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I'm getting in early with this, because tomorrow I'll be eating my body weight in Quality Streets surrounded by family, warmth and laughter.  Oh, and the smell of roast dinner of course!

So let me take this opportunity to wish you all a very Merry Christmas.  I hope you all have a restful few days, in good company with good food.  In fact, Christmas celebrations or not, I'm sending peace, love, positivity and good vibes your way.

Over the next week or so, Lorna, literally will be shut down for a revamp.  As ever, I'll still be keeping up with reading and watching my bloglovin and YouTube feeds but won't be posting anything myself until the overhaul is completed.  Stick with me because I'm excited to unveil my new look for the new year!

Season's Greetings!

24.12.15

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I'm getting in early with this, because tomorrow I'll be eating my body weight in Quality Streets surrounded by family, warmth and laughter.  Oh, and the smell of roast dinner of course!

So let me take this opportunity to wish you all a very Merry Christmas.  I hope you all have a restful few days, in good company with good food.  In fact, Christmas celebrations or not, I'm sending peace, love, positivity and good vibes your way.

Over the next week or so, Lorna, literally will be shut down for a revamp.  As ever, I'll still be keeping up with reading and watching my bloglovin and YouTube feeds but won't be posting anything myself until the overhaul is completed.  Stick with me because I'm excited to unveil my new look for the new year!
Do you remember my Christmas homewares post the other week?  I've slowly been buying bits and pieces to add a more festive touch to our home and the result is a much more Christmas-ready atmosphere!

We started off by revamping our tree.  We always go faux and while I've never really liked frosty looking ones before, this year I was hit by the urge to give it a go.  I wasn't sure if it'd just be a whim, so we tracked down this one from Asda which only cost £35.  We also went slightly more minimal on the decorations (a lot of my baubles didn't make the cut according to Nick!) and do you know what?  We love it.  It's surprisingly warm-toned for such a neutral colour palette and it's Nick's favourite tree we've had.

For general room decorations I also decorated our twig lights.  These sit in the corner of our living room all year round but this is the first time I've ever added to them.  Nick hates the baubles I've hung from the branches, but I love it!

Our wreath was from B&Q in their sale last year and the Christmas pudding door stop is from Sainsbury's.  It's totally not our usual Christmas style but certainly adds a little festive fun!  Now if only I could stop Dudley from thinking it's just a big ball for him to play with...

And finally on to our most recent addition and one I tend to overlook in the winter months.  Blossoming Gifts kindly gifted us their Cinnamon Spice bouquet and with its mix of roses, cinnamon sticks and red berries it's sitting pride of place on our coffee table.  I often think that flowers are more for summer, but the rich tones of this bouquet are perfect for the time of year.  These were a few days old when I managed to have enough light to photograph them, so they weren't looking as fresh as when they arrived!  They come in really sturdy packaging with a protective foam base to make sure they stay watered.  Delivery was prompt and it's one of the most beautiful bouquets I've received - I'd definitely recommend!  In fact, it was such a big bunch that I had enough to try out a pinterest-y look and add a sprig of leaves to my new vase.  It's a really clean look which I think I'll be recreating more often.  You can also get your hands on one of Blossoming Gifts' bouquets (minus their 'Flowers by Post' range!) with 33% off using the code BGIFTS33 - and you can still get delivery in time for Christmas if you use it today!
How do you add a Christmassy touch to your home?

At Home: Festive Cheer

23.12.15

Do you remember my Christmas homewares post the other week?  I've slowly been buying bits and pieces to add a more festive touch to our home and the result is a much more Christmas-ready atmosphere!

We started off by revamping our tree.  We always go faux and while I've never really liked frosty looking ones before, this year I was hit by the urge to give it a go.  I wasn't sure if it'd just be a whim, so we tracked down this one from Asda which only cost £35.  We also went slightly more minimal on the decorations (a lot of my baubles didn't make the cut according to Nick!) and do you know what?  We love it.  It's surprisingly warm-toned for such a neutral colour palette and it's Nick's favourite tree we've had.

