Christmas is well and truly on its way! I’ve been very festive the last couple of weeks after being invited to some lovely events with brands to check out some of their festive treats. I thought I’d share with you some of the fun from the evenings I’ve recently spent looking at beauty bits with The Perfume Shop and Bare Minerals; festive fashion with Kaleidoscope, an amazing Christmas party with Boohoo, a visit from Greggs and their #PastySanta and a Christmas dinner party with AO.com and GBBO’s Flora, which ended up in flames!
I love perfume and think it makes the perfect present (for yourself or someone else!) It’s decadent, personal and glamorous. The Perfume Shop always does the best gift sets and there were plenty on display on the evening. The star of the show had to be the new Marc Jacobs fragrance Decadence, which comes in the most amazing bottle EVER which is modelled on one of Marc’s handbags! The perfume itself is also really opulent and sophisticated, with notes of Italian Plum, Bulgarian Rose and Liquid Amber, it’s perfect for the Christmas party season.
You can’t beat a beauty gift set! BareMinerals had so many stunning varieties on display I felt like I was at Wimbledon my head was turning from side to side so quickly looking at it all! Some of my favourites were a lip gloss that goes on clear and changes colour to suit your lips – it was so cool to see how the same product looked so different on everyone! Their lipsticks were also beautiful – the packaging, the colours – they all looked so decadent and so perfect for Christmas!
I’d not heard of Kaleidoscope until very recently when I joined a Twitter chat with one of their stylists. Last week I headed down to Jennings in Mayfair to check out their gorgeous Christmas party range and fell in love! They sell an amazing range of brands of clothes, shoes and accessories and everything was of such high quality (and high sequin level – perfect for Christmas!) It was a really lovely evening and it was lovely to meet some of the team from Kaleidoscope, as well as catching up with Katie (Kalanchoe), Georgie (Away With The Fairies) and Jess (Look What I Got)
On Bonfire night I went along to the Boohoo Christmas Party and had one of the best nights I’ve had in ages! It was held at the Sky Bar, Millbank Tower so we had an amazing view over London and it was so cool to see the fireworks going off around the city. There were so many amazing bloggers there and it was great to catch up with Katie (Kalanchoe), Ben (21st Century Gent), Erica (Being Erica), Katy (Little Miss Katy), Hollie (Pretty Big Butterflies), Paige (Paige Joanna), Monica (Moth Loves) and April (Hello April). I also got to finally meet Faith (With Love From Opal) and Katie (Scarphelia) in person, as well as meet some new friends Jess (Jess In Your Ear), Milly (Mini Adventures) and Lyzi (Being Little). Good times! We had so much fun, dancing to the live karaoke band, drinking mulled wine out of baubles (literally the only way I ever want to have my drinks served for the remainder of the festive period – so cool!) and having our illustrations done by the amazingly talented (and super lovely) Ella Masters. There was also an Elegant Touch station where you could get your nails done, a Christmas Jumper making station, photo booth and a selection of Boohoo’s swoon worthy Christmas collection on display. The Boohoo babes really know how to throw a party! It was such a fun night and got me so ready for Christmas! Thanks for having me guys!
I got a real treat last week when the gang from Greggs and #PastySanta himself hand delivered a box of their delicious festive range to my office! Not many people at my work know I blog so were a bit bemused to find me hugging Santa in the reception area! My team and I really enjoyed our tasty treats – the classic Christmas Lunch Sandwich and Festive Flatbread (which is a really delicious lighter way to enjoy a Christmas sandwich), the mince pies and the Christmas muffin, which was my personal favourite and is laced with light Christmas spices and filled with a delicious custard – YUM! Greggs festive range is in stores now and also includes Christmas cupcakes, biscuits and a special sausage roll, so go grab some for yourself! If you upload a selfie (elfie?!) with your #PastySanta bag you can also win prizes. #PastySanta also really kindly bought me a voucher for Cowshed so I am going to treat myself to a massage over Christmas. Thanks #PastySanta!
We all know I love food and the Great British Bake Off, so I was beyond excited when the lovely lot at AO.com invited me to a Christmas Dinner Party with GBBO star Flora Shedden. I had such a great night and again got to see lots of familiar faces as well as make some new friends. We started with a glass of mulled wine and some amazing canapés which had been made using some of AO.com’s kitchen gadgets – freshly made waffle with a chocolate and chilli dip anyone?! We then headed down to a beautifully laid Christmas dinner table. The food was really tasty – Chorizo and Prawn Wet Rice with Aioli to start and Confit Duck Leg, Pickled Carrots, Spring Onions, Mint and Sesame Dressing for main course – and it was great to have a good chat over a few glasses of prosecco. Just as dessert was served however – Merigue, Pomegranate, Caramelised White Chocolate and Cardomom – the curtain right behind where Flora was sitting caught fire! Apparently it was started by a rogue tea light and we couldn’t believe how quickly the fabric went up in flames! Thankfully fire extinguishers were on hand but we had to abandon our smoke filled dining room and untouched puds! Despite this hasty end to the evening I had such a good night – flaming good you might say ho ho ho!
I live in Brixton in London. I eat out far too much, am always planning my next trip and have a borderline unhealthy obsession with Harry Potter.