Furry friends and festive fun with family and friends!

I love a spot of alliteration. Did you enjoy my title too? Probably not as much as me!

The last two weekends have been a lovely collection of activities. They were both wintery weekends packed with things to do but they were all very chilled.

The first Friday evening was spent keeping Fran’s lovely little kitties company whilst she was up in London town at a party. They have grown so so so much and have made quite firm friends with Fran’s christmas tree.

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Saturday afternoon was spent with my mother-in-law making Christmas wreaths. Melanie found some bargain kits from Laura Ashley in the sales after last Christmas and picked up a few.

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Not bad for £4, eh?
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We used leftover wreath pieces and hanging decorations to make tealight holders

Sunday afternoon I went for lunch with some of my favourite ladies at the Earth and Stars in the centre of Brighton. They do such delicious vegetarian roasts. No I did not take a photo of it. I ate it too quickly.

Afterwards we took a trip down to the Etsy Christmas Market that was going on, so many lovely stalls!

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It was so so busy!

I bought such a cute decoration from Brighton Jewel‘s stall. It was like the inverse of the one I’ve linked and I love it.

Then back to work for the week, which included our team christmas party. My secret santa (Aisybee) got me the cutest palace pet, and some chocolate – which is long since eaten.

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On this most recent Saturday morning I got up far too early and headed up to mid sussex to help my mum buy and decorate their tree and I think we picked a goodun’. It smells amazing, I know you can’t tell from the photo, but it does.

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FYI new set of light this year from argos at a steal

On Saturday night we went to Duke’s at Komedia to watch Bridge of Spies, which is Tom Hanks’ new film, about a prisoner exchange during the cold war. I have to say I thought it was brilliant. It wasn’t a short film but I was captivated.

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And then on Sunday Jack and I split up our tasks: he and his dad went over to my sisters to pick up the beautiful dresser about that she had kindly (and patiently) been storing for nearly a year, and I went into town to help his mum with her Christmas shopping. After our jobs were done we went for a gut busting all-you-can-eat at Bombay Aloo.

This week is my last week at work before a two week Christmas break and my plans include, posting the last of my Christmas cards, making mince pies and wrapping the last of my gifts, so keep an eye out for a fairly festive post coming later this week. Woo! Christmas!(What kind of Atheist am I, seriously!)

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Wardrobe Update

I have been (as usual) looking forward to the start of Autumn. I love laying, I love knitwear and socks and the excuse to wear a scarf.

Also by early August I and my feet are bored of flip flops and sandals – give me boots, sneakers and slippers.

There are a few things I already have my eye on and a few things I already have that I am looking forward to wearing this Autumn.

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I love a pair of sneakers, or two and added these tweedy ones to my collection recently. (New Look)

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Who doesn’t love a bit of sparkle for Autumn winter… I certainly do, and picked up these comfies from New Look for a bargain price.

 

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This classic striped knit from H&M

I am currently hoping that Dotty P get these in in the Tall range…

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And lastly for now, although I have no need for a new coat and I would definitely spill hot chocolate down it on it’s first outing I am in love with thiswinter-coat-hm.

What have you got your eye on at the moment?

Benefit – The Benefits

I’ve been using the Benefit skin care range recently, as my  lovely sister gave me the tester size introduction set, and it has ruined me. I don’t think I will ever be able to use anything else again.Screen Shot 2015-02-27 at 13.38.23B.right! Radiant Skincare by Benefit – 6 Piece Intro Kit

Limited Edition


Fran also gave me a full-sized Remove It Make Up Remover. I have been guilty of using face wipes to remove my make up for as long as I can remember. I’d never paid much attention to how I should or could take care of my skin.

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Remove It Makeup Remover

Oil-free Eye Makeup Remover

£16.50

Needless to say, my skin wasn’t great, I was prone to breakouts, that I didn’t understand. Now that I am using the Benefit range I can see a marked improvement, and breakouts now are after a binge on bad food.

I’ve taken full advantage of the offers on at Debenhams today, and added a full-sized Total Moisture Face Cream, and Moisture Prep Toning Lotion to my collection and next on my list is the Refined Finish Facial Polish, because I’ve loved trying out this exfoliator.

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Total Moisture Facial Cream

£28.50

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Moisture Prep Toning Lotion

£23.50

I would add, if you have particularly oily skin, the Total Moisture Facial Cream might be too much for you, but I have combination skin and find it to be great.

Wish List – Clothes

I’m trying, trying trying to drop another dress size before we get hitched in the summer. Which means trying not to shop too much until I am the size I will be for July, else I’ll only get to wear the clothes for a little little while.

If I were shopping furiously, whole-heartedly I would be buying some ( or all) of the following beauts (which seem to be mostly from ASOS):

flares

Don’t judge too harshly, but I think I’d like to try rocking some Flares again.

 crop-top

Little bit in love with this Crop Top and it comes in THREE colours!

I am in love with this Dress. I have some hen dos to go to this year and I would love love love to don this for one of them (I must not eat biscuits… I must not eat biscuits..).

black-dress

What I can do whilst I am downsizing myself (half a stone to go) is buy shoes  and I’m dreaming of summer so I can where Sandals like these.

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