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Unappreciated Christmas Movies

13/12/2017


My household is a strong believer in hoarding Christmas movies. Throughout the month of December me and my mum marathon all of our festive flicks and force the cheer onto ourselves. The only problem with this is that we have come across some questionable movies (Christmas Angel comes to mind), but.. yeah, you guessed it, go you! We have also come across some gems that were hidden behind the classics such as Home Alone and Elf. Here is a speedy list of my favourites, be sure to let me know of yours in the comments below!
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Christmas Cottage
We all love a cheesy movie that is both inspiring and wants to make you want to weep in the corner, right? Starring Jared Padalecki (yup, little Sammy), Peter O'Toole, Aaron Ashmore, and Chris Elliott. This pick follows the story of two brothers who visit home for Christmas only to realise that their mother is in a bit of money trouble and could lose their home; the cottage. With the help of his ailing mentor, Sam Winchester... I mean, Thomas, hopes to find his artistic voice and help the town rediscover the holiday spirit. A truly beautiful story that is based off true events.
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Surviving Christmas
The only one on the list that I'm unsure of as I think it's somewhat popular and you have likely watched it. But let's go with it anyway. Millionaire Ben Affleck (who, after recent events, I can't bring myself to like. Shame.) hires a family for the holidays as he wants a classic homey Christmas. With laughter, a makeover, and some over-the-top gestures, Surviving Christmas is always a must watch in the Roberts household. This rom-com also stars Christina ApplegateJennifer Morrison and Tony Soprano. Oh, and the mum from Home Alone.
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P2
Me and my mum are huge advocates for Christmas horror movies. We love a little tinsel with our gore. Sadly, there is a limited amount of them in the world. The more Christmas based ones are usually a little comedic which isn't really our cup of tea (most British expression ever, just FYI). Even Krampus, which I loved - check out my review HERE - was heavily comedy based. P2 is a good cat and mouse horror that is based over Christmas Eve. We have Christmas songs, Christmas dinner, and a huge bear. It stars Rachel Nichols and Wes Bentley.
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Help For The Holidays
River is an elf! Pop culture reference, sorry. Yeah, that was another one. I'm on a Whedon kick. Alas, if none of that made sense to you.. well, judging.. but nonetheless Help For The Holidays is the flick you need to watch over the Christmas season. Never having been released on DVD, this Hallmark movie is one that you may have to go on a little Internet search for. Starring the gorgeous Summer Glau who plays an Elf that is sent by Santa to give a family something that money can't buy.. some Christmas spirit. This is an all round cheese fest with enviable clothes and romance. Aka: what you need.
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Die Hard 2: Die Harder
Die Hard is a Christmas movie, I think we can all agree on that. But you know what? The second instalment in the Die Hard series is also a flick for the festive season! It's Christmas Eve and McClane is waiting for his wife to land at Washington Dulles International Airport when terrorists take over the air traffic control system. You already know who this stars, so let's all simply no longer leave this sequel alone in the dusk. It's a Christmas movie!



Remember to tell me your favourite hidden gems below!

'Tis The Season For Christmas Jumpers

05/12/2017


Even the Grinches of the world rock a Christmas jumper come December. No longer is it silly to have a 3D elf on your chest, whoop. But with the mass amount of options online, it can difficult to decide on one. After all, not all of us can afford a closet full of 'em. This is a list of my current favourite affordable sweaters from online stores that you may not think of. Enjoy!

MATALAN
Go classic with this black number.

'Tis the season of cocktails and sweaters. So why not combine the two?

The perfection solution for adding a little festiveness into your daily wardrobe.

If you find yourself not loving bright colours, this is a great solution.

PEACOCKS
The perfect day-to-day sweater. 

You a bit OTT about Christmas? Wear this one with pride.

I just adore the pattern.

The perfect jumper for when you want some humour. Though don't wear it when you make Gingerbread men. That'd be rude.

M&S

The jumper that all bloggers are coveting.

