The “Theatre Degree” Stigma

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A few things have happened recently that have awoken the little voice inside my head that likes to come out and rant every now and then. The constant threat of funding cuts to the arts and the disappearance of subjects such as Music and Drama from GCSE option boxes across the country are just two of the reasons why I wanted to write this post. Recently, my friend Sophie performed an autobiographical piece about the injustice that undercurrents the education system, in terms of the prejudice that surrounds Theatre as both a subject and a potential career path. Her ‘political rant’ resonated a lot with me, making me think about the many times I’ve been made to feel slightly (I hate to say it but) ashamed of my choice to study Theatre at university.

When it came to choosing my degree subject almost 3 years ago now (oh my gaaaad, where has the time gone?!) there was an obvious winner in my mind from the outset. Yes, I attended Law talks at Warwick and even a Psychology open day at Cambridge, but my heart always led me back to Theatre. Anyone who knows me will understand how important a role the theatre has played in my life and these are the people who have never once questioned my decision to further my education in this field. That being said, there is definitely a prominent stigma around studying for a Theatre degree or particularly around the people who study for a Theatre degree and that it something I have always found ridiculous.

Historically, the subject of Theatre Studies has been branded as “fluffy” and has yet to be viewed on the same level in terms of difficulty as other more traditional subjects, such as Geography or Maths. Therefore, the assumption that the people studying for a Theatre degree are “less academic” and “less able” has been cemented amongst the minds of the majority. However, the stereotype that someone who enjoys learning about the theatre industry is less intelligent than someone who enjoys studying continental drift or trigonometry is honestly absurd to me. If I had a pound for the amount of times I’ve received a patronising “oh, how nice” or “oh, so do you want to be like an actress or something?” after revealing that I study Theatre at university, I would be a veeeeery rich gal.

People don’t seem to understand that my course is academic (trust me, at times it is too academic!!!). I’m still submitting essays at the end of every module, reading ridiiiiiiculous amounts of academic writing each week and attending seminars and workshops. On top of this, I am rehearsingBeing a theatre student, you are not only assessed theoretically but also practically which comes with the assumption that you will carry out a set number of hours as ‘rehearsal time’. Quite honestly, I think I spend 90% of my life rehearsing for something or other (and that is not me being an overdramatic drama student, I promise). I would absolutely loooove to invite the people who have this preconception of Theatre as a subject to sit in on one of my seminars and give their opinion on how phenomenology affects an audience’s experience or how romanticism conformed to or subverted the avant-garde movement towards postmodernism (literally just throwing all the big words that I know at you now lol).

It really does sadden me that I feel as if I have to justify my decision to study a subject that I love to other people who are too quick to judge. Theatre makes me happy. Theatre interests me. Theatre makes me want to learn. So, why shouldn’t I study for a degree in it? Because it’s not ‘academic’? Because I’m ‘never going to get a real job’? Or because I’ll ‘never have a stable income’? My response to these questions is one of self-fulfilment in the sense that I know for a fact that whatever job I do end up doing, in whichever part of the industry I decide to go into, I’ll be doing it because I love it, not because I have to be doing it. Whilst this may be an unpopular opinion of the minority, I would much rather live a life where I’m potentially not always in a constant flow of work, but when I am working it’s doing something that I’m passionate about, rather than being stuck in a 9-5 office job that I absolutely despise. I find it so disheartening when I hear people say “you’re not supposed to love your job…that’s why it’s called work,” because, honestly, I don’t see anything wrong with wanting to enjoy what you do.

Another thing that really makes me laugh is that the people who undermine Theatre as a career choice will have a favourite film, or a favourite book, or will enjoy going to watch the pantomime at Christmas, or a musical on Broadway, or will watch every ITV drama under the sun. What they don’t seem to understand is that THEATRE PEOPLE HAVE MADE THESE THINGS HAPPEN!! The industry is one that brings constant enjoyment to the lives of (may be generalising here but I’m going to roll with it) everyone, or has done at least once in their lifetime. That’s why it makes me so sad that as theatre students, it feels like we’re fighting this constant battle to defend our subject to those so quick to undermine it.

