Month: December 2015

Christmas is a coming… and the year is almost out

For many, the past few weeks have been a whirr of Christmas get togethers, festive drinks, work parties, Yuletide craft fairs, school nativities, present buying, present wrapping and Santa visiting, and quite frankly, I think it’s time to Relax.  Unwind.  Put the feet up.  Chill.  Don’t get me wrong, there’s still plenty to do and pull together in the final run up to the big day, but for me, when my three little ones finish up school for the year I really feel the holidays can begin in earnest and the manic stress of the preceding weeks of shopping and rushing around can pass for another year.  I’m happy to be at this stage of the festive season when the brunt of work has been done! (more…)


Christmas Table Favours

A few years ago I decided to personalise things a little more at the Christmas table, and rather than setting out the usual crackers and place cards, I chose and individually wrapped little gifts for each guest, setting one at each person’s place at the table.  It was a very well received gesture and each guest was thrilled with their little package, especially since I had chosen them with the receiver’s interests and tastes in mind.  I was also delighted, because at £1-2 spend per person, they had cost less than the price of a cracker each!

With only a week to go until this year’s Christmas celebration, I thought I would share a few table favour ideas with you so that you can surprise and delight your own guests!  (I had planned to write this post much earlier in the month, however with children’s sick bugs and general busy schedules in the run-up to Christmas, I am only now getting around to sharing this with you – apologies!)


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The trick is to always choose table gifts that are either edible, practical or useful, so with that firmly in mind, here are some little ideas to get you started… and all for less than the price of a cup of coffee!



Home Lover Gift Guide

Many of you will be well and truly engrossed in Christmas shopping by now, but for some of you, the list making is still a work in progress, so I’m hoping that this final offering of my Gift Guide series will help you along.

As this is a home styling and decor blog, I thought it only correct to include a gift edit aimed at the home lover or interiors enthusiast in your life!  I have had lots of fun putting this last gift guide together and am secretly lusting after several of these items – in particular the super cute doggy jewellery bowl from Rose & Grey and of course the dinky digital radio, whose funky mustard colour would look fab against a very on-trend palette of white and grey… (also there is free UK delivery on all Rose & Grey orders placed up until New Year’s Eve, using the code NOEL so do take a look). (more…)


Traveller Gift Guide

I hope you’ve had a lovely weekend, despite the relatively fickle weather we’ve been having!  I am just back afresh from a weekend break with some old school friends to Edinburgh and I had the most relaxing and fun time – very good for the soul!  I am now back and ready to inspire you further with some more Christmas gift ideas.  If you haven’t already, pop over to my previous gift guides I wrote up last week.  If you’re searching for a gift for a coffee loving friend or family member, check out these ideas here and if it’s the foodie or keen cook you’re buying for, have a look here.

These days, so many of us are constantly on the move and for many people, their jobs take them across multiple cities and countries.  As a result, we hop between airports, public transport and hotel rooms as a normal part of the day job and that is why I thought a gift edit focused on those who are on the move a lot would prove helpful to many.

Here are my picks for ladies (and a few for gents!) who travel…



Things I’m Loving Lately: { November }

Firstly, apologies!  This November linky is a little on the late side, but like the rest of you, December and the excitement, busyness and craziness that go along with it, has arrived, and it seems only a moment ago that we were almost basking in the glory of the warm Autumn sunshine and those beautiful colours!

However, whilst we get used to this rather chilly, damp weather so often associated with early winter, let’s take a brief look back at the little things I was loving in the last four weeks of my favourite season… here’s looking at you, November!



Foodie Gift Guide

I love the 1st of December as it finally marks the official countdown to Christmas and it’s gorgeous to see people’s homes being lit up one by one with cheery twinkling lights and welcoming trees.  However, for some of us it also marks the beginning of a stressful few weeks struggling to find the right presents for everyone within a tight enough timeframe.  BUT – do not fret!  If you are starting your Christmas shopping or finding it difficult to find the perfect present for a loved one, then you’ve hopefully come to the right place.  Over the next week or so, I’ll be doing a little online research to help you along with your Christmas shopping quest and will be putting together gift guides for the different personalities in your life.  I have already put together a gift guide for the coffee loving friend we all have so do take a peek here if you fancy some inspiration on that front!  Actually, while you’re at it, pour yourself a coffee and read on… (more…)