Zoella Wrapped! The Articles That Defined ‘22 

We’ve covered lifestyle content aplenty from the fun to the frank and everything in between but ICYMI, here’s our Zoella Wrapped Jan - December ‘22, featuring our most-read posts from every month.

As we dust off our most (un)comfortable dancing shoes, unleash the sequins and get ready to fluff up the words to Auld Lang Syne once more, we’re asking ourselves how we’re ringing in another new year already?! If 2020 was the year that stopped time, 2022 was the year that came and went quicker than Pete Davidson. 

Here on Zoella, we’re big advocates of looking back on the last 12 months and reflecting on our favourite moments and glorious highlights. With that in mind, we took the liberty of rounding up the creme de la creme of ‘22 reads from the website. 

We’ve covered lifestyle content aplenty from the fun to the frank and everything in between but ICYMI, here’s our Zoella Wrapped Jan – December ‘22, featuring our most-read posts from every month. Happy New Year, fellas!

January: We *Reluctantly* Tried the 5am Club So You Don’t Have To

As if January isn’t already bleak enough, some bright spark on the Zoella team decided it would be f-u-n for us to channel big Bear Grylls energy and try the 5am club. Waking up at an ungodly hour in January… how hard can it be? Some of us are still scarred from the trauma of it all. No journalism is worth sleep, or so we thought. This particular ‘We Tried’ proved very clickable, so at least our trauma wasn’t entirely in vain. Not all heroes wear capes, some wear lycra and sage their living rooms. 

February: Understanding Adult ADHD: How TikTok Is Inspiring Women to Seek Diagnosis

Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder was once considered rare but now, more women are being diagnosed than ever before. In this article, we spoke to non-profit organisation Understood and Manchester-based mental health and style content creator Francesca Perks about her experience being diagnosed with ADHD, and both the challenges and relief that came with it. 

March: Pastel Season Has Arrived! 50 Spring-Manicures to Inspire Your Next Set 

Gorgeous, gorgeous girls continue to get their nails done even if they’re on the brink of telling their parents they’re moving back in due to the cost of living. Featuring all the carefree hot girl summer vibes, we compiled 50 spring ready manicures for your new-season set, and plenty of you were grateful for the inspo. 

April: We Tried the World’s First Pineapple-Shaped Sex Toy 

April Fool’s Day is not wasted on us and 2022 was our fruitiest prank yet. We utilised our faithful ‘We Tried’ formula to pull the pineapple over your eyes, and bingo – the world’s first pineapple-shaped sex toy was born. And we just so happened to get exclusive dibs on trying it… Buzzing!

May: What to *Actually* Expect When You’re Expecting: 50 Things No One Tells You About Being Pregnant 

The first poo is the hardest, baby I know, or so the famous (and fictional) Rod Stewart song goes. There are some things no amount of reading can prepare you for in pregnancy and motherhood, and the chances are 50 of them feature on this list. Someone’s gotta say it! From constipation to brain fog and M&S full briefs *truly a godsend for new mamas*, growing a human is both beautiful and utterly bonkers. 

June: Run Don’t Walk! The SheSpot X Zoella Box Is Here

In June, we collaborated with female-founded sexual wellness brand SheSpot to bring our audience a limited edition box of pleasure-based treats. Boasting a distinguished lineup of market-leading sex toys, intimate care products and holistic self-love products, we’re not surprised to see this collab on the best of ‘22 list. Well played readers, well played. 

July: 8 IG Accounts That Make the Wild World of Weaning That Little Bit Easier 

Feeding ourselves is hard enough but feeding your little one? Oh, oh the pressure of it all. Fret not for help is on the way dear *Mrs Doubtfire voice* thanks to these time-saving weaning accounts. From broccoli bites to carrot cake porridge and courgette fritters, these IG creators are on a mission to tell mamas everywhere that you don’t need to be a whizz in the kitchen to whip up something fun, nutritious and age-appropriate for your growing bubba. Baby-led weaning? Completed it. 

August: “I’ve Randomly Got the Ick From My Bf of 5 Years!” This Month’s Between You & Me

Ever wondered what happens when you catch the proverbial ick from your own bf? Does it have the gravitas to put you off them for life and prompt a breakup *gulp*? Absolutely savage. Back in August, Team Zoella were tasked with answering that very dilemma in our monthly Between You & Me series, the feature that sees your internet besties giving our best life advice… because a problem shared is a problem halved and all that, icks ‘n’ all. 

September: How to Squirt: A Beginner’s Guide

Despite the balmy September heatwave, one article made it rain amongst the Zoella audience. Enter: our beginner’s guide to squirting, written by the aptly named School of Squirt. You’re welcome.

October: What You Having For Ya Tea? Hearty Chicken & Leek Mash Topped Pie 

Fajitas are fine and everything but come autumn, there’s only one thing on our minds: hearty and carby British classics piled high with gravy, and it seems we weren’t alone in our quest to find a decent, faff-free recipe to elevate that mid-week dinner slump. We’re still salivating over this chicken and leek mash pie triumph! 

November: Category is: Festive Winter-Themed Baby Names

Looking for the perfect name for your bundle of joy? If you’re due in December, or just so happen to love festive, winter-themed baby names, this unique list is made for you, mama-to-be! From the rare gems and out-there options to the names rising in popularity and the cool but wearable monikers, here’s a list of names that embody this magical time of year beautifully.  

December: 20 Ways to Make the Most of Mistletoe and Wine Season 

Everyone loves a 5 minute scroll on the loo and our monthly listicles are designed entirely for that purpose. What can we say, keeping you entertained when you’re on the throne is what we do best, it’s what we live for. Full of relatable ways to make the most of every month of the year – case in point for December: Wonder if your S.O will do the honourable thing and get you a sausage dog this Christmas – we’re glad you lot love breezing through these quick reads as much as we love writing them. 


Zoella Book Club: Reviewing Meet Me Under the Mistletoe by Jenny Bayliss 

Keep reading to find out how team Zoella rated the December read…

Christmas time calls for putting your feet up with a bunch of feel-good fiction, so if you’ve yet to pick your final read of 2022, then put this one on your list asap. Featuring a boarding school reunion, plenty of happily ever afters and a midnight snow croquet in a castle, all set around Christmas time in the British countryside, Jenny Bayliss’ latest novel is sure to get you in the festive spirit. And if you’re looking for a perfectly uplifting, easy-going read for that luxurious stretch of time between Xmas and New Year, otherwise known as Betwixmas, then this one ticks all the boxes! 

The gorgeously festive Meet Me Under the Mistletoe is a heartwarming story perfect for curling up next to a roaring fire and embracing what the holiday season is really all about: slothing about the house in Christmas pjs for 5-7 working days. 

