Thursday, 24 December 2015

Merry Christmas!!

It's currently Christmas Eve and no doubt I'll be doing one of three things; getting boozy, sitting in my pj's and eating everything or manically running around trying to finish my Christmas shopping. It's always a bit of a manic day for me on Christmas Eve in preparation for doing absolutely bugger all on Christmas Day and Boxing Day (feel sorry for you poor souls that are working).

I just wanted to take this post and wish everyone a merry Christmas and a happy new year. I won't be posting from now until the New Year just so I can take a break from blogging and immerse myself in properly spending time with my friends and family and away from the internet. Plus, it will give me plenty of time to take pictures and think of ideas for the New Year because we all know that's gonna be a good one for blog posts.

Merry Christmas everyone & I hope you get plenty of time with loved ones and by loved ones I mean alcohol and chocolate!

Til' next time! XOXO

Wednesday, 23 December 2015

6 Things I Hate About Working In Retail At Christmas (And 1 Thing I Love)

I work part time in a pet shop and so it's not like the usual retail environment, but it definitely has the same struggles that I'm sure a normal retail place would have. Christmas in retail in hard and I am so thankful I've worked in retail because now I know just how hard it is and can actually treat the retail workers like humans, unlike some people you come across. Here are 7 things I've learned whilst working in retail at Christmas for the past two years. 

1. People will come up with any excuse to get money off

“This is missing its tag, that’s 10% off right?” “I’ve forgotten my coupons at home, surely you have it on the system?” “I need this today, can’t I take the display one and just knock some money off?” No I can’t and it is not my fault that you forgot your coupons or your money or whatever, I don’t care. I am here to get paid and go home and I do not care if you don’t have time to go home. I am working, on Christmas Eve, don’t mess with me.

2. “You’ve ruined Christmas”
Ok, so I refused to sell you a fish on Christmas Eve so I’ve ruined your child's Christmas? I do not care if your child sits on the floor and scream, I can’t help you, we have rules. What I don’t get about these people is that they always blame you for things that are company rules or can’t be changed. If we have a rule that we can’t sell you fish if your tank hasn’t been set up for 3 days, I ain’t gonna risk that fishes life so you can just ignore it over Christmas. Go enjoy Christmas and come back when I can help. Bitch.

3. Asking to go look in the back
We are always told to tell people if it isn’t on the shop floor it won’t be in the back. But, they persist “can’t you just check?” Ok, but our “back” is literally a little storage room and the only thing in there is overstock, meaning that we can’t put it out because it’s fully stocked on the shop floor. That means that no, I am not going to find you the pudding Christmas jumper in XS for your tiny chihuahua.

4. Leaving it until the last minute.
The clock is ticking, you’re counting the minutes until your manager comes and shuts the door at 5 pm and you get to go enjoy Christmas Eve. No, don’t pull up in front of the store, don’t come to the door. I have just ushered the last customer out, I do not care if you just want to get your dog a Christmas stocking, we are closed. Let me enjoy my Christmas you evil being.

5. Sales
I may only work in a pet shop, but I am not envious of those who have to work in the Boxing Day sales. Our store gets manic and there are people fighting over a discount hamster cage or screaming at each other because “THEY WANTED THAT BUNNY”. FYI, I ain’t gonna sell you that bunny if you keep screaming at it and your child is tugging on my trousers so hard I think they’re gonna rip. Child, don’t make me kick you.

6. Extra stock
It’s Christmas and you’re anticipating the extra people coming into your store and with the extra people, comes the extra delivery. Double the delivery, double the work, double to backstock and double the number of times you chip your nail trying to get a coat out of it’s stupid plastic covering.

7. Get the best deals
One good thing about working over Christmas is that when everything goes on sale, you can nab what you want and save it under the till for when you finish your shift. Yes, I know it is now December 28th, but my dog can still enjoy a dog treat in the shape of a Christmas Pudding and flaunt that Reindeer jumper like a boss.

