Thursday, 17 March 2016

My Love/Hate Relationship with Blogging

Sometimes I really love blogging. I love taking pretty pictures of pretty things and writing about them. I love getting inspired by other lovely bloggers and being able to suddenly write a blog post in five minutes. 

Then sometimes I really hate blogging. I hate being uninspired and not writing a post for months on end. I hate that I failed Blogmas (twice!), and I hate feeling like my blog is just sitting in its corner of the internet gathering dust.

I feel like a terrible blogger sometimes most of the time. There are times where I just want to sit down and write fifty blog posts about anything and everything, and then there are times where I just don't see the point in writing anything because it doesn't really matter and about a million other bloggers have probably already written about it.

So I've decided (right this second), that I'm going to set myself a goal. A tiny little goal of one blog post per month (at least). I know, that sounds like nothing, but baby steps! I feel like I put a lot of pressure on myself to write like three blog posts a week, and I'm quite a busy person. I work 8 hours a day in an office and when I get home I'm usually exhausted, but anyway I figured that if I start with this little goal I can slowly build up to more once I get back into the swing of things.

I hope that at least a few of you reading this feel the same way about blogging? Or maybe it's just me... But I'd love to know if you've ever felt this way.

Love
xxx

Monday, 7 December 2015

My Favourite Christmas Movies - Blogmas Day Seven!

Everyone loves a good Christmas movie, right? Well so do I! I'm quite picky when it comes to movies in general, and especially Christmas movies. I'm not a big fan of The Santa Claus films or Love Actually or anything like that, in fact all of these Christmas movies are actually from when I was younger and they give me really nice memories whenever I watch them. So here are my top four Christmas movies!

1. Home Alone 2: Lost in New York
I actually prefer this to the first Home Alone, I don't know why! I think maybe because it's set in New York which is probably one of my favourite places ever. I just remember finding this movie really funny, and it's one of those movies that I could watch again and again and still laugh. Also the ending is just so lovely and makes my heart feel good.

2. The Grinch
I remember going to see this in the cinema when it first came out. I used to want to be Cindy Lou Who and I had little pink gloves just likes she did! I just think this movie is so funny and cute and it has a really lovely message in it. 

3. Elf
This movie just symbolises Christmas for me. If this movie hasn't been on tv yet, then it's not Christmas! Every time I watch it it always makes me laugh at just how silly it is. Zooey Deschanel is a babe and Will Ferrel is amazing in it.

4. The Father Christmas
An old classic now with The Father Christmas movie from 1991! I absolutely love this movie, well... I don't know if it's classed as a proper 'movie' but anyway, I used to watch it all the time when I was younger and I just think it's so cute and it just gives me really nice memories whenever I watch it.

So those are my favourite Christmas movies, what are yours? 
Let me know!

xxx

Sunday, 6 December 2015

Paperchase Christmas Haul! - Blogmas Day Six!

It's Blogmas Day Six! And today I'm going to be showing you all what I bought when I visited Paperchase the other day. I only recently found out that there was a Paperchase in Edinburgh so on Wednesday I went along after work to get a few Christmas wrapping supplies. I say a few... yet I ended up spending £34... I'm not even sorry, everything I bought is so beautiful and I almost don't want to use any of it!

Penguin wrapping paper - £5

Kraft tree gift bag (large) - £4

Various Christmas cards - £2.50

 
Red shredded tissue paper - £2

 
Red and white twine - £2

 
Red sparkly tissue paper - £2

 
Holly confetti - £1.75

 
Red glittery gift tags - £1.25

 
Red bow present toppers - £2

xxx

Saturday, 5 December 2015

Christmas Nails - Blogmas Day Five!

So I'm a huge fan of fake nails, I could wear them all the time. I'm quite lucky in having strong nails so they don't get damaged by the glue quite as badly, which means I get to wear them fairly often. Christmas time is probably my favourite time of year to wear fake nails (besides Halloween of course) because there are so many lovely designs and I just want them all! Here are a few of my favourites that I've come across so far.

 Reindeer/Snowflakes by Primark - £1.50

 Constellation by Elegant Touch - £7.95

Unwrap Me by House of Holland - £8.99

I know, the Constellation ones aren't really Christmassy or anything but they're just so lovely and they're rose gold and I love rose gold!

What festive nails are your favourite? Let me know!

xxx

Friday, 4 December 2015

My Favourite Christmas Candles - Blogmas Day Four!

