Winter Favourites

I’ll be sure to bring back monthly favourites in 2017 as they’re so much fun to write! It’s really nice take a moment and appreciate the things you’ve purchased over the month, as well as note the little things and people that have brought some happiness.

Here are some things I’ve loved this Winter so far.

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Breathe Magazine
This is a fantastic magazine. It’s full of wonderful articles on mindfulness, wellbeing, living, creativity and escapism. It’s a very new publication which started a few months ago (they have only just released the 3rd issue). It’s a bit pricey at £5.99 per magazine but it’s full of so much goodness. When you read through the pages you can instantly tell so much time and effort has gone into creating a fully informed, creative and beautiful magazine. There are creativity pages for relaxation or to simply learn a new skill i.e origami or letter writing. In all 3 issues so far they have provided a little notebook like a gratitude journal and colouring book. There’s how to’s on organisation, how to stay present at work, music to listen to, healthy recipes and real life stories to manifest change for you! I can’t rave about this magazine enough. I don’t buy any others now! Whenever I feel lost or sad but don’t want to delve into a book, I head straight for my Breathe magazine collection, pick out one and turn the page at random to find exactly what I’m looking for.

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Westworld
I absolutely loved the first series of Westworld but will admit, it was so confusing! I didn’t know what was going on half the time but the last three episodes made up for it massively. I think it’s great how they delved straight into the idea of what it means to be human and have consciousness. It’s full of shocks, twists and turns you don’t see coming. If you were on the fence about it, I would highly recommend watching for sure. Now I know how this series ends, there are clues that apparently were hiding in plain sight so I will be having a second viewing in the new year. We have time… the next series won’t be out until 2018!

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The Universe Has Your Back
I recently signed back up to FMTV and one of its founders posted this book as a must-read. In my time off, I thought “well why not?!” and purchased it in a bid to really try anything to get me out of my current funk. My faith and beliefs have recently been very important to me. I’m open to spirituality but am determined to find my own path, my own way and not be influenced. So the sceptic in me went into full gear when I read the first few pages of Gabrielle Bernstein’s book… I set it aside and didn’t pick it back up for a few days. I then had a night to myself and was drawn to it again and set an intention to read more this time… I did and now I can’t put it down! It’s all about opening yourself up to the Universe and knowing that it has your back (clue is in the title!) Fear is a main driving force in everything you do but you can choose how to perceive every situation in your life and I now choose to see the positive and be very self-aware of when negativity sets in.

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Rachel Brathen aka Yoga Girl
I am loving Rachel lately more than ever! I mean I’ve loved her for well over a year now but this Winter she has been up to so much! She is expecting a little baby girl in February; I love her pregnancy yoga routines and candid Instagram posts on how impending motherhood is so scary but incredibly exciting. She’s raw and intimate in so many ways, it’s beautiful to witness. Not only is she creating life but her and her husband have also been developing a brand new yoga studio in Aruba, travelled around the world to teach yoga to thousands of people and take care of many non-profit charities. I mean… she’s an amazing business woman! Where does she find the time?! She’s my inspiration and her mantra “Yoga Every Damn Day” rings in my ears whenever I step on to my mat! 

Not many actual items have come into my life worth discussing these past few months but I can’t wait to do my ‘What I Got For Christmas’ post again this year! Not long to go now!

Katie ❀

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Christmas Tag | Part 2

What is your all-time favorite holiday food/sweet treat?
That is a tough choice! I love Mince Pies or Christmas Cake or Pudding… then what about After Eights, Cheese and Grapes… I can’t pick a favourite!

Be honest: do you like giving gifts or receiving gifts better?
Honestly… receiving them! I KNOW THAT SOUNDS SO BAD but honestly my family knows I’m terrible at buying presents. I’m really trying to get better!

What is the best Christmas gift you’ve ever received?
Ooooo this is a real tough one. I’ve been really lucky my whole life with so many special gifts. My parents got me a telescope once and I LOVED it and I remember one year me and my sister got a new Playstation and that was epic but truthfully… I’m just looking back on old photos and the greatest Christmas gifts are the memories made with my family. The presents will fade and deteriorate but the videos and photos live on forever.

Are you a pro-present wrapper, or do you fail miserably?
I absolutely fail miserably at wrapping. I’m hopeless!

Most memorable Holiday moment?
I have so many as they’re all on tape somewhere but my favourite moments were waking up on Christmas morning, our stockings being full but not waking all night and presents being right there! It was absolutely magical!

