Soundtrack of my life tag

Thursday, 26 January 2017


Hi!

I pinched this tag from Missing Wanderer because it looks like a lot of fun, so here goes...

P.S. I've edited the post so all the songs are now linked!

Songs you listen to when you're happy?
Pretty much every song off the Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack. It's one of my faves - I especially love Hooked on a Feeling by Blue Swede, Spirit in the Sky by Normal Greenbaum, Escape by Rupert Holmes, and Ain't No Mountain High Enough by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell. The happiest soundtrack on earth.

Songs you listen to when you're sad?
I don't really listen to music when I'm sad.

Songs you listen to when you're angry?
Two songs come to mind - Hold Up by Beyoncé and Beast by Nico Vega.

What songs do you dance around the house to?

What songs will you have at your wedding?
Kings of the Wild Frontier by Adam & the Ants, Ceremony by New Order, and basically every other song off the Marie Antoinette soundtrack.

Song you play on your headphones when out and about?
Bit of everything, really. Listening to Ed Sheeran's Shape of You a lot recently though, so I'll say that.


Song that makes you lose your shit at a party?

Anything by Nicki Minaj.

The last song you listened to?

Your karaoke song?
Never done karaoke in my life, but if I did I'd choose The Downeaster 'Alexa' by Billy Joel because it's such a belter.

Songs with the most memories attached?
All the songs off the album Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not by Arctic Monkeys mean a lot to me. They remind me of car journeys with my dad when I was younger. He listened to that album so often I learnt all the words to every song and I still know them. Red Light Indicates Doors Are Secured was, and still is, my fave.

Song that makes you cry?

Favourite song from a musical?

Song you hate the most?
Can't think of any off the top of my head to be honest!

Your favourite song of all time?
This is tough. I think it's Red Rain by The White Stripes or Strangers by The Kinks.

Let me know if you've done this tag too or are planning to.


Kate

Backpacks & hardbacks

Tuesday, 24 January 2017

The title of this post makes me so happy. When words just go so well together it's like... ahhhh. 🤓

I've wanted to blog about some recent purchases for a while now. I've not been able to find time to photograph the items in natural light because I've been working a lot recently and when I finish work it's dark (h8 u winter), and so photos don't turn out very well (plus I've never got any energy).

So here I am, finally blogging about two very exciting products - a navy Fjällräven Kånken mini backpack, and The Kinfolk Home by Nathan Williams.


I've wanted a Kånken for ages now. Not going to lie, I was definitely influenced by the whole "art hoe" aesthetic that has taken over Tumblr (all the cool kids have a Kånken don't ya know). They just look so cute and practical and they come in so many colours, but the price didn't half put me off. I just couldn't imagine spending £60+ on a bag, and I couldn't stop thinking how on earth these Tumblr kids - who are usually in their early teens - could afford one. I have a well-paying job and the price still made me cringe, but after thinking about it for a long time I decided I'd hunt one down on eBay. Got this beauty with around £10-£20 off.

I liked the idea of getting the mini because I don't carry much around with me to justify getting the classic size (although a week after getting the mini I did in fact end up ordering a classic sized one too, whoops haha). Turns out eBay has quite a few Kånken minis on offer, which worked well for me. I snagged this navy one because I thought it'd go well with my wardrobe in both summer and winter.

On the front pocket I have three lil pins - the blue tit is from the RSPB, the pink heart is from Cancer Research UK, and the Jon Snowcone (ha) was a Christmas present from a friend. You can find it at MightyPop (they have an amazing Ramsay Snow one!!!)

If you're looking to buy a Kånken, search eBay for 'Fjallraven Kanken' or visit the official website.


This beast of a book was another eBay find. When I started learning about the slow/simple living movement last year, this book was talked about all the time, but again, because I'm a bit of a cheapskate, the price put me off for a while. It's an expensive buy (if you're buying from somewhere like Waterstones for example), but after actually holding it in my hands I can understand why. It's a mighty ol' book and so, so quality. Everything about it is so beautiful I gasped a bit when I unwrapped it. I managed to find this with a good chunk of money off which I was so chuffed with especially because it was brand new.

