Congratulations to Anastazja – @anastazjajulia – who is the winner of this beautiful hamper and a name I recognize as always being active and supportive on my pages. Given this hamper was a thank you to everyone for being exactly that, it felt right to handpick a winner rather than let a computer randomly select. Thank you so much to everyone for your entries and comments. I wish I could give a hamper to each and every person but I will continue to give back as much as I possibly can to this community. I hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Hola strangers! I’m back with my brand-new website and so excited for everything that is going to be coming up on the blog! Think beautiful destinations, skincare heaven and plenty of wellness-related inspiration! Make sure you’re signed up to my newsletter for instant blog-post updates :) (P.s you might notice I still have a few tweaks to do on the site here and there, but I didn’t want to delay getting this Christmas giveaway up any longer).
In the mean-time, I wanted to kick-start everything with a huge thank you to everyone that has supported me this year and previous. Every message, comment, like, that you leave across my pages is the only reason why I do what I do, and can continue to do so, so from the bottom of my heart … thank you.
Along with that thank you, comes two EPIC Christmas hampers that I would absolutely love to gift to two people this year! They are honestly incredible, filled with presents from some of the most amazing brands that I utterly love. I am spending the holidays this year in two cities; Dubai and London, so I am incredibly sorry to anyone outside of these places but due to requests from the brands that have kindly gifted the presents, these are the two places where the giveaway is open to.
The following hamper is the Dubai-based giveaway. London to follow in the next few days!!
HOW TO ENTER:
1) Comment on this post below letting me know your favourite thing about Christmas!
2) Comment and tag a friend on the Instagram post related to this giveaway here.
Winner for the Dubai hamper will be announced next Thursday 20th December. Wishing everyone the best of luck and I hope that whoever this goes to, it makes your Christmas that little bit more special.
All my love.
Find out what’s in the box worth over AED 4000!
It’s very rare to meet anyone who doesn’t know the brand Neom. It’s always one of my personal favourite gifts to receive as the smell of their candles fills rooms with the most seductive of scents! They are 100% natural fragrances for the mind & body, made in Britain from ethically sourced and sustainable origins.
A few highlights on their products;
In the hamper, we have one of their beautiful sets of the “Precious Moment Home Collection” containing the home mist and the vetivert, black pepper & ginger organic candle. You can visit Neom’s website here.
Founded upon inspiring women to be creative in their own expression, Pandora’s jewellery showcases some of the most creative and beautiful craftsmanship. I wear so many of their pieces day-to-day and super excited to be able to include two of their 2018 pieces which are modern but have the touch of glam (perfect for Christmas!).
In the hamper we have the sterling silver moments open bangle and the beautiful spinning necklace. You can visit Pandora’s website here.
Launched by two of the most beautiful and fashionable sisters, CocoBum is possibly the nicest resort and swimwear boutique in Dubai. Their showroom itself is (for lack of a better phrase), #Instagramgoals! and they’ve also launched their website which you can check out here. The girls source quality products from designers all over the world and as a result, each and every piece is super unique and beautifully put together. Make sure you have a look at their jewellery too.
In the hamper, we have an AED 500 e-voucher so that you can shop to your own style!
Not really a brand that needs much explaining…! I did a campaign with CK this year on the release of their brand new activewear which is actually one of the best and comfiest I’ve worn. Whilst it’s not the active wear in the hamper, we do have one of my most-worn sets from them; the modern cotton underwear set as well as a palm-print low back swimsuit. Both are size medium but these can be changed should you need! You can visit Calvin Klein’s website here.
Erborian Skin Care
A skin-care brand that uses the most sophisticated Korean technologies with high-quality ingredients derived from herbs found in traditional Korean medicine. They have an incredible selection of hybrid products that sit between skincare and beauty and these are the items included in the hamper!
BB crème – Enriched with SPF 20, BB crème au Ginseng transforms your skin to a velvety, ultra-soft, spotless finish. Giving all the benefits of restorative skincare, with the appearance of lightweight, perfecting makeup.
CC crème Dorè – Enriched with SPF 25, CC crème Dorè is a multi-purpose formula. This “High Definition” illuminator, with its ultra-fine texture, contains pigments to enhance your skin’s appearance while enriching and improving its texture and quality. You can shop Erborian via Sephora here.
Marks and Spencer
A brand very close to my heart! I am utterly obsessed with the food that M&S create, it’s second to none in its field and I had the best time talking at their Dubai Christmas event this year! They have stores all over Dubai, with their most recent opening in the Springs Souk (jackpot for me as it’s just around the corner from home!). There is a AED 500 gift card in the hamper for you to spend on any of their products, be it food, clothes or home! Options are endless…
You can shop the M&S website here.
These are the speakers J and I have at home. They’re big and bold, wireless and totally waterproof and drop proof. Their latest addition; MEGABOOM 3, is the epic portable speaker that is in this Christmas hamper for you! Each speaker has carefully balanced audio and 360-degree sound that lets users hear every note just as the artist intended. MEGABOOM 3 also provides deeper bass and improved clarity over the original MEGABOOM. This really is such a treat!
If you don’t happen to be the winner of this incredible hamper on this occasion, then for your reference, they’re available exclusively at Souq.com and Virgin Megastores in Dubai. Visit the UE website here.
Rounding up this incredible Christmas hamper giveaway with something YUM! A home-grown brand, protein bakeshop is about living healthier and still being able to enjoy the sweet treats, but doing so guilt-free!
They replace refined sugars with natural sugars and increase the amount of good fats and protein in the products to improve the overall nutritional profile of desserts. We’ve included one of each and every flavor of the Protein Bakeshop’s products in the hamper! Check out the Protein Bakeshop website here.
Get commenting and best of luck everyone!!! I hope you all have the most incredible and laughter-filled Christmas. I can’t wait for what 2019 has in store and once again, a huge thank you to every single reader and follower of my pages.
My favourite thing about Christmas is travelling home to my family and friends and spending time together over the festive season!
