Blog Eighteen in Twenty Sixteen

~ Blog Eighteen in Twenty Sixteen ~
So, here I am. Coffee in hand, ready to type my end-of-year review of 2016 - in total SHOCK that the year is over. In all honesty, I wouldn't say this has been my best year ever, with a mix of being in a shit job and all these celebrities (well I'd say legends) dying - it hasn't been the best. What does make me laugh though are all these quotes on social media that are appearing, like 'You think 2016 was the worst year, I imagine 1939-1945 was a little worse to be honest' HAHA.
So leaving all my negativity for the year to one side - let's focus on the positives. I have actually managed a great deal of goodness this year, which can be easy to forget - so let's recap shall we..

And That's A Wrap From Me! | BLOGMAS DAY 23

~ .. And That's A Wrap From Me!
Yayyyy I did it! I've completed Blogmas without a hitch; *smiles all round* - I mentioned briefly in yesterdays post how I've felt about the little challenged, so I won't bore you with all that again. But, just know, I'm extremely pleased with myself! It has been quite difficult, so now it's finish, I could not be more happy with myself. As today is officially Christmas Eve Eve, I've decided today would be a good day to finish Blogmas. This being so I could fully switch off for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. As this Blogmas series (if you can officially call this a series?) has been quite a big factor in my life this month, It only felt right that I officially tie everything together and give it an officially conclusion.
So without further ado, here's an end in the exciting chapter on Blog Eighteen; thank you to everyone that has read any, I have to say its ben a whole lotta fun! Merry Christmas Everyone & A Happy Happy New Year.

See you sometime before the end of the year - lots of love!


Let's Have A Little Chat | BLOGMAS DAY 22

~ Let's Have A Little Chat.. ~ 

As we are nearing the end of this epic Blogmas journey, I thought it was about time now that I did a little re-cap post. Just a general, word-vomit-moider about how this month has gone and the Christmas plans that are almost upon us. I have to say, although I must have typed my disbelief many times by now, I'm so so shock I've managed to solidly produce a blog post for 21 days - that's something I've never managed before. It really puts in to perspective how far I can push myself as some weeks during this year, I have struggled to get 3 posts out a week - haha I can 100% put that down to laziness now can't I! Oh well, Its been a struggle sometimes but hey ho, I've proven to myself, amidst working full time and trying to have some kind of social life; blogging daily is possible.. *pats self on back*

Mrs Santa Claus | BLOGMAS DAY 21

~ Mrs Santa Claus ~

So here we are, what is most probably the last outfit post of Blogmas 2016.. can I just ask: how the hell has this gone so fast, time really does fly doesn't it?! Anyway, for this post lets rewind back to Saturday (well, I also got wear out of this entire outfit Sunday too haha!), I went out for a Christmassy day with friends and family (post here) and thought I would bring out my Mrs Claus style dress once more. You have to admit with this dress, it really screams Christmas, I'm not sure if its the pattern, the colours or the style.. it just has that festive vibe. In fact, this was last years Christmas day dress, but as with everything - clothes lose value in the wardrobe so this dress as been demoted down to a casual everyday dress..!

The Christmas Party Dress 2016 | BLOGMAS DAY 20

~ The Christmas Party Dress 2016 ~
 Ah finally, an occasion to dress up all fancy - doesn't come around as often I wished to be honest! Well, my wish has been granted because come 2pm tomorrow, I shall be donning my finest dress (well this uh-mazing ASOS number), putting on my beautiful velvet heels and waltzing into my office Christmas Party.. Well, we're going to a really nice pub for a three course meals and then having lots of drinks until late - ITS STILL ENOUGH OF AN OCCASION TO DRESS UP THOUGHIts true though, getting all dressed up and actually having an event doesn't happen too often really does it, if I had an excuse to wear a dress and heels every weekend, I so would take up the offer and be all fabulous. But there we go, eh can't have everything...