What made you realize the truth about Santa?
The sad moment is all caught on video. I think I was about 10 years old when I kind of had an inkling he wasn’t real but always denied that he couldn’t be. (My parents played the game so well for so long!) One morning, there was a toy Father Christmas attached to a piece of string in my stocking and I was curious what to do with him and then my Dad went “look you go like this” and bounced him and he started singing or something like that. I then looked at him and thought… “how could you know that…?!” It hit me. You literally see the cogs going in my brain. I wasn’t sad though, just more like… “wow, after all this time”. I sooooo miss that magic! I’d give anything to go back for just one more Christmas morning.

Do you make New Years resolutions? Do you stick to them?
Yes! I write them every year and I think I do pretty well. I ticked off most from 2016 and it’s so satisfying. I can’t wait to let you all know mine for 2017!

Katie ❀

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Christmas Tag | Part 1

Only 10 days to go before Christmas Day!

I have so much to do and buy still; the month has just flown by! I must admit, I’m running out of ideas for some posts, so I’m having to draw inspiration from other bloggers out there! I saw this great Christmas Tag post on Ciara’s Ramblings blog and thought I would split it out into 2 parts!

What is your favourite Christmas film?
Home Alone. I watch it every Christmas without fail!

Have you ever had a White Christmas?
I’m sure I have had a White Christmas when I was really little but in recent memory… no. We live in the South of England, so snow usually hits us is more in February time.

Where do you usually spend your holiday?
With our families either in Southampton or Kent. For the last few years we’ve been split between the both. This year we’ll be having Christmas Day at my parents, Boxing Day with Joels and then a few days in Kent with my extended family. It’s not Christmas without seeing them all and having our yearly games competitions!

What is your favourite Christmas song?
The Christmas Song by Nat King Cole

Do you open any presents on Christmas Eve?
No, we’ve never opened any the night before Christmas! My sister and I had stockings each that were filled with presents by Father Christmas (😉), so when we woke up on Christmas Day they’d be all full. We’d then take them to my parents room and open them all first thing in the morning on their bed. That was such a special time in my life and I can’t wait to do the same for my own children one day.

Can you name all of Santa’s reindeer?
Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixin, Rudolph, Donner, Blitzen…? I really should know them all by now! (That list is definitely not right! haha!)

What holiday traditions are you looking forward to most this year?
When we open presents, we take it in turns so we can see what everyone has received. Joel was so shocked by this at his first Christmas with me! It made me realise it’s a real ‘Winch Tradition’ that we have to do every year.

Is your Christmas tree real or fake?
Our Christmas tree is fake and my Mum & Dad’s from years ago!

What makes the holidays special for you?
Family. The art of gratitude. The magic of Father Christmas. The excitement on our nieces and little cousins faces when they get something they really treasured. General time out, to take a few days to a week with no work or commitments and just eat, drink, chat and sleep. You really start to think about the end of the year and your goals for the next one. My Christmas’ are always full of so much love and magic. I couldn’t be more blessed.

Katie ❀

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My Top 3 Places To Celebrate Christmas

Even though spending Christmastime at home with family is so lovely and nostalgic, there are places around the world that I would love to visit at this festive time of year! Either for their shopping or amazing views here are my top 3 places (in no particular order as they’re all amazing, of course) ♡

Salzburg, Austria
My parents recently visited Germany and Austria for a short Christmas getaway. Their pictures looked so stunning! The markets, views, architecture makes it the perfect backdrop to get really in the Christmasy mood.

New York, USA
The ultimate Christmas destination! I’d love to walk the streets of New York with it covered in more lights than usual and festive Christmas trees on every corner. To ice skate in Rockefeller Center again and drink Starbucks hot chocolate all day, every day would be a-mazing!

London, UK
With London only being an hour away on the train, we should have visited here already but as the weather has been a bit rubbish and now the mad rush before Christmas has begun, we feel the Christmas trip to this amazing city will have to wait another year. I’d definitely plan a day of shopping along Oxford Street and Convent Garden, a Harrods and Selfridges splurge, whilst taking in the amazing Christmas lights and London’s general beautifulness.

Katie ❀

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Christmas Gift Ideas

There are so many lovely gifts out there to spend on your loved ones and one of my favourite past times is surfing through the ‘Gift Finder’ app from notonthehighstreet.com to get inspiration!

