The trees are up! My favourite room is the living room. This year I've used a garland strung with fairy lights across the beam over the fireplace and I love it.
The first thing I always do when we've put the tree up is run outside and look at the house from the street. Our house is on a main road and if we leave the curtains open you can see the tree and the fireplace as you drive past. With the outdoor tree lit up and a little tree in the upstairs window our house looks a bit like a Christmas grotto! That makes me very happy; it looks so welcoming!
The tree in the living room is decorated in white and silver. I was tempted not to use the baubles because I love the simple beauty of a real tree strung with white lights and nothing else but it seemed a shame not to let this little lady out of her cardboard box:
I've gone for all out tackiness in the dining room. A small pale pink tree with pale pink vintage baubles and a pink feather boa to cover its plastic legs. Nestled amongst the feathers is a brightly coloured bauble of Santa in a space jet. LOVE.
Isn't it difficult getting photographs of Christmas trees. It's especially hard with an iPhone. I have asked for a digital SLR camera for my birthday (which is soon!) and I *may* have spied the box for a Canon EOS under the spare bed.... I'm excited to get one but I'm also worried that I just don't have the skills or eye to be a good photographer and it will be a waste of money. Got any tips for me?
Now, I wanted to tell you about the BEST hot chocolate. It's nothing fancy, just a bag of little chocolate bits from one of my favourite shops: Hush. It is delicious; quite the most delicious home-made hot chocolate I've had. Coffee is my hot drink of choice but I do like a chocolate occasionally.
|The little sprinkler contains a mix of cocoa powder, ground cinnamon and vanilla sugar. |
Delicious and especially nice for frothy coffee, too.
Got to dash in a mo because I have the day off work (yipee!) and am meeting my mum for a bit of shopping. Well, we've done most of our shopping - it's just an excuse to have a girly lunch together. I'm so looking forward to it.
I just wanted to show you a quick outfit... I went to a Christmas party last night. It was the party of one of Andrew's customers and I had to do the corporate wife thing. I was so nervous about it - I always worry I'll make Andrew look stupid by saying something daft - so I bought myself a new dress to boost my confidence.
It is, quite honestly, the most fab Christmas party dress I've ever owned - a sequinned dress from Coast. (Link). It's out of stock online but if you happen to see it in the store I can definitely recommend it. I really wanted a dress with long sleeves because I don't like my upper arms. This is a wrap-over style with three-quarter sleeves; soft inside too when a lot of sequinned clothes are a bit scratchy. I wore it with a navy blazer, some high platform shoes and kept my jewellery minimal - just a small pair of pearl studs and a big sparkly cocktail ring.