I love living in London, especially this time of year because the city is full of pretty fairy light and it’s just a great atmosphere. I also think there is so much to do like Winter Wonderland, ice skating and Christmas Markets.
Every year I make it my mission to walk around Covent Garden and see the big tree because it always makes me feel the most festive
Have you ever visited London at Christmas time?
I love hearing other people’s Christmas traditions, so I thought I’d share mine with you
1. New pyjamas
I thought I’d start off with my favourite one and that is getting my pyjamas Evey year to wear of Christmas Eve. My parents try and tell me and my sister that we are too old for it now but honestly, that is what I look forward too the most (aside from the food)
2. Beach walks on boxing day
This is something we used to do when we were kids and we recently bought it back last year. There is something so peaceful about a crisp walk along the sea front breathing in the salty air
3. Winter Wonderland
I can’t get through the festive period without going to winter wonderland at least once, it’s just such a good atmosphere and makes me feel so festive. Me and Jack have already planned a few visits
I love a date night and if I can make them Chrsitmassy I will (sorry Jack haha) Here’s a few of my favourite festive date night ideas
Cosy night in with Christmas films – I love a cosy date night, wrapped in blankets with snack and films so why not make the films Christmas themed! I mean that to me sounds like the perfect combination
Dinner – Dinners out are always fun and most restaurants have Christmas decorations to help get you in the festive mood. To make it extra Christmassy, go somewhere that offers a roast dinner/festive menu
Christmas Markets / Winter Wonderland – I love going to Winter Wonderland in Hyde park and try to go at least once a year. It can get pretty busy but I personally love walking around with a mulled wine listening to all of the Christmas songs and seeing what items people are selling on their stalls
I love thinking back to Christmas’ past, on all the love and good times and I wanted to share some of those with you today. Also, how are we already on day 16!
The Zoo – Every Christmas Eve; me, my parents and sister would go to the zoo for the day and I used to love it. It was always such an exciting day, leaving early and heading down to explore and see all of the animals and to see Santa! It’s something that I looked forward to every year and I do actually miss it. We would then go to mass at the local church which really bought on the festive spirit because it was usually a children’s nativity.
Grandad as Santa – Every Christmas morning I would go to my nan and grandads with all my aunts and cousins on my mums side of the family and I loved it. My grandad would always sit in a chair in the middle of the room and call out peoples names for presents, it was always such a big deal but it was so so special
I love being part of Blogmas and ready everyones posts. Here are a few of my favourites:
Rachael – I love seeing what she is getting up to with her kids and how they are all getting ready for Christmas. Her posts always make me feel so cosy
Charlotte – Another one of my favourites! I especially loved ready about her Christmassy weekend in London
Lisa Maria – I love Lisa Maria’s content, its so well written and the Christmas bucket list post has been my favourite so far!
What are some Blogmas posts you are loving this year?
My skin is naturally quite dry so this time of year is a nightmare for me because I have to work extra hard to keep my skin feeling soft and not like a snake skin. I try to keep my skincare routine as simple as possible so here’s what I’ve been loving this season.
This one is no surprise if you’ve been reading my log for a while now. I am obsessed with the hot cloth cleaner from Lacura! Honestly, it is on par with Liz Earle’s cleanse and polish and always leaves my skin feeling so clean and soft. I use this everyday as it’s so gentle and doesn’t aggravate my skin.
Face masks, face masks. I love a good sheet mask so always make sure I have a good stock pile to keep me going. I use these about once a week for a treat and to make sure my skin has extra hydration. My all time favourites are the Sephora ones.
What are your winter skincare must haves?
This time of year is stressful enough but then add on the shopping! I always try to make the whole experience as stress free as possible so I thought I’d share some of my top tips.
- Write a list – I love writing lists and keeping organised and this definitely helps me stay as relaxed as possible. I usually write down everyone that I need to buy for with a few ideas and a budget so I can make sure I pick accordingly. It’s great because then you know who is done and who is left and honestly, is there any better feeling than physically crossing something off of your to-do list? No.
2. Avoid peak shopping times – If I am venturing to a shopping centre, I always try to do it in and evening after work when it is quieter than normal. I mean Christmas shopping on a Saturday is a no go for me, I find it way too over whelming but doing it in an evening is much more relaxed. Also, the shopping centre near me stays open until 11pm so I know I have more than enough time to get everything done.
3. Shop online – Probably the best idea is to shop online. I mean whats better than growing the whole store from the confront of your sofa and pyjamas and then to have it delivered to your door; perrrrrrfect!
It’s no secret that I love scented candles, I mean who doesn’t so here’s a peak at some of my favourite festive scents.
Yankee Candle ‘Christmas Eve’
Marks and Spencer’s ‘White Apple and Spice’
Avon ‘ Winter Spice’
Ralph Lauren ‘White Pine’
I am a self confessed Grandma who loves a night in so when you can make it festive then why not. Usually, any night in for me will include a good skin care routine, I love that squeaky clean feeling and you can read all about that in Blogmas day 14
Usually then, I will go to the kitchen and make a hot chocolate and grab a snack which of course had to be a mince pie for this time of year. Drinks and snacks go, and it’s time for films and TV; which Netflix have been great for recently; I’ve already watched Elf and The Grinch countless times. Sometimes, if I want to give myself an extra pamper, I’ll also do my nails too, currently they are painted with the CND Shellac in ‘Tinted Love’
The once I am ready for bed, the fairy lights get turned off and the pillow pray comes out. Pillow sprays are one of those things I never knew I needed but as soon as I tried them, I was hooked; now I struggle to sleep without one. My favourite 2 at the moment are from Feather and Down and Marks and Spencer.
What makes your perfect night in?