Blogmas Day 25: Christmas Day

So here it is, the final post in my Blogmas project series for 2017!

Although Christmas Day differs sometimes for us with different people visiting and a slightly different order of doing things etc. they’re usually pretty much the same. Here’s what we got up to this Christmas Day:

We got up at around 9am and sat around together in the living room to open our presents. We then put on some Christmas tunes and started making breakfast – a full English of course, and getting ready for the day.

After breakfast we finished getting ready and hopped into the car to visit some relatives – since my grandparents had visited on Christmas Eve we didn’t see them on Christmas Day this year, but we did visit my Aunt and Uncles house to see them, my Granddad and some of my cousins. When we got there, they’d only just sat down to start opening their gifts! However, we all sat around for a cuppa and a chat, and to exchange our presents with them. We only stayed for around half an hour but it was nice to quickly see them.

When we got home we decided to crack open the bucks fizz since we had forgotten to have that in the morning, then we played 5 Second Rule, a board game I mentioned in my family board games blog post a few weeks ago! After a couple of games of this, me and my sister decided to play some chess and then switch to video games for a while!

After a scrumptious Christmas dinner, complete with pigs in blankets and crap Christmas cracker jokes, we got all the washing up done, then sat down to watch The Grinch. This was followed by a family favourite show – Gogglebox, there was a special 2 hour long episode to round off the year on Christmas Eve which we had missed but managed to catch on Channel 4 On Demand. Half way through Gogglebox we’d finished off a box of chocolates so decided to have a little buffet of all the leftovers and cheeses etc. we had in the fridge in the living room whilst we enjoyed the show.

Me and my sister then kicked our folks into the other room to watch the Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special they’d missed, and we caught up with the Doctor Who Christmas Special from earlier in the day and the Victoria Christmas Special. Both of which were superb.

By that time it was nearly 1.30am so, we figured it was time to call it a night! We didn’t have time to have a Christmas walk as we’d hoped to do but, we’re actually planning on going for a walk out somewhere this afternoon instead.

So that was our Christmas Day! I had planned on getting more photos that what’s here but, to be honest I was relaxing and enjoying time with family, without the need for phones and social media.

And that’s it from me for my Blogmas 2017 project and indeed it’s the last you’ll hear from me on this blog until the New Year so, I’ll take this opportunity to say I hope you’re all enjoying Christmas and have a lovely New Year as well. Some aspects of this Blogmas project didn’t quite go to plan and there are some parts I haven’t been very happy with since I know I could have done them better but, I’m glad I’ve kept to it and I’ve enjoyed finding the time to write about what I’ve been doing and, it’s really helped me get into the Christmas spirit so, thank you everybody for reading and I hope you’ve enjoyed some of the posts!

 

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Blogmas Day 24: Christmas Eve Walk

Again I’m a little behind but I’m sure you know how it is over the Christmas period! My last post was a Christmas makeup tutorial since we were holding a small family gathering, partly for Christmas but also as it was my Dad’s birthday recently as well. On Christmas Eve, we had other family round for another little get together, which was lovely, but did mean we couldn’t do our usual Christmas Eve evening walk around the village to get some fresh air and admire everybody’s amazing Christmas lights.

However, me and my sister did take a quick half an hour to sneak out and have a wander around and get a few photos of the lights. It’s been quite a mild few days here so we didn’t exactly have to layer up but we didn’t stay out very long. Afterwards, we headed back to relax with family and enjoyed lots of cheese, wine and chocolate

There always seems to be quite a few houses with a lot of lights and outdoor decorations in our village so, quite a long time ago we started a tradition of going around the village and admiring them. We don’t always go on Christmas Eve but, it’s usually the best time since everybody has finished work etc. for Christmas and we actually have time to go and do it!

The photos we got aren’t amazing since I used my iPhone but hopefully you can see some of the great displays we have here in the village. Sure some people – like us, will just have one or two things up but, many houses go all out with reindeer, inflatable Santa’s and snowmen, hundreds of lights, trees etc. It’s lovely to see, especially when you can walk down the street and see them all coming up ahead!

 

Blogmas Day 23: A Christmas Makeup Look

I had thought about doing a vlog post for this but, time and equipment made me feel a bit restricted so, I’ve taken some photos and I’ll list what I used and how. I would love to do some sort of makeup/skincare vlog in the future…

Sorry for the kind of rubbish photos here, I was in a rush and couldn’t find the right light and felt really awkward so this’ll have to do!

