Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Christmas Party Outfit

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Coat/Playsuit/Clutch bag/tights/shoes/ring/nail polish

My ideal Christmas Party outfit would be a fun playsuit that also still looks sophisticated. A feminine look with added sparkle of a beaded clutch bag and huge rock of a ring on glitter tipped nails.

Shoes with a heel - not too high that I cannot party but high enough to look glam.

I have to be warm though for waiting for the taxi or walking between bars so an amazing faux fur coat and opaque tights will do just the trick.

This is my entry for the Debenhams Blogger Christmas Party Contest

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Trendy Christmas Cards

For super trendy cards check out Made With Love and you will find some great designs. The cards are handmade and super quality with a personalised element. The reindeer card below has a red Swarovski crystal nose and you can select the colour satin ribbon that you would like from red through to green and purple. The card is thick and shimmery and the text can be personalised for a perfect card for a special person. 

For an on-trend hipster card I love the Fantastic Christmas card. The ever popular moustache printed onto recycled card and sent with both recycled envelope and cello wrap. Very environmentally friendly and so cute that you could frame them to keep as a bit of Christmas art.

The cards were delivered in a box and superbly presented wrapped in tissue.  Both cards are 14x14 cm and are £4.99 and £3.50 respectively with personalised options as an add-on. 

Sometimes it can be really hard to find the right card and many places can be awash by over sentimentality of bears and penguins kissing but the cards here are a trendier card, ones to send my more savvy friends. Also quirky cards for the love of your life - a little red knitted jumper on the front of one card 'Lets get cosy by the fire' that is also a tree decoration.

 Made With Love started as a home-based enterprise  and has grown to be super creative company with a studio in Stalybridge, Greater Manchester - northerners just like me! They sell unique stationery that is all hand made with mentions in many a glossy magazine.

You can purchase cards for any occasion from them and they have a great wedding stationery service.  I noticed that they also have a quirky range of Christmas gifts that I am smitten with, such as Circus Carnival lights and vintage style decorations
**I received cards for the purposes of the review but words and opinions are my own**

Sunday, 23 November 2014

Stir up Sunday

Stir it up
Making Christmas pudding
On the last Sunday before Advent
But maybe also making some Christmas biscuits too
Cinnamon, candied peel, chopped nuts, currants and raisins
Stir the mincemeat mixture up
Each having a turn and making a wish
What a beautiful smell, so rich 
'Stir upwe beseech thee'

Christmas Cookies by Shutterstock
Christmas Pudding by Shutterstock

Saturday, 22 November 2014

Canal boats and sweets

white bear In  a small town, past a white bear and through some iron gates decorated with bunting is a whole new world. A community of folk and boat with floating fudge and open hatches selling Pomfret cakes, barley sugar and tart pear drops. Middlewich painting bunting on a gate blue canal boat
curious canal boat fudge boat sweet boat ice cream boat A place of peace and camaraderie.  Waist coated men tend to flowers afloat in colourful pots and tubs, beside caged birds and dogs that sleep with one eye open for passers by. Roses, swirls, harlequins - a colourful life with many tales to be told.canal lock Middlewich Lock 74 Tough work, many locks to work through on the Trent & Mersey canal. A sleepy town with a big heart. Today was the floating market. I hear the Saturday was busier with a cheese and a home brew boat but today was quiet so we walked on along the canal. Past the dry dock and numerous overflow sluices with water gushing - quite scary really and I wouldn't like to totter past one after a visit to the many pubs with gardens that stretch towards this waterway.Middlewich Locks Trent and Mersey Canal Middlewich canal side sweets Middlewich dry dock  canal notice Following pathways to summer folk festivals and little gardens with gates to peer through. Quieter in the autumn but people hard at work, repairing boats, building new ones - some brave novices attracting attention as they chug along at an angle. A well seasoned boat owner laughs from the side, watch out for the sandbank and covers his eyes. autumn by lock 72 fixing canal boats canal shop Views through bridges lead to more bridges and pubs! Past hissing swans we quickly ran and past the man working on his boat with noisy tools that made LB hide his face in my coat. canal bridges autumn path rushing water under the bridge green shed Many signs tell us of the history of the canal and its local importance to our commodity - salt. Wich was used to denote salt production, hence why my local area has so many places ending in wich. Middlewich, Northwich, Nantwich....It's all about the salt in these parts of Cheshire.canal garden purple berry Such a pretty spot and with new treasures found like a summer tea garden and a shop selling plants, we will be looking out for events here next year. Perfect too for a winter walk in the coming months and if we have snow, we will be here straight away to look at the beauty of this community under a dazzling white blanket - I wonder if the canal will freeze this winter? autumn on the canal canal cafe