Sunday, 14 December 2014

Tutorial: Christmas Mantelpiece Garland

Moving into the house in May, it seems mad that Christmas wasn't far from my mind. The reason? I knew as soon as I saw the logburner that I wanted a mantelpiece garland. I love getting crafty and making things for the home - with varying degrees of success.

Making the garland was a lot easier than I thought, and I was really pleased with the results. Fancy making your own? Check out my really simple video. If you like it give it a thumbs up and I'd love to see pictures if you decide to make your own.

Oh Baby it's Cold Outside...

After a chilly wander around the Christmas Market at St Albans, I couldn't wait to get back to the logburner. We've been keeping cosy with our logburner in the living room since the temperature really dropped and it's been roaring and crackling away for a couple of weeks now.
We use a combination of coal and wood to keep our fire going. So when Certainly Wood got in touch, I knew I had to have their help to keep things glowing. They have got all the firewood, kindling and firelighters to keep anyone with a fire going this Winter. My favourite is the giftset Yulelog*, not only for the fact it gives you everything you need to light your fire, but the meaning behind it. A Yulelog is a wooden log burned in the hearth as part of traditional Yule or Christmas celebrations. It's also said to be associated with the winter solstice festival or Twelve Days of Christmas, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, or Twelfth Night.
A great gift for someone with an open fire or logburner, you get everything you need in the set to get the fire roaring, including a lovely little scroll with a Yule greeting and lots of really interesting information about the meaning behind the Yulelog.
This is the first of two posts this evening, a day of cosy, logburner times on the blog. Bit later today, a great Christmas DIY I hope you'll enjoy...

Thursday, 11 December 2014

Remington Get The Look: Pixie Crop

When I saw this super easy 'get the look' from Remington, I had to share. I get lots of emails and messages from ladies with short hair frustrated at the lack of tutorials and style how-to's for them. And this Michelle Willams inspired pixie crop will look great accessorised with a jewelled clip or band for Christmas.
Changing your parting is an instant way to update short hair, blowdrying hair forward onto the face can really change a style, and using some wax or matte styling product (I recommend TIGI Bed Head Matte Manipulator) will define pieces of hair and give hold. If you really want to change things up, curling the longer front you've blown forward will give a really multi-dimensional look with the smooth back of the hair balancing the front 'quiff' of curls. I've been looking at some of my favourite short hair celebs - I love the rough, textured styling - and blonde colouring it would seem!


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