But this photo shows the finished makeup look that I created. It only differs slightly from what I usually do but, I wanted to add a little glitter and sparkle since it’s Christmas!

I should say I rarely wear makeup, depending on what I’m doing I might put a little on but, on a day-to-day basis I don’t bother! I should also say, although I’m sure you’ve worked it out, I’ve not done anything like this before so, if I don’t explain myself very well please forgive me and I’ll work on it!

So, here’s the products that I used to create this look, unfortunately I don’t have any photos but, I’ve described them as best as possible and I’ll try and say if they’re any good or not!

 

2. Liquid Foundation – Avon Ideal Flawless BB skin-loving beauty balm in nude. More a BB cream than a foundation I’ll admit but, I’ve never got on with foundation, or felt like I really need it so, this is just to touch up a few areas and add some colour.

 

3. Powder Foundation – Natural Collection from Boots pressed powder in neutral. Like I said, I don’t both with liquid foundation, I find that a little of this to smooth over the face is enough for me. I’m very very lucky to have quite nice skin – probably because I don’t wear makeup very often and am very careful about what products I use on my face.

4. Liquid Eyeliner – Avon Super Extend precise liquid liner. This one’s a little hit and miss, sometimes it’s really good and goes on like a dream. Other times it’s more of a pain, I think it depends when I last used it to be honest since it dries out a little.

5. Eye-shadow – I used two different eye-shadow palettes to create this look, each with four complimenting colours. One is Avon’s true colour from the Modern Romance Collection, which features a cream, beige, burgundy and dark brown. The other is Avon’s true colour Urban Skyline quad which is varying shades of black and grey.

6. Shimmer Powder – The Body Shop eye-shadow shimmer powder. Does exactly what it says on the tin. 

If you hadn’t worked out already, I used to sell Avon! I don’t sell for them or buy from them anymore since they resumed testing their products on animals but, I have a lot of their products still so I’ve been trying to use them up.

Here’s another quick photo of the eye-shadow look I created, I know it’s not the best photo, I try not to do eye-shadow too heavy as well since, I’m quite pale and don’t want it to drown my face.

I normally use eyeliner to trace my top eyelid/lash line, then go over it with a black eye-shadow using an eyeliner brush. I then added silver eye-shadow and some of the Body Shop shimmer powder to add a little glitter. I thought about doing eyeliner flicks at the corners of my eyes but it always goes wrong and I didn’t have time!

 

Blogmas Day 22: New Year’s Resolutions

The title of this post is a bit miss-leading. I don’t think I’ve ever made a New Year’s resolution and I’m not about to start now. However, a lot of people do start thinking about what they want to achieve or do in the coming year, around the festive period, so I thought I’d do a quick post about what I’d like to do in 2018.

A few days ago I did a blog about what I feel I have achieved in 2017. This is kind of a follow-on post from that, to discuss a few things I’d like to do in the coming year, some in connection with last years goings-on and some not!

Write an academic paper

Sure I’ve written plenty of academic essays and reports and done various projects for college and university but, I’m getting to that level now where I want to start building up a portfolio of academic papers and journal articles – and even trying to get some of them published in journals. I keep having ideas and things I’d like to do research for and write papers about but, with university classes and assignments and work etc. it’s been hard finding the time alongside my studies but, next year I’d like to make some time, even if it takes a while to get things together, to do some academic pieces that aren’t for Turnitin!

Attend and speak at more conferences

So this year, I managed to visit one conference and assist with a workshop session there, and then speak at another one. Next year I’d like to continue in this trend and try to get to more conferences – presenting where possible!

Finish my Masters

I separated this into different parts in my last post but, for this one I’ll keep them altogether so, this one included finishing my masters, but also completing my master dissertation and graduating from my masters course. I know these are all separate things and all important and achievements in their own right but for now I’m trying to think of them as one thing to get done rather than three!

Move out

It’s a long story but I’m currently back living with my family for a while. I’ve put this on here but, I should say that, although it’s a goal, if it isn’t achieved in the coming year, it’s not the end of the world, since it will take earning quite a bit of money in order to save up and move out and I have other things I want to get done first. But if I can manage it, bring it on!

Apply for a PhD Studentship

I would put to actually start the PhD on here since that would begin in September 2018 but I really don’t want to jinx it! Applications close in February so I’m currently working on a research proposal – let’s see what happens!

