas as much as I do, then putting up the tree and decorations is one of the best times of the season! The colours, the lights, makes me feel so much for Christmassy. Usually as soon as December 1st comes around, the tree comes out. However, I really wanted to make this year a bit more special and so I have been shopping around for some gorgeous new decorations and created the ultimate wishlist of Christmas decorations I'm lusting over. 

The baubles above are from Not on the high street, priced at about £6.99 each. I think the tree and balls ones are incredibly cute, along with their unique texture and the colours are on point with what I would want my tree theme to be. 

This incredible Christmas village is from Wilko and is only £12!! Such an amazing decoration with it's vintage look, it even lights up and plays 'Merry Christmas'. Could this be anymore Christmassy?!

I really love this Christmas bauble just for it's simplicity. It's a Mitsuko wheel tree decoration from John Lewis, priced at a great £3- which means you can even buy more than one. I love it's snowflake look, and the fact that it is copper is a bonus. 

How beautiful is this Christmas calendar from Not on the high street. Priced at £14 it is the perfect decoration to sit on your fireplace and get you really excited for Christmas (it is only 20 days away eek)!

This bauble just screams Christmas to me! Whilst it might not fit in with the colour scheme I'm going for, it displays one of my favourite places in the world- London- and so seems pretty special to me. The 'Tourism London scene illustrated bauble' is £8 from John Lewis

Now these definitely fit in with the colour scheme! Anything copper and silver then I'm sold. I've always liked the symbol of a stag head, and these glitter ones are perfect to add a bit of Christmas to a bare room. These are from Wilko and have now been reduced to just £10 for the pack of 3! 

Christmas is definitely coming with this light up beaded wreath from The White Company. I've never put up a wreath myself, but I have always like the idea of them for Christmas. At £50 it is a little pricier, but it's incredibly beautiful for the price tag!

Who doesn't love candles? Especially Christmas ones. These are from Zara Home, which I have never bought from before but from looking on their website they they have some great home ware. They cost £7.99 for a set of 6 in this beautiful dark grey colour with silver stars, perfect for setting the Christmas table or lit upon the fireplace.

I really like the idea of a unique bauble, as you do want your tree to be different and with an element of creativity. This metal snowflake photo frame decoration from Debenhams seemed just that, and would be great for putting a photo of a loved one or something special in to hang on your tree. Even better, it has been reduced to £3.50. 

Just how beautiful is this?! It's a unique snow globe Christmas vase, boosting real snowed and white roses, frosted eucalptus and white glittered erynigum. This winter's dream from Marks and Spencer costs £40, and would be the perfect centre piece of your Christmas celebrations. However, these must be ordered in advance so better be organised.

Have you put your Christmas decorations up yet? What have been your favourites? Let me know in the comments. 

Sunday, 3 December 2017


I'm sooooo excited for Christmas this year! But I can't believe it's only 3 weeks away. I have seen so many people on Twitter saying that it doesn't feel Christmassy yet, so here's how I'm getting festive this season:

πŸŽ„Dress the season- winter 2017 is all about the warmth for me. Which may sound strange but I've never been so prepared for the cold weather, I'm talking new slippers, dressing gowns, warmer bedding, a million jumpers. I love feeling cosy during the winter, getting snug and watching a movie. 

πŸŽ„The perfect Christmas movie- everyone has their favourites, mine has to be Home Alone! But whether it's Die Hard or Love Actually, the perfect Christmas movie is guaranteed to get you feeling festive. I've watched Elf 3 times this week, no shame here. 

πŸŽ„ Christmas shopping! My favourite winter time activity. I always head up to Newcastle for my shopping, as it basically has everything to could ever want. And with the decorations and Christmas markets it's the perfect time to go and enjoy yourself.

  πŸŽ„Spending time with friends and family- I feel like Christmas time is the time of year when everyone truely makes time to see one another. I'm so excited for shopping trips, cocktail afternoon, Christmas parties and family meals, bring it on. 

πŸŽ„ Putting up the Christmas decorations- when you think of Christmas, this is definitely at the top of the list. I love helping my mum get all the baubles out (and the tangled up lights that take forever to untangle). Christmas music on, chocolate out and get the tree up, really gets me in the Christmas spirit. 

πŸŽ„Treat yourself- I'm not sure about anyone else, but I always treat myself (probably a little too much) near Christmas time. In my defence, it is my birthday near Christmas to, and so I use this as my excuse. But I do feel that after a full year of working hard, a couple of treats is what we deserve. 

