Fashion-Mommy Christmas Memories 2017

And, like a flash, it was all over. I loved Christmas 2017, it was full of sparkle and shine, wonderful family moments and lots and lots of fun. It was over far too soon, but we packed a whole lot into it, and ensured that we will have lots of memories to treasure in future years.

As 2017 draws to a close, all that remains is for me to wish you all a very happy, safe and prosperous New year. 2018 is almost here, see you on the other side.

Family Selfies

Christmas Day

The World’s biggest panto

The West Bromwich Albion Christmas Party

The Blackpool Tower Panto with Minky and Mr Boo

Blackpool at Christmas

The Wolves Grand Panto

Snow Days

Christmas Sparkle

German Market Fun

Worcester Christmas Market

Alice in Wonderland at The Old Rep

Christmas at the Botanical Gardens

Santa’s Grotto at House of Fraser

Webbs of Wychbold Christmas

Sister’s House Party

Hubby’s Christmas Cake

Hollybush Christmas

Penkridge Victorian Christmas

Christmas Crafts

Travel Plans 2018 – Italy

One of the most noticeable things about Christmas is just how quickly the adverts change on the television. From being wall to wall toys and Santa, it is almost like, on the stroke of Midnight on Christmas Eve, Christmas is actually forgotten and the commercial breaks become one long travelogue. Sandy beaches, tropical skies and far away climes are the order of the day, as we escape the cold, wind and rain and dream about the Summer.

One of the most popular of European destinations is Italy, which is a perfect combination of culture, shopping, chic resorts and sandy beaches. It has food to die for, scenery that inspires awe and a history that is full and fascinating. Italy appeals because it has a holiday for everyone, whether you want to sip Aperol Spritz on the Neapolitan Riviera, walk around the Uffizi looking at priceless works of art, and just want to relax and top up your tan in Lido de Jeselo.

But Italy is not just about sunshine and beaches. It is a popular resort for skiing with both the iconic Dolomites and the scenic Italian Alps proving to be perfect for cross-country skiing and snow boarding. Snow shoeing is another popular pastime, and if you are a novice, you can sign up to skills weeks that can improve your performance in Winter sports.

If you decide to travel to Italy, you don’t have to limit your destination to just the mainland, or the obvious sites of Rome, Venice and Milan. One of my favourite Italian destinations is the island of Sardinia. The beautiful historic port of Alghero is a great favourite on the cruise ship circuit, and features a host of wonderful sites that range from an idyllic, long sandy shoreline, to the walled Old Town with its fascinating range of artisan and craft shops. There are a range of great restaurants that offer both indoor and outdoor dining arrangements, but for me one of the best ways to dine is to eat the huge and delicious, traditional stonebaked pizzas in the town square like the locals do.

Italy is a stunning destination for a romantic break or honeymoon. The Amalfi coast is simply stunning, a UNESCO world heritage site that has views that will simply take the breath away. Visitors to the Amalfi coast often take in a trip to the numerous vineyards and Olive Groves to get a feel for the real Italy, and what makes it such a fantastic, exquisite destination.

 

New Year New Hair

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One of the best ways of changing your image for the new year is with a new hairstyle. This could be through loping off those long locks for something shorter and sassier, or growing out a short or bobbed style and opting for something longer and softer for a complete change of image. If you are a bit of a chameleon when it comes to your hair, you could try out a range of wigs in different colours, or add extensions to make every day a new hair day.

Going Shorter.

For many a Hollywood starlet and model, going shorter has been the launchpad for a successful career. Mia Farrow and Jean Seberg were two blonde stars who saw their careers go stratospheric after they chopped off their blonde girly locks and opted for pixie cuts that made them look ultra modern and fashion forward. More recently, model Amber Valletta showed that elfin styles still work very well in fashion, whilst Kate Moss has been the queen of reinvention when it comes to hair length.

Wigs – Every Day Be A Little Different

Rihanna and Nikki Minaj have shown that wigs can offer variety, fun and glamour when it comes to your hair. If you opt for lace front wigs these can also look very authentic and natural. Companies like Divatress offer thousands of wigs and hair care products that allow you to change your look as often as you wish, making you a total style chameleon and trendsetter, or just offering you the option to change your hair to match your look.

Go Longer

In the same way that going drastically shorter can completely change your look and image, growing your hair, or adding long extensions, can give you a new look that can give you the pick me up that you need. Twiggy was famed for her short crop, but then grew her hair much longer as the seventies progressed, and pretty much kept that look ever after, a real departure for the look that had established her image so well. More recently, Carey Mulligan made her look more grown up by growing her hair longer.