Another year over...

Friday, December 29, 2017

Well, that's that! 2017 is drawing to an end and I am spending the weird time between Christmas and New Year in my pyjamas, eating chocolate, watching Netflix, and online window shopping. I have nothing planned for the New Year (I will probably fall asleep before midnight and get woken up by fireworks as is the norm) but I hope you guys have fun ringing in 2018 whatever you end up doing.

Christmas was lovely this year as per, but I always feel a bit sad when it's over. All that hype for one day, it's weird really isn't it? The post-Christmas comedown is the worst.

I don't have any resolutions for the New Year. I don't like making them because I usually break them within the first week. In 2018 I'd just like to continue with what I've been doing in 2017; being more present, using more cruelty-free make-up and skincare, being more careful with my money, slowing down, and working on my mental health. Things I know I can do and keep doing.

I took this polaroid of my brother and his dog on Christmas Day. I love that I captured this moment when the dog was looking up at him so lovingly. That sweet little Staffie face makes my heart melt. Staffie's have the cutest Resting Sad Face.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Merry Christmas!

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Merry Christmas to all!

I will be back blogging after Christmas Day; I can't stay away for too long! I just want to spend the next few days with my family and doing other things besides sitting at my laptop. I'm still at work until Saturday and once that's done with I'm on relative-visiting duties. Hope you guys enjoy the week ahead, I'll be back with new content very soon.

P.S. Thoughts on my new blog theme?

Dresses for the 2017 festive season

Sunday, December 17, 2017


Seeing as last year's post on festive season party attire went down rather well, I thought it would be nice to do a part 2. Hope you guys enjoy my (smaller than last year's) selection of fancy frocks for all those Christmas and New Year parties you've got lined up.

I made sure to go for more wearable pieces this year that have a hint of festive-ness about them, but are also dresses you can easily pull off all year round for any event. Happy shopping!

Creative writing prompts / 2

Friday, December 15, 2017


Here's my second lot of creative writing prompts! First post is here if you missed it. Enjoy!

Photo by Lorene Farrugia on Unsplash

1. Feet sinking into sand
2. Books gathering dust
3. Leftovers
4. A doctor's waiting room
5. High heels in the hallway
IKEA furniture assembling gone wrong 6. 
An overflowing bath tub 7. 
Pub crawl! 8. 
Caramel latte to-go 9. 
Christmas carols 10. 
11. Kid's birthday cake
12. Lingering aftershave
13. Prayer
14. Unexpected kittens!?
15. Last day at the beach

Photo by jens johnsson on Unsplash

Glitter. Everywhere. 16. 
Late night TV 17. 
Visiting grandparents 18. 
Moving in with mum 19. 
Lost while skiing 20. 
21. Unknown caller
22. Birdsong in a morning
23. A loose floorboard
24. Billowing smoke
25. Radio static
Exams 26.
Rushing water 27.
Lucky rabbit's foot 28.
Broken spectacles 29.
Aeroplane turbulence 30.

Photo by Ian Robinson on Unsplash

31. The end of the rainbow
32. A magical Christmas storefront 
33. Frenemies
34. "Google it."
35. Frost crunching underfoot
Paris in the spring 36.
A red bow tie 37.
A death in the village 38.
Cookie crumbs 39.
Noisy neighbours 40.
41. Lost letters
42. The stillness of the countryside
43. Unrequited love
44. A crumpled five pound note
45. Stage fright

My non-fiction faves

Sunday, December 10, 2017

I find nowadays I am drawn to non-fiction more so than fiction. I think it's more freeing and laidback than a traditional fiction book, and some non-fictions are similar to magazines in that you can dip in and out of them as many times as you like.

I've been struggling with reading for a while now; my attention span is non-existent (it's gotten worse over the years) so non-fiction allows me to pick and choose what I read and when without any pressure or guilt. I also find that in many non-fiction books the writing is cut up into nice easy-to-digest sections so it's easier for my wee brain to deal with.

So here are my five non-fiction favourites, all with links to purchase them online if one tickles you fancy. Enjoy!

1. Simple Matters by Erin Boyle

Erin (Reading My Tea Leaves) covers all you need to know about slow and sustainable living. A beautiful and insightful guide with personal essays, resources, advice, and photographs.

More Christmas decorations & a festive visit to York

Friday, December 08, 2017


Hope you've had a good week. We finished putting the rest of the Christmas trimmings up a few days ago. The garland is up and adorned with lights and decorations, the wreaths are jingling nicely on the doors, and the Christmas tea towels are out in full force.

The house smells like oranges and cinnamon and there's always a bad Christmas movie on telly. It's bliss. Makes me even more excited to come home at the end of the day, which I didn't think was possible.

