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It feels longer than just a couple of weeks since I was walking around Edinburgh on Christmas Eve, holding onto my loves hands as we explored the beautiful city together.

I wish we could have stayed for a few days longer and soak up every piece of the festive season in one of my new favourite places. It was the first time I went away for Christmas without going to visit family, so it was a quiet and peaceful few days with my favourite human. A special one for us, I cherish all the days I get to spend with him, being in a long distance relationship truly makes you appreciate the time you do have with each other. So spending Christmas together in a little cosy flat for a few days made it even better.

We arrived when the storm came in. Walking through the windy streets, stopping for coffee and then to our Airbnb. A sweet little place, perfect for two and close to the city centre. We had a wander around the local area, picked up everything we needed for the Christmas dinner and a few comforting treats. We stayed in for the rest of the evening, hiding away from the storm.

The next day, Christmas Eve, we walked up to Edinburgh Castle. A stunning view of the city and the Scottish hills in the distance. Then walked down the Royal Mile, stepping into some of the little shops along the way. You can get to all the places you need to on foot, especially when your boyfriend is a great navigator and finds the short cuts.

The Christmas market was our next stop, we found the marshmallow kisses straight away. It's a little tradition of ours to share one (or two) when we are at a Christmas market. We had a look at the stalls and admired the Christmas ornaments and trinkets. I had a Baileys coffee and he had a Baileys hot chocolate, he definitely won the best drink game.

We walked a little further and ended up in a little pub in Grassmarket, we warmed ourselves up and watched people go by as the light slipped away. We made our way back to the flat, watched some TV and films under a blanket with a cup of tea and biscuits. A true cosy night in.

On Christmas Day, we started the day off slowly. Opened a few presents in bed and made a hearty breakfast before going for a walk around the city. There is something special about being outside, exploring a city when everything is closed and the streets are quiet on Christmas Day. You have time and space to admire the historic buildings, surrounded by cobbled roads and small lanes. I can see myself living in a place like this.

As we were about to start making our way back, the rain came and completely soaked us. Not how I intended to spend my afternoon but it is strangely a nice little memory I'll always have. We warmed ourselves up, got into comfy clothes and started making dinner. I had a nut roast for my Christmas dinner with all the delicious vegetables, stuffing, roast potatoes and Yorkshire pudding. And of course some gooey chocolate cake for dessert.

After filling ourselves up, we drank presecco and got comfortable on the sofa for the rest of the evening. it's the little things like spending time with your love and just being together that makes me feel so incredibly thankful for all that I have. I couldn't have asked for anything more perfect.

It was bittersweet knowing it was our last night. We had a couple of hours in the city before heading back home, I wasn't ready to say goodbye to Edinburgh. I know I'll be back again. Scotland is where I was born and there will always be a place in my heart for this beautiful country. More days like these is all I need.









A Christmas in Edinburgh

11.1.17


It feels longer than just a couple of weeks since I was walking around Edinburgh on Christmas Eve, holding onto my loves hands as we explored the beautiful city together.

I wish we could have stayed for a few days longer and soak up every piece of the festive season in one of my new favourite places. It was the first time I went away for Christmas without going to visit family, so it was a quiet and peaceful few days with my favourite human. A special one for us, I cherish all the days I get to spend with him, being in a long distance relationship truly makes you appreciate the time you do have with each other. So spending Christmas together in a little cosy flat for a few days made it even better.

We arrived when the storm came in. Walking through the windy streets, stopping for coffee and then to our Airbnb. A sweet little place, perfect for two and close to the city centre. We had a wander around the local area, picked up everything we needed for the Christmas dinner and a few comforting treats. We stayed in for the rest of the evening, hiding away from the storm.

The next day, Christmas Eve, we walked up to Edinburgh Castle. A stunning view of the city and the Scottish hills in the distance. Then walked down the Royal Mile, stepping into some of the little shops along the way. You can get to all the places you need to on foot, especially when your boyfriend is a great navigator and finds the short cuts.

The Christmas market was our next stop, we found the marshmallow kisses straight away. It's a little tradition of ours to share one (or two) when we are at a Christmas market. We had a look at the stalls and admired the Christmas ornaments and trinkets. I had a Baileys coffee and he had a Baileys hot chocolate, he definitely won the best drink game.

