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Monday, 31 December 2012

New Years Eve 2012/13

It is hard to believe this year is nearly over! It really feels like it only just started but here we are celebrating the start of 2013. To be honest this hasn't been the best year of my life so far so I am hoping that 2013 will bring with it lots of new exciting things and all the bad will be left in the past.

This year we are staying home and getting Indian food which may not sound that exciting but I sadly have the cold *sniff. To be honest I actually couldn't think of a better way to bring in the new year than being cosy at home with people I love. How are you spending your New Years Eve? Are you staying home or are you off out somewhere?

Tonight while we are having dinner I will be thinking of resolutions to make for tomorrow, have you made any yet? I have never made any proper resolutions before so this year I thought I would give it a go and try to stick to them.

Fireworks from the start of the Edinburgh Hogmanay celebrations :)

Where ever you are tonight have a wonderful time and HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!!

Shelley xx
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Saturday, 29 December 2012

Burt's Bees Hand Cream

Normally the days that follow Christmas are spend one way! Eating Christmas leftovers, watching all the film that are on TV and just spending time relaxing. That is exactly what we have done this year but we did manage to get dressed and go out shopping on Boxing day to see if we could find anything in the sales. We did pick up a few things that I will post about if you would like to see them but I wanted to tell you about something I am so glad I have found...that funnily enough wasn't in the sale!

Burt's Bees Almond & Milk Hand Cream is one of the most beautiful hand creams I have ever tried. It was a completely random find as we wondered through Harvey Nichols and I am so glad we picked it up. First of all I am in love with the packaging! I will admit that it isn't the most practical of packaging and I don't think I will ever find myself popping it into my handbag but I love how it looks on the dressing table in the bedroom. It is a solid glass jar with a metal screw on lid and it just has such an old/vintage feel to it that I am very fond of.


The cream its self is very thick and luxurious and is a real treat to use, this is another reason I don't think it will ever be something I carry around. Because of the consistency I like to use it at night and let it really soak into my skin, it isn't greasy or sticky and soaks in fairly quickly. Burt's Bees say to use it after every hand wash but I have been using it at night before bed and this has been working fine for me. I have only been using it for a couple of days and can already see a difference in the skin on my hands. They are softer and smoother and I have found by using it at night I wake up with lovely soft hands that feel moisturised all day long.


Another thing that I love about this product is the smell, after the packaging it was what made me want to buy it to try out. It smells like marzipan! Not too strong or too sweet just really quite yummy, so  yummy in fact that I keep opening the jar just to smell it. But what I am pleased with is the fact that it isn't over powering on your hands and doesn't last too long. I don't like when hand creams have incredibly strong scents that last all day long...it can be off putting if you are eating or drinking.

I having been looking for a hand cream for a while now that I really love and enjoy using, not just one that I feel does the job. I really think I have found that with this one! It is beautifully packaged and smells amazing, after washing dishes my hands feel lovely and soft and even the cold harsh winter weather hasn't managed to make them feel dry. It cost around £10 depending on where you find it which at the time I thought was maybe a little overpriced but after trying it I can see it lasting me quite a while so I would say it is worth the money. If you are looking for a new hand cream I would recommend this you can find it here on the Burt's Bees website.

Have you tried any Burt's Bees products?

Shelley xx
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Monday, 24 December 2012

Twelve Days of Christmas - Christmas Eve

On the twelfth day of Christmas...

Well it is now Christmas eve, can you believe it...?

Our Christmas eve has turned out how it normally does, but thankfully it has been a much easier day. Normally it consists of me rushing about all day and then trying to deliver presents to everyone at night but not this time. By half 11.30 this morning we had all our hampers finished and the house tidy ready for Christmas. We then got ready to go out and had a lovely evening dropping presents off to all our family and friends.

Right now we are watching Elf, eating a yummy if a little late dinner and we will soon be having tea and chocolate Yule log :)

I hope you are all having a very festive Christmas eve and a very merry Christmas for tomorrow :)


Shelley xx
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Twelve Days of Christmas - Week In Pictures

On the eleventh day of Christmas...


