As regular visitors to the blog will know, I am a big fan of all things clothes and shopping-related, so imagine my excitement when the new Autumn/Winter Lookbook for Jigsaw popped up in our inbox. It incorporates key trends of the season with dashes of tartan, roll neck jumpers and over-sized coats to keep you cosy at this time of year. Whether you’re dressing to go for a walk in the countryside on a cold, crisp day or looking for a little black dress for one of your many festive parties, there’s plenty of choice for any occasion. I’ve picked out a few of my favourite pieces for you to look at and I think you’ll agree that these rustic woodland photos are stunning.
See the whole collection here.
Now that December is here, it is officially Christmas party season whether it be going out for a meal with your work colleagues or going drinking and dancing with your girlfriends, it’s lovely getting into the spirit by mixing staples at this time of year – the colour red and sparkles. You can either go all out with a red dress, lips and nails or choose to pick one or two items. Make the most of the festive season by going all out and getting really glammed up to celebrate with friends and family!
1. Abbey Lace Chiffon Skater Dress; 2. Lips in Rio Rio; 3. Diamante Embellished Hardcase; 4. Grey Diamante Heart Stud Earrings; 5. Gold Glitter Platform Court; 6. Models Own Artstix Nail Polish Duo – The Elements Collection
Another sweet recipe for you today, this time from Lorraine Pascale’s book, Fast, Fresh and Easy Food. The recipe says to bake the shortbread for 25 minutes, but I would say it needs to be baked for 35-40 minutes to cook it entirely, as I found it wasn’t done at 25. Shortbread is one of my favourite little treats, with its crunch and sugary topping, so I would highly recommend giving these a go, and with roasted hazelnuts added to the mix, they have something a bit different to enjoy.
190g unsalted butter, softened
120g soft light brown sugar
A few drops of vanilla extract
50g roasted chopped hazelnuts
280g plain flour
1 egg yolk
Caster sugar, for dusting
Beat together the butter and sugar in a medium bowl. Add the vanilla, the hazelnuts, flour and egg yolk and mix together well.
Get your hands into the mixture to bring it together, as it is quite crumbly in texture.
Tip the mixture into a sandwich tin, and squash with your hands or the back of a spoon to create a flat layer.
Use a knife to mark out 8 wedges and use a fork to prick each one a couple times.
Preheat the oven to 180C/350F.
Put in the freezer for 15 minutes to firm up, before baking for 25 minutes until light golden in colour.
Once cooked, remove from the oven and sprinkle with caster sugar. Allow to cool in the tin for a few minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely. Cut into pieces along the marks.
Today marks 5 years since me and my boy formally became a couple, after months of going on dates and making some decisions about where we wanted our future to be. We’ve had the best of times – most of the best days of my life have been spent with him (the high point so far being when he proposed in July) – and we’ve had some tough times, but we are in such a great place and I can’t imagine being with anyone other than him for the rest of my life. Living together in our first home, planning our 2015 wedding and getting ready for Christmas is just about where we are right now, and we’re loving it, down to every last stressful little detail. Here’s to the next 50.
[From our holiday to Kefalonia in June 2013]
Sometimes it’s more convenient, more cost effective, and just makes plain sense to get a couple you know a joint gift. There are some great ideas out there for couples, from homewares and gift vouchers, to concert tickets and hotel breaks. And so many of these types of presents can be bought through voucher websites, which offer such great discounts that can save you a ton on packages which would normally cost a lot of money. Plus, what’s more thoughtful than tickets to a show that you think they would both really enjoy or a hotel break in a city they’ve never visited? It just take a little bit of searching to find these deals, but there are plenty out there to go around. Take a look below at some of my couple gift ideas to get you started.
1. Would I Lie To You? Board Game | 2. Pied a Terre Lustre Shot Glass | 3. Gourmet Espresso Set | 4. Knitted Cosy Throw | 5. Barcraft Cocktail Jigger | 6. Magnetic Calendar | 7. Red Letter Days Boutique Escape With Dinner For 2 | 8. Paxton Glass 3-Light Pendant | 9. Retro Diet Coke® Ice Bucket | 10. Chocoholics’ Hamper | 11. THIS IS FOREVER print | 12. The Big Bang Theory – Season 1-6.
I was lucky enough to be sent House of Fraser’s Christmas lookbook a couple days ago, and the photos, as well as the items inside are just gorgeous. Not only does it show how your house could look, it also shows you exactly how to achieve it with their products. And how stunning are those products? There are so many different ideas here, from white and pastel hues, to the red and white nordic style, as well as sleek black and gold, just about any style you could want. Take a look at some of my favourite photos and products below, and be inspired this December week.
Visit the entire Christmas range here.