 

Blogmas Day 21: Making Mince Pies

Today my sister and I continued with the festive food and drinks theme from yesterday’s Christmas Hot Chocolate and decided to make a batch of mince pies. Here’s how we did it and the yummy results!

Ingredients

  • 1 Large Egg
  • 375g Plain Flour
  • 125g Sugar – Caster or Granulated
  • 250g Butter
  • 1 Large Jar of Mince Meat
  • Some butter for greasing the cake tins
  • Some flour for flouring the surface and rolling pin
  • 1 Large Egg for glaze
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 180 degrees
  2. Grease cupcake tins with a thin layer of butter
  3. Sift the flour into a large bowl, cut the butter into chunks and add to the flour
  4. Rub the flour and butter between the thumb and fingers to form breadcrumbs 
  5. Add the sugar and stir together
  6. Make a well in the centre of the mixture and pour the egg into it
  7. Stir the egg into the mixture
  8. Use your hands to bring the mixture together into a ball, turning and kneading as you go
  9. Wrap the pastry in cling film and place in the fridge for 10 minutes
  10. Once rested, roll out the pastry so it’s around half a centimetre thick. Use a round cookie cutter or upturned glass to cut out circles in the pastry and place them into the cupcake trays
  11. Spoon a generous spoonful of mince meat into the pastry bases, then top with another circle or pastry
  12. Keep doing this until you run out of pastry and mince meat. We made around 20 mince pies.
  13. If you like, you can use some of the pastry to make shapes on the top of the mince pies – stars for example. We just used one beaten egg and a pastry brush to glaze the top of ours
  14. Bake in the oven for 15 minutes
  15. Allow to cool before serving or storing

Ours turned out to be scrummy! Just make sure you put a generous dollop of mince meat in the middle and it’ll be oozing from your fingers when you bite into the pie. As you can see, our pastry isn’t too thick and has a beautiful glaze, with a lovely deep fill mince meat filling.

We had ours hot from the oven with some squirty cream this evening. The rest have been stored for snacking on over the Christmas period!

I’d definitely make these again and in fact I feel like we might have to make another batch before the year is out!

 

 

Blogmas Day 20: TV I’m Looking Forward to this Christmas

I don’t tend to watch much television nowadays to be honest, I have a few select programmes that I obsess over – Game of Thrones, Doctor Who etc. but they aren’t on all the time so, in between I usually live on Netflix, catching the latest exclusives and binge watching random boxsets that I didn’t see when they were on TV such as Merlin and The Tudors. But, there are a few things I’m looking forward to watching this Christmas!

A Christmas Chase: Celebrity Special – ITV 5.50pm Christmas Eve

To be honest I don’t recognise any of the celebs in this edition but, I absolutely love The Chase, no matter who is on it. Bradley Walsh and the chasers are a laugh and I’ve always liked trying to make myself feel intelligent by answering the questions correctly on quiz shows.

Muppet Christmas Carol – Channel 4 6.30pm Christmas Eve

I know this isn’t a television programme but, this is literally one of the best films ever. It’s funny and clever but, there’s a serious underlying message there as well – basically don’t be a dick. I make a point of watching this every Christmas so I’m glad to see it’s on on Christmas Eve.

Gogglebox 2017 – Channel 4 9pm Christmas Eve

A fantastic 2 hour look back at what’s been going on on Gogglebox this year. With clips from television programmes and the reactions of unimpressed Gogglebox-ers, this year end review is sure to be a laugh.

Doctor Who Christmas Special – BBC One 5.30pm Christmas Day

One of my favourite television programmes of all, this year Peter Capaldi steps down as the Doctor and regenerates into the first female Doctor. Capaldi has, to my mind, been one of the best actors to play the Doctor – if not the best, so I’m sad to see him be leaving but I’m sure he’ll go out with a bang. Plus I’m excited to see the new incarnation, played by Jodie Whittaker.

Victoria – ITV 9pm Christmas Day

Hallelujah! Another of my favourite programmes is back this Christmas for a special, 2 hour episode which sees Queen Victoria, Prince Albert and their family enjoying the festive season. It hasn’t been long since season 2 of the show concluded but I’m already dying to see more.

That’s everything that I’ve earmarked in the Radio Times Christmas 2017 book, I’m sure there’ll be other things on that I’ll end up watching and there’s a few other movies on such as The Gruffalo and Harry Potter that I’m hoping to watch but, these here are the main ones that I don’t want to miss! Hope you enjoy some Christmas telly as well, and make sure you clear your Sky box before setting everything to record!

