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Friday, December 28, 2018

In today's post, I'm bringing you this year's "What I Got For Christmas". I thoroughly enjoyed writing and photographing for this type of post last year, so I'm thinking of making it a yearly tradition on my blog. It goes without saying but I am extremely grateful to everyone who got me something this year. I didn't include the gifts I received from my friends in this post - just because I've already eaten/used most of the items! - but I absolutely love each and every one of their presents to me. They all know me so well! 


This gift was from my brother and his girlfriend and I was not expecting it at all! If you don't know what a Sprocket is, it's basically like a mini printer for your phone. I tried it out with a couple of my favourite photos and was surprised at how quick and easy the process was. I love how the film has a sticky side on the back. I have a "Photo a Month" spread in my bullet journal so this Sprocket will definitely come in handy for that.

From my Grandma, I got this 2019 diary. I love the marble design and gold lettering. I tried using my bullet journal for both personal and school purposes but it got quite messy and confusing so I thought having a separate diary for all my Uni assignments would work much better.




I've been wearing a lot of denim recently so I super excited to receive this dress from my parents. I really like the frayed bottom and the distressed effect it gives off. They also got me another gift which I was quite surprised by. I've had my Pandora bracelet for about a year now and it's had one charm for that length of time too so being able to add a second and third was very exciting. The silver heart and intricate dragonfly/ladybird charm are the perfect combo. They also go really well with my pink heart.


This year, I decided to treat myself to a book. I've been wanting to read "Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine" for such a long time but every time I would go to the library to check it out, it'd either be borrowed or reserved. This only made me more desperate to get my hands on it! My theory is; if a book is that hard to check out, then it must be really worth the read!

Hope you all had a great Christmas and see you in the new year!!

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Friday, December 21, 2018

Since it's my last quiz post of 2018 I thought I'd try something a little different. This isn't my typical "Can I guess" quiz. Instead, it's a test of your Christmas knowledge! To be honest, I didn't know half the answers to these questions before researching so if you do manage to get 100%, then a massive high five to you! I can't believe this is my last festive blog post before the 25th. I'm thinking of doing a "What I Got For Christmas 2018" next week so if you'd like to see one of those, definitely let me know in the comment section below. 

1. Where do gingerbread houses originate from?
A) Germany
B) Scotland
C) America
D) The Netherlands

2. In the song "Twelve Days of Christmas", what was given on the eleventh day?
A) Lords a-leaping
B) Drummers drumming
C) Pipers piping
D) Maids a-milking

3. How many reindeer does Santa have?
A) 7
B) 8
C) 9
D) 10

4. What is the best-selling Christmas song of all time?
A) Silent Night
B) White Christmas 
C) We Wish You a Merry Christmas
D) Joy to The World

5. When were Christmas crackers invented?
A) 1820's
B) 1840's 
C) 1860's
D) 1880's

6. Which famous landmark is considered the biggest Christmas gift in the world?
A) Big Ben
B) The Eiffel Tower
C) The Sydney Opera House
D) The Statue of Liberty

7. What's the name of the main character in the movie "Home Alone"?
A) Steven
B) Devon
C) Kevin
D) Bevan

8. Which fast food chain is most popular in Japan around Christmas time?
A) McDonalds
C) Pizza Hut
D) Subway

9. Who wrote the song "Jingle Bells"?
A) James Pierpont
B) Brenda Lee
C) Walter Rollins
D) Johnny Marks

10. How tall is the world's tallest Christmas tree?
A) 221 ft
B) 302 ft
C) 189 ft
D) 278 ft

Answers: A,C,C,B,B,D,C,B,A,D

Thanks for taking the quiz! How did you go? Was it harder or easier than you expected? 

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Friday, December 14, 2018

Christmas is for sure a month long celebration. By the time December 1st rolls around, all the festive activities and traditions are pretty much in full swing. From advent calendars and ugly sweaters, to markets and parades, Christmas takes over like no other. I love the fact that even though Christmas is at the end of the month, pretty much all of December is dedicated to this holiday. 

A lot of Christmas revolves around giving and showing gratitude. I love shopping for gifts. Unlike birthdays, Christmas is a chance to spend on all your family and friends. There's no limit to the number of people you can buy presents for. I love sitting down and remembering all the inside jokes and happy times I've had with a person then writing out a list of possible present ideas based on those memories. There are so many people in my life that I'm extremely grateful for and there's no better time than Christmas to show my appreciation. 

During December, interiors are transformed. While I love seeing my house all decorated for Christmas, it's actually the public spaces that fuel my festive spirit. The holiday music in supermarkets, the tinsel in store windows, the massive Christmas trees in shopping malls. Every time I leave the house, I am constantly reminded of Christmas and I am not complaining in the slightest! 

Holiday cheer is definitely real. This month so far has definitely been my happiest and I'm honestly not surprised! Christmas is a time to relax, unwind, spend time with loved ones, sing carols and eat lots of delicious food. It truly is the most wonderful time of the year!

Thanks for reading! And look out for my last Christmassy post of 2018, coming next week!  

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Friday, December 7, 2018

As I was preparing my flat lay for last week's blog post, I came to a sudden realisation. I have barely any festive themed blog props! In fact, I only had one Christmassy item in that photo and that was my pig decoration from last year's Tree Decoration Haul. This gave me an incentive to go to my nearest craft shop and buy a whole bunch of Christmas decor/supplies. I had a lot of fun picking these items out. There's definitely a pink and gold winter wonderland theme going on which I think you'll notice as you scroll through these photos! 

Golden Tree Branch
As soon as I entered the store, I headed straight to the artificial flower section. Artificial flowers are probably my favourite flat lay prop. They're great for placing in empty corners. This gold and glittery branch instantly caught my eye and I knew I couldn't not get it. 

Snowflake Tree Decorations
In terms of tree decorations, I felt very spoilt for choice. There were so many different shapes and designs to look through. In the end I went for these wooden snowflakes. It's not too obvious in the photo but they have a light dusting of gold paint over the them which I thought was really pretty. 

Star Confetti
I've seen a lot of people use confetti in their blog photos so I was really keen to try it out myself. I opted for these small silver stars. Sprinkling it around my set up was really fun and it gives my photos some extra sparkle which I love. 

Patterned/Glittery Paper
The last things I got were these two pieces of paper which serve as great photo backdrops. They both sort of remind me of snow. There's the white glittery one and the light pink one with the frost-like shapes. I'm super happy with them! 

Thanks for reading! What did you think of this haul? What did you like the most out of these items? 

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