Shannon Michelle

Shannon Michelle

Beauty, fashion and lifestyle blogger from the UK..

Wednesday, 13 December 2017


Oh my goodness, It feels like its been forever since I've sat down and written a blog post, but hello, I am alive, and I'm back and better than before. Since the last time I posted, I've celebrated my 18th birthday and enjoyed that same week celebrating my mums 50th birthday and going to see The Lion King in the west end and also may have shed a few tears in the process, but other than that I feel like I haven't had the time I used to have to be able to lose myself in writing a blog post or two for you loves, mainly due to work (I know it seems like a poor excuse, but it's true). I set myself a goal to write a ton of festive posts this season as Christmas really is the most wonderful time of the year, so I've decided to attempt my first ever "12 days of Christmas" on my blog, so during the last 12 days leading up to Christmas I'll have a post up every day for you to sit and read with a warm cup of coffee, or some mulled wine if you're really in the spirit.

What better way to start all of the festivities this time of year, than to put on your comfies in the evening and throw on your favourite Christmas movies? We all have our favourites, our childhood classics and the ones we think are hyped up more than they need to be yet we still continue to watch them anyway, but sometimes it can get a little overwhelming when you're looking for some new suggestions and you have a whole wide world of Christmas throw in front of your face and you end up watching the same movies over and over again because you get fed up of looking for something new. Well, don't worry friend, I gotchu. 

Christmas With The Kranks - 
Behold, the greatest Christmas film of all time. This is a huge family favourite and we watch it every year without fail. I can't even begin to tell you how much I laugh at this movie no matter how many times I've seen it, I honestly love it so much. The movie is about a couple who decide that they're going to skip Christmas and go on a cruise in the Caribbean, but when they're Christmas obsessed neighbours hear about the news and their daughter tells them she's coming home for the holidays, everything ends up going horribly wrong. If you want a hilarious, jolly and heart warming suggestion, then here it is. 

The Holiday -
I strongly believe that this is one of the cosiest films to ever exist. You know, the type of movie that makes you want to curl up in a ball with a fluffy blanket, a hot chocolate in hand and the fire crackling, even just by thinking about it? I never used to consider The Holiday as the "typical" Christmas movie as such, because although yes, it is set around Christmas, the storyline itself doesn't really have much to do with it, but with actresses like Kate Winslet and Cameron Diaz, you're bound to love it anyway. The movie is about two women who switch houses over Christmas time after both experiencing breakups with their boyfriends. They both end up falling for a man in each of their locations and believe that leaving will end their romance. It is definitely a must see, and the description really doesn't give it enough justice. 

Home Alone - 
I honestly can't remember any Christmas without Home Alone, it's been a classic for so many years and will continue to be a favourite of mine for a long time! I'm sure you've seen it already, but if you haven't (please do), it's about an eight year old boy who gets forgotten about on the day his big family goes away for the holidays and gets left home alone. At first he loves the idea of being on his own, but he soon panics when two con men try to rob his home and he does all he can to protect it.

The Search For Santa Paws -
This one is typically cheesy, but you've got to see it! I know far too many people who haven't come across this adorable, family friendly movie. It's based on a cute little talking pup named Santa paws who must save Christmas with the help of a little girl from the orphanage after Santa loses his memory during a trip to New York to help people believe in Christmas spirit once again.

Jack Frost -
I've grown to love this Christmas classic more and more over the years to the point where I feel like everyone I know needs to see it at least once during the season. The story is about a musician who never made enough time for his wife and son, but dies in a car accident on Christmas Day. One year after his death, his son plays a song on his harmonica and jack is soon magically brought to life as a snowman on their family front garden, and after a second chance, jack and his son finally make up for lost time. I feel like you need to see this movie whether the description sounds good to you or not. If you're after a Christmas movie that won't disappoint, then I can't suggest this one much more. 

I love baking in general, but theres something about this time of year that makes it a million times more enjoyable, all the scents from the different spices or the smell of freshly baked dough can make any home smell delightful, but after coming home from the cold outdoors, there's nothing more homely to me than the smell of baking all sorts of goodies.

Here are a few recipes I gathered up that I'm definitely going to be testing out of over Christmas:
What's your favourite Christmas movie?

