Thursday, 13 October 2016

Top Non-Touristy Things To Do In The Meatpacking District - New York

You may have read my Letter To New York post last week which gave a little indication as to why I love the city so much, especially since I went off the beaten track and kept away from the obvious tourist spots. Over a number of posts I'll be giving my opinion of the top things to do that aren't so well known in the big apple. Things that you don't hear about as much, but all things that are so amazing and (if I dare say it) better than the top attractions in the city.

The first instalment of my top non-touristy things to do in New York is exploring the Meatpacking District. The most common thing to do here (which probably is starting to verge into tourist spot status but I still highly recommend doing) is walking along the High Line. Although very popular now, it really is a must when you're in the area. The walk itself is across an old elevated abandoned train track which has a beautiful changing view of Lower Westside New York with lots to see along the way. 

Making your way along the 1.5 mile track you get to see so many different things, from beautiful greenery, interesting art, busy streets and an amazing skyline across the Hudson River. You also have constant little reminders that where you're walking was once a live train track, as little bits of old rail lines pop up along the way. I highly recommend having a bite to eat beforehand at Bubby's which is just by the start of the High Line. Bubby's does amazing breakfasts and has the most beautiful bakery at the back where you can pick up great coffee and refreshing juices to set you up for the long walk.

Once you've filled yourself up and started making your way along the High Line I highly recommend stopping off at Chelsea Market to grab some lunch from any of the independent cafes there. I had an amazing Oreo cookie ice cream sandwich which was totally worth the hundreds of miles flight from the UK alone. Whilst you're there make sure you take a look at all the lovely little unique shops, and if you've got time, you must pop into the flee market to browse all the vintage pieces; from clothing through to decorations and furniture. Chelsea Market starts about half way along the High Line at breaks up the walk and the most perfect time.

I highly recommend walking the whole way down the High Line, even though the scenery starts to get a bit cold towards the end, just bare with it. As you get right to the end you reach a holding ground for hundreds of subway trains which are all lined up perfectly and, if the sun is shinning, glimmer beautifully in the light. Then you turn to see the most beautiful skyline.

Once you've made it to the end of the High Line you could just jump on the subway and head off somewhere else but I highly recommend exploring the rest of the Meatpacking District. The restaurants and shops around this beautiful area of New York have the most gorgeous architecture that can only be described as a much prettier Spitlefields Market. Shopping around the Meatpacking District is a great experience. It has a mix of boutique and branded shops but all have a unique quirkiness to them. Shopping in this area takes you away from all the hideously lifeless and busy stores in Central Manhattan and allow you to actually enjoy strolling in and out of the shops at a very relaxed and calm place.

Finally, if your wanting to spend the whole day exploring the Meatpacking District then you must check out its art scene. There are some great galleries to explore with The Milk Gallery and The Whitney Museum of American Art being the top two to visit. 

So that's it, my first instalment of my top non touristy things to do in New York. What are you favourite things to do in the Meatpacking District? Or what non-touristy things would you recommend doing in NYC?

Thanks for reading 
Hannah xxx


Tuesday, 11 October 2016

The Most Inspirational Magazine for Bloggers

For all you magazine lovers out there you'll know there is a lot of competition and loads of different publications trying to catch your eye; it can all get a little bit confusing right? Although I still love the some of big named magazines, as I'm getting more and more into the blogging scene I feel the old glossies are moving further away from what I personally relate to. 

There's also been a lot of controversy recently with popular publications, let's say, not really backing bloggers (to put it very politely) and this case sadly hasn't been a stand alone one. That's why I started to branch out into more specialised or independent magazines. I could list off loads of names here (and maybe that's an idea for another post) but the one I want to rave about today is Blogosphere magazine.

I'm pretty darn sure most of you reading this have not only heard of Blogosphere magazine but probably have every single edition sitting on your coffee table. But, despite that, I still wanted to tell you the reasons as to why I absolutely love this magazine and why it's done wonders for my blog.

