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Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Make Up: W7 Magic Matte Lips Lipstick in In The Pink.

W7 Magic Matte Lips Lipstick in In The Pink* (£2.99)

Usually I'm not one for matte lipsticks, not because I don't like the look of a matte lip but because my lips are always dry and matte formulations often just highlight the dryness and make my lips look super chapped and just terrible. For some reason though this lipstick from the Magic Matte Range* by W7 isn't at all drying or difficult to apply, it's almost moisturising and I think that's something quite impressive, especially from such an affordable brand. 

Application is smooth & even and with a touch of lip balm underneath it doesn't highlight any dryness at all; I think it really is magic! I have the shade 'In The Pink', which is a richly pigmented, bright, slightly red-toned pink that instantly brightens my complexion and is one of those colours, like Revlon Cherries in the Snow, that I love wearing so much at this time of the year. It lasts a good 4 hours on my lips without needing to reapply and it fades really evenly so I never have to worry about looking a little strange!

At £2.99 these lipsticks are affordable, there's a range of beautiful shades and most importantly they're such good quality. W7 is a brand that is perhaps easy to overlook or dismiss because their products are so inexpensive, it's one I perhaps would at one time have just assumed the quality wouldn't be there and instead invested a little more money in something else without giving it a second thought. I would have been missing out though, W7 is absolutely a brand to look out for!

Have you tried anything from the W7 range? 
What is your favourite affordable make up brand?

Love, Jennie 
xoxo

Tuesday, 29 October 2013

The Book Lover Survey.

I'm convinced it came from story time with my Mama when I was small; she read to me every single night just before bedtime as far back as I can remember and when I was old enough to start learning to read she would listen as I read aloud, helping me out with any words I wasn't familiar with. Then when I was a little older still I was always encouraged to read by myself for half an hour or so before sleep. I really loved that down-time & I still do.
 
Cuddled up in bed under my favourite blanket, with a good cup of tea or hot chocolate and little Ralphie at my feet. It's all about the comfort factor. But if I'm not home then I love to read on the bus or the train just so long as someone doesn't interrupt just as I'm getting to a good part...!
 
I'm most certainly a one book at a time kind of person. I very much like to immerse myself in the world I'm reading about, imagining how it looks inside my head and getting to know the characters so I understand why they feel a certain way or do something in a particular way. When I'm in that world I find myself wanting to stay there until the story is over, until I know what happens.
 

It's a struggle to choose one so I'm going to cheat a little with this question. I really love fairy tales, fantasy, a good mystery and pretty much everything that falls under the umbrella of children's literature. 
 

There's not really any particular genre I wouldn't at least attempt, I don't think. I've never read a graphic novel before but that doesn't mean I never will. I'm totally up for trying new things! 
 
I don't think I can honestly say I can pinpoint one particular book as my all time favourite because it's something that changes every time I try and think about it. There are quite a lot of books I hold quite close to my heart for a whole host of different reasons, a few examples being; The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter, Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell, Harry Potter & the Philosopher's Stone by J.K. Rowling (not my favourite from the series, but it's very sentimental to me), The Perks of being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky and Five-Minute Bunny Tales for Bedtime by Sally Sheringham.
 
I can't say there's been a book I've found myself truly hating, admittedly I'm not too keen on Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte but I think that has something to do with having to study it so much during school and then again for my degree. It's one I'll definitely go back to at some point in the future and I hope I learn to love it!
 

This is a really good question & a difficult one because I'm definitely someone who favours shorter reads. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling has to be up there as one of the longest I've ever read. I used to have a copy of Bleak House by Charles Dickens, I'm not sure where it's gone though, I think maybe I was a little intimidated by its length. The thought of repurchasing is tempting but I'm not completely convinced I'll ever get through it. 
 

I bought my last three books together; Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn, Northern Lights by Philip Pullman and Trainspotting by Irvine Welsh. My next book purchase will probably by The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey because I keep thinking about it so I'm taking that as a sign that it should be mine.
 

Buying books! I'm not fortunate enough to have a great library near by and I'm sure if I did the answer to this question would be a lot more difficult, but I definitely have a little bit of a book buying addiction at the moment. I think that's okay though, I mean there are worse addictions to have! In my head I have this vision of the most beautiful set of bookcases, filled with all my favourite reads and I'm pretty much working towards that. One day I'll get there! 
 
