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I have an iTunes library which is full of the bric-a-brac of the musical world but within my vast collection there are a few gems which provide me with 3 minutes of musically induced euphoria.  For me, music is the best form of therapy and when I find a song whose lyrics articulate what I’m feeling better than I ever could myself, it’ll stay on a constant repeat until I feel ready to face the light of day again.  

Throughout the years of teenage trials and tribulations, university induced breakdowns and bouts of homesickness there has always been one artist whose music has been my go to therapeutic soundtrack.  John Mayer’s music has accompanied me everything and I particularly associate his dulcet tones with my travels back in 2010.  In my gap year I travelled both Borneo and America and although my location would regularly change from week to week, John’s music was on constant play throughout.  

On Sunday night, after years of hoping, I got to see John play at the O2 arena in London.  Fittingly, I was accompanied by three girls who I have shared some of my many travels with and although we didn’t have the best seats, it was one of the best nights.

John’s arrival on stage prompted an uncontrollable squeal from myself and the surrounding crowd, with one over enthusiastic lady letting out a groan of sheer of delight behind me.  Ooo-errr.  I had been worried that his set would be predominately material from his sixth album, Paradise Valley but every single album in his repertoire was visited meaning that his old classics, Slow Dancing in a Burning Room and Gravity had their fair share of air time alongside newer songs like Paper Doll and Something Like Olivia.  Although I had hoped that he would play Stop This Train – perhaps my favourite song of all time – his cover of Tom Petty’s Free Fallin’ was an even trade off and made me feel a bit weak at the knees.

Mayer’s voice is even better live and although he does make some quite questionable faces while playing guitar, no one can deny that the man would school the vast majority of us at Guitar Hero.  He even played one behind his back.  Yes, thats right, he played a guitar backwards!  For me, an added special touch was the graphics which played behind John for his whole set.  Throughout every song, pictures of Monument Valley transformed behind the band and if you know me, you’ll know that the Valley was one of my favourite places I visited back in 2010.  Perfect. 

If you ever have the chance to see John Mayer live then go for it!  You won’t regret it!

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My fascination with the Knowles family does not just start and end with Beyonce but stretches to her younger, lesser known but no less stylish sister, Solange.

Just like her older sister, Solange has many strings to her bow, with the titles of DJ, mother, singer, model, actress and universal fashion icon all gracing her CV it’s hard to see where she gets the time.

An obvious penchant for bright and often clashing colours and prints has meant that Solange has become known as a true fashion maverick and someone who isn’t afraid to stretch and break the rules.  She’s become a regular feature on Opening Ceremony’s blog and Vogue has profiled her too many times to count.  Hers is a wardrobe I would love to rift through.  

Solange’s self titled ‘Afro Punk’ outfit to the 2013 MET Gala is one of my favourite Knowles sister moments and perfectly encompasses her passion for print.  Her custom Kenzo dress and Diana Ross inspired hairdo wowed the fashion critics and in my opinion, trumped Beyonce’s Givenchy gown, an impressive feat.  

Late last year, Solange released True, an eclectic dance EP featuring the amazing single, ‘Losing You‘ which has already been sampled by music’s current ‘It’ boy, Cyril Hahn.  Her third studio album which will feature such bigwigs as Justin Timberlake and Pharrell Williams will be released later this year under her own start up record label, Saint Records, while she’s set to promote her new music on the stage at Glasto later this month so there is plenty more Solange to come.  

If all this wasn’t enough, girl has her own tumblr where she chronicles her latest fashion forays, music making, some gorgeous photos of her son and an array of nostalgic holiday snaps from far away destinations.  Just to make me a little bit more jealous.

Move over Beyonce, 2013 is Solange’s year.  

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It is no secret to my friends back in Guernsey that I love Miley Cyrus. From watching reruns of Hannah Montana religiously (yes, I probably am older than the targeted demographic) to championing the saying ‘she’s just being Miley‘, I am what you could call, a super fan.