Its Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas | BLOGMAS DAY 19

~ Its Beginning To Look  A Lot Like Christmas ~

As I did last week, when I went on a little Christmassy outing to a nearby town for lunch, I thought I'd share some snaps from this weekends offerings. I had one great great day Saturday, one that I'd actually been looking forward to aaaall week. To start off, I had the luxury of being able to have a well overdue catch-up with one of my bestest and oldest friends. She's was home for Christmas for university, so we planned a morning of brunch, talking, talking and more talking.. it really was SO nice to see her again!

Round-up #3 | BLOGMAS DAY 18


Astonishingly, this is the THIRD week I have completed Blogmas... THE THIRD WEEK?! I'm so amazed how I've managed this, like seriously how? Anyway, yet again I've managed to squeeze in 6 blog posts, ranging from beauty to fashion to Christmas drinks.. its been another great week; let's recap properly shall we!
I started the week with what probably is my favourite post, in 'Fizz or No Fizz?' I shared two drinks recipes I'd found on the 'net and produced the best photos ever (possibly) on my blog - it's OK to be proud of your self sometimes isn't it?! I followed this with a little makeup look I always seem to turn to in these festive months. In 'A Festive Makeup Look' I channelled the gold-eye-berry-red-lip look and ~hoped~ I managed to pull it off!
The next few days consisted of an outfit post and a Christmassy edition of what I wear on my nails and lips. In 'Oh How Preppy...' I put together an outfit of orange and grey.. with me hoping the jumper didn't clash with my hair! Next, in 'Festive Edition: On The Lips & Nails' I showed you what I've been baring on the lips and nails, with a dark berry purple lip and mauve/ glitter nails.
To conclude this week, I spoke briefly in 'Christmas Jumper Day' about the fact.. well it was Christmas jumper day and showed some of my favourite jumper picks. Yesterdays post was a small 'Christmassy Instagram Update' were I showed what I've snapped in the past weeks, with a mix of these very Blogmas photos to little snippets in between..

So there we go, an end to another successful week.. I know I said it a second ago but I'm seriously so surprised I've managed to keep Blogmas up.. now let's get this final week completed and then I can give myself a pat on the back (and a MASSIVE glass of rosé, of course)

Christmassy Instagram Update | BLOGMAS DAY 17

~ A Christmassy Instagram Update ~
Well well well, its been a long ol' while since I've done one of these Instagram update sorts. Instagram seems to be going through a bit of a rough patch at the moment, with its not-quite-as-good-as-snapchat 'stories' and the whole unfollow/follow malarkey seeming to be plaguing the whole app... I still love Insta but its seeming to be become less popular by the week..
Anyway, here's my latest offering; a mix of my Blogmas efforts and some Christmassy decorations - its all very cliché, but is it really such a crime? Here's some captions to illustrate my grid..

First Row | 'Festive Edition: On The Lips & Nails | 'Oh How Preppy..' | 'A Festive Makeup Look'

Second Row | 'Fizz or No Fizz?' | 'Happy Mind Happy Life' | 'Oh Christmas Tree..'

Third | STYLE: The Coat Collection' | 'Snippets of My Day' | 'The Christmas Tag'

And that is it, my username's @LisaEighteen - leave your @'s if you like and I'll be sure to follow back!


Christmas Jumper Day | BLOGMAS DAY 16

~ Christmas Jumper Day 2016 ~
Hello, ello ello everyone, I'm back yet again with another post for you, albeit a rather short one today as I just wanted to share the fact its Christmas jumper day today and ~of course~ I've dug out my beloved jumper out and worn it for work today! To be honest I don't think there is a nice Christmas jumper on the market, no matter what colour or pattern, they all just have that slight feel of tacky.. well i'd call it festive but whatever!