This is in the 3 for 2 section! Grab some gifts and gift yourself a little sweater too.

This will look adorable with an a-line skirt and tights.

Pink and cuteness. Definitely a pick for those pastel lovers.

GEORGE at ASDA
Yay for cats and Christmas! The best combination ever.

Mummy Elf Jumper || £12.50
Who doesn't love to match with their children? Those Christmas photos will not be unbeatable.

This will definitely make the best outfit for those work parties. 

Go different with this gorgeous pale blue shade.

TU CLOTHING

This is a random one as I know it's just one option, but I've seen such an online buzz around the M&S striped one that's listed above. This is a great affordable alternative.

Where is your go to place for some fun Christmas themed jumpers? Let me know!


A Photo Per Day || November

30/11/2017





I'm going to be honest here, I said in my A Photo Per Day || October that the month of Halloween was crappy. Pfft. Do you ever want to go back in time and prepare yourself for the brutality that is about to come? Yeah, November has been hellish. One of the worst months I've had in a heck of a long time. But alas, this is not a Bath Musings and I can keep my inner meltdown for that (fun, I know). The name of this series is now a regret as I have failed massively the past two months at posting every day. I haven't really left the house and I most definitely haven't had much inspiration for photo taking days. A lot of these photos are throwbacks, but I guess that has the theme of my month. I've constantly been surrounding with the present but thinking of better times. It's unhealthy but, yeah. Alas, here is November and let's all hope for a merry December. (Both figuratively and literally.) 

07/11/2017: "Do you remember what you said to me once? That you could help me only by loving me? Well-you did love me for a moment; and it helped me. It has always helped me." - Edith Wharton, The House of Mirth 
10/11/2017: A longing for copper mugs filled with liquid that'll make your throat burn. Dulled senses, outgoing attitudes, and love.
11/11/2017: Yellow and green are oddly satisfying colours to see beside each other.
12/11/2017: Still head over heels this print that I recently saw in Scotland's National Museum of Scotland. Gorgeous. If only I could get it on a dress. It'd call it Louisa Clarke Horror Chic. Nailed it. 
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12/11/2017: This going to sound stupid, I know it is. I'm not oblivious to the impressions that people who open up online leave. They seem too truthful and their willingness to share is off putting. But, that aside, I'm really lonely. These past few weeks have been a blur of silence and I don't know how to be okay with that. I have love in my life from a distance and a sick parent who can't really be there as I'm there for her - some things can't be a two way street. I ache for friendships and people who you can sit down and have a natter with over a glass of red, or someone to go Christmas shopping with. Someone who will listen because they want to, not because they're your fiancĂ© or mother. Just people who will want to fill your silences. And I'm beginning to wonder whether I'm simply not worthy enough for that. I've never been good socially, but I didn't think it'd carry through to my adult life. I feel a little shattered and scared.
14/11/2017: I think my happy place is year round Christmas stores. They're just so jolly. It's like having a constant dose of happiness that we assume we're only allowed in December. 
16/11/2017: "There's no way to know what makes one thing happen and not another. What leads to what. What destroys what. What causes what to flourish or die or take another course." I kinda want to reread Wild. Too soon? 
17/11/2017: How does my cat always seem to pull the face my insides are making?
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19/11/2017: How lovely are these marble and gold coasters? I haven't seen anything that screams 'I'm a blogger' more. They are featured in my new post "What To Buy Bloggers This Christmas | A Gift Guide" This post is centred around @bloghaven and I couldn't be more happy about it. What do you hope to find under your tree?
20/11/2017: From day to night with #BourjoisKissmass. Trying a little something different with my holiday look as despite my desire to go all out every day and cover my eyes with glitter, the likelihood (heh. hood, eye, hooded eye. Happy accident) of that happening is slim. I'm too basic in my routine for fancy things. Nevertheless, when isn't there time for a red lip? Big thank you again to @Bourjois_UK and @InfluensterUK for sending me the products to create these not-at-all-awkward selfies.
21/11/2017: Note to self: learn how to do proper swatches. But really, how Christmassy are these colours? Big thank you to them again.
22/11/2017: WARNING! Cheese ahead: I'm pretty darn lucky to have @BilliamSWN in my life. Not only does he send you flowers from halfway across the world (okay, Llandudno. But he ordered them to me as a surprise from California. So it counts), but he has the kindest heart. He puts up with all my down days (whether due to depression or fibro) and still manages to put a smile on my face more times than I can count in 24 hours. I loathe distance, but he makes all the lonely nights worth it. I'm so thankful.
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25/11/2017: Kind of want to write a review for these products, but don't know if that's odd because they aren't really 'new' products and they were sent to me. The blogging community is conflicting to me when it comes to situations like these. If I love it and they were sent to me, does it seem as though I'm lying? And if I have some products that I don't 100% love, does it seem rude to the brand? đŸ˜© I think I'm overthinking it. Honesty is all I can do, right?
26/11/2017: I've become obsessed with mini plant based tattoos lately. They're so beautiful. So many ideas. So little body areas. To be entirely honest, I'm thinking that they may give me confidence on the body parts of myself that I dislike. Silly? Disclaimer: photos not mine.
28/11/2017: I recently read #Wonder by R.J. Palacio and I enjoyed it far more than I thought I would. Going in, I expected a somewhat clichĂ© (but honest) telling of bulling. I've read so many books covering such topics, so I guess you could say that I dismissed it. Silly me. Instead this is a beautiful story of how friendship and family can outweigh any negativity. That sometimes it only takes one voice to speak for the many. My favourite part was how you got to read POV's from the "side characters", and view August through their eyes. Which I think is important in books like these as it can be difficult to get a clear vision when you're reading everything from a child's mind. It's an overall beautiful book. Have you read it? What did you think?
29/11/2017: Despite what I'm saying to family, I don't feel the least bit Christmassy. Everything feels too doomy to be exciting. It's had to find the cheer when you don't feel particularly happy. Sigh. Someone throw tinsel at me. 
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Not the most Christmassy of endings, huh? I apologise, that wasn't intentional. Anyhoo, next month will bring joy to all. And Baileys. Wishing you a lovely festive season and be sure to check back here as I have tons of content planned for the next 31 days.




