Wednesday, 12 December 2018

BLOGMAS DAY #6: CUTE BLOGGERS TO FOLLOW THIS CHRISTMAS

                                  

If there's one thing I love to do in my spare time, that's catching up on all my favourite blogger's posts. I especially love reading blogs over Christmas as there's so much great content out there, from gift guides to festive baking to Christmas style, the options are endless! Today I'll be sharing my absolute favourite blogs to read over the entire month of December and in the lead up to Christmas. I really hope you enjoy this and let me know who your favourite bloggers are! 
                                  

I started following Caitlin a few years back and watched her grow from a college student into a full blown lifestyle blogger who now makes her living from sharing her life with others. I love all of her posts (not to mention her amazing photographs) however her Christmas posts are next level amazing. She always has the best gift guides and I regularly turn to them for ideas! Check put her recent Christmas cookies recipe that's up on the blog; I cannot wait to create these myself! 

                                  

I’ve been a long time follower of Corrie from Dizzy Brunette and regularly read her blog. She has a very fun, girl next door vibe that I really relate to and her posts are the perfect combination of lifestyle, style and humour (her gif posts are hilarious). I highly recommend checking her Instagram too as the theme is a visual delight! Corrie has already put up quite a few Christmas related posts like this gift guide which is so dreamy and girly! 

                                  

Sharni is the creator of A Girl & Grey, a lifestyle blog that includes book/movie recommendations, recipes, thought provoking articles and more. Basically it's the perfect blog to curl up with and binge read with a cup of tea and snacks (at least that's how I like to enjoy it!). Sharni is a holiday kind of gal and you just need to check out her blog during Halloween and Christmas to see that! I really enjoy her beautiful photography during the festive season on Instagram and it never fails to inspire me. I really like the way she puts a personal touch on all of her posts; her posts are never generic and you can tell she puts a lot of thought into them! Her recent post is a must read on little ways to enjoy Christmas. 

                                 

While The Sunday Chapter is not solely focused on Christmas during December like so many other bloggers, it's still definitely worth checking out Angela'a amazing page and blog. Her photos are on par with other big-time bloggers and her photos always a evoke sense of beauty and wonder. Angela also publishes regular posts on her website and I enjoy them immensely (her travel guides are so well thought out and detailed and I've used her tips and recommendations many, many times). Her recent gift guide for the beauty obsessed person is super helpful but don't be surprised if you end up spending hours reading Angela's blog; it is easy to get lost in it! 

Who are some of your favourite blogger's? Do you have any to recommend?


xo Roxane.


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Friday, 7 December 2018

BLOGMAS DAY #5: MY GUILTY PLEASURES AT CHRISTMAS TIME


I am one of those people who is pretty open about my lifestyle quirks. My favourite clothing item is a robe, I much prefer fruits and veggies to sweets and I drink a lot of tea...I mean a lot (enough that my family are concerned). But there are some things that I deliberately hide from others as they could come across as a little...lame (although I am sure others can relate). Today I'll be sharing some of my guilty pleasures at Christmas time with you all.

Watching the midday Christmas films. This has been my favourite thing to do since I was a child. It's cute when you're 12 but 33? Maybe not so much. They are all alike and there is always a happy ending, but I just cannot get enough of them. P.S. I have been known to take a day off from work to watch a midday movie...

Eating shortbread biscuits. I am not really a sweet tooth. Don't get me wrong, I like to have a bit of chocolate here and there (especially during that time of month) but when it comes to Christmas shortbread I have no self control. Strangely, I only eat shortbread at Christmastime and I do not hold back. The Scottish ones in the red boxes are my absolute favourite, especially when they are dipped into tea. Yum...

Listening to Mariah Carey's All I Want for Christmas Is You every day. Nothing else comes close to Mariah wearing a Santa suit in the snow with those bells jingling in the background. It is the best song to get you in the Christmas mood and I admit to listening to it constantly in the lead up to Christmas. Last year I listened to it roughly 63 times until Matthew threatened to push me out of the car. I just love it so much and it always put me in a cheery mood.

Wandering around Myer and feeling like I'm in a Christmas movie. This is a strange one but it's something that I've been doing for years, ever since I was a kid. It always makes me feel happy and a bit childlike, and nothing feels more festive to me than Myer in Bourke Street. Melbourne during Christmas is awesome; there are so many great things to see and places to visit, not to mention the beautifully decorated Myer windows that people of all ages can enjoy. I always find an excuse to go into the city before Christmas, even if it's for no other reason than to walk around Myer and have a tea and cake somewhere. 

What are some guilty pleasures you have during Christmas time? Do you share them or keep them hidden?

xo Roxane. 

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Wednesday, 5 December 2018

Blogmas Day #4: CHRISTMAS MOVIES TO WATCH ON NETFLIX AND STAN

                                

Is there anything better in the lead up to Christmas by binging on totally cringeworthy but oh so good festive movies? I am the type of girl who has always loved watching the daggy midday Christmas movies, even the ones with absolutely ridiculous plot lines (A Mom for Christmas anyone?). I think as we get older we lose that excitement for Christmas and in life generally, and watching anything sparkly and happy brings a bit of that back. Today I'll be sharing my favourite Christmas films on Netflix and Stan at the moment which you must watch! So put on those reindeer pyjamas, make yourself an eggnog and settle in to watch some awesome Christmas films!



