Black peg board with copper frame and the words "every time a bell rings an angel gets his wings" with a lit candle and a mug of hot chocolate with a candy cane

Woo hoo! It’s December!!

I’m pretty excited about the start of the festive season!

December is the perfect time to light some candles and get snuggled up on the sofa with a hot chocolate and blanket. I absolutely love a Christmas movie, and like many people I have some that are classics from my childhood. Then there are others that have part of my Xmas tradition as I’ve gotten older (…and some that didn’t come out until I was older). I’m going to share some of my favourites with you.

Home Alone

I don’t think I’m alone in loving Home Alone. For most people my age, this film has great childhood memories. If you don’t know the story (you must have been living under a rock for the last 17 years), after an argument with his family Kevin wishes they would disappear. And of course he gets his wish and gets left home alone while his family go on holiday for Christmas. Much hilarity ensues including a house full of booby traps to catch burglars – The Wet Bandits – in a series of stunts that would surely actually kill a human. The idea of getting left at home alone and having the run of your house with no parents about is most kids dream. Getting to eat whatever you want, watch whatever you want on TV, for as long as you want…!

Love Actually

This film gives me all the festive feels! Bill Nighy playing an aged rocker bringing out a Christmas single with the tune of Wet Wet Wet’s “Love Is All Around”. Everyone loves a feel good romantic film at Christmas right?! The fact that Hugh Grant and Colin Firth are in this movie, totally makes this film for me. I love Hugh Grant’s dancing! I has become a bit of a Christmas thing to watch Love Actually with my wee brother and stepmum, although we do fast forward through a certain part cause it’s a bit awks…

The Holiday

Yup… another romantic Christmas film! Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslet’s characters do a house swap in December after both have guy troubles. It’s a typical, “guys are d**ks but then they both meet the loves of their lives” film. This one has Jack Black, my (not so) secret and weird crush. I literally love everything he is in, he is just so funny! Despite not normally being into mushy stuff (I realise my Crimbo film picks disagree) I really love this film. It makes me happy.

Elf

It really wouldn’t be Christmas without this film. Will Ferrel plays Buddy the elf, a human who found himself in the North Pole after crawling into Santa’s sack. After finding out there’s a reason he doesn’t fit in, he heads to New York in search of his real family. Hilariously funny, with an infectious excitement for Christmas, it definitely gets you in the mood for Santa day. And it makes you want to eat candy for breakfast every day in December!

It’s A Wonderful Life

I have saved the best for last. For me it isn’t Christmas until this movie has been watched. It has become a Christmas Eve tradition to watch this with my family since my wee brother and sister got old enough to watch it, and it’s honestly one of my favourite Christmas traditions. I don’t watch this film at all in December and save it for Christmas Eve. This year Mark and I will be going with my family to watch it at the GFT.

Clarence the angel is sent to help George Bailey, a man in need who has reached the lowest point in his life. We see George’s life from when he was a boy, up until the point he is ready to jump off a bridge. If you’ve never seen it, I know this doesn’t really make it sound like a must see film. But it really is. Clarence goes on to show George just what impact him never being born would have on the lives of all his family and friends, and it turns out that everyone’s life has been made better by him. And it also gets us to “remember no man is a failure who has friends”.

 

I really could go on with this list, there are SO many great Christmas films. But I had to stop myself at five or we would have been here all day!

Have any of your favourite Christmas movies made it into my top five? Whats your all time favourite?

 

The name Kayleigh written in pink cursive font.

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All the red.

Could I be wearing more red?! I’ve teamed my red coat and boots with a cute tee from Simply Be for my second look.

Photo of white t-shirt with the word "Paris" in red and a gold heart

I love this t-shirt! The red and gold go perfectly and I couldn’t resist but team it with my new red coat. I got the coat from Primark, it was a total steal, and how amazing is the shade?! The thing I love about the tee is the flash of gold means you can wear it as a bit more dressy. But it still works just as well as a casual top.

These photos were taken a few weeks ago on a Sunday morning. I took photos of a couple of outfits on that morning so it meant a quick change in the car…! And it was a very quick change, because it was freezing! I teamed the t-shirt with my Levi’s again, seriously loving them so much. Also, I chucked on a pair of red boots that I’ve had for years.

I was very close to throwing these very red boots out, well actually attempt to sell them on eBay, a couple of years ago. But like many things I plan to sell on eBay, they sat in a bag for a while and I eventually moved them to mine from my Mum’s about a month ago. I’d forgotten how comfy they were and I actually quite like them with my jeans. Saying this, I have so many pairs of shoes and boots this might be their only wear this winter.

There were a lot of dog walkers out this Sunday morning, and of course me not being a huge dog person (to clarify, I’m actually afraid of dogs rather than not liking them) meant that they were attracted to me! Made the photo taking experience a bit more interesting.

Photo of girl holding black back pack with mickey mouse ears, wearing blue jeans and red boots

Jeans – Levi’s // T-shirt – Simply Be // Boots – old // Coat – Primark // Backpack – Primark

 

The name Kayleigh written in pink cursive font.