I feel as if I have fully just word-vommed onto the page but I thought it was important to fight my little corner about a subject I’m super passionate about and love with allllll ma heart.

(Also just want to take a few words to defend all my fellow Theatre guys and gals. The people that I study with and others that I know who study elsewhere are honestly some of the best, most intelligent people I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. Their creativity is OFF THE SCALE and their knowledge literally pours out of them every time they speak. All the love ever).

G X

Learning To Love The Frizz: My Hair Care Routine

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Ever since I can remember I’ve had a love/hate relationship with my hair. Naturally, I have been *blessed* with super curly, thick hair (as you can see above – forgive me for the snapchat filter). This may come as a complete shock to a lot of my friends reading this post as I never ever go out with my hair in its natural state (state being the key word here). The only time I will ever free the wild mess is when I’m on holiday as there is no point in keeping on top of hair-care when I’m entering the pool in an extremely ladylike fashion (catapulting) every 5 minutes. All this being said, I tend to use heat on my hair on a regular basis which I knoooow is a very bad thing to do but I also use a lot of heat-protecting products to counteract this. I thought I’d share what I’ve learnt over the years about how to manage the frizz whilst still keeping it healthy…

The Washing Process…

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I tend to wash my hair 2-3 times a week depending on how well it’s been trained during a particular period of time. A brand that I absolutely swear by in terms of hair-care is Aussie. You will rarely see me using any other shampoo or conditioner at all. As well as this, one of my all-time fave products to use on my hair is the Aussie ‘3 Minute Miracle Reconstructor’. I tend to apply this twice a week after conditioning my hair. I leave the product on for around 3 minutes before washing it out. Honestly, I promise you, your hair will never feel softer…ever. This trio of products is heaaaaaven.

The Drying Process…

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Before I dry my hair, I always apply the Wella Professionals Luminous Smoothening Oil. I’ll squirt 3 large drops into my hands before running the product through my hair with my fingers. I let this settle for around 2 minutes before brushing through to eliminate any excess product. For anyone with curly or frizzy hair, this product is an absolute godsend as it makes your hair smooth and silky after straightening. So much so, that it looks as if your hair is naturally straight and gives no indication that you’ve spent half an hour battling with your GHDs. Before I finally start to dry to my hair, I’ll spray it with the VO5 Sleek Blow-Dry Heat Protect spray which helps to keep the ends of my hair healthy whilst also increasing the shine.

From there, I’ll go on to dry my hair (on the lowest heat) before straightening and I’m good to go. This year, however, I’m making it my mission to try and embrace my natural frizz a little bit more. All of my friends tell me they’d kill to have hair like mine but most days, I would kill to have their naturally straight or wavy hair as it seems to be a lot less work and I am a lazy gal at times. But, I guess the grass is always greener!

What are your fave hair-care products? Do you have the daily struggles of dealing with curly hair?

G X

Instagram: @geeblogs

A Little Catch Up

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I am the absolute worst for going AWOL and hibernating when I’m working on a particular project, completing ignoring everything else around me. What I mean by this is that I have been sat, staring at my laptop screen, for up to 8 hours a day over the past two weeks, attempting to type some words onto a page that will enable me to pass my degree…yep, you’ve got it…the dreaded deadline season. If I’m being completely honest, the last thing I wanted to do after an entire day of writing was to write some more…hence, my little blogging break. I thought, now that I’m assignment-free, it would be cute to catch up and fill you guys in on what I’ve been doing and how I’ve been (just about) surviving.

