Thursday, 16 December 2010

9 sleeps 'til Christmas!

I kid you not. Only nine sleeps until Christmas! I didn't realise how quickly it'd crept up on us until I opened yesterday's window of my advent calendar:

I am so excited it’s not funny. Christmas always seems to turn me into a bit of a big kid. For me Christmas only becomes official when our tree is put up. Which was last weekend. So I have been full of Christmas cheer for the last week. This silliness and excitement makes me feel like I should be a Disney cartoon singing and skipping through a cartoon forest. Truly bizarre.

I feel that in light of this, a Christmassy post is a must. So this week I have been capturing images of the essence of Christmas which is starting to emerge in our house.

One thing that really gets me excited at Christmas is wrapping the presents and making them look all pretty. As you can see I went for a certain colour theme this year! I love it when you hand over a gift to someone and you can see their genuine excitement based on how the gift is wrapped / presented.  I am a sucker for pretty wrapping paper!

Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without Christmas candles. We have wayyy too many candles meaning that only a select few could fit around the fireplace this year. The white church candles always look so elegant when lit at night - but my favourites are the scented ones. One year we got some Christmas tree scented ones which were amazing – our lounge smelt like a forest! I just love the smell of nature. I’m currently burning some cinnamon candles in my room and they smell DIVINE.

Satsumas and all other orange related family are a must at this time! The smell of one being partially peeled makes me think of Christmas. It’s the one time of the year when I will actually eat them. And get through hundreds of them, may I add. Oh and no household is complete without a poinsettia. LOVE them.

And the most important thing about Christmas? Good company and good food. And when I say good company I obviously mean family being reunited. I have family all over the UK and in different countries too so we’re a spread out lot who hardly get to see one another. Christmas is that one special time that we’re all together again. We all chip in to do our bit – be it peeling veg or doing the washing up – then we eat a ma-hoo-sive Christmas dinner, tidy up, spend hours exchanging presents and then watch something Christmassy before getting our mitts on some party food for tea (hence the picture of Christmassy Pringles!). I LOVE it. Being one of the only meat eaters I tend to deal with most of the meaty things. This year I’ve also made a salmon roulade in advance. It’s a bit of an experiment (I’ve never made it before) but the idea is that you freeze it until Christmas, and then cut it into slices when you need it. Will no doubt upload some pictures at a later date!

Before I go, I just had to share a few more things that sum up my week.

For the last week, I’ve had something on pretty much every day so I’ve been quite busy. There have been quite a few Christmas drinks and meals and it has been lovely to catch up with friends and exchange presents. I find that lots of people don’t bother giving cards any more which is a bit of a shame as I love receiving cards. I tend to write essays in mine (particularly to friends who live abroad or those I don’t get to see much). I just had to share a couple of cards that I received this week which made me smile: 

 How cute is the rabbit on this card?? I “aww-ed” for about half a century when I opened it! 

 And this card really made me laugh:

And finally… really naughtily, I went shopping on Monday. I only went to exchange a jumper for a smaller size (which they didn’t have) but came back home with some new things. Damn you shops and your tempting Christmas displays! 

One of my best friends had given me a New Look discount voucher which was going to expire on Monday. It seemed like a shame not to use it. Whilst I was there, I found this darling LBD in the sale:

I have seen lots of posts lately about velvet dresses and to be honest; they’re not really my cup of tea. They remind me of what I was forced to wear at Christmas when I was younger. However I saw this, tried to be open minded and went to try it on. The fit was unbelievable. I have never had such a flattering dress. I looked tiny in it. And being the magpie that I am, I loved the neckline. It was about 50% off so a really good buy. I never would’ve paid the full price for it.

And along to something even more shiny and glittery…. 

I’d seen this online and had been lusting after it for a while now. Such an amazing colour with incredible detailing. But usually a high cut neck doesn’t really suit me. So I decided to go to the shop and try it on rather than order online. I was pleasantly surprised. The embellishment is of great quality and looks robust – like it won’t all drop off after a few minutes. Even the back of the top is amazing. I tried it on back to front (with a lacy camisole on underneath) and that looked just as nice. So all of sudden rendered versatile. I am planning on wearing this on Christmas day because it is respectful and isn’t low cut (if I wear it the right way round!) – perfect for when my grandparents are here.

What’s everyone else wearing on Christmas day? 

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas x x  


  1. Thanks sweety for your comment, and u practicing french because of my blog make me very happy!!! great post and love the black dress!!! ;) following hope you'll do the same!!! ;)

  2. Yeay can't wait till Christmas!
    The top you showed us on the last pic is really gorgeous.

    x helena

  3. Oo the pink top is gorgeous and just enough sparkle for christmas day :) I don't know what I'm wearing yet, I haven't even finished Christmas shopping yet, I'm so unorganised ha x

  4. hehe, such a cute way to look at it- 'sleeps until Christmas'!

  5. those look great!

  6. love the last top. Happy holidays!xx

  7. Hello, thank you for your comment :) I edited the photo in photoshop, so it's just layers! xxx

  8. Thanks for your sweet comment :) I do still have the bag! I just had to keep it, even if it's barely used it looks great hanging from my wall!
    And I know what you mean, this is my only good find on Ebay really,

    Rosie x

  9. Christmas is my favourite time of year !!
    i love winter and snow ! :D
    it's amazing ; )

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  10. Hello! Thank you very much for your comment! :) Sucks that the snow screws up the roads, I can only I imagine! And wow we have some things in common. I am so excited for Christmas too, I've been listening to Christmas music for the past weeks! Also, I'm a sucker for pretty wrapping paper, and its a must making Christmas presents look pretty! lol It's all very fun. For christmas I am wearing this pretty little red dress that I've been wanting to wear for ages! lol Have a nice day! and Merry Christmas! :)


  11. Don't know yet what I am wearing!!! but I will see where I feel comfy and pretty in:)


  12. Gosh you're so organised! I really need to find myself a nice christmassy dress :) any excuse for shopping!

  13. i love your blog! and you have a lovely style! if you have time could you check out mine?

  14. Oh I love Christmas too - candles always make for a festive mood, especially when they're scented :) Sally x


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