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Friday, 15 December 2017

Are You (Actually) Enjoying The Festive Season?

Countryside Fashion UK Blogger PhotoshootWith so many tasks, events, gatherings and alerts coming from all directions, it can be pretty easy to forget what this time of year is all about, right?  We're all so busy getting our decorations 'up in time', ticking gifts off our shopping lists and rushing from one get-together to the next, that at times, I'm pretty sure we're all falling into the trap of forgetting to relax.  After all, 'tis the season to be jolly, and 'tis not the season to give yourself a stress rash and constant tension headache.  Last year, I packed so much in that by the time January came around, I could barely remember half of the things I'd done the month beforehand.  This year?  A different story.  I'm just as happy to explore Christmas markets in Germany and attend festive parties, as I am putting on my softest loungewear for a night of ultra-romantic Christmas films and hot chocolate.  Four nights in a row.  So, with just 11 sleeps until Christmas Day, now is the time to ask yourself - are you actually enjoying your festive season?   
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The best way of determining whether or not you need to switch things up, is to weigh up the following two: What you need to do vs. What you want to do.  If your entire December has been a long series of one chore after the next, it's time to put on some freakin' Christmas music, festive pyjamas and I don't know... bake some mince pies, or something!  Okay, a few quick-fire ways to get your Christmas back on track.  And by that, I mean back on your track:

Manage expectations - you can't do everything, try to cherry-pick the events/gatherings that make you feel the most jolly! (sorry).  On the other end of the scale, if you haven't been getting out much, hunt down an illuminated walk, some Christmas markets or perhaps even just wander out to explore the lights.  Whatever makes you feel good.

Turn up the music - is it just me, or do those classic Christmas tunes have a funny way of making you feel as though you're making the most of the season?

Get ahead of the game - because nothing screams Grinch! quite like working until midnight on Christmas Eve.  Decide now when you're going to completely switch off, at the very least it'll give you something to look forward to!

Schedule sofa nights - choose your poison (mulled wine? hot chocolate?), line-up some festive films, dive under the blankets and relaaaaax

Get close to loved ones - the quickest route to making your festive season more enjoyable 


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UK Fashion blogger Countryside StylingOkay, so one of my all-time favourite things to do during the winter is head out on countryside walks.  Actually, scrap that.  It's one of my all-time favourite things to do at any time of the year!  Right now, I'm loving layers, layers and more layers.  This black trench has been one of my go-tos this past season, I've learnt there's truly no going wrong with a Burberry scarf and yes to a 3-in-1 City Bag that has the Mary Poppins effect.  You know the type; looks as though it'd only fit a pack of Wine Gums, but actually fits your essentials, on-the-go beauty faves, plus a couple of cosy accessories, journal, hairbrush and entire book collection.

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UK Fashion Blogger Countryside Style PhotoshootI hope you're all having the most incredible Christmas!  Looking forward to hearing your thoughts in the comments below - are you actually enjoying your festive season so far?  Or do you plan on slowing things down over the next couple of weeks?!

With love,

Gabrielle x



  1. I love your Scarf lovely! And honestly, I am enjoying the festive season even more. Especially, since I have been in France past few weeks it is very festive for Christmas. I hope your having a lovely time seeing family and Christmas :) I need all these things you have on your outfit is so stylish and classy.

  2. Love this outfit, especially the scarf!! Loving the festive season too xx

    Adventures in May | Miss Nev

  3. To answer your question, NO! I'm not fully enjoying this season. For me it's mostly due to it being the busiest season of the year at my job along with trying to manage family obligations. It is starting to feel like A LOT and I haven't even gotten to my in-laws house for Christmas yet! These are such great tips to keep in mind. Especially the music suggestion!

  4. A nice and elegant black outfit with great pictures ...

    But to answer your question ... I don't find end of the year the best part of it ... I'll manage but I won't fully enjoy it.