So many favorites! Christmas music, decor, get-togethers, gift-giving, movies and food! 🎄
This Christmas is extra special because we get to celebrate it with our first born daughter. She is everything to us. The most precious gift we receive. Xoxo
Is being reunited with my wonderful friends and family in both London and Ireland after my first few months of living in Dubai. It’s about cherishing those moments when you look around the room at everyone and being thankful and grateful for all the magical people I have in my life. :) X
My favourite thing about Christmas is family coming together, everyone having an amazing few days and forgetting all their problems and just celebrating life x
My favourite thing about Christmas time is that it’s not about what’s under the Christmas tree, but, whose around it <3
This hamper sounds absolutely amazing! My favourite thing about Christmas is just spending time with family! I’m working this year (cabin crew life!) but I’ve just spent a pre-Christmas week in snowy Austria and England with my family to really get me in the Christmas spirit!
My favourite thing about Christmas is definitely just being able to spend quality time with family and friends. Everyone is more relaxed and merry making it that even better! It’s by far my favourite time of year to visit home – nothing quite like it!
the best part about Christmas is bringing together friends and family from across the globe and catching up with those faces who you may have disconnected from during the year. Christmas is a time of exchanging memories and gifts- there is something sentimental about watching people open gifts and seeing their reactions. Calories also don’t count on Christmas so chocolate for breakfast is totally acceptable!
My favourite thing about Christmas is being able to be with my family and friends,exchanging gifts and making the most out of it.
My favourite dubai Christmas treat is the toffee nut lattes at Starbucks that only come out at Christmas time… although this Christmas we’ll be heading to Georgia for a white Christmas, my daughter’s first snow experience so it will be one to remember for sure
Oops how silly I commented on the wrong blog :/
My favourite thing about Christmas is cooking/prepping all the food with my family and friends.
I love eating food but what’s so special is spending hours basking that ham/turkey/chicken… watching the potatoes and vegetables bake and the smell of the mulled red grapes simmering :)
And the best part is everyone’s face when they see and taste all the food!
I love cooking for my loved ones and Christmas is the time everyone gets together and the love is just multiplied by the hundreds!
Have a safe and memeroble Xmas 18’
Favorite part about Christmas is that it somehow makes you feel alive!!
Being a teacher the best thing about living in the UAE at Christmas is the staycations! So many beautiful hotels and resorts offering amazing resident deals. Time to unwind before family and friend join form afar for the festive period. Merry Christmas! X
Christmas Eve wedding anniversary makes it extra special but spending time with my favorite humans is the best part of Christmas!
My favourite thing about Christmas is that rules go out the window, routines are relaxed and everyone becomes a homing pigeon whether physically or metaphorically towards friends and family.
Even more so it magically becomes acceptable to have g&t’s at 10am and to stay in your pyjamas all day. Can you imagine if you did that in February!
This year I will be away from the UK (in Bulgaria, no reason just bargain FlyDubai flights; last year was Cape Town, again, no reason but a shared passion for trips and someone cooking the Turkey) but I know that it’s the people not the facade that counts.
See you in Crank in the 2019! S
Absolutely love this time of year! Your Christmas hamper giveaway sounds amazing. For me my favorite part of Christmas and the festive season is; all the food and goodies, holiday parties, spending time with family and friends, mulled wine, receiving and giving gifts, decorating/Christmas trees, sharing the traditions with the new little ones in the family, and all the cozy vibes. It’s just the best :) Merry Christmas in advance xoxo
My favorite part of the Christmas is the feeling. How people nicer, warmer, kinder to each other. I wish all year will be like Christmas days! Together with the family and friends and that happy feeling!!
My favorite part of Christmas is the spirit that makes everyone warmer, nicer, friendlier and lovelier. I wish we can have Christmas all year long! ✨✨
My favorite thing about Christmas is not only the array of Christmas jumpers, but the people wearing them. I love to be with my family at this festive time of year and also spend time with close friends who I couldn’t live without. Marks and Spencer is the best 💗with all their treats and savory goods and makes it feel so Christmasy.🌲
My favourite thing about Christmas is the idea of everyone taking the same day(s) off of work and adulting to relax and spend time with friends and family. Also when Grandad has too much red wine and is napping straight after lunch lol!
Best thing about Christmas is bringing all your family and friends together!
Christmas is a time for drinking one too many wines over lunch, endless smiles, unlimited amounts of giving, naps on the couch after a Christmas feast and countless amounts of hugs!
My favourite thing about Christmas is the magic, the Christmas spirit, that it brings no matter how young or old you are. It never seems to die. It’s the best holiday because just for a little while, everyone believes in the impossible. Family coming together from all over the world, the beautifully lit trees and decoration, the chance of snow (well not so much here in the UAE but very much in Canada where I am from), a kiss under the mistletoe and always a meal that stems from a tradition that gets carried over from one generation to the another. Lastly, it’s the nostalgia and how everything has a meaning and ability to bring back incredible memories : classic Christmas movies like Home Alone and The Grinch, reminding you watching them as family with hot chocolate and eggnog, ugly Christmas sweaters, building snowmen, ice skating, decorating the tree and baking gingerbread houses and men (and eating the heads). It’s just ‘the most wonderful time of the year.’ :)
My favorite thing about Christmas is the vibe and spirit of joyfulness anywhere in the world. Plus, my mother-in-law is visiting the town to see my baby bump (it is my first pregnancy).
Thank you for the generous giveaway. The organic products is a big help for baby! :)
I love Christmas as it reflects the best memories I have had during this special holiday. So happy Dubai is super festive this year and my family is visiting this amazing holiday.
My most favourite thing about Christmas is it’s a chance to catch up, spend time, and have fun with my loved ones and friends. Sometimes, we get too caught up with work and other stuff that we don’t get to spare time for what’s really important. It’s sad that we have to wait til Christmas to do this but it also makes it extra special. ❤️
All the yummy food,family gatherings and off course the gifts 😁😍😍
Christmas songs, Christmas candles & mulled wine whilst surrounded by friends & family. I will be in the UAE this Christmas but my friends and I will make the most of it. 🎅🏻 Merry Christmas XX
Oh my gosh I love this so much you are so amazing and such an inspiration I would love to win this. My favourite part of Christmas is spending time with loved ones x
Without doubt my favourite thing about Christmas is having my family around the table and spending time laughing and joking.
Without doubt my favourite thing about Christmas is having my family around the table and playing silly games.
My favourite thing about Christmas is definitely familly gathering and quality time with them.
