These joggers are super comfortable from @prettylittlething
! Take a look at my new blog post on louiseroserailton.com for activewear wardrobe inspiration 🤸♀️
We made eco friendly Reindeer Food - swipe right to see how busy they were!
If you’re looking for an activity that keeps them busy and quiet for AGES then check out my link in my bio to see how we did ours and how long we managed to keep them sat in one place instead of tormenting each other 😂 #freerangelittles #pinterestmom #reindeerfood #christmascraftsforkids
I was a little bit naughty and opened my advent calendars before I left for Prague so I could keep up with my posting schedule. Hopefully Santa won’t be mad! .
Wonder Eye Cream was in day 17 of the @marksandspencer
advent calendar. Like an idiot I forgot to bring this away with me so I am currently using my sister-in-law’s as we both have this calendar.
I believe there is no such thing as too much lip balm so this @nivea_uk
Pearly Shine lip balm, from the @amazon
advent calendar, will fit right in to my collection. .
I must admit I am a little underwhelmed by the brush in the @thebodyshop
advent calendar. I have a couple of these kicking around and never use them, as I prefer the silicon spoolies from Primark for neatening my brows or lashes.
Day 18 of the M&S calendar contained the Formula Absolute Ultimate Sleep Cream and I am up for trying anything that works while I sleep!
I am intrigued by this @rimmellondonuk
Ink Me heart stamp. I have no idea when I’ll use it but it seems fun.
Finally, it seems that hand cream stocks are now brimming over thanks to another hand cream, this time a Shea butter one from The Body Shop calendar.
There will be another Prague post tomorrow, I’m having such a lovely time but I am knackered from exploring so it’s a face mask and early bed for me!
It’s my first evening in Prague and I’ve already got into the festive spirit with a mulled cider in the lovely @labastille_praha
restaurant that we stumbled across whilst having a wander.
This is probably the nicest mulled cider I’ve ever had, and we had a lovely dinner, so I would say it’s definitely worth a visit.
We’ve got lots of fun things booked in for the next couple of days, so stay tuned.
I also took a sneaky OOTD as my hotel room at @hotelkinskygarden
has good mirrors! (Not the best lighting but you can rarely have everything!) .
A lot of these items have appeared in OOTDs before, especially from Edinburgh at the beginning of the year, but I always think layers are the best way to handle cold places! I’m pretty pleased that my @whitestuffuk
top goes well with my super warm @benchoriginal
Also, what you can’t see here is the Heatgen leggings and vest from @marksandspencer
I am wearing underneath my outfit to ensure I stay toastie!
Do you have any recommendations of things to see in Prague?
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A little #tb
to last year’s festive antics visiting @yorkmuseumgardens
Christmas lights. I’ve a new blog post up on my favourite fragrances, from high-end to drug store faves, be sure to check it out through the link in my bio ⬆️
The weekend has been very generous in terms of the advent calendars.
Day 15 of the @marksandspencer
calendar contained a @studio10makeup
lipgloss. I have several in a similar shade so this is a good one for my collection. .
I love @ritualscosmetics
so I was super pleased to see this foaming shower gel in the @amazon
I’ve not tried any of @thebodyshop
lip products before so I’m interested to try this Born Lippy lip balm.
I am definitely now stocked up on eye pencils as day 16 of the M&S calendar contained this @diegodellapalmaofficial
I am very intrigued by, and love the scent of this citrus and herbal musk deodorant by @baxterofca
from the Amazon calendar.
And everyone loves a Body Shop body butter so I’m always pleased to see one of these.
I am jetting off to Prague for a few days tomorrow but will be keeping up my posting schedule, hopefully with some snaps of my trip!
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True story: whenever I see this reindeer, my brain automatically goes ‘OH! RUDOLF!’ in Nessa mode. I definitely watch too much Gavin and Stacey and I regret nothing. Another thing I learned in the process of taking this picture is that attempting posey seasonal photos just for the Instagram ‘content’ just isn’t me. So there’s that.
Anyway, I probably ask this same question around this time every year, but I still haven’t found the perfect journal/year planner for 2019 (first world problems), any recommendations?
Looking for something nice and spacey but with a grid-like calendar planner for each month, if you get what I mean? I’ll try and put a pic on my Stories later to give you an idea, but you lot are so good at recommending things like this that any suggestions would be hugely appreciated! 🎅🏻❤️
Today I want to post about someone very dear to me, my lovely sister Rosie.
I may be biased but I think she is incredibly talented and she painted this beautiful Blue Tit for me to remind me of my grandparents as they all loved their gardens and the birds that visited them. .
She also does amazingly cute illustration for children and uses her passion for nature, and for sustainability, throughout the work she’s currently doing for her dissertation. .
