Christmas Tag

Hello Sweet Peas,
Guess what? It’s just 16 days till Christmas!!!!!! (just thought I’d remind you..) The countdown to Christmas this year seems to be everywhere and everyone seems to be really full of Christmas spirit, I absolutely love it. I have a few blog posts planned as we get closer to Christmas and a little surprise as we get to the ’12 days before’ 😉 (and that’s all I’m spilling)
However I wanted to find some Christmassy blog post to please you with right now and trying to scan through the whole of my brain finding some inspiration has proven to be rather difficult. So I thought I’d find a little Christmas tag to get me even more excited for Christmas..
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1. What is your favourite Christmas Movie/s?
I love practically any Christmas film but it’s certainly a close call between Elf and The Holiday, they are the ultimate Christmas films. Eeeek.
2. Do you open your presents on Christmas Eve or Christmas morning?
Christmas morning ALWAYS. Santa doesn’t come till then…. Phfsss….
3. Do you have a favourite Christmas memory?
I have so so so many. Christmas is such a memorable time as it’s a time me and my family really properly get together. The whole of the Holidays is spent together as it’s most of our birthdays in December also, so the whole period is such a special time.
4. Favourite festive food?
1. Chocolate… preferably Roses….
2. Pigs in blankets
3. you’ll think I’m crazy…., but ….. sprouts!
5. Favourite Christmas gift?
I love homemade and thoughtful gifts, this year I’m making my whole family their own personalized gingerbread man to suit them and their personality.
6. Favourite Christmas scent?
ANYTHING CINNAMON
7. Do you have any Christmas Eve traditions?
The typical mince pie and whiskey of course 😉 but other than that, not really however this year we’ve decided that Christmss pj’s and Christmas films is a must!

8. What tops your tree?
A very funny looking fairy

9. As a kid what was the one (crazy, wild, extravagant) gift you always asked for but never received?
I’ve thought long and hard about this and have actually gone mind blank.. oppss.. one thing I did always want however was one of them funny little penguins that made slusshy ice.. yep never got one.. Haha.

10. What’s the best part about Christmas for you?
Well this could be a very long list……
I love the clothes, warm cosy nights, twinkly lights, tinsel, singing with my grandad, fluffy socks, Christmas candles, hot chocolate, Christmas shopping, Christmas chocolate, Christmas films, Christmas songs, that Christmas eve feeling. Yep I’m a huge child… and no shame.

I hope you liked this little Christmas post, and if you weren’t in the Christmas mood just yet, you best be now!!!

I tag anyone who fancies a go at this,

Speak soon,

Holl xxx

Boo Hoo and Misguided Winter Wish List

Hello Sweet Peas,

*Ques Christmas music and excited squeals*

Eeeee yes you know it, Christmas is just around the corner and now Halloween is done and dusted the whole world is turning to good old Christmas spirit. I’m literally counting down the days now till it’s acceptable to put the Christmas tree up and dive into the Christmas chocolates… aka 1st of December I become a huge kid over advent calenders!

I absolutely adore the Christmas season, warm hot chocolates, Christmas music and films, and all the pretty lights please me massively. This year I’m especially looking forward to Christmas events around the season and one of my my most favorite parts is the outfits you can perfectly create. So, I’ve been absolutely loving BooHoo and Misguided lately and they have some gorgeous pieces waiting and screaming for me to buy them.  I’ve attempted in depressing myself in all the never ending lists of clothes I love and need…

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1. Caroline Long Sleeve Mesh Top – I struggle in finding the perfect long sleeve tops during the winter however sometimes I find myself just needing something quick to slip on  and still look flattering. I absolutely adore the mesh back on this with the Khaki, I honestly think it works so well to dress up or down.

2. Lauren Cross Back Check Print Play suit –  I absolutely adore this little number and having a few little Christmas parties on the way, I think it would world absolute wonders.

3. Eva Merry Christmas Ya filthy animal jumper –  Of course everyone needs a good old Christmas jumper and I’ve seen this one multiple times now and desperately need it.

4. Ebba Heart Elbow Patch Boyfriend Cardigan – Another perfect winter essential is big cozy cardigans and I can express that I am most certainly in need of one. I have really fell in love with this and the heart patches on the elbows finish it off, with extra cuteness.