And of course, good food :)
I love putting up the tree with my 4 year old son. From his first Christmas we make our own tree hanging and add it to the tree.Hoping to keep making Christmas special through simple happy things
Favorite this is food, family and festive fun! Merry Christmas babe x
Christmas is about time with all the people you love, friends and family. It’s less about the gifts than it is about about making memories. My favourite Christmas tradition has to be cooking with my entire family, laughing and spending the entire day in and around the kitchen!
This will be the 3rd Christmas we are apart as a family,
so I love looking back on the year and cherishing all the memories we have created as a family.
Always proud of my 3 piece family!
Christmas is all about caring, sharing and celebrating time with family and friends.
My favourite thing about Christmas is the happiness and joy that everyone gets around this time of the year. And yeah, obviously the eating part as well.
Being able to eat what I like and not feeling slightly guilty of it because it’s Christmas 😍
My Favourite thing about the festive season Christmas is to spend time with friends and family: Friends and family are fantastic, and this is the time to gather and remember how lucky we are to have people around us who really love us!
Easily my favourite thing about Christmas is…everything. The music, the decorations, the food and the drinks but I think what makes it the most special is the people you spend it with. It doesn’t matter where you are, what you’re doing, how much money you’ve got, what presents have been bought or who burnt the turkey, all that matters is that you get to spend a day with the people you love, having fun.
My favourite part about Christmas is the festive songs its my only chance to feel like a kid again!!!
Christmas is definitely the best time of the year for me. I met my husband for the first time on dec 25th. We have two reasons to celebrate now. All the happiness and the wine❤️It’s just wonderful to see people so happy and all the lights around 🍭🥂
Christmas is most beautiful time of the year for me simple cos it makes me happy! I see lights everywhere,families so happy to their loved ones back home, Christmas carols, late night church mass! Ohh! It’s the best! ❤️
The best way to celebrate Christmas is Spending quality time with family and friends celebrating and enjoying to full !
My favourite thing about Christmas is spending time with family and friends. As well as eating lots of delicious food and seeing lots of beautiful decorations!
This year is extra special for me and my husband as it’s our last Christmas before becoming parents xx
My favourite thing about Christmas is cakes🎂 and gifts🎁🎁🎁
The thing I like about Christmas most is gifts, cake and 2 days long celebration.
Since the childhood we bake cake and decorate our room and house as well. As a food lover I love baking cakes on Christmas and this is best part I love about Christmas.
Time with family celebrating the true meaning and Joy of the season is my fave! Merry Christmas!!
My favourite thing about christmas is spending time with family. Although my hubby is the only fam I have in Dubai hahaha. I love cooking and baking. So taking off from life and getting the excuse to do just that for two days is amazing.
Amaaazing hamper Carly!!! Good work girly! hope you have the best Xmas!!
Fave thing about Christmas….family x
HOMECOMING of my daughter from her boarding school is the best thing happens every Christmas 🎄 and soon after her arrival my entire home starts Sparkling with joy ,laughter,happiness and with her Naughtiness 👍Ur blog is really beautifully designed and presented: GOODLUCK ❤️
Best thing about Christmas is my 2 boys waking up on Christmas Day and realizing that Santa has been! There smiles on Christmas Day is priceless ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
Nothing makes Christmas more special than being surrounded by friends and family 🥳🥳
I love the feeling of being surrounded by my family around Christmas because for us its a very special time as it falls towards the end of the year. There’s a lot of emotion, gratitude and love that just overpowers me. When I look back and see how much we withstood together every year, the gifting, hugs, festive meal, carol singing makes it all very very special for me.
Watching love actually in November, putting the tree up, chrismtassy candels, drinking mulled wine & eating all the best foods! Also… After eights!
Christmas is all about gathering of friends family and relatives.., and getting the small surprises during Christmas that’s is still unbelievable 😍 decorating Christmas tree is another great way of my happiness 😊love eating the plum cakes and the sweet wines too
I love everything about Christmas whether its Christmas tree, get togethes,gifts and all in all I love festive lunches n dinners.love to b lucky with you dear… Thank you so much for the wonderfull huge giveaway.
My favourite thing about Christmas is FAMILY TIME
Christmas is not just a festival! It’s a feeling. favourite thing about Christmas is its pure and festive feeling which we all get! Keeping all the worries aside, it’s time for family and friends to come together and celebrate❣
Christmas is such a joyous occasion. I love the feel of happiness & being festive all around during Christmas 🎄 Beautiful decorations & goodies to eat are my favorite things about the Christmas 🎄
Family time!! (Playing Pictionary of course!)
Favourite thing about Xmas, giving gifts and seeing the realisation on someone’s face that you truly care about them. Soppy one I know but it’s true.
Best thing about Christmas are the ugly sweaters haha I know but I love them! @fa6ami86
The most beautiful thing is bringing together everyone celebrating and sharing happiness! Gifts , desserts and turkey and the yummiest treats just make it better !
Never fully experienced Christmas since I’m Muslim but I can’t get Christmas jingles out of my head
Christmas Carols and Music.. Jingle Bells, Deck the Halls, Winter Wonderland, Let It Snow, and all those others that we can help but hum to during this season..
I love the entire feeling of Christmas – get together with the family, Santa, the tree, gifts, carols, cake and the festive lunch. Its such warm and loving feeling. I could just stY in it forever remembering every moment fondly. Completed all the steps. Following you on Instagram as @selro123.
I love everything about Christmas, the festive spirit, food, Baileys and most of all spending time with family and good friends 😊😍🎅🏼
My favourite thing about Christmas is family
Christmas cheer. it’s that one time of the year when everyone is in a jolly good mood, even if they aren’t christians and don’t really celebrate. the world is just a bright cheery place to live in during christmas.
Loving the new site Carly❤️
My view of Christmas has changed a lot since moving to Dubai, and while Family, Friends and Food are still a few of my favorite things, I’ve also seen the selflessness, kindness and love that all the different nationalities in the UAE have been showing towards each other during this festive period! So my favorite thing about Christmas is witnessing kindness being shown to People we don’t know, the strangers who pass by us unnoticed every day, but especially to those who don’t have anyone around to share it with!!
I wish it carried on all year round ❤️
Possibly everything? Delicious food, snacks, mulled wine, reasons to get together, Christmas songs and giving presents!
What I like about christmas are:
Listening to Christmas carols.
