Christmas Reflections and My Sales Wish List()

Poppy and Chris are asleep and I’ve finally got a moment to myself. I’m so excited that I don’t know what to do first. I’ve just “indulged in” some long overdue hair removal that was meant to be performed on 23rd December but due to my crazy decision to cook for 10 people the night before we had to pack  and depart for five festive nights away, has had to wait until now.

So, what are my thoughts at the end of baby’s first Christmas??

1. Excitement is catching: Poppy spent her first Christmas smiling, giggling, kicking her legs, screaming and refusing to sleep. She was so over-excited that I thought she might burst. The result is that I am KNACKERED but very happy that my little girl had a wonderful time.

2. Babies don’t understand the concept of presents: Instead they prefer to sit in big boxes and in my daughter’s case eat wrapping paper. The amount of times I had to remove it from her mouth was actually quite scary. I would say that wrapping paper was her main sustenance over the Christmas period. My daughter was a Christmas goat.

3. Don’t get drunk during baby’s first Christmas: Hangovers and lack of sleep are not good friends. Drunkenness and lack of sleep can lead to crazy activities such as allowing your also drunk mother in law to cut your fringe at midnight on Christmas Day. (I’m now rocking very short and somewhat helmet like bangs…shit!)

4. Expect to be very emotional: The amount of time spent marvelling that the little thing that was in your tummy this time last year is now actually with you and your entire family at such a special time  is quite overwhelming. It really is a Christmas miracle.

Anyway, it’s almost 2015 and one of my (rather self indulgent) resolutions is to sort out my wardrobe which is looking boring and tired. Here are a few things that I’m after….

On Boxing day my sister was wearing the most amazing pair of leggings from River Island (which I’ve now ordered.) They’re incredibly flattering, look really expensive and will go with everything. They also only cost £25. You can find them here.



If you’re up for spending a bit more, this is the jumper that I’m coveting at the moment. Ever since I lived in Paris I’ve always been drawn to anything with a French theme and this Markus Lupfer Bonjour/Au Revoir  jumper is half price, made of 100% Merino wool (which means it’s dry clean only and will end up costing loads more than £132.50!) and I keep trying to justify the fact that I quite obviously need it in my life. Should I or shouldn’t I??? EEEEK! Here’s the link.



 I also love this Vivienne Westwood dress. I’ve been desperate for one for ages as they’re so flattering and cling in all the right places. This black number has 30% off and can be adjusted to be worn short or long so it’s kinda two for the price of one!!?? Find it here.



Right….I’m off to light my White Company Winter Candle and start reading Half of A Yellow Sun before my little family wakes up. It won the 2007 Orange Prize for Fiction and I’ve heard great things about it. I’ll let you know how I get on xx

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Nicola Bonn is the editor of as well as being a well known UK broadcaster and beauty journalist. She presents Early Breakfast on Smooth Radio, can often be seen debating women’s issues on This Morning and writes a monthly beauty column for seven magazines.

Nicola is and always has been inspired by beauty. She puts it down to her glamorous grandmothers and mother who shared their tips with her from a young age. is all about sharing beauty tips and gossip from some of the biggest beauty industry experts and rooting out the best products on the market so you don’t have to!