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I’ve been such a jewellery hoarder recently that I knew I had to write a post about all the amazing bits that I’ve been buying for the past few months. I’ve been doing so much shopping (anyone else buy themselves Christmas prezzies whilst Christmas shopping online? No? Me neither…)

New Look Necklace – Being Indian, I am always on the hunt for stylish jewellery pieces that would look great with Indian and English clothes. Even though this necklace has hints of navy blue in it, I loved the old world look with the dirty gold and it’s chunky but not over the top. Plus it was only £7, which I thought was a bargain!
P.S. I couldn’t find the link for the actual necklace on the New Look website so I’ve linked their jewellery page instead – happy shopping!
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Lavish Lockets* – I was sent these beautiful lockets a wee while ago, (you may have seen them feature on my Instagram page). They were just so beautiful not to be included in this post. The lovely ladies over at Lavish Lockets personalised my lockets before they sent them over, which was such a nice touch. They put a little ‘D’ initial, a plane, a bathtub, a high heel and a little pearl. It is so cute!
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Elephant Necklace – Before I even start with how adorable this necklace is, IT WAS 99p. YES under a £1! I honestly couldn’t believe how bloody cheap it was! And also, look how cuteeeeee! I’m so obsessed with elephants recently, I have my eye on this gorgeous elephant mug and some elephant duvet covers. Too far? Let me know in the comments.
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Primark Chokers – I hear that this choker trend will die out in 2017 but I hope it doesn’t! Chokers take me back to 00’s, and I love reliving my youth. These ones from Primark were only £1.50 and I love the burgundy one to wear to throw in a bit of colour.
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Autumn Bracelet* – I was recently sent this lovely bracelet by Rebecca at Bristol Papillon. I love how unique it is, and everything is handmade and used with natural materials which I really like. I like the copper in this but also that it’s on a silver chain so it’s not copper overload. I also have a discount code to use on the Bristol Papillon website [BLOGTENOFF] – happy shopping!
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Lifestyle Blog Necklace* – I was kindly sent this beautiful necklace by the lovelies over at Lifestyle Blog UK. I really love the chain, it’s like studded almost? Sorry if that’s not the right word for it, but it’s very different and I really like that. The pendant is a rose gold and silver flower design with diamonds encrusted in the centre of the flower. It’s very minimal and something that you could wear everyday if you wanted to.
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Cherry Diva necklace – Like I mentioned above about styling Indian outfits, this is also a necklace that I would definitely wear with Indian clothes but could also be worn with English clothes too. I love how sparkly the diamonds are, and it’s also very affordable. I did some Christmas shopping over at Cherry Diva and they always had discount codes and the delivery was also super quick. Highly recommended!
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What’s in your jewellery collection? Comment down below and let me know 🙂

 

I didn’t know if I was going to write this post because I get worried that people are going to think that I’m showing off what I got but I did a poll on Twitter and it got (mostly) yeses, and to be honest I love reading posts like this because I’m a nosy cow and it gives me loads of ideas to buy things for people. I’ve linked as many things as I can down below, if I haven’t found the product online then I’ve linked a similar item, so if any of you want to do some shopping it’s a lot easier!

Also, apologies in advance, because I have forgotten to take pictures of some of my presents, mainly because I’ve either been using/wearing it non-stop or I couldn’t find it to photograph it (whoops).

Okay, I’m babbling, so let’s get on with it!


Cluse watch

Jack Wills jumper

Naked basics palette

Hair oil

Slipper socks (similar)

Benefit Brow Kit


 

 

I was so happy when I opened my Naked Basics palette, the colours are so Autumnal and I love my Naked | and Naked Smoky palettes so I knew I’d love this one!

I don’t own any clothing items from Jack Wills so I was very pleasantly surprised with this sweater. It’s so perfect because sometimes those thick jumpers get really hot!

I also received this Benefit Brow Kit, which I’m so excited to use. I love doing my brows but I don’t like them to over-filled, so this ‘Natural Brow Kit’ was perfect for me!

Christmas isn’t Christmas without a pair of fluffy socks, and I love these! I needed a few pairs of socks this winter anyways so these were perfect for me.

I loved this hair oil; my hair rends to get very frizzy and this is something that I hope will help. I love this brand so I can’t wait to start using this!

Lastly, I got this gorgeous Cluse watch, it’s the grey strap with the rose gold design. I had my eye on the marble face but this would have been the next best thing so I’m so happy with it!