Photos by M Richardson

*post in collaboration with Simply Be
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Photo of place setting at a table, with cutlery on top of a napkin and a green and white Christmas cracker

Christmas crackers in November?!

A few years ago I would not have been getting excited for Xmas so early.

But a few weeks ago I was invited along to the Salon Success Jingle Mingle at Tigerlily in Edinburgh, and the Christmas theme was right up my street! It was a fantastic night with amazing food, nice wine and lovely chat from some other Edinburgh bloggers and the girls from Salon Success.

We were in a private dining area in Tigerlily and were greeted with a glass of prosecco. Perfect! The table was set up with Christmas crackers and we each had a place with a name card and a fantastic selection of haircare tailored to each of us.

Photo of two croquettes on top of red berries with cress on top of them

The food was brought out and I’m not gonna lie, it was the best food I’ve had in a long time! We started with ham hock and cheese croquettes, however these were nothing like the croquettes of my childhood (which I was not a fan of as a kid, they had too much potato in them)! I ate this so quickly, it was delicious. The main course was equally tasty. It was some sort of meat, beef maybe, I’m not 100% sure. But it literally feel apart when you put your fork through it! This was served on a bed of mashed potato.

Photo of a plate with two small bits of meat on top of mashed potato with cress on top and gravy

Then onto the dessert…I really don’t know exactly what this was (I promise I wasn’t drunk) but I could’ve easily eaten more than one. All I can really say was that it was some sort of frozen berries and honeycomb with cream and pistachios. I was a lot better than I’m making it sound…I’m getting hungry just thinking about it!

Photo of a pink frozen berry desert with honeycomb and cream and a small pink flower on top

After we finished our food we were talked through the products at our places. It really was such a nice touch that we all had products that were tailored just for us. The ladies had obviously done their research on us to make sure we got the right products for our hair colour. We all had a bottle of gem lites shampoo, this was the one that was specifically for each of our hair colours. So, obviously I got one for redheads. The shampoo actually has hair colour in it, meaning if you don’t have red hair and use it you will after it! I’ve already warned Mark not to use it. The shampoo itself is bright red and has a really nice shimmer to it.

We all got the same Kenra products. The packaging of these are just so nice and give the feel of luxury. The shampoo and conditioner smells amazing! We also got a hairspray and hot spray, which was gratefully received by me. As a natural curly haired person I use my ghds daily, not so great for my hair! As well as these there was a MarulaOil detangling brush. I don’t think I’ve ever been so enthusiastic about a hair brush before, but this is an amazing brush! It beats a tangle teezer hands down.

Last up we got a Paul Mitchell product, and again we got different ones. Mine was a box with shampoo, conditioner and a hair mask for coloured hair. I don’t normally specifically go for products meant for coloured hair so it’s nice to have some to use that will keep my red vibrant. These sets would make a perfect Christmas gift.

Photo of haircare products and a hairbrush

So far I have tried all the products except the Paul Mitchell ones. I was really excited (and a little bit nervous) to try the gem lites shampoo. The fact that it has red hair colour in it is amazing. We were advised to use gloves for some of the colours of gem lites and I definitely wasn’t going to risk red hands! It did make my hair more vibrant and I think I’ll use it for every second wash, which means I’ll use it probably once a week.

The Kenra shampoo and conditioner are also fantastic. I normally go for a clear shampoo, and despite this one not being clear it gets my hair squeaky clean. They both smell amazing. There is nothing better than good smelling, squeaky clean hair, right?!

Thanks to the lovely ladies from Salon Success. It was a really fantastic night and the Christmas crackers (and of course the hats you get inside them) got me feeling suitably excited for the festive season!

 

The name Kayleigh written in pink cursive font.

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Red hair with glittery gold strands

You can’t beat sparkly unicorn hair!

As a lover of all things glittery, when I saw a post on Lipstick Lashes And Locks Instagram page saying they were going to start doing hair dazzle, I was pretty excited!

With my next appointment booked in I definitely wanted some sparkle put in my hair. There was a selection of colours but being a redhead I thought the obvious colour choice was gold, thinking it would go well with the warm tone of my hair. After my hair had been cut and dried Tina got to work on transforming my usual red mop into Unicorn hair! She tied the hair dazzle into a very small section of my hair just under the top layer near my parting. To make sure they didn’t slide out of my freshly washed hair she put in a wee bit of texturising  powder on before tying them in.

I honestly loved it! With just a few strands added it gave a subtle glitter to my hair and looked amazing when it caught the light.

Tina had advised they can last up to a week, and would be easily taken out by just sliding them out your hair. And, even better, you can still use your hairdryer and straighteners as they aren’t ruined by heat.

Mine lasted around five days, until I next washed my hair and despite being really gentle when I washed it one strand came out. I think this might have partly been down to my hair going really soft because I used conditioner. The rest of the strands came out the following day. One naturally and then I took the rest out myself. They did come out really easily, and without taking any of my hair with it.

