Tuesday, 29 December 2015

New Years Eve Dress // OOTD

We all need a great dress for New Years Eve. Whether you're going to a huge party (formal or not), down the local pub or even to a friends house - a dress is needed.
As it stands I have no plans for New Years Eve and the question is, do I stay in or go out? For this festive season I was kindly sent this beautiful Biba Lace Maxi Dress from House Of Fraser which I think makes an ideal NYE dress.

Sunday, 27 December 2015

Birthday OOTD

I turned 24 on the 24th December. I spent the afternoon in Bath with my fiance wandering around the beautiful streets, visiting the Roman Baths and having lunch in Jamie's Italian. Surprisingly the streets weren't crawling with men shopping for their better halves, which is what you'd assume any town to look like on Christmas Eve. It was such a lovely afternoon and a great way to spend my birthday. On the morning of my birthday I opened up my gifts in bed with a cup of tea in hand and I opened up an Olympus Pen Camera with an extra lens. I am the luckiest girl to be given such an incredible gift for my birthday. We both set up the camera (my fiance is the technical one of us two) and brought it with us to Bath for the day. Here are some of the photos we took on the camera, I am seriously impressed with the quality and cannot wait to spend 2016 taking incredible photos.


Friday, 25 December 2015

Christmas Day Make Up // Blogmas Day Twenty Four

Welcome to the end of Blogmas, I decided to end it here as Christmas Day is for family, food and fun - not blogging. This has been a fun (and at times hard) month on my blog. I've never participated in Blogmas before and one lesson has already been learnt: plan ahead fully. Planning ahead in parts does not make Blogmas an easy journey. I've really enjoyed reading lots of new and exciting blogs over this month and even watching what feels like 101 vlogmas videos everyday. Hats off to all those who completed Blog and Vlogmas, you bloody trooper.

I thought I'd leave Blogmas here with what I will be wearing make up wise on the festive day. Nice and simple.

Wednesday, 23 December 2015

Christmas Evening Dress // Blogmas Day Twenty Three

There's one half of us that like to spend Christmas day in festive PJs and Christmas jumpers but there's the other half who like to put on a gorgeous dress to mark the occasion. A little black dress is the perfect outfit for an occasion and I am in love with this gorgeous Biba Jersey Dress which was kindly sent to me from House of Fraser (unfortunately at the start of blogmas it was available online, however sadly it's not). It's super comfortable for an evening and it's not skin tight so it doesn't matter about eating 80% of the cheese board. This shape suits my figure well and this is definitely a staple piece in my wardrobe from now on. Above is my dressed up Christmas day outfit, once I've managed to get myself out of my Christmas PJs that is.

Tuesday, 22 December 2015

Christmas Bedding // Blogmas Day Twenty Two

As we are three days away from Christmas I thought it was time to share my festive duvet cover. I've seen what feels like hundreds of different Christmas duvet sets all over the Internet this month and I have loved them all. It seems everyone else in the world loved them too because I struggled all month to get one I really loved in a king size. Big thanks to Oxford Primark for having this amazing duvet cover in stock because I have now fulfilled a long lived dream, to have a festive bed. What makes me very happy about this (I know you're wondering what more could I be pleased about) is that this set is brushed cotton so it's incredibly cosy and snug. I already have a brushed cotton fitted sheet and I can only describe my sleep these days as like sleeping in a cloud. 

Monday, 21 December 2015

2016 Goals // Blogmas Day Twenty One

Before you think this is going to be a "new year new me" blog post, let me assure you it won't be. If you want to become a new version of yourself then you don't need the 1st January to do that. All that new year new me BS isn't for me.

I've got resolutions that aren't "get fit", "grow my hair" or "get a boyfriend". Although to be honest, my hair needs to grow for my wedding.  

Saving money for the wedding
I'm getting married in 2017 so 2016 is a full 12 months of saving hard. I may have to cut down on the make up purhases but it's all for our dream day. Ill even need to control myself when I'm in doing the food shop because I love Tesco clothing!


Sunday, 20 December 2015

5 Things Not To Do At The Office Christmas Party // Blogmas Day Twenty

You either love or hate the work Christmas party. Getting together with people you work with for dinner and drinks can sometimes be a good laugh, if you like them. These get to togethers happen once a year so it's not too bad in the grand scheme of things - if you don't like them you only have to suck it up for one night. However, when the wine (and maybe even tequila speaking from experience) is flowing it is sometimes hard to remain professional. 

