A Life With Frills

Friday, 21 November 2014


I'm not a big alcohol drinker; but at Christmas-time I do like to indulge a bit in my favourites- Christmas cocktails or peach Archers with lemonade. Who doesn't love a seasonal themed cocktail?! I know I do. So, when I found out that online Christmas card and gift store Christmas Connections had teamed up with the Cord Bar in Manchester's Northern Quarter to create some Christmas-themed cocktails in a series of online cocktail masterclass videos, I just had to share my favourite recipe with you...

Santa Baby Cocktail

Christmas Cocktail Recipe For Santa Baby

12.5ml Cherry Brandy

12.5ml Amaretto

25ml Cranberry Juice

5ml Sugar Syrup

Preparation Time – 5 minutes

Time To Make – 2 Minutes
Total Time – 7 Minutes
Serves – 1

This tastes just like Christmas cake, and is a yummy mix of cherry, Amaretto and brandy. A real Winter warmer! To find out how to mix the ingredients together to create this delicious treat, make it step-by-step alongside the video masterclass below...

They also created online cocktail masterclasses videos for more Christmas-themed alcoholic cocktails and a great festive non-alcoholic mocktail too. You can find these recipes and videos on their blog. Remember to always drink responsibly, and to never drink alcohol and drive. What tipples will you be enjoying this Christmas?

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This post is in collaboration with Christmas Connections; but all opinions are my own.

Thursday, 20 November 2014


1. What are the best things to hang on your tree (second to chocolate obviously)? Beauty products! These cute little Mavala Christmas Baubles (£4.75 from Boots) are a must have for any beauty and Christmas junkie. Each contains a mini Mavala nail polish. I'm in love.

2. Laura Gravestock's jewellery is just gorgeous, and this Laura Gravestock Dainty Kiss Ring (£57) will make any girl happy on Christmas Day. It's a little piece of treasure.

3. If your BFF is a retro babe, she'll adore this replica 1950s American Diner Telephone (£49.99 from Ligo). This would look amazing in my kitchen next to me flipping pancakes.

4. US beauty brand Too Faced create the most amazing Christmas gift sets each year. Both the packaging and contents are divine. The Too Faced Under The Mistletoe set (£27 from Debenhams) contains three full-sized exclusive shimmering versions of their lipsticks in pretty pink shades, and the sparkliest make-up bag you've ever seen. I did a full-review of the set HERE last week.

5. Kate Spade has just opened a UK version of her online store, and it has free shipping. Her envelope-style crossbody Cedar Street Large Monday bag (£165) is practical and stylish at the same time.

6. Help them to stay organised with a pretty diary from Smythson. The Smythson 2015 Fashion Diary  (£140) can hold all their appointments as well as listing all the year's important fashion calendar events for you.

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Wednesday, 19 November 2014


It's not often I want a whole collection of bags; but literary-loving French designer Olympia Le-Tan's Disney collection is stunning. Who doesn't love a good Disney collaboration?!

Olympia Le-Tan Disney Alice In Wonderland Bag

Olympia Le-Tan Disney Alice In Wonderland Bag

There are 77 pieces in her collection, from clutches to crossbody and shoulder bags; each depicting a scene from Disney movie classics such as Alice In Wonderland, Sleeping and Snow White. I do love a bit of Alice, and think these would be perfect Spring-time accessories.

Olympia Le-Tan Disney Alice In Wonderland Bag

My favourite bags in the collection are the book cover clutches. The Alice In Wonderland ones must be mine; but at $1,335 each, I may have to wait a while.

The Olympia Le-Tan Disney collection is available to buy from www.olympialetan.com.

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