I am not an Autumn/Winter baby at all. I am already over the cold weather and it’s not even been THAT cold yet. If I could hibernate through these months, I would. Give me sunshine, flip flops, beer gardens and ice creams ANY DAY OF THE YEAR. I am not made for this weather, the dark nights or the fashion that comes with it.
So, I have made a A-Z guide of some things that help me through the cold months/run up to Christmas (because lets face it – the clocks hit 12am on the 1st Novemeber and everything is now Christmas related- EYE ROLL. At least wait until December!).
A is for ALCOHOL
Ohhhh come on, you knew I was going to start with this one. For the cold weather, a nice mulled wine or a Baileys hot chocolate to keep your insides warm and cosy. Even a hot toddy when the inevitable winter cold starts making the rounds!
B is for BLACK FRIDAY
For all the organised people out there who have started their Christmas shopping already (you crazy lot) – hold off on some of those items! Black Friday/Cyber Monday is fast approaching and there may be some good deals and discounts that could help you save a few pennies along the way.
C is for CUDDLES
Cold nights mean more cuddle sofa nights in, than nights out. Need extra warmth? Get a dog. Stuck for what sort of dog that likes snuggles? Get a pug. Honestly, you won’t ever be alone and they LOVE to be curled up close to you, and when I say close I mean right on top of you – but be warned, you will have to put up with some noisey snoring. (Note though, a dog is for life and not just for Christmas lol)
D is for DOG WALK
Ok so I don’t like the cold weather, but I can appreciate the beautiful colours and changes that these seasons bring (well, autumn over winter I would say). Having a dog means I can get out and about to see nature’s beauty. Winston also enjoys when you throw leaves in the air so he can try to catch and eat them (pugs really will eat anything).
E is for EYELASHES
If you have read my recent posts, you will know I have currently started doing eyelash extensions. These are for anytime of year, but come Decemeber, it is officially PARTY SEASON. Get some lush lashes that save you time and look amazing. Check out my Instagram @lashesbylisauk
F is for FRIENDS
Arrange a night in – theme it if you want! Mexican, film night, cocktail night – or put on your fave dress with your highest heels and go out -whatever! Gather your besties and have some fun.
Support your local girl gang.
G is for GYM
The dreaded gym. Who needs it? It’s winter – I’m living in big oversized jumpers, what’s underneath?? That is the question – am I rocking a banging bod or have I got rolls for days? You will never know. Well, the sad truth is you will know as soon as that temperature starts rising and that jumper needs to come off. Cue the mad panic to get your summer body.
H is for HOLIDAY
And when I say holiday, I mean book one! This time of year I need some sunshine to be looking forward to. I am a beach bum, sun junkie, cocktail loving kinda girl, so I will be searching for the warmest places to go with long stretches of beach and an all inclusive bar. Any suggestions??
I visited the Dominican Republic earlier this year, it was an amazing holiday – even if we did get a lot of rain!
I is for ICE
And I don’t mean the kind you put in your drink. Of course, the cold weather brings the ice. From it being on your car when you need to be somewhere fast and it is taking 500 years to melt, to stepping out and about and end up performing your own version of Torvill and Dean’s Bolero without the skates. Stack up on the de Icer for the car (also keep a little survival kit such as a blanket and water in case you breakdown, or get stuck in very bad traffic). As for tackling the ice under your feet, it’s a bit obvious, but BE CAREFUL.
J is for JUMPER DRESS
I much prefer summer clothing but I do love a jumper dress worn with some boots. Warm but not completely covered up. What’s your winter go to outfit?
I haven’t done a lot of winter clothes shopping so far – however I have seen Dani Dyers range at in the style and like a few of her items! This dress is on my list –
It’s available in Pink and also Grey, you can shop this by CLICKING HERE
K is for KINDNESS
I think there is always time to be kind and they do say this time of year is for giving. Here are a couple of examples you could look at:
- Instead of asking for a gift for Christmas, ask to donate to a charity that you support
- Stop by an elderly neighbour for a cup of tea/walk their dog/do their shopping
- Volunteer some time at your local charity shop
- Donate Food/Toys/Books
- want a free and simple one – SMILE at others, or even push the boat out and say hello!
L is for LEARNING
I think there is always space for learning new things. Whether it be something to do with what you already do, something completley new or totally random! I have said for a long time that I would like to learn to speak Spanish (damn my school days only offering French and German). I like travelling, so to be able to speak a different language would be great (and to not be a typical Brit who shouts and speaks slowly to others when abroad – don’t pretend you don’t know what I mean lol)
M is for MEMORIES
Ahhhh I love reminicing! Get your friends around, bring out the memories – laugh about the good times, cringe at the awkward times, realise how much you have grown from the bad times. I LOVE photos. For others to look at, they may not look like anything other than a shameless selfie of me and my friends, pictures of my dog, a plate of food – but it isn’t just about the picture, it’s the memories that come from it that I love.
