Blogmas Day 24: Christmas Eve Traditions

Happy Christmas Eve everyone! 🎄❄️

Hope you have all wrapped your presents and are spending your Christmas Eve relaxing! As it’s Christmas Eve, I thought I’d share my Christmas Eve traditions with you! We don’t have many, but it wouldn’t be Christmas Eve without them!

I’ll normally spend the night before Christmas Eve at my grandparents, and have a catch up, drinks and watch some Christmas shows with them. I’ll spend Christmas Eve morning with them, then I will see my dad in the afternoon. This can change every year as sometimes he can be away for Christmas Day.

After that I will head to my mums where we will stay the night, my little sister is eight so there is much Christmas excitement, which makes it a little more magical for us too. We will then meet other members of the family for a late lunch and catch up with them.

Once we’re home it’s time to scatter the reindeers food with my sister, and leave a carrot and a Baileys for Santa in the kitchen. Then we have a drink ourselves, and settle down for my favourite tradition, which is that we get to open one present each, chosen by my mum of course!

Then it’s off to bed, ready for an early start with my sister, where we will open our stockings then it’s downstairs for presents!

I love Christmas Eve and all the excitement it brings, everyone is feeling festive, relaxed and excited for the day ahead! I’d love to carry on these Christmas traditions when I’m older, as it’s not Christmas Eve without them.

What are your Christmas Eve traditions?

Ps. Thank you for all your support throughout Blogmas, it means so much that you have taken the time to read through my posts! Wishing you all a magical Christmas and all things fabulous for 2018!

Book Review

Blogmas Day 22: Six Geese A-Laying (Short Story) By Sophie Kinsella Review

In Six Geese a-Laying, Christmas is approaching, and Ginny is looking forward to the birth of her first baby. It’s a pity her partner Dan is so useless, and she has to keep reminding him where he’s going wrong. Luckily she’s enrolled into the most exclusive antenatal class going – all the highest achieving, smartest mothers-to-be aspire to be taught by the legendary Petal Harmon. Like the other five women in the class, Ginny already knows exactly what she wants, and how she’s going to handle motherhood.

But when they turn up for the final class it isn’t quite what they expect. As Ginny discovers what parenthood is really going to be like, she begins to realize the things that really matter…

Finally three days before Christmas, I am starting to feel a bit more organised, I am slowly getting there with wrapping presents, and lists are written for what we need to take home. Over the last week I have really been craving an hour curled up with a good book, unfortunately I just haven’t had the time, until I stumbled across a mini Christmas story by one of my favourite authors, Sophie Kinsella. At 33 pages long, this was exactly what I needed to get my reading fix just before Christmas, but what did I think of it?

Six Geese A-laying is focused on a group of six pregnant women, all due around Christmas time, and all have been exclusively invited to attend antenatal classes with the one and only, Petal Harmon. You see, being interviewed and accepted by Petal Harmon is the dream of many expectant mothers in this tale, she is the best of the best. All of the mothers in this tale, including the main character Ginny, already have a very specific idea of how their births will be, how they will bring their child up and will not be swayed.

Six Geese A-laying is a charming little tale, full of Kinsella’s usual wit and easy writing style that draws you in, so much so, you feel like you are actually sat in antenatal with the group of women! I did find the character of Ginny to be a little annoying at first, particularly with her appearing smug at having been chosen to attend Petal’s classes. However, throughout the short I grew to like her, and watched her and the other ladies in the group change.

My favourite aspect of this story was the Christmas Carol element, the revealing of what could happen to instigate change. I thought it added an unusual element to the story, but was crafted so well and is the most important lesson for the whole group. Kinsella also highlights the unrealistic expectations we can have of something e.g. having a baby, wanting everything to be perfect, to have the best of both worlds, when really something, or we, can suffer at the hands of this. This is executed in a brilliant way, but I am not spoiling it!

This is a perfect little Christmassy read, whether you’re grabbing a hot chocolate on your lunch break, or snuggling up for a quick read on Christmas Eve. The only downside of this story for me was that I wish it had been longer, but then it would not be a short! You will see what I mean when you meet the characters and become invested in their lives. For a short story Kinsella manages to develop the characters, and neatly wrap up the story, which is impressive in 33 pages! So if you’re looking for a manageable Christmas read in between wrapping, Christmas shopping and all of the other bits we need to fit into three days, this books got you covered!

