Love On The Wall

Rounding up some NY essentials for you! In January I'm all about positive vibes, new skin care and maybe a new little something in my wardrobe. I don't go overboard, as it's just after Christmas, but I think a few treats to lift your spirits in a new year are allowed! I may or may not have picked up some of these bits myself already and my ASOS save later is full to bursting...

Happy shopping! x
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I am so keen when it comes to a new year. A clean slate, fresh year, a new start and controversially I'm not completely opposed to 'new year, new me' mantra... Whilst I don't think you can change your entire persona at a clock turning midnight, you can channel 'new year, best version of me' which is what I try to do. I love setting NY resolutions and smaller goals to hit throughout the year.

Some of these things are a bit of a given for me this year, but there's nothing wrong with setting a realistic goal and I'm excited to know I actually have to achieve some of these! 

Cook & learn more recipes
I'm enjoying having my own kitchen to cook in! After we moved, November and December were such busy months for us, things like cooking new and exciting dishes for dinner were overlooked for easy curries and spaghetti bolognese. This year, Henry and I both want to cook more and expand our go-to recipes to somethings a little more exciting. We want to nail a bloody good roast too. 

Use less plastic
I want to be more mindful of the single-use plastic I'm consuming on a daily basis. A few simple changes such as carrying on using my Hydrate m8 water bottles over picking up bottled water on the go, taking re-usable bags to the supermarket and putting veg in paper bags. We've only got one planet and we all need to do our bit. 

Be more on top of money
Another one that is, personally, a bit of a given this year, I want to be on top of my finances. I say this, as it comes hand in hand with renting a property and a gazillion bills for various things coming out of my account each month. Not knowing where I'm at with money is something that makes me anxious and if I'm on top of things, it will help my headspace. 

Practice Calligraphy
This one has for sure been a NY resolution before but I've made the first move by ordering myself a pen holder, nibs and ink from Quill. I think it's SO impressive when someone can write things beautifully! I've also been practising some brush lettering on 'Procreate' with my iPad and Apple pencil too. Excited to learn a new skill!

Live in the moment more - less scrolling, more living
LIFE IS TOO DAMN SHORT. Burn the expensive candles, put your phone down, wear the red lipstick, cover the walls in things that inspire you, dance in your kitchen, just post the selfie, spend actual quality time with your family, laugh with your friends until the sun comes up, tell people you love them, compliment strangers, scroll less and LIVE MORE.


To make thing's a bit more manageable, I'll be setting myself monthly things to focus on these. The bigger picture and end goal isn't always the best thing to keep you motivated, it seems too overwhelming and unachievable, so I'd be more likely to put it off. I'll be sharing my monthly goals as and when I can - last years full time job and blog balance is an example of why I can't quite commit to saying each month...!

What are your NY goals?

I'm a little obsessed with anything with moons and stars on at the moment, I'm attracted to stars, moons, starsigns and celestial everything right nowFor the last minute shoppers out there, I thought I'd throw together a gift guide of the things I've found and loved on my own christmas shopping missions. For the loved one, best gal pal, mumma, sister or secret santa in your life!

Happy christmas shopping ★ 
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No time like December to get back into taking the time out to write a few posts on my little old blog. 
Time is like quicksand at the mo.

I thought I'd round up the things I'd like to do this Christmas, our first Christmas in our new home! It's the 4th December and unlike me, I'm not feeling particularly festive. Maybe it's because we haven't go our tree yet (4 more days!) but I'm up for doing everything to feel the christmas spirit! 

Jo Malone candle

- buy our christmas tree
- make (read: drink all the) mulled wine
- dry orange slices
- plan out pretty wrapping 
- finally light my Jo Malone candle
- have my annual festive day with charlie 
- decorate the tree with henry
- send out christmas cards
- visit winter wonderland 
- watch all the christmas films (most importantly, Love Actually, The Holiday and Home Alone)
- bake mince pies - more than once
- make christmas cocktails 
- build a gingerbread house, for the first time! 
- get a new christmas jumper
- make some homemade presents/decorations
- wrap presents
- have a friends christmas 

What's on your festive checklist? 

Autumn is my favourite season, so every time it rolls around I get completely stuck into any activity I possibly can. One of my absolute faves (and the entirety of Instagram too by the looks of it...) is to go Pumpkin picking. 

PYO farms have been a favourite of mine ever since I was little, frequently visiting Tulley's Farm with my grandparents to pick strawberries, raspberries and any other goods we could get our hands on. There's something I find so exciting about picking something so bright/colourful/tasty that's come from the ground and searching for the best ones you can find. 

This year, Tulley's Farm introduced a Pumpkin Patch so I headed there with Jasmin and Josh to pick our prize pumpkins! 

Happy days xxx 

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