Feelin’ It Friday

Happy, happy (black) Friday, loves! Black Friday is the biggest shopping day of the year and I’m sure if you’re on the internet today, you’re shopping… not reading my blog. *Cries* but if you did take five minutes out of your jam packed shopping day to come see little old me then THANK YOU. I appreciate it! I hope all my American readers had the best Thanksgiving celebration with family yesterday; it’s such a sweet tradition and I so wish we had something similar in the UK. I mean, we did steal Black Friday, why couldn’t we steal the part with all the yummy food?! I was drooling over all the photos of amazing food like I do every year, I’m so jealous! There’s a lot packed in today’s post, so let’s get going!

What I’m wearing:
I am genuinely obsessed with my new scarf from Tartan Blanket Co. because it makes me feel like CHRISTMAS. I feel like it’s just what Mrs Claus would wear! Seriously, how can you look at that and not feel immediately happy? I purchased the Stewart Royal Oversized scarf in the shade Red, and I’ve worn it every day since I bought it. It’s 100% wool so it’s super warm and worth every penny; it is so well made and will last you a lifetime. I really want to get another scarf in a more muted, neutral tone (maybe this one? Thoughts?!) so I’m hoping I’ll be able to snag one with a little Black Friday discount today! If you’re looking for a Christmas gift one of their scarves would make a beautiful gift, and they have options for men and women. They shipped super quick and my scarf was packaged beautifully too, so you don’t need to worry about that! I’m also so beyond happy with my new Winter coat but I love it so much it’s getting it’s own post soon. Be sure to come back to hear my thoughts on picking a new Winter coat that’s cute and also practical!

What I’m watching:
Hahahaha. That meme is ME!!! Holiday movies! Last weekend Matt and I went to see Last Christmas which you need to go see, it’s amazing! Although, consider this your word of warning because I didn’t realise it was a sad movie and I SOBBED in the cinema hahaha. Cheesy Christmas movies are my very favourite, and it’s got to the time of year I want to snuggle up in bed with Matt and watch Hallmark movies on repeat. I also love that everyone wears plaid shirts in these movies ALL THE TIME and I feel like my wardrobe is seriously lacking in the plaid department. Also, I love the classics just as much! Home Alone, Elf, Miracle on 34th Street etc… you all have my heart. Is it acceptable to take a whole day off work to watch movies? Pretty please tell me it is? Matt and I of course still watching Strictly each week and we’re SO HAPPY Chris is still in the competition (well, Matt isnโ€™t such a fan of the show but he watches because he loves me!) and weโ€™re loving I’m A Celebrity this year, itโ€™s great reality TV!

What I’m worried about:
So I didn’t have a photo for this one and decided to share this festive photo of the restaurant Matt and I had lunch at this past weekend. We LOVE going out to eat because we get to totally relax and it’s so nice to enjoy food we haven’t cooked ourselves :). I just feel worried in general! For a long time I felt really good and like myself again, but this past week or so I’ve slowly began to feel anxious and ‘off’, hence not posting on Wednesday. I hate missing posts, I’m so sorry! It’s not a constant feeling and it’s not completely ruining every day but I’m just feeling really anxious and not myself. I think I may be suffering a little bit with SAD which is strange because I don’t think that normally affects me, at least not yet. I love Autumn and the build up to Christmas so I feel rubbish that I’ve not been enjoying it as much as I usually do. Matt and I have so many fun plans coming up and we just had the best weekend so I’m really hoping I can put aside any more anxious feelings and fully enjoy the Christmas season. January is going to be the start of a serious Self Care Month for me, and I’m hoping to do a few things to change my mindset and stop me feeling so anxious all the time. I’ll be sharing everything on the blog in time!