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1. Celine Teddy Faux Fur Coat – I’m always on the hunt for winter coats and I do love my beloved parka however I saw a girl in something similar to this the other day and literally fell in love. It’s perfect to dress up or down and looks incredibly snug. Lets pray this is placed in the January sales ey…

2. Cheyanne Velvet Strappy Midi Dress – Now this perfect little piece is ideal to get you into that classy Christmas spirit… Bring on the Christmas parties!!!

3. Ivy Mermaid Sequin Long Sleeve Mini Dress – I’m loving the dresses at the moment and have seen so many of these beautiful sequin dresses which I think are perfect for Christmas

4. Ayvan Slash Neck Knitted Dress – I think this is perfect to add something slightly different to your daily look, with a pair of tights and cute boots and knitted dress is perfect.

5. Nicole X Sequin Midi Skirt – I absolutely love Nicole’s range on Missguided and if I could I would have absolutely everything she models however this skirt I’ve been eying up for so long. Sequins, Sparkles and black… it’s basically me summed up in a skirt!

6. Lara Faux Leather Front Split Midi Skirt – Another item on the skirt hype is this little beauty, I just adore the leather look recently and feel this would look amazing for Christmas paired with the burgundy or red crop.

7. Argona Strappy Mesh Detail Jumpsuit – I really love jumpsuits and on the right person they look amazing! For ages I’ve really wanted a classy, sophisticated one with the flared legs. I think again it’s perfect for a party, night out or Christmas meal.

8. Riley Floral Print Boyfriend Shirt – Last but not least I’m a sucker for shirts at the moment and the detail and pattern on this shirt is beautiful. I feel it would work so well with leather look trousers or black skinny’s.

So there you go there’s my little list of winter wonders… Now I’ll go silent cry at the price list.

Speak soon,

Holl xxx

A Week in Photos (3)

Hello Sweet Peas,

I missed last week! I do apologize, it’s actually been a busy few weeks so here’s a little insight into what I’ve been up to.

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 1. Dragon Fly Tea – Anyone who knows me is aware of my over obsessive love for tea, especially new wonderful flavored teas. I discovered the make Dragon Fly which I must add the peppermint green tea is wonderful and whats better than a tea with cute little messages?

2. Cold Mornings and Porridge – Yes, I’ve already purchased my first Christmas mug of the year (I couldn’t help myself) I mean just look how cute the penguin is, he was practically calling my name and of course the cold mornings have started creeping there way back in, so porridge is always the answer.

3. Happiness and Bunny ears – I think being able to let go of everything just for one night is the most important thing. To be able to stop and say ‘hold on a minute, this is my time’. I had a lovely night last weekend in Blackpool with Ellie, where we both just forgot about anything and enjoyed ourselves. Of course, I resorted back to being a kid when the only priority was buying flashing bunny ears.

4. Fabulous Trouser Life – River Island sales oh how I love you! Recently I’ve been a sucker for baggy, wonderfully printed trousers and my my when these were just £10, how could I say no?

5. Frozen Frantic- Yesterday me, Mumma and Ella all headed for a little afternoon out and popped into Matalan. I love Matalan for the odd bits and bobs and got a tad excited at all the new Christmas home ware section. Then making our way to the till I spotted this little number and absolutely loved it. I love popping my protein shakes into little cups like this, so it really was perfect. ~(And I love frozen… a tad too much)

6. Ginger Bread Latte Galore –  Yesterday being a little treat day I had to take a little trip to Costa and have a cheeky ginger bread latte, which Is the ultimate Christmas drink and my absolute favorite.

7. Halloween Mania- As you know Halloween is just in fact right around the corner and in our house hold we absolutely love it, and of course this year decided to go all out in Asda. I literally couldn’t resist the sparkly pumpkins and skull heads being the big girl that I am.

8. Skull Shot glasses – On our little Halloween Asda trip I cam across these little fellas Skull head shot glasses!! I mean how fab are they? You cannot deny.

9. Weight lifting Pumpkins – And of course Halloween can only mean Pumpkins and I can confirm we spent ages trying to choose the biggest and best pumpkins. After finally choosing we finally picked and me and me little muscles managed to carry him… wahey!

10. ‘Bring Murray’s Bum Back’ – Yes, this Extra Large Pick n’ Mix was most certainly allowed last night, lets call it a ‘Halloween Eve’ treat, as 1. it was a ‘little’ cheat night 2. I’ve been craving sweets for god knows how long 3. we are on a strong mission to bring Hollie’s bum back. So you cheeky cola bottles… go to my arse…

11. Cozy jumpers and boring Sundays- Cold weather is most certainly starting to consume me, which only results to my fingers and toes being left to freeze. I bought this jumper this week which I absolutely adore, going out my comfort zone slightly with the color but I strangely love it, plus it’s unbelievably comfy and warm. Bonus!

