A parenting & lifestyle blog written by Claire Chircop.

Event | The Body Shop Christmas Collection

So the C word has finally been mentioned on the blog! I've seen it circling the bloggersphere over the last couple of weeks however today's the day Christmas finally hits ClaireMac! Wahoo! Earlier in the week I was luckily invited down to The Body Shop at Meadowhall for a sneaky preview of their new Christmas products.

The Body Shop are offering up three new festive scents for their Christmas collection; Frosted plum, glazed apple & frosted cranberry. Each scent holds body butters, hand creams, shower gels, candles and so much more - You're going to have absolutely no problem finding that perfect gift for your loved one! All three scents are absolutely stunning, I'm always a sucker for fruity smells so these were always going to be winners in my eye but my favourite has gotta be the frosted plum! It's just divine!

Along with the new fragrances, The Body Shop also had gift sets available of some of the most popular scents. I love the way The Body Shop has packaged their products this year, they're super slick looking & would look absolutely ace under anyones' Christmas tree. A few of my faves included the smaller, more stocking filler gift sets such as the Strawberry Festive Cracker & the Lippy Star Wand - They both look totally adorable!... Although the star could prove pretty tricky to wrap! Eep! The Italian Fig gift set really took my fancy (Hint hint to anyone out there wanting to buy me and presents. Ha!) I'd first given it a whiff at #TheCityGirls event where Leah from The White Rose store was showcasing some of the new products. It's safe to say I'd fallen in love with the scent straight away! I absolutely adore how a single whiff of the product takes me right back to being on holiday. It's just amazing!

After having a little mooch around the store, we were ushered towards the makeup counter where specialist makeup artist Chanelle would be applying & demonstrating a few new products. Chanelle started with the fresh nude foundation & all in one concealer to provided a flawless base. The shade range of the foundation is quite impressive & I was really surpised at how quickly and evenly the product immersed itself into the skin. She then went in with the new Christmas Grooving Gold eye shadow palette which contains four beautiful glitzy shades, which when paired together make the ultimate Christmas smokey eye! Something that caught my eye during the makeup tutorial was the lip & cheek stain, a dual purpose product that injects a super cute rosy glow. Chanelle then applied a bit of extra mascara and two liners, the matte black kajal was applied to the upper lash line & then the brand spanking new metallic silver glitter liner was popped on the lower lash line. The whole makeup look was completed in less than half an hour, so it was fab so see how speedily a full face of product could be applied. I'm not sure if I could have done it myself, but it was amazing to get a few tips and tricks from Chanelle!

A huge thanks goes to Sophie, the store manager at the Meadowhall store for inviting me to the fabulous event. The frosted plum scent was definitely my favourite of the new Christmas scents, of which you'll see in a future blog post as I picked up quite a few bits from the range.... Treating myself an all that!

Have you tried any of the new Christmas scents yet? If not, which one do you think would be your favourite? Frosted plum, glazed apple or frosted cranberry? Leave your answers in the comments below.

Thank you for reading. Lots of love | Claire.

Lifestyle | Choosing A Wedding Venue.

If you've read my previous post 'I've Said Yes Now What Do We Do?' Then you'll know that Dan & I recently got engaged and have begun or journey of wedding planning. Today I'm going to talk to you about finding our perfect venue, and also let you into a little secret... We've set a date!

When discussing our Wedding, Dan & I knew we wanted quite a casual, stripped back kind of day, with close friends and family seeing us tie the knot. For us getting married isn't particularly about the day, we're not fussed on spending thousands of pounds on an all singing, all dancing wedding - We want the day be about us two getting married & sharing that special time with loved ones.

Dan & I are very outdoorsy people & have often chosen a holiday in the Lakes/Peaks over one abroad, so it seemed only natural to theme our big day around this. We love old country houses and barns situated in the middle of nowhere, so initially chose this as our starting point when looking for our perfect venue.
We're currently living in Leeds however there was no question for us on choosing a location to get married... We were going back up north. Back with our families, back where we came from. The North East has some stunning countryside wedding venues to offer however pretty much from the get go there was always a front runner for us... Nothing else seemed to compare.

Wrays Barn at Whinstone View was one of the very first Wedding Venue's we looked at, and it just felt right! The rustic charm, gorgeous gardens, perfect location and cute wooden log cabins. Wrays Barn brings together a mix of rustic woods and natural materials, but still has a modern charm to it with it's carefully thought out lighting & interior decor. It's the perfect setting for our natural country themed wedding. We considered all boxes to be ticked & we visited pretty much immediately.

We sat down with our wedding coordinator, discussed what it was we're after and fell in love with the place!

So that's it. No going back now! We're all booked up to tie the knot in 2018, and for us the date can't come quick enough!

Do you have any Wedding pinterest boards? If so, feel free to hook me up. It's all I'e been doing lately on mine.