So, recover from the chaos of shopping, gift-wrapping and rearranging the Christmas tree (relatable), and plonk yourself on the sofa with this fictional cracker and a smorgasbord of Boxing Day leftovers. 

Keep reading to find out how team Zoella rated the December read…

The blurb

A winter wedding of old friends should be the event of the year. Gathering near their former school for a lavish, week-long celebration, it’s a chance for Nory Noel to reunite with her best friends. But now in their thirties, that group has long since drifted apart.

Nory suspects she’ll spend the week wrestling into spanx, and dodging questions about her non-existent plus one. Only her fearless, fabulous best friend Ameerah can persuade her to go.

At the venue of a stunning Kent castle, it’s not long before personalities clash and old tensions begin to bubble up. Nory finds herself slipping away – and unexpectedly crashing into Isaac, the castle’s gardener and her former school rival.

Nory and Isaac have more in common these days than they ever thought possible. But as she steals more time away from the festivities to spend with Isaac, he reveals an astonishing secret about his family’s past. Nory knows she alone can help right this wrong – but uncovering the truth might mean pushing Isaac away once more.

Lareese’s Review

Bah humbug alert, I don’t usually gravitate towards fluffy Christmas reads but kudos to Jenny Bayliss because this one has fully surpassed by expectations. It’s so much more than just a predictable festive tale, which I’m all here for if there’s a good story there to go with it. Meet Me Under the Mistletoe is like a modern day Lady Chatterley’s lover, with all the ingredients of a 5-star contemporary read: friends to lovers, interesting friendship dynamics, interesting couple dynamics, high school reunion vibes, the lot! I also loved that Elinor (Nory) owns a bookshop – books about books > books about everything else. In fact, if I owned a secondhand bookshop like Serendipitous Seconds, I too would find it hard to part with my fave precious first editions, just like Nory. MMUTM is a great cosy winter read for this time of year that balances humour with heavy topics such as grief, adultery, classism, racism to name a few, and although not quite as all-out festive as some readers might expect given the title, the snowy castle setting and chef’s kiss cast of characters more than makes up for it. You’ll see!

Rating: 4/5
Would you recommend it? 100% this is the easy breezy December read everyone deserves.

Lily’s Review

Firstly things first, I did not expect this storyline! I was expecting a light, fluffy, cheesy love story. However, it’s so much more than that. Jenny Bayliss writes a beautiful festive story. Expressing how, even during Christmas time, life isn’t a neat little line. It can go up and down in different ways, can shift, and get cut short.

Meet Me Under the Mistletoe takes place around the festive season, but mainly talks about a friendship group dynamic, and how life keeps going even after the loss of someone close. I love these types of storylines, especially during Christmas time. Because it’s a soft reminder that it’s not always an easy, fun, happy time for all. But don’t get me wrong, there is still a warmness to this book that provides that cosy festive coating to make it a hearty breezy read!

A humbling, witty, sad, festive story. Where each chapter was a gift that kept on giving!! I highly recommend it to those out there that loved the Christmas film ‘Last Christmas’ or ‘PS. I Love You’.

Rating: 4/5
Would you recommend it? YES! Such a lovely book, the perfect December read.

Danielle’s Review

This book isn’t Jenny’s first foray into Christmas literature and by god, I hope it’s not her last! This book encapsulated the cosiest Christmas settings like the castle and London, but my favourite has to be Nory’s second-hand book shop. I loved the concept of matchmaking books to customers and I especially enjoyed this aspect as our last Zoella Book Club pick of the year! It really is a joy to pick books we think our audience will enjoy and I hope you’ve been fulfilled and inspired tucking into the ZBC reads in 2022.

This book just captures Christmas perfectly, personally, I’m super close to my family but I know SO many who are not and the way Nori surrounded herself with found family was beautiful. If you love Nancy Meyer’s or Nora Ephron’s movies like You’ve Got Mail then you’ll love this book, completely classic and wonderfully described. I’d recommend to anyone looking for a festive read.

Rating: 5/5
Would you recommend it? I’ve already lent it to my mum!


15 Ways to Get Your Camembert Fix This Christmas 

If you’re looking for a way to reinvent the camembert wheel this Christmas, then you’ve landed in the right place because CheeseTok has been good to us this year, inspiring creative recipes aplenty.

Christmas won’t be Christmas without any camembert, or so the famous first line in Little Women goes…

This gorgeously gooey baked cheese is a dinner party classic, and for good reason! Whether it’s served as a mini-fondue on a grazing board ready for guests to tuck in with hunks of toasted sourdough, an elite starter flavoured with fresh rosemary and garlic, or the star in show of a picky bits tea, this humble cheese can take the most vanilla of dinner plans and transform them into a festive feast. 

If you’re looking for a way to reinvent the camembert wheel this Christmas, then you’ve landed in the right place because CheeseTok has been good to us this year, inspiring creative recipes aplenty. From truffle-flavoured creations to pigs in blankets pasta wheels and cranberry and camembert pastry twists, consider this the only inspo you need to make sure you take the crown for hostess with the mostest this Christmas. 

Baked Camembert With Honey & Chilli

A classic throw-in-the-oven, minimal effort dish is a busy hostess’s best friend, and this chilli and honey baked camembert is as 10/10 delicious as it is easy. Simply score your camembert, add some sprigs of rosemary and drizzle with honey and chilli flakes before baking, and prepare to wow. Serve with toasted sourdough, crackers or a slice of fluffy focaccia and enjoy the most moreish starter you’ll be thinking about for days afterwards. Find the recipe on Lindsey’s website here.

Camembert Sandwich

The sandwich of all sandwiches, consider this the most elite lunch choice you can make throughout the festive season. Melted between a toasted crusty loaf or bagel, this summery take on a Christmas classic features strawberries, blueberries and a generous drizzle of balsamic glaze that’s sure to have your tastebuds dancing. 

Caramelised Camembert Potato Fondue

If there were two things in this world that we simply never tire of, let it be known it’s cheese and potatoes. This god tier recipe is one that combines the best bits of both, with a base of caramelised onions and creamy mash, topped with half a camembert, sprigs of rosemary, cloves of garlic and a drizzle of honey for the perfect mix of sweetness and tanginess. A guaranteed crowd-pleaser, make sure it’s placed at your end of the table at dinner…


DAY 9: you heard right… caramelised Camembert Potato Fondue 🤤❤️ send this to a Camembert lover immediately #25potatoes #potatotiktok #camembert

♬ Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree – Brenda Lee

Truffle Baked Camembert Cheese

Elevate your camembert with a shaved truffle finish (*chef’s kiss*) and the most elite means of taking a traditional Christmas starter from predictable to perfection. Made all the better by the addition of a generous portion of confit garlic, this dish is one of few ingredients but guaranteed to have your guests requesting it time and time again. 

