December Favourites

It's that time of the month again: December favourites! Here's what I've been loving this month...

Favourite piece of clothing: H&M perfume bottle jumper
Regular readers will know my love of a good jumper, and whilst there have been some particularly good Christmas jumpers out this year this one is the winner for me. The beauty lover in me couldn't resist the old-fashioned perfume bottle design, which means the jumper isn't too Christmassy (though it could also pass for a festive bauble), and my inner magpie loves anything with sequins. This will be brilliant for casual winter nights out with black jeans and ankle boots and I can see myself wearing this for many Christmasses to come.

Favourite beauty product: Tom Ford Cream Shadow for Eyes in Platinum
I feel a bit guilty posting this as it was limited edition and I'm not sure if you can get it any more, but it is an utterly lovely product. I am a big neutral eyeshadow fan but often can't be faffed with blending or don't want anything too sparkly. This fixes that - simply whack it on with or without primer and it adds a lovely light shimmer that doesn't look too 'done' but gives a nice lift for those days when you don't want to do a full make-up look or need to balance out a bright lip. I wore it every single day in New York, as well as on Christmas Day, and will definitely be picking it out of my kit on days where I want to look groomed. If you didn't manage to get hold of it then apparently the new Max Factor Excess Shimmer in Bronze is a good dupe (though personally I think it's closer to Tom Ford Spice than to Platinum). Though we can only hope it becomes a permanent shade...

Favourite book: Stardust by Neil Gaiman
Admittedly the book choice this month was a bit thin on the ground as I spent most of December slogging through Bleak House (though to be fair it's my favourite Dickens novel so far), but I absolutely fell in love with Stardust. It's the first Neil Gaiman book I've read and has definitely made me hungry to read more of his work. Set in the fictional town of Wall, the book follows the adventures of young Tristran Thorn after he sets out to find a fallen star and win the heart of the girl he loves. Gaiman has built such a wonderful world of Faerie that is completely believable and totally immersive, along with brilliantly rounded characters that you root for from the off. This is a great book to take you out of a dull winter's day and transport you to a place that's magical in all senses of the word.

Favourite music: McBusted - McBusted
I was a massive Busted and McFly fan as a teenager but sadly didn't make it to any of their concerts earlier this year. So when I found out they'd released an album I was straight on Spotify to play it, and it's been on a loop ever since. Granted it's not exactly a work of musical genius (there are quite a few tracks on there that are a bit 'This is a joke song, right?') but others, like Air Guitar, Get Over It, Hate Your Guts, What Happened To Your Band and Back In Time, are right back to the bands I loved when I was younger - uptempo, fun, irreverent and ridiculously catchy. It's an album that makes me feel 17 again and that's not necessarily a bad thing. One note though: get the deluxe version - the three extra tracks are arguably better than some of the stuff on the actual album.

Favourite TV programme: Esio Trot
OK, technically this was broadcast on 1st January but I think there's room for a bit of general festive season overlap! The TV pick this month was a close-run thing between Esio Trot and Victoria Wood's wonderfully joyous musical That Day We Sang, but the fact I will watch Dustin Hoffman in anything swung it for me. He plays Mr Hoppy, an elderly man who's in love with his glamorous downstairs neighbour Mrs Silver (the always brilliant Judi Dench) - but she only has eyes for her pet tortoise Alfie. When Mrs Silver bemoans Alfie's small size, Mr Hoppy hatches a plan that might just help him win her heart. Fantastically acted - especially by Hoffman, who spends most of it talking to himself, and James Corden as the narrator - and utterly heartwarming, this is perfect Christmas viewing.

Favourite thing I did this month: Christmas!
Was it going to be anything else? I must admit that I was initially a bit nervous about Christmas because we went to Nick's dad's and it was the first time I'd spent Christmas with anyone else's family, but it actually turned out to be really good. Shedloads of food, lovely presents, good company, Strictly Christmas special, and to top it all off it snowed on Boxing Day night! All my fears were assuaged and I had a fantastic time - just a shame the decorations will be going down on Tuesday...

What were your favourite things in December?


  1. I think Max Factor Excess Shimmer in Copper is meant to be the Platinum dupe. It's not coppery at all, more silvery

    1. Ah, my mistake - I thought Bronze didn't look quite right. Though to be fair Platinum's not that silvery either, more of a mink colour...

      Thanks for reading! :)