Gift ideas (the Pug edition).

27.11.14

So we have had the mug edition, now it's time for the Pug edition!

I feel like I am such an easy person to buy presents for because, if in doubt, go down the Pug related paraphernalia route. The shops are full of products featuring dogs of the squished face variety so there's definitely plenty to choose from. Plus there are lots of quirky online brands on Etsy and Not on the High Street who offer unique items that you might not see on the high street.

Here's my guide on what to buy the Pug owner/enthusiast in your life.

P.S. Family and friends, I would be more than happy to receive any of the following ;)

one / two / three / four / five / six / seven / eight / nine / ten / eleven / twelve

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Our Save the Date cards: rustic DIY "tying the knot" cards.

26.11.14

Our Save the Date cards were posted out a few weeks ago so I thought I would share a few photos with you, as I was pretty pleased with how they turned out.

After toying with the idea with buying one of the designs in this blog post I decided to save a lot of money by going down the DIY route. After a bit lot of googling for inspiration I found this 'tying the knot' idea which we both loved. I wanted to find a design that was simple and easy to put together, so they were perfect!

The tricky bit was putting the Word document together and getting the alignment right. I had to do a few test prints to get it just-so. Once that was sorted out came the guillotene to chop the invites to size. One A4 sheet produced 3 invites but you could make a larger card if you wanted to.

Each strip was folded into three then I used a needle and the end of some scissors to pop small holes at either end. Some string (complete with a knot in the middle, of course!) completed the design. You could also use coloured string to match your wedding scheme, or twine.

I finished them off by wrapping gold raffia around each card and tying a bow.

I hope you like them. I was so pleased with how they turned out and got lots of nice comments about them. I am currently making our main invitations so I will share those once they're ready!

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Iconemesis: Gemma Correll Pug iPhone case.

20.11.14

I'm a big fan of Iconemesis and have had a couple of cases from them before. The designs are so quirky. When they offered to send me another case to add to my collection I didn't hesitate to say "yes please" when I saw the Pug design by Gemma Correll.

Anything Pug themed is always right up my street so this is no exception. It's super cute, sturdy and the best part is it's only £9.99 which I think is pretty good value, even for an old dinosaur of an iPhone like mine.

I'm deciding whether to upgrade to an iPhone 6 or 6plus, what do you think?

Pug pattern iPhone 4 case c/o Iconemesis
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Gift ideas under £10 (the mug edition).

16.11.14

If you're a tea or coffee drinker you will know the importance of having a varied mug selection and potentially even your own mug for work. After all, who wants to drink out of the same vessle that dozens of other people have had their lips round?!

If you're stuck for what to buy your 'Secret Santa' recipient you can't go far wrong with a mug in my eyes, the more comical the better.

Here's a round up of my favourite mugs to buy the hot drink enthusiast in your life, or, you know, the random guy in the office you're forced to buy for.


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Lily and Lola's letters to Santa.

15.11.14

Dear Doggy Santa,

It's Lily here. My mummy says I have been a good girl this year so I should write a letter to you.

I get very cold during the winter because I am only small and I get confused easily, especially when the ground is wet. It feels yucky on my feet and fur. I prefer staying in because my bed feels warm and cosy, especially when my mummy puts it near the radiator. When I do go out I like to feel safe in a harness and sometimes I like having a coat on over the top. The best kind of presents are the ones that keep me warm and dry.

I like treats (but not as much as my sister does). Please could I have something tasty to eat when I have been good like letting my mummy cut my nails? I don't let her do it very often so the treats will last me a long time!

Lots of love,
Lily xo


Dear Santa,

My name is Lola and I'm the best Pug ever.

I haven't been such a good girl but I'm so cute, can you forgive me? My mummy likes to dress me up as a reindeer which I don't mind so much, because I get lots of fuss (and fuss = treats) but I think it's time for a new look. A Pug has got to keep up with the trends you know. I would like a festive bow tie to wear over Christmas because I think it would make me look rather gorgeous. The Chihuahua round the corner would be so jealous!

I heard my mum talking about Pets at Home selling rocky road for dogs, which sounds like it would be very tasty. I promise I wouldn't eat the whole lot in one day.

Thanks a lot Santa!
Lola xo

P.S. I ate your carrot and mince pie, sorry about that.


All available at Pets at Home

* I have worked with Pets at Home to create Lily and Lola's Christmas wishlists in return for them receiving a few goodies under the tree.
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Going for the chop?! (again)...

10.11.14

My current obsession comes in the form of Julianne Hough who pops up on my Instagram feed from time to time as I follow the hairdressers in LA that she goes to. Not only is she beautiful with an amazing body but she has the cutest short hair-do!

The problem when you have hair that grows like weeds, like mine, is that the shall-I-chop-my-hair-off dilemma comes round all too quick. My hair has been super long, super short, and everything in between. When it's short I want it long, and vice versa. The grass is always greener, as they say! Earlier this year I had quite a big chop and found that I could style my hair really quickly and get lots of volume, something I struggle with once my hair goes past my shoulders.