From throwing it right back to when I was little (featuring my big bro)
To holidays (when I could eat what I want and put no weight on – took that for granted didn’t I 😆)
To Winston being small enough to fit in my hand and being unbelievably cute
To friends hen do’s
To more holidays
To becoming superhero’s for the day
To local nights out that get out of hand
To holidays that get even more out of hand
And to moments I will always treasure
N is for NETFLIX
There is SO much to chose from! Sometimes I think I spend more time flicking through than watching a programme, but I find it hard to get into a series, it has to grasp me right from the beginning. If you haven’t watched The Haunting of Hill House – I would recommend it! Any suggestions, let me know! I love all the easy programmes and films on there to watch even if I have seen them 100’s of times before!
O is for ORGANISE
Too cold to go out? Stay in and do some organising! Sort out your clothes, clear out a room, set some week goals, meal plan, have a big top to bottom house clear out – Get it done.
P is for P.A.R.T.Y
I love a party! Out out party or house party! And what better excuse? IT’S PARTY SEASON. The run up to Christmas there is always lots of things going on. And what even better excuse for a sparkly dress and heels!
Q is for Quilt
I like to make a little den with quilts in my living room, for a cosy sunday in. Snacks and rubbish binge worthy TV. Duvet days are the best! Winston also likes to get involved!
R is for RELAXING
I don’t know about you, but if there is any time of year I get ill it’s towards the end. I feel my immune system does a mighty fine job of keeping me fit and healthy throughout the year, but when it comes to the break off over Christmas I feel like my whole body goes in to melt down and I pick up every bug along the way. So I think it is really important to take some time to relax and recharge. Have some ‘me’ time. You deserve it.
S is for SELF CARE
Following on nicely from Relaxing – Look after yourself! Whether it’s a simple night in with a face mask and pedicure to rest your feet or de cluttering a room to release stress and confusion from the mind. Love yourself more!
T is for TREAT YOURSELF
Well it is Christmas after all! I am definitely one of those people when shopping for others – “you know who would like that?” ME. Into the shopping basket it goes.
U is for UMBRELLA
Just don’t go out without one. Don’t risk it. Keep one in your bag, keep one in your car – this weather is just too temperamental!
V is for VITAMINS
The winter weather does not take it easy on me. From the harsh winds on my skin giving me really uneven bleugh skin to my immune system running low trying to fight off all the cold and flu that is floating around.
I like to take the Protien World Collagen Beauty Blend for my skin and hair. As I have crept up into my 30’s I have noticed my skin becoming more wrinkly (hands to face and screams like I’m in a horror movie) this beauty blend is designed to help clear skin and fight wrinkles. You can purchase this product on the Protien World website CLICK HERE TO VIEW
I also take a day to day multi vitamin tablet to try and keep the pesky bugs away.
W is for WINTER WONDERLAND
If you haven’t been – go! Even if you aren’t a Christmas fan, there is loads to do and has a really good vibe. It opens at Hyde Park in London on the 22nd November running through until the 6th January from 10am-10pm. It is also free entry too, with lots of attractions and things to do. Click here to view
X is for XMAS
OK, OK – I hate spelling Christmas this way but X is a difficult letter. Get together with friends and family, wait for the fat man in the red suit, time off work and unlimited amounts of food. It sounds like a good day to me.
Y is for YANKEE CANDLES
Why are girls (including me) obsessed with candles? I have 100’s of them, so many that I buy or receive as gifts and feel they are too nice to burn! What occassion am I waiting for here, a visit from the Queen? Get burning those lushious smelling candles (Yankee of course being the fave in my opinion). At this time of year I often buy my candles from a company called Campus Gifts, they are a local business close by to me in Chesham. They have an online shop selling fab gifts as well as Yankee candles, you can check them out by CLICKING HERE
You can also get a Yankee candle advent calendar – this is available at Asda CLICK HERE TO VIEW
Z is for Zzzzz
Winter time is for being cosy, wrapped up in bed getting some Z’s in – in other words, getting some sleep. And bed is where I would like to stay until spring……..
So, there you have it – a few things that get me through Winter. What do you love/hate about this time of year?
Stay warm, stay cosy and thanks for dropping by to read my blog!
Love Lisa xxx