I thought I’d show you a few of my favourite things that I bought in the post Christmas sales. I know we are well into the joyful throes of January now, but it’s never too late to show off your shopping (in my opinion).
I think I was pretty good this year and I didn’t go mad. Not like Christmas time when my Dad was getting increasingly annoyed with the number of deliveries arriving at our house…oops.
The first place I went to was Matalan, where sometimes I go and find nothing, other times I go and just want to buy EVERYTHING. This time I was more sensible, and picked up a few essentials (ehem).
The first thing was this beautiful statement necklace, which has pale pink and dark purple gems/bits of plastic in. It was half price from £10 to £5, bargain!
I think this would look great with a black high neck top, to really add some colour to an outfit.
The second thing I got from Matalan was a gorgeous grey wool scarf. Not the massive knitted type, but more of a softer, kind of blanket like scarf. It is so so soft, and I instantly feel warm when I put it on! It was £7, down from £12.
The third, and probably my most favourite thing that I bought was from The Calendar Club and it was an Edward Monkton Diary for 2015 (it had 40% off as 2015 had already started, making it only £5.49!
The animations and little sayings in it really make me smile, and it always makes me think of my dear friend Geri who first showed me Edward Monkton.
One of my most favourite things to do in Winter is make ‘homemade’ (cheats) hot chocolate.
Usually I would cheat with Nutella, I just put a dollop of Nutella into a mug of milk, then you simply warm it in the microwave until it has all dissolved. The most simple recipe you could ever ask for, at what I like to think is the laziest time of the year!
For a little twist on this, I bought a Tesco Finest Salted Caramel spread, and used the same process. The only niggle about this process is that it takes quite a lot of stirring to get the chocolate spread to dissolve.
Whatever you do don’t leave your cup unattended in the microwave, I would have it on for 1 minute, then watch it for another minute so you can take it out every now and then to test how warm it is.
This is the perfect drink to have around Christmas, in fact, at any time of the year!
Well, as you guys know it is that time of year to be merry and…cheer? This means we are in the full flow of the christmas build up. It definitely feels cold enough to snow in the UK and my car has been getting suitably icy in the mornings…and tomorrow I will be making mince pies!
This all adds up to the below thought running through my head:
I AM SO EXCITED FOR CHRISTMAS AND PRESENTS AND CHRISTMAS!
I have been tagged by the brilliant LittleBitSoph, so without further ado let’s answer some christmas questions!!!
1) What is your favourite Christmas movie?
I have a few staple films that I have to watch that most people will know and love. The first one is Elf (my favourite bit in it being when Buddy discovers the chewing gum stuck under the railings…it grosses me out at the same time but it is hilarious!). Will Ferrel is amazing in it, and seeing the bit where he FABULISES Gimbles makes me feel all christmassy and decorate-y.
Miracle on 34th Street is also a film I love to watch, it has that girl who was in Matilda in it and a very convincing Father Christmas in Richard Attenborough’s fine display of acting. There’s nothing better than watching this curled up with a blanket and a cup of Nutella hot chocolate! (literally a massive spoonful of nutella with lots of milk microwaved).
2) Do you open your presents on Christmas eve or Christmas morning?
We ALWAYS open our presents on Christmas morning, if my sisters knew that I had opened any of their presents on Christmas Eve I’m sure they would be having words with me.
When we were little it was always me (being the youngest) going to jump on everyone still in bed and going ‘WAKE UPPPPP!’. This usually progressed to annoyance as we waited for my Dad to get up and come downstairs to open presents! And then my mum thrusting the black bin bag at us to quickly gather scrunched up dregs of wrapping paper…JOY
3) Do you have a favourite Christmas memory?
This is a fairly recent Christmas memory and typically it revolves around food. I am ALWAYS in charge of Christmas desserts, and last year I made an apple tarte tatin. The smell that engulfs the house is incredible, apply caramelly pastry-y goodness. We all gathered around the dining table as soon as it was put down, and leant over the dish gobbling it until it was all gone (we also ate it with ice cream which was amazing)!
Don’t let anyone tell you we aren’t classy…
4) Favourite festive food?