Cody and Sookie after my food!

crazy rain / Costa to warm up / rain hair!

Christmas cupcakes

hamper making
shortbread / chocolate bark
gingerbread bears

The last week before Christmas is nearly over, tomorrow will be Christmas eve...I still can't quite believe it! This week has gone by very quickly. It started with us being out and about running errands and long drives in the rain but the later half of the week has been spent baking. Each item on my to do list has been done except Christmas eve visits tomorrow to drop off gifts to every one, which should actually go to plan this year as today we have made all the treats for the hampers and they are ready to be packed up. One of my favourite things in the hampers this year are the gingerbread teddy bears! The recipe comes from Rachel from Blush and Brunch and I have to say it is the best gingerbread recipe I have ever tasted...thank you Rachel :) And I completely agree, they wouldn't have been as good with less ginger! We didn't have a gingerbread man cutter so we made teddy bears and I think they have turned out quite sweet looking. Well this weekend has been a very busy one so I am off to bed now, good night everyone.

Hope you all had a lovely weekend :)

2 sleeps left...crazy!!!

Shelley xx






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Sunday, 23 December 2012

Twelve Days of Christmas - Cupcakes

On the tenth day of Christmas...

This post was suppose to be up yesterday so for that I apologise, I tried incredibly hard to get it done but I just ran out of time.

If your read my last post then you will know that yesterday I was making cupcakes for my little brother to take to take to work for a little Christmas party they are having. 150 to be exact! As hard as I tried to get finished it did end up taking me all day. By the time I had completely finished it was nearly 1am and I thought it better to go to bed and get some sleep and write this post when I had time in the morning. It was really my own fault that it ended up taking such a long time, I had decided on designs that were quite fiddly to do and that very really quite time consuming...oops! However I am so pleased with how they turned out that I really don't mind how long they took to do.


I decided on two designs, the first one was a vanilla cake with vanilla butter cream to which I added blue food colouring to give them a frosty look. I cut out LOTS of starts and painted them all with paint that I found for icing that gives it a pearlescent finish. I then covered them all in glitter because its Christmas and why not? :)


The second I think are my favourite! I make a chocolate cake with chocolate butter cream and then tried my very best to make them look like little Christmas puddings. I am so pleased with how they look, even if the holly berries and leaves did take me a very long time to finish!


Then they were all packed up ready to go! I am really very pleased with how they turned out, now I just hope that everyone enjoys them :)

Only 3 sleeps to go! (or there was when this was supposed to go up)

Shelley xx
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Friday, 21 December 2012

Twelve Days of Christmas - To Do List!

On the ninth day of Christmas...

It may seem a little late for a to do list but today while I was out I realised just how little time there is left from now until Christmas. Obviously I know how many days are left as I have been counting them down right here but it just hit me! After tonight there are three days only and then it will be Christmas and suddenly I felt as if there are just not enough hours in the day to get everything done! So...instead of scribbling them down on a bit of paper that I will forget to look at when it gets lost in the Tardis that is my handbag, I thought I would write them on here :)

1. Cupcakes! Tomorrow I have to make 150 cupcakes for my brothers work, they are having a little Christmas party on Sunday and have asked me to make some. I am not a baker, I just enjoy doing it for friends and family so hopefully all will go to plan and it wont take me ALL day. They have to be Christmas themed so I am quite excited about it really (hehe)

2. Christmas hampers! I love to make them, it is something fun that Paul and I do each year now but I am just a little worried that it might be a rush to get them finished. These are of course the only Christmas gifts I haven't wrapped and put away as of yet because they really can't be done that far in advance...unfortunately!

3. Visits! Christmas eve is always usually reserved for visiting as many friends and family as is possible in one day. Each year we say we will be home early and will have a nice relaxing night but that is yet to happen. You always end up spending far more time than you planned in each house and being out for the whole day and night. I have to say however that its self has now become a kind of tradition and I don't think Christmas eve would be the same without the madness of running around :)

4. Shopping! We have, like good little organised people have bought most of our Christmas food so that is all put away ready to be cooked. The only thing we really have to buy are the fresh things like fruit and vegetables that we really can't freeze but that shouldn't take too long.