What I’ve Been Doing

In all honesty, the new year has seen many days of me wrapped up in my duvet, binge-watching Grey’s Anatomy and snacking excessively. I’ve been extremely lacking in productivity but have actually really enjoyed having some chilled time-off after what was an extremely emotionally turbulent semester at university. I’ve spent time catching up with my home-girls (not trying to sound cool, just unsure what to label my group of friends from home lol) which has been super nice. They know I’m one of the worst people when it comes to replying to group chat messages (orrrrr even texts that have been sent directly to me) but whenever I’m home it is as if nothing has changed. We celebrated my friend Harriet’s 20th birthday with food (yes) and cocktails (YES) which was a very cute night. I was also able to be reunited with my lovely friend Charl who abandoned me 3 years ago to live in Devon (still not ok!!!!) which again really was the best.

How I’ve Been Feeling

I’ve been feeling goooood. Life is currently at that stage where I have nothing going on for the next week so I can just chill, relax and spend time with my family before I start second semester. This break really has been needed (I mean…really needed). I was struggling a lot at uni before the Christmas break – I felt as if someone was standing with a gun pointed at me, but instead of bullets they were shooting big, SCARY, adult decisions at me that needed to be made quickly. Now, I am a pretty good decision-maker – if I may say so myself – but I like to have a lot of time to process what the consequences of each particular decision may be as change scares the ever-loving shit out of me (which you’ll know if you’ve read any of my previous lifestyle-y posts). So, when I was faced with 3 essays, 2 presentations, an 8-minute solo performance, auditions, co-directing a full-scale musical theatre showcase, rehearsals, homesickness, budgeting, meetings, housing decisions, placement decisions, course decisions, LIFE DECISIONS…yeah, my brain pretty much said no thanks Georgia, not today. I’m pretty sure (and this is going to be 100% a self-diagnosis) that I was – and potentially am still – having a quarter-life crisis (is this a thing????? Probs not). I’m turning 20 this year and I found myself thinking ‘What am I doiNGGG?!?!!?’ I was feeling unhappy more than I was feeling happy which has never happened to me before. This impacted everything I was doing: I didn’t want to go out with my friends but then I would be sad that I didn’t go out with my friends, I wanted to be at home all the time, I wasn’t enjoying my lectures, everything was just a little bit crazy. Now I’ve had time to step away from the situation I honestly think I was just putting too much pressure on myself – so much so, that I was sucking the enjoyment out of everything I normally enjoyed doing. Hence, the hibernation station I’ve had going on this holiday. Although I’m not jumping for joy at the prospect of returning to uni next week (however I am BLOODY EXCITED to see all my little angels aka friends) I feel a lot better about it than I did pre-holiday.

What I’ve Been Loving

Whilst I’ve been in my temporary state of hiding, I’ve had the time to try a few new products / watch new shows / listen to new music. With the lack of my December Faves, I have a few new things that I’ve been loving over the past 6 weeks or so.

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One of which being these No. 141 lashes from Eyelure. Whilst I do like Eyelure lashes, I tend to gravitate more towards Unicorn or Backstage Lashes as I find the quality tends to be slightly better meaning I can get more than one use out of them. However, over the mad sale period, these lashes were reduced to half price (I think I paid around £3.00 for them) and I liked their wispy vibes. I have quite small features so tend to favour a pair of lashes that fan out towards the end, compared to the rounded-look and this pair does exactly that. I have actually ended up being really pleased with this little purchase. I’ve managed to wear this pair twice already as they aren’t overly dramatic but also finish off a makeup look well.

The next thing I’ve been loving is Grey’s Anatomy (as mentioned above). Honestly, it’s embarrassing how quickly I’ve arrived at Season 8 Episode 10 but I really freaking love it. I love all of the characters and the plot-lines are so sad but so bloody good at the same time. I’m completely in love with Patrick Dempsey, Eric Dane and Jesse Williams whilst identifying on a scary level with Cristina. I don’t really know what I’m going to do once I’ve finished all 13 seasons. I’m worried it will be similar to my post-PLL and Gossip Girl phases where I felt very lost for around 3 days after the finales. But for now, it’s constantly on.