What I’m buying:
Almost everything Matt and I have purchased the past few weeks have been Christmas gifts for our families (and each other) – thanks to the early Black Friday discounts we’re so close to being done with our holiday shopping and just have a few more things to buy next month! – but I did just pick up this beautiful lip balm last week and I’m already obsessed with it. I’ve never had a Fresh lip balm before as they only have become available in the UK fairly recently, but I’ve seriously been missing out! This lip balm is so pigmented and leaves the best pop of colour, as well as being so moisturising and not at all sticky. It’s literally my perfect lip balm! I highly recommend picking one up if you’re wanting to treat yourself to a little something this Black Friday ๐Ÿ™‚ I also really would love that scarf from Tartan Blanket Co, but we’ll see!

What I’m listening to:
I’m of course listening to Shagged, Married, Annoyed every week because it’s my favourite podcast ever. ๐Ÿ™‚ I started listening to Office Ladies this month too and it is so funny! I love hearing more about the behind-the-scenes element of filming, and they have had guests from the show too which is great. I love love love Jenna Fischer, she is so different than Pam! When you watch a person in a show you kind of just assume the character is like the actor… or is that just me?! I really wish they didn’t call each other ‘lady’ so much though, haha. This week I listened to a podcast Shay Shull was a guest on recently and I so enjoyed hearing more from Shay. I wish she’d release her own podcast already! I don’t want to name it because honestly… I didn’t love the girl whose podcast Shay was a guest on. She came across kinda rude to me and I felt a little awkward for Shay even though she did a great job. I just want to be Shay when I grow up. Hahaha.

What I’m excited for:
The whole month of December!!! There’s so much to look forward to this month and I’m giddy about it all. I’m super excited about a few things in particular; Matt and I are going to see Jack Whitehall next week, my mum and I have a shopping day planned in town, Matt and I are going for our annual festive trip to visit the Christmas markets in Edinburgh and before we know it, it’ll be CHRISTMAS DAY! I can’t wait for all of the fun festive things in between and I’m always so aware and grateful for all of my blessings this time of year, especially. I’m also recording a Week In My life from the middle of next week, so you’ll get to come along to lots of fun things with us! ๐Ÿ™‚

What my favourite Lush product of the month is:
I thought I’d start a fun little *extra* segment to my Feelin’ It Friday’s, because so many people ask me what my favourite products are from Lush and what I think are worth the money! If you fancy treating yourself before Christmas a few Lush goodies is one of the best things in my opinion, and they also make for perfect stocking filler gifts. This month my most recommended product just has to be the Snow Fairy bath bomb! It is the perfect fun bath product for this time of year, and I’m a sucker for the Snow Fairy scent. I don’t often buy bath bombs because you only get the one bath out of them and that’s a pretty expensive bath (compared to getting at least four from a bubble bar) but I like to treat myself around the holidays!

What I’m eating:
Matt and I are officially enjoying ALL of the Christmas treats, especially Christmas chocolate! I love love love the big tubs of chocolates at this time of year and we’ve started sneaking a few when we watch I’m A Celebrity in the evenings which has been so fun. Each night we’re really enjoying eating more hearty dinners; soups, pasta bakes, rice dishes, pie with mash and veggies… pretty much all the good stuff that you just have to eat when the weather gets colder!

What I’m recommending for Black Friday:
Okay so I’ve already shared Christmas gift ideas for the ladies and the men in your life, and also a round up of stocking fillers/Secret Santa presents under ยฃ20, so be sure to check those out if you’re struggling for gift ideas. Shopping the sales is so great because you can find some incredible discounts! Also, remember if *the item* you’re looking at is something that wasn’t already on your radar or is not a great Christmas gift this year, you don’t need it. Set yourself a budget and don’t go too crazy – impulse purchases are not your friend!