Mince pies are definitely up there (I say I make them but I basically use jarred mince meat-fruit and encase it in lovely short crust pastry). Other than that, SHEDLOADS of chocolate, garlic and rosemary roast potatoes and an amazing roast chicken.
5) Favourite Christmas gift?
It probably has to be the red and white Christmas onesie that my sister bought for me last year. I’m sure they only had a teenage sized one left so I can’t bend down in it but it sure is the comfiest thing that I own!
6) Favourite Christmas scent?
Hmm well it’s not really a ‘scent’ but I LOVE the smell of the amazing cooking and baking smells that fill our house around Christmas time. You can’t beat a Christmas dinner, and I particularly love baking when I’m off work because it makes our living room smell like a bakery. Can’t complain about that!
7) Do you have any Christmas Eve traditions?
To be honest we usually spend Christmas Eve preparing the food for the next day so that we don’t have to faff around Christmas morning. When I was younger though, we always used to put out a mince pie and a glass of brandy for Father Christmas (aka my dad). The sweetest thing was when my family would hack some chunks out of the carrot I would put out for the reindeer to make it look like they had had a little snack as they waited for Father Christmas to unload the presents :):):).
8) What tops your tree?
A giant gold star! Depending on who decorates the tree it can be a little wonky, but not if i’m around…
9) As a kid what was one of the crazy things you always asked for but never received?
Oh my goodness, get ready for this list, and let me know if you wanted them too:
An Elefun, a Blush Art, a Sticker Maker, a Tamagotchi and about a million things starred in the Argos catalogue 🙂
10) What’s the best thing about Christmas for you?
Hmmm, I think the best thing about Christmas for me is actually pretty selfish…having time off work!! I have always been very lucky and get around 2 weeks off for Christmas…which means shopping, baking and watching Christmas films!!!
I hope this post has made you feel Christmassy and reminisce about fond memories with your own families.
I’d like to tag a few fellow bloggers, please let me know if you get around to doing it! I’d like to read them 🙂
Following a brilliant weekend shopping with my best friend from University, I thought I would bring you a mini haul to show you the things that I bought. We had the best weekend meeting up with one of my most beautiful friends, shopping all day in Birmingham and nomming bacon sandwiches on Sunday morning. Apart from the fact we were both riddled with cold germs, it was perfect :).
Just to top it off, we both got an array of gifts…for ourselves! I am going to show you mine here:
1. New Look Tartan Skirt – £19.99
I have fallen in love with this colour combination this winter, I think there is something so autumnal about the combination of blue and green, especially as it is tartan. The zip details really give it an edge, and it is the perfect length to be worn with black tights and winter boots (without looking too mini-skirtish).
2. New Look Pale Lace Jumper – £7.00 (was £14.99)
This jumper is really light weight, and the pale pink lace across the bottom will look great worn with jeans or black trousers. Also, it was a bargain at half the price! Quite thin though, so I’ll have to wear a black cami underneath to make sure I don’t flash anyone…
3. River Island Faux Fur Leather Jacket – £65.00
NOW, this is my favourite thing that I bought last weekend. I swear when I was walking around River Island I saw about 5 people carrying this jacket around either going to try it on or buying it (which pleased me and annoyed me at the same time). This jacket is genius, the faux fur is the SOFTEST thing you will ever touch (maybe apart from a kitten or something). Also, the fur is actually detachable, which means this jacket will take me through winter and into spring, so I don’t look like a Yeti that got lost. It’s quite pricey don’t get me wrong, but I think it is TOTALLY worth it.
4. Topshop ‘Rio Rio’ Lipstick- £8.00
Originally when browsing through the Topshop cosmetics, I was actually looking for a dark plum shade, but then ‘Rio Rio’ caught my eye. A bright orangey red, this colour is really eye catching and will look great in summer, or as a daring shade for winter on those bright crisp mornings. I am a big fan of Topshop make up, and I think that the lipsticks in particular have great staying power, although the formula isn’t as great as say a Mac or YSL lipstick, it still does the job on a budget.
Also, may I add you get a very satisfactory ‘click’ when shutting this lipstick. This does matter.
This finishes up my second Mini Haul! What pre-Christmas gifts have you been buying for yourself? 🙂