Overall, Christmas in retail, of any form, is shit. It’s full of inconsiderate people demanding they get what they want and shit music playing day and night. I suppose working in a pet shop is even worse because you see the lengths people go to just to get their screaming child a hamster at Christmas and it makes you sad for the animal (I will point blank refuse to sell you an animal if I think it’s welfare is at risk or your home is unsuitable, btw, I am a hard lady to please). I will be glad of the day when I no longer have to refrain from slapping a chavvy lady in a tracksuit because she demands a goldfish and she hasn’t even got a tank. What you gonna do lady, stick it in your sink? Idiots. I hate people at Christmas and I am so so so happy that I don’t work in retail full time and I am so so so in awe of you who do. I have been there and don’t worry, January will be here soon, you can relax.

Til’ next time! XOXO

Monday, 21 December 2015

Book Review: Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey

Maud is forgetful. She makes a cup of tea and doesn't remember to drink it. She goes to the shops and forgets why she went. Sometimes her home is unrecognizable - or her daughter Helen seems a total stranger.
But there's one thing Maud is sure of: her friend Elizabeth is missing. The note in her pocket tells her so. And no matter who tells her to stop going on about it, to leave it alone, to shut up, Maud will get to the bottom of it.
Because somewhere in Maud's damaged mind lies the answer to an unsolved seventy-year-old mystery. One everyone has forgotten about.
Everyone, except Maud...

Elizabeth is Missing really is a book that makes you think and I’ve heard quite a few people say that they got increasingly frustrated with Mauve, who has dementia. I have had a family member, who towards the end of his life, forgot people and would say things about the past as if they were in the present and so I could relate to the frustration of Helen, Maud’s daughter and her granddaughter, who I really liked in the book. I felt that this book was rather short, but would’ve been dragged out and unnecessary if it was longer. 

It flips to the past and present often and this is done really well to give the reader an accurate idea of Maud’s past. It’s interesting to read a modern book which then goes back to the times after the war, but I did find it quite hard to picture it in my head. I just kept imagining people living in half-built houses and walking along blown up streets, which is obviously a bit far fetched. It was also interesting to see the huge culture difference in the way that Maud’s sisters disappearance was treat and then the way that her husband acted. I did guess the ending, but the story makes you doubt whether it’s going to go the way it does.

I did get quite confused about the whole “Elizabeth” thing and I know that was a key part of the story, it was just frustrating that you didn’t really get what was going on with that. But, again that was meant to be frustrating because the author is cleverly making the reader put themselves in the shoes of someone who is increasingly losing parts of her memory and holding on so fiercely to what they can remember. I really did enjoy the book and it’s not like anything I’ve read before. It was quite predictable at times, but it’s not a mystery novel at the end of the day and so lived up to the genre it’s in. I really liked the characters, even though they were not relatable. I found Mauds granddaughter very likable and the kindness she showed her grandma was lovely to read. I did find that most of the men in the book were very unlikeable and I don’t know if that was on purpose, but I just didn’t really like any of them. 

The only criticism I have of this book is that is some areas it did feel a little rushed, especially the end. Again, (feeling like an English teacher with all my analyzing) I don’t know whether this was on purpose because Maud is in a rush to remember things while she still can and towards the end her mind is losing it’s touch with reality more and more and so the rush would be quite accurate. This is a good book and even though I have clearly thought about it all, it’s an easy read and one that doesn’t require too much thinking about. It didn’t make me cry and it didn’t make me laugh, but I did enjoy it and found it quite pleasant to sit down with a cuppa and read this. This is currently part of Amazon’s 3 for £10 deal, which is great for a stocking stuffer or for some Christmas reading.  Get it here.

Have you read this book, what did you think?

Til' next time! XOXO

Friday, 18 December 2015

December The Melt Crowd Unboxing

I have been looking forward to the December Melt Crowd box since I saw the release of all their Christmas scents. We got a little sneak peek of some of the scents in Novembers box, but this one is amazing. They have gone above and beyond with this box & included some cute little goodies.