This book is only available in Kindle Edition, as it is completely free!


Blogmas Day 21: A Round-up of My Favourite Christmas Jumpers

4 sleeps left to go, and I am feeling super Christmassy! One thing that always helps me to feel festive is Christmas jumpers, and over the years they just keep getting better and better. I love Christmas jumpers and wish my wardrobe was filled with them for this time of year; they are just so cosy and cute! I’ve seen some fabulous Christmas jumpers this year, everything from the traditional ugly Christmas jumper, to the glamorously casual, everywhere just seems to have got Christmas jumpers right this year. Whether you wear a Christmas jumper for everyday of December or you and your family bring them out for Christmas Day, here is a roundup of the best Christmas Jumpers!



If you haven’t seen Stranger Things, you may be like what the hell is this? It is an amazing TV show which you should go and watch immediately! I have seen so many Stranger Things Christmas jumpers and I have to admit, I could happily buy them all! Don’t be fooled by the Christmas lights, they feature heavily in Stranger Things,which means you can still get away with this jumper after Christmas!

Stranger Things Jumper – ÂŁ23.16 (excluding shipping) 



This ‘We Three Gins’ jumper is one of my favourite picks, it’s stylish with a pun that is sure to make everyone laugh! It’s perfect for any gin lover whether it’s yourself or someone else. I may have to invest in one of these, it’s gorgeous!

We Three Gins Jumper – ÂŁ27 (excluding shipping)



You just cannot help but hear East 17 when you read this jumper, but what a great Christmas anthem right? Well to save you from having to don a big white fluffy coat like the boys, you can just opt for this fashionable sweat, which will give you all of the Christmas feels.

Stay Now Jumper – ÂŁ29



A homage to the dog of 2017! This cute knit features a cute little daschund in his own Christmas jumper, complete with Santa hat! Just when I thought Christmas jumpers couldn’t get any cuter…

Daschund Jumper – ÂŁ45



For those of you who aren’t into the ugly Christmas sweater, M&S have got you covered in this minimal, yet festive knit. This jumper still lets you spread Christmas cheer, but in a more stylish way. I think I will be adding this to my Christmas jumper wish list.

Merry Jumper – ÂŁ29.50


As you can tell, I love a slogan knit and this one is no exception for prosecco lovers! Another fun and stylish knit you just cannot go wrong with!

Prosecco Jumper – ÂŁ29



Who doesn’t love Elf? Covered in Will Ferrell’s character Buddy and featuring his classic quote ‘The best way to spread Christmas Cheer, is singing loud for all to hear’, I don’t think I really need to say anymore, treat yourself!

Elf Sweatshirt -ÂŁ25



How fun is this Star Wars knit featuring BB-8? It is the perfect gift for any Star Wars lover, whether they’re wearing it Christmas Day or out to see The Last Jedi.

BB-8 Jumper – ÂŁ18



A little nod to the classic ‘Fairytale of New York’ by the Pogues, this gorgeous knit is a more understated way to feel festive! I just love the outline of the New York skyline on this knit! It is also available in other colours.

Fairytale Over New York Jumper – ÂŁ29



For all the gamers out there, this retro look Mario knit is sure to have you feeling festive, and possibly edging towards your console to play Super Mario.

Mario Jumper – ÂŁ17.49

What are the best Christmas jumpers you have found this year? Let me know!



Blogmas Day 20: My Christmas Book Wishlist


As you can probably tell from my blog, I am a bit of a bibliophile; I have just always been in love with books! I always try and squeeze in a read, whether it’s on my lunch break or when I go to bed, I find it so relaxing. A little sad fact about me, I keep a list of all the books I want to read on my phone so I don’t lose track or forget their names, so I thought why not turn that wish list into a blog post? Here are the books currently on my wish list that I am dying to read in the New Year!

My Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella

I have always been a fan of Kinsella’s books; they always provide laughs, love and that feel-good factor that leaves you wanting more. The blurb of My Not So Perfect Life made me laugh alone, so I am expecting great things from what’s inside! I loved the Shopaholic series and I’ve Got Your Number, so I just know this will be added to my list of favourites already.  If you’re interested or hearing about this book for the first time, here is the blurb (try not to spit out whatever you’re drinking!)

Katie Brenner has the perfect life: a flat in London, a glamorous job, and a super-cool Instagram feed.

OK, so the truth is that she rents a tiny room with no space for a wardrobe, has a hideous commute to a lowly admin job, and the life she shares on Instagram isn’t really hers.

But one day her dreams are bound to come true, aren’t they?

Until her not-so-perfect life comes crashing down when her mega-successful boss Demeter gives her the sack. All Katie’s hopes are shattered. She has to move home to Somerset, where she helps her dad with his new glamping business.

Then Demeter and her family book in for a holiday, and Katie sees her chance. But should she get revenge on the woman who ruined her dreams – or try to get her job back? Does Demeter – the woman who has everything – actually have such an idyllic life herself? Maybe they have more in common than it seems.

And what’s wrong with not-so-perfect, anyway?

You can buy My Not So Perfect Life here.


Turtles All The Way Down by John Green

John Green books have the ability to break my heart and piece it back together again by the end, they stay with you long after you have finished them. When I heard about Green’s latest release I wanted to buy it instantly, but that pesky no buying rule before Christmas got in the way. What sets Green apart for me is that he is not afraid to tackle more serious matters in his novels, whilst still providing humour and heart warming moments along the way. Turtles All the Way Down sounds no different with its theme of mental health. My other favourites from John Green are Looking for Alaska (If you haven’t read it, you really must!), and of course, The Fault in Our Stars. I can’t wait to read his latest tale and fall in love with another set of characters.

‘It’s quite rare to find someone who sees the same world you see.’

Sixteen-year-old Aza never intended to pursue the mystery of fugitive billionaire Russell Pickett, but there’s a hundred thousand dollar reward at stake and her Best and Most Fearless Friend, Daisy, is eager to investigate. So together, they navigate the short distance and broad divides that separate them from Russell Pickett’s son, Davis.

Aza is trying. She is trying to be a good daughter, a good friend, a good student, and maybe even a good detective, while also living within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts.

In his long-awaited return, John Green, the acclaimed, award-winning author of Looking for Alaska and The Fault in Our Stars, shares Aza’s story with shattering, unflinching clarity in this brilliant novel of love, resilience, and the power of lifelong friendship.

You can buy Turtles All the Way Down here.


Lyrebird by Cecelia Ahern

No one can transport me into another world quite like Cecelia Ahern, and her worlds are magical beyond belief. I have been a fan of Ahern ever since my mum introduced me to her books when I was younger. The first book I ever read was If You Could See Me Now, which is a beautiful read if you haven’t read it. Lyrebird sounds typical of Ahern, but in a very good way, the whimsical characters, the magical settings, the plot that will take you through every emotion and really make you feel.  Lyrebird is on my list because much like many of Ahern’s other novels; the stories are so unique that it really sets them apart from all the rest. My all time favourite Cecelia Ahern book is Thanks for the Memories, if you haven’t read it, you’re missing out.

In the south-west of Ireland, rugged mountains meet bright blue lakes and thick forests. Deep in the woods, a young woman lives alone, forever secluded from the world, her life a well-kept secret. She possesses an extraordinary talent, the likes of which no-one has seen before: a gift that will earn her the nickname Lyrebird.

When Solomon stumbles into Laura’s solitary existence, her life is turned on its head. Pulled from her peaceful landscape to the cacophony of Dublin, she is confronted by a world desperate to understand her.

But while Solomon knows the world will embrace Laura, will it free her to spread her wings – or will it trap her in a gilded cage? Like all wild birds, she needs to fly free…

Lyrebird is a thoughtful, deeply moving love story; a story of the wild heart in us all and the quiet that lies underneath the world’s noise.

You can buy Lyrebird here.


