Selecting our "cut-your-own" Christmas Tree at Wilderness Woods (+ our Annual Autumn Photoshoot!)

Selecting our "cut-your-own" Christmas Tree at Wilderness Woods (+ our Annual Autumn Photoshoot!)

If you've been a Fifi McGee fan for a while you'll know that every year, the very moment the leaves start falling, Neil and I race out and prance around the woods for a wee photoshoot sesh together. There's something about all the colours, the first frost and the excuse to wrap up warm that makes us look forward to our annual Autumnal shoots together. This year, we fled to Wilderness Woods!

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I'm back! What to expect + Why you should strongly consider gifting yourself a hiatus

I'm back! What to expect + Why you should strongly consider gifting yourself a hiatus

Dear cushion-fluffing friends,

I’ve been on a hiatus from my blog making some life-altering plans.

When you hear the word “hiatus” you may think of a dreamy escape from city life, locking yourself in a cabin in the woods far from civilisation, unplugging your brain from work or projects, ceasing all to-do-lists (those that stretch beyond planting tomato seeds anyway), and just doing nothing.

But alas I’ve had a hiatus far from that. A better one than that. Really.

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10 commandments to live by when saving for a house

10 commandments to live by when saving for a house

I thought I'd write a bit about mine and Neil's story saving for our place and the cuts we had to make (and still have to) to acquire a big enough deposit to buy in the Brighton/Hove area whilst keeping maintenance costs of the property in mind. 

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Oliver Bonas + Innocent #BigKnit - Get behind this!

This isn't my usual sorta post, but when two of my fave brands collaborate for a great cause, I want to do everything I can to tell everyone. If writing a quick post helps raise even £5 more for Age UK, it'll have been well worth it :)

You all know about the annual Innocent #BigKnit, right? I'll keep the description brief for anyone that's not familiar. Innocent ask people to donate hand knitted miniature hats to sit on all of their smoothie bottles in the run up to Christmas. Every time they sell a bottle wearing a little hat when the shelves are stocked in February, they donate 25p from the sale to Age UK - a fantastic charity that supports vulnerable older people. 

They've been doing this for 12 years.

Now, it's not the first time I've mentioned my adoration for Oliver Bonas to you. Their homeware is on my radar every time I have a home decor project, and I've blogged about their stuff a fair bit in the past. When I heard they were collaborating with Innocent on their annual #BigKnit campaign, I fell in love with the brand even more (didn't think it was possible, things are about to get weird).

Oliver Bonas are now stocking regular head size replicas of the #BigKnit bottle toppers in their stores, and for every hat they sell, £5 is being donated to Age UK. 

So next time you find yourself wandering around town (or having a browse online) treat yourself or a friend to a new Oliver Bonas woolie hat for the colder months ahead, and rest assured you're helping Age UK help those having difficulties in their later lives.
There are 6 hand-knitted hats in the OB range inspired by some of the best little big knit hats over the last 12 years Innocent Smoothies have run this campaign, including some lovely designs for the littluns (A £3 donation to Age UK for each of those sold).

Head over to the Oliver Bonas website and take a peek of all the hats, they're gorgeous ›› 

I'll leave you with a selfie of me in mine. This very selfie session made me 20 mins late for work, and I can only apologise that it's the best of 70.

I hope you get behind this :)

I need your help before Monday!

Hello you lot,

If you follow me on socials or work with me in the same office, you'll have heard me going on and on about my nomination in the Cosmo Blog Awards - for the 'Best for Home' category. 

It's the first time I've ever been nominated for an award EVER, and I'm still in a state of delighted shock but as a complete newbie, I haven't really promoted it on my blog all that well and I just found out nominations close TOMORROW! (26th October 2015)


It's probably only my ma and Neil that have voted so far, so if you have 2 minutes spare, and you like my blog, I'd love your support!

Click here to vote for Fifi McGee in the Cosmo Blog Awards ››

I can't thank you enough in advance. The awards night will be so much fun. There's no date announced for it just yet, but I'm already on the case for a new dress. 

The excitement is ridiculous.

Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Debenhams blogger Secret Santa

It is NEVER too early to talk Christmas. Ok it's not even Halloween yet, but I've almost finished my Christmas shopping already - no joke. 

This week Debenhams invited me to take part in their blogger Secret Santa where they match-maked bloggers that didn't know each other and gave us all £75 credit to stalk one another and choose pressies to send. 

It was a fab way of getting to know new bloggers, I'm not sure whether I'm allowed to tell you who my giftee was, but I really hope she was happy with the bits and pieces I chose for her :) (this cute hedgehog cushion, a matching waffle knit cushion and a good ol' christmassy Snowflake Cookie yankee candle!)

My presents arrived to my office and I was desperate to rip into them as soon as they were delivered, but for photo-sake I had to wait until I got home #bloggerprobs

I was delighted with all of the gifts my unknown Santa picked for me, and the lovely note that accompanied the presents. She got me all right - I love classic trends with a splash of colour. 

Looking a little too excited there ^^

If you fancy a spot of early Christmas shopping, check out Debenhams Christmas Gift Ideas, there's something for everyone. In fact, you could probably do your whole Christmas shop in one delivery on there. 

Thank you Secret Santa, and thanks to Debenhams for working with me on such a sweet campaign. I'm well and truly in the Christmas vibe. Time to go watch Disney films...

Ps, the Cosmo blog awards voting closes soon and I would LOVE your support. Please spare 3 mins to vote for me in the Best for Home category ››