Friday, 19 December 2014

Festive Week in Photos with Pentax K-S1.


When Ricoh Imaging challenged me to document a festive week in photos with the new Pentax K-S1, I was very excited. Christmas is such a photogenic time of year, and since I've always liked my photography I loved the idea of taking a new piece of kit for a spin. Needless to say, I was very impressed. Not only is the camera a fetching white/pink combo that matches my wardrobe far better than my usual black Canon, but the in-built 'effects' made for far more leisurely shooting and editing than I usually endure! The K-S1 is available from £599.99, and would make a wonderful gift for any photography enthusiast.

Fancy winning your very own K-S1 from Ricoh Imaging UK? Then why not check out the #ks1mas competition on Facebook.

Monday - Uni Christmas Meal
On Monday we had our Christmas meal with our friends at Bath Spa Student Union. It was a lovely, chilled night, with good food and even better company. It was the perfect way to celebrate with our friends before we parted ways for Christmas! By the end of the night the table looked wonderfully festive, covered in empty glasses and wreckage from crackers.

Tuesday - Festive Baking
In preparation for my festive afternoon tea with a few of my favourite bloggy ladies, I spent Tuesday in the kitchen. I made decadent raspberry cream cheese brownies, mince pies, and stacks upon stacks of gingerbread. By the end of the day the kitchen smelt incredible and I was covered from head to toe in flour. Baking is one of my favourite hobbies, but festive baking is even better!

Wednesday - Christmas Afternoon Tea
On Wednesday I hosted afternoon tea for Emily and the ladies from Bespoke Bride. We nibbled on homemade goodies, all washed down with bucks fizz and Christmas tea. Afterwards we headed down into town for the Christmas market. We found a stall selling the most thick, creamy hot chocolate, and sampled lots of amazing drinks and cheeses. It really felt like Christmas!

Thursday - Present Wrapping
Thursday was our last day in Bath, so I spent it packing and wrapping the last of my family's presents. This year I opted for fairly basic wrappings; brown paper tied up with striped twine, finished with little sprigs of felt holly. I love the final look, it feels so charmingly vintage!

Friday - Home for Christmas
On Thursday night we made the drive back to Cornwall, so Friday was spent settling in at my parents place, unpacking and admiring their gorgeous Christmas decorations! I love my parents house so much, and they always make it so beautiful for the festive season. In particular I love that they always have a giant real tree in their living room. Not only does it look spectacular, but it smells amazing too!

Saturday - Getting Crafty
On Saturday I dusted off my sister's little red sewing machine and did a bit of crafting. Not only did I finish off a few festive crafts, but I also got stuck in with my new Elsa cosplay. I've been asked to attend a Frozen singalong dressed as Elsa in January, so I figured in was the perfect excuse to remake one of my favourite characters! I've a fair bit more experience with costume making now than I did when I last attempted making her dress, and thus far it's looking much better than my last one!

Sunday - Birthday Mulled Wine
Sunday was my 22nd birthday, and after a day of celebrations we settled down in the kitchen and Grant taught me how to make his new mulled wine recipe, brimming with festive spices and fruit! It was the best mulled wine I'd ever tasted, and the perfect way to round off my special day.

Monday, 15 December 2014

I don't know about you, but I'm feeling 22.


I'm now 22 years old! Yesterday was my birthday, and for the first time in five years I celebrated it with my mum, dad, brother and sister. In the morning Grant and my brother made us all waffles for breakfast, then we went out to a cocktail bar/restaurant for lunch, then finally we went to see Mockingjay Part 1. Later that night we enjoyed lots of cheese and wine and I blew out the candles on my Frozen birthday cake! It was a wonderful day, and I felt so grateful to be able to share it with the people closest to me. Looking back, my 21st year was an undeniably good one; I really started tackling my anxiety head on, I've started working on two novel manuscripts that feel very promising, and my blog has just continued to grow. I can only hope that year 22 will be even more prosperous!

My 'birthday dress' was a delicate blush organza number from H&M, covered in subtle polka dots. I paired it with white tights and silver heels, with the finishing touch being a champagne bottle clutch my parents gave to me that morning. My other gifts included a Nutribullet, a Dolce perfume gift set, and lots of other goodies I'll be featuring in a vlog very soon.