So, in this box, we got 9 melts instead of the usual 8 and a little Flamingo tree ornament which is super adorable and a really nice touch in my opinion. I like that even though this is a festive box, they've included some normal scents for those of us (not me) who hate everything Christmassy or festive. This box includes:

Mulled Wine and Berries: mulled wine and including apple, sweet berries, wine, brandy, orange, clove, ginger, cinnamon and vanilla. This is a really nice scent and definitely smells like mulled wine. Tbh, I'm not a lover of mulled wine and hate any drinks that have any spices in them, but this is surprisingly pleasant and the berries are more prominent that the ginger, clove and cinnamon. 

Black Cherry: This is my least favourite scent in the box, I'd say. It's one of those overly sickly, fake cherry smells and it just isn't pleasant to me. The scent is really strong, though, so for those who love the synthetic cherry smell, this will have a great throw. 

Mistletoe: I don't really know how to describe this one without sounding like a plonker and they don't have it on their website to get a description. It smells like greenery and trees and grass. There, did it. It's alright, not really my cup of tea and to me, not very Christmassy. I suppose it would be good to make your living room smell like you have a real Christmas tree rather than a fake one. 

Asian Pear & Plum: This is so nice and fruity, making a nice change from the spice based scents in the box. It smells of pears and plum (duh) but also has a floral note to it. I can't really say much more about this one, other than it's nice and fruity. 

Snow Angel: Icy and sweet, Snow Angel is a mouth-watering accord of fresh peppermint and spearmint blended with buttercream. Oh my goodness, come to momma! This was the extra little treat in the box and it has a 6 on it, making me think that they might have had an advent calendar thing going on. This smells exactly like Murray Mints! Yano, the type you buy before you go on a plane to stop your ears from popping. I love this and I really need to buy the mega melt form of it before it disappears. I wish they'd made this into a candle. 

Black Tea & Almond: Say hello to the "going to Sams" melt of the box, there's always one lol! This isn't masculine, but it's not overly sweet and the almond doesn't really come through all that much. It's nice, but just not something I'd ever pick for myself. 

Vanilla Milk Bottles: This is sugar and vanilla and definitely reminds me of those milk bottle sweets. The scent is really nice and this is the only one I've burned so far and I've got to say I'm quite disappointed. The throw is just rubbish, you can only really smell it if you stand close to the burner, which is pants. This smelt really nice, but it's just rubbish is terms of scent throw and the time it lasted. 

Christmas Pudding: Rich and sweet, Christmas Pudding mixes notes of raisins, figs, hints of pear, cinnamon, clove and vanilla. This is definitely rich and sweet like it's described. It's fruity and spicy, so not exactly my favourite. This could be a good Christmas day wax melt, though, as it definitely invokes some Christmas feels. 

Cinnamon Sticks: Warm and spicy, Cinnamon Sticks is a supreme accord with cinnamon, ginger and orange on a base of vanilla. This is the one that I was dreading, I just hate cinnamon so fucking much. I love cinnamon rolls and food with cinnamon in, but the smell is just something I can't stand. I do love the pretty gold packaging, I just hate cinnamon. Fuck you cinnamon, unless you're in food, then yano I like you. 

I'm really impressed with this box overall and think they've done well for the Christmas box. Flamingo Candles really do great wax melts and I'm definitely using the 20% off coupon for some Christmas shopping. If you're interested in getting The Melt Crowd, it's only £10 a month and in your first box, you get a free burner. A little note, be extra careful when burning your tealights. The other day I bought some of the extra large tealights which are meant to burn for longer and it exploded, shattering my burner. It wasn't the wax getting too hot or the burner, it was the actual tealight. Luckily, my mum was at the sink when it happened and managed to get it straight under the cold tap, she did get wax all over herself which was really hot. So, especially at Christmas, be extra vigilant and make sure it's not in reach of children. 

Til' next time! XOXO

Wednesday, 16 December 2015

The Christmas Tag

There are so many Christmas tags floating about I didn't know which one to do. So I picked random questions from them all and made my own. I feel like I've been lacking in Christmas posts, but there are so many on the run up to Christmas it's sometimes nice to have a normal one thrown into the mix. But, I still had to do the Christmas tag and seen as I hardly do tags, it makes a nice change.