1. It gives me so much inspiration to write and create more posts. Whenever I'm lacking motivation, inspiration or dedication to my blog, picking up Blogosphere always inspires me to create content again. It's also great for giving me ideas for posts I wouldn't have thought of before. As a (mostly) beauty blogger I can sometimes stick to the same ideas and I also tend to only read similar themed blogs to mine. Blogosphere magazine provides me with different genres and different categories I wouldn't normally find or think to look at and the ideas and inspiration I get from these is totally amazing. I would never have thought to write lifestyle posts or even 'letter' posts if it wasn't for picking Blogosphere up.

2. The advice Blogosphere gives to bloggers is really great. The Blogosphere team are always dedicating articles to help you out with social media or provide you with tips for managing your blog whilst working full time (something I really struggle with). Blogosphere magazine has helped me pick up some great advice along the way and that's something I really appreciate.

3. It's helped create an amazing community. Not only do you have a sense of blogging pride, and feelings of "these people are blogging badasses" as you read the magazine, but they also provide weekly chats (#BlogosphereChat - 8pm on Sunday's). These chats really help build an amazing little space on the internet where people can chat and share their thoughts, feelings and advice whilst getting help and encouragement from other bloggers out there. I know there are many other chats to get involved in during the week but I think the Blogosphere chat is one that allows bloggers of all different talents and genres to get together; getting us all interacting as just bloggers; not beauty, fashion, lifestyle or parent bloggers.

And these are just three of the reasons why I totally love Blogosphere magazine and why I won't be missing an issues. Do you read this amazing magazine? Which other magazines inspire you? Let me know below, I'm always looking for new things to read.

Thanks for reading,
Hannah xxx

Thursday, 6 October 2016

Coconut Lane Marble Loves

As Coconut Lane had its first birthday this week I thought this would be a great opportunity to express my love for them and the girls (and guys?) in the team. I also though it would be great to show the goodies I've picked up from them so far and give these (noticeably all marble) things a little bit of love in blog form. 

If you haven't heard of Coconut Lane (where have you been) they are a lovely, kick ass company who stock and sell amazing accessories from stunning jewellery to Pinterest worthy cushions. They sell things that can being described as dainty and pretty alongside things that are full of character and totally sassy; and here's what I picked up. 

As you can see, my favourite categories from Coconut Lane's offerings were the phone cases, notebooks and jewellery. You can also see that I was going through a very marbled themed phase at the time of my order!

Marble Products from Coconut Lane

Seriously though, the mobile phone cases Coconut Lane sell are all amazing and I'd buy them all if that wasn't totally ridiculous and completely excessive of me. The styles include comical cartoons, bad ass slogans and darn right beautiful patterns. I wanted the palm leaf case as it's gorgeous but sadly they were sold out of the iPhone 6 model when I ordered. My next choice was this beautiful marble effect one; I mean, I am a blogger after all so what else would you expect! 

You also have to check out their notebooks if you place yourself on any end of the stationary fan scale. I love that the notepads aren't too thick either as I never fill them up and I always feel guilty for wasting paper if I don't reach the end. 

Then we move onto the jewellery. Well, where do I start? I had to be really strict here as I'd told myself I was only allowed one piece when I placed my order, but my god was that a difficult rule to stick too. There are so many beautiful pieces to choose from, from the Turquoise Anklet to the Feather Earrings. However, I settled on this Marble Cube Bangle. I was after something classic and pretty that still showed the androgynous style I always go for when it comes to jewellery. This bracelet certainly ticked all those boxes. 

As I'm trying to be sensible will my money at the moment I stopped myself after adding 3 items in my basket. But, if I gave into my inner shopaholic I would totally order myself one of the amazing marble Mac Skins and the brand new Pom Pom Keyrings. I'll also be ordering some (probably all) the prints when I get my house so I can add them to my picture wall I'm planning to create. 

I'm also very honoured to be a Coconut Queen which means I get to offer you lovely lot at healthy 20% off your order if you enter the code northern20 at the checkout. If that's not tempting you to fill that virtual basket with goodies; I don't know what will. 

I'll end the post with a huge Happy Birthday to Coconut Lane and a huge thank you to the team for being such a great bunch and creating a lovely community to be a part off. 

