Too much shopping & some music recs

Friday, 20 October 2017

Hi!

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.

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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. 🎵

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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).


Kate

Early prep for Christmas 2017

Monday, 16 October 2017

Hi!

Some may think it's too early to start talking about Christmas, but for Christmas fanatics like myself it's perfect timing. I'm a proper Halloween Scrooge, so I tend to skip Halloween altogether and spend most of October getting hyped about shopping for presents and what new decorations I can buy to adorn the house with.

So if you're like me and you're prepping for Christmas already, keep reading!

Right, let's get cracking...

1. Planning & organising:

I know some of you may be dreading Christmas already (bah, humbug), but planning early means you can avoid last-minute rushing and unnecessary stress. If you know you're a bit of a scatterbrain this time of year and you have a lot on your plate, consider getting an organiser to keep on top of your shopping and food planning.



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2. Early bird Christmas deals:

Stores already have plenty of Christmas deals online and in store. Marks & Spencer has 3 for 2 on decorations and gifts, Matalan has 3 for 2 on cards, gift wrap and bags, Boots have 3 for 2 mix and match on gifts, and WHSmith has 3 for 2 on boxed Christmas cards. Stock up now before this stuff goes full price...



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3. Events & activities:

Who doesn't like to get out and about over the Christmas period and see some festive sights? Light switch-ons, festive house tours, ice skating, carol services, winter weekend breaks, sledding... the list goes on...

Christmas at Lanhydrock, Cornwall - National Trust

You can search the English Heritage website for events taking place near you over the Christmas period. National Trust, too

Center Parcs

TimeOut has their Christmas in London 2017 guide up.

Consider a weekend break at Center Parcs over Christmas or New Year, there's loads of activities and entertainment on for the kids.


Go ice skating at Yorkshire's Winter Wonderland (above) from the 18th of November.

If there's any days out, events, or shows you want to attend, make sure to mark them down on your calendar now and book those tickets (if they're available) to avoid disappointment. If you want to find out more about what's going on in your area over Christmas, simply Google ‘Christmas events in [insert your county or town]' and you'll soon find something that tickles your fancy.

Hope this was helpful to some of you! I'll probably have more Christmas posts for you guys in November.


Kate

Lovely quotes / 10

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Lovely quotes 10 is here. Enjoy!


“Here’s to October…frost-kissed apples; the wild-as-the-wind smell of hickory nuts, and the nostalgic whiff of that first wood smoke.”
— Ken Weber

“You would think the year was resting too, its work done. And I whispered to myself that I too would begin to rest.”
— C.S. Lewis, Till We Have Faces

“We are mosaics. Pieces of light, love, history, stars. Glued together with magic and music and words.”
— Anita Krizzan

“October, crisp, misty, golden October, when the light is sweet and heavy.”
— Angela Carter, The Magic Toyshop


“I like it when it rains hard. It sounds like white noise everywhere, which is like silence but not empty.”
— Mark Haddon, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

“Even a small star shines in the darkness.”
— Danish Proverb

“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.”
— Albert Camus


Kate

Showcase: relaxing candles

Sunday, 8 October 2017

Autumn - it's cold, it's dark, it's dull... it's time to break out the beloved candles. I know some people burn candles all year round but I tend to dig them all out in September and have them lit non-stop until the warm weather comes back around in May.

Candles to me mark the beginning of the end of the year when it starts getting dark at 3pm and you spend most of your spare time cosied up in bed watching movies with a mug of something hot on the bedside table.

So here I am with a big ol' candle showcase. If you don't have any candles yet, this is the perfect post for you, and even if you already have a ton of candles, there's no harm in adding more to your collection, wink wink. Happy shopping!












Kate

Lilac sunsets & peeping pups

Thursday, 5 October 2017

Hi!


I love sunsets in autumn. I like the red and orange ones the most, but purple's good too.

Very happy October is finally here and I can be excited for Christmas without being judged too much. It's officially acceptable now anyway because Wilko has their Christmas range in and that marks the beginning of the festive season. Sorry, them's the rules. 🎅🏻 

I really dislike Halloween, sorry not sorry. Halloween also isn't that big of a deal in England, so it's not that weird to not celebrate it. I only like Halloween for when all the chocolate and sweets get discounted the following day (because I'm greedy and I like a bargain).

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In other news, this is one of my favourite sights ever:


Every time we're round at my brother's house and go to leave, the dog legs it upstairs, jumps onto a pouffe in the spare bedroom and stares us down as we walk to the car. He looks so gutted we're going but at the same time I have to laugh. He's got such a cute resting sad face (I think it's a Staffie thing).

Also when he wags his tail and his entire body shakes it makes me so happy. He's just a giant waggy puppy and I love him.

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And lastly, I'm in the process of trialling some bath products I was lucky enough to be sent. A review should be up in the next couple of weeks, but so far so good! Here's a sneak peak:


Pink! And lots of it! This one smelled like vanilla and berries. Yum.

Hope you're having a good week.


Kate

Recent bargain book finds

Friday, 29 September 2017


Hi!

Hadn't bought a non-fiction book in ages and then suddenly I pick up three in the space of a week, like you do.

I found these beauties in TK Maxx and The Works; I've bought many a bargain from The Works (I have a huge hardback collection of Shakespeare's works that I bought for an astounding £5) and TK Maxx's selection changes so often you never know what you'll find from one visit to the other. It's a real treasure trove.

I just love finding gems like these with a good amount of £££ knocked off because I can be a bit stingy sometimes. Bargains make me haaaaaappy. So I'm kicking this post off with...


L'art de la Simplicité: How to Live More With Less by Dominique Loreau - £2.00, The Works (out of stock, sorry!) - buy here and here.

This book is one of those I first spotted floating around the blogosphere when the whole Marie Kondo-minimalism-decluttering lifestyle emerged. I had it on my shopping list for ages but it eventually dropped off at some point (I don't quite remember when or why), probably because I already had so many books about the same topic. That's still the case, but I still had to buy this book when I saw it at two whole pounds in The Works. Really pleased too because what I've read so far has been rather interesting.


The Luxe Life: Everyday Luxuries for Lovers of Beauty, Fashion & Food by Fleur de Force - £8.99, TK Maxx (not online!) - buy here and here.

I don't actually keep up with Fleur de Force's blog, but I've heard her name before and heard she'd brought out this book. It wasn't something I was eager to get straight away, but I knew I'd quite like to have a look through it at some point to see if it was my cup of tea. I spotted it hiding in between some cookery books in TK Maxx and I felt compelled to buy it. It's essentially a glamorous do-all guide, which I can appreciate. It has loads of useful tips and tricks which are easy to absorb - it's not an overly wordy book, it's very easy to flick to a subject (hair, clothes, beauty, home, wedding, food etc.) and read little snippets.


Happy: Finding joy in every day and letting go of perfect by Fearne Cotton - £8.00, The Works - also buy here and here.

I first saw this book in WHSmith and thought it looked like something I'd enjoy. I never bought it because I was trying to save money at the time, and then after a few weeks I'd forgotten about it, but when I saw it in The Works recently I figured it was about time I bought it - its colourful illustrations and wide mixture of content (recipes, advice, activities, stories etc.) appeals to me, and I reckon it will be one of those books you can sit down and get cosy with when you're not feeling 100%.

I've added shopping links for each book if you fancy purchasing them yourself. If you want in-depth reviews, I suggest looking them up on Goodreads.

That's all, folks. Hope you have a fab weekend!


Kate
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