Friday, 19 December 2014

What's In My Christmas Eve Box? 2014

Over the last few years, I've seen loads of posts about Christmas Eve boxes, and I've wanted to put one together for myself ever since. So this year, I have!

You might be wondering what on earth I'm talking about, so let's rewind for a sec. A Christmas Eve box is basically a box full of lovely things to enjoy on Christmas Eve, to help get you in the festive spirit as Christmas morning nears. (If Christmas Eve is a busy one for you, you could put a box together to enjoy on any night in during December; the details are up to you! Make it your own; there are no rules to conform to here).

Most of the posts I read were aimed at Children, but the idea can easily be adapted for any age group by selecting age-appropriate items and the recipient's favourite goodies. My box is aimed at adults, but would be suitable for teen girls, too.

I've been adding fun bits and bobs to my Christmas box throughout the year. Some items were bought especially for the box, while others were added from what I already had lying around. You don't need to spend a fortune to treat yourself or your loved ones to a fun Christmas Eve night in!

As I don't have kids or a man in my life, I've put this box together for myself- although I will be sharing some of the goodies with my family, too. Here's what I put in it:

A gorgeous pair of pyjamas from Dorothy Perkins, covered in snowflakes and animals. I'm crazy about that Alaskan print!

A new-to-me Christmas film- It's A Wonderful Life. (I'll probably add in a couple of old faves, too).

A new Christmas book- A Christmas Carol and Other Christmas Writings by Dickens. (I've read A Christmas Carol several times, but I've never read any of his other festive stories before).

A few festive Yankee Candles to set the mood, and to make the house smell amazing. I picked up Christmas Cookie, Snowflake Cookie, and Candy Cane Lane

Not a fan of scented candles? Add plain tea lights or candles to the box instead

No Christmas Eve box would be complete without some delicious goodies to feast on. I'll be sharing this little lot with my family. I bought some salted popcorn; a box of Ferrero Rochers (my fave chocolates); a box of little Kinder chocolate bars (so good!); a Cadbury's Snowman; and a variety of Options hot chocolates. 

I also treated myself to a new Christmas mug from Cath Kidston for all my festive hot chocolates.

I added a small Christmas cross stitch kit in case I'm feeling crafty. I've had this since January, but still haven't managed to make it yet. You could add any craft kit you fancy to your own boxes.

And I also added a bunch of beauty products to pamper myself with, ready for Christmas Day. These are all things I already had on my dressing table; six out of seven have never been used. I've included three glittery Barry M nail polishes, (because wearing glitter polish at Christmas is the law); a Lush Yog Nog soap, which smells like gingerbread; a Lush Dashing Santa bath bomb for a relaxing bath after a busy day of Christmasing; a peppermint Lush face mask; and a set of Nail Ease red polka dot nail wraps.

And that is everything in this year's Christmas box! I can't wait 'til Christmas Eve when I can get stuck in and start enjoying it all!

You could also add: slippers, novelty Christmas socks, candy canes, marshmallows, snowballs, a new Christmas jumper, a Christmas dress, a festive playlist or CD, something alcoholic, favourite seasonal tipples, peppermint pedicure lotions and potions, bubble bath, a Christmas craft kit... the possibilities are endless!

If I was making a box for somebody else, I would also wrap everything up and display it all in a pretty box or gift bag.

If you're spending Christmas Eve night at home with your loved ones, why not make a Christmas Eve box to enjoy together? You could put a box together to enjoy with your kids, your partner, your siblings, your family, your friends... or even just to enjoy by yourself.

If you're short on cash, which, let's face it, most of us are at Christmas, you don't even need to buy all new things. Put together a basket of your existing festive things and make do with what you have! I'm sure everybody already owns at least a couple of Christmas movies, cosy pyjamas, slippers, a festive book, hot chocolate ingredients, and some tasty edible goodies to enjoy. Just gather what you need for a cosy night in, get comfortable, and enjoy the countdown to Christmas!

Are you making your own Christmas box(es) this year? What would you put in yours for the perfect Christmas Eve night in?

