Life Lately #12


december, christmas 2016, new year, life, lifestyle, 2016, round up, blog, blogger, university, blogging, christmas cookies, diptyque candles, white company, essie polishMerry Christmas! I hope everyone had an amazing Christmas! It is crazy to think it’s been and gone already but I still count the time being as the Christmas period and of course we all still have New Years to look forward to! So on that note, Happy New Year when it comes as this will be my last post of 2016! How crazy!

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This month has been pretty crazy, and not just because of the build up to Christmas. I finished my semester at uni which of course meant exams. I spent the first half of December in exam mode which as you can imagine wasn’t the most exciting way to spend the start of the festive month! Obviously though the feeling of getting exams out the way and looking forward to Christmas was indeed very exciting! Annoyingly enough however after my exams past I felt in such a rush and ever so busy with work and preparing for Christmas that I never really felt as chilled as I imagined it would be. Nevertheless with it all cooled down now, I have been enjoying simply doing nothing over the last few days with lots of chocolate and cheesecake and finally catching up on TV that I’ve missed over the past month! I am very much excited to keep that going for the next few weeks before it’s back to uni again!

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Of course with the busyness of the past month, I’ve not had a lot of time to spend on my blog. I’ve also felt a little uninspired too lately and I’ve been feeling like I’ve been in such a rush to come up with ideas, never mind write the posts. I took the decision before to cut my blog posts from three posts a week to two which has helped so much! However with a lack of inspiration, I feel pressured by myself to meet my two a week post schedule and it’s obviously no good when I have a lack of ideas and no one wants rushed poor quality blog posts. So to help get myself out of this rut, I have decided to get rid of my ‘Tuesday/Friday’ schedule and instead just post whenever. It isn’t the most ideal especially for my usual organised self but it does mean that I can post when I really want to with posts that I have put all my efforts into and that I really want to post instead of just random rushed posts that are published just to meet my schedule. This doesn’t mean that I will hardly post, there probably will be less posts but I am still going to be active on here and posting as often as I can. I read many other blogs which I love who post randomly without a set schedule so hopefully that won’t bother anyone too much!

On the other hand, I have been pretty active on Instagram this month! I did make a little goal for myself to post every day until Christmas and whilst I did miss a couple of days I did pretty well and it was good to finally get back on to the platform. It was also fun to share some extra stuff too so you can check out all my latest posts here.

Catch up with December posts: Nars Sarah Moon Collection, Things to do this Christmas, Christmas Party Makeup, Winter Skincare Essentials and 2016 Favourites Part 1 & Part 2

How did you spend your Christmas?

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The Most Wonderful Time of the Year


 

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The title really sums it up and my large collection of photos in this post (sorry). Its not hard to tell that Christmas is my favourite time of year and I’m sure its the same for many of you. From giving gifts to Christmas dinner to decorations to family to winter and to Coca-cola (of course..) Christmas is just fantastic. You can check out my Christmas Tag post I did last week to see how I spend my Christmas.

As this is my last post before Christmas, all I have left to say is of course Merry Christmas everyone, I hope you all have a wonderful day and Santa is good to you all!! Also instead of my usual Friday post this week I have moved it to Saturday. See you all then 🙂

What is your favourite thing about Christmas?

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Glitter Nails


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Christmas time is my favourite time of year. Except for all the obvious reasons I love Christmas for being able to coat myself in oodles of glitter, oh yes! I really do love a bit of shimmer and glitter really at anytime but during party season at Christmas and New Years its always the best. If you are someone who is a little intimated by turning into a human glitter-ball then there is easier ways to add a little sparkle to your look. The easiest of course being Glitter nails. I do love a glitter polish, its just a little bit more fun than a basic coat of colour. Here I’ve teamed Max Factor Glossfinity in the shade Raspberry Blush and a coat of Rimmel Lasting Finish in 500 Disco Ball on top.

So are you a fan of a sparkly nail?

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December Playlist


IMG_5290So I usually do my monthly playlist post at the end of the month however lets be honest the playlist for this month of course is nothing but Christmas music so it would be slightly silly to post it after Christmas, right?

Anyway we are less than a week til Christmas day *shocked face* and one thing to get me in the festive spirit is to listen to some good old Christmas tunes, oh yes! I have made a little Spotify playlist you can check out below full of some of my fave Christmas songs.

There is a bit of everything, some newer songs from Leona Lewis, Kelly Clarkson and Coldplay and of course some old classics from the likes of Elton John and Band Aid. And not forgetting a few tunes by Mr Christmas himself, Mr Buble – if you haven’t listened to his Christmas album you are missing out, his covers of some great Christmas classics are perfection!

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What is on your December Playlist?

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The Christmas Tag


IMG_5268Its about time I started to get a little festive here on the blog and there is nothing better than a good tag, Christmas edition! Its just over a week til my favourite day of the year so I threw some questions together, I hope you enjoy it and I would love to see y’all try it out yourself!

1. What is your favourite Christmas Movie?

Difficult question. I am not a big movie person but I do love a good Christmas one. Probably Elf or Love Actually, I can’t even decide.

