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13.12.2017- Festive Favourite: Diptyque Frosted Forest Candle

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

There's something about this time of the year which is somehow synonymous with the calming glow of a candle, don't you think? As December is my birthday month, it starts with a bounty of candles on cakes, and as we inch closer to Christmas I'm finding myself contemplating options for the table too. To top it all off, this chilly snap has got me seriously embracing those Hygge sensibilities and cosying up in front of the fire, complete with a batch of reading material and a calming candle. And, as if by magic, a birthday gift from Diptyque courtesy of some of my blogging babes is proving the perfect option for these winter evenings: 
 

This limited edition Forêt givrée from Diptyque's festive collection is inspired by the constellation of the unicorn, which features at its nebula a star called the Christmas Tree- pretty perfect, don't you think? As well as being beautifully decorative, this candle encompasses fir needles, mint and Hinoki wood, evoking a real forest feel, and smelling from first light like the spirit of Christmas- what more could you want at this time of the year? 

What are your favourite candles? 

(Image credit: Sarah Farrell, please do not reproduce without permission.)

11.12.2017: Day Tripping: Visiting Birmingham Christmas Market

Monday, 11 December 2017

The week before last, I found myself heading somewhere completely new for the first time- Birmingham! Making use of a day off of work, I braved Euston (perhaps the most stress-inducing station known to man!) to catch the 10:03 train to Birmingham New Street. The purpose? Other than attempting to channel some Peaky Blinders inspired attitude, I was catching up with my lovely friend Kate, who I don't get to see nearly as often now she's living in Liverpool. Opting to meet more or less halfway between our two home cities, we settled on Brum- something of a no-brainer to be honest, as it gave us the chance to visit their wonderful Christmas market too:


Although it was a truly chilly day weather wise, it was wonderful to visit somewhere I'd never been before- and I can't quite believe it's taken me quite to so long to discover this beautiful city. A quick peek inside the Bullring had me eager to book a return trip to suss out the shopping situation proper, and it was great to catch up over brunch too- something of a novelty indulgence for me on a weekday! We then meandered our way down New Street towards the Frankfurt Christmas Market, with an array of stalls offering unique gifts and plenty of options for refreshments. Add in a tower of revolving Santas, an animatronic moose serenading passers-by in German and a ride on the carousel and you have the makings of a pretty quintessential Christmas! As well as the market, it was great to take in the sights of the city too- from the town hall to St Philip's Cathedral and Temple Row; I'm sure it won't be too long before I'm back to explore more! 

Have you visited anywhere new recently? 

(Image credit: Sarah Farrell, please do not reproduce without permission.)

08.12.2017- What I Wore Today #322

Friday, 8 December 2017

Regular perusers of these pages will be well aware of the fact that, on the whole, my day to day wardrobe is more functional than anything else. In short, give me a comfortable pair of jeans and the chances are that I'll find myself living in them. Having said that, it's always lovely to have an excuse to break away from the norm a little bit and opt for something snazzy for special occasions. In celebration of my birthday last weekend, I snapped up something new which seemed perfect to celebrate in:

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Dress- Monki (via ASOS) 
Coat- c/o Very 
Bag- & Other Stories 
Shoes- Marks and Spencer 

How great is this dress? A new Monki design, it's perfect for this time of the year without being too over the top, and it's ultra-comfortable too, with the loose fit keeping things fabulously fuss-free. Keeping cosy, here I layered it under my staple Very coat, which I think is probably the most worn item of clothing I own, and a piece which I can't ever see myself getting tired of. 

What are your current wardrobe favourites? 

(Image credit: Michelle Chai, please do not reproduce without permission.)
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