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October Lush haul

Posted in Life
on October 9, 2018

Hi, my name is Natalie and I’m addicted to Lush products.

But seriously, why does everything Lush make smell incredible, be packaged in an eco-friendly way and actually work? TAKE MY MONEY. This month, I splashed some cash on a little post-Fresher’s week pampering kit which I thought I would share with you before I use them all up!

And, before you ask, no, I’m not a student – I was one of the poor staff members welcoming them all in the rain…

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First up, my one true love, Intergalactic

Find me someone that doesn’t love Intergalactic – I dare you. Smells great, looks great before the bath and looks INCREDIBLE in a bath. This should be a staple in everyone’s bath.

Intergalactic is the only product I’d tried before – the rest are all completely new to me!

A Little Bottle of Calm

Unfortunately, this cute little bottle broke a little bit in the box (I ordered online) so I couldn’t get any good photos of it. It smelled so good though, so I used it in the bath the very next day and let me tell you – my gosh did I relax! It smells beautiful and turned my bath a lovely light blue which complemented my current read quite nicely!

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Honey, I smell amazing

Who shops at Lush and doesn’t pick up some actual soap? Honey, I Washed The Kids smells amazing – it’s also super moisturising. I’m loving it so far!

Things I haven’t used yet

Are you a fan of Lush? What’s your favourite product? Let me know in the comments!

10 reasons why autumn is the best season

Posted in Life
on October 5, 2018

Autumn is the best season. No ifs, no buts, there is literally no competition. In the UK, it’s a bit of a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it season as we don’t seem to have the falling leaves and cold crisp weather for very long (then it’s just rain until March!).

Don’t get me wrong, I wish autumn could also have the long day of summer but, in case you aren’t of this mind (yet), here’s a list to sway your mind.

1. Autumn is the perfect temperature

It’s not too hot, it’s not too cold. You can wear a jumper or a jacket with your summer clothes, and you won’t feel cold.

2. Jumpers galore

I love jumpers. Preferably chunky ones, or ones with embroidery on them! I love pulling out my jumpers from storage (read: under the bed) and knowing that I’ll be nice and cosy all through the season.

3. Stews and hotpots are back!

The easiest and most tasty meal prep solutions ever. Stew, some cheesy polenta and a metric tonne of gravy = the perfect autumn meal.

4. These colours

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‘Nough said, really.

5. Cold outside, warm inside

Nothing says autumn like setting your boiler to come on in twice a day. You come in from work and it’s so toasty inside that your glasses slightly steam up – that’s autumn to me.

6. Hot chocolate becomes acceptable at any point in the day

I feel judged drinking hot chocolate outside of autumn and winter, so I’m always grateful for the opportunity to drink it all day everyday.

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7. The sun has the most perfect aesthetic

The sunsets. The sunrises. The gorgeous shades of pink and orange and yellow that fill the sky – b e a utiful.

8. Saying “I stayed in all weekend” doesn’t get you a funny look

It’s cold, and likely raining, so no one thinks you’re strange for not leaving the house all weekend anymore.

9. Mulled wine and cider EVERYWHERE

Mulled cider is my absolute favourite thing about autumn. Mulled wine, too! The smell immediately takes me back to bonfire nights as a kid with sparklers, sticky toffee apples and a hunt for any hedgehogs hiding in the pyre.

10. It’s almost Christmas!

I’m so excited for Christmas this year. I’m determined to have a Christmas in our new home – fingers crossed we move in before then!

 

What’s your favourite season? If it’s Autumn, would you add anything to this list?

My Autumn Aesthetic

Posted in Life
on October 4, 2018

I love autumn. I can get the jumpers out, consume copious amounts of cinnamon (and it be acceptable!) and the heating goes back on to make everything nice and toasty!

Autumn just has an aesthetic that fits with mine. Colour wise, there’s reds, yellows, oranges and browns. I can layer up my clothes, bringing out my chunky knits and fleece-lined tights to layer with dresses and jeans. French tucking jumpers, inspired by Queer Eye, will be my go to this winter – I just need to order some more jeans!

So, here’s a picture post of things that I feel represent my autumn aesthetic!

 

What’s your autumn aesthetic?  Let me know in the comments!

How to cope with the decreasing daylight hours

Posted in Life
on October 3, 2018

The worst thing about autumn? The decreasing amount of sunlight.

I suck at the dark mornings and dark evenings. It never feels like I see the sun – leaving the house before 8 and getting home at 16:30. It really affects my mental and physical health, so this year I’m on a mission to make winter a bit more bearable!

Make the most of the daytime

I’m awful for staying indoors with a cup of tea and a book. So I’m going to be making the most of my lunch breaks and weekends by going for walks, having lunch outside/near a window (especially if it’s raining!) and making sure that I get at least half an hour in the daylight each day. I’m not being strict yet, as it’s not going dark until 19:30ish at the moment, but I will be going out and about as much as possible come November!

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Keeping healthy

Exercise is great for my mental and physical health, so I’m going to be making a much more concerted effort to getting exercise in my daily routine. One of my goals is to complete a Couch to 5k!

I’m also going to be cutting refined sugar from diet. I’ve done it before and I felt incredible so I can’t wait! It’s so easy to reach for something sugary to get me through day, especially in the office, so it’s going to be tough to cut it out, but I know it’ll be the best thing for me!

Splashing the cash

I’ve always been interested in Lightbox Therapy and I’ve read about people’s transformational experiences by buying one, so I’m going to take the plunge next payday and buy one!