At the moment, nothing. I have started Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn, but I'm currently wading through the essay writing process & struggling to find the time to fully get into the story so I've put reading it on hold for a few days because I want to give it a fair chance. It'll be the first thing I pick up after Thursday though, that's for sure.

Let me know if you've written a similar post to this before. 
I'd love to know more about the books you like to read! 

Love, Jennie 
xoxo

Monday, 28 October 2013

The art of putting things off... & a question!

Whenever I have an essay deadline looming, no matter how interesting I find the subject matter, I seem to find myself busying myself with other things. Yesterday I decided that before I settled down to begin forming a hopefully coherent argument from pages of scrawled notes, I simply must hang some fairy lights and organise my book collection. I had a little bit more space for my books after admitting defeat and running out to buy a third acrylic drawer set to house my overflowing make up & skincare collection. I refused to believe I needed another three drawers to house everything, but I did... I do. I'm now on a make up no-buy because quite frankly, it's just getting silly. Nevertheless those were things that could have been done on a day I didn't need to be writing an essay, but my mind ceases to function properly when it's clouded by other things I decide really need to be done. Some may call that procrastinating, and I think they would be correct. I really need to work on stopping that...

Things I'd like to do after my essay is written:
1. Tweak blog design - I'm thinking something a little more simple.
2. Finish Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn - I'm not that into it, more a reflection on me right now than the book I think.
3. Catch up on replying to comments - I have a sneaky feeling I'll get a little behind this week. Bear with me...
4. Buy more fairy lights. Cold, rainy nights call for an abundance of fairy lights.

A Question...
How do you subscribe to blogs? Do you still rely on google friend connect or have you moved on to another method?
I'm considering removing my Friend Connect widget during my next design tweak, so I was a little curious as to how you prefer to keep up with your favourite blogs. Personally I'm well and truly on the Bloglovin' bandwagon!

Love, Jennie
xoxo

Sunday, 27 October 2013

Some people I think you should know about #2 part two.


Sweet Electric, written by the super lovely Zoe, is one of my favourite beauty blogs right now because her reviews are always so thorough and every time I visit, I leave lusting over another product! She has a really similar skin tone to my own so if she loves a product I can be pretty sure that I'll like it too, which is incredibly dangerous for my bank balance!  



La Nouvelle Noire a personal blog written by Andrea, who is currently living in the beautiful city of Paris for a year as part of her English and French Law studies - what a lucky lady! There's a touch of Elle Woods about Andrea, intelligent and beautiful; she loves fashion  and her signature scent is Chanel Chance. Her blog is a space she uses to talk about her Parisian adventures, document her outfits and include little snippets of her daily life. It's wonderful!

Blog // Bloglovin' // Twitter

Annie is the beautiful lady behind Raspberphobia, a truly fabulous beauty blog that has become one of my all time favourites over the past couple of months. Annie is currently living the dream in New York City (another lucky lady!) and I think we have really similar taste in make up, so I'm always leaving her blog with something new to lust after or a new beauty tip to put into practice. I love her and I know you will too! 

Blog // Bloglovin' // Twitter  
 
Ginger Pickle is a beautiful online boutique that sells a range of jewellery, accessories and homeware, run by a beautiful lady called Jade. Ginger Pickle carries a range of pieces from some of the best British designers, with this boutique there is definitely something for absolutely everyone nestled on one of the pages. Ginger Pickle has a wonderful message, when you purchase something not only are you getting a wonderful quality item, you're also supporting creative individuals who are amazing at what they do.




Finally I wanted to quickly mention Emmy from A Little Yes, a brand new lifestyle blog that I think is something really special already. I'm looking forward to reading more of Emmy's posts and getting to know her a little more. She is a wonderful writer and I'm so happy to have discovered her little corner of the internet!

 


Are you having a lovely weekend? 
What is your favourite blog to read at the moment? 

Love, Jennie
xoxo

Saturday, 26 October 2013

Some people I think you should know about #2 part one!

A little while ago I opened up a portion of my sidebar to a few monthly sponsors & I wanted to be sure to tell you all about them, because they're pretty darn amazing and I would just love if you could go and show them as much love as you show me! I've spent the month getting to know them so at the end of the month I can share with you why I think you should get to know them too! If you clicked through at the start of the month maybe you can share with me in the comments which of their posts or pieces you have loved!



