George Home is one of my favourite places to pick up homeware items- they frequently have some awesome, quirky pieces that would not look out of place in Urban Outfitters, Anthropologie, Next or John Lewis but cost a fraction of the price they’d charge! Which means it is far cheaper place to go if you want to do some seasonal decoration.
Autumn/Winter are my favourite seasons, particularly for decorating. I love the warm cosy feel of snuggling up under blankets by candlelight with a good book- dare I say it’s the perfect hygge feeling! The items I’ve picked are perfect for a cosy autumn makeover- with plenty of copper and white!
George already had Christmas items online- so I had to restrain myself. But if you are a fan of quirky/kitsch items (or like dinosaurs!) I’d highly recommend giving them a look.
- George Home Copper Moscow Mule Mugs – Set of 2 (£8)
I’ve wanted a set of copper Moscow mule mugs for a while, and these are perfect! I’ve even seen this much being charged for one mug elsewhere previously. I love copper, and they’d be perfect for mulled wine or hot chocolate with mountains of cream as we get closer to christmas! I think they’d be great to make a DIY gift for a couple- paired with their favourite Christmas drink and snack!
- Raccoon Slipper Socks (£7)
A cosy pair of slippers are the best, and even better if they have a cute face on! These raccoon slippers are adorable, and look super cosy- they even have a fleece lining which is perfect to keep your feet toasty on chilly evenings.
- Marble Print Mini Cushion (£5)
I’ve looked at this cushion a few times in real life, and really like it. It’s a pretty small cushion so it’s definitely more decorative than functional but that’s not always a bad thing. It’s such a cool pattern, and I love the marble and gold look.
- Copper-effect Bell Jar Lamp (£30)
More copper! I think that copper adds such a warm glow to a home, particularly copper lighting. This is an awesome quirky light, and I love the steampunk vibe it’s giving off- I used to be really into the steampunk look, and even did several school projects on it! Although it’s not a look I’ve got going on in the place I live now, this would also be perfect for a modern or loft look. I really don’t need any more lights- as I’ve got nowhere to put them, but this one is just too cool to not wish for.
- Brushed Cotton Reversible Camping Bears Duvet Cover (£17)
I think this is my favourite item on the list. I love it so much. I’m a great fan of Georges bedding- it’s soft, washes well and has the cutest designs. My last couple of Christmas bedding sets came from George, and on the bed currently I have their awesome wizard cats design! This bedding is brushed cotton so perfect for a cosy bedroom, and also has the best ever design- of camping bears! I love the cartoon We Bare Bears, and the anime Polar Bear Café- so really I can’t imagine a cooler bedding than this! Hoping I see this to pick it up!
- 2-Pack Small LED Pillar Candles – Vanilla (£4)
These are pretty standard LED Candles, but I love the idea of a cosy glow, without the risk of candles- particularly if they were used in a bedroom. These are vanilla fragranced, which I haven’t seen before and think the idea sounds lovely!
This is such a cool ornament, and it is also supposed to amplify your phone! Once again, it’s copper! I love the idea of this, and it’d be perfect as part of a low tech chillout- with just your phone for music, and depending on how well it works I like the idea of using it outside, or when Glamping! It’s a great quirky piece that I can imagine being sold at Urban Outfitters or similar.
- George Home Natural Blonde Faux Fur Throw (£30)
I’m very strongly of the belief that you need blankets for a cosy home- preferably a number of them. And I’m particularly fond of faux fur throws- so soft to cuddle up in! I really love the colour of this throw, and it would look perfect at the end of the bed, or over the arm of the sofa.
Any of these items would (in my mind) also be great as a Christmas present if you want to get a head start- I know I would certainly would be thrilled with any of them!
I’ve always been a fan of autumn, I love crisp leaves underfoot and the weather being cool enough for jumpers, flannel shirts and warm blankets, and dark and cold enough outside to enjoy film marathons and board game nights. I always anticipate the return of hot drinks (after months of almost all my coffee coming iced). Most of all I love that it means that we are closer to my favourite months of the year. So although I appreciate that it may still be a bit early to write about autumn candles- I’m going to. This is partly because I didn’t want to leave it too long and risk the stock changing in TK Maxx, and people missing out!