Netflix

Home Alone 1 & 2. Ah Home Alone. I grew up watching these films with my siblings and to me, nothing quite conjures up the feeling of Christmas than Kevin outsmarting two crooks who break into his family home. I love both films equally, however Home Alone 2 offers that something special as it's set in my favourite city in the world, New York City! Every time I watch it, it takes me right back to being with my brother and sister and having the time of our lives together.  


Elf. If this isn't the ultimate Christmas film than I don't know what is! Buddy the Elf travels to New York City (the perfect setting for a Christmas film in my opinion) in search of his very human father. If it sounds ridiculous it totally is, but it's so enjoyable that I guarantee you'll watch it over and over again. My little nephew absolutely loves this film and is the one who got me hooked on it. So many laugh-out-loud bits, however the highlight is when Buddy gets drunk and performs the hora dance.


The Princess Switch. This is a brand new film to Netflix starring Vanessa Hudgens, (she of High School Musical fame) and centres around a Chicago baker and soon-to-be Princess that discover they look alike and switch places. A Princess Switch has it all; cute actors, Christmas baking and a European royal family; what's not to love? I really enjoyed this one and was immediately inspired to start baking gingerbread cookies. The perfect movie to put you in a festive mood. 

A Kiss For Christmas. This is one of those utterly ridiculous yet oh so enjoyable romantic Christmas movies that you need to watch! A woman shares a kiss with a total stranger and later discovers that he is engaged to her overbearing boss. What follows is a tangled web of love and confusion, all played by an ultra cute cast. This movie will make you want to rug up in cute boots and fur coats and drink mulled wine in cosy bars with your friends. 


Stan

Bad Moms 2. This is the follow up to Bad Moms 1 and follows the three main mums as they try to stay sane throughout Christmas after their own mums show up. It's got the same crude humour as the first movie and there are plenty of 'laugh out' moments. While the plot line is a bit iffy at times, it was still highly enjoyable! 

Stan have put together compilations of Christmas episodes from popular tv shows, which saves having to sift through the seasons to find the Christmas bits. Here are some worth watching!

The O.C. Christmas. Relive Christmukkah with the Cohens and fawn over brooding Ryan (did he ever smile?) in this cute collection! 

Friends Christmas. Because, Friends. Is there any better show to watch during Christmas? Join your favourite gang while they navigate life during the festive season.

The Nanny Christmas. One of my favourite shows ever! Nanny Fine is my spirit animal, from her leopard print clothing to her teased out poufy hair. Join Fran Fine and the Sheffields for a Christmas/Hanukkah marathon (and watch out for Grandma Yedi).

Dawson's Creek Christmas. Ahh Dawson's Creek. The show where the case spoke more like 70 year old intellectuals than fifteen year old oversexed American high school students (what was up with that?). Nonetheless, I think anyone who was a teen during the 90s/early 2000s watched this show religiously; I know I did. I'm looking forward to taking a trip down memory lane and relieving the trials and tribulations of the Capeside crew. 

What are you watching this festive season? Do you have any recommendations?

xo Roxane. 
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Monday, 3 December 2018

BLOGMAS DAY #3: GIFT GUIDE FOR THE BEAUTY QUEEN

                              
Welcome to the first gift guide of the silly season! I thought I'd start a bit early and share with you some great ideas for my favourite type of person; the beauty queen! There are so many great Christmas gift packs out at the moment so why not start your planning a bit earlier this year? All of these items are perfect for anyone who is obsessed with skincare and makeup, whether it be your little sister, mum or best friend. 
                               
Yuva Skincare Body Bliss Christmas Pack*. This beautifully packaged contains their popular Silkifying Body Lotion and the brand new Coconut Spice Body Scrub which smells AH-mazing! It contains lots of nourishing ingredients to make your skin glow and coupled with the body lotion is sure to make your body silky smooth for the festive season. 
Valued at $35
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LaMav Organic Cleanser Gift Set*. This is one of two limited edition packs released for Christmas and is sure to impress a skincare lover! Each pack contains one full sized face cleanser and 5 mini sized products. LaMav's range leaves your skin glowing and smooth and who doesn't want that? All of LaMav's products are Certified Organic, 100% plant based, vegan and cruelty free yay! The products come housed in a reusable calico bag.
Valued at $35
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EcoTools Tropical Glow Beauty Kit*. This is a Limited Edition set released by EcoTools just in time for the holidays and makes the cutest gift idea! This seven piece set includes everything needed for the perfect vacation glow, including four brushes, a beauty blender sponge, handy compact mirror and reusable steel tin perfect for carting the items around! The kit is also completely cruelty free, 100% vegan and made with tree-free paper and renewable bamboo, so the receiver can enjoy it guilt free. 

Valued at $29.99 (now on sale on the EcoTools website for only $22.49!)
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Real Techniques Limited Edition Brush Goals Glam Eye + Frosted Finish*. If the person you're buying for is a glam goddess, this brush set from Real Techniques is sure to impress! Featuring a glamourous frosted finish on the handles and ultra plush bristles, Brush Goals includes five dreamy brushes for the ultimate finish. 

Valued at $45.00
Buy here

I hope you enjoyed this gift guide and let me know if you plan to pick anything up for someone special...or yourself! 

xo Roxane

*Products were kindly gifted for consideration, however this does not impact on my review or thoughts and all opinions remain 100% my own. 
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