Alice is a super talented lady with fabulous vintage style & enviable photography skills. She writes Bijou Bijoux, a wonderful lifestyle blog that documents said fabulous vintage style, showcases her beautiful photography and allows us to see little glimpses of her life. Alice is what I would describe as a genuinely lovely person & I think you should pop over and say hello! She also has pink hair - what's not to love?!


Vicki from Lets Talk Beauty is a wonderful, supportive & kind lady. She's one of those people you'd feel able to call in the middle of the night and she would be there, no questions asked. Vicki is a self confessed beauty addict, tea drinker and product hoarder; she's completely relatable and her blog really is a true reflection of her. Her reviews are my favourite posts to read; they're always so detailed, they tell me everything I want to know and I always know that I'm reading her honest opinion.

 

Thalia is the lovely lady behind Fashion Galaxies xo, which has very quickly become one of my all time favourite fashion & beauty blogs to read this year. Thalia is a truly beautiful young lady inside & out. I think she has a really personable writing style that has made me feel like I've really got to know her, just from reading her posts. She has incredible style with the ability to make any piece of clothing look amazing. She's going to go far in life with whatever she chooses to do, I'm sure of it!

 ♥

If you're looking for a piece of quirky jewellery that you won't be able to find everywhere in the highstreet I think you should definitely have a look at Unexpected Boutique. It's run by Helen, who designs and makes the majority of the pieces herself in her home workshop, which I imagine to be a very inspiring place!  Her website is full of incredibly beautiful pieces and I think my favourites are this teapot necklace and this button necklace - they're both gorgeous!

 


Part two of this post will be up tomorrow!
I hope you're having a lovely weekend so far! 

Love, Jennie 
xoxo

Friday, 25 October 2013

Conscious Skincare Sweet Orange & Frangipani Body Butter : A Lovely Friday Evening Treat!

Conscious Skincare Sweet Orange & Frangipani Body Butter* (£18.99)
Ingredients - 
Organic coconut oil, organic shea butter, organic sweet almond oil, organic fair trade cocoa butter, organic sunflower oil, beeswax, vitamin e, sweet orange essential oil, frangipani essential oil, agonis fragrans essential oil, sandalwood essential oil.

Hooray, we've made it to Friday! This hasn't been the best of weeks and unfortunately my weekend will be spent essay writing, but I'm thrilled that it's finally (almost) here nonetheless. Tonight I've decided I have a date with my bathtub, a good book and this luxurious body butter!

When I was emailed over a little bit of info about Conscious Skincare I was instantly taken with how much love and passion Rebecca Martin, the founder of the brand, puts into each and every one of her products. Every product is hand blended, truly organic & not tested on animals while being mindful of the environment - they even generate their own electricity and hot water using solar technology and there's just something very comforting and lovely about the brand, with their simple but beautiful packaging and website. It seems to me that they really let the ingredients they use speak for themselves and I like that.

I was able to try out the Sweet Orange and Frangipani Body Butter and oh my goodness, it's possibly the nicest body moisturiser I've ever used! It has the most beautiful almost whipped consistency, it's super lightweight but still leaves my skin looking and feeling hydrated and silky smooth but not greasy. It melts a little as soon as it touches warm skin providing instant hydration, with a small amount going a very long way. When I first apply it to my skin it smells just like a Terry's Chocolate Orange (yummy!) before a touch of freshness begins to come through and leaves a beautiful soothing scent that lingers on my skin for hours. It's very comforting, especially just before bedtime. 

I was expecting quite a heavy pot but it's actually incredibly light and compact, which I love because it means I can travel with it very easily and I won't have to leave it behind. At £18.99 it's not the most affordable of body butters, but it's certainly not expensive and not overpriced considering how many lovely ingredients are packed into this pot.

Have you ever tried anything from Conscious Skincare before?
Does it sound like a brand you would like? 

Love, Jennie
xoxo

Thursday, 24 October 2013

Review: W7 Candy Floss Brightening Face Powder.

W7 Candy Floss Brightening Face Powder* (£3.99)

The similarities between W7 and Benefit products are pretty undeniable, the big difference however are the prices; Benefit boxed powders retail for £23.50 and the W7 versions are a much more purse friendly £4. Unfortunately I don't have Benefit Dandelion to directly compare the two, but I can say that I think Candy Floss is a really lovely product.

