New Year’s Eve: Best dressed

New Year's Eve
– love Stef x
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Christmas 2014: The presents loot

Despite not having a clue what I wanted for Christmas, Santa clearly decided to put me on the nice list and rewarded me with lots of wonderful pressies.

So here’s what I unwrapped on Christmas Day (and just for the boyf. because I know he’s desperate for me to do this: #spoiltprincess #boydonegood)

2014 Christmas Loot

 

Clean Bandit Vinyl // Crosley Executive Record Player // Links of London Rose Gold & Diamond Studs // Lush Snow Fairy // Lush The Art of Bathing // Dorothy Perkins Blue Twist Knit Jumper // River Island Pointed Polka Dots Flats // River Island Pink Printed Shift Dress // River Island Black Leather Biker Jacket // Breville Vanilla Cream Hand Blender // Ghost Deep Night // Looking for Alaska // Gone Girl // Cheryl Storm Flower // Dorothy Perkins Black Knee High Riding Boots // Breville Vanilla Cream Hand Mixer // Babyliss Turbo Dry 2000 // Hunter Fuchsia Wellie Socks // Where She Went // The Historian // George Black Patent Satchel //

What did Santa bring you?

– love Stef x

2014: My year in pictures

Another year is near enough done and dusted.

For me, 2014 has been a collection of tremendous lows and tremendous highs.

But instead of making you all cringe with terrible phrases such as ‘it’s been a roller coaster’ or ‘new year, new me,’ I just thought I’d share a few snapshots of my 2014. Enjoy 🙂

January

New Year’s Eve with Nicci, my partner in crime // Bringing Denver home // Enjoying the Phones 4u afternoon tea

February

Denver meeting his bestie, George for the first time // Phones 4u girls night out // ReUNIon // Valentine’s Day as a singleton (thanks for the green badge to highlight it, Missoula) // Seeing Queen Bee

March

We may have gone to Rome…

April

Turning 25 // A ‘so Content team’ outing // Starting the record collection // Learning to wait for the rainbow after the rain

May

Being favourited by Joe McFadden (life complete) // Joining the 21st century and getting Netflix and watching The Office // Denv enjoying a random sunny day // Phones 4u night out

June

A SWHH night out in Manchester to celebrate Carla’s birthday // Download with the best baldie // Another Phones 4u girls night out (with champagne) // Meeting the boyf. and deciding to keep him around // Seeing the Eagles and giving in to the merch

July

Nicci & Laura’s birthday outing // Taking Momma Keeling to see Rock of Ages // Sampling Absinthe for the first time (and burning myself in the process) // Latitude with the bald one // A Keeling family selfie

August

The boyf. and Denv getting acquainted // Wedding season begins // My Laura’s hen do in Liverpool // Leeds Festival with Nicci and Beck

September

Momma Keeling & Big Les’ 25th wedding anniversary // Celebrating Laura’s last weekend of freedom // Losing Phones 4u and the best marketing department you could ever have // Laura & Kieran’s wedding

October

The final Phones 4u night out and saying goodbye to the greatest Content team // An autumnal Denv // Seeing Maverick Sabre // New job, new adventure

November

Being cocktail ballers with the boyf. in Manchester // Denv turning 1 // The two favourite males

December

The boyf. going to Thailand (and surviving) // Celebrating Beck and Sam’s birthdays // SWHH turning 1

So there you have it – my year in pictures. I hope you have all had a wonderful 2014 🙂

– love Stef x

A look at the year passed…

So, 2014 is nearly over. Before we start making promises we can’t keep, let’s take a look at the year that has been and gone.

In last year’s post I made the following promises:

  • I would do Yoga twice a week
  • I would clean my make-up brushes once a month
  • Save lots of pennies for a huge holiday (more on that later!)
  • Eat breakfast more often
  • Eat less cheese

Let’s break it down…

Now it may not seem like a lot, but I am a fan of ‘baby steps’ since there is a reason I have a problem achieving any of the above anyway!

But I am happy to report that I do go to Yoga at least once a week, and a few months ago I did join a gym and go at least three times a week – and have managed to keep that up longer than I ever have (in my 25 years I have joined four gyms and quit/stopped going before any contract has ever been up).

Okay, I still haven’t cleaned my make-up brushes, but that can go on next year’s list – God loves a tryer!

The holiday, oh the holiday! Well, I have been a VERY good girl this year, you may recall that I mentioned both Sydney and the Great Barrier Reef in from my Bucket List post from my birthday. and

Well, with all of the Primark-dodging I have been doing, I managed to save so hard that on December 28 2014, I will be flying to Sydney to see in the New Year, before flying to Hamilton Island to dive the Great Barrier Reef.

Not to mention visiting the little penguins in Melbourne, or staying in a hut on the private island of Mamanuca off the mainland of Fiji! Click here to see exactly why you should all be so jealous.

Next up, breakfast. Well. No. Sorry.

Eating less cheese, however, I have managed! I just don’t eat it with EVERY meal. Sometimes I go a whole day without cheese. Go me!

