The last two weeks have literally whizzed by so quickly it’s actually a little bit crazy!
Work has been pretty intense still and it feels like I’ve done little outside of the office, but that’s why I like these posts as they let me focus on the fun stuff I’ve been up to!
There’s been wizarding fun, catch ups with friends, Christmas festivities, a holiday in Budapest and a LOT of Black Friday shopping. Let’s go…
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
When the first Fantastic Beasts movie came out, I was not a fan. I know. I’m ashamed of me too. It was just so different to the Harry Potter movies and I just wasn’t ready for it.
Plus I was absolutely steaming drunk and pretty much fell asleep as soon as the lights dimmed in the cinema. Lesson learnt – bottomless brunch and cinema dates do not mix.
However, I’ve since become a HUGE fan of the franchise, and couldn’t wait to see the second instalment, The Crimes of Grindelwald.
It was amazing and I am not quite sure how I’ll be able to wait for the next film – I need answers dammit!
I’m also now desperate to visit Paris, where it’s largely set. Time to make 2019 travel plans!
Black Friday Shopping
I hadn’t planned on buying much in the Black Friday sales, but ended up doing a fair bit of damage!
I picked up a my favourite zodiac necklace from Bohomoon in silver and a new initial pendant in gold, stocked up on Green People skincare and HD Brows Eyebrow palettes, nabbed a gorgeous pale pink faux fur coat from New Look and a mega bargainous slow cooker from Robert Dyas.
My Michael Kors bag also broke while I was in India so I replaced it with the classically stylish Ginny Crossbody at 20% off. No more shopping for me for a while!
Most excitingly of all, I also – FINALLY – purchased a blogger to WordPress migration and design package from Pipdig. I’m so excited to take my blog up a notch for 2019!
47West Initial Morse Code Necklace
As well as some purchased treats I also got lucky this fortnight and won this gorgeous gold morse code initial necklace from 47West. How cute is it please?!
Sam who runs 47West is an absolute babe and explained that E in Morse code is a single dot and I love it!
I adore anything initialed and I love how unique the necklace is. The little gold disc is really delicate and its perfect for layering with other pieces.
Sam has some other really beautiful pieces on her site so go check out the range if you’re interested in some pretty, affordable and personalised gifts this Christmas.
I met Sofie when volunteering in Africa last year and we bonded instantly over our shared love of Harry Potter and rather excellent swear words.
She came to visit London last weekend and we had a lovely time catching up and exploring the city. I took her and her friend Maria on my tired and tested walking route of the Southbank and surrounding areas, with a few extra Harry Potter stops along the way.
This included the new Harry Potter department in Hamleys which was quite frankly hell on earth and no amount of money would make me go back haha! This is probably tied to the fact that no amount of money would let me afford anything there – it’s SO expensive – more so than even the Studio Tour!
My advice is head up the road to Primark for some of the exact same stuff at literally a quarter of the price!
Getting My Nails Done
Nail salon time again! This time I went for a bright white which I BLOODY LOVE!
I know white nails are a bit marmite but I think they’re the best thing since covering your hands in tippex at school, and are my go-to at this time of year.
Dinner with Sue (and a theatre disaster!)
I met my mum for dinner on Tuesday, before heading to see Kinky Boots at the theatre.
We had a nice catch up and pizza at Prezzo before heading to the theatre, where sadly it all went a bit Pete Tong and we didn’t actually end up seeing the show at all.
It was a real shame as we’d bought tickets months ago and had been really looking forward to seeing the hit show before it’s run ends in a few weeks. However when we were shown to our seats we found that mine had been removed to make way for filming equipment. It was all a bit of a shambles and we sadly had some really poor customer service from staff, but my mum did get a refund thankfully.
Despite the drama, it was nice to go out with my mum just the two of us, and something I hope we’ll do a lot more of in 2019.
Work Christmas / Thanksgiving Party
We had our work Christmas meal on Friday night, heading to Dirty Bones in High Street Kensington for a three course American feast.
It wasn’t the best food but I did have a great time celebrating and hanging out with the team. I’m really lucky to work with an amazing bunch of people and it was really nice to chill out, have some drinks and hang out outside of the office.
Work Secret Santa
We also swapped our work Secret Santa presents last week.
I had my work wife Kate for the second year in a row and got her some cute Slytherin socks, a HP mug and a little candle, all from Primark. Love buying for a fellow Potterhead!
My friend Niamh got me and the mega babe got me this incredible Harry Potter wooden desk tidy! I’m known for having a pretty chaotic desk at work and obviously for my love of Harry Potter, so it really was the perfect pressie!
This gorgeous little stand has space for pens – yes that is a wand pen – and even for my phone to sit, complete with a hole in the bottom for my charging cable to go though. Genius! It’s also personalised with my initials on the back!
Such a beautiful gift, thank you Secret Santa!
Christmas City Break in Budapest
We spent the last four days having a lovely little festive city break in Budapest.
I’m going to do a full post about our trip but we had a really lovely time exploring, checking out the Christmas markets and I even met Father Christmas himself. Sheer delight!