Friday, 30 December 2016

December Loves

This year has been a crazy one - with ups and downs and in-betweens... and there have been a lot of favourites along the way! I wanted to round off this year the same as every month, with a handful of things that I have been loving throughout December:

I have been holding out all year (I have no idea why) but I finally purchased the Oskia Renaissance Gel Cleanser to see if it was worth the hype. It's definitely one of my favourite cleansers, really gentle, it smells beautiful and it leaves my skin refreshed. I've been enjoying it all month but I'm already worried about it finishing soon because it's definitely one of my more expensive skincare purchases from this year. Not as glamourous, but I've also been using the Mario Badescu Drying Lotion all month on any spots. It's very good at preventing active breakouts from growing and dries them up before they can even fully form. If you have acne prone skin, I highly recommend having a bottle of this in your bathroom cabinet!

I have a couple of favourites for hair. First up is the Living Proof No Frizz Nourishing Style Cream because it does what it says on the bottle. I've been searching high and low for a frizz taming styling cream that actually works and I hadn't found one that did the trick until now. I have the travel size version and this is going to last me a long time because the tiniest squeeze goes a long way. My other hair favourite is actually a supplement - I've been taking Hair Burst Capsules for about four months now and I feel my hair is definitely stronger and healthier. It is on the pricier side of supplements, but I have a feeling that the results are worth it. It usually takes about six months to see the full effect so I'll keep you updated on what I think around February. 

Makeup wise, I've fallen head over heels in love with the Becca X Jaclyn Hill Champagne Face Palette. This was extremely hyped over the summer, but it was recently re stocked, and I'm so glad it was! It's a beautiful palette, with three gorgeous blush shades and two highlight pans. The packaging is absolutely stunning and the quality of each product is incredible. The palette retails at £48 but it is definitely worth it. It's often out of stock though, so if you see it, get it whilst you can.

Onto some random favourites... I purchased the Accessorize Organic Shape Ring at the start of this month because it reminded me of a similar looking one at a very luxury jewellery store. However, this one only cost me £15 and it looks just as beautiful! It is gold plated so it won't tarnish as quickly either. Speaking of gold, these gorgeous Kikki. K Gold Stainless Steel Scissors are another recent purchase that I have totally been loving this month. They've helped me through all the gift wrapping of December, not to mention how stylish they look on my desk. 

In terms of Netflix favourites, I've been utterly obsessed (binge watching level obsessed) with Jane the Virgin. I can't believe I hadn't watched it sooner! It's a cross between a comedy and a drama, it's light-hearted and perfect to watch this time of year. I've also been dabbling into Big Bang Theory lately as some quick comedy and enjoying that as well. I know these are both really popular shows, and I'm excited that because I'm new to them, I still have so much to watch!

I posted a recipe for Dark & Smoky Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate earlier this month. It's my favourite hot beverage of the moment and I've been enjoying it on many cosy evenings indoors! The post seemed to be really popular - please let me know if you decide to make it yourself, I'd love to see a picture. 

 My next post will go up in 2017 -
I hope you all have a lovely New Year's Eve!

Wednesday, 28 December 2016

Six Blogs To Follow

After a really busy December, I think it's time to end the year on a high. I've been wanting to do a post like this for a while because I think it's super important to spread the love across the blogging community. There are lots of bloggers out there who are incredibly inspiring and consistently produce beautiful content, so I thought I'd round up a few of my absolute favourites from 2016 into one post:

Jodie from Jodie Melissa
I stumbled across Jodie's blog a few weeks ago and immediately followed. Her blog design is gorgeous, her photography is bright and inspiring and her content is incredibly well put together. I adore her Instagram too, she's a really lovely girl. 

Sally from The Makeup Directory
Sally' blog is definitely perfect for anyone who loves a lot of colour. She posts a lot of beauty content and I know I can always trust her recommendations - her reviews are really honest and that's just one of the things that makes her such a great blogger. Not to mention she's recently got an adorable little puppy named Elsie!  

Kate from Kate La Vie
Kate already has quite a large following so I'm sure you've come across her blog before, but in case you haven't - you need to see it. Her photos are perfect, and her written style is just so chatty and relatable which makes her blog such a lovely one to read when I want to relax.  

Paula from Thirteen Thoughts
Paula's blog has definitely grown a lot since I followed her - and for good reason - her content is stunning! I especially love reading her lifestyle posts because they cover such a broad range of topics. If you're into all things motivating and inspiring, her blog is definitely one to follow. 