  5. Spending time with our loved ones and bringing some smiles on their faces is the real enjoyment of the festivals. These days, we are all so busy with our works and don't get time to spend with each other. Festivals are best for it.
    You look absolutely gorgeous dear. I love your long coat and scarf. Those boots look great with this outfit!
    <3 kisses <3
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  6. You look great and the pics are fantastic... i think i ll get the Christmas spirit this weekend i ll go shopping...
    Xoxo from Portugal

    New look on the blog.

  7. I've got so many Uni - related things to do that I don't have time for Christmas markets or Christmas funny activities, but I enjoy listening to Xmas music, so cheerful :)

    Caterina |

  8. I agree: Christmas is all about relaxing, but there is definitely a side of it which feels very stressful, like finding the perfect present or trying to catch up with everyone you know, family and friends, before the end of the year! I guess sometimes we just have to force yourselves to relax and your little list definitely helps with that!

  9. Oh Gabrielle you came just in time with this post. This month for me it's been crazy, lots of family issues and although I planned to post lots of stuff, I managed to do nothing right and I feel quite overwhelmed. On another note, Your coat looks so elegant and seriously loving your gloves, great post and thanks for a very good reminder. Hugs, Miha

  10. I love Sofa Nights, they're so comforting and cosy around this time of year, especially with all the movies on!

  11. Great tips and beautiful festive pictures too! I really need to listen to some more Christmas songs - I definitely haven't heard enough this year!!
    Have a lovely weekend :)
    Rosanna x
    Rose's Rooftop

  12. I love your look! There's no winter in my country so I never get to wear layers like that but I think its amazing to dress like that sometimes :D

    xx Alyssa | STYLE VANITY | K-Beauty Skincare + Makeup Giveaway

  13. Love your outfit. Such a beautiful coat. I have to admit, I am a bit of ascrooge this year. For the past few years it has been so hard to get into the spirit. As a kid it was the best and now I am not getting the enjoyment out of Christmas. It sucks ��

  14. It’s so important to spend time with loved ones over the festive period and for that reason I will not participate in vlogmas or blogmas. That said, I have over commited to too many brand posts recently and as of Wednesday I’m taking time for me! Love the outfit shots and hope you had a great time at the German Christmas markets. P.S where are your plastic shoes from your insta stories?! 😂
    Jaz xoxo

  15. This is the least christmassy I've ever been. Maybe because I'm just overexcited for the future! Christmas songs help a lot, indeed!
    You bag is lushhh :)

  16. Your outfits are always so on point. I would love to raid your closet! And this is a fantastic reminder during the holiday season. I think the US culture especially has lost a lot of the holiday magic of just BEING in the moment and soaking it all up. We need to remember that the BEST gift is being together and enjoying the holiday feel. I love the idea of 'sofa nights'. That's perfect! I just ordered a new book on Amazon and can't wait to set myself up on the sofa for hours :).

    Susie |

  17. I definitely need to turn on the xmas music period. That has been something noticeably absent this time round. This festive season doesn't feel particularly jolly either. I'm not sure why. I've been too busy perhaps to take it in an enjoy everything. Which is a shame. But I also think (over here) there has been a real lack of the usual xmas fanfare. I remember growing up and having shopping malls abundant in decorations but lately it's been really lacking. A high street that used to have all kinds of crap when I was younger has only red mesh ribbons tied around poles now which is atrocious! Even shopping centres are mediocre. Though there is always the push and reminders to purchase gifts for everyone.


  18. I'm loving this season more than ever! ♥

  19. Love your outfit! Simple, classic and so well put together!
    I'm muuuch more of a summer girl, but the plus side to autumn and winter are the walks in the woods and the Christmas spirit. I just love to put together the Christmas tree and find presents, and reading a book in my sofa under a warm blanket. :D

    Great tips too!

    xo Noor

  20. You look gorgeous. I think there is so much pressure for Christmas to be perfect!

  21. I'm loving the season that we have now. Btw, i love the whole outfit! Pretty! <3


  22. I agree with you Gabrielle, I think selecting the occasions that are most important in making you feel good and happy is the ideal ... also you look absolutely stunning <3 as always and I adore that bag <3

    Serene xoxo

  23. I have definitely not started to enjoy it yet since work is getting crazyyyyyy, but one more week to go and then holiday time! Hopefully lots of relaxation and beach(summer here in australia)

    Although I dislike christmasy songs, getting under a blanket and watching a good movie will be great !

