Sunday, 27 December 2015

A PEEK AT WHAT I GOT FOR CHRISTMAS 2015

Hi lovelies! Today, I thought I'd do a little mini 'What I Got For Christmas' post, as I think listing every single present can sometimes come across a bit pretentious and braggy (though I know it's never meant that way!) so, instead, I've picked out a few of my absolute favourite gifts, though I loved absolutely everything I received, I selected a few that I particularly loved and those that I thought you guys would like to see. So, let's get into it!

This gorgeous scarf was a gift from my Parents and is from Pretty Little Thing, I just love scarves in the winter as I think they're a super easy way to completely change up an outfit. This one is just beautiful, I love faux fur at this time of year and Grey, Black and Burgundy are my three favourite colours to wear in the cooler weather too, so I'm going to be absolutely living in this this winter!

Another gorgeous gift from my Parents were these stunning Khaki Tasselled Suede boots, also from Pretty Little Thing. I am obsessed with these! Ankle boots are pretty much all I wear this time of year and these are a just a nice alternative to black or brown. I can't wait to wear these, but I'll probably wait until the rainy weather stops first!

Also from Pretty Little Thing, I got this gorgeous cream faux fur gilet. I've been totally obsessed with gilets this winter but I didn't have a cream or white one, so I'm really pleased with this, it's super soft and cosy and will look great with so many different outfits. 

This year, as we've just moved into our house, myself and Darren decided to buy a few nicer bits for the house as our 'main' gifts to each other and instead, did each other stockings to open first thing on Christmas morning. So, one of my stocking stuffers from him was this super cute black pompom bag charm. It looks perfect on my black Michael Kors bag (which was actually my main present from Darren last year!), despite being a very small gift, I absolutely love this. I've wanted a black pompom for my bag for a while, but haven't found the perfect one as they're either too big, too small or not so great quality, this one however is absolutely perfect. It's the perfect medium size, super soft and gorgeous and it's on a faux leather strap, with a gold clasp, meaning it goes perfectly with the gold hardware on my bag. He got this one from Boohoo if you're interested! 

My Grandparents got me this absolutely gorgeous blush pink dressing gown among a few other cute bits and bobs including hand cream (which I always apply before bed) and some slipper socks - my Nan always does a bit of a theme with her presents which I think is super thoughtful! Excuse the close up photo, but dressing gowns are super tough to get decent photos of, so this will have to do until I inevitably instagram a photo wearing it! As technology isn't advanced enough yet to let you feel this through the screen, you'll have to take my word that this is the softest thing ever. Literally it's going to be so difficult to take off after a morning shower before work. It's not too long in length which I like and has big pockets and a hood for extra cosiness - love love love!

Another favourite of my stocking stuffers from Darren was this is Treacle Moon Marshmallow Hearts shower gel. I think these are only available in Tesco, but this is just my favourite shower gel of all time. It lathers up beautifully and filled the whole room with it gorgeous sweet, warm scent. I don't always pick this up for myself when doing a food shop,so it's really nice to have this back in my bathroom!

 This s a few gifts in one actually as the copper wire basket was a gift from my Parents and I absolutely love it, this is from Next Home and it'd be perfect for storage in your bedroom or as I'm using it, in the bathroom. My Mum also bought me a Ted Baker gift set with lots of bath and body essentials in. The blush pink and rose gold on the TB packaging looked perfect in the basket and I'm so pleased with how it looks! My nan bought me a full size Ted Baker hand cream, which has the rose gold/ copper accent so it ties in perfectly with the basket. The three candles were a gift from one of my clients at the salon, they've got a slight floral scent which is really similar to the Ted Baker products so I thought these would be perfect for the bathroom, particularly when I have a Ted Baker bath!

This absolutely beautiful heart shaped mirror was a gift from my other Grandparents, who actually bought us a few bits for the home as we've just moved into our new house. I think this is just gorgeous, the frame is a tarnished metal effect and the hope it hangs from is super sturdy and well made. We needed something little to hang at the bottom of the stairs and this was just the perfect addition to that little space so I just love this.

Another gift from my Grandparents was this super cute pair of noodle bowls. It's a bit of an odd one but I obsessed with these. They say noodles on one side and soup on the other and the little handles make them perfect for carrying a bowl of hot soup or noodles to the table. You can't really see in the photo, but they're a deep brown colour with gold glitter running through it, they're fab quality and really unique and I just love them!

