Mr. Actually and I always had the intention of going away for a little weekend trip for a little while now. Initially, we were planning a trip to Berlin; I’d even booked an Airbnb! Sadly though, I was delayed in booking flights (a combination of delays in my visa, waiting for passports & being skint until payday), and by the time I was able to do it, flights were upwards of £500! We decided instead for low key, and I booked us a weekend in the Cotswolds! It was festive and cozy, and the perfect getaway just before Christmas!
Would you believe that I never had a mince pie until I moved to the UK? Yeah, weird, isn’t it? It’s one of those strange cultural things that I still can’t really wrap my head around (mince pies don’t exist in the States), but one that I still 100% indulge in! Come December 1st, there are suddenly a stack of boxes of mince pies, to be had with our tea, and nibbled on before bed. This year, we decided to have a little bit of fun and put all the mince pies from our local supermarkets up against each other! We gathered our selection, and judged them on 3 categories: Flavor (how nice is that spice?), texture (is the crust flaky enough?) and overall aesthetic (are they cute enough for Instagram?) before giving each a score out of five! Want to know who came tops? Continue Reading
One of the things that I find really exciting now that I’m a proper ‘adult’ (I use the term loosely) is having people over for dinner. There’s something so nice about cooking a meal for friends, and when it’s a special occasion, I find no greater joy than planning the perfect tablescape! Did you see how I set the table for Friendsgiving? Yeah, I’m that girl… This year, P and I are also hosting Christmas Dinner for the first time so I’m already planning our table! If you’re going to plan a nice meal, why not make it even more enjoyable by setting the scene?Continue Reading
It’s that time of year again! Mistletoe, candy cane hot chocolates, wrapping presents in cute paper, hoping for a little snow, these are a few of my favorite things! My other favorite thing is watching Christmas films and dusting off my holiday playlist for a bit of cheer. I, like everyone else, have a few favorites that I always want to indulge in!Continue Reading
IT’S CHRISTMAS TIME GUYS! Okay, I’m sure most of you are already well aware of that fact, but I still really struggle with going from Halloween straight into Christmas. It feels odd, in some way. I certainly don’t begrudge anyone who gets festive in November, but I need a little more time. Now, though, I’m in full Christmas Mode (and really, Christmas is less than 4 weeks away so if not now, when?)! I’m diving straight in with the Christmas Spirit, and here are a few of the things I’m really excited for!
This past weekend, P and I celebrated Friendsgiving. It’s a little tradition we started because I can’t really cope with not celebrating Thanksgiving, aka, the best holiday ever (aside from Christmas). I know what you’re thinking… Thanksgiving is an American holiday, we don’t celebrate it in the UK! For me, Thanksgiving is kind of the start of the holiday season; though when I was little, it felt a lot more like an excuse to have a few extra days off school and also to eat a ridiculous amount of food. As I get older (and now that I’m living in another country), I find it’s much more about appreciating the good things in life, and to have a day where it’s just about good vibes. Plus, my dad always told me that the greatest way to show someone you love them is to cook them a meal. In that spirit, I thought I’d share a few things that I’m thankful for this holiday season.Continue Reading