18 December 2015

Getting ready for... The Christmas Party

Last Saturday night I was invited to go along to Mark's work Christmas do at a hotel in town.  As my work don't really get a 'proper' Christmas party I was excited to be involved in this one.

It was a fun evening, met nice people, ate nice food, free bar and even some dancing!

Here's my getting ready stuff...

All the make up...

I always wear a primer under my foundation and I love the way Garnier BB + Blur makes my skin feel. My everyday foundation is Rimmel's Wake me up, i don't like heavy foundations. I then brushed on a tiny bit of my Mac powder so I wasn't too shiny.

On my eyes I used a new bourjous eyeshadow, this one is a pretty silvery purple colour and has a glittery shimmer to it. I added some extra sparkle to this with some loose glitter. Finished off my eyes with some black eyeliner and lots of mascara.

I don't often do much with my brows but as it was a party, I plucked and shaped them, then added a little bit of eyebrow shadow using a tiny brush and then some Rimmel Brow this way gel to set them in place.

I finished off my face with a tiny slick of Clinique lipgloss which is a really subtle pink colour.

Of course I had to do some party nails! I chose a deep purple colour from Sinful Colours and then on top I applied this super sparkly glitter from Rimmel.

I applied about 3 coats of glitter to get this look and then finished off with a clear top coat to keep the glitter in place.

I chose some spangly jewelry as my dress is plain... A nice silver bauble necklace (from my mum's jewelry box, thanks mum!) and a pretty bracelet that I got for my birthday off Mark's mum. I wore my usual ring which is silver with a green stone and some sparkly plug earrings in my stupid stretched ears!

My bag was about £3 from Primark and was just big enough for my phone, some lippy and eyeliner and a bit of money.  I like the little wristlet, makes it easy for dancing!

My shoes were from New Look, I don't really get on too well with heels, and they always hurt my feet so badly by the end of the night so instead chose these flats which I thought were a bit different.

This is my dress! Black with little sparkly bits o it.  I loved the details like the sheer arms, and the cut out bits across the bib and slightly pleated front. I'm not one for showing lots of skin so this was great. The dress is from Marks and Spencer.

Have you been to any fun parties this festive season?

14 December 2015

Putting up the Christmas tree...

I don't know about you, but it is officially ten days until Christmas Eve today and I am not feeling festive in the slightest, nope not even a little bit.  To be honest I'm not really in the mood to even look at Christmas things and I've nowhere near finished my shopping, moan and groan!(Scrooge!)

So of course to counteract this I decided to put up the decorations this past weekend and blog about them in the hope it brings me some festive cheer!?!

My Christmas tree theme can really only be described as childish and cutesy! haha. I don't have a theme at all, I like miss matched decorations and something a bit different. I usually pick up a few new decorations each year, just whatever catches my eye.

This little gingerbread guy in the top picture is from Paperchase this year.

Next up a little selection of handmade decorations... these are not handmade by me but by talented friends, I could never make anything as perfect and cute as these!

 The cutest gingerbread man ever! You can find similar on Folksy here.

 A little knitted Chrismtas scotty dog! So sweet!

Ah ha, next up these ones are handmade by me, why some colourful Chrismtas crochet has to be included in the decorations somewhere. The round bauble is a pattern from Attic 24 here. The star is a pattern you can purchase on Etsy here. These are SO much fun to make, I used colourful Creative Cotton yarn.

Woodland themed decorations are Christmassy right? Well I just love these and think they look super cute on my tree.  I adore anything with acorns or leaves... My little felted mushroom and felt leaves are from Wilko.

These little felted acorns have to be the cutest thing ever, and they are in real actual acorn cups! what!? These were from John Lewis.

Now a little collection of wooden tree lovelies... More gingerbread men... these teeny ones are part of a larger set from Paperchase.

My swinging santa and super cute reindeer with little bells are by Gisella Graham 

My unicorn was a fabulously thoughtful amazing present from Sally but I think she may have got him from Accessorize. This little unicorn is so special he stays up all year round (he's pink and sparkly and not just for Christmas!) but he gets to go on the tree at Christmas time from his usual place in the kitchen...

