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We all have those guilty pleasures that we share on Twitter or Instagram in an attempt to be relateable in the hopes that someone will respond with “no way, I do that too!”, which more often than not does not work & you’re left praying it’s forgotten about. I’m teaming up with Clive Christian in celebration of their newly released Addictive Arts Perfume range, which focuses on art and guilty pleasures, some of which I’ll be sharing today (well, the appropriate ones…).

I think my biggest guilty pleasure at the minute is absolutely getting too festive before it’s socially acceptable. (Shoutout to Jamie Geneveive for putting her Christmas tree up at the start of November). I cannot get on board with these scrooges who think Christmas is only for December – I have too many Christmas jumpers for it to be confined only to 25 days. I don’t see anything wrong with being festive in November because after Halloween, what have you got really? I love to de-stress using Christmas music in the car on the way home – if you commute, you know how awful that kind of stress is – and my Christmas jumpers are some of the cosiest that I own; as a naturally cold person, why wouldn’t I dig them out? I recently bought a Christmas jumper from eBay, and it’s the best item of clothing I own because it’s a Stranger Things themed festive jumper. That’s 2 of my favourite things right there. I can’t even count how many times I’ve watched Stranger Things now. Bloody love it.

Imma throw this one at you – pregnancy announcement videos. You watch one and you just get caught up in a whole stream of them, and before you know it you’re sitting sobbing watching a stranger tell her parents she’s pregnant via the Whisper Challenge. I honestly don’t know what it is about them, but I love the creativity behind some of the reveals. Similarly – soldiers surprising their loved ones. There is nothing on this earth that will make me cry harder than a little kid in nursery crying when his dad surprises him by coming home. It’s strange to watch something you know you’ll cry at, and it’s even stranger that it’s not tears of anguish/sadness because your favourite character died so abruptly (cough cough John Green), but tears of happiness. Why do I do this to myself?!

I am a shower hogger to the maximum level that you can hog the shower. I could honestly sit in there all evening until I’ve shriveled down to half my normal size. I used to go for a shower, wash my hair and shave my legs and all that, then sit down, put the plug in and wait until the shower head filled up the bath. How AWFUL is that?! I don’t know what I was playing at but to be honest, they were some of the best showers ever. I have to sit down to shave my legs now, otherwise it just doesn’t work and I’m left with a strip of hair on my calf, and sometimes I just lie there for a good few minutes and try not to fall asleep. Having quick showers is not something I enjoy and I always try to plan my evenings to include half an hour to go and soak myself. I’m not a fan of baths, so this is all I’ve got!

A few weeks ago, I read a post by Sophie called In Defense of Dressing Up, and it made me realise that I actually love getting dressed up. I like to look nice and more often than not, I’ll do my makeup on a Sunday just to sit at home and write some content. I put a lot of thought into all my work outfits because I want to look my best, and it just makes me feel good when I think I look good. I don’t go to a lot of events or places where I can where heels, so when I do get to wear them I milk it for all it’s worth. Sometimes I do feel like I’ll look a bit out of place if I go a bit fancier than everyone else, but if it makes me feel good then what does it matter? If you wanna wear those heels and that dress to the supermarket then absolutely do it.

There’s something about expensive luxuries that just makes your day a little bit brighter – whether it’s a more luxurious bar of chocolate that you treated yourself to or an expensive piece of jewellery that you’d been putting off buying because it’s a little bit too expensive. I’m not big on spending a lot of money on material items (more so holidays) but it’s nice to treat yourself every so often. I’ve been loving the Hedonistic and Ecstatic scents by Clive Christian – a luxury perfume brand, which shows in their packaging and scents. These two combined are quite musky yet sweet, and they smell so mature. I feel like a real grown up when I wear it. 

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