Friday, 24 November 2017


Many of you may not have heard of a voxbox before and to be honest I hadn't heard of one until about three weeks ago either. A voxbox is basically just a box full of a certain brands products that contain new products and in this case I received a voxbox for the brand Bourjois who are looking to promote their new holiday lipsticks and eye palette as well as throwing in a few of their bestsellers. I have used Bourjois products since I was about 13 years old and have been one of my absolute favourite high street brands since so when Influenster reached out to me about the release of their new Bourjois voxbox I was so happy and wanted to work on this campaign straight away.

Healthy Mix Foundation - £9.99
This foundation is one of my holy grail products and after trying a few high end foundations, I always seem to head straight back to using this one as I find it so much better. I often find that the scent of foundation smells like clay and I hate it when I can still smell it after applying it on my face, but the healthy mix foundation honestly smells delightful, like sun cream almost! I love the coverage that this foundation has as it doesn't feel cakey but it also doesn't feel like I'm not wearing anything on my face as well as covering my spots enough to not use much concealer or any at all!

Healthy Mix Anti-Fatigue Concealer - £8.99
I don't tend to use concealer much as I don't like my face feeling cakey with foundation and face powder piled on top, especially under my eyes. So I only ever really use concealer on big spots that really don't want to be hidden. I'd be lying if I said I love this concealer as I just don't think it's all that great, but it's also not the worst and although £8.99 might be cheap for some people, I wouldn't warrant that much money on a concealer this small and this average if you're on a budget and could find a cheaper alternative elsewhere.

Xmas Smoky Stories Eyeshadow Quad - £7.99
When I received this palette I was so excited to play around with the colours and create an evening look. I'm quite fussy when it comes to eye palettes as I can't stand any fall out and tend to go straight back to the same palette I love, that being the Tarte "Tartelette In Bloom" palette (I swear nothing compares!). I think the smoky stories palette itself has very pretty colours and is perfect for Christmas time and I'm sure you could create a fab eye look for a new years party or any other christmassy celebrations. I tried out all of the different shades and I loved using the lightest shade as a base colour and both the brown and plum shades are highly pigmented and blend so well, but when it come to using the glitter shade in the middle, I didn't like it one bit. It looks like there should be a purple undertone when applying this shade to your lid, but it was like pure glitter that didn't apply very well at all and I found that all of the glitter ended up under my eyes or on my cheeks and wouldn't budge afterwards. So the glitter shade is a definite no from me.

Volume Glamour Push Up Mascara - £8.99
I have used many Bourjois mascaras in the past and I think their prices are great for such good quality. If you are looking for a high street mascara to replace one of your beloved high end mascaras then Bourjois is the brand for you without a doubt. This mascara in particular creates the best volume for my lashes although I use it along side my Maybelline Lash Sensational for a mix of volume and length. I would definitley recommend giving this mascara a go if you haven't already.

Little Round Pot Blusher - £6.49
I've never really been one to wear blush on a daily basis, in fact I rarely wear it at all since my cheeks have always been fairly rosey. I was sent this adorable little blush in the shade Golden Rose and the scent of course smells like rose and I think it's lovely! Obviously you don't want to go overboard when applying blush as you'll end up looking like a five year old who has just raided their mums makeup bag, so applying a fair amount of this product creates the perfect natural rosey glow on your cheeks with a tiny bit of shimmer.

Rouge Velvet Lipsticks - £8.99
Now onto the best bit about the entire box, the lipsticks! I adore all of these shades as they aren't something I would usually wear, but have always wanted to be brave enough to pull off yet I never wanted to waste my money on buying them to end up not liking them. But when I tried out all of these shades I instantly fell in love. I was sent three shades, Brunette, Berry Formidable and Magni-fig with Brunette being my favourite as it is a dark brown with a hint of red, it's stunning! Berry Formidable is a dark red and would be perfect to create any christmas makeup look and I'll definitley get a lot of use out of it this time of year. Magni-fig is a pink berry shade which is something I would never usually go for as I always find that pinks never suit me at all, but I actually love it! These lipsticks are so creamy and don't leave your lips feeling dry, but are also long lasting and great quality for the price! I would recommend all of these lipsticks as well as their liquid lips to create the perfect festive look.

Have you tried Bourjois Products?

