Saturday, 31 December 2016

Christmas, 2016

Christmas is over :(.  I'm currently writing this whilst eating a ferrero rocher and also debating whether I should start unpacking the cross trainer I bought a couple of days ago. Hm...Juxtaposition, no?

This year, Christmas has been different. I don't normally care too much about christmas (apart from the long break off work), but this year, the whole of December has been grand and I've felt incredibly festive - celebrating good times with family and friends, doing secret santas and wrapping gifts, having parties (...and a wedding!) and sharing the love? The best feeling, seriously. Ah, and of course, the sheer amount of food and fizz that has been consumed...? Get me on that cross trainer, NOW.

So rock on to the 23rd, to finish off the festivities, C and I made our way back down to Bristol to see my mum, dad and bro. I don't think C was ready for the amount of food he was going to consume over our four day break but he managed. Good lad.

This year was a quiet one as it was just us five (my sister flew over to Australia for the crimbo holidays this year) and we normally have my aunts and uncles and their families drop in on Boxing Day, but we still managed to have a fab Christmas - food, company, and a lot of chill, Xbox and downtime. 

Exactly what we all needed (especially as work has been extremely busy and C has been studying for his exam that's taking place next week!)

We kind of cheated (don't judge me!) and opened our presents before we headed back as we didn't have the manpower to bring everything back home and then to bring it all back again (I knew Mum was going to give me a gazilion things to carry back to London - this time, homemade chinese coconut cookies and a bottle of wine).

I wanted to share a few snaps of my favourite things that I was given/gave this Christmas...

My gift from C from one of my favourite jewellery designers, Dinny Hall.

A beautiful rose gold bracelet (I lost a Dinny Hall bangle that C had bought me a couple of years ago and hadn't really ever gotten over it so I was extremely happy to be gifted this beauty!)

This one was a mini treat to myself (I had a bit of a splurge at Clinique and I've yet to try this out - it's the Clinique Take the Day Off Eye Makeup Remover Stick - this is going to come in handy when traveling as it doesn't count as a liquid...whoooop!)

I also picked up the cleansing balm for the face too - haven't yet tried but I'll report back.

Thank you to my cousin Lou for getting me these bad boys! I love the EVO brushes, and I can't wait to hone my contouring skills with these...

Last week we also had a Christmas meal with Paul and Tils at one of our local pubs and this was my Secret Santa gift (ahhh my Santa knows me all too well)

And C's Secret Santa pressie...?

C's niece Ava also sent this sweet package all the way from Melbs, such a sweet treat - never can I ever complain of having dry hands..!

I met up with my uni friend Kiki, and it was a joy. I don't see her regularly as I would like (New Year Resolution...) but we caught up for four hours at Flesh and Buns and she treated me very sweetly to this christmas candle which I've been burning for two days straight now.

Aesop. Do I need to say any more? I LOVE everything about Aesop. The slightly medicinal and herby smell will always win me over. But this travel kit literally covers everything you need - face and body cleanser, moisturisers, toner, shampoo and conditioner and EVEN mouthwash. (Thank you, thank you Kirsti!) 

A unique gift - metal poles with tabs of different herb names so you know which herbs are which - once the weather starts to warm up I can't wait to use these!

Ah, amongst all of the Diptyque and Neom candles...who doesn't love a bit of Yankee...!?

C's mum and dad bought these silver frames from Country Road and I've already got plans to fill them with pics of our families and I know just where to place them...

YESSSSS YOU GUYS DO NOT UNDERSTAND HOW LONG IVE WANTED BRISTOL MONOPOLYYY!! Ahem. Calm. So, we have 4 different types of boards at home that we have accumalated over the years but this is the one. Actually, come to think of it I don't have the original one yet...

My gift to C - to replace his broken Kobo. As much as I think they are extremely handy I do personally prefer the good old fashioned book. Long live Print...!

And C got treated this hamper from his work... get ready:



Copious amounts of booze (we chose the boozy hamper)...

We tried some of the Port when P and T came over for a nightcap and it was divine...!

Can't wait to get cracking into these...!

Annoyingly we didn't manage to eat this at home as I brought it back with us...hoping mum will find a good home for it!

Alex's pressie to Cam - some secret beer blend from a Bristolian beer company that's not on the shelves...

*Claps hands* Well done Bro 

I'm now a proud owner of a Crosley turntable...!

As much as I love the gift aspect of Christmas it truly is all about spending the time with the ones you love and for indulging. (After all the indulging comes the usual action of making resolutions about getting more fitter/being healthier in the new year...)

Well, 2017 is just around the corner, but new year resolutions don't count yet which meanssssss that I can have more of those Ferreros...right?

I hope you all had a fantastic christmas this year, let me know what you guys got up to this Christmas and I'll see you on the flipside...

F x



  1. Hope the mouthwash doesn't taste medicinal and herby!! O.o (Or that the herb in question is mint at least...) xx

    1. Honestly, the mouthwash is the best one out of ALL of them. SO. FRESH. xxx

  2. I think the Ferrero Rocher nibbling is a great tactic – you're gonna need all that extra energy before climbing on that cross trainer ;) Looks like you had a great Christmas, all the best for 2017 x

    1. Indeed! You got the right idea ;) Thank you for stopping by! x


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