Some are super expensive (I’m talking like £150+) but I’m going to go for this one from SAD.co.uk at £39.95. If it works, I might upgrade!

Are you affected by the darker days? How do you cope with it? Let me know in the comments!

We’re buying a house

Posted in Life
on August 17, 2018

We did a thing.

I have been living down south for almost two years now and, I’m not going to lie, it’s been a huge adjustment. I grew up in the Scottish countryside, where you could only go places by car, would have to allow extra time in case there were tractors/sheep/cows/cyclists on the road and, when you got to your destination, it would probably rain.

Moving to the London area has been tough and made tougher by the lack of greenery and general private outdoor space. In all three of the houses we have rented, there hasn’t been a garden/courtyard attached.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I love a park, and there are plenty in our area. But, it’s just not the same.

I want to grow veg and have wildflowers for the bees, plus I want to grow peonies so I can be that person every day for the short space of time they bloom. I want a living wall and to have a section near a window dedicated to herbs so you get a whiff of basil or thyme or lavender when you step outside.

So, when my boyfriend and I found a development being built in our favourite borough, we were pretty interested. But when it has two outdoor spaces plus an ensuite master bedroom – well, it would be madness not to!

FloorplanThe place is still being built but, right now, it looks like we’ll have the keys (and a mortgage…) by October. I’m so excited to plan colour schemes, plan my garden and get our posters/artwork in framed!

Would you be interested in hearing more about the buying process and moving in/decorating?

 

 

 

Going Local

Posted in Life, Local, Travel
on August 7, 2018

Exploring is awesome. We all know that – what is better than going somewhere you don’t know, getting lost and then heading to the nearest bar for a well-deserved cocktail?

But I feel that sometimes you can spend too much time focussing on the far away, rather than what is directly in front of, and around, you. I’ve lived in the Surrey/London area for almost two years and, until May, I hadn’t even gone to a local lake – why is that? I was too focussed on jetting off somewhere to have a break from life and up my gram’ game.

So, I’ve made it my mission to give more time to my local area.

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Because it is beautiful and I’ve been taking that for granted. Sure, I haven’t got the classic passport and plane ticket photo, and I haven’t spent hundreds, if not thousands, of pounds to get the next “it” place, but I will get to meet some cool people and go on random day trips with friends, and my ‘gram game will still be great because finding beauty in the everyday has to be the ultimate goal.

But I am lucky because my local area includes a fabulous city that would be classed as a holiday for many people. I live in an area where wealth is aplenty so my green spaces will stay green when others will become housing blocks and schools and hospitals other fundamental pieces of society because there is simply nowhere else for them to go.

So, I’m going to be writing a lot about places that may, or may not, be familiar but will cost a fraction of the price as a holiday and will be within the UK and guaranteed to give you a great time and a great ‘gram.

I’m really interested in hearing your views on this! I get serious FOMO when I see people jetting off to these exotic places – is that a thing? I’d also love to read some posts on things in your local area/within the UK and then maybe we can get a round-up post together or something?

Comment, share, tag me – I want to hear about all your recent local travels!

 

 

 

 

 

July Favourites

Posted in Life
on August 7, 2018

How are we almost at the end of July? This month has been a busy one with work so there has been a lot of improving myself this month, rather than any big splurges/trips!

Cooking

It’s amazing what new cookbooks can do to get your culinary juices flowing again. I always struggle to mix up meals, particularly when it’s warm because having salads twice a day gets boring pretty quickly. So, I’ve made it my mission to start broadening my taste and attempting some really tasty, nutritious and healthy meals to get me through the day.

FYI, the One Pound Meals polenta and pork meatballs were a m a z i n g but definitely an autumn/winter dish and I made some ridiculously good chocolate brownie cookies from the Power Snacks book. Would you be interested in seeing my weekly meal plans?

Tea

Tea is my ultimate bae. Caffeinated, non-caffeinated, green, black, rooibos – I love them all. I’ve been cutting down my caffeine intake recently though, so I’ve been hitting that rooibos (red bush) tea like it’s water. A couple of drops of honey (and the occasional slice of lemon) and you are good to go. I personally love the Clipper red bush tea, or the Dragonfly Chai or Earl Grey rooibos and I bulk buy them off Amazon!

Earrings

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I go through phases with jewellery and currently I am obsessed with earrings. For the first time in my life, long dangly ones aren’t annoying (hello, adulthood?) and a couple of v. cute studs. They’re all from Asos in the range of £4-12.

Maxi Dresses

Yes, I have only just discovered the joys of maxi dresses. I’m 5’3″, so just assumed that they would never be the right length. How wrong I was.

I currently only have two until payday, but I am a convert. You can dress them up, dress them down, look like a princess when you gather it up to go up some stairs – what more could you want?!

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Alpro Caffé

Cute design, caffeinated and dairy-free – ticks pretty much all the boxes you could think of and it’s a cold drink so perfect to get you going first thing in the warm weather we’ve had recently! Speaking of which…

Summer has arrived!

And it is glorious. We’ve hit 33 degrees here in recent days which is slightly insane – does anyone else notice a boost in confidence when you’ve got a tan?  Flowers are in bloom, the smell of cut grass follows you everywhere and, until a couple of weeks ago, the grass was bright green and luscious – now it’s a bit dead because, lol, no rain since I can remember.

IMG_3420.jpgI’m really looking forward to a week at my parent’s in Devon at the beginning of August, so keep your fingers crossed this weather continues until then!

I love hearing about what you’ve been up to! What do your July favourites look like? Is there anything you think I should try in August? Comment and share your links with me!