Get ready with me...Christmas Eve

Wednesday, 24 December 2014

'Twas the night before Christmas when I decided to take you all along with me. 
Wrapping presents the night before is a tradition for me. Some say last minute I say festive. 
Then using this beaut 'Candy Mountain' bubble bar I fill my bathroom with candy cane scent and chill out before getting ready for bed. 
Sparkles are the best plan for Christmas Day. 
This is my recent favourite moisturizer it is a really winter berry sort of smell. 
Then I sit down with a fantastical hot chocolate made with almond milk, real chocolate, marshmallows, cream and a candy cane. 
Then before bed my brother and I always watch 'The Grinch The Stole Christmas' which is by far my favourite chriatmas film. 

I hope you all have a brilliant Christmas and get lots of food, presents, rest and happiness! Lots of love xoxo

Last Minute Festive Window Displays ...

Tuesday, 23 December 2014

Hello Festive Friends! Another Christmas blog post I spy for you. Today I present to you my own window display which is echoed throughout the entire house during the Christmas period. Most of these I either made myself or purchased for very little which is always the best type of decoration. Enjoy! x 
Tutorials for the snowflakes can be found here

The No Skills Needed Festive Bunting...

Thursday, 18 December 2014

 Helllloooo, whilst procrastinating from doing anything remotely useful for my degree I made bunting for my house and actually enjoyed myself. So I thought I would share it with you all so you can hopefully make your own stress-free bunting!

Step One : Pick your fabric. Festive is best of course! I picked two to do alternate but you can have the same or have each triangle different. 

 Step Two: Draw out your triangle on the wrong side of the fabric. I made the top of mine on the fold of the fabric to save on sewing! The measurements are up to you whether you want tiny triangles of really big ones! Just remember they will be smaller when you sew them up. 

Step Three: Cut it out! But make sure you keep the wrong side facing out ready to sew. 

Step Four : Sew it up! I did use my sewing machine but if you don't have one you can hand sew. Make sure you leave a small hole so you can turn it the right way round. 

Step Five : Then turn out it the right way by pushing it through the small hole you hopefully remembered to leave. Then to turn out the corners properly, you can use a kebab stick or a pencil to poke them through. 

Step Six: Now sew up the hole you left.  

Step Seven: Repeat this until you have the amount you want.


Step Eight: Now you just need to attach them. I used a long scrap of the holly fabric folded over each triangle and then zigzag stitched over the top. You could use ribbon or a string of beads or bells or tinsel. The festive possibilities are endless. 

Le Fin!

Let me know if you try this and I would love to see any pictures of your own bunting!

What to read during the festive season...

Thursday, 11 December 2014

Since December has come around so quickly I really haven't had chance to get into the festive spirit, so to try and get my head into the candy cane head space I have been re-reading some festive themed books and as always I thought I would share with my festive troupe.  


A book for a festive pick-me-up...
'Let It Snow' by John Green, Maureen Johnson and Lauren Myracle 

'The worst blizzard for fifty years three wintry love stories one magical night. 
When one girl unexpectedly steps off a stranded train, she sets off a series of life-changing events. Soon fourteen pumped-up cheerleaders will descend on the local Waffle House, the Duke's DVD night will be rudely interrupted for a Twister mission, and a lovesick barista will determine the fate of a single teacup pig.  

For reading by the fire on a cold day ... 
 'Life After Life' by Kate Atkinson 

'What if you had your chance to live your life again and again, until you finally got it right? 

During a snowstorm in England in 1910, a baby is born and dies before she can take her first breath. During a snowstorm in England in 1910, the same baby is born and lives to tell the tale. 
What if there were second chances? And third chances? In fact an infinite number of chances to live your life? Would you eventually be able to save the world from its own inevitable destiny? And would you even want to?  

A book for a magical winter adventure...
'The Snow Child' by Eowyn Ivey 

'Alaska, the 1920s. Jack and Mabel have staked everything on a fresh start in a remote homestead, but the wilderness is a stark place, and Mabel is haunted by the baby she lost many years before. When a little girl appears mysteriously on their land, each is filled with wonder, but also foreboding - is she what she seems, and can they find room in their hearts for her?'

Christmas Baking Inspiration!

Thursday, 4 December 2014

IT'S HAPPENING!!! We have 21 days to go! So to kick off the festivities I thought I would share some of the photos from the baking session my mum and I had! Let me know if you would like any of the recipes or tutorials for any of these! 

November Favourites

Saturday, 29 November 2014

No I'm not dead! I have just had a very stressful month so I am looking forward to the best time of the year... so here is my round-up for this month!
TXMaxx - £2.99
Winter means all things Gingerbread as far as I am concerned. That apparently now includes Gingerbread handwash. This may be a really granny thing to do but I definitely judge people on the products they keep on offer in their bathrooms and as we have a revolving door in December I saw this and got a little bit over excited.

'Jumping Juniper Sampoo Bar' - £5.75 '
Breath of Fresh Air' Toner -£4.25
'Grease Lightning' -£6.40
My skin has been hating me since the weather has become cooler so I ran into Lush screaming and this is what I came out with. I picked up the 'Breath of Fresh Air' Toner which I find so much more convenient as you just spray and then you can get on with your day instead of trying to find cotton pads then wiping greasy residue off your face after. Grouped with the 'Grease Lightning' treatment it has really helped to clean up my skin. 
The last one is the weirdest products ever. But I do not think I will actually go back to the real thing. This weird purple disk is actually a shampoo bar, my friend Laura recommended it to me, so I bought it and tried it out and I can declare that I am in love! It lathers up so well and gives my hair body and shine AND you get so many washes out of it. I have used this 6 times and it hasn't decreased in size at all. 

'Lilac Skies' -£5.00
Colour Drama in 'Nude Perfection' - £4.99
During the winter it seems wrong to have bright blonde hair so I have been combating this by using Bleach London 'Violet Skies' hair wash. On light hair this would make hair lilac but on my hair it does the same job as a toner and makes a ashy/blonde/brown tone. 
The Maybelline Colour Drama lip pencil in 'Nude Perfection'. Think 90's better than natural nude/Kylie Jenner lip obsessive nude. 


'Life After Life' by Kate Atkinson is my favourite book of the month. It is all about the idea of reincarnation. Taking place during the first through to the second world war, Starting with the first chapter which a baby dies in birth but in the next it lives. This continues with the main character drowning, being crushed by buildings, falling off roofs, dying of illness etc. These are all then followed by flip chapters where a small incident will change the ending of that situation. This book is really very clever and really makes you think about the 'what ifs'.  It is also a great book for winter and the majority has a really cold and chilling feel.

Let me know of any of your favourites this month! 
And please brace for all things Christmas coming your way.