Camembert Spaghetti

Two words. Camembert Spaghetti- we’re sold. Once again made all the more delicious by the addition of copious amounts of garlic, this creamy spaghetti dish is comfort food central and one that’s perfect for December when your fridge is packed with an eclectic mix of ingredients that don’t exactly make a cohesive meal. With minimal ingredients, this pasta dish feels like a step up from your go-to pesto pasta with all the same comforting qualities. Midweek dinners just got all the more delicious. 


You are NOT READY for this Dragon Breath Pasta 🤯🍝 #FoodHacks #ukfood #recipe

♬ Patience (feat. YUNGBLUD & Polo G) – KSI

Camembert Croissant Sandwich

Sweet and savoury marry perfectly in this croissant sandwich, stepping up from the classic cheddar and ham filling with a combination that’s sure to become a staple of your festive brunch menus. With a generous jam base, melted camembert middle and chopped walnut topping, the mix of textures and flavours elevate this breakfast choice and make it the perfect Christmas morning combination that’s guaranteed to impress the in-laws. 

Pesto Baked Camembert

Speaking of pesto, this baked camembert with twisted pesto pastry is a tear and share dream, creating the perfect centrepiece for Boxing Day ‘picky bits’ in a way that wows. To make it even easier, purchase pre-rolled pastry and simply cut and twist in an impressive but surprisingly easy to replicate design, and hey presto (or should we say pesto?), you’ve created a God tier recipe in less than 10 minutes. Experiment with sundried tomato or spiced pestos for a warming kick and enjoy in front of your seventh re-run of The Holiday of the festive season. 

Chipotle Honey Baked Camembert

Realistically cheese goes well with most things, but add a little chipotle sauce, fresh spring onions and a generous dose of honey and you may well have just created food heaven. With the perfect warming kick for a cold and crisp winter’s day, pair this spiced and saucy camembert with an equally delicious crusty loaf and prepare to welcome in your new foodie obsession. 

Rosemary and Garlic Camembert with Fluffy Bread Balls 

If your dreams are often consumed by Pizza Express’ dreamy dough balls (same), look no further than this recipe for an at-home version of their doughy dynamic but bigger and better. With a honey and rosemary roasted camembert at the centre of this delicious sharing showstopper, take a dreamy December afternoon to prepare a batch of these fluffy and moreish bread rolls (it’s easier than you think) and enjoy them with a delightfully cheesy centrepiece or with a leftover Turkey and stuffing filling too. Bellissimo!  


Soft as soft can be bread rolls with honey drizzled herb & garlic baked Camembert. #cheriedenhamcooks #bakedcamembert #tearandshare

♬ Talk About – Rain Radio & DJ Craig Gorman

Super Easy Garlic Camembert Boat

Christmas calls for cheese and carbs on the hour every hour, and what better way to honour that tradition than with a camembert baked tiger bloomer? Stuffed with not one but two baked camembert rounds for double the joy and drizzled in oozy garlic rosemary butter, it’s a yuletide delicacy sure to please the crowds. And there’s no danger of any vampires coming anywhere near you – it’s a win win.

Camembert & Cranberry Twists

Want a bit of crunch with your camembert? Enter camembert and cranberry twists, baked to perfection and ready to share ‘n’ tear in 20 minutes flat. To make, simply roll out your Jus-Rol pastry and cut into two circles. Spread your first circle with a generous layer of spicy cranberry sauce, place your camembert wheel in the middle and then place your second layer of pastry over the top. Seal the edges with a fork to secure the layers and cut slices into the pastry ready to make your twists. Beat one egg and egg wash the whole pastry. Once complete, twist each of your sections into place and bake for 20 minutes until golden. 

Cut the top off the top ready for dipping and dig in! Praise be, PastryTok. If you fancy adding a side of ‘health’, serve alongside a portion of crunchy crudités for a fresh palate cleanser between the puff pastry. 

Camembert Baked Potato

If there’s one woman who never fails to come *through* with those convenient 10/10 recipes, it’s Poppy. Take your week-night Jacky P dinner and make it festive with this cheesy, caramelised red onion dreamboat, studded with garlic and seasoned to perfection. Yes. Please.


(AD) Is this the ultimate Christmas baked potato?! I think so 😍😍 #Camembert #potato #GroceriesOnDeliveroo #Coop @deliveroo @Co-op

♬ original sound – Poppy O’Toole

Pigs In Blankets Camembert Pasta Wheels

Meet the holiday hybrid we didn’t know we needed. Pigs in blankets are a firm favourite at Christmas time so combining them with cheese and carbs is nothing short of culinary genius. Plate it up and shovel it into your merry mouth at your earliest convenience.  Merry dirty dinner December, one and all. 


#ad Pigs in Blankets Camembert Pasta Wheels 🧀 #deliveroo #sainsburys #foodtok #camembert #cheesewheel #pasta @Deliveroo @Sainsbury’s

♬ Calm Christmas Gift Commercial – AtagoSounds

Honey & Camembert On Ciabatta 

For all the times you’re craving a Pret-level Christmas sarnie but cba to venture outside, consider this honey and cam ciabatta your lazy work-from-home lunch of dreams. Winter warmer? Completed it pal. 


Honey and Mustard Camembert on Chibata! Love the builders drilling in the background👍🏼 #wintercheese #cheesy #asmr #camembert #honey #winterrecipe

♬ original sound – Hari Beavis

Camembert Wagyu Burger

For a holly, jolly Christmas look no further than this deep fried camembert wheel. This mammoth C-Bert creation is not for the faint of heart as it calls for an entire wheel of cheese, sandwiched between layers of caramelised onion and a wagyu burger. Admittedly, there’s a lot going on but if you’re B-I-G on cheese, then this maximalist meat feast is as God-tier as it gets. Note to self: there’s no way to eat this gracefully, so prepare to have a cheese-coated soul at the end of this . Villain mode: activated. 


Camembert ✅ Wagyu ✅ Caramelised onion ✅ #burger #cheese #camembert #plagg #healthy #wagyu

♬ Storytelling – Adriel

The Best Gift You Can Give Yourself This Year? An End of Year Review…

Reflecting on the year is a powerful way to understand the patterns of your life and if you are moving in circles. This allows you to find new and better ways over the usual pathways and take note of the wins and losses of your life.

This is a guest post written by Iti Malken, Self-Development Expert and the Creator of Level Up by Iti. 

Often at this time of year you are likely to be thinking about what the new year will bring and you might find that you are already filling up your calendar with events and plans. But before you start focusing on 2023, it’s important to close out the old year with intention. 

Iti Malken self-development expert and the creator of the Level Up by Iti method says, “By the end of the year, we can forget a lot that happened. We might think that the year didn’t go so well. However, after writing up our annual review, we soon realise that we had many more successes than we originally remembered”.

