2017 was a weird for me blogwise. There were times were I enjoyed it more than anything and felt really driven to keep creating great content. Then there were time where I didn’t even want to think about blogging. Then there were the worst times of all, where I didn’t feel well enough to blog. Something that was new too me this year and not easy to deal with.

I think this last year I’ve produced some of my best content. There are so many outfit posts that I’m super proud of, and I really enjoyed doing my Week in Pictures posts in the summer. As for Blogmas, I just wasn’t feeling it this year. I needed up just enjoying the festive season without documenting it all and thats fine. I also have a whole month of Christmas posts planned which I can just use next year. I’m even thinking of writing and scheduling it super early this year so that I’m over prepared next December!

In March the blog will turn 6. Thats a long time to keep going with something and there have certainly been times this year when I’ve wondered about when to stop. Luckily I’m anywhere near that stage yet and I know I have a lot more blog posts left in me! I think it’s great to go into the new year with some goals and here are a few of mine.

ONE: I’d like to get back to taking regular outfit photos and sharing them both on here and on Instagram. It’s something I’ve always been pretty consistent at and I’ve fallen behind recently. I love getting creative with my clothes and having recently reorganised my wardrobe I have lots of ideas. I’m not a big fan of winter outfits, so I always fine it a bit harder at this time of year but there’s nothing wrong with a challenge!

TWO: I’d also really like to do more Week in Pictures posts. They’re the ones I love going back and reading. They’re easier to do in the school holidays, as I do m ore when the kids are off. I find it quite hard on normal weeks, because most of what I do is just work and cleaning! I do always try to do a couple of fun things though and I’m sure I can find a way to make it work. It might even encourage me to fit in more interesting stuff!

THREE: An important goal for me right now is to pace myself and one important goal for next year is to just stop when I need to. I can be quite hard on myself when I need a break, but its something I’m working on. First and foremost the blog is something I enjoy doing, so it should never become a burden.

FOUR: One of the most common bits of blogging advise I see is to write for yourself. This year I’d like to write more about everything. Yes I love fashion and baking, but also walking, music, doing stuff with the kids. The blog has always been a bit of a mash up of topics, and I’m hoping it will be even more so this year!

FIVE: Another goal I’d like to think about is looking back at old posts on the blog and some of the things I used to do, but don’t anymore. I know you used to love my charity shop hauls and I hardly do them now. In fact I’d like more vintage themed content in general as there’s not been nearly enough of that recently. Sometimes it’s great to go back to basics.

SIX: My last goal isn’t really a blog goal, but I thought I’d include it anyway. I’d like to start working harder on my Etsy again. I love selling pretty vintage things, I’ve been doing it far longer than I’ve been blogging and it’s something I enjoy massively. It also give me a good excuse to go out hunting for pretty vintage things, which I don’t do nearly enough anymore! So watch this space, the shop is going to get a lot better over the  next few months.

What are your goals for the next year. I have lots of personal ones that I might do a post on, if I get time. If you’re a long term reader or just a new arrival, I’d love to know what you’d like to see on the blog. What are your favourite types of posts and is there anything new you’d like me to try?

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This week I worked on a post for the Laura Ashley blog, with some of my favourite last minute Christmas stocking fillers. I’m a bit of a last minute shopper myself so I find gift guides really helpful. I picked some lovely pieces from Laura Ashley that would make great presents for friends and relatives.

I like gifts that can be used, so candles, make-up bags and scarfs are great choices. I love choosing pretty thanks with designs and patterns that suit the person I’m giving the gift to. Luckily Laura Ashley has lots of choice.

My first pick, is this lovely set of floral socks. I chose these ones because the colours are so pretty and the vintage style roses are gorgeous.

As I mentioned above, I love presents that people can use. Candles and reed diffusers make great gifts that can be enjoyed for months after Christmas. Laura Ashley has a wide range of fragrances to choose from. My favourite is the No1 scent 

A scarf is also a gorgeous gift, I love this floral vintage style one. I also really like some of Laura Ashley’s knitted and velvet scarfs, perfect for different occasions and outfits.

 I have absolutely loads of vintage jewellery and I really enjoy finding new ways to display it around the house. I love the adorable bird trinket dish and think it would make a charming stocking filler.  

