HBO Gift Wrapping Masterclass – Blogmas Day 23 – Take 2!

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A couple of weeks ago Catherine and I were invited to the offices of Premier for a HBO gift wrapping masterclass. As I LOVE anything to do with Game of Thrones (geeky I know!) I jumped at the chance to see an expert at work wrapping a present that I would be ecstatic to receive as a gift (did the subliminal messaging work there guys?!). And yes that is a condom in the above picture! The TV series of Girls is quite raunchy in places but playful with it and the wrapping above perfectly portrays such characteristics. Personally I wanted the pouch for a clutch bag but sadly that isn’t possible.

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Arona Khan is an international gift wrapping expert known for her scintillating methods that will make you want to actually preserve your wrapping paper this year rather than just ripping it off to get to your present. From Game of Thrones to a bottle of wine this lovely lady has a whole host of handy tips for us mere mortals of the wrapping world to jazz up our run of the mill gifts and make our recipients awestruck at our new and wonderful techniques. A big bow here and a little bauble there and poof the job is done!

Check out a couple of videos made by the lovelies at Premier for the afternoon session we attended.

How much do you want to snuggle under that lovely piece of fur.

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As I have already (badly) wrapped my gifts next year will be the time that I test out this wonderful technique unless of course I bust my new moves for someones birthday – we shall see!

True Detective is a show that I have yet to watch, however that does not stop me loving this nifty idea of wrapping and all from scratch – Handmade wrapping right!

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Arona has been kind enough to put together her five top gift wrapping tips that should see you through any tricky wrapping situation that comes your way. Just remember tips for life not just for Christmas!

The one thing I always have an issue with is making bows as like most I do not possess the power to grow tentacles in order to wrap well. Arona of course had a solution that consisted of making many loops and a small twist. Check out her webpage for some handy hints but for the process in motion check out this picture of Arona showing me how its done.

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Since passing the legal drinking age many years ago a present that seems much appreciated by myself and friends is a lovely bottle of alcohol (I would say wine but that isn’t always the case!). Wrapping said present is always an issue as it is not an easy shape to navigate. Of course Arona was on hand for such troublesome wrapping.

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Whilst watching Arona at work the ladies at Premier supplied us with coffee and mince pies.

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Not being hungry at the time I did not indulge in a mince-pie but Catherine was happy with hers so they must have been very tasty.

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How awesome is the finished product – a little tip that Arona gave was to put tissue paper inside the cellophane so the actual contents isn’t obvious to the recipient.

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I would like to take this chance to say a massive THANK YOU to the lovelies at Premier and Arona Khan for her expert advice also to wish you all a very Merry Christmas!

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To Do Tuesday – Blogmas Day 23

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Last Weeks List

Write Christmas cards and send for Book Bloggers Holiday Card Exchange

Wrap and bag Christmas presents

Put up Christmas lights

Schedule 1 week of posts

– Comment on 10 news blogs

How Did I Get On?

Finally I managed to get a whole list completed. With a couple more things on my list but not down on paper I cracked on and am almost ready for Christmas. Are you?

This Weeks List

– Buy final Christmas presents

– Finish listening to current audio book

– Enjoy CHRISTMAS

As you can see there isn’t much on this list and the obvious reason being CHRISTMAS so sit back, relax and ENJOY!

I will be on Twitter & Instagram throughout the week.

See You There 😀

#IMWAYR – Blogmas Day 22

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Another Monday and just a few days until Christmas – how are we all doing? With most of my Christmas shopping done I have one more present to buy and it is a tricky one so I will get on with this post and crack on with my shopping!

Reading

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I’m almost finished with this audio book with about one hour to go. If you have read or listened to this book I would love to hear what you think.
There are some great reviews out there – check them out:

Vilma’s Book Blog

Kevin @ I Heart Chick Lit

Laura’s Haven

Tara @ Running ‘n’ Reading

Anna @ Diary of an Eccentric

I am hoping to finish listening to this book mid-week so I can crack on with something else very important that I want to read more than having to read! A bit of a secret but I’m hoping all will be revealed soon!

Life

Things are great on the living front at the moment – well apart from my split location. Between mine and himself I feel like I’m being spread a little thin on the ground but I am sure it will pass. Work is hard but as I am off for the Christmas period I can’t really complain.

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Over the past couple of weeks I have picked up a few new bedding sets and this one is just so cute.
Don’t ya think?!
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As I have very sensitive skin I have to keep my make up brushes clean and do it as often as possible without ruining them. As I do not wear make up every day I clean my brushes every two weeks and this week I managed to get a snap of my squeaky clean brushes.

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Himself and I popped over to a friend’s house on Sunday and found this in their bathroom and just had to snap it. At this current moment in time I am incredibly happy and this caption is exactly how I feel so why not ‘spread the love’ so to speak.

Beauty

My skin has really been giving me problems lately which is most likely due to the crazy weather changes. From the bitter cold outside going to the warmth of inside (my house is like the tropics!) my skin flares up and I find my skin reacting like crazy. My medicine cabinet seems to have more anti-histamine in it than the regular hay fever season and it is truly annoying.

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As I mentioned last week this has been a staple in my daily routine as it really has saved my skin from falling off like a snake. Disgusting but true!

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With House of Fraser throwing such heavy discounts around before Christmas I thought it would only be right to treat myself and as I use this on a regular basis I am extremely glad for the top up.

What are you using to keep your skin smooth in such harsh weather.

What have you been up to this week?

Date Night with Jack – Blogmas Day 21

As it is so close to Christmas most restaurants and bars are packed to the rafters and it really isn’t a tempting thought to be jostled left and right until I am finally out of the door. So to keep our spirits up we bought a couple of bottles of jack and bunkered down. With a Family Guy christmas special to watch and plenty of snacks – check out some of the pics I managed to take before we started our night!

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Crisps and Nuts
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KK Heaven! Box of Joy

Don’t you just love it when there are so many treats that you do not know where to start?!

Obviously we started with the Jack!