CHRISTMAS MADE EASY WITH URBAN OUTFITTERS.
It's no surprise that I LOVE Christmas. I just can't get enough. Christmas songs, glasses of mulled cider, gift wrapping, present buying, pre-big day baking, dressing up in my reindeer onesie... It's never too much for me. This year more than ever I've been majorly nesting (don't get too excited there, we're not expanding the family), I think it's a combination of the darker, more dreary days, and the fact that 2016 has been one of the toughest years - both for myself and the majority of people I speak to it seems! I think it's made me more Christmassy than ever, so today I thought I'd talk you through how I prepped my mind, home and spirit for Christmas... Just in case you're in need of a little bit of festive motivation!
I've been stock piling fairy lights since November, and even though I think I now have a bit of a lighting overload, I'm still collecting new pieces all the time. Whether it's fairy lights, or little lamps, a warm glow really alters the mood of a room. Everything feels warmer and more snug, and just that little bit more festive. So festive and warm in fact that I plan on keeping these lights around long after Christmas! (well, the ones that aren't reindeer shaped anyway.) The newest addition to our home are the copper star lights from Urban Outfitters. They're just so beautiful and give a lovely soft glow.
Without realising it, I already have the majority of my Christmas shopping and planning in place for the year, leaving the most time possible for chilling out in the run up to Christmas day. Over the past month I've been heavily scheduling my days in a journal, making sure no detail slips by and no task is left unchecked (aside from the constant "take the rubbish out" line... Never seems to happen. Not sure why.) If you haven't already. Plan your gift giving, ask people if they need anything (no landfill gifts!), plan your food for the Christmas period (because we all know the few shops that are open over that time will have no stock!) and have fun doing it! Reward yourself for getting shizz done, even if just with a hot chocolate at the end of things. You'll feel so much better for being that little bit more organised and will enjoy your Christmas so much more.
Daily Journal: Urban Outfitters
There's nothing better for me than feeling super comfy and cosy when the great British weather is going it's thing outside. Snuggly jumpers, countless cushions and a whole lot of Christmas movies are just a few of the things (aside from fairy lights) that make me feel cosy and content. My bed is now 50% pillows and I'm totally okay with that and despite not going for a festive bed spread this year, it feels cosier than ever. My two new pillows can be found here and here and add a cutesy vibe to the whole set up. My new pink jumper is also the most snuggly thing and is great for throwing on over my pyjamas in the evening, or with my daily clothes to run errands.
Gift giving at this time of year is one of my favourite things. I love planning gifts for friends and family, however big or small. This year I picked up a lot of things from Urban Outfitters. So when they said they wanted to work with me, it was a perfect match as I'd already purchased so much already! I picked up a few of their Daily Journals, which the organisational friends out there will love, as well as a little kitty makeup bag for my cousin, some cosy socks and slippers for my Mummy, some home pieces including the pink dish below and a little diamond mirror for Josh's sister. Then I have a marble phone case for another friend (who reads this blog so I can't name her!) as well as making a sneaky purchase of the Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 in light pink for the whole family to enjoy come Christmas day! I can't wait to have some cute little memories saved in polaroid form to look back on!
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