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Winter sun wishing

Today I wanted to have a word about package holidays. I’m sure there are a lot of people who know me who would perhaps consider me ‘snobby’ about package holidays. This is not in fact true. The only reason we haven’t been on a package holiday is because we usually want to go to long-haul destinations not usually included in a package deal.

But lately, as money has been tighter and we’ve been desperate to get away for some winter sun, I have been browsing package holidays as a cheaper alternative to our usual ways of travelling. I have to admit that I’m generally astonished at how cheaply you can get away. My sister recently returned from an all-inclusive week in Ibiza that cost her less than £200. That just blows my mind.

When I was little we went on holiday to Tenerife several times and I have nothing but happy memories of hanging out by the pool and gorging on ice-cream all day long. (I managed to dig through my mum’s old photo albums and find some terribly embarrassing photos of me on holiday in Tenerife as a child).

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I know the idea of this wouldn’t sit very well with Nick though as he much prefers to be active and go exploring so I’ve been looking on First Choice for ideas to make a package holiday to Tenerife a little more ‘us’.

My first suggestion to him would definitely be a trip up Mount Teide. It’s the highest mountain in Spain and an active volcano. You can even go at sunset where a guide will point out all the constellations for you once the stars emerge.

Mount Teide, Tenerife

My second suggestion would be La Garajonay National Park which is actually located on the tiny neighbouring island of La Gomera. With it’s lush forests and rocky peaks it looks a million miles away from the images of a tourist-packed beach you usually see of Tenerife. (Seriously, look at these Pinterest photos)

La Garajonay National Park

Our next stop would be Garachico back on mainland Tenerife for a taste of the traditional. I know Nick would enjoy the cobbled streets and colonial houses but the main draw for him would be the natural pools overlooking the sea.

Garachico

If all else fails, I know I could sway him with a trip to Siam Park. There’s nothing Nick loves more than a waterpark, especially when there’s a lazy river that goes through an aquarium tunnel. According to the website, it’s the biggest lazy river in the world! It was even included in CNN’s round-up of the 12 best waterparks in the world. He’s so going to be sold on this!

Siam Park Tenerife

*The link in this post was contributed by First Choice
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A birthday party at Farmer Palmer’s

On Saturday our goddaughter Lexi turned 2. We were invited to a birthday party at Farmer Palmer’s to celebrate. This birthday party was extra special to us as we unfortunately missed her first birthday party as Huxley was still in intensive care this time last year. Lauren & Ben very kindly came to visit me in hospital with a massive care package of sausage rolls and cake so I didn’t totally miss out but it definitely wasn’t the same as being there in person. Hux & Lexi were very nearly birthday buddies as his due date was originally the same day!

We’d never been to Farmer Palmer’s before but had heard a lot about it and were really excited to go. Nick’s sister Neile was invited with Elsie & Hadley and our friends Kat & Lucy were there too. We went on a giant bouncy castle, had a ride on a tractor, stroked a calf, brushed a pony, saw pigs, sheep & guinea pigs, ran around the soft play and gorged ourselves on pizza and cake. It was perfect.

To be honest, we missed quite a lot of things there as we were too busy eating for the most part and Huxley was pooped after 2 hours so we’ll definitely have to go back.

Lexi3Lexi2Lexi1Lexi4Lexi6Lexi7Lexi8Huxley cracks me up in this picture. This is literally me everyday when I try and give him a cuddle. He just won’t sit still.

Lexi9Lexi10Hahaha I promise he was having a nice time! God knows what he was so cross about!

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Christmas party outfit planning

It’s November next week, that means it’s safe to mention Christmas now right?

I have been drooling over Christmas party dresses for a little while now. Unfortunately for me, being self-employed means that I won’t have a party to wear them to but a girl can dream! (Although I did see some talk on Twitter of a Bournemouth bloggers Christmas party?!)

Christmas parties always bring out the girly side of me. Day-to-day I’m a pretty standard jeans, t-shirt and trainers girl with scruffy hair and very little make-up but there’s something about the festive season that makes me want to get dressed up, master the smokey eye and the beehive that I’ve wanted to learn to do for years, stick my Louboutins on and dance the night away. To be honest, I haven’t been to a proper Christmas party in years and I think it would be so much more fun now. It’s amazing how much less I care what people think as I’ve gotten older. That old adage ‘dance like no-one is watching’? I’d be all over that. Maybe a bit too much. Oh well, everyone else will be smashed! (I don’t drink)

When I heard about Watches of Switzerland I was over the moon to have an excuse to waste spend some time on my favourite website, Polyvore, without Nick breathing down my neck. (Seriously, he’s like the strictest life boss ever). They’ve got some seriously dreamy brands like Cartier, Chanel, Jaeger LeCoultre, Piaget & Rolex so I thought it would be fun to incorporate them into some glitzy outfits just in time for Christmas party season.

 

Christmas party outfit with Watches of Switzerland

Dress: Ted Baker | Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Watch: Piaget | Earrings: Ernest Jones

How incredibly fabulous is this dress?? Whack a bit of red lipstick on and a good old smokey eye and you’ll be a show stopper for sure. I love that the Louboutins add another ombre edge to this dress with the satin matching the middle tones of the dress and the soles matching the bottom. This is going to look amazing with a messy beehive to show off those stunning earrings. I thought this dress would be best paired with a simple, understated but classy watch – the kind you could easily imagine Audrey Hepburn wearing to breakfast at Tiffanys.

 

'Snow Queen' Christmas party outfit with Watches of Switzerland

Dress: Oasis | Shoes: Steve Madden | Watch: A. Lange & Sohne | Tiara: Debenhams

This look instantly conjured up images of a snow queen in my head. I’m thinking dark tumbling hair, pale flawless skin with rosy pink cheeks and minimal make-up. I love the touches of gold in the watch to lift the outfit and the pearlescent face matches the dress perfectly.

 

Navy Christmas party outfit with Watches of Switzerland

Dress: Coast | Shoes: New Look | Watch: Raymond Weil | Necklace: Ernest Jones

Doesn’t this dress just scream Nigella? She would look SO amazing in this. This beautifully deep shade of blue would look so lovely on a blonde too. I can imagine Cate Blanchett looking utterly gorgeous in this colour. I love that the necklace would subtly make a feature of your collarbones too. I love the simplicity of this classic watch with the outfit too.

Now I just need a party to go to *sob*. Maybe Nick & I can throw our own self-employed party at Wagamamas or something?!?

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