Onesie (similar)

Chelsea boots x2

Rucksack (similar)

Scarf (similar)

Kat Von D liquid lipstick (Lolita)


I can’t post a picture of my onesie as I’ve been living in it for the past few days but it’s so fluffy and comfy! It’s the grey (bunny-eared) one from Primark, so if you can find it, I would fully recommend getting it!

I’ve been needing a pair of Chelsea boots for ages, so I was so happy opening these black ones, in both suede and normal black. They are going to be used so much!

 I’m actually obsessed with my blanket scarf, it’s huge, it’s cosy and it’s just perfect for winter.

I was so excited to open this Kat Von D liquid lipstick in the shade ‘Lolita’, I’ve had my eye on it for a while now, I think the colour is beautiful and I don’t own anything by Kat Von D so hopefully this will let me build up my collection!

I also received a black rucksack which I was really happy with. It wasn’t my usual style, but I think it’s a really practical present which I will hopefully get a lot of use out of!


Hairbands

Merakhi oil

Mini Motherpucker Lipglosses

 

These twisted hairbands were so cute, they are twisted so they don’t kink your hair when it’s straight. SO helpful!

Ever since I watched Nishi V’s video on how she got rid of her dark circles, I knew I had to get my hands on this oil. I hope it helps me.

I have been wanting a Sexy Mother Pucker Lipglosses by Soap & Glory for ages. They plump up your lips so expect lots of pouty Instagram posts!


 
Zoella Bath Salts
Zoella Body Mist

I participated in a Blogger’s Secret Santa this Christmas, and it was honestly amazing. I met so many lovely fellow bloggers, and everyone was so welcoming. We had a budget, and I had the best time shopping for my Secret Santa! For my present, I received two Zoella Beauty products. I hadn’t used anything from the Zoella Beauty range before so it was actually quite nice. I really love the scent of the Body Mist, which I didn’t think I would! Looking forward to using the bath salts now!

 

Letter candle

Rose gold ring holder (similar)

Slippers (similar)

I also participated in a Blogger’s Christmas Swap, which was also so fun. For this, I only had to get to know one person who was my Blogger Pair. She was so lovely and I’m so glad that I got to know her! She got me this gorgeous ‘D’ candle, which smells insane and I can’t wait to burn. I also received this beautiful pair of slippers, which are so insanely comfortable and cosy! I have been living in these recently. Lastly, I got a rose gold rhino-shaped ring holder, which is adorable and I’m so excited to start using it!

So, thats everything I received for Christmas! What did you get for Christmas?

I’d love to see what you got, so if you’ve done this kind of post, please link it below!

I honestly can’t believe this year has gone so quickly and I am SO excited to see what 2017 brings. I feel like I have achieved so much this year but a New Year is such a perfect opportunity to give yourself goals to work towards. I’ve split my goals into two categories: personal and blogging.
Personal Goals
 
Declutter: I don’t think there is a better time to prepare for a fresh start to the new year than by decluttering. This could include just tidying your room, sorting out that bag of old clothes for the charity shop that you said you were going to do ages ago, or rearranging the book shelf or windowsill that always manages to collect random bits no matter how much you try and keep it clean. I love doing things at any point when I walk into my room and feel anxious at how full it feels or untidy it is, but at the end of the year it just makes sense to start the year with a clean slate (or room). Once I’ve cleaned and decluttered my room, I legit always feel 10x happier, it gives me such a sense of calm!
Closure: Now this could be a personal one for you, but for me it is about not harbouring any bad feelings towards anyone. Any negative thoughts or energy is ultimately going to affect me and my life, so I would like to try and fully close the chapters that took a tumble this year. I’ve learned a lot from these relationships and I don’t regret anything, but I do believe it is time to put these to bed and leave them in 2016.
 
Reflect: This is such a big thing and I honestly don’t do it enough! Reflecting on big and small achievements alike is so important to see how far you’ve come. I love this little blog and whilst I am no Zoella, I should feel proud of myself when I hit certain milestones or achieve things that I never thought I could. I might even start documenting these achievements; although I don’t want to ‘show off’, so I’ll think about this! I want my blog to be a positive place, ain’t got no time for haters!
Blogging Goals
 
Go to a blogger event: I really want to attend an event next year, I think it will be such a great experience for me and it slightly relates to number two on this list as well. If you follow me on Twitter, I tweeted recently that I felt like my anxiety would make it really difficult to attend a bloggers event, but the support that I received was amazing and I felt so reassured. I need to push myself past it and I know it’s something that will make me much stronger!
Make more blogger friends: I think going to a bloggers event would make this easier, but I really do want to make some blogging friends. When I started out, it was very difficult not to just follow a million bloggers and tweet them and hope to magic up a friendship out of nowhere. Recently, I have been a bit more strategic and follow those whose blogs I read and enjoy, and that way when I do tweet them it will feel more genuine. I also joined a few groups, and tried to participate in as many blogger chats as I could. Such a good tip for anyone wanting to have good interesting conversations and to get your blog out to more people!
 