Thanks for reading 
Hannah xxx


Monday, 3 October 2016

A Letter To New York

Dear New York,

I know we've only met two times (I'm ignoring that 3 hour stop over 13 years ago when we used you as a emergency stop off point to escape a hurricane in Florida; I don't think you really noticed me then) but I really can't stop thinking about you.

I think it may be because it's almost been a year since we last met that I'm really starting to crave your attention again. I keep remembering the amazing times we had together and I'm lusting after your presence and all the things you have to offer. It was the trip last year where I really appreciated your beauty and uniqueness. It's not that I didn't notice these the first time I visited, but I was younger and naive then and wasn't so wise to your ways.

Brooklyn Bridge

Maybe it was because the first time we were in each other's company I only brushed your surface. I prejudged you on what others had said about you and therefore only saw your obvious characteristics. I didn't really get to know the real you; the you the locals get to see everyday. The you that isn't all bright lights, green goddesses and tall buildings.

Last year I sat down and dug a little deeper into your personality. I saw your quirky streets, your hidden bars and your clubs echoing with soul which put Shoredich to shame. I saw your character filled backstreets, I saw the local personalities that call New York their home; not their stage and I saw you with your morning face on; not in your dolled up, dressed to impress costume. I have to say, I prefer you in your natural state. 

Maybe it was because the first time we met it was Christmas and I was so drunk on festive spirit that I missed what you really had to offer. Perhaps you knew we only had a short few days together so you did what most people do at Christmas parties and put on a fa├žade, only showing me what you think I wanted to see. Only showing the side of yourself that people give the most attention to; thinking that was your best. Don't get me wrong, I loved that side to you. In fact it was one of the best Christmases I've ever had and I have you to thank for that but my second visit made me realise you had so much more to show me and so much more to offer. 

I think I'm craving you more now it's Autumn and I'm remembering how your leaves were starting to turn every imaginable shade of orange and yellow. I'm remembering our last day walking in Central Park together; all the way from one end to the other. Happy to be together but sad because we knew our time was ending. As the leaves are just starting to turn here I'm realising there is no place that will look quite as pretty as you did on that day. 

Central Park in Autumn

Most of all it was because you showed me things I've always wanted to see. You've showed me architecture that was so stunning it took my breath away, you showed me little pockets of character that you just wouldn't see anywhere else in the world, you showed me a skyline that went from metal and busy to stunning brick work and peaceful. But most of all you showed me my idol and the best gig I have ever been to in my life. For Christ sakes you showed me Stevie Wonder and for that I will be eternally grateful. 

So, New York, I just wanted you to know I miss you. You're always in my thoughts somewhere and, as we move closer to November, now more than ever. Let's not leave it too long before we see each other again. 

All my love,
Hannah xxx 

I have to give credit to Ryan at Lost Boy Memoirs who's post 'A Love Letter to New Zealand' in Blogosphere magazine gave me the inspiration for this post. You should go check it out, he does a much better job then I did. Thanks Ryan 

Saturday, 1 October 2016

I'm Doing Blogtober...or at Least I'm Going to Try

God knows why I am deciding to do this and, let’s be honest; looking at my blogging history I'm probably not going to succeed, but for some reason I've decided to do Blogtober. 

If you've not hear of Blogtober before then it is basically a bunch of bloggers who blog every day for the month of October. I'm not sure how Blogtober kicked off, who was first to do it or what year it actually started but this year I've decided to take part.

I'm not the best at sticking to a blogging schedule as, some of you may have noticed, I tent to go through waves of posting weekly to suddenly going AWOL for a few weeks; sometimes even months. I've not got the most confidence in myself for actually being able to blog for one whole month straight but I'm hoping it will help me get into a good routine in the future and encourage me to become better at blogging weekly (maybe even biweekly) after October finishes. 

I love my little blogging space and always feel so guilty when I neglect it for long periods of time. I've even got to the stage where I feel I'm falling out of the loop with the blogging community and noticed friendships in the blogging world slip. I'm hoping being a part of Blogtober16 will get me back into the swing of things and get me back in the blogging game. Most of all, I'm hoping it will help me find new great bloggers and build some great blogging friendships. 