When I write them down like that is doesn't seem like it is a lot to do, I think it is just the fact that each thing takes quite a long time...something I feel I am lacking this weekend! Even though I am a little worried about getting everything done on time it doesn't take away the fact that in just a few days it will be Christmas day! I can't explain just how excited I am and I am getting more and more so the closer we get the it :)


Thanks for reading, Happy Friday everyone :)

Only 4 sleeps left!!!

Shelley xx
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Thursday, 20 December 2012

Twelve Days of Christmas - Oh Christmas Tree

On the eighth day of Christmas...

I couldn't do a twelve days of Christmas series with out mentioning my Christmas tree, that would be madness! I have a fake Christmas tree which means a great deal to me as it was a gift from my grandmother a few years ago. As much as I would love to have a real tree to be able to enjoy the smell until I have space for a second tree I don't see that happening.

When she bought me the tree, which is just over six and a half foot and very fat we went shopping and bought lots of tinsel and baubles to decorate it with. Over the years I have slowly replaced all of those things with more special ornaments and while it isn't yet as full as I would like it to be it looks good, or at least I think so. The colour scheme has always been reds and golds and I don't think that will ever change, unless like I said I can find space for tree number two to decorate :)


A few of my other favourite things at aren't on the Christmas tree are a set of snowmen mugs that my mum bought Paul and me two or three years ago, they are so cute sitting together. We got two new stocking this year that are just for decoration, we have two that we use for presents. Another thing is a Hummel figure that I was given a few years ago. I don't collect them, it was only because it was a Christmas one but I love it :)

These mugs are perfect for hot chocolate :)


I really love my Christmas things, it makes me a little sad to think they soon they will be packed away again for another year. But I suppose they wouldn't be a special if they were out all year round. Do you have any special Christmas decorations?

Not long now, only 5 sleeps left!

Shelley xx

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Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Twelve Days of Christmas - Gift Wrapping

On the seventh day of Christmas...

When it comes to the look of my Christmas decorations I am most definitely in favour of the old traditional reds and golds, I love the cosy homely feel it gives. When thinking about how we wanted to wrap presents this year we decided to go for something along those lines.

Last year we chose to use brown parcel paper and lots of ribbon and holly berries. They looked beautiful and although I loved them we wanted to change it slightly for this Christmas.


We chose four different papers, one being actual brown paper but the other three with a similar look. When I am wrapping quite a few presents at Christmas I kind of like to have a theme or a look running through them all so they all look good together.


For decoration we stuck to the same colours and used a mix of curly foil ribbon, fabric ribbon and glittery bows. When I'm using just two colours I think it can sometimes look quite plain so I like to play with textures and sizes of the decorations. It makes it much more interesting to look at when they are all sitting under the tree :)


One of my very favourite things about the whole look of the presents are our gift tags. They are miniature versions of the ones we use for our hampers and I think they are so sweet. I think someone told me they are called luggage tags? Not sure. But they are just gorgeous and look perfect with the brown paper.

Have you got all of your presents this year? How have you wrapped them?

6 sleeps left! It is going by so fast :(

Shelley xx

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Tuesday, 18 December 2012

Twelve Days of Christmas - My Wish List

On the sixth day of Christmas...

I enjoy reading other blogger's wish lists and I knew that I wanted to include one in my Twelve days of Christmas series but I thought I would do one a little differently. So here are my 12 wishes for Christmas...

1. I wish that on Christmas day everyone has someone special to share it with, no matter who that may be.

2. I wish that for the first time in many years it snows on Christmas day so I can finally have a white Christmas.

3. I wish that no matter how many presents are under the tree everyone remembers that what really matters is being happy and healthy and having people who love you.

