Saturday, 28 December 2013

Boxing Day

So, I am now snuggled up in a cosy Chalet in France, but thought I'd share a few Boxing Day Snaps with you all. It starts off with a Trinidadian tradition: BBQ'd garlic pork for breakfast, can't say that's one I tend to participate in, but apparently it is delicious!

My sister and I were in charge of setting up the table, and she kindly made the wonderful name tags for our party of 14!

Reggie gets reunited with his brother upon the arrival of my cousins, aunts and uncles!

The women all in the kitchen...accompanying my mother the great cook! Watch out Delia!
The newest member of our family, little baby Benny!
My lovely cousin Victoria and I

The evening ended with Santa's little helper, Joey, handing out presents to then be pleasantly surprised by his own LEGO city! Oh, the joy on his little face really topped the evening off finely! So lovely to be surrounded by family, I hope everyone had a lovely Christmas! Expect lots of snowy blog posts to be uploaded soon!

Amy x

Thursday, 26 December 2013

Christmas Day!

I love Christmas. I mean, everyone loves Christmas, but I really really love Christmas. It's saturated in traditions that make you fill all warm and cosy and leave you with a great night's sleep and a wonderful food coma. Everyone has their own traditions, so I thought I'd share a few of mine with you. So the day starts with my sister waking everyone up at an outrageous hour, but this year it was actually my brother who woke us all up and it was 9am, so not too bad. Anyway, we all head downstairs, grab a morning coffee or orange juice and head to our stockings! 

Santa spoilt me this year, I was pleasantly surprised! My brother, sister and I were all pleasantly impressed. Then, it's food time! Scrambled eggs, smoked salmon, bagels and champagne and orange juice! (Only time it's acceptable to drink champagne at 10am!).

Post breakfast it is showers and dressing up for the day! Ready to crack on with the under the tree presents! 

Mum's super excited face, when receiving her tickets to see Barry Manilow...
Some chocolate from the home town!

Even Reggie was super excited about his presents!

Then, time for Christmas Dinner! There were only 6 of us this year, so we thought we'd cost up in the kitchen. 

Of course the champagne was flowing, and I was enjoying every minute of it! 
So, from then on, we all slumped in front of the television to watch The Santa Clause, Miracle on 34th Street and Home Alone 2! Most of us fell asleep and woke up to Bear Grylls torturing Stephen Fry on a mountain...thank you Channel 4. Anyway, I hope all of you had a magically wonderful Christmas Day, and enjoy your Boxing Day; we've got family coming round...a three year old and a three month year old, I'll let you know if I make it out alive! 
Amy x

Monday, 23 December 2013

Oh, Christmas Tree

So, decorating the Christmas tree is one of my favourite parts of Christmas, there are many traditions surrounding the process that haven't changed since I was teeny-tiny! Our tree is not real, as we have a cat and a dog that love to attack the real ones, but still it's huge and wonderful. Some decorations are vintage, some are home-made and some are brand new; the one thing they have in common is that they absolutely do not match in any way whatsoever. Normally, this would send me into a heart attack, however they all seem to come together beautifully. So, I thought I'd share a few bits and bobs with you! The massive colourful baubles are our newest addition to the tree, but I love them all, especially the green and red one with the snowflakes...

One of the Three Kings (we call him Casper), all hand made! 

This clear star, is one of many stars and snowflakes I collect from Swarovski each year. We've been doing it since, 2005 and they just look so pretty against the lights!

The last one is one of our vintage Harrods pieces, they belonged to my grandmother and she bought them over 50 years ago! Pretty impressed they've managed to last that long, especially in my house!
Merry Christmas, I want to see pictures of other fabulous trees, so if anyone knows of any, link me!
Amy x

Sunday, 22 December 2013

Christmas Dinner #1

So, being 'grown ups' and what not, my friends and I are all pretty busy, some are carving out careers for themselves in the real world, others are training to be doctors, nurses and lawyers and others can't let go of being a uni student (guilty as charged...). But we do try and have a get together every now and then, and today was one of those lovely days! We all hopped it round Mckenna's house and had a delicious Christmas dinner cooked by the hostess herself and Miss Emily-Jane...Nagla and Polly made a last minute gravy stirring contribution.

The food came out and Rosie and I realised we were in for a treat; not only had they given us a huge amount of stuffing (win), but we had parsnips AND roasted sweet potatoes, what more could you want? We were perfectly content, and delightfully stuffed...then these arrived along with a Yule log!

Sufficed to say, Nagla and Mckenna were happy...

Then we got presents too! A Secret Santa from Polly will leaving me smelling lovely for a while. So, today I was spoilt rotten with gifts, company and food. It's made me even more excited for my mother's Christmas Day and Boxing Day lunches, bring on the food babies!

Amy x

Saturday, 14 December 2013

Christmas Wish List

Here is my Christmas List...a finally cut down Christmas list albeit, but still the main things I would love Santa to bring me this year! Christmas is pretty much a 'go wild' sort of thing in my family, presents are in abundance! However, it's always the week after Christmas that I always realise I forgot to ask for something that I really needed, and was way more important than that One Direction album I asked for...

So, this year I've covered the most important and most dreamt about things!
  1. All Mine – Topshop - £80: I will not be happy until these are All Mine!
  2. Abbingdon Crew – Jack Wills - £98.50: I’m a sucker for a Christmas jumper.
  3. Russian Red Lipstick – Mac - £15: I’ve been craving this bad boy for a while, I mean I hope I look like some super sexy Russian with it, but I’m not holding my breath!
  4.  Tim Walker Storyteller – Waterstones - £45
  5. Rucksack – Accessorize - £35: Carrying laptop and books to the library has done an absolute number on my back, this is now a Christmas necessity!
  6. They’re Real Mascara – Benefit –£19.50: there is a reason this is the UK's number one mascara, I have finally found the mascara made for me.
  7. Chanel Boy Bag: My if I win the lottery present, eugh one can dream.
  8. Lib Tech Skate Banana - Approx. £400 - Fingers crossed, after my snowboarding trip this Christmas, this bad boy will be mine at last!
Amy x

Monday, 9 December 2013

Christmas Gift Suggestion #1: Burt's Bees!

Burt's Bees Intense Hydration Day Lotion - £19.99
So, Burt's Bees have done it again, impressed me with their delightfully refreshing Intense Hydration Moisturiser! Winter is an absolute devil to my skin. It got pretty bad this Winter, and every moisturiser either just itched and stung or made things a billion times worse. Then, I remember I got this wonderful little product from the wonderful team at Flurorescent PR. And it was a Christmas miracle, no more stinging and my skin was calmed as well as truly quenched of any thirst. It's 99% natural, so pretty darn good for anyone else with super sensitive skin. It's ultra-hydrating and such a great Winter warrior, I think if you gave this to anyone for Christmas, they would be forever in your debt...or just keep it for yourself, you won't be disappointed! 

Amy x

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