Christmas markets are one of my most favourite things! I love the festive mixture created by the glorious combination of stalls selling everything from yummy foods and boozy hot chocolates to those offering pretty jewels and hand-crafted cards. So trekking up to London to visit some of the best, most Christmassy markets is always an absolute must for me as we get closer to the Big Day itself! This year, being so far down the country, I decided that my trip up to London would also have to involve a big ol' get together with family and friends...so my brothers, their girlfriend's, my best bud Shan and myself all set a date to meet in the city and go shopping! 

Shan was kind enough to let me stay at her place the night before, so we even managed to squeeze in a yummy meal out with an old uni friend and a trip to the cinema to see the last Hunger Games film! I had such a wonderful couple of days and even managed to film a few snippets from my little adventure up town...

Below is my little vlog, if you'd like to take a look :)  





In the meantime,
All the love,

Sian x


A Little Trip to London

Tuesday, 24 November 2015


Christmas markets are one of my most favourite things! I love the festive mixture created by the glorious combination of stalls selling everything from yummy foods and boozy hot chocolates to those offering pretty jewels and hand-crafted cards. So trekking up to London to visit some of the best, most Christmassy markets is always an absolute must for me as we get closer to the Big Day itself! This year, being so far down the country, I decided that my trip up to London would also have to involve a big ol' get together with family and friends...so my brothers, their girlfriend's, my best bud Shan and myself all set a date to meet in the city and go shopping! 

Shan was kind enough to let me stay at her place the night before, so we even managed to squeeze in a yummy meal out with an old uni friend and a trip to the cinema to see the last Hunger Games film! I had such a wonderful couple of days and even managed to film a few snippets from my little adventure up town...

Below is my little vlog, if you'd like to take a look :)  





In the meantime,
All the love,

Sian x



Winter is certainly on the way and I've been busy lining up a few gifts for my nearest and dearest :) However, whilst perusing my favourite shopping sites for the perfect presents, I often can't help but stumble across a few irresistible items that I'd much rather get myself!

So here are a few things that have caught my eye, if you'd like to take a look...

  1. I'm obsessed with the scent of the small White Company Orange Grove Signature Candle I bought the other week- so much so that there's only an inch or so of wax left in the burner! We've had visitors pop by the house whilst this candle's been burning away in the lounge and they've all wanted to know one thing... exactly what is that gorgeous smell??! It's safe to say I need to upgrade to the larger version of this scented beauty to last me through the darker months, so I've put The White Company's Orange Grove Botanical Candle at the top of this list! 
  2. Bed socks are a must most winters but these light grey lovelies from ASOS are a particularly special treat because they're made from cashmere. Massage your feet with a little bit of moisturiser, pop these bad boys on and you'll be in hosiery heaven for sure.   
  3. I'm having such trouble organising all my bits and bobs from my university house and making them fit back into my bedroom at home! With both my birthday and Christmas around the corner, I'd love a couple of these John Lewis Croft trunks to stow away a few knick knacks in. They come in light grey, blue and marshmallow (!) shades and would make tidying and organising all those extra things a real treat :)
  4. A little bit of Christmassy sparkle is always a good thing in my book and I just love the charm of these copper cookie cutter lights from Not On the High Street. I think they'd look lovely draped across a mantlepiece or along a windowsill and I'm seriously considering getting some to pop around my dressing table mirror for the festive period! 

And those are my top wintery picks! Are there any self-indulgent treats that you enjoy at this time of year? I'd love to know :)

In the meantime,
All the love,

Sian x


My Winter Wishlist

Thursday, 12 November 2015


Winter is certainly on the way and I've been busy lining up a few gifts for my nearest and dearest :) However, whilst perusing my favourite shopping sites for the perfect presents, I often can't help but stumble across a few irresistible items that I'd much rather get myself!

So here are a few things that have caught my eye, if you'd like to take a look...

