The modern Christmas table

Christmas is definitely coming to my house… We’re whipping up the actual Christmas dinner this year (eek!) and I’ve wanted to make the house feel really Christmassy and the table super glam and festive without being a Christmas cliche. Enter, Next and their amazing circular pom pom trimmed placemats. They look awesome against a bit of kitsch tinsel and some snazzy matching beer bottles with some stand out branding. Yellow is definitely a fresh colour to give to Christmas, I think it’s quite unusual but works really well with gold which is obviously a classic.

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My top 5 festive picks from Bella Italia

We’ve all seen Jamie’s Italian Christmas from 2000-whatever and thought that adding Italian flavours to Christmas delights was an amazing idea. Yuhuh, we did. And, you might have seen my Very Important Bella announcement last month all about the delicious work I’ll be getting up to with Bella Italia so it’s about time for another instalment. Say hello to Christmas at Bella and I have five amazing dishes to tell you about. They have a pretty extensive Christmas menu where you can have 2 courses for £17.99 or a tasty 3 courses for £19.99 but here are my favourite dishes on their festive menu.

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Meet Kris, the Hiking Boots You Need In Your Life

Let’s be honest, the hiking boot trend has been completely overhauled this past few weeks by the gorgeous Holly Willoughby just chilling in her Grensons in the I’m A Celeb jungle. But, we can’t all afford £250 boots just because they look cute, can we? Definitely not in my case so the fabulous Ego Shoes have come to the rescue with some absolute beauties. These are the Kris chunky boots and they are unbelievably comfortable. They are also under £60 which is a bargain for a sturdy pair of boots and definitely awesome for a trend led piece. Plus, they always have awesome discounts on site and you can grab student discount too if you’re lucky to be that young!

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Christmas Inspired Grilled Cheese + Win a Handmade Reclaimed Wood Serving Board

Christmas is officially a month today so I’m getting prepped by already having festive inspired sandwiches for lunch! Why not? Basically adding turkey and cranberry sauce to a standard ham and cheese toastie equals festive vibes and it is seriously tasty and exactly what’s on the menu for a weekend lunch. I’m also here to celebrate this absolutely amazing chopping board / serving board from independent online retailer, based in Devon, Vincent Trading.

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17 Independent and Local Christmas Ideas

This Christmas I’m trying to buy as many presents as I can from local and independent sellers as opposed to the mega-big retailers that I usually buy from. I want to buy more thoughtful and good quality items.  And, I think it’s so great to make an independent seller happy by giving them a sale. And, more often than not their products are so awesome and not something you’d usually find on the high street.

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The Importance of Maintaining Female Friendships

There’s been a lot of chatter around female friendships / ‘girl gangs’ / finding your tribe for a few years now and it’s been all talk in the media and book market too since Lily Pebbles released The F Word. It’s one of those things I’ve always thought about because friends have been a funny thing for me over the years. I’m one of those people that has a few good friends, not a whole secondary school so I’ve sometimes felt out of place if I don’t have that one person with me that I know I can count on.

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Very Important Bella

You’re about to see a lot of Italian tasty treats heading your way over the next two months because I have some exciting news. I’ve become a Very Important Bella for Bella Italia and it’s my job until the end of the year to let you know what the absolute most delicious things are on the menu and what’s good for which occasion! They have supplied me with an amazing Gold Card and you can guess what that means.

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Living room transformation – Before & After

Ta-da! Another room in the house reno/decoration is almost perfect. Finally, our living room feels like a living room. There’s still some finishing touches to do like glossing the skirting board but that can wait when this is what we’re working with now – as opposed to grubby carpet and just a sofa as the sole piece of furniture in the room. What do you think?

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