12. Keep going and Never stop – I have to admit the past four weeks have been incredibly hard for me, yet I’m still striving and still fighting. I want to keep going and shut out all the thoughts and feeling telling me that I can’t and I think this quote sums this up perfectly. I think it’s important to start accepting you’ll have set backs and failures, yet just because you do it isn’t the end. They only allow you to keep striving and going.

I hope you enjoyed these little set of piccys and I hope you have all had a fabulous week.

Speak soon,

Holl xxx

Autumn Tag

Hello Sweet Peas,

Ah I was tagged by the lovely http://jacquelinemorby.co.uk/ to do this tag and I’m rather excited. It’s something a tad different ey!

  1) What’s your favourite seasonal drink from Starbucks/ Costa/ Cafe Nero etc?

I’ve only just begun to get into the Costa vibes (I know late on the band wagon) At the moment I’ve been massively obsessed with the coffee coolers from Costa however they have been my ultimate summer drink and with the cold weather making it’s way, I’ve had to broaden my horizons. So of course I went for the most comforting sounding beverage and one I’ve been dying to try for ages – Gingerbread latte – and now I can quite wonderfully say this is my Christmas drink.

2) Accessories – What do you opt for, scarf, boots, gloves?

Scroll down my blog and you’ll soon realize I’m the biggest scarf lover, especially big fluffy, white ones.

3. Music – What’s your favorite music to listen to during Autumn?

I don’t in particular change my music taste due to season, I listen to pretty much anything and everything whenever I tend to feel like it. Although, I must say as the winter starts to call in… So does the Michel Buble Christmas album… (I have no shame!)

 
4. Perfume – What’s your favourite scent for this time of year?
I hate to admit but I’m awful with perfumes, I pick and choose them like they are flaming underwear. I can never really find a  sent I love and will stick too however one perfume I always ask for towards Christmas is ‘Angel’ by Thierry Mugler. I absolutely adore it.
5. Candles – What scents will you be burning this season?
Cinnamon, cinnamon, CINNAMON! Oh god, If you do happen to know me, you’ll be highly aware 1. I adore candles 2. cinnamon is my favourite sent and taste of all time. I certainly need a cinnamon candle spree! Mmmmmm!
6. What do you love most about Autumn?
The colours, the fashion and of course good old Halloween. It’s all so exciting and something about it creates a warming and comforting feeling. I despise the cold weather but adore boots, jumpers and massive coats. It’s excuse to look like a chubby eskimo right? And of course my beloved onesies, my reindeer onesie has already made a reappearance.
7. Favorite make-up look?
I’m pretty dull with makeup, I tend to stick to neutral and natural shades, unless I’m off somewhere fancy. However as summer is disheartening I’ve been using a few darker, warming browns on my eyelids which I’ve been enjoying. Also, I usually stick safe with my lips, It’s a massive no no NO to ever go dark, yet today I ventured in buying a red lipstick… Ow…
That’s it my chickens, so I hope you enjoyed, I actually really enjoyed doing this slightly different post. Let me know if you want to see a few more like this, as I’ve been thinking about a Q & A post.
I tag – http://angisliving.wordpress.com/ My lovely lil fighter and anyone else who would love to do this!
Autumns a fabby time, so make sure you treat yourself to lots of hot chocolates!
Speak soon,
Holl xxx

The last of summer #OOTD and a slight change…

Hello Sweet Peas,

I hope you are all well and your days have been wonderful, mine was great thanks for asking.  It’s been rather jam packed would you believe, so now sitting down with my very much loved peppermint tea, Emmerdale and my little blog is 100% appreciated.

Firstly I had to run a few errands however I felt my outfit today was totally worth sharing with you all, PS. the sun was out this morning, I’m trying my best to hold onto summer! I recently bought this playsuit and absolutely fell in love with it, it fits perfectly and is brilliant for anytime of year. Winter with a pair of tights, cute boots and fluffy scarf? yes yes yes!

