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Thursday, 24 December 2015

Blogmas Day 23: Christmas Meal and Carol Service...

I always feel very lucky to have such a lovely bunch of Family and Friends but at Christmas time these feelings of gratitude are amplified. I am especially grateful this year as I get to have 2 Christmas dinners! Here's how I spent the first...

It's a school tradition for alumni to gather at school for a special carol service. This year will be our first year as alumni so we decided to make the most of the night and gathered a small group of friends for a Christmas Meal together at a place called the Grange Farm.

Having visited the Grange Farm before, I knew that it was a homely and rustic place to eat with great staff and delicious food and I was not disappointed. The Herb Encrusted Salmon was divine as were the accompanying vegetables, but the stand out was the desert; a Double Chocolate Torte!
The atmosphere were also perfect for a Christmas meal. It was quiet enough to be able to sustain conversations but not too quiet to make any lulls awkward. The service was also great and it was the perfect backdrop to a wonderful catch-up!

After our meal was over, we piled into cars and drove to school where we had a few brief moments of catching up with other school friends before we were ushered into the service. Although I never thought I'd be nostalgic for lengthy school services I certainly was and the carol service was a pleasure to attend. The readings were broken up by traditional hymns (I was disheartened to see no Shine Jesus Shine in the programme!) which made the whole service fly by!

Post-service we filed out into the foyer and were greeted by mince pies and treats as well as mulled wine. We mingled with previous student and teachers whilst nibbling on the snacks.
It was great to see teachers and friends alike and a lovely Christmas treat.

I can honestly say I will be looking forward to these alumni events for years to come!

Thanks for Reading! :)

Tuesday, 22 December 2015

Blogmas Day 22: Red Lip Make-Up...

Several posts ago I shared my Top 3 Christmas Red Lips (Read Here), so it only seemed right to share how to do a quick and easy Red Lip look!

For the Base I simply used my Mac Studio Sculpt Foundation in NC20 and concealed underneath my eyes with the Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer in Ivory. The concealer really brightens up the area and has great coverage.
For eyes I packed on a dark brown MUA eyeshadow in the Shade Delicious all over the lid. I then used a clean brush and smudged out the outer corners to ensure there are no harsh lines. Next I used the Revlon Colorstay black eyeliner which like the eyeshadow is matte. To finish off the eyes I curled my lashes and used the Rimmel Scandaleyes Mascara.

Finally for the lips I used the Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm Stain in Striking...

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Monday, 21 December 2015

Blogmas Day 21: 5 Under £5 - One for the Music Lover...

As a huge music lover, I listen to music a lot during the day. I especially like to plug in some earphones and turn the music up when I'm travelling.
Because of the amount of time I spend with earphones on I know how important it is to have good quality and comfortable headphones. These Gummy earphones are my favourite affordable yet decent quality pair...

Everyone uses earphones now and again and it never hurts to have a spare pair as back up, so these are a great unisex present not only for music lovers, but for everyone!

Thanks for Reading! :)

Do you prefer listening to music with or without earphones?

Sunday, 20 December 2015

Blogmas Day 20: Christmas Outfit...

A Christmas outfit for me has to look smart but be comfortable enough to wear all day (and most of the night!). This can be a tricky combo to find so this year I planned ahead...

I chose this Dark Plum Coloured Lace Dress from H&M. The straight cut may not be the most flattering, but makes it comfy and ensures the skirt wont fly up with the wind!
The colour is a rich wintery purple colour and the lace pattern makes it look quite classic. It's the type of dress you can dress up or dress down. In this case I chose to dress it down...

I styled the dress with black chunky heeled boots, which work well with the dress thanks to the length and I softened them up by adding some frilly ankle socks. Because of the  silver detailing on the shoes I chose a chunky silver necklace which sat nicely with  the high neckline of the dress. To finish the look off I carried a small black bag with some tassels, to carry any small items around with me.

Thus outfit was easy to put together and is quite a laid back making it perfect for a Christmas with the family!

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What are your Christmas outfit plans?

Saturday, 19 December 2015

Blogmas Day 19: DIY Christmas Card...

I've received a fair share of handmade Christmas cards and I'm always amazed at how good they look.
I always stuck to shop bought cards because I thought I wouldn't have enough time or be able to collect the materials to make my own. But with more free time on my hands I've been able to try out some more DIY projects. One of these has included making my own Christmas cards...

All the materials and tools are household items, so sourcing them shouldn't be a problem and no special skills apart from being able to hold scissors are required!

Step 1: Fold your A5 piece of card in half
Step 2: Measure out a piece of foil a bit smaller than A6. Tear the edges to give a more rugged effect.
Step 3: Stick the foil to the front of the card nearer the bottom of the page.
Step 4: Use the A4 paper to create around 3 paper snowflakes that'll fit on the foil. You can use blue toned pens to add some simple patterns to them.
Step 5: Stick the Snowflakes on the foil section of the card.
Step 6: Write Merry Christmas above the foil section (as the card is handmade you can personalise the greeting at the top!)
Step 7: Fill the inside with a message to the recipient and mail off!

Thanks for Reading! :)