*I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes

Wednesday, 15 November 2017


If you read my blog posts regularly, then it's probably no surprise to you that I love a good ol' cosy day at home when the weather is gloomy and the days are dark, but if you are new to this blog, then hey you've just learnt a new fact about me, haaha.. Now that we're heading into winter, ew I know gross, where did Autumn go? It's essential to keep my home feeling the cosiest it can be so that when I get home from work I can immediately feel warm and happy for the rest of the evening.

Lights -
Fairy lights are my absolute favourite this time of year as they make any room look super cosy and if you want to watch some tv and not have your main lights on then these are perfect as they don't generate too much light and leave the room feeling cosy and also looking real pretty at the same time. You can find fairy lights pretty much anywhere during autumn/winter as of course, they are popular during Christmas time, so you have a ton of options to choose from! But if you're on a tight budget or want cheaper options, then Primark is great for having pretty, delicate and extremely affordable fairy lights to make your home look gorgeous.

Candles -
I feel like I mention candles wayyy too much, like seriously read through every post this season and you'll see what I mean! but I don't think I know any blogger that doesn't obsess over candles, we're all addicted, there's no shame! My absolute favourite candle has got to be "Christmas Eve" by Yankee Candle, it has a sweet yet musky sort of scent to it and I honestly have never smelt anything quite like it. It's my go to scent this time of year and you can smell it throughout your entire home when it's burning, I love it! Since it's hard to get hold of candles from Bath and Body Works, I can always rely on Yankee Candle to make my home smell incredible. Other than "Christmas Eve", I am also loving "Macaron Treats", "Christmas Cookie" and "Season Of Peace" which are all part of their Christmas collection, so check them out while you still can if you haven't already! I also love all candles from The White Company, with "Winter" being one of my favourite scents.

Fluffy Blankets -
Blankets and throws are the main essential when it comes to a cosy day at home. What says cosy more than wrapping yourself up in a fluffy blanket and watching your favourite show on Netflix with a candle burning and your fairy lights twinkling? I always keep a throw / blanket at the end of the bed since I usually wake up shivering in the night and it never fails to make me feel warm and peaceful when I wrap myself up in it. I always think Next have great options when it comes to cosy homeware and their blankets never fail to be beautifully dreamy and smooth.

Winter mugs -
Maybe a slightly strange one, but hear me out! I mean what's the point in enjoying a hot beverage without it being in a mug with an adorable reindeer or penguin on throughout the winter? am I right or am I right? I've been eyeing up so many cute little mugs when I've been out and about at the moment, with places like Next and Homesense that have undoubtedly adorable mugs you'll want asap! plus they're great for featuring in the perfect cosy evening in snap on Instagram, so if that doesn't make you want them even more then I don't know what will. Although I've never considered myself much of a tea drinks, I've really been enjoying Clipper Tea's "Calmer chameleon" and "Flower Power" infusion flavours that were kindly gifted to me recently. If you like herbal tea or would like to get into drinking it then these are perfect for you. Both flavours are soothing and perfect to drink in the morning before breakfast or as a light evening drink.

Wall Art -
I love canvases, I love paintings and I love quotes, there's no questioning that. But I believe that these three things can suddenly make any home feel cosier as the walls don't look so empty and cold, does that make sense? I think quotes especially are the cosiest out of the three as it can be something meaningful, family related or some lovely winter words. You can find quotes in pretty much any homeware store or there are tons of gorgeous quotes online (Pinterest is my favourite!) that you could print off and frame.

I hope these suggestions make you want to go out and find the perfect cosy winter homeware pieces to make your evenings easier or your lazy days more enjoyable throughout these colder months. Now if you don't mind me, I'm going to throw on "Polar Express", put on my comfiest pjs and wrap up warm with a blanket and make myself a vanilla coffee, because I'm extra of course.

What are your favourite cosy home essentials?

Monday, 30 October 2017


I feel like I've been slacking when it comes to uploading content on my blog and I hate it. I find nothing more peaceful than sitting down with my laptop and a cup of coffee and losing myself in words. Blogging has been a huge part of my life for the past three years and I hope some day it will take me places, but I know that comes with tons of hard work and dedication - something I feel i'm not giving it enough of. I find comfort in my blog, scrolling through my old posts and writing new ones, it gives me something to look back on and reminisce on when I'm feeling sad, lost or unmotivated. So to keep me motivated, I've made a list of things I aim to do by the end of November, all being that it is always a super busy month leading up to Christmas (ahh, the excitement is so real!).

