Saturday, 20 December 2014

Blogmas | Decoration Haul

 

You may think I'm a bit mad but despite not having a Christmas tree this year I've gone a little mad with buying some Christmas tree decorations. In my view, it's better to buy nice ones whilst you can find them though and I wouldn't be surprised if I find myself hunting down Gisela Graham bargains on eBay all year round.

Friday, 19 December 2014

Blogging | Giving and Receiving Criticism


Criticism is a funny subject. Though I'm sure no one actively likes receiving it we are generally taught through school that constructive criticism is something to be valued rather than frowned upon and it seems strange to me that there is such a taboo about it in blogging with any negativity whatsoever reflecting badly on the giver rather than who is receiving it.

Recently I gave out a bit of criticism on a blog I have followed for a very long time. This is not something I do regularly and, actually, I'm fairly sure this was the first time I had ever had the courage to do so but it was an issue with this person blog that I felt merited notice being drawn to it.

I won't go into too much detail over the criticism or the person as instead I'd like to focus on the way she handled the situation, sending me a personal email in reference to the comment that was extremely pleasant saying that she will take on my advice for the new year. I thought it was really lovely of her and it was absolutely the right way to handle it which I'm aware many bloggers would not have done. She inspired me to write a little about our attitudes towards blogger criticism and how much nicer it would be if more could follow her example.

Sunday, 14 December 2014

Blogmas | My Little Box with Fleur de Force


It's been a bumpy road for me and My Little Box. We started out on great terms with the Parisienne Box, fell out over the DVF collaboration and sort of got on an okay level again last month with the Cosy Box. For me the December box was a bit make or break so I was torn between excitement and dread of what it would bring.

When it was revealed that MLB was collaborating with Fleur of Fleur de Force my hopes soared. I love Fleur's blog and YouTube channel and everything she wears I fall in love with, her taste is; in short, incredible, so I knew before even receiving it that I was going to LOVE IT.

Friday, 12 December 2014

Home | Flamingo Candles, Green Tea and Lemon


As ridiculous as it may be to get so excited over a candle, Flamingo Candles have been creating quite a buzz about themselves so it's easy to see why I was excited to get my hands on them. Though I was reluctant to buy online and pay extra for postage they recently posted an instagram of a stockist's set up in Newcastle-Under-Lyme; funnily enough it didn't take me long to head down to Milly and Roses to get  myself a treat.

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Blogmas | A Present For The Make Up Newbie


My mum has often wondered where I get my girliness as it is clearly not from her. It's not that she's unfashionable or doesn't look after her appearence but until now she's shown no interest in wearing make up. However, when I asked what she'd like for Christmas and she suggested some "nice mascara or eyeshadow" (in her terms 'nice' means anything above a fiver) I was quite inspired to build her a little makeup starter kit as her Christmas present.

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

YouTube & Honesty


I wasn't going to write this post as I didn't want to get too ranty but after finding that I've been writing loads in comments on other, similar blog posts I thought it best I just air all my grievances on my own blog.

When you visit Subway you choose what goes into your sandwich. You select the bread, the main filling and all the bits that go on top, then the 'Sandwich Artist' puts it all together for you and pops it in the oven. Granted, you've dictated the sandwich so it will come out to your tastes, but any claim that you made it yourself is a bit laughable. This is essentially the case of the 'record breaking' book Girl Online, supposedly written by Zoella.

Monday, 8 December 2014

Blogmas | Decoration Wishlist

Carol Bauble (out of stock) | Gingerbread Couple | Bows | Bells | Boxed Baubles | Heart | Spotted Bauble | I Saw Mummy Kissing Santa Claus | Noel Star | Glass Village Bauble | Snowman | Figgy Pudding | Pearl | Red  | Puddings and Pies | Rocking Horse Set | Gold Sequins | Gold Four Pack | Sledges | Red Sequined | Boxed Baubles
My parents always used to put off Christmas decorating until the weekend before Christmas. I hated it as a child and am still frustrated now that my house looks so un-Christmassy whilst everyone else seems to have a winter wonderland in their front room, however, next year is going to be the year I finally put the decorations up on the 1st of December and I can't wait to start gathering decorations.

As you can see I went completely overboard with this wishlist so I won't even try and go through everything! I stuck to quite a traditional theme with lots of red and white and little snowmen and gingerbread men and robins and Christmas puddings because I'd like to start off my Christmas decoration collection quite uniform. Over time it will become much more of a hodge-podge but I think that's the charm of watching your Christmas tree grow with memories.

I'll stop now before I get all wishy-washy, but all I can say is that I can not wait for next year!
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