This Christmas I’ll be….

When deciding what post I wanted to write this week, I couldn’t quite decide how to go about it. I’ve been wanted to talk about several different aspects of my plans for Christmas time – from eating to reading – and while many people have dedicated specific posts to these types of activities, I decided in the end to clump it all together in a bid to get people excited for all the somewhat hedonistic period where we all like to let go.



I’m a big reader and although I’ve not had as much time to dedicate to my books as I’d like there’s still a few on my list I’m desperate to whittle through and the festive period – normally after boxing day I find – is the perfect time to curl up with a book and the remainder of the Christmas tub chocolates. The following books are ones I’m reading/hoping to read this Christmas and thought I would recommend if you too fancy burying your nose in a good story to escape the chaos. All blurbs from Amazon.

Luckiest Girl Alive

Ani FaNelli is the woman who has it all: the glamorous job, the designer wardrobe, the handsome and rich fiancรฉ. But behind her sharp edges and meticulously crafted facade lies the darkest of pasts . . .When a documentary producer invites Ani to tell her side of the chilling and violent incident that took place when she was a teenager at the prestigious Bradley school, she hopes it will be an opportunity to prove how far she’s turned her life around since then. She’ll even let the production company film her lavish wedding, the final step in her transformation. But as the wedding and filming converge, Ani’s past threatens to come back and haunt her. And as her immaculate veneer starts to crack, she is forced to question: will breaking her silence destroy all that she has worked for – or, will it at long last, set Ani free?
Only Ever Yours

The School trains them to be pretty. The School trains them to be good. The School trains them to Always be Willing. All their lives, the eves have been waiting. Now, they are ready for the outside world. Companion . . . concubine . . . or chastity. Only the best will be chosen. And only the Men decide.
The Other Child

When Tess is sent to photograph Greg, a high-profile paediatric surgeon, she sees something complex in him that she instantly connects with. Their relationship quickly deepens, but then Tess – already a single mother to nine-year-old Joe – finds out she’s pregnant. Greg, who never wanted to be a father, is then offered the job of a lifetime back in his hometown of Boston, USA. Within just a few months, they have married and moved to the States. But life in an affluent Boston suburb is not as straightforward as Tess had hoped.
Strange things keep happening in their rented home – Joe is unsettled, the next-door neighbours are clearly troubled, and Greg’s work is all-consuming. As a fierce Boston winter closes in, and her baby’s birth looms, Tess remains determined to make this new life work. Then she makes a jaw-dropping discovery . . .


Now none of these films will come of any surprise to anyone because they are all classics at this time of the year, but nonetheless I’m going to tell youabout them anyway! Love Actually has to my all time favourite film to watch at Christmas. I love the many stories we are able to delve into and the fact they all interlink. The characters are flawed but loveable and you can’t help but will them on in their indevours. It also contains so many brilliant messages to take away with you which is an element I really like. Next up is Chevy Chase’s, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. Funnily enough, I was only introduced to this one by my boyfriend a couple of years ago, when we watched the the whole Vacation boxset. This is such a silly, easy film to watch and isn’t it funny how the old films tend to be the best?


Now this a strange one for me, as usually I’ll just throw on a Christmas jumper and jeans and that’ll be your lot. But this year I’m actually looking forward to making a bit of effort. It’s unlikely I’ll decide what I’m painting on my face until the actual day as that would be seriously over planning, but one palette up for the contender of eyes is The Bodyshop Groovin Gold which I reviewed here. Or maybe I’ll make life easy and stick to Color Tattoo’s On and On Bronze. You can be sure I’ll be sporting vampy red lips but which shade, you’ll have to wait and see! Naturally there is the classic MAC shade Russian Red, but I’m also very tempted by a glossier lip, so Revlon’s Colorstay in New York Scene is a very viable option too. There’s always Rimmel’s Kate Matte Lipstick in 107, a lovely deep wine. red A definite will be lashings of Maybelline’s lash sensational which I keep receiving compliments on, yet both my Mum & sister don’t actually like!


