Bye-bye Apple, hello Samsung

Monday, 20 November 2017

Hi!

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.


Kate

Inspiring things / 16

Saturday, 18 November 2017

It's been over a year since my last 'Inspiring things' post. Not sure it'll be making a full comeback, but I just wanted to show you some of the most beautiful dresses I've ever seen by Australian brand Zimmermann.

You can find all the dresses at matchesfashion.com.

Christmas jumpers

Thursday, 16 November 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!



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November bedroom details

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Hi!

Not that anyone will have noticed, but I've been a bit absent on here lately, mainly down to being at work most of last week and hibernating over the weekend. However, I did go to IKEA on Sunday and walked away with a new desk(?!) which I didn't expect but I'm so happy with it.

I thought I'd do a quick little bedroom tour and show you some of the wintry details I've added recently. These pictures have all been taken at different times throughout the month so apologies for the changing in lighting. Enjoy!


New IKEA desk and drawers above! Love it so much, it has loads more storage than my old one. Plus it's deeper so I have tons more surface space. Also I can't help but laugh at this photo because of the close-up of the battered fish on the iPad. Bad advert timing! Mouse mat is by OpheliaDesignsGifts and the 2018 diary is from Calendar Club.


I revamped my wire board for winter and found this gorgeous page in an issue of Oh Comely (I think?). This cover of Emma is embroidered, and although it's quite Spring-like with the flowers, the colours suit my room so it's staying for winter.


I've wrapped my Hobbycraft copper 'K' (here in gold) in some cute fairy lights from Matalan.


Opposite side of the shelf is my faux IKEA plant and even more fairy lights.


I actually hung this up in October, shh. No-one needs to know. This porcelain Christmas hanging dec with two fabulous jingly bells is from Matalan for a cheerful £4.


And lastly, my bed! Nothing too festive here, but I like that my cushion collection is fairly wintry with its pale shades - lots of grey, lilac, and blush pinks. My cushions are mostly from Sainsburys, B&M, TKMaxx, and IKEA.


Kate

First frost & Christmas vinyl

Monday, 6 November 2017


Hi!

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.

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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).

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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.


Kate

Christmas gift wrap ideas

Saturday, 4 November 2017

Hi!

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.

Enjoy!


 1. Traditional red 'n green: 


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 2. Metallic starry night: 


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 3. Festive veggies: 


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