Another of my favourite things about autumn, is the fragrance. Even if this is partly due to candles and home fragrances making me associate specific scents with autumn, or whether it’s due to people using more spices in baking in autumn (apple pies, mulled cider, pumpkin spice lattes etc.)
Due to this, I’m always on the hunt for great smelling candles to bring that Autumn feel to my place- and as we sadly lack a Bath & Body Works in the UK (I’ve spent plenty of time filling my basket with all the autumn candles, that I can’t get shipped here) this usually means looking a little harder. I like Yankee candles but they can be a bit hit and miss, and a bit artificial- and the packaging isn’t always the prettiest.
One of my favourite places to search for candles is TK Maxx as they always seem to get great candles in the run up to Autumn and Christmas. On my most recent visit I was not disappointed- picking up three awesome looking candles by DW Home- for the bargain price of only £2.99 each, which is especially impressive as they retail at $12!
I picked up three different scents; Pumpkin, Autumn Orchard and Honey Pumpkin. They all smell fantastic- and the pumpkin and honey pumpkin smell very different- enough so that I picked up both! I also love the jars, and they’d be great to reuse once the candles are used up.
The Pumpkin candle smells sweet and slightly spicy, it’s very autumnal and I particularly love the simple jar- which is orange glass and says pumpkin in gold. I’m looking forward to lighting this one, as it smells like autumn baking- and few things smell more welcoming than that!
The Autumn Orchard Candle is a bit sweeter and has a rich apple scent. It smells like how you would imagine going apple picking to smell- the romanticised version without wasps! It smells delicious (apple pie!) but isn’t sickly sweet, as can be a problem with some apple candles. This candle came with a gold top, and slightly more complicated- although no less pretty design.
Finally the Honey Pumpkin candle smells absolutely amazing. It smells sweet with hints of spices, vanilla and honey. I love the glass jar (two toned glass) with the pretty printed label and once again can’t wait to use it.
All three candles have gorgeous scents, and I can’t wait to have them out on display come autumn as I feel they’ll look super pretty together! There were more candles available, and in different scents but I restrained myself to three that I felt went well together (Although I have since picked up a couple more!)
I’d highly recommend checking your local TK Maxx to see whether they have any in stock, as it’s hard to find autumn candles in the UK that are as interesting sounding as their US Counterparts. I was super happy to find these, and they’ve helped with my longing for Bath & Body Works Candles- which I’m unlikely to try unless they start shipping to the UK.
These candles look far more expensive than they were, and they’d make great gifts- I’d definitely be happy to get one! I even spotted some Christmas in TK Maxx, so keep an eye out and you may get lucky…
Apologies for the fact that it has been a while! The festive season got rather busy and I ended up spending time with my family rather than time on the internet! (Which I guess is fair enough around Christmas) I then just fell out of the swing of things and got distracted by other things. (Not so good!)
I hope that everybody had a great Christmas! I had a great time playing board games and watching films with the family. I was also treated to some lovely things. Rather than doing an overall overview I thought I would ease myself back into blogging! So I decided to share the books I got for Christmas.
I have always loved being given books as gifts- and for many years when I was little I would be given book vouchers to spend. I always sit down and look through a new book on Christmas day and this year was no exception! This year was a non-fiction year with rather a focus on cookbooks- which I love receiving (I have several shelves full of cookbooks, and I love being able to pick one up and look through it.) My boyfriend knows me well as he bought me three cookbooks for Christmas!
I was given Simply Nigella which I was super happy about as I loved watching her recent series and have pretty much all of her books! It is a lovely book to sit down and read through with lots of recipes that I would like to try. There are also several recipes that are gluten/ dairy free which I think is a little new for Nigella books, and it feels like a brand new selection of recipes. It does make me want to buy a Nordic Ware Bundt tin however!
I also was given Nanban which is a really interesting looking book- both in contents and appearance. It has an interesting spine which is glued rather than card! Nanban is filled with Japanese soul food recipes, which look super delicious and is great as the boyfriend and I are both fans of Japanese food. I really want to try making proper Ramen from it!