We walked a little further and ended up in a little pub in Grassmarket, we warmed ourselves up and watched people go by as the light slipped away. We made our way back to the flat, watched some TV and films under a blanket with a cup of tea and biscuits. A true cosy night in.

On Christmas Day, we started the day off slowly. Opened a few presents in bed and made a hearty breakfast before going for a walk around the city. There is something special about being outside, exploring a city when everything is closed and the streets are quiet on Christmas Day. You have time and space to admire the historic buildings, surrounded by cobbled roads and small lanes. I can see myself living in a place like this.

As we were about to start making our way back, the rain came and completely soaked us. Not how I intended to spend my afternoon but it is strangely a nice little memory I'll always have. We warmed ourselves up, got into comfy clothes and started making dinner. I had a nut roast for my Christmas dinner with all the delicious vegetables, stuffing, roast potatoes and Yorkshire pudding. And of course some gooey chocolate cake for dessert.

After filling ourselves up, we drank presecco and got comfortable on the sofa for the rest of the evening. it's the little things like spending time with your love and just being together that makes me feel so incredibly thankful for all that I have. I couldn't have asked for anything more perfect.

It was bittersweet knowing it was our last night. We had a couple of hours in the city before heading back home, I wasn't ready to say goodbye to Edinburgh. I know I'll be back again. Scotland is where I was born and there will always be a place in my heart for this beautiful country. More days like these is all I need.










Hello, 2017. I can't quite believe it's a new year. I remember the start of 2016 so clearly and looking back at the past year I have so many happy memories with my family, friends and boyfriend. I have seen them grow, tackle through new challenges and celebrate joyful news. I wonder what new stories I will have in 12 months time.

Two Thousand and Sixteen Memories


2016 started off a little slow, it always does in January. The winter blues creep in and lingers a little too long. It was one of the busiest months for me at work, we were getting ready to launch our new branding, preparing the new website to go live, producing leaflets and merchandise. It has been an interesting year working in marketing and for the first time in my life, I feel like I'm working in the right industry and I have had time to think about what I want to do in my career.

When I think back to February I remember frosty mornings and a little Valentines trip to York. It makes me feel so happy looking back at the few snapshots from those two days in York. It reminds me how thankful I am for my good life and the people in it, especially my darling love.

In March a group of us went to the Lake District for the Easter weekend, in true bank holiday style it rained but it made it a little more fun. Life can be hard so we have to do the things that make it more enjoyable.

April and May was full of fun weekends, planning trips for the rest of the year and spring was in full bloom. Two of my best friends got engaged to their future husbands and others were buying houses, so many exciting and happy memories were made this year.

My sister and I went to Portugal in June for our summer holiday. It was so good to get away and be by the pool and the beach with the glorious sun. Drinking cocktails and reading a book. Perfection.

My birthday month is July and it is always one of the best months of the year with birthday treats and trips away, this year I went to Brighton, a quintessential British summer trip away. Then there are the simple things like having a picnic in the park and indulging in ice cream that makes July so much sweeter.

Birthday celebrations continue into August with my Dad and sister's birthdays on the same day. We went away for a spa weekend and saw Aladdin in the theatre. Then on the August bank holiday weekend my best friends and I went away to Sherwood Forest, and spent lots of time in the hot tub while drinking prosecco. The perfect girls weekend.

September and October was a little quiet, sometimes you need some time for yourself and embrace the beautiful autumn days. At the end of October, my boyfriend and I went to Amsterdam together for our year anniversary. I have always wanted to visit Amsterdam and it was just as incredible as I thought it would be, a beautiful city.

The last two months of the year went by so quickly, it was bonfire night one day and the next it was christmas day. It was crazy busy at work, our office was in the middle of being refurbished and we were getting everything ready for christmas. So when I had some time to myself all I wanted to do was get cosy with a hot chocolate, be festive and finish buying christmas presents. I was in Edinburgh for christmas this year, I had such a wonderful time with my boyfriend. Visiting the castle, walking down the Royal Mile and eating delicious treats in the christmas market. An incredible way to end the year.


Two Thousand and Seventeen Dreams


I haven't thought too much about my goals for 2017, the ones I have thought of are similar to last years goals. What I do know is that I want to continue self-improvement, grow more as a person, do the things that make me feel happy and make the good things in my life great. The little things and the big things. I feel inspired to do so much more.

