November Favourites

I have never even thought of doing one of these posts as most bloggers and vloggers who do them are really into beauty and you may have worked out by now that I am not! So mine is a little bit of a mix I guess, I found so much I was loving this month but I decided to have a real think of what I really loved and used a lot this month. In no particular order….

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A very autumnal/winter smell. I love cinnamon, I eat it in my porridge most winter mornings and I add it into baking a lot so this is my perfect candle. As you can see I’ve burnt the top but for once it’s actually burnt evenly. I really love Yankee candles, I try and give all sorts of candles a try but nothing beats the quality of a Yankee. Their smell is so strong and I think they’re so worth the money. I’ve been burning this evey night I’ve been at home but I’m scared it’ll run out soon – splashing out on candles when you’re supposed to be paying for a wedding probably isn’t the best idea!

DSC01399Alongside Elf and The Grinch, this is my favourite Christmas film. It’s one of my favourite genres entwined with Christmas and has Jude Law….how can this not be a good film! It’s Ben’s guilty pleasure which I found out quite early on after I’d met him which always makes me chuckle even writing this, he acts like he’s a man’s man but his heart is softer than mine! If you want something to get you in the Christmasey mood, this film will do it.

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I’ve never liked tea or coffee but after doing a lot of research into healthy/clean eating, green tea was something that kept coming up as an incredible product. I can’t lie, the first time I tried green tea I gagged and spat it out and it’s taken me the whole of November to get into it, but I will actually reach for a sachet of this stuff now. It does help that this is a wintery flavour and it masks the green tea flavour. It’s got to the point where I have about 4 of these a day at work but for £2.40 something for 20 I should probably cut down! But if anyone isn’t into tea or wants to start out on green tea, this is the right way to go.

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When I saw this in Primark, I was trying to buy some winter clothes and I’d remembered in recent years lot of ladies wearing these and I thought what a genius idea! Not being the adventurous sort I opted for grey which has been THE BEST BUY EVER. It goes with everything and unfortunately for the snood, it has had wear most days since it was purchased. It is warm, cute and it doesn’t itch which is my pet hate for scalves. I’m pretty sure this was only £5 too, what an absolute bar-gain!

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Another clothing item which I didn’t think would make my favourites, but as I’ve worn it to my last couple on nights out/date nights I thought I best add it! This beaut was £14.99 for H&M, I was browsing my new local town for clothes and you know them days where you need to spend money but can’t find anything – I was having one of those…until I walked into H&M. I find that in H&M if you look hard enough you can find some absolute gems, by that I don’t necessarily mean some bargains but some awesome clothes that are hidden away because they have such a huge collection. It’s so difficult to show without putting on, which was a ‘no no’ tonight as my hair looks like I have dunked it in a chip fryer. But it is tight in the places I want it and comes out at the exact point to flatter my figure. I will add a picture of me in this soon for you guys in due time, just not tonight I’m afraid. So yes, a flattering but short enough dress to wear out with some black peeps toes and jazzy hair to make the style look less plain.

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(Please ignore my dirty desk) I know, I know, I know. This is a classic and something I will have in many favourites to follow but right now this has been my life saver. I put this on in the morning before my hour and whatever drive into work and it has worked wonders. I like that it tingles, who doesn’t love a tingle 😉 But seriously, this product is awesome!

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I flit between Garnier body moisturisers, they used to do a favourite of mine but when I bought this it wasn’t available. This has not let me down. If you use this enough, it has great results but unfortunately I get lazy in the winter when I don’t have to have my pins on show a lot and because of my lack of effort, I need a moisturiser that is ‘intense’. The bottle doesn’t lie! It does the job!

DSC01406Ben and I have moved into a bigger, semi-detached house, which compared to our terrace house, is fucking cold. We’ve really noticed the difference but we can’t moan. The pluses that this house has massively outweigh the fact it’s harder to heat. Because I’ve been comparing it to the North Pole with my Dad, I’ve had to whack these bad boys out. These were a present from Ben from Bedroom Athletics. I’ve just googled the company and a picture of these came up straight away so if you need an awesome pair of slippers which feel like a soft puppy between your toes – BUY THESE!

