FESTIVE / Christmas 2018

I hope you all enjoyed a lovely few days of Christmas celebrations! As I’ve done for the past few years, I’m sharing a few snaps of what I got up to.

Quick disclaimer: isn’t to brag about anything I did or didn’t do, it’s just a nice memory for me to have and others to nosey at if that’s your thing.

The annual festive pork and apple sausage sandwiches, NOM. This year we even snuck in a cheeky glass of Bucks Fizz.

This year we were back with my side of the family for Christmas lunch (my mum is moving house in the new year so this is the last time having it in this home, sob.) how weird but cool do these crackers look?

Pate and Melba toast

Full turkey dinner with the works – courtesy of my stepdad and M&S

This right here is my most favourite part of Christmas Day – home made bread and butter pudding (you’ll have seen this on here before) which was drenched in double cream shortly after this pic was taken. This year I also brought along to M&S prosecco Christmas pudding with orange sauce, which was a big different and seemed to go down well.

If my mum put her Christmas tree somewhere else in the house, there’d be a good chance that things would fit under it!

If you’ve done a similar post to this link it in the comments below so I can nosey, same if you’ve done a ‘what I got for Christmas’ haul-style post.

Thanks for reading,

J xx


BLOGMAS 2018 / Day 22 – the official 2018 highlight reel

As you’re reading this I’m getting ready to travel to Leeds where I will hopefully spend a lovely festive time doing some casual last minute shopping, daytime drinking and winding down in to the Christmas holidays. We did the same last year and it was exactly like this, so hopefully history will repeat! You’ll be able to nosey in on my Instagram stories at what I get up to.

I really like reading posts like this, and writing them each year is a great reminder of the good things that have happened over the past 12 months, so here’s a (probably slightly longer than it should be, but hey it’s me) summary of how 2018 has gone down.

January

I kicked off the year with my 5 Things for 2018 pledge, which was a set of goals I hoped to achieve throughout the next 12 months. I also put myself on a spending detox as an alternative to dry January (which I managed to keep for about 3 weeks if memory serves). This month also saw my first ever comedy review post – Jason Manford’s Muddle Class tour.

February

The Mr and I headed across the Pennines to Manchester for a weekend break, where I finally got to meet the wonderful Dom face to face! I was super thrilled with the custom illustration he did for me. This month also saw the start of things to come in 2 areas of my life – we had a second viewing on a house we really liked, and I met a couple of new blogger friends…more on both of these later.

March

Myself and mama headed to Liverpool on a girl’s trip with our friends – we had drinks, food and did some shopping. We also had a night out to see Sarah Millican’s Control Enthusiast which formed my second comedy review of the year. I headed out to an influencer dinner at Tapasya Hull with blogger friends old and new and had some of THE most delicious Asian food I’ve ever had.

April

April was pretty quiet and not much to mention as we were getting ready to move house, other than a quick update on my 5 Things for 2018.

May

This month was all about 1 key event – WE FINALLY BOUGHT A NEW HOUSE AND MOVED IN.

June

Hello June, hello mid-life crisis mode! I turned 35, became unemployed and finished my microblading treatment. As part of my celebrations I also went to see Tom Allen at Hull Truck Theatre (a mini review was included in my birthday post if you click the link above).

In a bid to get results from the latest weight loss fad, I tried Boom Bod to see if it would help me shift some blubber around my middle (as I’m sure you’ll already have guessed, it didn’t). I a slightly downward twist of fate, I ended up resigning from my job because I had been lied to about what it entailed and it just wasn’t for me (word to the wise kids: be VERY choosy when dealing with recruitment consultants)

By far, the highlight of the month was watching one of my oldest friends get married, which was a truly beautiful day.

July

There’s only one word to describe this month – HOT! As the heat wave hit I busied myself searching for a new job, and by the end of July I’d found it. This picture was taken as I got the call.

I also helped my mum to plan and deliver my grandparents 60th wedding anniversary – we went for vintage themed decor and old photographs alongside a traditional British- themed buffet which all went down a treat.

BUT, there was still more to come from this month…

I said hello to HEY Bloggers! Together with a group of 5 other blogging girls (2 of whom I met back in February) got together and formed an online community for targeted at united bloggers and creatives in Hull and East Yorkshire (hence HEY). We’d be talking about it for a little while but this month provided me with a bit of unexpected free time to work together and get it off the ground.