So what sort of things will I be blogging about? Well...I'm not quite sure yet; which is a little worrying as I'm writing this on the 1st of the month, but I'm guessing it will include a lot of beauty, some reviews and some general chit chat or hints and tips. I'm planning on getting a schedule together but if you have any particular posts you would like to see from me, or any recommendations of posts that would be good to read, than let me know below or drop me a tweet

You can follow all the lovely bloggers doing this with me by using the hashtag #Blogtober16 on twitter. I will certainly be checking this tag to see whose participating and to find great bloggers I don't already read. If you're doing Blogtober this year, leave you link below so I can keep up to date with your posts. 

Wish me luck :) 
Hannah xxx 


Sunday, 4 September 2016

Why I Can't Wait for Autumn

For those of you living in England I think we can safely say that we are not going to be having a summer at all this year. Although it hasn't been the wettest we've seen in recent years, and although we have had some sunny weeks, I think I can count the amount of boiling hot day's we've had on one hand. And although I'm not complaining (too much), for someone who hasn't had a summer holiday this year, I have missed the sun and heat dearly. 

Sadly, as the nights are starting to draw in and I am less and less likely to see a nice bright sun on my weather forecaster in the morning, I have come to the conclusion that it's time to just forget about the sun and move onto the next phase of the year...Autumn.

Although I love summer and am rather resentful that my skin hasn't felt sun-kissed all year, I think Autumn is my favourite season of all.  Here are 10 reasons why I just can't wait for Autumn to fully kick in.

1. Hot drinks in takeaway cups. I think nothing beats strolling around with your favourite tea, coffee or hot chocolate in hand at the weekend, especially if you're heading off on a nice country walk...which leads me nicely to my second point.

2. Long country walks! Especially at the beginning of Autumn where it is still fairly warm and you only need a light jacket and a woolly hat to keep you at the perfect temperature. For me, you can't get better then walking down paths full of crunchy orange and red leaves.

3. The colours. Autumn brings out the most beautiful shades which can only be described as 'deep', 'burnt' or 'golden.' The whole country turns this lovely shade of dark orange and I totally love it. 

4. Woolly everything! I love that we get to wrap up warm in woolly jumpers, hats, scarfs, blankets...the list goes on. I just love being wrapped up warm in general to be honest, to be fair I am always cold so Autumn means I no longer get funny looks when I say I'm freezing!

5. It's an excuse to stay in, cuddle under a blanket and watch a good DVD. I don't know if I am the only one to do this but the amount of films and DVD's I watch during Autumn and Winter is pretty impressive. Autumn is a great excuse to get cosy on the sofa and binge watch as much Disney as I possibly can. 

6. Warm hearty foods. Although I am not one to enjoy the typical flavours of Autumn (I'm talking pumpkin, cinnamon and spices) I do love how the chilly air invites soups, stews and, most importantly, Sunday roasts to keep my belly satisfied. Noting beats gravy on every meal, and sadly you just can't do that in Summer.

 7. The Autumn wardrobe. I'm not just talking woollen tops and knitted jumpers, I'm talking the aubergine, mustard and chestnut colours that start to fill your wardrobe. Oh and layering, don't even get me started on layering all my clothes. 

8. Everything just looks prettier...there isn't much more I can say on this, it's rather self-explanatory, everything just looks beautiful in Autumn. 

9. We move from beer gardens to cosy country pubs. Any pub with a fire to sit in front of and a wooden, cosy interior becomes my new favourite hangout spot. Sitting for the whole of a Saturday evening in a warm, homely pub with a good oaky glass of wine is just my idea of heaven. 

10. Finally, my absolute favourite thing about Autumn is the scents. Any excuse to pull out a fig candle or a musk room scent and I'm one happy bunny. Not only do I get to fill my home with lovely smells, the outside because a big natural amazing place to discover with your nose. Trees after a big rain storm or crisp mornings are just some of the scents I can't wait to have get over the next few weeks.

