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Sunday, 8 December 2013

This Weekend #7: Harry Potter, Kings of Leon & Sailboat 2013 Blog Survey!

So far, so blogmas! Last year I failed miserably at posting every day in December, so I'm super happy that I've stuck to it so far. I'm usually the absolute worst at sticking at things, so I'm making it an early resolution to try and get better at seeing things through! This past week has been full of searching for the perfect gifts for my loved ones and I think I'm almost done, apart from a few extra things for my mama. I'm sure she gets harder to buy for each year, she always says she doesn't want anything, but she has to have something to open on Christmas morning from me, it's the rules!

I've really liked the idea of name necklaces for a long time, but now I have one I have a very love/hate relationship with it. Whether I wear it or not really depends on if I want complete strangers to know my name or not. Is that odd? Sometimes it kind of freaks me out when I'm paying for something in a shop or getting on the bus & a complete stranger knows my name. But other times it doesn't phase me at all. I've been having one of those weeks where it doesn't bother me and it's actually a really nice conversation starter sometimes. I think everyone's getting in the festive spirit and is enjoying a bit of a chat a little more than usual.

Saturday afternoon's in the run up to Christmas are dedicated to Harry Potter films and this week was the Chamber of Secrets. Although it's my least favourite book & film of the series I still loved it & Ron's facial expressions are totally one of the best parts. I'm already excited for next week because Sirius is one of my favourite characters!

December means that make up wise there's one blush that I reach for more than any other. Illamasqua tweak is the most beautiful bright red toned pink and there's something about it that just screams Christmas to me. Even though it's one of my all time favourites, I don't seem to reach for it at all at other times of the year so I like to really make the most of it during December.


A little while ago I was gifted some soaps* from a brand called A Pony Called Steve and I think we should just take a few minutes to talk about how that's the best name for a brand ever. It makes me smile whenever I think about it. And secondly, these are the most beautiful soaps I've ever tried. The scents are so wonderfully balanced; they're not too overpowering but the scent lingers on the skin really nicely. I don't think they're available online, which is the only downside because I really want to purchase some more!




Every year I compile a few questions into a blog survey and ask you for a little bit of feedback. I always find the answers I get from you really interesting and super helpful so I'm pretty excited to be doing it again this year. None of the questions are required so please feel free to answer as many or as few as you would like to and all responses are completely anonymous so I won't know who you are. I really appreciate your honesty - as nice as it is to receive lovely comments, I also fully appreciate constructive criticism because I firmly believe that life is about learning & growing, which is something that's almost impossible to do alone. I'm looking to switch up my content a little in 2014, this year hasn't been the best in terms of my dedication to this space, I haven't been able to invest as much time into it as I would have liked to in an ideal world but that's something I'm going to change next year!

If you can't see the above embedded form, please click here to be taken to the survey page.

Are you having a lovely weekend?
Tell me the best thing that has happened to you over the last week, I'd love to know! 

Love, Jennie
xoxo

64 comments:

  1. That is such a brilliant name for a brand! Love that blusher xx

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  2. Your blog is truly one of my favourites my love, I always love reading your posts! Christmas means Harry Potter to me too, Prisoner of Azkaban is definitely my favourite as I love Sirius! xx

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    1. Thank you so much lovely! He's one of my favourites for sure! Xo

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  3. I have been loving the Harry Potter films on Saturdays! Cannot wait for next week - I adore Sirius as well. Still haven't got over what happens to him!

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  4. I have one of the name necklaces and like you I go through phases of wearing it. It still surprises me when someone goes 'Hello Victoria' and I'm like how do you know my name and then I remember I'm wearing the necklace.

    Victoria
    FlorenceandMary.com

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  5. The invisibility booster must be faulty! Ron's facial expressions are amazing in Chamber of Secrets aha! I love your little name necklace, so sweet :) xxxx

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    1. You were seen, by no less than SEVEN muggles!! ;)

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  6. Love this blog so much, will be happy to do your survey. Totally agree that Chamber of Secrets is the weakest film and book, but I still love anything Potter :) x x

    Claire | AgentSmyth

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    1. Thank youuu! Me too, I still enjoy it but for some reason it's my least favourite! xo

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  7. that blush colour looks so pretty! xx

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  8. I feel exactly the same about wearing name necklaces. I know it's only a name but sometimes I feel like my privacy has been invaded a little if a random stranger knows my name. At other times, I think it's kind of cute. I much prefer wearing initial necklaces though.