Last Seen Alive by Claire Douglas

Douglas has had me hooked since her predecessors The Sisters and Local Girl Missing, both sensational reads which you can read reviews of on my blog here and here.  Last Seen Alive looks like it has all of the qualities I loved about Douglas’ previous work, the twists, the secrets, and my favourite, the second guessing of every character. I’m not sure about you, but nothing quite makes me binge read a book when I can’t tell who is telling the truth and who is lying. Douglas always provides a brilliant twist, which will leave you reeling and re-reading to wonder how you could have been so wrong! I’m hoping Last Seen Alive makes its way into my book collection this Christmas, it looks a brilliant read.

She can run
Libby Hall needs to hide, to escape from everything for a while. Which is why the house swap is a godsend. The chance for Libby and her husband Jamie to exchange their tiny Bath flat for a beautiful haven on the wild Cornish coast.

But she can’t hide
But before they can begin to heal their fragile marriage, Libby makes some disturbing discoveries about the house. And soon the peace and isolation begin to feel threatening. How alone are they? Why does she feel watched?

Because someone knows her secret
What is Jamie hiding? Is Libby being paranoid? And why does the house bring back such terrible memories? Memories Libby’s worked hard to bury. Memories of the night she last saw her best friend alive . . . and what she did.

You can buy Last Seen Alive here.

Into the Water by Paula Hawkins

Okay so The Girl on the Train got me good, I mean it was brilliant right? All anyone could talk about for months, and quite rightly so. If you haven’t read Hawkins The Girl on the Train, you really need to get a copy, it is chilling to the bone and you will find yourself devouring every page. If reviews are anything to go by, Hawkins latest offering is better than her previous, if so, I am super excited to read it! Described as a chilling, ghostly whodunit, alongside Hawkins ability to pull us into the minds of her characters, I think Into the Water is going to tick all the boxes for me.

 In the last days before her death, Nel called her sister. Jules didn’t pick up the phone, ignoring her plea for help.

Now Nel is dead. They say she jumped. And Jules has been dragged back to the one place she hoped she had escaped for good, to care for the teenage girl her sister left behind.

But Jules is afraid. So afraid. Of her long-buried memories, of the old Mill House, of knowing that Nel would never have jumped.

And most of all she’s afraid of the water, and the place they call the Drowning Pool . . .

You can buy Into the Water here.

What is on your book wishlist? I would love more recommendations, let me know in the comments!


Blogmas Day 19: If I Could Spend Christmas Anywhere I’d Spend It In…


Now I’m one of those people that can’t imagine spending Christmas anywhere else but with their family, as it’s the one time of year everyone can spend full quality time together. However, that’s not to say that I wouldn’t ever consider being away for a Christmas, so with that in mind, I thought it would be fun to put together a list of places I would love to visit at Christmas time!

Source: BeautyandtheScribbles

New York

Probably the most dreamt of Christmas destination for most of us! New York just looks so magical at Christmas, with the city basically transforming into a Winter Wonderland. Everything from the Bryant Park Winter Village complete with an ice rink and over one hundred kiosks filled with shopping and food, to the Rockefeller’s gorgeous 75 ft tree, just makes you want to hop on a plane right now to see it for yourself. If I could spend Christmas in New York I would definitely visit the ice rink based in Central Park, then take a stroll through Time Square to look at all of the Holiday store windows, then visit the Top of the Rock (which has amazing views of the city) to take a picture of the festively lit Empire State building, which is red and green for Christmas!

Source: https://lapland.nordicvisitor.com/travel-deals/partially-guided-tours/santa-claus-village-for-families/1224/


Essentially the home of all things Christmas, including the actual Santa’s Village! Lapland is a dream Christmas destination with its cosy log cabins, reindeer sleigh rides through the snow, ice hotels, a chance to see the Northern Lights (which is on my bucket list!), and the opportunity to visit Santa Claus himself.  There is also the Santa Park, a festive theme park nearby which features Santa’s Office, the Elves Workshop, a Magic Train, a Gingerbread Bakery, and all other things festive! I would love to spend Christmas here, or even the build up to it, because it would definitely get you in the festive spirit! Everything just looks like a Christmas dream and straight out of the Elf film. Adding it to my bucket list!