4. I wish that I can continue to listen to nothing but Christmas music until a time that it becomes silly.

5. I wish that everyone gets something special from Santa, no matter how big or small it is.

6. I wish that everyone can take time to remember those less fortunate than themselves.

7. I wish that I can continue to have a few more nights curled up on the couch with Christmas films.

8. I wish that everyone has a wonderful day filled with happy memories.

9. I wish that all the special people in my life know how much they mean to me.

10. I wish that my fiance Paul knows how special he makes me feel, how very special he makes my life and how much I love him.

11. I wish that all of you know how much I appreciate you subscribing to my blog and leaving me comments, it makes me so happy reading them all.

12. Finally I hope that no matter what you are doing, where ever you will be or how you choose to celebrate that you have the best day possible :)

image via weheartit
Thank you all for reading :)

We are now at the 7 sleeps point! This time next week it will be Christmas eve!

Shelley xx
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Monday, 17 December 2012

Twelve Days of Christmas - Epic Hot Chocolate

On the fifth day of Christmas...

When you think about Christmas drinks a few come to mind. Eggnog, mulled wine, festive coffees and of course, hot chocolate! I don't really drink hot chocolate throughout the year, I will have the odd one but it is something I mostly tend to save for Winter. It is warm and comforting and just seems right around Christmas time. Last year we came across an amazing hot chocolate recipe that we have made again this year so I wanted to share it with you :)


The recipe comes from Jamie Oliver and you can find it right here! We like to make up a batch and keep it in one of these storage jars, I can't say how long it can be kept because to be honest it doesn't last long in this house! When making it for a small cup/mug I would add two table spoons per person and if using a larger mug I would add an extra one each. It makes a yummy thick drink that isn't too sweet because of the dark chocolate, if you want it sweeter you can just add more sugar but I would find it very sickly if it was overly sweet. We have found out recently that it works well with syrups too! We bought the toffee nut syrup from Starbucks after I discovered that is the one they use in their salted caramel hot chocolate and it is amazingly good. We have been having it with whipped cream and caramel sauce and it have become a firm Christmas favourite in the house this year. What Christmas drinks have you been enjoying so far? If you enjoy hot chocolate I think you will like this recipe :)



Thanks for reading, I hope everyone had a lovely Monday.

8 sleeps until Christmas!

Shelley xx
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Sunday, 16 December 2012

Twelve Days of Christmas - My Week in Pictures

On the forth day of Christmas...

butterfly cupcakes / homemade jammy dodgers 


I love this picture!

clothes shopping / chocolate bark

party food for dinner / salted caramel profiteroles

homemade salted caramel hot chocolate / Christmas Yankee Candles

This week has been mostly about food as you can see from the pictures. I have done quite a lot of baking for ourselves and other people. I made pink butterfly cupcakes for a baby shower a friend was going to, I was so pleased with how they turned out. And I made two batches of jammy dodger because I had to keep some in the house for us after giving the first lot away :) We also made chocolate bark this week, it was a trail run to see how it turned out as we are thinking about putting some in our Christmas hampers...it did not last long! While most of my spare time this week has been spent in the kitchen as it usually is the closer we get to Christmas I did manage to do a little shopping. While I was in town I found a sweet little skater dress in Topshop and ordered a couple of things online. Lastly, how cute is that picture of the pug with the hat on?

I hope you are all having a great weekend, have you been doing anything festive?
We only have one more weekend before Christmas...can you believe it?? I can't!

9 sleeps to go!

Shelley xx
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Twelve Days of Christmas - Christmas Questions

On the third day of Christmas...


I first read this when Ellie from Ellalogy was tagged to do it, you should check out her blog here! And today when Traci from Drinkcitra did a post on it, you should check her out here. They both have lovely blogs so make sure you have a look. Although I have not been tagged to do this post I just thought it would be a lot of fun to do and it fits in nicely with the twelve days of Christmas.

