OK! So up until a year ago you would have NEVER seen me in a Christmas jumper. I hated them! Yes I loved Christmas, but OTT festive jumpers were a big NO NO! Now it seems I’ve gone the opposite way, and the more OTT the better. Here are 3 of my festive jumper picks.
About two years ago I started blogging. I worked with a food blogger and thought the idea of blogging sounded like fun, and that’s how it all started for me. Little did I know that the blogging world was so huge. I didn’t read or follow any blogs at the time, or watch any youtube videos. I sometimes wonder what I actually did for the first six months to a year of my blog, I don’t think I even had much social media for it either. I had set up a bloglovin account but barely used it… I was a little bit clueless to say the least.
Today’s blog post theme is all about my favourite bloggers, and as there are just so many I thought I would narrow my favourites down to the ones that I discovered first, am influenced by, and have become friends with.
The first ever blog I discovered was A Little Obsessed by Sabrina. And I still follow and love her blog. She does a gorgeous smokey eye, always has a fresh manicure, (Or so it seems by her nail posts) and I even check her blog out for a bit of fashion inspo.
One of my favourite Fashion blogs has to be Leannelimwalker. I get figure envy everytime I see Leanne’s pictures, she is stunning. I love her dress sense, and am always looking at her for style inspo.
Now when it comes to make up, it has to be Liza from Glambeautys. Her make up ALWAYS looks flawless, from her foundation, brows, eyes and lipsticks, she always gets it right. I love her Youtube make up tutorials.
As I’m forever talking about and attempting to jump on the healthy wagon, I love reading Nichola from Nicsnutrition posts on how to stay healthy, her snack ideas and even her Monday morning Facebook updates make me smile, (Usually because I am one of those people who overindulge just because it is the weekend).
Another favourite of mine has to be Andrew from Beautyandtheboy. He always seems to know what the latest beauty launches are, and I just love reading his thoughts on make up and skincare.
And of course there are my blogger babes, who I have met this past year through various blog events, all of us being based in the Southampton area. Who all have fabulous blogs in their own individual way,from beauty to fashion to lifestyle. Love these girls!
Don’t you just love Sundays. I got a bit of a sleep in this morning, then went for a pub lunch with the boy, followed by some afternoon cuddles with the nephew, then home for a bath and chill time. Sundays have to be the best day of the week for me.
Christmas is my favourite time of year, I absolutely love it. Everyone is buzzing, and it is all about family time. I could actually spend all day looking at Pinterest and all the Christmassy crafts and decorations on there. It all just gets me excited for when I have my own place.
Tonight is my works Christmas party, and it has been such a long time since I have done a fashion related post I thought I would share my party outfit with you. Instead of your normal dressed up meal and boozy night out, we are going to the boss’s house, where a marquee has been set up with an ice skating rink and a bar, our own little Winter Wonderland you might say. With this in mind, we have all had to dress appropriately, meaning no LBD’s, high heels, or anything that might split when falling over. As lets face it, ice is hard enough to stay stable on, let alone when alcohol is involved.
I didn’t want to go too casual, so I thought I couldn’t go wrong with my River Island leather leggings, (Shop similar here), Kurt Geiger Ankle Boots (Shop similar here), a Black top and my Newlook Tartan Wrap.
What did you wear to your Christmas party?
Lots of love,
P.S This post was meant to go up yesterday.. Oops!
So originally I sat down and planned some posts around the blogmas themes, and it would seem that up until day 11, I had been rather organised. Had I realised day 12 was Christmas DIY, I would of liked to of really got stuck in to something quite arts and crafty, as I love all that. Maybe a little Christmas decoration or Christmas cards. I was in a bit of panic mode at work thinking what can I do, when one of the girls said why don’t you do a post on your Christmas nail art. The ‘Penguin’ set went down so well, so here’s the whole lot.
These nails were hand painted by myself and my manager, (So I can’t take all of the credit). Some are a little more tricky than others, and require a VERY steady hand. The Tartan one is a favourite of mine, and oh so simple. You can definitely do this at home.
All you need is a red base colour, a black nail art pen or polish, and a gold one to.
Draw a thick black line up the nail on either side, then two thin lines parallel to one another across the nail at the bottom and top, and finish with a gold stripe going up and across the nail meeting in the middle.
The glitter one is even easier. All you need is your chosen nail polish, and some glitter, while the paint is still wet, line the glitter just above the cuticle, (Quite a thick line of glitter), then hold the finger downwards and tap the finger, so that the glitter moves on to the wet paint, and falls in such a away that it goes half way up the nail bed.
Which Christmas Nail Art is your favourite?
Let me know if you try any, would love to see them.
Day 11 on the Bigblogmasproject is all about Winter essentials, I thought it would be more fun to turn this into a tag, but as there’s probably a lot of Winter ones I’ve made it a little more festive.
A Festive Winter Tag:
Do you have any family traditions?
Our tradition when we were younger was to go up north to see the family, go carol singing Christmas eve, and to Church on Christmas morning. The boys in the family would often go to Old Trafford on Boxing day to watch Man United. But now we are all older, and spread about a bit more it’s harder to get everyone in one place. And I don’t even think anyone carol sings anymore?
What are your top 3 skincare winter wonders?
Lush Massage Bars, Origins Overnight Drink Up mask and Elemis Skin Bliss Capsules.
What is your standard Christmas outfit? Is is Christmas jumpers, PJ’s, or sparkles and dresses?
