What I Got For Christmas

I’m kinda not over the fact that its already been a week since Christmas, but hey, that means just another 51 weeks til the next one! No? Just me..

Anyway, I know I’m a little late in posting the classic ‘what I got for Christmas’ haul, but as I was having my little Christmas break from blogging, I’m just extending the festive period so that I can share with you all the wonderful gifts I received on the big day.

Let’s start with the present that was too big to fit under the tree – say hello to my new suitcase! Bit of back story here, my current suitcase is about 15 years old and has two wheels, and all these new-fangled suitcase have four, which I’m not a huge fan of but apparently its the thing now. Well Matthew figured that the only way to get my over my dislike of four wheels was to make it Donald themed! Super excited to take this bad-boy to Hawaii in April to test it out!

Matthew also got me the Fitbit Flyer headphones, which I’m already super impressed by but I can’t wait to put them to good use when I start my marathon training, and a book on how to get the best out of my iPad Pro, plus a cute kitty mug, unicorn slippers and a onesie! I hate the phrase ‘boy did good’ but it seems fitting here..

Now I have no idea how she managed it for a second time, but after the incredible surprise of a CoachxDisney wristlet on my birthday, my mum shocked me with another item from the collection, this time a purse. I’m quite jealous as I had no luck finding any of the collection in the outlets, yet she’s done it twice – she also nabbed me this Mickey sweater!

How gorgeous is this Fiorelli gym bag? I actually picked this one out myself but I still had to wait until Christmas to get it.. I suspect my gym will be packed this month with New Years resolution-ers, but I’ll be ready to fight for all the good machines now I’ve got a bag to fit all my kit in.

Other goodies in my stocking included Eat Like a Gilmore: The Unofficial Cookbook for Fans of Gilmore Girls, a little collection of Lush products, a couple of gift cards and a pretty Beauty and the Beast bracelet from Couture Kingdom from Matthew’s mum, so it’s safe to say I’ve been incredibly lucky this year!

I hope everyone else was spoilt rotten, and if you want to share what you got for Christmas please leave me a comment so I can be nosey!

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Why I’m Disappearing for Christmas

I don’t imagine this is much of a surprise given that over the last week or so I haven’t been keeping up with my usual posting schedule, but I’m putting myself on a little Christmas break and there will be no new posts until the new year!

As I mentioned last week, I’ve started a new job and I’ve been concentrating on getting settled into a new role and new routine, as well as getting ready for the big day next week, so blogging has just had to take a back burner. This is a huge step for me, because as someone who religiously publishes at least 5 posts a week, I do feel a little like I’m letting my little blog down, but I’m proud of the fact that I’m not letting myself feel guilty for putting myself first.

I need a break, and this year is the first time that I have let myself really take one. If I’m not at work, I’m writing, or working on my small businesses, and I even blog daily when I’m on holiday. This Christmas, I think I’ve earned myself a little time off. I only have a few days off work over the festive period, and I want to spend that time enjoying myself, spending time with my family and just relaxing for a change.

I’m also concentrating on making sure come January I’m gonna be ready with great new content right from the get go, and using a new job and a new year as a fresh slate – and there’s going to be lots to come!

In the meantime, I wish you all the most merry of Christmasses, and if I’m not back by then, a lovely New Year!

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The Bits of Love Actually No One Talks About

Despite being a true lover of Christmas, I’m not really one for Christmas films, with the one exception of Love Actually. It’s festive, it’s feel good and it’s full of famous people, and I challenge anyone to not enjoy even just a tiny part of it.

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And while the movie is packed with lovely moments, romance in the air and Christmas is all around us (and so the feeling grows), there are details of the film that never seem to come up in conversation when you chat about how warm and fuzzy it makes you feel.

Harry is a scumbag, and Mia is the worst

She openly comes onto a married man, and while he plays the innocent and bewildered part, he acts on something that he knows is wrong, breaking the heart of his wife who does nothing to deserve such behaviour. Get in the bin.

Liam Neeson is cool with his stepson being gay

When Sam tells his stepdad that his troubles in life are due to him being in love, Daniel asks ‘and what does she – he – feel about you?’. Sure, Sam is in love with a girl, but the question is still open.

How Sarah has to cope with the stress of a loved one suffering from mental illness

We all cringe at the sound of that Nokia 3310 ringtone, and we all wish that she will get the guy she’s been secretly in love with forever, yet everyone seems to overlook the fact that she is going through so much with her brother, and in caring for him she loses out on such a big part of her own life. Not all heroes wear capes.

How inappropriate is it to tell your best friends WIFE that you’re in love with her

If he had really wanted a chance, he would have grown a pair and told her before they were even engaged, let alone married. But sure, show up on the doorstep, get her to lie about who’s there and make some ridiculous gesture that actually makes you look like a tosser, that’s cool too.

The abuse of power and sexual harassment of the president

This is more relevant this year than ever. Natalie is put in a position that no woman should ever be put in, and not only does she feel awful for it straight away, she does actually lose her job over it. I do, however, appreciate that Hugh Grant makes a point of calling out the president for being a bully, but that’s just not quite enough.

Why are a bunch of primary schools having their Christmas show on Christmas Eve?

If my school had told me we’d have to give up Christmas Eve-evening for a production involving lobsters, I’d be pretty mad.

Do you have any Love Actually pet peeves?

