Christmas To Do List

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Anyone who knows me knows I go a little crazy at Christmas. I love it more than words can express. I started getting excited ages ago but I think now its ok for me to be open about it! I like to cram in as much Christmas as possible during the festive season. It not just about Christmas Day, it’s about the build up. The beautiful atmosphere, the fact that it brings out the best in everyone! So here is a little activity list of all the lovely Christmassy things I hope to get up to!

  1. Go ice skating

  2. Perfect an innovative hot chocolate recipe.

  3. Go for a Festive afternoon tea.

  4. Visit every Christmas market in Dublin!

  5. Create the perfect Christmas music playlist.

  6. Take pictures of Christmas lights and shop windows

  7. Spend a whole day baking festive treats!

  8. Donate to a worthy cause.

  9. Decorate a Christmas tree.

  10. Listen to carolers.

  11. Buy Christmas candles. Yankee is my go to.

  12. Make a list of my favourite Christmas movies and make sure to watch them all! My personal faves are The Grinch, Elf and It’s a Wonderful Life!

  13. Pick out Christmas pjs.

  14. Buy the cringiest brightest Christmas jumper you can find.

  15. Perfect the art of Christmas present wrapping.

  16. Organise Secret Santa with a group of friends.

  17. Have a family movie night with Cadbury Roses/Celebrations/Heroes. Or all three.

  18. Have a festive date day. This doesn’t have to be with your significant other. A friend or family member will do! Wear matching jumpers and go do something fun and silly. Visit a toy-shop, Make mulled wine. Matching jumpers are a must.

 

Images from MarthaStewert.com

Christmas Gift Guide: Stocking Fillers Under €20

5254fb025b0edd1a797679b34d1890eaHello everyone! In my opinion it’s officially appropriate to be excited for Christmas! For everyone in Ireland Christmas FM starts tomorrow and I can barely contain my excitement! I thought I’d do a Christmas gift guide with a few sections. I’ll begin with stocking fillers and keep everything under twenty euro. So this section is perfect for all us those broke students out there, Secret Santa or anyone who doesn’t want to spend a fortune but still wants beautiful gifts!

Crazy Cat Lady Mug, Urban Outfitters. €13.00 2. Grey Tartan Check Scarf River Island. €20.oo. 3. Star Grips, Accessorize. €9.90. 4. Glazed Apple Treat Box, The Body Shop. €9.95. 5. Clifton Rose Foldaway Tote, Cath Kidston. €18.00. 6. Magnificent Seven, Bare Minerals. €20  7. Pink Bangle. H&M. €7.56. 8. Wool Hat. H&M €19.00. 9. Crystal Art Deco Alice Band, Accessorize. €20.00. 10. Soap for the Best, Soap and Glory. €12.50. 11. Donkey Products Tea Bags, Harvey Nichols. €9.94. 12. Truffles Gift Set, Charbonnel + Walker. €20.00. 13. Birdie Swing Tea Infuser, QDO. €12.00. 14. Soap Set, Avoca. €17.00.

Other ideas that are always winners are sunggly slippers. Everyone loves having new slippers at christmas! Try Primark/Pennys for budget options! For Coffee and Tea lovers Starbucks brought some beautiful glittery gift this year with loads of wallet friendly options. Another option is Lush gift sets. They have so many that there are ones for every budget and preference. I think Lush is one of the best gift you can give someone special! With little gifts on a small budget it’s really the thought that counts so keep in mind who you are buying for and try to make it as special as possible. And don’t forget the power of the homemade gift. Whatever your talent is, if possible turn it into a gift! If you are at all crafty check out A Beautiful Mess which is an amazing blog with loads of easy craft ideas from cooking to sewing to woodwork and tonnes more!

Happy shopping everyone and I’ll be back soon with a higher end gift guide!

What I Wore: My Birthday

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Dress: Topshop, Cardigan: Jack Wills, Tights: H&M, Shoes: Christian Louboutin, Bag: Louis Vuitton

Hello everyone! I am writing my first post as a twenty three-year old. A year older and very much none the wiser! I went home for the weekend and had a lovely time with my family! It was one of the quietest birthdays I have ever had. It was so peaceful and I had time to really unwind and relax. Being by the sea never fails to help clear my head and organize my goals for the next year. I have planned some very exciting things for Ladypennyfeather.com! I hope you all enjoy some pics of my birthday ensemble!

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Dre IMG_2862 IMG_2870 2 IMG_2936 2Dress: Topshop, Tights: H&M, Cardigan: Jack Wills, Shoes: Christian Louboutins, Bag: Louis Vuitton.

October Favourites

IMG_2792 2Hello my lovelies! October really has flown and now it is time for my second monthly favourites segment! October has been a blur. College has been so busy, between finishing garments and entering my first competition I have barely had time to breath! I hope November is a little more calm! I’ll be spending most of November doing exam revision, yay (not)! I have been wearing very little make up so suncream has been very important to my beauty regime. I love this La Roche-Posay factor 50 sun scream. I have worn it everyday. Also in my experience whenever I ask anyone why their skin is amazing the answer is wearing sun cream every day!

I love my plummy lip stains and that’s what Autumn lips are all about! I particularly have loved this YSL one and a cheaper version, New York Scene by Revlon! Both such perfect Autumn shades and the Revlon stain is very moisturizing.

Next an old favourite and a new one. Jo Malone’s Pomegranate Noir is my all time favourite perfume. I put it away for the summer months and then out it comes in full force as soon as Autumn hits! It’s a fruity, sophisticated scent and a Jo Malone classic! A new fave is Topshop’s Highlighter in Sunbeam. I had never tried Topshop make up before and picked this up on a whim and boy an I glad I did! It adds such a lovely glow to my cheekbones! Its buildable so can be very subtle or make your cheekbones shine at night! I will definitely be trying out more of Topshops selection!

The last beauty item I have been loving is the Stroke of Light eye brightener by Bare Minerals. I’m lucky I don’t get bags or dark circles under my eyes but it doesn’t hurt to look a little more fresh after a late night! It blends really easily into my skin and leaves me looking bright-eyed and ready for the day!

IMG_2783 2 IMG_2800 22Now  to random favourites. I think my overall favourite of the month has to be my rain boots. The weather has been awful here in Dublin so I wear these glorious boots into college everyday! I bought them in Dungarven in Waterford and it was the best purchase ever! I get loads of compliments and my other shoes are in better condition as I’m destroying them in the rain!

Ah Bee Pollen, why is it only now I have discovered you? It goes in my porridge, smoothies or as a little spoonful straight into my mouth! It’s a great source of protein and contains folic acid and amino acids. A lovely addition to my health food stocks!

Lastly is the most adorable pair of earrings ever I rarely stray from wearing the same few pieces of jewellery everyday so if a piece of jewellery makes it to my favourites list it’s going to be special. My mother brought these back from a holiday as a little gift (best mother ever) and I just love them to pieces. Anything with little pearls on them is a winner in my books!

I hope you have enjoyed having a look at what I have been loving this month! November is my birthday month I have a feeling it’s going to contain some pretty exciting favourites! I hope you all had a lovely October and will have an even better November!