The Sunday Catch Up #5 | Life Lately

I feel like 2017 so far has been a bit of a whirlwind, almost literally this past week thanks to Doris. It's a cold Sunday, and the weather is looking pretty pants, so I'm having a well-deserved break from essay writing to write a little update as to where the heck I've been.

January Loves

January is probably my least favourite month of the year, it drags on forever and everything is miserable so I'm not complaining to be seeing the back of it! It's also been a rather hectic month with uni work, this is my final year so I'm spending the majority of my time studying and writing my dissertation. I still want to keep up with blogging but for the next few months, it may dip in consistency. I really like bringing all the things I've been loving from a month together so I'm hoping to keep up my month loves posts, speaking of, I've had a fair few favourites this month. A few basic beauty bits and bobs perfect for a wintery evening.


16 of 2016

2016 has been an all over the place year and one that I certainly won't be forgetting. Although there was more than enough awful things that happened, I'm thinking about the good things, because actually a lot of good happened to. Here I'm sharing 16 loves of 2016, be that products, memories or things - there's quite the mix.


2017 Goals

2016 has been a mixed ole' bag really. Whilst on the one hand I've had some pretty amazing times which I've loved, globally and politically it's been dreadful (call me a 'remoaner' all you like). Often I'm not really one for New Years, it seems like a bit of anti-climax and it's basically just a huge celebration for the start of the new month which seems odd. However this year, I'm all for it. I'm ready for a fresh start. I find that if I set resolutions I never stick to them and just end up feeling bad for not being able to stick to something, instead, I've been setting goals which to me just sounds more achievable and more about wanting to achieve something that being strict on myself. Over 2016 I was pretty successful in achieving them, so I've got high hopes for 2017!


Christmas Traditions | 12 Days of Blogmas

Every family does Christmas differently, each with their own traditions and specialities. My family does Christmas in quite a big way, we've always had lots of extended family to our house and so it's very busy and filled with people. As it's Christmas Eve I thought I'd share a few traditions of Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing day, both old and new.


Festive Makeup | 12 Days of Blogmas

In my family, we use Christmas as a bit of an excuse to spruce ourselves up for a few days and make a real effort. Which I'm pleased we do, it's always nice to look back at photos and think well at least my outfit was nice! For me, this of course, means taking my makeup into consideration, I want to look quite festive, yet be something that's going to last well and doesn't need too much done to it during the day. Whilst for the actual day I still haven't quite decided what lip option I'll go for, this is a look I've already worn a few times and I know it's a safe one to whip out for all the festivities. Golden, defined eyes and a matte lip with a perfected base that lasts all day.


Favourite Festive Blog Posts | 12 Days of Blogmas

As I've said many times before in these blogmas posts, I love Christmas with a passion. What's been especially is nice this year, is counting down the days with so much festive content to be catching up on. It's so nice to see how other people prepare for Christmas, and oh those gift guides are helpful! I've rounded up 6 of my favourite festive blog posts, just in case you're in need of any pre-Christmas Eve reading.

Homemade Mince Pies | 12 Days of Blogmas

Mince pies and a cup of tea or mulled wine are the perfect treat for counting down to Christmas. And what's better than mince pies - homemade mince pies. This is my Mum's trusty recipe with a sugar topping to make them go extra crispy, buttery pastry and they're dairy free/vegan too! Delicious hot out of the oven with a dollop of brandy butter.


Favourite Tree Decorations | 12 Days of Blogmas

Christmas trees are definitely a favourite thing about Christmas. I mean they smell like Christmas, we've always had a real tree in the hall way and so when you come in the house is filled with the scent of pine. We nearly always decorate the tree together, depending on when I'm home from uni. This year we decorated the tree all together with my boyfriend and my brother's girlfriend, we spend ages on it as every decoration has a memory and of course we end up fooling around to Christmas music. I've picked out a few of my favourite decorations to share in the run-up to Christmas.