I hope you'll leave this post feeling a little more festive! With not long to go, it's time to really cherish that festive feeling. What have you been doing to get festive? Have you put your tree up yet? Let me know in the comments xo 


Saturday, 2 December 2017


 I can't believe it's December already!! How exciting (and a little scary) is that. November has been a pretty great month for me: my favourite night of the year- bonfire night, I rejoined Slimming World, been working towards my driving test, kinda started my Christmas shopping but basically I've just been working my butt off to save up for my trip to China in February! Despite this, I have probably splurged on my shopping habit a little bit too much this month, and so I present to you my November favourites: 

1) MAC lipstick in 'Whirl'
This colour is riiiiight up my street and thought it would be perfect this season for a couple of get togethers or Christmas parties. I actually got this free with the help of TopCashback, which I found to be a really easy process- I literally followed the link, chose my colour and waited about a week and a half before receiving my money back. Though I must note they do charge you a £5 membership free but still you're getting MAC for a fiver which is still a pretty amazing deal. I love MAC and this is a great colour that will go with pretty much anything.

2) Aveeno moisturiser
This is my absolute skin saviour this time of year. Dry face, dry hands, name it I've got it, which is why I always keep a good moisturiser on hand to top up whenever. Aveeno is one of my favourites, giving me moistured skin and it isn't too scented- which is great if you have very sensitive skin like mine. They even do travel size bottles that are handy just to slip into your handbag!

3) Primark 'bee' pumps
How cute are these?! For only £8 they are a bargain and they're the comfiest shoes ever- I practically wear them everyday for work. Although I must admit the velvet hasn't taken well to the surprise snow days we have had this week, but still they're great just to simply slip on for a shopping trip or a night out. Primark have some really gorgeous shoes right now for the festive season so make sure to check them out.

4) Alpen Light bars
Sorry to be that guy, but since starting back on Slimming World I have found these to be the perfect go to snack or I even have them for breakfast- as I always forget to eat breakfast. I love the summer fruits and chocolate orange flavours and they're a healthy grab to eat.

5) Too Faced 'Funfetti' eyeshadow palette
I won this gorgeous palette through a Twitter giveaway not long ago and how fab is it?! I have been so excited to try a Too Faced product and I definitely wasn't disappointed! I love all the different pinky shades, which is something I'm more likely to wear on a daily basis. My favourite shades that I have used the most in November are Funfetti and After Party, but I imagine I'll be using this palette more and more with Christmas and New Year coming up.

What have you been lovin' in November? Leave me some links in the comments xo


Friday, 1 December 2017


December is definitely one of my favourite months of the year! It's my birthday, it's Christmas, it's new year! It's just generally a very exciting month, and I'm seriously prepared for lots of treats and get togethers this month. That said, December is the perfect month to get in those final goals for the year before the new year begins. Here's what I have in store this month and what I hope top achieve:

- Pass my theory test. I was hoping to pass my practical too but that is now sounding a little ambitious- gotta challenge yourself ey. Any tips or tricks, feel free to throw them this way!

- Lose a stone and a half. I got my stone award this week (wheyyyyy) but I'm aiming to lose another 7lbs before my birthday on 22nd December. And then I might allow myself to binge a little over Christmas.

- Save for my trip away. You might have seen me mention it on my Twitter, but in case you hadn't heard the news, I'm heading to China in February to visit my best friend who is working over there, followed by a week travelling Thailand. I'm so excited for this! But first I must save up, which for me is much easier said than done. Although I had set up a savings account, so it's a good start right?

-Enjoy every moment of Christmas. I have had such a hectic year this year, finishing my Masters in September to flinging myself into working 6 days a week. While it's been great I haven't found as much time as I would love to really spend time with family, friends and my boyfriend. With a little time off over Christmas, I can't wait to finally have that time to spend with the people I love, and I will cherish every moment of it.

- Restart my job search. Earlier this year I finished my Masters in Digital Media, with the hope of developing a career in Marketing/PR. Currently I am working as a special needs teaching assistant, which is a job I enjoy doing, but truth be told it is definitely not what I aspire to be. I gave up job searching as it was slowly becoming a tiring process, that was not doing my mental well being any good, dealing with constant rejection. I decided to take a little time off, settling in my current job. Yet this month I definitely want to restart my job search, hopefully with a fresh and open mind.

-And finally BLOGMAS. I promise to you that I will blog every single day in the month of December. I have so many ideas and creative content swirling around in my head, that I really want to spend some time getting them all down on my blog. I want to use this as my own personal project to myself but also for you as, let's face it, I've been a bit crappy at blogging these past couple of months.

So that's my December goals! I love to challenge myself and this seems like the perfect blogging challenge- an early present to myself. Are you doing Blogmas this year? What are your goals this month? Let me know in the comments xo
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