Since going blonde again my hair has been pretty dry and it has always been knotty, making it a real pain to wash, dry and style. I love long hair on other people, when it is thick and luscious, but sadly that's never going to happen for me.

I am very tempted to go short again. What do you think? :)


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The Christmas Tag.

9.11.14

Borrowed from Becky

1) What is your favourite Christmas movie?
This is a tough one as I love so many, but I can narrow it down to one modern(ish) film and one old film. We watched It's A Wonderful Life for the first time a couple of years ago and fell in love with it. I cried and cried and felt like my whole perspective on life had changed! Jingle All The Way is my other favourite. You can't beat a bit of Arnie and Turboman action!

2) Do you open your presents on Christmas Eve or Christmas morning?
Always Christmas morning. I don't think I have ever been allowed to open anything on Christmas Eve. Sometimes I sneakily open the odd present from work friends that are sitting under the tree calling my name!

3) Do you have a favourite Christmas memory?
When I was younger Christmas was always a two day event, where we spent Christmas Day at home and Boxing Day at my Auntie and Uncle's house. I have lots of happy memories of Christmas, especially from when my Grandma was still with us.

I have a funny memory (although I didn't find it so funny at the time) of playing charades in front of my family and I couldn't think of what to do. I accidentally let a little trump out, got embarrassed and ran away. My Uncle shouted "Gone With The Wind?" Mortified!


4) Favourite festive food?
I love pretty much any kind of festive food but Stollen is my favourite. I try not to buy it as it disappears immediately. Jonathan doesn't like it so I can't even share the calories!

5) Favourite Christmas gift?
I have received so many lovely gifts but I remember my Dad surprising me and my sister with a swing and slide set in the garden one year which was pretty exciting!

6) Favourite Christmas scent?
Tough question! I love burning candles all year round but at Christmas all of the amazing cinnamon, mulled wine, pumpkin-y scents come out and fill the house with a lovely, rich, warm smell. One of my favourite candles is Yankee Candle's "Merry Marshmallow".

7) Do you have any Christmas Eve traditions?
Our Christmas Eve plans tend to change every year. When I lived at home it would be relaxing in front of the telly with my sister and parents, probably begging to open one present early (ha!) But now Jonathan and I seem to either have friends or family round to our house for games and food, or Jonathan goes to the pub and I spend the day at my parents house getting under my mum's feet! Hopefully when we have our own little family we can start some new traditions of our own.


8) What tops your tree?
Sadly, nothing! We are still on the hunt for something worthy enough to top our tree.

9) As a kid what was the one (crazy, wild, extravagent) gift you always asked for but never received?
I must have always been fairly sensible as I can't think of anything! When I was little we had 6 dogs, 3 cats, and a host of budgies, guinea pigs, mice, you name it - so I never needed to ask for a pet. Me and my sister had to put a Dreamphone on our lists a couple of years running as they sold out and my mum couldn't get one anywhere. She had a "Jingle All The Way" moment where she asked for one in a toy shop and got laughed at!

10) What's the best part about Christmas for you?
Seeing family that you haven't seen for a while, having some time off from work and generally feeling happy and content with lots of food and drink!

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(a much needed) 5 good things.

7.11.14

I haven't done one of these posts in aaaages (June to be precise - oops!) so I figured it was about time, considering the chaotic past couple of weeks I have had. I got my first cold in forever, followed by a bout of food poisoning which left me feeling completely drained and gross, on top of lots of wedding planning worry and general anxiety. Delightful!

I have found it easy to think of good things because we have so many exciting things going on at the moment, even though it can be easy to let the doom and gloom take over sometimes.

1) I am getting married! Duh - point out the obvious, but what I mean is although it feels overwhelming at times and stressful most of the time, it's also very exciting. Someone wants to spend the rest of time with me which either makes them mad or makes me pretty brilliant.

2) The cold weather. Yes the dark mornings and dark nights suck. I can't walk the dogs without my fingers falling off. And I have to wrestle Lily and Lola out of the door when all they want to do is hibernate. But the Christmas gifts are in the shops, hot chocolate is in the cupboard, all of my favourite clothes are my jumpers and coats, and there's not much that can beat snuggling up under a blanket on the sofa in front of a film.

3) Parcel/letter swapping. I recently started to do this with a few people and it is so much fun. I treated myself to some fancy writing paper, postcards and even a wax seal kit and have been enjoying take the time to put pen to paper (even if it does hurt my hand to write for more than two seconds - does anyone else find that?!) The news that a big Paperchase shop is opening near my work is both very good and very, very bad as I will no doubt spend all my wages in there.


4) Cinema plans for the weekend. We are finally getting round to seeing Gone Girl! I enjoyed the book, apart from being a tad frustrated by the ending, so I am intrigued to see how good the film is. We are also looking forward to seeing Interstellar at the IMAX soon and the next Hunger Games installment when it comes out.

5) New hobbies. I recently ordered a papercutting kit which has been keeping me out of mischief. It is incredibly difficult and, being as clumsy as I am, I live in fear of chopping a finger off but I hope with a bit more practice I can complete some pretty projects.

What are your good things of the moment?

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