This year I feel truly blessed as always to have such an amazing family who have spoilt me! I wanted to share some of my presents maybe for some ideas for you to look out for in the sales. 

First up I wanted to share with you the Charlotte Tilbury set, my parents bought me the Ingenue set which includes the 7 items above in the fab make up bag  which features the lipstick print of many famous women.
For a long time I have been a viewer of the Michalaks YouTube and since Hannah began her business I have been lusting over these Maggs London bags. My boyfriend bought me one after he’s started watching their videos too.

My other main present from him was this stunning Olivia Burton watch, he bought me the large face which features a floral pattern with a rose gold finish, it’s perfect!


This year I was lucky to receive two perfumes YSL Black Opium which I’ve been lusting over for a long time and added an extra to my Jo Malone collection, I now have white Jasmine and Mint, which will be a perfect Spring scent.

I got many stocking fillers too, but my favourite has to be this Dita Von Tease book which I can’t wait to read and get some make up tips and tricks.

Beauty gift sets are my fav to receive at Xmas and was lucky enough to get two, the no7 ultimate collection and this huge Ted Baker bathing collection. As we love to travel I love to have a large travel sized purse so this harrods one will be perfect to keep money and passports safe.

What where your favourite gifts this year?

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If you are looking to get away from this gloomy weather then I will definitely recommend Goa, India. We spent 11 nights in Santana Beach Resort in Candolim for a bargain price of £17 per night, this is even on the higher end of their properties but I fell in love with the look of this place, even more so when we got there to explore. The hotel itself was fabulous, with the most welcoming staff and gorgeous grounds I never wanted to leave.The hotel it situated right on the beach, and has its own beach shack, which we spent many of our beach days just lazing around, eating and drinking. Indian cuisine is nothing like what we get at home, in fact since we have returned I feel disappointed with Indian food.

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In Goa there is some much to do other than just sunbathe and swim in the sea which always resembles a bath it is that warm, just watch be careful of the waves. My favourite was taking a trip to the Spice Plantation which was so informative. We went on a tour around part of their plantation, learning how the spices and fruits grew but also their medical uses. Paul made use of his knowledge using some nutmeg to get a good night’s sleep to rid his jetlag. Goa is rich with history, and there are many churches and temples you can visit, we really enjoyed the Basilica of Bom Jesus which holds the mortal remains of St Francis Xavier.

I would recommend Goa to anyone as it really is a beautiful place, and I cannot wait to return again.      

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I thought it was time I shared where we spent our summer holiday this year, a nice reminder of the gorgeous food and sun before the Winter begins at home. We spent our birthdays in Cephalonia, Greece this year, which is a beautiful Island made famous in Captain Corelli’s Mandolin.  The island is quite small so we was able to explore some beautiful parts of the Island and these are a few of our favourites.

Mainly we spent a lot of our mornings lazying around the pool, we stayed at San Georgio hotel which is slightly out of  Skala town centre but if you have one of the high rooms they offer the most incredible views like the sunrise one above. The hotel has two pools and plenty of bars around there to eat, drink and sunbathe. Cephalonia is also known for its pebble coves, although there are a few sandy beaches around we found a quiet cove near our hotel which one day we had to ourselves. It is a gorgeous place for snorkelling or just sit throwing pebbles watching the boats pass by.

Melissani lakes otherwise known as the nymphs cave is one of the most beautiful caves I have ever seen. You enter down a rather steep slope but when you get to the bottom you are greeted by the brightest blue water I have ever seen. They offer you a boat ride around the cave which is great fun, interesting and even better when the men sing as they steer you around. Drogarati Caves are close by to the lake and well worth a visit. The cave was discovered over 300 years ago and the limestone formations are continually growing. It was a stunning place to walk around and the acoustics are incredible. Myrtos Beach is a must have picture stop when staying on the Island. No picture could do the colours of the sea any justice it is beautiful. The beach itself although it looks pure white sand but is shale and the currents are strong. There are much better beaches to go sunbathe and swim at further around the island. Agia Efamia is a gorgeous fishing post, although slightly out of the village centre there are some gorgeous coves and sandy beaches which are much better for sunbathing and swimming on. This is a great place to stop have a coffee and watch the boats coming in and out.

 

Leaving my favourite and most beautiful place to last is Fiskardo. The fishing Village on the north of the Island is recently becoming the Greek St Tropez with its giant yachts and celebrity visitors but the place still manages to keep its Greek charm. I love the painted houses and restaurants especially the pink restaurant above, I have never seen such a  photogenic place. Fiskardo is also a wonderful place if you like seafood, we had a delicious lunch sat around the harbour feeding the fish which swam right up to the water edge.
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