Blogmas: The Christmas Tag

And the countdown to Christmas continues…

I still don’t have my Christmas tree up, hence why I feel a little bit un-christmassy, however, I am writing this while digging into mince pies and custard 😋

I haven’t been tagged to do this post, but I do love taking part in them, simply to see other peoples answers so, make sure you read to the end to see if you’re tagged…

WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE CHRISTMAS FILMS?
My family loves to curl up in front of a good film, and during Christmas there’s definitely  no exception. Saying that, I’m not a HUGE fan of Christmassy films as I feel you can only watch them during the festive season. But, I do love Home Alone & Santa Clause I always feel nostalgic when I watch them.

HAVE YOU EVER HAD A WHITE CHRISTMAS?
Not that I can remember. The funny thing is, I would say the most Christmassy Christmas I’ve had was actually when I was in Barbados. Everyone goes all out of decorating their houses and in town they have loads of Christmas events. Very bizarre but so nice.

WHERE DO YOU USUALLY SPEND YOUR HOLIDAY?
My family take it in turns to host Christmas, so it’s usually with my whole family at one of our houses.

WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE CHRISTMAS SONG?
Santa Claus is Coming To Town – very cheesy, but I remember practicing this song for some sort of primary school play.

DO YOU OPEN ANY PRESENTS ON CHRISTMAS EVE?
Always! It’s a very predictable present –  a set of pyjamas, but it’s somewhat a tradition now.

CAN YOU NAME ALL OF SANTA’S REINDEER?
LOL, I’m sure I could once upon a time but not anymore all I remember is Rudolph, prancer and dancer (I’m not even sure if dancer is one 😭 👀)

WHAT HOLIDAY TRADITIONS ARE YOU LOOKING FOR MOST THIS YEAR?
Other than stuffing my  face with food, and catching up with my fam, I’m looking forward to having a Christmas get-together with my friends of about 11 years. It’s been a tradition since we left secondary school.

IS YOUR CHRISTMAS TREE REAL OR FAKE?
We fake it. But it’s never been something that bothered me. They last a long time and are mess-free.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE HOLIDAY FOOD / SWEET OF ALL TIME?
my sister is the baker in the family and she does loads of sweet treats, but I love her Key-lime pie most of all…also her pecan pie. I’m salivating just thinking about it.

BE HONEST: DO YOU LIKE RECEIVING OR GIVING GIFTS BETTER?
If anyone asked me this question five years ago, I would have said I love receiving gifts – I still do – but I do love searching for quirky memorable gifts for people and watching them open it. Puts a smile on my face.

WHAT IS THE BEST GIFT YOU’VE EVER RECEIVED?
I remember receiving an All Starz doll. I remember adding it to my list just days before Christmas but I didn’t think I had a chance of getting it because i was too late. Come Christmas morning I opened an oddly shaped prezzie and it was it. Literally I just screamed with happiness.

WHAT WOULD BE YOUR DREAM PLACE TO VISIT FOR THE HOLIDAY SEASON?
Iceland. It looks like a magical place anyway, but if I went with loved ones, I think it would be an amazing experiencing.

ARE YOU A PRO PRESENT WRAPPER OR A PRO FAILURE?
I learnt from the best. Any shape any size, I can wrap it lol. I have been told off though for using too much cellotape.

WHAT MADE YOU REALISE THE TRUTH ABOUT SANTA?
Probably seeing my dad taking a bite out the mince pies I left for Santa lol. I was gutted.

If you want to take part in the tag, I tag you! Leave a link so I can read your answers x

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Blogmas: How to pick the perfect Secret Santa Gift + Ideas

Christmas is just round the corner and I literally have not even started tackling my Christmas gift list 😩

However, my Christmas gift list isn’t actually that big. I have a very big family who all come together on Christmas day, but a few years ago we all decided that instead of everyone buying everyone a Christmas gift, we’d do a big Secret Santa.

Secrets don’t really work in my family, but somehow, we kinda all keep our secret santa nominee to ourselves lol (I say secret because i always manage to get it out my brother and sister 😆)

Now, I know this isn’t a new concept to many, as people usually take part in work place secret santa and even among friend groups, but, what I really used to hate was the price cap. Even now I don’t think £10-£15 is a high enough price to buy a decent Christmas gift, however, if you use your imagination, you can find some really good things.

There are a few things to consider;

The Person. This may sound obvious but you really need to think about the person you’ve got. What I love about secret santa is that it makes you have to find out a bit more information about the person you’re buying for. Gone are the day when a gift voucher or box of chocolates are acceptable 😯

What do they do for a living. Once you’ve got your secret santa, it’s time to think about something that they like. I immediately think of what they do for a living, however it’s worth considering if they love their job or just do it ‘because’. Do they work in an office? Perhaps get them a desk tidy or some fancy stationary they’ll be proud to use. Do they hate their job? Get something that’ll cheer them up everyday.