For general room decorations I also decorated our twig lights.  These sit in the corner of our living room all year round but this is the first time I've ever added to them.  Nick hates the baubles I've hung from the branches, but I love it!

Our wreath was from B&Q in their sale last year and the Christmas pudding door stop is from Sainsbury's.  It's totally not our usual Christmas style but certainly adds a little festive fun!  Now if only I could stop Dudley from thinking it's just a big ball for him to play with...

And finally on to our most recent addition and one I tend to overlook in the winter months.  Blossoming Gifts kindly gifted us their Cinnamon Spice bouquet and with its mix of roses, cinnamon sticks and red berries it's sitting pride of place on our coffee table.  I often think that flowers are more for summer, but the rich tones of this bouquet are perfect for the time of year.  These were a few days old when I managed to have enough light to photograph them, so they weren't looking as fresh as when they arrived!  They come in really sturdy packaging with a protective foam base to make sure they stay watered.  Delivery was prompt and it's one of the most beautiful bouquets I've received - I'd definitely recommend!  In fact, it was such a big bunch that I had enough to try out a pinterest-y look and add a sprig of leaves to my new vase.  It's a really clean look which I think I'll be recreating more often.  You can also get your hands on one of Blossoming Gifts' bouquets (minus their 'Flowers by Post' range!) with 33% off using the code BGIFTS33 - and you can still get delivery in time for Christmas if you use it today!
How do you add a Christmassy touch to your home?
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Knitwear in winter is a no brainer.  And with the rise of the roll neck in full swing, not to mention luxe cashmere making a comeback, now's as good a time as any to talk knitwear care.

Let's start off with some of my top tips for looking after your knitwear...

Read the label | You're going to need the composition of your jumpers and cardigans if you're going to wash them properly.  Familiarise yourself with the different care labelling symbols to make sure you're washing at a suitable temperature.

Re-shape whilst damp | If your jumpers have a tendency to shrivel up slightly once washed, take the time to stretch them out slightly to get them back into shape.

Turn embellished jumpers inside out to wash | More on Christmas jumpers later, but they can tend to be pretty jazzy.  Flip them inside out before putting them in the washing machine to protect your other jumpers from snagging.

Use your radiators | I never put jumpers or cardigans into the tumble dryer and count that amongst the reason why (touch wood!) I'm yet to drastically shrink any of them.

Fold once dry | This is more important for wool or cashmere, but clothes hung on hangers for long periods of time can gradually lose their shape.  Keep your jumpers folded to avoid this!

It feels terribly middle-aged to admit that I've joined the Knitwear Care Club as set up by George at Asda.  At first, I was ready to write off the email but the promise of a care package packed with bobble removers, lint rollers and moth proof balls....please don't think less of me for saying I was eager to give it a go.  It's on its way to me, and I'm ready for bobble-free jumpers!

And now onto the Christmassy part of this!  Asda also offered me the chance to browse their knitwear range and pick a few items.  In the end I opted to get myself and my sisters a new Christmas jumper each - if you're looking for reasonably priced ones, they have a huge variety with something to suit every taste.

Have you got your jumper ready for Christmas day?

George At Asda Knitwear Care Club....And Some Pretty Snazzy Christmas Jumpers!

16.12.15

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Knitwear in winter is a no brainer.  And with the rise of the roll neck in full swing, not to mention luxe cashmere making a comeback, now's as good a time as any to talk knitwear care.

Let's start off with some of my top tips for looking after your knitwear...

Read the label | You're going to need the composition of your jumpers and cardigans if you're going to wash them properly.  Familiarise yourself with the different care labelling symbols to make sure you're washing at a suitable temperature.

Re-shape whilst damp | If your jumpers have a tendency to shrivel up slightly once washed, take the time to stretch them out slightly to get them back into shape.

Turn embellished jumpers inside out to wash | More on Christmas jumpers later, but they can tend to be pretty jazzy.  Flip them inside out before putting them in the washing machine to protect your other jumpers from snagging.