 

Blogmas Day 19: Making a Christmas Hot Chocolate

People go mad for the Starbucks and Costa Coffee festive drinks – the Toffee Nut Latte, the Lindt Hot Chocolate, the Eggnog Latte and, my personal favourite, the Fudge Hot Chocolate from Starbucks.

My sister and I decided to try and make the ultimate Christmas hot chocolate today. Here’s what we did, what we used and the results which I can confirm were delicious!

Here are the ingredients we used for making the hot chocolate – milk, Nutella, squirty cream, mini marshmallows, cinnamon and golden sprinkles. And here’s how we made the ultimate hot chocolate:

  1. Measure out around a pint of milk into a small saucepan and bring to the boil. Stir continuously until frothy. Be careful here because it will boil over, once it starts frothing up you have to quickly pull it off the heat!
  2. Once the milk is nice and frothy, add a generous tablespoon of Nutella and stir.
  3. Bring the hot chocolate back to the boil, then turn off the heat.
  4. Pour into Christmas-sy mug.
  5. Top and decorate with whipped cream, mini marshmallows, golden sprinkles and a dusting of cinnamon.

And here’s how ours turned out! I hope you can follow my probably rubbish instructions okay and that you can make your own Christmas hot chocolate!

Top tip from my sister whilst we’re here – when you’ve finished a jar of Nutella and are left with only a few smears in the jar, that you can’t get to, fill the jar with hot milk, put the lid back on and shake it well. Then pour into a mug and enjoy!

 

Blogmas Day 18: 2017 Summary

I’m pretty sure this article won’t be very interesting and I know it’s not very Christmas-sy but, around this time of year, I like to think back over the year and recognise things I’ve done and achieved, and think about some things I’d like to achieve next year. I’m sure many people do this around New Year what with New Year’s Resolutions etc. but some might forget to remember what they’ve achieved this year, before looking to the future.

Submitted my dissertation

As part of my final year at University, I had to complete a dissertation or final project back in April of this year. I chose to write an analysis of archetypes and tropes of female characters in the Game of Thrones series. In all I found it very interesting to research this area and rewarding to complete the project. Plus I got to watch a shit tonne of Game of Thrones – purely for academic purposes of course!

Finished my degree 

Back in April, once my dissertation was completed, I had two more assignments to finish and then that was that. Three years of seminars, lectures, presentations, workshops, essays and other assignments, all finished. I have to say I was quite sad to finish my course, and I definitely would have been sadder if I’d been leaving University, Hallam and Sheffield completely but, thankfully, I’d applied for my Masters course and was planning on sticking around!

Graduated from my degree

I know I could probably have just merged this point with the previous one but, I think the distinction between finishing a degree and graduating from it is important. Things don’t really feel finished and tied off until you’ve actually had the graduation ceremony. Even though you’ve finished everything and collected your actual degree certificate and have probably moved onto another course or into a job, it’s still a fantastic milestone in life to attend graduation.

Started Masters course

So in September this year I started on my Masters course at Sheffield Hallam University. I originally joined the MA Arts and Cultural Managements course, however, at the end of October I decided it wasn’t for me and, I thought perhaps I would settle into it but, in the end I decided to change to the MA Journalism course instead. And I’m much happier for it! When I was putting this list together I realised I’ve probably been taking it for granted that I’m studying a Masters degree, when actually, it’s a big deal and, certainly something I should be chuffed about!

#HallamInsiders

For those who may not know, the Hallam Insiders team is something that’s been created by the marketing team at Sheffield Hallam. It’s a small, specially selected group of students who promote Sheffield and life at Sheffield Hallam University, from a student’s perspective. This is to communicate with and relate to current students and also reach out to potential students who might be thinking of studying here.

This year is my second year of being involved in Hallam Insiders and it’s involved doing various things I’ve been excited about and very proud of being asked to do. I was asked to be a part of Clearing at Sheffield Hallam back in August, supporting the marketing and recruitment teams in communicating with those coming through the clearing programme and applying to Sheffield Hallam. I also wrote an academic article about my dissertation and research into Game of Thrones as part of my dissertation, which was shared in the run-up to Season 7 of the show airing. I also did an Instagram take-over in August, touring the City and University and highlighting their best features from a student’s point of view, this was a lot of fun as me and my sister spent the day exploring our favourite parts of Sheffield.