August

This was a pretty exciting month – as well as getting stuck into my new job, I went to Santorini and had a fabulous time! I shared my thoughts on things you should definitely do, a guide to the island and a guide to Greek food.

Then came #HEYlaunch the first official event for the HEY Bloggers community. It was held at the beautiful Hull Minster and got some great feedback.

As if August wasn’t quite jam-packed enough, I managed to squeeze in a quick 48 hours in London too! We went out of our way to do some different things which turned out really well.

September

This month was all about work and not to much else, however I did get to see Joe Lycett who is one of my very favourite comedians (I didn’t ever get round to writing a review, but it was bloody funny) and Gary Delaney (again, didn’t quite get around to writing a review, but this was I think my third time seeing him so that should give you a feel for my thoughts).

October

In an effort to get back in to my fashion stride on the blog, I re-launched my celeb style round up as weekly fashion faves

and for the very first time I experimented with full face makeup to go out for Halloween (which also saw me visit Spiders nightclub for the first time, a proper Hull institution).

November

I kicked my month with going to the Gok Wan ‘One Size fits All’ tour, bought a load of tea aaaaannnnnnddddddd………

I met freekin’ Santa!! Princes Quay kindly invited me to preview this year’s grotto, and it was everything you’d want a child to experience.

I rounded off the month by hopping on the radio on behalf of HEY Bloggers to talk about all things social media.

December

Which brings neatly to December – as it is for most people, there was quite a lot going on! On 1 December I kicked off #blogmas2018 and and visited the Urban Legends: Northern Lights projections in Hull.

I caught up with old friends for our annual festive night in (this ended up involving way more prosecco than it should have) and helped to host the HEY Bloggers Christmas party (I’ll talk more about that in the new year)

So that’s my year! There’s only really the actual Christmas holidays to go, which I’ll do in a separate post before New Year.

See you tomorrow,

J xx


BLOGMAS 2018 / Day 19 – A thank you to the brands

On #blogmas day 15 I posted the quickest of snapshots into the HEY Bloggers Christmas Party that I co-hosted the same day, what I’d like to dedicate today’s post to is thanking the wonderful and generous brands that collaborated with us on the event. We worked to get some great products for our guests to try, hopefully this shout out will inspire to try something new or re-discover and old fave!

The talented Melissa of Like Sugar Bakery created some amazing looking sweet treats for us, with flavours inspired by her USA heritage. She even branded her salted caramel brownies with our logo!

The stylish Lexington Bar was our venue, as an extra festive treat the bar tenders even created little edible Christmas trees to decorate our cocktails! To create a cute Instagrammable touch Hobbycraft gave us these cool HEY letter balloons. They were very well used indeed.

(Image: @lizzie_florence )

Our ice breaker game was hosted by Jo, the creator of Socialise and Mingle which was the perfect way to get guests mingling in a quirky way

(image: @riareeblog)

Inside the goody bags given to each bags given to each guest, they found the following:

Dom & Ink print by Rock on Ruby / A bag of Metcalfe’s asking Popcorn / VIP invite and branded merchandise from Napoleon’s Casino Hull / Sienna X tanning product / A can of Fentimans Rose Lemonade / Discount voucher for High Maintenance Jewellery / Book marks and pen from Wordery / A Hugh Rice silver heart necklace, silver cleaning cloth and Luxe by Hugh Rice tote bag / A Hull Truck Theatre new season brochure

Our charity raffle, in aid of charity Oscar’s Choice, had prizes up for grabs from the following companies, there were also a few spot prizes up for grabs throughout the event

Rock on Ruby festive jumpers / Bespoke High Maintenance Jewellery bracelet / Tickets to The Deep / Tessies voucher / Afternoon Tea at The Artisan / A selection of Hugh Rice vouchers / A keg of Koppaberg cider / Tickets to see a show at Bonus Arena / House of Beauty voucher / Blow dry vouchers for Hair Art Studio / Bag from Jack Wills / A selection of gifts from Wordery / Shadow Switch brush cleaner / Socialise and Mingle game/ Products from Everything 5 Pounds / Vouchers from Beauty Outlet and gift card from Princes Quay Shopping Centre

Huge huge HUGE thank you to each and every one of you on behalf of the HEY Bloggers team! Oh can catch a full unboxing of the goody bags and the event over on my Instagram story highlights.