Favourite Christmas movie? I love Home Alone and Elf, although I don’t watch Elf as much as I’d like as everyone in my house hates it. I know, I agree with you, what monsters.

Favourite Christmas colour? Probably red. All the red stuff. Red dress, shoes, lippie, everything.

Pj’s or dress up on Christmas day? It’s sort of a tradition in my house to get all glammed up on Christmas day. Use all your new makeup and clothes, etc. But, over the last couple of years I’ve just wanted to stay in my Christmas pj’s all day, especially when I know I’m going to be getting gravy all over them come dinner time.

Open present Christmas eve or Christmas morning? Hmm, when my brother and I were little we’d open 1 present on Christmas eve that was usually from a relative or that my mum and dad knew was a selection box or something. Over the last couple of years, my mum has bought us new pj’s (yes we are adults) and we open them on Christmas eve to wear that night. Then we generally open all our prezzies on Christmas morning.

Favourite Christmas smell? This one is tricky because I hate anything cinnamony or herby, which can be quite a lot of Christmas scents and I hate fake gingerbread scents. I do love the smell of gingerbread baking and hot chcolate, yes please.

Favourite Christmas meal or treat? The meal would definitely have to be Christmas dinner, my mum goes all out for it and it’s always amazing. My favourite snack food around Christmas time has to be Cheeselets. I eat so many of them and they’re so addictive. Obviously as well, boxes and boxes of chocolate.

Have you ever built a gingerbread house? Yes, I have and NEVER again. Gingerbread houses are the baking creation of satan. I hate them. HATE THEM.

Favourite Christmas song? Fairytale of New York is my favourite, especially when it blasts out on Christmas eve and we’ve all had a bit too much to drink. Calling someone a scumbag and a maggot has never been so fun.

What do you want for Christmas this year? I really want a laptop. At the moment, I have to do all my blog work on my dinner at work because my laptop broke earlier this year. It’s a pain, as I have to get three posts out, edit pictures and schedule everything in 1 hour. Other than that, I just want to spend a lot of time with my family and just enjoy the time off I’m going to get. Also to be able to have the time to rewatch all of The Office again, all the Pam and Jim feels.

I'd love to see some of you lot do the Christmas tag. It's interesting to see the different traditions and things that people do for the holidays. I can't wait for Christmas, it's only like a week away, woo!!

Til' next time! XOXO

Monday, 14 December 2015

Bleach Swamp Spritz Review

I’ve been wanting a salt spray for ages because I’m always envious of those girls who have beachy waves and look all perfect but in a way that makes them look like they made no effort at all. I am not one of those girls it turns out and when I first used the Bleach London Swamp Spritz on my damp hair, it turned into a dry, crispy, crazy mess and I was like shit I’ve just spent £6 on this monster. I had to wash my hair like immediately after because it felt so toss. The next time I tried it again was on straightened and dried hair that was in the need of a wash and was just hanging there limply on my head. It really made a difference then and my hair was transformed from greasy limpness to a voluminous, textured greaseball (yes, it still needed washing). For £6 this is a bargain product and is currently part of a 3 for 2 offer at Boots.

One thing I will grumble about is the spray function, it goes bloody everywhere. I must have used about 4 sprays on my head and it ended up on my arms, the floor and the walls with only about 2 sprays worth on my head. Like any salt spray, this is also quite drying and so I wouldn’t use it every day or if I did, then I’d make sure I did a deep condition once a week to ensure that the salt wasn’t causing any permanent damage to my hair. For my first encounter with a salt spray, apart from the actual ocean, I’m highly impressed.

Have you ever used a salt spray, what did you think?

Til' next time! XOXO

Friday, 11 December 2015

Christmas Traditions

When it comes to Christmas, I’m torn between being a giant child who just wants to eat all the chocolate and watch all the movies and a crazy alcoholic who’s motto is “fuck it, it’s Christmas”. I love spending time with family and friends and doing the traditions we have done for the last couple of years. So, today, I thought I’d share some of the traditions I have over the festive period.