For larger pieces of jewellery like brooches the heritage jewellery box would be perfect. Its like a lovely little treasure chest. This would be a lovely present with a little piece of jewellery inside as an extra thoughtful gift.  

Another lovely gift for someone with lots of trinkets, is an antique style glass trinket pot. This would look splendid on a dressing table and makes an excellent small Christmas gift.  

I often get purses and make up bags as stocking fillers. They are another gift that will always come in handy. There are lots of different prints, sizes and designs at Laura Ashley. I chose the Highland Heather print, as I love the opulent winter colours. I think it mixes and matches really well with the velvet purse. These would make a gorgeous gift either together or separately.  

My final gift is the pretty Iona cup and saucer. This would be a great gift for a tea drinker and I really like the classic vintage look of this set. There are lots of lovely tea sets to choose from at Laura Ashley. If the person you’re buying for prefers coffee, a ceramic take away coffee cup would be a lovely present too.  

To get in time for Christmas, visit a Laura Ashley shop. You can find the full list here. If you’re looking for something nice for yourself, the Laura Ashley sale is in full swing.

Have you still got gifts to buy, or are you wrapped and ready to go?

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At the beginning of the month I was completely ready to get into Blogmas and keep the posts coming all month. It was all going so well for the first few and then I had to stop. I did have quite a lot planned for Blogmas, so I’m going to try to pick up where I left off. I may even manage more than one post a day. We’ll see!

This time of year is so incredibly busy, especially for the kids. It feels like there’s been something happening school nearly every day. Luckily I think all the fairs, discos, concerts etc are all done now and I have a couple of days before they break up to get caught up.

This week I’ve had lots of writing deadlines for magazines and other things I write for. I usually try not to leave it all to the last minute, but December is crazy and I’ve ended up with a lot to do all at once! Luckily I love what I do, so despite being a bit stressful it all OK!

Both Rob and I both have birthdays in December, so there’s already been lots of presents and celebrating in our house. I’ve only just taken all our birthday cards down and started to put the Christmas cards up!

Other than lots of work, birthday celebrations and being a mum, I’ve managed to get most of my shopping done now, apart from a few last minutes things that I still need to get. I’m feeling very grateful for my Amazon Prime right now!

Hopefully normal activity will resume tomorrow, I have a few posts I really want to share with you before Christmas is over. I hope you are all feeling festive and looking forward to the big day. I have friends who are working over Christmas and if you are too, I just want you to know you are appreciated!

The pictures in this post were taken at Petersham Nurseries lovely Covent Garden shop. I popped in their earlier to look at all the lovely things. It’s well worth a visit if you’re in London. I already love their gorgeous site in Petersham.

In other news, I would love it if you could check out my latest blog sponsor. The Vintage New Year’s Party is a fabulous vintage celebration on the South Bank. Check out the website here.

Things are getting very festive in my house at the moment. The tree is up, the cupboards are stocked with tasty treats and the Elf on the Shelf is getting up to lots of mischief. It’s definitely time to start mixing up seasonal cocktails! Eggnog is the ultimate winter cocktail, it takes a little while to make, but the results are definitely worth it. I found this recipe in a 1960s recipe book and I absolutely love it.

Eggnog Recipe

You will need:

2 eggs

2 tbsp sugar

1 part whisky

1 part dark rum

1 part brandy

2 parts milk

2 parts thick cream

A pinch of ground cloves

A pinch of ground nutmeg

Eggnog Recipe

  1. Separate the eggs into two separate bowls
  2. Beat the egg yolks until smooth and add half the sugar.
  3. Add the whisky rum and brandy to the yolks, while stirring continuously.
  4. Set the yolk mixture aside and beat the egg whites until stiff, while adding the rest of the sugar.
  5. Stir the milk and cream into the yolk mixture.
  6. Fold the stiff egg whites into the yolk mixture.
  7. Spoon into glasses and sprinkle with the ground cloves and nutmeg.

What are your favourite winter drinks? Look out for more recipes over the next few days.