So for you I've got the top 5 things not to do at your work Christmas do

1. Get totally drunk.
Obvious one really. When you're drunk, your rowdy personality comes out and you might start effing and blinding in front of those you shouldn't. You may also start singing, dancing and slurring your words which could lead to honest opinions of your colleagues appearing. Bob might not want to know about how much you hate his bum fluff beard. If you want a job by the end of the night, watch those beverages. 


Saturday, 19 December 2015

My Favourite Festive Songs // Blogmas Day Nineteenth

We all love a good festive song to get us in the mood for Christmas. They're all over the radio, in every retail shop, public transport and even in waiting rooms of the dreaded dentist. I absolutely love hearing a Christmas song as it gets me in the mood for beer drinking, game playing and wearing fun and tacky Christmas Jumpers.

I thought I'd share with you my favourite songs of the season - they might even be your favourites too. 

Spice Girls - Christmas Wrapping


Friday, 18 December 2015

Stocking Fillers For Her Under £5 // Blogmas Day Eighteen

Stocking fillers often get left till last. We are all too busy buying main gifts, stocking up on food and buying all the Prosecco in sight that the stockings sometimes get left behind. If you're on a last minute stocking filler hunt then welcome to my stocking filler gift guide for under £5. All for girls, all for under £5 and all from the same place which means you only are paying postage once. Ideal!

We all need a diary so why not get this super cute Paperchase 2016 diary online with ASOS. It's super small, super cute and SUPER sparkly. Such a useful and lovely gift.

Why not make sticky notes more fun with speech bubbles. Ideal for those who loves going through a magazines and folding pages, who needs some post its for University work or even those who enjoy leaving fun notes around the house. It makes being organised fun.


Thursday, 17 December 2015

A Festive Lipstick // Blogmas Day Seventeen

Who will you be kissing under the mistletoe? Whoever it may be, you're going to need a very festive red lipstick for them to smudge. I've picked 4 shades of lipstick that I am loving for this festive time of year. Drugstore, affordable and good quality - the three things we all like in a lipstick. Any lipstick lover at this time of year has to have the perfect red lip so if you're looking to invest and aren't sure which reds are worth buying, I am here to assist.

Rimmel Moisture Renew 660 In Love With Ginger

If you're after a super vibrate red that'll keep your lips nourished and soft then this is ideal. I really like how bright this lipstick is and it looks pretty darn good against pale skin. It's quite orange toned but is a great red lipstick. I like to wear this with dark colours, almost like a statement piece. If you're pale with dry lips, this is is a great lipstick to try.


Wednesday, 16 December 2015

Christmas Lush Haul // Blogmas Day Sixteen

It wouldn't be Christmas without a festive bath or 6. Lush Christmas bath products are all that you will see on any bloggers Instagram right now, because we like to be all over the festive soap. I am so excited by these products as most of them I've never used before. I thought I'd do a quick blogmas post on these beauties and tell you what makes them lush (pun intended) and why I decided to buy them.


Tuesday, 15 December 2015

DIY Peppermint Lip Scrub // Blogmas Day Fifteen

My lips need some major TLC at this time of year. They're constantly craving moisture and in need of an exfoliate to refresh.  I've tried lip exfoliaters costing £5 to £15 and at the end of the day, they all do the same. You're really just paying for the brand and the flavour. I have started making my own homemade lip balm by following this recipe and adding my own flavoring. Brown sugar lip scrubs will always smell of brown sugar but adding an extra sweet flavour makes it delicious.

I made my lip scrub with brown sugar and peppermint extract - it smells divine.


Brown Sugar
Coconut Oil (or Olive Oil if you prefer)
Peppermint extract (or any flavour you like)
Container to keep it in


Monday, 14 December 2015

Christmas Cookies // Blogmas Day Fourteen

I will start by being honest and saying this image above isn't mine and you can view it here.  I am no Merry Berry by any means but I love a bit of a baking session, especially when they turn out edible. My cookies turned out somewhat different but you can't have a bad opening photo on blogmas!

I found a great recipe online to make some Christmas cookies and I decided to go with making some tree, snowfakes, candy cane and gingerbread man shaped cookies. My end result was not as good as I'd hoped but they tasted great - so that's something.

  Follow the recipe below to create your own Christmas Cookies.