Fairy lights and pretty decorations.
Buying gifts for your loved ones.
Another reason to stay out late.
Attending the midnight prayer service at church.
Meeting my relatives that I didnt saw for a long time.
Being able to spend time with my loved ones and cherishing the little moments as time isn’t going any slower. ❤️❤️❤️
My favorite part about Christmas is being around family when everyone lives in a different part of the world and the incredible meal we share all together
My favorite thing about christmas is family reunion of my love ones, gift giving and nonstop food festive…😀
It’s all about seeing smiles on my godchildrens faces ☺
What I love about Christmas is the fact that my family join in union at home as we merrily make Christmas sweets together while listening to joyous tunes of Christmas. It’s my favourite part of the year where we also exchange gifts and express gratitude for the year over dinner
Best thing about christmas is spending quality time with your family..Ohhh and all the yummy food!
My favourite thing about Christmas is spending time with my lovely family & friends 🎄🎄🎄
Hi there Carly! 👋🏻
Long time avid blog reader, first time commenter!
One Christmas my father put an assortment of beauty products in my stocking. I tried one of the facial masks, and was about to wash it off when my eight-year-old newphew, walked in. I explained to him that it was a present from his uncle and it would make me beautiful.
He patiently waited by my side as I rinsed and patted my face dry.
“Well, what do you think?” I asked.
“Oh, it didn’t work!” he replied.
Being with my family! Especially now I’m home from Dubai!
My favorite thing about Christmas is spending all the time with family and my friends. Christmas is like sharing and caring about everything everyone and every moment. Wish you happiness in your life and all the best .
My favorite thing about Christmas is spending all the time with family and my friends. Christmas is like sharing and caring about everything everyone and every moment. Wish you happiness in your life and all the best . My wish to be the luckiest ❤️
My favourite thing about Christmas is spending it with Mikaela @cr8urshape. I also love stuffing myself on Christmas dinner and other scrummy treats. Dislike having to work hard to get rid of the extra pounds after New Year though!! Good luck with the new blog, looks great!
I love the bubbles of excitement preceding Christmas Day! Opening each door on my advent calendar like I’m still a child and enjoying my nibble of naughtiness! I love popping on my Bublé Album, writing my Christmas cards and getting buried under masses of ribbon, paper and sellotape as I wrap all my (hopefully), well selected gifts! I love to write sneaky little clues on the tags of each gifts for everyone so they can have a squeeze and a guess before they open their prezzies!
Decorating the tree! We got our first tree this year, it’s been a labour of love carefully selecting all my ball balls from various different shops and seeing it all put together for the first time! Now…we are loving talking about our Christmas Day feast and what goodies we will be serving! My first vegan Christmas so have been trial cooking lots of delicious recipes for the 25th! Very excited!!! Love the holiday vibes!
My favorite thing about Christmas is how no matter what’s going on in my life how much or little we have.. I still & will forever love the feeling I have inside once the 1st of Dec hits , the feeling excitement , the magic of seeing and feeling my children’s amazement of how happy I get putting up the tree, & now they’re big enough there’re so involved,my husband appreciation of how much effort I put in to creating memories for us all. I truly believe in magic of it all, it’s a blessing 🎄❤️
Christmas is about spreading joy. Giving your lil ones presents for being their best and to see smile on their faces is all that matters. Christmas is about being in ur festive spirit and that nothing can stop us having fun for the holidays. Accompanied with good food good games then I don’t really need to leave my house. Lol.
My favourite thing about Christmas is spending time with my kids and hubby. We go around our neighborhood handing out all kinds of goodies for friends, kids and workers making sure Christmas is about caring for one another and giving to those leas fortunate!
Merry Chrismtas! Xxx
My most favorite thing about Christmas is decorating the tree, baking some yummy treats , giving & receiving gifts and a huge get together of all my loved ones…. everything seems so blissful !
Season’s Greetings & Merry Xmas to you too dear #*Carlyneave* XX
My favourite thing about Christmas is getting to see my nearest and dearest. I live in Dubai so I always pop back to Ireland for a quick catch up. Nothing can explain the comfort and joy of being with close friends and family catching up x
Such a beautiful blog – congratulations.
So, my favourite thing used to be our open house on Christmas Day – a fun party to see all of our wonderful friends and family and bridge the gap in the day before lunch. Dad was the life and soul of this, but sadly he died a month ago … so my favourite thing is no more and I have new traditions to make in his memory and for my children … who knows what it will be, but funny family games and lots of hugs will definitely be in order. Merry Christmas Carly, and Happy New Year!! X
I absolutely love going on winter walks with my loved ones, drinking mulled wine by a cosy fire and all of the amazing festive food :) xxx, ❤️
What I love most about Christmas is about gifting. In my childhood memories I am always excited to open the gifts under the Christmas tree.
The atmosphere that induce kindness and love to everyone anywhere not only to our families and friends. The acts of giving & the joy of loving & being loved 💗
You always have such amazing content and posts including this incredible hamper giveaway! I love all things about Christmas and the season. The food, family get togethers, festive parties, cozy and relaxed winter vibes, and definitely receiving and giving gifts is a huge one! Last but not least seeing the little ones enjoy the season and experiencing all the traditions :) xx
My favorite thing about christmas is Family reunion with with love ones,Gift giving and nonstop food festive.😍
My favorite thing about Christmas is giving gifts, spending time with friends and family and most especially being grateful to God for another year that has come to an end. I would like to give my loved ones a good gifts and memories this Christmas.
The way the magic of Christmas has the power to bring everyone together. The anicipation, excitement and happiness that surrounds this time of year never seizes to fill me with a warm, fuzzy feeling!
And, of course, the pigs in blankets 🐽
I cannot begin to explain my feelings once BER months hit!
First, just setting up the Christmas tree as soon as September hits gives me butterflies.
Just the thought of family and friends getting together and feasting and singing karaoke and playing games and cheering over drinks and laughing till our tummy ache excites me!
Giving back to the less fortunate is another awesome feeling to. Simply handing a bottle of water makes me so happy.
Wishing you a Merry christmas and a happy new year!
