Monday, 14 December 2015

Winter's Night In TV Choices

There's nothing I like more on a winter's evening than snuggling down with a good bit of television, a hot chocolate and a comfy pair of pyjamas. With winter well upon us, I thought I'd share some of the shows I love to watch on a winter's evening.
I’ve thoroughly enjoyed this series. I vaguely remembered Superman being on the telly, so when I saw there was a female equivalent starting, I was ready to give it a go. Melissa Benoist as Kara/Supergirl is relatable as the slightly geeky lead, and the rest of the cast do a brilliant job. I’d really recommend giving this a go.

I’ve been rewatching this from the beginning on Netflix, and I’m so glad I’ve got back into it. It’s a great vampire story, slightly different to the usual vampire tales. I’m hoping to catch up with the current series soon – I’m currently on season four. Although, I’m not sure what I’ll do when I’ve seen all the episodes.

Another superhero show. I’ve really enjoyed this show, and I’m keen to start the comic book series, to see how it compares. I love the team that work together to save Central City on a daily basis, and new character Patty Spivot has been an instant hit with me.

I won’t lie, I love this all year round, but the new series has been on at the moment. Admittedly, I’m a little far behind, but I know I’ll quickly catch up. It’s always fun to have a sneaky look into the lives of the people of Chelsea.

Yet another superhero show. I seem to love them at this time of year – maybe because they come back at the same time of year. This was the first show of its kind that I came across, and because of that it’s probably my favourite. Stephen Amell as Oliver Queen is a welcome sight, and I love Felicity Smoak. I’ve written a post about my love for it here!

What are some of your favourite shows to watch at this time of year?
Until next time,
Lexie
xo

Thursday, 10 December 2015

Most Anticipated Films of 2016

I love a good movie - who doesn't right? It's around this time of year that I start getting excited for the films I have to look forward to in the coming year. So today, I thought I'd give you a look at the films I'm looking forward to for 2016.
The Divergent Series – Allegiant:
I’ve loved the first two Divergent films. They’re gripping from the very beginning, and I’ve been looking forward to the final instalment since I saw Insurgent. Admittedly, I’ll be a little sad to see the series come to an end, but I need my Four fix.

Finding Dory
I love Finding Nemo, and when I first heard that there would be sequel, I couldn’t wait. And now, it’s finally within my grasp, I could not be more excited. Who wouldn’t want a bit more Dory, Nemo and crew in their lives?

The Choice
A film adaptation of a Nicholas Sparks novel – my favourite sort of film. I haven’t read this one, but I will make it my task to read it before I see the film. I’m sure I’ll love it.

Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them
Now, I’m a massive Harry Potter fan, and I am still hoping and praying that one day there’ll be another addition to the series. But in the meantime, I definitely think this offering from J K Rowling should keep my cravings for more Hogwarts at bay.

Bad Neighbours 2
It took me a while to watch the first Bad Neighbours film, as I didn’t really think it would be my sort of thing. But once I did see it, I actually really enjoyed it. Plus Zac Efron! Need I say more?

Until next time,
Lexie
xo

Wednesday, 9 December 2015

The New Braiding Handbook

With the festive season well and truly upon us, it's the perfect opportunity to get a little experimental with your hair. And that's where The New Braiding Handbook comes in. I've never been overly skilled when it comes to my hair, but when I came across this little gem of a book in Urban Outfitters, I knew I had to pick it up.
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The book was compiled and written by Abby Smith, who I've since discovered on her blog and YouTube channel TwistMePretty. The book is easy to follow, with tutorials that can be replicated relatively easily. There are 60 hairstyles to try, with something for everyone.
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Now, like I said, I've never been very good at doing anything creative with my hair. Like, I couldn't do anything. But after reading through a few of these tutorials, I've somehow mastered a French Plait, something I'd never tried before.
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Each tutorial has multiple pictures to show you step-by-step how to complete the look. They're so simple to follow, it's great. Abby even shows you how to master the basics, with plenty of definitions, and explanations about terminology you might come across in the book. I definitely think this book will get plenty of use - as long as I keep growing my hair that is.
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I hope you've enjoyed this sneaky peak into Abby Smith's The New Braiding Handbook. I'd definitely recommend it!
Until tomorrow,
Lexie
xo