Decking the halls & rummaging for vinyl

Sunday, December 03, 2017

The tree is up and decorated! It's been up and decorated for a while now but no-one really cares 'til December, do they? Usually our tree never goes up before my brother's birthday on the 29th of November but this year I sort of had to because I needed to take photos for a very special Christmas blog post.

So here it is! We haven't put much else up in the house so far - we've got a few festive plaques hung in the kitchen and a pretty reindeer light-up scene in the living room but that's about it. The mantel piece garland is still lying on the kitchen floor and we haven't broke out the Santa bath mat yet. Soon, very soon.

Other than putting up the tree, I've also been finishing up my Christmas shopping. I did most of mine in November but I still have a few more bits to pick up. I ordered my friend's present online at the beginning of November off Etsy but there's been no developments and no communication so it's not looking good. I'm a bit gutted, but hopefully it'll be resolved soon. If not, it's back to the drawing board.

Lovely quotes / 11

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Lovely quotes 11 is here. Enjoy!

“People mistakenly expect to hit the bulls-eye on the first pass. Abandon the idea that your first draft should be anything but exploration.”
— Gregory Ciotti

“Night air, good conversation, and a sky full of stars can heal almost any wound.”
— Beau Taplin

“The two most powerful warriors are patience and time.”
— Leo Tolstoy

“I am lonely. I walk on the open airy fields of my own mind. I draw back inside myself.”
— Anne Truitt, Turn: The Journal of an Artist

“Magic, indeed, is all around us, in stones, flowers, stars, the dawn wind and the sunset cloud; all we need is the ability to see and understand.”
— Doreen Valiente

“Child, to say the very thing you really mean, the whole of it, nothing more or less or other than what you really mean; that’s the whole art and joy of words.”
— C.S. Lewis, Till We Have Faces

“Outside the trees sighed in the wind. For a moment I believed I felt and saw the night outside deep within me. Wind and wetness, autumn, bitter smell of foliage, scattered leaves of the elm tree. Autumn! Autumn!”
— Hermann Hesse, The Complete Fairy Tales; A Dream Sequence

“In November, the earth is growing quiet. It is making its bed, a winter bed for flowers and small creatures. The bed is white and silent, and much life can hide beneath its blankets.”
— Cynthia Rylant, In November

Decorating the Christmas tree with Amara

Monday, November 27, 2017

This post contains gifted items. All photos and opinions are completely my own.

Hi! I have a whopping good Christmas post for you today, so get comfy, sit back and enjoy!

This Christmas season, Amara are making it insanely easy and simple to shop for gifts, decorate  your tree, and host the big day by introducing a Christmas hub where you can find everything you could ever need and want in one handy place.

In this post I'll be showing you guys some of their wonderful tree decorations - but first, here are Amara's four key festive trends this year...

Scandi and Nordic influences with added botanical elements. Lots of natural fabrics and muted colours. Perfectly rustic and cosy.

Bright and bold with lots of candy hues and glitter. Quirky patterns and shapes galore, perfect for the unconventional.

Opulence, glamour, and moody tones. Very luxe, with lashings of gold, peacock feathers, and sequins.

Gorgeous dainty pinks and rose golds. Quite feminine and pretty, with hints of pearlescent shimmer and lace.

The decorations I chose are all from the Hideaway trend because the Nordic theme fits in so well with the decorations I already have. Browse Amara's entire selection of tree decorations here.

So let's get started...

Lovely Nordic inspired decorations, perfect for those who don't like garish Christmas colours and want to go for a more minimal, Scandi look. They're not heavy at all so they hang lovely on the tree, but they'd also be great as wall hangings because they're quite large and lay flat. Thinking about hanging these on the fireplace once our garland goes up.

Just a tad chilly...

Friday, November 24, 2017

I took these on my way to an important appointment yesterday afternoon. I was a little nervous (I'd never been to this specific place before) so I wandered through somewhere familiar beforehand. This is Worksop Priory - a very beautiful and underrated spot in town that looks its best in autumn, so I made sure to capture it.

The wind has been crazy recently. Combined with bitter cold temperatures, it certainly hasn't been ideal weather to be outside in. At all. I would've preferred to have stayed home today (considering I have a cold and I am incredibly snotty and tired) but alas, I had to go be an adult. Boo.

Today we're decorating the Christmas tree. I know, many of you may be glancing over at your calendar right now thinking 'it's still November, right?' yes, you are correct, but I have an actual legit reason for the tree to go up today that I cannot reveal for maybe another week. Sorry. Very fun and festive photos to come soon!

Have a fabulous weekend.

