Christmas is the season of extravagance and indulgence. I love that it provides so many excuses for full glam Christmas makeup, but what about the big day? Although I still want to look the part, compromises have to be made in order to spend less time in front of the mirror and more time around the tree.
Christmas is one of my favourite times of the year, despite how often I moan about the cold and how busy it is. I love that you can almost feel magic in the air. I love Christmas lights and festive drinks and precious time off with loved ones. Jamie and I often try to take festive trips in December, which aren’t complete without gingerbread lattes and marshmallow hot chocolates. If there’s one thing I dislike about the festivities though, it’s the notorious, and disposable, coffee shop red cup. With my Kambukka reusable mug, festive drinks on-the-go don’t secure me a place on the naughty list.
Over the years, Zara has become one of my favourite places to refresh my wardrobe. The Zara Autumn Winter collections are always filled with some amazing pieces, so at this time of year, I tend to make at least a few purchases. Between popping into stores and browsing online, I’ve recently added some perfect staples to my wardrobe. Here are the six that I’ve enjoyed styling lately.
It is me, or are men notoriously difficult to buy for? When I compile gift guides for her, I find myself having to condense the list down, but almost didn’t even bother with a gift guide for him. Essentially, I just didn’t want to try to fill a post out by recommending average and uninspiring picks. That is until I asked Jamie to write me a Christmas list of things he’d like, and inspiration struck. Who better to give insight into what the men in our lives actually want for Christmas than another man?
It’s officially December, which means it’s time to decorate the house and start getting organised. Long gone are the days of circling Christmas gift wishes in an Argos catalogue, now there’s more choice than ever, which is great, but equally overwhelming. If you’re struggling to decide on gifts for your female loved ones, then look no further. I have suggestions for beauty, style and luxury lovers, bookworms, and women who deserve a pamper.
I was only recently speaking with some friends about how much Christmas gifting has changed. When I was a child most stocking filler items cost around £5, but money went a lot further then. Now, my household would categorise a stocking filler as under £20, so although there are vast differences in what people are happy to pay for gifts at Christmas, that’s the budget I’ve set for this guide. Bearing that in mind, here are my gift suggestions for good quality and thoughtful stocking fillers for her.
To some, the term ‘eco-friendly gifts’ is somewhat of an oxymoron. We have consumerist mindsets, trained to seek out shiny, new gifts, usually guarded by walls of unnecessary plastic. Sustainability isn’t an overly festive concept, but it’s desperately needed. We can do our bit by shopping locally and buying more eco-friendly gifts where possible. If you’re sceptical then I hope that this gift guide will show that sustainability doesn’t have to compromise on quality.
Each January comes with a great deal of pressure. After spending a large part of the previous month gorging and buying into a consumerist culture that leaves us wondering where all of that money actually went? We do a 180. It’s a new year, so we resolve to save money and cut out the types of food we’ve recently eaten in excess. Although there’s beauty in the clean slate of a new year, that’s not to say that plans and preparations can’t be made prior to it. We don’t have to wait until the clock strikes 12 on the very last day of the year. Deciding what changes to make and how we plan to spend the year ahead can be made beforehand. I’ve already been considering the start of a new decade (scary, right?). Here’s how I’m getting a head start on the new year.
Escentual is one of my favourite places for premium beauty. With Black Friday fast approaching, what better time to share some of their best deals? Each of these products will be at least 50% off from this Friday the 29th to the 2nd of December. There is also a site wide code ‘BLACK10’ for 10% off of all full price items.