  1. I'm obsessed with the scent of the small White Company Orange Grove Signature Candle I bought the other week- so much so that there's only an inch or so of wax left in the burner! We've had visitors pop by the house whilst this candle's been burning away in the lounge and they've all wanted to know one thing... exactly what is that gorgeous smell??! It's safe to say I need to upgrade to the larger version of this scented beauty to last me through the darker months, so I've put The White Company's Orange Grove Botanical Candle at the top of this list! 
  2. Bed socks are a must most winters but these light grey lovelies from ASOS are a particularly special treat because they're made from cashmere. Massage your feet with a little bit of moisturiser, pop these bad boys on and you'll be in hosiery heaven for sure.   
  3. I'm having such trouble organising all my bits and bobs from my university house and making them fit back into my bedroom at home! With both my birthday and Christmas around the corner, I'd love a couple of these John Lewis Croft trunks to stow away a few knick knacks in. They come in light grey, blue and marshmallow (!) shades and would make tidying and organising all those extra things a real treat :)
  4. A little bit of Christmassy sparkle is always a good thing in my book and I just love the charm of these copper cookie cutter lights from Not On the High Street. I think they'd look lovely draped across a mantlepiece or along a windowsill and I'm seriously considering getting some to pop around my dressing table mirror for the festive period! 

And those are my top wintery picks! Are there any self-indulgent treats that you enjoy at this time of year? I'd love to know :)

In the meantime,
All the love,

Sian x


My birthday (as you know, if you've read my seven facts about me!) is Christmas Eve and, at the moment, I'm trying to come up with a few ideas for how I want to celebrate it. Having a Winter birthday is both a blessing and a curse- it's great because everyone is always in such high spirits around the festive period :) ...but it also sucks because the weather at this time of year can be very unpredictable and, therefore, making solid plans is quite some task.

I usually have to organise something that can take place indoors... so here are three ideas for some weather-proof, indoor Winter birthday parties that aren't a complete washout or too similar in theme to, you know, Christmas.


1. Host an Indoor Winter Picnic.

Cosy and informal, this party idea favours close friends and cups of tea over sit-down meals and fine china. I love the thought of spreading a big picnic blanket out in the middle of the living room for you and your friends to sit on, surrounding yourselves with lots of yummy snacks and just chilling out together in front of a warm fire. The dress code should be big jumpers and thick socks and the menu should contain plenty of tasty treats from salty popcorn to roasted chestnuts... all washed down with lashings of your favourite hot chocolate (of course)!    


Bring out the board games and settle in for a snuggly evening with your bestest friends, lots of larks and, best of all, lots of laughter :)


2. Throw a glittering Sparkle and Shimmer Soiree.

If you're in more of a glitzy party girl mood, then this theme is bound to appeal to you. Embellish your walls with curtains of glitter-dipped feathers and drape fairy lights over every available surface to create the setting for this shimmering soiree...


...I love the thought of serving these sparkly glasses of pink Prosecco and those sweet little gold-flecked meringue kisses! A soiree is typically an evening party of the more formal variety, but you can make this one as fun and informal as you like- just take the opportunity to get dressed up to the nines with all your nearest and dearest!          


3. Put on a glamorous Dark and Decadent Dinner Party. 

If you love this season's warm yet moody colour palette, make your birthday a stylish affair by throwing a very-grown-up-feeling dinner party! I'm obsessed with this dark, rich plum colour as it feels very appropriate for this time of year (think winter berries, sugarplum fairies and figs...) but it doesn't immediately shout Christmas- it feels much more subtle and grown-up and therefore perfect for a glammed-up Winter birthday dinner!



Dress code should be red wine lips all round :) and the menu should definitely include a tipple made with the appropriately-coloured Chambord black raspberry liqueur!!


& There you go! Those are my three Winter Birthday Party Ideas! Of course, these themes aren't limited to birthdays alone...they'd be equally amazing as little Winter gatherings for friends and families or even for a quiet New Years in :)

I hope you enjoyed taking a peek at my ideas! I certainly have my favourite...which one would you choose?

In the meantime,
All the love,

Sian x

 

Winter Birthday Party Ideas

Saturday, 7 November 2015

My birthday (as you know, if you've read my seven facts about me!) is Christmas Eve and, at the moment, I'm trying to come up with a few ideas for how I want to celebrate it. Having a Winter birthday is both a blessing and a curse- it's great because everyone is always in such high spirits around the festive period :) ...but it also sucks because the weather at this time of year can be very unpredictable and, therefore, making solid plans is quite some task.

I usually have to organise something that can take place indoors... so here are three ideas for some weather-proof, indoor Winter birthday parties that aren't a complete washout or too similar in theme to, you know, Christmas.


