My Winter Favourites

Apologies for blogging being so messed up as we approach Christmas. Schedules have gone out the window in favour of random blogging when I can.

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I have never done a ‘favourites’ post before, so thought I would get this one in before Christmas.

  1. L’Oreal Paris Ultra Precision Eyeliner

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Although I only got this eyeliner yesterday, I have had my eye on it for a while. I wanted an eyeliner where the colour was strong, like a liquid eyeliner, but the application was in a pen style, as I find that easier to apply. This is the perfect combination and it did not disappoint when I used it.

2. Rimmel London Kate Moss Contour Kit

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December has been a month of discovering new make up, especially the world of contouring. I love this Kate Moss palette by Rimmel as the shades match my skin tone, and depending what look you are after, you can apply as much or as little as you want.

3. Next Rouge Absolue Perfume

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I love this perfume, which is delicately fragranced with red berries. However, it is not summery, but more festive, ideal for this time of year. Think cranberries and redcurrants!

4. Hoop Earrings

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Believe it or not, I have never owned a pair of hoop earrings until now. With Christmas approaching and the excuse to dress up, bold statement earrings are essential for creating the ultimate party look.

5. Marble

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I blame the blogging community for getting me obsessed with marble. My Pinterest is filled with various marble creations, and I home in on anything with a marble print in the shops.

6. Christmas of course!

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How can anyone do a Winter Favourites post without including Christmas?! It is the best bit of the season! Family, food, presents, decorations and Christmas TV are all things to look forward to.

Megan x

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Christmas Decorations

Hello everybody! I am not calling this a Blogmas post, as I have decided to do Vlogmas instead. However, it is that time of year when we are getting festive and going all out on the decorations. This year in my house though, I feel that it is noticeably more subtle. Of course, we have all the usual Christmassy delights such as the tree, tinsel and lights, but there is a more sophisticated feel.

We have waved goodbye to the tacky decorations that were no doubt picked out by me and my brother when we were three, and instead are sticking to the neutral tones that already fill the living room.

It would not be Christmas though, without some novelty aspect. We arranged our beautiful Santa and Snowman to look quite at ease with one another. I like to think of them as sweet, not trashy.

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The Christmas tree is always the main feature. Our humble tree has been in our family for as long as I can remember, and I have to say it is still doing us proud. I am also not keen on buying real trees every year, despite their gorgeous appearance as it is surely better for the environment to not cut thousands, if not millions of trees down.

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas

Taking a decent photo of the whole tree is hard because we put ours in front of the window, so lighting can be a bit of an issue. However, I have captured a few close ups of some of my favourite decorations.

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Considering our tree is at least 18 years and counting, I don’t think it looks too bad.

These two decorations I am completely in love with:

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This is so magical with the fairy lights!

 

Hope you are all enjoying decorating your homes with lots of lovely things. Thinking I might do a Christmas table ideas post too, so look out for that later in the week!

With lots of festive love,

Megan x

Claude & Co

To visit the website click here: https://www.claudeandco.co.uk/

(I don’t usually blog about baby shopping, but I couldn’t resist this!)

If you know anyone who has just had a baby, buying a gift can be hard. Everyone always buys the same sort of thing, whether it is clothing or books. People wait until the baby is born to buy a gender specific present. For boys, it will be something blue, for girls something pink.

That is what is great about Claude & Co. The shop officially opened its online doors on Saturday and it sells a variety of beautiful products for your little ones. The company does sell clothes, toys and books, but what I think appeals is the endless number of gender neutral items, so you can easily get ahead of the game and be the first person to present the new baby in your family with something special.

What particularly stands out for me is the interiors section of the website. Designing a baby’s nursery is very important and there are so many different options. Again, Claude & Co offer a range of stunning neutral ideas, which means that you can have a nursery completely ready before the baby comes.

Here are some of my favourites:

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https://www.claudeandco.co.uk/collections/interiors/products/organic-cotton-fold-bird-blanket?variant=27545555527

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https://www.claudeandco.co.uk/collections/interiors/products/ollie-ella-pompom-garland?variant=27395646343

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https://www.claudeandco.co.uk/collections/interiors/products/string-of-nursery-wall-flags?variant=29884693191

Head to Claude & Co now if you want to get the perfect gift for the new baby in the family. Everything is so beautiful and will be well-received no matter what it is!

