A round up of all things festive!



Oh, it feels so good to be back at my laptop after so many days away! As much as the past couple of weeks have been gloriously relaxed and indulgent and all that, I really am happy to be finding some sort of normality again, and to be getting myself back into a routine. A routine that doesn’t involve going to bed at gone 1am, waking late, eating cheese until I feel sick, and then starting all over again…;)

I hope you all had the greatest of Christmas breaks! Ours was just wonderful- almost two weeks straight of time spent with our families, amazing food, indulgent drinks, and a dedication to relaxation that bordered on obsessive ;) That’s not to say it was a particularly lazy one though! That little spaniel of ours, forever demanding long walks through field and forest and yet *another* evening game of fetch-the-toy up and down our hallway put paid to that! I’m kind of learning though that for both Jason and I, relaxation doesn’t come in the form of doing less, it comes from concentrating more on being in the moment. Less time being distracted by phones and emails and inner monologues, and more time focusing on each other.

All this was made 100 times easier by the realisation that kept washing over us both, time and time again during this Christmas, that this will be our last Christmas before we become husband and wife. We spent most of the past couple of weeks playing the ‘this time next year…’ game, and feel sort of giddily impatient for the summer to roll around so I can just change my name already! But, in the spirit of not rushing through these exciting months (savouring the moment, fighting our impatience, and all that…) we’re doing our best to not wish away these final few months of being engaged. Though really, can you even believe it’s coming up a year since we got engaged in Edinburgh back in April?! Where on earth have the past few months disappeared to!

But hey! I’ve been sidetracked from Christmas! Below are a few photos from the various Christmas days went spent with family during the past couple of weeks. Between my family and both sides of Jason’s family, we had a fair bit of celebrating to do! Which is fine by me, since family time is the best time, always and forever!


What I wore {on Boxing Day!} :: Cardigan || Shirt (c/o) || Trousers

^^ Boxing Day this year was spent at my Mum’s house, eating bubble and squeak and ham braised in cider and, you guessed it, more cheese! My Godparents were there with their dog Freddie, and he and Teddy both behaved themselves impeccably. Surprisingly so, to be honest- we’d expected there to be a whole lot more chaos! We were proud of Ted for not minding a jot when Freddie took up residence in his bed, and both dogs were rewarded with plenty of chicken scraps. Well, it is *was!* Christmas! ^^
    Cider-with-Rosie-Teddy-Christmas Cider-with-Rosie-Christmas-wreath-Rosie-Reynolds

^^ Wreaths make me so very happy. Can’t we just leave them up all year round? ^^


^^ Oeufs en cocotte, as cooked by Jason’s Stepmum. She’s the most amazing cook and host- we always leave their house feeling full to the point of bursting! ^^


Christmas morning this year, as with every year, started with a long walk that served both as a way of tiring Teddy out, and as a sort of warm-up for the day of feasting and merry-making that lay ahead of us. And this year, as with every year, we were running half an hour behind schedule so had to walk the route at an uncomfortably fast pace. I say this every year, but maybe this will be the one in which we learn time management? Who am I kidding! If we manage to turn up to our own wedding even vaguely on time, I think most of our guests will faint with surprise! ;)

The route-march of a morning walk made the breakfast of eggs, bacon, and cups of tea my Mum had waiting for us at her house all that much more satisfying. And really, you can’t beat a bit of hazy winter sunshine on Christmas Day morning, can you?

Cider-with-Rosie-Jason-and-Teddy Cider-with-Rosie-Christmas-Rosie-Reynolds

What I wore :: Dress c/o Boden || Boots

Cider-with-Rosie-Christmas-day-breakfast Jason-Christmas-present

One of Jason’s gifts from my Mum this year was a pretty special one. After my Grandma died a couple of years ago, whilst we were sorting through the beautiful little cottage of treasures and memories she left behind, my Mum came across an old silver hip flask that’d belonged to my Granddad. It hadn’t been touched for as long as I’ve been alive (some 24 years) and my Mum can’t even remember when her Dad bought it, so it’s a vintage treasure through and through.

