Tuesday, 1 December 2015

Lifestyle: 8 Things To Do This Christmas

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Accessorize Advent Calendar* / Accessorize Knitted Koala* / Accessorize Soldier* / Accessorize Reindeer* / Tiger Knitted Baubles & Angels / Tiger Candle Houses / Homesense Reindeer China Boxes* / Homesense Copper Candy Canes* / Homesense White Santa*

It's the most wonderful time of the yeaaaaaar! I make no effort to hide the fact I simply LOVE Christmas. But more like Christmas time not just the day itself, everywhere looks so magical and warms my stony cold heart. So it's the first day of advent today hoorah! How amazing is it that Accessorize have made their own nail polish advent calendar?! It's currently half price so head on down to try and nab one from your local branch!

So, every year me and my pal Rosie end up saying 'I wish we had planned more Christmas activities' and never feel like we get round to doing half the stuff we want to. This year we decided to make a little list (we love a list) of festive past times, so I thought I'd let you in on it...

1. Watch Christmas Movies

This one goes without saying, festive movies We've got The Grinch, Home Alone and The Santa Claus at the top of the list. Have you got any recommendations of cheesy Christmas movies? I'm counting on a Netflix Christmas category because if they're gonna offer me 'films with a strong female lead' as a section then they better offer me Christmas too.

2. Go To The Garden Centre

We laughed at how much 17 year old us would be unimpressed with this plan BUT aren't garden centre's so underrated? They have the best Christmas decorations not to mention cacti and cute homewares. Sign me up to my pension plan now.

3. Bake A Yule Log

One year we tried Christmas cookies but they didn't go so well so naturally we set our sights on making a yule log. Ho ho ho no.

4. Go Ice Skating

I'm absolutely awful at ice skating, well I think I am. I haven't been since I was about 14 but I can imagine it will be a bambi on ice situation. Cambridge often have a cute little ice rink in the city centre so I might face my fears. 

5. A HomeSense Trip

My favourite interiors destination gets EVEN BETTER at Christmas time, full to the brim with amazing decorations, food, gifts and everything else you could imagine. It's a haven of festivity. I may have already bought into the Christmas hype already, as you've already seen...

6. Head To Winter Wonderland

I have a love/hate with this place. Last year myself and Charlie had to wait in a mahussive queue just to get inside the place as it was overcrowded. This is what I hate. I can handle crowds to a certain extent but it was just MANIC. I do love it for all it's festive greatness, rides and candy floss though plus Rosie's never been so we're gonna swing by.

7. Shopping In London

Am I crazy? Christmas shopping in London is a chaotic experience I put myself through every year then look back on through rose tinted glasses. But you can't deny the buzz of Regent Street on the countdown to Christmas, plus I love visiting Liberty and looking at all the amazing window displays.

8. A Day in Cambridge

We live just outside the city but Cambridge is a lovely place to stroll around whatever time of the year but it's even more magical at Christmas.


Monday, 30 November 2015

Lifestyle: Discover Harrods Luxury Hammam Spa

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Want to find the perfect Christmas gift for the girl who has everything? I might just have the answer. We all love gifts, but how often do you forget the items you were bought for Christmas within a few months? Experiences create memories that last forever, I know that a couple of the gifts I'm giving this year revolve around an activity or tickets for an event (but it's still a surprise so I have to stay quiet!).

A day at the spa is the ultimate relaxant. An opportunity to unwind, forget the daily stresses and focus on being pampered for the day. There's nothing quite like spending a day with your best friend in fluffy robes, hopping in an out of the jacuzzi stopping only for a quick lunch.

The Urban Retreat at Harrods is luxury defined and their Moroccan Hammam spa rooms transform you into a different world. Inspired by Moroccan decor and culture it's the perfect way to escape the hustle and bustle of the city. There are various rooms which each offer a different experience, from the traditional steam room to their luxurious warm rooms and a regal lounge to kick back and let your body relax. 

The unique Hammam treatments are said to hold healing properties as well as opening the pores in your body to rid of toxins, bacteria and impurities. As well as giving your body the ultimate detox, Hammam treatments are also particularly amazing at easing breathing issues and clearing your sinuses, definitely handy in beating that winter cold whilst giving your body the ultimate pick-me-up.

