Friday, 18 December 2015

Blogmas 2015: My Christmas Routine?

I have titled this post 'My Christmas Day Routine', usually we have some family traditions which we partake in on Christmas Eve as well, but unfortunately I have to work on Christmas Eve this year. Perks of being a support worker, we don't get holidays off. 
Anyway let's get into my Christmas Day routine, starting at 10:30 when I finish work.

Christmas Day Morning - 10:30
I will come home from work and luckily everyone will already be awake, so I won't have to run around waking everyone up like usual! I will get changed into my Christmas Day outfit and we will have a small breakfast - something like poached eggs on toast and a nice cup of tea/coffee. Then, of course, we will open all of our presents.

After we have opened all of the presents we all pitch in and help to prepare Christmas dinner. I am usually in charge of baking biscuits, cakes and such, because I am far better at baking than I am at cooking! 

Christmas Day Afternoon

Next we will eat our Christmas dinner, whilst watching some Christmas films and TV. After we have eaten we will take our family Christmas photographs, as we do this every year. We usually play 1 or 2 board games in the afternoon, with Christmas films playing in the background and of course having a few alcoholic tipples. 

We then usually go for a nice, long family walk with the dog. It is a hundred times better when it has been snowing or is snowing, but it's still a lovely chance to chat and have a laugh with the family. 

Christmas Day Evening

In the evening we will settle down in our Christmas pyjamas, with the candles lit. I will stretch out on the sofa usually with a blanket thrown over me. Then we will watch more Christmas TV, until someone falls asleep. The first person to fall asleep is the person who makes breakfast on Boxing Day in our house, up to now it has never been me. 



Even though I am at work Christmas Eve, I'm still going to wear my Christmas Eve pyjamas and I will be listening to Christmas music and watching Christmas films...I won't be missing out!



Ciao, Maddie xoxo

Thursday, 17 December 2015

Blogmas 2015: Self - Christmas Presents?!


So, I know I haven't done very well with Blogmas. In fact it's a disaster! It is nearly 8 days until Christmas and this is my first Blogmas post. Oh well, you've got to start somewhere and this year I decided to start on Day 17. I have been keeping up to date with all my Advent Calendars though of course! At this time of year, everyone spends money on family and friends and so have I, but I also realised just how many ''presents'' or ''treats'' I have bought for myself this month. Since it's Blogmas, I figured lets call these ''treats'' presents and give myself a reason to tell you all about them! Yay! 

1. Stag Print Bedding Set - Yorkshire Linen Co. - £17.99, but it can also be purchased in store at The Range, but it is slightly more expensive. I adore this bedding, I posted a photograph of this new bedding on Instagram this morning. 

2. The next item I purchased yesterday when I went Christmas shopping in Leeds. It is a 'Christmas Wishlist Oversized Shirt' that cost me £11. As I purchased it from a NEXT Clearance Store, I cannot find it anywhere online. So if you wish to find it head to your nearest store.

3. I also purchased a new purse at the NEXT Clearance store, for just £7. It fits all my thousands of loyalty cards amazingly well, whilst also having a zip section for coins and a notes section. 

4. I also purchased 3 new lipsticks from MAC. 1. MAC Frost Lipstick in Viva Glam IV 2. MAC Cremesheen Lipstick in Party Line 3. MAC Cremesheen Lipstick in Brave Red. I love red and berry toned lipsticks in winter, so there is my perfect excuse to buy some more. 

5. The Mindfulness Colouring book by Emma Farrarons was my next purchase. I bought it on Amazon and I love it. It is nice to sit down and relax and do some colouring. It reminds me of being a child all over again and I can forget about boring adult responsibilities for a little while. Which of course is great! 

So these have been my Self-Christmas presents during the months of November/December. Have you bought any presents for yourself this month? If so let me know what you've bought, I love hearing what shopping people have been doing.


Ciao, Maddie xoxo




Wednesday, 2 December 2015

Netflix Picks!



I'm here to share with you my current most watched TV programmes/movies on Netflix. I rarely watch TV any more, as I'm always on the go, whether it be working or being at friends houses etc, so my Netflix does get a fair amount of use. I should also admit that I do tend to have Netflix binges when I'm having a lazy day! 

TV Programmes

1. Pretty Little Liars - Even though we have to wait until January 2016 for the next season *sobs*, I still repeatedly watch all the other seasons, so it's okay. I'm probably on my 4th/5th PLL marathon right now. Don't judge me. I also hope the next season will still be on UK Netflix, because the special in November was NOT on Netflix. 

2. 90210 - When 90210 used to be on TV, I never had the opportunity to get properly into it, as I was always missing episodes. So, when I found it in the Netflix treasure trove of goodies I figured I would try watching it again and now I love love love it! 

3. Charmed - Charmed has always been a classic in my opinion. I just love it, always have. Therefore there isn't much to say here, as I have always had the same opinion of Charmed. 