My Mum and I colluded a few weeks ago about giving the hip flask to Jason for Christmas (Mum was worried that he’d not like how many dents and scratches there are in it, and I assured her that he’d love it all the more because of them!), so we were pretty excited for him to open it. It was a pretty special moment, made even more special given that this is a kind of landmark Christmas for us. I have it on good authority that next time Jason takes Teddy out on a particularly frosty weekend, he’ll be bringing along a drop or two of sloe gin in his hip flask for good measure ;)
  Stacked-logs Cider-with-Rosie-Christmas-fire Christmas-sunset

And that was our very drawn out and totally blissful Christmas, rounded up into one concise little post! Did you have a wonderful break? Aside from the traditional festivities, how did you spend your time off?

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  • http://sophiesmakeupblog.blogspot.co.uk/ Sophie

    Such lovely photos as always Rosie! It sounds like you had a lovely Christmas! I had such an amazing Christmas spending my time baking, reading and organising and I got engaged! I’m really looking forward to going back to a routine today too x


    • http://www.lovedbylaura.com/ Laura

      Oh how lovely – congratulations! :)

      • http://sophiesmakeupblog.blogspot.co.uk/ Sophie

        Thank you :) x

  • Fruzs

    I know I always say that to pretty much all of your blog posts, but this is my favorite of all! Or at least in the top 3! It made me miss Christmas and my family. Lovely pictures as always and Teddy so cute. I cannot wait to see pictures from your wedding day (and your dress, make-up, hair) so exciting! I truly wish you all the best with Jason!

  • https://rhymeandribbons.com Amanda @ Rhyme & Ribbons

    It looks like you had a pretty idyllic Christmas. Happy 2015 Rosie! x

  • http://www.zoenewlove.com Zoe Newlove

    Oh this is such a lovely post! I got goosebumps reading about the hip flask! What a fab story. Happy New Year Rosie!

    Zoe Newlove | Beauty Blogger & MUA

  • http://livingforthenow.com Living For The Now

    Happy New Year! Loving the wellies and dress combo :)

  • http://thisparticular.blogspot.co.uk/ Ala

    That all looks so lovely Rosie! I’m also a bit shocked at just how fast the last year went – it literally zipped on by. Anyway, my Christmas was much of the same, family, food, booze and lots of cheese (including a few cheese purchases from the Cotswolds)! Can’t go wrong. You must be bursting with excitement thinking this will be the year you’ll be walking down the aisle woo! I’m sure the run up will be just as magical as the day itself! x

  • http://mutedmornings.blogspot.com Mimmi

    Sounds like you had an incredibly lovely Christmas! Loved reading this post :)

    xx Mimmi, Muted Mornings

  • http://www.silverspoonlondon.co.uk Angie SilverSpoon

    What a lovely story about the hip flask, it looks like you had a fab Christmas.

    Lots of love,

    SilverSpoon London

  • http://www.blondeofcarbs.com Jessica

    What a gorgeous christmas, I love the hipflask present idea so cute. My partners grandad died before xmas and we had a funeral so I bought a silver vintage swallow for him on a pin to wear, I know it’s not quite the same :) xxx

  • http://www.hollandsreverie.blogspot.com Hollands reverie

    Sounds amazing and you look beautiful- I love that dress! It sounds like you had such a beautiful time with family, with lots of rest in between!


  • http://www.littlemisskaty.co.uk/ Little Miss Katy

    This looks and sounds absolutely dreamy Rosie! I fully support the Christmas-time-is-family-time mantra :) and eek such exciting stuff for you this year!! <3

  • http://www.sedbona.com/ Sed Bona

    Your post is beautiful! Savor these last few months before you get married – you’ll be changing your name in no time. And as excited as I was to get a new name when I married my husband, when the day came to finally change it – that was actually the hardest part! Your name is such a strong part of your identity and it can be scary, no matter how happy and prepared you are, to begin afresh. So enjoy these last few months of your engagement. You had a stunning Christmas – absolutely love that Boden dress!

