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#IMWAYR – A late one!

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So Christmas is done but we are still waiting for the New Year and things are really starting to take shape over here at Blog A Book. In the next couple of weeks you will be seeing some changes here and there. If there is anything in particular that you would like to see on the blog just send me an email. So back to the late Monday’s  post.

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I finished listening to this on Audible a couple of days ago and have to say I am glad it is over.
Review will be up soon.

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This book is a title from earlier in the year but it has been waiting on my shelf for some time so I figured it would be a good opportunity to read it now and listen along the way. I have read a couple of Moriarty’s books and loved them. Have you read any?

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Don’t you just love it when you have an excuse to light some scrummy Yankee Candles! The Christmas scents are particularly yummy smells. Do you have a favourite?

Crowded Christmas Shopping

That’s right – two days before Christmas being normal human beings we forgot some bits and had to brave the crowds. This is just a little part of the crowd that we encountered in Stratford Westfield.

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Of course I had to get the boy a present and he absolutely loved it – it lasted all of two days.

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AX Paris – £45

Although I am working on New Year’s Eve that doesn’t stop me thinking about what I would wear if I was actually going out. There will be a post up tomorrow with other items for an outfit to bring in the New Year. What are you wearing for the big night?

So despite it being Tuesday I hope you enjoyed my Monday post!

Last Minute Stocking Fillers – Blogmas Day 24

Last Minute Christmas Stocking Gifts

 

There is always something that gets forgotten in the haste of preparing for the big day. Check out my selection of little things that you can find whilst out and about just to stack up those stockings for a champagne breakfast and sneaky present opening. From Urban Decay to Yankee Candles this selection has something for everyone – although there is a lack of male presence! So for the men in your life check out the selection below for some last-minute gifts that can be found in many shops.
Last Minute Stocking Fillers for Him
If you man has a sweet tooth or likes to pamper himself there is something for almost anyone in the selection above. I hope you are more prepared than I am and are enjoying the holiday season.

Treacle Moon – One Ginger Morning

Ginger wake up shower gel

The past couple of weeks have been a little full on so having the chance to kick back, relax and have a bubble bath with a book is a bonus. Especially when the bubbles last a while. Even for a refreshing shower this big bottle of love is just wonderful. The packaging is pretty, practical and easily storable. It is also durable as it is waterproof so no soggy edges of cardboard to get soggy. An easy open lid for those with stiff fingers and an easy squeeze bottle to get out the gorgeous contents.

The gel itself holds its colour when out of the bottle and is nice and thick. The bubbles once lathered are pretty immense and you only need a little bit to go a long way. The smell does not hit your nose immediately and is far from sickly. Whilst lathering up you will notice a build up of the smell sensation and gradually the ginger infuses with the hot water and takes to the air. The formula is not sticky and does not leave a residue once washed off, it is also nice that it does not leave your skin dry when you are finished bathing. The one other thing that really impressed me with this product is the fact that having really sensitive skin means that the number of beautifully scented products I can use is extremely limited. I can safely say that my skin has been softer than ever and not a spot of irritation. I cannot confirm that it is suitable for all skin types but it suited my highly sensitive skin just fine.

You can find this lovely product either at Treacle Moon or Tesco (exclusively made for Tesco! Swit Swoo!)

£2.99 for 500ml is a very good bargain!

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It’s Monday What Are You . . .

Reading

A Winter Flame by Milly Johnson

So far so good and almost finished so the review will be up ASAP! Just keep checking back.

Reading Next

What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty

Coco's Secret by Niamh Greene

I am looking forward to reading both of these books. Have you read either of them?

What are you reading?

Wearing

jordans 1st pair

After returning from the US with this truly AWESOME pair of Jordan’s they are all I want to wear. Sadly they do not go with everything and I don’t want to wear them out quickly so they do go back in the box every now and then!

If you have Jordan’s – How do you wear yours? If you don’t buy some because they are über comfortable!

Skin Care

Ginger wake up shower gel

This delectable bathroom goody has made me want more than the regular three showers a day (it may seem excessive to some but oh well!). Have you tried it?

Hair Care

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These bad boys have not only tamed my locks but also kept away the split ends and made my hair feel sleek. Very happy at the moment!

Listening to . . .

This is the clean version of the tune as I thought it was only appropriate for the blog. However if you would like to watch the original then please do find it on You Tube!
I listen to a variety of music but this song right now has made a regular recurrence on my playlist. What is on yours?

Watching

sherlock

This show is highly addictive and there is something that I cannot identify about Benedict Cumberbatch that is just so HOT!

How is your Monday panning out?

