Merry Christmas everyone – The weekly edit

This time last week I had barely started my Christmas preparations. Roll on seven days later and I’m pretty much ready. It’s amazing, how we can shop online for everything (I never shopped online until I started blogging) and it all just arrives at your door. What would we do without Amazon?!

I hope you are all ready for the big day and have some lovely celebrations ahead of you? This is the first time in ten years after moving back to my home town that I can see all of my family whenever I want and I’m really looking forward to it. I had a girls get together at mine last night, the daughter and daughters-in-law and a few friends and it was lovely.

Things are just starting to settle down a bit now after the move and I can resume back to my normal blogging duties after Christmas. I want to say a huge thank you for sticking around and being patient.

If you follow me on Instagram, you may have spotted I treated myself to a sale buy…

These gorgeous trousers from Riess were on my wish list and I couldn’t believe my luck when I managed to grab them once their sale was announced. I have them subscribed in my email so I don’t miss a sale alert. The quality and tailoring are amazing and I’m so pleased with them.

I’ve paired them with a silk knit polo from Lilysilk a brand I’m lucky to work with. It feels amazing on and although it’s a very light-weight knit it’s surprisingly warm.

I love the tie waist and subtle pleat added to these trousers, I’ve been after a pair of camel trousers for ages and I know these will get worn loads. If you’re quick, (everything sells out quickly) there are still some amazing bargains at Reiss. I had to refrain myself!

The bag that I’ve added to the shop below is calling me too. A sale bargain from Kurt Gieger.

surrounded by Christmas

Nothing delights me more than discovering new places in London. The Ivy Soho. It was beautifully decorated for Christmas too. I was invited along to an event by Cotton Traders. Catherine from Not Dressed As Lamb gave a chat on how to mix and match the new SS20 collection and it was a lovely event. I’ve already chosen something for myself from Cotton Traders and I look forward to sharing that with you.

I wore a dress that I’ve been meaning to share for some time from Closet London. You may remember my last post for them here.

I’ve worn this dress so much, high necked and a cinched waist, the three-quarter sleeves slightly flared. I only realised the other day that I hadn’t shared it here on the blog! Head in the clouds with the decorating but if you’re looking for something a little different from the high street to wear then pop over to Closet London. They have some lovely dresses there.

A gift from Claudia Badby

A card from Claudia and a gift. How cute are these friendship bracelets? Christmas came early! If you have any pocket money over Christmas? If you’re a regular reader then you know how I love my pearls!

I love how they pair together and they work perfectly with my grey jumper but these will look great through the summer when I tend to wear more silver jewellery too.

Weird that? I always think silver jewellery looks better in summer than gold. I tend to swap jewellery through the year like I do the wardrobe changeover! You can find these friendship bracelets here. The bracelet also comes with different colour bands too.

Chatting with family over Christmas is paramount

You may remember my post late in the summer talking about Audacious, a mobile network that I have been working alongside since. I’m impressed with the deals that are available. My older brother has lived in Denmark for years. It can be tricky to stay in touch, but picking up the phone is the best way I have found to stay close to him. At this time of year, it’s even more important!

If you’re in the same situation as me or find hearing on calls difficult, consider giving Audacious a try. It’s a new mobile service provider that adapts your calls to your unique hearing – making it easier to keep in touch with loved ones. For a taster, of how it works, you can try it for just £1.00 until the end of January 2020. There’s plenty of information here, and you can take your own ‘soundcheck’ for free too. 

I couldn’t have wished for a better advent

I couldn’t finish off this post without a mention about the advent calendar from Espa. It’s most probably the best advent calendar I’ve ever had. I finally received a small Pro-Biome moisturiser that I now use as my regular moisturiser. There’s been body and face oils plus lots of new creams to try. A brand that I recommend greatly. You can read my review for Espa Pro-Biome here. It’s the best!

And that’s me finishing up here. I will be popping up a post at the weekend with a gorgeous new years eve outfit. I hope you will join me. Have the best Christmas everyone!

