Saturday, 9 January 2016

Holiday Catch-Up

An extra special edition on Insta-Happenings - with some extras thrown in!

Now that the lovely holidays are over and nothings quite as sparkly and exciting anymore I decided to share what I've been up to! Use it to reminisce about mince pies, presents under the tree an Festive feelings. Grab a leftover mince pie and an unopened bottle of New Year fizz (anyone got one? No?) and celebrate Christmas all over again with me.

At Christmas I jet off to Switzerland to spend some time with my favourite people - my family! After a long delayed flight to Geneva my older sister and I were reunited before jumping on a train to Bern. It was a few hours filled with gossip, Maltesers and the amazing Christmas Coke labels - and yes, I stuck in on my nose and pretended to be Rudolph...

We finally reached Lauterbrunnen, up in the Swiss mountains and quickly got to adding presents under the glittering Christmas tree! We always have a treat hanging in the tree, it's been edible chocolate baubles and even Tiffany bags! But this year we had these gorgeous Ferrero Rocher golden stars filled with the best and tastiest treats.

One of my favourite things to do in Switzerland? Ski of course! We climb up on the cog-railway to Wengen, strap the skis on and hit the slopes. The views are simply stunning with the Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau bearing down on you - breathtaking and majestic. The best way to admire the view is on a Bombardino stop! The little yellow drink warms you up from the top to the toe and gets you ready to tackle the next black. A morning must-have.

On Christmas Eve we all went to a perfectly gorgeous place called Interlaken. It's originally where the Victorians would go to 'take the air' and they've left their mark with stunning Victorian Hotels lining the streets. After a wander around the Winter Wonderland we headed to the grand, elegant and simply beautiful Victoria Jungfrau Hotel. We sat out on the Terrace, staying cosy in sheepskin-lined-chairs and gazing up at the amazing view. As it was Christmas Eve you can't not have a little Christmas cocktail! I went for a Victoria's Gin Tea, so delicious and it looked so Christmassy with the little red berries perching on the glass.

And then it's time to get properly ready for the big day! With two sisters this means nail-painting. There was Frozen themed manicures and all different times of glitter, but I'd been saving a special one for the day. After being invited along to a Crabtree and Evelyn event I was delighted to discover that they did nail varnishes. This one is Tomato and has the loveliest gold shimmer to it, perfect for the Festive season, as well as being glossy and gorgeous. Once you're all beautified light up the star and lay the stocking out and get ready for Christmas!

Next up is Boxing Day - the ultimate lazy day! I spent the day discovering a new found love for colouring. I know a lot of people have been hooked for a while, but I totally missed the boat on this one. Until Christmas. On Boxing Day I spent the morning colouring in a Christmas scene and now totally get why everyone loves it - it's so relaxing and calming! I did take a quick break to visit the cutest cafe and sip on some revitalising green tea and the star-shaped biscuit completed the Christmas decorations.

Now that we were completely filled up and chilled out the next day we were back on the slopes! We had the most amazing lunch for our last day. After slipping down an off-piste track we arrived at the most beautiful restaurant.

The sun hadn't quite reached the terrace yet so we wrapped up in blankets and sipped on champagne. But as soon as the sun hit us the scene was transformed into the most glorious slope-side lunch area. We drank delicious wine under the Eiger and dined on a stunning lobster-pasta dish. The perfect end to the most wonderful Christmas break.

What did you lovely lot get up to on your holidays?

1 comment:

  1. Look like you had a really magical Christmas! Wishing you all the best for 2016 Kirsten <3

    Gisforgingers xx