Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Wednesday Wish List

This week I've been coveting...



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Just when I thought I couldn't love Lindy Bop more, they go and release a collection of city and destination print dresses and skirts. They had me at the New York prints, and pulled me in deeper with London, San Francisco, Japan, Alaska, and the City Lights. They're all so beautiful, and perfect for travelling the world without the expensive travel costs! 


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The new Lindy Bop skirts are equally gorgeous. Those prints are to die for.


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I'm rather smitten with these perfect swing dresses from Lady Vintage. The cupcake print looks dreamy on the new teal fabric.


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And the polka dot Ursula pencil dresses from the Lady Voluptuous collection are so classic.



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I adore Sugar and Vice's Christmas jewellery. The designs are all gorgeous, and would be perfect with all kinds of festive outfits.



This Christmas tree novelty cross-body bag from George at ASDA is adorable, and a real bargain at just £10.


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Black Heart Creatives have a stunning range of Christmas jewellery at the moment, including several more I haven't featured. I'm especially loving all of the red and white Scandinavian designs; aren't they beautiful?



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Dolly and Dotty also have some awesome dresses at the mo. The gorgeous Elizabeth sweet heart neckline swing dresses would be perfect for the Christmas party, and the bird print Mary dress would be ideal for every day.


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And last but not least, these novelty bags from LYDC are ridiculously cute. I think the rainbow clutch is my favourite.

For more of the fashion pieces on my wish list, check out my style wish list boards on Pinterest.

What's on your wish list this week?

Sunday, 27 November 2016

Sunday Favourites #214

It's that time of the week again...



This paper cut by Polly Lindsay is so beautiful.


I love these pretty DIY floral coasters.


Pie sundaes?? Get in my belly now!


This free printable scratch-off Advent calendar from Studio DIY looks like an awesome way to count down to Christmas!



And these free printable pool-float wrapping papers are too adorable for words.

I want to make some of these DIY painted pattern holiday ornaments!



I wish this Silly Old Sea Dog cloud print dress came in my size.



I'm loving this gift wrap from Oh Happy Day.


These DIY Christmas movie snow globes look amazing. I'd love to do this with some old family photos.


This Palm Springs pie or caramel apple crumble pie is so darn cute.


I love this rabbit skeleton paper cut, again from Polly Lindsay.


This DIY for turning toy cars in to mini planters is brilliant!


I adore the way this table has been dressed for Christmas with all those pink bottle brush trees. The DIY for picture place card holders looks awesome, too.


I want to make some balloon poetry.





Firstly, this woman has the most amazing hair, and secondly, I love the hair accessories she's modelling for Silly Old Sea Dog. (Poinsettia // Glitter Poinsettia // Red Bird Large Flower // Large Pink Flower).


These tattoos by Sasha Unisex are both stunning.


This Alice in Wonderland tattoo is amazing. I still really want an Alice sleeve one day.


Baby echidnas are called puggles, and they are the cutest things ever!


These rainbow pies all look delicious.

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This woman dropped coffee on her lap and suffered third degree burns through her clothes. (Warning, shows gory photos of her wounds. Don't look unless you have a strong stomach).

For more images like these, why not give me a follow on Pinterest and Tumblr? You can also find all previous Sunday Favourites posts here.

Be sure to pop back next Sunday for the first of this year's Christmas-themed Sunday Favourites posts!

Thanks for reading!

Friday, 25 November 2016

101 THINGS TO DO THIS CHRISTMAS

With less than a week to go 'til the 1st of December and just a month until Christmas Day, there's no denying it: Christmas is on its way! It's almost time to trim the tree, deck those halls, and get well and truly hammered at the office Christmas party. Yay!

I don't know about you, but I can't wait for the festive season to begin, and fully intend to soak up as much festive cheer as possible from now until the end of the year. If you're planning to do the same but are short on ideas for what to do this Christmas, don't worry; I've got you covered. I've put together a new list of 101 things to do this Christmas to give you guys a few ideas, that will hopefully help get you in to the festive spirit in no time at all. You'll find something for all ages on the list, but you don't need to have children to be able to enjoy them; almost everything is suitable for adults, too!

