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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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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