Tuesday, 8 December 2015

Christmas Market OOTD

Let's face it, trying to decide what to wear for a spot of Christmas shopping can be difficult. Trying to find the right balance between being warm enough outside and cool enough in the shops. It's a task, that's for sure. So, I was quite impressed with what I wore this weekend on a visit to Winchester.
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Jeans are a staple for any shopping trip for me, they're comfortable, go with everything, and keep me warm. These ones are from New Look - my go-to denim shop! I teamed the jeans with a short sleeved pale gold jumper from Jack Wills, adding warmth and a little festiveness.
Boots are my shoe of choice in the autumn and winter. These brown boots from Primark are really comfortable, perfect for a wander round the Christmas market. This time of year you can't go anywhere without your coat, so I chose my lightweight mac from Primark, and my Primark scarf for a bit of added warmth. Can't beat a bit of Primark, especially for winter-wear!
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Until next time,
Lexie
xo

Monday, 7 December 2015

Festive Baking - Ginger Crunchies

There’s not a more Christmassy flavour than ginger, am I right? I’m all about Gingerbread lattes, gingerbread men, give me all the ginger. So when I fancied baking, it had to involve ginger, and these Ginger Crunchies fitted my needs perfectly. Now I’m not the best baker by any means, I find it quite stressful to be honest, but I found this recipe relatively easy to follow, so I thought I’d share it with you today.
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To make the biscuits, I used:
110g (4oz) softened butter
60g (2oz) caster sugar
140g (5oz) plain flour
1tsp baking powder
1tsp ground ginger
And for the icing, I used:
4tbsp icing sugar
2tbsp butter
1tsp ground ginger
3tsp golden syrup
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I started by preheating my oven to Gas Mark 4, although my oven isn’t the best, so I had to turn it up a little throughout the cooking time. I lined a small baking tin with kitchen foil, and then set to making the biscuits.
I creamed together the butter and the sugar (unsuccessfully at first, I told you, I’m pretty useless), and then added the flour, baking powder and ginger into the bowl. I mixed all this together, until I was left with a ball of dough.
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I pressed the dough into the foil-lined tin, and popped it into the oven for around half an hour, although the recipe states that 15-20 minutes should be plenty. I was worried that my dough didn’t look like it was going to be very thick, but don’t worry, it does rise.
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For the icing, I put all the ingredients into a pan, and heated them gently, stirring until they all came together. Once combined, I poured over the biscuit, and then cut the biscuits into small squares. The recipe says it should make 16 biscuits, but I only made 12 – I did have to cut a little off from around the edges to make it nice and neat.
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Once cooled, they’re ready to eat, and they’re delicious. Crunchy from the biscuit and chewy from the topping, what more could you want?
I hope you enjoyed this little recipe – let me know if you try it.
Until tomorrow,
Lexie
xo

*This recipe was from The Women’s Institute Vintage Teatime, by Jessica Simmons - which you can purchase here.

Sunday, 6 December 2015

My Favourite Christmas Songs

Everyone has their favourite Christmas songs. The ones you hear and you instantly feel in the festive spirit, and the ones you hear at the Christmas party that instantly get you dancing. Today, to help get us all in the Christmas spirit, I thought I’d share some of my favourite Christmas tunes.
Last ChristmasWham
A classic! I love belting this out when putting the tree up, or wrapping pressies. I quite often break into singing this throughout December – be warned.

All I Want For ChristmasMariah Carey
Everyone likes this one, right? The perfect Christmas song to sing all season long – I feel like a right pop diva when I’m singing along.