You will need:
  • 470g plain flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 225g butter or cooking margarine
  • 300g caster sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 
  • Green food colouring
  • Red icing sugar (pen)
    White Chocolate Stars (or any decorative bit you'd like I went with White Chocolate stars)

Sunday, 13 December 2015

Gift Guide For Him // Blogmas Day Thirteen

Men are nightmare to buy for because they never really want anything. No matter how many times you ask them or how many ideas you throw their way, they just don't have a clue. If you're in need of a little inspiration on what to get your husband, boyfriend, brother or father then look no further. I've got some great gift ideas to put under your tree. 

A Book
If the man in your life isn't much of a reader then an autobiography is a good way to go, if you don't want to go down the fiction/non fiction route. Speaking from experience any non reading male will appreicate a book on his favourite actor or footballer. There are so many options out there that you'll be plenty to choose from.

A Shirt Nice 
Shirts aren't something guys like to buy themselves as "one good shirt is enough". So why not add to their wardrobe with a smart yet casual shirt. The one featured is a Criminal Mercer long sleeved shirt from House of Fraser, you can click here to have a look at it. It's down in price and is an absolute bargain, my fiance loves it. I think a good quality shirt is a great gift and it's even something they could pop on for Christmas day itself. The perfect gift!


Saturday, 12 December 2015

The Perfect Christmas Highlight // Blogmas Day Twelve

Christmas time is a time to make your make up a little more special. With all the festive parties, drinks and dinners popping up every weekend means you've got to perfect your Christmas look.

I have been loving one particular highlight for a few weeks now and it's my absolute go to. The Mary Lou-manizer gives you the ultimate glowing highlight and will last an entire evening. 

The pigmentation is strong and the shimmer really does shimmer, which is why I think it's the perfect addition for a festive look. The powder is incredibly soft and smooth which creates a soft and youthful look to the skin when applied. It's a gold beige colour that gives a incredible golden glow. I've suits all skin tones according by the reviews I've read, my skin is quite pale and it suits me really. This is a multiple use product and can be used to highlight the cheek bones and also as a glowy eyeshadow. I love using it as an eyeshadow but my main and favourite use for it is a highlighter as it makes my cheek bones really stand out, especially when blended into my contour.

Friday, 11 December 2015

The Christmas Tag // Blogmas Day Eleven

I've been excited to do the Christmas tag and it seemed fitting today, after all it is 2 weeks exactly till Christmas!

1. When do you start getting excited for Christmas?
November! That's when the build up for me starts to begin. I think about Christmas all year round for multiple reasons though. My birthday is Christmas eve, I buy in Christmas cards for the charity I work for and generally, Christmas and winter is my favourite time of the year by far. I look forward to it always!

2. Do you still have advent calenders?
Absolutely! You're never too old for an advent. My mum always sent me money to buy one because I don't live at home anymore. This year I told her to keep her money and get herself one, but I am grateful of her offer. Instead I bought myself and Brendan two Thortons chocolate calendars and I bought myself a Ciate nail varnish calendar from TKMaxx for half price - excellent!

3. What are your favourite Christmas film?
If I had to pick one, The Grinch. I just absolutely LOVE it. When I was younger I wanted to be a Whoo! I did a blogmas post on my top 5 Christmas film which you can read here.


Thursday, 10 December 2015

My Christmas Traditions // Blogmas Day Ten

There is something so comforting about repeating the same actions year on year, for any occasion. You may have the same meal on each birthday or visit the same location on an anniversary. But the ultimate traditions are the ones you have at Christmas because they start from a very young age. 

Only slightly have my Christmas traditions changed since I was born (Christmas day was the day after...) and that is the the male face around our Christmas tree. My mum, my sister and I are now joined for the second year by Brendan, my fiance. But the rest of our traditions still stand yet we are making new ones with him.

It's my entire Christmas day routine that is a tradition, with only minor tweaks as I've grown up.

Waking up in our family home
I've been lucky enough to grow up in the same house and still have the luxury of going back even after moving out. I love the fact I've celebrated Christmas in the same house for the last 24 years, that's really special to me. I know one day I will have to wake up in my own house, but I'm not ready for that just yet.

Opening my Christmas stocking
My mum still gives us a Christmas stocking every year, it's progressed from toys to chocolate and nail varnishes (with the odd toy for fun). The first thing I do when I wake up is empty the stocking out on the bed and see what cuteness my mum has put together. The second thing I do is wake my sister up, however this has also changed. She'd kill me now if I woke her up at 7.30am so I either send my mum in or drop her a text to inform her it is infact Christmas day and she should wake the hell up!

