My 2016/17 Winter Favourites

For me, winter is all about comfort. When it is cold and dark outside all I want to do is snuggle up with a book, enjoy a steamy bath and eat comfort food, this blog post illustrates just that!

My first favourite is the recipe book ‘Nadiya’s Kitchen’ by 2015 Bake Off winner Nadiya Hussain. Since finishing University I have tried to be a bit more adventurous with my cooking and Nadiya’s book has been perfect for this as it has some really unique recipes. I have highlighted a lot of recipes which I would like to make in the near future, but I have already made ‘Fruit Cake Flapjacks’ and ‘Cod and Clementine’. The flavours of both these dishes were insane; the flapjacks were rich and fruity and the Cod had this amazing sweet, tangy taste which I have never tasted with fish before but it was really lovely. For me, these dishes are great for serving in winter because of their warm spices and also, the flapjacks are made using leftover fruit cake so it is the perfect dish to make after Christmas. 

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When I think of winter I think of sitting by the fire, wearing my fluffy slippers and sipping hot chocolate. I also tend to think of ginger and cinnamon aromas because most Christmas treats seem to be made with these spices. I honestly have such an obsession with cinnamon it is ridiculous- I would literally buy anything if it had cinnamon in the title! I have been lucky enough to have my room smell of these gorgeous scents since late November and this is because I bought the Zoella Gingerbread Village Reed Diffuser. I really like this diffuser because it is not overpowering but you still get a nice spicy scent from it.

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I always get really dry skin in the winter so I use moisturiser religiously. I love the Simple range because it is great for sensitive skin like mine and it does not make my skin feel greasy. I have been using the Simple Kind to Skin Replenishing Rich Moisturiser on my face and neck. 

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My friend lent me her Outlander Series 1 DVD and I have become a bit obsessed with it. I really look forward to nights where I get to curl up in bed with a cup of tea and watch a couple of episodes. If you enjoy watching historical dramas then this is definitely one for you to watch.

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I love having baths in the winter time and this is made even better when I have products to use in the bath. This winter I have been using The Body Shop Wild Argan Oil Bubbling Bath. The bubbles from this product are amazing and you really don’t need to use a lot of the liquid to have a decent amount of bubbles. I like that the mixture (which has nearly run out!) is a gold-ish colour, as well as the packaging, which makes it seem more luxurious.

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Since University I have not been reading as much as I would like to but I did buy a couple of new books in November. I have been reading We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver for the last couple of months and I have been really enjoying it. It is written in epistolary format, so it is made up of letters from the main character Eva to her husband Franklin. The book follows the upbringing of their son Kevin, who Eva struggles to form a bond with from an early age. What I like about this book is it creates discussion over the nature versus nurture debate as it questions whether it is Kevin’s detached relationship with his mother that leads to his psychotic and violent behaviour later on.

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I hope you have enjoyed this post. What have been your favourites this winter?

Xxx

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