31 December 2014

So long 2014!

So we've made it! Tonight we celebrate and bring in the new year and reflect about the year that we've had. It's time to think about what needs work and changes we want to make and a time to be positive about our plans and goals for the new year. 

This year has been a funny one, with great highs and lows, but I think what I've taken from it is that I need to learn to relax and just love a little more. As cheesy as it sounds I feel I need to be easier on myself and the others around me, to believe in myself and also to let others in a little more. 

So for now, other than boring practical money resolutions etc that is one thing I'm going to try and concentrate on this. What about you? What plans do you have for the new year, and what needs a little encouragement?  

Hope you have a good one and there's plenty of glitter and laughter! 

28 December 2014

A wintery weekend

Last weekend we had the pleasure of having my dear cousins visiting for the weekend. Every year we see each other at Christmas and vow to make it a more than once a year occasion, but more likely than not months go by and our busy lives take over and we all never quite manage those visits! I feel pretty lucky to have cousins who I feel like if I met them in real life (outside of being my family) then I would definitely be friends with them. So when they asked me to take a few photographs of them for presents and of course come and visit, I was delighted! 

On Sunday we decided to fit in a Christmassy activity with Theo and all try ice skating, it seemed like a good idea in theory, but in reality I'd forgotten how much I don't really enjoy it (I think it's the fear of falling and having my fingers sliced off!) but it was actually really fun! Theo had a go with one of the push along penguins, and despite not being for under 5s did really well and really enjoyed himself. Then Rob and Sam showed off with their confident skating whilst the rest of us clung to the edge for dear life! 

We walked around the docks, stopping for pizza at the Stable, warming ourselves with mulled cider. It was lovely catching up properly before the craziness of Christmas and made me realise how good it is to make the effort to see each other more often. 

27 December 2014

fifty - two / fifty - two

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The last portrait of the year, and it's only fitting to be shared with Father Christmas himself. This year has been Christmas magical, seeing the excitement in his eyes has been worth all of the presents. On Christmas Eve I gave him two presents, some Christmas pjs and two books to read at bedtime and he couldn't have been sweeter. Without prompting he kissed me on the cheek, told me he loved me and thank you. He then jumped about the place proclaiming his love for his presents and went to bed very excited, leg kicking excited.

It was magical! 

So this year is over, another one, who can believe it! I may have forgotten or not had time to post every week, but there are 52 portraits (and more!) sitting here waiting to be looked back at and cherished. 

24 December 2014

twas the night before Christmas

Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St Nicholas soon would be there.

The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads.
And mamma in her ‘kerchief, and I in my cap,
Had just settled our brains for a long winter’s nap

I just want to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and I hope that your day is filled with family and friends, laughter and warmth. It will be quiet over here for the next few days as I, and you all enjoy this time away from distraction and with the people we care most about! A certain little boy will fall asleep tonight excited and with his dreams filled with thoughts of Father Christmas flying around the world. 

A (very) last minute gift guide for him

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So it's Christmas eve! Can you believe it?!  Luckily I finished all my Christmas shopping a few weeks back, but in my head there's a romantic image of wandering around a small town filled with boutiques and markets on christmas eve, with a steaming cup of mulled wine in one hand and Christmas music and smells filling the air trying to pick up a few last minute special gifts. 

So in honour of that, and my home town (where I currently am) being the inspiration for such a rose tinted version of Christmas shopping (because lets face it, it's more of a mad dash and scrabble around a shopping centre right?) here's my very last minute gift guide for men, or well for the things I think Rob would like! 

[one, two, three, five] - Oxford shirt, New Balance 420's, Dickies backpack, beanie Asos
[four] Gentlemans hardware tool organiser John Lewis
[six] Calvin Klein Eternity gift set House of Fraser

This is a collaborative feature

22 December 2014

A Saturday stroll

We had a few errands to run on Saturday morning, and since the sun was shining we decided to take a walk around Stokes Croft and Picton Street peeking into shops, browsing and picking up last minute gifts at Here Gallery and stopping for a drink at a favourite, Cafe Kino. It was fun just to be out with the family, enjoying our lone time in what is to be a crazy few weeks! We also braved it and took a few outfit photos, and I managed to get Rob involved too! 

I'm wearing:

Coat - M&S
Cardigan - Thrifted
Sparkly t-shirt - Thrifted
Jeans - H&M
Shoes - Topshop 
Bag - Kanken

Rob wears:

Coat - c/o Boden
Shirt - Asos
Jumper - Thrifted
Jeans - Next
Boots - Clarks Originals

Theo wears:

Coat - M&S
Jumper - Tootsa Macginty
Trousers - H&M
Shoes - Second hand New Balance 

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