View the full treatment menu here and tell me you're not tempted...

*This post was made in collaboration with the Hammam spa

Saturday, 28 November 2015

Outfit: 48 Hours In Denim

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So as you can see, I went and chopped all my hair off! I've gone from almost bum length two years ago to a very blunt almost bob. I wasn't planning on going this short but I just had a mad moment and I'm so glad I did it. It feels so healthy and thick, although my neck might be a little chillier this winter. 

I was challenged by George earlier in the week to spend 48 hours in denim. To be honest this was a challenge as I've been wearing trousers non stop recently. I forgot how much warmer denim is and I must say I enjoyed my 48 hours wearing skinnies, I might even go crazy and make it 72 hours. I even dressed them up for dinner too, so not to deter from the challenge! I wore them with my new Asos boots to jazz them up and get me out of trainers for once.

I also have to discuss this coat. I am a girl obsessed. I literally cannot believe how cheap it is, the quality is great, it's so soft and the colour is divine. I wish I'd seen this before I splashed out on my Whistles coat but oh well! It's currently on 20% off at the moment too which means its 28 POUNDS! 

Just a little heads up, the Burberry sunglasses that I'm wearing are now back in stock AND in the sale!!! Sunglasses Shop also have a 25% off for Black Friday code going on so be quick!

I hope everyone is having a great weekend, I popped into Cambridge this morning and did a little Christmas shop. Two board games, a few knitted baubles, Christmas candles, wrapping paper and copper candy canes later I was pretty exhausted! I can't lie though I just love the Christmassy vibes in stores right now! More from me soon. 

Thursday, 26 November 2015

Christmas: Gift Guide For Your BFF

Buying for your BFF is a fun present to buy, you probably (well hopefully) know each other inside out so you'll be pretty clued up on each others likes and dislikes. I had so much fun putting this together, thinking about what I'd buy my friends and gifts that are always definite winners.

Is it weird to buy your BFF underwear? I don't think so unless it's a babydoll set or something racy in which case yeah a little creepy. This Pieces bralet is gorgeous and it's SO cheap! I'd never actually heard of this discounter before but they do loads of knitwear, accessories and shoes at massive savings so give M and M Direct* a peep if you like a good bargain!

A couple of gorgeous Kate Spade pieces popping up here, I love KS stationery. It's so dreamy and Pinterest worthy, I love the list pad which would look lovely on my desk (cough Charlie if you're reading this) and the thermal mug is so cute. My friend Grace actually bought this from Selfridges last year!

The Balenciaga book via Very Exclusive is a beautiful gift and will look stunning on any fashion lovers coffee table or shelves. I'm a bit of a sucker for a good coffee table  book. The Karl keyring and Stila palette are also from Very Exclusive, I'd highly recommend checking out their Christmas Gift section there's loads of amazing potential presents.

The Nick Cranston luggage tag is one of my favourite lower priced gifts, they actually have a few different cities (I love the New York one too!). The perfect present for any travel lovers out there! 


Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Fashion: Burberry 4177 Sunglasses

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Burberry Sunglasses Via Sunglasses Shop*

Hola! Today I have the pleasure of reviewing these absolute beauties. Sunglasses shop recently got in touch in regards to their amazing range of sunnies and upcoming offers, being a frequent sunglasses wearer I was more than happy to choose a pair to review. I actually lost one of my favourite pairs in Florida (damn that tower of terror) so it's perfect timing. 

I'll be styling these up in an outfit post very soon but as they're so damn gorgeous I thought they deserved a post solely dedicated to them! I adore the frame, I've seen lots of pairs with this double bar and I just love them. They're fairly big lenses but still so lightweight which means you can wear them all day without getting irritated and ending up with those annoying dents on your nose. 

The matte black frame is exactly what I would opt for when picking a perfect pair of sunglasses, I usually always go for a plain black pair just as they're so easy to style with everything. This pair in particular are currently on offer and there's also loads of other amazing pairs discounted in the sunglasses shop sale including these Celine babies. OH and on top of that there's also a massive 25% off for Black Friday!!! Just use code 25GIFT. Happy shopping!

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