Some of you may hate me right now and some of you may love me for bringing up the Big C. But here’s the thing… yes it’s only October and yes I’d much rather enjoy Starbucks pumpkin spice lattes and all orange everything for a little bit longer but retailers, brand advertising, bloggers, press and apparently Oxford Street lights are all getting up in Christmases grill* so I thought rather than pretend it’s not happening at all, I’d give you a few little things to help you get into the Christmas spirit if you, like me, have been beaten into submission of making Christmas happen in October.
*BRB while I jump off of a cliff as that’s the only thing that’ll make me feel better about saying “grill”. [insert eye roll/cringe emoji here].
Yes I’m basic bitching my way through life but oh my god christmas pyjamas and just pyjamas in general are life. I’m a major granny, I don’t go out clubbing and I love my home comforts, so pyjamas are pretty damn important to me and if you’re going to be spending 90% of your life in them – oh the joys of working from home – better that they’re babe’in af than bridget jones-esque. Right? My first “boo, I love you more than life” pair of PJ’s that pretty much haven’t left my winter (i.e insulated, i.e tubby) bod is this rather babe’in pair of Debenhams beauts. The Lounge & Sleep Grey sparkle checked pyjama set are a gorgeous grey tartan with the prettiest silver sparkle running through it. I love these because they don’t scream Christmas and are definitely wearable all year round but the sparkle gives it a sassy little somethin somethin, ya know? But seriously, nothing makes me feel more festive than getting into cosy pyjamas with a cosy pair of slippers or cosy socks.
Basically being cosy af!
*Insert Honey G’s horrendous voice* “I say Basic, you say bitch. Basic…” “Bitch” “Basic” “Bitch”. Yes I know it makes me slightly cliche but come on, you only have to follow my Instagram to see that candles are pretty much my life (#sorrynotsorry) and nothing says “Where’s my pigs in blankets and stuffing?” like a brand new Christmas candle. I have to say, I’m not the biggest fan of cinnamon scented things, like… yes it reminds me of Christmas so I can put up with it but I’d much rather an orange/mandarin or pine and eucalyptus – if you haven’t tried Jo Malone’s, omg it’s divine, I bought it for my Mum one year and it was the best present I ever got
me her – One scent however, which I definitely love and use the perfume version of all year round but especially as mulled wine season rolls through, is pomegranate noir [insert hands up/heart eye’d emojis here]. There is something about the fruity sweetness paired with the most sensual, musky, woody, sexiness – lol for being so shit at describing scents – that makes this the most perfect Christmas candle ever.
Although, I did get a sneak peek of Jo’s – yes we’re on first name terms – Orange bitters candle and oh jesus, it wins in life more than Meredith Grey over Addison Montgomery.
Soz, I forget that not everybody is a raving Grey’s Anatomy saddo like I am!
I do also have to mention one more candle which whilst it isn’t completely Christmassy per se, it is absolutely stunning – and the colours are all brown and warm and autumnal and omg I blimmin love this time of year. Said candle is Lola James Harper The Bomboneria and if you haven’t heard of the brand, you absolutely have to check them out (in short they’re an amazing company that base all of their scents around certain memories.) The Bomboneria, with notes of Amber and incense i.e a musky, sexy, sweet dreamboat of a scent was created in memory of the time that the creators of the company went to Barcelona and used to visit the same cafe at 4pm every day for a tea break, and this scent reminds them exactly of that time. I bloody love a brand with a great story, that appreciates a bit of nostalgia as much as I do and Lola James Harper does this in abundance!
I can’t think of Christmas calendars without the classic dairy milk coming to mind but I think these two actually top that – don’t judge me, chocolate is my life OK? – I’ve seen a fair few calendars hanging around but for variety and the sheer quality of products The Body Shop and Clarins’ versions are my favourite. The Body shop decided to go hard rather than home with their option with one of the biggest I’ve seen on the market. Obviously I’ve only opened the first day because any more would send me to the Christmas naughty step but it looks like each day gives a pretty damn good sized product with a great variety, I’m sure. The Body Shop calendar available here.
The Clarins christmas calendar excites me to a slightly embarrassing degree. You see, I’m a big Clarins fan. From the dreamiest new makeup launches to their skincare which always, always hits the spot… I’m not sure I’ve ever come across a product I don’t like which means this calendar is just a tiny bit of a dreamboat. I can’t lie, I may have opened one or two doors in the hopes of getting some of my fave skincare items to take with me to Dubai next week #sorrynotsorryclarinsoveranything.
I’m talking Mariah Carey, I’m talking Michael Buble, I’m talking Chris Rea. Man I love whacking on the tunes and screeching from the top of my voice as if I can sing when I really can’t! Preferably with a mulled wine in hand and a hairbrush to sing into to obviously make you extra sassy. Lol. Fml!
Starbucks Red Cups. I don’t think I need to say any more do I? #basicbitchforlife. Red/Glitter nails. Cinnamon absolutely everything. Fairy lights everywhere. Christmas jumpers (totally OK to whack out in October). Turkey Dinners. Mulled Wine. Normal wine. Cheese. Quality street.
You get the gist…
So that brings my Christmassy post to an end. For those thinking it’s too soon
move over Scrooge I apologise, for the Christmas fangirls, you’re welcome 😉