Thanks for reading and see you tomorrow,

J xx


BLOGMAS 2018 / Day 17 – A lil’ festive OOTD

In my haste to throw up my initial ‘I co-hosted the HEY Bloggers Christmas party’ posts, I didn’t share the cute outfit I wore for the occasion. Well, I thought it was cute anyway!

I wanted to wear something that was festive enough, but also to be something that was a smart buy that I could wear again at any other time of year. This star print wrap dress seemed to fit the bit perfectly.

The material is super soft and easy to move about in, and I feel the shape is quite flattering. It’s pretty easy to dress up for a night out or down for something in the day time. Plus…it was 40% off in the Black Friday sale!

The boots I’ve had for a little while; they’re my go-to for most outfits as are easy to wear (and ok to drive in, which is quite important for me these days)

Dress, Joanie Clothing / Boots, EGO

Thanks for reading and see you tomorrow,

J xx


BLOGMAS 2018 / Day 16 – weekly fashion faves, 7

Apparently I was right last week; there’s a lot more ‘normal dressy’ this year than straight up festive dressing. I’m not mad at it, there’s still great style to appreciate and I’m not at all mad at it!

Kimberley Walsh

I seem to be a bit obsessed with red suits at the moment, I think I may need to buy one! The fact that it’s so well fitted and kept very simply is what make Kimba stand out, she looks great and all kinds of festive. It would’ve been so much more poetic if her outfit was by New Look, given the fan that’s photobombed the backdrop!

Tanya Burr

Festive frock meets senorita; didn’t know this combo existed but I’m for it when the results look like this! If I’m home, I don’t usually think much to Tanya’s red carpet looks as she usually goes more for high fashion that a flattering silhouette, I admire that she’s willing to take the risk but it’s nice to see something like this that just looks elegant and pretty too. Also, digging that blonde hair thang she’s got going on.

Kiera Knightly

If you can’t make a statement when collecting an OBE to ensure all eyes are in you, then I don’t know what the world is coming to quite frankly. Also – if you’re the face of Chanel, of course they’re gonna hook you up during one of life’s most memorable events. This is classic, flattering and quirky all at once, aka every single fashion button I’d ever want to hit.

Jesy Nelson

Dayum Jesy, it may be cold outside but it’s sure hot wherever you are! I adore looks like this that are casual but sexy AF, definitely a vibe I’d like to be brave enough to experiment more with in future.

See you tomorrow,

J xx


BLOGMAS 2018 / Day 15 – HEY, it’s Christmas!

Today’s blog post is coming a little later than usual, because I’ve been busy co-hosting a lil’ something called the HEY Bloggers Christmas Party!

I’m planning to do a more lengthy blog post in the new year about blogger events and the resources that go into making them successful, but for now he are a few pics from our afternoon.

Make sure you head over to Twitter and Instagram to give HEY Bloggers a cheeky follow!

See you tomorrow,

J xx


BLOGMAS 2018 / Day 11 – home made mint white hot chocolate

It’s’ the season that Jenny goes nuts an experiments with a variety of hot chocolate recipes. I flirted with lots of different recipes – Cointreau hot chocolate, Rocky Road hot chocolate, Aztec hot chocolate…but in the dress, I decided to share an oldy but goody: creamy mint white hot chocolate. Hope you enjoy this as much as me!

This recipe makes 1 large-ish mug:

1/2 mug of milk (I used skimmed as that’s what I always use, but any is ok)

75g white chocolate chips

1.5 tbsp dark cocoa powder

1 tbsp mint extract

Whipped cream and sprinkle bits to serve

1. Chuck all the main ingredients in to a pan over a medium heat.

2. Leave to simmer for about 15 minutes, keep stirring throughout to ensure the chocolate chips melt.

3. Pour into your fave mug, then add the whipped cream and sparkly bits to serve.

Easy, right? Ingredients and snowman mallow biscuits, Morrisons / Mug, NASA/Natural History Museum / Candy canes, Debenhams (they’re prosecco flavoured!)

I’ll leave you to enjoy this festive treat and see you all tomorrow,

J xx