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My Christmas 2017 Wish List

And another Christmas is upon us, where did that year go, huh?

Every year as I get older I miss the days of spending hours flicking through the Argos catalogue, because I seem to be losing the ability to respond to the question of ‘what do you want for Christmas?’, so I now have the new tradition of sticking it all in a blog post and that way my family have a convenient reference point and I get some fun content out of it!

So what’s on the list this year?

Matthew and I have already agreed that as we both want new earphones, that’s what we’re going to get each other to save the hassle of shopping. I’ve got my eye on the new Fitbit Flyer wireless earphones which were released a few months ago – I’ve seen loads of great reviews for them and I’m hoping they’ll help in my marathon training! And speaking of marathon training, I’m thinking that I might want a small hydration pack for carrying water (and all my other stuff!) on longer runs. Also on the fitness subject, I’ve got my eye on this pretty Fiorelli gym bag!

As per usual, I’m always good with Lush goodies, and my favourite new product from their Christmas collection this year is the Buck’s Fizz body conditioner because it smells SO GOOD. I’m also loving the Angels on Bare Skin facial cleanser right now so wouldn’t say no to a tub of that!

And books, I always love a book.. On the wishlist at the moment is Eat Like a Gilmore: The Unofficial Cookbook for fans of Gilmore Girls because a) I love a recipe book and b) I love Gilmore Girls and this book seems like a good’un. I’m also on a mission to learn to draw, and I’ve seen a few ‘Learn to Draw Disney..’ books on Amazon that look like really great step by step guides.

The last thing on the list will probably be a Christmas present to me from me because I haven’t yet decided what I want and either way its pretty pricey! I’m desperate for a new lens for my Sony A5000 camera, and am currently torn between the 30mm macro and the 50mm – if anyone has any thoughts on the matter please drop me a comment!

What’s on your Christmas list this year?

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What I Got For Christmas!

Christmas has been and gone for another year, so we’re now just left with the goodies we’ve been lucky enough to receive from our loved ones to tide us over until the January sales..

What I Got For Christmas

Considering I really wasn’t expecting much this year, I feel well and truly spoilt with this pile of goodies! You might spot a few items from my wishlist this year, including Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick, the Meeko Vinyl Pop and my favourite mascara, Eyeko Black Magic.

Peony Happiness Planner

I also decided to ask for the Peony Planner from Happiness Planner (over the Kikki K planner I’d mentioned before), and its SO PRETTY! I’ve already started filling it out and can’t wait to keep it up next year.

As well as those bits, I got some new clothes for work and a few Lush goodies, but I was really excited to unwrap some items from the Cath Kidston x Disney collection. I’d attempted the online pre-sale with absolutely no luck, so it was a total surprise that my mum had managed to find the spotty apron and London notebook in Southampton, eek! Mum also surprised me with a New York exclusive Mickey tsum tsum; I’d asked her to bring me back the Statue of Liberty Minnie one when she was there in November, but I had no idea there were other exclusives available so YAY!

Spectrum Fresh Face set

Adding to my ever growing collection of Spectrum brushes, I got the Fresh Face set containing these four gorgeous brushes, not only in a new colour scheme but also in a slightly smaller, more travel friendly size, which came with a matching lilac makeup bag!

I’m so grateful for all the wonderful gifts my family have given me this year – I’m such a lucky girl!

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Drunk Things I Did At My Work Christmas Party


Given that this is the third post that I’ve written semi under the influence of alcohol, you might be lead to believe that I have a fairly exciting life that often involves drinking, but I can assure you this isn’t true. Fact is, I’m a lightweight, and therefore tend to do the usual stupid drunken things that most people do, with only a fraction of the alcohol in my system..

Well last week I had my work Christmas do, and for some reason I thought it would be an excellent idea to drink vodka that night. For some, this may not seem particularly strange, but considering I haven’t really drunk spirits in maybe 2-3 years, needless to say I was leaning towards trollied fairly quickly, and this led me to do some very entertaining things.. What happens at the work party, ends up on the internet.

I did three pull-ups

The guy who hosted pre-drinks had one of those doorway pull-up bars, and two drinks down the line, we were all giving it a go and out came the gym freak within me..

I spent a lot of time twirling

A combination of a pretty dress with a flowly skirt, a fairly shiny dancefloor and all those vodka cranberries, and apparently I could not stop spinning.. I have since found video evidence of this on my own phone..

I wing-womaned like a boss

We all went to the party knowing full well that there was a guy that was into my friend, so I of course dragged her over to dance within his line of sight at all times

I walked into a table

I swear it came out of nowhere – who put that there?

I took a bunch of decent selfies

I’m always the drunk who takes too many photos, but I actually managed to get a lot of really nice ones with all my team

I stood on a lot of people’s toes

Drunk Lottie in heels is a walking weapon, and I’m ashamed that several of my friends were victims of toe-crushing

I destroyed my own feet

With all that lovely alcohol in my system, I was totally unaware of the fact that my shoes were creating huge blisters on both of my feet, which I’m still suffering from now..

I was kind enough to share my taxi

There was another woman waiting for a taxi when mine arrived, so I somehow ended up sharing with her, but it saved me a bit of the fare at least!

I had the best night out in a long time

Despite probably making a fool out of myself, it was definitely the most fun I’ve had in a long time, and I have the lovely people on my team to thank for that!

How was everyone else’s Christmas dos?

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