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Playsuit – Topshop

Cardigan – River isalnd

Shoes – New Look

Ring – Silver.com

 

While popping out with my sister for a few of her birthday presents, I of course couldn’t resist a cheeky trip into next while she ventured the sports shop. When I go into next it’s always hit and miss, I either see a few bits I love of nothing at all however I must say at the moment their shoe and bag range is absolutely brilliant. I also find next extremely useful for any home wear (I’m secretly a massive sucker for that)

Taking in mind I said I wouldn’t spend anything but also taking in mind I really needed a new pair of boots, I of course went for the second persuasion and bought a new pair of boots… But hey they were too beautiful to resist and only £36, which personally I thought was rather decent. I also picked up a new room diffuser and the cutest scarf, perfect for pairing with some black skinny’s and the boots!

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I also went for a little change today and yes in the hair department, after all my morning rushing around, I had a hair appointment booked for 1. Lately my hair has felt limp, under nourished and un styled and for someone who uses her hair as her pride and joy – this is extremely depressing. I found myself almost in tears the other night claiming to my mum how “down” it was making me feel, and that is sad it itself… haha. So, I’ve decided to mix it up completely and instead of my usual dark try out the old Ombre, and I’m in love. I feel like I’ve got my hair back again and what’s better than a hair dressers trip because hey my hair now smells amazing.

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All in all today has been extremely successful and has left me feeling upbeat and positive! Some times giving yourself a little time and treating is well worth it.

Remember to treat yourself every day,

Speak soon,

Holl xxx

 

 

A little “pick me up”

Hello Sweet Peas,

Oh heck it’s been a while, I’ve missed my blogging but I’m back don’t worry too much…

Anyway, what the hell has happened to summer?! I’m currently sat here back into my jeans, slipper socks and over sized hoodie attempting to to allow my body to feel the warmth again. I even resorted in getting the old parka out of the back of my wardrobe on my shopping trip the other day… yes I was that cold or my body just simply refuses sudden weather change. I can’t lie though I did enjoy starting the winter shop, baggy jumpers and huge scarfs, yes please! On that note, yes you heard right once again I had one of my fabby shopping trips, of course only meaning a haul very very soon!

However today I feel as if due to this now gloomy weather we are all in need of one of Hollie’s little inspirational ‘pick me ups’ of course. Well I know I do and a complete ‘sluggish’ feeling is most certainly hazing over me.

I’ve trying my complete hardest everyday to stay as positive as I can recently and one of the little sayings that is helping me strive through is;

“Storms make trees take deeper roots”

I’ve been meaning to share this for a while now because I absolutely love it and lately speaks a whole lot of truth. There are many times I’m coming to face that the whole world around me appears to blow up into a complete whirl wind. Like a dark cloud is hovering over day to day, as a storm kindly brews. Of course through a storm the trees have to take their hold or they’re simply blown down indicating that they take deep roots. It’s like that for ourselves – our storms, our mistakes and experiences can only make us stronger because as humans we set in ambition to make our mark on the planet. We aren’t made or placed upon the Earth the to just ‘give up’ because I believe the universe simply doesn’t work that way.

I want to believe that each struggle that I am faced with It’ll only impact on my drive towards my aspirations in life. They will continue to provide me with the drive to carry on striving for everything I want.

So, if today seems gloomy or you’re having a little rough patch, look in the mirror and confirm with yourself that this will soon pass and when it does? you shall be a hell lot stronger. You’ll be able to face your day straight on with the need and want to live.

Speak soon,

Holl xxx

“It’s the most wonderful time of the year..”

Okay, so if you know me personally you shall know that as soon as the 1st of December falls upon us, I almost burst with complete excitement (September this year….but shhh!) I have quite literally driven everyone completely bonkers this year, more so today as I have played Christmas songs since 9 am, I have no shame okay! 😉

I absolutely adore Christmas, I have no deny, as a Christmas baby myself. I think it’s such a cosy, calm, and loving time of year that I feel everyone looses touch of because of constant “Christmas stress”. See, I’m even slightly bonkers in the fact I enjoy “stressful Christmas shopping”, it excites me even more, opps.

I think what I do miss about Christmas the most though is the different type of joy and excitement you felt back when you were five years old. I mean what was ever better than dancing around your living room to “Santa Claus is coming to town” late on Christmas eve, before placing that yummy mince pie and carrot out for Santa and Rudolf. The amazing feeling of anticipation and nervousness in hoping you’re not awake when he arrives, while wondering if you really will meet Santa placing the presents you’ve been extra good for all year underneath your perfectly decorated Christmas tree. To wake on Christmas morning bouncing out of bed without any hesitation at all, rising early, almost shouting at your parents to join you. I always had to get my dad to go down the stars first of course just to check if “Santa really had been” and oh he always had… and so I would dart down the stairs faster than you could imagine.