    IAmLinderella.blogspot.co.uk

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  9. I love name necklaces. that blush is gorge xx

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  10. Cute name necklace! & I love the look of the Illamasqua blush it looks gorgeous x

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  11. oh, wish I'd steal the idea with the form, but I don't think anyone will answer. I'll complete yours though. :D
    I love Kings of Leon! and the name necklace is so beautiful.

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  12. Love that Illamasqua blush ! It's gorgeous !

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  13. Your name necklace is so cute, I want one! <3
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  14. Sorry i'm still chuckling at 'A pony called Steve' too funny x

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  15. A Pony Called Steve sounds hilarious!

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  16. Harry Potter is a Christmas tradition!

    I agree with you on the name necklaces. Sometimes it is just awkward when someone I've never met before call me by my name, and sometimes I enjoy the conversation that it started.

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  17. Love this post, so cute! I love that necklace, my name is quite an unusual spelling so I very much doubt I would find one anywhere.
    www.becka-thisismyworld.blogspot.com
    Becka x

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    1. You can get them online, any spelling you want <3

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  18. HARRY POTTEEER ♥ ♥ ♥

    and your necklace is super pretty :D

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  19. I love your name necklace, so pretty. I've wanted one for years but have never got round to buying one!
    That Illamasqua blush is beautiful too, putting straight to the top of my wishlist! x

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    1. It's gorgeous, would look so lovely on you! <3

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  20. Love the style of these roundup posts Jennie! I haven't filled out the survey yet but I would just like to take this opportunity to tell you that you blog is one of my favourite reads and that I (predictably!) have been really enjoying your recent book posts :) xx

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    1. Thank you so much, that means the world <3

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  21. I've had a fantastic last week - I'm in the third year of my primary education degree and last week I met my placement class that I'll be teaching for the next four months - my little year ones are adorable! can't wait to start proper teaching after christmas - I'm a happy girlie! looks like you've had a fab week too :) xx

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  22. You're doing a great job with posting every day! I find it hard work to try to blog every other day in December (which is my goal haha). And I'm glad we share the love for Sirius! He's just the best! :)

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    1. Thank you, I'm determined to stick with it this year but it's waaay harder than I thought! There's so much I want to post about, but finding the time to write everything is tricky. Sirius is wonderful, still sad that he didn't make it. He and Harry would have had the best time together! xo

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  23. Your necklace is lovely sweetie :)
    xx

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  24. I think it's great you're doing blogmas Jennie, I adore your blog & all the gorgeous Christmassy posts you do! A Pony Called Steve- that is a wonderful name, love it :D

    This week after a lot of online soul searching I found a website that can offer travel/work opportunities in the US and Canada.. it's something I need to save up a lot for but I was thrilled one day it could be a possibility!

    Sophie xox soinspo

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    1. Aww thank you lovely! That sounds like an amazing opportunity for you <3

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  25. What an amazing brand name!! I love name necklaces but haven't got one yet. Favourite things about the weekend, beginning to make my flat all christmasey and cooing with my flatmates about the amazingness of fairy lights :) x

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    1. Makes me chuckle hehe! Aww yay, that sounds like so much fun! xo

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  26. The soaps sound gorgeous and I really love the packaging! Super pretty :) The name necklace is lovely on you - I think there's something special about the personalisation of jewellery - even if it means strangers will be able to figure out your name without asking :p

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    1. I agree - swings and roundabouts, eh ;)

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  27. I am really loving kings of Leon at the moment, their new album is so good!

    Ineffable Beauty

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  28. I love the new kings of leon video, something about the way it's shot - can't quite put my finger on it, maybe it's the american/western lighting, i just really like it. Hope you and ralphie are well, Jennie! Are you looking forward to Christmas! xxx

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    1. I agree, they've done a fabulous job with it! Very mini-movie-esque! Thank you sweet, we are & we hope you are too! Xo

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  29. Your mention of that blusher has just reminded me of a bright pink I have tucked away in a drawer that would be perfect for this time of year too, I never use it but I really should!
    Also, cannot wait for Prisoner of Azkaban, I am working saturday afternoon but I am so sitting down to watch as soon as I get home, my absolute favourite from the series. :) xx

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    1. Aww yay, bright pinks are so perfect for December <3

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  30. The best thing that happened to me this weekend was getting all my presents wrapped for Christmas while watch the typical xmas films Love Actually, Elf, Nativity and a new one to me Fred Claus which was quite good x
    Sarah :) Given me Wings

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    1. Ohh wow, you're super organised!! <3

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