December has a special place in my heart and it’s not just because it’s my birthday month. It’s my favourite time of the year and always makes me feel all warm and tingly. It’s full of festive cheer, sparkly lights and a lot of family time.
If, like me, you suffer with an overly anxious mind you’ll recognise the importance of self-care, especially around the busiest time of the year, Christmas. For me, it’s important to carve out time each week to unwind, de-stress and pamper myself. Whether you’re buying for yourself or a friend, these ten items will make that self-love process even better.
All I want for Christmas, is……… everything in this gift guide.
I’ve hunted down the best pom pom covered accessories on the high street to give the pom pom obsessed lady this Christmas. You really are very welcome.
Meet the latest addition to my shoe collection, Christian Louboutin Melisa Leopard-Print Wedge Bootie.
That’s right, I’ve got my grubby little paws on a pair of Louboutins. In all honesty I still can’t believe that they’re mine and that Al got them for me. When I unwrapped them I felt like the luckiest girl in the world. At first glance I didn’t notice the sole, I was far too busy stroking them. And then I flipped them and saw the delicious and iconic red. I practically passed out.
They are completely perfect. At the moment they are proudly sitting on a shelf in the spare room so I can admire them every morning when I get ready. I’m desperate to wear them out the house but am far too scared to ruin the soles. I’ve been recommended buying some sole protectors but I don’t know how I feel about that. Does it really matter if the red gets scratched? What’s the point in having them if I can’t wear them? Got any advice, leave it below!
Anyway, back to the boots… Here they are in all their glory.
God love those red soles.
By the time you get round to reading this, after frantically unwrapping presents, drinking Bucks Fizz and tucking into scrambled eggs, I would have probably been awake for a good 5 hours. You see, I get so excited that on Christmas Eve I just can’t sleep. I’ll lay there for what feels like hours with my eyes wide open, praying that I will eventually fall asleep. It’s been this way for as long as I can remember.
When I lived at home I used to run into my little brother’s room and jump on his bed until he’d get out, we’d then run into my parents room where they’d both complain that it was too early and that they at least needed a cup of tea first. After we’d made that with a side order of biscuits for bribery, my grandad would be used as an excuse. He used to stay over in the living room on Christmas Eve, which is of course where our pillow cases full of presents would lie in wait.
Anyway, I guarantee by now I would have unwrapped my prezzies, danced around to the Buble and downed at least two glasses of bubbles, so there’s only one thing to say. MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!
See you on the other side, in a couple of days time. I’m off to spend some quality time with my family.
1. Invest in some maternity-style trousers that have that extra bit of give at the front. Think Joey from friends eating all the turkey. I’m looking for that extra stretch. Extra stretch means extra parsnips and pigs in blankets.
2. Bake a cake. Maybe one from Food Network because we all know cake makes everything better. And because I work there. You need these 101 Christmas Baking Recipes in your life.
You can get the one above, from ASOS.
5. Tissues. A family pack will probably be best here. I guarantee someone will cry at the Eastenders dum dums, someone will drink too much fizz and it’ll shoot out of their nostrils and someone else will cry with laughter at the former. Hence the tissues.
And there you have it, my top 5 last-minute Christmas prep tips. You’re extremely welcome for this ground-breaking advice.
I may have accidentally (on purpose) just treated myself to an early Christmas present in the form of Urban Decay’s Naked on the Run palette. And do you know what, I don’t even feel bad about it.
I first spotted a picture of this palette on my Instagram feed and knew instantly that I needed it in my collection. I love my Naked 1 palette, the beautiful neutrals, the high pigmentation, the ability to wear a single shade for day and then vamp it up with a smokey eye at night. I’ve resisted adding 2 and 3 to my collection as I’m not sure I’d get enough wear out of the shades but this one is different.
I’m a sucker for a brown shimmer shadow and this has three, plus two mattes. Not forgetting the blush, bronzer, highlight, lip gloss, eye pencil and mascara, all wrapped up in a gorgeous travel-sized compact.
What You Get:
Eyeshadow: Dive (metallic rose with golden micro-shimmer)
Fix (soft taupe matte)
Resist (medium metallic taupe)
Dare (medium brown matte)
Stun (metallic bronze with light gold micro-shimmer)
5050 (cool bisque satin)
Bronzer: medium bronze matte
Blush: vibrant pink with light shimmer
Perversion Mascara: blackest black
24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil: Stag (deep brown satin)
Naked Lipgloss: Sesso (rose w/pink shimmer)
I didn’t actually think it was out in the UK yet but I was wrong. You can get yours from the Urban Decay site now for £37. Thank you, thank you.
When it’s arrived and I’m clutching it in my grubby little paws, you’ll be the first to know.
1. Fox Eye Mask, £6, River Island
2. Red Smile Compact Mirror, £8, River Island
3. Nutella: 30 Best Recipes, £6.99, Amazon
4. Photographic Lipstick Make Up Bag, £4, Next
5. Slim Zig Zag Ring, £10, Whistles
6. Dashing Santa Bath Bomb, £2.95, Lush
7. Touchscreen Knitted Gloves, £9.50 M&S
8. Dog Print Hot Water Bottle, £10, Next
9. This Works Dream Team Duo, £10
10. Thread Wrapped Cut-Out Cuff, £8, Topshop