I've been thinking about what I want to be doing with my life a lot this year and how I can start making progress into that direction. It does feel silly waiting for January to start it all but in a way I have been working towards them already. The last month or so of 2016 got really busy, so I didn't put pressure on myself and I will always try to do what I can. Now that I've had a break and feel rested I feel like I can focus and begin to achieve some goals and keep building a life I'm in love with.

Find my first home
After doing some quick calculations in excel, there is a real possibility of being able to buy a house in 2017. My boyfriend and I have been saving money in 2016 and if all goes to plan (fingers crossed), we will have a comfortable amount by the end of the year and can start looking for a new home.

We don't want to rush it and we are happy to wait a little longer to find the right place for us so if I'm not writing my 2018 goals in my own house that will be okay. Being close to buying one will be good enough.

Eat well and move to feel good
Keeping it simple and not getting too worked up about losing weight, eating low calorie meals or going to the gym 6 times a week. I believe in eating the food that my body needs and what makes me feel good inside. Along with moving regularly, by walking, practising yoga, HIIT workouts, weight training, running. Whatever it is that makes me feel better. The rest will take care of itself. I want be more focused and mindful with what I'm doing with my body.

Career development
I want to challenge myself a little more this year in my career. I'm comfortable with my job, I know what to do day-to-day but I can also be better. Thinking outside of the box and taking on more responsibilities. I've already signed up for a Google course, I want to dedicate time to it and learn more about the big world of marketing. And see where it will take me.

Make time for the little things
The past year I have not really made time to do simple things like reading a book. I want to break bad habits of watching Netflix and YouTube in bed and spend it reading, journaling, colouring and taking photos. And any other little things that make me happy. I want to start practising modern calligraphy and be more creative.

Be mindful
A simple thing that I want to adopt. There are times where I lose myself a little, I overthink, worry and stress about the silliest things. I'd like to be more mindful, focus on the good thoughts and not let the bad ones in.

Have you made any goals you want to achieve this year? If so, good luck! Wishing you all the best for 2017.

2016 Memories and 2017 Dreams

1.1.17


Hello, 2017. I can't quite believe it's a new year. I remember the start of 2016 so clearly and looking back at the past year I have so many happy memories with my family, friends and boyfriend. I have seen them grow, tackle through new challenges and celebrate joyful news. I wonder what new stories I will have in 12 months time.

Two Thousand and Sixteen Memories


2016 started off a little slow, it always does in January. The winter blues creep in and lingers a little too long. It was one of the busiest months for me at work, we were getting ready to launch our new branding, preparing the new website to go live, producing leaflets and merchandise. It has been an interesting year working in marketing and for the first time in my life, I feel like I'm working in the right industry and I have had time to think about what I want to do in my career.

When I think back to February I remember frosty mornings and a little Valentines trip to York. It makes me feel so happy looking back at the few snapshots from those two days in York. It reminds me how thankful I am for my good life and the people in it, especially my darling love.

In March a group of us went to the Lake District for the Easter weekend, in true bank holiday style it rained but it made it a little more fun. Life can be hard so we have to do the things that make it more enjoyable.

April and May was full of fun weekends, planning trips for the rest of the year and spring was in full bloom. Two of my best friends got engaged to their future husbands and others were buying houses, so many exciting and happy memories were made this year.

My sister and I went to Portugal in June for our summer holiday. It was so good to get away and be by the pool and the beach with the glorious sun. Drinking cocktails and reading a book. Perfection.

My birthday month is July and it is always one of the best months of the year with birthday treats and trips away, this year I went to Brighton, a quintessential British summer trip away. Then there are the simple things like having a picnic in the park and indulging in ice cream that makes July so much sweeter.

Birthday celebrations continue into August with my Dad and sister's birthdays on the same day. We went away for a spa weekend and saw Aladdin in the theatre. Then on the August bank holiday weekend my best friends and I went away to Sherwood Forest, and spent lots of time in the hot tub while drinking prosecco. The perfect girls weekend.

September and October was a little quiet, sometimes you need some time for yourself and embrace the beautiful autumn days. At the end of October, my boyfriend and I went to Amsterdam together for our year anniversary. I have always wanted to visit Amsterdam and it was just as incredible as I thought it would be, a beautiful city.