As always, I’ve been keeping up with the essence of the Hallam Insiders ethos which is blogging and sharing on social media about life in Sheffield and what it’s like to be a student at Sheffield Hallam, this year I’ve done a range of articles from commuting to mental health at University. I’m looking forward to planning out some more articles and social media content for the coming months!

Higher Education Academy Conference

The HEA is a High Education Conference that takes place every July. Each year it has a different overarching theme and is based in a different city. This year it took place in Manchester and the theme was Generation TEF: Teaching in the Spotlight. One of my lecturers mentioned this to me earlier in the year and asked whether I’d be up for supporting her workshop session at the conference. After that I’d forgotten about it until a couple of weeks before the conference when she emailed to ask if I’d still be up for it. Her session focused on chasing student engagement through social media and featured interesting discussions on the use of social media for interacting with students and how this affects academic studies.

It was interesting to go along to a conference since I hadn’t really been to one before – although I was only able to go to that specific session it certainly whet my appetite for that sort of thing!

Intern at Sheffield International Documentary Festival (Doc/Fest)

Back in May/June, I become the 2017 Events Runner with Sheffield Doc/Fest. This mainly involved assisting the events team with planning and running the events at the festival. Aside from the documentary and film screenings at the festival, there’s a huge range of parties, drinks receptions and more that enable visitors to socialise, communicate and unwind during the festival. I did a lot of work on outreach, social media and even ran a number of events as a coordinator which was hugely gratifying – especially when running a session for somebody who had recently become a festival sponsor. In all I learnt a huge amount about the sector and events management and had a blast doing it!

Languages and Film School at Sheffield Hallam University

The Sheffield Hallam schools partnership team and a number of Sheffield high schools work together with freelancers and Sheffield Hallam teaching staff to bring this film school to Sheffield Hallam each summer. It’s a three day crash course in film-making, for high school students in Sheffield who speak English as their second language. As a Student Ambassador for ACES based in the Media and Communications department, I was asked to support the students in writing their scripts, filming their projects and editing the clips together, all in just three days! This all came together and was a fantastic project to be a part of. In September when everybody started back we held a film premier evening at Sheffield Hallam to present all the films in front of the student guests and those who had assisted in the project, we even had an awards ceremony for the best films, best directors, best scripts etc.!

Social Media Coordinator Off the Shelf Festival of Words

Off the Shelf is a literary festival held in Sheffield each October. It usually lasts around 3-4 weeks and is held in various locations across the city. It’s the only festival of its kind to be curated in partnership with two universities – the University of Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam University, as well as a core festival team. As Sheffield Hallam came on board in a managerial capacity with the festival this year, they wanted somebody on the team who could manage social media in the run up to the festival, as well as covering and promoting some of the key events during the festival. It was fantastic to gain some more experience in using social media for business and marketing purposes and I had a lovely time being part of the amazing marketing team at Sheffield Hallam, I didn’t want to leave!

Social Media in Higher Education Conference 

So, shortly after the HEA conference, the same lecturer told me of a conference at Sheffield Hallam which is in its third year this year. It focused on the use of social media in higher education and after the conference in July and many discussions with people into how social media is affecting teaching and assessment in higher education, I decided to put together a proposal for a session which was discuss using alternative assessment methods and the use of social media as an employability skill.

This conference was actually today! And gave me the idea for writing this article, looking back at what I’ve achieved this year. It was my first time presenting at a conference and I managed to look at a few other sessions which was very interesting and sparked lots of ideas and discussions both for me and around me which is pleasant to see and to be a part of you.

So there you go, that’s my 2017. Obviously I’ve done other things as well but, in terms of my professional life, I wanted to look back and see the progress I’ve made before I get cracking on furthering that progress in 2018! 

 

Blogmas Day 17: Making Your Home Festive

I know I’ve already done decorating your house for Christmas but, I wanted to do a post about making your home festive, since although decorating your house with a tree and lights etc. is part of creating a festive atmosphere in your home, it’s not all there is to it!

Mistletoe

We’ve always had mistletoe in the house at Christmas. My Dad’s boss grows it in his back garden and every year he brings a big bag full into work for everybody to take home. You have to be very careful with it since it’s very toxic but, you can easily find somewhere to hang it, ready for the Christmas kisses!