1.  Make playlists of your favourite Christmas tunes to soundtrack all of your festive activities.
2. Go shopping for a Christmas tree.
3. Decorate the Christmas tree and put up your Christmas decorations, while listening to festive tunes.
4. Buy or make a wreath for your front door.
5. Bake and decorate Christmas cookies.
6. Go for a drive to spot Christmas lights.
7. Buy at least one new decoration.
8. Go late night Christmas shopping.
9. Go out for a turkey roast dinner (or veggie equivalent) with the family.
10. Have at least one Christmas movie marathon.
11. Create a 'festive photo booth' for your Christmas gatherings and parties, with a fun colourful back drop, novelty festive props, and a camera on a tripod, and get everybody to pose for silly photos.
12. Attend your town's turning-on-of-the-lights event.
13. Go our for a Christmas-themed afternoon tea.
14. Hang stockings over the fire place. 
15. See The Nutcracker at the theatre.
16. Make a Christmas decoration.
17. Visit a Christmas shop, and / or browse the Christmas department of a garden centre or department store.
18. Take a tour bus around a big city after dark, when the Christmas lights have been turned on.
19. Make a Christmas cake and / or Christmas pudding.
20. Sew a Christmas cross stitch picture.



21. Knit or crochet something festive, such as a cosy granny square blanket in Christmas colours, a Christmas stocking, or a festive soft toy.
22. Go to a Christmas party and let your hair down. Get as drunk as you dare.
23. Donate food, blankets, warm clothes, toys, pet food, and other essentials to food banks, shelters, animal rescue centres, charities, and hospitals.
24. Camp out underneath the Christmas tree.
25. Sit down and write your Christmas cards. Make your own if you're feeling creative.
26. Go ice skating.
27. Go out for hot chocolate.
28. Buy mulled wine and hot roasted chestnuts from a street vendor.
29. Watch a festive movie at the cinema.
30. Make your own Christmas crackers. (You can make them from scratch or buy kits from craft shops like Hobbycraft).
31. Have a carpet picnic in your living room with lots of delicious Christmas foods.
32, Do a random act of kindness for a stranger.
33. Host a Secret Santa.
34. Spend a whole day in your onesies watching Christmas movies, under cosy warm blankets with hot chocolate and delicious treats.
35. Offer your help and company to elderly, sick, injured, or vulnerable neighbours / people in your community. (You could offer to do their supermarket shopping or take them to the supermarket when you're heading off to do your own, clear snow or ice from their paths and driveway, invite them round for dinner, send over a home cooked meal, or most importantly, spend time with them). Nobody should be alone at Christmas.
36. Go see a musical at the theatre.
37. Make paper snowflakes.
38. Hang paper chains.
39. Make / customise your own Christmas jumper. Or buy one, if you prefer.
40. Read a festive-themed novel or two, such as Little Women, or A Christmas Carol, and read festive stories to your kids every night.



41. Watch some classic Christmas TV specials. (You can't beat The Vicar of Dibley's Christmas Lunch Incident, and the Gavin and Stacey Christmas Special!)
42. Go for a Christmas Day / Boxing Day walk.
43. Put together a shoe box parcel for somebody in need, or for our hard-working soldiers deployed over seas.
44. Have a go at making your own Christmas drinks like snowballs, egg nog, mulled wine, and sloe gin.
45. Make popcorn and cranberry garlands to string up on the tree.
46. Watch a nativity.
47. Try a seasonal coffee or hot chocolate.
48. Take family photos around the Christmas tree.
49. Make some Christmas art.
50. Put together a Christmas Eve box of things to enjoy as you count down the last waking hours 'til Christmas morning.
51. Recreate an old family photo taken at Christmas time.
52. Learn a piece of festive music on an instrument.
53. Make your own mince pies.
54. Take a walk to spot Christmas lights.
55. Wrap Christmas presents as beautifully and creatively as you can.
56. Visit a palace, manor house, castle, or stately home decorated for Christmas.
57. Watch a new-to-you Christmas movie.
58. Go foraging for foliage to use as natural decorations. Spray paint some of them silver or gold.
59. Take a trip to experience Christmas in another part of the world.
60. Relax and unwind with a Christmas colouring book.



