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Sunday Reading – Getting Festive

Just incase you’ve over indulged on Christmas television a smidge too soon, it’s always a good idea to read something. The bloggersphere is awash with fabulous Christmassy things to read this weekend so why not grab a giant gingerbread latte and pore over our favourites.

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Liberty London Girl, aka Sasha Wilkins knows a thing or two about hosting a party. Her cookbook Friends, Food, Family is an absolute favourite and so when she writes about recpies, liquid or otherwise you know they’ll be delicious. Just in time for the festive season she’s written a post in collaboration with Campari for the ultimate festive cocktails.

http://www.libertylondongirl.com/2015/12/03/three-cocktails-for-christmas-the-negroni-the-campari-tonic-the-americano/

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Christmas means red nails, obviously, but if you’re of the camp that can barely last a cab ride without chipping a nail then perhaps you need a little help. Into the Gloss have you covered with their top tips for the perfect red manicure.

https://intothegloss.com/2015/12/smith-and-cult-top-bottom-coat/

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Let’s face it, there’s only so many times you can sing along to Mariah’s “All I Want For Christmas” before someone hits you in the back of the head. Avoid inter office violence by following Ella Gregory’s (of Coco’s Tea Party) festive playlist and save everyones bleeding ears from another chorus of Feliz Navidad.

http://cocosteaparty.com/2015/12/2015-ultimate-christmas-playlist.html

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If you’ve ever been tempted to decorate your hair with tinsel or worse, reindeer antlers (why, just why?) then give yourself a stern talking to and read Get The Gloss’s fabulous post on wearing hair accessories like a grown up. There’s plenty of pretty ways to decorate your tresses, none of them reminiscent of primary school. Grown up’s do not wear tinsel ok. OK!

http://www.getthegloss.com/article/how-to-wear-hair-accessories-like-a-grown-up

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FACT – Mince Pies are the best thing ever! But refined sugar, not so much. Whilst we’ll obviously be saving the luxurious full of fat and sugar but who cares because they’re so damn tasty versions for Dec 25th, this recipe for healthier versions from Natasha Coren at Honestly Healthy will keep us guilt free and gluttonous for the rest of the month. Yum!

http://www.honestlyhealthyfood.com/blogs/honestly-healthy-food/17969365-mince-pies

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5 Things You Need Right Now – Keeping Cosy

Let’s face it, ever since the clocks have gone back things have been bloody miserable. The rain is never ending, it’s always dark and a decent blow dry doesn’t stand a chance in hell of still looking fabulous the second you step out of the salon. They are dark times indeed, so lets drown our sorrows in pretty things. And gin.

1. Apparently winter is now so unbearable that fashion designers have deemed it acceptable to venture out wearing a blanket. So go ahead, you have permission.

Checked Blanket Coat from Asos.com, £90.

Checked Blanket Coat from Asos.com, £90.

Checked Blanket Coat from Asos.com, £90.

2. Log fires are comforting but if you try and build one on your desk you might raise a few eyebrows. Instead, burn this Diptyque candle to add a touch of cosiness and a little chic to your desk. And if you get real close it’s like a teeny tiny fireplace. But don’t catch fire, it won’t be pleasant.

Sapin Scented Candle from Diptyqueparis.co.uk, £48

Sapin Scented Candle from Diptyqueparis.co.uk, £48

Sapin Scented Candle from Diptyqueparis.co.uk, £48

3. I’m English, I love tea. Are you shocked? Probably not. But what might surprise you is that Ted Baker, beloved purveyor of very pretty dresses is very pretty prints have turned their hands to crockery. It’s bloody random but this tea set is SO pretty. Perfect for that 3pm Earl Grey.

Azurine Tea Set from Tedbaker.com, £77.50

Azurine Tea Set from Tedbaker.com, £77.50

Azurine Tea Set from Tedbaker.com, £77.50

4. Dressing for warmth needn’t mean you succumb to practicality. Bernstock Speirs rein supreme when it comes to quirky hats and whilst their fabulous veil beanie has spurned a hundred knock offs, the original is still my favourite. This style has little pearls flecked in the veil, which I love because pearls are ALWAYS a good idea. 

Pearl Veil Beanie from Bernstockspeirs.com, £120

Pearl Veil Beanie from Bernstockspeirs.com, £120

Pearl Veil Beanie from Bernstockspeirs.com, £120

5. In times of need Jeremy Scott can always be relied upon to elicit a smile or two. This ‘Dry Clean Only’ sweater will keep things toasty without compromising on wit. Perfect really. The real twist, it’s actually hand wash only, the cheeky bugger!

Moschino Dry Clean Only Sweater from Net-a-porter.com, £340

Moschino Dry Clean Only Sweater from Net-a-porter.com, £340

Moschino Dry Clean Only Sweater from Net-a-porter.com, £340

Being An Apron Wearing Feminist

I am a feminist. It’s not something I really mention in the same way I don’t drop snippets like “I’m not a racist” or “I’m a brown person.” Call me crazy but I believe wanting equal rights for men and women should be a given. Why state the obvious! 4baea1561eae26f2ce0c46abb842f5af But sometimes it seems that old stereotypes die hard and for some reason feminism is still a dirty word. The misconception that to be a feminist is to hate men is outdated and bloody ridiculous. It’s about equality and that’s equality for both sexes. Emma Watson summed it up perfectly with the launch of the HeForShe campaign. HeForShe is a solidarity movement for gender equality that brings together one half of humanity in support of the other half of humanity, for the benefit of all. But it’s not just men that need to get on board for equality to be achieved. Stereotypes of what defines a feminist come from both sexes and until those are dispelled, equality will remain in the distance. To paraphrase Zooey Deschanel, “We can’t be feminine and be feminist and be successful? I want to be a feminist and wear a peter pan collar, so fucking what?” Not only do I share her endless love for peter pan collars (lets face it, they’re fricking adorable) but the I love the message she’s pushing here. If you think feminism is a byword for hating men, hating femininity and living a hateful androgynous existence then it’s time to wake up and smell the Chanel No. 5. I’m all for baking a dozen cupcakes. I like my high heels, my lipstick and rocking a full skirt. Caring for my husband is important to me. Does that mean I’m not a feminist? Does it hell! Being equal means equal choices and you can choose to be whomever you want. And I am an apron wearing feminist. 1298a3baaa51e53af9ff0e184199fc8e