Sunday, 22 December 2013

Christmas Wishlist

Only 3 more sleeps until Christmas!

Here's a few items on my Christmas wishlist this year:

ASOS Reindeer Dress £22

OMG this is surely the most perfect Christmas dress!! I squealed when I saw this dress I love it!

Cath Kidston Penguin PJ set - £50

How cosy and christmassy do these pj's look? Really wish they weren't so pricey! Can I justify spending that kind of money on pj's? I do spend most of my time in pj's so maybe I can...

Tangle Teezer Detangling brush - £11.69 on Amazon

I discovered the tangle teezer hair brush this year and it's changed my life! My hair gets knotty extremely quickly and it's amazing how quickly the tangle teezer can get those tricky knots out so quicktly and painlessly. This tangle teezer brush is the newest product in their range and is for use on wet hair. Definitely going to ask Santa for one!

Butter London Scrubbers £8 -

I love painting my nails especially with glitter polish however I do not love trying to get it off! I have been told that these remove glitter nail polish effortlessly! This is music to my ears! Definitely on my wishlist!

The White Pepper Unicorn Cluth Bag £40

A shiny unicorn bag - what more can I say! Perfect accessory for a New Years Eve party!

Gingerbread Man Christmas Jumper - Topshop £42

And finally a Christmas jumper. This topshop one is so cute!

What items are on your christmas list?

Love K xx

Saturday, 7 December 2013

Holidays are coming!

Christmas is my favourite time of year and I have been full of Christmas cheer this week! I think the boys at work are sick of me insisting on playing Christmas songs already in the office and we're only on day 7!

Here's a round up of my festive week so far:

Christmas Jumpers!

Isn't this the best Christmas jumper you have ever seen?! I spotted this in Primark on Saturday and immediately headed to the till with it! A bargain as well at £10! Have pretty much worn it every day since I purchased it!

Advent Calendars

I decided to make James an advent calender this year. It was more difficult than i first thought it would be and took ages to wrap up all 24 presents but he was so happy when I presented him with the big sack full of presents it was well worth the effort! He did ask if he could open them all on day 1 but I have forbidden him to do so!

How cute is this advent calendar from M&S! I treated the office to this advent calendar although there was some confusion when one of my runners was offered to open a door on Wednesday and he opened door 21!! Apparently he's never had an advent calendar and was unsure what to do!! He's had a lesson now!

Christmas Dinner

My friends and I all seem to be super busy with Christmas parties and the like so we had our annual Christmas meal this week. We went to Effra Social club in Brixton which I highly recommend. They do a delicious Christmas menu and the food was all freshly prepared and so tasty. And the portions were massive!! We were all in a food coma afterwards!

Secret Santa

We always do Secret Santa with our group of friends as it gets too expensive buying pressies for everyone. I saw this necklace in Oliver Bonas and knew it would be perfect for my friend Louisa as she works at a circus! She loved it!

I received a mug - my friends know how much I love a good cuppa! I think I will take this one to use as my special work mug. I also got a super shiny Clinique nail polish. Can't wait to use it!


My friend Sarah and I made our annual trip to Harrods this week to see Father Christmas and look at the lovely window displays. My friend and I met at Harrods back in 2007 when we worked in the Christmas Grotto there! It seems so long ago now, I think it's the most fun job I have ever had plus I got to meet David Beckham!

What have you all been up to this week? Have you been embracing Christmas?

Next week my friend and I have tickets to the Union Chapel to see Andy Burrows & Ilan Eshkeri Perform The Snowman & The Snowdog Live - I simply cannot wait! Tom Odell is going to be playing the Piano too!

Lots of love

K xx

Wednesday, 4 December 2013

My Dear Friend

This is quite a difficult for me to write but I really wanted to do a post dedicated to my best friend Leanne who sadly we lost 7 years ago yesterday.

Leanne was my best friend from school and through college we were inseparable. When it came to deciding on universities we were excited to both be accepted to Manchester Metropolitan University and made lots of plans for when we were then.

Inevitably as we started on the new chapter of our lives at University we met new friends and didn't spend as much time together as we had probably imagined we would but we still remained the best of friends. Whenever we needed each other we were always there to help each other out.

On a cold December afternoon in 2006 I got a call that would change my life forever. Leanne had died. She had gone to sleep and never woken up. We're still not sure what happened. She had suffered from diabetes from the age of 8 and the doctors assume that she had developed an un-diagnosed heart or lung problem because of this and this had caused her to die in her sleep.

Other than my Grandad passing away when I was a child this was the first time I had lost someone so close to me and the pain and sadness was indescribable.

The days that followed were just as heartbreaking. As she had died in Manchester I then had to make the phone calls to our other friends back home and inform them off the sad news. It was the worst time of my life.

But Leanne was full of life when she was with us and we had to all remember that moping around and feeling sad was not what she would have wanted. She loved to have fun and enjoy herself and never let anything stand in her way especially her diabetes. She never once let it stop her having a good night out or missing out on anything. She once told me that she knew she would die from her diabetes one day, I remember being shocked to hear her say it but she was quite matter of fact about it and said she wanted to have the most fun in life she could ever have and she definitely succeeded in that. She fit a lot of fun times into her 21 years.

Losing someone is never easy, especially someone so young. I often find myself sitting at home wondering what Leanne would be doing now if she was still with us. Would she have moved to London as well? Would she be married now? What would her job be?

I think her passing made me reflect on my life a lot. I made some significant changes after she passed away including making the decision to move to London which I have never regretted once. It made me realise that life was too short to wait around for things to happen and you need to make things happen for yourselves.

Since that day in 2006 I always see rainbows at the most random times and later found out her family and a lot of my other friends had experienced the same thing . I can't explain it, I don't know what I believe but I like to take warmth in that every time I see a rainbow it's a little sign she's still with me saying hello.

She will forever live on in our hearts and I will make sure that when I have children they will hear about how wonderful my best friend Leanne was.

Lots of love

K x

(Terrible picture of us aged 16!)