Festive Edition: On The Lips & Nails | BLOGMAS DAY 15

~ Festive Edition: On The Lips & Nails ~

Aaaah lipstick and nail varnish; the two things you'll never see me without. Yes, I can go 2 weeks with not a scrap of foundation, in my day-to-day life I barely bother with mascara (because why would you when you could have 10 minutes more in bed every morning?!), plus the whole filling in my eyebrows - mine are sparse enough so I leave that for weekend occasions only! BUT, when it comes to lipstick, you're more likely to see a pig fly (or Britain re-joining the EU.. LOL) than me stepping outside my front door without lipstick on. Nail varnish the same, I can never go a day or two without looking at my bare nails and just thinking.. ew. So, in keeping with this, I thought I'd show you what I've been wearing near enough everyday this month - an obvious dark berry/ purple lips..because what's more festive then that! and a combination of mauve and a glitter top coat.. you can't have too much glitter at Christmas time, can you?!

Oh How Preppy.. | BLOGMAS DAY 14

[Jumper: Matalan | Shorts: Zara | Tights John Lewis | Shoes: ASOS]
~ Oh How Preppy .. ~

So as I mentioned yesterday, my hair colour seems to jumping from one colour to the other.. today we are back to the present day.. pink! Over the weekend I dressed in, what I call 'comfy but made an effort' I've found recently, with my hair being the colour it is (which, tbh I'm not sure what you'd call it!) I have to make sure I dress around it. When I popped into Matalan last week and found this uh-mazing burnt orange jumper, it wasn't until I got home I thought to myself 'wait, will it clash with my hair?!' Thankfully, all my worries were cast aside because it looked fiiiiiine, thank god!  

A Festive Makeup Look | BLOGMAS DAY 13

~ A Festive Makeup Look ~

Before I start I do apologies for the jump that seems to be happening in these blog posts recently. A bit of a continuity problem suggests my hair colour is changing dramatically from day to day.. truth is I have tried to be incredibly organised in order to complete Blogmas, so I took these photos a fair few weeks ago.. before I dyed my hair the pinky colour it is now; forgive me!
Nevertheless, today I thought I would show you a little festive makeup look.. one I do tend to turn to in the Christmassy months. Yes, it is a bit simplistic and every common this time of year; but gold eyes and a red lip - what more do you need.. As I'm not ~thee~ best at makeup, I'll briefly talk you through what I do to achieve this 'look' ..

Fizz or No Fizz? | BLOGMAS DAY 12

~ Fizz or No Fizz? ~

You know what I've discovered lately, I really love taking photos of drinks.. may sound weird, but this is my third (fourth?) post of this type and I love it.. (there's my 2017 resolution, do more posts like this!) ANYWAY, for todays post I thought I'd show you two extremely easy recipes for some festive tipples.. one alcoholic and one not. I've adapted them from the BBC Good Food website and removed/ added flavours I prefer most. They both are very similar, with one having a little more ingredients than the other, but all together there is nothing too complicated and really are great drinks for the Christmas period.. cheeeeeers!

Round-Up 2 | BLOGMAS DAY 11


So here we are, the end of another week of Blogmas - WHAT? Seriously, its actually quiet scary how quickly Christmas is creeping up, I haven't bought all my presents yet, better get on that quickly! With this being day 11, that makes it almost half way through - I'm honestly so happy how I've actually managed to so this daily blogging thaaang - when I put my mind to something, I always have a tendency to follow it through, so this is definitely something to smile about!
Anyway, like I did last Sunday, I'm just going to do a little round-up of everything I've blogged about this week, which has included, 1 outfit post, 1 book review, 2 trips out, a tag post and a lil' coat collection... who knew I had so much to say, eh?!

At the beginning of the week, I shared some rather festive snaps in 'A Christmas Carol', when I went to a Carol service I attended the Saturday before. I followed with a very cosy outfit post; 'Wrapping Up Warm'. I dug out an old gem of a coat and channelled all the jack frost vibes - even if my choice of footwear wasn't the most sensible! In the middle of the week I did a little tag post, one I ~technically~ wasn't tagged in, but gave it my best shot! In 'The Christmas Tag' I answered all the festive questions and stated the obvious with a few (because of course Elf is my fav Christmas film)

The next few posts have consisted of some 'Snippets of  My Day' from a lovely day out with my Mum and Nain (grandma), a fashion post where I show you my favourite coats for winter in 'STYLE: The Coat Collection' and I've finished the week with a round up of my favourite books this year in 'The Book List 2016' - even if I did mistakenly talk about a book I read last year haha!
Anyway, here's to another week of Blogmas.. I seem to be getting the hand of this daily blogging  thing, let's pray I can complete another week. yes?!


