I’m clocking off for Christmas now, however not earlier than I current you with this month’s favourites video. It truly straddles two months (oh, how I’ve at all times longed to make use of the phrase “straddled” in a non-sexual sentence!) as a result of I missed November’s favourites out utterly. (It’s my birthday on the finish of November and I at all times neglect to movie upfront.)
I’m about to log out for at the very least a month, I believe, with a view to a) have a correct Christmas break with the youngsters and b) try to beginning some type of guide, or at the very least few chapters of 1. Seize the day, and all that – if I don’t knuckle down and do it subsequent yr I concern it’ll by no means occur.
So: festive favourites. 5 issues which have tickled my fancy in terms of entering into the Christmas spirit, together with a large tree, a dramatic tulle skirt and, er, some wellies. It’ll all make sense once you learn on – and please see video under for visuals!
Festive Favorite Numero Uno: The 10ft Vermont Spruce from Balsam Hill
Good lord I had a proper outdated rigmarole with this synthetic tree enterprise. You possibly can observe the journey on Instagram right here. The primary two bushes, in true Goldilocks fashion, weren’t fairly proper. The third tree lastly arrived….however solely half of it! Who sends half a tree? Balsam Hill, that’s who.
This little (massive) downside was overshadowed, nevertheless, when the tree was erected in all of its sensible glory. I’m fairly stunned by how a lot I like it. I can extremely suggest the Balsam Hill Vermont Spruce if, in years to come back, you determine you need a non-dropping tree that you would be able to maintain without end. (I’ve to have a pretend one as I begin taking pictures Christmas content material round seven or eight weeks earlier than Christmas.)
The tree I purchased is right here however they do have far cheaper choices, particularly in case you’re not shopping for a huge one. The needles are actually very convincing and it’s pre-lit with so many lights, far more than I’d ever trouble to placed on. You possibly can virtually not adorn it and it might nonetheless look nice.
Festive Favorite Quantity Two: Muck Boots
We at the moment are, seemingly, a Muck Boot household. I’ll admit that they appear barely much less, er, stylish than a number of the stylish manufacturers by by God are they cozy. Neoprene-lined in order that your toes don’t get chilly and with soles that really feel on a par with Nike Airs for bounce degree. You’ll find all of their types on their web site right here and so they additionally inventory them on Amazon right here* in case you’re in an almighty rush to get one thing for somebody in time for Christmas…
Festive Favorite Quantity Three: Tulle Skirt
I went all Intercourse And The Metropolis and purchased a grown-up tulle skirt and haven’t any regrets. Hush maintain promoting out of this (it’s £99 right here* on-line) however regulate the web page and do order if it takes your fancy, it’s precisely as good as they promise. Though I’d measurement down at the very least one UK measurement.
Festive Favorite Quantity 4: Desmond & Dempsey Pyjamas
I ordered these cotton pyjamas* for a shoot and couldn’t have been extra impressed with the service – actually quick postage, the pyjamas have been fantastically packaged (above and past!) and the standard is great. The design I preferred essentially the most (right here*) occurred to be diminished in worth, inexplicably, however I’m not complaining! I like that Desmond & Dempsey do shorts with long-sleeved tops; a number of locations solely do short-sleeved shirts with their quick units however I’m by no means that eager. They make me really feel like I’m sporting a college uniform.
You’ll find all of the Desmond & Demspey ranges on-line right here*.
Festive Favorite Quantity 5: Huda Glowish Pores and skin Tint (Press Pattern)
For many who need that refined candlelit glow on their face, there’s Huda Glowish. It’s actually nice. It’s tinted sufficient to really put on as a tinted moisturiser however personally I really feel it’s a bit too glowy to put on with out being tempered down barely. So I take advantage of it as a primer with a really gentle basis on high within the locations I want it, or I dab it onto cheekbones and under the brows after I’ve completed my make-up. Or each.
It’s a beautiful different to highlighter for individuals who can’t abide the robust, shimmery or pearlescent line that a number of the extra dramatic highlighters can depart. Completely foolproof and actually amps up a glamorous look. You’ll find it at Cult Magnificence right here*, it’s £32.
Right here’s the video in case you’d prefer to see a few of these bits and items in motion; all that’s left is for me now to want you all a really pretty Christmas and a joyful 2022. (Realise that with the present state of affairs that joyful could be stretching issues a bit, however we will hope!)
Thanks a lot for your entire help in 2021, I actually do recognize each learn and each remark. You’ll have seen that posts have been a bit extra common on right here for the previous few months: it’s a pattern I’m hoping to maintain engaged on subsequent yr. Which can hopefully please those that don’t use social media and solely sustain with me right here on the weblog!
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