I was expecting a super light pastel pink, but once I'd opened the box and tried a little on my skin I realised that this gives a beautiful, very natural light neutral pink flush. It's exactly the kind of cheek colour I love to wear at the moment, it's neutral enough to go with any lip colour and just enough for a barely there look if that's what I fancy wearing - it's become a real staple in my collection. It has a touch of shimmer, not so much that it leaves my cheeks resembling disco-balls, but just enough to give a pretty, healthy looking sheen.

The pigmentation is good, but I do think this is one of those shades that's best suited to fair to light skin tones. I never have to worry about applying too much because it's not a super strong colour - I can apply it at 6am in an almost dark room and confidently leave the house knowing I don't look silly. The lasting power is also pretty good, it wears really nicely throughout the day and although it's perhaps not as strong at the end of the day as it was in the morning, it's definitely still there & never fades completely. I'm very impressed with this, I think budget brands have really upped their game in recent years & I love that!

Have you ever tried any W7 products? 

Love, Jennie
xoxo

Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Bookshelf: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn.

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. £3.80, discounted from £7.99 here.
'Who are you? What have we done to each other? These are the questions Nick Dunne finds himself asking on the morning of his fifth wedding anniversary, when his wife Amy suddenly disappears. The police suspect Nick. Amy's friends reveal that she was afraid of him, that she kept secrets from him. He swears it isn't true. A police examination of his computer shows strange searches. He says they weren't made by him. And then there are the persistent calls on his phone. So what did happen to Nick's beautiful wife?'

Okay, Gone Girl. This is a bit of a tricky review to write because I almost don't know how I feel about this book. There has been a lot of hype surrounding it and ultimately the reviews I read that stated it had a shocking ending that they didn't see coming had me thinking 'yep, this is definitely a book for me' and I picked it up as soon as I saw it in my local charity shop. I had barely opened my front door or taken my coat off before I eagerly immersed myself in the story, I expected to be gripped from the first page and to completely and utterly love it. But... I didn't. And I'm not exactly sure why, but I'll try and figure it out.

I really like the differing perspectives throughout the narrative, one from Nick's point of view and one from Amy's. It keeps it interesting but I think those differing perspectives are there to make my opinion of each of the characters alter as the narrative progresses. Unfortunately I hated both of the main characters from the start, I continued to hate them both throughout and I even still hate them a little bit now, which is a shame because I'm fairly sure I was supposed to like Amy at the beginning and feel sorry for Nick in a few places. The strange thing is I couldn't really tell you why I hated them, so I'm not necessarily sure this really matters because at least it shows I was involved in the story enough to have such strong feelings for the characters.

Ultimately I think it's the plot that ended up falling a little short for me. Don't get me wrong, I liked the book, at least I think I liked it. It was a page turner, one of those I struggled to put down and I zoomed through it in a few afternoons. But I think I was expecting something a little creepier and a little more subtle, but unfortunately I kind of had the rest of the book figured out about a third of the way through and from there on there weren't many surprises for me. It's one of those books I can't really say too much about because I'll end up ruining it for you if you want to read it but I'll just say that I think I've watched way too many episodes of CSI and way too many psychological thrillers. It is quite disturbing in a 'can you ever really know anyone completely' kind of way, I just expected more I suppose. The last few paragraphs are brilliant, definitely don't skip to the last page and read it first!

Gillian Flynn's writing style was something I did love. Even though there were a few points I thought she gave a little too much away in one go, I think her attention to detail is pretty perfect and she has the ability to really build up a scene that makes you feel like you're there, looking in on the lives of the characters. Despite this book not quite living up to my expectations, I will definitely be reading more of her work.

I had a hard time giving this book an overall rating, at first I thought it was a solid 3 out of 5, but it seemed a little mean. I liked the idea, I liked the writing & it kept me interested until the end. I would absolutely recommend it, I think it's definitely worth a go if it sounds like something you think you would like. So, I guess in the end I did like it, but I expected to love it & I'm a little disappointed I didn't.


Have you read Gone Girl?
What are you currently reading?

Love, Jennie
xoxo

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Bookshelf: Three New Books.