Daisy from Wear Daisy Went
Daisy's blog is such a cute one. Her photography is bright and beautiful, with a gorgeous dusty pink theme running through it. She has amazing style posts threaded in too, with inspirational wishlists and mood boards to switch things up. A really great blog. 

Sophie from Sophie's Makeup
The last blog I'm going to mention is Sophie's Makeup Blog. Her photography alone warrants a follow! I love Sophie's written style as well. She often writes in lists which makes her posts really quick and easy to read - but that doesn't stop her personality from shining through.  

Which blogs have you really enjoyed reading this year?

Monday, 26 December 2016

Let's Have A Chat

First off, I really hope you all had a lovely festive weekend! It's been a really long time since I sat down and wrote a post on something completely unrelated to beauty and lifestyle, and if I'm honest, I wasn't sure if that was something that you all would want to read. Saying that, I know that I often enjoy reading life update type posts, so I thought it would be nice to round the year off with a chat. 

You might remember I wrote a post back in July called Feeling the Pressure, and it explained how I had gone through a phase of blogger's block half way through the year where I was lacking inspiration, and I felt my content just wasn't any good. After just over a year of blogging, I know I have come a really long way from where I started, and it makes me really proud to see my progress - whether it be through photography, reader engagement or even just the way I write. My blog has definitely become a space where I can express and share everything I'm passionate about, and I am so glad that I started this journey.

Staying Social
Interacting with other bloggers is also another part of this hobby that I find incredibly rewarding - it's always so nice to read comments and engage with what everyone has to say. I really hope that 2017 brings more of that, and I know that I am on the hunt to find lots of new blogger friends to chat with, to follow and to be inspired by. Of course, social media is something that also plays a massive part in the blogging world and it's something that I am going to try and use more actively next year (I had no idea how to even use Twitter a few months ago but I'm trying to learn!). Even though numbers isn't what blogging is all about, it's always so lovely to see when someone new decides to follow, and join in with the conversation in the comments.

New Opportunities
If I look back through this past year, photography is something that is constantly evolving and I still haven't found a style that I'm happy with. This is something that I also want to establish in the new year, and find a style that I love and can stay consistent with. I've also had the opportunity to collaborate with some really lovely brands, and never in a million years did I think that would happen to me (especially not so soon into blogging). But it did, and I'm incredibly grateful. I really hope that many more opportunities arise in the future because it's always such fun to be able to share and promote products that I love to use and enjoy.

What's next?
I'm now very much focused on the next step. I want to start switching things up for 2017 and experiment with new content and blogging styles. Firstly, I was thinking about changing my blogging schedule - this year I've posted three times a week on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays but I'm thinking of tweaking this a little so a post goes up on the weekend as well. I want to do at least one month where I blog every single day - I think that's a challenge that I'd really enjoy and it would definitely encourage me to branch out and find new things to write about and share. 

I don't want this post to be too rambly (it already seems to look like it is!), but I really wanted to spend a little time to thank all of you that read my posts and tell me what you think. I really hope that you all had a lovely Christmas, and that the new year brings even more happiness and success for all of us. 

Here's to looking onward and upwards!

Friday, 23 December 2016

How To Handle Holiday Stress

This time of year can be really fun, but also incredibly stressful for people all round. Whether it be hosting, attending, travelling, buying presents, planning... there's so much that goes on and December is definitely a busy month for a lot of us. I thought it would be a good idea to dedicate a blog post to share some stress busting tips I like to follow, particularly over the next few days.

1. Take a breath.
This one is cliche but overlooked. There have been so many occasions where just taking a moment for a deep breath has helped half my anxiety. There's also taking more than a breath, such as taking ten minutes to meditate, or listen to a quick podcast, or maybe some calming music. Giving your mind a chance to reset can really help ease holiday stress and anxiety, so it's very important to do this regularly. 

2. Prioritize your to-do list. 
This one is really important if you have lots of things to do and need to figure out an order in which to do them. Keep the most important stuff at the top because you'll feel much better once you've tackled the big things - and that way, you'll breeze through the rest. 

3. Do something you enjoy.
I love wrapping presents. I find it incredibly therapeutic and (even though it's still something I find myself doing a lot this time of year), I actually enjoy it! Same goes for writing cards. Find something on your list that needs to get done, that you enjoy doing, and do that. It will put you in a positive mood and you can handle the things you don't enjoy doing so much with a bit more ease.

