Monday, 29 December 2014

My christmas ♥


Hiya everyone 

My christmas was really relaxing,  on Christmas Eve Mike and I went shopping.  To be honest it was more like browsing than actual shopping as we did not have to buy too much.  We then decided to go to Bella Italia for lunch, I love Bella Italia they have quite a lot of Gluten Free choices and Mike loves the mushroom starter he has it everytime we go there! 




 We then popped to Asda which was packed, anyone would think the shops were closed for a week not just a day! We bought a few bits and headed home.  Once home I wrapped the remaining presents up and then I made a Gluten Free Victoria sponge.  I hardly eat cake now so I thought it would be nice at christmas to have a treat plus as we were going to Mike's parents for christmas I thought it would be nice to take something with us.  I did cheat and used Betty Crocker Buttercream for the filling along with Strawberry jam.  Even if I say so myself the cake tasted really nice and Mike's parents loved it.  They said they could not tell the difference between GF and normal Victoria Sponge.




On Christmas Day we opened our presents in bed, I am not going to show you everything I had as I don't really like doing that, I mainly had gift cards amongst other lovely gifts but I had to show you my Body Shop perfumes that Mike knows I love,  Strawberry scent and Japanese Cherry Blossom. I would much rather have these than any expensive perfumes.



   Also I got  this gorgeous Jasper Conran handbag.



After we opened our presents we had breakfast in bed and got ready.  I like to dress up on Christmas day but I am struggling with clothes at the moment as where I have lost weight most of my dresses are too big!  I wore my M&S heart
print skater dress which was from the M&S Limited Collection Petite range.  We got to Mike's parents around 12ish and Mike's neice was there she is currenly at Uni and was home for christmas.  It will probably be her last christmas in the UK as she is off to China later next year and will be spending christmas 2015 in China.  I have known her since she was 2 years old so its rather sad.  She bought her boyfriend who I had ever met before...he was really nice.  He is chinese and has never had christmas in the UK before so he tried all the british traditions like christmas pudding etc etc...not sure what he made of it all though ha ha! We took loads of photos and then sat down to a lovely christmas dinner.  I had the GF Victoria Sponge with double cream for dessert and the others had both the sponge and christmas pudding lol...we were all stuffed!

We then opened our presents and then played Mr & Mrs, which was hilarious, it was so funny we were literally crying with laughter.

We had a such a great day, we came home about 6pm and then Mike and I snuggled up with Ollie and watched Miranda and Eastenders. I had to watch Muriel's Wedding which was on later I absolutely love that film. 

Boxing day was spent in bed with my laptop browsing the online sales!!  No way was I going out on Boxing Day!  I am so glad I stayed at home after seeing the news with the shops all jammed.  I ordered a few things from ASOS and Mango which I shall post about later.




All in all we had a fabulous christmas.

Hope you all had a great time and looking forward to 2015.

Take care

Lisa-Jane
xx


Sunday, 28 December 2014

The Christmas Tag - slightly late!!


Hiya everyone

I hope you all had a lovely christmas and were spoilt rotten.  I saw this tag on Stephanie blog http://msbubuandhergirlyness.blogspot.co.uk/

 before christmas but have only just got around to doing it!!! tut tut






1. What is your favourite Christmas Movie/s?
It has to be Love Actually! 

2. Do you open your presents on Christmas Eve or Christmas morning?
Definitely Christmas day! Usually we open them in bed and then if we go to family or have family around we will open their's later. 

3. Do you have a favourite Christmas memory?
Yes I remember when I was a kid I used to run into my parents room on christmas day to get them up so we could open presents. One morning my dad said can you close the wardrobe door as its slightly open  so I tried 3 times to close it but it would not shut so my dad said open the door and see what's jammimg it...inside was a massive teddy bear, it was bigger than me and I was so happy...can still remember that so clearly.  I have loads of great memories of christmas as a kid.   

4. Favourite festive food?
I love the roast dinner!  Before I lost weight I would say it was the chocolates but I have hardly had any this christmas. 

5. Favourite Christmas gift?
Sorry I am going to say a few!  Gosh there are so many but I think the best was when Mike bought me a bear factory monkey!!  It even had a birth certificate and clothes etc!!!! ha ha  Also a Clogau necklace last year..its gorgeous.  As a child I think the time my parents bought me a Rupert The Bear, I was about 5 and I still have it by my bed.  It's quite a big bear and was handmade by a lady and it still looks like new after all these years. Whenever I look at it I think of my dad, its holds dear memories. 