1. Harry Potter Marathon
I’m not saying this is a Christmas time only event because I am happy to do HP marathons every day of the year if you’re down, but there’s something about Harry Potter to me that reminds me of Christmas. Between them being on Now TV and obviously having the DVDs, I can’t help but snuggle up with anyone willing to watch them with me (burn the HP haterz) and spend a day or two just watching the films back to back. Yes, please and thank you.

2. Getting absolutely sloshed on Christmas day
This has been a tradition in my family for god knows how long (when I was legal, obvs). Presents are unwrapped, Christmas dinner is done and we all sit at the table and play games, whether they be card or board. We play it safe for a few rounds and then slowly, we introduce the shots and the forfeits and all get merrily drunk and rowdy. It usually ends up with my nan getting too drunk to function and having to be sent to bed at 4 in the afternoon. Ah, Christmas.

3. Spending a full day decorating with my mum while my dad sits and dictates.
Every year my mum and I decorate the house and the tree around this time and we will put all the trimmings on and do all the hard work while my dad will sit on the settee and say “yeah it looks fine, want a cuppa?” every so often. Obviously, we have to have Christmas music blaring obnoxiously and we have to sing dreadfully along with it.

4. Bake!
For the past 2 years, I have attempted to make a gingerbread house and let me tell you, not this bloody year. It’s horrible and frustrating and takes far too long for what LITTLE you get in return. The first year made me cry I got so bloody frustrated and at the end of it all I had was a pile of iced gingerbread slabs to show for it. Last year, I finally erected my gingerbread house, for my dog to jump up onto the table and steal a wall meaning it all fell over and was ruined. NEVER AGAIN!! Although I do love to make cookies and stuff.

5. Buying a new pair of pyjamas to wear on Christmas eve
Whether I’m sitting in the house watching Christmas films, or down at the local getting pissed, I’ll always buy some new pj’s to wear on Xmas eve. It just makes it so great to wake up in cute, cosy pj's and saunter downstairs to open your presents, which will hopefully this year be the new UD palette. Plz Santa, I’ve been...erm… alright?

That’s it for my Christmas traditions. It really is one of my favourite times of the year and although I totally wish I could spoil everyone to high heavens this year, being an apprentice means it ain't going to happen. But, I’m happy to spend time with those I love and eat my weight in cheese and crackers. What are your Christmas traditions?

Til’ next time! XOXO

Wednesday, 9 December 2015

Lush Skin Drink Review

I made a pact to myself earlier this year to find a skin routine that works for me and stick to it. But, as with all my promises I make to myself, it got ignored. But, I did start to notice that my skin was flaring up and didn’t know what was causing the problem, but I had a feeling it might have been my diet. So, to find the route of the problem, I stripped back my routine and have literally been using a cleanser and moisturiser and seeing how that goes. *SPOILER* It’s going amazingly. I haven’t had a blemish in a good week or so and although my skin is still dry, as it goes in colder weather, it’s definitely feeling great. Because it’s winter I’ve been using an oil based cleanser (this Superdrug one, which is great AND affordable) and  an all round moisturiser. That moisturiser is the Lush Skin Drink:

Quench thirsty skin with this cream packed with nourishing sesame oils and butters, avocados, aloe vera and a light rose and orange neroli fragrance. Forming a light barrier against the elements, this is ideal for all weathers and is especially good for soothing the skin and helping it feel more supple.

It sounds hella good right like it’s going to moisturise my skin and protect it. I don’t agree with the scent it describes itself as, it just smells like sesame oil to me, which is also describes itself as on the packet. I really love this moisturiser and it melts into the skin super quick making it an easy morning moisturiser before makeup. It also can be slapped on at night to sink in throughout the night and leave it feeling supple and smooth in the morning. Honestly, using this and the oil based cleanser has transformed my skin and although I haven’t found out the route of my breakouts, I don’t see why I need to change my skincare when this is working so well for me. Over the next couple of weeks, I’m going to introduce products back into my routine and see how it goes, but I don’t use that much anyway and like to keep it as simple as possible usually.