If you want to check out more of Rosie’s work give her a follow on @rea_designs
, she does commissions so if you’re in the market for a pet portrait of a painting of your favourite animal, she’s your gal! .
Love you millions Odie!
After the party there’s the after party 🎈
I wish we were heading back to the York Christmas markets again today. Nothing makes me feel as festive! I will be spending a lot of today wrapping presents and finally putting my decorations up though... I feel like I’m a bit late this year! Are you prepared for the big day yet, or are you late to the party like me?!
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Happy Friyay! I hope you all have lovely weekends planned.
Day 13 of the @marksandspencer
advent calendar contained @theheroprojectuk
Hayworth Instant Moisture Boost. This is a brand I haven’t heard of before so am interested to see what it’s like.
Dry Instant Volumising Spray came from the @amazon
And although it doesn’t pick up great on camera, this lip pencil from @thebodyshop
calendar is a lovely colour.
glass nail file features in the M&S calendar every year, but they are fab so I don’t mind!
I am intrigued by this marine blend @crabtreeandevelyn
hand cream. I seem to be getting quite the hoard of handcreams so should maybe invest a bit more time looking after my hands!
And finally this British Rose Exfoliating Gel Body Scrub from The Body Shop looks quite exciting.
Yet another couple of great days in all 3 advent calendars!
Just a random question, but something that’s made you smile this week? Tucked up in bed after quite a demanding day/week but it’d make me so happy to hear your stories, even if I can’t reply straight away.
I have three happy things to share: the first being selling all of our Christmas @spooniesurvivalkits
in time for the festive season, the second being getting back in front with what’s been the busiest freelance/bloggy month since I first started, and the third being having some lil Christmas cards to stand up on my windowsill 😌🎅🏻
Shooting with the incredible Natasha in Leeds the other week📸
We didn’t quite think through the fact it’s pitch black at 4, or that it was Manchester on a Friday... But @satchmedia
came tf through with these shots🙌🏽🙌🏽
I can’t begin to explain what this city means to me 🗽 Forever waiting for the day that I can call it home ❤️
Still feeling pretty crappy so these pictures are of my first test of this product, though I had another go last night.
This Dead Sea Minerals anti-stress facemask sounded like exactly what I needed, because everyone needs less stress in their lives!
Because the mask is clay you don’t get a lot of opportunity to rub it around your face whilst applying, because it starts to dry pretty fast, hence the patchiness. Last night I tried to make sure I got it on a bit thicker, but because I was in the bath I think it was refusing to dry because of the moisture in the air (I was nearly boiling myself like a lobster...) .
Anyway, I didn’t really like how this made my skin feel once it was washed off. Even though I had removed my make up and then applied the mask, my skin still felt a bit ‘grubby’. It may just be because my skin is quite oily so therefore it doesn’t have the same affect on me as it would have on someone with less oily skin. I definitely don’t agree that it deep cleaned my pores as the packet suggests it should. .
I think there is at least another use in this pack, as mentioned I’ve already had 2, so I will give it a 3rd go, I want to be sure I’ve given it a fair shot, but as things stand I wouldn’t say I hated it, but I wouldn’t seek it out again.
"We will NOT be governed by pesky allergens. They will have NO bearing on our seasonal Winter bulking.” The 5 stages of having a food allergy at Christmas Time is now up on the blog: if you can relate, I would LOVE to hear from you!
It’s obviously quite a lighthearted piece but I have to say, I’ve really struggled with my allergies this year. Finding safe foods seems to be getting more and more difficult, particularly this festive season. It gets me down seeing foods marketed as ‘allergen-free’ that are full of nuts, or celebrities declaring intolerances but magically still being able to eat those same foods whenever they like, and most of all, seeing devastating fatalities in the news that were entirely preventable. It really does get me mad.
It’s a tough topic and I don’t often enjoy sharing things like this where there isn’t a resolution or something you can actively do to change things, but the one positive side is that there’s important campaigning and insightful conversation around these issues taking place in the UK at the moment, and about time too. So I really hope my blog post is taken in jest, and that 2019 is the year we stamp these issues out for good.
And if not, I’ll set this Satanic-looking, EpiPen-wielding Elf loose to take care of things. Not gonna lie, the bloke’s giving me nightmares already 👀🎅🏻
HBCxYorkshire Networking & Brands 🌟. Did you know we have a new event happening in January?! We are so pleased to start announcing some of the brands who will be there on the day! 🙌🏼.
Kicking it off with the guys at @luxesupplements
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I am really not feeling well today so I’m going to keep this short and sweet.
Day 11 of the @marksandspencer
calendar contained the @nuxe_uk
Luxurious Body Cream Global Anti-Ageing.
calendar contained the cutest @realtechniques
brush I ever did see!
And the body pouffe in @thebodyshop
calendar feels super soft. Day 11 is my favourite animal box by the way, how cute is the wild pig!?
