Last week was a bit of an odd week, I started out with one
of the bugs going around and ended up with sinusitis so sorry for a lack of
posts last week. I’m hoping the antibiotics will kick in and everything will go
back to normal this week as I actually have the next four weeks worth of posts
planned and some of them photographed. Starting to feel organised finally! And with
the final deliveries from my post Christmas orders arriving last week I thought
it was time to do a post on everything I got.
I think it’s about a month from my first order but some of
them took a while to get here and I thought I’d put everything in one big post.
It’s a big mix of everything from home and beauty to nerdy figures and some are
full price but I wanted to get them with Christmas money from relatives. If
anything is still available I’ll put a link to it and I’m pretty sure that most
of these will be getting their own review posts so if there’s anything in here
you want to see first then please comment and I’ll move them up the list.
It feels too early to be buying anything Christmassy really but I know that the Paperchase Christmas decorations I’ve wanted have sold out in the past so when these decorations appeared on their website I had to get them early. I’ve also been doing some organising with my nail varnishes and needed a larger box. It came in a large box, though I did manage to keep my basket fairly empty as I tend to go a bit over the top with the stationery section of Paperchase.
When I made this order I started out planning to get three or four things but my basket kind of grew. It turned into a bit of a mix of everything really, though since taking photos I have a feeling that quite a few bits may be used in future photos, even though only one or two things were bought for this. I never thought I’d be buying things to use as props but I want to work on my photography for my blog so have been browsing more home decor sections and it’s very hard not to buy a load of things I don’t need to decorate my room.
This haul is from Paperchase, I think most of this is available in a lot of their stores, even the smaller one near me has quite a bit of this, but it is all still available online. I do love their stationery and always go to them when it comes to Christmas decorations but I haven’t really looked at them for décor and I could have bought a lot more.
Happy late Thanksgiving to any of you guys who celebrate it and happy Black Friday/Black Tag shopping even for people who don’t. I managed to get a couple of bargains with some clothes I wanted anyway and a big order for goodies from Holland and Barrett (I’ll have so much dried fruit and snacks over Christmas we could get snowed in and we’d be fine!) Have you guys braved the stores or found any bargains online? Or just avoided the whole thing altogether?
I’m feeling rather Christmassy recently and I decided to do an order from Paperchase to get some decorations, I got a new tree last year that’s slightly bigger than the one I had for 12 years and finally gave up on me so I wanted some extra decorations. I also did a smallish order from Amazon, a couple of things I’ve wanted for ages and I might finally be getting organised for my Ciate advent calendar swatching this year, or nail varnishes in general, and getting some nail wheels that I’ve been meaning to get for nearly two years now.
There’s a few things in these orders that are sort of bought with the idea of using them for photographs for the blog so I’m hoping that I’ll finally have a definite backing and some decorations. It’s taken me two years, long enough right?
I ended up making two separate purchases from Paperchase, one from their website and another from their store on Amazon. My original purchase was the store but they didn’t have the pink Santa that I really wanted and then I found it on Amazon so bought a couple of extra bits to make the postage worth it, though one isn’t really Christmassy. The things I bought from their website I also got 10% off with my UniDays voucher for being a student so if you’re a student in the UK it’s worth signing up for that as it’s free.
For years I’ve had the same decorations, most of them being from Paperchase as they do really nice mini ones that fit on my 2 foot tall tree. I just felt like I needed a change as I’ve had the same ones for years and although I’m still keeping them and I’ll use some there was a limited amount of different ways of using them. And then I saw the neon collection in Paperchase and I just had to have some from them. As I’m writing this the ones I have included a link in are in stock but the Christmas decorations bit in Paperchase seems to be decreasing each time I go on there so if you like the look of them I’d get them quickly.
Every year I have the aim to become more organised but this year I think I’ll actually be able to stick to it. With my big project for my degree this year, starting this blog and trying to start up a company I need to make sure I have everything written down so I don’t get all panicky when I have three things to do at once.
I’ve always found that, although I like the idea of them, electronic calendars in my devices like my phone and iPad don’t work for me as I either don’t use them properly or I forget what’s in there. I find actual physical diaries and calendars work a lot better for me, though calendars are often left on one month early in the year (I may be looking at last year’s June calendar page on my wall as I type this). I thought this year I’d have a go at diaries and actually make a concerted effort at using them.