Tuesday, 29 December 2015

Fashion | NYE Party Dresses with Warehouse

So New Year is coming up fast so I thought I would pick my top fave NYE dresses from Warehouse, they always have some really cute dresses in and a lot of them caught my eye this year.
Unfortunately I'm not doing anything for New Year as me and the hubs are going to London for his 30th in January so I'm saving my pennies for that.

The first dress to the left is a black embellished neck swing dress for £45 in the sale which you can find here
Next up is my fave which is a black beaded for £80 which you can snap up here
This bead and sequin dress is another beaut and a bit more of a loose fit to hide that Christmas Belly! A bargain at £50, get it here
This Blue / Grey Dress is another looser fit with a cute sequin collar for £50 you can find it here
What are you wearing for NYE this year? Let me know in the comments below

Love Gill x

Sunday, 27 December 2015

Lifestyle | What I got for Christmas

I hope everyone had a lovely Christmas with family and friends and ate far too much... I certainly did!
As with all of these kind of posts a quick disclaimer that I am in no way trying to brag about what I received for Christmas, I genuinely love seeing what everyone else got and I didn't do this last year as I was a bit nervous about it so thought I'd share this year :)

One of my most loved gifts is my Kenwood mixer from my mum & dad, you all know I love baking and this has definitely upped my baking game. My sponge and icing are noticeably better since using this beaut. I got it early cos my mum knows how much I love to bake hehe plus she gets to taste the goods so we all win here! :)

The hubs done extremely well this year and got me a gorgeous Michael Kors bracelet (pictured below) 2 perfumes, candles, chocolates and a photography book :)

I also got my Mulberry purse from mum & Dad and more chocolates, candles, baking goodies, smellies, earrings, adult colouring book, notebook and scarf from other family members.

My mother in law also got me a ticket to go see Billy Elliott next year with the fam so I am super excited for that!
What did you all do for Christmas? Link your posts in the comments below x
Love Gill x

Thursday, 24 December 2015

Lifestyle | My Christmas Eve Routine

So my Christmas Eve Routine is more or less the same every year. I think I love Christmas Eve more than Christmas Day a little bit, I love the excitement and cosy night relaxing in advance of the big day itself.
I usually spend Christmas Eve running around doing last minute shopping which I have forgot about and wrapping up the last of my presents. After a busy old day I love to run  myself a bath and pop in my favourite Lush bath bomb - Luxury Xmas Pud! I will soak for about half an hour or so listening to some music.

Once I'm all warm from my bath I take my new PJs off the hot radiator and pop them on then me and my husband will settle down for the evening and watch The Grinch, I have to watch this every Christmas Eve before bed, I have done it since I was about 10 so have now forced my husband into the routine lol.

I then head to bed with a hot chocolate and some treats and read The Broons or Oor Wullie, if you are Scottish you will know what this is. I have also done this since I was very very young so I love to continue my little tradition as it gives me so many butterflies in my stomach.
Do you have any Xmas Eve traditions? Let me know in the comments below.
Love Gill x

Tuesday, 22 December 2015

Beauty | Get Up & Glow with Barry M

I do love a palette, especially when it is free, yes, free! Ok ok I did have to spend £9 in order to get this free but I did really want it anyway and at £6.49 I didn't really need to spend that much more in order to get this beaut.
I bought a new lipgloss, concealer and gold glitter eyeliner then popped this in for zero cost at all.

I love the fact that I can travel with this and still have a choice of mixing up my make up a little, I can take this and not have to take any eyeshadow palettes either as I just use the bronzer in my crease and use the highlight in the inner corner and we're done!

This palette comes with a choice of 3 blushes, a peachy colour, a deeper pink and a light baby pink.

You can see all the swatches below, the light baby pink does need to be applied heavier than the other shades to get a nice pay off but I do have fair skin so that is to be expected. The bronzer isn't too dark so if you are looking for a dark bronzer it's not really the one. The highlighter is amazing though and would suit so many different skin tones I just love it!