The last two months of the year went by so quickly, it was bonfire night one day and the next it was christmas day. It was crazy busy at work, our office was in the middle of being refurbished and we were getting everything ready for christmas. So when I had some time to myself all I wanted to do was get cosy with a hot chocolate, be festive and finish buying christmas presents. I was in Edinburgh for christmas this year, I had such a wonderful time with my boyfriend. Visiting the castle, walking down the Royal Mile and eating delicious treats in the christmas market. An incredible way to end the year.


Two Thousand and Seventeen Dreams


I haven't thought too much about my goals for 2017, the ones I have thought of are similar to last years goals. What I do know is that I want to continue self-improvement, grow more as a person, do the things that make me feel happy and make the good things in my life great. The little things and the big things. I feel inspired to do so much more.

I've been thinking about what I want to be doing with my life a lot this year and how I can start making progress into that direction. It does feel silly waiting for January to start it all but in a way I have been working towards them already. The last month or so of 2016 got really busy, so I didn't put pressure on myself and I will always try to do what I can. Now that I've had a break and feel rested I feel like I can focus and begin to achieve some goals and keep building a life I'm in love with.

Find my first home
After doing some quick calculations in excel, there is a real possibility of being able to buy a house in 2017. My boyfriend and I have been saving money in 2016 and if all goes to plan (fingers crossed), we will have a comfortable amount by the end of the year and can start looking for a new home.

We don't want to rush it and we are happy to wait a little longer to find the right place for us so if I'm not writing my 2018 goals in my own house that will be okay. Being close to buying one will be good enough.

Eat well and move to feel good
Keeping it simple and not getting too worked up about losing weight, eating low calorie meals or going to the gym 6 times a week. I believe in eating the food that my body needs and what makes me feel good inside. Along with moving regularly, by walking, practising yoga, HIIT workouts, weight training, running. Whatever it is that makes me feel better. The rest will take care of itself. I want be more focused and mindful with what I'm doing with my body.

Career development
I want to challenge myself a little more this year in my career. I'm comfortable with my job, I know what to do day-to-day but I can also be better. Thinking outside of the box and taking on more responsibilities. I've already signed up for a Google course, I want to dedicate time to it and learn more about the big world of marketing. And see where it will take me.

Make time for the little things
The past year I have not really made time to do simple things like reading a book. I want to break bad habits of watching Netflix and YouTube in bed and spend it reading, journaling, colouring and taking photos. And any other little things that make me happy. I want to start practising modern calligraphy and be more creative.

Be mindful
A simple thing that I want to adopt. There are times where I lose myself a little, I overthink, worry and stress about the silliest things. I'd like to be more mindful, focus on the good thoughts and not let the bad ones in.

Have you made any goals you want to achieve this year? If so, good luck! Wishing you all the best for 2017.

In the run up to christmas there are lights, festive decorations and luxurious food.  London is one of my favourite cities in the world and at christmas time it is even better. You only have to walk around London in December to start feeling festive. There is always something to do and see. Last weekend, I went into London with my sister and we had a lovely day hanging out. It was a typical winter Sunday, perfect for our christmas day out.

Liberty London


I have shopped in most of the major shopping places in London like Harrods, Selfridges and Westfield, but I have never been to Liberty. It is one of the most 'instagrammable' buildings and department store, inside and out. Finally, I got the chance to visit. Walking in felt quintessentially British and a little bit like shopping in your own home. I could very easily walk around and pick up all my wish list homeware and beauty products. It is now my new favourite place in London to shop.

We headed up to the christmas shop and as soon as the lift doors opened we were in a new world full of christmas gifts and decorations. There were so many tree ornaments and delicious sweet treats. The fairy lights and christmas trees made it all feel so cosy. Even if you finished all your christmas shopping and can resist buying christmas decorations, you can walk around and soak up the christmas feeling throughout the shop.

I purchased two new tree ornaments - I had to pick up a little something. I think we will be back at the christmas shop next year and every year from now on.

Oxford Street Lights


We walked down Oxford Street and had a look in a few shops. Mostly window shopping and to pick up some new things from Lush. It's always lovely to walk down Oxford Street when the christmas lights are up, if the crowds don't bother you anyway.

I personally think they should keep some of the lights up all year round. It's something so simple but even in the day light they still brighten up the street.

