Well, a very Happy New Year to you all!! It feels like months since I sat down and wrote a blog but it’s only really been weeks. I definitely took my foot off the accelerator for a little while, it’s just been too crazy this Christmas. How has it been for all of you? Don’t get me wrong, it’s been great too, but for some reason it’s been a very busy one and quite frankly a bit much. Parties, family, house guests, food, oh God the food, kids off school plus still working through a lot of it. Perhaps like me you are glad to get back to normality, to some calm. I am so ready to clear the decs too.
Once the Christmas decorations came down I didn’t stop, I’ve started pulling out cupboards, drawers and clutter and clearing, clearing, clearing. I want the junk gone, the clothes I don’t wear, the broken plastic toys all out/recycled and sent to a charity shop. It’s all going. It’s not really a resolution but an intention I am setting for myself. Clear house, clear mind and all that. I want to focus on myself a little too, health is going to be a key factor for this year for me. If I’m not firing on all cylinders then I can’t be there fully for Fred and the kids. So I will definitely be cooking better food, getting more fresh air, head space, exercise and hopefully stay on top of everything better.
With that all said I thought I would let you see what we got up to over Christmas. We had our first one at my parent’s new apartment. They downsized this year so it felt different being in a new place but as I expect you will all agree it’s down to the people who are there. So in that respect it felt just as lovely as it ever did before. There were 11 of us on Christmas day and it was the full works. Three course meal with two types of roast, goose and turkey with all the trimmings!
I was in charge of the starter so I of course ordered the side of salmon from H Forman & Son. I prepared it quite simply, I sliced strips of salmon and lay them on the plates, then mixed crème fresh with horseradish and spooned a lovely fresh dollop on top of the salmon. On that I added king prawns and then salad leaves that I had dressed in balsamic, honey and lime dressing. Delish! I recommend it if you are doing any dinner parties this year.
Along with all the lovely walks and seeing friends and dinners out and plates of cheese, so much cheese, we also went on our yearly trip to the panto, this year it was Dick Whittington at Windsor. My mum is friends with Basil Brush if you can believe it, so it’s become a bit of a tradition to go and see him in panto and pop backstage to say hi. Tilda and Ivy love it, and this year Ivy even made it up on stage at the end of the show, thanks to Basil. Tilda was up for it right up until the last minute so I stayed to the side of the stage with her until Ivy had finished helping out with singing Baby Shark!
It’s all getting back to normal this week though, the kids are finally back to school and nursery which helps so much for their routine as they don’t know if they are coming or going in the holidays. The excitement of presents and family and treats is all so much for them too, so it’s great to get them back to their usual week. Last Sunday we had the first day together in weeks without anyone else there, just us four. So we headed out Hengistbury Head for some fresh air and a nice walk. I’m ashamed to say I have never been there before and it’s right on our doorstep.
We are very lucky where we live because there are so many amazing walks like this one to do that it takes time to fit them all in! Hengistbury Head is a headland that juts out between Bournemouth and Mudeford, it’s been declared a Nature Reserve so it’s largely unspoilt. Down on the beach there is a long strip of gorgeous beach huts that are big enough to sleep in. I’m dying to book one for this summer, although I think they may cost a fortune! Imagine waking up in one to the sound of the sea and sitting out on the stoop to have your morning coffee? It was chilly though but the kids made it without too much complaining! I was wrapped up in my Centigrade coat though which is the perfect coat for these days out.
What I’ve been wearing
I’m really glad to be able to show you a few pieces that I loved that I never got to mention on my blog because they sold out too quickly. Well thankfully they are back in stock so I can let you know about them now! Firstly this Isaac Mizrahi Live Lace Shirt Dress with Ribbon Tie. I wore it in the incredible Dark Navy, which is definitely more of a dark cobalt blue. It also comes in classic Black too. The shape of this dress is really flattering and ticks a lot of boxes with the lace, the ribbon, the button down design and the colour.
The second dress to mention is one of my favourites at QVC. It’s from Baukjen and it’s called the Luna Dress. This is the kind of dress that I would have for years and wear again and again and again. I would wear it for parties with heels and a red lipstick. I would wear it with chunky boots and a biker jacket for daytime, I would even wear it with white sneakers in spring. I love it! It sold out very quickly but now it’s back. I know it’s higher end in the price bracket but in terms of cost per wear over the years I feel it’s worth it.
I haven’t gone crazy with the sales this year, at QVC or the High Street. It can feel a bit much buying more after Christmas don’t you think? What I did buy though I thought was practical so I allowed myself! Now one thing to admit is that I have never bought anything from the Cozee Home range, until now. While I was at work last week I saw on screen the price of a super soft brushed three-piece duvet set. It was such a good price that I ran into the studio to sneak a feel of the fabric. One stroke and that was it, I ordered it. It’s not fleece like a lot of the Cozee Home range but still incredibly soft and ‘Cosy’! It’s become one of my favourite things to ever have bought from QVC, Fred loves it too. I bought the white, as I always do in duvet covers, and it’s just perfect it does come in a few other colours too so do check it out. I need to keep an eye out now for the brushed fabric fitted sheets too as they sold out too quickly.
That’s it from me this week. I would love to know what you would like to see more on from my blogs this year too. Do you want more fashion, food, beauty, homeware, more videos, behind the scenes stuff? Or something completely different?
Lots of Love