Top 10 Christmas Films

Top 10 Christmas Films

Christmas films are a major part of Christmas, obviously!!

I remember when I was younger we would always buy the Radio Times so we could see all the films that would be shown on the run up to Christmas. Even if it was just a normal film like Finding Nemo and we could watch that any day of the year, we still made sure we watched it!

I have made a list below with all of my favourite Christmas films. I think my list is probably very similar to a lot of folks favourite films. They all make me feel so festive and warm.

 

 

  • The Holiday
  • Elf
  • Home Alone
  • It’s a Wonderful Life
  • Miracle on 34th Street
  • Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas
  • The Santa Clause
  • The Snowman
  • Arthur Christmas
  • Christmas with the Kranks

 

Let me know what your ultimate favourite Christmas film is in the comments, I would love to know. I could probably narrow my list down to 5 but it’s too hard to pick just one!

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Christmas To Do List

Christmas To Do List

So it’s officially that time of year again! I say this every year but my god.. this year has flown by hasn’t it?! Looking back on the year I have had, for once I am actually going to say that there was more good memories than bad and to me that is the best feeling ever. Even though the bad times were very bad, the good ones always make me feel a whole lot better, obviously.

I can proudly say I was one of those people that wanted to put the tree up before December BUT I was patient and waited.

I absolutely love going on Pinterest and looking at all these amazing trees. Ones that are decorated with glass baubles and 1000’s of twinkling Christmas lights. Looking at different versions of Christmas decor always gets me so excited. Although, nothing will beat our cute lil tree. We have had it for YEARS and my favourite thing to do is over decorate.. because who wants a bare tree?! okay maybe I go a little over board but I love it all the same.

Also, how many hot chocolates is acceptable to drink in December? because I am more than happy to set a world record. Mmmm.

Does anyone make Christmas To Do Lists? let me know in the comments if you do! here is a few of mine:

  • Host a wine and cheese night with the girls
  • Watch far too many Christmas films
  • Try or make Christmas Cocktails (yum)
  • Start making New Years Resolutions (even though my past ones flop every year!!!)
  • Spend time with my friends and family as much as I can
  • Buy and wrap every single present (I am pretty much done, wow)
  • Take as many photos as possible
  • Try and make the best out of everything and spread happiness

 

Thank you for reading!

Hope everyone is feeling festive and happy. Let me know in the comments! X

Fireworks

Fireworks

This is a super late blog post but I thought I would still upload it! A couple of weeks ago it was Guy Fawkes night and as always me and my boyfriend went to watch the display along with my mum and granny. I absolutely love this time of year. Wrapping up all cosy and warm. yay.

The display was beautiful as always. Even though I live on a small island, we still know how to celebrate! Normally we would go right up to the bonfire and close to the actual fireworks but this year it looked particularly busy and it was a lot of people. Plus, I took far too long to get ready so the firework display would’ve been over by the time we got to the front. I didn’t actually take a lot of photos this year. I planned to take some nice ones but I just wanted to take it all in. I’m not sure if this is just me but when it comes to watching fireworks I get a weird emotional feeling? It’s a happy feeling but at the same time I want to cry. Which is very, very strange! Please let me know I am not the only one!

When we got home we lit some sparklers and oh my god I love them. I am like a little kid when it comes to sparklers!

I hope you all enjoyed the fireworks or whatever you have been up to!

Again, thanks for reading. X

Artic Holiday Matte Lipstick Review

Artic Holiday Matte Lipstick Review

It’s Officially November! So here comes the dark lippy.. YAY.

On Wednesday me and my mum travelled to Aberdeen for a little break from reality and some retail shopping. Ever since Kiko Milano opened up in Union Square Shopping Centre it has been my go to place for make up. The first time I entered the shop I was only going in to have a look and walk out. I ended up buying way more than I imagined. I think Kiko is so underrated. All you ever hear about is MAC and other places. Kiko has super reasonable prices and does not break the bank. You can get lipsticks that are amazing for just £3.90 and that’s not even in the sale!

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When I went in the other day I realised the new collection had been released, Arctic Holiday. One thing I love about it is the packaging, It’s so pretty! I only bought a couple of things this time because I am saving for December.. and let me tell you, when December comes around I will be bathing in Kiko products!

So, I bought a Matte Lipstick in the shade Refined Red. I don’t normally go for reds as I feel I sometimes look like Penny Wise the Dancing Clown. I just can’t pull it off sometimes. I am now a brunette from blonde so I thought I might just try it out with the hopes of my hair taming the clown look.

The lipstick was £10.90 and it is the best £10.90 I have ever spent on a lipstick. Most matte lipsticks are super drying and don’t last very long on your lips. This one however is super creamy and lasts for hours without having to reapply. It is very pigmented and is exactly what the colour looks like it should be. I often buy lipsticks, apply it and it looks nothing like the colour that it should be. It also has a magnetic fastening lid which I am so amused with!

 

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If anyone is looking for a red lipstick then I 100% recommend trying this one out! Or any of the Kiko lipsticks. I own quite a few now and I love every single one of them. Can you tell I have an obsession with Kiko?