Gifts are my most favorite 🎁 Gifting them to your loved ones , making them feel special & seeing the smile on their face makes my day brighter ❤️
All thanks to you for being so kind to us and giving us amazing opportunities to win ❤️
Hope you will make my day lucky 🍀 ☺️❤️
Love Marks and Spencer so much
Best thing about Christmas is spending the whole day with the famalam 💗
All the lights and decorations arejust my fav thing to look at during Christmas!!😍
Christmas is a time to share with people you love.
My favourite thing about Christmas is flying home to spend it with family 💕 each visit home it can be hard to fit in seeing everyone, I just love at Christmas that everyone is off work and we can spend real quality time with family ✨
My favourite part about Christmas 🎄? Everyone is in such a good mood. It’s the perfect excuse for hideous winter jumpers, fun work parties 🎉, Christmas drinks, winter brunch(es) and just having a good time. And I get to see my mum 🥰 #expatlife
Spending time with my mum🥰 because she’s absolutely world❤️ She deserves the best💖
I love this time of year and the joy that Christmas brings to us all. The anticipation on Christmas Eve, the build up to the special day and seeing the excitement on my kids faces when they see that Santa has been! That and the Roast Turkey of course, accompanied with a few too many wines ;)
My favourite thing is all the love shared 🥰
The best part about Christmas is the contagious holiday spirit. Whether you’re travelling home along with countless others to see your family and friends, sipping on a toasty glass of mulled wine while walking through a fairy lit street, or humming carols while at work… Everything about Christmas really embodies joy and festivity. It truly is the most wonderful time of the year.
Getting to spend time with family and loved ones. Living in Dubai makes returning to Canada at Christmas that much more special.
Amazing! My favorite thing about Christmas is spending time with loved ones. Living in Dubai and being away from my family in Canada all year always makes coming home at Christmas extra special.
My favorite thing about Christmas has to come down to two things. The first is spending it with family. My mother, father, brother and I all live in different countries and rarely see each other. Christmas is the only time I can see everyone all together. My second is all the delicious food we spoil ourselves with!
My favorite thing about Christmas is seeing family that you haven’t seen for a long time. Working hard away from home isn’t always easy and being able to go and spend time with loved ones makes it that much more special when you have time off over the festive season xx
Well you know what I’m loving about this special Chrissy!!! My little bundle of love (and poop!!)
Wishing everyone a very merry Christmas xx
That magical feeling you only get at Christmas has to be one of my favourite things about it 💕
What an amazing giveaway! My favourite thing about Christmas is spending time with family and friends. Most importantly enjoying all the delicious food at this time of year!
Finally on a side note, I love your instagram account and blog you help make living in Dubai better. I love all your restaurant and gym recommendations! Can’t wait to see what your blog brings for 2019! Have a lovely Christmas! 🎄
To pick one thing is so hard, I am such a massive Christmas fan! Everyone is in brighter spirits, probably taking a holiday and people tend to be more inclined to be nicer – whether that’s charity work or just being a little friendlier. On top of this are all the other amazing bits; Christmas lights, food EVERYWHERE, fun pop ups and of course the gift giving, which is one of my FAVE things to do. Nothing beats the satisfaction of nailing that gift, especially for secret Santas where you need to do even more research to get it right!
My favourite thing about Christmas is that everything can be excused because it’s Christmas time! (From foodie overindulgence to naughty shopping purchases to having that extra glass of prosecco 😉!) I also love spending time with friends and family 🎄
Special family time
My favourite thing about Christmas has always been getting together with family and friends and spending quality time together! However being away from home and not able to do that, I now appreciate this festive season for all the work and fun gigs it brings to me – entertaining other people and their families and helping to spread positive vibes!
Hey sweetheart! Love what you do. Favorite thing about Christmas is togetherness and warmth that it btings along with. Such a happy time to be with your near and dear.
My fave thing about Christmas is being reunited with my family after months apart
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This is awesome Carly! Christmas came early with this one xx
My favourite thing about Christmas is to be able to spend it with loved ones in the comfort of being at home. Simples 😊
My favorite thing about Christmas is the way people treat each other. The love that you see in the world. Total strangers care for each other. Tolerance and forgiveness becomes more important. As we say goodbye to the old year and welcome the new year. Christmas begins the change in us. Not to mention all the festive decorations.Dubai is no exception the Christmas feeling is everywhere. Merry christmas you all.
Favorite thing about xmas is all the family together !!
My favorite thing about christmas is my family traveling from different parts of the world to be together to decorate, make great meals and memories.. lots of love and fun!!
My favourite thing about Christmas is being with my family after being away from them for so long at uni, watching Christmas films and eating my weight in food!!
At Christmas time people stop and enjoy it so you get to See everyone that you don’t get to see often throughout the year because of work commitments etc. This is the best thing, getting that quality time with friends and family.
Even though I don’t celebrate Christmas I love the festivity and the joy everyone has just getting into the Christmas mood is so amazing. Especially the break from school :))
My favourite thing about Christmas is being back with family and those you love. No matter where you all are in the world, coming together makes the whole season full of love 💓
I am probably one of your older followers, but have three children about your age! We are having our first Christmas away from the UK, our children are coming to join us, and it’s this rare family time together that makes Christmas truly special. We would all share your incredible hamper!! It has been fascinating watching your journey Carly, and I am loving all your tips on travel, recipes and healthy life, more necessary now than ever. Keep it up, inspirational whatever your age!
Best thing in Christmas time the fliy gathering and love spirit of the Christmas ❤️❤️
Wish u a very happy christmas with your beloved ones ❤️
Family Time, Merry Christmas.
I like you and your blog thanks and wish u all the best dear
Reflecting on a great year, being thankful for those I am surrounded by and love and giving gifts to those who have made my year memorable… not forgetting the fact you can eat chocolate all day every day and it is perfectly acceptable.
Being a foodie my favourite thing about Christmas is enjoying festive lunches and dinners
Seeing my nephews open presents from Santa ✨🎅🏻
My favorite thing about Christmas is seeing humanity in action. People are so kind and giving to one another. People are more patient and caring. The Christmas spirit is infecting everyone, even non Christians. How I wish Christmas happens everyday. Wishing you a merry Christmas. May God bless you more.
My favourite thing about Christmas is having the chance to see freinds and family. Since I moved away from home I sometimes miss out on the little get togethers but Christmas will always be an occasion for guaranteed quality time. Ooh and of course making the house and tree look deliciously festive!