So that's it, just some of the things that I love about the colder months and just some things that help with the change from Summer to Autumn. To me they're all things to get very excited about and I can't wait for Autumn to get started.

What is your favourite thing about Autumn and what are you looking forward to the most as the seasons start to change again? Let me know below.

Thanks for reading
Hannah xxx

All pictures came from the amazing photographers that upload to Unsplash so big thank you to them.


Sunday, 1 March 2015

Instagram Snapbook and Blog Update

I want to start this blog with yet another apology for the HUGE lack of blogging that has been going on recently. To be more accurate; I don't think I've actually posted in 2 and a half months and I really want to change that. I haven't been great over the last 6 months and instead of making excuses and promises I'm just going to see how the next few weeks go. To try and keep me a little more motivated I've decided to make an online scrapbook (or Snapbook) as I've decided to call it, of all my Instagram pictures, explaining what I was up to or what I have been buying over the last month. This post...February!

We start off the month not actually at the start of the month! It turns out I didn't actually post a picture for 2 weeks in a row (I see similar habits with my blogging and snapping here!) Anyway, I didn't buy any make up throughout January (and I'm pretty sure in December either) and this was definitely corrected in February; as you can tell by the first two pictures.

As I'm always looking for the perfect concealer I decided to try out the Amazing Cosmetics Amazing Concealer "hoping it's the answer to all my dark eye circle problems" as I put it. Turns out it's not quite! Although it's a great concealer for the face, I'm still not 100% sure I'm convinced it's making my under eyes less blue (but more on that in a post soon). Like every beauty blogger and their mother out there, and probably all the fashion and lifestyle bloggers out there too, I couldn't resist buying the massively disapointing advert booklet (oh sorry I think I was suppose to write magazine there) that is Elle to get my hands on the mini Roller Lash mascara from Benefit. I'm not even joking I had to go through roughly 100 pages of adverts before I even got to a full sentence, sort it out Elle! Although it's a pretty decent mascara I'm not quite sure it does what it says on the tin (again I'm sure I'll be saying more in a full post soon). We end the week with a "I'm not impressed selfie." As Sunday's always come around far too quickly I thought it was the perfect opportunity to show my 'annoyed it's Sunday evening' face!

The next picture brings a bit more joy to the equation as I was lucky enough to get some Victoria Secret vouches for winning a marketing competition at work. I put a lot of effort and time into the marketing competition and, as I'd really like to get into marketing, I was so happy to win. Yay me! Then we come to Valentine's day, which started off great but just went down hill from there. The day started with my boyfriend surprising me with a lovely Valentine's day card even though we said we weren't going to get each other anything

We started planning a lovely romantic day and then as soon as we stepped out the house my ankle went from underneath me. After hearing a pop and feeling like I'd snapped something inside my foot we slowly hobbled back home and I spent the rest of the weekend on the floor with my foot I ruined Valentine's (hence the grumpy, lying on the floor selfie). Turns out we ended up having a fairly lovely weekend, even if it wasn't the one we had planned. We spend the whole time watching films, catching up on crap TV and just spending some quality time together which, at the end of the day, is what Valentine's is all about. Of course I had to cheer myself up once I could walk again, this 'cheering up' came in the form of Dior's AirFlash Foundations (full review coming soon).

I think the first picture was just because I was looking through old posts and found this one I loved. It was my first fashion post (not many have followed to be honest) and as I changed my twitter photo and blog photo to be this one I thought I'd go for the triple whammy and put in on Instagram too. Next we come to a time where I clearly wasn't feeling too friendly on my daily commute. The Police's 'Don't Stand So Close To Me' was my anthem of choice for that particular tube ride! Oh I'm a grumpy sod at 8am. The next photo is me testing out our new coffee machine, thankfully, as a none coffee drinker, it also does hot chocolate, so I made his and her's drinks...yummy!