Thursday, 18 December 2014

Wednesday Wish List

Hey guys!

I know it's not Wednesday any more, and this post is about nineteen hours later than usually scheduled, but I'm back with a new wish list for you this morning. I'm sorry it's so late; my latest physio session has really taken it out of me. I feel so drained that I keep finding myself drifting in and out of naps during the day like a little old lady. I don't know what's happened to me these days! Haha!

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With all the physio I'm doing at the moment, my body just wants to curl up in comfy PJs to hibernate between sessions. Proper clothes just aren't cutting it, but these two Disney sweat sets look like the comfiest PJs ever! Alice in Wonderland is my favourite Disney film, so I may have gotten a bit over-excited when I first laid eyes on the PJ set and ordered it immediately with some Christmas money... I'd love the Sleeping Beauty set, too. They're both so cute!

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Lindy Bop's latest selection of petticoats look divine. I want one in every colour, but I'm particularly drawn to the plum and pine green.

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These Lindy Bop dresses are all so pretty. One of each, please!

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These two Lindy Bop "Victoria" dresses are stunning, and would make perfect Christmas dresses. I think the red is my favourite. You can't really see in these pictures, but they've both got a rose jacquard print all over the fabric.

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My latest handbag cravings... All very different, but all admired from afar just the same! The lilac River Island satchel would be perfect for Spring.

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And last but not least, these dresses from ASOS Curve are absolutely gorgeous.

What's on your wish list this week?

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Christmas Home Tour Part One: My Bedroom

Can you believe it's just over a week to go 'til Christmas? I'm beginning to freak out about how much I've got left to do; I'm usually completely organised by the end of November! For the first time ever, I'm not, and it's stressing me out big time! I haven't even written my cards yet! *Hyperventilates.*

I'm even ridiculously behind with my blog posts. I've been trying to put this post together since I put the decorations up on the first! I've just been so shattered from physio, lately.

I managed to put decorations up in my bedroom a couple of weeks ago, though, as I didn't want to miss out on the festive atmosphere just because I'm stuck in bed most of the time. I'm so glad I did, and I think it's time I gave you a little Christmas room tour...

So, this is how my little Christmas tree currently looks. It was actually decorated differently before the 10th, when I got bored and redecorated it with the honeycomb baubles from The Christmas Boutique. I wasn't pleased with how it originally looked, but now the honeycomb decorations are up, I love it! It's far prettier in real life than in these photos, though; these photos don't do it justice!

And this is how my tree was originally decorated. It was very sparse, as I didn't have enough decorations to fill the branches, and it looked almost Scandinavian. If I'd had a few more ornaments for it, I would have been happy with it, bur I felt a bit underwhelmed once it was done.

The jingle bells, and icicles were from Sainsburys, as was the tree. The Nutcracker candles were from The Christmas Boutique, and I picked up the toadstools in a garden centre.

The felt house and baubles on twine came with last year's Christmas tree!

These three LED lights from Marks and Spencer's are new to my collection this year. They're colour changing ornaments, and fade in to different colours every few seconds, They remind me of fibre optic trees. I find them incredibly relaxing to watch, so they were great little buys for just £3.50 each.

My Body Shop and Ciaté beauty advent calendars are squeezed in between the tree and dressing table. I'm really enjoying waking up to two new beauty products every day!

My dressing table is decorated really sparsely this year (for Christmas, anyway!); it's already cluttered far too much. I stuck to fairy lights over the mirrors, and three frog queen ornaments amongst all the beauty products. 

I love to light candles during December, so I've used my Christmas tea light holders almost every night so far this month. The three glass holders are by Cath Kidston (old), and the fairisle wooden tea light holder is from The Christmas Boutique.

One of my favourite decorations at the moment is this heart shaped jingle bell wreath from Sainsburys; I can't believe a wreath this lovely came from a supermarket! And it was only about £6 on sale, too! I'll be sad to pack it away after Christmas because it's so pretty hanging on my wall.

Okay, it's not really a decoration, but my New Look bauble clutch does make a good ornament.