Under the MistletoeJustin Bieber
I’ll admit, I’m a bit of a Belieber. He’s releasing some amazing music at the moment, but Under The Mistletoe will always be one of my favourites.

Santa Tell MeAriana Grande
This girl can sing, and when I discovered this tune last year, I played it non-stop!

Cold December NightMichael Buble
The king of Christmas, would it be a collection of my favourite Christmas songs without an offering from Buble himself? I didn’t think so, and this is my all-time favourite.

What are some of your favourite Christmas songs that get you in the festive spirit?
Until tomorrow,
Lexie
xo


Saturday, 5 December 2015

November in Instagram

If you didn't know, I'm a bit of an Instagram addict. I post quite a bit and you'll always find me scrolling through my feed. Because I love Instagram so much, I'm surprised that I have never done a blog post about my Insta month like I've seen the likes of Alice and Charlotte share. So when I started brainstorming Blogmas ideas, I thought I'd give it a go. Without any further ado, let's see what I got up to in November.
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A cute bit of Monday Motivation
My mum and I had a great time getting our nails done at Ruma Salons
Winchester looked so festive when I visited last
I couldn't resist picking up a new blogging camera in the Black Friday sales
Feeling festive with my Black Forest Hot Chocolate from Costa
I entered a competition to win a weave - I miss long hair
I visited Stakks for the first time with Anna, and blogged about it
The Nutella Stakk was delicious!
More food - my cookie dough pudding from dinner with the blogging girls
Wise words from Cinderella
Dinner with my blogging girls Anna and Jess at Bella Italia
My favourite Lush item in their Christmas launch, the Butterbear
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A little reminder that not all days are bad
This one made me chuckle because it is me, every morning!
Tipsy selfie with Alice on our Bloggers’ Night Out
Another tipsy selfie, this time with Anna
My fabulous hair after the Bloggers’ Preview at Ruma Salons
I'm so grateful I had the chance to visit Ruma before their grand opening
Had such a fab night with Anna and Jess for the Bloggers’ Night Out
I loved my outfit for our night out
The reason behind our drunken selfies - thank you Revolution Southampton
I hit 50 followers on my blog, and I was so proud and thankful
Face mask heaven in Lush
The first Starbucks Red Cup of the season
This month seems to have had a lot of food and drink - truly getting into the Christmas spirit apparently.
You can find me on Instagram here - leave me your usernames in the comments!
Until next time,
Lexie
xo

Friday, 4 December 2015

My Favourite Festive Films

If there's one thing guaranteed to get me in the Christmas spirit, it’s a Christmas film. There's nothing better than curling up under a cosy blanket, with hot chocolate and treats and watching a festive film. Today, I thought I'd share some of my favourites, to get us all in the festive spirit.
The Polar Express
I first saw this at the cinema years ago, but it gave me all the feels. It's beautifully produced, with a lovely story and plenty of Christmassy scenes. It's guaranteed to get me feeling festive.

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The Holiday
A classic. It's not Christmas unless I've seen this. It's usually my first port of call if I'm after a Christmas film, as that can be quite early on in the season. In all honesty, I'm surprised I haven't watched it already - I better get to that. It's Christmassy without being all about Christmas, which I like. It's just the right sort of film to get me feeling cosy and ready for the holiday season.

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Tinkerbell and the Secret of the Wings
So technically this isn't a Christmas film, but winter is a big aspect of the film. Teamed with a family based story, and my favourite Disney character, what could be better for a winter’s night in?

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Love Actually
Another classic, with a wave to Christmas, but not shoving Christmas down your throat. With multiple cute storylines and some of my favourite actors, Love Actually is just the sort of films to make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

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The Snowman
The ultimate Christmas film. I watched this so many times as a kid (and since) that this film is probably etched into my memory. Giving both the Christmas feels, and those of nostalgia, The Snowman instantly gets me feeling festive.