Even though my 'to-read' shelf is getting a little too crowded I couldn't resist popping into my favourite charity shop for books to have a little rummage and see if anything caught my eye. I never seem to go in and leave without purchasing at least one book; this visit was no exception and I ended up with three new additions to my collection.
The first book that caught my eye was Trainspotting by Irvine Welsh. Many years ago someone told me that I absolutely must read this book because it was one of their favourites and although I didn't pick it up at the time, something stuck in the back of my mind that I remembered when I saw this on the shelf. I'm not sure when I'll get around to reading this, I think it's one of those books I'll have to be in a certain mood to tackle, but it's nice to know it's there on my self waiting, whenever I'm ready.

Northern Lights by Philip Pullman is one of those much-loved books that seemingly passed me by somehow, I remember buying a copy for a friend as a gift but I never ended up reading it myself and I'm not sure why. This is one of the optional set books for my Children's Literature course; I have the option to reference either this or Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone in a few of my essays this year and I've decided to go with HP, even though at times it might be difficult for me to detach myself in order to look at it from a critical eye, because I pretty much know that book like the back of my hand. Even though I'm probably not going to use it within my course I do still really want to read Northern Lights anyway because of the huge praise it receives & the amount of people that adore it.

Lastly I picked up Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn. I finished Gone Girl a few weeks ago (review coming soon) and even though I was left feeling a little underwhelmed, I'm looking forward to seeing if I like this any more. Gone Girl was so hyped up I was expecting something amazing and was left a little disappointed so I'm hoping that because I don't really know anything about Sharp Objects, I won't be going into it expecting great things & I'll end up enjoying it a little more. We shall see!

Have you bought any new books recently? 
What are you currently reading? 

Love, Jennie 
xoxo

Monday, 21 October 2013

Last weekend.

These past few days have been all about functioning and not much more. When I've not been in my pyjamas, I've been wearing my favourite smock dress with my time turner necklace just so I looked a little more put together. It hasn't been the best of weekends. I've been pretty much make up free the entire time and it's actually been quite refreshing facing things with a bare face. When something happens in your life, that hits you like a tonne of bricks, it's remarkable how quickly many things instantly feel trivial. My only essentials have been the The Rose Tree lip balm* which is a little jar of wonder and MAC Creme Cup lipstick because it's an easy to wear yet pretty shade. 

Yesterday I let myself feel sad. I sat in silence until the silence became too loud to think coherent thoughts. I scribbled some pretentious drivel in my notebook about the fragility of life and the like. I watched some films I know make me cry and then I watched one that makes me smile. I listened to Asleep by The Smiths on repeat while staring up at the ceiling for a little while. I did some damage to my credit card by shopping online, which helped even though I'm certain I'll return it all when it arrives. I read the first Harry Potter book from cover to cover, partly because it's a world I like to retreat to sometimes and partly because I have to refer to it in my essay that's due later this week but haven't started yet. And then I went to sleep, for a long time.

Today my thoughts feel less foggy. Today I pick up where I left off on Saturday evening. I've lit one of my favourite NEOM candles* even though I was saving it for a cold autumn evening because it seems silly to save things, it's time to live in the moment and enjoy the present, not long for a trivial future event. I feel different. But life goes on. Today is a new day.

Love, Jennie
xoxo

Saturday, 19 October 2013

Currently Coveting: Books, Warm Checked Coat & Home Decor.

Zara Checked Coat. // The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey. // Pandora Ghost Charm. // New Look Hand Warmers. // Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette. // Stardust by Neil Gaiman. // Applique Cushion. // Penguin Art.
The perfect winter coat has proved to be particularly elusive for me this year, I have something quite particular in mind but I can't seem to find it. This Zara Checked beauty isn't exactly what I had in mind and it's way over my budget, but it is lovely & I love the blazer-esque cut. I'm also finding myself lusting over a lot of scarves and gloves, especially these sweet hand warmers, which I'm a huge fan of because it means I wouldn't have to take them off when I'm trying to find change for the bus/pay for a coffee!

There are so many books on my wish list at the moment, I think I'm nearing the 100 mark over on my GoodReads account, but there are two that are especially near the top of the list. The first is The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey and I've seen so many people mention this and talk about how much they loved it, so I think I'm going to have to purchase it soon. The second is Stardust by Neil Gaiman and I've never actually read a Neil Gaiman book before and I'm feeling the need to fix this as soon as possible.