    Loveee your outfit and pics as always. xx

  24. This is such good advice! I rushed around in November to get everything organised as I wanted to relax and enjoy Christmas - this time last year I was in hospital with my youngest so I'm looking forward to just enjoying a stress-free and healthier Christmas this year!

    I like your scarf with this outfit too - I wish there was more opportunities to wear my Burberry scarf over winter, but wool is not often needed here!

    Hope you're having a great weekend! I'm excited it's nearly Christmas! With most of the wrapping done and just waiting for the last gifts to arrive in the mail, we are trying to have a relaxing weekend as next week will be so busy.

    Away From The Blue Blog

  25. I really love what you're wearing there and couldn't agree more - we get so busy, that we practically forget to enjoy this time of the year. Hope you're excited for Christmas though! xx

    Naya //

  26. You look absolutely stunning, babe! xoxo

  27. Your coat looks amazing lovely! I'm enjoying the festive season so far, it's been quite hectic but I'm getting some down time the next few days so I like forward to binge watching netflix x

  28. I really love & agree with your tips. Also great look & so many pretty scarves.

    Kara Aragon

  29. Great thoughts Gabrielle! With everything going on during the holiday season, it can be so easy to get so overwhelmed that you don't even enjoy it anymore. Even though I don't like saying no, I always try not to make a point of achieving some sense of balance and saying no instead of letting FOMO get the better of me ;p

  30. That's actually a good question, Gabrielle! December is known for being one of the busiest months of the year in general terms, and there's indeed A LOT to do. I still fail sometimes with the right timing and pre scheduling and that leaves me doing some things (mostly presents-related) at last minute, and heck it's stressful! Hopefully I learn something for next year :)
    These photos are gorgeous, the snow makes them so magical! And you look beautiful in that gorgeous trench coat!

  31. Yes I love this season, it's my favorite time of the year. I get to spend time with my family, and of course, I get to wear really cute layers too! ha!

    Jessica |

  32. Beautiful photos! I hope you're having a lovely time leading up to Christmas! :) xx

  33. Such beautiful and peaceful pictures Gabrielle ♥ It's been a bit hard to get into the festive spirit this year and the fact that I have not planned when I will be slowing down and switching off doesn't help at all. I am really looking forward to the food and the Christmassy film marathon in my comfy pyjamas the most! Xx

    Saida | She talks Glam

  34. 'get ahead of the game' i LOVE this! i have so so much to do at work that if i hadnt read that sentence right now...i would almost 100% be working right up until the end of the day on Xmas eve. now, i'm gonna blast through all of my tasks and really really push to get things finished before christmas eve! such a good shout.

    have a lovey christmas, gabrielle!

    katie. xx

  35. Yeah I've been massively scheduling sofa nights with christmas movies (specifically Hallmark ones, can't stop won't stop) and it's been so nice and relaxing, definitely puts me in the festive mood a bit more as well.

    Julia // The Sunday Mode

  36. I have to say i'm not really enjoying the festive period as much as I usually do. Mainly due to stress and anxiety caused throughout the year. I finish work tomorrow and I cannot wait to just relax with a few days and spend time with my loved ones

    Abi | abistreetx

  37. Ugh yes I am so stressed - I have barely enjoyed the Christmas season! I hope you are enjoying it, though. Your hair looks fabulous either way! :-)
    April xx


  38. In the past I was not a huge fan of Christmas but the older I get the more I like it! Fortunately, Christmas isn't really busy for me as everything is well planned and I don't have to organise many gifts what makes it definitely very easy.
    Love your elegant look, you look absolutely fantastic!
    Have wonderful and happy holidays!
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena

  39. That is such a lovely bag, so cute and practical!
    And the coat is really elegant :D

  40. Great post! I really had to balance things. I did so much a day and then relaxed & did things I enjoyed the other half a day. It's easy for things to consume you. You brought up some great points. Love your outfit!


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