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What are you favourite Christmas films? Anything that I've missed off my list?
Until next time,
Lexie
xo

Thursday, 3 December 2015

Ruma Salon Shellac Experience

When I visited Ruma Salon in Bursledon for their Bloggers Event, I fell in love (read about the event here)! The salon was gorgeous, the atmosphere was relaxed, and the staff were so friendly. It'll come as no surprise, then, that I couldn't wait to go back. I booked in for my first ever Shellac* and eagerly anticipated my next visit. And I wasn't disappointed!
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Once again, everyone was so welcoming and friendly, instantly relaxing me. Surely I'm not the only one who finds the initial walk in to a salon a little daunting? I was seated at one of the nail tables, offered a variety of drinks, and was then left with the most difficult task - picking the colour! Ruma use CND Shellac products, and I picked the combination of Dark Dahlia (a deep burgundy) and Nordic Lights (a glitter/shimmer) -what an autumnal choice!
As I've said, I'd never used Shellac before. I went through a phase of acrylics (which ruined my nails), and I have a Sensationail kit I sometimes use, but I was excited to give Shellac a try. And I wasn't disappointed.
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The process was much softer on my nails, with none of the heavy buffing used for acrylics. My nails felt well looked after the whole time, and still feel fab now. Shellac is meant to help your nails grow, and it let's them breathe even under layers of polish. I often find my nails get soft if I leave them painted for too long, but I hate having them nude, so you see my dilemma.
Days later, they're still as shiny as when I left the salon and no chips yet, wahoo!! Shellac is said to last 14 days, which is great for someone like me who chips their polish really easily. I do love changing colours though, and with Shellac this won't be as easy. I'm intrigued to see how long this Shellac does last, and I might be converted! They're a great choice for the holiday season though, lasting for numerous work parties and nights out with the girls.
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Have you tried Shellac? Do you think I should keep it up? Have I tempted you to try it yourself?
Until next time,
Lexie
xo

*This Shellac treatment was complimentary from Ruma Salons, but all views are my own.

Wednesday, 2 December 2015

My Favourite Festive Drinks

Can you really get in the Holiday Spirit if you haven't had a festive drink? For me, it’s essential if I'm going to get through my Christmas shopping. The coffee shops always go all out with their festive drinks, and I thought I'd share my favourites with you today!
Black Forest Hot Chocolate - Costa
This has been a staple for me year in year out. Sweet, and warming, and indulgent, it was just the thing to get me through working in retail throughout the Christmas period. It's the one festive drink I couldn't live without.

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Praline Latte - Cafe Nero
A new discovery this year. I don't often venture into Cafe Nero, but when I was in Winchester recently, it was nice and quiet, so I wandered in. This was amazing. It's not overly sweet, and is festive in a subtle way. I love eating praline at Christmas time and now I can drink it too!!

Gingerbread Latte - Starbucks
The classic red cup, is there anything that screams Christmas more? I know you can ask for gingerbread syrup year round but there's something special about it at this time of year.

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So they're my favourite festive drinks from the three big coffee chains. What do you love drinking this time of year? Anything I should try?
Until tomorrow,
Lexie
xo

Tuesday, 1 December 2015

A Festive Announcement

If you follow my blog regularly, you might have seen that I missed a post yesterday. Yesterday, I made the possibly ridiculous decision to try and do Blogmas this year!! Am I mad? Quite possibly.
Most other bloggers decide to do Blogmas quite early on in November so they have the most time to prepare. Me? I choose to do it 24 hours beforehand. Woops.
The plan is to post every day. Some posts will be Christmas themed, others might not. I guess I just wanted to challenge myself. We’ll see how it goes, I guess.
There'll be a new post at 7pm, everyday (hopefully). Fingers crossed this works!
Stay up to date with everything I post via Bloglovin, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!
Until tomorrow,
Lexie
xo

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