As Miley began to rebel against her sweeter than sweet Disney persona, I couldn’t help but be curious with what she would come up with next and this set of highly sexualised but stunning photographs from the upcoming V magazine styled by Carlyne Cerf De Dudzeele and shot by Mario Testino are certainly another step in Miley’s Disney emancipation.

It’s almost been clear from the beginning that Miley was perhaps not the clean cut Disney princess that the large multinational was hoping for.  With a penchant for older men, a leaked salvia scandal and a series of self portraits that perhaps weren’t meant to be seen by the general public, Miley has always been a bit of a maverick and these photos of her flashing some toned bum and boob while wearing some men’s Y fronts certainly embody that spirit. Rather than surprise me they seem to a natural progression for the star who is taking her look and sound to a whole new level.  Hannah Montana would be weeping if she saw these. 

The fast talking Southerner is now preparing to release another album, which has been produced by all round triple threat Pharrell Williams, throwing up questions of what genre the music will fit into, country hip-hop anyone?  With rumours that Wiz Khalifa and Tyler the Creator will be making guest appearances, it’s not hard to predict that this album will definitely not harken back to her The Climb days. Sorry tweens.

I will definitely be picking up a copy of this edition of V to learn more about her upcoming projects, but if you’re curious for more Miley news in the meantime, check out the magazine’s website here now for an exclusive joint interview with Pharrell!


JKA x

Festival season is officially upon us.  

Coachella Festivals first weekend has just finished in Indio, California, so while I’m sat in an artificially lit room of the library I am close to weeping while scrolling through photos of festival goers lounging around in the West Coast heat and listening to the musical offerings of The Stone Roses, The XX and Jake Bugg.

Attending the festival has been on my bucket list ever since Jay-Z headlined in 2010 while, last year’s reincarnation of Tupac had me pricing up flights for this year’s extravaganza.  Lo and behold, third year exams are  more of a priority this year, but that doesn’t mean I can’t peruse the internet for some festival style inspiration, let’s just pray for my sanity that I get a Glasto resale ticket! 

Flower crowns, midriff baring crop tops, retro swimwear, John Lennon style sunglasses and bindi’s all made regular appearances among Coachella ticketholders, proving that channelling the legendary Woodstock festival via laid back California cool has become a Coachella micro trend.  Vintage boho flares and cowboy boots were paired with brand spanking new fluro Alexander Wang and Chanel bags, this is the festival where almost anything goes.  

Check out some of my favourite looks from weekend one at Coachella above!

Get me to Weekend Two!

JKA x

The Oscars is one of the most eagerly anticipated events of any year, and for me, I await it with the question of who will wear what? burning on my lips.  Some of the best and most bizarre fashion moments of all time have happened on the red carpet in LA, flashback to Angelina Jolie’s leg last year, Anne Hathaway’s 2009 Giorgio Armani Prive dress and of course, Audrey Hepburn’s Givenchy dress in 1954, and you can see that the Oscars are the pinnacle of any actresses style calendar.

Refreshing numerous pages on Safari, watching E!’s coverage of the red carpet and using Twitter as a constant source of Oscar updates was my set up last night as I watched the red carpet live, I basically had to keep my eyes open with matchsticks.  But nonetheless, I watched as the cream of Hollywood talent sashayed their way down the hallowed carpet, while various media correspondents shouted WHO ARE YOU WEARING?! to those that passed them.

One of the first stars to make their way down the red carpet, was my new favourite Brit boy, Eddie Redmayne, who is representing the amazing Les Miserables (Victor Hugo’s book which inspired the musical and film was partly written in Guernsey, claim to fame) and wearing a sleek Alexander McQueen suit.  No one can deny that the boy looked good, he is a regular on best dressed lists as he keeps it classic and perfectly tailored, and tonight he has certainly made it onto mine.  Competing for best dressed male was Bradley Cooper who was up for Best Actor for Silver Linings Playbook.  Cooper gets extra red carpet points for bringing his mother as his date.  Husband material!  