 

I’ve also been loving The Greatest Showman soundtrack (and the film, obvs). I’ve had the soundtrack on repeat ever since Rewrite The Stars was first released on Spotify. If you know me, you’ll know I’ve been planning my wedding to Zac Efron ever since HSM came out so of course I’m going to love anything he does. Add this to the fact that the songs were written and composed by Pasek and Paul (my FAV musical theatre songwriters) and you have a winning combo. My favourite songs have to be The Greatest Show, The Other Side, This Is Me and Rewrite The Stars. Yes yes yes yes.

So that brings us pretty much up to speed. It’s been a chilled few weeks but they were definitely deserved and I now feel recharged and ready to get back into the real world. I promise I’ll start sticking to a blogging schedule once I sort my life out (lol).

Lots of love,

G X

Skincare Bits & Bobs I’ve Been Lovin’

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I’ve never had a huge, sworn-by skincare routine. In all honesty, this time last year I was a ‘moisturise-and-go’ type of gal. I’ve always had extremely dry skin, ever since I can remember, which, combined with lucky genetics (thank you very much, mom and dad) means I rarely have break-outs or suffer from spots. That being said, I’d never felt the need to invest in skincare products that tend to be rather pricey. Since getting into blogging, I’ve found myself reading more and more reviews on things I’ve wanted to try out for myself. I now feel as if I’ve been around the skincare block a few times, having tried and tested products personally that I now want to share with you. So here a few skincare bits and bobs that I’ve been lovin’…

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Clarins Hydra-Essentiel Silky Cream – £36.00

Ahhh, Clarins. I know, I know, the price is almost painful, especially on a student budget. What I have discovered though is that with skincare, you get what you pay for. I’ve been using this moisturiser for around a month now and there has been a noticeable change in my skin – it has made my problem-patches of dry skin a lot smaller. The consistency is relatively thick which (unfortunately and painfully) means a little product does not go a long way. You may even have to re-scoop up to 3 times whilst applying this to your face. When I’m not crying over how much I’ll have to re-spend on this moisturiser, I’m absolutely loving it. Although it is recommended for normal to combination skin types, I’d definitely vouch for those with dry skin also.

Mario Badescu Skincare Facial Spray With Aloe, Herbs & Rosewater – £11.00

I think I’m having a little bit of a love affair with this facial spray. Not only does it smell amazing, it’s freaking PINK!! I know this was a cult fave for bloggers a few months ago and I, unashamedly, jumped on the bandwagon. I use this spray religiously every single day, regardless of whether I’m wearing makeup or not. I’ll spray this first thing in the morning to hydrate my skin and then again, just after I’ve applied any powder products to my face (I do this to avoid the dreaded ‘cakey’ look). The large bottle only costs £11 which I think is fab, considering it does the same job as sprays such as Mac Fix + which retails at £18.00. Again, a sure recommendation for any skin type!

Elemis Nourishing Omega-Rich Cleansing Oil – £9.20 (Travel-Sized)

Oh my god. Anyone and everyone who suffers with dry skin needs to get online and order this product. Right. Now. A little trick I like to use when trying out new products, be it skincare or makeup, is buying the travel-sized minis to begin with. That way, you’re paying a laaaaat less money for a product that you might actually hate a little bit. Also, I’ve found that cleansing oils last a long old while as you don’t actually apply a lot of product to your face every day. This oil does exactly what it claims to: it feels super nourishing on the skin and leaves my face smooth, soft and full of moisture. It eliminates my dry patches almost immediately. I use this product around 3 times a week after removing my makeup and toning my face. Another amazing little find. 

These products have taken a firm place in my skincare routine, which is growing slowly as I find even more products that work well for me. I’m hoping soon to share a more detailed post but I want to be 100% sure that I’m in love with the products before I recommend them!