1. Try to upload a new post every Monday and Friday. Now I'm balancing blogging inbetween working and college work it's hard to find the right time to post, but I know I can easily do this if I put enough effort into it. Maybe I'll even try to post three times a week and really challenge myself.

2. Start Christmas shopping, woooo. There's so much to buy and so many people to buy for! but after all, Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year right?

3. Create a Christmas playlist (gotta be prepared ya know). I can't wait to start singing my favourite Christmas classics at the top of my voice with my family and dancing around my kitchen whilst baking all sorts of goodies.

4. Try to up my photography game. Even after three years of blogging, I'm still relying on natural light to take photos with very little equipment, so I'm going to invest in a few bits to help improve my photography and not have to worry so much about the gloomy England weather.

5. Make new recipes. I plan on writing a blog post about this soon in a lot more detail, but I feel like I'm slipping when it comes to being creative with recipes and am currently stuck in the same routine of eating the same foods. I think every meal should be exciting and I love playing around in the kitchen so I'm going to try really hard to create some new recipes and maybe even share them with you all really soon!

6. Change my wardrobe up a bit. There's no denying that I absolutely love fashion, but for some reason I always find myself wearing the same kind of clothes and not really wearing the type of clothes I always wish I had, does that make sense? So i'm going to find a few bits and pieces that I like online as I definitely find more of a variety online rather than in store, and treat myself because why the hell not?!

7. Watch documentaries. This one sounds really boring I know, but since I starting eating vegan I only ever watched "101 reasons to go vegan" and I want to educate myself even more on the health benefits of being vegan, the type of foods I need to be eating etc.. so during November, I'm going to watch "Earthlings", "What the health" and "Forks over Knives". These are all really popular documentaries when it comes to veganism, so I know they're all going to be worth watching.

8. Splurge on Lush Christmas products. I love Lush products, but their Christmas range is always incredible and I get excited for it every single year. I can't wait to stock up on literally everything and have many pamper nights. What's your favourite Lush product?

9. Get back into working out. I hadn't worked out in so long before this morning, and today it made me realise just how much I've missed it. I love the feeling it gives me afterwards, like I've accomplished something really great and done myself proud. I feel like I mention it all the time but Cassey Ho creates the best workout videos and if you follow her monthly workout sheets, your likely to see results, I know I did!

10. Make more plans with friends. It's so easy to get swept up in every day things, that much needed coffee chats with friends often gets forgotten about. I've already started to make a few more plans for the upcoming month, but I know I need to make a lot more effort to travel and meet up with my best friends and have a laugh more often.

11. Improve my Instagram feed. I feel like I'm never happy with how my Insta feed looks, but that's the problem with being such a perfectionist. I overthink the photos I want to take, the filter I need to put on it along with all the other editing things, as well as thinking of some witty or creative caption and the right time to post - ahh, the struggles! (follow me @sh.annonxo if you want lovelies).

12. Make birthday plans. I know I already mentioned plans above, but since my birthday is at the end of the month, I want to do something with friends and family, but I'm having a pretty hard time thinking of something fun to do with everyone. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated! hahah.

13. Start a diary. I know a lot of people use blogging as a dairy, but there's something I love about writing with paper and pen. I used to own a diary when I was 11 and I still love looking back on it and reading about the boys I was crushing on and all my (not so dramatic) drama that I thought was a pretty big deal at the time. I've been meaning to buy a new notebook to write about my daily life for so long, so I'm going to make sure I do that in November and dedicate a few minutes every evening to writing about what's going on with my life and look back on it in the future as well as keeping one going until I'm older.

What are you looking forward to in November?

Saturday, 14 October 2017


There's no hiding that vanilla is one of my all time favourite scents, with pumpkin spice close behind, but when the two scents come together, oh my.

When The Body Shop launched their recent Vanilla Pumpkin range I knew I needed everything asap. The brand emailed me about their launch and all the products that were going to be on the shelves, as well as also kindly sending me their vanilla pumpkin body butter.

I've been a huge lover of The Body Shop ever since I was little, always going into the closest store near me and playing around with all their different body butters, body mists, you name it. But I honestly was the most excited I've been about their products when I heard about this range that they were releasing.