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One of the things I have enjoyed most since I got into vintage, would have to be the social side. I love going to new events and meeting new people. There is nothing more fun than immersing myself in times gone by. I adore getting dressed up, curling my hair and putting on my make-up. Choosing an outfit that fits an era from the past, while still being totally me. Vintage themed events are the perfect place to do this. Whether you’re a vintage pro, or new to wearing vintage, or someone who just wants to do something a bit different for a special occasion going vintage is so much fun.  

A Vintage New Year's Eve Party

For the last few years, there has been one News Years event that has really stood out from the vintage crowd. An event that brings together everything I love about vintage. From retro fashion to learning new dance moves and enjoying a whole range of musical styles.  The ultimate place to see in the new year vintage style would have to be A Vintage New Year’s Eve Party curated by Hemingway Design. For one night only The Royal Festival Hall is transformed into a vintage wonderland with 5 floors of glamour, music and dancing.  

A Vintage New Year's Eve PartyIn recent years the Hemingways have brought us some of the best vintage events on the scene, from the amazing Classic Car Boot Sale to Vintage by the Sea. Their New Years festivities are the ultimate event for those of us with our heads in the past, allowing us to see in the new year across the whole of the 20th Century. I’ve loved other Hemingway events I’ve been to over the years and this one is definitely right up my street, especially because my love of vintage spans across lots of different eras and musical styles.  

A Vintage New Year's Eve PartyThe event includes vintage night clubs, dining, a vintage hair and beauty salon. One of the biggest highlights of the night would have to be the opportunity to have an incredible close up view of London’s spectacular firework display from The Royal Festival Halls terrace.  

A Vintage New Year's Eve PartyFrom past experience of their events, you can expect the very best entertainment and wonderfully organised details. Past reviews of their New Years event have always been excellent. What a fabulous excuse to get completely dressed up in your finest vintage attire and disappear into the past with your friends for a few hours. The event brings you not one party, but several. There is definitely something there for all tastes, whether you love rock n roll or disco, tropical tunes or big band ballads. So what can expect at A Vintage New Year’s Eve Party? 

A Vintage New Year's Eve PartyIf your favourite vintage era is the 20s, 30s or 40s The Torch Club is the place to be. The club will feature a big band from Alex Meedham and his 18 piece orchestra. There will also be original vinyl spun by DJ Daddy Rich and for those of you who need to polish up your vintage dance moves Mark & Hoc will be there to talk you through some dance steps. This is the perfect opportunity to bring out your inner flapper in a beaded dress or channel some old Hollywood glamour, don’t forget your red lipstick! 

A Vintage New Year's Eve Party

For fans of the 50, the Tiki Bar will be serving up colourful cocktails. Expect sambas and mambos, alongside hula girls limbo lancing. Tropical is the theme of the night. If you like to dress tiki-tastic and love tropical prints and bamboo jewellery then this is the one for you! 

For a more classic 50s night jive dance teacher Andrew Hall will be on hand to talk you through jive basics in Let it Rock, so there’ll be no excuse not to hit the dance floor. There will be plenty of American and early British rock n roll.

A Vintage New Year's Eve PartyBar Bonkers is a throwback to the 80s and 90s, with plenty of pop, rock and dance anthems, so you can party like it’s 1989. To top it off there will be musical bingo and karaoke. As much as I love to 40s and 50s for the fashion, I absolutely love the 80s and 90s for music, so this sounds right up my street! 

A Vintage New Year's Eve PartyI am also a huge fan of disco so The Studio sounds amazing too. This area will trace legendary disco club nights from the 70s and 80s, through to modern-day. Expect everything from funk and disco, to electro and Northern Soul. Put on your dancing shoes and show everyone your best moves! 

I think this is such a fabulous line up and an amazing way to see in the new year. The night is an amazing opportunity to put on your favourite vintage style outfit from any era and go back to years gone by without needing a time machine. I’ve enjoyed every Hemingway event I’ve been to. The fabulous organisation and attention to every detail make their events some of the very best. One of my favourite things is checking out what everyone else is wearing, as well as putting on something fabulous myself.  

Tickets for A Vintage New Year’s Eve Party are available here 

*This post was Kindly sponsored by The South Bank Centre. All opinions are my own.