Monday, 26 December 2011

Beautiful Christmas Gifts

I received some really lovely gifts from my family and friends this year. My main presents from my parents were my holiday to LA in February, and a beautiful chest of drawers which I actually got a few weeks ago. I wasn't really expecting them to get me anything else, but they surprised me with $50 dollars which was really lovely of them. I'll probably end up spending it on gifts for them when I go to LA, well, that's if I don't spend it all in Sephora or on cheaper MAC products, and don't even get my started on Victoria's Secret. I think you can tell I'm a little bit excited!

I've become a huge fan of the vintage chic, home furnishings shop Sass and Belle recently, and I was so happy to get the cushion and storage box set I've had my eye on for a while. In fact, I got quite a lot of storage stuff for Christmas, I think people are trying to tell me something! My friend Megan bought me a Russian Doll, and I don't know how she knew but I've really wanted one of these for a long time, so I was very happy when I unwrapped this. She also bought me a book all about Twitter, which I have to admit I haven't put down for the last couple of days. Oh my, I really am such a geek. I just have this huge interest in social networking, no wonder I spend half my life on twitter and facebook. My lovely best friend Alice bought me a scratch away world map (she knows me too well) and a Models Own Pro nail polish (she definitely knows me too well), but unfortunately I didn't photograph these. I may even do a separate post on the scratch away map. I can't wait to scratch away California next year!

So all in all, I had a really lovely Christmas. I'm off to Bristol tomorrow to spend some time with my Dad's family, it should be really lovely as I only see them maximum twice a year.

So here it is, Merry Christmas

A day late, but not to worry! I hope everybody had a fabulous Christmas, and spent precious and enjoyable time with family and friends. I'll have to be honest, until I sat down for Christmas dinner at approximately 2:00pm yesterday, I hadn't been in the Christmassy mood at all. I know, despicable right? And that was even after I'd opened my stocking! Nothing beats a Christmas dinner, and this year I realised my undying love for Pigs in Blankets (Sausages wrapped in bacon if you didn't know) which resulted in a middle of the night binge trip to the fridge. My brother demolishes the roast potatoes, so we made sure we kept them away from him until everyone else had taken what they wanted. I actually wanted to wrap them up in the dish for him as a present. Is anyone else dreading stepping onto the scales after Christmas? I'm scared the 1/2 stone I've lost will have gone back on. Should probably add, as I'm writing this I've just finished a bar of Cookie Crumble Galaxy to myself. Oh, the shame!
Giant Christmas Cracker

The Alternative Christmas Pudding (treacle)

Myself and my brother hate Christmas pudding, so every year my mum goes to the effort of making us an 'Alternative Christmas pudding', otherwise known as treacle sponge. If you've never tried it then I seriously suggest you go to the supermarket now and buy some. Trust me, it will be worth it! I got some really lovely presents which I shall do a separate post on later today.

Merry Christmas!

Friday, 16 December 2011

Bloggers Secret Santa Present

As a very last minute decision, I decided to take part in a bloggers secret santa. Being a new(ish) blogger I thought it would be a nice way to get involved in the blogging community, and thanks to Rani who arranged it I was able to do so. To my excitement this morning, the secret santa parcel arrived from it's mystery sender (thank you whoever you are!). I'm a sucker for parcels, and this definitely did not disappoint, as my friend who was round at the time could tell through the squeals that followed each time I unwrapped a tissue paper parcel.

I love the effort my sender went to. Each gift was wrapped in purple tissue paper, and I was even given some sweets, which I chomped with my friend as I opened the presents. So what did I receive in this magical parcel?
  1. Owl Lip Balm in Choccy Orange Flavour
    This has got to be one of the cutest lip balms I have ever owned, and the smell is absolutely delectable. I'll probably have to be stopped from eating this.
  2. Topshop Bauble Patterned Socks
    Definitely wearing these beauties on Christmas day, I do love me some patterned socks.
  3. Personalised Beaded Bracelet
    I thought this was such a nice personal touch to my present, I'm not sure whether my sender made this herself but I love it, it's such a nice idea.
  4. Lush Robot Bath Bomb
    I've recently got a bit obsessed with lush, the smell kinda just pulls me in to the store. I could stand in there all day, imagine working in there and coming out smelling like that, much better than the current bready smell I come out of work with. I love this Robot shaped bath bomb, and the smell is lovely, I think I'll be using this tomorrow.
  5. Heart Shaped Decoration
    Somehow, this just matches the colour scheme and style of my bedroom perfectly. I love little decorations like this, and the fabrics used are right up my street.
So overall you could definitely say that this Secret Santa gift was a hit. Thank you so much to my sender whoever you are, the gifts were so lovely. I can't wait to find out who you are so I can thank you properly!

Thursday, 8 December 2011

NOTD: Gold Leopard Print

Is anybody else hating this winter weather at the moment? The disappearance of the sun is making it incredibly hard to take any decent photos! The winter months are definitely not the best time for swatches, or just picture taking in general.

For this nail art I used Models Own Gold Rush as a base colour, then I diagonally applied Coral Reef across the tip, and used Top Turquoise for the leopard spots, defining them with the WAH and Models Own Nail Art Pen. It probably took me about an hour, whilst doing other things to get this done, but the majority of that time was waiting for the layers to dry. It's such a fun design to do, although quite time consuming and it was hard to get the diagonal line neat, I even asked my dad to do my right hand for me but that turned into an utter disaster! Note to self: never ask a man to paint my nails again, unless they are a trained artist. I did this design for Clothes Show Live in Birmingham which I attended on Monday with my friend Allie courtesy of Models Own (post to follow when I get round to it). All the girls on the Models Own stand loved them, I even shook hands with the man behind Models Own, and then of course bought a load of polishes. I can now make a rainbow of Models Own polishes with the shades I have.

Anyway, my posts are becoming fewer and rarer, but I've had a pretty stressful week so blogging hasn't exactly been the first thing on my mind, and unfortunately it probably won't be for the next few days due to mock exams next week and of course the mad run up to Christmas! Hope you're all good.

P.S My hands are in a pretty bad state at the moment due to the freezing cold weather and the lethal tiger bread and baguette packing at work. Yes really, I cut my fingers on a loaf of bread.

Friday, 2 December 2011

Look after the pennies and the pounds will look after themselves

Some of you may know that I'm going to Los Angeles next February. I don't think that last sentence actually expressed my excitement, so let's try that again. Some of you may know I'm going to Los Angeles in 68 days, 23 hours, and 34 minutes, with my school's media department. I. Can't. Wait. In fact, before I got my job at Sainsburys (reppin' the Bakery 2k11) my mum bought me a money box, which was shortly after labelled as the 'LA Fund'. Myself, and other members of the Buckley family - including my Grandma Dulcie who had a few too many glasses of wine last Christmas - have been donating to the 'LA Fund' for the last 365 days. Tonight, I just had a sudden urge to open the Cars themed tin.

So I took to opening the tin with the help of my trusty tin opener. Please excuse the pyjamas, it is Friday after all. Anyway, you probably just want to know how much was in there. So, as of the 2nd December 2011, I have saved a grand total of...

Not bad huh? And I still have the other money box to open on Christmas day. I recommend everyone to go out and buy a money box, just put the odd pennies and pounds in once in a while. Who knows, you may save up a pretty good amount of money. Go on, I personally challenge you!