My mini Christmas tree

Wednesday, November 22, 2017


We finally got the Christmas decs out of the loft and I rediscovered my own stash of Christmassy stuff which included this 1ft tree from Paperchase, a box of miniature baubles (also from Paperchase), two Share the Magic Minnie Mouse plushes (you can get 2017's here), a tiny wooden light up house, and a gingerbread man garland.

Paperchase have some lovely little Christmas trees, including this snowy iridescent white one and this trendy matte gold one. I think mine is this one, but I'm not 100% sure. It looks slightly more fluorescent on the website than it does in real life, so I'd recommend going in store to have a look. You can find all their miniature baubles here - they have some really cute sequin ones that I kinda really need in my life.

Sorry for the short post, I just wanted to test out my new phone camera and show you guys my shiny lil desk tree. ❤️ More Christmas posts coming soon.

Enjoy the rest of your week.

Bye-bye Apple, hello Samsung

Monday, November 20, 2017


Recently I've seen a lot of people online contemplating whether or not to make the switch from an iPhone to either a Samsung, Sony, or other non-Apple brand.

Apple phones are getting more and more pricey, and there's no way on earth most people have £70-£80 lying around to pay for a phone bill each month, never mind fork out £1,000 for an iPhone X. And even if you have the money, do you want to pay that much? I could think of hundreds of things I'd rather spend that money on.

So yesterday, I upgraded my iPhone 6S and got myself a swanky Samsung Galaxy S8. Let me tell you guys - the camera on this thing is sublime. I wish I could've taken the photo below with the Samsung because it puts all cameras to shame (I took this one with my Leica in the worst lighting of all time, soz).

I used to be so anti-Android - I could never get over how ugly the Android OS used to be (I had an Android tablet years ago and it was painful to use), and so I just assumed after all that time it was still ugly and slow, but I was very wrong. It looks a damn sight better than it used to, and it's so sleek and fast and easy to use... I think I've been converted.

I still love Apple a lot - I have a Macbook, iPad, and iPod which I love, but their phones have always been a bit 'meh', and it's weird to think that brands like Samsung and Sony have been absolutely nailing it for years putting state-of-the-art tech into their phones and including some of the most advanced features available, yet Apple has always been #1 despite their phones generally lagging behind the rest.

I also hate the fact that when Apple release new phones, their older models just cease to function. It happens slowly but surely, and I hate that. What an appalling way to pressure people into buying or upgrading to the latest models even when they're £££ and out of a lot of people's price ranges.

I've not found it as weird as I thought I would to go from Apple to Android. It's practically the same - the operating systems obviously look different but they're not world's apart.

If you're thinking about taking the plunge, go into a phone shop and play around with an Android phone - test the camera, check out Google Play, explore the settings etc. and see how it compares to your iPhone. I never in my life thought I'd go to Android but it might be one of the best things I've ever done, and although my monthly bill has gone up by around £5 (taking it up to a feasible £39), I'm getting more for my money so I'm not mad about it.

Hope this was useful, if you want any more info I'd suggest giving the Samsung Galaxy S8 a Google and search for any articles or sites comparing it with the newest iPhone models. You'll notice that 9 times out of 10 the Samsung comes out on top.

Christmas jumpers

Thursday, November 16, 2017

On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me...

A boatload of Christmas knitwear!

I've featured as many kinds of jumpers as I could find, from the colourful novelty ones, to the classy and slightly more understated ones. I've also tried to cover all price ranges so you can find the perfect jumper for you.

Personally I'm eyeing up the Fat Face one and the red Bonmarché one. Let me know which are your favourites. Happy shopping!


First frost & Christmas vinyl

Monday, November 06, 2017


I woke up to frost this morning. First sign of it this month. I know the Peaks and the Lakes and such have already had some but it's finally reached the dips and slumps of Nottinghamshire. I got a bit excited and toddled off outside in my pyjamas to take some photos - it was refreshingly cold, and I kind of loved it. Looking forward to more chilly mornings.

The postie had a fun delivery for me this morning...

Now That's What I Call Music! The Christmas Album. Find more Xmas gems on eBay.

I've been eyeing up this album for weeks, and after failing to find it cheap and second-hand I bit the bullet and bought it brand new. I didn't fork out too much, which my purse is really thankful for. Turns out there aren't many decent Christmas compilations on vinyl out there, especially ones under £15, which I can understand. It's a bit of a niche item, but I'm so glad I finally got my hands on this. I've given it a listen and I'm 100% in the festive spirit now. There's no going back.