Movies

1. Mean Girls 2 - Of course... I mean who doesn't love this movie and find it hilariously relatable.  

2. Monsters University - This may be a very PG kids film, but who cares, I love it! I used to love Monsters Inc. when I was a kid so this just gives me major throwback feels. 

3. Just My Luck - This is a classic, I'm pretty sure I know most of the words in this film. Throwback to all my childhood sleepovers where we would practically watch this on repeat. 

Sorry this was a short post I've been feeling slightly under the weather, which happens on a regular basis for me in Autumn/Winter. I promise I will be back soon with something a tad more interesting! Would love to know what Netflix Picks you have been loving or binging on recently... Let me know! 

Ciao, Maddie xoxo



Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Christmas Gift Guide For Her!


As I'm sure most, if not all of you know... It's nearly Christmas and I'm way too excited this year. When I say way too excited I mean I've been on Christmas Countdown since my birthday in October and I've put my Christmas decorations up in my bedroom/office already! Anyway to get my Christmas posts going I decided to create a gift guide, as trust me everyone, including me, knows the struggles of trying to find the ''perfect'' present. Especially for the picky relatives! So lets dive in...


Mum
1. My Mum loves cooking and her recipes are perfection. However, when she comes up with new recipes she writes them on scrap paper and ends up either losing them or the paper gets ruined. I found two perfect options for Mum's who do this. A Jamie Oliver recipe box at Boots for just £18.00 or for only £20 on Notonthehighstreet - My Family Recipe Book.

2. Yankee Candles - also they have a gorgeous selection of Christmas fragrances. These can be purchased on the Yankee Candle website, Amazon and Very. However for the complete collection go to the YC website. I'm extremely lucky to have a Yankee Candle shop just around the corner, it does mean I tend to overspend though. 

3. Lush Gift Sets - In my opinion you can never go wrong with Lush gift sets. There are so many too choose from and you pick your price range from under £15 to over £30. My only problem with Lush is that I always to spend money on myself as well...ooops!


4. If your Mum is a coffee lover like mine, an idea that is bound to put a smile on her face is a subscription coffee service like that offered by handpicked.cafedirect.co.uk. 3 month - £24.00, 6 month - £45.00 and 12 month - £85.00. 

5. My Mum is also an avid reader and she recently had her Kindle stolen. For Christmas I'm buying her the Amazon Kindle Fire, as not only will she be able to read books on this, she will also be able to watch her favourite movies and TV shows. This is a perfect affordable tablet. 

6. Personalised gifts are always amazing and they create such long lasting memories. Head to www.notonthehighstreet.com or www.prezzybox.com as they both have a ton of unique, personal Christmas presents. 



Sister

1. I adore the Warmies Cozy Plush Body Boots which can be purchased for only £16.95 at www.intelex.co.uk. In summary, they are slippers which you can heat in the microwave and are scented with Lavender.

2. Soap and Glory have millions of different gift sets too choose from at www.boots.com and they range in price from £5 to £40. They include either S&G cosmetics or bath/shower products and are certainly worth the price tag in my opinion.

3. Marc Jacobs - Daisy 50ml Eau de Toilette Christmas gift set - currently 33% off at £36.01. Not much to say about this - every girl loves to own an expensive perfume!

4. I adore Virgin Experience days and they make such a perfect present, no matter who you are buying for. Currently you can save 50% off an Express Spa treat with the River Wellbeing Spa at the 5* Hotel Rafayel, London for just £99.00.

5. The Clinique Shining Stars Beauty Box is just £25.00 at Selfridges. What a steal, definitely worth the money!

6. The Red Herring - Grey 'Mrs Elf' Christmas jumper at Debenhams is just the cutest and it is only £14.00. 


Girlfriend
1. The Tiffany Notes ''I love you'' ring from Tiffany&Co has to be the most perfect present for a long term girlfriend. At £100 it is slightly more expensive, but it's just so beautiful!

2. The Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 is another perfect present at just £63.99 at Argos.

3. The Viktor&Rolf - Viktor&Rolf Flowerbomb Eau de Parfum gift set 50ml is only £66.60 - 10% off at Debenhams. 


4.The Laura Ashley Ultimate Indulgence gift set at £40.00 at Boots. I always find that Boots gift sets are really great value for money. 


5. If your significant other is always on the go - a perfect present would be the 2016 Happiness Planner - keeping you happy and motivated at the same time! The Happiness Planner is only £39.

6. Finally, at just £21.99 from Boots the Large Jar Yankee Candle Snow In Love is perfect for cosy, romantic winter nights in. 


HAPPY SHOPPING! 
Lots of Love...

Ciao, Maddie xoxo





*Disclaimer: I have neither been paid or asked by any company to promote or advertise these products.

Sunday, 15 November 2015

Pray For Paris!