The Book List 2016 | BLOGMAS DAY 10

~The Book List 2016 ~

Wow, this year I hadn't realised how many books I'd managed to get through; 7 is pretty good for me to be perfectly honest. I'm not the quickest of readers and tend to go through fazes of reading every night before bed, then not touch a book for about 3 weeks.. but despite this I worked my way through enough to create a 'Book List of 2016' -YAY! At a quick glimpse, you can tell my taste in books steers towards the rom-com, light reading.. I never like the heavy stuff! Anyway, here's this years crop of books I've work through when I've been on a sunny beach, when I've been tucked up in bed and even when I've just had a lazy Sunday sitting in my conservatory..

STYLE: The Coat Collection | BLOGMAS DAY 9

~ STYLE: The Coat Collection ~

Now using the word collection is to show every single pieces of clothing of that type. That is something I'm not going to do today, but rather show you five coats I seem to always reach for over the winter period. I'll admit, I haven't bought a brand new one for this winter - so I will ~attempt~ to link any similar coats/ similar styles. These five are a mix of warm and cosy, bold and bright, as well as one you can see a mile off.. they're always the best ones aren't they. Anyway, if you like a little glimpse into my coats of choice, keep reading.. even if you have seen these coats on more than one occasion on this little blog..

Snippets of My Day | BLOGMAS DAY 8

~ Snippets.. ~

Today I thought I'd show you some snippets of my day, well not today but Monday. Me, my mum and grandma took a little trip to a little place about 20 minutes from where I live - Conwy. Its a cute like town full of little cobbled streets and independent shops/ cafes = basically my idea of heaven HAHA... you think I'm joking (I'm secretly 20 going on 80!) Anyway, I booked the day off work, so I could enjoy a well deserved day off. To be honest, it was just what I needed as I got a lie-in, got to watch Holly & Phil on This Morning, had amazing lunch and (as cliché as it sounds) some quality time with my mum and grandma.. For the first time in a long time I had that feel of pure content, it was a lovely feeling indeed...

The Christmas Tag | BLOGMAS DAY 7

~ The Christmas Tag ~
Back in November when I began thinking up ideas for this Blogmas thing, on more than one occasion I became a bit stuck with ideas. Because, if you hadn't noticed, I'm a bit of an in between blogger. I'm not necessary all about the Beauty (well, rarely about the beauty tbh!), I don't post about Fashion/ Outfit aaaaall the time and well Lifestyle cames in an out.. I generally blog about whatever's relevant in my life at that point. So, I began reading up previous Blogmas pieces by some serious KICKASS bloggers.. I came across Milk Bubble Tea's blog who most people know about - because let's face it, she's awesome. So, I took her questions from 2014 and decided I'll put my spin on things..

Wrapping Up Warm | BLOGMAS DAY 6

[Coat: Next (similar) | Scarf: Next (similar) | Top: Zara | Trousers: Alexa Chung for M&S |
Shoes: M&S | Bag: Zara (similar)]

 ~ Wrapping up Warm ~
As the temperature plummets by the day (what's this of a big freeze coming up?!) its important to wrap up warm kids... She's says as she shows you an outfit wearing teeny-weeny dolly shoes, god one Lisa. Anyway, despite my choice of footwear that day, I quite liked my outfit so why not show you all.. that's what this whole blogging/ blogmas thing is all about isn't it? I have to be honest before I go any further. I hadn't notice the MASSIVE stain I had on the front of this coat before I took the photos. It wasn't until I started editing them that I realised how messy I really am. oops.