  • http://elelibee.com/ Laura Blake

    This looks like the most cosy and lovely christmas!

    The hip-flash story is s sweet, I’m so glad that he loved it :)

    Laura | elelibee

  • http://www.neverendingbookshelf.blogspot.co.uk/ Charlotte

    It looks like you had an amazing Christmas, and took some lovely photos in the process. And you should enjoy those ‘this time next years’ because this time next year they won’t be quite the same!

    The Neverending Bookshelf

  • Steph & The Spaniels

    Some lovely photos. I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and Happy New Year to you, my sweet xx

  • http://www.hellomissjordan.blogspot.co.uk Jordan

    Your Christmas looks so magical! How exciting that it’s your last Christmas before being husband and wife <3 That's so romantic and I hope you have a lovely new year!

    hellomissjordan.blogspot.co.uk xx

  • http://scatteredstrawberrysummer.blogspot.co.uk/ Akvile

    I’m struggling getting back to the routine, it will take awhile!

    Lovely photos x


  • http://www.throughthethicket.ca/ Kathryn

    Sounds like you had a wonderful holiday! The pictures are lovely. I too am glad to be back at getting into some sort of a routine. I feel like my holidays were quiet but busy at the same time – if that makes any sense? We didn’t do much but it was a lot of time with family, which is somehow always a bit more tiring than you think it would be. (At least for an introvert like me!)

    xx Kathryn

  • http://lizziedailyblog.blogspot.co.uk/ Elizabeth Rebecca

    I love your dress on Christmas day, Rosie.

    Lizzie Dripping

  • http://www.brittonloves.co.uk Lauren S

    What a beautiful country christmas! Your cosy fire looks delightful!

    Lauren x

    Britton Loves | Lifestyle Food Fashion Beauty – http://www.brittonloves.blogspot.co.uk

  • http://www.lovedbylaura.com/ Laura

    Aww this post sums up all the best things about Christmas. We had a lovely extended Christmas break… but all those late nights and lie ins have left me in a completely different timezone – I need a January reset button! xo

  • Jo Small

    I got married in 2014 & I seriously urge you to savour these last few months of engagement & try to not stress out and wish it away. The day comes and goes so so quickly, I can still hardly get my head around the fact that I don’t have that day on the horizon anymore! Enjoy every last second of every part of it. Anyway – itt looks like you had an amazing and cosy Christmas!


  • http://www.perpetuallycaroline.com/ Caroline L.

    That sounds like a lovely and indulgent Christmas! A good Christmas always makes it so hard to get back in the groove, but then again, groovin’ and grindin’ all year long makes the holiday season all the more special!

  • Georgia Christakis

    Happy New Year! My fiance and I played the “this time next year game” quite a lot too, as we’re 151 days away from the big day now (and yes, we are shamelessly counting, ha!)

  • http://www.queenbeady.com QueenBeady

    Everything sounds so truly blissful! Rather jealous, ha! Your outfits looks absolutely gorgeous too.
    Last christmas was the same for us, playing the ”this time next year” game. Getting married in 2014 of course was the biggest highlight for me. I can’t quite believe it’s been & gone, so enjoy these last months planning. Take it all in! It’s the more amazing time of your lives.
    Rebecca xxx

  • http://www.followyoursunshine.me Polly (Follow Your Sunshine)

    Beautiful photos as always Rosie. Sounds like you had a peaceful and special time. Polly xx


  • http://Www.supernaturallyhealthy.org/ Kezia @ Super Naturally Health

    I spent a large chunk of time in the lakes – walking and sitting by a fire. Perfection. So much so I have booked a mini holiday weekend there in February!

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