If it was up to me I would be in my PJ’s all day, but as I often have to go out in public and see other people I tend to have to put a bit more effort in. Maybe a bit of sparkle, but not a dress.
What are your plans on Christmas day this year?
My sister is hosting Christmas this year, for the first time ever. We will go over Christmas morning, hopefully open presents straight away, then eat and drink. My mums having boxing day at our house, so I get two Christmas dinners.
What part of your Christmas dinner do you look forward to most? Are you a fan of the Christmas pudding?
I hate Christmas pudding, I’m going to try make a desert this year, (Not sure it will be any better). Pigs in blankets are a favourite of mine, and of course the roastys and all the chocolate I can fit in between.
What are your top 3 Christmas films to watch?
Home Alone has to be with out a doubt the BEST Christmas film ever made. Second is between Love Actually and Bridget Jones, and the third would have to be Elf.
Do you have a favourite Christmas song?
No I’m not a massive fan of any of them, some are OK. We have them on repeat in work at the moment, which doesn’t help.
What are the top 3 items on your list to Santa?
A watch, leather trousers and tickets to see Alan Carr.
What is your favourite thing about Christmas?
It used to be all about presents, and I hated family time. Now it is a little bit about presents, ALL about the family time, and of course all the food and drink.
Have you already got your decorations up?
If it was up to me they would of been up on December 1st and I would now be living in something that resembles Santa’s Grotto, but as I live with my mum and she is a Scrooge it has only gone up this week, and only because I have been nagging. She wouldn’t have a tree up at all if it wasn’t for me.
If you are reading this, it means you are tagged. Would love to read yours, so make sure you send me a link afterwards.
I find men so much harder to buy for than girls, is that just me? I normally just tell Ben to tell me exactly what he wants, as even when it comes to clothes he is fussier than me, (And that is saying something). And as for the other men I have to buy for, I usually ask their other half for help.
So here is my gift guide for the men:
Playstation TV (£85.00) – Don’t ask me what it is, or what it does, but if your boyfriend/brother are attached to their PS4, (Like my boyfriend is), then this is perfect. The reason I know its perfect, as my boyfriend has been banging on about it for the past month or two. It is quite a new feature for the playstation, so they probably don’t have it yet.
Paco Rabanne 1 Million (£30-40) – This is one of my favourite scents for men, (I love the woman’s one just as much), and again you can’t go wrong with aftershave. Got to love a man that smells nice.
Virgin Experience Days (£40-£100+) – I’d personally pick a track day for any man, I mean what bloke doesn’t want to spend a day racing a nice car around a track? This is a good present for someone who has everything, or is a bit fussy. A good gift for a dad or father in law.
Single Malt Whisky Hamper (£70.00) – This kinda thing is normally for an older man, (Unless your my boyfriend who loves his whisky). We normally get his dad whisky every year, but this hamper just makes it a little more special. This one includes…
700ml Benromach 10 Year Old Single Malt (43% ABV), 150g Basil Savoury Biscuits, 340g Poacher’s Pickle,12 Assorted Chocolates.
Barbour Lumberjack Style Hat (£30+) – At this time of year a hat always goes down well. And a lumberjack style hat is one of the best kinda hats. If you know someone who works out doors, this would be the ideal present.
Have you got your Christmas presents sorted yet? What have you brought for the men in your life?
So today’s post is all about healthy food. I’m always on and off the healthy wagon, so of course I am attempting a little pre Christmas diet, ready to make room for the extra helpings of roastys and chocolate over the festive period. With the drop in weather, I thought soup would be the perfect meal for my week in work. I had never made soup before, and am actually surprised at how easy it is to make, I mean very easy…
Healthy sweet potato and carrot soup, (4 Servings):
3 Sweet potatoes
3 Pints of veg stock
I started by peeling and chopping the sweet potato and carrots, then cooked them in an oven proof dish for about 20 minutes until soft. Roasting them in 1 cal spray.
I then cooked the onion and garlic until soft on the hob, added the sweet potato and carrots, then the veg stock, and blended all together.
I like my soups quite thick, so at this point I could of added more veg stock but I preferred not to.
And that’s all I had to do. I added a bit of Cayenne Pepper for a bit of spice, but it was the easiest and maybe the most delicious meal I’ve ever made myself.
What Winter dishes have you been making? Have you ever made soup?
Lots of love,
P.S I drove back from Wales Monday morning, straight to work, (Crazy I know), but I had my very first Costa Christmas cup, how cute is this snowman?
My blog turned two at the end of October, but I have only just got around to running a giveaway, so this is a kinda belated blog anniversary mixed in with a little festive spirit.
I can’t believe I’ve been blogging for two years now, it has gone so quickly, and I can’t thank all my blog readers for the support, and I still find it weird that people actually want to follow and listen to me. But I bloody LOVE it.
Elemis is one of my favourite skincare brands, and when I saw this ‘top to toe’ gift set, I thought it was the perfect gift for a ‘Christmas giveaway’.
What’s inside the gift set:
Elemis NEW jasmine and rose milk bath, 60ml
Elemis fruit active rejuvenating mask, 20ml
Elemis NEW hydra-boost day cream, 20ml
Elemis lime and ginger hand and body wash, 100ml
Elemis lime and ginger body lotion, 50ml
You must be over 16 to enter, this giveaway is open internationally, and will finish on the 31st December 2014, with the winner announced on twitter on the 1st January 2015.