What are your skincare must-haves?

G X

Instagram: @geeheasel

Hello 2018!

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The end of 2017 was celebrated with my best friend, large amounts of champagne and rounded off with a huge portion of chips. I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect end to what has been an emotionally draining, yet emotionally rewarding, year. 2017 saw tears…LOTS of tears, both happy and sad. It also saw a whole lot of laughter and joy that I can only put down to the lovely people I have in my life. I’ve learned a lot about myself and how I handle certain situations and I have to say, I think I’ve kicked ass this year!!

There are many things I wish I had done, or hadn’t done. But each tiny moment pieced together to make the whirlwind of crazy that was my 2017.

It’s been a pretty hard year emotionally for me.

I’ve had my heart broken; I’ve had to learn to pick up the pieces and glue them back together. I’ve struggled severely with home sickness. I’ve doubted myself when I should have believed in myself. I’ve started new things and failed (I mean, just look at my Blogmas attempt!!). I’ve worked hard and received no reward. My kindness has been taken for weakness. I’ve felt insecure. I’ve taken risks that haven’t paid off.  I’ve struggled in discovering who I am and what path I should take. I’ve had to make ‘adult’ decisions that I’m definitely not ready to have made.

But, I’ve also lived. I’ve made so many memories that will stay with me for a very long time. I’ve travelled with my friends. I’ve revisited a dream role of mine. I’ve sang my heart out to hundreds of people. I’ve watched my friends grow and achieve things that make me so proud to call them friends. I’ve pretty much watched every single series on Netflix (yes, I am classing that as an achievement). I’ve dabbled in this thing called ‘adulting’, but the jury is still out on that one. I’ve put time into improving my blog and have been rewarded by a growing following. I’ve learnt the value of having true and honest friends that will always have your back no matter what. I’ve met some of my absolute, honest-to-God idols. I’ve thrived in environments that (excuse my language) scared the living shit out of me at first glance…and second.

My New Year’s Resolution is to keep growing. Not in the physical sense (that ship has most definitely sailed) but emotionally and mentally. I want to be challenged, I want to challenge. I want to fail just so I can get back up and try again. I want to laugh so hard my sides feel like they’re splitting apart and my heart feels like it might escape my chest. I want to achieve things I never thought possible. I want to be surrounded by so much love and positivity that I won’t remember the last time I cried.

I want 2018 to be my year.

Lots of love,

G X

What I Got For Christmas 2017

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I’m going to start with the typical, blogger opening you’ve probably already read at least 20 times, but I can’t believe we’re almost at the end of 2017. Honestly, for me, this year has flown by. I’m a good-way into my second year at university (which means scary life decisions are looming) and I’m almost a third of the way through my final year as a teen (equally as scary!!). I just want to quickly apologise for my absolute failure of an attempt at doing ‘Blogmas’ – I had every good intention but the practicality of uni deadlines and the general life rush that occurs during the lead up to Christmas defeated me. I’m super sad because I had some really cute posts planned, but I guess that’ll give me a reason to attempt it again next year! Thankfully, life has calmed down a little bit now which means I’m back to blogging – I have a few posts planned for the next few weeks that are New Year-related so I hope you enjoy reading those. For now, I’d love to share with you a few of the bits I received for Christmas this year.

Sephora Favorites ‘Give Me Some Nude Lip’ – Sephora

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If you read my Christmas Wishlist post, you’ll know that this Sephora gift set was something I had my eye on. My parents went to New York just before Christmas so I was super excited at the prospect of getting a few makeup bits that are harder to get your hands on the in the UK. I think these sets are a really good way of testing out new brands before you pay full price for a product you may not really like. All of these lip products are gorgeous but my favourite (surprisingly for me) is the Ciaté London Liquid Velvet Lipstick. 

