Well the Christmas lights went on last week here in Stratford upon Avon which means the festive season has begun, woo hoo!! I drew the comparison on air last week with entering into the Christmas season being similar to getting into the sea, well my style anyway which is slowly does it! It’s not that I don’t love either, on the contrary, I’m a huge fan but with both I just need to take my time (which rather bucks the trend with anything else in my life as I’m usually in with both feet before anyone can blink).
So, getting ready for Christmas goes like this now that the majority of our birthdays (other than mine) are out of the way. The candles start getting put out early November, then slowly various lights appear around the house. I was so excited when we sold the lights with coloured wire that you see in the first pic. Our bedroom is chocolate brown with lots of dark metallics so the rose gold lights you see here under the TV look great. Then the second pic is the branch lights which are surprisingly bright, I’ve popped them at the top of the stairs on the chest of drawers which I painted really dark earlier this year, they brighten everything up and look fabulous. In fact, I think they may end up staying all year round! Currently they are out of stock but definitely keep your eyes peeled for them when they return.
I find the addition of lights and candles hugely add to the warmth and cosy feel in the home. We seem to hear a lot of the Danish word “hygge” at the moment, well for me it’s Dutch “gezellig” but whichever it is for you, the English language seems to have a gaping hole right there! Regardless, we can fill it with warm and twinkling lights and all is well. I absolutely adore my Alison Cork French style candle holders which I have either side of the front door as well as either side of the television downstairs. These exact ones have sold out but the similar Pine Needles ones have recently come in and at a much better price than I paid too so grab them while you can! They are super chic and are definitely going to stick around in our home once Christmas is done. I have flameless candles in them too, plus everywhere else around the house. I’m a relatively recent convert to them as they are so realistic, way safer than the real thing and I’ve really rather taken to the colour morphing option that they offer too!
Cor this is quite a busy blog isn’t it? I suppose it’s that time of year… well, something for you next perhaps? We talked last month about me doing fashion picks each month so here we go with the next one. I’ve gone with warm and cosy ahead of the party season as this will take you everywhere from running errands, to visiting Christmas markets and even splashing through puddles as the boots are waterproof as well as super warm! . The poncho is fabulous, it’s a great alternative to when I don’t want to wear a coat and underneath I’ve layered it with the beautiful Yong Kim Modal long sleeve roll neck top which is so comfortable against the skin. On the bottom half I’ve gone with my skinny jeans and believe it or not, waterproof Emu boots, full sheepskin lining on the inside so super warm and fully waterproof on the outside, I absolutely love them!
Right, talking of busy, it’s date night tonight so I need to get the children’s supper on and then into the garage to get the Christmas decorations down from the roof before powdering my nose and heading out!!
In the meantime, I hope your Christmas preparations are ticking along well and I look forward to seeing you on air, on Twitter, on Facebook or out and about soon.
Much love as always
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