A Christmas Carol | BLOGMAS DAY 5

~ A Christmas Carol ~

Let me ask you a simple question; what is thee most Christmassy activity to do.. Christmas carols in a church..? Yes, that's my idea of a great festive evening haha - I know I know mental aren't it?!?
Anyway, on Saturday I went along to a church not too far away from where I live with a friend from work and we had a lovely carol evening in aid of the Alzheimer's Society. A choir sang a whole host of Christmassy songs and there were a few readings by people who work for the charity as well as a sufferer doing a reading of a Christmas poem... Being the ever soppy person I am, I couldn't help but have a little tear in my eye! As Christmas is around the corner I'm all for Christmas carol services every weekend.. there's nothing better!


Week 1 Round-up | BLOGMAS DAY 4

 SO YAY, I completed my first week of Blogmas! Ok, yes it may have only been 4 days but its a positive start haha. This may be a very short Round-up as really, there's only really been two proper blog posts - The first blog posts being aaaall about my pick of 'Candles for Christmas', I actually got a few tweets on twitter saying that they didn't need anymore temptation to buy more candles which made me laugh haha, glad to know there are likeminded people out there like me who cannot resist a good candle at Christmas time!
My post yesterday was all about my newest outfit in the wardrobe and the minor detail of a hair colour change. In 'Oh Yeah, About My Hair' I finally showed off my new reddish colour, I'll admit it has faded drastically from when I first dyed it a few weeks back, but I'm kinda liking it!

Anyway, for the first time since I properly starting blogging, I've managed to get 4 posts in a row up - pretty happy with myself to be honest. The real test will be this week.. place your bets now, will I go the whole hog and complete a whole 7 days worth of post? Find out next time on Blog Eighteen.. (the temptation to sign off with 'You know you love me, xoxo Gossip Girl - is too much right now HAHA)


Oh Yeah, About My Hair.. | BLOGMAS DAY 3

 [Dress: Zara | Coat: Marks & Spencer (similar) | Tights: John Lewis | Boots: Monsoon (similar)

~ Oh Yeah, About My Hair.. ~

Hello, everyone; its Day 3! As I shot these outfit photos last week it downed on me, I've had my hair this reddy/ pink colour for about three weeks now AND I HAVEN'T BLOGGED ABOUT IT. Oh how dare I?! In all seriousness though, I originally dyed it a couple of weeks ago expecting a dark red colour, which it was, but then three hair washes later, bam its this weird pinkish colour.. oh well I actually kinda like it, its different for me and kind of festive, so I'm keeping it until at least the New Year! - Besides, its pretty god job I like my hair because my mum said to me the other night that it 'looked like a hippies or something..' - Its a good job I'm not self-conscious about it HAHA (thanx mum, love ya oxo hahaha)

The Candles for Christmas | BLOGMAS DAY 2

~ The Candles for Christmas ~
I'm a candle girl, I love candles ANY time of the year; whether that be them burning bright on a summers evening or burning ten thousand on a cold winters night.. in my house there's always a candle burning! As we are now on Day 2 of Blogmas (its going well so far haha) I thought I would show you my three candle picks for if you want a Splurge in Space NK, a deluxe but won't break the bank treat or a cheap spend.. These three candles are the ones (I think) you should take note of. I will tell you now I'm not thee best at describing smells.. but really, who is?! I'll give it my best shot..!


~ DAY 1 ~

So here goes, I've decided this year I'll attempt the impossible.. BLOGMAS. It should be fine shouldn't it, since December is always a busy month, oh and I'll be work full time.. Yeeeeeeah why the hell not!
Over the next 25 days, I'll hope to bring you all kinds of Christmassy goodness, I'll admit I am a bit worried I won't be able to do the whole 25 days, but yano I'll give it bloody good shot and if not then I tried didn't I haha! Anyway, yay its the 1st of December and without sound too middle-aged I cannot believe the Christmas season is upon us!
So yes, Merry Christmas Everyone; Let's all cheers to you all whether you're attempting Blogmas or not (or even just reading) Raise your champagne flutes - CHRISTMAS IS HERE!