Do let me know :Dmonday love!

Night Haul

What should have been my introduction into the world of Vlogging actually turned out to be a night-time beauty trek around the local Tesco with Catherine (Vintage Frills). Laughs were had, pictures were taken and products were bought. Maybe a little too many products made their way through the checkout however the deals more than made up for it!

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Not my ideal picture as the background is not clean cut but I did the best with what I had at the time.

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Remington Ceramic Straight Straighteners – £20 – Tesco

My GHD’s seemed to have given up the ghost a while back and just damage my hair. As sad as I am to say goodbye I have read good things about Remington straighteners so I thought I would give these a whirl.

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It was a tough decision as both of them smelt absolutely amazing and from a selection as good as this . . .

Shower Gel Rainbow

It looks like the stores version of a Shower Gel rainbow!

Ginger wake up shower gel

Treacle Moon One Ginger Morning – £2.99 – Tesco

This choice will most definitely be making a prominent appearance during my morning wake up call. Hopefully it will be ok for sensitive skin?!

Anatomicals Bath Stuff

Anatomicals Relaxing Bath Kit – £2.50 – Tesco

Not only have I been longing to get my hands on some of Anatomicals scrummy products for a while the price was hard to pass on.

Anatomicals Hands

Anatomicals Hand Care Kit – £3.00 – Tesco

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Anatomicals A Smacker in A Cracker – 75p – Tesco

Another great deal and set of lush products.

Batiste Spray Cherry

Batiste Cherry Dry Shampoo – £2.99 – Tesco

Not the biggest can of this stuff but as big as I could get my hands on from Tesco and the smell is just delicious.

Barry M

Barry M Matte Nail Paint – £3.99 each – Buy 2 Get 1 Free – Tesco

Another deal, another brand but nevertheless something that I have been looking at for a while. Patience most definitely is a virtue in this case!

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1st Coat: O.P.I. Natural Base Coat

2nd Coat: Barry M Matte Nail Paint in Mocha

3rd Coat: Another coat of Barry M and I am done!

I wonder how long it will last?!

Not a bad haul for a spur of the moment shopping trip with your best mate in the dead of night. Thank heavens for 24 Hour stores. Out of the three things I needed to purchase, those being a calculator, quad coloured pens and coffee capsules I got two and the coffee was sadly left behind. Looks like I will be seeing Tesco again very soon.

How did you like the haul and what have you grabbed whilst the sales are on?

Winter is coming . . .

That is not only the words of the House of Stark from Game of Thrones – it is reality. It is getting colder as the days go by and the time has come to wrap up warm and protect ourselves against the elements. These are just some of the things that I am loving right now.

Clothes & Shoes

temperley honeycomb scarf

Temperley - Honeycomb Scarf – Flannel Grey – £140

zara two sided soft scarf

Zara - Two Sided Soft Scarf – £19

M&S Collection Leather Stictch Detail Gloves

Marks & Spencer’s – Collection Leather Stitch Detail Gloves –  Brown – £17.50NF Stratosphere Triclimate

The North Face – Stratosphere Tri-Climate Jacket – £220

mango star jumper

Mango - Star Applique Sweater – £44.99 – although I just found it in sale at John Lewism&s jeggings

Marks & Spencer’s - 5 Pocket Denim Jeggings – Indigo – £22.50

Fair Isle Bootie Socks M&S

Marks & Spencer’s – Fair Isle Bootie Socks – £15
(They might look overpriced but they are incredibly warm!)

aldo billingsa boot

Aldo - Billingsa Boot – Dark Brown – £130

Skin Care

At this time of year skin can get dry and flaky with that awful tight feeling. The Kiehl’s products below have gone above and beyond keeping my skin supple and smooth. Big thanks going out to Kiehl’s right now!

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Kiehl’s - Ultra Facial Moisturizer – £34/250ml

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Kiehl’s – Creme De Corps – £27/250ml

Home

Nothing better after a long day at work and a cold commute than getting in lighting up a scrumptious candle and settling on the sofa with a cuppa and a book. These heavenly scents are my seasonal faves.

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Yankee Candle – Christmas Cookie – £14.99
I am unsure what is the official UK site therefore I have added no link to the picture.
If anyone knows please do contact me!

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Glade – Spiced Apple & Cinnamon – £2.00 from Tesco

I hope you like my choices – some of which I have liked for many years and some of which are new but will remain.

What are you winter faves?

21st

21st December

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Loving my Yankee Candles right about now! One for reading, another for wrapping and another for bath time. I think I need to extend the collection further.

Have you got a favourite scent?

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