All in all not a bad year for me, and I am happily ending 2014 20lbs lighter than when the year started *squeal*.

Have you managed to stay on track for a whole year?

What are your New Year resolutions?

love Carla x

Carry-on Essentials

In just over a week I head out to Australia for more than two weeks before heading over to Fiji – and I am very excited! My only gripe is the 31 hours between Glasgow and Sydney, and as we land at 9am local time, I want to be bright-eyed, ready for the day and not jet-lagged.

 

So, here is a little list of my absolute carry-on essentials to leave me feeling refreshed, rested and occupied.

 

Carry-on Essentials
1. Ear Plugs – I like sleep.

 

2. The Bodyshop Vitamin E Face Mist – a lovely light moisturiser to keep my skin from drying out thanks to the re-circulated air in the plane. It’s also a handy make-up setter.

 

3. Nivea Roll-On Deodorant – I usually prefer a spray but I don’t want to gas out my fellow passengers!

 

4. Umberto Giannini Glam Hair Morning After Dry Shampoo – great for tackling my combination of fly-away hair and greasy roots.

 

5. Simple Kind To Skin Smoothing Face Scrub – this is for my pre-nap and post-nap routine, just to make me feel that little bit fresher.

 

6. Mini Hair Brush – to deal with my mass of hair.

 

7. Rimmel London Stay Matte Pressed Powder – my absolute favourite pressed powder.

 

8. Benefit High Beam – this is my second favourite highlighter ever (only losing out to Benefit Moon Beam which was discontinued *sob*) and is perfect to sit under make up, or with no make up at all. It also gives a lovely dewy glow.

 

9. Sanctuary Illuminating Lotion SPF15 – this is a thicker lotion to whack on before I leave the plane in Sydney. According to the weather it is going to be a whopping 31 degrees and clear when we land, so a little SPF will go a long way!

 

10. Travel Pillow – see point 1.

 

11. MacBook Air – to blog, watch movies and ignore the rest of the aircraft.

 

12. Olay Gentle Clean Face Wipes – to wipe away make-up and generally freshen up my face.

 

13. iPhone 5s – for Candy Crush.

 

14. Rimmel London Matte BB Cream – I’m not usually one for BB Creams – I was forever a heavy foundation girl – but I came across this accidentally when I ran out of said foundation and had a freebie sachet from a magazine. It was love from day one as  it’s light and doesn’t cake up.

 

15. Maybelline Baby Lips – no-one likes a chapped lip!

 

16. Flight Socks – it’s a long flight, and as un-sexy as they are, I really don’t want DVT. My feet tend to swell on even the smallest of flights (thanks to breaking my foot multiple times as a child) so anything I can do to avoid swelling I’ll do.

 

These are my main essentials and I really cannot wait to set off on my travels 🙂

 

What are your travel essentials? Any tips would be greatly appreciated!

 

– love Carla x

Happy 1st Birthday to us!

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It has been a whole year since we started our little blog and our first post went live in this corner of the internet. In that time we have had tens of thousands of you from all over the globe reading our musings, shopping posts and general life rants. For this we thank you!

Born out of frustration with a failing job market, we initially started this blog as an outlet, a place two journo grads could vent and write about anything and everything we wanted. Now it has turned into something else, every day readers visit our blog to see what we’re up to, and we are happy to see it has grown day by day.

Hopefully our baby will continue to grow into 2015, and we hope to see you there!

So thanks again for reading 🙂

– love Carla & Stef x

 

 

Ciate Mini Mani Month: 12 days of Christmas

Before the boyf. departed for Thailand, he surprised me with a present to keep me occupied while he was away (he’s very good like that).

My Ciate Mini Mani Month advent calendar was a bargain from TK Maxx and something that I may have had a little squeal over.

Although there are 24 doors to open with a mini Ciate behind each one, I thought I’d share the first 12 with you:

Ciate Mini Mani Month

On the first day of Christmas Ciate sent to me: Snow Globe

On the second day of Christmas Ciate sent to me: Boudoir

On the third day of Christmas Ciate sent to me: Amazing Gracie

On the fourth day of Christmas Ciate sent to me: Silver Caviar Metallic Pearls

On the fifth day of Christmas Ciate sent to me: Hoopla

On the sixth day of Christmas Ciate sent to me: Sugar Plum

On the seventh day of Christmas Ciate sent to me: Main Stage

On the eighth day of Christmas Ciate sent to me: Midnight in Manhattan Caviar Pearls

On the ninth day of Christmas Ciate sent to me: Candy Floss

On the tenth day of Christmas Ciate sent to me: Pillow Fight

On the eleventh day of Christmas Ciate sent to me: Pepperminty

On the twelfth day of Christmas Ciate sent to me: Gold Caviar Metallic Pearls

I absolutely LOVE all of them although I haven’t braved the caviar pearls just yet. With 12 more to go I can’t wait to see what comes next.

The boyf. did good – a nail polish a day keeps the girly-ness at bay 😉

– love Stef x