Here is the link to the lipstick if anyone would like to check it out – LIPSTICK

Thank you for reading! X

Wedding Time

Wedding Time

At the end of September I attended a wedding for the first time in years. The last time I was at anyone’s wedding I still had a bowl cut and had a terrible sense of fashion. So I was super excited to experience a wedding with my boyfriend and his family. When it came closer to the wedding I was getting so nervous, I wasn’t even the one getting married! Thanks to my now second family I had help with my hair and I had an absolute blast.

I bought a dark blue midi dress from ASOS which I will leave a link below if anyone would like to see or buy it. I had to get it in a size bigger because my size was out of stock so I had to pin the front of the dress because I didn’t want anything slipping out! Plus, with it being a size bigger it was a little bit longer on me but it did the job. For shoes I bought a pair of burgundy heels from New Look. Which I had to take off several times through the day/night because I cannot walk in any shoes with a heel. These ones had a tiny heel too and I still couldn’t hack it! but as the drinks were flowing it didn’t matter if I had them on or not!

 

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Shoes

The hall was beautiful and I loved the decorations. I was going to take loads of photos but I ended up taking very few because in the moment you just want to take everything in and make the most of your night. I will post a few photos below of what I did manage to take, I will leave out the drunken ones from the end of the night though!

All in all it was a brilliant and crazy night. The Bride looked beautiful, the bridesmaids and everyone else who attended. I am so lucky to be part of my boyfriends family. Even though I get nervous and feel like I should stay on the side lines, they always make me feel so welcome and I will always be grateful for that.

So.. who is getting married next?!

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Hello Again

Hello Again

The past few weeks I’ve turned the computer on or went on my phone to write a new blog post and it has felt as if there has been a wall blocking everything I wanted to write. I have so many ideas for blog posts but if I’m not in the right mindset to do something it’s so difficult to carry it on.

I have now set a target to try and do a blog post at least once every week. I started this blog to just post whenever I want and I still want it to be that way. I don’t want any of my content to be forced or for me to not enjoy it. Although, I feel if I keep putting it off because my mind is telling me too even though I really want to write, I’ll just never do it. So, to train my brain to push past things that I think I can’t do, I’m setting a target.

I’m going to end this post here and I will be uploading a new blog post very, very soon.

Shannon x

My Struggles In School

My Struggles In School

This topic for me is sometimes very hard to speak about. It brings back memories that I wish wasn’t a memory. I think everyone struggles in school with the pressure of finding what you want to do when you leave, the stress of exams and trying to fit in. To me it was like walking through the gates of hell everyday and that’s not an exaggeration.

So, I left school in 2015. I’m 19 now and the struggles from school are still with me to this day.

I still can’t really explain what I was going through back then and I’m not the best at explaining it now. It’s almost a bit of a blur. I’ve been trying to erase everything from my mind but there’s still certain memories I will never be able to forget.

Everyone obviously has their good and bad days but for me, everyday was a bad day. I missed so much of school and wasted what was supposed to be the best years of my life due to my mental health. Some days I just couldn’t and didn’t want to get out of bed. Not because of laziness or wanting to skive, but because I knew I couldn’t do it. I couldn’t handle walking into school and staying the full day. What made it even harder was when people started picking up on how much I wasn’t coming in. So the comments started, “shock she’s not here again”. With those comments and knowing people were talking about it behind my back, built up the anxiety and made me want to avoid school and people even more. Seeing as I missed so much of school, I was failing pretty much every class. I wasn’t up to date with anything, people had their own groups and tasks in class and I was just there trying to understand everything and to be as positive as I possibly could be. During my time in school my parents split up which definitely made things very difficult. Other situations occurred as well and it was just one problem after the other. I couldn’t sleep, I couldn’t wake up, I was a zombie. I think a lot of people need to be more open-minded when it comes to mental health. If you’re smiling and laughing it doesn’t mean you’re the happiest person alive. The amount of times I pushed through my sadness and anger every day and cracked jokes, laughed and smiled. I tried to make things better for myself but it just made things worse. I created a second version of myself which was fake. When the weekends came around I would always go out because it was almost like an escape from everything and I could finally take my mind off life for a little while.

I will say something though, if you are struggling in school, you NEED to open up. I kept a lot of things bottled up and it took over everything. People ask me if I regret leaving school early and I always say no. If I really think about it, I do. I wish I tried to stick in and got better qualifications but at that time in my life I just couldn’t. I had to take a huge step and do what was best for me. I did have a few teachers who believed in me and tried to make things easier. I also had a big group of friends. It will never be forgotten. I guess what I’m trying to say is you don’t have to suffer alone. There are loads of people out there who are willing to support you. You just have to be willing to help yourself. It doesn’t matter if you don’t have the best grades, you tried your best and that’s what matters. All my friends are at university, college, jobs. I’m still figuring out everything. That’s OKAY. I do wish people were as understanding as they are now. Loads of people are posting about mental health and how it is okay to take a day off for yourself. It wasn’t okay for me to do that back then but I am glad people are more understanding now.

I feel like I’m a completely different person now. I still struggle with mental health daily but I’m trying to get better. A lot of the time I think people have a lot of fear when it comes to asking for help. There’s always people who have it harder than you but that doesn’t mean your problems doesn’t matter. You only have one life. If you feel like you’re not coping, just know that it’s okay and you’re not alone.

 

I am extremely nervous about posting this and I have been wanting to post this for days now but I have been too scared.. so please be kind. I could easily write more about this subject but I don’t want to drag on! thank you for reading. 🙂