What do you think of this palette? Let me know in the comments below.
Love Gill x

Wednesday, 9 December 2015

Blogmas Day 9 | Melting Snowmen

I've seen these cute melting snowmen all over my pinterest and wanted to give them a go as they look super easy to make and most of all they are super festive!

All you need is some Digestive biscuits, marshmallows, mini oreos, icing sugar, black icing and something orange to use as a nose!
First things first, make your icing by simply adding water to icing sugar and make it fairly thick but still runny, you don't want it to be dripping all over the biscuit and making a mess everywhere.
Spread the icing onto your biscuit and place your marshmallow on the edge. wait for it to set for 5 - 10 mins then draw / pipe on your eyes and mouth to the marshmallow then add the arms and buttons to the 'melted body' add on the nose and top off with a mini oreo as a wee hat.
So simple and easy, I think this would be really fun to make with children as they will be able to get involved really easily.

What do you think of my festive biscuits?

Love Gill x

Tuesday, 8 December 2015

Blogmas Day 8 | The Christmas Tag

1. What are your favourite Christmas movies?
The Grinch, Home Alone 1 & 2, Elf, Mrs Miracle

2. Do you open your presents on Christmas eve or Christmas morning?
Chrismas Morning, I used to get new pyjamas and a book when I was little to open on Christmas Eve

3. Do you have a favourite Christmas memory?
When my husband proposed to me 3 years ago on Christmas Eve, the best Christmas I could of asked for

4. Favourite Festive food?
Turkey and all the trimmings, especially pigs in blankets yum!! I also love a good Yule Log

5. Favourite Christmas Scent?
Anything Cinnamon scented is a must for me

6. What tops your tree?
An Angel - although one of her wings came off!

7. As a child what was the one extravagant gift you asked for and never received ?
I don't think I actually asked for anything extravagant...

8. What is the best thing about Christmas for you?
Spending time with my family for sure and eating as much as I want teehee
Let me know if you do the Christmas Tag I would love to read them.

Love Gill x

Saturday, 5 December 2015

Blogmas Day 5 | Christmas Drink Ideas

This is my favourite time of the year for festive drinks, Starbucks and Costa always bring out some delicious ones! If you are on a budget they can be pretty expensive so why not try to make your own?

Hot Chocolate is a favourite of mine especially Cadbury's, you can add whipped cream and some marshmallows to the top to make it that bit extra indulgent. Even pop in a candy cane for some cute decoration?

Nutella Hot Chocolate - super easy to make, all you need to do is heat up Nutella and Milk together in a pan and there you have it!

Festive Latte's - Heat up some milk add in a flavoured coffee or even plain coffee and add in some cinnamon to flavour it!

For all you tea lovers out there you can make a brew as you usually would and mix in some cinnamon or nutmeg to make it feel all Christmasy.

There are so many twists you could do to hot chocolate or latte's, you could heat up some caramel and add it in, peppermint flavouring for a peppermint hot chocolate YUM. By topping off a standard hot chocolate or latte with cream and placing some mini cookies on the top or adding a twix in to let it melt a little.

I'm looking forward to changing up my drinks this Christmas.

What is your favourite hot drink at this time of year?

Love Gill x

Tuesday, 1 December 2015

Blogmas Day 1 | Oh Christmas Tree Oh Christmas Tree

It's the 1st of December!!! As you can tell from the title of this post I will be doing Blogmas this year Yayy - I'm super excited about it but also very nervous as I've never done it before.

I thought I would start December off with my Christmas tree, for years I have wanted to get a White Christmas tree and as my house is practically white now I thought it would be very fitting. My husband didn't want the White tree but I went out and got it anyway haha.

I got my tree from The Range of all places, I thought the range may not have many decent things but I was SO wrong and it's now my fav place to go, bank balance please don't hate me too much. They had lots of lovely trees to suit all budgets. I got mine for £50 which I think is pretty good as it is a decent tree with full branches.

I decorated with silver and white tinsel, white snowflakes and glitter baubles with some fluffy animal decorations. To add a little colour to the tree I popped on some pink and white candy canes.

The only thing I really don't like about the tree is the lights, I want lights that are on a white rope (or whatever you call it) if you know where I can get some let me know in the comments below.

Love Gill x