Nerdy Nummies is a book that I wanted ever since it was first announced on Rosanna Pansino’s YouTube channel. I really love watching her videos as they always have such cute results and I wanted her book, as I vastly prefer cooking from a written recipe rather than a video! It is a such a cute book, and I think anyone who loves geeky things and cooking would find it an enjoyable read.
The boyfriend also got me a very interesting book which is The Art of the Lord of the Rings. I can’t wait to sit down and have a proper look through it. It contains lots of J.R.R. Tolkien’s drawings, maps etc and as a great fan of both the books and the films it should be a great read. It is also a beautiful looking book.
My mum got me a great looking book by my favourite hairstyle blogger- Hair Romance. It was a really great pick which makes me wish my hair was growing about ten times faster- or that I hadn’t had it cut short months ago! But my hair will grow and when it does I can’t wait to try out some of these beautiful hairstyles (Or more accurately given my lack of skill with hair, try to convince other people to try them out on me!)
I hope you enjoyed this little look at some of my Christmas presents- I still can’t believe how quickly Christmas went.
I’d love to hear about any books people got as presents (would be great as inspiration for my birthday at the end of the month!)
The Christmas Tree is up and I am very excited! This is the first tree that my boyfriend and I have had, as it is the first Christmas that we have lived together in our own place. Photo Heavy Post Ahead!
As I love seeing other peoples Christmas trees I decided to do a post about mine. Along with giving some details about where I got decorations- although as I have been collecting decorations for several years, some are no longer available! I did pick up a few this year however so will say where they were from.
Although I love themed trees, all in one colour or style of decoration I am too big a fan of decorations to commit to one! I have rather an eclectic tree with decorations that have been gathered over the years from several different stores- including some home-made ones! Growing up we always had a bit of a mish mash tree, and clearly that is a trend that I plan to continue. However if I had more than one tree I would like to try out a themed one!
The Christmas tree was from John Lewis and is their 6ft Basics Festive Fir Tree. Although it took a while to assemble due to wanting to make the branches look as nice as possible I would definitely recommend this tree. It is bushy and holds decorations well, and feels like it should last a number of years.
We used two sets of lights on the tree, which were also from John Lewis. They are a soft white and twinkle gently, which I really love. They give a really pleasant soft glow and I would definitely recommend them! I used a weaving method I saw on pinterest, and it definitely gives a better glow.
Our tree topper was from Asda, (This year) and was exactly what I wanted. They have a great range of decorations and are certainly worth checking for decorations that won’t break the bank!
The faux fur tree skirt came from West Elm, and I got it in the sales after Christmas last year for £10! (I was very happy!) It is so soft and plush. I really like the way the tree skirt looks against the tree, and with presents on it- it also means that presents for family can be decorative rather than taking up room whilst waiting be taken to my parents!
One of my favourite places to get decorations is the Disney store- although as I haven’t got a Disney store locally I haven’t got any new ones this year!
Here are a few of my Disney favourites, although I have quite a few more on the tree. I love Pascal in the dress! Lady and the Tramp is one of my favourite films and I think this Olaf decoration is very cool! The one thing I would say about these decorations is that they are heavy, and can be hard to support on a tree- so keep that in mind. In general I have used the branches underneath to keep the decoration steady.
I also love the Lego bauble- We have one for my boyfriend and one for me. We made them in store and they were the closest we could get to ourselves! I think it is an adorable decoration and it could use any lego figure you like- I would rather like a few more to put some of my Marvel lego figures in!
John Lewis is great for decorations, although for their individual decorations it can get quite pricey. I bought a couple of new ones this year, which included this Acorn and Lion. They are so shiny and feel good quality. They also have lots of different ranges so you can find something to suit any tree.
Wilko, IKEA and TKMAXX are also great places to look for decorations, and I have a number from Wilko and IKEA on the tree!
This bacon decoration was handmade from a tutorial I found online here. I think it is super cute and the colours are very christmassy! I have quite a few homemade felt decorations which I think really add to the look of the tree.
So here is a small selection of the decorations on my tree!
I am loving watching television and films by the light of the Christmas Tree.
If you’d like to know any more about any of my decorations or where I got them just ask!