61. Have a go at some festive creative writing.
62. Blog about your Christmas; what you get up to, what you most enjoy about Christmas, how your home is decorated for Christmas, your Christmas traditions, etc.
63. Have a board-game day.
64. Kiss someone special under the mistletoe.
65. Make a gingerbread house.
66. Have a go at making Christmas presents for everybody this year.
67. Decorate the outside of your house like the Blackpool Illuminations and donate any money you make to charity.
68. Go to a Christmas market- the European ones are always amazing.
69. Take a sleigh or horse-drawn carriage ride.
70. Make or buy an advent calendar.
71. Light an advent candle or festive-scented candles every night.
72. Listen to a choir or brass band playing carols.
73. Have a go at some festive nail art.
74. Take a relaxing bubble bath with a Lush Christmas bath bomb or festive scented bubble bath, and candles.
75. Go to a Christmas craft fair.
76. Perfect the world's best turkey roast dinner with all the trimmings.
77. Start a new Christmas tradition.
78. Try a Christmas tradition from another country.
79. Throw a Christmas party or get together.
80. Make hand-embroidered festive hoop art, using festive fabric, embroidery hoops, beads, glittery threads, sleigh bells, and whatever festive embellishments you can think of.



81. Attend a festive church service.
82. Sing carols / go carol-singing.
83. Bake a yule log.
84. Visit a major attraction like Disney World or The Wizarding World of Harry Potter while they're in full blown Christmas mode.
85. Go to a pantomime.
86. Do some festive art journaling / scrap-booking.
87. Go to a Christingle service.
88. Buy new Christmas PJs to wear on Christmas Eve.
89. Take your kids to Santa's grotto.
90. Go visit some reindeer.
91. Have a Christmas jumper day.
92. Bake Christmas cupcakes and ice them creatively.
93. Open one present each on Christmas Eve.
94. Buy a hot drink or hot meal for a homeless person, and / or give generously to rough sleepers you pass on the street.
95. Dress up as Santa / The Holiday Armadillo and pay a surprise visit to the kids in your family. It will make their Christmas magical.
96. Try traditional Christmas foods from a different part of the world.
97. Go out for Christmas drinks with friends.
98. Go Christmas shopping somewhere pretty you've never been before.
99. Spend a day making foodie gifts for your friends and family.
100. If it snows, which it never does at Christmas time in Oxfordshire, build a snowman, go sledding, go for a walk, make snow angels, have a snowball fight, and / or make an igloo.
101. Take heaps of photos and videos of all of the fun memories you make.

And, most importantly, enjoy yourself!

What do you love to do at Christmas time? Is there anything missing from the list that you think should be on there? 

Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Wednesday Wish List

This week I've been coveting...






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For the 8275th week in a row, Lindy Bop have stolen my heart with dozens of gorgeous new releases. I tried to narrow down my favourites, which proved extremely difficult as they're all amazing, and in the end I couldn't narrow them down to less than these sixteen. Can you blame me? It's probably a good thing money is tight at the moment, or I'd probably end up buying one of each!



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Collectif also have a beautiful selection of clothes this week, and these beauties are just a small selection of my favourites. The vintage Faye brocade velvet rose swing dresses would be perfect for wearing over the festive season.


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And these gorgeous velvet dresses from New Look Curve were made for Christmas parties and gatherings.


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I love this bug print cross-body bag, and flamingo print purse from Skinny Dip.


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I adore this Ludo pin, and Labyrinth necklace from Sugar and Vice. I'm gonna need that pin in my life!

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These pyjama sets from Dorothy Perkins look so cosy. The Gremlin set is adorable.


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I love these Home Alone Christmas jumpers from Boohoo Plus. I have the design on the right in green from a couple of Christmases ago, and it's awesome!


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These pouches, cosmetic bags, and water bottle bag from Tatty Devine are so fun and eye-catching.


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I love the look of all of these pyjamas from ASOS Curve. 4 and 5 are technically joggers, but I'd just wear them for lounging around the house.


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These ASOS velvet cross body bags with pearl chains are lovely, and would be perfect for accessorising your Christmas party outfits if you want to keep your hands free for drinking and hitting the dance floor.


Lady Vintage Japanese Floral Wine Ruby Shawl Dress

And last but not least, I'm rather smitten with this stunning burgundy shawl dress from Lady Vintage. It needs to come live with me!

If you'd like to see more of the fashion pieces on my wish list, check out my style wish list boards on Pinterest.

What's on your wish list this week?
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