What I Got: Christmas 2018

In this post, I’ll be showing you what I got for Christmas 2018. I know it’s been over a month since Christmas but I have received my last present just a few days ago and I wanted to include it here. So without further ado…! Read More

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#ClaireNotes – December 2017

Closing the year 2017 with a bang…! December 2017 was probably the most eventful month since I started blogging. And since it’s the last month of the year, I have decided to highlight even MORE things that happened, and what is yet to happen for the year 2018.

Hope you enjoy reading this post! Let me know how your December was in the comments below ❤

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On the 7th day of Christmas, my credit card gave to me…: A Christmas [mini] Haul

Hello my beautiful internet friends! Yesterday was my first proper shopping spree in what seems like ages, probably since before I bought my car back in November, and boy did I need it! Even though I didn’t buy much, I went to spend almost €150, which for me, is a huge amount. but they were all things I somehow needed, especially the jeans I bought.

Here’s what I got from the two shops I visited: New Look and Dorothy Perkins, both in Valletta.

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#ClaireNotes – November 2017

An investment

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3rd November marks the day my car hunting days (just two!) came to an end. I bought my first car! A cute, snug Chevy which name thus far is just Sparky is officially Lil Bastard (in ode to James Dean’s). This is my first huge investment in life; after this, comes my first home away from my actual home. This is also a thanks to my dad for being patient enough to drive me around for two whole days in search for my first car. Thanks Papa!

Autumn/Winter transition

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My favourite trends are ALL wintery. I love feeling snug in my clothes. I have a jacket which I call my “bed” because of how comfortable it is! I wear it almost everyday for work and barely take it off.

As of now – when the article has been published – my wardrobe and room is officially autumn/winter ready. The only short-sleeved tops I have are vests I wear underneath my clothes. My bed has fleecy covers and a cuddly duvet. My pyjamas are almost all fleecty as well.

(Can you tell how much I love fleecy, snug, wintery things?!)

Christmas time… one month too early!

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Hands down, my favourite time of the year is when end of October rolls in. That’s when I REALLY invest myself into the Christmassy spirit and come out with my obsession with Christmas songs. But let me stop you there, because that’s only part of the obsession… I actually listen to holiday tunes ALL. YEAR. ROUND.

Yes you read correctly. I listen to Christmas songs 365/6 days a year. Whenever they come up, I turn the volume up and jam along. Christmas makes me happy and forget about the crud I had over the last several months.

I love Christmas not because of how damn good and catchy the songs are, but it’s that time of year where the whole family comes together (leaving Thanksgiving out as I’m not an American), gives presents to one another and shares a bottle or two (of wine that is). It’s also the time of year where I bake the most. I’ll be posting some tasty recipes you can try during the holiday season!

To sum up how next month’s #ClaireNotes will be:

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Past #ClaireNotes 2017:

January

February

March

April

May

June

July / London Special!

August

September

October

What I Got For Christmas

Merry belated Crimbo everybody! Hope you had an amazing time with your family and friends like I did! It’s the first Christmas in a long, long time where I am genuinely happy, and my family is one.

But anyways, this post isn’t about that… it’s about all the good stuff I got!

… starting from

Work

So as to avoid spending excessive amounts of money, my class and another (the crew, as I like to call it) decided to go for lunch instead of giving presents. In my opinion, it was a great idea. We got to laugh and chat about life, and it was nice. We went to Palazzo Preca, just a few doors away from where we work. The service was excellent, and so was the food.

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From all the students in my class (my cheeky little monkeys, whom I love with all my heart!) gave me vouchers, which I can redeem at a lot of local shops. I appreciated their thought… and being the sensitive person I am, I was almost reduced to tears.

p50054rThe student I help in class gave me the most beautiful necklace from perfumes&more. He almost gave me a fright when he told me he needed to talk to me outside of class, but when he took out the wrapped box and card, I laughed so hard he thought I had gone cray. The pendant has a twisted thingy with crystals embedded, and the end has a pearl attached to it. I promised him I’d wear it for Christmas Eve… and I did!

BFF

loki-36-mcuFrom my BFF, who knows me more than anyone else (sorry, fam and bae), bought me a
Loki Funko POP… and it has a freaking bobble head! Even though it was more than enough, she called the gift a “little something” and promised she’d get me something more special from London. I freaking love her, needless to say!

In-Laws

Even though I haven’t met them in a while, they still managed to amaze me with their gifts, because it was like they knew what I really wanted (ahem… bae… ahem…). I spent Boxing Day morning at his, and we played two PS games, one which I don’t know the name of and Injustice. I actually beat him at Injustice one time… and I’d never touched a PS in my entire existence! I was proud of myself there and then!

wallet-camel-3-thumb2xHis parents gave me this amazing camel wallet from Parfois. And just a day before on Christmas, I was thinking of buying a new wallet from the sales!

originalHis sister gave me a perfume from Zara. It’s called Floral from their Day Collection, and it smells DIVINE. The packaging was lilac, one of my favourite colours after purple and green.

 

Family

4129bnds0tl-_sx300_20161226_213443[1].jpgFirst up are my parents! After almost giving me a
positive heart attack with a SINGING DONKEY – yes, you read right… Singing. Donkey. – they gave me a pair of festive socks and money. Thankssss!

http3a2f2fmedia-topshop-com2fwcsstore2ftopshop2fimages2fcatalog2f21n88gmul_largeNext up are my sestra and boyfriend. They got me four – yes, that’s right… 4. Quattro. Quatre. – presents, starting from the funny one to the one I wanted badly. The funny one is this floating pug plug for the bath. I called him Robert Jr., since the duck plug we bought from London is called Robert Sr..
Second gift I got was a jammy set; the top says Cupcakes for Breakfast 20161226_21425401(YASSSS), and the pants have lots of hearts on them, and are longer than my legs with my Cookie Monster fuzzy slippers (Fact)! 20161226_2138141
Third gift is this beautiful heart-shaped, two-storey jewellery storage box, which I will be filling with earrings, rings and pins in the future.
Last but not least, is the MEGA gift, which is a SilverCrest hairdryer. I’d wanted my own (first-hand and not full of sticky tape) hair dryer in forever, and so they got me one.

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Bae

Leaving the best for last, as he’d been showering me with gifts – both abstract and concrete – since we first started dating back in March. He first gave me a cute brown dog with blue sparkly eyes, which I named Dean, and then he gave me a rare Beatles LP from Budapest, and several games, namely The Sims 4, Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, Wolf Among Us and Hearthstone. And I enjoy playing them, especially with him.

Now for the Crimbo presents…

mortal-kombat-x-enhanced-online-beta-headerPart 1 was a game I’d wanted since forever, which is Mortal Kombat X. I’d say ‘Fatality’ every time he fails at something or as a joke, and now I can the game itself!

Second, as he told me, is “something of everyday cute-chinese-pug-dog-cookie-puppy-animal-pet-lovely-companion-mouse-pad-0-500x421use”… it turned out to be a mouse pad, with a pug staring hungrily at a crumb of food. Looove it!

brown-warm-cross-bag-9439970-lrgLast one was “something of almost every day use”… The result? This beautiful camel crossover bag from Parfois, which matches the wallet I got from his mum.

 

 

You

Yes, you, reading this post down to the end of it, which is this part. You gave me the present of understanding and inspiration to write more and more of these posts. You give me hope and a reason to do what I love doing more than anything else in the whole, wide world, which is writing.

Stay safe this festive season, and I will see you in the next one!