So the questions :)

1. What makes Christmas such a special holiday for you and your family?
What makes Christmas such a special day is just spending it with people you love. Sometimes we stay in and have people round and sometimes we go out and visit friends. But we always have dinner at home :)

2. Were you told the truth about Santa Claus by your parents or did you find out another way? And do you plan on lying to your kids?
I think I realised it on my own. I can't remember what age I was but I remember saying to my mum that I knew Santa didn't exist and telling her she didn't need to lie to me any more lol. I have a younger brother however so I kept up the pretence until he found out. We don't plan on ever having children so I won't ever have that problem. I will of course make sure that any children I know believe in Santa, it brings so much magic to Christmas when you are small :)

3. Real tree or fake tree?
I have a fake tree so I suppose I will have to go with that. I enjoy having a tree that I can keep year after year but if we ever have space for a second tree I would love to also have a real one.

4. Do you open presents on Christmas morning, Christmas eve or both?
When we were younger my brother and I got to open one present each on Christmas eve and that was really exciting. Since growing up that is something I don't really do any more, unless I get new pyjamas and then I get to open them. It's always fun to wake up in new pyjamas on Christmas morning.

5. What is your favourite Christmas movie to watch. Favourite Christmas song to sing or listen to?
I tried to pick just one Christmas movie but I can't! I love so many like Elf, Love Actually, Scroodged, and of course Muppet's Christmas Carol! More than that but I wont list them all. I am the same with songs! But one of my favourite albums has to be Michael Buble Christmas album.

This was fun to do so I hoped you enjoyed it. Please let me know if you do this tag, I would love to read the post :)

Only 10 sleeps left! Goodnight everyone

Shelley xx
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Friday, 14 December 2012

Twelve Days of Christmas - Chocolate Chip Shortbread

On the second day of Christmas...

We made chocolate chip shortbread! 

For a few years now we have made hampers for friends and family at Christmas time that are full of yummy home made treats. I like the personal touch that comes with home made gifts, it can sometimes be much nicer than buying something for someone. We will be making them again this year and although we won't make the hampers up until a day or two before Christmas we like to try some things out before hand. Today we made a batch of milk chocolate chip shortbread, it is a yummy treat to give as a gift or to just have in the house to have with a cup of tea (as I plan on doing after writing this).


The recipe is very simple and takes no time at all. You need:

125g/4oz butter
55g/2oz caster sugar
180g/6oz plain flour
150g/5oz chocolate of your choice

To make the biscuits preheat the oven to 190c/375f/gas 5 then beat together the butter and sugar until smooth. After that sift in the flour and mix by hand until you have a smooth dough, this is where you can add your chocolate but that is completely optional. Once it is all mixed together I like to roll it out into a long sausage shape and then pat it out into a rectangle and cut slices to they look as they do in the above picture, you can however shape them as you like. Chill them in the fridge for around 20 minutes to firm up, after that take them out and sprinkle with a little caster sugar. Then all you have to do is bake in the oven for around 10-20 minutes. This will depend entirely on the size and shape of your shortbread biscuits. When they have gone a pale golden brown just take them out and leave them too cool, then enjoy :)


We like to keep our own in a nice Christmas cookie jar but when we are giving them away as gifts I think they look beautiful in cellophane bags tied up with ribbon. 

Thanks for reading 

11 sleeps now!

Shelley xx
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Thursday, 13 December 2012

Twelve days of Christmas - Lush Bath Bomb

Today as I'm sure you know marks the start of the twelve days to Christmas. I realised this last night and had thought a great way to celebrate this would be to do something special right here. So starting today I will be blogging everyday up until Christmas. It will be a great way to count down the days and share it with other people :) Please let me know if you are doing anything similar, I would love to follow along!  So...

On the first day of Christmas...


I thought it would be fun to review a lush bath bomb, but not just any bath bomb. A Christmas one! It is the Golden Wonder bomb. It is the shape of a present so obviously making it perfect for Christmas time but what makes it even better is that it is covered in gold shimmer and that just makes it so much more festive!

First of all this little present smells amazing! It is not your standard Christmas scent which don't get me wrong, I really enjoy but it is nice to have something a little different. It has a lovely citrus smell to it that comes from the orange oil and lime oil. It also contains Cognac oil but if I am being honest I'm not really sure what that smells like. The overall scent should smell like a "light fizzing champagne cocktail" as Lush describe it.