6. Favourite Christmas scent?
The smell of the christmas dinner!

7. Do you have any Christmas Eve traditions?
Yes, when I was a kid I would always go to bed and read a book and it started with 'Twas the night before christmas and all was asleep not a creature was stirring not even a mouse'.  I can remember reading that and being so excited I could not sleep :)

8. What tops your tree?
A star!

9. As a kid what was the one (crazy, wild, extravagant) gift you always asked for but never received?
I was and still am a very girly girl but I remember I really wanted a proper train set! haha and also I wanted a wendy house like a massive one I could sit in and a rocking horse! Not too much then!!!

10. What's the best part about Christmas for you?
It has to be spending time with Mike and my family and not having to go to work.  I love sitting on the sofa watching tv and films just me, Mike  and Ollie our cat!

Let me know if you do the tag!

Tuesday, 23 December 2014

Pre Christmas Sales Haul

Hello everyone

Well its only a couple of days until christmas :) 

Over the past few weeks I have been taking advantage of the early sales and fabulous online discounts some of high street stores have had.

In H&M I purchased this warm winter jacket for only £15.00 reduced from £30.00.  Its a nice jacket its not warm enough for extreme winter weather but I get really hot when I am out so this is ideal for going from and to work and for shopping etc.  I am not a fan of black coats/jackets but I made this look a bit more glam by wearing it with a faux fur scarf.  I really want a faux fur hat too! 

(Sorry about the photo it looks faded in parts, must be my camera!) 




Also in H&M I purchased this cream jumper, I really love the detailed pointelle sleeves and I have found lately jumpers seem to be massively oversized and where I am quite small I much prefer fitted jumpers.  This ons fits really nicely and is a bit stretchy.  This was not in the sale it was £14.99.







I am not a massive fan of Dorothy Perkins,  however lately I have purchased quite a few things online from them.  They had some amazing discounts and there were a few items I really loved.  I got these grey pumps for work they were £15.00 reduced to £7.00 with all the discounts. 






Then I purchased this Pinafore dress for work which was reduced to £13.00 after discounts. I noticed they still have this online but its now back to the normal price of £30.00.  I must admit I would not have paid £30 for it as its not lined but its a good dress for the price I paid.  I got this in a size 8 but its more like a 10.









Also I got this Navy Blue Crochet Collar top, this was reduced to £12.00, Its now back to its normal price of £18.00.  Its a lovely top and a nice fit.


This hat was in Sainsburys for £2.50 reduced from £5.00. I like it worn with the gloves below and my cream winter coat.



These mittens were £3.00 in Primark.





Also I have to show you my new favourite beauty buy.....Spray oil, this is amazing! It makes your hair feel so so soft and makes it look shinier and healthier.  I love this,  its  £3.00 in Boots at the moment. :)   Have you tried this




I also made a Forever 21 order so I shall post about these items seperately.

Well have a lovely christmas everyone.



Take Care and have a lovely time :) 

Lisa-Jane
xx

Sunday, 14 December 2014

Homeware purchases - Tesco & B&M.

Hiya everyone

Firstly I just want to say thankyou for all your lovely comments on my previous post.  I do feel much better and don't eat even half the junk I used to it.  :) 

Well christmas is just over a week away and I am almost prepared. Yesterday we popped out to buy a christmas tree and then I met up with a friend for coffee...well in my case a hot chocolate!! I ended up buying a few items in B&M Bargains...I love this shop..

Firstly about a month ago I bought this gorgeous duvet cover from Tesco.  I love the fact that one side is this ditsy patchwork look..........




and the other side is a full ditsy design.  I have a few duvets now but I like to change them weekly otherwise I get bored with the same design.




In B&M bargains I saw this cute jewellery storage...I must admit I loved it but looking at it I wondered if it was a bit too 'girlie'....but I think its really pretty and goes well in our shabbychic style bedroom.




I also bought this notebook for my handbag....very Cath Kidston!





I have also been taking advantage of the early clothing sales and bagged some bargains which I shall post about very soon!  I do need new clothes as my old ones are too big now!  


Take care


Lisa-Jane

xx

Monday, 1 December 2014

Outfit Post: Casual Saturday & weightloss photos

Hi everyone

So sorry for the lack of posts but I have seriously lost my blogging mojo at the moment.  I really need to get back into it!

Well here we are in December, this year has just flown by.  

So what have I been up to lately...well I had my works xmas party last week which was really fab.  I wish it had been a bit nearer to christmas as it feels more festive then but it was a really good night.

Last Saturday I decided to have a major clear out.  I have lost more weight and am now easily into a size 10...can get an 8 in some things.  Trouble is once you start losing weight you want to lose more and more. 