Winter Wonderland


Afterwards, we hopped back on the tube down to Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park. Last year was my first time visiting and I was really looking forward to going back again. There is so much going on and there is something for everyone to do. You can go ice skating, play the fair games,  go on the rides, hang out by the bar, shop at the christmas markets and eat all the junk food.

There is a lot of ground to cover so we started walking around and thought about where we wanted to go. My sister was looking forward to having a bratwurst hot dog for weeks, it was an easy mission to achieve. For a non-meat eater it is a little harder in these kinds of places. There were a few vegetarian food stalls but I went for quick and simple chips. I couldn't leave without having a hot cider, one of the bars had a hot toffee apple flavoured cider - I couldn't say no to that.

We walked off our lunch and had a look at the German market stalls. There were some lovely christmas decorations and jewellery pieces. We then went to look for something sweet, I really fancied a nutella crepe and my sister had doughnuts covered in nutella. You can find chocolate on every corner. We then picked up some gingerbread and toffee pieces before leaving. By this time the sun was going down and Hyde Park looked beautiful.


Merry Christmas


If you're ever in London during December, make sure you make a quick stop to these places. You will feel all warm and festive inside.

I hope you have all had a wonderful December so far and have a very Merry Christmas x

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London at Christmas Time

18.12.16


In the run up to christmas there are lights, festive decorations and luxurious food.  London is one of my favourite cities in the world and at christmas time it is even better. You only have to walk around London in December to start feeling festive. There is always something to do and see. Last weekend, I went into London with my sister and we had a lovely day hanging out. It was a typical winter Sunday, perfect for our christmas day out.

Liberty London


I have shopped in most of the major shopping places in London like Harrods, Selfridges and Westfield, but I have never been to Liberty. It is one of the most 'instagrammable' buildings and department store, inside and out. Finally, I got the chance to visit. Walking in felt quintessentially British and a little bit like shopping in your own home. I could very easily walk around and pick up all my wish list homeware and beauty products. It is now my new favourite place in London to shop.

We headed up to the christmas shop and as soon as the lift doors opened we were in a new world full of christmas gifts and decorations. There were so many tree ornaments and delicious sweet treats. The fairy lights and christmas trees made it all feel so cosy. Even if you finished all your christmas shopping and can resist buying christmas decorations, you can walk around and soak up the christmas feeling throughout the shop.

I purchased two new tree ornaments - I had to pick up a little something. I think we will be back at the christmas shop next year and every year from now on.

Oxford Street Lights


We walked down Oxford Street and had a look in a few shops. Mostly window shopping and to pick up some new things from Lush. It's always lovely to walk down Oxford Street when the christmas lights are up, if the crowds don't bother you anyway.

I personally think they should keep some of the lights up all year round. It's something so simple but even in the day light they still brighten up the street.

Winter Wonderland


Afterwards, we hopped back on the tube down to Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park. Last year was my first time visiting and I was really looking forward to going back again. There is so much going on and there is something for everyone to do. You can go ice skating, play the fair games,  go on the rides, hang out by the bar, shop at the christmas markets and eat all the junk food.

There is a lot of ground to cover so we started walking around and thought about where we wanted to go. My sister was looking forward to having a bratwurst hot dog for weeks, it was an easy mission to achieve. For a non-meat eater it is a little harder in these kinds of places. There were a few vegetarian food stalls but I went for quick and simple chips. I couldn't leave without having a hot cider, one of the bars had a hot toffee apple flavoured cider - I couldn't say no to that.

We walked off our lunch and had a look at the German market stalls. There were some lovely christmas decorations and jewellery pieces. We then went to look for something sweet, I really fancied a nutella crepe and my sister had doughnuts covered in nutella. You can find chocolate on every corner. We then picked up some gingerbread and toffee pieces before leaving. By this time the sun was going down and Hyde Park looked beautiful.


Merry Christmas


If you're ever in London during December, make sure you make a quick stop to these places. You will feel all warm and festive inside.

I hope you have all had a wonderful December so far and have a very Merry Christmas x

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It's now December and the time of year that I have slowly fallen in love with again. I don't think I have been this excited about December arriving since I was a little girl. As I grew up, I started falling out of love with christmas and this time of year. A combination of spending the christmas holidays revising for exams, doing coursework and then I worked in retail for five years, it took all of the excitement away. Last year was the first year I felt like I could enjoy the festive period again. And now all of the magic is coming back to me and I'm looking forward to the rest of December.