If you’re looking for a good everyday moisturiser that will not cause you to break out and is generally good for all skin types, I’d recommend this one. The smell isn’t offensive, it sinks in well and helps battle against the winter winds. One thing I will say, it’s not cheap. My mum actually bought me this for my birthday (go mum!!) so I didn’t realise how much it was, but it is £12.45 for 45g on the Lush website, which is more than I’ve generally paid for a moisturiser in the past, but I can see some people thinking this is more affordable and it has last me ages, seen as I got it at the end of December and I still have a good quarter left in it. It’s worth it, though, in my opinion, and I love it!. Have you ever used Lush skincare before?

Til' next time! XOXO

Monday, 7 December 2015

Amazon Book Haul

Amazon has a great offer on lately where you can get 3 books for £10 and some of the books they have in the deal are amazing. A lot of the books are chart books and ones that everyone is talking about and I'll be honest, I usually avoid those. Just because, I don't like to listen to reviews and hype about books and rather read it and decide whether I like it myself. Anyway, I decided to get a mixture and bought two books that I've heard a lot about and one that is just generally up my street. 

Elizabeth Is Missing by Emma Healey
I have actually already read this one and I'll post the review next week. This is the story about an elderly lady named Maud who fears that her friend Elizabeth is missing. This is told through the perspective of Maud who suffers from dementia which is increasingly getting worse as the story goes on. Whilst looking for her friend Elizabeth, Maud is also on the hunt for her sister who went missing many many years ago. Her increasingly lost memory will help uncover a 30-year-old mystery. This is quite a short book, which I was quite surprised about, but I did really enjoy it. I won't give too much away because I do want to post a proper in-depth review of it. 

Watchers by Dean Koontz
They escape from a secret government project: two mutant creatures, both changed utterly from the animals they once were. And no one who encounters them will ever be the same again. A lonely widower, a ruthless assassin, a beautiful woman, a government agent. Drawn together in a deadly hunt, all four are inexorably propelled towards a confrontation with an evil beyond human imagining.
This is the one that I'm currently reading and I'm about 3/4 the way through. This story is split into many different people telling their side to a story about The Outsider and The Dog who are two sides of an experiment that went wrong. This is a gory horror which is my ideal kind of book and I am really enjoying it so far. It's quite a long read, but the different perspectives really increase the tension in the chase to catch those who have escaped. This is my first reading of Dean Koontz, but I will definitely be buying more from him!

Station Eleven by Emily St.John Mandel 
One snowy night in Toronto famous actor Arthur Leander dies on stage whilst performing the role of a lifetime. That same evening a deadly virus touches down in North America. The world will never be the same again.Twenty years later Kirsten, an actress in the Travelling Symphony, performs Shakespeare in the settlements that have grown up since the collapse. But then her newly hopeful world is threatened. If civilization was lost, what would you preserve? And how far would you go to protect it?
I love anything to do with the end of the world or epidemics and this one seems to be right up my street. However, I think it will be different from the usual death and despair of the end of the world and I hope it will be as uplifting as it sounds. 

That's all the books I got this time around, but I've just purchased some more so keep a look out for another one! I think I'm just preparing for Christmas and looking forward to all that time I'll have to read, yay! Have you read any of these books?

Til' next time! XOXO

Friday, 4 December 2015

Cheap Makeup Brushes with Born Pretty Store

I could definitely get sent the Blogger Award for "Laziest and Most Forgetful Blogger" because I was sent some stuff from the Born Pretty Store and I posted on review weeks ago and this one is only just going up. That's partly due to the fact that I'm horrendously lazy and another because I use these products everyday and because they are brushes, had to be cleaned.

