Underneath the Tree // Christmas 2013

Hey there,
happy day-after-Boxing-Day day!

I hope all of you that celebrate Christmas had a wonderful holiday with family and friends, and of course a few goodies from Santa!

As I said in my last post, I was without power, and my dad didn’t end up bringing home a generator. So our family opened presents by candle light at 5AM and I am only just getting to try out anything electronic! Thankfully, our power was restored around 6PM last night, but by that time I was at a hotel with a couple of friends, having the best shower of my entire life. What a Christmas to remember!

In the spirit of the season, I thought I would share with you some of the treats that Santa brought me. Keep in mind, I am not intending to brag, but thought someone out there might be interested in taking a peek!


My friend put together these cute handmade gifts, what a neat idea!


I asked for a lot of beauty-related things, but was loaded up with gift cards instead, to choose my own items. But here are two things I did get! An “Our Moment” rollerball perfume, and a new Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara. I was tickled to get this, as it’s one of my favourite beauty products and I had lost mine!


This is a really cool idea, I thought. You mix up the batter and pour it into this little skillet, pop it in the oven, and you have a delicious skillet cookie!


I absolutely love this little crocheted purse. It’s a cross-body bag, with just enough room for my camera and money while on my trip to the UK. This is from New Look, on ASOS. I am also a fan of the clasp!


As I am something of a movie fanatic, no Christmas would be complete without a couple of DVDs. The One Direction movie was an absolute must-have, and my brother bought me “The Back-up Plan” upon my request. Brothers do need a bit of guidance every now and then when it comes to these matters.


My aunt lives halfway across the country, so she almost always buys our presents on Amazon and has the box sent to our house. This year, I got this really cool guidebook for our trip, along with a One Direction calendar! She just knows me.


I knew I was getting these, as I picked them out at a Black Friday sale at Best Buy. I’ve tried them once, and the sound quality is stunning. Definitely worth the extra money, but I’ll have to work on my nasty habit of losing these types of things…


If you read one of my earlier Christmas Favourites posts, you’ll know that each member of my family receives a Hallmark ornament every year. This year I got this precious model of Hogwarts Castle. When you press a button on the front it plays the Harry Potter theme song, and there is an opening in the back to stick a Christmas light in, illuminating the windows. Magical!


Every year I ask my mom if we can get a puppy for Christmas. Specifically a Norwich Terrier, I am OBSESSED with those things. So this year she thought it would be funny to get me a puppy Pandora charm. Well played, mother. Then, one of my best friends Kim (shameless plug for her blog goes here) got me a tiny little teacup charm! Thanks girlfriend!


Yes, my most fabulous present of all (well, to me anyway). I got this lovely Canon SX280 HS. My DSLR is a Nikon, so it was a bit of a betrayal asking for a Canon. But who cares about that stuff! I wanted this for my trip, as it has a wicked zoom for all of the concerts we are going to. I may not have mentioned this before, but along with One Direction we also scored cheap(ish) tickets for Katy Perry and McBusted! As many concert venues don’t allow DSLR cameras, a point-and-shoot camera is a must. This is the perfect size!

Finally, I was VERY lucky to receive a ticket for a SECOND One Direction concert next summer, this time in Boston! I didn’t photograph this one as they haven’t arrived yet, but you can imagine that I am terribly excited about that one, as well. Comment below if you happen to be going, too (on August 7th)!

What did you all get for Christmas? I want to know 🙂 Hopefully you’ve enjoyed taking a little peek under my tree. This is the first time I’ve ever photographed products like this, with the twinkle lights and all! I think it turned out quite well.

So, until next time,
Liv xox


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