Sephora Favorites ‘Glow For It’ – Sephora

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I am so bloody excited about this set. Highlighters are up there with my favourite category of makeup products and I’ve been wanting to try some of these brands for the longest time. I’ve heard nothing but good things about BECCA highlighters and I’ve always wanted to try the Cover FX drops. On Christmas day, I combined both of them which left me with the most blinding highlight that I was LIVING for. I’m super excited to try out the rest of these products.

MAC Snowball Pigment and Glitter Kit – MAC Cosmetics

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Again, I’m super excited to have received this cute little MAC set. I’ve never tried their pigments before but I used the champagne-y colour yesterday and I was very happy with it. I’m excited to use the white sparkly pigment soon and am planning to use the gold glitter for New Year’s Eve. These pots should last me a little while as you only need to use the tiniest amount so I think they’re pretty good value. I know MAC have 10% off most products today in the Boxing Day Sales so it would definitely be worth trying to get your hands on this!! They also do a ‘Pink’ version which, as the name suggests, has more pink-y coloured pigments and glitters. I went with the ‘Gold’ set as I tend to wear oranges, browns and burgundys on my eyes.

Too Faced ‘Just Peachy Mattes’ Palette – Sephora

I’ve been obsessed with this palette ever since it dropped with the rest of the ‘Peaches and Cream’ range by Too Faced. Unbelievably, I’ve never tried Too Faced shadows before so I was really excited to receive this. The colours are right up my street – I could happily just use this palette forever. I used this palette on Christmas Day and was really pleased with the pigmentation and how easily the shadows blend. If you want me to recreate the look for a blog post (see below) let me know – I was pretty pleased with how it turned out!

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Grey and Black Nike Trainers – Nike

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These trainers are actually one of my favourite prezzies, as they were a complete surprise. I love the colours as they will literally go with any outfit and they’ve come into my life at the perfect ‘January gym-going’ time. They’re super comfy as they are meant for running, although I will probably just be wearing them on the day-to-day. I will definitely be getting a lot of use out of these as I pretty much live in trainers at both university and home. My Mom did well here!!

Striped Calvin Set – Calvin Klein

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If you know me, you’ll know I’m obsessed with Calvins. They’re just so comfy and I love the look of them, so I was really happy to get this set. I’ve never actually seen this pattern before and I fricking LOVE it. I’m super excited to add this set to my growing collection.

Burgundy Kate Spade Rucksack & Purse – Kate Spade NY

I’m still a little bit in shock about these two presents as I wasn’t expecting them at all. Recently, I’ve been obsessed with rucksacks and if you’ve been following my blog for a while, you’ll know I have a major soft-spot for anything Kate Spade. I’m absolutely in love with the colour of this bag and purse – it’s perfect for the Winter months. Also, I’ve been needing a new purse as my Ted Baker one has been used to death. So yay!!! Absolutely in love.

Those are a few of the lovely presents I received this year. What did you get?

I hope you had a great Christmas!

Lots of love,

G X

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Twitter: @geeheasel

BLOGMAS DAY 6: Festive Style Crush – VELVET

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Fashion-wise, I’ve been absolutely loving anything covered in velvet. I don’t know what it is but anything velvet that I’ve come across, I feel like is an absolute need – especially during the festive season. The majority of high-street retailers seem to be velvet-obsessed also which is even better (but slightly more dangerous for my bank account). I’m going to show you a few of the pieces that have caught my eye and have been fuelling my desire to spend MORE money…

Black Velvet Rucksack – Kate Spade

 

 

Beatbox Round Toe Block Heel Ankle Boots in Pink Velvet – Public Desire

 

 

Stradivarius Strappy Velvet Jumpsuit – ASOS

 

 

MOTO Velvet Pinafore Dress – Topshop

 

 

Light Before Dark Pink Velvet Plisse Culottes – Urban Outfitters

 

 