The body butter itself is an absolute dream. It's smooth and smells just like autumn baking and I'm honestly so obsessed with it, like picture baking your favourite Halloween goodies and applying that same scent to your skin, it's beautiful trust me.

I can always rely on products from The Body Shop to help my skin feel hydrated and soft, with ingredients such as Shea butter and different oils your skin is bound to be feeling the best it can be. The consistency of the body butter is fairly thick, but leaves your skin feeling unreal, so it's totally worth testing out. Since this range is special edition, it won't be in stores long so I suggest stocking up on the entire range immediately if you want to be adding a bit of pumpkin to your daily skin routine!

This scent is perfect to wear in the colder months, whereas sweeter scents are always my go to in the summer, but with the hint of spice that comes with this product, i'd say it's definitely only an autumn/winter scent. I also really struggle with dry skin as the weather gets colder so I know this body butter is going to help so much to make my skin feel hydrated all throughout the winter, if it lasts me that long that is!

Speaking of how long it will last, previous body butters that I've owned have lasted me so much longer than I imagined them to! A little goes a long way with this product so you should be good for at least a month or so if applying every day. The tubs are fairly big although you can usually get smaller versions which would be best to go for if you're ordering online and haven't tried it out yet. If you get the chance to, I highly recommend going into The Body Shop store closest to you and trying the product before buying it to see if it works well with your skin!

I honestly have nothing bad to say about this product other than I'm sad it won't be in stores for long, but you seriously need to go get it if you love the sound of vanilla, maple syrup, hazelnut and of course pumpkin.

Have you tried the vanilla pumpkin range?


Tuesday, 10 October 2017


Sometimes we have off days, sometimes we have off weeks and honestly, it's perfectly okay. Everyone experiences a little bit of down time every now and then, but in the end we pick ourselves back up again and get into the swing of things. It's completely fine to have time for self care, and to feel like yourself again so here are five ways to help you reset when you feel stuck and need a pick me up.

Make A List -
write a list of things that make you happy and do those things every single day or bring those things back into your life, whatever they are make sure you are doing your best to make yourself happier by bringing those things into your life even more. Alternatively write a list of things that are causing you stress, once you've written this list you'll probably feel more of a weight lifted off your shoulders and you can help banish them out of your life for good. Whatever it is that's bringing you down or causing you stress clearly isn't healthy for you and you need to do what's good for your health and get rid of any negativity.

Set Goals -
Think about the things that inspire you and help bring those towards yours goals. Even if they're small goals, any accomplishment shouldn't go unnoticed. Be proud of yourself and what you achieve, so make these goals regularly and you'll learn to praise yourself more. You could even begin to make a list of goals for every month and try to achieve everything by the end of the month, without it turning back on you and causing you any stress by trying too hard to achieve the goals that you've set.

Take It Easy -
Take more time to relax and have time for yourself. If you work long hours or are generally just a busy person and find yourself stressing over the silliest things, then you need to take a break. Run and hot bath, use your favourite bath bombs and have a pamper session, listen to some chilled out music and make yourself some tea and take that time alone to help feel better and forget about your worries.

De-clutter -
Take a day off or take a few hours out of your day to de clutter. Clean up your work space, your home and things like your emails and papers. If you need to de clutter mentally, then detach yourself from people that are bringing you down. Anyone who says things behind your back, makes rude comments or even if they're people you wish you never got involved with, just detach yourself from them slowly. You don't need people like that in your life.

Write -
Start keeping a journal of your day to day life. This will help you mentally, knowing what you need to be doing and also helping yourself keep track of what you've been up to if you want to look back on it. Commit to writing in a journal every night as something to keep your mind off of things. I find that when I spend time writing literally anything, especially my blog, it helps me detach from my daily life and have that time to myself to write whatever I want and forget about anything that's got me worried.

I know these were pretty simple tips, but maybe try adapting these however you want and adding them to your day to day life. You need to find what works for you and take things slow. If you're confused about what you're doing career wise, relationship wise, or life in general, or if you're upset about anything then I hope these tips helped you one way or another. 


Sunday, 8 October 2017


Is there any other excuse better than "because it's autumn" when you feel like getting all snug with the fluffiest of pyjamas and the warmest of blankets? Honestly, I love autumn (surprise, surprise) but seriously, I find nothing more comforting than long walks, walking on crisp leaves and taking totally aesthetic photos, then coming home and running a bath with my favourite lush bath bomb and reading a book from the Harry Potter series, putting on my pj's and making myself a coffee. I sound so basic, wow.