John Lewis – 20% off almost everything. If you’re buying Ugg slippers this year for a loved one or yourself, don’t wait any longer and get them TODAY! This deal is so good and your feet will be forever thankful, I wear mine that Matt bought me two years ago all. the. time. to the point they’re gross, hahaha. My mum and dad just purchased this pair for me for Christmas, I can’t wait to have pretty new slippers on December 25th!
Amazon | Argos – SO MANY GREAT DEALS. Amazon Kindle Paperwhite (my gift from Matt this year that I am so excited about!!) and all Amazon products are super discounted, get them while you can.
Topshop | ASOS – at least 20% off both sites and the perfect time to buy that Christmas Day outfit. Lots of items are reduced by more than 20% off so be sure to check out your favourite brands!
The Body Shop – anyone who’s ever read my blog KNOWS I’m a huge fan of The Body Shop! My sweet friend Shannen recently became a consultant for them and is able to offer deals that you can’t find in store or online. You can email her at shankellyx@gmail.com or check her Facebook page for great deals every day, not just Black Friday!
Boots | Feel Unique | Look Fantastic – so many varying deals. I recommend all of these place for EVERYTHING beauty related. Gift sets, perfume, aftershave, makeup, skincare, body products, bath products. Everything! There’s amazing deals on all sites, but if the price is the same I tend to buy from Boots because I also get my points! Just a little tip in case you’re caught up in the Black Friday madness.
Missoma | Monica Vinader | Astrid & Miyu – up to 30% off across the three sites. Beautiful, delicate jewellery for an incredible price! I wear my Missoma initial necklace every day with this little moon charm on the same chain and it just makes my heart happy. People ask me ALL the time which necklace Iโ€˜m wearing, and that’s always it!
Space NK | Cult Beauty – varying discounts and so many limited edition/exclusive deals on beautiful items. Perfect for those last minute Christmas gifts!
Figleaves – 20% off site wide. I love love love Figleaves underwear, their Juliette balcony bra is my all time favourite and is SO COMFY!

Be sure to search thoroughly online before buying anything to find the best deal today (and through the weekend into Cyber Monday). Happy shopping!

Thank you so much for reading! I hope you enjoyed this post ๐Ÿ™‚ thanks for always being the best support to me and my blog, I appreciate it so much. I hope you all have a great weekend and have so much fun with your loved ones! Don’t forget to get your advent calendars ready for Sunday… I can’t wait to eat chocolate every single morning ๐Ÿ™‚

-G x

Thanksgiving Thoughts

Happy Thanksgiving to my American readers! Thanksgiving is an American holiday, dating back to the Pilgrims giving thanks for their first Autumn Harvest. It’s a day that families gather to voice thanks for what they have, spend time together, watch football, and of course, eat tons of yummy food! I could seriously get on board with this holiday just for the food, that’s for sure. It’s pretty much a pre-Christmas warm up, and hey, I’m down for it.

Over the past few years us Brits have stolen Black Friday from the other side of the pond, so maybe we’ll be celebrating Thanksgiving in a few years! Also, did you guess why this post was going up on Thursday instead of Wednesday? I’m sorry, I wasn’t being a bad blogger!

In light of the holiday, I thought I’d share with you 20 things I’m feeling super grateful for right now! Some of these are ‘just for fun’ and some are serious and heartfelt. I’m of course thankful for these things every day, but I thought it would be nice to share with you today as I’m feeling the holiday spirit! Also, I apologise in advance if this post looks a little different than usual, this is the first post I’ve done a final edit on using the new WordPress software and I hate change, I’m struggling to get used to it! (I can’t decide if I like it or not yet ha).

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My incredible boyfriend. Matthew is seriously the best thing that’s ever happened to me. We literally laugh ALL the time, we spend most of our free time together and it’s not enough, he looks after me and makes me so happy, and of course he’s the most handsome man I ever did see! He also gives the best kisses and cuddles, and he’s like a human radiator which is even more appreciated in this super cold weather, haha. I love him so much, and I make sure to tell him every single day how much I love and appreciate him!

Cosy evenings. Speaking of my human radiator boyfriend, we have been loving all of the cosy nights in recently, even more now I’m A Celebrity has started again. I’m extremely thankful that since he got his promotion back in July we’ve been able to be together every night and morning, yay for better shifts! We can’t wait to buy our home (hopefully this time next year we’ll be well into the process, how exciting!) but for now we make do and we know we’re very lucky to have two homes. We love to cook, binge watch our shows and snuggle up on the couch, it’s the perfect way to unwind after a busy day at work.