Embracing the festive feeling is all I want to do at the moment. I want snow to fall, get cosy with a hot chocolate, drive past all the pretty lights, spend time and celebrate the year with those dear to me. For christmas this year I will be spending it in Edinburgh with my love for a few days. I love exploring new places and I know this will be a special one for us. I want to end the year feeling joyful, it has been a crazy but amazing year. And I am already excited for the next. But before then I'm making the most of this time of year before we say goodbye to it for another year. I want to do all the quintessentially festive things and make some time to take care of myself. I have already made plans to fill the winter days with all things festive.


10 things to do during the festive season


1, Get snug and cosy
The days are darker and the air is colder, and sometimes all you want to do is get cosy. It's important to do what makes you feel happy and cosy. My typical cosy evening starts with a hot bath after a long day with a Lush bath bomb, it is the perfect way to start warming up. I then like to wear something comfy - PJs are always a good choice. Every day in winter I light candles, the room feels more like home and I make sure I have my favourite soft and warm blanket to get cosy under. Depending on how I feel I might put on Netflix and watch a series, I can watch Gilmore Girls over and over again. Maybe I'll read a book or catch up on reading blogs. Make cosy time your own. 

2, Got to a Christmas market
I love going to christmas markets, there is always so much going on and feels like you have stepped into the land of christmas. You can indulge in seasonal food, play games, buy some new christmas decorations or presents and go on the rides. Even the small town christmas markets have amazing stalls by local businesses. 

3, Have a festive drink
Every year as soon as the red cups arrive at Starbucks I'm already planning on making a trip and ordering an eggnog latte. I like to try all the christmas drinks before they're gone. Cafe Nero have an orange spiced latte on the menu and it's so delicious. In the evenings you can treat yourself to mulled wine or hot cider. They always taste better when it's cold outside. 

4, Decorate your home 
Christmas trees are one of my favourite things about christmas. I love trees all year round and they look even better when they are sparkling and have been dressed for the season. I'm dreaming of the day I have my own home and can go out to buy a real tree and decorate it exactly how I want. Putting fairy lights up always brightens the home, especially during the darker afternoons and evenings. You can even take it a step further and change up your bedding to a christmas theme or add little home accessories. And of course display your christmas cards from family and friends.

5, Get baking
Winter is the time for baking lots of sweet treats. My favourite thing to bake in December is gingerbread cookies. So simple and classic for christmas. Ginger loafs are also amazing, sometimes I like to have it with custard and extra cinnamon. Treat yourself by baking something sweet and don't care about the calories. 

6, Dress up for a Christmas party 
There is no better time to dress up than at christmas, it's one of the only occasions you can wear something with a little more sequins and glitter. You can pull out your favourite christmas jumper or those special shoes that you save for parties. Wear something that makes you feel good and sparkle. 

7, Wrap gifts and write cards
I love wrapping up the presents I carefully chose for my friends and family. I like to pick out the wrapping paper, get the tape, scissors and silver and gold pens ready so that I can begin wrapping everything up. I'll happily sit in my room for a couple of hours and listen to christmas songs. 

8, Go for a winter walk or ice skating
Putting a coat, scarf and boots on and heading outside in the cold winter days always feels so good. We stay inside more during winter to stay warm but I try go outside during the daylight and get some fresh air. When it's frosty or if snow has fallen the world looks so peaceful and still. If you want something a little more fun you can go ice skating. 

9, Look at the christmas lights
It's a tradition for me, my Dad and Sister to go into London to look at the christmas lights on Oxford and Regent Street and then go out for dinner in China Town. We do it almost every year. In the weeks leading up to christmas more and more people put up christmas lights. From simple fairy lights in the window to lights that cover the entire house, you only get it once a year. 

10, Take photos with loved ones and enjoy yourself 
Most importantly, remember to enjoy yourself. December can be a busy time, lots of events, family to visit and shopping to finish. It can be overwhelming at times.  Take a few moments for yourself and enjoy it. Spend as much time as you can with loved ones and capture those moments to look back on. 