These gorgeous vintage looking weighing scales were a gift from one of my best friends - who clearly knows me very well! Our kitchen has a retro/ vintage theme throughout so these look perfect sitting on the counter! I'm actually quite liking baking at the moment and I didn't actually have proper scales before this so these have definitely got me baking over Christmas - my family have been hooked up with all of the mince pies.

My sister also got me and Darren lots of little bits for the home, including the cute sign. I thought this was a super cute addition to our kitchen as little things like this definitely make a new house feel a lot more homey. I love the chalk board effect of this and think it looks stunning in our little kitchen! 

What do you think? If you've done a post like this please leave the link in the comments below as I'd love to see what you got for Christmas!
Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas with friends and Family and have a fab New Year!

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Sunday, 13 December 2015

MY PERFECT CHRISTMAS - FESTIVE TRADITIONS

Hi lovelies! First things first, very sorry about the lack of posts in the last couple of weeks, Darren and I finally moved into our new house on Monday and we finally got Wifi this weekend - it was a long week of waiting believe me! But we're all settled in now so we're good to go and things should be back on track as of now! Anyway, in todays post, I thought I'd share my perfect Christmas, my plans for this Christmas, old traditions and new traditions (if you can even have a 'new tradition!!). I absolutely love hearing about what people do at Christmas, so after you've read my post, let me know in the comments if you share any of these traditions, or if you have any that are different from mine, as I'd love to hear it - even better if you write a post like this, definitely link it if you do!

So, let's start with Christmas Eve, basically, the only tradition we have that has continued into Adulthood is that we definitely don't cook. As a kid, we'd go out for dinner or get a takeaway with our parents, this year, as myself and my Boyfriend have our own house, we'll be ordering a takeaway together, because with all the cooking you'll be doing the next day (although we're off to my Mum and Dad's for Christmas so no cooking for me!), who really wants to cook on Christmas Eve too? So, takeaway and Christmas films until super late, so that we're tired enough to go to sleep, because do you ever really grow out of the too excited to sleep phase?

I'm also hoping to do lots of baking on Christmas Eve this year, as we'll be going back to my Parents house rather than actually living there, I think it'll be really nice to bring some home made goodies back with us! So, I'll spend the early evening baking the likes of mince pies, fudge, Christmas biscuits etc. Our little house is going to smell so good! Of course, I'd do all of this with an extra long playlist of Christmas songs on the go! So, after the baking and takeaway, we'll be watching a Christmas Film or two (The Holiday will forever be my favourite!) then off to bed.

On Christmas morning, I always woke up to a stocking full of smaller gifts which I'd open with my sister as soon as we woke up, this was every single Christmas right from when I was a kid until when I was older and now that I've moved out, myself and Darren are doing a stocking for each other on Christmas morning. As we're older now, we won't rush and open these the second our eyes ping open, we'll go downstairs and make breakfast, usually we have toasted teacakes or crumpets, nothing too big or filling with Christmas Dinner on the way later!

After breakfast we'll get ourselves ready, we don't get too dressed up but I do still like to wear a Christmassy outfit on Christmas Day! New Look were kind enough to gift me my gorgeous Christmas jumper this year. As much as I love being super festive, proper novelty Christmas jumpers aren't quite me and I prefer to go for something a little more girly and pretty! If you like my jumper, you can take a peek here to buy it! As you can see above, I'm going to pair it with a burgundy skater skirt and tights for a simple but festive outfit. I'll definitely post a proper picture on the day! After getting dressed, we'll open our presents to each other before driving back to my Mum and Dad's house for presents and Christmas Dinner. Obviously more Christmas music in the car on the way home.
Every year, we open presents to each other around the tree, then usually, I'll help my Mum with the dinner while everyone 'plays' with their presents (there's always something to play around with!). Christmas Day for us is pretty chilled, so we tend to have Christmas Dinner, followed by games, then we watch TV and play more games and just generally chat and spend time together until the early evening. Then, in the evening we sometimes have Turkey Sandwiches for 'tea' - though this depends on how huge Christmas Lunch was and if anyone actually has room left for more!

To finish the day off, I always like to have a bit of a mini pamper, I always get new bath and body bits and bobs for Christmas, so I'll usually have a bath or shower using gorgeous smelling shower gels and scrubs, followed by body lotions and sometimes a face mask, then brand new pjs!

So, that's my perfect Christmas and my plans for this year! Congrats if you got to the end of this post, it was definitely a long one! Let me know what your plans for Christmas are this year in the comments, I'd love to hear all about it!

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