I just wanted to tell everyone that tonight all of my thoughts and prayers are with Paris and I hope you are doing the same. To the people who are doing this, all we ask for in this world, is for peace. Surely that is not too much to ask for. Waking up to this devastating news on the morning of 14th November was horrendous. R.I.P to the people who lost their lives at the hands of this torture. 

I would also like to pray for the rest of the world, as we lost 115,200 heartbeats on the 13th November 2015 in under 24 hours, due to terrorism, mother nature and other terrible events. 

           Stay Strong!

Aria Montgomery Style Inspiration!



                                               Aria Montgomery Style Inspiration

I have been re-watching all series' of Pretty Little Liars and since I have always loved Aria Montgomery (Lucy Hale) and her style, I decided to write a blog post showing you how to capture her unique style. I know a lot of other bloggers have done this already, but ah well. I have chosen one of her more simple outfits for this post, but it just so happened to be in the episode I was watching. I love Aria's edgy, bohemian street style, which is why I decided to focus on her style today. I will be focusing on more of Aria's outfit choices in the future - as there are so many that I love. I love how Aria uses lots of jewellery like rings to accessorize her outfit.                                                              

H&M - £12.99 - Striped Top in White/Dark Blue



Aria wears black and white stripes on a regular basis and on this occasion she opted for a simple black and white striped, long sleeved top. The top I have found which is almost a perfect dupe apart from having a slightly higher collar is only £12.99 from H&M. 



Simply Be - £16.00 - Velour Leggings




Aria also wears black leggings quite frequently, however they usually have a pattern too them - like the ones I have found. The ones I have found here are velour, but there a lot of different dark patterns for example; floral. Again these leggings are very affordable at only £16.00 from Simply Be.  


River Island - Ankle Boots - £30.00




Debenhams - £28.00 - Black Bag
Aria usually wears long boots as opposed to ankle boots, but in this outfit she is wearing black ankle boots. I couldn't get a perfect view of them while watching the show, therefore I just opted for these as I feel they are very expressive of Aria's style and she does wear wedge type heels quite often. Again I have found another bargain as these boots are only £30.00 reduced from £50.00 at River Island. 
     







As you can see from the style board and the photograph of Aria, she is using a small black shoulder bag in this outfit. I thought this bag from J by Jasper Conran at Debenhams was near enough a perfect dupe, as it is only a simple style, but the silver hardware means it is still pretty cute. I also love the amount of pockets on this bag and at only £28.00, I think it is a true style steal! 


ASOS - £24 - Necklace



I really struggled to find the multi coloured leaf necklace Aria is wearing here. However from looking at her style in other episodes, I found a necklace which matches her style quite well and would add a nice pop of colour to this whole outfit combo. As I said early Aria's style is quite edgy and artistic, and I believe this necklace from ASOS is perfect.




Unfortunately in this outfit we don't get a very good look at Aria, therefore we cannot see if she is wearing any rings, therefore I will do a blog post on one of her more complex outfits in the near future. As well as Aria's style, I also love her natural makeup look, as she pulls it off really well, so I will also do a makeup tutorial at some point as well. 

Thanks for reading guys. See you again soon.

Ciao, Maddie xoxo  

The Happiness Planner 2016!

             The Happiness Planner 2016

I purchased the Happiness Planner because I had seen a lot of positive reviews and comments from other bloggers. I love the inspirational quotes in the planner. I also love that it gives people a way to work out the best way to be happy, while also being able to plan their days with to do lists and schedules. Click the link here to purchase the Happiness Planner. 

I love the gold text on the front of the Happiness Planner and the gold hardware. I love cute/pretty stationary and I literally cannot wait to start using the planner. The Happiness Planner comes in Pink with Gold or Blue with Gold and can also be purchased with 'Happy Notes'. 

You can also buy an undated 100 day Happiness Planner, meaning you can start it whenever you wanted. You can purchase the undated planners in packs of 3, which means you can purchase them as Christmas/Birthday presents. 
They also sell Happy Notes and Happy Cards, however for the moment Happy Cards are only available in the U.S.

The Happiness Planner has a few pages at the beginning where you can write your focuses for each month, what makes you happy etc. You will be encouraged to set goals that will maximise your happiness level and show you how to plan your life around things that truly matter with the people who truly matter. The beginning pages will help you to create your Happiness Roadmap. 


The Happiness Planner also comes with some printables; My New Year's Resolutions, My Goals, Change a Habit in 30 Days and My Bucket list. There are also 3 gold hardware clips to attach the printables into your planner. There are other things you can plan out daily, for example, daily meal plans and exercise plans, daily goal setting, daily reflection and motivational daily quotes. 

You can rate yourself on your energy and happiness level each day and reflect on how happy you've been throughout each month. 

I think the Happiness Planner will help me through bad days and it will also help me to appreciate the good days. 

I will update you on my experience with the Happiness Planner when I start using it. 


Ciao, Maddie xoxo