Monday, 29 December 2014

What I got for Christmas 2014 :-)

I’ve been doing this post for a couple of years now. I enjoy sharing and talking to other bloggers to find out what they got and to tell them what I have received.

In our family we write lists and this year I wanted less stuff but more high quality products. This way I don’t have loads of bulky items hanging around all year. My friend got me a Philosophy bath set which I can’t wait to use. I was given an Origins hand cream set, my love for Origins has really grown, and they are gorgeous! I have a few more Origins products in my Christmas sales post coming up soon.

As a surprise my mum got me a jumbo hot chocolate set and a tea hamper both from a lovely brand called Whittard. I can’t wait to try them out!! I got lots more activity based gifts from my parents this year including books, DVDs, CDs, a jigsaw etc.

My Favourite surprise was the Miranda Hart Maracattack DVD and some maracas. I laughed when I opened it, I thought it was hilarious and fab! Can’t wait to have a go ha! :-)

Please get in touch with your ‘What I got for Christmas post’ would love to share ideas :-) Expect a Christmas sales haul very soon! Best wishes for 2015! xxxx

Saturday, 27 December 2014

Merry Christmas & A Happy New Year. My Christmas In Photos!

Hi and a very Merry Christmas! Hope you had a lovely few days. Please let me know what you’ve been up too in the comments below, maybe spending time with loved ones, eating too much food, braving the Boxing Day sales etc! :-)

Our family spread Christmas activities over the month so we saw family the weekend before Christmas and I saw my friends over December and went to a few festive outings like markets and local fairs.

Christmas day was with my immediate family including Mum, Dad and my Brother. We opened presents in the morning, had Christmas lunch and chilled out the rest of the day. It was fairly relaxed and very nice :-)

I’m planning on doing a ‘What I got for Christmas’ post as well as a ‘What I got in the sales’ post. Let me know if you have or are going to do the same :-) I’m planning on hitting the sales with friends which I’m looking forward to!

Heres a few photo snippets from my Christmas, hope you enjoy them….The last photo is of some vintage baubles I won in a facebook competition for York House :-D

Saturday, 20 December 2014

Christmas Gift Wrapping Tips

So ladies yesterday I finished my gift wrapping and felt inspired to write a little post of tips if you are lacking inspiration. Hope you enjoy…..

1.) Choose a theme or colour palette. This year I had chosen metallic and graphic patterns. By sticking to a scheme all the presents under the tree will coordinate. If you super organised you could coordinate the tree with the presents :-)

2.) Buy extras such a ribbon, bows, thread etc to decorate. These items can make all the difference to the finishing touch of your wrapping.

3.) Wrapping neatly can be difficult but taking your time with edges helps and I would recommend making envelope shapes, this makes it look ten times more professional.

4.) Get creative! A few years back I used photographs instead of labels. Another idea is to make handmade gift tags using paper and card scraps. Anything like this makes it personal and a joy to open.

5.) I always forgot to buy gift bags and boxes until the last minute. Poundland and Poundworld do some great gift bag choices and they are great value.

6.) My final tip is to enjoy it! Make yourself some mulled wine and pop on the Christmas tunes. Merry Christmas!!!

Thursday, 11 December 2014

Intro to Polyvore. A cool place online to make fashion/inspiration boards.

All Wrapped Up.

You may or may not have heard of Polyvore, it’s a cool place online to make fashion boards or any kind of inspiration boards. You can add items to a board and experiment anyway you wish. These ‘boards’ are called sets. You can also create collections which in other words are folders of individual items.
It takes a while to learn tips and tricks. If you are new to Polyvore you can browse other members or communities to gain knowledge and inspiration. Also once you’ve joined online I would recommend adding items. These appear on your profile and you can use them later on in your sets and collections.
It took me a while to develop a style on my sets. Some people keep it simple by adding a few items to make an outfit which I do sometimes, example above. If you want to be more adventurous you can create a template but I find this process trickier.
Some ideas I’ve seen include picking a colour and sticking to it for one board. Also picking a theme such as minimalist, street fashion, favourite products etc.
Feel free to add me on there if you’ve been on there a while or if you are a newbie. Let me know in the comments if you want to be Polyvore friends! :-D Lots of love, Helen Xxx