Jessica Chastain, a Best Actress nominee for her part in Zero Dark Thirty, wore a geometrically patterned and Swaroski crystal overlay Armani Prive gown and looked absolutely stunning while doing so.  Her look was retro and Jessica Rabbit sexy, with vintage Harry Winston jewels (jealous), her red locks in a retro curl and lashings of red lippy.  It’s a formula that really works for her.

The youngest ever Best Actress nominee Quvenzhane Wallis and her fellow nominee Naomi Watts both wore Armani, making it a highly successful night for the label.  Watt’s gown was sparkly, unique and modern making it stand out from the crowd while the adorable Quvenzhane wore a cute blue Junior gown with a teddy bag, which she named Sandy.  Girl knows how to accessorise.

Best Actress Oscar winner, Jennifer Lawrence, for her part in Silver Linings Playbook is definitely one of Hollywood’s ‘It Girls’ of the moment and her win will only cement this status.  Lawrence’s campaign for Miss Dior handbags has recently been unveiled so of course, it was predicted that she would wear one of the fashion houses Haute Couture gowns for the biggest awards ceremony of the year.   Although I wasn’t entirely taken with the Dior dress she wore at the BAFTA’s, I was more of a fan of her Oscar dress.  The fishtail gown fitted her perfectly and looked effortlessly glamourous on her, while if you looked carefully, the gown had a stitched on rose pattern.  She updated the look with a backwards necklace, drawing attention to the large train at the back of the dress.  My only critique is that the light blush pink gown would not look out of place at a wedding, but who cares if you look like a bride, its the Oscars for petes sake!

Reese Witherspoon was Old Hollywood gorgeous in cobalt blue Louis Vuitton while nominated Brit superstar, while Oscar winner Adele wore embellished Jenny Packham (which reportedly weighs 15kg – red carpet workout) in her signature black and looked stunning while picking up her Academy Award for Original Song from Skyfall – lets just remind ourselves that both Reese and Adele have recently had children!  Jennifer Hudson, who performed at the ceremony, wore a gun metal blue Roberto Cavalli gown.  She gave us a bit of an Angelina moment, with some major leg through the high leg slit!  When you’ve lost that much weight and you look that good, you might as well!  I loved the dress but the shoes weren’t the right colour for me!  Best Supporting Actress nominee Amy Adams wore an Academy Award worthy lavender Oscar De La Renta gown which gave off fairytale vibes.  She’s certainly a Princess tonight.  

Best Supporting Actress nominee Helen Hunt gave me the biggest surprise of the night, wearing highstreet chain H&M (with $750,000 of jewels).  With Topshop Unique being a regular at LFW, River Island collaborating with everyone’s favourite fashion maverick Rihanna and now H&M dressing Oscar nominee’s, luxury fashion is becoming high street accessible.  This is a trend I am fully behind.

Best Supporting Actress Oscar winner, Anne Hathaway, was of course, one of the best dressed of the night, when isn’t she?!  She made a snap decision 3 hours before the red carpet and ditched a Valentino gown for a blush pink Prada gown which gave her a definite Audrey Hepburn moment.  Charlize Theron also rocked the crop haircut, a la Hathaway, and matched Jennifer Lawrence in Dior.  This timeless white gown gave the statuesque Theron fabulous curves with a peplum and a long train.  She made sophisticated sexy!  

Zoe Saladana opted for monochrome in an interesting Alexis Mabille Couture dress, I loved loved loved the top part of the dress, but was not so keen on it below the belt (no, literally, below her belt)  the graduated monochrome asymmetrical train doesn’t quite sit right with me and didn’t light up the carpet!

