Thursday, 12 December 2019


Can we believe that we're already half way through Blogmas 2019 and this is the first time a post very nearly didn't go up!? I am so impressed with myself for actually sticking to a daily upload (thanks to the planning gods for coming through with all the forward thinking!) and have actually really enjoyed getting back into uploading on my little blog again! 

For today's post, I will be sharing part one of my two part gift guide. This one is for all the ladies in your life, whether they be grandmas, cousins, aunts, mothers, sisters or friends. Hopefully you can find something below that will suit. I have included a varied budget as I know sometimes you might just need that little something extra! Let me know in the comments what you're thinking of buying for that special lady in your life, anything else you think I'm missing? 

Wednesday, 11 December 2019


I find this time of year to be so confusing. I LOVE Christmas, don't get me wrong, but I always feel sad that it doesn't feel the same as when you're a child. Seeing Christmas through the eyes of a younger relative makes me so jealous as I wish I had that opportunity to experience things for the first time all over again. With that being said this year in particular things have felt so festive, and for once I am enjoying getting prepared and ready for the big day. There's so many things that have contributed to my sudden festive feeling which I am going to share today in this Blogmas post! 

Christmas Crafts

I've already written about two different crafts I have done this Christmas which I think are probably the main reason for my festive spirit. I love crafting anyway, but something about making a wreath or decorating a bauble just makes things that little more exciting. I finished making another garland yesterday for our kitchen and couldn't help but smile at my little work of art. It's a reminder of spending time away from a laptop screen with my mum and we have a lovely decoration that we can take down and put away for years to come. What a bonus! 

Christmas Movies

As mentioned again in a previous blogmas post, Christmas Movies are no strangers in my house. If you think I'm a Christmas movie addict then you really must be introduced to my mum. She begins watching them in July and if she had the opportunity probably would start even earlier. But honestly Christmas movies cure EVERYTHING. Feeling sad? Christmas movie. Feeling stressed? Christmas movie. Feeling festive? CHRISTMAS MOVIE!! You see the theme here...

Christmas Lights

One of the perks of the evenings getting darker earlier is being able to walk about and stare at all the twinkling lights before it gets too late. I am lucky to work in Oxford Street currently so I can see them every evening on my walk to the train station. Equally I am so happy with how we decorated our Christmas tree this year I can't help but sit and watch them whilst writing up Blogmas posts. Put on a few Christmas tunes and the setting couldn't be any more perfect. 

Spending time with family and friends

Obviously this is a given considering Christmas is all about spending the time with those we love, but it is so key and vital to feeling happy during this manic period. Christmas can be overwhelming, I know it is to me, so making sure you have down time between the rush is so important. I love just visiting friends for mince pies or watching one of my top pick movies on repeat with my mum. Nothing says Christmas without them. 

Hopefully some of these tips help if you're lacking that little bit of festive cheer! Please share anymore down in the comments, I'm sure others would love to read them too! 

Until next time, 

Tuesday, 10 December 2019


I've never been SO excited to wake up for the day in ages, but there's something about being able to open a little gift that just does it for me! I've had many advent calendars over the years, some beauty and nails, but mostly chocolate and delicious but this one beats all of them. The products that I have received so far this week have been bits I would have bought myself given the opportunity. Earlier on in the week I shared days 1-3, so this post is a little follow up! 

So there we have it, days 4-8 of the amazing GLOSSYBOX advent calendar! Again, I am so pleased with everything this calendar has given me so far and am excited for what is still to come! 

Until next time, 

Monday, 9 December 2019

BLOGMAS 9 || Dear Santa...

We've finally reached that time of Blogmas where I sit down and write my christmas list to Santa. (Side note who calls him Santa or Father Christmas, my family have always been the latter!). This is the first year that I have been a fully working London gal, so despite having an ever growing lust list - darn you social media, my Christmas wish list is small and a little bit more random than usual. I mean, if you can't ask for the most random things for Christmas when can you! 

Dear Santa, 

This year I have been SO good! I have overcome so many things and tried my best to make my family super proud of me. This year I would like...

A pair of fluffy penguin socks to keep my feet warm on those cold and blustery wintery nights...

A gorgeous pink notepad for me to write down all of my thoughts and feelings throughout the year... 

A pair of cosy pyjamas would be nice to snuggle down in, and would look perfect with the fluffy penguin socks...

Was also planning on getting back into reading this year. I've been watching the BBC adaption of the His Dark Materials books. I would love to see how they compare...

Finally, last but not least, I have had my eye on a new bag but I know how much of an item it is on my lust list...

