Fashion

Cosy winter night at home

The winter months are always so long, they seem to start earlier and earlier. Of course they don’t however it sometimes seems that way. During the winter months I love nothing more than trying to achieve that hygge feeling of cosiness, fire, candles, hot drinks, warm blankets and great book.

After a cold day, nothing is better than coming home and putting our log burner on. Then after the children are tucked up in bed nice and warm getting changed into my pj’s and a super soft dressing gown and enjoying a good book.

Cosy Winter Night

Cosy items from Damart.

Damart recently sent me a gorgeous dressing gown and slippers to help me on my quest to find the perfect cosy evening.

When they arrived I couldn’t wait to get the children to bed nice and early, get my new book out and have a read. Getting the dressing gown out of the package I was really impressed with how soft and cuddly it was. I love the grey and the floral pattern within the fabric, it is also really quite long on me, but I do really like that for a dressing gown. As I am only 5 foot it was to be expected really.

To go with the dressing gown I was also asked to choose a pair of slippers. I love slippers and wear them all year round. And I even take them round to friends and families houses to keep my feet toasty warm while out and about. I even took them on our recent trip to Lapland.

I often opt for a ballet slipper style, something that quite cheap normally as I seem to go through slippers quite quickly. It doesn’t help, I guess that I wear them outside to take to rubbish out and then to hand washing out. This time I opted for a pair of moccasin slippers in a lilac colour. I have never had moccasin slippers before, but they looked really warm and comfy. Plus they come with a rubber sole so should be more hard wearing, which is just what I need.

My cosy evening

We managed to get the children to bed nice and early. Having already put the log burner on earlier in the afternoon, it meant that the living room was already nice and cosy.

I got changed into my pj’s, put on my lovely new dressing gown and slippers. I then made us an indulgent hot chocolate each and got my book out.

Blissful, cosy and warm. It was so lovely to enjoy a couple of hours of relaxing in front of our log burner, all toasty and warm with a great book. I cannot wait to have another evening like this. I think we should all take that bit of extra time for ourselves to relax.

 

*Thank you Damart for helping with my evening of cosiness. As always thoughts and opinions are my own.*

Love yourself at Valentines, gifts for you from the Jewellery Box

In my early 20’s I lived with my childhood best friend after we both went through our first long term relationship break downs. We cried together, laughed together for about 2 years we had a lot of fun. We both dated… a lot and we shed tears over one to many boys. Valentines was always something we both dreaded, would we have a boyfriend, would we be spending alone or would we be having an ice cream and movie night together.

The first year living together we agreed that we wouldn’t ‘do’ valentine’s day, that we would spend it together with a take away, even if we had a hot date in the pipeline.

I think for single women, it is a time to just love yourself. Why shouldn’t you feel loved and treat yourself to something lovely, just because you don’t have a partner buy it for yourself. Often they don’t quite get it right anyway… haha.

Go on treat yourself to something lovely this Valentines

I love jewellery, it makes me feel good. Just adding a necklace or a pair of ear-rings can really change up your outfit and finish your look off. Even a simple pair of studs can look lovely.

The Jewellery Box are a fabulous online company, who specialise in sterling silver and 9ct gold. They have a gorgeous selection of jewellery at really reasonable prices. Perfect for treating yourself without feeling guilty about your bank balance after.

My top picks from The Jewellery Box

I have been wanting a tri-colour simple necklace and pendant for a little while, but finding something that I really loved was more difficult than I thought. When I found this lovely mixed gold dipped circle necklace rrp £11.95 I knew it was perfect for me. I quite like things in trios as they represent my lovely little family. On my long term wish list is diamond ring set with 3 large diamonds. Who knows maybe for our 10 Wedding Anniversary in a couple of years, I must start dropping hints to the Hubby.

We recently went to Lapland in search of the Northern Lights so when I spotted these gorgeous Aurora Borealis sterling silver 6mm ball stud earrings rrp £8.65, I just had to get them as a reminder of our amazing trip away. Plus they are lovely.

When we got married my hubby bought me a charm bracelet, which I have worn continuously since we got married. I have been wanting to get something else to wear for a while, and this rose gold beaded bracelet I thought would be just perfect as an alternative item to wear. It’s actually a dipped Stirling sliver that is adjustable and only £11.15.

Just like my love of statement necklaces I also love a pair of statement ear rings, however sometimes are just a bit too much. The Jewellery Box offer a fabulous range of different earrings, and I chose these simple rose gold 3mm studs rrp £3.95. I felt they would be wearable every day and would go with both of my picks for necklaces. I also loved these little 4mm rose gold cube studs rrp £4.25, they will also be perfect for everyday. 

What is your favourite item of jewellery? Other than my wedding, engagement and eternity ring I would say it’s all about a necklace.

 

*Thank you The Jewellery Box for sending me this gorgeous collection of items. As always thoughts and opinions are my own.*

What to get the lady who has everything for Christmas?

Us ladies often get to the stage in life where we want something lovely for Christmas, that we would love as a gift but not always something that we need. There is no denying that I have expensive taste, I always have done. I have this skill for picking the most expensive item, want it and not really need it so they are normally left in the shop as the family comes first.

What To Get The Lady Who Has Everything For Christmas

So this year I thought I would put together a gift guide of items that the lady in your life would love to see under the Christmas tree. Something that she will want a special treat.

Beauty gifts

Every lady loves a spa day, so why not add some Ragdale Hall spa vouchers. A perfect gift to help your lady unwind after all of Christmas preparation.

Luxury face cream and moisturisers by Skin Doctors are going on my list, Instant Eyelift, Skin Resurfacing cream, Beelift and Instant Facelift are on my wish list, they have fabulous reviews and any of the range would be loved.

