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Thursday, 18 December 2014

Christmas Ideas

A Gift Guide for difficult girls!

With Christmas just over a week until it is upon us, most of us will be thinking about what to buy. We all know its exceptionally easy to buy ourselves something but we also have those friends who are difficult to buy for. So here's a guide to get that picky girl something special.

Beautysets - The girly girl

  1.  Essie nail varnish 
  2. New Girl box set
  3. One direction album
  4. Benefit lipgloss
  5. Zoella Beauty bag
Taylor Swift meets Zooey Deschanel, this girl is all about pink and cute details. Think One Directions new album, anything Zoella and nail varnishes in pastels. 

  1. Lush Santa bathbomb
  2. Urban Decay Naked Palette
  3. Chanel Perfume
  4. Benefit eyeshadow
  5. Lauren Conrad Beauty Book
She's the Queen of all things beauty, a huge fan of Lauren Conrad and spends her days watching 'youtube' beauty videos. When buying for her, think eyeshadow kits and gorgeous perfumes.

  1. Pandora Birthstone ring
  2. What would Blair Waldorf do print
  3. Winter, White Company candle
  4. Clothbound Classic
  5. Charbonnel et Walker chocolates
This is the girl who dresses in midis, loves to be spoilt and dreams of living in Paris in the 1950's. Think Classic Clothbound novels to adorn her bookshelf's, beautiful scented candles and lovely jewellery. 


Monday, 15 December 2014

The Christmas tag!

The Christmas tag!

I spotted this Christmas tag on Milk Bubble Tea blog and fancied giving it a go to get me feeling all festive.

1. What is your favourite Christmas Movie/s?
I love Christmas Movies but my favourites have to be The Santa Clause andI saw Mommy kissing Santa. They instantly take me back to my childhood and I always get excited for Christmas after watching these. Another is Elf, but doesn't everyone love it!

2. Do you open your presents on Christmas Eve or Christmas morning?
Christmas morning, when we were younger my sister and I were allowed to open one present. I think it was due to the fact that my parents were aware if we were allowed to open one, they might actually get some sleep. Now though it's always in the morning.

3. Do you have a favourite Christmas memory?
I remember when I was younger, me and mum cousin were asleep and were woken up by a noise on the roof. We were sure it was Santa and I'm still pretty sure to this day it was!

4. favourite festive food?
Mince Pies!!

5. Favourite Christmas gift ?
It has to be my Barbie skirt I got when I was about five, as soon as I opened it I put it on and I think I must have worn it everyday for the Christmas holiday.

6. Favourite Christmas scent?
I love anything with cinnamon and orange in around Christmas. I'm desperate for White Company's Winter scent as I think it just smells like Christmas. I also love the smell of Christmas dinner cooking.

7. Do you have any Christmas Eve traditions?
Every year, for as long as I can remember we leave a small glass of wine, mince pie and carrot for Santa and the reindeers and go out to dinner as a family. Afterwards our parents drop my sister and I at the local pub and we have a drink there. Its always absolutely packed with people from my town and its so lovely to see everyone.

8. What tops your tree?
For ages it was an angel that my sister made when she was little. But as we got older it started to wear and tear, so once the head fell off we thought it might be unchristmassy to have a headless angel on top so its a glittery angel.

9. As a kid what was the one (crazy, wild, extravagant) gift you always asked for but never received?
I'm a planner and always have been, so from about September time I would lie on the floor with a pen and the Argos catalogue circling what I wanted. Always changing my mind, the only consistent want was a horse that both myself and my sister felt we deserved. We even came up with a list of reasons we should have it and where we could keep it (in the garden tied to a tree). I'm not sure why our parents never agreed to our solid reasoning.

10. What's the best part about Christmas for you?
I love Christmas as its the one holiday where friends and family all come home to celebrate. It's such a nice time to see all my friends and celebrate together, its normally quite difficult to catch up with everyone as we're all over the place now and doing different things. I love all the traditions that we have now and spending quality time with my family is important to me. As well as watching reruns of absolutely fabulous!

I'm now feeling extremely Christmassy and am curled up on the sofa watching Christmas specials with the log fire on. 

Love Alana 

p.s let me know if you give it a go. I would love to see your answers. 

Sunday, 14 December 2014

All I want for Christmas!

With Christmas just around the corner it's certainly time to get into the spirit and head out to the shops, along with the rest of the world.  I am just a general lover of all things Christmas and may have had my Christmas jumper ready since August, been eating Mince Pies since the beginning of November and watching re-runs of Christmas films pretty much ALL the time. I really don't need to get anymore into the spirit of the season. However, if you're struggling for ideas of what to buy that someone who's a little bit picky (ahem hands up here a.k.a if they're like me) or maybe just what to add to your list. Here's a peak into my wishlist.

Beautysets - All I want for Christmas

Friday, 5 December 2014

A few of my Favourite things!
1. Primark but similar here,
 2. Benefit,

When I saw this Macaron printed makeup bag in Primark, I knew I had to have it. Fortunately for me, my sister presented it to me a while back for my birthday. It sits on my desk holding my makeup brushes and I feel so Blair Waldorf.  The Benefit 'they're Real!' eye liner is hands down the best eyeliner I've ever used. The tip of the eyeliner is angled to allow you to create that perfect flick, plus it lasts all day and creates a lovely wide-eyed look. It's so easy to apply! The planner pad, is brilliant for someone like me who is a list writing lover and also a busy student who needs to plan a busy schedule/ uni work. I spotted it in Paperchase and loved the vintage feel of it, I couldn't resist the cat highlighters either there just purrfect (sorry, I couldn't help it). 

Now everyone has heard of Soap & Glory and if you haven't tried 'Hand food' by them, I totally recommend it. It's such a great hand moisturiser, I apply it every night before bed and have noticed a huge difference. I handle alot of cardboard boxes filled with clothes at work and often come home with dry, cut and sore hands so this moisturiser has been a saver. 

I absolutely loved the series 'This Old Thing' presented by Dawn O'porter that when I found the book by her, I knew it was fate. It contains some great places to source vintage clothes, tricks on how to look after your finds and even tips on how to alter garments. The book is filled to the brim with lovely photos from each decade and a small description on each time period. A lovely Christmas present for a vintage lover or for your coffee table 

What are you loving this month?

Love Alana xxx

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

I’ve been gone for too long!

So it seems like ages since I've last blogged and I admit thats probably because it has been ages. I have had a crazy couple of months since returning to university and the weeks seem to have whizzed by. With coursework and deadlines building up, I have been really feeling the pressure and seem to have struggled to settle back in to university as well as I expected I would. I don't want to use excuses as to why I haven't blogged, as to me my blog is my only little happy place. But I have been quite ill and not really in that great of a place recently, so I have just haven't really wanted to post anything. However, I am on the path to recovery and feeling slightly better so will be around much more. Looking forward to seeing you much more.

Love Alana xxx