I’ve never been into Christmas Jumpers.
There, I said it!
It pained me to spend £20+ on something so un chic which I’d only wear once a year. This year I was determined to find the one. The one I’d wear for years to come. The one I’d fall in love with. The one that actually looks good and is also fun so you look a tiny bit less miserable at office Christmas party (cause no amount of knitwear can save you then!).
Enter H&M and this gorgeous little number. Pastel pink velour and rose gold embroidery??? Sign me up!
This Christmas is also incredibly exciting for me as I *finally* have free rein over the Christmas decor!.
Your girl did not hesitate to go all ‘Monica from friends’ up in here.
I started buying decorations in November, had my Pinterest board since September, and anything not ‘on theme’ got relegated to behind the sofa. Eep.
That said, I didn’t go overly crazy and spend too much dollar (*pats self on back*). I decided to keep it cheap and cheerful since we had to buy everything this year.The theme I chose was a shabby chic gold and white, with owls because y’know… badass. I made off with about 5 different sets of baubles from Ikea- their selection this year is sick. It includes fluffy white snowball style pom poms, silver owls, fancy gold ribbon (move over, tinsel), and some shabby chic wooden hearts which could totally be used year round.
I love the thought that these are our first set of decorations, which we’ll keep them for years to come, so as our family grows these might be the first baubles our kids get to put on the tree 🙂
Or if they’re anything like me they’ll be like: ‘Who chose this colour scheme!? I can’t wait to get my own place!’ 😉
Warms my heart <3
PS: Can we talk about advent calendars?? This one from Kinder is basically where they’ve been hiding all the chocolate (my Mam swears Kinder eggs were thicker in the 90’s…) If you haven’t got one yet- why not have a sneaky peek at these? 😉
How are you decorating this year?
Last weekend I took a trip to Toronto’s Christmas Market in the old Distillery District. Oh my word! can I just say how much I love Christmas markets? This one is massive, so we mainly spent our time in the food section. Mulled wine and roasted chestnuts, anyone?
I was also excited because it was the first time I got to be seen strolling around with this little babe of a bag from Avery Verse.
If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you’ll know that I’m a huge fan of eco-friendly and ethical products. I’m a firm believer that if you buy cheap-you buy twice, so I’d much rather fill my wardrobe with some well chosen and much loved classics than piles of cheap fast fashion. Enter Avery Verse.
All Avery Verse bags are hand made by artisans with Italian vegetable tanned leather – an ancient tanning process which has been around for millennia and is known for producing a beautiful, high quality finish. This technique also doesn’t produce harmful, environmentally damaging emissions. All I know is that the leather is a beautiful, rich deep green which I can’t keep my hands off. I know I’m going to have this bag for a lifetime. It’s definitely an investment bag.
Plus, 10% of profits from every bag sold will go towards social and environmental causes. This is a pretty huge commitment from a small company, and it just shows how much the owners care about their planet friendly philosophy. An Avery Verse bag could fight poaching in Uganda, for example. So it’s an ideal Christmas gift for someone who cares about making a positive impact.
Side note: I’m really enjoying Christmas this year- and it’s not even the end of the first week in December! Something about being in Canada with the real possibility of snow has set me off! So now I’m off to watch The Crown with my feet up, a mug of hot chocolate and a tin of Quality Street at 4 in the afternoon. Because Christmas!
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Tweed top – Banana Republic
Boots – Dorothy Perkins
Bag – Avery Verse
What’s on your Christmas list?
Lately I’ve been reading up on my beauty techniques! This Bobbi Brown Makeup Manual was a steal at just £1 from a car boot sale, and after hearing good things I bought the Lauren Conrad Beauty book from Amazon (I think it retails for around £5 second hand on Amazon)
Here’s my take on Bargain Beauty Books:
1. Bobbi Brown Makeup Manual:
This book is great if you’re a beginner like me and you’d like to learn how to do every day makeup well, starting from the basics. Though my style has changed, I’ve been putting on my makeup in pretty much the same way since I started out wearing it when I was a teenager at school discos (though I no longer use body glitter!)
Bobbi Brown *created* the natural makeup look back in the nineties. She also launched yellow toned foundation sticks, among other innovations. This book taught me which colours suit my skin tone, how to achieve a dewy cheeks and the difference that a good concealer can make!. Definitely a great buy 🙂
2. Lauren Conrad on Beauty:
I have read this book many times now as it’s quite up-lifting. In many ways it’s like having a conversation with a friend. Lauren starts out by opening up about her skin problems (she suffers from pigmentation, sensitive skin and rosacea). She explains that to provide a solid foundation for your personal beauty, you need to take care of yourself first. We’ve all done things we probably shouldn’t have (bleached hair and straighteners anyone?) but this book strips it back to basics and teaches you to build up from the foundations.
It’s actually more of a guide to self love for people in their early twenties. You’re encouraged to embrace your beauty mishaps and develop your own sense of style. Rather than preach about this Lauren is right there with us as she includes less-than-flattering photos of herself in the 90’s!. There’s even a section on how to schedule your social life so you can get your beauty sleep. You’re supposed to give yourself a few nights in a week and ban coffee. Whilst I think Lauren is probably right, there are some things in life that are too good to give up!
Have you read any inspiring books recently?