Nominee Sally Field (who I sat next to in The Ivy two weeks ago, namedropper) wore an amazing red Valentino gown which looked incred on her, while Kerry Washington also opted for red in strapless and heavily embellished MiuMiu, which kind of reminded me of a prom dress!  It was pretty all the same!  One of my favourite actresses of all time (and my dad’s personal favourite), Jennifer Aniston underwhelmed on the red carpet, wearing a red Valentino gown which unfortunately swamped her.  But, lets admit it, she could wear a binbag and still be a 10 out of 10, maybe I’m just being jealous!  

I’ve got to hand it to Fashion Police and E! Red Carpet correspondent, Kelly Osbourne.  She looked amazing in Tony Ward Couture and it was one of my favourite looks on the night!  The train is so beautiful on her, while the top keeps the dress modern and interesting.  Even the presenters have to look good.  

Jane Fonda wore an amazing Versace yellow dress, which she picked the colour for and Versace custom made, she is definitely no shrinking violet!  The waist slimming embellishment gave the gown a retro vibe which suited Fonda down to the ground, I hope I look like her when I’m older!  

Previous Oscar winner, Sandra Bullock looked incredible in an Elie Saab dress which gave us a sneaky peak at her pins through the heavy embellishment.  My favourite part of the ensemble was a $380,000 Harry Winston diamond clustered brooch that she wore as a hair clip, an unexpected but perfect moment.  Nicole Kidman wore a body hugging L’Wren gown for her appearance, and I have to admit, I’m not the biggest fan of Nicole but I’m infatuated with this sparkly black and gold beauty of a dress.  The girl did good.  Salma Hayek wore velvet Alexander McQueen on the red carpet.  The gown had an amazing embellished high neck but she confused the look with a tiara in her hair.  We know you’re fashion royalty (her husband owns PPR) don’t keep reminding us!  Kirsten Stewart arrived late to the red carpet wearing Reem Acra and accessorizing with crutches (an unexplained injury so far).  The dress itself was amazing but looked ill-fitting while her hair and makeup wasn’t Oscars enough for me!  Step it up Stewart!

Of course, George Clooney looked silver fox hot at the Oscars, however, was totally outshone by his blonde bombshell girlfriend, Stacy Keibler, who wore a sleek and silver (like her man) Naeem Khan dress.  She wears the metaphorical pants in this relationship. Another of Hollywood’s golden couples, Ben Affleck (whose film Argo won Best Picture AND Adapted Screenplay) and Jennifer Garner looked as happy and stylish as ever.  Ben hadn’t ditched his beard for the occasion but I’ve become quite fond of it while Jennifer wore a beautiful plum Gucci dress with a tulle ruffled back.   She finished off the look with an amazing Neil Lane necklace – I would not mind that being in my jewellery box next time I looked.  

Fan Bingbing and Olivia Munn wore Marchesa AW13 dresses, with the always stylish, Fan opting for an amazing satin fuschia gown with interesting folds and subtle gold embroidery on the corset and Munn wearing a red strapless gown with decadent embroidery, they both looked stunning.  Marchesa’s AW13 show was one of my favourites of NYFW, you can read my roundup of NYFW and my review of Marchesa’s incredible show here.

My runners up for best dressed of the night have to go to Anne Hathaway, Amy Adams and Charlize Theron while although Jessica Chastain didn’t win an Oscar she has won best dressed.  Congrats!

JKA x

Henry Holland is one of my favourite British designers.   Not only did his collections spark a popular resurgence of bright catchphrase emblazoned t-shirts, but the designer has kept a close tie with the high street meaning everyone can own a bit of House of Holland.  He’s worked with highstreet giant Debenhems on his H! by Henry Holland collection, collab-ed with Pretty Polly tights, released a sunglasses line in conjunction with Le Specs and made dalliances into footwear with SuperGa.  There’s no stopping him.  Through reading his regular blog spot on Vogue.co.uk, trawling through his Twitter and Instagram photos, I feel like I practically know him and this makes me love him more.  Best friends?  

