Tuesday, 31 December 2013

Oh the weather outside is frightful...

Hey all, sorry for my absence lately. Blogging took a bit of a back seat over Christmas. I'm usually surgically attached to my phone - and the Internet - but Christmas is all about spending time with your loved ones and technology suddenly seems so insignificant in comparison. I didn't shun all technology however. This was my first Christmas with the DSLR and I was feeling pretty inspired:


With holiday season comes awesome food. I've had more party food than I can shake a stick at. Yes most of it was shop bought, but I did contribute my chorizo bites:


You can never go wrong with pie:


There was wine. Lots of it. This particular wine we dubbed "Mr Beautiful" rather than "Mt." because it was - for lack of a better word - beautiful


Evenings filled with laughter, drinks and board games. And lots of competitiveness ;)


The most impossible jigsaw puzzle I've ever encountered. I don't think it'll ever end :(


Over the last seven days I've been sharing time between Suffolk and London.
The below pic represents Christmas version 2.0


And as a result of Christmas, my mum, sis and I now all match:


Hope you all enjoyed the holiday season - I'm still catching up on blog reading, but please feel free to link me to your Christmas posts below! :) *Happy New Year*

Tuesday, 24 December 2013

#9 Life as we know it

December is always such a busy month - parties, too much alcohol and too little sleep -  but thankfully the 25th is nearly here. I'm looking forward to some days off from work and catching up on some zzzz's. Here's what I've been up to lately:

Evenings spent in bed with episodes and festive knee knee highs


The most beautiful flowers were delivered to me. I love receiving flowers.


Shunning the bad weather in favour of nights in with friends. My friend Sara came round and made the most incredible steak salad:


with chocolate mousse torte and biscuit liquor to follow.


Oh and some caramel flavoured rum which we drank neat:


Our cats are feeling the cold snap and have taken to hugging radiators


I tried out a recipe I found - sweet potato and chorizo soup - and it was delicious


Love Costa's festive menu. White hot chocolate and honeycomb hot chocolate... NOM


Kelloggs very kindly sent me some vouchers so I'll be stocking up on Special K fo' sure


Blogger Secret Santa which you can read about here and you can see what I bought Jessica here



I won't be posting over Christmas as I'll be in and out London over the next few days. Which leaves me to say: thank you for all your support in 2013. I'm forever grateful to everyone who stops by and reads my silly ramblings. Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and all the best in 2014 :)

Saturday, 21 December 2013

Back to black (and grey).

Another online order lacking in colour. Quelle surprise. But hey, it's autumn / winter. It's all about leather, quilting, and clashing textures don't ya know? Both the quilted tops will look perfect with chunky jewellery layered on top. And imagine the black lace of the shorts peeking out from under a chunky knit. Topshop, you've done me proud.


FACT #1: You can never have too much black in your wardrobe.
FACT #2: There is no such thing as too much cake. 
FACT #3: The likelihood of me making cake whilst wearing the above? Very high.


Thursday, 19 December 2013

Festive Blog Swap

Loving the Blogger Secret Santa I was part of last year it was without hesitation that I took part in another one this year. It's a great way of discovering new blogs and thanks to the Secret Santa last year and this year, I have discovered two amazing blogs and two lovely ladies behind them - Rhiannon of The Sparkly Panda and Jessica of Forever Miss Vanity. This year it was more of swap as I was shopping for Jessica and Jessica was shopping for me.


Jessica totally incorporated my love of all the C's - cake, cats and candles. How cute is the lucky cat notebook? I'm forever burning candles so candles are always a perfect gift for me. C is also for cushion! These little pillows are scented and will give my cupboard drawers a new lease of life. I've been frantically looking for a 2014 diary for weeks now but so far couldn't find any that were "me". This diary is the perfect size to carry around with me and has my absolute favourite - CUPCAKES - on the cover.

Thanks so much Jessica - I love each and every item :)

And I couldn't possibly end this post without saying a huge thank you to Emma of www.purpleeerose.com for organising the swap in the first place :)

Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Front Row, models, and tiny speedos

The above title pretty much sums up my visit to Clothes Show Live last week. I went on the Monday so it was nearing the end of the overall event. It was the perfect time to go as prices were starting to be slashed. In particular, goody bags filled with the likes of Company, Cosmopolitan, x2 editions of Elle and some lovely little freebies were going for £2 a bag. Yes you read that correctly. £2 per bag. Considering Elle retails at £4 an issue, this was an amazing saving.

The beauty hall in particular is well worth a visit if you go. Brands such as Barry M, Models Own and Mint were offering the most incredible deals. Models Own for example offered a bag of treats worth a staggering 60 odd quid for just a tenner. This contained a nail care kit, lip balm, make-up, nail art pen, mirror, their official Clothes Show Live 2013 nail polish - an absolute dream of a shade - choice of two magazines and three additional nail polishes of your choice. Bearing in mind how much Models Own nail polishes retail for EACH, unsurprisingly most people jumped on this offer.

