Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Christmas Homeware Haul!

It's officially one month until Christmas eek! I am so excited now that it's almost acceptable listen to endless Christmas songs, decorate the tree and start wrapping presents! In preparation I have been buying some pretty Christmas homeware bits from various places and I really wanted to share with you all what I got! There are some really nice bits in the shops this year, my favourite shop for Christmas stuff has to be John Lewis, I don't think their prices are too unreasonable either.
Candle holder - John Lewis
John Lewis had three like this, you could either get one with a tree, heart or star attached to the holder. I loved the tree one but thought this would be suitable all year round. I'm not one for scented candles and much prefer tea lights so this jar will be perfect for my room!
Wooden decorations - John Lewis £2.50 each
I absolutely love the white colour wash of these decorations, they are really shabby chic and I just love the simplicity of them! I probably won't be hanging these on my tree but on my noticeboard or something like that!
Mug - Steamer Trading Cook Shop £4.99
I probably own a cupboard full of mugs already but I don't think I even own a Christmas one! The cookware shop was new in Southampton so I thought it was necessary to make a purchase, I can't wait to start using this one for Christmas!
Duvet - Primark £12
Primark do the best duvets for Christmas and at only £12 each its not going to break the bank! I picked this one as it's definitely acceptable to use for all of the wintry period. It also matches my blanket in the background (also primark)!
Pot - Ikea
So, pretty much all bloggers own or have seen the infamous Ikea pots that people use for makeup brushes and other various things. I have the white and pink ones but thought that I just needed a red one for the festive period!
Napkins - Ikea
A fairly boring buy but I love buying pretty napkins for Christmas, I always love setting the table nicely on Christmas day!
Tea Towel - Primark
The most adorable tea towel I have ever seen! I have developed quite an obsession with pugs this year, I can't have my own so this is the next best thing hey?!
Last but not least are these adorable star battery operated lights. I seem to buy more and more each year as they just look so pretty. The battery operated ones for me are the best as it means that they can be transported around the house and used anywhere. This string of lights is 1.9m so they stretch pretty far, they are also on a wired string so they could be wrapped around a jar, vase or anything for that matter. They look perfect as a backdrop for blog photos too!

So that's my first Christmas homeware haul! If you can't get enough of Christmas like me then I have a few other Christmas related blog posts that you might like to read including; Christmas Wrapping DIY, decorations from The Christmas Boutique and of course my pick of my favourite Christmas Jumpers!

What do you think of my Christmas homeware haul? Whats your favourite item? When will you put your decorations up?

*Products marked with an asterix (*) have been sent to me for review. However, all opinions in this post are 100% my own
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Sunday, November 23, 2014

Graduation - Class of 2014!

I'm officially a graduate!! On Friday it was finally my turn to graduate and it was the culmination of 3 amazing years of hard work (and a lot of partying)!! I am so thankful for the whole experience, I have met some amazing people along the way both in Southampton and Finland and it's sad to think that this is the end of an era but it's also time for the next chapter in my life. I honestly couldn't be more proud of myself, many of you probably don't know but I was really poorly during my final year and there was a few moments when I didn't think it would be possible to finish. But here I am, I persevered and it was without a day one of the best days of my life!
My ceremony wasn't until 2:30pm but there was lots to do before then. I headed to the Benefit counter in Boots first and had my makeup done in the morning which I absolutely loved and it lasted all day! The downside was that it was raining all morning so getting more pictures beforehand was out of the question, luckily it cleared up by the afternoon, god definitely answered my prayers, thankful that I wasn't wearing fake tan either!
I didn't manage to get any pictures with all of my family together as we had SO much to carry because of the rain. We had a group photo beforehand though which I really can't wait to see!

Before the ceremony I caught up with one of my best friends from uni, we met whilst studying in Finland and I don't think I would have survived the year without her! It's sad that I don't know when I will see my friends next but it's a good reason for touring the country by car!
The ceremony lasted 2 hours and it would be a lie if I didn't say I was bored by the end! I was so nervous but I was literally on the stage for 5 seconds and it was so nice to see everyone else up there too. Cue take one of throwing hats...
 Take two...
I think take 3 kinda worked?! Had to do the obligatory throwing the hat photo! Once the ceremony was over we lost half of our course friends so we had our own mini procession.
So that was the end of the most amazing day that I could have wished for. Everything was so perfect and it was amazing to see all of my friends again. I was more than happy to take my robes, hat and heels off after wearing them all day. My shoulders genuinely have burns on them from continuously having to pull my robes back up, ouch!
After the ceremony we headed into a marquee for drinks and biscuits! This made me much happier than it should have done, shortbread biscuits with the Southampton Solent sign on what could be better?!

I hope you enjoyed having a peek into my graduation! Also apologies for the lack of posts this week sometimes life gets so hectic that it has to be put on hold but I'm full steam ahead again from this week, so look out for some more beauty posts this week! Hope you all have a lovely weekend!

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Monday, November 17, 2014

#SotonMeetup Southampton Bloggers meet up!