Love your page and your blog, such high quality content xxxx
what an amazing giveaway! love it! my favorite thing about Christmas is the positive vibes it carries, the joy, the cheer and the love! Merry Christmas Carly!
Warm hugs during this cold season and the spirit of sharing! Hoping to win to be able this blessing with my sister overseas. Merry Christmas Miss Carly!
The best thing about Christmas 🎄 is that it brings your friends and family closer.
Warm hugs from family in this cold season & spirit of sharing! 🎄🎉 Hoping to win to share these items with my sister overseas ❤
I love Christmas because it’s the time of the year when my family spends most of our time together. Putting up the tree and other Christmas decor is always super fun and we all love getting creative! This time round, we have a new member in our family – our kitten. 😍 I love that Christmas is about spreading joy and cheer and hope it brings as much happiness to people around me as it brings to me. ❤️❤️❤️
My favorite thing about Christmas is having the opportunity to spend time with my close friends and family! It really is the most magical time of the year….congratulations on the blog and I’m wishing you a very merry Christmas and a beautiful as well as a Happy New Year!
Usually it’s a tin of roses and the cheese board. But this year out first baby is due on Boxing Day- so has to be that this year! We can’t wait for her to arrive :)
Arriving back to London from Dubai, driving home from the airport and seeing all he Christmas trees in peoples windows. That’s when I know it’s christmas!!
Christmas used to be my favourite time of the year, with all the family gathered around the Christmas tree, sharing gifts, waiting for carollers and spending quality time together. Living in Dubai I’m not always able to travel back home for the holidays, but having someone special to share the festive season makes up for it.
My favorite thing about Christmas is having my family together and playing games and baking yummy treats.
Yas .. the time of the year wen my mom comes from India .. yes . She is arriving on 22nd dec . And so excited .. christmas as a Christian is abt love , family , togetherness , sharing , feasting together .. and jingles . Not to forget the Christmas tree . With loads of decorative things. (Love to shop cute stars and bells ) . Reminds me of getting money during this time from time to spend on clothes . Oh dear ..it’s the greatest time of the year .
happy Christmas in advance Carly … lean living girl . ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
Having all of your friends and family in once place, and time to reflect on the year, getting some rest and getting ready for the next year ahead!
Christmas is definitely my favourite time of year.. and what I love most about it has to be the quality time spent with the family and playing games, watching Christmas movies all together and not feeling guilty about all the Christmas treats and goodies we are eating! :)
I met my husband 6 weeks before Christmas, and it was the magic of the season I feel that helped us fall in love.
Every year we embrace the festivities – we’ve created our own traditions with our tree and decorations and adore the original Grinch from the 60’s so watch it in matching PJs on Christmas Eve after we’ve had a huge brunch with our friends. We have cheeseboards, mulled wine and homemade fudge and see our 11 nieces and nephews including watching them ice skate.
I can’t wait to give out all the hampers I’ve been creating for all of our family members and LOVE wrapping whilst watching Christmas movies!
Hoping by next Christmas we will have extended our own little family too – that’s what I’ve asked Santa for! 🌟❄️🤞🏻
It’s all about the buzz! Christmas spirit & family. All the effort and excitement that everyone puts into the best time of the year!
I love Feast , Gathering , Fireworks 💥and of course Gifts 🎁 Really Really Big wish to win something Big 😍😍🎁🎁
When I was younger I was asked if I liked to give gifts or receive gifts. Of course, receiving is always the best, but as I am older now I love giving gifts.( I still enjoy receiving Christmas gifts don’t get me wrong).. but The joy of doing for others lights up my heart especially when they don’t expect it! Plus, the atmosphere of people smiling, the lights, the music, all problems just temporarily melt away. Everyone just enjoys one another, as they say “ it’s the most wonderful time of the year.”
Family, friends, films and all of the fabulous food. Living in Dubai, away from home, I always get so excited about flying home for Christmas to see everyone. That’s my favourite part. As much as I adore Dubai, I love being at home for the holidays, curled up on the couch next to the fire at my parents, a hot chocolate in hand, lots of yummy Christmas food and Love Actually on. The perfect Christmas.
My favourite thing about Christmas is my kids faces on Christmas Day. I always make it magical for them as when I was a child I didn’t have many christmas’. My mum & dad abandoned me so I always vowed when I became a mother I’d make sure my kids had a magical Christmas! The excitement on seeing Santa has arrived is second to none, it’s beautiful & fills my heart with pure joy and love that we’re lucky enough to be able to celebrate as a family of 3. We always watch a Christmas film Christmas Eve, have a big cuddle & drink hot chocolate before bedtime before hoping we’ve been good enough this year for Santa to come! Also seeing my elderly nans face whilst giving her presents is one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever seen. ❤️
Although I grew up in a Muslim household in Pakistan, my parents were intent on teaching my brother and me to respect different religions and cultures from an early age. Despite being told by numerous people not to teach us customs associated with other religions, ever year on December 15th my parent would make brother and I write out a list of the presents we would like Santa to bring us and put that list out on the windowsill. I would wake up bright eyed and very early on December 25th and run down to find beautifully wrapped presents under our small Christmas tree and every year we would pick out one present from under the tree to give to an child from an underprivileged background. At that age I was convinced these presents were from Santa and I still remember the feeling of warmth and inclusivity I would feel that even though I’m not a Christian, Santa still cares about me and he does not discriminate against me. Till this day what I love most about Christmas is that I always feel like Christmas is my holiday, it is a time to be happy and make people around me happy. It is when you suddenly start feeling happy for no particular reason other than that feeling of nostalgia. It is a time to teach our children the beauty of another religion/culture, love, share and be thankful for all our blessings. I do have to add, thanks to Netflix, Christmas is now also my favourite time to binge watch every sappy feelgood movie guiltfree.
My favorite thing about Christmas is being lucky enough to fly home and spend it with my family and friends. Spending time catching up with everyone and sharing special festive moments that will turn into beautiful memories! 🎄❤️ Over indulging in all the festive food is a close second ☺️
My favourite thing about Christmas is family fun! Such a magical time of year, falling in love with my husband two years ago and now getting ready to celebrate our first Christmas as a family with our baby boy! It’s just so magical!!
