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A letter to 2017

Dear 2017,

I know it's cliche, but you really have flown by and what a year we have had. When we first met, I'm going to be honest I didn't really like you much. I had been through a lot with your friend 2016 and worried that you were going to be the same. However, much to my delight, you were nothing like your friend and my first impressions of you couldn't have been more wrong. 2017 you have surprised me in so many ways, many good and some bad, but I feel like we have muddled through pretty well and I know that I am going to look back on you as an old friend.

Q&A #2

I love reading and watching Q&As and maybe this is because I am a really nosey person, but I just think they are so interesting!  They are such a great way to learn loads about someone that you follow in a relatively short amount of time and as you all loved my last Q&A so much, I thought I would answer a few more questions for you today. Also, as we are so close to Christmas, I thought it would be wrong not to include a few bonus Christmas questions too, be sure to tell me your answers in the comments! If you missed my last Q&A you can check it out here, I answered loads of questions including what camera I use, my all time favourite film and the one product that I couldn't live without. Anyway, enough about that Q&A, it's time to get on with this one...

How to Protect Your Skin This Winter

As the weather turns colder I'm sure you have all be donning your cosy hats & scarves and wrapping up all toasty and warm, ready to face the great and rather chilly outdoors. We had a lovely load of snow here last week and as well as being great fun, it served as a reminder to me that I need to remember look after my skin in this cold winter weather! In the winter we are constantly moving from warm buildings to the cold outdoors and our skin has a lot to battle against and that is before I even start on the diminished light levels (I mean, is it really necessary for it to get dark at 4pm, come on England! I need my Vitamin D!). It is so easy to neglect your skin at this time of year, especially with everyone rushing around sorting everything for Christmas, but this year I'm determined not to let that happen and today I am going to introduce you to some of the products I use in order to keep my skin in tip top condition during this very festive season.

New Finds & Current Favourites

I am constantly on the look out for new shops, cool inspiration and fun ideas, and recently I seem to have come across a lot of really great things. The feeling of discovering a cool brand, or rediscovering an old idea or place that you used to love is such a great one and I thought what better to do today than to share my new (and old) discoveries so that you can enjoy them too. Let's share the love and I hope that through this post today you will discover some new favourites of your own! So, without further ado, here are ten of my latest finds and favourites.

Printable Present Buying Planner

Are you worried about how you are going to keep track of all of the different presents that you are gifting to family and friends this year? In the past I have really struggled with Christmas present organisation, there is just so much to think about and before you know it you are panic buying boxes of cheap chocolates for the people that you have 'forgotten'. Arghh, I hate it! This year I decided that enough was enough with the Christmas present stressing & that I was going to create a little planner to help me keep track of everything. I love to be organised and so the idea of having a planner that I can use to jot down all my ideas and budgets makes my heart sing with joy. Today I am going to be sharing my planner as a free, printable download so now you can use it to keep track of all of your ideas and purchases too! Yay, for this year's Christmas being the most organised Christmas ever!

Gift Giving 101

Giving presents is something that I have loved for as long as I can remember and so when it comes to sorting out all the presents each year at Christmas time, I am in my absolute element. My friends have always said that I am a "good present buyer" (whatever that means!) and are always asking me to share the secret to giving great gifts. Well, I thought today I would finally put them all out of their misery and share some of my top gift giving tips with you all, as well as a few of my favourite places to find inspiration. I am going to chat through a few situations that you might find yourself in on your hunt for presents and how to conquer them, in the hope that it will help you buy inspired gifts for all of your favourite people. And I don't mean to panic you, but as it is only 23 days until Christmas we better get going!