Lots of love,

G X

Instagram: @geeheasel

BLOGMAS DAY 5: Cute Gift Ideas On A Student Budget

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Christmas present shopping is something I love to do…but not something I love to do on a student budget. It’s so frustrating when you want to get your friends and family the best presents ever but money – or lack thereof – prevents you from doing so. That being said, there are still some super cute things you could get for a friend or ask for yourself. I’m going to list a few things below that I’ve come across that are really nice little gift ideas, all for under £20.00…

The Little Book of Self-Care – Urban Outfitters

I fricking LOVE the book section in Urban. They sell a really cute range of books from ones based on positivity, mindfulness and happiness through to drinking games or jokes. I especially love the books filled with inspiring quotes of how to pick yourself up when you’re feeling down or a little bit low. As cringe as it may be, I really love quotes and find that they help me keep a more positive mindset day-to-day. This book retails for £9.99 which is a pretty decent price for a super cute prezzie.

‘Lips and Tips’ Set – Ted Baker

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I loooove a Christmas gift set, particularly anything released by Ted Baker around Christmas time. This year, this adorable nail varnish / lipstick set caught my eye. I think the pastel pink colour is super cute and will suit anyone so would be a great present regardless of who you’re buying for. I just feel like you can’t go wrong buying a present like this for someone – it retails for £8.50 which, again, is pretty good value.

Christmas Yankee Candle Set – Boots

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What’s Christmas without a few candles? I came across this set of Yankees on Boots and think this is such a fab prezzie idea. For £8.66, you get six mini Christmas-scented candles which will last you throughout the entire festive season. I also think this is a great way to ‘sample’ some of the scents you may not have smelt before making the plunge and buying the bigger version of the candle. Another super cute present.

Soap and Glory Glow-Ball – Boots

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Another Boots gift set, but really is there anything better at Christmas? I think, especially in terms of makeup brands, buying Christmas sets saves you so much money. This Soap and Glory Glow-Ball retails for £14.00 in-store and online which is amazing value considering the products that are inside. I think the majority of people appreciate some form of  a ‘smelly-bath-stuff’ set at Christmas and this one definitely looks like a good choice. Plus, Soap and Glory products always smell amaaaaazing.

So, those are all the little gift ideas I have for you today. Which is your favourite?

Lots of love,

G X

Instagram: @geeheasel

BLOGMAS DAY 4: Top Five Festive Films

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For me, a huge part of Christmas is being snuggled up watching festive films with my family and friends. I will literally watch anything Christmas related that is on TV – films especially – so I have a wide range of them that I love to watch. However, I thought it would be cute to try and compile a list of my top five festive picks for you – I hope you enjoy…

 Mickey’s Twice Upon A Christmas 

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At number 5, I had to include a childhood favourite. My Nan used to have Mickey’s Twice Upon A Christmas on video (yes, video) and each year, my brothers and I would sit and watch it on repeat throughout the Christmas period. The film is split into various different festive-themed storylines focusing on Mickey Mouse and all of his friends. Honestly, I still watch the film every year as it brings back cute memories of my childhood and makes me feel super nostalgic – also, it’s a pretty decent film!!

 Arthur Christmas 

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I feel like there is nothing better than a family-friendly animated film at Christmas. As Christmas films go, Arthur Christmas is pretty new compared to some of my other classic faves. However, this film is arguably the most ‘Christmassy’ of my list. It focuses on Arthur, Santa’s youngest son, as he journeys to deliver presents to the singular child that has been forgotten one year. This film is so feel-good and in an amazing turn of events IS NOW ON NETFLIX!!!!! I love watching it with my little brothers, snuggled up on the sofa with cosy blankets and a huge mug of hot chocolate – it really gets me into the festive spirit.

The Holiday 

An absolute rom-com festive classic. This film makes me feel so warm and Christmassy…it may have something to do with my emotional love affair with Jude Law. I absolutely adore the plot-line (an English woman and an American woman switch houses over the Christmas period and both fall in love) and could watch this film twice in the same day. All four of the leads are incredible – this really is a film that will make you laugh and cry.

