Sunday, 10 December 2017


A few weeks ago I was kindly invited to the Viking Arty Party which was an early Christmas shindig organised by the lovely people at Viking Direct so I thought I'd take the opportunity to show a few snaps of what we got up to and also share my top picks from their website.

The event was held in Leeds which had us northern bloggers doing a little happy dance because even now, events held up north still aren't common. We all met up in the upstairs room at Lambert's Yard for mulled wine and a little natter before the festivities got underway. I was firstly absolutely made up because I finally got to meet Kellie (Big Fashionista), who I have 'known' in a virtual sense since I first started blogging in 2011 and I was equally as thrilled to learn that we'd be doing some calligraphy lessons! My creative skills aren't exactly my strong point so I was a little nervous that I was going to make an absolute hash of the workshops but I was surprised how easy things were once the instructions were kindly broken down for those non-crafty folk out there like me! I managed to make some mini Christmas crackers with some help from Tea & Crafting and I got some really handy calligraphy tips from Joyce from Artsy Nibs. It was a really lovely afternoon also complete with some amazing turkey and stuffing sandwiches (obvious essential for any Christmas party!)

So without further ado, here are my top picks for treating the crafty one in your life:

Marble grey card (50 pk) £14.99
Metallic gold paper (20 pk) £0.69
Metallic markers £2.19

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Monday, 4 December 2017


If you're anything like me then wrapping presents will become an art form which involves a long and arduous search for the perfect wrapping paper combination which matches my chosen colour scheme. I'm still a little undecided at the moment but I'm swaying towards copper and navy as something a little bit different. But here are my top picks in wrapping paper for this year...

Rose Gold Stag gift wrap (£2.00, Wilko) | Black and Rose Gold Geometric gift wrap (£2.00, Wilko) | Gold Foil Stripe gift wrap (£3.75, Paperchase) | Red Glitter gift wrap (£5.00, Paperchase) | Navy and Gold Spot gift wrap (£2.50, Matalan) | Copper gift wrap gift wrap (£4.00, John Lewis) | Navy and Gold Star gift wrap (£4.00, John Lewis) | Moose gift wrap (£3.00, Sainsbury's) | Gold Spot gift wrap (£2.50, Sainsbury's)

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Sunday, 3 December 2017


Following from my first gift guide which featured beauty gift sets for her I thought it was only fair that I did a similar one for the males in your life. I don't know about you but I find men particularly difficult to buy for because they always seem to have everything! But as with women I don't think you can go far wrong with some kind of 'grooming' gift set because I figure they'll always use that kind of thing.

The Ted Baker Cobbler Wash Bag (£45, John Lewis) is perfect for taking on holidays and weekends away; it's big enough to fit toiletries in and it also has a handy little compartment at the bottom where you can secure things like cables for phone chargers so they'd have everything in one place ready to pack into a suitcase. 

For the bearded beauties among your family and friends you could treat them to a beard care gift set like this one from Bulldog (£15.00, Feel Unique) which contains a comb, beard oil and beard shampoo to keep their facial fuzz in tip-top shape. 

It was the name of this product that caught my eye in all honesty; the Bullocks by Cowshed washbag (£27.00, Look Fantastic) not only has a catchy, borderline in appropriate name but it contains shaving cream, 2 in 1 shampoo/conditioner and moisturiser.  

For those who are into caring for their skin this Clinique for Men Daily Hydration set (£17.50, Clinique) is perfect and I think £17.50 is a very reasonable price for 3 products. 

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Friday, 1 December 2017


It's December 1st, I've had Proper Crimbo blasting out of my car radio this morning and I'm cracking out the Christmas gift guides. I must spend months pondering over what to get different people so I thought I'd put some of my pondering to good use and bring you a series of Christmas gift guides for everyone you could possibly need to buy for. 

My first one it the best of beauty gift sets. I'd say a beauty gift set is pretty universally acceptable as a Christmas present for any female in your life because who doesn't like to smell/look at least semi-presentable?! 

Cult beauty products are generally a winner especially for people who've never been introduced to them. You could be doing someone a huge favour by showing them the delights of the Caudalie Beauty Elixir and paired with a tinted lip balm you've got yourself a nice little set in the form of the Caudalie Secret of Make Up Artist set (£28.00, LookFantastic). 

I also find indulgent haircare a winner because let's face it, everyone washes their hair and it's just a bit less of a chore when you get to do it with really good quality products. I'd recommend Redken all day long and the 'All Soft' range is pretty much an all round winner regardless of hair type. The Redken All Soft gift set (£26.13) is beautifully packaged and contains shampoo, conditioner and a hair mask. 

I genuinely don't think you can go wrong with L'occitane, especially when you're searching for Christmas presents for mum; they have such a gorgeous range of bath and body products that smell absolutely divine. I'd recommend either the Delicious Almond Duo (£34.00, L'occitane) which contains a shower oil and a hand cream - I know for a fact my mum always carries hand cream and an indulgent shower product never goes a miss in my opinion. Or you could go a little bit more personal and get a set of 3 personalised shea butters (£25.00, L'occitane) which can be popped in their handbag and used on the go to sooth lips, hands and elbows which is especially handy in the cold weather.

For skincare junkies I'd go for something like the Pixi Glow Tonic and Mud Cleanser set (£28.00, Cult Beauty). I've wanted to try the Glow Tonic for so long because it has such good write ups - when Caroline Hirons tells you it's good, you know it's good.

Finally, if you're really looking to get into someone's good books ('hint, hint' at all the husbands, wives, boyfriends, girlfriends out there... if your other half likes makeup then here's a huge heads up), I can highly recommend this set of Zoeva rose gold brushes (£65.00, Selfridges). Not only do they look amazing but Zoeva brushes apply makeup amazingly well and they're beautifully soft... quick note as well - they're selling out fast, I've changed this link twice as they've sold out on two websites so grab them quick if you're looking to buy them before xmas!

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