Christmas is coming!

I was tagged by the lovely bitsandbobsinmybrain to complete the Christmas tag blog and I haven’t done one of these since I first started this blog two years ago. I think I either posted my first post on here inbetween Christmas and New year 2014 or, 1st January 2015. Oh… I’ve just realised that isn’t two, but THREE YEARS. Wow. If you know me for longer than this blog then, you’d know I’ve had previous blogs on different sites about different things like Graphics etc… but this is the only blog I’ve.. /KINDA/ stuck with.

Anyhow, it’s Christmas in 5 days… HOW? It’s just crazy how when it reaches September, the run up to Christmas happens SO. QUICKLY. So, I thought I’d answer some questions in a tag about how I spend my Christmas, what my fave things about Christmas are and some… truths.

I hope you enjoy, I love reading how others spend their Christmas season.

1. Do you open any presents on Christmas eve? 

No. We were never allowed to as kids. All Christmas gifts had to wait until Christmas morning. It’s even stuck to me through to my birthday as well. You know when you meet up with friends for a pre birthday celebration and the thought of opening gifts before the actual day, freaks me out. 

 

2. Are you any good at wrapping presents? 

Hell no. I am the absolute worst at wrapping up presents. 99% of the time, I wrap presents to -look- like a Christmas cracker… or so I think it does anyway.

3. What is your favourite Christmas film?

ELF! ELF ELF ELF. Although, this year was the first year I watched Love Actually and I throughly enjoyed that. Also, I love to watch The Holiday. I haven’t got round to watching Elf or The Holiday this year… seriously SLACKING.

4. What’s your favourite Christmas song? 

Christmas Wrapping but Kylie Minogue’s version. No surprise there really tho, is there? I was so lucky to be able to go and see Kylie Christmas last year live in Royal Albert Hall and went absolutely crazy for that tune. I love how fast it is and love the lyrics. I do love 100 degrees as well. The song Dannii and Kylie released two years ago. It is a proper disco tune.

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(Illustration of Dannii and Kylie I recently drew!)

 

5. Where do you usually spend Christmas?

In the AM I spend it in bed. When are you ever gonna have the excuse of laying in bed until midday, if it isn’t Christmas? Also, in new PJS. New PJS on Christmas Eve are my favourite thing and a tradition I have started for myself.

The afternoon I spend with my sister and my dad. Or shall I say, on my own? My sister has probably got up at silly o’clock and has gone to bed for the afternoon and my dad is more than likely fast asleep in the living room. Oh well, time to put on a Christmas film that’s on the box, although… I don’t find Shrek particularly Christmassy yet it’s always on?

Then we spend time with my nan and family. Having a few drinks and nibbly food. That is my fave, but how hard is it not eating all the food that you have for Christmas day in the run up?

6. Do you like giving gifts or receiving them?

I genuinely love gifting gifts. There is nothing like giving someone something you have worked hard to buy and thought hard about buying. This Christmas I am especially looking forward to giving the gifts from myself.

7. What is your favourite thing about Christmas?

I love the run up but I don’t find it exciting. I love how everyone seems more happy. I honestly don’t like Christmas as a holiday. I find it giving so much pressure and to me it is fake. YES, I said it. BAH HUMBUG. However, getting to spend time with friends and family, seeing people enjoying the gifts you give to people and receiving cards in the post is my absolute favourite. (If you’re reading this and sent me a card in the post, thank you so much!)

8. When do you start getting excited for Christmas? 

 

Probably midday on Christmas Day, knowing I’ll be getting some Christmas food and a drink, as well as spending time with family. I don’t find it exciting on the run up, although I do like waiting up until midnight to see it change from 24th to the 25th. Lame? I know.

9. What would be your dream place to visit for the Christmas season?

I’d genuinely like to experience an Australian Christmas. So I’ve heard from my friends in Australia, they still sing songs like Let It Snow in 40 degree heat. However, their Christmas cards don’t always feature snow and snowmen, but instead… santa on the beach. I’d love to experience a HOT Christmas. 

10. Do you make any New Year’s resolutions? How good are you at keeping them?

I do but I don’t. They usually just goals I’ve set myself throughout the year already.

Here’s a few for next year:

  • GET A GRAPHIC DESIGN JOB. Absolute number one priority of 2018.
  • GO ON AN AIRPLANE. I’ve never been on an airplane or a ship or left the country.
  • MA. If I don’t see any sign of getting a graphic design job by FEB, I may… apply for a Masters Degree. Who knows?
  • VISIT OTHER PLACES IN THE UK. I have so many friends around the UK who I’ve never met, yet we live in the same country. Really need to sort that out.
  • START MY OWN ETSY SHOP. I actually have a niche idea of designs I want to bring out, yet I’m so nervous I’ll invest in something and get nothing back, you know? 
  • NYE IN AUSTRALIA. That is the absolute dream. See 2019 in, in Australia.

Hope you all have a lovely Christmas and a happier new year. I hope 2018 brings you all happiness, sparkle and magic. 

Thank you for your support on my blog this year. I am so beyond grateful to everyone who has read my ramblings. I have exciting plans for 2018 and I hope they all come true. 

 

 

Until 2018, see you.