Use your radiators | I never put jumpers or cardigans into the tumble dryer and count that amongst the reason why (touch wood!) I'm yet to drastically shrink any of them.

Fold once dry | This is more important for wool or cashmere, but clothes hung on hangers for long periods of time can gradually lose their shape.  Keep your jumpers folded to avoid this!

It feels terribly middle-aged to admit that I've joined the Knitwear Care Club as set up by George at Asda.  At first, I was ready to write off the email but the promise of a care package packed with bobble removers, lint rollers and moth proof balls....please don't think less of me for saying I was eager to give it a go.  It's on its way to me, and I'm ready for bobble-free jumpers!

And now onto the Christmassy part of this!  Asda also offered me the chance to browse their knitwear range and pick a few items.  In the end I opted to get myself and my sisters a new Christmas jumper each - if you're looking for reasonably priced ones, they have a huge variety with something to suit every taste.

Have you got your jumper ready for Christmas day?
Let's finish things off with a little something for the fashion lovers amongst us.  I tend to ask for bigger clothing purchases for Christmas that I'd be reluctant to splash out on myself, such as coats or pricier shoes.  That said, you can find some really nice footwear for reasonable prices at H&M, just be aware that the quality isn't always top notch, in my opinion!

Like I mentioned in my last post, I recently spent a night at The Oracle indulging in a little personal shopping with Topshop.  They talked us through the winter trends; think mixed textures (faux fur, chain mail, metallics) with festive-friendly jewel tones.  I love adding in a leather skirt alongside more casual pieces for a more wearable look....it's a surprisingly versatile thing to own!

Buying clothes for someone is a bit of a personal thing, so if you're unsure of their tastes then stick with accessories.  You can't go wrong with monogrammed jewellery and Monica Vinader is one of the best for that.  Or go seasonal with your picks....who doesn't love unwrapping cosy scarves on Christmas day?!
Faux fur coat // £55
Boots // £29.99
Purse // £50
Leather skirt // £38
Metallic tee // £20
Coatigan // £68
Earrings // £17
Cami // £20
Hat // £17
Stan Smiths // £62

Hopefully these guides have helped give you some inspiration for last minute presents you may be stuck with.  Check out my beauty, books and stationery guides too....you should still be in time to place online orders and receive them before for the big day!

Gift guide: For Fashionistas

14.12.15

Let's finish things off with a little something for the fashion lovers amongst us.  I tend to ask for bigger clothing purchases for Christmas that I'd be reluctant to splash out on myself, such as coats or pricier shoes.  That said, you can find some really nice footwear for reasonable prices at H&M, just be aware that the quality isn't always top notch, in my opinion!

Like I mentioned in my last post, I recently spent a night at The Oracle indulging in a little personal shopping with Topshop.  They talked us through the winter trends; think mixed textures (faux fur, chain mail, metallics) with festive-friendly jewel tones.  I love adding in a leather skirt alongside more casual pieces for a more wearable look....it's a surprisingly versatile thing to own!

Buying clothes for someone is a bit of a personal thing, so if you're unsure of their tastes then stick with accessories.  You can't go wrong with monogrammed jewellery and Monica Vinader is one of the best for that.  Or go seasonal with your picks....who doesn't love unwrapping cosy scarves on Christmas day?!
Faux fur coat // £55
Boots // £29.99
Purse // £50
Leather skirt // £38
Metallic tee // £20
Coatigan // £68
Earrings // £17
Cami // £20
Hat // £17
Stan Smiths // £62

Hopefully these guides have helped give you some inspiration for last minute presents you may be stuck with.  Check out my beauty, books and stationery guides too....you should still be in time to place online orders and receive them before for the big day!
Ok, moving back into more standard gift guide territory here with my beauty choices.  There's nothing *too* budget here, as Christmas is a time to treat loved ones....and I don't think there's a better treat than an indulgent piece of make up!

That said, at the lower end of the scale there are a few bits from Kiko below - I was invited by The Oracle for a little late night shopping where Kiko gave us a rundown of their Christmas range.  The packaging is seriously luxe, well thought out and means most things would make an excellent last minute present.  The perfume I've linked smelt delicious, and the contour kit had the ideal greyish shadow shade.

