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January Sale: Dot Com Gift Shop

Dot Com Gift Shop January Sale

With all of the sales in full flow and every last store trying to eek out those few pennies we have left in our pockets I urge you to head over to Dot Com Gift Shop where you can pick up some beautiful gifts for rock bottom prices in their January sale. For as little as £1.50 you can pick up a coffee mug for those early morning pick ups or those midday blues. The image above is just a selection of a few items they have on offer. Check out the Dot Com Gift Shop now and grab yourself some of their FABULOUS items.

My two favourite items of the bunch are

Paisley Park Deluxe Sewing KitPaisley Park Deluxe Sewing Kit – £5.95 (Down from
I am always on the look out to add bits to my sewing kit (a beautiful Cath Kidston sewing basket that I picked up in the sale only two years ago!) in the hope that it will encourage me to create something soon!
Rambling Rose Baking Set | DotComGiftShop

Rambling Rose Baking Set – £1.95 (Down from £5.95)

This is one item that I am most definitely without a doubt going to us. I love to bake but these days my time is limited between work and actually having a life! I am thinking Banana Nut Muffins with a pot of tea and a chat with the girls – what do you think?

Go on save yourself some cash and get shopping

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.

#IMWAYR – Blogmas Day 22

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Another Monday and just a few days until Christmas – how are we all doing? With most of my Christmas shopping done I have one more present to buy and it is a tricky one so I will get on with this post and crack on with my shopping!

Reading

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I’m almost finished with this audio book with about one hour to go. If you have read or listened to this book I would love to hear what you think.
There are some great reviews out there – check them out:

Vilma’s Book Blog

Kevin @ I Heart Chick Lit

Laura’s Haven

Tara @ Running ‘n’ Reading

Anna @ Diary of an Eccentric

I am hoping to finish listening to this book mid-week so I can crack on with something else very important that I want to read more than having to read! A bit of a secret but I’m hoping all will be revealed soon!

Life

Things are great on the living front at the moment – well apart from my split location. Between mine and himself I feel like I’m being spread a little thin on the ground but I am sure it will pass. Work is hard but as I am off for the Christmas period I can’t really complain.

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Over the past couple of weeks I have picked up a few new bedding sets and this one is just so cute.
Don’t ya think?!
Clean Brushes, Real Techniques, Beauty, Brushes, Make Up Brushes, Make Up
As I have very sensitive skin I have to keep my make up brushes clean and do it as often as possible without ruining them. As I do not wear make up every day I clean my brushes every two weeks and this week I managed to get a snap of my squeaky clean brushes.

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Himself and I popped over to a friend’s house on Sunday and found this in their bathroom and just had to snap it. At this current moment in time I am incredibly happy and this caption is exactly how I feel so why not ‘spread the love’ so to speak.

Beauty

My skin has really been giving me problems lately which is most likely due to the crazy weather changes. From the bitter cold outside going to the warmth of inside (my house is like the tropics!) my skin flares up and I find my skin reacting like crazy. My medicine cabinet seems to have more anti-histamine in it than the regular hay fever season and it is truly annoying.

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As I mentioned last week this has been a staple in my daily routine as it really has saved my skin from falling off like a snake. Disgusting but true!

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With House of Fraser throwing such heavy discounts around before Christmas I thought it would only be right to treat myself and as I use this on a regular basis I am extremely glad for the top up.

What are you using to keep your skin smooth in such harsh weather.

What have you been up to this week?

WORK – Blogmas Day 17

As we approach Christmas at work my night shifts are hitting me hard and my sleep even harder. After my first night shift of the week last night I am feeling absolutely rotten and extremely tired. Today’s Blogmas is about the importance of SLEEP! I am going to demonstrate how important it is by going to bed NOW!

Do Not Disturb. DND, Nurse, Sleep

Comments are welcome and please do check out my recent posts from Blogmas and before and I will reply when my night shifts have finished.

sleep snoopy

My bed really is calling me!

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Night!

To Do Tuesday – Blogmas Day 16

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Last Weeks List

- Write Christmas cards and send for Book Bloggers Holiday Card Exchange

- Wrap and bag Christmas presents

- Put up Christmas lights

- Schedule 1 week of posts

- Comment on 10 news blogs

- Put together gift basket for mothers

How Did I Get On?

Still working on the Christmas gift baskets for our mothers however it is taking longer than I anticipated due to lack of time to go out and shop for the contents. Bit by bit I am getting there – it will happen. On the wrapping side of things the other day I got into a bit of a wrapping frenzy put my audio book on and got cracking. With only 3 more presents to wrap and a couple more to buy I am pretty much all sorted.

One thing I do regret this year is not planning ahead enough to participate in The Broke & The Bookish Secret Santa – such a shame but next year will be a good one! (Not wishing the time away of course!).

Commenting has not been my strong point this week but I have visited almost 10 new blogs and let me tell you there are some awesome bloggers out there – as if you didn’t already know.

This Weeks List

- Edit Christmas baking blog and put on You Tube

- Comment on 10 news blogs

- Find 5 new blogs on Bloglovin’

- Organise 2 Pinterest boards

Once again I will be on Twitter & Instagram this afternoon whilst out and about!

See You There :D

#IMWAYR – Blogmas Day 15

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Blogmas Day 15 – can you believe it?! December is one of those months that always flies by for me. With all the festivities under way and planning for the actual day this month is one that is maximum stress (on the wallet also!) coupled with enjoyment – the line is fine my friends!

How are you getting on with your December so far?

Reading

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Still listening and I have to say the book has taken a turn for the better. To start with I was slightly irritated but it was my wrapping companion the other night and I really am enjoying the story despite it being über girly – but that is chick lit from Kinsella for you.