Sitting down to do an annual review takes time, patience, and can feel a little uncomfortable and confronting. Why spend time doing this when you could be watching that festive Netflix movie you might ask? 

Reflecting on the year is a powerful way to understand the patterns of your life and if you are moving in circles. This allows you to find new and better ways over the usual pathways and take note of the wins and losses of your life. Celebrate the wins and be compassionate with the things that did not go that well. What is important here: the clarity you get is the basis to new ideas and positive change.

It’s actually the perfect antidote to the Christmas chaos giving you some much-needed time to reflect and give you a head start on the year ahead, your goals and vision.

Iti Malken, a self-development expert, says “Your annual review really is the best gift you can give yourself at the end of each year and will give you strong foundations upon which to set and achieve your goals. For me it has become an essential part of my own personal development journey and can be even more powerful than creating a vision board. 


Often, we are so focused on what our new year goals are we forget to appreciate the achievements from the last 12 months. With 2023 just around the corner, now is a great time to pause and reflect on the past twelve months by writing your end of year personal review. 

This exercise will help to set you up for success in January by reflecting on what you achieved during the year, what obstacles you faced and overcame and most importantly the lessons you learnt. Think of it as taking an honest look at the year and what went well, your achievements and the things that perhaps didn’t go so well.

An annual review isn’t easy. But when you commit to taking an honest look at your year— your highs, your lows, your actions, your mindset — you shift your life’s trajectory.

The Things You Will Need To Do Your Review

Plan around two hours of uninterrupted time where you can be on your own. Think of it as a mini retreat and create a comfortable environment where you can relax. You can use a desk or spread out on the floor. Grab a cup of tea, light a candle or do whatever you need to feel nourished and get the creativity flowing. Try to turn your phone and notifications off. 

You will need some large blank sheets of paper and pens and ideally your journals, notebooks and diaries from the year so you can review everything. If you use the notes app on your phone and you tend to store things digitally then you can use your phone, just make sure it is in flight mode for part one.

How To Get started

You can review your year in a way that feels good to you and you can review it based on your own criteria. You might want to do a straight review of the goals you set in 2022. Which ones did you meet and which ones are you perhaps rolling over into 2023?

You might want to go back through your old journals and notebooks from the year and do a month-by-month review. Remember there isn’t just one way of doing this and if you personalise the process you are more likely to enjoy it and then it can become a yearly ritual that you begin to look forward to. 

The simplest strategy is to split the review into two sections. You will find a series of questions below which will give you both a snapshot of where you are right now and also dig deeper into the different areas of life and shine a light on where you might want to make changes.

Once you have got settled in your space with everything you need you can do a short 10-minute meditation to come into the present moment.

Then take some time to free-write in your journal. How are you feeling right now? What emotions are coming up? Don’t judge what you are writing – it might just be keywords that are coming up or even ideas. There is no judgement.

Now it’s time to start jotting down the answers to some questions that will help you to organise your thoughts and feelings. Again, there is no right or wrong way to do this. Just allow yourself to answer them freely and without judgement. Some might feel more relevant than others.

General Review Questions

What were your key highlights of the year?

What are you most proud of?

What went well? What didn’t go well?

What was the biggest lesson (or lessons) you learned this year?

What new skills did you learn this year?

What was most challenging for you, and how did it make you feel?

What were your three biggest work accomplishments? What contributed to them?

Are there any other goals apart from the work you achieved that you are proud of?

Have you developed any healthy habits you want to keep?

What was the best decision you made all year? What did you learn from it?

People And Relationships

How has your relationship with yourself changed this year?

Which people in your life are you most grateful for?

Which person has inspired you the most this year and how? 

Which person had the biggest negative impact on your life? Why?

What new relationships enhanced your life? Who? How?

The Year Ahead 

Now you have reflected on the past 12 months, it’s time to start thinking ahead to 2023. You should now have clarity on what you want to work and your aspirations so you can start the strategic planning part.

To get started, answer the following questions 

What would a dream year look like for you in 2023?

What does success in 2023 mean for you?

What three big goals will you accomplish next year?

How do your goals for 2023 translate into actionable habits and processes?

What habits, behaviours, or attitudes will you need to develop or adopt next year?

What habits and behaviours do you need to change?

Try to dig deeper into the questions and answer them fully, really identifying your why and the reason behind wanting to achieve each goal.

Put Your Dreams Into Actionable Goals 

You’ve already mastered the deep work of your annual review. What’s left is a plan that helps you move towards your desired 2023 outcome.

Once you’ve broken down your dreams into actionable processes, summarise your reflections on one sheet. This summary will be your foundation for 2023. Place it somewhere where you can see it each day like on a mirror.

The recommendation with this would be to break each goal down into manageable steps with each goal having a monthly progress check in. In order to keep the momentum going it’s crucial to check in on where you are at so that any problems or red flags can be dealt with. 

For best results do this review every 3 months or so, review previously set goals and add new ones if needed.

Setting Yourself Up For Success 

Remember that once you have put your goal setting in place and you have a clear roadmap to navigate you that you need to let go of your vision. Remember you can only control so much of the process and that is your mindset and input. There will of course be some bumps in the road and you will need to course correct, or perhaps you decide that something you previously planned out you are no longer in alignment with. The only thing you need to focus on at any given time is the next tangible step.

I hope these questions help you as you draw up goals for the new year, and I also hope they help you to honour yourself and your achievements. 


7 Festive Cocktails to Get You in the Merry Mood this Christmas

These delicious drinks capture all the seasonal flavours and are perfect for getting cosy and merry with your loved ones. Bottoms up!

This is a guest post from The Mixer – your one-stop destination to discover drinkspiration for every occasion. From delicious recipes with expert tips to trendy new serves and ideas, The Mixer encourages connectivity and good times, whether you’re new to hosting or a cocktail pro!

As the nights draw in and our thoughts turn to the holiday season, bring on the festive feels with these delicious Christmas cocktails. These delicious drinks capture all the seasonal flavours and are perfect for getting cosy and merry with your loved ones. Bottoms up!

Christmas Negroni 

The Negroni keeps making waves in the cocktail scene (yep, we’re looking at you, House of the Dragon fans), and we predict that the Christmas Negroni will be the next big thing this festive season. To make one, you’ll use the original Negroni recipe but add some festive flair by making your own Christmas-infused gin and using winter spice garnishes. 

