Well, there we have it! Another year is wrapped up and a new pile of memories are added to our memory banks; some fabulous and some not so fabulous. I would reminisce a little, but if I'm being completely honest, I'm not very good at looking back and would far rather skip to looking forward to the new year ahead! And so with the ringing in of 2017 just hours away, take my (ice cold) hand and let's jump forwards into the mist in fur jackets and metallic trousers!
Saturday, 31 December 2016
Wednesday, 28 December 2016
I hope everyone's had a wonderful Christmas! After the hectic (though magical) build-up to the big day, I've been enjoying every last second of post-turkey relaxation. As others have said, this week before New Year's Day tends to leave you feeling a little lost, so to distract myself from not knowing what day it is and the pile of Roses chocolate wrappers beside me, I've been playing around with some gorgeous new matte shades from Mii Cosmetics. The Passion Matte Lip Lover collection c/o features four long lasting and richly pigmented shades each promising a 'suede-soft finish'. So, what do I think of these new releases?
Wednesday, 21 December 2016
Just when I thought I couldn't possibly love the city of Bruges more than I already do, I experience it at Christmastime. Wow! On the way back from Cologne (check out my guide to the best Christmas Markets), we stopped off in Bruges to experience the Christmas markets there for the first time. There's a different ambience to that of which can be found in Germany, though it still has an unique charm of its own thanks to the surrounding medieval buildings and cobbled streets. Combine the historic architecture with thousands of twinkling lights, throw in the smell of waffles and top it off with the dark night sky, and you've got yourself a pretty magical experience...
Sunday, 18 December 2016
One week until Christmas Day! Knowing that, you'll either be totally relaxed and quietly thrilled at the stash of presents you've got hidden in your wardrobe, or you'll be quivering with regret at having left your Christmas shopping until now. If you don't love the idea of hitting the shops just days before Christmas Day (who does?), read on for a quick lifebuoy before the new week starts. Gift wrapped and with 15% discount using my code, you could give the gift of Daniel Wellington this Christmas!
Thursday, 15 December 2016
As a general rule, I tend to overdress rather than play it cool (personal preference), though I can't help but wonder how much time it would save us all if we were described an exact dress code before an occasion? Sure, most invitations come with the totally vague 'smart casual' dress code attached, but that's far more useful to men than it is women! And so with winter events filling our calendars such as festive parties, family meals, drinks with girlfriends and general Christmas gatherings, I've done some thinking as to how we can hedge our bets by sitting comfortably somewhere in the middle of the scale. For those who love to dress up, but don't fancy the risk of being a disco ball in a sea of jeans!
Monday, 12 December 2016
I'm finally starting to feel a little better (and good timing too with Christmas well underway), though there was no way feeling like death warmed up would stop me from spending some time in Bath last week! With pretty good knowledge of the town centre and a stay booked at the Francis Hotel, I dragged myself into action and headed off for the historic location set in the southwest's countryside...
Thursday, 8 December 2016
After sharing a DIY on A Glass Of Ice for Glitter Rim Drinks last month, I started thinking about other ways in which you can take the hassle out of being the hostess. I'm all for high-impact recipes that are (secretly) quick and easy to create, and so I've put a few of my favourite simple appetizers together in this post that have proven to be quick to assemble - and tasty! Should you find yourself rushing around the kitchen at some point this season, perhaps for relatives arriving on your doorstep or for a friend's Christmas party (ooh that dreaded line: 'bring along a dish'), I hope these refreshing appetisers will give you more time to curl your hair and perfect your winged liner!
Monday, 5 December 2016
So, we're just a few days into December and already the festive season has been completely magical! Last week I spent a few days in Germany at the heart of Cologne as per annual tradition. Having visited at Christmastime each year for as long as I can remember, the city now holds a very special place in my heart, and I've been so looking forward to sharing this year's experience with you. Considering how festive markets (weihnachtsmarkt) are becoming increasingly popular, I've divided this travel diary into a guide through my favourite Christmas Markets in Cologne, as well as my personal recommendation on where best to stay. Enjoy!
Friday, 2 December 2016
It's that time of year again where I track down a load of super pretty treats and bundle them all together into one shiny post - say hello to this year's Christmas Gift Guide for Women! Similar to my Christmas Gift Guide for Men, I've put together about ten gift suggestions, all of which could make fabulous stocking fillers - both in size, and price. I can't help but notice I've been attracted by pastel colours this year, though in my defence the gifts are just as pretty on the inside.