I’m definitely getting into the Christmas spirit now. I bought my tree at the weekend, though we can’t find the decorations so it’s naked in the living room. Now I’ve gone all festive on my nails with this little Christmas lights design.
I can’t claim credit for designing this one myself, I came across it on Pinterest. The tutorial I saw used black thread which seemed a little over complicated to me so I just painted the line with a little brush.
Just noticed today’s ShareAdvent is spread some cheer, think these nails fall into that category.
Christmas Lights – Coldplay
Honeyblood are female duo from Glasgow, obviously I’m going to love them. The pair, Shona McVicar and Stina Tweedale, met through the close knit Glasgow music scene while both were in other bands. They decided life would be better without boys and Honeyblood was born.
Their tracks are firmly rooted in the indie category with their first EP, Thift Shop, literally recorded on a 4 track tape recorder in their bathroom. Not surprisingly is echoey and tinny but the songwriting comes through evoking a range of emotions from hopefulness to ferocious bitterness. Now signed up to Fat Cat records, they are recording their first album in Connecticut.
This is their first proper single, released last month. You can buy it here.There’s a real American sound to it with a hint of bands like The Breeders but it also reminds me if the Glasgow indie bands from the early 90′s. I’m also slightly in love with the b side, kissing on you.
I kicked of the festive party season with a little girls night in last weekend. I was offered a cocktail night in my own home, or a friends in my case, from Social and Cocktail, how could I say no?
I love these guys they bring a bar, lots of booze and everything they could need to make a selection of yummy cocktails. You may have seen my excited instagrams on the night.
We had such a laugh with our bar tender Evan, banter and alcohol are a good combination. He is great bar tender too mixing up some truely delicious cocktails.
We had the classic French martini to start with and moved on the Brazilian caipirinha. Caiprinha’s are basically cachaca a Brazilian spirit, sugar and soda, they’re strong but good.
We had four cocktails each, with a raspberry mojito and raspberry ripple finishing things off. I’m not a massive fan of mojito’s but really enjoyed this non traditional one. Similarly I’m not a massive fan of creamy cocktails but the raspberry ripple tasted like angle delight, do you guys remember that? And I enjoyed licking the sprinkles off the glass.
Evan mixed up a couple of yummy non alcoholic cocktails for my sober friend Emma. I got an extra little raspberry daiquiri as host, my new fav cocktail!
It was a brilliant night and worth noting the place was spotless when the guys left. Professional cocktails and no cleaning up, what else could you want in a party.
Don’t you want me Baby – Human League
I’ve not posted a wishlist in ages and since it’s nearly Christmas (and my birthday) I thought it was about time for another one, hint hint.
There’s a few classics I’ve been wanting forever but never seem to pick up, camel coat, leather trousers. A few big tends this season, fedora hat, tartan crop top. A few because they are so pretty, brocade and lace. The rest? Just because I love them.
Maybe some will turn up in my stocking. Happy Friday everyone, I’m hoping for an early finish so I can make my work Christmas lunch.
All I Want for Christmas is you – Mariah Carey
Today’s #ShareAdvent is all about wreaths. I really want to make my own this year so if course my first stop was Pinterest for some ideas and DIY’s.
I found three styles that a really love. I’m not organised enough to have researched and made my wreath by the 4th December, I plan to make mine this weekend. Now just to decide which one.
The first one is my favourite but I’m not convinced it will survive our dramatic weather. The second is gorgeous but given my busy life these days I think I may end up opting for the third as it seems simplest.
Which do you like best?
It’s Begining to Look a lot like Christmas
So I missed the #ShareAdvent tag yesterday as I’m rubbish. The prompt was write a letter and send it, so here’s my letter
Thank you for taking good care of my bother, sister in law and most importantly my gorgeous niece for the last year and a half. I hear you are having some pretty fabulous weather just now, so I thought I’d pop over and help you take care of them.
See you on the 31st December, just in time for my birthday.
That seamlessly links to today #ShareAdvent dance like nobody is watching, only I don’t care if anyone is watching as I do my happy dance around the office.
Down Under – Men at Work
This year I’m planning on joining in with Skin and Blister’s #ShareAdvent. She has provided a prompt for each day in the run up to Christmas Day. You can join in by blogging, tweeting or instagraming.
Today’s prompt is Joy to the World, a classic Christmas carol. It doesn’t really seem fitting today though following the tragedy in Glasgow this weekend. I’m sure you will have all heard by now about the helicopter crash which has killed 9 people and seriously injured 14.
I was shocked as I’m sure everyone was when I heard the news on Friday evening. It is like a scene from a movie not something that happens in my home city. It struck me even more given I pass that pub on a regular basis when travelling to work. I can’t begin to imagine how those directly effected by this are feeling.
But just when things seems senseless and hopeless, there are gestures that remind us of the courage and selflessness of human nature. Reports of people running to the scene rather than away from it to help, a ‘human chain’ carrying people from the building to safety and Glasgow TOA taxis offering to take families and friends to hospital free of charge to visit those injured. Glasgow is living up to its reputation of being not only strong but protective and kind.
So we may not be celebrating but there is still cause to take pride in the strength of human spirit. How very fitting at this time if year.
Joy to the World