I always enjoyed opening presents (who doesn’t? ;-)) but as I was doing so I always found that I was more excited towards heading to my nana’s for Christmas dinner. I’ve ALWAYS been a family person – I adore being around everyone and seeing everyone happy and full of joy and Christmas is that one time I get to experience it. It’s wonderful, don’t you think?

Over the past few years, our family Christmas hasn’t exactly been the best which saddens me really however this year I feel something in the air has changed. I am looking forward to Christmas again – and it is fantastic. It’s magical.

So, this year, I am going to go back to being that little kid because of course Santa is always going to be real 😉 I am actually so super excited, that I’ve even bought a little flashing Christmas tree for my room (which by the way is giving me quite the seizure, hahaha!)

My question is for you, what’s your favorite thing about Christmas? I’d love to know!

I’m going to go enjoy a lovely warm cuppa and a cosy read of a wonderful book I would high recommenced! “Feel the fear and do it anyway!” by Susan Jeffers. This book has helped me great amounts and fills you with such a wonderfully positive outlook!

So lets be positive it’s Christmas, time for mince pies and cakes 😉

Speak soon,

Holl.

Good-Bye Summer –

Hello Autumn!

The big, fluffy coats and the winter boots have soon decide it’s their time to make an appearance out of my wardrobe and slowly but surely tuck away the pretty summer shorts and sandals. However, I’m not looking forward to it one bit, the cold, and the snow isn’t something I’ll ever enjoy, apologies to all you winter lovers.

Now, if you are anything like me, you’ll agree that the cold, bitter weather isn’t something you’ll be jumping for joy for. Wow, that’s a tongue twister.

Anyhow, every single year I repeatedly find myself in complete and utter dread of the dark night’s drawing in and the freezing days taking all the blood from my fingers, so this year I decided it’s time to change. I’m actually going to attempt to have a positive outlook on the Autumn/Winter seasons in hope I can spread the positivity to all other grumpy sods like me. I’m going to give you a survival guide to “The Dreadful Cold Stupid Weather”…Wish me luck.

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So,  I’ve made a list of my favourite things about Autumn and Winter and my favorite things in September so far, in hope they will show that this season may not be as bad after all.

1. Tea!

Tea of course is the main essential for winter (Other than of course hot chocolate..With marshmallows.. And lots of cream..Mmm) however, if you know me you’ll know how much of a health freak I am. So I have the perfect Autumn/Winter drinks to satisfy my needs 24/7, Twinings!

ImageI would most certainly recommend, if you haven’t tried these beauties, then you my friend are most certainly missing out! In fact go to the shop right now and buy them, now!

2. Candles

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Winter + Candles = A very happy Hollie, with a dash of complete perfection. Winter and candles couldn’t bring me much more joy. The settlement in relaxing with your favourite book, Twinnings, and lots of pretty, gorgeous smelling candles just isn’t the same in summer, sorry!

3. Shopping

Nothing, and I mean nothing in the entire world make me more happy than shopping. To be precise, Christmas Shopping! (See, I’m not a complete baa-humbug ;-)) The buzz and joy I get from walking into a massive shopping center as the run up towards Christmas approaches is unbelievable. The massive, incredibly decorated Christmas Tree’s and the pretty, over sparkling lights to be seen from every corner. The small cafes packed from overwhelmed shoppers craving from a creamy hot chocolate topped with a thousand marshmallows, diets? What are they?! Everyone rushing around, Families, Couples, Excited Kiddies, Mothers, Fathers all enjoying the Christmas joy., or just stressed to hell but you get my point.. Christmas Shopping is like an addiction to me, and many others.

So recently, my shopping instincts have sparked up incredibly (Oh, yes Hollie, it’s cold, “New clothes, New clothes, NEW CLOTHES!”) And, of course, I gave in.

Black skinny jeans are of course an essential through winter for myself, as I kind of live in black a little too much.. So, I recently headed to river island and bought a lovely pair for only £30! And of course what’s winter without a new jumper, so I went extremely out my comfort zone and bought a bright peach jumper for only £25. And that was the first winter outfit in the bag, and obviously many, many more to come.

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So, when you’re sat there thinking the hibernating is the only option left to Winter, just remember you aren’t the only one…Haha. Actually remember that there are positives, and this year I really am going to try and embrace the “Wintery” weather. I hope.

Also, let me know your winter essentials I’m curious!

See you soon,

♡ Holl ♡