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31 December 2014

What I Got For Christmas 2014

Another Christmas has passed and as I write this on NYE we are planning what the next year has in store for us, be it to do exactly the same as this year or to make some changes. Every new year brings food for thought, I personally think 2015 will be a big change for me as I have some big plans coming up.

I'm quite a nosey person and therefore love these types of posts/videos. I love to see what people have got for Christmas, and if I have any money leftover I often make a few sneaky purchases based on them! This isn't a braggy post, just one I personally like to read and thought I would do my own. I was pretty spoilt this year, and it's mainly because this is potentially my last Christmas in my family home as (all fingers crossed) we are hoping to buy our own house sometime in the New Year.

I decided to split it up into categories so you can skip the ones you aren't that interested in! So lets begin.

 Home Décor:

Iron (From my Grandma!)
Egg Storage House
To-do list notepad
Scented candles
Bedside clock
Owl Door Stop
Next we have Fragrance and Bath products:

Soap & Glory 'Think Pamper' Set
Lush 'Celebrate' Set
No 7 Cleansing kit
L'Oreal Post Party cleansing kit
Beauty :

Real Techniques Nicks Picks set
Real Techniques Travel set
Real Techniques Complete eye set
St Moriz fake tanning kit
No7 Neutral Palette
Studio Lipgloss and Nail duo
Make-up Revolution Kit
Sleek Blush Trio
Mac Lipstick in 'Crème in your coffee''
Metallic Nail Varnish set

Sex in the City 'Kiss' Perfume gift set
Katy Perry 'Killer Queen' Gift set
Next 'Just Pink' Perfume and body spray

Lonely Planet's Guide to Travel Photography (I love travelling!)
How to Be Parisian Wherever You Are (I equally love Paris!)

Pink Primark Make-up Bag
Ted Baker Make-up Bag
Primark circle necklace
Select silver key necklace
H&M Necklace and Earrings set
Pandora Ring
Jewellery box
Clothes and Accessories:

Primark Bag & Purse
Lots of clothes!
New Look Boots
Michael Kors Hat and Scarf set
DKNY Dressing Gown
Pug Slippers
Last but not least, Christmas wouldn't be complete without getting Food & Drink :

Hot Chocolate set
Thornton's Classics
Quarter of alcohol.
There we have it a peak into what I got this Christmas, it goes without saying that I am incredibly grateful for everything I received this year, all of my gifts are amazing and I'm very lucky to have friends and family who know me so well! The best part of my Christmas this year though was getting to share it with all the people I love, whilst presents are nice, there's nothing better than having a game of monopoly whilst listening to some festive music with my family.
I hope you all had a Fantastic Christmas


29 December 2014

Lifestyle | Christmas With Me

Hello Everyone!

I hope you all had a fantastic Christmas, I had taken a little bloggers break this year just to take time to spend the festive week with my nearest and dearest. I'm back now with a little peak into how I spent Christmas this year.

It was a small affair but none the less lovely. We woke early Christmas morning and raced downstairs to open our gifts (What I got for Christmas post coming soon!), once we had opened all of ours it was the animals turn to open there's! Tilly (our dog) has never been so excited, she was thrilled with her toys and spoilt for choice as to what to play with first!

Once the excitement of opening our gifts had subsided a little we settled down for breakfast whilst organising the table and starting the dinner preparations. I love the smell of Christmas dinner cooking, the pans bubbling away and festive music playing in the background. It's my favourite part of the day.

My Dad made his scrumptious home made Yorkshire puddings and put on lashings of gravy, as you can see! I had the vegetarian version of our Christmas dinner (I didn't get a photo of mine!) and it was delicious! After we had stuffed ourselves silly we had a little relax, I read my new book and my Dad had Top of the Pops on the T.V.

Tilly was that exhausted from all of the excitement that she buried herself in her blankets before having a nap.

Some hours later we rallied ourselves round and set off for a post-dinner walk. The sunset was beautiful and I just had to stop and admire it. We ambled on for a while pottering over the fields trying to work off the huge amount we had just eaten before making our way back home.

Once we were back we cracked open the nibbles and sat down for an intense game of monopoly! I was terrible at it and ended up bankrupt not too far in to the game..oops!

There we have a peak into my cosy quiet Christmas.

Hope you all had a good Christmas!

8 December 2014

Lifestyle | We Celebrated 6 Years

Friday 5th of December was a very special day for us, it marked the fact that me and my other half had been a couple for 6 years! We met back in school, went to prom together and here we are now.

I don't want to over personalise this post, but we have had some amazing memories these past years and what better way to celebrate than go for a meal and chat about them all?!

pizza express

We went for a personal favourite of ours, Pizza Express, and devoured 3 courses each! and a few cheeky drinks. We munched our food and whiled away the evening chatting about the past and our future escapades.

We both had starters, Pizza for main and a dessert! The desserts were scrumptious, both of us went for a chocolate option. I had gooey chocolate brownies and he opted for a sweet chocolate log.