This week is the works Christmas party and there are so many options whirring around in my head. Do I wear a skirt and top, dress, trousers? First choice at the moment is skirt and top as there are a few options to choose from. Check out some items that are on the list.

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Queens Shell Top – £35 – Coast

Santy Knit Top, Top, Jumper, Winter, Fashion, Black, White, Monochrome, Coast, Blog A Book Etc, Fay, Lace, KnitwearSanty Knit Top – £65 – Coast

Coast, Fashion, Winter, Skirts, Cannizaro Skirt, Black, White, Monochrome, ChristmasCannizaro Skirt – £75 – Coast

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Magna Trousers – £75 – Coast

All of the items are truly amazing but I just cannot choose! HELP!

Beauty

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As the cold weather sets in my skin seems to have an attack of the crazies and go back to the times of when I was an infant. It is never fun being lathered in cream in the bath but I am starting to appreciate the cool sensation as an adult. Aqueous cream seems to be the only thing that helps and I got a great deal at Superdrug so bought two big tubs. At £2.99 per tub and buy one get one half price I figured it was silly not to buy two considering the amount I use daily.

Life

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Date night this week was at home this week watching Lord of the Rings – I am eager to watch the films and finish them with thought of understanding a bit more of the Hobbit film number 2. The first Hobbit film was wonderful however I felt a little bit out of the LOTR’s loop! Despite watching them all a couple of times I have never really paid attention. Time to concentrate!

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After sleeping with the heating off for the past couple of months there seems to be a build up of mildew by my window so after scrubbing like crazy and warming the place up the room was moved around the sheets changed. In love with these sheets right now – lights went up too but pictures will be up on Instagram this week.

What have you been up to this week?

PRESS DAY: Debenhams SS15 PART ONE – Blogmas Day 13

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A couple of weeks ago myself and Catherine headed out to the Debenhams Spring/Summer collection launch and my, my we saw some gorgeous garments. Lots of pictures were taken and we also made some great contacts. This day was not only Fashion but Home also so this post is part one of two. Check out some of the great pieces that will be available early next year.

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Fashion

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Check out the intricate detail and up close it is even more beautiful than what you can see in the picture.

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Such understated beauty for a night out on the town.

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How wonderful is this pattern – it can be dressed up and down for day and night although if the weather stays cold in the spring months a thick scarf and coat might be needed as the fabric is quite thin.

Debenhams, SS15, Spring, Summer, Press Day, Comments, Fashion, Home, Blog A Book Etc, Fay, Kimono, Black, White, MonochromeThis Kimono is one of my two favourite bits from the show – sadly the picture of the dress I like the best did not come out well so this is number one for this post! How wonderful is this set – just imagine the shoes that can be worn with it.

Nightwear & Sleepwear

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Both of these Kimono gowns were so delicate to touch and would feel fantastic on over a slip or sexy nightgown. My favourite of the two is the first as it can be matched up with a lot more.

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Cute right?!

Bags

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The colours are spectacular as are the designs.

Do you have a favourite?

#IMWAYR – Blogmas Day 8

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It’s Blogmas Day 8 people and I am on the slow road to Christmas celebrations. This is my favourite time of year and I fully intend to enjoy it to the max. The decorations are going up and treats are almost ready for the oven (well kind of!). How are you preparing for the festive season and what are you reading?

Reading

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Thanks to Audible this is what I am currently listening to.
Sophie Kinsella has been a favourite of mine for many years and if I am honest got me into reading a lot more with her fabulous shopaholic series. This one however so far has not impressed me – I’m unsure whether it is because I am listening to it and don’t really like the narrators whiny voice.
We shall see!

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After checking out the new collection for Coast this is one of my favourite pieces of the collection. You may have guessed as this has not only been on my Instagram but also on my Facebook and made it to the press day post.

Beauty

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This has been my skin saviour this week, with all the cold weather I have been taking my daily cleansing routine a lot more seriously. After the first use my face felt fresh and dewy. Have you used this?

Life

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Our picture from date night at Winter Wonderland – it was such an awesome night and so romantic and snuggly.

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Cute right?! I just love this bed-spread and of course I am on the nice side!

What have you been up to this week?

#1 Bed Time Treats

Bed Time

 

Nothing beats a pamper evening! With a hot bubble bath waiting there is nothing better than chilling out, doing your nails and snuggling up with a good book or movie and steamy cuppa. These days I am sure like myself you can barely find time – but when you do it is so worth it.
Those little moments where you really get to treat yourself to some quality YOU time is what matters. When I think about that time the items above are what I like to have on hand some of which are on my shopping list still!
I have to admit the pyjamas above are a little on the light side for those wintry nights to come but I cannot bear being sweltering I would rather be chilly and snuggly up. How about you?

Are you prepared for the cold to set in?

What are you favourite things to snuggle with?

Grand Designs @ The London ExCel

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Thanks to the lovely Nick from Power Cases I actually found out that this was on. I really do need to concentrate more on the social scene for events and such things! Killing two birds (no animals were harmed during the writing of this post – had to be said!) so to speak as I had to pick up some bits for other people I headed off to the show just to collect and run. HOWEVER – once there with the press room calling I got my golden ticket and was away like wildfire with my camera. This post is going to be heavy on the photos and light on the words. So this is what I saw on the day . . .

old skool

In a little corner these lovely vintage looking items were placed. My only problem was the price tag being almost £10k!!!

garden loving

So many beautiful things for the garden and pretty much something for every corner of a broad imagination and a lot of money.

kitchen crazy

for the love of vodka

a little pizzazz

light

That’s about it from my little trip to Grand Designs! There were some amazing sights but overall I have to say most of the stuff is heavily over priced and most people would most likely be able to reproduce if a little effort was put in!

Did you go? If so what was your favourite part? Did you buy anything?