If you don’t know it already, I’m a huge chocoholic. So you can imagine when Christmas rolls around, I’m one of the first people that is ready and waiting to crack open the chocolates. It’s pretty much law in the UK that you have to have a big tub of chocolates that tends to consist of Cadburys Heros, Celebrations, Roses or Quality Street. What’s your tub of choice? This was the first year I’ve got to choose since it’s my own home and I went for Heros and Celebrations! Me being me, I brought these months ago when they first appeared in the shops on offer! Naturally I have my favourites including Dairy Milk, Dairy Milk Caramel, Galaxy, Galaxy Caramel, Malteser…shall I stop now? My favourite chocolate treat of all time have to be Lindt’s Lindor balls so if someone could arrange to have them hanging around the vicinity, hint hint… I’m not actually the biggest fan of a roast, so yorkshire puddings and roast potatoes don’t really excite me. I much prefer the boxing day buffet food with all the bits and bobs to nibble. My Mum’s turkey and salad cream sandwiches
are a particular highlight. Don’t let me down, Mum!


It’s really important to me that Luna will be spending the entire day with us, of course! We’re very lucky that Matt managed to get Christmas Day off when he was supposed to be working so I’m looking forward to Christmas Day when we’ll be spending the morning just us three in our home. Normally, myself and Matt would spend most of the day individually with our separate families and then meet up later, but this is the first time we’re spending the whole day together which is crazy considering it’s our fifth Christmas together! I’m excited to see how Luna reacts to Christmas, especially because there will be lots going on that she’s not encountered before. She’ll also be spending time with a couple of much bigger dogs including my family dog Alfie and a much bigger dog she’s never met before, so I’ll be interested to see how that turns out. Naturally, she has a couple of Christmas outfits to model for everyone which she doesn’t actually mind too much, although she’s obsessed with trying to eat the pom poms of her Christmas jumper – not that I can blame her! She also has a few presents which are mostly edible and will probably vanish within minutes of her getting her little paws on them!

If you feel like doing something along these lines for your own blog – I’d love to take a read, so definitely let me know! See you next Sunday!

Emily x

  • I love the sound of these books, especially 'Luckiest girl alive and The other child' – Defo a good read. I'm not a chocolate fan, but I love 'Bounty/Twix' from Cadbury Heroes. Just those two does it for me. Ha!! Not forgetting the lipsticks too, Love!
    Great post and have a blessed week. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • LOVED & enjoyed this post thoroughly, Emily! Can I steal this idea (only if that's ok with you babe) – love it how you broke it down ๐Ÿ™‚
    How gorgeous is little Luna, so cute to read she is 'reacting' to Christmas + it will be lots of puppy fun for her!
    From another chocoholic here, I hear ya girlie ๐Ÿ˜‰
    xox Nadia

  • I watched Love Actually a few days ago and it is honestly the cutest movie! The little boy who starts playing the drums to get his crush, it's all adorable!!
    Wow, that chocolate doesn't look too bad, haha, but if I know myself right; I would eat that in a day, that's not even an over-exaggeration; I could do that and that would just be a really bad tradition for me, haha!
    Luna just looks so cute, oh what I want a dog and dress it in Christmas outfits!
    I have been thinking about doing a similar post, like a little round-up of Christmas I guess, but we'll see… ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Filippa โŽฎ Always a Dot

  • These books sound really good! I also want to read much more during the next weeks as I haven't read much else than course literature.
    And it must be so exciting to have the first Christmas with Luna. She looks so cute in her little Christmas jumper!
    Shifting Tales

  • Ohhhmmyyy so cute dog.
    I love the sweater though.
    This christmas i'll be singing and watching Christmas movies.