Wednesday, 9 December 2015

The Best Christmas Films (With A Twist) // Blogmas Day Nine

One of the best aspects of Christmas is the films that you can watch judgement free. I say judgement free because you should see the look on my fiance's face to me watching a Christmas film in the Summer months... 

My top 5 Christmas films to watch.

Love Actually
What a film. With so many different storylines within the film there's no reason to get bored. It's romantic, it's funny and it's emotional so I feel it ticks all the boxes that make a great film. It's old school and some of the actors and actresses have majorly evolved in their careers and I love watching this film knowing how far they've come. 

The Holiday
Most people say Love Actually is their favourite Christmas romantic film but for me it's all about The Holiday. It's a great storyline of paths being crossed and love blossoming in the festive period. It's a really funny and interesting film, I even find myself thinking of it and referencing it through the year. If that's not enough to make you watch it, Jude Law is in it which is a great selling point.

Tuesday, 8 December 2015

Gift Guide To Giving Back // Blogmas Day Eight

Christmas is a wonderful time to spend with your friends and families. Eating lots of food, drinking wine and playing fun games. Something I think about each year, ever since I started working for a charity, is what about the others who are less fortunate than me and what about the causes that need to raise money to offer their services. A service for supporting the homeless, cancer sufferers or children with life shortening conditions... just to name a few. 

I donate to charity as much as I can in the form of money, clothes, food and bits and bobs from home that could be of use or sold to raise money. I volunteered for a hospice charity during my time at University, helping out with anything I possibly could to support the cause. I now work full time with them because I'm so passionate about it. I think it's really important to be selfless and to do things for others, that don't benefit you. So why not start this Christmas? No time like the present. Here are a few ideas of what you can do to give back:

Serving Food At A Homeless Shelter
Christmas day is a popular time for people to volunteer to serve food to the homeless, so why not join? The more help the better. I know that homeless shelters do struggle for volunteers in the evening so why not spend some time helping out after you've spent time with your family, I am absolutely sure others will appreciate your time. It's important to remember you are lucky to eat a hot meal everyday and that others don't get that luxury.

Volunteering In A Charity Shop
A good time to volunteer in a charity shop (apart from always) is after Christmas. Donations come in thick and fast once everyone has had a clear out to make room for their new bits and bobs. You could spend a couple of hours in the week, or even on the weekend helping a charity shop sort through donations and prepare them for sale. Charity shops are a huge income source for charities but it's a hard job and they majorly rely on volunteers. So why not become one. I work for a children and young adults hospice with charity shops in Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Berkshire and Gloucestershire. We always need volunteers in our shops so if you're interesting in getting involved with us, my email is in the contact section of my blog.


Monday, 7 December 2015

What's In My Winter Handbag // Blogmas Day Seven

I have many a favourite winter handbag so I am constantly changing handbags, however the contents of them remains the same and I've got my winter essential items that come out with me every day. 
I find it's important to be prepared throughout the day and I like to have something for every occasion or problem. I'm not as bad as I used to be, I used to carry everything and the kitchen sink.

Lets keep this short and sweet with my winter handbag essentials.

A bobble hat.
It's freaking freezing at the moment and despite having long hair that I wear down, my ears get so unbearably cold. A hat is really important for me to keep my ears warm but also to keep my hair flat as the winds at the moment are doing my hair no favours. This bottle hat is from Topshop and I also have a matching scarf, ideal really. I used to feel silly wearing bobble hats but I'm at an age now where I stop caring about what others may think and just want my ears to be warm. Does this mean I am getting old? Oh god...

I love my special gloves that I also have in black. For every blogger and avid phone user, you'll need gloves that allow you to use your touchscreen phone and these are that. They're such a genius idea! I picked a two pair set up from Tesco for £3 and I can't be without them now. You can successfully unlock your phone and write a text, but I wouldn't go as far to say you'll have to ability to create a blog post or focus your camera on your hot chocolate in Starbucks, they're not that advanced... but they do the job. For me, these are ideal as I spent a lot of time traveling around and walking to and from shops, so my fingers get cold and I get unhappy.

Sunday, 6 December 2015

Gift Ideas For Her (Or You) // Blogmas Day Six

I've put together the flip side of Blogmas Day Five with creating a more realistic gift guide which works in two ways. One way is that it gives the men in our lives a remote idea of what women like but it also works as good inspiration for the women out there who have no idea what they'd like for Christmas. It's so hard to decide what you'd like for Christmas and I am sure we are all experiencing the multiple text messages and phone calls from our loved ones saying "what can I get you for Christmas, you still haven't told me, what do you want?!". The older we get the harder is becomes to decide because we want less. We are growing up which means we don't want a baby born or some Playdoh and that handbag we've been obsessing over in Topshop we've already purchased because we are independent women! This leaves us in a difficult place each festive season.

