The Beginning of Christmas

The beginning of my Christmas ft Shein.

I don’t normally get fully into Christmas until a couple of weeks before the big day, but this year needing to take some festive blog photos, I started getting my decorations out in November …. and didn’t see the point of putting them all back away! So I gradually started arranging everything in the house, finished the tree off on 1st December and it was all done – which is a record for me I think.

Although it all looks lovely, because I’d had everything lying around for a while, I felt like I kind of missed out on some of that anticipation and the big event of decorating you normally get?! So I thought it would be nice to go and see some of the Christmas lights last weekend to get me more in the spirit of things and it definitely did!


There’s a really cute mini arcade on the outskirts of town where there just happens to also be a brilliant spirits shop and bar that sells over 200 different varieties of whiskey, rum and gin, plus they do great coffee too… so I was able to sit in there sheltering from the drizzly rain, under beautiful nets of fairy lights while sipping on a frothy cappuccino and a rather nice warming shot of whiskey!

Also to keep me warm I had this lovely blanket coat from Shein, which they very kindly sent me …


… and I do love a patterned/statement coat in the winter with something simple underneath and I chose this coat because I fancied adding a bit of checked pattern to my wardrobe this year!

I also liked the fact it’s over sized and open, so smart but casual at the same time. It feels lovely and soft and as the ‘blanket’ name suggests, it literally is like wearing a throw, so perfect for popping on for milder winter days.

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I’ve tried the coat with a wide waist belt over the top too and that looked really cool, so I will definitely be doing that of an evening.

I’ve mentioned Shein in my blogs before because they do absolutely brilliant dupes for designer bags – here. They are an affordable clothing company who seem very reliable with both their deliveries, quality of items and returns… and although they ship from outside of the UK, there aren’t any customs charges when the items arrive.

Some other coats from Shein I’m loving the look of:

** My one tip would be know your size in centimetres when you start looking because each individual item has its own measurements, so you may be a medium in one style and a large in another – check each item before putting it in your shopping basket!


So back to sparkle …. I loved the decorations on the outskirts of our town because they’re quite simple and subtle… are there lots of lovely ones where you are?


I hope you are enjoying preparing for Christmas – next weekend I’ve got some absolutely delicious, festive coffee recipes! A normal coffee just hasn’t cut it for me since I tried them!

Brand collaboration.


  1. Linda Davis
    December 10, 2017 / 2:20 pm

    Awww love that mini arcade Tiff…sooo pretty and you look stunning 😃I have often seen Shein products advertised but always a bit wary.. so Thankyou Tiff for your info about them, love that checked coat. Merry Christmas Hun 🎄⛄️ and lots of love 💝🌸🌸xxxxxxx

    • December 10, 2017 / 4:02 pm

      Oh thank you so much you are so kind! Yes I think you do have to be careful with some of the budget fashion sites but this one is great – they do super handbags that are really good quality and as long as you check your measurements and look at what material the clothing items are, they have some brilliant buys on there! It comes from abroad but there are no Customs charges either xx Happy Christmas to you too and your lovely family ❄☃️🙏

  2. December 10, 2017 / 3:58 pm

    One of the things I miss most now that I live in a tiny town is the beautiful Christmas lights in shopping centers and restaurants! Thanks for sharing the beautiful photos!

  3. December 11, 2017 / 1:47 pm

    Sounds like such a fun night on the town – perfect to get you into the holiday spirit! Your photos are beautiful. As for the coats – I really love the top middle one! It looks soooo cozy!

  4. December 12, 2017 / 12:13 am

    That location is so pretty! I love all of the lights. I love you black and white coat too 🙂 Happy holidays!

  5. Rachael Burow
    December 13, 2017 / 6:53 pm

    This looks like so much fun! & I adore your outfit! Loved all the photos..I’m the same with coffee! It has to be one good cup of joe or I can’t have it! LOL. If you ever go to Buffalo, NY make sure to try out Spot Coffee..best I ever tasted<3

    Great blog.


    Rachael Burow

  6. December 14, 2017 / 6:38 am

    All the sparkle is gorgeous. I also really dig the coat in the middle that it is a bit longer.

  7. December 14, 2017 / 9:17 am

    Looks like the perfect setting for a nice winter whiskey in my humble opinion! I’m loving it now all the Christmas lights are out, it’s the only thing keeping me going in the winter, I’m not a fan of this weather at all!!

  8. December 14, 2017 / 12:00 pm

    I love where you live, I want to visit! Everything is so pretty, a great time to reflect and slow down to enjoy it all!

  9. December 16, 2017 / 3:28 am

    Wow, the mini arcade looks so relaxing and I love the decorations! I’m with Kim, you’ve totally convinced me to visit your area for the holidays. Love the coat too, it looks great and so comfy and warm.

  10. December 16, 2017 / 4:59 am

    I love these pictures! The lights and the arches are beautiful! I also love that jacket. The christmas lights in my area are fabulous but it’s really hard for me to get into the spirit because it’s still very warm here!

  11. December 17, 2017 / 4:41 pm

    that coat is so cute! i’ve always been super curious about shein and now i’m going to have to go browsing

    • December 18, 2017 / 12:19 pm

      Yes definitely worth having a good look – it takes quite a while as there’s so much on there!

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