Loving Lately: Matte Glitter!

The sun is shining, the birds are singing, even the bees are buzzing and last week I discovered a new nail look that I love. A matte top coat on top of glitter nail polish. Revolutionary! Well, maybe not for the world at large, but it is for me.

Putting a matte topcoat over the glitter was just a way to pass the boredom and frustration of writers block but it’s actually super pretty. Plus, it tones down the whole glitter polish look just enough that it’s not so in your face. It’s a new favourite for me, especially with Models Own Emerald City glitter and China Glazes Matte Magic!

What do you think of matte glitter nails?
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Good Things Jar!

Todays post is about something I recommend everyone tries. I’ve seen these jars around on Tumblr and Pinterest but never made one until last year when I realised that writing down the good things that happen to you and putting them in a jar to remember was not only a lovely idea, but a really positive thing to do. Admittedly I was a little lax at remembering through the year and- in the least sad way possible- didn’t have a huge amount to write, but I still had a really nice time reading through the memories. In 2015 I’m going to be better at remembering to write things down!

I decorated mine simply with a white ribbon and Tiffany Lamp stamp!
Most of the paper I used was just scrap. I think I’m going to use pretty colours in 2015!
Some examples!

If you haven’t started a Good Things jar for 2015, I really recommend it. It’s a real pick-me-up on bad days and really lovely to look through when the year is over.

Do you have a jar like this? 
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Loving Lately: Candles!

Along with loving the Countdown to Christmas, lately I’ve been pulling out all my candles from every nook and cranny that I store them and firing them up. I’m actually a little ashamed of how many I have when I get them all together!

Spiced Orange by Yankee Candle was a Christmas present from my brother about six years ago that I have repurchased time and time again as it just reminds me of the first time I burnt it on Christmas Day watching movies with my family. 
I won a set of Elli Candles from Caitlin (and if you use this link you get £5 to spend free!), the set came with Festive Nights, Festive Fires and Festive Pine and they’ve been amazing. Really lovely scents, really Christmassy and gorgeous reusable Mason jars.
Last year my Booboo Ashley was kind enough to smuggle some Bath and Body Works candles in a huge brown box with a $0 customs value, god bless her. I’ve been using them sparingly since to make them last and I have to say- YouTubers are right. Leaves is the best candle ever.
The candle in the little gingerbread votive holder is the French Vanilla one from Heart and Home Candles* from IWOOT but it’s nearly finished and then I’ll raid my Yankee Candle stash.

Do you bring out the candles when Winter comes around? What are your favourites?

*The IWOOT link is a affiliate link which means if you buy anything from them, I get a few pennies at no extra cost to you. They sent me the candle too which was nice of them.
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Loving Lately: The Countdown to Christmas!

I’m normally the person that starts preparing for Christmas in- June? July? Yeah, but I wasn’t really feeling it this year until December 1st when my mum gave me my lovely homemade advent calendar and I put up my first Blogmas post. Now I’m practically counting the seconds and dreaming of warm fires, good company and roasted potatoes.

So tonight I’m curling up with To Kill A Mockingbird, which I am determined to finish before starting my Christmassy TBR. I’ve got my advent chocolate and vegetarian gummy Santa sweet by my side for a snack. And one of the Elli Candles I won from Caitlin burning and filling my room with the scent of christmas (and if you use this link you get £5 to spend free!). It’s love. I’m in love with the countdown to Christmas.

What are you loving lately? 
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