My girly night in

A girly night in

After all the excitement illness and wisdom tooth pain of Christmas and New Year, I’d finally stopped feeling like death and started to be able to eat again – just in time for going back to work on Monday.

Thanks to my body’s impeccable timing, I thought I may as well cut my losses and make the most of my final weekend before heading back to the office.

The boyf. was out having a night of Call of Duty and rum-drinking, so it was only right that I use the time to myself wisely and go for full-on girly-ness…

Starting with a beautiful purple bubble bath courtesy of a Lush bubble bar called The Comforter, I soaked for a good hour, listened to The Courteeners and lathered my hair to within an inch of its life.

I then did the magical thing of covering myself in body moisturiser, had a tiny Rachel from Friends moment (“Ooooh love to love you baby, ow!”), before putting on my Christmas ‘jamas – yes, they’re a thing – and slid into bed.

Now, because I was alone, there was only one thing for it…

Sit and revel/sob in the delight of The Fault in Our Stars and eat copious amounts of chocolate. Just because, you know.

I also may have swapped my usual two-legged furry friend for a four-legged furry friend in the shape of Denv (sorry boyf.)

I woke up feeling extremely refreshed and ridiculously pampered.

So there you have it, my girly night in.

– love Stef x

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

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

The Christmas wish list

Last year I got exactly what I’d been asking for for 18 years – a dog. My lovely (if somewhat rather large and mentally unstable) Labrador, Denver celebrated his first birthday on November 19.

But, although I was over the moon to finally get my puppy, I’m now stuck for ideas as to what I’d like for Christmas (ditto birthdays).

Other than a house, I couldn’t really name anything that I’m desperate to unwrap on December 25. But, after countless hours perusing the internet, I’ve come up with a slightly fantastical Christmas wish list:


The Christmas Wish List



What is Santa bringing you this Christmas?

– love Stef x

Christmas party dresses – ’tis the season

It’s officially December and the big day is only 23 days away, but before we get to it, there’s a whole host of Christmas parties to attend.

And I don’t know about you, but the festive holiday is my excuse for cracking out everything sparkly, glittery and metallic.

Well, ’tis the season…

All that glitters is gold

What will you be wearing this Christmas?

– love Stef x

Grown-up advent calendars

primark jewellery advent calendars 2014

You’re never too old for a good advent calendar, but when you’re dieting, a chocolate a day can literally break you. We have all seen the lovely advent calendars doing the rounds this year, and as much as I would love to get my hands on one from the likes of Benefit they are a little too costly for me (and they were all sold out). So here is a cute alternative that’s easy on the purse (I managed to get them both for £5 each in the sale) and still has the fun of  a new gift every morning.

The silver Primark Jewellery Advent Calendar contains 12 pairs of stud earrings, 4 midi rings, 4 ditsy charm bracelets and 4 ditsy charm necklaces. It was originally £10 but I purchased it yesterday for £5 – so get to Primark! There is images on the of all the jewellery inside, and it is all stuff I would probably purchase anyway, so for a fiver it’s a complete bargain! The Primark 12 Days of Jewellery Calendar contains 4 pairs of stud earrings, 2 rings, 3 bracelets and 3 necklaces and costs £8, but I also picked this up for a bargain at £5, and again there is a photo on the back of the box which shows you what is inside the calendar. You can follow us on Instagram for the daily pics of the goodies inside. I think these are a great alternative to the expensive beauty calendars if you’re on a budget, but if you’re not on a budget, get a look at these beauties!

The Best Beauty Advent Calendars

Did you grab a bargain this year? Share your links and pics below 🙂 – love Carla x