What To Buy Bloggers This Christmas | Gift Guide

19/11/2017


'Tis the time of year for gifting, eating everything in sight, and blasting Christmas tunes at 9am. Yay! I love me some of the big C. And when it comes to buying gifts for people, I think we all want to choose something that will not only bring the recipient a little joy but will prove useful in their daily lives. Bloggers can be difficult to buy for, it's unavoidable. The usual fallback gift of candles, body products, or a nice lippy seems a little meh due to the fact that they likely already own so many. It'd be like buying a chef an egg boiler (that analogy made more sense in my head). The new site on the blogging sphere is BlogHaven, a place where you can literally fulfil all of your blogger needs. From tripods, rugs, and mugs. To notebooks, box lights, and flatlay props. I can't push this site enough to anyone out there who has a blogger friend and wants to buy them something original but thoughtful this year. Plus, everything is super pretty. Here are some of my favourites.
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TECH
Bloggers can't be bloggers without some technology at their side. Whether it's necessities like a laptop/desktop or something novelty like a rose gold USB. Our jobs are based in the tech world. So you usually can't go wrong with buying a blogger something that requires charging or a battery. BlogHaven have a variety of photography gadgets to choose from, but these are my main picks. Embrace your inner Kardashian with this Phone Selfie Ring Light - $14.95 and bring your selfie game up a level. (It was the Kardashian's that pushed this product, right? Um.) If you're forced to take blog photos alone, it can be difficult - especially if taking outfit shots. How about purchasing a Phone Mini Tripod with Bluetooth Remote - $32.95 to make that task easier? If lighting is the main issue, check out this 18W LED Portable Light - $59.95 or if you're on a budget, how about this Portable Light Box - $19.95?

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