Blogmas Day 5: Christmas Jumpers

Christmas jumpers have long been a staple in my December wardrobe, and Christmas jumper day in work is always my favourite to see who can wear the wackiest or most festive! Each year I always end up buying a new one, which this year was..

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New Look, £15.99

Here are my favourites from this year!

 

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Blogmas Day 4: Christmas Candles

Anyone that knows me will know how much I love a new candle, so I get especially excited when the time comes to stock up on some Christmas ones to have my flat smelling as festive as possible.

My favourites this year are…

Yankee – Iced Gingerbread – nothing says Christmas than a house that smells like gingerbread!

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Glade – Apple, Cinnamon and Nutmeg – such an autumnal smell and usually only £1 each, they also fill the room pretty quick too!

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Tesco – White Pine and Holly – these come in a candle too but I have a wax melter which   is a nice candle alternative. These smell like real Christmas trees so you can close your eyes and imagine your artificial one is real!

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Yankee – Sunlight on Snow – now I’m not quite sure how anyone knows what sunlight on snow smells like but this candle is so fresh and not overpowering at all so you can have it on for even longer without it being sickly sweet like most yankees.

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And my least favourite festive candle is…

Yankee – Candy Lane – I hate the smell of mint at the best of times but this is just so sickly and overpowering it made me gag just from smelling it from a distance!

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Blogmas Day 3: Christmas Markets

Every year I aim to visit Christmas Markets in a new city. This year I’ve been a bit boring and stuck to my new home town’s – Swansea. It was safe to say that they left a lot to be desired in every way shape or form, they were basically just your average market stalls but in red and green outdoor huts. No festive crafts, Himalayan salt lamps or personalised decorations in sight!

Here are my favourite Christmas Markets that I’ve been to over the past few years:

Dresden, Germany

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Chester, Englandchester

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Blogmas Day 2: My Christmas Wishlist

This year I haven’t really been one to write a list to Santa as I’m conscious that in about 10 months time I’ll be moving to Texas so the less I have to pack up the better really! A few things I would really like to find underneath my tree are…

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I’ve been undecided as to whether or not to get this since it came out but I just think the colours are perfect for the festive season

  • Euros

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I’ll be spending 5 days in the Dutch capital over New Year so any spending money would really help make my time there extra special!

  • Zara Green Sequin Dress

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I’ve been after this dress for ages now and wanted it for my work’s Christmas party but after spending all my money on everyone else I guess it will have to wait for NYE instead.

  • Scouse Bird Problems diary

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Every year I’ve asked for one of these and yet to have one myself. This years looks amazing, not only does it come in rose gold but the sides are rainbow! Plus it will remind me of home when I move..

  • Lush Snow Fairy

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My all time favourite Christmas scent! This year Lush have a whole Snow Fairy range which I’m dying to try out!

And if all of the above just happen to be sold out…

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A girl can dream, right?!

Blogmas Day 1: My Christmas

Anything in the name of procrastination, right?!

So I was meant to do this last year but was crazy busy in the run up to Christmas with my masters exams and working at the second busiest music arena in the world.. yet this year I’m counting down the days until I have have a break from my PhD, eat as much food as possible and catch up with family and friends before jetting off to Amsterdam for NYE.

I put my tree up on 21st November (screw all you scrooges) and have been waiting as long as possible to start playing Christmas music at any opportunity – well that started today, as I’m writing this post.

For my first post I thought I’d write about my take on Christmas.

1) What is your favourite Christmas film?

Elf is my all time favourite as it reminds me of New York (and re-enacting some of the scenes!) but I do love The Holiday and Love Actually.

2) Have you ever had a white Christmas?

I don’t think I’ve had snow on Christmas day before but we have in the run up! I was in NYC on NYE once and it was snowing there to make it even more magical!

3) What is your favourite Christmas song?

Step into Christmas by Elton John – not everyone knows it straight away either which is why I love it.