Now we get to last weekend, which was one of the best ones I've had in a while. As the other half was working on Saturday and Sunday with Monday and Tuesday off, I decided to take them off with him. We start the photo's with Sunday night where I decided to cook him a nice dinner for when he got home, I also made a little fort in the living room for us to sit in and watch films all night. We then spend Monday wondering around Soho, starting with a lovely breakfast at the famous Bill's. It was the first time either of us had been and my god it was bloody delicious. On our little outing I decided to get myself a few goodies, the first being a gorgeous new coat from Mango and the I finally bought a few goodies with my Neil's Yard voucher I got for my birthday almost a year ago.

And finally we come to this weekend. As we're trying to save as much money as possible at the moment this one was a bit of a quite one. Even after only working three days this week I still needed that motivational Friday quote to get me through the day. We then spent Saturday sat in one of the best cafe's in Balham, they do the most amazing caramel hot chocolates and the tastiest mini short breads and biscuits.

So that was the month of February for me. I'm wanting to do this at the end of every month now so I better get Instagraming more :) Let me know if you like this kind of post, and if you want something more like this on the blog. It's a little different to my normal beauty post but I really enjoyed doing it. And don't forget, if you like what you see why not head over to my Instagram and give me a little follow.

Thanks for reading,

Sunday, 7 December 2014

Disney Cafe at Harrods

If you've already read my Disney Tree post which went up yesterday then you'll know I'm completely obsessed with Disney at Christmas time, maybe to the point where it's boarder line crazy, but I love it and wouldn't change it for the world. With Disney decorations galore and plenty of Disney films already watched this month I didn't think my Christmas could get any more Disney filled....turns out I was totally wrong.

Let me give you another background story. My boyfriend bought be a Disney Advent calendar as a surprise at the end of November (he has been full of them the last few weeks, he really is a blooming keeper) but this advent calendar isn't your usual cardboard box full of 24 chocolates, no, this was a huge box with 24 draws in which you fill yourself. Deciding it was a little too expensive to fill it with small gifts we decided on filling the days with surprises, treats and days out for each other. One took the odd numbers, the other took the evens and off we went planning a month of fun.

Morning came and with a huge grin on Russell's face, he said "go open the calendar!" Inside I found a little note which said we were going to spend the morning having brunch at the Disney Cafe in Harrods. That's right, you heard me, the DISNEY CAFE! Now, the boy had done bloody good as I didn't even know the Disney Cafe even excised so he really had done his research. To say I was excited was a little bit of an understatement. So off we popped to Harrods and it was flipping amazing.

Disney Cafe Harrods

As we walked in the magic soon unravelled. The room was painted like a twinkling night sky with Disney statues everywhere. We were lucky enough to sit right by the big clock (as seen in Peter Pan) with a flying Tinkerbell above our heads. Sat in the centre of the cafe, I was in the perfect position to check out the scenery and take it all in. 

Disney Cafe Harrods Review

We then took a look at the menu, which if I'm completely honest is quite over priced and there isn't the best of selections, but everything else about the cafe really makes up for that. The detail Harrods has gone to to make the Disney theme stick is just incredible. With Disney plates, Disney movies being played and a toastie that was in the shape of Micky Mouse for Pete's sake, the whole thing was amazing. 

Disney Cafe Harrods Review

Disney Cafe Harrods Review

As I said the food was a little over price but it really did taster good. I think that was one of the best cheese and ham toasties I've ever eaten, and not just because it had Micky ears! It seemed like all the ingredients were great quality. 

Thankfully we got there earlier enough for it not to be too busy but, as you can imagine, when the clock struck lunch time there was a huge queue of families and children. We were little worried we would be the only couple there without a kid to use as an excuse to go, but thankfully there were other couples and friends there to make up the 'are we a little to old for this?' numbers. Thankfully we weren't, and I really would recommend the Disney cafe to both families and adult Disney lovers. I'll certainly be telling all my London ladies about it. As you can see below, I was a very happy bunny. 

