Much as we all love to see a Christmas theme based around traditional red and gold, or silver, there's something special about a whole new over the top theme. Blues, greens, purples and red abound, here are some of our favourite picks:
Saturday, 28 November 2015
Friday, 27 November 2015
With more and more people being forced into the rental market, and an increase in unscrupulous, or even just over-stretched, landlords, many of us are unsure of our rights and how to deal with landlords when the need arises. Today, we are delighted to bring you a guide to your legal rights, and some tips to get your landlord to make repairs on your rented property, courtesy of Dave Dyer of Redrose Property Management, who have their own guide for tenants.
With many of us feeling a need to connect to nature and to simplify life, perhaps as a counter-balance to capitalism and the increasing part technology plays in all our lives, the folk and rustic theme remains strong this year. There was also a heavy slant towards animals and nature which I have called 'Rustic Whimsy'. So today's Christmas decorating theme is slightly homespun, crafty, folksy and all about nature. I love how it works with the traditional Christmas colours of red and gold, and the current rose gold and copper trend. Gorgeous!
No riots or rampaging crowds this Black Friday thankfully, but it is still predicted that we will spend £3.49bn in the UK this weekend. What an obscene amount of money! Imagine what that amount of money could do to rectify the world's ills. Of course that's a lot of people spending a relatively small amount of money. And, as a chef to the super rich pointed out on television last night, just a few people could sort things out tomorrow if they wanted to.
There are some amazing offers at Look Fantastic this weekend, including on Eve Lom, Tangle Teezer, La Roche-Posay, Amazing Cosmetics and more!
With four weeks to go till the big day, we're doing great. Hopefully by now you have amassed a decent stash of long-life foods and drinks in the garage, larder or spare room, alongside your growing stash of presents. Your diary is organised, everything you need is booked, and you have a lovely collection of lists so that there are no worries left in your head. If you haven't reached Christmas planning nirvana yet, or you're the type that refuses to do anything until December is staring down the barrel of a calendar at you, go back and read our Christmas Organisation posts up to now. Make sure you have a notepad and diary with you so you can get up to speed fast. If you're already ahead of the game, here's this week's tasks.
Thursday, 26 November 2015
A Christmas Star is the Christmas feel-good film of the year, which stars a host of famous faces and will show all of us the true meaning of Christmas. Narrated by Liam Neeson, and starring Pierce Brosnan and Suranne Jones amongst others, this lovely film will become an essential part of your Christmas viewing.
If you've always wanted to make your own bread, we have the perfect prize for you today! How would you like to spend a day at the River Cottage Cookery School on their Bread Making course?
One of the more unusual themes at the shows this year was a sweet, romantic pink. Not everyone's taste maybe, but if you're in charge of the decs, maybe you can indulge in this girly style. It also works beautifully with silver and white (coming soon), and touches like this gorgeous heart could fit in with your other colour schemes too. Have a look...
Wednesday, 25 November 2015
25th November, so I am now totally justified in piling on the Christmasness! Here's the first of our decorating guides, giving you the lowdown on all the latest themes and fashions, and where to snap up the best baubles on the block. We have seven themed guides for you this year, four fairly traditional ones and three curve balls. Hope you enjoy them! Let's go...