It's lovely to flick through when you're feeling a bit overwhelmed. Search eBay for 'Kinfolk Home' or find it here on Amazon.

Moral of the story: buy everything off eBay and save yourself a ton of money.


Kate

#WomensMarch

Sunday, 22 January 2017

Here are some of my favourite photos from yesterday's worldwide Women's March. More behind the cut.

Via: daraoke





Bold contemporary art by Anna Kövecses

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

I love Anna Kövecses' artwork because it features what I love the most in art - simple, soft, graphic shapes, and vibrant, eye-catching colours. I find her paintings and drawings very playful and youthful. They make my soul very happy. I think that's why I love abstract and modern art the most because you can play with colour and shapes in so many different ways, evoking a wide range of different feelings, thoughts, and opinions. I love graphic design as well (visit my dedicated Pinterest board), so Anna's art to me is the perfect fusion.

I wanted to feature a couple of her works here, all taken from her vivid Tumblr page. You can also view many more of the Hungarian artist's work on Behance.

All artwork is copyright © Anna Kövecses


Kate

Showcase: plant pots

Monday, 16 January 2017

First showcase of 2017! 🎉

Today I'm showcasing ten plant pots I've found on many wonderful ethical and independent shops on the world wide web. The products below are all varying in price, size, colour, and material. Have a scroll and see if anything catches your eye.

Particularly loving the smiley plant pot duo from HUS & HEM third from the bottom.













Kate

... and Where to Find Them

Sunday, 15 January 2017


Hi!

Happy Sunday once again. 

We saw Fantastic Beasts this morning - it was a great film, very captivating, and it was really nice to revisit the wizarding world. It's been too long. I'd also quite like my own real pet Niffler, but I guess I'd settle for this.

Speaking of the wizarding world, we finally booked tickets for the Warner Bros. Studio Tour. I mentioned it in this post that I was hinting to go, and it turns out my mum and step-dad were totally up for it too, so it's all booked and sorted. Already thinking about what I'm going to pick up from the gift shop - I'm definitely getting Newt's vintage Hufflepuff scarf, lots of chocolate frogs, and possibly a wand.

Here's some pictures from my last visit:


A little sad I won't get to see the model of Hogwarts in snow, but there's always next winter. Can't wait to see the Hogwarts Express which is the latest addition to the tour.

Apologies if I waffle on about Harry Potter a lot from now until April but I've become obsessed since watching all 8 films consecutively over Christmas. I don't think I'd ever watched them all together before and doing so just reignited my love for them. Big time.

Hufflepuffs unite! 💛


Kate

Golden Slumbers bath bomb from Lush

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

That glitter though.

Say hello to the golden glittery goodness that is the Golden Slumbers bath bomb.
A sleeping potion in your bath, the calming oils in here will calm restless minds and send you on your way to heavenly sleep. With lavender oil, lavender absolute, chamomile oil and neroli to gently lift your mood just higher than the clouds and off into dreamland.
This is a beautiful bath bomb. It is chock-full of glitter to the point where it actually sticks to you for hours after, which has not been the case for me with other glittery bath bombs. This one is beyond glittery. You will look like a mirrorball. I made the mistake of washing my face in the bath and looking like I'd face-planted a craft corner, which may be the look you're going for, but at 4pm in the afternoon I have to say for me it was a tad too much. But glitter is fun so who's complaining?

This bath bomb would be amazing to use if you're going on a night out. Stuff expensive body shimmer powder, just have a bath with this - it does the same job and it's relaxing (but I would be cautious because lavender and chamomile oils make you reeeeaaaaally sleepy - perhaps break it up and use half at a time?).


To top the bath off, I crumbled some Bling Crosby in (mentioned and pictured here) which is more citrus-y with a hint of patchouli. They mixed well. Bling Crosby was a kitchen exclusive bubble bar so there's no link to it on the website, but, Karma is pretty much the same thing. They both have patchouli and orange oil in them so they smell almost identical and are both glittery bubble bars.

