So personally I can't actually hear that phrase (which should more accurately read "treat yo-self") anymore without thinking of Tom and Donna in Parks and Recreation (if you haven't seen it and haven't been introduced to the marvels of the Swanson then you are missing out and I recommend you watch immediately).
The premise of their "treat yo-self" days are genius. A day where you do nothing but just that.
Which is a mere pipe dream for most of us (although I'm working on it...), but in the meantime, I have a sneaky idea which will make all the Christmas preparations that little bit more palatable. I am going great guns with the list writing, the "doing" aspect of which has yet to be started. Details schmetails.
For I am languishing in the joy of a new advent calendar. You can keep your chocolate. I have way better treats. And even better, this has been bought for me by my husband. Completely unprompted. No word of a lie, he came home last week with this beauty for me. So someone had come round the office selling them but WHO CARES?!
This genuinely made my week and even better, it's something to really look forward to as I'm weeping amongst recipes I will never cook (as I end up heading to M&S on the 23rd Dec to minesweep festive food, despite all my best intentions), Christmas cards I never get round to sending (only guilt I feel is when I receive some and put them in a pile on a window sill. There goes the last card I ever receive I guess. PLEASE tell me it's not just me who does this?) and a cupboard full of presents that scream WRAP ME NOW YOU LAZY COW every time I throw another one in there. I genuinely think a gift wrapping instore service in all stores would be a genius idea.
It's something small but I know it will work. So. You have options. Email your husband or another loved one this page link and get them on the case. Or treat yo-self.
Even better - why not treat someone else?
These are obviously ridiculously popular as I know the much more expensive Selfridges luxury version, Jo Malone, Libertys etc ones sell out in a heartbeat.
I am super happy with this though.
You Beauty Box £69.95 plus postage
Other great options which I know anyone would be infinitely grateful for are at Selfridges:-
Selfridges Beauty Workshop Advent Calendar £65
At John Lewis:-
Arran Aromatics A Sense of Christmas Advent Calendar £45 24 different gifts.
Then if you are feeling super generous - and the 12yr old begged for this as part of any early Christmas present... - for a younger female member of your family? Actually this would be an ideal birthday present. And you can include it in the 3 for 2 at Boots which does make it a lot more palatable.
Jack Wills Advent Calendar £35
18% off your order using the code RUSH from Look Fantastic
Ciarte London Mini Mani Nail Polish Calendar £50 pre discount
Upping the ante cost wise now (although as I said, most of the REALLY expensive ones have sold out) although the 18% off makes it a more attractive option.
Molton Brown Scented Luxuries Advent Calendar £150
or there's always the 12 Days of Christmas Box from Molton Brown £39 pre discount
Another 12 day option from NPW.
Oh K Twelve Day Beauty Advent Calendar £15
Or the Nuxe Ten Beauty Treasures Set £49 pre discount from Look Fantastic
A 12 day option from Charlotte Tilbury World of Legendary Parties £150 from Selfridges.
And if beauty isn't your bag the how about a candle option? (the Diptyque one, at £250 is sold out everywhere and going for silly money on Ebay!)
Yankee Candle £20 from Boots.
But if we're looking for one for all the family, then this would be my choice. I would love to get one for all the children's rooms (not going to happen...) and then next year could fill it with different things. This year there are chocolates which they'd have to share. Can. You. Imagine? *all the eye rolling possible*.
AND it's now reduced so buy buy buy!
Lakeland Light Up Advent Calendar was £39.99 now £22.99
The children will be getting a chocolate one each (as in the three for a tenner versions) and were horrified when I casually mentioned that we didn't use to get anything but a teensy tiny picture every day. I'm sort of quite nostalgic for those days. Although I'm not going to lie - the thought of a Miller Harris perfume (I may have sneaked a look at the catalogue you get with the You beauty box and this was the first - and only - thing I saw) does trump a small Wise Man.
Today - well the weather is the gift that keeps on giving at the moment isn't it? We're lucky enough to not be flooded so I am grateful for that but still wasn't too chuffed at being nailed in a hailstorm whilst walking the dog this afternoon.
Came home, thawed and dried out and got changed into the cosiest, most comfortable and most cheery outfit I could muster.
Cashmere and merino in grey with a non apologetic sunshine jacket.
Cashmere jumper in grey - Me+Em
The Milano Cropped Trousers - Me+E
Yellow faux leather jacket - Zara
Superstar sneakers - Golden Goose
Silver Have a Nice Day bag - Anya Hindmarch at Collen & Clare
I hope everyone enjoys their evening - we have a whole host of I'm a Celebrity to catch up on. And I should probably write some more lists....How's everyone else Christmas coming along? Anyone taking time out to *treat yo-self*?