Friday, 27 December 2013

363 sleeps to go...

And then it was gone...Christmas is now over for another year! I don't know about you, but I'm pretty sad-I love this time of year and it seems to have just come and go so quickly this year. 

I hope you all had a wonderful time with friends and family and ate far too much food - I will be disappointed if that didn't happen because I for one most definitely had my fair share, and some! 

Anyway, I thought I would share a few of my favourite presents that I was lucky enough to receive this year.

*Disclaimer - I am by no means showing off - I love to read these kinds of posts because I'm a nosey so & so, so thought I'd share my little bits with you*

As I've mentioned in a previous post, the other half and I went to London for our Christmas present to each other so we only had a few small bits to open on Christmas day and I mainly got money off family but here we go with my favourite picks...

I was really difficult this year for all my family as I just didn't know what I wanted so I gave no help whatsoever (hence why I mainly got money) but the one thing I asked for was a good pair of tan leather boots and here they are. They are from Clarks and are currently in the sale (we did actually buy them full price but on Christmas Eve, I spotted them in the sale so we took back the full priced ones and bought them again at half the price)!

Stackers Jewellery Box - I love these, basically, you buy one with a lid (like the one I got) then you can buy ones that stack underneath with different inserts for your jewellery - kind of like muji boxes but for jewellery). 

And finally, probably my favourite thing....the Paul & Joe Make-up bag! I love this so much-combining what is essentially a filofax & a make-up bag, just amazing! I am away next week so cannot wait to start using it! 

I got the usual toilettries, yankee candles and pj's but these were a few of my favourite picks! 

Hope you all got lots of lovely gifts, whatever they were and had a wonderful Christmas! 

Sunday, 15 December 2013


Christmas came early for me last week when the OH and me headed off down South for a couple of days aways for Christmas! I mentioned a couple of posts ago, that rather than buy presents that we don't actually need, we decided to go away for a couple of days, just the two of us!

We had a bloody good time but we were absolutely shattered by the end of the week! We arrived on Wednesday night and left on Saturday morning and boy, did we do a LOT of walking - my feet were on fire by the end of it all!

Anyway, thought I'd share with you a few pictures from my travels - hope you life!

Day 1: 
First stop was Selfridges - cue Christmas present buying time (for me of course) | Standard Blogger Burger stop - Sarah very kindly gave me some recommendations and I'd heard so much about P&B that I just couldn't resist (and being on a Wednesday mid afternoon there was no wait at all) | A beautiful Chritsmassy Oxford Street - so so pretty! 

 We took flight on the London Eye for the very first time - on a side note, if you're ever visiting London by train, I'd highly recommend picking up the Network Rail 2for1 leaflets that you see at most stations-we got 2for1 on most of the bits we got up to and obviously it made the whole trip much cheaper i.e. more money to spend on all the yummy places I wanted to eat! | Meeting real life Santa - I couldn't get over how good this guy was. Still LOVE this photo! 

Day 2: 
 We spent the morning at the London Transport Museum - it was a little overshadowed by the fact that there was floods happening back at home & my parents were being evacuated so we actually spent most of the morning on our phones checking for updates and following it all on twitter - thankfully, all was ok in the end and they nor us were flooded but it was a pretty scary morning! 
Standard Covent Garden Reindeer shot and of course, we couldn't visit CG without stopping at Shake Shack - yum yum! 

Day 3: 
Breakfast pit stop at The Diner (obviously)-these were THE most delicious pancakes I have ever eaten! We couldn't visit London without stopping at Liberty of course - there was a sign warning of filming for the Channel 4 programme so I may have spent some time searching for the cameras - I will be watching out just in case I managed it! 
And our final visit for the trip was the Natural History Museum - what a place! We spent our time wandering the Dinosours & Mamals and then headed to see the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition which was just stunning - I would highly recommend (even though the museum is free, there is a charge for the exhibition but there are 2for1 with the national rail offers)!

We spent the rest of the weekend with my Uni friends celebrating Christmas early with lots of Christmas bubbles (far too much for me as Sunday showed) and yummy Christmas Dinner! 

I had such a fantastic weekend and can't wait for our next jaunt down South (I'm already planning our spring visit)! 

What's your favourite thing to do in London - I think the Zoo will be our next adventure! 

Sunday, 1 December 2013

Sunday's were made for lazing

I have had such a busy week in work and a couple of busy weekends to come that this weekend has been for lazing and lazing only! I have made full use of having no plans and taken to the couch to lounge around in my OnePiece* and catch up on all things non-essential (i.e. Home & Away, Neighbours & Hart of Dixie)

Now, I just want to take a moment to share the love for my OnePiece! I only have one other onesie which was from Primark and it has served it's purpose but I wouldn't say it's that comfy I race home to get in it - well that all changed when my OnePiece arrived. When I was contacted about working with the brand I was really intrigued to see what they were actually like - I have read so much about them from other bloggers and how comfy they are I really wanted to try one out for myself.

I chose the Marius Onesie in navy/red and well, what can I say...this has to be one of the most comfiest ensembles I have ever had the pleasure of lazing around in! Since receiving this on Monday, it's been the first thing I do when I get home - get in my onesie! The quality of it is amazing - it has a wonderful lining (think of the Primark super cosy tights). When I first looked at OnePiece I was a little unsure after seeing the price of some of them, I wasn't sure if it was something I could recommend thinking that I would never spend that much on a onesie, but I have done a complete 360 - as the other half pointed out, how much would you spend on joggers and a hoodie of this quality??? And for all my lovely readers, OnePiece have offered 20% off using the code: 31APOCKETFULLOFDREAMS and there are onesies to suit all budgets! 

I have one teeny little issue with it - as it's unisex, the crotch (yup, I said that word) sits really low and can be a little annoying when walking around, but in all honesty, I'm not doing much walking in it so it's definitely something I can live it! I got this in a Medium and I'm a size 12-14 for reference!

So other than lazing in my onesie, as today marks the 1st December - The 'Pocket' household is officially in Christmas mode! Every year I nag and nag to go and get our Christmas tree come the 1st but never manage to convince the other half but this year, 100% success and voila, the treat is up and the house smells AMAZING (nothing beats the smell of a real Christmas tree)!

I only have 2 days in work this week then I'm heading off to London with the other half for a Christmas get-away then we're catching up with my Uni friends for our annual Christmas dinner so I have a lot to look forward to!

Hope you're all having a lovely weekend! I will be doing the @fatmumslim Photo a day challenge this month-you can follow me on instagram if you want to see what I get up to!