Fun fact: after I'd taken these photos, I hopped in the bath, my phone balancing precariously on the side of the tub, and the next thing you know - plop. It's in the water, my brain is like "IS THIS REAL LIFE?" because for a hot second I thought I was hallucinating (I've never dropped my phone in water before and I genuinely never thought I'd be stupid enough to do it) but nope, it was for real submerged, but luckily I managed to rescue it really quickly, let it rest in rice for 24 hours, and now it seems to be working again. I've got some water damage to the screen but I can live with that. I'm keeping every part of my body crossed in the hope it doesn't explode in my face one day.

Happy Wednesday!

Unwinding

Sunday, 8 January 2017


Hi!

Happy Sunday, everyone. I'm so grateful to have today off - I've had one hell of a first week back at work after Christmas. Yesterday was an absolute monster of a day, so I'm loving doing absolutely nothing on this dull grey Sunday, catching up with Brooklyn Nine-Nine season 4 and chilling in my pyjamas.

I recently booked a week off over my birthday (beginning of March) which I'm looking forward to. I don't have anything special planned for that week, but I do have something in mind for April - I've been heavily hinting to my mum about going to the Harry Potter studios since there's a coach trip heading there on the 1st and it picks up in my hometown. I've been before back when I was in college, but now they have the Hogwarts Express which I neeeeeed to see. Hopefully we'll have that booked soon.

I picked up the latest issue of The Simple Things a few days ago. Is 'hygge' still hip and cool? To be honest I thought the trend had been left behind in 2016. I've heard the new thing is 'lagom' which is another Scandi term which basically translates to 'enough', 'sufficient', 'in balance', and 'just right'. You can read more about lagom and how to "be" it here.

I don't have much else to report unfortunately, I've so been busy with work I haven't had the time (or energy) to be on social media that much (apart from Twitter, I'm always on Twitter) so apologies for being quiet. I thought I'd start the new year with my head practically overflowing with blog post ideas but it's been the opposite. I'll try and get some posts scheduled soon when I've readjusted to work.

Have a wonderfully relaxing day.


Kate

Wednesday wish list #8

Wednesday, 4 January 2017


I'm hoping to bring Wednesday wish lists back as an actual weekly (or fortnightly) thing again this year. I'm quite busy with work this month so I'll try my best to get as many out as I can.

Especially loving the hemp bag and Tom Pigeon print in this WWL. Happy shopping!


Kate

Glittery bubble bars & a visit to IKEA

Tuesday, 3 January 2017


Hi!

I'm starting off this post with the Bling Crosby bubble bar. I ordered this online from the Lush Kitchen on Christmas Day. This bubble bar reminds me so much of Sparkly Pumpkin because of the scent and the fact it's absolutely lathered in glitter (which I used to hate and now love). I used a chunk of this with the Fizzbanger bath bomb and it created the most glorious, citrusy, patchouli-scented soak. If it ever crops up on the Lush Kitchen again, make sure to grab one before they go.

In other news, I went to IKEA yesterday. Why is IKEA so addictive? It makes me want to buy every single storage solution they have. Boxes, compartments, dividers, drawers, shelves, racks... I want it all, and I don't care that I don't have the space. I need all the tiny storage.

I picked up a tablet stand, mattress topper, cushion cover, and a pack of shoe boxes. So boring, I know. I then ended up going to Matalan afterwards and buying a much-needed new duvet and some unnecessary clothing purchases (this top and pair of joggers, shh, no-one needs to know).

I spent too much money yesterday so I'm very much looking forward to going back to work tomorrow and not going shopping every other day out of boredom. Also secretly relieved the Christmas period is over, even though I spent every day from the end of September obsessing over it. I've learnt you can't be too Christmassy too early otherwise the hype dies down real fast. So yeah, it sucks getting back to reality but at the same time I can't wait for all the things to come.

Hope you all had a chill New Year. On NYE I fell asleep at around ten and was woken up at midnight by my neighbour's fireworks, but I didn't mind. It was nice to see the clock turn and wave goodbye to 2016.


Kate
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