2. Do you open any presents on Christmas Eve?

No I don’t. I don’t actually do anything special or have any traditions on Christmas Eve, it gets saved til Christmas Day itself!

3. What is the best Christmas gift you’ve ever received?

Probably my iPad I received a couple of years ago. I really don’t know what I would do without it and the best bit is that I never even asked for one or expected to get it, what a lovely surprise 🙂

4. What would be your dream place to visit for the holiday season?

I would love to go to New York at this time of year. It just seems so fab, the lights, the snow… I can’t think of anything better! I would also love to visit Prague and check out all the Christmas markets!

5. Have you ever had a White Christmas?

Yes. Quite a few times! Living in the UK means snow, rain, cold weather all the time really so its no surprise to have a white Christmas.

6. Favourite Christmas scent?

I love the smell of gingerbread cookies and to be honest any kind of cookies. I also love the scent of winter berries.

7. What is your favourite Christmas song?

I love a good Christmas song but my favourite has to be Feliz Navidad, Michael Buble edition oh yes! Unusual choice but such a cheery and not overplayed song! Also, just have to mention the fact the whole Michael Buble Christmas album is amazing and ooo I also love Fairytale of New York, sorry I am bad at choosing one.

8. Favourite festive food?

Controversially, I am not the biggest fan of Christmas dinner, I mean I like it but I don’t get crazy excited over it like most do. I prefer dessert…(no surprise). I love the treats you get at this time of the year, crepes and churros from the market yum! and of course gingerbread men mmm – check out my recipe here.

9. What’s your favourite holiday drink?

There is always the festive specials in Starbucks and Costa but to be honest as I am not the biggest fan of coffee I love to stick to my warm and cosy Hot Chocolate with cream and marshmallows (of course!).

10. What’s the best part about Christmas for you?

There is so many reasons to love Christmas, the decorations, the cookies, the shopping, the atmosphere, the music but I just love being able to take time off, forget about everything and spend time with your family. I really can’t wait to get the de-stress from the uni workload and just chill and relax with my favourite people 🙂

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Gingerbread Men


IMG_0025As the countdown to Christmas has begun I have a nice little festive recipe for you all today 🙂 I have never made Gingerbread cookies before and I really wanted to be all christmassy and try them out. These are the perfect treats for making with children, hanging on your tree, as gifts or just for eating! I picked this recipe up from the BBC here and its fab, my kitchen filled with the festive scent of gingerbread, so worth it!

Ingredients

350g (12oz) plain flour

1tsp bicarbonate of soda

2tsp ground ginger

1tsp ground cinnamon

125g (4 ½ oz) margarine

175g (6oz) light soft brown sugar

1 egg

4tbsp golden syrup

IMG_5191The first step is to make the dough. Using a food processor mix together the flour, bicarbonate of soda, ginger, cinnamon and the butter and blend until it forms into breadcrumbs. Then Stir in the sugar. Then beat the egg and golden syrup together and add to the mixture. Then take the dough out and wrap in cling-film and refrigerate for 15 minutes.

IMG_5196Then roll out the dough and cut out the gingerbread men shapes using a cookie cutter.

IMG_5201Then place on a lined baking tray in place in a pre-heated oven at Gas mark 4/180C/350F. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown.

IMG_5203Then place them on a cooling rack for 10 minutes until they have cooled.

IMG_0035Then its time to be all creative and add some decorations. I went a little crazy and dripped icing and chocolate everywhere buy why not! I melted chocolate, made glacé icing and added sprinkles, but you can do whatever you fancy!

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Top Christmas Tunes


12 days to go! Christmas will be here before we know it and its time to get in to the festive spirit. One of my favorite things about the holidays is the Christmas music taking over the radio stations and the festive albums getting dusted off. I thought I would share some of my favorite Christmas tunes to help you get in the christmassy mood! What’s your favorite Christmas song?

Pick of the Month:December 2013


Its hard to believe its only 2 weeks until Christmas! There is no better way to get into the festive spirit than a good old Christmas jumper! Christmas jumpers are pretty much everywhere right now and are a fun addition to your wardrobe. This months pick of the month is this cute holiday jumper from ASOS at a price of £35/$63.52. Whether its a walk in the snow, a trip for last minute Christmas shopping or for Christmas Day itself then everyone needs one in their wardrobe so I suggest you pick it up fast as 2 weeks to go!! Are you excited for Christmas ?

ASOS £35 or $63.52Credit to ASOS.com for image.

Christmas: Party Dresses


Can you believe the advent calenders are out and we are already counting down to Christmas? No either can I. Whether you believe it or not there is no time to waste when looking for the perfect party dress for this season. Below is a selection of my favorite party dresses appropriate for the upcoming festive parties with sequins and embellishments galore!  What will you be wearing this Christmas? Follow the blog on twitter @5tyled.

Topshop £125 or $250  Topshop

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ASOS £45 or $81.67ASOS

£45/$81.67

Miss Selfridge £69 or $120Miss Selfridge

£69/$120

ASOS £68 or $123.41ASOS

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Topshop £68 or $136Topshop

£68/$136

ASOS £52 or $94.37ASOS

£52/$94.37

Credit to ASOS,Topshop and Miss Selfridge for images.