Ingredients (per person)

  • 1 Oz Campari 
  • 1 Oz Christmas-infused gin (recipe below) 
  • 1 Oz Cinzano Vermouth Rosso 
  • Orange peel to garnish    
  • Cinnamon stick, star anise and fresh bay leaf to garnish  
  • Ice 


1. Pour the Campari, infused gin and vermouth into an ice filled mixing glass 

2. Stir until ice cold (about 30 seconds) 

3.  Strain into a chilled rocks glass over a large ice cube or sphere 

4. Twist an orange peel over the Negroni to release its oil and add it to the drink 

5.  Garnish with cinnamon stick, star anise and a fresh bay leaf 

How to make festive gin

To make your infused gin, grab your favourite gin and pour out a drink for yourself and a friend to make some space in the bottle to add the spices. Next, toast 2 cinnamon sticks, 2 star anise pods, 5 cloves, a teaspoon of black peppercorns, and 3 fresh bay leaves in a dry pan until fragrant. Transfer into a pestle and mortar and crush roughly. Add the spices to your ¾ bottle of gin, seal, and give it a good shake. Leave overnight – or for up to 3 days in a dark space – to infuse. Strain into a pitcher using a cheesecloth or coffee filter to remove the spice bits. Pour the gin back into the bottle, and voila! 

Jack Frost

Jack Frost is famous in folklore all over the world. In adult land, however, he is a mischievous frozen blue drink that spreads festive cheer. This is one of those fun alcoholic drinks for Christmas that will make your family and friends forget about the freezing temperatures outside while warming them up with a taste of the tropics inside. All you need is vodka or rum, pineapple juice, Blue Curaçao, coconut cream, corn syrup, ice, a decent blender, and your favourite people to share it with.  

Ingredients (per person)

  • 1 Oz Vodka or White Rum
  • 1 Oz Blue Curaçao
  • 2 Oz Pineapple juice
  • 1 Oz Cream of coconut
  • Ice
  • Light golden syrup and shredded coconut to rim the glass


  1. Take two plates then pour some light golden syrup onto one, and sprinkle shredded coconut flakes onto the other 
  2. Dip the rim of your glass into first the golden syrup and then the coconut and set aside
  3. Add ice to the blender along with vodka or rum, Blue Curaçao, pineapple juice and cream of coconut 
  4. Blitz until smooth and frosty
  5. Pour the frozen mixture into your prepared glass, pop in a straw and serve

Eggnog Martini

A hands-down number one hit and family favourite at Christmas is eggnog. But what happens if you skip the rum, add a vanilla vodka and amaretto twist, shake it up and strain it into a glass? The Eggnog Martini, that’s what, and it’s epic! As far as best vodka Christmas cocktails go, this one is packed with sweet and indulgent holiday cheer. You absolutely have to try it.  

Ingredients (per person)

  • 1.5 Oz Vanilla Vodka
  • 0.5 Oz Amaretto
  • 2 Oz Eggnog
  • Ice
  • Chocolate shavings, simple syrup, and cinnamon sugar to garnish


  1. Pour a dash of simple syrup onto one plate and cinnamon sugar onto another
  2. Dip the rim of the martini glass into the syrup and then the cinnamon sugar and set aside
  3. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice
  4. Add the vodka, amaretto liqueur and eggnog 
  5. Give it a good shake until chilled and creamy
  6. Strain into a prepared martini glass, sprinkle over chocolate shavings and serve

Hot Toddy

Sip on a Hot Toddy cocktail for a drink to soothe your soul after a long (long) day of family and Christmas activity chaos. It’s the ideal drink to enjoy slowly for that fireplace feeling. Also, it will be just what you need if you feel yourself morphing into the Grinch about to steal Christmas gifts from sugared-up children. It’s in our book of easy winter cocktails, and you can customise it with your favourite alcohol and flavourings.  

Ingredients (per person)

  • 2 Oz Bourbon Whiskey
  • 0.5 Oz Fresh lemon juice
  • 2 Teaspoons brown sugar
  • 5 Cloves
  • Sliced lemon
  • Boiling water  


  1. Take a slice of lemon, press the cloves into the lemon round and set aside 
  2. Boil water and fill a mug to the three-quarter mark
  3. Pour in the whiskey and lemon juice and stir in the sugar until dissolved
  4. Serve in a warmed mug

Winter Manhattan

Spice up your Christmas-themed cocktails with a Winter Manhattan. To make these, you simply stir up three ingredients: whiskey, sweet vermouth, and apple sours. Like almost any cocktail, there are variations, including the festive Mistletoe Manhattan that calls for cherry juice, sugared cranberries, and rosemary, or a less sour version using bourbon, bitters, and sweet vermouth. We suggest testing a few options and choosing your favourite.  

Ingredients (per person)

  • ​​1.5 Oz Bourbon
  • 0.5 Oz Sour Apple Liqueur
  • 0.5 Oz Sweet Vermouth
  • To garnish a twist of lemon peel (optional)
  • Ice


  1. Pour all ingredients into a mason jar or cocktail shaker and fill with ice
  2. Stir until completely chilled
  3. Strain into chilled cocktail or martini glass
  4. Garnish with a twist of lemon and enjoy

Pomegranate Martini

There are so many different types of Martinis to taste, try and shake up, but the pretty Pomegranate Martini has a special place in our hearts because it’s so extremely photogenic. It’s also a very approachable drink, much closer in taste to a Cosmopolitan than a classic Martini. Sweetly tart, fruity and light, it’s easy to whip up (even in batches), and adds a hint of sophistication to just about any gathering. 

Ingredients (per person)

  • 0.5 Oz  Vodka 
  • 0.5 Oz  100% pomegranate juice (purchased or fresh squeezed) 
  • 0.25 Oz Grand Marnier
  • 0.25 Oz lemon juice 
  • 0.25 Oz simple syrup or maple syrup 
  • Lemon peel to garnish 
  • Ice


  1. Place the vodka, pomegranate juice, triple sec, lemon juice, and syrup in a cocktail shaker with ice
  2. Shake 15 seconds until cold
  3. Strain the drink into a cocktail or martini glass
  4. Use a knife to remove a 1″ wide strip of the lemon peel
  5. Squeeze the lemon peel into the drink to release the oils
  6. Gently run the peel around the edge of the glass, place it in the glass and serve
  7. Garnish alternative: You can also add some pomegranate seeds to the bottom of your cocktail glass for an extra-special serve.

Bourbon Apple Cider

This spiced cocktail is exactly what you need to warm up on a cold night. To get those cheeks glowing, you’ll need bourbon, apple cider, vermouth and bitters. Serve your Bourbon Apple Cider over ice with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice and a sprig of thyme. This is a full-flavour cocktail, and the sourness of the lemon balances beautifully with the sweet notes of caramel, vanilla and apple. How do you like them apples? Because, quite frankly, we’re a little obsessed.

