Baby It’s Cold Outside

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 theย inevitable winter cold starts making the rounds!

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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 ๐Ÿ˜†)

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

Is it a diary? Is it a notebook? Kinda – It’s a bullet journal.ย 

Have you ever heard of a bullet journal? I hadn’t until I started a course with a company called Parners With You (stay tuned for a Blog post about these fabulous lot!) and shortly after it was then mentioned by my mum, who started her own – and we are like two peas in a pod with artsy craftsy colourful bits and bobs! So if she liked it, likelihood I would too – she bought me some stuff to create my own. The best way to describe a bullet journal…..an option to help manage time/diary/notes/lists and all sorts. A simple idea of a notepad with numbered pages, an easy index page to find what you are looking for. All in one place.

Now, anyone who is like me – a bullet journal is just perfect. Let me explain.

  • I am the queen of lists. I have a list for EVERYTHING.
  • Ticking things off (is that not the most satisfying part?!)
  • I am a planner. I am the one that has the train route plan, times of where we need to be and how long we have to get to each place – handwritten and saved on my phone (YES, I am THAT annoying person)
  • STATIONERY. Remember how you used to feel about getting new stationery going in to the new year at school? I still get that at the age of 30 walking into a Staples Store.
  • Sticking with the old school vibes – writing in your best hand writing. I enjoy writing. And I like it even more if it’s neat and tidy.
  • Tracking things – give me a box I have to tick/colour/draw in each day for doing something, I am more likely to do it. To drinking water, to eating my greens to moisturising! (I hold my dry hands up, I am the worst for bothering with slapping cream on)
  • Doodling – just call me Pablo Picasso

So, if any of the above apply to you, this will be right up your street. If not – You will probably hate everything about it I am sure – I know this from a friend of mines reaction when I told her about this magnificent invention……she looked at me as if I was bonkers lol Why would I take time to make these unnecessary things neat, tidy and pretty – when you have post it notes to write things on? And pre made diarys you can buy? Total opposite ends of the scale. I get it though, a bullet journal isn’t for everyone.

But you don’t have to make it complicated, or spend lots of time on it if you don’t want to. It can be however you want it to be. I decided to put a bit more effort in with mine – I find it theraputic and I enjoy adding to it after a busy day at work (and makes a change from staring at a computer/phone or TV)

Where to start? You will need a notebook, there are so many out there – ones that are specifically for bullet journals that have the pages numbered already, to your standard book from your local supermarket. I have a Leuchtturm1917 – which can be found by clicking here. I like this book as the pages are numbered and instead of lines it has dots, so if I want to draw things it makes it a bit easier (it’s the simple things!) Get a nice pen, or pens, depending on how colourful you want to be! You are good to go! You can add any stickers, tapes and other bits that you want as you go along and start getting into the swing of it.


Start your bullet journal with leaving a few pages for your Index and most people do the year overview/year calander as the first part. From then on, go wild! Add bits as and when – with what ever you like. Struggling to think of things to add? Pinterest is the place to be – there are so many different ideas and styles to keep you going for the rest of your life I would think! Or YouTube – loads of demonstrations out there.

Here are some pages from mine so far!


I would love to hear any pages you add to your bullet journals or any ideas you have if you are thinking of starting one! 

Thank you for stopping by! 

Lots of love 

Lisa & Winston โค๐Ÿ‘ธ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿพ

Just a little note…

In January I mentioned about getting back in the gym again – I got myself a gym buddy (my friend Jen) and together we decided we were going to smash it out of the park this year. 4.30am wake ups to be at the gym for 5am. That first 5mins of waking up is an absoloute killer. It is make or break for me – the feeling I get when my alarm goes off, is what I can only imagine the end of the world will feel like. Dragging myself out of my warm, cosy bed. Out of my dreamy slumber. To take me to to a place that resembles hell. Why would I want to do this to myself? Why not just close my eyes again? I have been working hard, have a rest. I will start again tomorrow. I really cant be bothered. I am so tired. Honestly, the list of these and many more go through my head EVERYDAY. Once I am out the door, I completley forget about the morning monster I have just emerged from, albeit I still resemble one at that time. A few weeks in and we were starting to get into full swing, and it was even getting easier to get up (only by a tiny bit).

There is always time to take a quick mirror selfie

Then we hit a bump, both of us had reasons we couldn’t go to the gym for a few days. The few days turned into a week. The week turned into 2. Why is it so easy to fall out of a routine and so hard to get back to it! So, this Thursday just gone we said we HAD to get back to it. NO EXCUSES. Thursday morning at 4.30am the miserable monster was back and pulled herself out of bed, it seemed harder than ever. But at least I done it….a certain someone turned her alarm off and didn’t turn up, I won’t mention any names though lol.

A few weeks before, I had been making a little gift for Jen (oops mentioned her name) to help us along with a bit of motivation, so I thought what a perfect day to leave this for her on her doorstep.


What I had done was a jar of little notes for the year that included motivation quotes, workouts, inspirational quotes and just random blurb, that hopefully would make her feel positive when getting up – either about working out, herself, life or just make her laugh. One small positive thought in the morning, can change your whole day. So far, she has had quotes to wake up to….which I am pleased about as when I added the hardcore workouts in, I kind of forgot that I would have to get myself through these too at the gym – I can safely say I am nervous for the days she pulls those ones out.

Winston gave me a hand of course


So, we are back in the game – and heres to it continuing! Holidays and a wedding to work for, so we should have plenty of motivation to get us out the door in the morning! If you have had a small period of time off, or even if you have had a gym membership for a year and have had reasons/excuses to not go (it is easy to do, I have been there!) – get a gym buddy, get in a routine. It starts hard, but every day gets that little bit easier to do it. You’re future self will thank you for it!

And as it’s been Random Acts Of Kindess week – if you have some spare time and want to cheer someone up why not do a jar of notes! It doesn’t have to be a year, it can be for certain days, or when someone is just feeling a bit down – or even stick random post it’s at work, home or even a bus stop for people to find!

Give Jen a follow on Instagram โค @jennifer_carr88
Have a lovely weekend everyone!

Love Lisa & Winston ๐Ÿ‘ธ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿพโค

Throwback to the 90’s

I am an 80’s baby but grew up in the 90’s. It’s Thursday, so I am throwing it back!   

Here’s some of my best memories of the 90’s!  

The pog craze that swept the nation:


A pencil was not complete without a troll: 


How all life decisions and problems were solved:


When you had butterfly clips to match your outfit:

Those beanie babies that everyone believed would be worth loads in the future:


Kellogg’s gave away everything to pimp your ride:


Starburst….we know who you really are:


The best entertainment for a Saturday night:


Spice up your life:


No tears. Lies. All lies:



Don’t grow up….it’s a trap! Things seemed much simpler back then, life is getting too complicated ๐Ÿ˜† 

What is your favourite memory from the 90’s?!

Lisa xxx