Christmas trees, candles, mulled wine, giving gifts, chestnuts, carols, turkey and stuffing!, secret Santa, love actually, open fires, joy!😘🎄🎅🏻
To be with my family-the favorite and most important
The best thing about Christmas is the festive spirit that it brings and being around the people you love 💗
Wishing everyone a very Merry a Christmas! 🎄🎉
One of the few things I love about Chirstmas is the warmth of love from people that surround me whom I get to spend time with in one room. Despite the utterly cold weather, I find comfort in knowing that I get to share this joyous occasion with my loved ones. ❤ It would make Christmas this year extra special if my mum was here though. 🤗❤🎄
What I LIKE about Christmas are the presents and food I get and also the big Holiday sale😍.
But what I LOVE about Christmas is the cute little family gathering we do every year where we celebrate love and just catch up on everything that we missed on each other’s life♥️.Its the only time I get to see my relatives since we live so far apart😍♥️. Oh and I love the month December in general because its my birth month :).
My favourite thing about Christmas is my family. Having flown back to the UK on Friday morning at 3am to be greeted by my baby brother with a huge hug, then having a family breakfast in the family home. To then be spending an entire weekend together in a beautiful house in Anglesey with my Grandparents and the dogs. The time we spend together laughing, cooking, eating, talking and even disagreeing means more to me than anything else in the world. Christmas is the one time we get to do all of that with no distractions or interruptions. Just bliss!!
My favourite thing about this time of year is how it brings out the best in people – selfless acts of kindness are seen everywhere 😍🙌🏼🎄 xxx
Besides spending time with loved ones, my favourite thing about Christmas is drinking copious amounts of hot chocolate, decorating the Christmas tree, watching Christmas movies and baking sweet treats for friends and family!
My favorite thing about Christmas is how people are nice to each other and finally think about the less fortunate people, at least once in a year it would be amazing if that spirit could last even over Christmas:-)
Favourite thing about Christmas would be the endless amount of food, and finding every excuse to wear the most horrific Christmas jumpers. 🎄Merry Christmas ya filthy animal🎄
My favourite thing about this time of year is the Christmas spirit, it’s truly magical ✨ Treasuring time with loved ones & carrying on traditions 💕
One of the best things about Christmas this year (my first year in Dubai) is having a reason to gather all my friends together in one place for a night of eating, games and wine. It is true that the most important thing about this time of year is spending time with loved ones and it has reminded me just how blessed I am to have loved ones on two different sides of the world, at home and in Dubai. <3
My favourite thing about Christmas is foood and lots of positivity that you can feel around In the air. Everything looks and makes you feel so good :)
Favorite thing about Christmas? Family and friends ❤️ as most of us here are expactswe cherish these moments even more. I can’t wait to get on that flight to be home for Christmas with the dearest. But I lvoe everything about Xmas: movies (love actually and home alone can’t beat that) yummy food, mulled wine and that jolly feeling :)
You are a star Carly love following your insta and blog x
Xmas engages the whole world in a conspiracy of Love, forgiveness and hope…. that’s my favorite thing 😊… everyone gets to experience the joy of giving and caring…
Also, just delivered a baby girl so she is not only my most amazing gift…. she is also my new favorite thing about Xmas! 😍
My Favourite thing about Christmas is the opportunity to take time away from work and to travel to see my beautiful friends and family from all over the world! I always add on at least 1 extra country while going back to the UK. The Christmas markets and incredible festive food and drinks will undoubtably make everyone feel happy!
Being away from home and family on Christmas is always difficult and truly makes your realise how special the day really is. The gifts are definitely a treat but it’s more about the gathering even if with strangers in a different place but with a collective knowing and feeling of coming together and celebrating happiness, love and giving on Christmas. The food and decor sure adds to the magic😍
My favorite thing about Christmas is the family and friends gathering and the spirit followed by FOOD… well lots of food 😅
My favorite thing about Christmas is the happiness shared among friends and family. It’s a day to stop, reflect and enjoy gifts, great food, good company and the magical day that it is.
Spending quality time with my family and sharing lots of festive treats!
My favourite thing about Christmas is flying home to spend it with family and friends. Nothing quiet beats seeing your loved ones waiting for you in arrivals!
The Xmas spirit thats whay i love it’s in the air that feeling it’s addictive it’s magical 💫💫
Fave thing about Christmas is all the Xmas catch ups with people you may not get to see often throughout the year, the copious amounts of drinks had and all the love that everyone shares!!
Fave thing about Christmas is Christmas Eve!! It’s always about being with family, christmas movies, music and of course the best food! 🥰🥂 First Christmas away from home this year – but will do it all again in January when we can be together! xxxxx
My fave thing about christmas… hmm would be family coming together we usually host people without families or families that either dont celebrate it themselves or cant for whatever reason – so its always nice for us to come together and meet new people and just spread some christmas cheer. :) Been following you for a long time and love your page and how down to earth you are.Merry Christmas
My fave thing about Christmas is spending time with loved ones. We all lead such hectic lives and even on normal days it’s hard to have a conversation without being distracted by your phone/email/social media but Christmas is a time when people (especially Xmas day) tends to forget the technology for a while and just spend some good old fashioned family time together – board games, silly Xmas jokes. All part of what makes it magic :)
Christmas is not one but a multitude of joyous moments. For me just the thought of December arriving makes me happy. The lights around the city, the string of friends and family gatherings (specially in Dubai) and the WEATHER in Dubai in Dec! It’s all encompasses to a very happy celebration overall.
My favorite thing about Christmas is the gathering of the loved ones , the high spirits everyone has and most of all the contagious generous spirit people share! Especially in a city like dubai where you have many ways to celebrate this season – the strongest thing bonding everyone together is happiness and love. And of course the party !
Been following you for a long time and love your page and how down to earth you are.
Calvin Klien would be amazinnnggg but tbh all of it looks great!
The spirit of celebrating with the family and friends, the decorations, the food , the gifts and the movies 💕💕
My favourite thing about Christmas being able fly home and spend time with my family, as an expat not something you get to do very often! Me and my dad also have a tradition of always making homemade sausage rolls on Xmas eve 😍
My favourite thing about Christmas is spending time with the family also food lots of food 🎄
It really is my favorite time of the year! Love the smell of our tree and getting to spend time with family and friends. I hope you have a blessed Christmas and thank you for your inspiration blog/instagram. Happy holidays x
Loving the new blog Carly!