4. Take it outside.
It might be winter but that doesn't always mean snuggling up indoors. The outdoors can be a great way to deal with stress in general, but I find it's especially refreshing during the winter when just a brisk walk in the chill can completely refresh your thoughts and re-navigate them towards positivity. There's also lots to do outside with it being the festive season, but if Christmas shops and markets are too crowded, a walk in the park might just do the trick in boosting your mood.

5. Keep an eye on the positive.
It's so important to recognize your work. That's why I love list making, because I can look back on it and see what I've checked off. It gives me a sense of achievement and boosts my productivity throughout the day. List even the small things and celebrate every accomplishment because it makes the trickier stuff a lot easier to handle.

I hope you all have a wonderful, relaxed Christmas!

Wednesday, 21 December 2016

A Last Minute D.I.Y. Gift Idea

I've definitely been in situations where I'm in need of a last minute gift and there's nothing quite like making a personal one! There are loads of ideas out there but I thought I'd experiment with a D.I.Y. trick that's been going round on social media quite a lot over the past year - marbled ceramics. This is such a quick and easy gift idea that requires minimal effort but looks really beautiful. What makes it even better is that you don't need anything fancy - just a plain white mug, a deep bowl of warm water, some brightly coloured nail varnishes and a cocktail stick. 

Fill the bowl with warm water and pour in a few drops of nail varnish onto the surface of the water. Allow the colour to spread before swirling the toothpick through it. If you'd like a two-toned effect, add some drops of a different colour into the centre of the first shade. Swirl this onto the surface so you have a marbled effect in the water. Dip your mug into the water, not allowing water to enter the mug and keeping the colour on the outside. You need to do this all really quickly to avoid a film forming on the water. Set aside to dry. 

I thought it would be fun to add an even more glitzy personalized twist, so I used some gold glitter stickers to spell out names - and to make sure they stick, I went over them with a gel based clear varnish. I then filled mine up with some gourmet fudge, but you can pop anything in them, from beauty bits, to sweets or even some fluffy socks!

Let me know if you make your own marbled mugs!
 I'd love to see pictures.

Monday, 19 December 2016

The Festive Red Lip Edit

A red lip seems to be in every makeup look book there is - particularly for this season, but there are so many different types and shades of red lipstick that it can be hard to find the right one for you. Good pigmentation, comfort/ease of wear and lasting power are three of many different aspects that I look for in a great lipstick. The five I've featured in this post are the best of the best that I've found and some of my favourite reds for party season. They range from different formulas to different finishes, and different price points too - but there's definitely something in here for everyone:

The Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Red Carpet Red had to be mentioned first! It's a gorgeous one, perfect to wear or to gift, and the formula is wonderful too. Everything about this little beauty screams festivity, so it's the perfect option if you're looking for a lipstick that makes you feel that extra bit more special when you apply it too. 

Mac Russian Red is such a popular one that lots of people think of when they think festive red. It's true, Russian Red is definitely a really good option if you're looking for intense colour payoff and long wear. You do need to moisturise your lips well beforehand because this one can be incredibly drying - but if you don't mind that then this one is a gorgeous shade.

The Rimmel London by Kate Retro Red Lipstick is a beautiful creamy red, with a really affordable price tag. It's perfect if you don't often opt for bright lips and you're looking for a good red that doesn't break the bank. The formula on the Kate lipsticks are divine - I wrote a whole review on them earlier this year which I'll link here.

Chanel Rouge Allure Lipstick in Pirate is my go to for a comfortable demi matte festive red lipstick. It oozes sophistication, the shade is spot on for the season. It's definitely my favourite out of the five I've mentioned in this post! Again, I've written a whole review on it here which you can read if you want a more in depth review.

If matte lips aren't your thing, but you're still on the hunt for the perfect bright red, the Chanel Rouge Coco Shine Lipstick in Rebelle is perfect for you. It's super glossy and has quite an intense pigment, but it stays shiny (almost like a balm) for that lustrous tinted scarlet lip look. 

What's your favourite festive red lipstick?

Friday, 16 December 2016

My A/W16 Style Wishlist

Winter style is my favourite. All the cosy jumpers and sparkly heels get me all excited to go shopping! I thought that this year, I'd put together a little wishlist with a handful of things that I've been eyeing up in the fashion department as a bit of inspiration. It includes everything from day wear to evening wear, accessories and shoes to nightwear. There's something for (nearly) every category! 