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‘You Look Lovely Today’ Canvas Pouch
This bag is so lovely and a nice size to fit essential make up bits and bobs.

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Family Tree Personalised Papercut
These frames are so popular right now and make a lovely addition to a family home.

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Personalised Children’s Story Book
It’s so hard to find the right gifts for children, so a personalised book in their name you know will be something they treasure forever.

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Personalised Grey Herringbone Scarf
Scarfs are always an easy purchase as they’re an essential for a winter wardrobe! This one in particular looks nice and long and cosy.

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Personalised Gift Ring Dish
This dish is more a wedding gift but don’t forget to look outside the box! I’d personally love this as a joint Christmas gift.

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Personalised Tin With Bath Bombs
Bath Bombs are all the rage right now. Lush in particular are favourites of mine but these look so lovely and christmasy! Perhaps an easy Secret Santa present!

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Personalised Welly Boot Family Cushion
There is a frame in this design but I came across the cushion and thought it was so cute and different!

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Question A Day Five Year Journal
I bought one of these for myself last year and can officially say I have filled it out every day! It’s a great nostalgia gift that is perfect for those who promise to stick to it!

Katie ❀

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Winter Mood Board

I recently discovered the meaning of ‘Hygge’. It’s the danish concept of coziness created when enjoying good food, drinks and fireside times with friends and family. I believe this goes hand in hand with Christmastime and I’ve tried to draw inspiration from this in my Pinterest Winter Board. I love it as it’s filled with lovely Christmas decor and ideas. ♡

 

Katie ❀

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My Christmas Wish List

I love a wish list! I try and keep mine up to date throughout the year, so that it’s not a panic for my family when they want to buy some pressies. I find Pinterest is a great place to do this!

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2017 Appointment Wall Calendar
I’m in love with this calendar by Rifle Paper Co. It was in the sale on Black Friday and I may have already purchased it as a gift for myself! 😏 I’m determined to be super organised next year and not let stress and anxiety overwhelm me ever again.

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Poetic Blooms Stud Earrings
These earrings are absolutely beautiful! My mum and I went in to Pandora a few weeks ago and we found these beauties and I fell in love with them. Would love love love these!

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Eat Smart by Niomi Smart
Niomi Smart’s new cookbook looks so great. I’m very tempted to go vegan after having fertility and stress struggles, just to try it and see if I feel healthier in body and mind. She always looks glowing and happy. The recipes look easy to make and not many ingredients will need to be sourced online. For me, I prefer cooking by following a cookbook so this is definitely one I would use a lot.

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Clinique Moisture Surge
I pop in to see our local Clinique lady every so often. She is always so helpful and reassuring when it comes to what is important for your skin. She recommended 100% their Moisture Surge product. It nourishes your skin so deeply and is especially important in the winter months. They also have a Clinique wish list so that the husband can just walk in, let them know my email address and any products I’ve tried and loved are there for the picking.

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Beats Wireless Headphones & iPhone 7 Plus
Okay first of all, I am so not going to get these from anyone! 😂 They’re ridiculously expensive but look how cute they both are! I’ve wanted some Beats headphones for ages but these range up to around £300, so will still have to be a dream purchase of mine. I also would love a new iPhone plus in rose gold as well. There’s something about the bigger iPhones now that just look a lot better than the standard. Which I thought I would never say!

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HP Sprocket Mobile Photo Printer
I had just seen this in Zoella’s What’s in my Bag vlog and love it! I recently bought myself a new Erin Condren Life Planner and to be able to print and stick my own pictures in it would be amazing. I do have a polaroid though that I know I can use instead. That was great for our wedding but to have good quality photos printed as well would be a great purchase.

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Rosie for Autograph Eau du Parfum 
I absolutely love this perfume and had just run out, so would love a larger bottle to last me throughout the next year. It’s so light and fresh without smelling heavy and girly (if that makes sense?! 😄)

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Leaf Nature by Bellabeat
I’ve always liked the idea of having a Fitbit but my wrists are so small and I know I wouldn’t use it to it’s full potential by wearing it all the time. The Bellabeat health tracker is a sleep, activity and reproductive health monitor. It’s a smart piece of jewellery that can be worn as a necklace, bracelet or clipped to an item of clothing, which for me is a great idea!

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Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
I would love to live a more creative life. I’ve always loved art, photography and writing but fear has always kept me back. I know this book has helped others manifest a more creative life for themselves and I would love to join the club.

Katie ❀

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