Relaxing bath products are always a nice like luxury bath salts from Dead Sea or gorgeous bath oils from Olverum. The most amazing smelling bath oil to help you have a wonderfully relaxing bath.

Food and Drink gifts

My gift list always has a nice bottle of champagne added to it, so what about some lovely champagne flutes? Or what about this years craze of Gin, and especially Gin baubles from Find Me a Gift, you could add them to the Christmas tree as little treats throughout December. With Gin being so popular at the moment why not get a Gin & Tonic Infusions set, they give you all the ingredients to make your very own flavoured gins, available from Sous Chef.

Every girl wants some chocolates wrapped up under the tree, Guylian chocolates are one of my favourite as they contain praline, which is my go to chocolate… yummy. This year they are 15% bigger and so very delicious. Sous Chef also sent me this beautiful Panettone the most amazing sweet Italian bread that is very popular in our house at Christmas. We often sit down with a nice cup of tea and enjoy a slice of this fruity sweet bread.

I always love a personalised gift, so what about a jar of prosecco flavoured bon bon’s from Gift Pup. They have so many lovely gifts to choose from. I can’t wait to get started on mine.

Subscription Box gifts

Have you thought about a a floral subscription box? I love having flowers in our house, they always make me smile. Flowers just seem to bring happiness on even the gloomiest day. Beard and Daisies offer a range of different postal flowers, your Christmas gift would be a surprise delivery for months after Christmas.

The Pink Parcel is also a fabulous monthly subscription box, it is designed for us ladies. The Pink Parcel is delivered monthly in time for your time of the month, packed with all the products you need plus a box of little treats to help you feel better. Each month your ‘for you’ box is full of different items so you never get the same thing. Mine contained chocolates, a face mask, a couple of different beauty products.

Whenever I am at home, I have a a candle burning just about all of the time. The lovely team at Sandwick Bay Candles are launching a subscription candle box, which for me is perfect. If they smell anything like this gorgeous festive cinnamon and orange then I can’t wait to get my hands on the first months. Who wouldn’t love this gift?

Just gorgeous gifts

You cannot go wrong with beautiful stationery. What about a gorgeous personalised pen, beautiful note book and some stress therapy colouring crayons from The Pen Company. For me stationery is a must at any time of the year, not just at Christmas.

Of course no Christmas is complete with a gorgeous piece of jewellery. I love it, each year getting something beautiful to wear throughout the year. Rock ‘n’ Rose have a fabulous range of fashion items, you will find the perfect gift for any lady in your life.

Unicorns are so popular right now with both adults and children, that it seems silly not to add a cute little personalised mug and cuddly unicorn from Gift Pup. They will look lovely on my desk, to add that little bit of cuteness to my day.

Fitness gifts

I have always wanted a pair of retro roller skates, I used to skate as a teen. Why not bring back a childhood memory with a gift to remind her of her childhood. Roller skates are going on my gift list this year, as I am also reliving my Sylvanian Families obsession through my daughter this Christmas.

Or how about a lovely personalised t-shirt? You could have one made just for using in the gym or out running. How about ‘I run to eat cake’ or ‘This girl can’ you could put anything you wanted on to the top. Why not think of something that’s really personal to the lady in your life. Printsome offer a fabulous range of personalised t-shirts.

Of course with all of the yummy gifts at Christmas, most of us then start the new year wanting to get a bit fitter and what better way to help than buying a gorgeous Yogabellies yoga mat.

Something a bit cheeky

Why not treat your lady to a little gift that will spice things up in the bedroom? Why not try out the satisfyer pro penguin it’s a fabulous little toy for you both to enjoy.

 

*Big thank you to all the wonderful Brands who have contributed to my Christmas Gift Guide. Wishing you all a wonderful Christmas and a very happy New Year. As always thoughts and opinions are my own.*

 

Changing your look for the Christmas party

*This is a sponsored post, as always thoughts and opinions are my own.*

The Christmas Party Season upon us…. YAY!!! Such an exciting time, with party plans in the making for the last couple of months, getting everyone into the festive sprit. When it comes to Christmas parties, I always want to look amazing. ( or at least try too Haha)

Christmas Party

I generally start my hunt for a new dress in around October, when the plans for venues have been confirmed. For me a dress is a must for a Christmas party, well in fact any party. My figure unfortunately doesn’t really suit the gorgeous leather trouser and top look so I always go for a dress.

To go along with my new dress inevitably comes, new shoes, new clutch bag, new jewellery, much to my Hubby’s dismay. ‘Do you really need another pair of shoes and a bag…..’ well quite clearly I do.

When it come to my make up, I love a dramatic smoky eye, with beautifully shimmery eye lids, false eye lashes and a great contour. Finishing off with one of my favourite perfumes.

This year however I had spoken to a couple of people who are going that extra mile and completely changing their hair style just for the Christmas party. Going from luscious long hair to a short choppy style and a cut pixie cut changing to long hair. Honestly I was quite surprised, I mean hair extensions are amazing when done properly however they are very pricey. Then having spend years growing your hair to have it all cut off to match your outfit for the Christmas seems just a little bit crazy to me. If you want to do it for a permanent change then yeah why not, but just because of the Christmas party… wow.

 

However when the girls started to explained they had found cheap wigs that they were looking at buying. Allowing them to completely change their look for the Christmas party with out having to make it a permanent change. What a brilliant idea. I know its popular with a lot of celebs like Kylie Jenner who is always seen with a different hair style and colour. It’s just not something I had ever thought about doing. However finding wigs that are reasonably priced I might give it a go.

What do you think? Would you wear a wig just for your Christmas party?