Learning to cook. Matt and I have stepped up our cooking game ten fold over the past couple of months, and we’ve been making some amazing food! (If I do say so myself, HA). We’ve perfected a few dishes, but our favourites to make are always chilli, steak, chili salmon, chicken stir fry and various pasta dishes.

Our families and friends. I’m seriously the luckiest girl to have two families who I absolutely adore and I know they want nothing but the best for Matt and I. We’re super close to both of our families, and it’s one of the best things ever! We’re also blessed to have a great friendship group, and I’m so excited to spend more time with everyone over the festive season! Also, a bonus thing I’m thankful for is Friday night wine night with the Scotney’s, it’s forever my jam.

The build up to Christmas. I am SO excited for Christmas this year, I can’t stand it! I just ordered Matthew and I the cutest Christmas Eve pyjamas, which is totally going to make opening presents together on Christmas morning even more adorable! (I doubt he’ll think that HAHA). I love that stores everywhere have their decorations up, fairy lights seem to be appearing by the minute and we’ll be decorating the tree next weekend! I can already taste the pigs in blankets! There may also be a special something happening on the blog… hint: I’m celebrating twelve days of Christmas with you

Crisp, cool, weather. It’s the best time of the year, y’all! I’m loving wearing my coats, scarves and hats, and it’s SO nice to come in from the cold and grab a hot chocolate. (Swiss Miss Marshmallow FOR LIFE). It’s a little frosty in the mornings and evenings now, so if the snow could just not ever appear that would be great. Also, can you be addicted to hot chocolate? Asking for a friend…

My blog. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, my blog is an outlet I didn’t know I needed and I truly feel proud of myself for the little haven I’m creating day by day. I enjoy posting SO much – from taking and editing photos, to writing, to editing, to posting and interacting with readers and fellow bloggers. It’s an amazing community to be a part of, and I’d seriously encourage anyone that wants to write a blog to just do it. I have SO much content planned over the festive period, I can’t wait!

My job. One that may seem very obvious, but I’m seriously thankful that I have a job I enjoy and am (kind of) good at… I know what I’m doing at least 80% of the time, that’s a start, right? I know not everyone has that privilege, so even on a bad day I need to remember to be thankful and appreciate having a job to complain about.

Blueberry muffins for breakfast. Sometimes it’s the little things, right? (Costco muffins are the best, my dad picks them up all the time and I’m so grateful, even if I can’t ever finish one HAHA).

Candles and snuggly blankets. Kind of hand in hand with the cosy nights in, but I just love anything that makes me feel cosy and snuggly. I’ve already broken out the Christmas candles, and I’m seriously loving Snowflake Cookie from Yankee Candle and Peppermint from DW Home right now.

Lush Snow Fairy shower gel and body conditioner. If you haven’t already picked up the best products Lush make, what are you waiting for?! Every year I love the shower gel, and this year I’m equally as obsessed with the body conditioner. I’ve used and liked the Ro’s Argan option before, but this is approximately ten thousand times better… seriously! The smell literally just makes me happy, and I can’t tell you how much I love it. Lush, please make it an all round thing?!

Sundays with Matthew. It’s our favourite day of the week because we almost always get to spend it together! We love spending every night together even when sometimes it’s literally eating dinner and going to bed, and of course, any Saturdays we get to spend together are just as great but I really love the cosy, laid back vibe of a Sunday. We run errands, we watch football, we grocery shop, we go for long walks or road trips, and we eat tons of good food. We spend our evenings (like most other nights) snuggled up watching Netflix shows or a movie, and it’s just the best. The old saying “A Sunday well spent brings a week of content” could not be more true.