I promise I will be good for the rest of the year and the next but will be super grateful for anything I would receive! 

Lots of love, 

Sunday, 8 December 2019

BLOGMAS 8 || 4 Must See Christmas Movies

I am one of those people who watch Christmas Movies all year round. However, I figure it's much more acceptable to talk about them during the month of December. Nothing beats cosying up on a rainy Sunday afternoon with a cup of tea in hand and a Christmas movie playing. Over the years my list of favourites have certainly changed, but this year I have found a few new faves...

1) Klaus - Available on Netflix
This movie HAS to be my Christmas movie of 2019.It's been on Netflix since the middle of November and I have probably watched it over 10 times. IT'S JUST SO GOOD. From the clumsy, like-able postman to the first grumpy turned chatty toy maker this film has so much character! In brief the film follows the motto of 'One act of kindness can inspire another' something we all should take into our own lives. It's worth a watch immediately - oh and did I mention how gorgeous the animation is! 5 STARS!!!

2) The Grinch - DVD 
Nothing says 'It's Christmas' quite like The Grinch. It's probably one of my favourites too considering it's such a classic and how timeless it has become! This movie is also on my list of movies to watch on Christmas Eve too as it gets me completely in the festive spirit. I'm sure I don't need to tell you a rough storyline but incase you've been living under a rock, The Grinch tells the tale of someone who's on a mission to steal Christmas with his sidekick dog Max. However his mood quickly changes after meeting little Cindy Lou and he soon finds he has a new friend! (Probably should mention the NEW Grinch movie, however that's not as enjoyable as the OG version)

3) Arthur Christmas - DVD & Netflix
This movie has been another favourite of mine since it's release in 2011. It's one of those films that not many people talk about! To me, I loved the modern take on a classic Christmas tale. The storyline, graphics and many many rubbish jokes keep me coming back for more and it's another movie on my Christmas Eve viewing list.

4) Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer The Movie - DVD
Now THIS is the film of my childhood. Before my cousins and I grew too cool to get together and spend Christmas Eve as a family, we would always watch this movie. I have so many happy memories from this film and was so excited to find it being sold on Amazon! Annoyingly it's in German and I have to change the country every time I want to watch it, but what a small price to pay for a lifetime of memories (lol). Another great film to pop on your list - the music is pretty nostalgic too! 

So that's my top 4 Christmas movies. Most of them are unchanged from last years post with the small addition of Klaus. Please let me know what you're fave movies are as I would be VERY interested in investigating further myself! 

Until next time, x

Saturday, 7 December 2019

BLOGMAS 7 || Personalise your Christmas

I'm aware today's Blogmas post is very niche, but what's Christmas without a little bit of DIY?! Craft lovers like me, this ones for you!

Nothing says a personal present like something handmade and honestly there are so many quick and easy projects you can do around this time of year which make great gifts if you're on a budget or just enjoy making something a little more personal. For me, I always make one or two special gifts. This year so far I have already made Christmas wreaths (which you can read about here) and an advent calendar, but I have another couple of present ideas in mind. I purchased a Cricut craft machine this year that has helped with a lot of my gifting projects, but a lot of what I have planned to make can be done using basic stationary. 

The first mini Christmas project is a personalised bauble for my brother Daniel and Emma to celebrate their first Christmas in their new house (I hope they're not reading!). I purchased this bauble from Wilko as it had the date on the back which I thought would be nice to act as a time stamp for them, but lots of high street shops and online sell these clear baubles. I've included some ideas down below of what you can do, but for me I am going to be using a basic font on my Cricut machine to write 'Daniel and Emma - First Christmas in our new home' on. You could also use a variety of sharpies, sticky letters or stencils to write onto the bauble too but just be careful not to smudge. I'm using black sheets of sticky back vinyl for mine. I was so pleased with how this turned out! 

My next craft has been this gorgeous framed 'print'. The frame cost £3 from Wilko and the print was actually an old Christmas card that I loved and didn't want to throw away. This is such a great way to reuse your favourite cards and a good way to keep hold of the 'special' ones we all know and love. 

Finally if you know me, you know I love a bit of gift wrapping, but it's always fun to make it look a little bit different and creative. Simply drawing onto the wrapping paper! This craft only works if you're using plain paper, but I love how unique you can make it! The fun of it too is that you can do as little or as much as you would like. Names can be included as well to double up as a gift tag and you can make personalise to the recipients taste too! See the ideas below! 

I hope you liked this post, I know it's a bit of a different one but thought it would be fun to share! 

Until next time,