One of the things I find most exciting about this bath bomb (other than what happens in the water which we will get to in a moment) is that you can shake it and just like a real present you can hear something inside. I love to shake and feel presents to try and guess what is inside so I love the idea of this in a bath bomb.


When you drop your little present into the bath as you would expect by looking at it, the gold shimmer turns the water a beautiful golden yellow colour but then starts to turn green as hundreds of tiny stars start to appear! Eventually the water turns a beautiful teal blue that is just lovely!

When you come to get out of the bath you will find two things! One - the stars have disappeared completely, and two - you are covered from head to toe in gold shimmer! I tried to get the best picture I could of my arm to show you.


Overall I love this product! Apart from the name, that just makes me think of the crisps I can't say a bad word about it. It smells wonderful, the scent is lovely and relaxing and the gold shimmer it covers you in I think makes it wonderful for the Christmas party season because, who doesn't love to sparkle? The price is very reasonable too, £3.25 for a special bath treat is pretty good I think. I plan on getting a few more before all the Christmas stock has gone :)

12 sleeps to go, who is excited?

Shelley xx
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Liebster Award!

I was recently nominated for the Liebster Award by the lovely Beauty and Babbling. She has a great blog that you should go check out. It was so nice of her to nominate me for this, thank you so much. So here we go...



The Liebster Award is for bloggers with under 300 followers and the rules of the award is that the nominee must link back to whoever awarded them, write 11 random facts about themselves, answer the 11 questions from the award giver, and then nominate another 11 bloggers and make up 11 questions for them to answer. It's a great way for new and undiscovered bloggers to meet new people, get more followers and find some blogs that they want to follow.
 
My Random facts
1. I used to have bright pink hair when I was a teenager! (its dark brown now)
2. I have a very old but still a little crazy Dalmatian 
3. I have seen Love Actually a ridiculous number of times!
4. My fiance is my best friend. We met 13 years ago when we started high school and have been together for nearly 7 of them.
5. I would love to live in New York City!
6. I have very vivid very realistic dreams, sometimes that isn't a good thing
7. I have a bad habit of doodling on everything and anything...including myself!
8. I have what some may call an unhealthy addiction to clothes and accessories
9. I own 58 scarf's 
10. I love to bake, especially cupcakes :)
11. Christmas is my favourite time of year
Questions from Beauty and Babbling
1. How close to done are you with your holiday shopping?
a- I am done! and have been for about a week. I am really quite proud of myself hehe
2. What is at least one of your holy grail beauty products?
a- Definitely Maybelline Falsies Mascara...it is amazing!
3. What is your favourite book?
a- I feel a little ashamed of myself for this but I don't think I have ever finished a book! I read Vogue, Elle and many blogs but no books. Maybe I have never found the right one?
4. Are you going to make any New Year's Resolutions?
a- Yes, the standard lose some weight. I have lost quite a lot of weight in the past couple of years and I would like to lose the rest after Christmas.
5. When you are cooking at home, what is your favourite dinner to make?
a- If its for myself I like to make Chilli or some kind of curry - I love hot food!
6. Are you more interested in going to see The Hobbit or Les Miserables
a- I really want to see both, I don't think I can choose 
7. What is one wardrobe staple every woman should have in her closet? 
a- A leather biker jacket! I have looked for the perfect one for so long and it is now sitting under the Christmas tree waiting to be opened on the 25th. Paul bought it for me :)
8. What is your favourite healthy snack? 
a- I really like dried fruit and nuts
9. What is your favourite NON-healthy snack?
a- Chocolate if I was sweet and crisps if I want savoury...so bad!
10. Do you buy cheap or expensive watches and/or sunglasses?
a- I don't own a watch, is that odd? I have just always used my phone for the time. I have both cheap and expensive sunglasses. It really just depends on the style.
11. How good are you at resisting sales?  
a- AWFUL. I might not always find anything but I can't resist them
My 11 Questions
1. Do you have an item of clothing that is special, if so why?
2. Do you prefer cats or dogs?
3. Do you have a favourite Christmas treat?
4. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
5. Do you have any bad habits?
6. What is your favourite thing to eat?
7. Why did you start your blog?
8. Do you have any nicknames?
9. What is your favourite fragrance?
10. Are you doing anything special for Christmas this year?
11. What is your favourite time of year?
Bloggers I nominate
Elle from sliding drawers
Em from A Nutty Style of Life
Rachel from Blush and Brunch
Daisy from Daisycakes
Sarah from SareBerry
Megan from A Brunettes Beauty Blog
Thank you again Beauty and Babbling for nominating me :)
Thank you all for reading
Only 13 sleeps left!
Shelley xx
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Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Statement Jewellery