Hope your Christmas is amazing, jealous that you get to spend it in both cities! I wish i was back in london with my family too this year, but will make my Christmas in the desert as festive as possible by filling it with lots of food, giggles, and mulled wine with our friends!
My favourite thing about Christmas is walking into my Mums house when she’s doing the Christmas baking and smelling the delicious treats! She’s done the same baking since I was born and always takes me back in time. So special.
My favourite thing about Christmas besides the bubbles is the quality family time you have and appreciate more than ever when living away from them most of the year. <3 xxx
My favourite thing about Christmas is family time. It’s so hard living so far away from them and I literally countdown themonths before Christmas and when I get to see them again. Christmas is all about quality family time, filled with fun, food and laughter!
The smell of freshly baked gingerbread ❤️ And all the Christmas movie nights 🍿 🎄
My favourite thing about Christmas is the festive spirit and seeing people so happy; buying presents, receiving presents, the holidays, being with loved ones, decorating, wrapping, Christmas movies and so much more that makes people happy. So much joy around when it comes to this time of year 💕
Perhaps not the most original thing to say, but since I’ve moved to Dubai from the UK it’s all the more true – the best thing about Christmas is family (and close friends). Decorating the house and tree, going for brisk walks, hot chocolate, carol concerts. I love it all. Everyone always makes time for one another too, the excuses of not being able to meet up seem to disappear, and we actually see each other and forget about phones for a bit! It’s such a special time, and I cherish it so much more now that I don’t get to see everyone all the time! X
My favourite thing about Christmas is on the day itself -the feeling that time and life has stopped for the day…to make room for gift giving, hugs, good food and family time
I’m all about the indulgent food at Christmas! 🎄🎁🎉 merry Christmas. Love your blog and insta x
I love that heart feeling in your heart ❤️ of doing something for others and findings ways to be cheerful even if it is with chocolates and mince pies it brings up the smiles and excitement you all around.
Getting together with all your family and friends, when the vibe is good and everyone is jolly. Can’t beat it!
Best thing about Christmas is flying home to loved ones. Even though I hate the airport I do it to see their faces and let them know I love them.
Oh and mince pies!! Can we just all say a hell yes for mince pies.
My favourite thing is getting the real Xmassy spirit with my other half this year. Decorating the house while he sings and dances, making gingerbread together and then taking on the family in a cold place and doing all the prep all over with them. Might be the first one where everything nicely comes together with loved ones
The smell of the xmas tree combined with the smell of mulled wine spices and that of traditional food coming from the oven ❤️ That’s the smell of family tradition!
My favorite thing about Xmas day is baking lots and lots and lots of cookies for all our hospital staff and their families. We home bake them (my sister and I) and package them prettily with Xmas tinsel and wrapping and give them to our Conceive hospital staff. It is SUCH. Laborious but FUN process .
PS: we also homebake dog and cat biscuits for our furry family
My favourite thing about Christmas is spending time with family & friends… mince pies, Malbec & making magical memories! X
Carly, loving this new style! And what a giveaway, wow! 🎄
My favourite thing about Xmas is spending time with friends and family ❤️
My favourite thing about Christmas is spending time with family! And eating all the food comes in a close second!! X
I love Christmas because I always travel home to see my dog (who is usually dressed as an elf) 🐶❤️
Best thing about Christmas is the warmth and the gathering – also the delicious food and spreading happiness
Its the best chance to meet the family and have fun ❤️😍
My Favorite Part of Christmas is being surrounded by my little family, Cosy Pj”s and all the naughty Festive treats ♡ My son”s little face on Christmas Morning when he sees Santa has delivered presents and the pure joy and Sparkle in his eyes!! I’m so excited for this Christmas ♡ Your blog is gorgeous and I of course love all your foodie posts xx Happy Holidays
I love spending quality time with family and friends….and mince pies of course!
I love Christmas now more than ever because The role have reversed now that I’m an adult and have a career I can spoil my mum and dad with gifts and surprises. Seeing their reaction is the best feeling. My brother and I work together to make it a lovely day for them.
Favorite thing about Christmas is Christmas candles & filling the room with the smell of fir, gingerbread & cinnamon! Xx
Amazing Brands to work with! Such great products!
Christmas is all about the people you spend it with, giving them gifts, making them yummy food, sharing jokes or playing board games with them and helping the put up the Christmas decorations! I LOVE CHRISTMAS! Xx
My favourite thing about Christmas is mulled wine & family time 💕🍾🎅. Oh and halloumi in blankets (instead of pigs in blankets)
Carly the blog looks amazing! Well done.
Christmas is all about FAMILY. The people that mean the most to you. I am lucky enough to have my DUBAI family and my UK family. Christmas is all about treasuring and spending time with these people. Christmas is all about making MEMORIES!
Have the most magical holiday and I wish you all the best for 2019.
I most love being surrounded by family and friends. Happy Christmas Neavos! X x x
Wow this is just so good! You look beautiful as always too xx
My favorite thing about Christmas is how everyone goes the extra mile to try and make it special for others. Be it with preparing food, little gifts or spending time together.We put more effort into celebrations and spending time together this time of the year. Usually life is so busy, but at Christmas time friends and family come first ❤️
Favorite thing about Christmas? Aside from the brunch, getting to give. To whomever it may be, the smiles make everything worth it. And the shopping. Of course.
All the food you can eat!
You wake up eat chocolate and don’t feel bad for it! What’s not to love
Nothing beats a Christmas food baby.
Carly Happy Christmas to you and yours. I absolutely love what you represent and you will inspire my 2019 clean living goals. I love Christmas because the whole thing makes my heart burst with love, the excuse to gather, the giving of gifts, the dressing up, the food…. all of it (so cheesy) is in love 💕
My favorite thing about Christmas is heading back to my family in Dubai to enjoy the company and of course to the sun! ☀️
Family time! & that christmas dinner of course! 🍗🎅🏼🤶🏼
Hello and welcome! I'm Carly, originally from London but currently enjoying a little adventure in Dubai. A travel and wellness blogger exploring the world one step at a time. Think fabulous food at undiscovered gems, unique destinations, skin care obsessions and so much more. This is my life, I hope you enjoy the ride!