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Source: https://www.barcelonayellow.com/bcn-photos/344-pictures-christmas-barcelona


Barcelona is one of my favourite cities, and when I went a couple of years ago with my boyfriend in November, they were setting up their Christmas markets, but we weren’t there long enough to see them. I’d love to go back in December and join in on Barcelona’s Christmas festivities, as there is so much to do! First up, as I mentioned earlier, the Christmas Markets, situated in front of the Sagrada Familia, Barcelona’s most famous landmark. Here you can pick up decorations, hot drinks, and the usual Christmas Market trinkets. There are also the Fira De Santa Llucia Markets, Barcelona’s oldest and largest Christmas Markets, and these are located in the Gothic Quarter. There are also nativity scenes, Christmas parades, and Port Aventura, a theme park situated an hour outside of Barcelona which transforms into a magical festive wonderland.


Source: https://www.visitlondon.com/things-to-do/whats-on/christmas/101-things-to-do-in-london-this-christmas


I have visited London a few times, but have never been over Christmas time. The Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park looks amazing; I have seen so many pictures and would love to visit one year. The Winter Wonderland looks to have everything, from Christmas Markets, an opportunity to view the city from the top of the London Eye, an ice rink and Christmas shows! London has so many Christmas Markets, situated in the popular areas of Kensington, Greenwich, Leicester Square, and by the river which features views of Tower Bridge and the Tower of London. If I was in London over Christmas I would definitely make a stop at the ice rink outside of London’s Natural History Museum, do some Christmas shopping in Covent Garden, and Oxford and Regent Street, and as a big Harry Potter fan, I would make a stop at the Warner Bros Studio to visit Hogwarts in the Snow- that is the dream!

Source: http://www.muenchen.de/int/en/events/christmas-market.html


I’ve always wanted to visit the home of traditional German Christmas Markets, so if I could pick one I’d love to go to it would be the Christkindl Markt in Munich, which is situated in the centre of the Old Town. The Christmas Markets serve all of the traditional treats such as mulled wine and chocolate, Christmas trinkets and decorations, but stood above the wooden huts is a 100 ft Christmas tree! There is also the Tollwood Winter Festival, held on the same grounds where Oktoberfest takes place, which also features a Christmas Market, and show performances.  Munich is already on my travel list, but it would be amazing to visit over Christmas and grab a Bavarian beer!

If you could spend Christmas anywhere, where would you go? Let me know!


Blogmas Day 18: The Festive Lip Line-Up


We’re officially in party season, which means a lot of sparkle and glamming up! I love getting ready for parties over Christmas, and like to spend a bit more time on my make-up for them.  One thing that instantly makes a look feel more festive for me is lipstick in a red, or plum shade; they can add a touch of glamour to any look. So I’ve delved into my make-up drawer to find my favourite shades that I love using over Christmas time!

Clinique Cherry Pop Lip Colour and Primer

I love that this is a combination of a primer and a lipstick, which you can tell once applied, it’s very moisturising! This shade looks like a deep red from the packaging, but once applied is more of a red-pink colour. I suffer quite a bit with chapped lips but this lipstick does not cling to any dry patches whatsoever, which is down to one of its main ingredients being Shea Butter. My lips feel lovely and soft after using this lippie, as opposed to others which can add to the dryness of lips. You may want to apply between sips of prosecco FYI.

MAC La Vie En Rouge Matte

Aka The Life in Red, and what a gorgeous shade it is! La Vie En Rouge was part of MAC’s matte shades collection, but has sadly been discontinued since *sob*, although it still available on some sites and Amazon.  Once applied this matte lipstick looks more of a coral than a red, and also more muted when you actually apply it. This is one of my go-to’s around Christmas time!

MAC Crosswires Creamsheen

Now this shade is neither red nor plum, but it one of my most worn day-to-night lipsticks, so I had to include it! Crosswires is a coral-pink shade and is a strong vibrant tone once applied. The texture, as you may have guessed from the name, is creamy and feels lovely. Like most MAC lipsticks, I find this shade stays on really well, although I haven’t attempted to eat a Christmas dinner with it on yet! It is a firm favourite which I will definitely be repurchasing.