The items I've picked are mid to expensive price ranges because each person and family work differently. I know in my family my Mum every year gets us one main (a more pricey) gift and little (on the cheap side) bits to go with it because we like to avoid buying too much small stuff that will just end up in a charity shop. Some bits on this post I have actually asked for myself others are just some great ideas.

Coats can be quite expensive if you're looking for great quality and style. I absolutely love this coat from River Island, it didn't quite make it onto my own personal list but I love it nevertheless. Asking for a coat for Christmas is a great idea as it is something we all need but don't always want to splash out on ourselves. This coat is on the pricey side of £75 but you don't have to go with this exact one (even though it's amazing), and if you do want an expensive coat why not make it a main present to ask for.


Saturday, 5 December 2015

My (not so realistic) Christmas Wishlist // Blogmas Day Five

We all have dreams. My dreams are in the form of getting married, buying a house and having children. But my dreams also come in the form of make up and handbags - not that this would come as a surprise! My Christmas wishlist this year is actually quite empty, a couple of Lush bath bombs and a faux suede jacket will do me fine. It's not all about the money at Christmas so if you supply me with multiple great bath time experiences, I am seriously happy.  However, I wanted to welcome you into the unrealistic wishlist that I have in my back of my mind, it's pretty long and spectacular so here are a few bits that I love the most. 

Let me start off by saying I have wanted an Oak natural leather Mulberry Bayswater bag for what feels like my entire life. I have this dream of going to New York for the first time and buying a Bayswater whilst I am out there, I am not sure where that dream came from but it's there! So ideally, the unrealistic present here is that I must travel to NY and buy this bag - somehow it's turned into a far more expensive idea than just a designer handbag... 

I am often day dreaming about an endless supply of Mac lipsticks. I have really become obsessed with Mac since buying my first two lipsticks a couple of months ago. I can't quite believe what I've been missing out on with these amazing lipsticks. The quality, pigmentation and lasting effect are incredible. I now want so many colours I don't know where to start with my purchasing. Rebel, Media and Verve may be a good place to start.


Friday, 4 December 2015

Essential Winter Beauty Products // Blogmas Day Four

Our skin and hair take a beating during the winter months. The cold air dries out our skin and the rain and wind make our hair brittle, which can lead to some quite bad hair days. 

It's important to have a good selection of product to keep your skin and hair looking great this season. 

Emma Hardie Super Rich Body Butter
This product is ideal to soften the skin, as it's an all over body butter which is super thick and nourishing. The smell is a tad odd in my opinion, Citrus Jasmin and Rose mixed together does make for quite an odd scent but it's doesn't put me off. My fiance told me I smelt like a cup of tea, so how bad can it really be? I don't use this on my face as my face is far more sensitive than anywhere else, I only use it on my legs and arms to keep them soft. I picked up this up for £12.99 in TKMaxx which is my new favourite place for products. 


Thursday, 3 December 2015

Winter Wardrobe Essentials - Highstreet Stores // Blogmas Day Three

Winter fashion is my favourite type of fashion. Give me a faux fur gilet over denim shorts any day of the week. Layering up, wrapping up warm and wearing coats is all it takes to make me happy. When it comes to a winter wardrobe I have a few essential items that are an absolute must. 


Wednesday, 2 December 2015

Beauty Gift Guide £10 & Under // Blogmas Day Two

This time of year is when the struggle begins because trying to find gifts that are lovely, pretty and worth the money you pay can become consuming task. We all want to make our friends and loved ones feel special and treat them, without breaking the bank. With this in mind, I have put together 5 of my favourite beauty gifts that are all under £10.

For me, value for money has always been important and that was something I considered with each of these gift ideas. I hope you can take a little inspiration from this mini £10 and under gift guide when starting your Christmas shopping (if you haven't already!).


Tuesday, 1 December 2015

Festive Smells - Yankee Candle Gift Set // Blogmas Day One

It's December 1st and I am feeling festive. If you're not ready for Christmas so early on then I suggest getting some Christmas Yankee Candles in your life. Get some festive smells into your nostrils and I guarantee you'll be feeling festive within minutes.

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