House of Holland was among numerous labels this season who decided to stream their shows live on the internet!   You could catch a sneak peak through his own website and eBay.co.uk, allowing everyday you’s and me’s to experience instant fashion first hand!

HOH’s collections regularly cause a-buzz during London Fashion Week because of their infectious brightness, mix of prints and trademark tee’s, his clothes embody a girl who is endless fun and doesn’t take fashion too seriously.  Holland affectionately named his AW13 collection #RAVENANNA, (the best thing I’ve heard in a while) a term he penned after seeing young girls in the East End dress ‘like old ladies, wearing nighties and bovver boots’.   This term, coupled with his other two inspirations, Summer of Love ’89 and Disco Sally, had many predicting that oodles of psychedelic prints would be on the menu, and they were not wrong.  FROW-ers, Radio 1’s Nick Grimshaw, Pixie Geldof, Jamie Winstone and Daisy Lowe were treated to an eclectic cocktail of martini glass printed denim and acid orange fur lined parkas (prepare to be warm), which models strutted down a retro 70s carpet catwalk while music was pumped loudly through the venue (The House of Holland invites were printed on cassettes to mirror Henry’s belief that fashion and music crossover).  Acid greens and crystal embellished evening wear (my personal favourite of the collection was the embellished purple gown) were strewn throughout the fun collection, however, silhouettes were ladylike creating a mix of the traditional and hedonistic.  Of course, a House of Holland show could not pass without one catchphrase emblazoned piece of clothing, so a singular ‘Viva La Vibe!’ sweatshirt carried on the labels tradition and made its way onto Twitter in nanoseconds, that along with tortoiseshell shoes and the statement sunnies on display.

These clothes have boundless amounts of energy, and perhaps aren’t suitable for the normal 9-5 office job, but for a cocktail hour with a difference…

JKA x

A few nights ago my social networking sights were been abuzz with endless chatter about the Super Bowl. And when I mean Super Bowl, I really mean to say Beyonce’s superb performance with her Destiny’s Child ladies.

As most of you know the Super Bowl is an annual American Football frenzy, and this year it was held in America’s ‘most unique city’, New Orleans.

I was lucky enough to visit New Orleans in 2010 when travelling from New York to Los Angeles for my gap yahhh and I can firmly say it is one of my favourite places I’ve been. If you’re looking to travel through America, here are a few reasons why you should definitely stop off in New Orleans:

1. History – NOLA truly is Americas most unique city, it’s history is rich in different cultures and it has a multilingual heritage which you can feel throughout the city thanks to the French Creole style buildings. Stroll through the elaborate French Quarter for a culture fix then make your way to the Mississippi River where you can hop on board a traditional steamboat to see more of the city. Cameras at the ready please.

2. Jazz Culture – New Orleans is known as the birth place of jazz and wherever you go there are constant reminders of the vibrant musical history.  Dotted throughout the city there are numerous jazz clubs where you can enjoy local musicians, head to the Preservation Hall early to make sure you get let in.  If you’re visiting in late April, early May then you’re in luck.  NOLA holds a Jazz & Heritage Festival every year and John Mayer, Fleetwood Mac, Frank Ocean and the Black Keys are among the headliners.  I’m considering selling a kidney to fund a flight and ticket!

3.  Nightlife – Even though I was only 19 when I visited I was still able to experience NOLA’s legendary nightlife (shhh…).  In New Orleans you can drink on the street, so transfer your drink from glass to plastic and take the party to the road!  Head to Bourbon Street which is famous for its numerous bars (and strip clubs…) for some hedonistic fun.  Make sure to order a Hand Grenade, a drink which is notorious for its high alcohol content – responsible drinking please – and then make your way to the Cats Meow on the street for some karaoke – just make sure you know the song otherwise you will be booed off stage.  Awkward.  Of course, I could not mention New Orleans and nightlife without alluding to Mardi Gras, an all day extravaganza with parades, live music and plenty of beads and elaborate masks.  Make sure to dress in purple, green and gold to mix in with the locals!