Clinique Plum Pop Lip Colour and Primer

I can never resist a plum shade once the autumn months draw in! I love Plum Pop because it is a lighter, softer plum shade, which really suits my pale complexion. As with Cherry Pop, the formula is nourishing and feels lovely on your lips long after you have applied it. I alternate between this and Berry Pop as they are both perfect colours for this time of year. If you haven’t tried Clinique’s Colour Pop lipsticks, make sure to pick one up!

Glitter Lips Ruby Slippers

Last year my mum bought me Glitter Lips Ruby Slippers as a Christmas present, and ever since it has been my favourite party lip product.  Glitterlips is waterproof and smudgeproof, so you can eat and drink to your heart’s content, as this lip colour has some serious staying power. With this product you receive the Glitter Lips Gloss Bond, your chosen Glitter shade, and an applicator brush. To apply you simply paint on the Gloss Bond – this is the base for your glitter to stick to- you then dip your brush in the glitter, I find using the glitter in the lid a bit easier, and dab the glitter across your lips. The great thing about this product is that you can layer it up to make it bolder, or just add a little glitter to your lips. There are so many gorgeous shades, but Ruby Slippers is perfect for the festive season, it is a gorgeous deep red tone, and requires minimal  reapplication!

Other festive shades I would love to try are, Too Faced Melted in Candy Cane and Gingerbread, MAC Snowball Rouge En Snow, Charlotte Tilbury Red Carpet Red,  and Buxom Holiday Kiss , to name a few!

What are your go-to lip shades for the festive season? Let me know your favourites!


Blogmas Day 17: My Favourite Festive Candles


Day 17 of Blogmas and I can’t quite believe how quick it has gone! Not to mention the fact that Christmas is only a week tomorrow (cue mild panic/excitement). I love the build up to Christmas, it’s so exciting, everything feels special and cosy evenings become the norm. An evening snuggled up isn’t complete for me without a candle or two burning away. It has to be said, I am a bit of a candle addict, I just can’t help buying them. One of my favourite brands is, of course, Yankee Candle, there are just so many fabulous scents to choose from! More recently I have discovered the Lily Flame candle brand; their tinned candles are so quirky and cute.

My all time favourite Yankee Candle has to be Candy Cane Lane; it is Christmas in a jar! This candle smells of peppermint, and gives off such a refreshing scent. Candy Cane Lane is one of the stronger scented candles I have had from Yankee, and it makes the room smell like a dream! The latest addition to my Yankee collection is the All is Bright tea lights. This new scent from Yankee’s Christmas range is more on the citrus side, I can definitely pick up the grapefruit and orange when they are burning. I love this scent because it is a little twist on the usual sweet/spicy Christmas scents. I have nearly used up all of my tea lights, so will definitely be investing in a large jar of All is Bright, it is a new favourite!

Another scent I love from this year’s Christmas range is White Spiced Cocoa, it smells delicious. I bought this scent in wax melt form and have loved burning it, so much so I think I will have to add a jar of it to my collection next time. This is a festive scent with a bit of nutmeg to spice it up, plus it makes me crave hot chocolate too, so there’s that!

Next up is a Yankee Candle staple, Snowflake Cookie, a sweet sugary treat for your home! Snowflake Cookie smells just how you would imagine, like fresh, sweet baking. This is the ultimate cosy up fragrance for me! Plus the picture on the front of the jar is enough to make you feel Christmassy alone.

Finally, the most recent of my candle purchases, Silent Night from the Lily Flame Christmas collection. This candle just oozes relaxation for me, the calming colours and the scent is quite sweet. I have only recently discovered the Lily Flame brand, and I have to say, I absolutely love it. Their whole range is beautiful, but their tinned candles stand out for me the most, with their beautiful labels and the multi-coloured wax that pokes out from the top of the candle. If you haven’t discovered Lily Flame or haven’t tried their candles, I would strongly recommend them! The tins would make a nice stocking filler or Secret Santa present.

Other Lily Flame candles I have my eye on are Christmas Eve, which looks like the perfect cosy scent for relaxing you the night before the big day, Jack Frost, which smells of cool lemon grass, and Warm Welcome, which smells beautifully of praline.

I could happily talk about candles forever, especially the festive ones! What are your favourite scents for over Christmas? I would love to hear your recommendations!