One of my favourite things outside of gyaru is the holiday season! And this year I seem to be 10000x more enthusiastic about Christmas. Just the thought of eating yummy Christmas food (helloooooo pigs in blankets) and spending time with my family just fills me with so much joy! Obviously things are going to be a little different this year (cheers, Covid) but I’m going to try my best to stay positive! So I’ve decided to put together a little Christmas bucket list that I want to tick off before the clock strikes on December 25th. Let’s go!
IT’S (nearly) CHRISTMAAAAAAS! I never used to be a huge fan of the festive season as I always deemed it overrated (and over-hyped) but you know what? Now I’m all for it. The lights, the cheesy films, the comfy pjs… And not to mention the endless amount of food, of course! I asked over on my instagram what kind of holiday content you wanted me to write and one of them was a gift guide, so I’ve created a Christmas gift guide for both the darker and the sweeter styles of gyaru.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year – Christmas! It’s the best time for those who like to get dressed up as there are so many opportunities to rock a Christmas outfit, gyaru style. You’ve got your work Christmas dos, cocktail parties, Christmas meals with your friends, and obviously Christmas day itself! I don’t know about you but I LOVE going all out for Christmas. I’m more of a cute-christmas-gal, but this year I’m determined to rock a more Christmas outfit (Santa costume, anyone?) so I have crawled through the internet and have gathered some Christmas Gyaru inspiration for you!
Aah, Christmas. I feel like I can finally get ready for it now that the Halloween hype is safely out the way without a twinge of guilt. Because there’s one thing that Halloween hasn’t yet managed to trump over Christmas – and that is the copious amount of food.
My “Christmas” began with a mouthful of smoked salmon blinis à la Cosy Club in Coventry*, where I sat with a Bucks Fizz in my hand and a purple Christmas hat on my head. Soon I ate another and before you know it, a whole sharing platter was consumed (not just by myself, though, as my hubby and my friend Gem were there too). I didn’t know what a blinis (or is it blini?) was until I got there but they’re basically a small bite of goodness that you could just pop straight in your mouth. Much like the rest of their sharing platter, to be honest, although I steered clear of the mushroom pâté.
A Cosy Club Christmas
So I hinted above that there were quite a few things on their sharing platter and I wasn’t lying – there was plenty to line your stomach before the mains! There was the mushroom pâté, pigs in blankets, bread to dip into the camembert cheese, the smoked salmon blinis, and some gorgeous pork belly. It was delicious!
Our waiter, Lubos, then came around with a cheery smile and our mains were placed right in front of us. I had the Halloumi & Winter Vegetable Wellington whilst my hubby had the Pan-fried Fillet of Sea Bass. I almost melted after taking the first bite because holy hell it was good. Like holy-sh*t-get-in-my-mouth kind of good. It took me a while to figure out that the halloumi was melted right underneath the ‘roof’ of the wellington-pie-thing, and it wasn’t until my food had gone slightly cold that the halloumi hardened into cheesy chunks. After a while it did get a bit too cheesy, so luckily there were plenty of vegetables and mashed potatoes to eat instead.
While I was busy trying to figure out how on earth I was going to finish it all, my hubby had polished his meal. There wasn’t a single bone in his sea bass! I had a little taste of it too and even for someone who doesn’t like fish, it was actually quite tasty.
After I resigned to the fact that I wasn’t going to finish my meal, another waiter (who had a marvellous collection of Harry Potter tattoos on his arms) served us our desserts. You know that saying, “there’s always room for dessert”? Well there really is because even though I was bursting with halloumi I still managed to eat my Limoncella Cheesecake (whilst eyeing up my hubby’s Chocolate Brownie & Cide Toffee Trifle). It was strange, though, as the top was kinda’ frothy like whipped cream and had pieces of crushed meringe in it. But it was amazing. My hubby really enjoyed his trifle and said – and I quote – that it was “f*cking nice”.
So, the Christmas menu at Cosy Club; was I disappointed? Nope! Was I very full afterwards? Yep! I was so stuffed that you could’ve rolled me out of the restaurant. It was so worth it, and my mouth is watering at the thought of the limoncella cheesecake I had.
I hope you enjoyed this post! If you have any questions, just ask. And if your mouth is also watering after reading this, then book yourself a Cosy little Christmas so that you can experience the delicious food at Cosy Club yourself.