1. Host an Indoor Winter Picnic.

Cosy and informal, this party idea favours close friends and cups of tea over sit-down meals and fine china. I love the thought of spreading a big picnic blanket out in the middle of the living room for you and your friends to sit on, surrounding yourselves with lots of yummy snacks and just chilling out together in front of a warm fire. The dress code should be big jumpers and thick socks and the menu should contain plenty of tasty treats from salty popcorn to roasted chestnuts... all washed down with lashings of your favourite hot chocolate (of course)!    


Bring out the board games and settle in for a snuggly evening with your bestest friends, lots of larks and, best of all, lots of laughter :)


2. Throw a glittering Sparkle and Shimmer Soiree.

If you're in more of a glitzy party girl mood, then this theme is bound to appeal to you. Embellish your walls with curtains of glitter-dipped feathers and drape fairy lights over every available surface to create the setting for this shimmering soiree...


...I love the thought of serving these sparkly glasses of pink Prosecco and those sweet little gold-flecked meringue kisses! A soiree is typically an evening party of the more formal variety, but you can make this one as fun and informal as you like- just take the opportunity to get dressed up to the nines with all your nearest and dearest!          


3. Put on a glamorous Dark and Decadent Dinner Party. 

If you love this season's warm yet moody colour palette, make your birthday a stylish affair by throwing a very-grown-up-feeling dinner party! I'm obsessed with this dark, rich plum colour as it feels very appropriate for this time of year (think winter berries, sugarplum fairies and figs...) but it doesn't immediately shout Christmas- it feels much more subtle and grown-up and therefore perfect for a glammed-up Winter birthday dinner!



Dress code should be red wine lips all round :) and the menu should definitely include a tipple made with the appropriately-coloured Chambord black raspberry liqueur!!


& There you go! Those are my three Winter Birthday Party Ideas! Of course, these themes aren't limited to birthdays alone...they'd be equally amazing as little Winter gatherings for friends and families or even for a quiet New Years in :)

I hope you enjoyed taking a peek at my ideas! I certainly have my favourite...which one would you choose?

In the meantime,
All the love,

Sian x

 

" Fall, leaves, fall; die flowers, away;
Lengthen night and shorten day;
Every leaf speaks bliss to me
Fluttering from the autumn tree..."

from 'Fall, leaves, fall' by Emile Bronte


A few snaps from my long weekend:

1. The last of the Autumn leaves carpeting our garden
2. Horses stretching their long legs at Widemouth Bay
3. Rustling up a quick dinner of feta, pesto and spinach puff pastry tart 
4. My favourite tree, getting a bit sparse!
5. One soggy doggy :)
6. Baking a few Halloween cookies (recipe here!)
7. A view through the trees
8. Higgledy-piggledy pebbles on the beach at Widemouth Bay


I can't believe October is over! Where did it go? Everything around here is still looking very autumnal but there's just a touch of the wintery weeks to come...

Are you looking forward to November? I'm really excited for bonfires and fireworks! I think we might even celebrate some sort of bonfire night in our back garden... eeek! Definitely going to be needing a good recipe for toffee apples anyway :) I'll be sure to keep you posted!

In the meantime,
All the love,

Sian x


Some Snaps from the Weekend

Sunday, 1 November 2015


" Fall, leaves, fall; die flowers, away;
Lengthen night and shorten day;
Every leaf speaks bliss to me
Fluttering from the autumn tree..."

from 'Fall, leaves, fall' by Emile Bronte


A few snaps from my long weekend:

1. The last of the Autumn leaves carpeting our garden
2. Horses stretching their long legs at Widemouth Bay
3. Rustling up a quick dinner of feta, pesto and spinach puff pastry tart 
4. My favourite tree, getting a bit sparse!
5. One soggy doggy :)
6. Baking a few Halloween cookies (recipe here!)
7. A view through the trees
8. Higgledy-piggledy pebbles on the beach at Widemouth Bay


I can't believe October is over! Where did it go? Everything around here is still looking very autumnal but there's just a touch of the wintery weeks to come...

Are you looking forward to November? I'm really excited for bonfires and fireworks! I think we might even celebrate some sort of bonfire night in our back garden... eeek! Definitely going to be needing a good recipe for toffee apples anyway :) I'll be sure to keep you posted!

In the meantime,
All the love,

Sian x


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