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10 Things I Love About Christmas

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As you read this, I will be on a train chugging my way up north to the beautiful city of Edinburgh to indulge in way too many pigs in blankets with my crazy family. WOOOO. 

Christmas is BY FAR my favourite time of the year. It’s the time when we can stop complaining about how dull our lives may be and fill our time with festive plans which inevitably will involve A LOT of mulled wine and friends.

Christmas Holly

Here is a few of the things I love most about Christmas time!

1)      Happy People

Srsly, the frowns and scowls of passers-by are suddenly replaced by sweet smiles and good morning greetings. Well, maybe not so much on the tube, we will always hate each other down there, but up above in the fresh cool air, we actually kinda don’t mind each other too much.

2)      Christmas Decorations

I’m sorry to admit this, but I am one of these people that like it when the decs come out ridiculously early. I love having Christmas to look forward to and if that period starts in late September then so bloody be it! One of my favourite things to do is wander down Regent Street late at night (probs after one too many glasses of wine with a belly full of Flatiron Steak) and just take in all the lovely Christmas lights and festive window displays. Such a grand feeling.

10 Things I Love About Christmas

3)      Excuse to Actually Netflix and Chill

And yes, when I mean Netflix and Chill, I mean, NETFLIX and chill. Nothing is more Christmassy like getting your comfies on, snuggling down on the sofa with some snacks and a mug of hot chocolate (with cream and marshmallows, preferably) and whacking on a bit of Elf. Invite your pals or loved one for extra lols. Oh and light a Yankee Candle in Cinnamon Stick for the ultimate Christmas fragrance. 

4)      Food

Christmas is the time to screw the diets and to just enjoy life. I get so fed up of people banging on about their latest fad diet when you know all they want to do is stuff a mince pie in their mouth. Life is for living, plus at Christmas we need the extra fatty layer to keep us warm, amiright?

10 Things I Love About Christmas

5)      Vlogmas

For any vlog lover, December brings so much joy in so many ways. Obviously there is the whole Christmas shebang, but December is also home to VLOGMAS. Youtube is my not-so-dirty little secret. I am obsessed with watching people live their lives, seeing what they get up to, what they buy and what they eat. It’s addictive. So watching other people’s lead up to the big day is a huge guilty pleasure.

6)      Dressing in Layers

Winter is an excuse to layer yourself up in as much comfort as possible. Huge knitted jumpers, Roll necks and woolen tights are all staples in my Christmas wardrobe. I’m a fashion gal, but I choose comfort and warmth over frost bitten limbs, ta. Obviously a Christmas jumper is essential.

10 Things I Love About Christmas
Christmas Jumper

7) An Excuse to Party

There is always that one party of the festive season that sees you necking too much of the good stuff that you wake up in last night’s clothes with your glittery eye shadow smeared down your cheeks. It is an excuse to get wild with your pals without the guilt, because everyone needs to let loose at Christmas right?

8)      Seeing Family and Friends

My family is a little here, there and everywhere. I have a pre-celebration with my dad and sister down in Suffolk and then spend the actual Christmas period with my mum and step-dad up in Edinburgh, closely followed by spending a few days with my beaus family. It is so important to spend this time with the ones you love and that love you the most.  

10 Things I Love About Christmas

9)      Buying Christmas Presents

I am one of those people that way prefers giving gifts than receiving them. Sure, it’s nice to get the odd lil summin’ summin’ – but the whole Christmas shopping experience is so much fun. Obvs, it starts with a list, and then you have the excuse to trawl through websites, endlessly searching for that one, perfect gift.

10)   Winter Markets

Now here is where living in London is pretty darn good. We have some pretty glorious Christmas markets y’all. Winter Wonderland and Southbank being my top babes. Nothing says Christmas like a good old German market, with a cup of mulled in in one hand and a Bratwurst hotdog in the other.

Winter Market


Christmas is pretty fekkin’ magical, dontchathink?


Louisa Marie Jewellery

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You may have noticed from recent posts my love for jewellery. Layering necklaces and a mixture of rings on my fingers are my thang. I prefer getting my jewellery from smaller independent companies like from Etsy or small shops/markets over your everyday Accessorize or Topshop. The reasons why? Well firstly, I like to be a little different and branch out from the same thing that everyone else is wearing. Plus, I love the fact that you are supporting smaller businesses AND there are some srsly decent finds out there guys.

A friend of mine, the lovely Louisa, has set up a jewellery making business and let me tell you guys, her products are lush.

I’m going to tell you a little story.

Let me first paint the picture. Louisa grew up in Suffolk (fellow Suffolk bae, ohh yehhh) and found a passion for going to the seaside and collecting beautiful stones and shells. Southwold is her favourite beach, and I can tell you first hand, it is pretty darn stunning. Growing up she always wanted to make her collection of weird and wonderful shells and stones into jewellery so that she can keep those happy seaside memories close to her heart every single day. 