On Saturday I made the 8 hour round trip from Plymouth to Southampton, but it was all for good reason and totally worth the very long day! The trip was in aid of the #sotonmeetup which was organised by the fabulous Alice from Annie Writes Beauty and Amy from Amzy In Wonderland, they also organised the first one back in April which at the last minute I was unable to attend. So this time I was not going to let anything get in my way of attending and finally meeting some bloggers that I had been speaking to for about a year! The lovely Jessica from Chique Unique Critique picked me up from the station and we were then on our way to Orange Rooms for the meet up!
The lighting wasn't that great inside so I do apologise for the difference in quality of all the pictures! Anyway, I first clapped eyes on the Lush stand in Orange Rooms. It's always going to be a fab event when Lush are in attendance! 
They had most of their Christmas stock at the event and their new range of massage bars. The star bubble bar is the next on my list to purchase, apparently it lasts for 8 baths which is pretty good value for money!
This is 100% on my wishlist too, definitely not just for kids!! Not only can you mould shapes and snowmen with this it can be used for soap, a bubble bar or shampoo once you've finished playing with it, amazing!
Seriously, I'm going to be broke by the end of this post but the Santa lip scrubs are also a necessity. It smells of cola bottles and their lip scrubs never disappoint.
Bee Good were also at the event who are a brand local to the Hampshire area. The brand blossomed from an experienced bee keeper called Simon and it was then his wife Caroline who thought about starting their own skincare company incorporating the honey into the products.
They had such a lovely range of products ranging from lips to hand cream and to facial skincare, they also have another few products launching very soon. The packaging of the products is gorgeous and I love the ethics of this brand using all natural and British ingredients. We even got to take home a lovely lip balm in our goody bag!
There were also delicious Bee and flower shaped biscuits which were beautifully decorated and were even flavoured with honey too mmm!
Another well known brand at the event were Weleda, I've used a few of their hair products in the past but never delved into the rest of their range. I love how all of the products are coloured differently depending on their purpose.
I loved the little crackers too with products inside which make for perfect christmas presents!
Also on the day Oloves had a stand up but I didn't get any pictures of it unfortunately, they provided some lovely snack packs for the goody bags though which you'll see below!
With the lovely Jessica and Alice, this was one of the only pictures with okay quality that I got unfortunately!
At the end of the meet, it was time to be given the amazing goody bags, Alice and Amy seriously did such an amazing job getting all the different brands onboard!!
I'm sure you're all dying to have a peek inside...
So the goody bag is amazing!!! I had such an enjoyable and exciting morning yesterday going through the whole bag. I can't believe how full of amazing brands the bag was, the last goody bag from the #sotonmeetup was equally as good as this!
Super excited to try out soo many of these goodies, especially the Makeup Revolution palette, the dream dots and the nanshy blending brush!
It felt like Christmas had come early, a beauty bloggers dream!
On the day there were raffle prizes as well with all proceeds going to the British Legion for the Poppy Appeal, we all managed to raise an amazing £50 with Alice and Amy matching that which I think was such a lovely gesture! I also managed to win one of the prizes which was this Bodhi & Birch skin care set, I've never heard of the brand before but will be testing this out soon, the packaging is just gorgeous!

I want to say another big thank you to Alice and Amy for such an amazingly well organised event, it was soo nice to finally meet the bloggers that I had been speaking to for months and meet new ones too. It was a lovely day to mingle and discover some new brands. I'm now very excited about testing out some of the goodies, expect lots of upcoming reviews in the next few weeks! Also please leave your links below if you also attended, I would love to have a read!

Did you attend the #SotonMeetUp? Have you been to a blogger meet before? What do you think of the goody bag?

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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Christmas Jumpers Wishlist!

Christmas is well and truly on it's way, and choosing a new Christmas jumper every year is certainly a tradition for me! Each year it has to be more outrageous or funky than the last and I always resort to wearing one on Christmas day over a smart/party outfit. The choice in the shops gets better year upon year. It was hard to whittle it down to six as I NEED all the Christmas Jumpers there are, preferably one for each day of December...But here are the special ones which made the cut!

1. Peacocks gingerbread Jumper - Gingerbread is one of my favourite festive treats and this jumper is just the cutest with the two gingerbread men holding hands, I love the use of the typical Christmas colours and it's a firm favourite of mine! They have loads of other gorgeous jumpers like this on Peacocks too for really affordable prices.

2. H&M Dear Santa Jumper - My eyes seem to be drawn to this jumper every time I pop in store, it's definitely one of the most subtle Christmas jumpers out there which is maybe why I like it, the beading is incredibly pretty and would make for such a stylish outfit, layered with blacks and greys. I definitely think we all need a subtle and an overly garish Christmas jumper in our lives!

3. New Look Jingle all the way Jumper - New Look always have a great selection each year, I really am a fan of the slogan Christmas jumpers and this one is reasonably priced at only £14.99.

4. Boohoo Penny Polar bear Jumper - I love anything with a Nordic pattern at winter time so this jumper is right up my street, although its classed as a Christmas jumper it could definitely be worn all the way through winter, it will match my hand knitted Nordic mittens too!

5. Matalan Mistletoe Jumper - Matalan is a shop I always forget about as my local one isn't in the centre. But for me they are one of the cheapest places behind Primark, the striped sleeves are so quirky, they remind me of both candy canes and the handles of the Christmas Starbucks mugs haha, this is definitely not a bad thing though!

6. Amazon Olaf Frozen Jumper - I had to pick this one out for all the Frozen lovers out there. Amazon do lots of other character jumpers like this, I would say that Ebay is just as good a place as any to look as well and probably cheaper!

Aside from these it goes without saying that Primark always come up trumps with their range of Christmas jumpers, so it's well worth a look in there too if these don't take your fancy! I think I'm going to have to buy more than one this year, ho ho ho!

Don't worry this is only the first of many Christmas posts to come!! Do you like Christmas Jumpers? Which one is your favourite? Have you bought one yet?

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