I know we’re already over a week into January, but I wanted to sum up some goals I would like to achieve this year. 2016 is already shaping up to be an interesting year so here are a few things I’d like to accomplish…
First things first: Happy New Year! I hope everyone has had a lovely Christmas and welcomed in the New Year with friends and family. How it’s 2016 already, I don’t even know, but for the last two months it’s been pretty full on trying to get everything sorted for our move, finishing work and packing for snowboarding in Austria, Christmas and moving house.
It’s been a bit quiet around these parts recently due to lots of sorting and painting at Paul’s parents house ready for our move after Christmas, so when George at Asda got in touch about Christmas jumpers, I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to put the paint brushes down and take a bit of time out. Now that it’s December and officially Christmas, it was ok to turn that Christmas playlist on (you know you all have one! ;-), rock my new jumper and put our (mini) Christmas tree up.
I’m not going to lie, I love Christmas and I like to put the tree up as soon as possible. Paul always insists on a real tree, not that I’m complaining, and because we usually go on holiday at Christmas I like to make the most of it. This year we probably got the smallest tree possible to fit it in our living room and we were a little weary about how Dolly was going to react to it… has everyone see that Youtube video?! Luckily for us, she’s been pretty good with it so far.
It seems to be a bit of an annual tradition the last few years to get a new Christmas Jumper, so when I was choosing from George’s selection, I opted to go retro. The added sequins and 3D bells are something that I’ve yet to covet in my Christmas Jumper wardrobe so I thought it was the perfect choice and I think Dolly liked the bells too!
When putting together my Christmas Jumper outfit, I like to keep it quite simple as the jumper usually speaks volumes so a pair of black jeans and a white roll neck top to go underneath are enough. Not forgetting the Christmas socks too of course!
I will definitely be wearing my new Christmas jumper on my team’s Christmas Party night in a few weeks when we’re off to Christmas at Kew. The perfect opportunity to keep cosy and warm in my new Christmas wardrobe addition.
I’m pretty excited about all the festivities December brings!
Thank you to George at Asda for supplying me with my Christmas Jumper outfit and decorations. All opinions, Christmas excitement and the cat are my own.
Last week I was invited to check out Southbank’s new show in town – La Soirée. I’d not heard about it before, but when I mentioned it to my friend, she exclaimed that she’d been a few years before and that I should definitely go. A mixture of circus and cabaret is how she described it, but she didn’t tell me about how saucy and tongue in cheek it would be!
Unsuspecting as I was, the said friend and I got to the Southbank and found ourselves entering an old Spiegeltent – a large travelling mirror tent – all dowsed in low red lighting in the bar area, through to the stage, which was circular in the middle of the audience.
The lights went low and we were greeted by the sequinned vision that is Miss Frisky and her belter of a voice, followed by a great number of acts that both shocked and awed the audience. The biggest shocker for me was Asher Treleaven dubbed as the ‘sexual gentlemen’ (the show’s words, not mine) – I don’t want to spoil the show for anyone going, but he had me in stitches. All I will say is that I’d never have thought that a child’s toy would have such an impact on an audience.
One other act that left a mark were the English Gents… performing acts together and separately, they had us all completely transfixed. The strength (and muscles!) they have is unreal and I’ve never seen anyone do the splits like Hamish McCann. Standing… Up a pole… Yeh…!? And don’t even get me started on the crazy things one of them can do with bubbles.
One act that had me positively squirming in my seat was the contortionist that is Captain Frodo. I’m not sure if I liked it or hated it, but he did have me wanting to look away more than once!!
My friend and I were thinking the whole way through how fun it would be to come to the show with our team from work for our Christmas party – especially to see the reactions our friends would have to some of the acts. We came out of the show with one of us wanting to hit the gym after seeing the acrobats do their stuff and the other to actually become an acrobat!
If you want a fun and maybe a little bit of a risqué evening then it’s on until the middle of January, but beware of being dragged up on stage to take part in some of the show. Luckily for us, we managed to escape this fate, but some others weren’t so lucky… ;-)
Another day off found us nipping down to Brighton for the day. We don’t visit enough, so I had a few places stored up where I wanted to go to, Workshop Living being one of them. The simple clean design of the store and all of its products just makes me want to swoon, not to mention their beautiful Instagram account! The desperation of owning my own house goes up a few notches when I go into a store like this as I just want to buy everything… Got to hold off for a little while yet though!
We wandered along the lanes and then ended up in Bill’s for lunch (a standard occurrence it seems whenever we come to Brighton!) and then checked out Beyond Retro and Snoopers Paradise, where I finally bit the bullet and bought a vintage enamel bread bin that I’ve been putting off for quite a while.
We had a little wander along the Pier, taking in the views of the beach and the sea, with the smell of candy floss wafting through the air, but I’d heard about The Creperie so we decided to walk back along the sea front to find it. It didn’t disappoint and I went away happy as Larry with a Nutella & Strawberry crepe.
I think we’ll be back to trawl through more vintage, stock up on utilitarian homewares and take away delicious crepes pretty soon!
During a couple of days off a little while ago, Paul and I ventured to Kew Gardens, which is one of my favourite places in London. Not only is it a nice place to stroll around, the cafes are good and I can never resist popping into the shop, much to Paul’s dismay! It feels like you’re somewhere out in the country and not in the middle of West London. It also brings back nice memories of my friend’s lovely wedding a few years back.
The Palm House is one destination I always love to visit as the tropical plants and trees are my favourite. On a chillier day, it’s also nice that it’s a few degrees warmer (not always so nice when it’s boiling outside though!). The best bit is climbing to the top by the roof so you have a view of everything down below.
Whenever we make it to The Palm House, the Waterlily House is just to the side and houses a pond full of the largest waterlilies I’ve ever seen. Makes for a pretty Instagram photo, that’s for sure! ;-)
Now that it’s November (how did that happen?!) and my Birthday and Halloween have been and gone as well as Starbucks having introduced their red cups already, I feel like I can start getting a little excited about Christmas? So I can safely say that I’m already pretty excited about Christmas at Kew… we went a couple of years ago and I’d really like to fit it in somewhere between sorting out our new rooms at Paul’s parents’ house! Yep, we’ve decided to move back to start seriously saving for our own house! Eeek! It feels like it might actually happen one day?!