I am very lucky to live in the capital city but I’ll be honest, I often take it for granted because it’s always there and I only go to specific places as and when I need too. That being said, I love London and even more so when it’s the build up to Christmas. It’s so special and pretty. Me and Mum went into the city to explore the sights and I wanted to share a the special spots that I love the most.
My mum used to work near Fortnum and Mason’s, the department store off of Regent’s street and she has always taken us in there so she’s passed her love for it onto me. I love strolling around there anyway but there is something extra special about it at Christmas.
My favourite spot to go to is Covent Garden, purely for the massive Christmas tree that they have in the middle. It’s so pretty as it sit on the cobbles. While we were there, we also popped into the new Tiffany and Co store which was decorated with the most beautiful decorations that were all in the classic Tiffany blue colour.
Where’s your favourite place to visit in London at Christmas time?
– Hannah X
I love baking, even if I’m not as good as I think I am; and what better than Christmas baking. I popped into Sainsbury’s and picked up a shortbread reindeer kit and channelled my inner Mary Berry and thought who better to share it with than you.
The kit itself is great as it comes with the mix, the icing, the cookie cutter and some jellybeans for decoration and all you need to add is butter. I started by mixing the butter and mixture together with my hands to create the dough, arguably one of the best things about baking is getting nice and messy.
After the dough was the right consistency, I sprinkled some flour on the counter and used the cookie cutter to create the cutest little reindeers. The smell as they were baking in the over was amazing, it made the whole house smell so Christmassy and cosy.
I couldn’t wait for the biscuits to cool down so I could decorate them. The kit came with black icing for the eyes, mouths and nose and a little tube of white for the antlers. Now, I am not the most delicate when it comes to decoration but I think they turned out okay. As far as taste goes, I can’t comment because I actually don’t like shortbread but my mum and dad said they enjoyed them so I’m taking that as a good sign.
– Hannah X
Sticking to the winter care, I have also been trying to give my hair some TLC. I used to have really short hair and after finally realising the error of my ways, have been trying to grow it.
I have, after years of trying, gotten my hair to a length that I am happy with but with that growth comes a lot of damaged, dead hair. I always saw hair as this thing that you can do anything too because ‘it’ll grow back’ but I have become so protective of mine that I think I average on about 1 cut a year (I know that’s awful and if you keep trimming it, it will grow quicker). I have no real sense of rationality so think that one little trim will take my hair back to it’s shortest.
I love a hair mask and while in Paris, I stopped off at Sephora and picked up one of their overnight ones. I am obsessed with their face masks so was so excited to give this a go.
I went for the coconut one and it comes with the mask and a cap to keep everything in place while you sleep. Although, I had heard good things, I didn’t really know what to expect but when I washed it off the next morning I was very pleasant surprised with how soft and healthy my hair felt.
I will definitely be stocking up on these the next time I get to a Sephora.
Have you ever tried Sephora’s hair masks?
– Hannah X
I love a Christmas jumper and am genuinely gutted that you can only really wear them for a limited time. I also have been in the market for a new one so I have picked a few of my favourite ones.
1. Pale Grey Christmas Pudding Slogan Jumper – New Look
2. Christmas Jacquard Pug Jumper – Boohoo
3. ‘Sleigh my name’ embellished sweatshirt – River Island
4. Grey super soft embellished jumper – Wallis
Have you embraced a Christmas jumper yet this year?
– Hannah X
My parents, boyfriend and friends have all been asking me what I want for Christmas but there really isn’t anything I want. I know people hate to hear that answer, but there is honestly nothing that I need. I did have a little think about some things I would quite like.
Big Dial Bracelet Silver Watch – Olivia Burton
Mini Heart Tag Earrings – Tiffany and Co
Doug the Pug Calendar – The Calendar Club
What are you asking for this year?
– Hannah X
I’ve written a post like this before, but I am always updating my skincare routine so here’s an updated version.
I have quite dry skin and during the winter months, I really have to focus on keeping it hydrated. There is nothing worse than patchy makeup that has stuck itself to the dry patches, am I right?! Now, I have loved so many moisturisers over the years but haven’t really found one that I have stuck too religiously. My most recent skincare purchases are from the Vitamin E collection from Superdrug.
Vitamin E is great for the skin because it is full of anti ageing properties and antioxidants that help battles redness so it’s perfect as I am now at the ripe age of 25 when your skin stops producing collagen and anti ageing products become your best friend.
I have been using the ‘Intense Moisture Cream’ and ‘Nourishing Night Cream’ for only a few weeks now but I am already noticing some small changes. My skin stays hydrated throughout the day which means my makeup also stays fresher looking and it also doesn’t look so dull and lifeless. It is still a bit early to tell exactly how much my skin has changed but I am loving the products so far and maybe theses are finally the skincare products I buy religiously.
How do you keep your skin hydrated in the winter months?
Now, I couldn’t do a mens gift guide without doing a girls one too so here goes!
1. Marc Jacobs Daisy Perfume – House of Fraser
2. White Dial Rose Gold & Silver Mesh Watch – Olivia Burton
3. Pink Sands Pillar Candle – Yankee Candle
4. Kate Spade Purse – House of Fraser
– Hannah X
Aren’t boys the hardest to buy for?! Well hopefully this post will help save you and give you some gift inspiration.
1. Dior Sauvage Aftershave – House of Fraser
2. Police Watch – House of Fraser
3. Ted Baker Wallet – John Lewis
4. Check Short Pyjama Set – Matalan
Welcome to Blogmas day 9. Now I am the biggest Christmas fan but it sometimes can take me a while to get into the festive mood so I was thinking of some ways that I get myself feeling all Christmassy.
1. Putting on all the films
The quickest way to get into the mood is to put on Christmas films. You can’t help but be filled with joy when you watch them.
2. Visit Christmas themed locations
I absolutely love exploring London at Christmas time, it’s so magical and pretty. I am determined to see the Tiffany and Co themed tree at St. Pancreas station, walk around covent garden and visit Winter Wonderland this year and I know it will give me all of the Christmas spirit.
3. Put up Christmas decoration
Putting up the Christmas decorations, especially the tree is always a massive highlight for me and one of the things I look forward to the most. My parents don’t like to put them up too early so you know if my house has them up, Christmas is right around the corner so you can’t help but get excited.
I think the stress of Christmas as the act of buying gifts for people really does take away from the excitement. Sometimes, you just need to stop and slow down to appreciate the time of year and all the joy it brings.
How do you get into the Christmas spirit?
– Hannah X
Blogmas day 8 is here and it’s all about the perfect red lipsticks
I get so excited to start bringing out the dark red/berry lip colours as soon as the weather gets a bit colder; I just feel like they complete any winter outfit. I was having a sort out of my lipsticks and had to share my ‘go to’ winter shades!
Rimmel London – Kate Moss 107
Rimmel London – Kate Moss 37
Rimmel London – Kate Moss 30
Avon – Red 2000
What are your favourite Winter lipsticks?