Lol, I bet you're looking at this post like giiirl what were you talking about, that brush clearly is not clean. I'll hold my hands up and say that I am hands down, the worst person at cleaning brushes. I just don't do it and I realise what dirt I'm putting on my face but does that change my habits, no, I'm still gonna be lazy and dirty forever. Anyway, the brushes that Born Pretty Store sent me are a Foundation Brush which was only £1.95 and was really great. I've been hesitant before about using foundation brushes because I love my Real Technique but when that met an untimely end in the form of dog ripping it to shred, the foundation brush was a great back up. I'm going to be completely honest with you guys now and say that the brush pictured is not the one I was sent. That's because last week I went to a festival and got very drunk and it went missing. But, it was very similar to the one pictured just better quality. Oh yes, thank you for another vote for Laziest and Most Forgetful Blogger, looks like I'm definitely in for a chance of winning!

The second brush I was sent is this Eyebrow Brush which was £1.47 and again very affordable. This one is my favourite out of the two as it is super useful. Eyebrows are a big part of my routine and this precise brush has made it very easy to make fine lines and feathering to make my brows look natural. I recently went through a change in how I do my brows and went from a powder to a gel and it works great both ways. I've seen no shedding at all and it washes really went. I'm really impressed with this brush and I can definitely see myself ordering more brushes from Born Pretty Store, I'm a sucker for an affordable brush.

I really like Born Pretty Store and I'm definitely going to be ordering from them again. I love cheap brushes, especially for travelling because as we have established, I'm a idiot who likes to get drunk and misplace things. I have a 10% off code for Born Pretty Store which is MTH10 and I'd definitely say check it out! Have you ordered from here before?

Til' next time! XOXO

Wednesday, 2 December 2015

Small Christmas Decor Haul

I realise that it's only the 2nd of December and I have posted like 3 Christmassy posts, but this year I am feeling so ridiculously festive I just want to put my tree up, cover my house in glitter and wrap myself up in my duvet every day while watching Elf. In the past I've never really bought individual tree decorations, we generally buy packs and then we have a few that my mum will have picked up or that my brother and I made when we were babies and my mum saved them. No joke she literally has this decoration that my brother made in reception that is just a circle piece of paper with glitter on. How she has maintained that for 20 years is beyond me. This is only a small little haul because every time I 'oohed' at something my mum would slap my hand and tell me it didn't fit her bollocks "theme".

The first thing I launched at when entering The Range was this Red Velvet Stag which was just perfect and I needed him. He's super lightweight and was incredibly cheap at around £2.49, but I'm unsure because he's not on The Range website, boo. I've been wanting a stag decoration for ages for the Christmas season, but everywhere seems to have bumped up the prices this year and I couldn't justify paying a tenner for a stag to just sit on my mantlepiece and stare at me. He's cute and the red is really nice and will thankfully, go with my mother's theme, although I don't actually know what her theme is I just had to get everything approved before it went in my basket. What a dictator.

The other thing I picked up from The Range was this cute little Teacup Decoration which is £1.89 and reminded me very much of Alice in Wonderland. I think it's super adorable and perfect in our house because I think my dad could run for the world record of tea drinking. I'm not kidding, we go through at least 4 pints of milk every two days in this house and that's just because we drink tea like it's going out of fashion. I wouldn't say I was disappointed with The Range for their Christmas stuff, but it was very much a repeat of last years stuff that they had and I definitely recognised a lot of stuff as the exact same as they had out then. I'm hoping as it gets closer to Christmas they'll expand, but for now they didn't really have much different from last year.

The final little tree decoration I picked up is this fabulous Gold Shoe Decoration which was around £1 and totally worth the glitter it got all over me when I picked it up. Tesco has 3 for 2 on their Christmas decorations and I had to restrain myself from picking everything up because IT DIDN'T GO WITH THE THEME! This little gold shoe was allowed though and it's so pretty and elegant. It does feel a bit flimsy and I'm sure if my dogs got hold of it (they like to steal the baubles from the bottom of the tree) it would be gone in one chomp, but for a quid it's a steal!

That's all I picked up for my Christmas decorations so far, but I'm in such a festive mood lately that I'm sure I won't be able to stop myself and so you'll probably see more hauls like this if it goes with the theme before Christmas. Have you started decoration yet?

Til' next time! XOXO

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