I wore this outfit on Saturday...going back this time last year I was around 2 stone heavier and I would never have worn jeggings with a jumper like this as I would feel too conscious of rolls of fat....
I am a lot happier in myself now.


I love this cream jumper from H&M I also have it in red.  It has like a pointelle detail on the top and sleeved and a lace running along the top.



Cream Jumper - H&M

Blue Jeggings - New Look

Tan leather boots - Schuh


Just to show my weightloss this was me in July 2013....such a big difference!



I have been xmas shopping too and have got quite a few things now. 

 I have also bought a few things for me too, will show these in a seperate post. The trouble is I used to have about 6 winter coats and all of them are too big for me now, its annoying as I love them all!  Also all my jeans are too big now too. I bought a dress in Forever 21 and got a small, was pretty chuffed if I am honest as F21 is very small sizing. :)  

Next Saturday a friend and I are off to watch the local pantomine, Ashleigh and Pudsey from BGT are in it...ha ha!  Its nice to get into the xmas spirit :) 

Take care

Lisa-Jane
xx

Sunday, 23 November 2014

Holiday haul

Hiya everyone

As I mentioned in a previous post I purchased a few winter and items while I was in Devon.

Debenhams had their 25% off and I fell in love with this dress. Its from the Pussycat range.  I do love this label.
I love everything about this dress, its an ideal winter dress and I love the embroidery.




In New Look I purchased these 2 skirts both for work.




Also in the sale area I picked up this Apricot Floral Shirt dress.  Its one of those dresses you can wear in winter with tights but also in summer with sandals.


and I got these shoes for a fiver.  These are most definitely summer shoes but I wanted these when they came out last summer but could not find them.



In H&M I purchased this basic tops. 





Take care

Lisa-Jane
xx



Friday, 14 November 2014

Back from a lovely week away

Hiya everyone

We have just got back from a few days in Devon at our favourite hotel. It was my birthday last Monday and my husband booked for us to go away. Although the weather was pretty stormy we had such a lovely relaxing time.
As the weather was pretty awful we spent most of our time in the hotel's gorgeous swimming pool and jacuzzi and also shopping!!!  I ended up purchasing quite a few winter items which I shall blog about in another post.

I also bought a few xmas presents, its unusual for me to start christmas shopping this early.  I cannot believe christmas is like 6 weeks away!  

Tomorrow I am meeting up with my best friend, her birthday is in November too so we always have a joint celebration.  I have booked for us to have Afternoon Tea in a posh hotel so I am really looking forward to it.  I found somewhere that does Gluten Free and Dairy Free Afternoon Tea's (my friend is dairy free) imagine us trying to find places to eat...ha ha





Anyway I will be catching up with all your blogs over the weekend.

Hope you all have a lovely weekend

Lisa-Jane
xx

Friday, 7 November 2014

Clothing & homeware haul

Hello everyone


Just thought I would show you a few of my recent purchase.

Firstly I ordered these two dresses from New Look.....

The first one is a Pussycat dress...its really lovely.  Its like a stretchy knit style dress and I love the lovely white embroidery and white lace trim.  It does remind me of a sexy maid ha ha but I think its so cute and feminine!










This dress looks really short on the model but I loved the print and the style.  I was so glad I ordered it as its nowhere near as short on me (maybe because I am a shortie lol). The photo does not do it justice as it fits so nicely.




I loved the look of this skirt online but when I received it I was not 100%.  I love the colour and the style but I don't know it sort of lacks something.....I just don't know what!  I think I am returning this which is a shame as I really want a check mini skirt. 




Love this skirt.  I was not keen on houndstooth as it reminds me of old ladies but I actually think this is lovely and cannot imagine an old lady wearing it ha ha


Then when I was in Tesco a few days ago I saw this cushion and had to get it....its gorgeous and so soft and has a luxurious soft feeling.



This mirror was £2.99 in B&M Bargains....its really pretty.



Anyway hope you liked my haul :) 

Have a lovely weekend

Lisa-Jane
xx

Saturday, 1 November 2014

Style Inspiration - Jenna Coleman

Hiya


I am not a massive Doctor Who fan I mean I don't hate it but I am not someone who is an avid fan but I love to watch it to see what Clara wears!  I adore the lovely actress Jenna Coleman I love her style as Jenna and as Clara. I think Jenna is so pretty and petite.  She is adorable and naturally beautiful unlike a lot of the fake looking celebrities you see these days!



















I want to get a skirt like that! 





Who do you admire at the moment?

Lisa-Jane

xx