Well, I’m back with another round of ‘Something for the Weekend’ where I just talk a little about what’s been happening in my world – where I’ve been writing, where I’ve been featured and other bits and pieces of good news. There’s no obligation to read of course but if you fancy joining me for my tour o’the interwebs, then please feel free!

So let’s just jump in shall we?

First up, I had a photographer shooting my bathroom for a MAGAZINE this month. Very very excited but the issue won’t be out until February so hopefully when that comes out, I will definitely share it with you! And yes, my bathroom is so teeny tiny that the poor man had to do acrobatics and probably had to go straight to his chiropractor after leaving my home to get the shots. Bless.

In other good news – do you remember my post for Anthropologie on My Perfect Dinner Party? Well, I ended up winning the competition! OHEMGEE. I could NOT believe it and I have you guys to thank for that! Smoochie kisses for all for voting for me!! And happily, I was able to share my good fortune with fellow blogger Ruth from The Planned Adventure (who has a rather lovely blog, you should have a look at it) who voted for me. So we both won a £100 voucher to spend at Anthropologie – swoon. I am trying desperately to save it so that I can get a few pretties for my future office so watch this space!

 

Congratulations @Redlilocks, you have won our #AnthroDinnerParty competition.Thank you for your beautiful inspirations!
— Anthropologie Europe (@AnthropologieEU) December 2, 2014

I also wanted to mention that Karolina Barnes named Swoon Worthy one of her Top 5 British Interior Bloggers which is a heck of an accolade and I’m rather humbled when in the company of some other amazing blogs. Thank you, Karolina! Some good news? Karolina has been kind enough to give Swoon Worthy readers an exclusive discount – you can save 20% on any purchase by using the code SWOON1214 at checkout. She carries a great mix of textiles and accessories so do check out the shop and save a few pennies before Christmas!

I also got to contribute to a few other articles out in blogland – first for Kayu Connection where they talked about the best home improvements to make to add value to your home. There is a lot of great information from 45 different bloggers and experts so have a look at that if you are considering selling up and wondering where to put your money for the best chance of a great price.

I was also included in Amara’s tips for Christmas decorating in their weekly roundup.

And Amplifound shared my article for Creating a Media Kit in their recent ‘Amplifinds’ post talking about useful blogger tips. There are some great links in there if you are a blogger so do check them out.

So let’s get into some of the articles I’ve been writing, shall we?

First off, on AO at Home, I talked about the 5 big Christmas decorating trends on the British High Street. My favourite? Warm metallics of course.

I shared some Christmas mantle decorating inspiration…

I made some DIY Christmas candles too with Pine and Frankincense essential oils.

And I created Gift Guides – for him, for her and for them.

Over on FADs blog, I shared how to create a glamorous Christmas look including a couple of images from Kristin of Bliss at Home’s decor which is just TO.DIE.FOR. Go check out both for some inspiration.

Over on Oak Furnitureland, I talked about 5 Common Decorating Mistakes to Avoid – my roundup of things that I see done repeatedly that are just cringe-worthy (but that we’ve probably all made at some time or another)…

And I shared 7 Quick Tips to Update Your Kitchen including this rather fabulous pattern extravaganza…

And finally, for a bit of fun, I shared how to create the sort of Christmas you see in American films

On a more personal note, I also managed to go 4 whole weeks without any processed sugars or alcohol! It was really really difficult in the first week but I’ve surprised myself with how easy it became as time went on. In fact, while I’ve gone back to a few drinks at the weekend (because I’m sorry, you can not keep me away from wine), I’ve managed to continue avoiding processed sugars even though I completed the 4 weeks – which as a lifelong addict of sugar, is pretty remarkable for me (I also managed to drop 5 lbs pretty effortlessly! Whoop!). Keep your fingers crossed that I don’t end up in a sugar coma when Christmas comes because I’ve allowed myself a ‘cheat day’ and I’m not about to leave the Ferrero Rocher alone.

So it’s been a busy month!! What have you been up to this month? Feeling ready for the Christmas festivities or just looking for a bit of a break?

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