Friday, 26 September 2014

Life with Arya

If you follow me on instagram or twitter, you'll probably have seen lately that my partner and I have adopted a kitten! Her name is Arya and she's 9 weeks old, and her interests include chasing conkers around the kitchen floor, licking people's noses when they're not expecting it, and climbing the curtains. She definitely gives her adventurous Game of Thrones namesake a run for her money with the amount of exploring and mischief she gets up to. I'm in love. 

Oh right, and her ears are enormous. Honestly, it was a toss up between 'Arya' or 'Dumbo' ;)
One thing I've learned since getting her though, is as much as I love having her around, she really makes a difference to my daily routine. Here are just some of the differences I've noticed...

BA (‘Before Arya’)

Waking Up – Being awoken nice and gently by the alarm on my phone, checking my emails in bed, before getting up, putting my slippers on and heading into the bathroom.
Waking Up – Being licked on the eye by a hungry kitten who has decided I’ve slept long enough and it’s now feeding time, as well as deciding that my slippers are the most fun toy ever.  
Getting Washed – Closing the bathroom door, running the sink taps and choosing a product or two to use in order to wake up fully and get clean for the day ahead.
Getting Washed – closing the bathroom door for three seconds before the kitten wants to know why she’s not allowed in, then letting her in just so she can fall into the sink and get wet, then cry about being wet.
Putting on Clothes – Selecting appropriate clothes for the work or leisure day, not taking any notice of what sort of fastenings or dangly bits they have.
Putting on Clothes – Trying to convince the kitten that zips, laces, buttons, jangly earrings and feathers are not toys, no matter how much they might sound and look like them.
Getting home from work – Checking emails, watching some TV, making dinner, maybe chilling out with a movie and some snacks.
Getting home from work - Greeted by the most excited, loving ball of fluff ever, 100% ready to cuddle massively and play after spending most of the day with John and/or sleeping.
Shopping – Looking for essentials for the house, shopping around for little bits and pieces that I want or John wants, occasionally indulging in something nice for myself.
Shopping – ‘Oh wouldn’t she love that toy?’ ‘We have to get this scratching post’ ‘Don’t you think she needs a new collar? It’d look so pretty’ ‘Maybe she needs teething toys?’

She's a pain sometimes, but she's our pain, and I'm so excited we have her. We are both such cat people, and it's nice to have one around the house again after several years with no pets. She's really helped us feel like our new house is more of a home.

- Natalie XOX

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Choosing Stylish Glasses: A Practical Guide

It's coming around to that time again. I seem to be getting more headaches than usual, my vision is getting blurry around the edges, and my messed up depth perception has me walking into the sofa every single morning when I wake up for work. Yep, I think it's time for me to get my ass down to the opticians and start thinking about getting some new glasses.

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Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Guest Blogger: Perfect Wedding Guest Outfits

 Hey guys! Last week I was contacted by Ann Harris, who blogs at BeautyMakeupOnline, who asked if I was interested in her writing a guest post for me. I, of course, said yes, and today she has written a little for us on some tips for choosing the best outfit when attending a wedding, something that can often be difficult to get exactly right. I apologise for my recent absence, I recently got a new job and have been quite busy lately, but I will hopefully be around quite a bit more from now!

-Natalie XOXO

Perfect Wedding Guest Outfits

The great thing about going to a wedding as a guest is not having the direct responsibility for anything. Being a wedding invitee can be compared to being a grandchild - you can do almost whatever you want! And you know still that people around you will take care that you are having a good time during the reception.

However relaxed the participation in a wedding can be, it is still important that you dress up nicely, even if you do not practice that in your everyday life. It is true that you do not have to wear a tuxedo and overshadow the groom, but some degree of an elegant outfit is necessary. It is not because of you, but by wearing nice clothes, you express your respect for the people who have invited you. That is why you should go and look for the most appropriate outfit for their special day.

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