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That Festive Feeling

4.12.16

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It's now December and the time of year that I have slowly fallen in love with again. I don't think I have been this excited about December arriving since I was a little girl. As I grew up, I started falling out of love with christmas and this time of year. A combination of spending the christmas holidays revising for exams, doing coursework and then I worked in retail for five years, it took all of the excitement away. Last year was the first year I felt like I could enjoy the festive period again. And now all of the magic is coming back to me and I'm looking forward to the rest of December.

Embracing the festive feeling is all I want to do at the moment. I want snow to fall, get cosy with a hot chocolate, drive past all the pretty lights, spend time and celebrate the year with those dear to me. For christmas this year I will be spending it in Edinburgh with my love for a few days. I love exploring new places and I know this will be a special one for us. I want to end the year feeling joyful, it has been a crazy but amazing year. And I am already excited for the next. But before then I'm making the most of this time of year before we say goodbye to it for another year. I want to do all the quintessentially festive things and make some time to take care of myself. I have already made plans to fill the winter days with all things festive.


10 things to do during the festive season


1, Get snug and cosy
The days are darker and the air is colder, and sometimes all you want to do is get cosy. It's important to do what makes you feel happy and cosy. My typical cosy evening starts with a hot bath after a long day with a Lush bath bomb, it is the perfect way to start warming up. I then like to wear something comfy - PJs are always a good choice. Every day in winter I light candles, the room feels more like home and I make sure I have my favourite soft and warm blanket to get cosy under. Depending on how I feel I might put on Netflix and watch a series, I can watch Gilmore Girls over and over again. Maybe I'll read a book or catch up on reading blogs. Make cosy time your own. 

2, Got to a Christmas market
I love going to christmas markets, there is always so much going on and feels like you have stepped into the land of christmas. You can indulge in seasonal food, play games, buy some new christmas decorations or presents and go on the rides. Even the small town christmas markets have amazing stalls by local businesses. 

3, Have a festive drink
Every year as soon as the red cups arrive at Starbucks I'm already planning on making a trip and ordering an eggnog latte. I like to try all the christmas drinks before they're gone. Cafe Nero have an orange spiced latte on the menu and it's so delicious. In the evenings you can treat yourself to mulled wine or hot cider. They always taste better when it's cold outside. 

4, Decorate your home 
Christmas trees are one of my favourite things about christmas. I love trees all year round and they look even better when they are sparkling and have been dressed for the season. I'm dreaming of the day I have my own home and can go out to buy a real tree and decorate it exactly how I want. Putting fairy lights up always brightens the home, especially during the darker afternoons and evenings. You can even take it a step further and change up your bedding to a christmas theme or add little home accessories. And of course display your christmas cards from family and friends.

5, Get baking
Winter is the time for baking lots of sweet treats. My favourite thing to bake in December is gingerbread cookies. So simple and classic for christmas. Ginger loafs are also amazing, sometimes I like to have it with custard and extra cinnamon. Treat yourself by baking something sweet and don't care about the calories. 

6, Dress up for a Christmas party 
There is no better time to dress up than at christmas, it's one of the only occasions you can wear something with a little more sequins and glitter. You can pull out your favourite christmas jumper or those special shoes that you save for parties. Wear something that makes you feel good and sparkle. 

7, Wrap gifts and write cards
I love wrapping up the presents I carefully chose for my friends and family. I like to pick out the wrapping paper, get the tape, scissors and silver and gold pens ready so that I can begin wrapping everything up. I'll happily sit in my room for a couple of hours and listen to christmas songs. 

8, Go for a winter walk or ice skating
Putting a coat, scarf and boots on and heading outside in the cold winter days always feels so good. We stay inside more during winter to stay warm but I try go outside during the daylight and get some fresh air. When it's frosty or if snow has fallen the world looks so peaceful and still. If you want something a little more fun you can go ice skating. 

9, Look at the christmas lights
It's a tradition for me, my Dad and Sister to go into London to look at the christmas lights on Oxford and Regent Street and then go out for dinner in China Town. We do it almost every year. In the weeks leading up to christmas more and more people put up christmas lights. From simple fairy lights in the window to lights that cover the entire house, you only get it once a year. 

10, Take photos with loved ones and enjoy yourself 
Most importantly, remember to enjoy yourself. December can be a busy time, lots of events, family to visit and shopping to finish. It can be overwhelming at times.  Take a few moments for yourself and enjoy it. Spend as much time as you can with loved ones and capture those moments to look back on. 


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