Next up some modern lazer cut designs... These two acrylic cut outs are from Paperchase, I love the neon 'Twinkle' star.  The little ceramic star was a gift last Christmas.

 Swinging santa and a little gingerbread man looking extra cute on the tree...

And the finished tree in all its glory! haha.  My tree is about 3ft tall, I only live in a small flat, but I love it, makes me smile with its teeny twinkly LED lights.

Look who is on the top in pride of place, why angel Gabriel Piglet of course! He is years and years old, was in my stocking as a kid...
Are your decorations up? Are you a first of December Christmas obsessive? Or more like a put them up on xmas eve take down boxing day kind of person?  Do you have a themed tree?

Would love to see pics of your Christmas tree...

8 December 2015

Come and Visit Cumbria!

I am a very proud Cumbrian, born and bred here and lived here most of my life, I simply cannot imagine wanting to live anywhere else.

You will no doubt have heard the news this week about our devastating floods affecting most of the county.  I am very very lucky to live on a hill in Carlisle but friends have been left homeless and lost livelihoods.

It has been super amazing over the past few days to hear the many many kind hearted Cumbrians rallying round to help one another.  We all have a very determined spirit to carry on and get our county on its feet again.

But YOU can help... yes you! No doubt this horrid weather gets everyone looking forward to summer well why not consider Cumbria as your summer holiday destination for 2016...or even a New Year mini break... it is simply STUNNING! Come and spend your pennies in our amazing county, our local businesses need you!

Need a bit of encouragement, well I originally posted this early this year, but here is an updated Visitors Guide to Cumbria... come on.... after reading this you will be just leaping at the chance to get your hol booked....
So what should I do if I visit Cumbria???

Go for a walk! That's what we are best at in these parts, there's no end of places to walk, why not try this one, its a beauty, a great little walk for the beginner with a little bit of climbing... but oh so worth it... 

Visit the simply breathtaking Derwent Water and the beautiful, friendly little town of Keswick.  After my home city of Carlisle, Keswick is my absolute fave place in the county, it is my second home and where both my parents are from too, I never pass up the chance to visit, and we visit a LOT!
Walk round a lake! Talkin Tarn just ten miles out of Carlisle is a lovely little place to visit, take a stroll around the tarn, play in a canoe, the kids play area, stop for a coffee in the tea room and of course get yourself an ice cream! We visited when some woolly friends were on display, but its open all year round!

Try out a crazy mud obstacle course! Cumbria is famous for its outdoor activities and there's no end to the crazy fun you can have. There are now many opportunities to get yourself muddy literally head to toe! I gave Gelt Gladiator a go last summer...
Camp in Borrowdale - my favourite place to camp in the Lake District

Get a big gang together and stay in a camping barn

Get on your bike and discover the trails

Spend a weekend doing some pot (at Potfest of course, a festival of pottery)

Visit the mysterious and notorious old ruin of Kirklinton Hall
Take a trip to Aira Force

Walk along the beautiful Keswick railway footpath

Visit Carlisle Castle

Gaze at the beautiful gardens at Dalemain stately home

Loose yourself to a weekend of hard partying at local festival Solfest

Stroll through the beautiful Armathwaite woods

Visit the magnificent Lowther Castle

Go wild swimming at Black Moss Pot

Visit the beautiful little castle at Brougham (we locals say 'Broom')

Enjoy an utterly blissful morning visiting Lanercost priory (and the adjoining tearooms, no better cakes in all of Cumbria!)

Celebrate all things woolly, when the annual Woolfest comes to town in the summer

Visit the most stunning of all the Cumbria stately homes, Hutton in the Forest

Go bothying in the Lakes!

Visit the seaside at Silloth

Take a beautiful walk along the path from Carlisle to the little village of Grinsdale
Climb a huge mountain and be rewarded with the view (well ok a small fell) but views none the less at Latrigg, Keswick

Stroll through the Historic Quarter in the city of Carlisle
Well I never realised how many blog posts I had penned on my fair county of Cumbria. Turns out when put together they make a rather fabulous visitors guide! 
Have you visited any on my list? What have I missed? What is your favourite thing to do in this fair county?
You can keep up to date with all my Cumbrian blog posts with this link here!
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