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Wednesday, 13 December 2017

HOME // A New Mirror for my Gallery Wall

I've wanted a mirror to hang in my hallway for ages.... you know, so I can check out how ravishing I look in my pink towelling dressing gown as I stumble, bleary eyed, downstairs in the morning. In all seriousness though, I liked the idea of being able to inspect my choice of outfit on my way out of the house - and from an Instagrammer's point of view, I also really fancied a large, gorgeous mirror to take selfies in when I'm uploading my outfit posts ;)

I've been very specific in my mirror requirements which is why it's taken me so long to find the perfect one. I wanted a statement mirror, something big and impressive to hang on my gallery wall. But because I've got a hella lot of pictures on said gallery wall, I also wanted it to be pretty minimalist in design.

Then Exclusive Mirrors got in touch and asked if I'd like to review one of their products and their timing could not have been more perfect. I picked this beautiful round, gold mirror as it ticks all the boxes for me; it's a glamorous, vintage style but, at the same time, the slim gold frame is very simple, so it doesn't make my wall look too busy. It's also 70cm in diameter so a good size, and is incredibly well made. It has a hook on the back which means it's very easy to hang - it just needs a hook or a screw (and a washer if using the latter, to make sure it stays in place) - and two people for the job, ideally, as it's very heavy.

I'm so, so, so, so, soooo happy with it, and didn't realise quite how much it would open, and brighten, up what is usually a small and quite dark part of the house.

Now I just need a few more prints to finish off the other wall and my hallway is complete!

Exclusive Mirrors very kindly sent me this mirror for the purpose of this honest review. All words are my own and images are copyright.

Thursday, 7 December 2017

CHRISTMAS // And the award for our favourite Christmas tree decorations of 2017 goes to....

Luxury online interiors shop, Amara!

They very kindly let me and the girls choose some baubles from their collection and with an entire 'Kitschmas' range, how could I say no?! (If multicoloured lights and festive flamingoes aren't your thing, they also have the Scandi inspired Hideaway range, the glamorous Midnight Jewel range and the elegant Winter Blush range - so there's something for every one).

But kitsch is very definitely our thing and I would have quite happily had one of everything in the collection! Instead, I was polite and we chose four ;)

The girls picked them. Evie went for a particularly beautiful unicorn and Daisy a glittery donut. Then they picked a coffee cup for me (excellent choice, girls) and also a box of popcorn because we like to have family movie nights once a week!

I think these beautiful, well made, glass ornaments look absolutely beautiful nestled inside the branches of our rather eclectic Christmas tree. They're lovely and big so are especially eye catching and I'm pleased to report there's plenty of the all essential glitter (it's written in the girls' Christmas rule book that everything new must be sparkly) on all four.

Prices for tree decorations in this range start at £10 (our four were £12 each) and there are some seriously stunning ones if you're happy to pay a little more. I am head over heels in love with this set of Bombki cakes and biscuits, which is £65 for all five!

Which is your favourite?

DISCLAIMER: These ornaments were gifted, but we were under no obligation to write about them, they genuinely are our new favourites and I would have no hesitation in buying more from Amara!

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

CHRISTMAS // The Ultimate Christmas Dinner Guide

In my opinion, the best bit about Christmas Day is the dinner! I love everything about it, from the preparation (with a permanently-topped-up-glass of prosecco on the go at the same time, of course) to the post-feed snooze. I'm not so keen on the clean up mission but if you do the prep you can usually wangle your way out of that one pretty easily ;)

Getting to enjoy a meal with my family is very important to me. Our lives are so busy these days that I always make sure the girls and I eat together in the evenings - and Christmas Day is extra special as we get to spend that time with our extended family too. For the last two years there have been four generations around the table. How lucky are we?

HelloFresh is a company I am incredibly passionate about. If it wasn't for them, I'd still be serving up the same four dishes on rotation every evening. Since trialling my very first box at the end of last year I've ordered them pretty much every week. More importantly, since that first box I've started to genuinely really enjoy cooking, whereas before I found it a huge chore. I love getting to try new recipes, and sometimes even new foods. I love knowing I have everything I need to prepare a meal in the fridge/larder - it saves time, saves stress, and wandering aimlessly round the supermarket looking for inspiration (and usually failing!) is a thing of the past!

But I digress. We were talking about Christmas dinner!

HelloFresh have prepared a BRILLIANT downloadable Cheat Sheet, giving you all the information you need to prepare for your festive feast. From timings to recipes (including ones that can be made in advance), you can download a copy to use on Christmas Day here!

A couple of my own tips for making Christmas dinner as stress free as possible are to:

- make and freeze Yorkshire puddings a couple of days in advance. They can be defrosted and reheated in just 5 minutes (at 200c) once your oven is empty, and while you're dishing up everything else.

- chop your veggies in advance (I usually do them the night before). Cover them in water and keep them in the fridge until you're ready to put them on the hob.

- always have a glass of wine to hand!

If you want to make things even easier for yourself, you can buy a HelloFresh Christmas Dinner Box, which looks utterly amazing and I'm totally going to get when it's my turn to host. You simply select the number of people you have to feed and how many courses you'd like, and you get sent all the ingredients, pre-measured, and the recipe cards to talk you through the preparation and cooking! Brilliant!

What top tips do you have for cooking Christmas dinner?

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