Yesterday I went to the Solent Hotel and Spa in Whiteley (Hampshire) for a spa day with my Mum [photo 4]. I bought her the voucher from Wahanda and of course I couldn't expect her to go on her own so I bought a voucher for myself too (I know, so generous!). We were treated to use of the spa facilities and a two course lunch (I had chicken with butternut squash risotto and it was divine). In complete contrast to my previous spa review we were treated like royalty and given the super fluffy robes I expected at the other spa as well as tea and biscuits on tap (it's the small things!) It was such a relaxing time and I had a manicure whilst my Mum had a facial before lounging in the relaxation room and catching up on all my magazine reading. I am loving all of the Christmas issues of magazines lately and literally devoured every page of the latest issue of The Simple Things, I've never known a magazine make me feel so warm and fuzzy!
On Saturday night we went out to celebrate my friend Fleur finally getting her Visa approved to move to America and marry her lovely fiancé. I will be sad to see her go but I'm super excited for her (and to see photos of the wedding!) We went out in Southampton and I wore a lovely studded peplum from Boohoo [£15] and some wet look leggings [photo 12]. I am having a bit of a leggings and trousers moment at the moment so felt much more comfortable (and warm!) in that than in a dress. I brought a balloon from one of the bars back home with me and Bodhi didn't quite know what to make of it!
My excitement for Christmas is growing exponentially and I had a bit of a splurge on Christmas pajamas in Primark; my favourite being my reindeer onesie in 5! Around this time of year I practically go into hibernation and it's all about coming home from work, getting changed into fleece-y pajamas or a onesie and my big fleece-y slipper boots and just generally being cosy! Talking of Christmas, this morning I was getting ready for work and happily singing 'Holly Jolly Christmas' when a voice bellowed from downstairs (it was Tom, not some random stranger in my house) - "NOT YET". So I stopped singing but then listened to the Michael Bublé Christmas album on the way to work just to feel Christmassy again! My friend told me recently about a tradition in their house where they have a big sack of presents worth £1ish each at their house and then over Christmas anyone who wins a board game, game of cards, game of Wii bowling etc gets to pick something out of the lucky dip of presents - HOW fun does that sound? I'm making everyone coming to my parents' house for Christmas bring three wrapped gifts of a £1ish value to contribute to the sack, so I'll be raiding Poundland for mine! I also made a big Dotcomgiftshop order on Sunday and found some £1 goodies in their special offers section that might make their way into the sack!
I still have lots of Christmas presents to think about though - I always love to get personalised presents so I've been having a good look at Luxury Engraved Gifts - love the idea of an engraved perfume atomiser!
On a final note, those little treats in photo 11 are my favourite new shoes, some ankle boots from One Step. They are certainly keeping my feet dry amidst this incessant rain (anyone else considering building an ark?) plus I feel like a cool little pirate in them which is never a bad thing...