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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Liebster Award – I’ve Been Nominated!

I’ve been trying to write this post for 3 days now, life has just been hectic, but I’m so happy to finally be doing it!

The lovely Kat from Kat Today and Laura from Laura Living Life, kindly awarded me with the Liebster award – I’m still chuffed that people other than my mum and sister read my blog, so it’s amazing to me that Kat, all the way from Oz  and Laura found by little old blog in the sea of millions.

Im so grateful, that they had a peruse and thought of me when recommending me for this award – I haven’t been blogging for long so it’s nice for my content to be appreciated, so go check them out and show some love over on their blogs! They both have amazing style, great beauty reviews, and interesting opinion pieces… and Laura has some rather hilarious parenting posts, I love reading and i don’t even have a little one yet!

Over the past few weeks I’ve seen a lot about the Liebstar Award across many blogs I follow and across Twitter. It’s a brilliant idea to promote new blogs and get to know others within the blogging community, so I’m glad to get the chance to take the part in nominating my fave blogs – although a lot of them have already been nominated.

So the way this award is set up is that I answer questions sent over by Kat and Laura, and then nominate another 11 bloggers who I think are deserving of this award and send them 11 questions to answer! Lets get this show on the road…

Kats 11 questions for me:

Why did you start blogging?
I started blogging for many reasons. I’ve wanted to start a blog for years now, and I kept on putting it off – what did I have to offer that wasn’t out there already? After working nearly a year non stop 9-5 I was getting demotivated. My life was just wake up eat, work, eat, sleep (high importance for the eat bit lol) So i thought it was time I did something for myself. I’ve taken up so many hobbies in the last few months, but I never stuck to them as they weren’t things I was really passionate about. My boyfriend kept on encouraging me to blog, so I took the plunge. I was initially so nervous as I hated promoting my writing, but getting to know the blogging community – I love it!

What is your most prized possession?
I would have to say my phone, which is really sad when you think about it, but, it literally has everything I need to get through the day. If I happen to leave it at home by accident, I have to turn back and get it, no matter where I am. The more I type the more I’m realising how sad my dependence on my phone is– bring back the days when I didn’t care if I had credit to phone people much less tweet!

Which of your blog posts are you most proud of?
I have to say I’m proud of all of the blog posts I put out. To some reading my blog, they may have their faves, but, I do put a great amount of time and thought into every single post, so it’s nice when I get comments, like, retweets and all that jazz.

What do you admire most about yourself?
I have a great work ethic. I also get quite a few comments about my lips, which is weird but I like my lips so yeah…

What does a normal day in your life look like?
During the week my days are very monotonous. I wake up at 6:30, jump in the shower, get ready for work, leave my 7:15, drive to work, work, have lunch around 2:30 (this is normally have a soup/ pub lunch or a cheeky nandos), finish off some work tasks, drive home, get in around 7:30 chill with the fam for about an hour & have dinner, write a blog post/ join a twitter chat, FaceTime bae, then go sleep. Bored? Yeah, so am I!

Number one wardrobe essential?
For me it’s comfy pair of jeans. I live in jeans 24/7 so I always invest in good quality jeans. I love G star, but they’re quite pricey. Topshop is another favourite, but I do want to treat myself to a nice pair of levi’s

Best mistake you’ve ever made?
I have no idea- guess I’m just perfect!

What is a piece of advice you’d like to share?

  • Go for what you want in life.
  • If you don’t ask, you don’t get.
  • Don’t take peoples opinions about you seriously. People change, but as long as you know who you are everything else doesn’t matter.

Drink of choice?
For everyday I love a good Coffee, but, if I’m going out it has to be a refreshing Mojito or a fruity Asti – cant go wrong!

Beauty product you absolutely cannot go without?

My MAC Pro Longwear Nourishing Waterproof Foundation. THE best foundation I’ve bought to date – try it!

What inspires you?
So much –  My family, my boyfriend, friends, blogs, celebrities, Instagram, art, food (lol), music.

Laura’s 11 questions for me:

How long have you been blogging and what made you start?
I’ve been blogging for less that 3 weeks!I’ve wanted to start a blog for years now, and I kept on putting it off – what did I have to offer that wasn’t out there already? After working nearly a year non stop 9-5 I was getting demotivated. My life was just wake up eat, work, eat, sleep (high importance for the eat bit lol) So i thought it was time I did something for myself. I’ve taken up so many hobbies in the last few months, but I never stuck to them as they weren’t things I was really passionate about. My boyfriend kept on encouraging me to blog, so I took the plunge. I was initially so nervous as I hated promoting my writing, but getting to know the blogging community – I love it!

Describe yourself in 3 words?
Confident. Kind. Reserved.

Where do you see yourself in five years time?
I see myself in a better job, with a  successful blog, travelling the world with my boyfriend who better be my husband – hint hint lol (I am joking, really)

What is your favourite holy grail product?
So I would say my MAC Pro Longwear Nourishing Waterproof Foundation, and my Body Shop Camomile Makeup Remover.

High street or highend fashion?
High Street. I can’t afford high end. Yet!

What is your favourite meal?
That’s so hard, I LOVE food! It has to be Spaghetti Bolognese

Who are your top 3 Vloggers?
Another Girl’s Life, Tasha Green & Samantha Maria – Cant get enough of ’em!

Who are your top 3 bloggers?
Another Girl’s Life, Gracie Victory & Coco’s Tea Party

Where is one place you would like to visit?
I would love to visit either Jamaica or Ghana next, they’ve been on my list for too long!

If a celebrity had to play your life, who would you want it to be?
I have no idea! Tessa Thompson or a young Lauryn Hill from Sister Act 2 days

So now it’s my turn to nominate 11 bloggers… I choose

http://www.londonmumma.com

https://onoitafashiondesign.wordpress.com

http://ohitssare.blogspot.co.uk

http://www.cinnamontan.co.uk

http://dbhpurplebuttoncouture.blogspot.co.uk

http://www.mrsjamesrecommends.com

http://blushandsuch.com

https://fl0raldaisies.wordpress.com

http://pixiebeautybible.com

https://beautybyjessblog.wordpress.com

https://livslifestyleblog.wordpress.com

My Questions for you are:
How long have you been blogging and what made you start?
Describe yourself in 3 words?
If you could invite 5 celebs to dinner, who would you invite and why?
Where do you love to go when you need some ‘ME’ time?
What inspires you?
If you were stranded on a dessert island, what piece of makeup would you take with you?
Number one wardrobe essential?
Name one thing you love and one thing you hate about blogging?
Lush or Body Shop?
How do you manage blogging and every day life?
Tell me one thing you love about yourself?