Christmas Music

Playing Christmas music in the house is sure to put everybody in the Christmas mood and it makes the whole house feel festive. Check out my list of top 10 Christmas songs. We tend to use the Echo Dot with Alexa to just play a selection of Christmas songs, or we’ll put Spotify on through the Bluetooth sound system. Since we have quite an open plan house, it’s lovely and festive when you have everybody in the kitchen/living area with Christmas music in the background.

Candles

Candles all year round make a house feel like home but, especially at Christmas. Glade do an amazing range of Christmas themed scented candles. We’ve particularly enjoyed the Apple Cinnamon and Nutmeg one. We’ve also been partial to the Gingerbread candle from Wilko since it smells exactly like somebody is actually cooking Gingerbread!

Bowl of Nuts

I’ll admit we haven’t gotten ours out yet this year as we’ve not had many people over for Christmas drinks yet but, we will soon have a big bowl of mixed nuts out on the side in the living area, with a huge nutcracker on top. To be fair, you could have this out all year round but, there’s something Christmas-sy about it!

Mulled Wine

Mulled wine can be made from scratch of course but, we prefer to buy it bottled in the local supermarket and just warm it up on the stove. Apart from creating a lovely fruity, Christmas-sy smell in the kitchen, it goes down a treat when you’ve come in from being outside/at work all day. It also reminds me of Christmas markets since whenever I go to one I end up having either a hot chocolate or a mulled wine to warm up.

 

Blogmas Day 16: Top 5 Christmas Pyjamas

I love to get a new set of pyjamas every Christmas. Sometimes it completely slips my mind and sometimes I’ve already got a pair which I still love and want to wear for Christmas morning but, more often that not, I enjoy being some fresh pyjamas for Christmas.

So far this year I haven’t been and bought a new pair, but I haven’t finished my Christmas shopping just yet so there’s still time! Here’s a few sets I have my eye on!

1. New Look – £14.99

This sassy set from New Look is just perfect. It’s been in the sale but, the original price is £14.99. I particularly like the fact that the top is a burgundy/maroon colour similar to the official Sheffield Hallam University colour. I also like that the trousers are cuffed at the bottom, as I don’t like the loose ones that get wrapped up everywhere!

I’m actually not a fan of mince pies, I only like the puff pastry ones, but still, the quote “Mince pies before guys” is super cute and I love that the little mince pie on the t-shirt has a smiley face on it!

 

2. River Island – £30

These are just stunning. Okay, so they aren’t specifically Christmas-sy at first glance, but I think with the jewel pattern, the dark navy blue background and the satin material are perfect for long winter nights and early Christmas mornings!

They are a little on the expensive side- for me anyway. But satin pyjamas are a particular favourite of mine and it’s rare you find a beautiful pair of satin pyjamas that aren’t  bright red colour or have black lace patches on or something!

3. New Look – £29.77

Another beautiful set from New Look, burgundy I know but, I thought the design of the camisole top was just gorgeous. Each item is sold separately so I’ve added it all up to give the price above. The model in this photo is wearing the camisole top, the trousers and the silk robe. There’s also shorts available but, I’m not really one for shorts!

To be honest I’m not overly fussed about the flowery pattern on these ones but, because of the base burgundy type colour, the design of how the camisole sits and ties around and the satin material, I’m sold on these!

4. Not On The High Street – £39 

Yhup, I’ve been on Not On The High Street again! I know these look like another set of satin pyjamas but hear me out. These ones are actually cotton. AND, you can get them personalised with your initials on the front or with your full first name on the back. The top and bottoms are included and although personalising them means it’s a little longer for delivery, it doesn’t add to the price. Which is quite nice because these are the most expensive on this list. However, they have a lovely personal touch!

5. Marks and Spencer – £35

And we’re back to satin again, sorry! I wanted to include just a plan satin set without the frills and flowers etc. This simple black satin set is a classic from Marks and Spencer.

The price includes the set of top and trousers, with the top buttoning down the front. There’s simple white trim around the edges of the top which perk it up a bit but other than that they are a simple, classy black. Feminine and pretty but cosy and warm, these are perfect for Christmas and winter

 

So that’s it from me today, like I said, I haven’t yet bought any for myself for this year but, I’ve got a gorgeous and very cosy Harry Potter dressing gown I’ll be wearing, as well as a selection of Harry Potter pyjamas to choose from. So I think I’m sorted really!