A few years into her career she was starting to feel unhappy, we all know that feeling right? She won the world cup sweepstake at work (you go gurl) and thought she would spend the money on something she wouldn’t normally splash out on that would make her super happs. She brought a furnace so she could start actually making her jewellery pieces! Cue: Louisa Marie Jewellery. Louisa now works full time in recruitment which pays the bills and this jewellery business is her passion in her spare time.

Louisa Marie Jewellery

To make her jewellery she uses a process called delft clay casting which involves making a mould of the shell/stone and filling it with liquid silver and letting it solidify, therefore giving you an exact replica.

Louisa Marie Jewellery
Louisa Marie Jewellery
Louisa Marie Jewellery
Louisa Marie Jewellery

What I love about this jewellery range is that each individual piece is completely unique, you won’t find any other person with the exact same piece as you. The original shell comes WITH the jewellery, so literally, no one else will have the same!

The fossils (the pretty swirly ones) are cast from ammonites which are over 65 million years old. They are a symbol of continual change and evolution and symbolises many different things for many different religions. Unfortunately these cannot be sold with the jewellery as they are like, pretty old really and hard to find - it’s not every day you come across a 65 million year old fossil…

Louisa Marie Jewellery

So guys if you want to get your little hands on a beautiful unique piece then here’s how:

Message Louisa Marie Jewellery with a link of the shell you like best or she will try her best to make up exactly what you want if it’s something slightly different. Commissioned pieces are also available, so if you have your own small precious shell or object that you want to be made into silver then she will be able to do it! SUPERWOMAN.

Prices start from £35 plus postage and upwards so really reasonable for a solid silver, personal to you, timeless piece. It takes Louisa 1 week to make the jewellery and then delivery is around 4 working days.

Please go and check it out guys, even if it’s just to ogle at how delicious the pieces are.

I myself went for a slice of the fossil and I LOVE IT.

Peace and love.

HV

x

A Little Christmas Wishlist

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OH HEY GUYS.

HAPPY 1ST DECEMBER Y’ALL!

Gahhhpeiojfajf - I’m too excited.

How many of you are decking the halls and belting out Band Aid already? I must admit I have been getting into the Christmas spirit since Halloween and no, I am not ashamed because legit – Christmas is the BEST time of year. Everyone has smiles plastered on their wind stricken faces and the thought of spending all day listening to Michael Bublé all day at work makes life so much sparklier.

Gift buying is one of my favourite things about Christmas, I just love crawling through websites for the perfect present, the one that will make the receiver’s face light up like little Rudolph’s nose.

I am a total basic bitch. I love basic things that have an edge of sass about them. I follow trends and like the simple things in life, so my little wishlist below sums up my basic needs and will *hopefully* give you lovely people a little inspo into what you can pop on your own wishlist. Trust me, it’ll make gift buying a hella lot easier for your loved ones.

I’ll be doing a list of ideas to get the men in your life, because let’s face it. Boys are darn hard to buy for. Give us girls a pair of Christmas socks and a Yankee candle and we will be set!

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1) Zoeva Bamboo Makeup Brush Set: 65

I am still yet to bag myself a decent makeup brush set. I love this Zoeva one and the variety of brushes it offers

2) Hannah Gale Sweatshirt: £25

Hannah Gale is my favourite blogger. You guys know this, she probably knows this. She is great and real and just fab. She has just launched a new line of sweatshirts featuring cute slogans and just look all round great. Go check them out and be sure to put one on your Christmas list.

3) Catastrophe Cosmetic Face Mask by Lush: £6.75

One of my new years resolutions will be to sort start properly looking after myself. Starting with my skin and general facial cleansing routine. I am a massive fan of LUSH, as is the whole of the bloggersphere as you may have guessed. I DID say I am a basic bitch.

4) Topshop Christmas Socks: £3.50

Christmas socks are a winning gift. Enough said.

5) MAC Lipstick in Smoked Purple - £15.50

I love, love, LOVE this deep purple shade - teamed with the camel Zara coat (see #6) and some sassy black number underneath I think would be the ideal Christmas look. 

6) Zara Hand Made Coat: £79.99

I am legit in love with this coat. It is the perfect shade of camel. Not too light, not too dark. It's not even that expensive compared to other price points on the highstreet, and plus, a camel coat is a classic wardrobe staple, amiright?

7) Paperchase Kraft Wiro Diary: £10

I am the type of person to have about 23564 diary's on the go at once. But one more can't hurt right? This little Paperchase beaut is perfect to jot all your new years plans in. 

8) Yankee Candle in Cinnamon Stick - £19.99

Yankee candles 4 lyf. Cinnamon stick is by far my favourite Christmas scent. Closely followed by Gingerbread Maple #justsayin'. The large jar lasts practically forever and the smell is really lovely and intense. If you love cinnamon and cloves and basically perfection, you'll love this too. 

9) Secret Garden Colouring book: £4.99

I actually have this little bad boy already. My pals got it for me for my birthday back in June and I LOVE it. This teamed with some decent colouring pencils will keep you occupied for hours. They actually really work well at de-stressing.

10) Roberts Revival DAB Radio: £165

I have wanted one of these for years and years and years. I just love these radios, though they are a little pricier than I would like. They are so cool and shabby chic and would look great on my Instagram feed.