How incredibly sweet is the little Ghost Charm from Pandora? His little smiley face is the cutest and he's so appropriate for this time of the year, I can't believe Halloween is so close already! There's only really one make up product I'm really lusting over at the moment and it's the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette. I think it's a real beauty but it's also super expensive & I'm not sure I could quite part with that much money for it!

Finally there are two super cute home decor pieces from a website called What I Always Wanted, which I'm currently obsessed with & discovered after they followed me on Twitter. The first is this super cute Appliqued Dog Cushion that really does resemble my Mama's pup, I may have to get her this as part of her Christmas present! The second thing really appeals because I love penguins, I think they're adorable & I also love sentimental pieces. This Penguin Couple are incredibly sweet & would look lovely above our fireplace!

Is there anything you're especially coveting currently?
I hope you're having a lovely weekend so far!

Love, Jennie
xoxo

Thursday, 17 October 2013

Reminiscing.

My mama and I spent yesterday evening looking through all our old photo albums and reminiscing; we're putting together a memory book for my Grandmother and over the last few weeks we've laughed, we've cried and it has confirmed just how important family is. We found a lot of photographs from past Christmases and although most years it was just my mama and I, she always made sure we had the best day full of games, crackers and the compulsory wearing of those silly paper hats!

This is a picture of me and my beautiful Grandmother on my first Christmas and I think I'm looking pretty happy with everything. I seem to be thoroughly dressed up for the occasion with my little red dress and white tights & I've always had those chubby cheeks! This looks like it was a good day, I get a lot of happy vibes from looking at this photograph and I like that. It's one of my most treasured photographs.

Here I am on my third Chrismas looking thoroughly stylish in my tartan skirt, frilly jumper and incredibly fetching paper hat whilst clutching my favourite doll. I used to love changing her outfits and she was one of those that did a wee when you made her drink water, yep, that was a thing. I insisted she went everywhere with me for years and I think I still have her somewhere tucked safely away in a box. She was always too sentimental for me to part with.

Each year there's a photograph with me & the gifts I received that year and I look at them now and think how spoiled I was! Don't get me wrong, I was never Dudley Dursely-esque counting them out and demanding there be more than last year, although I do think being an only child has something to do with it. I remember feeling really grateful each Christmas and always insisted on writing and posting thank you cards on Christmas afternoon, but I'm not sure I completely appreciated then just how lucky I was. It's something I feel now & partly why I like to always do that little bit extra for my Mama whenever I can, whether that's doing the weekly shop, making her a cup of tea or treating her to something she would really like but would never buy for herself. 1994 looks like it was the year of Polly Pocket, Barbie & giant penguins for five year old me. I loved that heart shaped Polly Pocket house & I spent hours playing with it. I also loved the incredibly over the top Barbie car and horse box! Side note, check out the retro television set and those fabulous arm covers on the red velvet sofas - hello early 90's!

Finally on my little trip down a Christmas filled memory lane I unearthed a picture that makes me laugh every time I look at it. This is me, with a look of pure, incredibly serious, concentration at my Primary School Christingle service. Said face of concentration is because that's a real candle, I was only 4 and moments before we had all been told to be very careful or we may set ourselves or someone else alight. Needless to say I was terrified, but thankfully we all left in once piece with not a singed hair in sight! To this day I still remember the relief when it was taken out of my hands. I wonder if they still use real candles in schools or if they have to be battery operated?

Looking through old photographs is one of my favourite things to do every so often and now I'm thoroughly in the festive spirit even though it might be a little too early to be so excited. Mark and I are going to visit a few garden centres this weekend because their Christmas shops are open and I love looking around them so much. It's one of our little yearly traditions and it's one I hope we continue for many years to come.

As well as being a little look back into my childhood, this post is also my entry to the DotComGiftShop Christmas themed competition they're running (I think to enter all you have to do is write about something to do with Christmas & email it over to them) so even though this isn't a requirement, I thought I'd share a few of the decorations I think I'm going to purchase this year. Mark & I are adding a few new decorations to our tree each year, this will be our third Christmas in our home and I'm looking forward to seeing our tree look a little less bare this year!

1. // 2. // 3. // 4. // 5. // 6. // 7.

Do you like looking through old pictures?
Are you a lover of Christmas? 

Love, Jennie
xoxo