So anyone who knows me will already know that I am absolutely obsessed with candles, Yankee Candle in particular. I feel like I own far too many, but you can never have enough candles, right?.... Right? Anyway, for day four of Blogmas I thought I'd share a few of my most favourite candles, particularly the winter/Christmassy range from Yankee Candle.


1. Snowflake Cookie
This candle is absolutely beautiful, both in scent and colour. I first discovered this last year when I was in Dobbies and bought a small votive of it. I became addicted to it and my mum had to buy me a large version of it for Christmas. It's very sweet and smells like really sugary cookies. It's probably not for everyone but I love it!


2. Christmas Cookie
Continuing the festive sweet treat theme here with Christmas Cookie. This might have been the first Yankee Candle I ever got and probably what started my addiction! Again, it smells exactly like cookies, yet not as sweet as Snowflake Cookie. This is definitely my favourite Yankee Candle I've ever bought and it properly gets me in the mood for Christmas whenever I smell it. In fact, I'm burning it right now!


3. Fireside Treats
I don't really know if this is considered to be a Christmas candle, but it's definitely wintery. I only recently discovered this scent but it's quickly made its way into my top three candles. It smells of roasting marshmallows and it's just so lovely. I think my room now permanently smells of it since I've been burning it so much lately!

Hopefully these gave you some inspiration for some Christmassy candles for yourself or a fellow candle lover! What are your favourite festive candles? Let me know!

xxx

Thursday, 3 December 2015

Ugly Christmas Jumpers! - Blogmas Day Three!

I love Christmas jumpers. The uglier the better! One of my favourite things about Christmas is seeing all of the hideous Christmas jumpers in shops, so today for day three of Blogmas I thought I'd delve into the internet and find some of my favourites!

1. This Is My X-Mas Jumper - ASOS

2. Merry Christmas Ya Filthy Animal - Boohoo

3. I Only Do Mornings On December 25th - New Look

4. Bah Humpug - Boohoo

5. Candycanes - Topshop

6. Dancing Penguins - ASOS

I'd actually wear all of these jumpers! I love the dry humour of the first one especially, definitely my style.

What's been the best/ugliest jumper you've seen this year?

Let me know!

xxx

Wednesday, 2 December 2015

The Christmas Tag - Blogmas Day Two!

It's day two of Blogmas, yay! Today I thought I'd do something simple and fun to get us all a bit more into the festive spirit... The Christmas Tag! Here we go!

1. What is/are your favourite Christmas movie(s)?
I'd say my top three Christmas movies would be Home Alone 2, Father Christmas, and The Grinch. Don't ask me to put them in order because I just can't!

2. Do you open presents on Christmas Eve or on Christmas morning?
Christmas morning! I always begged my parents to let me open just one present on Christmas eve to satisfy the monster inside me, but I was never allowed. I think in the future if I have my own kids I'd let them open one on Christmas Eve, I know how frustrating it is to see all of those presents there and not be allowed to touch them!

3. Do you have a favourite Christmas memory?
There's a home video somewhere of a really little me on Christmas eve setting out a mince pie and carrot for Santa and Rudolph, and then on Christmas morning opening my stocking presents and getting like twelve tubs of Play-doh... Amazing!

4. Favourite festive food?
Any kind of Christmas cookies or biscuits that I can get my little hands on.

5. Favourite Christmas gift?
I remember one year I came downstairs to find my very own brand new computer sitting in the corner of the living room! This was when I was quite young so this thing was huge and loaded up so slowly, but I have so many fond memories of sitting playing Petz for hours on end and crying when my cat ran away... I still miss you Snowball...

6. Favourite Christmas scent?
Christmas Cookie by Yankee Candle! It gets me right in the mood for Christmas.

7. Do you have any Christmas Eve traditions?
Not so much anymore, but when I was younger I would always leave out a mince pie for Santa and a carrot for Rudolph... Just to make sure they didn't get hungry!

8. What tops your tree?
A little red bow :)

9. As a kid, what was the one crazy/wild/extravagant present you always asked for but never received?
Well when I was little I basically just got out the Argos catalogue and circled anything big and pink, so there were probably a lot of crazy things I asked for but never got. I do remember wanting a puppy quite a lot though. Ever since I watched Lady & The Tramp I always wanted to come downstairs on Christmas morning and find a little puppy with a red bow around it's neck.

10. What's the best part about Christmas for you?
Getting to spend time with family, eating really good food, being able to not feel guilty for sitting around in pyjamas all day... I also just love seeing people's faces when they open presents.

xxx

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