Friday, 21 November 2014

The Pillow Fort Magazine Article

Hey guys! Just a quick post to say I hope you enjoyed my last video, and I'm going to be uploading another one this Sunday, so you can look forward to that.

I recently wrote an article for The Pillow Magazine and I figured some of you might like to check it out. This bi-monthly magazine is an online publication written by and for young people living with chronic, long-term illnesses. It's amazingly positive and upbeat (and has some great recipes in it!) and I'm so pleased that I get to be a part of it.

Some of you might not know that I suffer from a couple of illnesses - I'm fairly open about it, but if it doesn't come up, it doesn't come up. I'm more or less okay as long as I take a lot of tablets to keep things under control, but it's nice to be a part of a community that is so friendly and inspiring when I'm having a particularly bad day, or being able to cheer people up when they're having their own down moments. The article I contributed this month is called 'Illness and The Working Girl' and it discusses the issues that can arise when communicating with employers regarding long-term illnesses and the adaptations that can be made to make like easier all around.

You can check out the issue here if you fancy it! 

The Pillow Fort Magazine Issue 5

Thanks for reading and I'll see you all again on Sunday ;)

- Natalie XOXO

Monday, 17 November 2014

Video: November Favourites

I finally made a new video! See below. I apologise that it's like, 6 months or so later than planned. I have no good excuse. 

- Natalie XOXO

Friday, 7 November 2014

New Look Winter Collection 2014 - Top Picks

Hey all! It's been a while since I did a post that was 100% fashion focused, sorry about that. I was in the always trusty New Look the other day and they have some great new stuff in for Autumn/Winter. It's probably not all new really, but hey, I don't get out much! Working 9-5 has it's major downsides in terms of quality shopping time, and every weekend I've had off lately has been devoted to getting on top of writing, family time and exploring some cool local places. Anyway, I digress. This is just a collection of some pieces that I'm looking forward to getting my hands on:

Black Bardot Neck 1/2 Sleeve Top - £12.99
I am ALL about the Bardot Neck top. I quite like my shoulders and neck, so I'm thrilled that this top has such a nice flattering cut whilst still being work appropriate, especially with a bright coloured vest top underneath with wide straps.

Tenki Burgundy Bird Print Tunic Dress - £28.00
 This is so cute! It comes in red and blue, and I really like the delicate print. Also, in case you can't tell I'm rather into the whole 3/4 sleeve thing. They're just really nice, and great for days when it's kind of chilly but not cold enough indoors for a full sleeve.

Black I'm So Fancy Top - £7.99
I should really preface this by saying I am not a fan of Iggy Azalea, or her somewhat problematic opinions and lyrics, but damn if this song isn't the catchiest thing I've ever heard. Even just seeing this top got it stuck in my head again, so I think this is a great investment for me. Yep. I don't even care.

Black Jacquard Aztec Print Mini Skirt - £19.99
This is a very strangely named skirt, but I really like it anyway. Patterned, tailored mini skirts are so easy to wear, just thrown on with a blouse and some tights and it looks so put together. This is such a cute pattern as well, with the royal blue really making it pop. 

Black On Wednesdays We Wear Pink Top - £9.99
I don't know what I like more about this - the mean girls reference, or the fact that I would mostly only ever be wearing it on casual fridays or the weekend. Either way, I need it and I need it like yesterday, in a completely non-ironic way. 

Silver Diamante Caged Heels - £27.99
These are so perfect and I am torn between being super annoyed that they weren't around three months ago when I wanted small silver heels for my graduation ceremony. Still, I have completely got my eye on these for the Christmas party. What do you mean, do I have a dress yet? Of course I don't. It's perfectly normal to have shoes chosen out before the rest of an outfit, right?

Do you have any items that you've got your eye on lately, from New Look or otherwise? What has everybody been up to this week so far? Let me know below!

- Natalie XOXO

Monday, 3 November 2014

November Goals

Okay, hands up - who still can't quite believe that we're officially in November already? This year has gone by so fast, and July is already seeming like a far off memory. Hell, October is too at this rate. 

It might be because my October was just so full of stuff. I started a new job, had to deal with some health issues, and spent quite a bit of time helping a friend through a crisis, which involved her coming to stay for a few weeks. My partner also started a new job, and I'm honestly starting to feel like the last time I really sat down and relaxed was somewhere around mid-August. So with that in mind, I've got some goals for this month that I'd really like to try and achieve: 

  • RELAX - I need time to recharge. Sitting at home on the sofa with a fluffy blanket, a kitten and a cuppa is probably one of life's greatest pleasures in my opinion, so i'm damn well going to make more time for this. 
  • CREATE - I've been seriously neglecting at least three different craft projects since about June. Whoops? This month I'm going to pick up my knitting again for my patchwork blanket project, and hopefully complete my framing and decorating for the gallery wall i'm hoping to put up in our living room. 
  • COMMUNICATE - I am terrible at reaching out to people. I need to learn when to ask for help, when to say no, and when to just sit down and let somebody know that I need something from them. 
  • PREPARE - You know what November means. It's almost Christmas! I'm going to be buying and making decorations, planning Christmas baking, eyeing up advent calendars and Christmas markets, and just generally getting into the spirit of things. 
  • READ - This is a bit more specific - I'm currently re-reading the ASOIAF series, and I'd really like to finish the book I'm currently on before December. I also want to start reading Les Miserables, as I bought it over a month ago and just haven't got around to it yet!

Has November crept up on you too? What are your hopes and goals for the month ahead? I'm thinking of making these monthly goal posts a regular thing, so if you liked it or think it could be better, please let me know below!

- Natalie XOXO