Interests: If you want to get something non-work related. Think about their interests and hobbies. Do they go to the gym? Are they a beauty fanatic? Are they fashion conscious? Do they love to cook/bake? Be pro-active in finding something they’ll actually use.

Are they crazy about Christmas? I think we all know at least one person who’s crazy about Christmas, i’m talking about the type to have their Christmas tree up in October! This is the easiest person to buy for in my opinion. Personalisation in 2016 is a key trend, so something like personalised baubles, stockings, a Christmas jumper… the lists really do go on.

For the person you don’t know at all. Once in a blue moon we’ll get appointed someone who we don’t know all that well. This is your chance to go full-on detective and do some digging!

I recently took part in a secret santa at my new work place I didn’t know anything about what the person liked. So being nosy, I found out that she recently moved into a new place. Perfecto! I bought her a few pieces she could use in her new home.

If you’ve got a Secret Santa coming up or you’re struggling to find a nice gift, consider my tips and take a look at my gift ideas…

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The Blogger Summer Hangout

Last Saturday I went to my second bloggers hangout event and this time it was even more special than the last – The Bloggers Hangout were celebrating their 3rd birthday – so as you can imagine I was so excited to see what they had in store for us!

What I love most about these events is meeting bloggers that I talk to on Twitter, it just makes the blogging thing seem a little more real lol.

Anyway, Laura from LauraLivingLife and I headed to the venue held in a small gallery in Charing Cross. We could spot it a mile off… bloggers, nice vibes, plus with the weather being so nice and London Pride taking place, it was definitely looking to be a chilled and friendly atmosphere.

Once we got in we were greeted with so many brands, a little overwhelmed (and flushed) we decided to start from downstairs and work our way up.

The first thing we set our eyes on was food… more specifically sweets!

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Oh Crumbs! offered a range of lovely marshmallows, that I literally wolfed down as I was feeling a bit heady from the night before (why do i do this to myself?)

Next was Pink Parcel. I’ve heard of this brand before, but never really known what it offered, except the obvious (a monthly subscription that comes in time for your monthly period), however, it’s so much more than what it says on the tin… or the parcel 😎

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Pink Parcel gives us ladies a chance to indulge and somewhat enjoy our monthly cycles, with cool treats that they put inside each box. Each parcel contains tea to help with cramps, a sweet treat to indulge in when the cravings come, a range of beauty products and of course pads and tampons.

Pink Parcel, also gave us the chance to make our own personalised box too – check mine out!

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That was it for downstairs, so we made our way all the way up (if you know, you know!)

Regenerate greeted us first and honestly was the brand I was most pleased about coming into contact with.

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When I was younger I was obsessed with my teeth, I just wanted them to be straight and clean, which is why I longed for braces and brushed them 3 times a day (I was such a nerd). Now, I know it probably wasn’t the most sensible thing to do, as too much brushing can wear away enamel, promoting sensitivity, which is something I suffer with now.

Luckily for me Regenerate is a toothpaste that repairs enamel, reversing damaging effects.

Sold in Selfridges, Harvey Nichols, Boots and many more beauty retailers I knew the was a brand I could trust (as well as doing my own research).

Regenerate was kind enough to give us two treats – one Enamel Science Advanced Toothpaste & an Enamel Science Boosting Serum Kit, which should be used one a month.

I’ve only used the toothpaste once so far, so cannot give a in depth review, but I’m pleased with how it left me feeling so far… have you tried these products?

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The venue was boiling and my makeup was literally sliding off my face, so I was parched. Luckily there was a cool drinks brand called Cocktail Mania, serving alcoholic slushies (not that I needed anymore alcohol) – let me tell you their Mango Crazy was lush – check them out, they’re based in Old Kent Road and do everything from slushies to milkshakes, looking to be a great summer hangout spot!

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Mingling in a bit further, I found the cutest store – Sass and Belle. I must be the only person who has never heard of this brand before, but it’s right up my street. They sell ‘the little things in life’ – cups, frames, notebooks..just those little pretty things, you and I could never say no to. Plus they have a store in Clapham Common which is literally 30 mins away – they can add another customer to their fan base!

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The Blogger Hangout Summer event/ 3rd birthday was a blast, and I had a good time with my girl laura even though I was hanging and my feet were burning lol – who told me to wear heels?!

I also had the chance to meet a few super cool chick bloggers so shout out to –@yasminegonzalez & @Sabahscloset  love your blogs girls x

If you went to The Bloggers Hangout, let me know how you found it, and your most favourite brand discovery x