Day 12 of the M&S calendar contained the @pixibeauty
nose pore strips were in the Amazon calendar.
And finally this liquid eyeliner was in The Body Shop calendar.
I didn’t want to miss posting this but now I’m going to bed!
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It’s the most wonderful time of the year in the most wonderful city in the world. 🎄
Not going to lie, it’s been a little rough this past week. But I’m thankful for friends, Christmas trees, and hot chocolate for helping me through it.
I love gin, and I also love gin bottles! .
I think that the designs on gin bottles are some of the prettiest of the spirit bottles it it feels a waste to just throw them in the recycling.
I tried putting standard battery powered fairy lights in bottles, but having the battery packs trailing out of the bottles looked pretty clunky, so then I thought, I wonder if there is such a thing as the battery pack being in a cork shaped case...
Well it turns out there is! I don’t know why I didn’t do it before but a quick search for ‘cork lights’ on Amazon came up with these beauties!
You get a pack of 6 for £7.59 (tiny screwdriver for changing batteries included), and these ones have copper wire and a warm glow which I appreciate. There are a number of other brands on @amazon
, these were just the ones I thought looked best. .
It’s a little bit of a shame that each set comes in a plastic pack, I think it would be better for them to come in boxes, but that’s just me. .
Anyway, I love the overall look and plan to keep these on my mantle piece as a permanent fixture, and hopefully I can add to the collection of empties soon!
(I should add the @silentpoolgin
empty was donated to me and I nabbed the @warneredwards
empty from my parents’ pub 😂)
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Back in October, Adam and myself visited #Blackpool
for 5 days. Of course on one of the days we had to make a visit to @madametussauds
, and what a wonderful day it was. I’ve been fortunate enough to go on so many holidays, day trips and staycations this year, I just hope #2019
brings even more adventure
I also have a blog post about all the things you can get up to in Blackpool, there is so many fun things to do!
And it’s time for days 9 and 10!
Day 9 of the @marksandspencer
advent calendar contained the @renskincare
revitalising night cream. I’ve got a new hoard of of skincare building up!
gel rehab was in the @amazon
calendar. I really don’t paint my nails that much but I want to make time for it, so maybe this will come in handy.
I get eczema on my hands so I’m quite interested in this almond milk and honey calming and protecting hand cream from @thebodyshop
From day 10 of the M&S calendar came the @percyandreed
overnight recovery treatment. I’m all for a good hair treatment and am testing a few so will see how this stacks up.
The Amazon calendar contained a super stay liner from @wunder2cosmetics
and I’m all for a good eye liner.
And I love the smell of pink grapefruit so this gel lotion from The Body Shop is pretty exciting!
Do you have an advent calendar? What’s in it?
When Monday starts with lots of fresh air, hot chocolate and marshmallows you have high hopes for the week! Florence and I loved her first forest school morning today and even better that the parents all got hot chocolate as well. I hope Monday has been kind for you? #freerangelittles
I haven’t used this instagram to promote my blog in SO long and started to just use my personal one instead. BUT I want to start really getting into blogging again in 2019, as it is something my life I’m feeling more and more passionate about, and I love having a space to document my life and adventures. Bring on another fantastic year 🖤
Also is anyone else loving all the different Christmas drinks out this season? ☕️
About a month ago my lovely friend @jessicamaydawn
and I attended @stylistlive
at London Olympia.
We decided to get VIP tickets and we’re not disappointed! Those tickets entitled you to a free treatment, that you got to book in before you got there. We both decided on a @shiseido
facial which was heavenly. It also got us a couple of free drinks, free food, a ridiculously good goodie bag, and a go on a vending machine with insane prizes, unfortunately we didn’t win anything. .
The only slight let down was the fact that to get into certain talks, you had to pay another £15. I would have through with a VIP ticket that would have been all access. So having already spent £90 each on tickets, we declined to pay extra.
There was a catwalk show that showed some of the key seasonal trends. I tried to get pictures but, as we were sat behind people, they didn’t come out great. The show was 15 mins, and was worth a watch.
I treated myself to a lot of things, so have made collages of what I bought. I will reviewing some bits and pieces separately but just look at the goodie bag and the Stylist box you were able to purchase on the day! I think the goodie bag made the VIP ticket well worth the money, and the Stylist box was a one off and I couldn’t resist, especially those earrings by @astridandmiyu
As I can’t really review them I want to mention @meanmail
, who made my amazing new plant pot, and @susanohanlonofficial
who I bought the mug from, I feel it couldn’t be more perfect for me!
I also quickly met @maryportasofficial
which was pretty awesome! I couldn’t get a copy of her book because they’d sold out so she signed my show guide.
It was a long day, I think we were walking around for about 6 hours, but it was definitely worth a visit and I hope to go again.
Did anyone else go? What did you think?