For Yossy : 50 Days Of Christmas With Boots [AD]

My sister and I are the best of friends, but contrary to what social media may show, it hasn’t always been that way. Yossy and I used to despise each other. I am 27 and Yossy is 20, the age gap as well as our very different personalities ( I am more no-nonsense like my mum, she is more soft and cuddly like my Dad) meant that our communication was strained until I went off to university to do my undergraduate studies. When I moved back home after my first degree, we found that we simply got along much better than we had before.

Christmas is a time to share generosity and kindness with absolutely everyone we meet, so when Boots asked to work with me on their '50 Days of Christmas' campaign to pick out some christmas gifts for a loved one, I thought what better way to share the love, than with my darling baby sister who remains warm, kind and generous regardless of what the world throws at her. The christmas gifts for her section is jam-packed with products for every type of woman in your life, and with so much choice as well as their three for two offer, well it'd be rude not to pick yourself up something too...
From a young age, I (badly) experimented with makeup - think dark black wonky eyeliner á la Amy Winehouse with concealer lips, at aged 20 it was my signature look. Yossy, I suppose got to 13 and thought to experiment herself with her older sisters makeup and I found her many a day making videos on her laptop showing off her glittery eyelids and glossy lips. Now we both appreciate a nice subtle beat, matte nude lips, a brown smokey eye, some mascara, eyelashes, and a lot less eyeliner. Everyone likes a cheeky pre-Christmas gift and my favourite kind is the advent calendar, whether it’s chocolate, a candle or makeup coming out of it, a surprise a day is always lovely. Because of Yossy’s love of beauty products and experimenting, a few new makeup items were definitely a must in terms of product choices. The Sleek 'Can't Wait Another Day' advent calendar, as well as the Missguided Matte Squad Lipstick Set,  were obvious choices, as well as a cheeky Reeses peanut butter cup lip balm for her which will sit on atop our Christmas tree banishing any ashy lips during the festive period! (sidenote, but that girl is OBSESSED with peanut butter cups!)

Yossy is most definitely the laziest bougie person I know in my life. The girl loves a good fluffy dressing gown, towel on the head, face mask with cucumber on her eyes moment, and I suppose to encourage these little snippets of self-care, especially as she’s in her last year of university and feeling the pressures of adulthood to come,  A solid set of Soap & Glory facemasks for quite literally every occasion was a perfect choice for her. I could literally picture her in her room studying with her facemask on declaring that her grades may not be the best but her skin sure is aha! To finish off the self-care routine is chocolate, but not just any chocolate, Green & Blacks Chocolate Tasting Collection. I'll be honest and say I chose this present to 'share' and by share I mean eat about 80% of it as soon as she opens the box. Yossy has some of the best nails I have ever seen in my life, no word of a lie. The girl is a dab hand at giving herself the most creative nail art and knowing that her nail polish collection isn't quite that interesting at the moment, I thought the No7 Gel Finish Nail Colour Collection would find itself at home quite nicely amongst her manicure kit. 
As a person who loves to write, significance has a special place in my heart, when I choose gifts for someone, I always look for small parts of them in the gifts, be it something small or something large. My thoughtful choice in all this was the Yankee Candle Votive set, a symbol of the light she brings into my life (and also her small obsession with Yankee Candles aha!

On Sundays Yossy and I walk arm in arm around Soho, looking for new coffee shops to perch in, before almost always settling in Soho grind with a black filter and a pastel de nata for me and a matcha latte and salted caramel brownie for her. Always the same order, always at the same time. It has become our Sunday tradition, we sit with warm cups of coffee defrosting our fingertips, lips moving excitedly speaking of what the other is doing in life. For the days where we’re having a coffee or tea at home, Joules twin mugs seemed to be such a sweet touch. Symbolic of the warmth and love we have for each other and the sister chats with facemasks on over a good coffee or tea to come.
Have you begun your Christmas shopping yet? If so, what have you gotten! And for who?

[This blog post was in collaboration with Boots but as always, all words and imagery are my own.]



O C T O B E R .[Journal].

On a chilly evening Sunday evening in October, I brushed my hair up into a bun to put it away for the night, as I parted it, my eyes immediately zoned into a thick grey strand on my temple and my mouth dropped. I had discovered my first grey hair at the ripe old age of twenty-seven. I debated whether I wanted to yank it out or keep it but I took a pair of tweezers and removed it - regretting and somewhat mourning that little grey strand immediately. I’ve always maintained that I feel the same as I did when I was a seventeen year old, but I suppose the grey strand was an amusing reminder that I am definitely not that girl from ten years ago anymore (my waistline most definitely isn’t aha). Anyway, here is my journal for October, a chilly month filled with crunchy fiery red leaves, gloves and cosy warm boots. It's a little later than I'd have liked to have posted it but life gets in the way sometimes - Anyway, I digress...

W E A R I N G: I never thought that I would see the day that I Sade, would ever put a puffa jacket on my body. Ask my friends who have heard me complain about those Michelin man looking colourful clouds called coats, a funny thing happens as you get older, you begin to swap out stylish clothes for comfortable and practical ones so I reluctantly picked myself up a navy blue puffa jacket and it has kept me extremely warm and is... in a weird way kind of stylish too? I love it with a thick jumper, good jeans and a pair of trainers.

E A T I N G: Cold weather calls for comfort food, and I’ve been waist deep in pizzas, soup, rice dishes, eba and more, but at the same time, with diabetes and high blood pressure rife in my family, i finally made the decision to be a little more balanced with what I put in my body, opting for fresh fruit and nuts as snacks in the office as well as taking in my own packed lunch consisting of a protein on a huge bed of steamed and seasoned veggies (which has helped me save so much money!) 

L I S T E N I N G: I’ve been plugged into HELLA Christian podcasts the moment especially Elevation and Transformation Church's podcasts. On my commute, particularly when I’m not feeling like myself I simply plug in, turn the volume up and get encouraged, from topics such as staying the path, relationship goals, feeling lost in life and so much more, both podcasts have really made my mornings much more enjoyable.

D O I N G: October was filled with more activities than I’m used to and my habit of  saying yes to things that are far beyond my scope. I learned the hard way and eventually burnt out, throwing in some towels and taking some time off to just breathe and it feels incredible. 

N O V E M B E R   G O A L S: November is pre-christmas for me, it's a super busy time especially both at work and on the blog with client work on both ends being ramped up in the run up to the festive period. I'm very lucky to have a number of festive pieces that i'll be collaborating with brands with on a paid basis which is brilliant, but it means that November will have to be filled with serious time management! Here are a few of my other goals for the month...
  •  Take responsibility for the things I’ve swept under a metaphorical rug.
  • Work on keeping my spaces consistently tidy.
  •  Go to the gym at least 3 x a week for at least 45 minutes to 1 hour.
  •  Drink 2 litres of water a day.
  •  Try to get my schedule a little tighter to prevent overexertion and tiredness.
  • Wrap up my last two black history month posts. There were supposed to be four in total but the last two topics are quite heavy and I simply can't wrap them up just yet...
  • Take lunch to work every single day instead of buying out to save £££

Here’s to a fantastic November! We're almost at the end of the year #canyoubelieve?! What do you want to achieve before the year is up?


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