Statement jewellery is everywhere right now, and it doesn't look as if its going to be leaving any time soon. Personally I am a huge fan of statement pieces, especially when it comes to jewellery so I am loving this trend. You can find such a huge variety on the high street so I wanted to share a few bits that I have picked up over the past two or three weeks.


The necklace with the pearls and the one with the spikes are both from Primark and if I remember correctly were around the £4 mark. I really liked these two when I found them, the spikes are more on the edgy side and the pearls well... pearls are just one of my favourite things so I just fell for it, it looks great with black lace tops. I have been wearing the spikes with blacks and greys and it just finishes outfit off nicely. The other two are from H&M. The neon coral roses I just knew I wanted when I seen it, its not as big as the others but it is very bright. I think it will look great in summer with some white and navy pieces, and great with black just now as the colour is so bright it will just stand out beautifully. The last one I had no outfits in mind when I bought it, it just looked ridiculously pretty in the bright store lights and the colours change when you move. It was the most expensive being around £12 with the roses only being £4.99. Yes...to some these piece will be a little gaudy and a little too bright and garish but I think that I what can make them fun to wear. It is sometimes nice to add a little something different to an outfit.

Even though this is somewhat of a recent trend I have had a few bits of statement jewellery for quite a few years now.


These are two of my favourites and the two I would consider to be the biggest in terms of size and impact. They are both from the Danish brand Pilgrim. I have been collecting Pilgrim jewellery from years now, I even have a Pilgrim Jewellery box! I find the designs so interesting and so different from what you can find elsewhere. It can be a little pricey so most of what I have where gifts as I was much younger when I started and couldn't really afford to buy any myself. The gold necklace looks beautiful on especially with a v-neck or over a very high neck and the stones catch the light so nicely. The butterfly is quite large and sits high on your chest. Because it is so large it can catch a lot of attention, over the years it has had its fair share of compliments.

What are your thoughts on statement jewellery? Do you love it or do you think they can be a bit too much? As I said I love them! I think a statement necklace can add so much to a simple rather plain outfit, turning it into something special. It can instantly make an outfit dressier without much at all. I will definitely be looking out for one or two more pieces.

Thanks for reading :)

14 more sleeps!!!

Shelley xx

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Monday, 10 December 2012

My Week In Pictures...

Lush Spa opened! / Christmas tree in Waverley Station

Jenners Christmas tree / Thai restaurant decorations

Sugar cookie bears / Monster feet

Scary cornflake box! / Street preformers 

M&S Christmas drinks / Draw Something board game!!

The VERY busy Edinburgh Christmas Market


Beautiful Bike :)


Do you ever feel like technology hates you? As I am typing this I am waiting for the pictures for this post to transfer from phone to computer, I have actually been waiting an hour! Happier news...the Lush Spa has opened in Edinburgh :) We popped in for a little visit just to have a look and it is lovely. It has a old English country kitchen feel to it that I absolutely love. This week again has been very festive with the exception of Tuesday which was Paul's birthday, he turned 25. The monster feet slippers were a present for him from my grandma, they are very funny but so comfortable. While shopping this week we found the most terrifying box of cornflakes I think I have ever or will ever see, imagine waking up to that in the morning? We also found a Draw Something board game and I got ridiculously excited about it even though I'm not sure how different it can be from the one I have on my phone. On my way home yesterday I found the most beautiful bike. It was draped in fairy lights and I loved it so much I had to share it with you :)

I hope you have had a lovely week 
15 sleeps to go! Not long now :)

Shelley xx
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