CHRISTMAS 2017

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No doubt by the time you get around to reading this Christmas will seem like a distant memory, but I hope everyone enjoyed the holidays nonetheless!?

Christmas was a bit different for me this year, I woke up in my own house! Not to do things by halves, we moved into our new house on 18th December so to try and get settled in before Christmas whilst working full time jobs was… fun! But worth it.

I usually spend Christmas at home so not to do the usual family traditions on Christmas morning was a bit of a change but I’m all for making new traditions and hopefully next year everything won’t be so rushed. We woke up really early on Christmas morning admitting defeat around 6.30 and finally getting out of bed. As usual I received some amazing gifts, I’m definitely feeling pretty lucky right now to have such a good group of people around me.

So what did I get? first up I got some Hunter wellies. I’ve been saying I wanted to get a pair for some time now – I ruin so many shoes walking the dogs, so these are going to come in handy! To go with the wellies I received matching Hunter socks and a The North Face puffer jacket to keep me extra toasty when its cold! Speaking of the dogs, they received the Aesop Animal Body Wash, perfect for after a muddy walk – It smells so good and I’m sure they will love it too.

Next up was a bunch of Nespresso goodies – a Citiz + Milk machine, a 200 capsule box set and a pair of cappuccino cups. I don’t know how I survived without a Nespresso machine before, I’m even more addicted to coffee now, there’s so many options to choose from! I’m looking forward to making a drink and getting stuck into Decembers box from The Chocolate Society. I’d never heard of the brand before but the chocolates look so good.

Staying on the coffee theme, I received some Lush products from my Secret Santa at work – I love the coffee mask, you can read about it here! I wonder how they knew?!

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Other grooming products came in the form of the GlamGlow Power Rangers Rita Repulsa Mask and some sleep sprays from This Works. I haven’t slept well lately so these couldn’t come at a better time and they work like a dream!

Other items included tickets to Fall Out Boy, a new Diptyque candle, Ciroc Vodka and the latest Cereal City Guide for Los Angeles to complete my collection.

I also treated myself to a pair of crisp black and white Nike Air Force 1s in the sales, I’ve never had a pair of them before and i’m not 100% convinced I can pull them off but i’m going to try!

After exchanging gifts we went to my parents for lunch and had a pretty chilled afternoon and evening as we were both working boxing day.  Overall it was a great first Christmas, hopefully next year we will be a lot more settled and able to host ourselves –  I’d love to cook the Christmas dinner for my parents one year so they don’t have too!

Working in the hospitality industry means Christmas is usually short and sweet but its what you make of it. I hope you all had a great festive period?

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Oh I also forgot to mention, a fifth member of the family was added on Christmas day. Everyone meet Luna – she’s settled in so well and definitely rules the house already!

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Christmas Haul!

While Christmas isn’t just about gifts, if you’re anything like me, you still like to be nosey and see what everyone else received. So just incase you were wondering what I got, here’s a few of my favourites this year.

Firstly, clothing. From my family I received a new Comme Des Garçons PLAY shirt from the Gold collection. I love my grey version and wear it all the time so I’m sure this new one will also be getting a lot of wear. The embroidered gold heart really stands out and adds a luxurious feel to what is essentially a plain white tee. Next up, a Camouflage Sweater from Topman. While I don’t usually wear loads of colour and patterns, this sweater has that faded worn in look and goes well with the rest of my wardrobe.

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Next up I received the classic black Converse All Stars from my brother. I have been wanting them for a while so was glad to get them as I’m really keen to build up a wardrobe of classic items. With that in mind, I also received the adidas Superstars in the classic white colour way with black stripes. There is also some gold detail on the shoes which adds to that retro feel and has a nod towards the CDG shirt.

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Moving on to accessories and grooming, I got this simple khaki zip around wallet from A.P.C, one of my favourite brands. There’s not a lot of space inside, but this will be perfect to take out on a night out as it’s so slimline. I also received this chunky keyring from A.P.C which I will eventually attach to my car fob. I have already reviewed The Grown Alchemist Amenity Kit so won’t talk about it again but you can read more about it here.

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Lastly, entertainment. From my brother I received the Louis Vuitton New York Travel guide. I am a huge fan of travel guides and love reading about new places and planning future travels so they’re always a welcome gift. While I’m not sure where 2016 will take me at the moment, I would love a quick break to New York again during the summer where this will come in handy.

I also received quite a few CDs (yes, they still exist) and DVDs for my collection, with the Amy Winehouse documentary, Amy, and the new City and Colour among my favourites.

I hope you all had a great festive break!

What did you get for Christmas?

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Espresso Yourself

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If you’re anything like me and can’t function until you’ve had that first cup of the day (maybe two) the new Cup O’ Coffee Face and Body Mask from Lush is just for you. For those times when a cup of coffee just isn’t enough, what better way to wake up  then with a shot of espresso to the face?

Cup O’ Coffee is a multi-purpose mask designed for use on the face, chest, legs and anywhere else that needs some attention really, leave it to work for 10-15 minutes before washing off and the result? smooth exfoliated skin. The product smells good enough to eat and is packed with fresh ingredients including coffee grounds and organic agave syrup to exfoliate the skin and leave it smooth and soft. A must for these colder months!

Cup O’ Coffee is available now from Lush at £6.79

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