Quality over quantity: I want to make sure that I post content that I am happy to be up on the Internet, and that was one of the reasons that I didn’t participate in Blogmas this year, because I knew I wouldn’t have enough time to prepare and I didn’t want to post for the sake of posting! I also want to care more about my content and my photography, rather than stats. I have tried very hard not to look at how many hits my blog gets because it’s so off-putting! 
What are some of your goals for 2017?

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One of the things on my Chrismas Bucket List was to go ice-skating, just because it makes me feel so Christmassy. I love London anyways as I was born and bred here, but at Christmas time it’s so lovely and holds such a special place in my heart.

We originally wanted to go to Somerset House but it was all booked up so we decided to go to NHM instead, as it was another place on my list. It was so beautiful, even though we went during the day so next time I want to go in the evening and stare at all the lights forever and ever.

I really don’t think I’m a very good skater, but I try every year just because the adrenaline rush is amazing and you’re never going to be the only one who’s struggling on the ice, believe me! It usually takes me around 10 minutes to shuffle along the ice and then I gain a little bit more confidence, and the next thing you know, I’m gliding along like a pro! (Only joking, I lean forward a bit and feel really cool, until I nearly fall flat on my face and have a mini heart attack. Oh, life!)

In all honesty, it is one of the most Christmassy things that I like to do and it is like a proper work out as well, so make sure you treat yourself to a hot chocolate afterwards (that’s the way those calorie things work right?)

Have you been ice-skating yet? Where did you go?

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For my sister’s birthday a few weeks ago, we decided to go to the spa and have afternoon tea. I thought this was such an amazing idea because we could spend all day relaxing and because of work and University, we don’t always get to spend a lot of time together, so I thought this was a great idea. 

We booked a day in at the Hilton Syon Park, and my voucher included two treatments, which we could choose out of a Body Scrub, a Back Massage, a Body Wrap or an Express Facial, all of which were 30 minutes long. We also opted for the Afternoon Tea instead of lunch, because I’d never had Afternoon Tea before – I was so excited! Full use of the facilities were included: there was a heated swimming pool, a jacuzzi, a steam room and a sauna. There was a gym as well, which we all walked straight past…
On arrival, we were given a quick tour of the spa area, the relaxation room, and the changing rooms, and given our fluffy white robes and soft slippers. As soon as we had changed, we lounged on the sun loungers dotted around the pool area and did a bit of swimming, before heading to the relaxation area for our treatments. 

The relaxation area was gorgeous, it was a dimly lit room with the most comfortable beds and soft music playing and jugs of cold lemon water. Just amazing! I opted for the back massage and the body scrub. My therapist was so lovely and made me feel so relaxed the entire time. She did the body scrub first and it smelt amazing, I think it was pomegranate-scented but it was overly fruity smelling. So she scrubbed my whole body and then I had to rinse off using no soap in the adjoining shower room, and I kid you not, my whole body was as smooth as butter. After the scrub, she oiled my whole body which was just insane, I’m sure I was sleeping half the time she was doing it! And then came the fabulous back massage. OH MY GOD, it was amazing. Even though I get a little bit ticklish, I had so many knots in my back and she used high pressure to get those knots out, and I felt so much better after it. Afterwards, we kicked back in the relaxation room and spent a little more time in the steam room and sauna. After one more dip in the pool, we got changed and got ready for our afternoon tea.
With our afternoon tea, we also got a glass of bubbly which was a nice little addition (and my Mum doesn’t drink so guess who got TWO glasses, woop). The afternoon tea consisted of sandwiches, (yes smoked salmon and cream cheese, come at me!), a mixture of plain and sultana scones with clotted cream and strawberry jam which were just gorgeous, and then a selection of sweet treats. I chose the gingerbread chai latte, which was lovely, very festive!

After a fabulously relaxing day, we headed home, feeling thoroughly refreshed. I think my sister had a wonderful birthday and I would fully recommend visiting if you’re ever in the area! The staff and facilities are amazing and I already want to go back! 

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