26 November 2015

Home Decor Lovers Gift Guide - 2015

Botanical Art Work Frame* (£35) - I plan on having lots of art work & prints throughout our home and this from Graham & Brown would be perfect on any wall. I really like the soft colour and detail that is used on each of these individual prints, they are so pretty to look at. What I love even more is that you can add your own photos to it, creating a beautiful personal display.

Diffuser gift set (£30) - I really really want this for Christmas! The White Company scents are amazing! There is nothing better than a lovely smelling home. This is perfect if you want each room to smell different or you could make the present last by getting a diffuser out every other month.

Key holder (£10) - This would look great in any entry way and keep keys in one place (no more loosing keys!)

Pocket Watch Clock (£55) - This would be such an interesting clock to have and would most certainly be a talking point.

Snapshot Camera (£20) - A great gift for someone with quirky taste or is photography obsessed.

Sparkly Vase (£22) - As mentioned in a previous blog post I am so loving Mercury glass at the moment! Everyone loves a bit of sparkle at Christmas and you can never have too many vases in my opinion. This one would be amazing with some twig fairy lights standing in it.

Flower Subscription (£50 for 3 months) - Another idea that is so nice. I love having fresh flowers in the house so imagine receiving a seasonal bouquet gift subscription each month.

Cable knit throw (£65) - Any home decor lover needs a luxurious blanket/throw in their lives. Imagine cosying up with it on the sofa on a chilly afternoon. Bliss!

Vanilla Creme Home Fragrance Gift Set (£17 or in 3 for 2 offer) - More smellies!

Jewellery Stand (£12 or in 3 for 2 offer) - Another pretty way to keep things organised. This would look gorgeous on a bed side table or on top of a chest of drawers in a bedroom.

As someone who is pretty much obsessed with home decor I can safely say that I'd be very happy to receive anything along the lines of my suggestions. You can't really go wrong with a nice candle or diffuser though : )

Gemma x

21 November 2015

5 Festive Things To Do This Weekend

As Christmas is approaching fast, it's time to start feeling festive. Here are 5 festive things that I will be doing this weekend:

1. Go for a walk -  I love to bundle up in a big jacket and scarf and go for a walk with family in the run up to festivities. We have a good laugh and plan what we are doing over the festive period (like which Panto we are going to see - Yay!). It's so good to get some fresh air and blow the cobwebs away after a long working week.

2. Have a hot chocolate - This is perfect after a nice walk (See number 1). I only ever drink hot chocolate at this time of year so I make sure I get my quota when the temperature drops! Find somewhere warm and cosy and RELAX!

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3. Go to a Garden Centre - Now I am almost 25 but I do love a good Garden Centre at this time of year. I always let out a little squeal when I see the fantastic Christmas displays they put on. Everything is colour/style co-ordinated which makes decoration shopping so much easier if you have a colour scheme in mind. Plus there are always a great selection of foodie/stocking presents to look at.

4. Buy a Christmas Jumper - Give in to the cheesiness and buy one before they sell out. Last year I left it quite late and all the good ones had gone. I have my eye on a fair few this year, some are actually quite nice. I desperately want the one from Fat Face.

Gingerbread Jumper / Fairisle Jumper / Kiss Me It's Christmas Jumper

5. Have a movie night - We always watch more films over the festive period. Why not have a buffet style dinner (I'm thinking cheeses, crackers, chutneys, fruit, sausage rolls etc) in front of the TV with lots of blankets and thick socks. I usually end up falling asleep half way through films because i'm just so snuggly and warm. Zzzz!

What are you doing this weekend? What do you do to get you in the festive spirit?

Gemma x

12 November 2015

Christmas Foodie Gift Guide - 2015

Herb Rack £30- With all these herbs and spices the choices of potential dishes to make are endless. A definite must for any budding cook who also likes an organised kitchen!

Fondue Set £18 - This is such a lovely present for a couple. You can't beat chocolate dipped strawberries after a romantic dinner for two.

Heart Chopping board £5 - Ideal for a girly girl for day to day or to use as a serving board for special occasions. I'm thinking cheeses and grapes. Yum!

Make It Easy Cookbook* £11.99 - Perfect for the home cook who likes to be organised and make dishes ahead of time for everyday meals or even dinner parties. With such a variety of dishes there is something for everyone. As much as I love to cook, I hate being flustered and stressed out. This cook book is simple to follow and makes cooking a joy! Definitely one for the cook book collectors out there.

Cake in a mug £7.99 - I love that cake in a mug is now a thing. It's great for when you want a sugar fix but makes just enough to stop you from eating TOO much.

Krups Nespresso Coffee Machine £80 - A bit more of a splurge but could earn you major brownie points if bought for your other half. I love how this would add such a pop of colour in the kitchen.

Jamie Oliver Pie Set £16.50 (also in the 3 for 2 range) - I can imagine this would be put to good use when making turkey pies with Christmas leftovers. 

I am such a foodie myself so making this gift guide was so much fun! I want one of everything! If you know someone who needs a little boost then I think a good cook book and a range of herbs and spices will allow you to try new things in the kitchen.

Have you started your Christmas shopping? I'm usually so organised but i've barely started this year.

Gemma x

5 November 2015

Wedding - First Time Wedding Dress Shopping

The treasure hunt has begun for my wedding dress! I have to admit I wasn't particularly looking forward to start looking, I felt so apprehensive and a tad nervous as I didn't really know what to expect.

After visiting my first bridal shop it's safe to say I absolutely loved it! I went to a lovely shop called Clifford Burr in Herfordshire where I felt completely at ease. The ladies were so down to earth and helpful (not snooty like I was imagining). The shop itself was beautifully decorated and very spacious which was perfect.

The dresses were all so pretty. Some long, some short, some sparkly, some lacey..perfection! With so much choice it was difficult to know where to start at first. I knew I wanted something simple with some lace detail so the staff pointed me in the right direction and I started to pick a few. 

After choosing about 10 dresses it was time to try them on. Taking my clothes off in front of a complete stranger was one thing I wasn't looking forward to, it is just something you have to do. These ladies have seen women of all shapes and sizes so there was no need to worry. Plus the dresses are so big and heavy that it's almost impossible to get into one independently!

Trying on the beautiful dresses was magical. I guess it's a moment we all look forward to! I felt like a princess in all them but as soon as I put them on I knew what I liked/didn't like. Unfortunately I didn't find 'the dress', there were a few I liked but none that I LOVED. However I definitely identified what styles, cuts, fabrics etc suited me best, which is one step closer to finding my dress. Eek!

The hunt continues! 

Gemma x


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