Monday, 30 December 2013

Christmas Day

Before the new year rolls in, I just wanted to share some little snippets from my first Christmas with my "fiance"...

Our morning was spent eating bacon rolls (start as you mean to go on) and opening gifts from each other, before moving on to my parents' home for even more presents with the family. Obviously I've already been spoiled this year with my beautiful engagement ring but Gordon gave me little bits to open including DVDs, sweets and a framed photo from our day in Central park. He's going soft in his old age.

I gave him the Rolling Stones/Crystal Head Vodka gift set along with a watch engraved with the date of our engagement. Ok, we're both getting soft... I was lucky enough to receive lots of goodies from my family and friends - one of my favourites being the London photo album from my sister. The Lulu Guinness eye clutch was a little gift from me, to me. I just couldn't help myself!

Dinner was cooked by my Mum and Dad and eaten with them, my Grandma and my sister. Gordon had a prawn cocktail to start, while the rest of us tucked into fresh melon and raspberries with a ginger melon sorbet. All washed down with a good dose of prosecco!

Christmas dinner is my all time favourite meal. Especially when cooked by my family! They made an epic Italian style turkey (a Jamie Oliver recipe I think), my favourite roast tatties, some sort of amazing vegetarian loaf thing, loads of stuffing, pigs in blankets, yorkshire puddings, marmalade carrots, honey roast parsnips, brussel sprouts... and a partridge in a pear tree. 

Followed by a food induced coma/nap. We took a break from all the food to play with puppies and nephews while the men were hard at work building the toys.

The rest was much needed before we tackled this bad boy. My sister's masterpiece of a salted caramel chocolate torte. Plus trifle. Holyfoodbaby. 

And of course it wouldn't be Christmas without a Bailey's nightcap and silly family games. The rapidough didn't make it out until Boxing day but hey, that's a whole different story.

How did you spend your Christmas day? If you've blogged about it feel free to leave your link in a comment below!

Christy xx

Saturday, 28 December 2013

Christmas in New York

As much as we loved New York in the summer sun, Gordon and I were dying to see our favourite place at our favourite time of year. We were lucky enough to experience the snow at the same time and it couldn't of been better. It was bloody freezing but I loved all the lights and decorations in the stores and on the streets. Every corner had a little piece of Christmas spirit...

 Macy's on 34th Street

 Bryant Park

 Squirrels in Union Square Gardens

 Shopping on 5th Avenue & Bleecker Street

Rockefeller Centre

The Rockefeller Centre was definitely my favourite, along with Saks festive display...

Amazing! Hope you've had a fantastic Christmas! :)

Christy xx

Sunday, 22 December 2013

Fairytale of New York

On Saturday 14th December in a snowy Central Park, my best friend and partner of almost 5 years got down on one knee, pulled out a beautiful Tiffany diamond ring and asked me to marry him... Of course, I  cried like a baby said yes!

Never been so excited in my life!

Christy xx

Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Furry Muffs & Tulle

This winter I've discovered ear muffs...

Next ear muffs // Zara scarf // H&M jacket // Marc by Marc Jacobs sunglasses

...and they're the best freakin' invention EVER! Where have they been all my life? I'm not a huge fan of hats (mainly vanity reasons) so ear muffs are the perfect alternative. They keep my ears snug and sheltered from the Scottish weather without the dreaded hat hair. When I bought them I had intentions to keep them tucked away and only use them in NYC but they've barely left my head since. I actually can't believe it took me so long to invest in a pair! Being plain black they go with absolutely anything, and on this occasion I chucked them on with that Zara scarf blanket and a leather jacket to make this outfit a bit more winter appropriate.

Warehouse jumper // Boohoo skirt // Zara shoes 

This jumper and skirt are 2 of my favourite items at the moment. Despite being skint, I couldn't resist either of them so went ahead and ordered them anyway. The jumpers barely been off my back so, y'know cost per wear... worth it. I'm struggling with styling the skirt for day time so think it'll be kept for special occasions. Yet another Carrie Bradshaw skirt. I can't help it. I WANT TO BE HER OK?

Speaking of Sex and the City, did I mention I'm off to New York on Thursday? ;)

Christy xx

Friday, 6 December 2013

Sophia Webster - BFA Emerging Accessory Designer 2013

This Monday the very talented Sophia Webster picked up the award for Emerging Accessory Designer at 2013's British Fashion Awards. She's been on my radar ever since her  "Hold Me" speech bubble clutch appeared in fashion land (insert heart-eyed emoji) and I can't think of a more deserving winner. Sophia's fun and unusual designs are going from strength to strength, season to season. How amazing was her bug inspired SS14 presentation!? I can see loads more awards flying her way in the future.

If you're lucky enough to be in London this weekend (I'm not :(! ) don't miss your chance to own a piece of future fashion history from the Sophia Webster sample sale - 38 King Street, Covent Garden - from 10am on Saturday and Sunday. Prices from £50 ladies!!

Christy xx
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