Welcoming 2017

As we welcome in ‘The New Year’ in just a matter of hours, many of us compile resolutions. Sometimes we stick to those, other times we fail miserably.

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In 2017 I’ll be having a big birthday and would like to enjoy experiences instead of things. This year instead of making resolutions, I’m setting myself goals instead. 2017 will be a year of enjoying the simple pleasures in life that don’t have to break the bank. The things  I’d like to do in 2017 are;

1) Read one book a month – So many times I set myself a higher target and feel deflated if I only reach half of that. By spending a month per book I will be able to savour it and make notes and post reviews on the blog.

2) Family days out – whether it’s a trip to the Scottish Borders, Yorkshire or the Northumberland coast. There’s  nothing I like more than packing the car in the morning with a picnic and setting off for the day. Enjoying the scenery of somewhere other than home is one of the things I love most, especially when it’s enjoyed with loved ones.

3) Taking time to brew a cuppa using a teapot – It’s convenient to boil the kettle and make a cuppa, but taking 30 minutes to an hour to enjoy a pot of tea with a couple of chapters of a book is a good way to spend an afternoon.

4) Moving my blitz cleaning/tidying day to a Thursday afternoon means the house will feel welcoming and homely for the weekend.

5) Clean sheets, pj’s and long soak in the bath – I adore the smell and feel of clean bedding once a week but my baths are normally taken on different days (as I prefer to shower daily). A long soak in the bath with lovely smellies followed by fresh bedlinen will be a blissful indulgent treat.

6) Only buy when I need it – An obvious one but if I don’t need it or it’s not on offer, don’t buy it. Being more mindful with money is something I’ve been doing during November/December 2016. I’m also carrying cash around more often.
Do you have any plans or goals for 2017?

 

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Hygge box (Christmas Eve box)

Having enjoyed reading about the Hygge concept during Autumn, I decided to do a Hygge box.

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The contents of my ‘cosy and hyggelig box’ are

• Yawn London pyjama’s
• Catherine Tough snowflake lambswool socks (Purchased from Sorella in Hexham)
• Agatha Christie The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding
• Jane Hogben pink Daisy mug (Purchased from Clarabelle Interiors)
• Mirins calming body wash (Purchased from Clarabelle Interiors)
• Meraki Repair Balm (Purchased from The Little Green Door)
• Miles Tea and Buttermilk mince pie fudge were a gift from a special friend

There’s nothing I enjoy more than snuggling down on Christmas Eve with my family. Watching classic films and listening to carols and traditional Christmas songs by Bing, Frank Sinatra and Elvis.

I would like to wish all of my followers and readers of The Little White Croft a very Merry Christmas.

Party Make-up

As a regular Chanel make-up wearer and being disappointed with counter staff service, I decided enough was enough.

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These past couple of weeks I have been browsing the web in search of ‘cult classics’. Brands and products that have been around for years, often with formulations that haven’t changed.

I decided to pop into boots and use my points to purchase a couple of items to see what I thought. Due to my Mam and I buying a Pan Stick each, we got a free gift which included primer, lipgloss and mascara.

I’ve only been using these make-up items for 4 days and already I am converted. I won’t be returning to Chanel any time soon (I’ve still got products left from them which I will use up).

I don’t think I’d repurchase the Face Finity Primer as I haven’t noticed a difference with how long my make-up lasts.

The False Lash Effect mascara is a lovely mascara that coats the lashes without making them appear clumpy.

The lipgloss is a favourite of mine. I wanted a red lip colour for the Christmas season and family get togethers and this shade is perfect.

Pan Stick has been around for decades and I can see why it is very popular. I only use a small amount of foundation, it covers redness and helps even out the skin without appearing thick, cakey or orangey. I like to set it with a powder.

My party make-up will consist of these four make-up items, a neutral smoky eye and rose blush.

This is my first foray into budget beauty in years and I am not disappointed. I’m looking forward to making more make-up discoveries next year. Do you have any favourites?

Christmas Reading List 2016

This is the second year I have compiled a Christmas themed reading list, to read during December until mid – January. I’m looking forward to joining in with a Trollope and Dickens read along on Instagram.image

The books I am hoping to complete this December are:

Miss Read
• Miss Read’s Christmas Book illustrated by Tracey Williamson
• A Country Christmas
• Christmas at Fairacre
• Winter at Thrush Green

Penguin Christmas Classics
• A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
• Christmas at Thompson Hall: And Other Christmas Stories by Anthony Trollope
• The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus by L. Frank Baum
• A Merry Christmas: And Other Christmas Stories by Louisa May Alcott
• The Night Before Christmas by Nikolai Gogol
• The Nutcracker by E.T.A.Hoffmann

• Christmas at Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons
• The Greatest Gift by Philip Van Doren Stern
• Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
• Christmas Pudding by Nancy Mitford
• Silent Nights Edited by Martin Edwards
• The Santa Klaus Murder by Mavis Doriel Hay
• Mystery in White by J. Jefferson Farjeon
• High Rising by Angela Thirkell
• Christmas at High Rising by Angela Thirkell
• The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding by Agatha Christie

• A Week in Winter by Maeve Binchy
• Christmas at Rosie Hopkins Sweet Shop by Jenny Colgan
• Christmas from the Heart of the Home by Susan Branch
• An Edwardian Christmas by John S. Goodall

Are you planning on reading any of the books mentioned above?

Hygge: A Celebration of Simple Pleasures

The latest book I have read on Hygge is Charlotte Abrahams – Hygge: A Celebration of Simple Pleasures.

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Having read Meik Wiking’s The Little Book of Hygge, I have found that nothing tops his book in terms of content.

Charlotte Abrahams book is written in a different way entirely, some areas of the book I found dragged for me and other chapters were mostly facts and figures and what furniture you should buy. A highlight of the book for me were her tips on how to add Hygge into your everyday. Hygge doesn’t have to be expensive. It can be enjoying coffee with friends, a nice meal with family or a cup of tea and a book/magazine under a blanket.

If I were to recommend one book on Hygge it would be Meik Wiking’s as it contains the best content in my opinion. As this is the final book I’ll be reading on Hygge I didn’t just want to do a book review of Charlotte Abrahams book I wanted to mention what I have been doing to make my life more Hyggelig, it is something I’ve being doing for years now, but I call it being cosy.

The things I do to be more Hyggelig are:

Reading before bed and when I first wake up. This to me is the perfect way to unwind after a busy day and a little self indulgence on a morning. I tend to wake up 30 minutes earlier to enjoy another chapter of a book.

Taking a break from social media for 24 hours. I tend to start this at 4pm on a Thursday afternoon. I know it’s cheating a little as most of the internet break will be spent sleeping, but it means that I have a full evening where I don’t have my tablet or phone glued to my hand.

Lighting unscented candles around dusk and warming my pyjamas on the radiator in my bedroom. On really chilly nights, I like to place a hot water bottle in my bed to warm my toes.

Making a pot of tea and savouring the moment. Thinking about nothing and just being in the present moment with my tea pot and tea cup.

Writing in a journal. Not only is this something personal that you can look back at, but also for future generations to see the kind of person you were and what your day was like.

A nice hot bath by candlelight with a lovely smelling foam bath or bath oil, music playing in the background, pjs warming on the radiator, a mug of hot chocolate and a book waiting for you in the lounge.

These are some of the things I enjoy doing to make my life that little more cosy and hyggelig.