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  • Luna is adorable with her little sweater! I'm happy you and Matt can spend Christmas together – me being in a long-distance relationship, it doesn't get to happen – though my man is coming to visit me a few days after ๐Ÿ™‚ I'm sure Luna will get along with the bigger dog just fine, a lot of dogs are friendly with other dogs!

    becky โ™ก star violet

  • Reading, eating and a golden eye paired with a red lip. Yes, that pretty much sums up my idea of a perfect Christmas.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

  • On and On Bronze is known as Bad to The Bronze for me, I think they are the same shade with different name but it's definitely my go to shade when I'm feeling lazy but wants to look glamorous! The Other Child sounds like a good read and one that I would enjoy, definitely need to add it to our Kindle. And I'm with your mum and sister about Lash Sensational, some days I love it and other days I bloody can't stand it at all. It's very finicky on my lashes. ๐Ÿ™

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  • I haven't had a chance to read a good book for ages either so I'm looking forward to that, all the ones you've picked sound great! Haha I've already been through a few boxes of celebrations ๐Ÿ™‚

    Velvet Blush

  • Your little dog is so cute in her Christmas jumper I want her!!

    Lauren Ashleigh xx

  • Thanks for the book recommendations, I was wondering what to read next and these books sound amazing! ๐Ÿ™‚
    I'm actually not the biggest fan of chocolate, but Quality Street is one of my all time fave sweet collections. It's the toffee, I believe hehe ๐Ÿ™‚ Just checked though the other day, a small tin of Quality Street is over 12 euros here in Finland. Boohoo! Oh well, it's still a must have every xmas ๐Ÿ™‚
    Thanks for the very Christmassy post gorgeous <3
    Emma xxx

  • Happy holidays hun, your doggie looks soo cute, and loving that Revlon lip colour

    xoxo – Style.. A Pastiche

  • happy holidays babe, just discovered your blog xx

  • Luna is just the sweetest looking dog in the world! That jumper suits her wonderfully as well.

    Love Actually is such a fantastic film, haven't actually watched it yet this year! I love National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation- I think I only watched it for the first time last year but it has become one of my favourite Christmas films.

    Need to get one of those big chocolate tubs- definitely the rule in the UK! I think we usually go for celebrations- although lindor balls are also my favourite so I wish you could get tubs of those…

    Such an enjoyable festive post!

    Gina. xx

  • THat dog is the cutest! eek!
    Personally I dislike those tubes of chocolates. The chocolate is just so inferior at christmas time :/

    Angie x | Chocolate & Lipstick || UK Beauty and Lifestyle Blog

  • Sounds like you had everything planned already! Love Actually is one of my favourite film too and I like watching it every year! You are not the only Chocoholic here, I am one of them too! I like Celebration more than heroes, however, I don't mind eating them all ๐Ÿ™‚ Luna is so adorable in her Christmas jumper.

  • OMG Luna is so so cute and that Christmas jumper on her is adorable! Sounds like the perfect Christmas to me. I'll be visiting my family in Dublin so I am really looking forward to that x

    Beauty with charm

  • Luna is so adorable awwwwwww <3 ! love Luna's christmas jumper too! All the chocolate looks yummmmmm <3! Hope you have a happy Christmas sweetie <3!!!

    Serene | I Am Serene L

  • Kay

    I literally melted at that picture of Luna… She is SO ADORABLE! <3 Hope you have a wonderful Christmas, dear, and oh my gosh gimmie some of those Celebrations now!!! ๐Ÿ˜€ <3


  • I loved this post, thanks for sharing.
    I'm going to steal Lunaโ€ฆin love!

    Jenn | Jennifer Jayne

  • This is such a cute idea for a post! And great recommendations as well! I absolutely love the Maybelline Sensational mascara and the Rimmel lipstick in 107, especially around Christmas! Thanks for sharing! x

  • Awww, Luna is such a cutie! I think Love Actually is one of my favourite films to watch come Christmas time it's just so sweet and sad at the same time and the ending always makes me happy. This was a lovely idea for a post! – Tasha

  • This is such a good post, Loved reading it!
    Charlotte //

  • I'll be watching christmas films and the doctor who christmas special this year x

    Heather | Of Beauty & Nothingness x

  • Sounds like you have some great Christmas plans!!!!
    Luna looks so cute in her Christmas jumper!