I have a little slate chalkboard to count down the sleeps left 'til Christmas... I promise I can count; I took these photos a couple of days in to December!

I turned this photo frame tree in to a Christmas tree for the holidays! I hung Paperchase snowflakes and gem-stone decorations (all old) from its metal branches, and popped it on the windowsill... where there's a lovely (ahem...) view of the RAF houses beyond my window.

I have these two beautiful hummingbird decorations hanging above my dressing table.... but I bought them outside so you can see how pretty they are when the light hits them. Aren't they stunning? They're from Gisella Graham's Christmas collection, (right hand colour-way available here) but I'm going to keep them up all year as they're beautiful and not particularly festive.

I recently finished my Christmas cross stitch picture and was hoping to have it framed to hang up in my room this Christmas, but who has money for picture frames at this time of year? Not me, that's for sure. Ha ha!

I wanted to include it in the festive room tour anyway, because I'm really pleased with how it turned out. I've never sewn anything of this size before. Ever. It took months of work and the outer border was really tedious, so I'm proud of myself for persevering with it, and for the fact it doesn't look half bad. The kit is available here, in case you're interested.

I still haven't framed the Christmas cross stitch I completed last year! This makes me a little sad. Maybe next year I'll have them both framed ready to go on the wall... or maybe I'll have a third one finished and added to the pile of frame-less pictures! I'm hopeless. Both cross stitch pictures are by Riverdrift House, which are available on Amazon. You can find the Noel Peace on Earth kit here.

So, that's my bedroom decorated for Christmas... Keep an eye out for part two of my Christmas home tour later in the week, when I'll be giving you a look at some of the decorations downstairs.

Do you decorate your bedroom for Christmas?

Sunday, 14 December 2014

Sunday Favourites #112: Christmas Special

With just eleven days to go 'til Christmas day, I'm feeling  extremely festive, and am contentedly embracing the Christmas spirit. 

I've put together another Christmas-themed Sunday Favourites post to help get you in the festive mood, with plenty of yule tide inspiration to see you through 'til Christmas!

I'm a fan of red, white, and green Christmas decorations, but lately colourful and neutral colours have been catching my eye, and that's the inspiration behind today's post. Enjoy!

I love the accents of teal, mint, and pink on this tree.

These decorations are so lovely.

This honeycomb bauble Christmas tree makes such a bold statement.


I adore all the muted colours in the two photos above. The decor is so different to anything I've ever seen at Christmas before..

I've never thought about having a pink theme for my Christmas decor, but it really works in the photo above.

I want to make this gingerbread-man pinata! It would be so much fun to make for a Christmas party.

Forget using natural pine cones, or spray-painting them silver or gold; why not paint them in bold colours for a fun statement?

These snowy chocolate pinecones look amazing!

And these penguin macrons with eggnog ganache look so cute!

I love this snowflake nail art... although the nail shape isn't for me.

This tree looks so chic! Look how gorgeous those gifts look under the tree.

The old European tradition of leaving presents in shoes is adorable. I love the shoes and colour scheme used in this photo, too.

Kaelah's Christmas tree is stunning.

I want all the ugly Christmas jumpers!

I want to make a gingerbread man garland!

This is beautiful.

And I'm in love with this person's idea of turning pumpkins in to snowmen! I wish pumpkins weren't so scarce in England at this time of year.

Louise's Lovely Christmas Links

♥ How to make a crochet Christmas wreath.

♥ I love these dream tree decorating tips from Kaelah of The Clueless Girl's Guide.

♥ I'm in love with this colourful Christmas home tour.

♥ This snowglobe ornament DIY is adorable.

♥ I love this idea for a Christmas tree in a box; a kit you could send to family away from home for Christmas, like soldiers on deployment or family backpacking around the world.

♥ 134 stocking filler / stuffer ideas.

♥ 150 new stocking filler / stuffer ideas.

Thanks for reading! If you need more Christmas inspiration, check out my Pinterest account; I have about ten boards full of Christmas inspiration you might enjoy!

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