Ingredients (for 2 people)

  • 1 Oz of Wild Turkey Bourbon Whiskey 
  • 1 Oz of apple cider 
  • 1 Oz of Cinzano Vermouth Rosso 
  • 1 Oz of lemon juice 
  • 1 Oz of orange bitters 
  • Apple slices to garnish 
  • A sprig of thyme to garnish 
  • Ice


1.     Add ice to a large mixing glass or cocktail shaker

2.     Pour in the bourbon, cider, sweet vermouth, lemon juice and bitters

3.     Stir until chilled (about 30 seconds)

4.     Strain into any cocktail glass of your choice

5.     Garnish with a few apple slices and a sprig of thyme

For more cocktail inspiration please visit The Mixer.


27 Subscription Gifts For When The Last Minute Christmas Panic Hits

It's easy to panic in a time crunch, but as you go to reach for the bubble bath, socks or box of chocolates, consider this list of thoughtful, practical and indulgent subscriptions an easy fix to your lack of present preparation.

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Whether you’ve suddenly remembered Uncle Colin is visiting for Christmas and his stack of presents is looking …. nonexistent, or Royal Mail have (in a move that is actually quite on brand) royally screwed you over, the last-minute gifting fear is real right now.

It’s easy to panic in a time crunch, but as you go to reach for the bubble bath, socks or box of chocolates, consider this list of thoughtful, practical and indulgent subscriptions an easy fix to your lack of present preparation. 

Whether your sister permanently has her nose stuck in a good book, or your bff works her way through cups of coffee like there’s no tomorrow, there are subscription services aplenty to suit the needs of every type of friend or family member! Truly the gift that keeps on giving, a subscription based gift will keep your loved ones smiling long after the Christmas buzz has passed. 

Christmas crisis, averted!


Where to Stream Every Christmas Film This December 

Grab your Baileys hot chocolate, cosy up with 2 layers of blankets to save on your heating bill and prepare for one of the most wholesome of December traditions- the annual Christmas movie marathon.

Grab your Baileys hot chocolate, cosy up with 2 layers of blankets to save on your heating bill and prepare for one of the most wholesome of December traditions- the annual Christmas movie marathon. 

Whether you dedicate a weekend to making it through as many of the classics as possible, or treat yourself at the end of the working day with an instalment of rom-com joy, making it through the new and the old feel-good films that spark nostalgia and a much-needed dose of escapism is merry to the max. 

Whether you’re wondering where to watch the old faithful tales that warm your heart year on year, or fancy dipping your toe into a new and modern take on a Christmas rom-com, keep reading for a comprehensive list of where to watch every Christmas film your heart can dream of. Moving from the sofa? Not anytime soon.

Available to stream with Amazon Prime

Love Actually
The Holiday
Nativity! | Nativity 2: Danger In The Manger | Nativity 3: Dude Where’s My Donkey
Four Christmases
Christmas with The Kranks
Arthur Christmas 
The Night Before 
Jack Frost
Just In Time For Christmas
Deck The Halls
A Prince For Christmas
A Glenbrooke Christmas
Christmas Miracle
The Christmas Cure
A Christmas Hero
Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Christmas Magic
Bad Moms- A Bad Moms Christmas
Small Town Christmas
Christmas In Paradise
A Match Made In Christmas
The Christmas Chalet
Best Christmas Party Ever
The Man Who Invented Christmas 
Christmas In The Highlands
A Christmas Melody
Hats Off To Christmas
It’s Christmas Carol
Mary Christmas
The Christmas Doodle
Christmas With a Prince
Christmas Together
Christmas Connection
Nine Kittens of Christmas
12 Days of Giving
Christmas Land
A Song For Christmas
12 Gifts of Christmas
Christmas is Cancelled
A Christmas Wedding
Guess Who’s Coming To Christmas
Christmas Princess
On The 12th Date of Christmas
Our Christmas Love Song
Christmas With The Coopers
Charming Christmas
Coming Home For Christmas

Available to stream with a Netflix subscription

Christmas With You
Return To Christmas Creek
Christmas on Mistletoe Farm
The Christmas Chronicles
Christmas Full of Grace
Christmas Inherentane
The Christmas Chronicles
The Christmas Chronicles 2
Falling For Christmas
A Christmas Prince
A Castle For Christmas
Dash and Lily
Christmas With A View
The Holiday Calendar
Deck The Halls
Christmas Wedding Planner
The Princess Switch
The Princess Switch: Switched Again
The Princess Switch: Romancing The Star
Scrooge: A Christmas Carol
I Hate Christmas
Delivery By Christmas
A Storm for Christmas
A Cinderella Story: Christmas Wish
The Knight Before Christmas
The Claus Family
48 Christmas Wishes
A California Christmas
A California Christmas: City Lights
A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding
Father Christmas Is Back
Holiday Rush
Operation Christmas Drop
A Christmas Prince: The Royal Baby
Single All The Way
Let It Snow
Office Christmas Party
How The Grinch Stole Christmas
Bad Santa 2
David And The Elves
Midnight at the Magnolia
The Claus Family 2
A New York Christmas Wedding
Home For Christmas
Christmas Flow
Just Another Christmas
1000 Miles From Christmas
Merry Happy Whatever
Over Christmas
Three Days of Christmas
How To Ruin Christmas
Grumpy Christmas
A Giant Jack Christmas
Smart Christmas
A Christmas Miracle For Daisy
Boss Baby: Christmas Special
I Believe In Santa
Christmas Time Is Here

Available to stream with a Disney+ subscription

Home Alone
Home Alone 2: Lost In New York
A Christmas Carol
No Sleep ‘Til Christmas
Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas
The Santa Clause
12 Dates of Christmas
Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas
Mickey’s Christmas Carol
Santa Clause 2
Tim Burton’s A Nightmare Before Christmas
The Muppet Christmas Carol 
Same Time, Next Christmas
I’ll Be Home For Christmas
Beauty And The Beast: The Enchanted Christmas
Home Sweet Home Alone
The Christmas Star

Available to stream on Apple TV

Fraggle Rock: Back To The Rock Night of The Lights Holiday Special
The Snoopy Show Holiday Collection
The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse
That Christmas Morning Feelin’
Bringin’ Back Christmas
Do a Little Good
Behind The Spirit: The Steps


How to Recreate Matilda Djerf’s Iconic Autumn/Winter Wardrobe

Whilst pairing a white tee with jeans and an oversized leather blazer hardly feels revolutionary, there is in fact an art to nailing the perfect understated look, and Matilda’s autumn/winter style is particularly inspiring.

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Scandi it-girl Matilda Djerf is the ultimate Gen Z style icon. Perfectly combining the dreamiest elements of the clean girl aesthetic, with the preppiness of the Coastal Grandma trend, her minimal yet beautiful outfits ultimately feel classic and effortless to their core. With over 2.8 million followers on her personal Instagram and almost 500k on her trailblazing brand Djerf Avenue’s page, Matilda is the queen of chic, laid-back style that serves 10/10 timelessness whilst still feeling perfectly of the moment.