So here's a list of essentials that I recommend for the most perfect autumnal cosy day at home:

Flavoured Coffees -
I love playing around with different coffee ideas and flavours in the colder months as it's acceptable to drink bucket loads of coffee to keep you warm, obviously.. Adding flavoured syrups or a few spices to your coffee can make drinking it so much more enjoyable. I'm currently obsessed with adding 1 tsp coffee, 1tsp cacao powder and 1tsp coconut sugar to a mug, filling it with boiling water and adding a splash of vanilla almond milk. Honestly do yourself a favour and try it, I swear you'll want to thank me later for blessing you with this creation. It's truly like heaven in a mug. You can find a lot of coffee syrups in supermarkets and you've probably got a lot of spices already sitting in your cupboard calling your name. Maybe even go full on DIY queen and make your own pumpkin spice mix with different spices that you own. I've also found that when making coffee from home, I have to use decaf coffee as regular caffeinated coffee gives me headaches. Turns out I prefer decaf so much more and I love drinking it in the evenings knowing that I won't be up for hours struggling to sleep because I've got such a buzz from regular coffee. I definitely recommend switching to decaf if you just enjoy the taste of coffee without needing that coffee fix to keep you going.

Read Outside - 
If you enjoy reading in your spare time, or hey even if you don't, take a good book and a blanket outside and read no matter what time of day it is. If i'm honest, I feel like I don't do this half as much as I wish I would, but it's something that I find so peaceful and relaxing. I love reading the Harry Potter series this time of year because there's something that just screams autumn when I think of them. I can't ever seem to get enough of the series, so reading any of the books outside this time of year sounds perfect. I really want to find some new book suggestions, so if you have any please feel free to leave a comment with a few reads you love.

Bake Something Comforting -
I've always loved baking but something about this time of year makes it a million times more enjoyable. Throw on a playlist full of jazz music and get some candles burning and you have a perfect autumn day. I love baking pumpkin bread, pumpkin cookies, anything pumpkin you name it. If you want to be healthy this time of year and find that you're always surrounded by things packed with sugar then you can easily alternate pretty much any recipe into being much healthier by switching up the ingredients or by playing around with the amount of sugar / different ingredients that you actually need. Find what works for you and it will probably turn out delightful.

Halloween Movies -
I love love love this time of year as it allows you to binge watch all the halloween movies, scary or not it's always fun. Get together with some friends and make a night of it by making some fun halloween snacks and throwing on some classics like Hocus Pocus (forever a favourite!). If you're into scary movies then I recommend watching "Don't Breathe", "IT", "Annabelle: The Creation" and "The Conjuring 2" I love all of these movies so much and you're bound to love them too as the story lines for all of them are brilliant.

Take A Bath -
If you buy a selection of Lush bath bombs, you're bound to fall in love with taking a bath every now and then, especially when the weather isn't very pleasant. I love how Lush bring out different ranges depending on the holiday seasons and I absolutely love their Halloween collections every year. I personally love taking a bath in the evenings on a rainy day while reading a favourite book. To make it even more cosy, light one of your favourite autumnal candles!

Comfy Pajamas -
I love getting out the shower/bath in the evenings and throwing on the cosiest pajamas I own. So many stores bring out adorable autumn / christmasy style pajamas around this time and I always want to buy everything to get me feeling cosy and wanting to lay in bed watching something on Netflix. I love throwing on pajamas that feel smooth and fluffy, they're without a doubt the best to lounge about in. You could even be that little bit more extra and chuck on some fluffy socks to get you feeling the absolute comfiest.

Light A Candle -
Or light ten candles, whatever makes you feel at home! I love this time of year as I can light candles all day every day and make my home smell lovely 24/7. As we all know, Bath & Body Works have the best autumnal candles, I just wish it was so much easier to get hold of them in the UK as I'd be lighting every single one of them any time I possibly could. Personally, I love candles that remind me of baking on a cold day with hints of cinnamon, pumpkin or vanilla, so I need to go on a huge hunt to buy the biggest collection of these scents.

What is one of your cosy day essentials?