Besides that, I say anything in red or gold packaging is a festive winner for sure.  The Clarins palette below has been on my wishlist for a few years now, and look no further than Charlotte Tilbury for the ultimate luxe gift.

Watch out for Monday's post featuring the final installment my gift guides.  We're rounding things off with fashion!
Kiko perfume // £29.90
Kiko contour kit // £19.90
MAC lip liner // £15

Gift Guide: For Beauty Junkies

11.12.15

Ok, moving back into more standard gift guide territory here with my beauty choices.  There's nothing *too* budget here, as Christmas is a time to treat loved ones....and I don't think there's a better treat than an indulgent piece of make up!

That said, at the lower end of the scale there are a few bits from Kiko below - I was invited by The Oracle for a little late night shopping where Kiko gave us a rundown of their Christmas range.  The packaging is seriously luxe, well thought out and means most things would make an excellent last minute present.  The perfume I've linked smelt delicious, and the contour kit had the ideal greyish shadow shade.

Besides that, I say anything in red or gold packaging is a festive winner for sure.  The Clarins palette below has been on my wishlist for a few years now, and look no further than Charlotte Tilbury for the ultimate luxe gift.

Watch out for Monday's post featuring the final installment my gift guides.  We're rounding things off with fashion!
Kiko perfume // £29.90
Kiko contour kit // £19.90
MAC lip liner // £15

I like to think that books are something I do well.  I read a fair bit and am always recommending to others....which is exactly what this post is about!  The books featured are all from Waterstones - not because this is sponsored or anything like that, but because you can buy books from all over the place and it seemed easier to link from the same site!

Below you'll find a range from coffee table books, to children's stories (The Story of the Little Mole.... is one of mine and Ella's favourites!), self-help guides as well as one of my favourite fiction novels that I read this year.  I'd love to know your thoughts if you have any of these already!
Dear Stranger // £14.99
How To Be Parisian // £16.99
Calm // £9.99
Letters Of Note // £30.00
Eat. Nourish. Glow // £16.99
A Man Called Ove // £7.99 

Gift Guide: For Book Worms

9.12.15

I like to think that books are something I do well.  I read a fair bit and am always recommending to others....which is exactly what this post is about!  The books featured are all from Waterstones - not because this is sponsored or anything like that, but because you can buy books from all over the place and it seemed easier to link from the same site!

Below you'll find a range from coffee table books, to children's stories (The Story of the Little Mole.... is one of mine and Ella's favourites!), self-help guides as well as one of my favourite fiction novels that I read this year.  I'd love to know your thoughts if you have any of these already!
Dear Stranger // £14.99
How To Be Parisian // £16.99
Calm // £9.99
Letters Of Note // £30.00
Eat. Nourish. Glow // £16.99
A Man Called Ove // £7.99 

This week I'm talking gifts and featuring a series of gift guides.  There'll be the usual beauty and fashion coming up, but also a few more posts tailored more towards lifestyle choices.  Starting off with stationery!

I love a good notebook and you'll see below that I've scoured the web for some of the best (Ohhdeer have a great range!), found 3 cute organisers and thrown in more general pens and pencils to boot.  From budget to luxe, there's something for every stationery lover.  Enjoy!


Black marble notebook // £4.95
Blue agate notebook // £3.00
White marble notebook // £6.00
Kate Spade gold pens // £20.00
Black pencil case // £4.50
Kate Spade pencils // £22.95
Mint journal // £15.00
Gold foil diary // £6.00
Calendar // £8.00
Gold pen // £24.95
Chrome pen // £11.95
Hippo paperclips // £7.50

Gift Guide: For Stationery Lovers

7.12.15

This week I'm talking gifts and featuring a series of gift guides.  There'll be the usual beauty and fashion coming up, but also a few more posts tailored more towards lifestyle choices.  Starting off with stationery!

