The Real Meaning of Christmas

Hey Guys,

Well it’s D-Day, yes I know, shocking that I am a Christmas Fanatic, so this post is of course based around my favourite time of year. This year in the run up to the festive season, IΒ have been thinking about what it is that makes Christmas such a special time of year. Yes while it is great to get presents, I think as you get older (I’m a ripe old 23!) your perception of Christmas begins to alter. It becomes more about spending time with family and friends and seeing their faces when they open their gifts. So many tragic and unfortunate things happen every day, it really makes you appreciate having your loved ones safe and happy. At the end of the day that far out weighs the monetary side of Christmas.

I have put together a small collection of videos that communicate the real meaning of Christmas. Regardless of their circumstances, everyone deserves a little something to make them smile at Christmas. I hope you enjoy and you all have a lovely Christmas with your nearest and dearest πŸ™‚

Merry Christmas My Loves

Z x

It’s Not Just Puppy Love

Hey Guys,

As you will know from my previous posts I am an avid animal lover. This combined with the fact that I am a dog owner, I’ve decided to base this post around the big issue of dogs at Christmas. Unfortunately there are many problems associated with puppies being bought as Christmas presents and also with older dogs not being cared for efficiently over the festive period.

First off I would like to kick off with the issue of the weather. There’s no denying how cold it is in the run up to Christmas. I completely understand that some people don’t like their dogs being inside (my dog personally has run of the house!) but look each to their own. However when the weather is in the minus degrees and it is literally freezing, dogs should not be left outside. The coldness can put pressure on their organs and it’s just in general cruel to allow your pet to suffer. No fur coat can protect an animal when the temperature drops so low during the night.

I also can’t believe that it also still needs to be said, but unfortunately it does. A puppy is not a novelty gift. It is a new member in your family and if you cannot see that then do not ‘buy’ one for Christmas with the fake promise of a loving home. I know many people may not intend this to be the case but it is an issue that is increasing. Last year on the 5th of January, the DSPCA received 55 phone calls from people who wanted to ‘return’ or ‘surrender’ the dogs they had gotten for Christmas. That is a 110% increase on the previous year. That is less than two weeks after receiving the dog. This is simply not fair on a puppy as they need to get used to their surroundings, not be passed from place to place.

If you are unsure about a dog ask yourself some questions about what your plans are for the future. Can you dedicate time to your pet? They do need to be walked but they also need love and affection, throughout their entire life not just when they are small and fluffy. Your love for your pet should not decline the older they get, it should increase! Dogs are also not the cheapest to own. In my mind they are worth every penny, but you need to consider whether you can afford to or are willing to spend money on your pet. Between food, vaccines and the vet fees, there is a budget that needs to be allocated to ensure sufficient care for your dog. It is cruel to leave them without any of the above.

At the end of the day, a dog is an amazing gift at any time of the year. If it is only considered for Christmas then perhaps you need to re-evaluate. Looking after your dog, is like looking after a child. If you can’t do this then do not get one. It really is as simple as that. If however you make an informed decision and get a dog and fall in love with it, then welcome to the club! It is great πŸ™‚

Just some food for thought guys!

Until next time My Loves

Z x

Ps. Just because I’m one of those dog owners who loves to show people pictures of my baby / dog, here’s some pics of my wonderful, troublesome ‘puppy’

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Winter Wish List

Hey Guys,

As always I’ve been shopping online (for Christmas presents I swear!) and I have been oggling over some of the new pieces currently available from my favourite retailers. As always there is a mixture in the price range, meaning they are definitely on my Winter Wish List for this week. They are perfect for your Santa List, wink wink, nudge nudge!

Top 5 on this week’s Winter Wish List:

€60.00 River Island

Image 1 ofΒ KG by Kurt Geiger Black Beau Heeled Shoes

€157.57 KG by Kurt Geiger

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€25.95 Zara

€45.00 Miss Selfridge

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€29.99 Newlook

I’m will be keeping an eye on the latest additions to the highstreet each week and keeping you guys updated in terms of what I am falling in love with πŸ™‚

Happy Shopping My Loves

Z x

Grey Goodies

Hey Guys,

I was Christmas shopping today and was a tad bold and bought some pieces for myself. I just have absolutely no will power whatsoever! On the bright side, what I did buy came to €39.99 which was quite a good bargain which lessens some of that post purchase guilt.Β I’m obsessed with grey at the moment, I think it’s perfect for the Winter months and goes with everything. I was therefore pretty happy with the Grey Goodies I came across today. I simply could not part with them, I felt they needed a good home.

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The Clutch Bag is always a necessity throughout the Christmas party season. I love the two tone look of this one and as this was on special offer and just couldn’t pass it up.

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 €12.00 River Island

The Faux Fur head band is perfect for the freezing weather. I love faux fur and am slowly but surely building on fur accessories, perfect for Christmas too.

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€9.99 Newlook

The Trilby Hat is also a style essential and I love not only the colour of this one, but also the texture. It feels and looks much more expensive than it was. I’ve so many outfit ideas for this that I literally hopped, skipped and jumped to the checkout.

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 €8.00 Penneys

The Turtleneck is such a useful Winter piece. It adds instant style appeal to any look, whether dressed up or dressed down. I have bought so many since the cold weather has kicked in. This was such a steal too.

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 €10.00 Penneys

I’m excited to start planning some Christmas outfits, get to the shops girls they’re some great pieces in the shops at the mo!

Happy Shopping Ladies πŸ™‚

Z x

Fabulous Find: NK Creative

Hey Guys,

Today I was at a small Christmas fair, getting into the festive spirit when I photo 1 (22)came across the NK Creative stall. I took some pictures to share with you all as the majority of pieces are handmade and original, making them perfect for Christmas presents. From chokers, rings and necklaces to handbags and purses, each piece includes intricate detailing that the founder herself has spent days creating! Handmade gift boxes can also be purchased to create even more of a unique appeal. The prices are also fantastic; starting from as little as €1.00, in fairness where else could you buy a unique piece of jewellery for that price!

NK Creative also takes specific orders so that she can custom make a piece to your liking; another differenciating aspect of this new little business. You will get more than just a bargain when you buy one of NK Creative‘s accessories, you will have something special that can be tailored to your preference! The majority of clothes and accessories currently available are standardised and so I personally am always on the lookout for custom made little gems like the ones in the pictures below.

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My favourite purchase from today is my new ring, which cost €2 (yes only €2.00) and I absolutely love it.

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In today’s society, I also think it is really brave of the founder to create her own start-up and have the courage to put herself out there. It’s never easy starting out with anything in life but I genuinely think NK Creative can only get bigger and better!

Check out her facebook page for more fabulous finds:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Nk-Creative/704429046331153

Happy Shopping πŸ™‚

Z x