4) Do you open any presents on Christmas Eve? 

Only from the Pyjama Fairy!

5) Can you name all of Santa’s reindeer?

I worked as an elf one Christmas so I think I’d have been fired if I couldn’t..

There’s Dasher and Dancer and Comet and Blitzen, Comet and Cupid and Donner and Vixen.. and Rudolph of course!

6) What holiday tradition are you looking forward to most this year?

Every year my and my Dad always have a buffet of party food and make our own mulled wine so the house smells amazing, then we sit and watch The Holiday.

7) Is your Christmas tree real or fake? 

I’ve got a delightfully fake and tacky silver tree in my flat with pink and black baubles on it then at home we have a real one.

8) What is your all time favourite holiday food/sweet treat?

Starbucks Eggnog latte (I always have my first one at the Christmas lights switch on) and chocolate oranges.

9) Do you like receiving gifts or giving gifts better?

Since I’ve got older I prefer giving gifts, especially now I’m earning enough to buy proper ones!

10) What is the best Christmas gift you have ever received? 

2 years ago I got a pair of Ariat riding boots which I had never thought I’d own – doesn’t sound like much but I’d been dreaming of them since I started riding!

11) What would be your dream place to visit for the holiday season?

NYC at Christmas time will always be my favourite place. I’ve got family in New Zealand too so I’d love to spend one Christmas on the beach.

12) Are you a pro- present wrapper, or do you fail miserable? 

In between – I usually hide my mess with ribbons and bows!

13) Most memorable holiday moment? 

My Dad coming in from his work night out drunk and standing on the shed roof to hit snow off the top of the Sky dish with a draught excluder so he could watch The Ashes at 2am!

14) Do you make New Years resolutions? Do you stick to them? 

Every year.. and I fail every year too!

15) What makes the holidays special for you?

Spending time at home and catching up with friends and eating and drinking “because it’s Christmas”.

Tantrum Doughnuts

Living in the West End of Glasgow, there’s always one place everyone has heard of; Tantrum Doughnuts. Set away from the main streets on Old Dumbarton Road, this cosy little cafe is home to probably the best doughnuts I’ve ever eaten. They recently moved premises from number 35 to 27 to increase their production, but the small set up has not changed at all. All their doughnuts are fresh and “made by people, not machines” as their tagline suggests, and the cafe is dog-friendly so what’s not to love?

In my opinion they are best in the morning when they are extra fresh, as their unique flavours are only available until their daily stock has ran out – so get there fast! Every now and again they bring back old favourites or add limited edition new flavours, and this week was the return of the Blueberry Cheesecake, meaning I had to dash down and grab one before they went away again on Thursday! At Christmas they brought out some festive flavours, including my favourite – Mulled Wine and Spices. My favourites (in order) are:

  1. Yuzu Meringue and Green Tea Sugar
  2. Blueberry Cheesecake (limited edition)
  3. Peanut Butter and Raspberry Jam (discontinued, sob)
  4. Creme Brûlée

Paesano Pizza

Following on from my last post about going vegetarian, my first test was trying out Paesano Pizza in Merchant City, Glasgow. Having heard great things about their authentic, wood fire pizzas from Naples, I couldn’t wait to head down with the girls from work!

The restaurant is on Miller Street, just around the corner from Glasgow Museum of Modern Art / St Enoch’s Centre and looks small from the outside but is surprisingly big once you’re inside.

The menu is simple, with 8 pizzas to choose from and a variety of side nibbles. I went for the Number 8 – mushroom, spinach, ricotta, mozzarella, oregano and evoo (no tomato) and was not disappointed! The food came really fast and the pizzas were huge – at just £8 and one of the more expensive options it was a great value for money!

As it was for a 21st we shared a bottle of prosecco from Friuli, and although it did just come in glass beakers it was one of the nicest prosecco’s I’ve had in a restaurant.

I would definitely recommend a visit – they’re rated best pizza restaurant in the UK for a reason!