Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Christmas The Decorative Details.

I love Christmas so much and when you have children it just becomes extra special. I was dying to get my tree up this year but had to wait till we were back off our trip which was absolutely torture but now its all up I thought I would give you a little tour of our festive touches. 

I thought Id start with the outside of the house and now that we were no longer living in a flat I was dying to get some outside lights and these simple white icicle lights looks really pretty when its dark.

One tradition of ours is getting a wreath for our front door, we have one every year and it doesn't feel Christmassy enough without one. This gorgeous wreath with dried fruit was from Morrisons and I am very impressed with it!  

Inside in the living room we have a real tree which looks beautiful all lit up in front of our full length window. We also get a real tree every year and usually we get one as big as we can fit, this year we even had to up a bit off the base to get it in our Christmas tree stand! We decorate the tree in simple white fairy lights and a colour theme of green red and gold baubles with rustic wooden decorations.

This year we decorated the top of our TV unit with these simple yet very pretty white paper star lantern lights along with a wooden tree and snowman ornament. It fits the style of our living room perfectly yet gives it a really homely festive touch. We also picked up this little reindeer hanging ornament from Center Parcs which now lives in a porch hung from the mirror.

Taking pride of place in our fireplace is our wooden stag head covered in fairy lights which looks so beautiful lit up in the evening. I think I might just keep this up all year round!

The last little touches in our living room include these cute little stuffed snowman and santa which live on the top shelf of our bookcase along with this framed chalkboard that I made a few weeks back.

Our display of pumpkins on our dining room table has finally been replaced by a wintery bouquet of flowers, our advent house and advent candle. Lastly not really festive but another Center Parcs purchase was this Happy Jackson fridge note pad which I found extremely fitting for our chaotic family.

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The Ultimate Christmas Wish List Part 4 - Gadgets.

I only had 3 Items in this category that were on my personal wish list (which are the bottom three) so bulked it out with 3 other most sort after Christmas gadgets which anyone would love to receive. I absolutely love Polaroid cameras and had owned one in the past and would love the new style one and also a retro style radio for my kitchen would be fab! Clarasonic style Facial exfoliating brushes are being sold by many brands and I would really like to try this one from Clinique. 

Friends Layla Rose Gold Headphones | Baybliss Secret Curl Hair Tongs | Ipad air | Roberts Revival Radio | Clinique Sonic system Face Brush | Fujifilm Instax mini 8. 

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The Ultimate Christmas Wish List Part 3 - Home Accessories.

This is probably my favourite category as I am forever browsing the websites of Oliver Bonas, The Range and Next for homeware and nick nacks as well as Paperchase for stationary. I really had to narrow this category down but here are the top 10 I would chose right now!

Busy B Note Pad | Next House Rules Wooden Sign | Weekly Planner Pad | Busy B Family Diary | Jo Malone Candle | KTWO Wedding Planner | Mirror Jewellery box | M&S L Mug | Oliver Bonas Jewellery Stand | Black & Blum Loop Candelabra. 

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The Ultimate Christmas Wish List Part 2 - To Wear.

The second category in my 'Ultimate Christmas Wish List' is 'To Wear' which seems to completely dominated by shoes and boots which is because that is what I am desperate need of right now, some comfy trainers, everyday boots, walking boots and wellies! Other necessities include night where as it is so so cold right now and a little jewellery obviously in rose gold. 

Nike Air Max Thea | H by Hudson Kiver Boots | Joules Black Evedon Wellies | Topshop Teddy Robe | Olivia Burton Big Dial Chrono Watch | Timberland Waterproof Boots | Kate Spade Lacy Purse | Astrid & Miyu Rose Gold ring | Fat Face Pyjama Bottoms. 

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My Ultimate Christmas Wish List Part 1 - Beauty

One | Two | Three | Four | Five | Six | Seven | Eight | Nine | Ten. 

Beauty brands have really gone all out this year but If I had to choose my top 10 I would love to receive for Christmas these would be it! 

Lush 12 days of Christmas | Bobbi Brown Warm Glow Christmas Palette | Jo Malone Cologne Collection | Origins Superstar Mini's | Zoeva Rose Gold brush set | Nars Digital World Lip Pencil Coffret | Laura Mercier Almond and Coconut Body Set | Aromatherapy Associates Star | Marc Jacobs Eau So Fresh Perfume Set | Bobbi Brown Eyeshadow Stick Trio.  

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Sunday, 14 December 2014

A Night To Remember.

One thing I forgot to mention is that I came home from our little festive family break with a bit of news! On the first night we got there in front of the burning log fire with a glass of wine (or two!) Greig proposed. It was so sweet and romantic and completely unexpected I still cant believe he managed to get a ring and smuggle it to Center Parcs without telling anyone or me finding out! We have been together for 9 years and after Christmas the wedding planning starts to hopefully get married at some point within the year of our 10 year anniversary.

The ring itself is so stunning, it was made to order and so classically beautiful I'm so scared I am going to loose it! It has really made our little holiday and this Christmas really special and I have never been so happy. If you have me on Pinterest you will see I have gone a bit wedding pin crazy so I do apologise if you get bored with wedding planning talk as I'm sure there will lots to come.  

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Beauty Stocking Fillers.

There is nothing cuter then little beauty stocking fillers and brands have really gone to town this year at making them absolutely adorable! I thought id share with you a few I couldnt resist and ended up buying for gifts although I really want them all for myself! 
Lets start with the cutest one and its an offering from Estee Lauder in the form of the loveliest miniture lipstick which is a perfect size for your purse or handbag.

The lipstick is tiny which makes it so appealing, I put it next to a tea light candle for size reference it really is that diddy! It comes with a lovely little gift box which can be hung from a tree which many brands seem to be doing a version of this year. The colour of this lipstick is so seasonally appropriate the perfect autumn winter berry red perfect for the festive party season. This would make such a cute little gift for a beauty loving friend, secret santa or stocking filler and at only £12 its definitely on my xmas list. Its a great way to sample a high end product and inject a bit of luxury into gift giving without breaking the bank.

Another theme I have noticed this season are beauty crackers and this one is from the brand This Works and is a miniature of their popular deep sleep stress less which is supposed to be a great help for those who struggle to wind down and have difficulty sleeping. This little cracker would look so cute in a stocking and again would make a great universal secret santa present this one is £10.

Beauty bauble again what a magnificent idea! This one from Ciate houses a beautifully sparkly bronze glitter polish perfect for all those Christmas and New Years parties how pretty would this look hanging from your tree! These are available in Boots for £8 although I hear TKMax have a huge amount of Ciate stock at great discounted prices.

Other little beauty stocking fillers I am dying to get my hands on are the Aromatherapy Associates Star which can be found here  The Origins Bauble which is exclusive to Selfridges here and lastly the Jo Malone cracker which I'm pretty sure is sold out every where now but here is what it looks like.

What are your favourite beauty stocking fillers this year? Thank you for reading.