4. Voodoo – The state of Louisiana is famous for the voodoo religious practises which developed among the French, Spanish and Creole speaking residents of the state.  Head to the New Orleans Historic Voodoo Museum, to learn some more then visit one of the voodoo shops throughout the city, just make sure you don’t take photos – I learnt the hard way.  

5. Food – Saving the best til last.  When I learnt that I was visiting New Orleans, I could not help but think of the food.  Prepare for a foodgasm.  First port of call for the day should definitely be Cafe du Monde in the French Quarter for a self-indulgent breakfast of beignets.  Beignets are deep fried choux pastry topped with a generous helping of powdered sugar – I’m craving some now.  Then for a spot of lunch head to the famous Mother’s Restaurant, featured in Man v. Food and a favourite of Beyonce’s, so you know its good.  Order a Ferdi Special Po Boy (a super sized sandwich) filled with baked ham, roast beef and gravy, or if you fancy some chicken, go for the fried chicken Po Boy, I can confirm it is tasty.  Dinner is at the Gumbo Shop where you can sample all of the cities traditional dishes, including Gumbo, Jambalaya and Shrimp Creole.  I’m hungry at the thought!  

If your anything like me, you’ll now be checking flights to the US and looking at hotel prices for your prospective trip.  I stayed at French Quarter Suites Hotel which does beautiful rooms for reasonable prices at a central location, but if your looking for a piece of luxury, stay at The Roosevelt New Orleans Hotel which is part of the Waldorf Astoria Group.  Following the devestating impact of Hurricane Katrina, NOLA is still a work in progress, so don’t be put off by some boarded up houses, and embrace the unique atmosphere of the city!

I want to go back!

JKA x

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Rihanna is one of the most fashion fearless celebrities around at the moment.  There isn’t a look that she hasn’t tried and there isn’t a designer she hasn’t worn.  I love watching what she’s going to wear next and the DailyMail is the perfect platform, since it follows her like a stalker about to get a restraining order.

Her Terry Richardson shot cover of Rolling Stone magazine is out this coming month and shows her in a sultry pose, something that followers of her Instagram will be used to, she is the queen of sex appeal.  Her locks are long in contrary to the pixie crop she’s currently modelling (her hair bill must be hugeee) and they’re a sexy auburn colour.  Inside she reportedly chats about her rekindled relationship with controversial singer, Chris Brown and says ‘It’s different now.  We don’t have those types of arguments anymore.  We talk about shit.  We value each other.  We know exactly what we have now, and we don’t want to lose that.’

Rihanna has been widely criticised for her decision to take back the singer who beat her up post-Grammy party back in 2009, with many critics saying that it gives out a bad message to her fans.  Personally, I am not a fan of Chris Brown for a number of reasons; the domestic violence, the bleached hair, the gruesome tattoos and the annoyingly catchy songs are but a few.  But alas, as the tagline of the interview says, Rihanna doesn’t want us to worry about her and it is unlikely these two will feature on an episode of Jeremy Kyle, so we will never know what goes on inside their tumultuous relationship anyway.

Her new album is making the rounds at the moment, with her newest single, Stay with Mikky Ekko at no.4 in the UK charts (as I write) and she’s just announced a collaboration with River Island.  

RiRi is definitely here to stay. 

JKA x

Since Beyonce’s February cover of GQ leaked online a couple of days, I haven’t stopped staring at her amazing body.  This is the woman that has it all; a great voice, a banging bod, rap royalty as her husband, the cutest 1 year old on the planet, 16 Grammy awards, an incredible wardrobe – the list could go on -and she’s now been named the hottest woman of the past 13 years. A title I was sure I’d pick up myself.