First up, let's take a moment to appreciate these new floral embroidered boots I purchased from Miss Selfridge in the Black Friday sales... I was thrilled to get them at the price I did, aren't they just so luxe? I'm sorry that I can't find a link to them anywhere but Zalando where it's being sold for even more than the RRP, but they've sold out everywhere! Speaking of embroidery, this top, also from Miss Selfridge is another beautiful pick that I've been eyeing up lately. 

Dusty pink has been huge on the fashion scene lately and I love this crushed velvet dressing gown from ASOS. I know it's on my wishlist but I actually did end up picking this up in the Black Friday offer too, so I'm one lucky duck. Along the same vein, this cosy knit and this elegant jumpsuit are great ways to incorporate the soft pink theme into your winter wardrobe - not to mention these adorable floral pyjamas that keep selling out, so grab them whilst you can! 

In terms of cosy wear, this grey sweatshirt from Whistles is minimalist and stylish and great to pair with leggings on a lounge at home day. Or for staying warm outdoors, I've already purchased this beautiful black coat with a detachable faux fur collar for the frostier days. It's smart and elegant and incredible quality for the price - same goes for these black velvety boots, I mean, look at the heel on those! 

Ruffles and embellishments are also really big for winter so I've been scouring sites for some affordable pieces that are really great quality and look incredibly special - particularly for the party season! I found this cute grey jumper which would be great for a casual brunch, and this stunning 1920s-eque embellished tassel top which is perfect for an evening out. This lace number is also a beautiful if you love your high necklines, and paired with some black jeans and these pewter sandals, it's the perfect smart-casual party look.

For accessories, I chose this hard case clutch from ASOS as the perfect metallic party bag. It's big enough to fit all your party essentials in but not too cumbersome - not to mention that it's also rose gold. I also recently purchased this organic shape ring from Accessorize and it look incredibly similar to a much pricier one that I've been lusting over for years. This will do until I can afford the real deal! I also love these adorable glitzy hair pins from Anthropologie and this trio of sparkly broaches from Miss Selfridge... the sparklier, the better. 

 What's on your winter style wishlist?

Wednesday, 14 December 2016

A Mini Winter Skincare Haul

I recently posted a little Instagram story up featuring these gorgeous new products that I ordered from Beauty Bay last week. My skin has been troublesome lately and so I felt the need to switch up my skincare routine because my current one just wasn't working for me. I'm still on the hunt for a nice new moisturiser, something thick but not sticky, hydrating but not greasy. Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated in the comments! 

The first thing I picked up was (possibly) the most coveted skincare product of 2016 - the Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel. I've been using this for about a week now and I can totally see why people love it so much. It's refreshing, gentle and feels extremely cleansing without stripping the skin of natural oils. It's a really gorgeous pumpkin colour too - I guess that's something to do with the pumpkin enzymes in the ingredients. It also contains chamomile and rose so I like to use it in the evening for a light cleanse before bed. 

I've had my eye on the Pixi Glow Mist for several months now, and I thought I'd finally give it a try because I'm all about hydrating and nourishing my skin - especially in the winter months when the cold dries it out like nothing else. I find that it gives just the right amount of dewiness to the skin, and it's enriched with natural oils which really help create a beautiful glow. I can already tell that I'll be using it a lot over the next couple of months!

Speaking of something I'll use a lot, I have been obsessing over the Mario Badescu Drying Lotion. It's not the most glamourous of skincare products but boy, does it work! This is definitely a really unique product for acne prone skin - you apply it at night with a cotton swab and sleep with it on. By morning, any spots you might have had the night before are a lot smaller and more manageable (a lot easier to conceal). It's definitely not a permanent solution, but it makes any pesky breakouts a lot easier to control. To use alongside this, I also purchased the Mario Badescu Drying Mask which I use all over my face in order to dry out any fresh breakouts. I do find this extremely drying though, so I would be careful using it. I haven't used it long enough to notice a difference yet, but I will keep you updated on this one.

Have you tried any of the products I've mentioned?

Monday, 12 December 2016

Dark & Smoky Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate

I'm not usually a fan of hot chocolate because I find it to be too sweet - but this recipe has certainly changed my opinion! I'm a huge fan of salted chocolate so having that in drink form sounds like a dream come true - but after trying smoked salt, I find that there's an extra edge to the flavour, and it tastes just that little bit better. You don't have to add the caramel but again, it adds a richness to the drink and makes it extra decadent which is perfect for this time of year. This recipe serves 2.