Whilst pairing a white tee with jeans and an oversized leather blazer hardly feels revolutionary, there is in fact an art to nailing the perfect understated look, and Matilda’s autumn/winter style is particularly inspiring, managing to combine comfort and practicality whilst still capturing an essence of Scandi cool in one. If you fancy emulating the best parts of Ms Djerf’s cold weather wardrobe, keep reading, and take notes!

The Classic Oversized Suit

The perfect outfit does not exis-

A slouchy, oversized suit is a staple in every cool girl’s wardrobe, and no-one pulls it off quite like Matilda. Marrying the best elements of a masculine silhouette with a comfy trainer or chunky boot, a classic blazer and suit trouser creates an effortlessly put-together look that requires minimal thinking power on a cold winter’s morning. Navy, grey and black work best for emulating this Matilda moment during the cooler seasons, creating a timeless outfit that ticks the boxes of cool, warm and comfy- what more could you ask for?

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White Shirt and Itty Bitty Skirt

Wardrobe staples create an outfit that feels chic to the core, thanks to the timeless silhouettes of an oversized white shirt and pleated mini skirt which finds itself top of the trending pages across every store you can think of. Layer it up if you’re heading out with a pair of sparkly tights and a knitted jumper, or keep your legs bare for dinner party hosting season, and welcome the opportunity to show a bit of skin in these cold climates. 

Dress this look down in the daytime with a pair of New Balance or chunky boots, or stick to Matilda’s brief and throw on a pair of glittery heels to add some dreamy December sparkle. Your new go-to outfit just entered the chat.

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The Perfect Slouchy Leather jacket

Potentially one of the most basic wardrobe items, yet Matilda makes it feel brand new, who else is now pining for a slouchy, oversized leather jacket? 

Serving a dose of Matty Healy realness with the shirt and tie combo, this look is once again evidence that a neutral colour palette can be just as effective in serving memorable and fashion-forward looks that both minimalist and maximalist dressers will be obsessing over. Perfect for taking an outfit from daytime to evening, leather is a staple material for autumn/winter layering, and looks great with an oversized scarf and tote bag thrown over the shoulder too.

Throw your hair up into a messy bun for a Parisian take on the look, or stick with Matilda’s signature bouncy blowout for the ultimate in Djerf styling.

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The Classic Neutral Roll Neck

Chic to the max, Matilda knows how to take even the most basic of wardrobe items and make it something we suddenly can’t live without. Pair it with jeans, a midi skirt, layered over a dress or on days at home when you’re resisting putting the heating on, and say hello to your new layering must-have. Opt for a neutral colour palette for maximum wearability, and perfectly transition from afternoons mooching around Waterstones to cosy evenings in the pub with a hot glass of mulled wine. The stuff dreams are made of.

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Puffer Jacket Cosiness

Puffer jackets are the *it* winter coat of recent years, and if we hadn’t already been inspired by Emma Chamberlain’s iconic black vinyl puffer in the neverletyougo music video, then consider this ultimate cosy look from Matilda the final straw.

Industry style leaders such as Gucci X North Face and Prada have released iconic and sought-after puffer coats for the past few seasons, and as the trend has trickled down to the highstreet, it’s safe to say that the humble puffer is here to stay.  Practical, warmand stylish, they make for the perfect winter coat, and in the subzero temperatures of Sweden, it’s easy to see why they’re a go-to for style muse Matilda. From budget friendly options at Primark, to investment pieces at Stella McCartney, getting your hands on a warm AF puffer might be the most sensible purchase you make this season. 

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Biker Chic

Colour lovers, this one’s for you. Matilda may be known for the simpler items in her wardrobe, but every now and then she steps out in a piece that’s currently trending and the Internet goes wild. Rosalia’s ‘Motomami’ album is at the core of this trend, with other celebs such as Bella Hadid, Hailey Bieber, Emily Ratajkowski and Kylie Jenner all being spotted in motocross inspired ‘fits over the past few months. 

Although traditionally biker jackets are best when worn true to size, in this photo we can see Matilda in an exaggerated, oversized version, not only making for a cute appearance but also allowing room for layers and thick jumpers underneath- we love to see it.

Whether you choose to go vintage or find one on the highstreet, the trend is one that’s only just taking off, so get in there quick if you fancy being ahead of the curve. 

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The Ultimate Longline Jacket

A longline grey coat may have previously felt like something your mum insisted on you wearing in year 7, but as soon as Ms Djerf posts it on the ‘gram you know it’s time to rethink your previous misconceptions.

Another one for the days when comfort is of the highest priority, this multi-texture look is equal parts chic and reminiscent of pyjamas, which quite frankly makes for the dream combination. The lightweight, stripe linen trousers add an easy breezy feel to the look, with the addition of a thick grey jumper and scarf tossed over the shoulder offer some well needed warmth. The perfect Saturday morning errands outfit, simply add a cinnamon latte and banging playlist and your hot girl walk attire is complete. 

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Cute Score 100: The Crochet Bucket Hat

Typically more of a summer styling addition, Matilda proves that the crochet bucket hat isn’t just for the warmer seasons. Whilst it may not provide as much cosiness as a beanie or baseball cap, the crochet bucket hat is one that adds a dose of colour into a more minimal outfit, and some protection against the elements on days when the weather can’t make up its mind. 

Whilst fluffy faux fur and shiny, leather hats may be the immediate go-to for winter headwear, this look is proof that your summer items can be transitioned into the winter period when done correctly. Get yourself a hat that does both! 

Go full Matilda and pair with the aforementioned oversized leather jacket, and achieve ultimate cool girl status by clashing textures with this statement piece.

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Cultivating Your Internal Garden ~ An Introduction to Gardening for the Mind 

We spoke to Anne-Laure Le Cunff, Founder of Ness Labs, a platform dedicated to mindful productivity, to find out more about harnessing the power of mind gardening to cultivate creativity and tend to an overworked - or overgrown - mind. 

This article is a guest post written by Anne-Laure Le Cunff, Founder of Ness Labs.

In an era of information overload and passive consumption, our brains can often feel overwhelmed and overworked, cluttered with random thoughts and countless images we’ve seen whilst mindlessly scrolling social media. The mental burnout is real!

Enter: mind gardening – a concept that embraces the practices of gardening such as cultivating, nurturing and pruning, in order to create a more mindful approach to the way we engage with the world around us and the content we consume. 

We spoke to Anne-Laure Le Cunff, Founder of Ness Labs, a platform dedicated to mindful productivity, to find out more about harnessing the power of mind gardening to cultivate creativity and tend to an overworked – or overgrown – mind. 