I would like to note that five days is normally a bit longer than I would go without washing my hair but I found that because I had the dazzle in I wasn’t touching my hair as much so the roots weren’t getting greasy. Meaning it didn’t really look like five days without washing!

As I suspected, once the dazzle was out my normal hair didn’t quite cut it for a few days! I will definitely be wanting more when I go back for my next hair cut.

If you live in or near Edinburgh and fancy a bit of unicorn hair get yourself booked into Lipstick Lashes And Locks! The hair dazzle would be perfect for the festive season and I think they’re getting more colours in soon. I’m keeping my fingers crossed for a copper colour!

What are your thoughts on hair dazzle, would you get some?

 

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Yup, another month down!

Things were a wee bit quiet over here during September. As you may be able to see my wee blog got a bit of a make over. I moved from Blogger over to self-hosted WordPress and got a fancy new theme from Pipdig 🙂

And, when I say I moved over from Blogger, what I really mean is Mark moved my blog from Blogger over to WordPress. My contribution to it was getting the self hosting sorted and picking a theme I liked. Mark did everything else including moving all my content over from Blogger and making sure everything looked just how I wanted it. What a bloody champ! He is definitely a keeper (obvs for more than just his coding ability and never ending patience with me when I’m being a teeny bit demanding!).

Although things have been quiet on here while lots has been getting done in the background, Mark and I had a really fun, busy month! September is my birthday month, and this year it was a bit of a big one for me as entered Club 30 (eeeeeek!). As well as taking the day of my birthday off, Mark had a further two weeks off work for us to spend some time together.

My month kicked off with some mate dates though. Me and my bestie grabbed lunch and a really long overdue catch up at my favourite cake place EVER (Tea Jenny’s in Falkirk incase you were wondering)! Despite it being months since we’d seen each other, it always feels like it has been no time at all, she cracks me up and my face is always aching from so much laughing when we meet up! I also got to see her before she set off for a month long road trip round Europe with her husband. What an amazing way to celebrate turning 30 right?! I’m not at all jealous…

I also went to The Luna Cinema to see La La Land. It was a pretty cool experience, and the first time I’d been to an outdoor cinema. We had our blankets to sit on, thermos filled with tea, Tunnock’s Tea Cakes to munch, and because it’s Scotland our rain coats on. Just as well we did too, because it rained pretty much the whole time! Ryan Gosling more than made up for it though and the film was a lot better than I was expecting.

Then came the big 3-0…! Thankfully being 30 doesn’t mean I have to grow up, and this was perfectly demonstrated by the presents Mark got me – a Hello Kitty instax camera and backpack. We headed through to Edinburgh and got some froyo and a couple of drinks before I went to get my hair cut and then headed to my Mum’s for (what was meant to be) my birthday non-party…it was a full blown party! I can confirm that the hangovers don’t get better, there is no tolerance that is built up with age. The next day I felt rough, McDonalds Big Mac rough. And that night I was surprised with Mexican food with the friends group from Fife, I love Mexican food but the hangover was so bad I actually made my dinner choice based on the lack of cheese in the dish!

We kicked off the official start of Mark’s holidays with a trip to Wallace Monument, and it just so happened that we picked the day that was the 720th anniversary of the Battle of Stirling Bridge. There were reenactments throughout the day (which admittedly made me cringe slightly) and birds of prey. After managing to make it through about only ten minutes of the reenactment we headed up into the monument to climb the 246 steps to the top. Now that doesn’t sound like a lot but when there are people going both up and down in the a space that is definitely not big enough it really feels like a challenge to get up. The views across Stirling make it completely worth it though, although we didn’t stay at the top too long cause it was just a bit windy!

It was also Doors Open weekends during September. We headed through to Glasgow to see the Winter Gardens in Springburn, which involved a walk round Springburn Park while learning about the history of the place and the plans to restore the derelict Winter Gardens. As interesting as it was I can’t deny I was a little disappointed we didn’t actually get to go inside them, I have a thing with abandoned/derelict buildings.

Which brings me nicely onto the next thing – a trip to St Peter’s Seminary, an abandoned building that was used to teach people wanting to become priests. The brutalist architecture of the building is really something and the graffiti shows that despite lying unused and fenced off people have still managed to sneak in.

The weather when we were off was pretty disappointing, some may just call it Scottish, but we managed to pick the best day of the two weeks to bag another Munro – Cairn Gorm. It only took an hour and a half to get to the top but it was a pretty steep climb! It meant Munro number six for me, and three for Mark.

I got invited along to the Fresher Festival in Glasgow, a two day long event giving students everything they need for their uni experience. There were food stalls, people there from clubs and pubs, Glasgow Subway, glasses company Iolla and a VIP area hosted by Yada events. Seeing all the stalls related to alcohol reminded me just how much of being a student involved a lot of time in the pub!

The last weekend in the month Mark and I headed to Edinburgh to take part in Maggie’s Culture Crawl, a 10k walk round the city with access to buildings/parts of buildings you would otherwise not get in to. It was a fun experience and I will be writing a blog post all about it soon.

So there you have it, my mega busy September. How was your month?

 

 

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