Megan x

 

Northern Craft

For those who saw me tweeting about Northern Craft yesterday, well don’t worry, the blog post is now here.

I’d been aware of Northern Craft for quite a while, so I was thrilled when I found out that they were having an event yesterday.

The craft fair was held on the top floor of the Northern Monk Brewery Co. in the delightful Holbeck Urban Village, which I will mention later. The building itself is something to be admired with stripped back brickwork and modern touches. The brewery also plays host to a cool quirky bar, selling local beers. It is the perfect place to host this unique, artisan and independent event.

Getting to the brewery was a bit eventful, I got lost and was rushing as I wanted to be one of the first 50 people who received a free goodie bag (I’m still a child at heart!)

I’m glad I did rush. I am happy to say I now have these lovely little treats.

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I did buy lots of things at the craft fair (how could I not?!), but mostly as presents, so I do not want to post individual items as I will spoil Christmas!

However, I have taken some pictures of the stalls that I bought from, so that you can get a taster for the beautiful products on offer.

So, yes, I may have bought some earrings and badges for myself!

I had such a nice shopping experience at Northern Craft, so I think a huge thank you is in order for setting up this event.

Every single stall was filled with gorgeous products, but I couldn’t buy from everyone, so here are my favourites:

Sean Mort

Red Paper House

Basil and Ford

By The Lock Handmade

Charlotte Valance

Thriftbox

Pluck’d

Not Only Polka Dots

The brewery is situated in Holbeck Urban Village, which is an up-and-coming redevelopment area. Already, there are many places of interest including some fantastic looking eateries and wine bars, digital media companies and Cycle Yorkshire. It is also within a short distance from Leeds Waterfront, another stylish area with places to eat and the canal and locks.

 

I hope you have enjoyed this post and will now want to explore the independent scene in Leeds.

Megan x

Pebble pictures

Greetings from a rainy day! Yes, the weather is terrible here, so to distract from a) the miserable rain and b) a terrible dentist appointment this morning, I will share with you a little gem that my mum and I have come across.

Earlier in the summer, we visited the Foxton Locks Festival, in which we encountered the rather wonderful creations of Sadie and Sid Arts and Crafts. despite only coming back with a business card that time, we were delighted to discover that they were coming to a little event called the Pavilion Pop-Up Shop in Newtown Linford.

We may have made a few purchases, but here are a couple of photos so you get the general idea! I think they are brilliant. Plus, the neutral colours and frames are perfect for any sort of room.

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Love the Sheep!


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Look at the little bunny!

 

Hope you like these as much as I do!

Megan x

Uni Room Inspiration

As I am moving into university accommodation in about three weeks, I am starting to think about how I can turn my room from a blank canvas to a place that I would be proud to call home. Given my love of all things Parisian, Mica Peet and Dave Thompson, my birthday on Friday was a great way to kick off the decor ideas.

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Storage is an essential when it comes to uni. You have to be organised as rooms are typically quite small. Thanks to my auntie and uncle, I now have another gorgeous Parisian storage box. The suitcase style makes it extra special!

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My Dave Thompson collection is rapidly growing. Currently totalling 25 postcards, 2 coasters, a Notre Dame keyring, this sophisticated London tote bag and Sacre-Coeur notepad, I think it’s time to say I am quite obsessed.

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Last, but certainly not least is the latest addition to my Mica Peet craving. My mum and dad bought me this stunning cushion, which really shows the beauty of this badger print, which I also have on my necklace. The colours complement each other so well and will definitely act as a colour palette when I buy some new bedding!

Your university room does not have do remain a basic room, with no sense identity. It is a home for a whole year, and I want mine to belong to me and not just merge into the string of countless dwellers. Living in a city like Leeds, I think it is essential that my room acts as a sanctuary, as a means of escape from the hustle and bustle of city life.

Megan x