Disney Cafe Harrods Review

Disney Cafe Harrods Review

To really top of the Disney day we took a trip to the Disney section in Harrods to look at the toys, statues and other things they had to offer. They had what looked like a santa's grotto in there but we decided that doing that would be a step to far for two grown adults. There was also a lovely little section for any wanna be princess in the making. The Disney Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique was a place where little girls could be turned into their  favourite Disney princess. With face paints and dresses and everything a girl could dream of in there. Again, I don't think it would have been socially acceptable to go in and ask to be made into Cinderella so I took a few snaps of the enterance and gave that one a miss. Just before we left I had time to take a snap of Ana and Olfa to help fuel my Frozen obsession. 

Disney Cafe Harrods Review

Disney Cafe Harrods Review

Disney Cafe Harrods Review

All in all yesterday morning was amazing. To top it off I spend the late afternoon in a winter market and the day couldn't have been more Christmassy. I would recommend the Disney cafe to any Disney lovers out there. And if you have kids all the better. Don't let the prices put you off, if you don't mind spending £30 on a very basic but tasty lunch this is a must for someone who is Disney obsessed and floating around Knightsbridge. 

Once again, thanks for reading and I hope you're Chistmas is as Disney filled as mine is :) 



Saturday, 6 December 2014

Disney Christmas Tree

This post is where I admit, as a 25 year old, I still haven't grown up in the slightest. Now I know a lot of us bloggers out there (and many girls my age for that matter) are huge Disney fans and trust me I am most certainly not ashamed to admit my slight obsession. I love the films, have most of them on VHS (yes showing my age) AND again on DVD and I definitely still have all those Disney toys and teddies I collected as a child, but my Disney love has extended and spilled out to Christmas time.

Ok, let me give you a bit of a back story. As a kid I was lucky enough to go to both Disney World and Land a fair few times and each time my mum would buy a Disney Christmas decoration no matter what time of the year it was. They have a whole shop dedicated to Christmas don't you know, it's so bloody magical it's ridiculous. So growing up with Disney decorations scattered on the tree, the cutest Micky and Minnie sitting on top of the TV and two beautiful Disney stockings hanging on the fire place, when it came to me moving out I just didn't want to part with these decorations I've come to love and associate Christmas with. 

So, fast forward a couple of years and I finally rent a place of my own. All of my belongings are packed and ready to be put in the van but I have one thing to do before I leave, ask my mum if I could take the Disney decorations with me!!! Now before you think of me as being selfish asking to take my mums decorations from her, she has her own pretty adult tree in the conservatory so I wouldn't have been leaving her decoration-less.

I knew it was a long shot so I wasn't surprise in the slightest when I was firmly told to get lost, but I felt like I had to do one last cheeky daughter act before I officially fled the nest. You know, that one last thing for them to remember me by haha. "Get lost, get your own" were my mums exact words, which got me thinking...challenged accepted!!! From then on it was my new mission to make my future Christmas' the most Disney filled I could possibly imagine! 

The first year the Disney store in Sheffield was a tiny bit of a let down. There were only a few decorations for me to choose from and one of them said 'babies first Christmas'. Now I know I'm a big kid at heart and I know I was trying to make my Christmas magical and Disney filled but I just couldn't buy a decoration for a non existent baby! So I left the store with a few decorations for the tree and put my search to the Internet where I found two even more beautiful Micky and Minnie stockings than my mum had. Finally I found the most beautiful Tickerbell to sit on top of the tree.

Fast forward a few more years, a few more decorations added to the collection and I have moved to London and things have got a little crazy. I'm not sure if the Disney stores here are just better stocked or whether Disney have finally realised there are crazy people like me that are determined to make their festive season Disney themed, but their selection this years has been amazing. There are so many different decorations to choose from and I had to actually restrict myself instead of buying Disney out of their (not very big) stock. This year I have added 5 new decorations to the tree and a little teddy Olaf to sit next to it and I couldn't be happier. 

So they are, some of my favourite decorations from the Disney tree, 2014 addition. Hopefully next year it will be filled with more and more cartoons and Disney classics...prepare for photo overload.

What do you think of this OTT tree? What Christmas theme have you gone for this year? How do you like to decorate your tree? If you have any Christmas decoration posts make sure you link them below so I can take a festive peek. 

Thanks for reading,
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