You will need:
Drink: 400ml milk, 6 tsp cocoa powder, 50g chopped dark chocolate, 3 tbsp tinned caramel, 1/2 tsp smoked sea salt, 1/4 tsp vanilla extract (not essential but helps to bring out the flavour).
Toppings: whipped cream, caramel sauce, smoked salt flakes, a handful of mini marshmallows. 

1.  In a saucepan on low heat, pour in the milk and add the chopped chocolate. Gently whisk until the chocolate has completely melted into the milk.
2. Add the caramel, cocoa powder, vanilla and smoked salt into the chocolate milk. Continue to whisk until everything is fully combined. Taste a little to check the salt level and add a little more if you prefer your drink to be more salty. 
2. Pour into two mugs. Top with whipped cream, a drizzle of caramel sauce and some more smoked salt flakes. Sprinkle some mini marshmallows for an extra colourful treat. Enjoy!

Let me know if you try making this! 
 I'd love to see pictures.


Friday, 9 December 2016

Gift Guide: Home & Lifestyle

I love homeware and lifestyle gifts, I think perhaps even more than beauty ones! This post was really fun to put together and I hope it gives you some inspiration for those of your family and friends that aren't necessarily into makeup. 

I found the Anthropologie Gilded Monogram Glass to be such a versatile gift - not only does it look stunning, but it can be used for so many things! I use mine to hold my makeup brushes - it's very weighty so it doesn't topple over like a lot of other tumblers do.  Another beautiful metallic find is the Paperchase Copper Photo Frame. I love collecting photo frames and the simplicity of this one is just beautiful. It's very affordable, and it's easily personalised just by adding a photo of you and the person you're gifting it to - just making it that extra bit more special!

The Rifle Paper Co Wall Calendar is really popular amongst bloggers so I'm featuring it in my gift guide because if you know a blogger, I'm sure they'd appreciate receiving one! But of course, it serves as the perfect universal gift, especially if you don't know the person that well - you can't go wrong with a calendar or a diary. Like the photo frame, if you're really into personalised gifting, a phone case might be a great option for tech-lovers. I wrote a whole post a couple of months ago on some gorgeous cases I had custom made from CaseApp*, and they come so beautifully packaged that they'd make a lovely gift! 

If you know someone who loves travelling, something like the Kate Spade Passport Holder is a really good gift option. I bought a standard black one with gold embossing because it's such a classic but there are lots of other colours and finishes too. It has lots of card pockets inside too so it works as a travel wallet as well as a passport holder which makes it that extra bit more useful than a lot of the ones out there.

Home Lifestyle Gift Guide

Lifestyle books are always really popular because they're just so easy to read and work beautifully as coffee table entertainment too.  The Luxe Life by Fleur De Force is one of my favourite ones from this year, it covers everything from beauty to food to home so again, it's an incredibly universal gift for a girl who loves luxury. I wrote a full in-depth review on the book here in case you want to read it. Speaking of books, recipe books are really great options for food lovers - I've been obsessed with the recipes in  Clean Eating Alice: The Body Bible for the past few weeks and I'm excited for  her new book to come out later this month -  I know that will be on my wishlist! 

Of course, homeware gifts are really lovely too. One of my home ware finds that I'm particularly thrilled with are the Anthropologie Hedgehog Measuring Cups. Aren't they adorable?! These work really well for someone who loves their kitchenware, they look elegant and cute at the same time and come beautifully wrapped when you buy them from store. 

What are your favourite home and lifestyle gifts?

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Gift Guide: For Him

Buying gifts for men is one of the hardest things to do - or at least,  I seem to feel that way. This gift guide definitely took me the longest to put together, but I hope it helps any of you that are as stuck as I was before I wrote this post!

First up, I thought I'd mention a couple of great books that I'd highly recommend if you know someone into street food. The first is My Street Food Kitchen by Jennifer Joyce - it's a book jam packed full with lots of easy recipes to recreate some amazing street food cuisine. A healthier option is The Clean Eating Kitchen Cookbook - it has lots of beautiful photographs to accompany the recipes and makes a perfect addition to a kitchen shelf. For tech lovers who love to read, a Kindle is such a classic gift to give. It's more of an investment but it's definitely worth it, especially if the person you're buying for loves reading on the go. 