*The food was sponsored but holy hell it was glorious. That may sound like an exaggeration, but I don’t wanna lie to you babes. I speak nothing but the truth on this blog!
… Is for my sanity to be intact, thank you very much. But really, though – when my loved ones ask me what I want for Christmas I would create a blog post and it usually includes a really gorgeous bag, that Hermione Granger wand that I’ve been wanting for ages or some really cute pink things like last year… But I’ve never really thought about the non-material things in life. So I’m shaking things up a little bit on this blog as it’ll be the first year that I won’t be doing a “normal” wishlist, but a list of things I want to happen over Christmas.
I’d like to say that I was organised this Christmas but that would be a huge fat lie and I’m a terrible liar. While everyone else was putting up their Christmas trees, I was waiting for my decorations to arrive and was being a lazy slob. That’s when I realised that I had a Christmas part to attend to the following weekend and thought, “you know what would look great with my outfit? A Christmas tree”. Soon I was dragging myself to town and going down countless aisles to pick up whatever pink decorations I could find. Annoying thing was that the decorations I was waiting for arrived the day after the party (typical) so I snapped some photos with my Christmas outfit and took some more later when it was complete and you know what? It looks magical!
It’s never too early to think of the C word (Christmas, that is) unless you’re me who doesn’t really get the whole Christmas hype. This year, however, was different; ever since Halloween was over I started thinking of Christmas and then that John Lewis advert came out and now I can’t stop thinking about it! I’m planning on being super efficient this year with my Christmas presents, and I’m actually going to go shopping soon tehe.
Hey cuties! How are you today? Did you have a good Christmas? (And to those who don’t celebrate – did you have a good weekend?) ♡
Mine was pretty good! It was very chilled out and consisted mainly of binge-watching films and playing monopoly. It was the first time I had cooked Christmas dinner with my sis! I wish I took a decent photo of it… Oh well, maybe next time. I also finally got my hands on a Christmas jumper so I paired that with my cute Santa-cat tights that I got from Kawaii Gyaru Shop*. I kind of wish I could wear this sweater more than once a year…
The festive spirit really made me think about what I’ve done this year and I’m really happy to say that there’s been so many good things that had made me smile. There were some things that made me not-so-happy but I guess those times are there so that you could learn from them.
So instead of doing a post on everything I’ve done this year (as I had already written one back in June here) I’ve written a list on how to live life to the fullest from the lessons I’ve learnt in 2015.
I’ve been in a rut in terms of Christmas spirit; I don’t know why, but I just don’t feel the cheer this year. I used to love Christmas but now I find myself enjoying Halloween more… It got to the point where I was so fed up with how I was feeling that I forced myself to dress up and go Christmas tree hunting. I haven’t actually bought a Christmas tree before (apart from my mini one which I got for £1 from Poundland) so I was totally unprepared. I ended up red-faced with stress but I managed to get one in the end. The final result was a beautiful pink and white tree, topped with some Hello Kitty baubles that I got as an early Christmas present from my boyfriend’s mum.
Setting up the tree jump-started my Christmas mood, and soon I was singing along to “Fairytale of New York” which really helped me get motivated to dress up for my first Christmas meal of the year! This is where I realised that I hadn’t actually bought a Christmas jumper, whoops. I made do by wearing fluffy things and my pompom hairbands ♡
Fast-forward to a week later, I was getting more into the Christmas mood but I still had no jumper ^^” But I didn’t care, I wanted to dress up! Kawaii Gyaru Shop kindly sent me these adorable Santa-cat tights and I just had to wear them. They’re so so cute! I love them!
Oh and yes I got my hair cut! I wasn’t too sure whether to have it cut but I got fed up of it being trapped in car doors. I’m still not used to it… It’s so short ;_; But I love my fringe! What do you think? ^///////^
That’s all for today folks! I hope you’ve been feeling more Christmas-y than I have…
This was going to be a post about my Christmas celebrations but seeing as I haven’t taken any photos… Well, that’s not going to happen but I do have a photo of my outfit and my face to make up for it! I tried out hime gyaru because I finally managed to get my hands on a Princess Melody dress. It was really short (you could see my butt cheeks) so I bought a skirt to go underneath it.