For me, the highlight of the show was the main catwalk show. Hosted by Henry Holland, it was a 45 minute spectacle of fashion, dance and amazing music. I very luckily managed to reserve front row seats in advance so had a very nice view of the male models ;) See if you can spot Jade, former winner of BNTM and face of Clothes Show Live 2013:


There were also various other catwalk shows that day. Although I'm not really into reality TV, I do love ANTM and BINTM. So I was very excited to learn that the BINTM girls from the latest cycle were doing their own catwork show:


All in all it was an amazing day. A long day, but worth it. My shoulders still ache from carrying everything back to London:


Definitely going back next year. It's a great place to pick up presents so think next year I'll do some of my Christmas shopping there :)

I did however treat to myself to a jumper:


It's an off white / grey sort of colour. And know this, I'm a total sucker for grey jumpers. I love slogan sweatshirts as much as the next person, but after seeing CĂ©line dupes and Comme des Fuck Down everywhere, I fancied something a little different. I'd seen this sweatshirt before and had always been tempted. Managing to haggle an extra £10 off the price at Clothes Show Live, I just knew it had to be mine. Now I'm tempted to get it in burgundy too.

Have you ever been to Clothes Show Live?

Saturday, 14 December 2013

What's under my little black dress...

To celebrate LBD season, Ann Summers are currently hosting a competition with some amazing prizes on offer just in time for Christmas.

The prizes:

  • One overall winner will win £900 of LoveToShop vouchers and Ann Summers vouchers to the value of £100
  • Two runners up will win a £50 Ann Summers voucher each
  • Everyone that enters is eligible for a discount code that will give you 15% off your next purchase from Ann Summers

All you need to do is create a collage of what you would wear under your LBD this festive season, and write a little bit about the competition with a link back to their competition page. Entries need to be emailed to competitions@annsummers.com before Monday 16th December.

Here is my entry:

I chose an Ann Summers corset as it's Christmas and time for something a little dressier and extra special, don't you think? Plus a covered up middle when it's freezing outside? WIN. I'd pair my corset with these simple black lace French knickers and some silky stockings - both from Ann Summers. Ann Summers has a stunning range of lingerie - I could quite easily buy it all! - but on this occasion I was drawn to their corsets as I've never owned a corset before.

What are your current favourites from the Ann Summers' range? Can be anything, doesn't just have to be lingerie ;)

#AnnSummersLBD

Thursday, 12 December 2013

CHRISTMAS JUMPER DAY

As many of you are aware, Friday 13th December 2013 marks Christmas Jumper Day. A day which not only gives you the perfect excuse to dig out your winter woollies, but also raises money for a wonderful cause - Save The Children.

Forever the huge Home Alone fan, the increasingly talked about Home Alone jumper was the one for me. Seeing it sold at both ends of the pricing spectrum (£40 in Topshop Oxford Circus. WHY???), I scored mine from eBay for a mere £9. Good ol' eBay.

I located a UK based seller as I didn't want to pay extortionate P&P. The quality itself isn't bad. There were a few loose threads here and there from transit, but for £9 I hardly mind. The material is very soft and thankfully isn't itchy - an added bonus.

You can find out more about Christmas Jumper Day and how to donate here

Have you got yourself a Christmas jumper yet? Will you be supporting Christmas Jumper day this year?

Sunday, 8 December 2013

Yankee Candle advent calendar

Remember my advent calendar post the other week? I decided to treat myself to the Yankee Candle advent calendar as this was the most "me". I love most of the beauty ones but could not justify spending £50-80 on an advent calendar - what if you have an allergic reaction to a product? You've then just paid a fortune to be red skinned and puffy faced at Christmas. Delightful.

The calendar itself was much bigger than I expected when it arrived. Every day you receive a tea light sized candle. This seemed a bit stingy to me, but if you think about it, tea lights are designed to burn for a few hours. And seeing as the whole premise of this calendar would be to have a candle a day, a few hours burn time constitutes an evening. So it works.


My one disappointment was that there are six candles you receive in rotation - so you don't get unique candles for those 20 odd days. I know that Yankee Candle has a wide range of other festive candles - such as Christmas Eve, Christmas Memories and Cranberry Ice - so they should have had enough in their range to have a bit more variety within their advent calendar.


Also I'm finding that three of the six candles they've supplied are very similarly scented - all very sweet with vanilla tones. So for the first few days I was checking the back of the box in confusion and was still none the wiser. Was it "Christmas cookie"? Or was it "Merry Marshmallow"? I think the calendar itself could be improved if when you opened each door, it told you what candle you have that day.


The last few nights, I have been transported away to my own personal Winter Wonderland where the air is filled with spices, maple, apples, cedar wood and juniper berries. Oh I bloody love this time of the year.

Friday, 6 December 2013

Christmas wrapping paper inspiration

I don't care what anyone says, but wrapping presents is one of the most exciting things about Christmas prep. At least I think so. I love simplicity - think simple paper tied up with string / twine / ribbon and decorated with candy canes / foliage / pine cones / DIY touches like home baked biscuits wrapped in cellophane:

All images from WeHeartIt

Last year I used brown paper, holly, ivy and candy cane inspired twine:



No idea what theme I'm running with this year
Any suggestions? I love the tartan / gingham present [above]

How are you wrapping your presents this year?