I've also been listening to the absolute classic Now That's What I Call Christmas 2012, which my mum and I have on repeat every year, and A Very She & Him Christmas. I have yet to bust out A Jolly Christmas From Frank Sinatra and my all-time favourite, I Believe in Father Christmas by Greg Lake which I have on 7" vinyl (nerd).

And lastly, I gave my iPad and iPhone an early festive/wintry makeover because I am that person.

The starry wallpaper is from Pinterest and the 'Peace on Earth' one is from Perennial Joy.

Hope you guys have a great week ahead of you.

Christmas gift wrap ideas

Saturday, November 04, 2017


I'm back with more Christmas content! It may only be November, but most people will have already bought at least one or two prezzies already (I certainly have). November is my preferred month to go Christmas shopping - it's after the Halloween buzz has died down, and it's before the true Christmas madness begins.

If you have some presents already ticked off your list, then you may now be thinking about gift wrap. So here I am with five gift wrap sets for you guys to shop - obviously you can pick out individual products or shop the whole set I've put together, whichever you fancy. Go wild! I focused mainly on wrapping paper in this post but I have included a small selection of gift bags and boxes at the end.


 1. Traditional red 'n green: 


 2. Metallic starry night: 


 3. Festive veggies: 

The remnants of autumn & foraging for chestnuts

Thursday, November 02, 2017


My ma and I went out on Tuesday to Retford to do a bit of shopping - nothing hardcore, just the essentials - and to have a nice little wander around Kings Park because I wanted to find some conkers and bring them home to decorate. I know that sounds like something a six year old might do, but imagine how cute they'd look hanging on the Christmas tree?!

I'm guessing that conkers are long gone by now because I couldn't find a single one wherever we went. Instead we found a ton of chestnuts which I will get onto in a moment.

So first we roamed around Kings Park and basked in the last of the autumn colours...

Kings Park is very beautiful so I didn't really mind wandering around aimlessly. Shame we didn't find any conkers but I still enjoyed a good leaf-kicking.

Bath goodies from!

Saturday, October 28, 2017

This post contains gifted items. All photos and opinions are completely my own.

Hi! I've got a special post for you guys today.

The kind folks at generously gifted me one of their fantastic bathroom hampers to test out. is run by just five employees(!) who craft some of the most unique handmade soaps and bath bombs I've ever seen. They stock a lot of SLS-free stuff and they strive to use only animal-friendly, eco-friendly and natural ingredients. A brand I can get behind.

Clockwise: Lavender & Rosemary Solid Shampoo Bar | Vanilla Olive Oil Artisan Soap Slice | Retro Bath Bomb (low stock!) | Pink Bath Heart (the one I have isn't on the website at the moment, but these two are very similar!)

Too much shopping & some music recs

Friday, October 20, 2017


I did quite a bit of online shopping last week, I think I was feeling a bit ~spendthrifty, so this week I've been inundated with exciting parcels...

I ordered a bunch of The Ordinary products (currently testing and loving so far), some Rituals Yogi Flow foaming shower gel (free thanks to Tanya Burr's code, I just paid P&P), a floral mouse mat (pictured above), a wonderful Tiny Rick embroidered hoop, a pair of Leigh jeans, and Tanya's new Christmas book (which my kind ma is picking up for me tomorrow from WHSmith - I bought a signed copy!). Online shopping is dangerous and should be illegal for my debit card's sake.

Despite spending so much already, I then decided it would be clever to go shopping again today (except not on the internet). I got some festive slippers, some peachy make-up (similar in appearance and scent to the Too Faced eye palette), and a lil bottle of Jasmine & Honey perfume from Primark (FYI, Primark perfumes are great for work because they're cheap and last ages). Also got a black pleated skirt from Sainsbury's and a box of cute pastel pens from Debenhams. Like you do.

Billie Eilish / Photo: CC Weske

In other news, I've been listening to a lot of music recently and putting my nifty Bose speaker to some good use. I'm obsessed with Morrisey's new song (basically my anthem), 'Ocean Eyes' by Billie Eilish, 'Glasgow Kisses' by Estrons, 'The Way You Used to Do' by Queens of the Stone Age, and 'Beautifully Unconventional' by Wolf Alice (a rec from my brother). Also been enjoying RAT BOY's debut album, SCUM. Listen to its entirety here on iTunes.

Planning to get Spent the Day in Bed on vinyl when it's released at the end of November because it has a live cover of 'Judy is a Punk' on the B-side and I love that song.

If you have any music recommendations for me feel free to drop them in the comments or @ me on Twitter - I like pretty much anything and everything. 🎵

Hope you guys have a good weekend. I'm working tomorrow but I'm off Sunday so I'll no doubt spend the day cosied up in bed with Netflix (because I'm now on a spending ban).
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