 Nativity 

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When this film first came out, I immediately knew I was going to love it. There is something so simple about the plot – essentially a slightly grumpy teacher is trying to put on a nativity show – yet it works perfectly. The children are adorable and Martin Freeman is hilarious. I think it’s the authenticity and relatable nature of this film that really makes it so heart-warming. I unashamedly know all of the words to all of the songs and sing them loud and proud whenever I’m watching. This is a definite multiple watch during the festive season!!

 Love Actually 

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Aaaaaand here it is: my all-time favourite festive film is…LOVE ACTUALLY!! I honestly love every single thing about this movie; from the actors to the all of the interwoven plot lines. I’m totally in love with Hugh Grant as the Prime Minister and also am obsessed with the gospel choir at Keira Knightly’s wedding. This is such a feel-good modern classic and I watch it around 20 times each year – I can pretty much quote it word for word now!!

So those are my top festive film picks – did any of yours make the list? Or did I miss off your favourite?

Lots of love,

G X

Instagram: @geeheasel

BLOGMAS DAY 3: The Christmas Tag

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Do you open any presents on Christmas Eve?

Actually, no. I know this is quite a common tradition among my friends but my family tend to save everything until Christmas day. My brothers and I are allowed to open one present before everyone else wakes up on Christmas day so we’d always try and feel for a DVD so it would pass the time.

What holiday traditions are you looking forward to most this year?

This isn’t going to sound exciting to anyone else in the slightest but I loooove looking through the Radio Times and circling all of the Christmas films I want to watch during the lead up to Christmas.

Also, my younger brothers and I always have a sleepover on Christmas Eve and watch a festive film. We’re definitely too old now to justify how excited we get over Christmas.

Is your Christmas tree real or fake?

Sadly, it’s fake. We used to always go and buy a real tree but there were a few years where our tree kept dying before we’d actually reached Christmas. So, we purchased a fake tree. It still looks pretty real but we don’t get the nice festive smell, sadly.

What is your favourite Christmas film?

It’s a definite toss-up between Nativity and Love Actually. I’ll be posting my Top 5 Christmas films very soon…

Where do you usually spend your holiday?

At my house with my immediate family and my grandparents.

What is your favourite Christmas song?

100% ‘Merry Christmas Everyone’ by Shakin’ Stevens.

What is your all-time favourite holiday food?

Hmmm…I’d have to say either yule logs or, if we’re talking about christmas dinner, it would HAVE to be pigs in blankets.

Be honest: do you like giving gifts or receiving gifts better?

Honestly, giving. I love when you know you’ve got someone a present that they’re going to love. But I can’t lie, I don’t hate receiving presents either…

What is your favourite thing about Christmas?

Definitely the build-up – I love how excited everybody gets.

When do you start getting excited for Christmas?

Truthful answer: Some time in mid-November.

Answer I give to people: 1st December.

What is the best Christmas gift you’ve ever received?

Hmm…I had to think long and hard about this. I think I would have to go with my first ever laptop that I received when I was around 9 or 10. It was a pink Dell (yes, I was that girl) but it was my most prized possession for the longest time.

As a kid, did a sibling ever receive a present that you wished was for you?

YES. There is only a year between my older brother and me and he would always end up getting CDs or DVDs that I asked for and, at the time, it seemed like the world’s greatest injustice to 7-year-old me.

 

Do you make New Years resolutions? Do you stick to them?

I always make resolutions and try to stick to them. Keep your eyes peeled for a resolution-based blog post coming in the next few weeks…

What’s the best part about Christmas for you?

Christmas dinner is probably what I look forward to the most and I’m not ashamed to admit it. Also, since I’ve been at university I love coming home and spending time with my family.

So, that’s my take on the Christmas Tag! I hope you enjoyed reading it…what’s your favourite thing about Christmas?

Lots of love,

G X

Instagram: @geeheasel