B’s next album drops this year and I can’t wait to embrace my own Sasha Fierce persona and  throw some outrageous moves on the dancefloor while screeching along to her next single.  The next time we see this bootylicious beauty performing will be the Super Bowl halftime show on the 3rd of February, a date I will now be counting down to in my calendar!

As you can probably tell, I can’t wait to have a little bit more Knowles in my life, so for now can we all just take a minute to admire the beauty that is Beyonce?

Cue Who Run The World on repeat.

JKA x

NEWS JUST IN: Destiny’s Child will be releasing new material this year, as well as Justin Timberlake!  Move over 2012! 

Christmas is the time of year to celebrate the three central ‘F’s of life – family, friends and food.

I spent Christmas Eve preparing my stomach for the bountiful amount of Yuletide cooking which I would be tucking into the next day, while listening to an array of festive themed tunes to get myself in the mood for Santa’s eagerly anticipated visit.  Drinks with some old friends in a local Guernsey pub, the Cock and Bull, followed in the evening.  I decided to dress up for the occasion, foregoing the usual Christmas jumper attire (which I slightly regretted because of the cold weather!), and instead wearing some black American Apparel disco pants, a black strapless vest top from good old Primark and my new favourite wardrobe staple, my Topshop Galactic Co-ord Blazer (which is pictured above and is now on sale for £40 – God bless the Christmas sales!).  I will definitely be cracking out this outfit a few more times!  The flattering cut of the blazer will hide any lumps and bumps which will inevitably emerge after the gluttony of the Christmas period!  After all, it is the only time of year when stuffing yourself to the brim and drinking alcohol at all times of day is acceptable.

The night was spent watching some festive classics with the family, (okay, so maybe The Terminator isn’t so much of a December classic), admiring my mother’s handy work with the decorations (she has admittedly gone decoration mad), laying out the traditional plate of food for Santa and his trusty reindeers and heading up to bed early, slightly tipsy, waiting for the arrival of Saint Nick and his sack of surprises.

I woke up on the morning of the 25th spooning my puppy, Jorgie, who was much confused by my squeal of delight.  A walk on the extremely windy headland with the dogs blew out the cobwebs in the morning ready for some intense unwrapping of presents.  I managed to slip and fall into the muddiest puddle in the area (typical me!), an action which any other day would have caused a mini paddy, (I’ve just washed these clothes!) however, today all I could do was laugh heartily at the mud stains on my leggings and hands.  

The time for opening presents came along around midday as we listened to a Christmas playlist which I had prepared on Youtube, featuring such classics as Wham!’s Last Christmas and the 1984 Band Aid single.  I am extremely fortunate and received a Mulberry Effie bag and oodles of Topshop vouchers for a new year wardrobe overhaul as well as some other brilliant goodies, however, the best part was seeing my mum open the presents which I had carefully chosen for her!  Thank you’s, hugs and kisses were exchanged before we all quickly shot to lunch at one of Guernsey’s many boutique hotels, The Farmhouse.  A festive dinner of terrine, Turkey and mince pies was consumed while I wore a sparkly top (reminiscent of tinsel) by Topshop.  Bellies full to the brim the Ayre family returned home all regretting the last mouthful of pudding which was eaten (oh bugger it, its Christmas).  We proceeded to try and test presents, nap and catch up on the Christmas specials which had been on TV in the run up to the big day.  I ended up sobbing uncontrollably and grabbing my two dogs in tight cuddles while watching Paul O’Grady’s For the Love of Dogs, sad I know.

Spending time with my family on Christmas, catching up with friends and (most importantly) stuffing my face full of festive foods has been a delightful change from University grub (my staple is cheese on toast) and like the song, I wish it could be Christmas everyyyyy dayyyyy.

I hope everyone received all the presents they wanted, and if you didn’t, hopefully spending time with loved ones made up for this!  Tomorrow will be spent scouring the internet’s many sales, (Guernsey shopping leaves much to be desired) and making a list of New Year’s Resolutions ready to be broken!

Merry Christmas!

JKA x