Fairytale of New York

Two posts in one day! Shock horror, these ones are kinda time depend though so can’t wait till next week. My last top three, the bittersweet ones, including my absolute favourite Christmas songs, I’m a soppy soul.

I know your supposed to save the best for last but I can’t resist. My all time favourite Christmas song, in fact I’d listen to it all year round. ‘I built my dreams around you’ gets me everytime. Need I say more.

2000 miles from The Pretenders is a good 30 years old now but like any classic it is ageless. You may think this story of distant lovers is sad enough but it’s actually supposed to be for the band’s guitarist who died the year prior to release. There’s something touching about remembering him at Christmastime maybe there is a fuzzy ending for this one.

Last up is Coldplay the newest track I’ve featured I think. I know Chris Martin has a rep for being a bit of a bore but the boy does know how to write an emotion filled song. I remember hearing this for the first time in the Radio 1 Live Lounge. I was driving back to the office and it made me feel truely festive. Does he get the girl back though? The soppy me likes to think yes, what do you think?

The Feelings Here, That Only Comes, This Time of Year

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Yesterday I ventured into town to try and complete my Christmas shopping, I didn’t quite manage but I’m almost there. I was pretty lazy and didn’t make it in till late afternoon. It was lovely seeing the twinkly lights in all there glory in the dark afternoon.

The darkness is not good for photos, neither is the wall to wall shoppers mind you. We did find a quiet spot in beautiful Princes Square to get these. With the tree is the background too, well and truly full of Christmas spirit now.

Following my own tip and layered up again, this time with my boarding base layer. Seriously go buy one of these, you’ll never need a coat again. I’m sorry not sorry about the OTK a boots again, I promise I do still have other shoes, just none as perfect as these right now.

Are you all ready for Christmas?

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Jumper – H&M
Skort – Primark
OTK Boots – Dune @ Debenhams *
Bag – Primark
Bracelet – Thomas Sabo @ Joshua Jame Jewellery *

 

Wonderful Christmas Time – Paul McCartney & Wings

Happy Xmas (War is Over)

Today I’ve got my top three songs with a purpose, this was actually meant for last Monday but work got in the way. When John Lennon released a Christmas song there had to be a reason behind it. After years of various protests Lennon released this track in 1971, in the main as a protest to the Vietnam war. The song has become a classic. The sad thing is the video could have been made yesterday, seems like the characters have changed but the stories are the same.

Next up, the original Band Aid. The lyrics may be patronising, they may not have spent the money raised well and the new one may be surrounded with controversy (let’s not even get me started on how far down in my estimations Bob Geldof had fallen). This original though came from a good place and brought to the forefront of people minds what was happening in the world. It is the original charity single. It was also number one on the day I was born, so will always be special to me.

Lastly, to take the seriousness down a notch its Rage Against the Machine. I know weird one, but after it took the Christmas No 1 spot in the UK in 2009 it will always be a Christmas song to me. The year the British public said no to the latest money making Simon Cowell X Factor winner. It was the perfect track to make the point, I salute whoever thought up the idea. Oh and the band put on a free concert the following summer to say thanks, you don’t get that from Cowell.

Jack Frost Nipping at Your Nose

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Nipping at my nose indeed, and cheeks and ears. It was so cold I needed my overknee socks on under my OTK boots. Lucky I have these cute pink ones which match my skirt. Who says florals are just for summer.

It’s seems like all I wear these days are OTK boots, major style crush. I always like it when I can update my wardrobe with something old, ever thrifty me. This coat I found in the back of my wardrobe. It’s from my uni days a good 8/9 years ago, how many times have I told you if you keep something long enough it comes back into fashion.

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Coat – Topshop (old)
Skirt – Miss Pap
Boots – Kurt Geiger
Socks – Benneton
Clutch – DIY

The Christmas Song – Nat King Cole

And So This is Christmas

 

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Today it’s Save the Children’s Christmas Jumper day. I’ve not got round to getting a new one this year so I’m recycling last year’s. These are my favs for this year. The H&M one is top of my list but I think I might have to fight my sister for it. The Fairisle is a close second, does that count as a Christmas jumper?

Anyway, get your jumper on and text WOOLLY to 70050, do something good this festive season.

 

Happy Christmas (War Is Over) – John Lennon & Yoko Ono

Oh Christmas Tree

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Very late wed-nails-day today, these are hot of the press. So hot in fact there’s still some stray glitters on my fingertips.

I had to bring some Christmas cheer to my nails this week. I have a formal dinner on Friday though so couldn’t be too cheesy. Thankfully my dress is green so these subtle little Christmas trees will work fine.

I did these in the same way as my Barcelona nails, securing the glittering with a shellac top coat. They lasted two weeks last time so they may make it to christmas. If not I have another design at the ready.

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Oh Christmas Tree – Aretha Franklin

Step Into a Christmas

Ok so it’s the 8th December and we’re well on our way to Christmas. For the next three weeks new music monday will be all about the Christmas song.

It’s doubtful these songs will be new to you, but to mix it up a little I have three top threes for you. Hopefully featuring a least one you might not have heard.

Today is my top three Christmas party songs. First up in Elton John, with so many classic tunes there had to be a christmas tune somewhere. This is not just a great Christmas song but great song in itself, I dare you not to dance.

Second is The Waitresses. This one is a bit more unusual but one of my all time favourite Christmas tunes. The female lead rapping is unique for a Christmas tune. The lyrics are clever and the chorus catchy, oh and it has a happy ending.

Last up its gotta be one of those 70’s glam rock classics. For me it’s gotta be Slade, who really wants it to be christmas everyday Wizzard? The lyrics tell the story of everyone’s Christmas and I think must be ingrained into all our brains. I don’t know anyone that doesn’t like this track, except maybe those who work in retail and have to listen to it ten times a day all December!