Travel with Me: Lapland

To celebrate the new year, my family and I headed to Finland for a few days to make some memories in the snow. We went about 19 years ago when I was 7 but I don’t remember too much so I was so excited to get back.

After a bit of a rocky flight and having to land in a different airport due to the snow; we made it to Finland and we’re taken to get our snow suits and boots (quite ugly but quite comfy)

Our hotel was so small and cosy and was just full of people doing the same excursions as us which was so nice as everyone was so friendly including the reps and hotel employees.

The excursions we booked were a husky ride, a snowmobile ride to see the Northern Lights and a reindeer sanctuary and I can’t even tell you how incredible they all were. The huskies were definitely my favourite, especially the dog cuddles at the end!

 

 

In between trips we were able to stay in the hotel but there wasn’t too much to do so we tried to get out and explore as much as possible. Our hotel was actually in Sweden but was right on the border so we often walked through to Finland, especially to get some gloggi which was hands down the best mulled wine I have ever tasted. Also pretty cool to say that the day we flew home we went to 3 countries in 24 hours.

I had the best holiday with my family and completely fell in love with Lapland and am so happy I have some new memories that I will actually remember. I am so gutted to be home and back to work but looking forward to so many more adventures. Not to give anything away but I think I should start brushing up on my Italian!

– Hannah X

Blogmas Day 23| My Christmas Wishlist

I can’t believe there are 2 days left to go until Christmas Day, the whole of December has flown by! Today I’d thought I’d share my Wishlist which isn’t much of a list but here goes!

Foreo Luna 3 – I have seen these being promoted by a lot of influencers and bloggers and I am so intrigued to give it a go. I often feel like my make up never really removes and I do suffer from dry skin so this looks like it will do wonders for me

 

Kate Spade Pink Bag – I have been lusting over a Kate Spade bag for so long now and this is honestly the bag of dreams. I usually gravitate towards a black bag to go with everything but I want a few brighter colours to add a pop of colour. Look how dreamy it is

 

Pandora Ring – I love Pandora jewellery and have been eyeing up this ring for quite a while, I look it looks so dainty and girly

 

 

 

Blogmas Day 20| Favourite Christmas Songs

If it was acceptable to listen to Christmas music all year, I definitely would. Here are some of my favourite Christmas songs.

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Mistletoe – Justin Bieber
Does this song need an explanation? I am not the biggest Justin Bieber fan (forgetting the fact I have seen him live 3 times) but Mistletoe is an absolute classic when it comes to Christmas and this time of year. It needs to be turned up as long as possible.

Last Christmas – Wham!
One of my favourite festive songs. It’s just so catchy and I just can’t help but sing along.

All I Want For Christmas Is You – Mariah Carey
I mean arguably THE ultimate Christmas song right.

Driving Home For Christmas – Chris Rea
This is definitely such an underrated song that no one really appreciates. It’s just so beautiful, I used to always listen to it on Christmas Ever when I was driving home from work because I was literally driving home for Christmas

Baby It’s Cold Outside – Michael Buble & Idina Menzel
This song always makes me think of that scene in Elf and gives me the ultimate Christmas feels. Nothing better than having to sing both the male and female parts together.

Blogmas Day 19 | Christmas in London

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?

 

-Hannah X

Blogmas Day 18| Christmas Traditions

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)

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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

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Blogmas Day 17| Festive Date Night Ideas

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

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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

Blogmas Day 5| Best festive nail designs

I’m quite boring when it comes to my nails, I usually stick to one colour and if I’m going all out, I might add a bit of glitter to one of my fingers. That being said, I love looking at other people’s nail designs so I’ve found a few of my favourites to show you

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Instagram – @Nischanails92
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Instagram – @nails_byev
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Instagram – @safinails

Blogmas Day 3| Christmas Tag

I love tag posts so of course I had to throw one in to blogmas so here goes:

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1. What is your favourite Christmas movie? There are too many to pick just 1 so I’m going with my top 3 which are; The Holiday, The Grinch and Elf

2. Do you like to stay in Pyjamas or Dress up for Christmas day? I love dressing up for Christmas and always used to get a new outfit every year (did anyone else do this) As I get older though, I’m happy to stay in a cosy jumper and jeans

3. If you could only buy one person a present this year who would it be and why? My mum because she deserves it

4. Do you open your present Christmas Eve or Christmas Morning? Always Christmas morning, I know some people have Christmas Eve presents or even boxes but we’ve always saved it for the morning

5. Have you ever built a ginger bread house? No but I’m making it my mission this year, gingerbread is one of my favourite sweet treats

6. What are you most looking forward to this christmas season? Being with all my loved ones Any Christmas wishes? Just for a happy day (is that cliche?)

7. Favourite Christmas smell? Either mulled wine or any kind of food really

8. Favourite Christmas meal or treat? Controversial but I don’t like Christmas pudding so my mum will by me and my sister something different and mine is usually something chocolaty so I always look forward to that

9. How do you traditionally spend your Christmas day? With my mum’s side of the family in the morning and then with my dad’s for dinner in the afternoon

10. Do you open stockings first or presents? Stockings of course

11. When do you put up your tree? Usually right at the start of December

12. Least favourite part of Christmas? This year is going to be hard because it’s the first without my grandad who was my best friend. That’s going to be my least favourite thing

13. Any unusual traditions during your Christmas? I don’t think it’s unusual but we always get new pyjamas for Christmas Eve

14. Favourite childhood Christmas memory? Probably the new pyjamas or the year I got my first ever phone, I think I cried where I was so happy haha!

-Hannah X

Blogmas Day 2| What Christmas means to me

For those that celebrate, Christmas means different things to different people. I’d thought I’d explore a little more into what it means to me.

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I come from a very close family which I am so grateful for because it means that holidays like Christmas are extra special. The most important to me isn’t about presents of gifts but being around the people that mean the most to me; that being said, I absolutely looooove spoiling my family and loved ones with gifts, they all deserve the world.

The whole days is spent surrounded by my favourite people and there is always so much love (and food) around and it’s such a magical time. I think that is why Christmas is my favourite time of the year.