My car. This one probably seems a little strange, but especially as the weather gets colder and it’s raining every day, I really appreciate being able to drive myself wherever I need to be. (Candle runs to Homesense are a need, right?) For real, I’m so thankful I’m able to get to work, from my house to Matthew’s and back, and just wherever else I need to be in-between. It’s such a huge privilege and I don’t ever want to take it for granted. 

Our NHS & Emergency Services. Around the holidays a lot of time and attention seems to be put into our ES departments, although it should be that way all year round. It seriously blows my mind that some countries have to pay for healthcare, and if they can’t pay they literally go without. We are SO lucky in the UK to not have that concern. Matt and I have been watching Ambulance with his family all month (it’s the most amazing show, I cry at every episode!) and it really highlights the reality of modern day society. The paramedics in this show work SO. DAMN. HARD as do paramedics all over the country, and they do it with such love and determination. I’d love a new insider show on the police and/or fire department, that would be so interesting! BBC, are you reading?! 

Laughing every day. No matter how bad a day can be, there’s always joy and laughter in it. Matthew makes me DIE laughing, literally tears rolling down my face all the time! My friends, coworkers and our families are also people who love to laugh (who isn’t?) and it’s one of the things I love most. One of the best feelings in the world is laughing so hard you can’t breathe or talk, and my boyfriend and I laugh like that on the daily!

Small Town Murder. I seriously LOVE this podcast, it’s literally the stories of murders in small towns, mainly in the US but told in such a fun way. James & Jimmy are so good at telling stories, although they never make fun of the victim or the victim’s family. I literally laugh out loud throughout each episode, and right now I’m loving listening on my way to/from work! Matthew’s even getting on board a little bit, and it’s so interesting learning about new towns and the stories that happen there. If you have an hour car journey coming up, I really think you should give them a go – I listen on Spotify!

Victoria’s Secret finally opening in our local mall. Could I be any more #basic?! I have loved VS since I was around 12, and when I heard we were finally getting a store I was SO excited! Our closest one before was two and a half hours away, do you feel my pain?! When ours opened last week they had some really good deals, so me and my underwear drawer are very happy.

The places I’ve been to this year. I’m very lucky in the fact that I’ve been to lots of cities/countries in my life, and this year was no exception. Matt and I have visited York, Dublin, Kos, Belfast, Liverpool, Manchester and we’ve explored our hometown and surrounding area a ton! We’re also going to Edinburgh in a few weeks time for the Christmas markets and I can’t wait, it’s one of our favourite cities as that was the first city break we ever went on together! I’m already anticipating all of the new places we’re hoping to explore next year, and I’m so excited to book our Summer 2019 holiday! We’re pretty sure we’re heading to Jamaica… (I’m literally giddy at the thought of booking, I CAN’T WAIT!)

Learning to live better with arthritic pain. I have mentioned this a few times on the blog, but if you don’t already know, I have arthritis and it mainly affects my knees, hips and fingers. I constantly deal with pains and aches, and I don’t remember being young enough for it to not be super bad. I literally feel like an 80 year old sometimes HA! Since around August when the weather started to change and get cooler, I’ve been waking up in the night crying from pain in my knees (they lock if I’m in the same position for too long, and the colder nights makes it worse). Matthew is the best about it and jumps up without thinking to massage my knee(s) until it/they feels better. Sometimes I must still be asleep as I don’t remember waking up until the next morning when he tells me! He picked me up some Ibuprofen gel that I apply each morning and night and that has been such a huge help. I have hot bubble baths most nights and that also makes a really noticable difference, I’ve been loving the Radox bath salts recently too!

Black Friday. …your girl is hoping to finish her Christmas shopping TOMORROW! Well, aside from all of the chocolates and wine gifts because I can never pick those for everyone and always leave it until the last minute, haha. Matt and I have our lists ready and I’m really hoping we can get everything else we need. 

Thank you so much for reading! What are you feeling most thankful for recently? If you’re celebrating Thanksgiving today I hope you have the most wonderful day with your families, please eat all of the mac n cheese and stuffing for me! I’m SO jealous!!

-G x