Musings and Snapshots

Snapshots of December

8th January 2016


December seasonal cheer at Candy Pop HQ :: It wouldn’t be Christmas without snapping this Bromyard door :: A very vintage angel :: A stunning wreath in Toast, Westbourne Grove, created by my talented friend Alex of Aesme :: Sunshine, fresh air and trees :: Festive feasting :: A few of my favourite things – garden planning with the delightful Terrariums Under Glass, party shoes by Boden, a vintage bluebell candle by Kinship of Oxford and plywood deer from the Design Museum :: The days between Christmas and new year are mostly spent exploring :: A cosy Sunday at home


My December shot for A Year of Moments with Lobster & Swan :: The simple things :: All you need is a wire hanger, holly and red ribbon :: Rosie and Anna of Independent Oxford looking fabulous at the Oxford Instameet :: New Year’s Eve vibes :: Oh how I love vintage browsing in Leominster :: A quiet corner :: In London for a blogger’s creative workshop with Houzz at Heal’s :: Breathtaking Blenheim Palace on Boxing Day


Enjoying a Candy Pop ‘office party’ in the Cotswolds with my man :: I love bells, deer, succulents and plastic cameras :: Anyone for a festive fruit wreath? :: Restyling my bedroom for December with a little help from the Secret Linen Store :: Becoming a Panasonic Lumix Ambassador :: Sharing a few of my favourite festive pastimes :: Celebrating Christmas Eve, Eve in Burford :: Cheerful bits and bobs :: The most wonderful time of the year


Doesn’t it seem like only yesterday we were planning Christmas? And now here we are putting on a brave January face and enjoying the comfort of routine. I decided to spend the majority of the festive period offline so I could recharge and focus on my family. I had lots of fun with my niece and nephews making balloon animals and watching Stick Man, which has turned into my January ear worm: I’m Stick Man, I’m Stick Man, I’m Stick Man, that’s me.

My holidays were full of dreamy views over Herefordshire, vintage shop browsing, delicious food, great company, non-stop films and slow starts. It was empowering to switch off the internet and I can thoroughly recommend the joy of missing out, especially when there is chocolate to be eaten. I feel refreshed, full of ideas and ready to leap into 2016.

I hope you had a fabulous December, Christmas and new year and January is treating you with kindness and care. For my latest adventures, including a trip to Hogwarts, you’ll find me on Instagram and Twitter, I hope to see you there!

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  • Reply daisy jones 8th January 2016 at 9:49 am

    Hogwarts? Oh my goodness I am terribly envious?!
    have a fabulous time
    best xx

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 8th January 2016 at 2:58 pm

      Thank you, I went yesterday and it was magical! x

  • Reply Slummy single mummy 8th January 2016 at 12:06 pm

    A brave face is about right! I took quite a lot of time off over Christmas too, but so far it feels like all it did is remind me how much I like being offline! I’m sure I’ll get back into the swing of things, but I’m feeling a bit like I’d like to be under a duvet with a book at the moment.

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 8th January 2016 at 3:00 pm

      It’s so lovely to have a break isn’t it, I’m considering taking most Sundays off. Although I’m not sure it’s possible! x

  • Reply katy615 8th January 2016 at 12:17 pm

    One of my favourite things about IG is that it can be used as a visual diary. I love scrolling back and reflecting on what the year was made up of. Looks like your December was a wondrous one and hope January is the same x

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 8th January 2016 at 3:01 pm

      It sure is and it motivates me to take photographs. I hope you have a fantastic month! x

  • Reply mothersalwaysright 8th January 2016 at 2:39 pm

    Your holidays sound and look absolutely lovely. Vintage shop browsing and lazy days – bliss! Instagram is such a great way to take stock of all the things you’ve done and seen isn’t it? What a lovely way to keep track of the months.

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 8th January 2016 at 3:02 pm

      Thanks so much, it was certainly good to have some time away. Have a great weekend. x

  • Reply Eva 8th January 2016 at 4:49 pm

    You had a very nice December! Hope January will be great as well for you. Happy new year ! x
    Ps: Will you continue with “a year of moments” in 2016? I would like !

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 8th January 2016 at 4:52 pm

      Thank you Eva. Sadly A Year of Moments has finished, but I’m sure they’ll be something new soon! x

  • Reply Rachel 8th January 2016 at 5:00 pm

    Lovely post Natasha! Happy New year to you! xxx

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 8th January 2016 at 5:10 pm

      Thank you Rachel. Happy New Year, I hope you’re well. x

  • Reply Lia 8th January 2016 at 9:59 pm

    Your Christmas sounds like it was perfect! January does require a brave face doesn’t it, lol – I’ve never thought of it like that, but it fits this year!!

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 12th January 2016 at 9:07 am

      Thanks so much! x

  • Reply laurasidestreet 10th January 2016 at 6:28 pm

    Oh wow what stunning photographs – really captures the essence of December and the festive season – so beautiful

    Laura x

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 12th January 2016 at 9:07 am

      Thanks Laura for your kind comment, I hope you’re having a great week. x

  • Reply Tracey witts 11th January 2016 at 8:42 pm

    We did the same a whole two weeks barely near the internet, playing games watching tv, eating and being together as a family. Sounds like you had a lovely Christmas x

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 12th January 2016 at 9:08 am

      That sounds amazing, switching off at Christmas really helps us to fully unwind. x

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