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Realisation and Christmas ASK Italian bloggers dinner

This week began in the worst way. If you read my last blogpost I was about to go to my second interview for a job I really wanted. I felt like my style really reflected their brand and I had in my mind I had a good chance of getting it. Then… Monday morning I got the email that they had chosen someone else. Right back to the drawing board I go. I’m not going to lie, but I cried about it. That probably sounds sad but… I’m sure you’ve all wanted something so bad and when you don’t, it’s the worst feeling. Anyhow, I vowed that I wouldn’t change or get back on the grind of job hunting until 2018, unless… like a miracle something would find me. I quite frankly felt down about my design work.

On Tuesday morning, I woke up to a message saying I had won the competition to eat lots of pizza and drink cocktails with one of my favourite bloggers, Jessica of CocoaChelsea, you can check out her Instagram here. I’ve followed Jess for a long time now and absolutely love the content she produces. Her photo content is INCREDIBLE and her Insta stories are my faves to watch. So, to be given the opportunity to go for dinner with her, at ASK Italian trying their Christmas menus and disco ball cocktails, I couldn’t exactly say no, could I? I was so excited.

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Three people won, including myself, and one of the girls Hannah had arranged for us with Cat to meet before the event. It’s that thought of walking into an event on your own, that terrifies me. We grabbed a quick glass of wine, in the most rude pub. I’m not gonna go into that though. Then headed to the event.

We all went and met Jess and stood getting to know each other, asking questions and just getting used to the vibe. We were segmented on the side in our own little area and was presented with the coolest cranberry mojitio in a disco ball cup, I’ve ever seen. And my god, it was YUMMY. We then sat down and one of each of the starters were bought out. I instantly gravitated to the cheesy garlic bread because, who doesn’t love that? And it did NOT disappoint. Other options were bought out as well such as the Pumpkin Arancini that, according to Cat tasted like cheese and potato. I’m not THAT much into pumpkin so didn’t try it… only pumpkin thing I love is a pumpkin spiced latte from Starbucks October time, BRING ON NEXT YEAR.

 

 

We were sat chatting and I can honestly say, it felt like I had known these girlys my whole life, not just met an hour or so ago. We chatted ALL sorts of things and it was genuinely so lovely, talking to people who get you. We were also lucky enough to get some top tips from Jess too – yay! 

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We were allowed to choose what we’d like for the main and by this time I was feeling pretty jolly. Those cocktails – YES! I ordered the calzone pollo, and I had never had this before. I thought it was a pasta dish and not a GIANT pasty, but… my god it was so YUMMY.  It was filled with chicken, pancetta, mushrooms, roasted peppers, olives, tomato sauce and mozzerella. SO DAMN GOOD. So filled with the filling. If I get to go back before the Christmas menu disappears, I NEED IT AGAIN. ASAP. 

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Before our dessert came out we began the big quiz of 2017! There were different segments to the quiz… my fav was the CHRISTMAS SEGMENT! Whilst we were busy answering the questions, we were given desserts to try and… believe me when I say, I was SO confused when this first came out… SNOWBALL GNNOCHI??? RIGHT??? I was so sceptical about these but they were incredible. Tasted like little doughballs FILLED with Nutella. What more, could you want? You could also dip them into white chocolate and coconut and I was genuinely in heaven. They were incredible. 

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AND GUESS WHO WON THE QUIZ???? TEAM GLITTER BALLS DID! YES!!!!!!

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The whole evening was incredible and really and truly cheered me up. Towards the end of the evening I began to talk about the fact that I do graphic design/illustrations and have being toying for a LONG time now… must be a few years, that I want to start and Etsy shop. To create badges and tote bags and stickers and just fun things. Seeing the girls be so successful in what they do have made me SO motivated. I may even dabble in a bit of media kit designing, blog headers and buisness card designs for bloggers, that go as a pack together.

I will look into this a lot more and do some research, but could be something for the next year.

BRING ON 2018. 

these boots are made for walking

I’ve been looking high and low for a pair of knee high boots which don’t have a buckle of any colour or kind on them. Every knee high boot I’ve seen with no buckle on have had a heel on which is OK if you are going out clubbing or work but for every day use, in the winter, not so ideal.

Recently on a trip to London’s Oxford Street I had a browse in New Look as I was kindly given a £20 voucher for Christmas to spend in there. We got to the shoe section (along with bags my fave part of a shop) and headed straight over to where the boots would be. That’s when I spotted these beauties.

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Although they have a little heel they don’t have the buckles and straps on, they do have a zip which goes up and around the boot separating the leather to material. These boots would wear in all kinds of weathers. The sole however, doesn’t have that much grip so you probably wouldn’t be able to wear them in ice. I was so excited to see these and instantly tried them on. They fitted perfectly, giving my feet room to move inside the boot. They aren’t tight up the leg and are the comfiest pair of boots I own and coming up to £39.99. I would recommend these boots to everyone.

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Are you loving the over the knee boot trend? What boot recommendations do you have?

xoxo

Treat time!

Christmas and New year have flew by so quickly and now its time to get back to reality. We all love a bit of relaxation so whats better than a nice Starbucks hot chocolate made from your own home. I am a self diagnosed obsessive coffee drinker and Starbucks is always my go to place to get a fix. This Christmas I was given a present which is “Starbucks Cocoa Trio”. The “Starbucks Cocoa Trio” comes with three different hot chocolates and a stacking tin. The flavours are: Double Chocolate, Salted Caramel and Marshmellow. The first one I have tried is Double Chocolate. It is a drink which is smooth and more chocolatey than ever. It is like no other. The hot chocolate topped with marshmallows makes the perfect dream. If I see these around I will definitely be purchasing again. You can however buy Starbucks products on their site at: http://store.starbucks.co.uk 

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xoxo