Last Minute Stocking Fillers – Blogmas Day 24

Last Minute Christmas Stocking Gifts

 

There is always something that gets forgotten in the haste of preparing for the big day. Check out my selection of little things that you can find whilst out and about just to stack up those stockings for a champagne breakfast and sneaky present opening. From Urban Decay to Yankee Candles this selection has something for everyone – although there is a lack of male presence! So for the men in your life check out the selection below for some last-minute gifts that can be found in many shops.
Last Minute Stocking Fillers for Him
If you man has a sweet tooth or likes to pamper himself there is something for almost anyone in the selection above. I hope you are more prepared than I am and are enjoying the holiday season.

#IMWAYR – Blogmas Day 8

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It’s Blogmas Day 8 people and I am on the slow road to Christmas celebrations. This is my favourite time of year and I fully intend to enjoy it to the max. The decorations are going up and treats are almost ready for the oven (well kind of!). How are you preparing for the festive season and what are you reading?

Reading

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Thanks to Audible this is what I am currently listening to.
Sophie Kinsella has been a favourite of mine for many years and if I am honest got me into reading a lot more with her fabulous shopaholic series. This one however so far has not impressed me – I’m unsure whether it is because I am listening to it and don’t really like the narrators whiny voice.
We shall see!

Coast, SS15, Spring, Summer, 2015, Fashion, Skirts, Monochrome, Black, White, Stripes, Blog A Book Etc, Fay, Press

After checking out the new collection for Coast this is one of my favourite pieces of the collection. You may have guessed as this has not only been on my Instagram but also on my Facebook and made it to the press day post.

Beauty

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This has been my skin saviour this week, with all the cold weather I have been taking my daily cleansing routine a lot more seriously. After the first use my face felt fresh and dewy. Have you used this?

Life

Winter Wonderland, Royal Parks, Christmas, Festive, Events, Public Events, Minions, Despicable Me, Penguins, Magic Ice Kingdom, Date Night, Dating, Relationships, Blog A Book Etc, Fay

Our picture from date night at Winter Wonderland – it was such an awesome night and so romantic and snuggly.

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Cute right?! I just love this bed-spread and of course I am on the nice side!

What have you been up to this week?

It’s A Berry Red Christmas – Blogmas Day 4

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It’s really beginning to look a lot like Christmas and with all the lovely deep reds around it is most definitely a colour that should be thrown into the mix to heat things up for this party season. From nails and lips to those luscious red bottomed soles this is the time to get dressed up and party the night away. It will be a Berry Red Christmas for all of us I hope!

Favourites From The Bunch

In The Red Corner, Essie, Nail Varnish, Nails, Beauty, Red, Blog A Book Etc, Fay

As you can see my Essie obsession will most definitely come in handy for the party season – light to dark and mixture of course.

Grab your favourites at your local Boots or Online

What are your go to colours for the Festive Season?

Reiss, Pfeiffer, Slim-Fit, Wool Blazer, Black, Smart, Fashion, Christmas, Season, A/W14, Winter, Christmas, Blog A Book Etc, Fay

Despite not being able to get this jacket in my size as it goes from a size 4-12 I am sure I can find it somewhere!
This can be dressed up and down and used for more than one season so a win win all round.

Reiss – £265

New Look, John Zack, Black, Lace, High Neck, Crop Top, Fashion, Winter, A/W14, Blog A Book Etc, Fay

Skirts, High wasted trousers, smart or casual. This top can be worn with a multitude of things and dressed up or down.
Even without accessories this top will look gorgeous for the simplicity of the lace.

New Look – £24.99

What are you favourites and what will you be wearing this festive season?

REVIEW: The Christmas Surprise by Jenny Colgan

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The Back of the Book

Rosie Hopkins, newly engaged, is looking forward to an exciting year in the little sweetshop she owns and runs. But when fate strikes Rosie and her boyfriend, Stephen, a terrible blow, threatening everything they hold dear, it’s going to take all their strength and the support of their families and their Lipton friends to hold them together.

After all, don’t they say it takes a village to raise a child?

My Thoughts

Jenny Colgan has done it again ladies and gents. A festive continuation of where we left off from the previous Rosie Hopkins book and my, my what a tear jerker it is. This book is nothing short of a christmas surprise therefore it really does live up to its’ title.

We start with a non intrusive reminder of how the previous book finished – this is something that I found extremely helpful and a great reference point for those that have not read the previous book. This quick recap covers the location, the characters and many other good points to get us up to speed. For someone who has already read the previous books even I found this useful as I have not read the book prior to this for some time.

It was lovely to read about previous characters like Edison returning to health even if not as great a before and his genuine friendship with Rosie as she continues to charm her way through the village. With Tina’s wedding coming up the shop is in a frenzy as is general life around the village. Organisation has taken over and when a significant loss is thrown into the mix Rosie and her little family are at the forefront of this.

Without giving anything away as this is book that definitely should be read for yourself when such sadness takes over it can take a while to shake it off and this book really does hit a few home truths for myself.

With a tissue in one hand and cup of coffee in the other I continued reading and through a lot of modern references such as Westfield shopping centre, Made In Chelsea (TV series) this was not ‘just another book’. Colgan was on fire when this was written and her feelings were off the chart.

This book not only identifies with a whole horde of political issues such as Poverty but touches on Homosexuality and Racism to boot. This book is nothing short of a christmas miracle let alone surprise! Of course being a fictional story there has to be a touch of the unreal such as a free house, social worker disappearance and easy adoption. But once again I will not be giving anything away and this is where I will leave you to read the book for yourselves.

Just remember this – when you reach the end think about David Attenborough as we span out over the country side and look at what we have just read and think about the future. Much like a movie voice over this ending is just lovely and will bring a tear to the coldest of eyes and hearts.

Rating

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Just a little note to say – To Jenny Colgan I am so sorry for the loss of your dear friend. Times like this are really hard but I can only hope it will get better for you.