Mind Gardening 101: 

I came up with the concept of mind gardening a few years ago. In French, we have an expression that means to tend to your internal garden – “cultiver son jardin intérieur”. There’s also this quote from one of my favourite authors:

So plant your own gardens and decorate your own soul, instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers.

Jorge Luis Borges

When I think about how we should take care of our mind, the garden metaphor feels perfect: taking care of your mind involves cultivating your curiosity (the seeds), growing your knowledge (the trees), and producing new thoughts (the fruits). 

The Essentials:

Instead of letting weeds grow in your mind garden, you need to be intentional about the content you consume, and decide what to plant in your mind, and what’s not serving you. That can mean curating your feed on social media, spending more time with people with whom you have great conversations, or choosing to spend an evening reading a good book instead of watching a TV show.

Instead of just passively consuming other people’s ideas – you need to engage with what inspires you.Anne-Laure Le Cunff

To make sure you remember the things that matter to you and inspire you, it’s important to proactively plant those seeds in your mind. Note-taking and journaling are great ways to do this. It can be a quick note on your phone or writing it in your journal. Finally, to grow your knowledge and produce your own ideas – instead of just passively consuming other people’s ideas – you need to engage with what inspires you. Connect those ideas together, write your own little tweets or Instagram posts or poems… It doesn’t really matter what format you choose, as long as you make sure you’re not just a collector, but also a creator.

Why is it important to tend to your mind garden?

Tending to your mind garden will allow you to have a more mindful approach to the way you engage with the world around you. It puts you back in control of the ideas that live in your mind, and can help reduce the sense of overwhelm we have in today’s hectic environment. Mind gardening means that you get to make sense of the world and contribute your own original ideas – yes, things are chaotic, but you can still create your own little haven of creativity and mindfulness.

Increase productivity and creativity: 

There are lots of books that describe productivity as something mechanical, where you need a rigid system that forces you to do the things you’re supposed to do.

Mind gardening, in contrast, embraces the messy nature of reality.Anne-Laure Le Cunff

Mind gardening, in contrast, embraces the messy nature of reality. Things change all the time, and that includes your goals, your interests, and even your tastes. Depending on the current context, you can decide to plant different seeds and grow different ideas. In today’s world, that will make you a much more flexible person, which will contribute to your productivity and your creativity. Instead of just passively consuming content and churning tasks, you’ll be able to explore new ideas, connect the dots, and become the person in the room who’s often contributing original ideas.

A tool for mindfulness: 

Mind gardening is just another tool you can add to your mindfulness toolbox, alongside other great tools such as meditation and journaling. It’s specifically designed to deal with information overload, which some of the older tools – which are still great – don’t directly address.

Embrace the ‘seasons’ like a true gardener: 

Sometimes, you’ll have lots of energy, and this will translate into high levels of curiosity – reading lots of books, listening to podcasts, taking notes and writing. But, just like you need to let the soil replenish its nutrients and gardens go into “sleep mode” during the winter, it’s also important to listen to your body when your energy levels are lower. 

You don’t always need to be at your most productive and creative. It’s okay to take a break. Just like seasons, your energy levels will change and fluctuate, and soon enough Spring will be back again.

Anne-Laure Le Cunff

30 *Burning* Thoughts We Had Whilst Watching Lady Chatterley’s Lover

Here’s all the *burning* thoughts we had whilst watching Lady Chatterley’s Lover one, ahem, wholesome Sunday afternoon in December…

If you watched Bridgerton for the plot, the plot being: Daph and the Duke’s ladder antics (guilty), and your Netflix aura is basically soft porn with a side of salacious spoon-licking, then consider Lady Chatterley’s Lover your official love lust language. 

Based on the once-scandalous racy novel by D.H. Lawrence, this romantic drama follows Lady Chatterley as she cares for her husband Clifford who became paralysed during WWI. Lonely, depressed and trapped in a loveless marriage, she begins a passionate affair with the gamekeeper on her husband’s country estate. And what a keeper he is…

Starring The Crown’s Emma Corrin, Jack O’Connell and Matthew Duckett, this horny Netflix triumph is a welcome palate cleanser between all the Christmas movies. Just don’t watch it with ya gran. 

Without further ado, here’s all the *burning* thoughts we had whilst watching Lady Chatterley’s Lover one, ahem, wholesome Sunday afternoon in December…

1. Emma Corrin is *radiant * as ever.

2. It’s like Downton Abbey, only with real downstairs drama.

3. Period drama, check. Film based on a book, check. Steamy romantic drama, check. Celebration of female sexuality, check. 

4. New kink unlocked: shirt and braces.

5. Yes Netflix, normalise self-pleasure. 

6. No one gets that excited to read James Joyce. No one. 

7. We’re 10 minutes in and already in a permanent Oliver Mellors chokehold. 

8. It appears we have wrongfully slept on this man for 84 years but now we’re wide awake (sorry Skins fans, you were right to gatekeep).

9. Might just save on the heating bill and put Jack O’Connell on instead.  

10. It may be 3pm on a Sunday but we refuse to turn the tv down. These two deserve to lust loudly. 

11. Taking a break approximately 55 mins and 8 seconds in because *that* kiss has undone whatever was left of us. 

12. Blushing like a gammon over here – this film really slaps.

13. We are not ashamed to admit we’re making some prehistoric noises over here. 

14. Plot twist: suddenly feel quite attached to the idea of shed sex. 

15. And becoming a serious walker.

16. Of course the intimacy coordinator responsible for Normal People is the woman behind this visual feast. Ita O’Brien is god-tier. 

17. The bush cinematography is a work of art. 

18. That naked rain dance scene… Jesus take the wheel. 

19. A little commotion for Lady C’s fits. This woman knows how to dress to be undressed.

20. Serious question, where was the dog when all this was going on? 

21. The way he laid his coat down on that forest floor and ripped her dress open. Our soul hasn’t been seen since. 

22. Mellors: “You don’t want to be a lady?”

     Lady Chatterley: “Not with you”

     Mellors: “You would want courser treatment with me?”

     Lady Chatterley: “Mm-hmm”

     Mellors: *yanks chignon* 

23. How our hearts beat like the wings of a thousand hummingbirds trapped in a wax-sealed envelope. 

24. Suddenly cold water therapy in December doesn’t seem like such a bad idea. Get us a Wim Hof shower immediately. 

25. This is the cottagecore literary porn we need this Yuletide. Merry Christmas m’lady, Merry Christmas. 

26. *Orders the book*

27. Watching Lady Chatterley’s Lover > Watching the football. It’s coming home somewhere. 

28. How can we go about finding someone who will join us in naked forest pursuits and comfortably hold our weight whilst ruining us amongst the bracken? 

29. Brb, we’re relocating to the woods. 

30. Run don’t walk to Netflix, guys.