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  1. January 3, 2020 / 6:12 pm

    So many lovely things in one post, Laurie! I love the tan and cream outfit on you. And that pearl gift set is absolutely stunning. How fun that you attended an event where Catherine was the speaker! Thanks so much for linking up with me!


  2. January 3, 2020 / 8:28 am

    Lovely photos Laurie. I hope you had a great Christmas.

    I love your trousers, what a great style and colour.

    Happy New Year πŸ™‚

    Thanks for stopping by and joining us at Welcome To The Weekend Link Up.

    • January 10, 2020 / 6:42 am

      Thanks so much for linking up at The Weekend Link Up Laurie. Today you are my featured blog πŸ™‚

  3. December 31, 2019 / 3:59 am

    I enjoyed so much your pictures in Ivy Soho. So beautiful. And those trousers! Fantastic.


    • laurie
      December 31, 2019 / 10:48 am

      I love having tea anywhere in London Anna. I’m going to work my way around that square mile xx

  4. December 28, 2019 / 3:39 pm

    Lovely pieces Laurie, and I’m glad you’re getting back to normal with blogging. Looking forward to getting into it again after a little break over a busy Christmas period. Nice to get back to normality. Happy New Year Laurie. Jacqui x

    • laurie
      December 30, 2019 / 11:30 am

      There is no normality in my life until this house is done Jacqui! I can’t wait for it to be finished. Blogging as good as I possibly can in between xx

  5. December 27, 2019 / 9:17 pm

    That dress is super gorgeous on you, Laurie, it’s such a beautiful colour and lovely style! The pants look cute as too!! I’m glad life has settled down a bit for you and wish you and your family a great new year and new decade!!
    Donna πŸ§šπŸ»β€β™€οΈβ€οΈπŸ

    • laurie
      December 31, 2019 / 10:49 am

      Thanks Donna. I wish I could shop in Reiss all of the time! The work on the house is just about to start again, I just can’t wait to get it finished xx

  6. December 27, 2019 / 10:06 am

    Delicious trousers Laurie, love the tie waist. And the dress is very flattering and elegant. I enjoyed my Advent calendar (Look Fantastic) and it’s a shame not to have any more windows to open! Have a Happy New Year.

    • laurie
      December 31, 2019 / 10:50 am

      It’s nice to have that little luxury in the mornings during the run up to Christmas isn’t it Gail xx

  7. December 25, 2019 / 4:40 pm

    your outfit is pure luxury! very flattering! i am petite in height and would love to wear these….but always love the look…how tall are you?

    • laurie
      December 31, 2019 / 10:53 am

      Hi Eva! I’m 5’2 petite like you. I have the same problem with cropped trousers. These worked out well. Thanks for stopping by. I hope you pop by again xx

  8. December 25, 2019 / 8:21 am

    Those trousers look good! The color is so perfect on you. Merry Christmas dear Laurie!

    • laurie
      December 31, 2019 / 10:54 am

      My favourite colour as you already know Nancy. Happy new year xx

  9. December 24, 2019 / 5:48 pm

    It is so nice that you are closer to family now! I love the photos in the Ivy Soho: such pretty backdrop for pictures. Have a wonderful Christmas!

    • laurie
      December 31, 2019 / 10:55 am

      Thanks so much Mireille. My Christmas was lovely thanks. A welcome relaxed few days xx

  10. Dawn
    December 24, 2019 / 1:05 pm

    My favorite items from your look are your shoes and purse. You must have already owned them because you don’t reference them, only facsimiles.

    • laurie
      December 31, 2019 / 10:59 am

      Hi Dawn. Yes. The bag is by Kurt Geiger and no longer available. The shoes are by a company called Pretty Small Shoes and no longer available. I recommend a look at both brands for accessories though! Thanks for stopping by xx

  11. Joanne
    December 24, 2019 / 11:49 am

    What a wonderful advent! Sounds like you are going to have a wonderful Christmas. I loved having all my gifts arrive at my door; it helped me get everything ready a week or so early this year.

    • laurie
      December 31, 2019 / 11:01 am

      Ordering online has been a godsend for me this year Joanne! I was stuck in the house having building work done. I will, however, be doing the same next year! xx

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