Sunday 9th December LIVE – Christmas Jumper Edit

I love that point in December when it’s time to get the Christmas jumpers out. I never used to be a fan but in the last five years they have become a real trend for December. I love the fact that there are so many choices out there today where you have the choice to be full on festive or modestly merry.

Whatever you prefer, there really is something for everyone to get fashionable festive!

Featured festive knits and more

Fairisle cable knit jumper

Driving Home For Christmas jumper

Reindeer jumper

Fine knit jumper

Sequin star jumper

Diamante jumper

Cat stripe jumper

Flamingo Christmas jumper

Reindeer Christmas jumper

Multicoloured fairisle jumper

Sequin snowflake tunic jumper

Christmas pudding jumper

Gem snowflake jumper

Tinsel jumper

Romy jumper

Christmas tree jumper 

Chevron snowflake jumper

Red sequin bow jumper

Embelished Christmas jumpers

Grey fairisle reindeer jumper

Off-white beaded jumper

Green sequinned jumper

As always don’t forget to check out Ali’s edit.

Sunday 2nd December LIVE – Christmas Gift List Edit

I love Christmas and I love giving presents to my friends and family. I’ve always tried to plan ahead and get most of my shopping done as early as possible so there isn’t that last minute stress. But somehow I always end up buying too much. This year I am being strict with my budget and it is actually making my purchases more considered.

I have started my Christmas shopping and wrapped all the gifts I have bought so that I am not tempted to add to the present. This is something I always end up doing!

Finding that perfect gift is so important and you really want that person to feel that you know them well.

Remember you don’t need to spend lots of money to make people feel special, homemade gifts are just as good if you are on a tight budget. Check out some of my recipes that you could make and hand out to friends and family. They’ll know you’ve made an extra special effort!

Gifts featured on the LIVE and more

Red leather gloves

Faux fur pom pom hat

Faux fur sliders

Festive bauble gift set

Pouch gift set

Pearl embellished gloves

Grey pearl diamanté jumper

Cashmere scarf

Elemis Pro-Collagen gift set

Star print dressing gown

Skin treatment candle

Stellar collection

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Mustard chenille jump

Lace up biker boots

Mustard backpack

 

ByEloise hair bands

Merry & Bright gift set

Youth Renew tinted cream

Smart watch

Tom Dixon candles 

Trio face illuminator make-up set

Leather planner gift pack

Champagne saucer

Bubble bottle

Jewellery stand

Dyson supersonic hairdryer

Beauty lover selection box

 

As always don’t forget to check out Ali’s Edit too!

 

 

 

 

I was never really into banana bread until I had kids. They are always hungry and no matter how much I feed them they still raid the cupboards for more!

My first ever homemade banana bread was from the Hummingbird recipe book. It makes a delicious and light loaf but it has so much refined sugar in it.

I went in search for something healthier and have now found and tweaked a great recipe that is simple and tasty and uses whole wheat flour instead of plain white.

This is such a simple and fuss free recipe that requires no scales!

Ingredients

1/3 cup melted coconut oil

1/2 cup maple syrup (make sure it is grade A)

2 eggs

1 cup mashed bananas

1/4 cup milk of your preference

1 teaspoon bicarbonate soda

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon himalayan salt

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

0ptional: 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

1 3/4 cups whole wheat/ spelt flour

1/2 cup mix-ins such as dried fruit, dark chocolate chips, walnut or pecans.

Method

Preheat the oven to 165∘c and line a loaf tin with a liner or parchment paper.

Beat together your melted oil and maple syrup with a whisk in a large bowl. Add the eggs mixing well followed by the mashed bananas and milk.

Add the bicarbonate soda, vanilla, salt, cinnamon and ginger, and whisk until all the ingredients are well combined.

Using a large spoon, stir in the flour until just combined. Gently fold in your chosen mix-ins.

Transfer your mixture into the prepared tin. Optional: This is where I like to add a sliced banana. Peel a ripe banana and slice into three pieces length ways. Place on top of the mixture. This becomes lovely and caramelised once baked and looks great!

Place in the oven and bake for 1 hour. Leave to cool in the tin for 10 minutes. transfer to a wire rack to cool.

Once you’ve made this, I guarantee you’ll be making it again and again!