DSC01409Bargain! This is the one word I’d use to describe this set! I love the big versions of these bottles, I normally buy the pot on the left and when I saw this in Superdrug for £4 I had to buy it (even though they advertise this as a gift – oppsie)! The smells are amazing, granted you don’t come out of the bath smelling like a mango and a papaya but until anyone can find me a shower gel that smells gorgeous and leaves you smelling the same, I will continue using these bad boys! The variety of flavours/smells are incredible and there’s one to suit every nose! The one which is missing, strawberries and cream, is my current favourite, it’s light pink in colour and smells divine. Unfortunately he couldn’t make it into this post because he’s in my mumma’s shower!

I tried to add a picture of my last favourite, but it wasn’t happening! It’s an audio book by Giovanna Fletcher – you’re the one that I want. With my new commute, I wanted something to amuse me for 2+ hours a day and I thought this would work. It definitely didn’t disappoint, my only problem with audiobooks is the price! Why are they way more expensive than actual books? They’re not physical products unless you buy an audio CD and if you’re only buying it in an mp3/mp4 whatever format from iTunes, why are they roughly £10.00!? This has led me to want an audiable prescription, but for £7.99 a month for one, when I got through this in 6 days, I’m not sure if it’ll satisfy my cravings!

Please let me know your favourites of the month, especially if they’re candle/movie based. I am such a hermit in the winter and I love getting suggestions like these to keep me in!

THREE WEEKS AH! xx

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Feeling Festive

So in the spirit of the 1st December, which begun very cold for me and full of Christmas tunes from different radio stations, which admittedly I was skipping to try and find said songs to get me in the mood, I am going to do a festive post. I may have had both of my chocolate advent calender chocs before I left the house this morning…..I leave at 6:25….not greedy at all.

I have decided to attempt blogmas, however I am awful at committing to things so if I manage this challenge/vow to my blog, I have decided I will treat myself to something like a Yankee candle for the house, or maybe some nice wedding shoes 😉 I think it’ll be a great way with me to bond with my blog again and hopefully learn to love writing again.

In the last few days some Christmas items have made it into the house. We haven’t actually done our ‘decorations weekend’ which consists of going to Perrywoods, the most Christmasey shop in Essex, going out for lunch, picking our tree then coming home for an evening of prosecco, pj’s, steak and chips, festive music and decorating, with maybe a smidge of Elf involved.

So these are the first items of Christmas to grace our new home.

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So I came home the other day, after breaking down in my new company van (yeeeeh, I was mega happy about that one) and this is what I was greeted with! Penguins, if you hadn’t guessed by now, are my favourite animal so Ben decided to jazz up our new home with this seasonal door mat. I cannot explain how much I love this!

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This is an advent calendar my in-laws made for us, cleverly making sure each day had the same chocolates together (or I would’ve stolen the best one). FYI, Cadbury’s Caramel – bellissimo!

DSC01372Now this bad boy I’ve actually had for a while, again, another gift from the in-laws as they know I’m obsessed with candles. I don’t think I’ve ever seen one of these so it was a very good spot!

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Meet Oscar! He made an appearance on our anniversary! We said we weren’t doing presents as it’s silly now we’re due to get married but as I get excited for Christmas in early October, he was exactly what I needed! Lets see if anyone can pick up why I called him Oscar…..

DSC01374It’s a sin to put Christmas DVD’s away with your decorations just incase you have a random festive day during the year and you need your fix! So these are in our big DVD/book storage units and I have to say Elf came out over 6 weeks ago and has been sitting beside the TV…where Peter Pan is now actually haha….for a long time! I really want to say this is my favourite Christmas film but I think it’s level pegging with The Grinch!

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These were just a few extra snaps I thought I’d add in for good measure so you can all be nosy 🙂

Is anyone else already as excited for Christmas as I am? Our decoration day is Saturday, which after my first Christmas work party on the Friday, could not come any sooner.

I hope no-one reading this is a festive Grinch! Unsubscribe now if you are as there will be many more posts like this to follow!

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