After we had eaten our fill, and boy had we! We pottered off home to settle down in front of the T.V. A perfect evening.


23 November 2014

Lifestyle | We Went to a Christmas Market

christmas market

On Saturday me and my other half decided it was time to start the big Christmas shop, we donned our coats, hopped on the train and prepared to tackle the crowds.

It was a momentous task, it was absolutely jam packed in every shop we went in, Topshop and Boots being the worst! We decided that we needed a break mid way through and thought why not mosey around the Christmas market and get a drink and a bite to eat while we're there. That's exactly what we did!

christmas market

Although we didn't escape the crowds it was refreshing to be out in the open rather than squashed into a humid busy shop. We mooched around the little cabins that were selling everything from fudge to little wooden plaques before deciding on getting something to eat.

christmas market

After gorging ourselves on some yummy food; Beef & Chilli hot dogs and Steakhouse chips with curry ketchup! (If anyone knows where to buy this let me know) we made our way over to the outdoor Wetherspoon's for a much needed drink.

I opted for hot apple with a slice of orange and a sprig of cinnamon while the Mr had a pint, which he thought he deserved for putting up with me looking at make-up and clothes!

It definitely lifted my spirits and got me excited for Christmas. Refreshed and Re-energised we battled on with the rest of the shopping.

Have you started your Christmas shop yet?

19 November 2014

Lifestyle | Nottingham Blogger Meet-Up


On Saturday 15th November I had the pleasure of attending the Nottingham Blogger Meet-Up or #Bloggerssecretsanta14 as it was known as. The Meet-Up was organised by the Lovely Hannah (HannerKing) and Em (DinosBeauty).

Me and my friend Becca (xBeccaBe) Headed down on the tram to Ned Lunn where the meet was taking place. We were lead to a room upstairs that the girls had decorated beautifully, you could tell a lot of thought and energy had been put into this event.

Ned Lunn

The Tables were set with Candy canes and Crackers to enforce the Secret Santa side of our meet, it was the perfect décor for the event. We were given a welcome drink and then took to our seats ready for the first speaker to begin.

The First Speaker was Ian (Known as the Friendly Guy, so true!). He had two Products which he wanted to talk to us about. The first one being The Ultimate Fix, a nail setting spray with a twist in technology.

The Ultimate Fix

The trick with this product is to apply to all coats of your polish, not just the last one! A review will be coming soon so keep your eyes peeled for that one!

The second Product Ian spoke about was the Hello Breath Spray, A newer product with a take on the old-style breath freshening sprays but brought into a modern era with brilliant packaging and new flavours! Again a review shall follow this post soon.

Hello Breath Spray

The second speaker was Lekha from a  skincare brand named MeruMaya which she informed us actually derived from a combination of special family members' names. I absolutely love the concept behind this and think it makes the brand much more personable.

Lekha was very interactive and informative in the way she spoke about MeruMaya, she explained that the brand is very honest in the way they advertise and the ingredients that they use. She passed around each of the products for us to try and get a feel of. All of which smelt beautiful!

Here she is testing out one of the products on our lovely host Hannah. MeruMaya were extremely generous, in the fact they gave us all some samples of the line to take home and try for ourselves. I am especially keen to try the Serum and the Melting Cleansing Balm which I've heard nothing but good things about.

Once Lekha had finished her excellent talk we had a mini interlude in which we ordered some food (I had a chickpea sandwich, it was that good I forgot to photograph it!), chatted amongst ourselves and prepared for Suzy's talk on the brand Xenca.

Suzy gave an amazing talk on nutrition and how it can affect us both on the inside and outside. The product she specifically spoke about is the Five a Day+ which is a nutrition powder containing some superfoods such as Chlorella and Spirulina. She also shared that through research it has been proven that using the Xenca Five a Day+ you can reduce your cellular age by 13.5 years! We got to sample some of the powder mixed with orange juice. At first I was sceptical just by the colour of it, but it actually tasted really good with the juice!

Xenca Five a Day+

I have currently trialled the Five a Day + for 4 days now and Suzy recommended that in over a week I should be able to see a differences in my energy levels. I cannot wait to share the results with you.

The fourth and final talk of the day were by one of my favourite brands, Lush. Holly, Ivy and Charlie did an excellent talk on the principles that Lush hold specifically in terms of their values against animal testing, one of the reasons I love Lush. After the talk we were able to get up and have a go at making our own Bath Bomb.

Lush Big Blue

I made a 'Big Blue', I can't wait to run a nice hot bath and use it!

Before Lush left they let us have a sneaky peek at their Christmas collection, one that really caught my eye was this 12 days of Christmas box, it's now added to my wish list...

We were really spoilt and were given a goodie bag full of amazing samples to go home and try!

The Blogger Programme

It Truly was an amazing day, especially being my first ever meet-up, I would like to thank Hannah and Em for organising the whole thing, they did such a brilliant job and it went perfectly. I hope to attend another one soon and meet some more of you fellow bloggers!

Have you ever been to a blogger meet-up?

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