I love a good notebook and you'll see below that I've scoured the web for some of the best (Ohhdeer have a great range!), found 3 cute organisers and thrown in more general pens and pencils to boot.  From budget to luxe, there's something for every stationery lover.  Enjoy!


Black marble notebook // £4.95
Blue agate notebook // £3.00
White marble notebook // £6.00
Kate Spade gold pens // £20.00
Black pencil case // £4.50
Kate Spade pencils // £22.95
Mint journal // £15.00
Gold foil diary // £6.00
Calendar // £8.00
Gold pen // £24.95
Chrome pen // £11.95
Hippo paperclips // £7.50
I'm kicking off my series of gift guides with the basics: gift wrap.  Depending on how flush I'm feeling, I like to invest a fair bit of time in my choice of wrapping paper and accessories to make sure everything's wrapped beautifully.  Here are my picks this year:

And now for some top tips when it comes to all things wrapping....

// Keep opened wrapping papers rolled up by slipping them inside an empty kitchen towel roll //
// Try to make any folds crisp and sharp for a really neat look //
// Never underestimate the impact of plain kraft paper.  Jazz it up with silver or gold pen patterns and coloured twine...old sheet music is another good shout! //
// Embellish, embellish, embellish!  I love gifts with wrapped in simple paper with added extras on top...click here, here and here for some inspiration // 
// If it's too awkward a shape to wrap, save yourself the headache and stick it in a gift bag //
// Don't leave scissors open on the floor next to you.  Trust me on this one, I've got the scar on my leg to prove it... //


Gift Wrap Guide

4.12.15

I'm kicking off my series of gift guides with the basics: gift wrap.  Depending on how flush I'm feeling, I like to invest a fair bit of time in my choice of wrapping paper and accessories to make sure everything's wrapped beautifully.  Here are my picks this year:

And now for some top tips when it comes to all things wrapping....

// Keep opened wrapping papers rolled up by slipping them inside an empty kitchen towel roll //
// Try to make any folds crisp and sharp for a really neat look //
// Never underestimate the impact of plain kraft paper.  Jazz it up with silver or gold pen patterns and coloured twine...old sheet music is another good shout! //
// Embellish, embellish, embellish!  I love gifts with wrapped in simple paper with added extras on top...click here, here and here for some inspiration // 
// If it's too awkward a shape to wrap, save yourself the headache and stick it in a gift bag //
// Don't leave scissors open on the floor next to you.  Trust me on this one, I've got the scar on my leg to prove it... //


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1 // Spend an evening wrapping presents listening to Christmas songs.
2 // Go out early for breakfast and shopping.
3 // Have our annual cheesy girlie Christmas dinner.
4 // Go for a late night walk with hot chocolate in flasks.
5 // Spend the day in Windsor.
6 // Make these.
7 // Have a sisters' Christmas movie night, wrapped up eating toasted marshmallows.
8 // Use Lush Yog Nog on Christmas Eve.
9 // Decorate the tree.
10 // Go Christmas shopping in Guildford with Lizzie.
11 // Go to Norwich.
12 // Make plans for New Year's Eve.
13 // Do a winter wardrobe clear out.
14 // Drink Baileys in front of the telly on Christmas day.
15 // Swap Christmas Eve goodie boxes with Nick.

December To Do List

2.12.15

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1 // Spend an evening wrapping presents listening to Christmas songs.
2 // Go out early for breakfast and shopping.
3 // Have our annual cheesy girlie Christmas dinner.
4 // Go for a late night walk with hot chocolate in flasks.
5 // Spend the day in Windsor.
6 // Make these.
7 // Have a sisters' Christmas movie night, wrapped up eating toasted marshmallows.
8 // Use Lush Yog Nog on Christmas Eve.
9 // Decorate the tree.
10 // Go Christmas shopping in Guildford with Lizzie.
11 // Go to Norwich.
12 // Make plans for New Year's Eve.
13 // Do a winter wardrobe clear out.
14 // Drink Baileys in front of the telly on Christmas day.
15 // Swap Christmas Eve goodie boxes with Nick.

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