Calendars are a great option for a Christmas gift because the new year is just around the corner. I loved the Marvel Comics Calendar because it just looks so fun and bright! There are lots of other options for calendars on the Calendar Club website so take a look at those too. Another quirky gift is this 3 in 1 Lens Set for anyone who loves photography on their phone. The set has three different lens to clip onto your camera for some really fun photos!

Moving onto clothing, a set of pyjamas makes a great 'sensible' gift. I found these French Connection Lounge Pants in Check which are actually reduced, so grab them whilst they're still in stock! Scarves are a really versatile piece as well, and you can go from affordable to luxury with them. For a well made budget friendly option, I loved this ASOS Oversized Check Print Scarf - but if you really want to splash out, the Burberry Classic Cashmere Scarf is a beautiful one, that you can personalize with initials too.

A couple of stocking filler favourites are definitely the Not At All Urgent Sticky Note Pad. I'm really into lists and this is a great unisex stationery gift that's fun yet practical too. Mini tins seem to be around a lot every Christmas and some of the more affordable ones make lovely stocking filler gifts. I liked the Dove Men Care Mini Tin which is perfect for trying out three mini products and having a tin to store things in afterwards. The Batman Mini Tin Playing Cards are also a great set for a superhero fan and make a lovely stocking gift.   

I know a food gift is something that can never seem to go wrong when it comes to men - at least, it doesn't with the men I've given gifts to! These Lindt Dark Chocolate Truffles are some of my favourites to gift because they're such a classic, but Green & Blacks chocolate bars are perfect if you're looking for a variety of different flavours. They even have a chilli one.

What are your favourite gifts for men?


Monday, 5 December 2016

Gift Guide: Stocking Fillers

It's stocking filler time! I loved finding lots of little giftable goodies to fill this post up with and I really hope you find some inspiration for the stockings you're filling this Christmas! Without further ado, here they are...

Affordable beauty bits are such a good way to fill up a stocking with gifts! I mentioned the Eyelure 117 Texture False Lashes in a post a couple of weeks ago - they're gorgeous for the party season, they're not too little and not too much, particularly if you love a smokey eye. Colourpop are also an incredibly affordable, fun brand - so a couple of products from their line would be perfect to pop in a beauty lover's stocking. My favourites are definitely their Super Shock Eyeshadows and the Lippie Stix, the formula of both are absolutely incredible! If you're more into luxury beauty gifts, mini travel size versions are the perfect size to fit into stockings. One of my favourite minis from this year is the Living Proof Full Dry Volume BlastIt's a good size, smells gorgeous and most importantly, it works wonders on hair! 

I think key charms are some of the most adorable stocking filler ideas so I'm including the Anthropologie Gold Wishbone Keyring which I bought whilst in Canada earlier this year. I think it's out of stock now though but there are still so many other cute key charms to choose from on their website. The Alphabet Initial Embroidered Purse has to be one of my favourite finds for my gift guides this year, I love it so much! It reminds me of a similar style that I saw in Anthro last year except this one is only £3.50! To match the alphabet purse, I found this gorgeous Gold Spotted Initial Mug too. It's perfect for hot drinks season and looks utterly gorgeous in blog photos (always a bonus!). 

Stocking Filler Gift Guide

If you know someone who loves travelling, something like the Kate Spade Travel Card Holder would be a lovely addition to their stocking. The presentation of Kate Spade goodies are so giftable and gorgeous, which makes it such a treat to give. I chose the red leather because it's incredibly eye-catching, but they come in all sorts of colours including metallic finishes too. Notebooks are really beautiful stocking fillers too, and there are so many different kinds to choose from! I love this aqua I Am Really Busy Notebook from Sainsbury's. Isn't it adorable?

Speaking of metallic, these Copper Gingerbread Cutters are really cute as a stocking filler too. They're small, inexpensive but really handy - and not just for bakers! I love gingerbread, so I know that I'll be getting a lot of use out of these this month. Another kitchen related gift would be these adorable Copper Measuring Spoons - they're perfect to hang up and use whilst cooking, easy to wash and certainly look the part. Of course, edible goodies are always welcome in a stocking - I'm in love with Dark Chocolate Coated Espresso Beans and a box of these would be the perfect luxury treat for a coffee lover. Together with the mug I mentioned, what a gorgeous treat! 

What gifts are you hoping to find in your stocking this year?
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