Violet Daffodils

Sunday, 14 January 2018

January Blues

January blues are the worst. There I said it. After all the excitement of Christmas and New Year has died down, there comes a moment shortly afterwards where all the festivities settle down and everything just seems a bit 'meh'. The weather is cold, dreary and miserable which just leaves some of us feeling a bit flat. We keep our spirits and motivation up by planning our goals for the year as something to strive towards and ignite that spark inside us again and begin to utilise these plans as soon as possible. We also reflect on the past year and the goals we had set for ourselves and assess ourselves at to why they did or didn't get fulfilled.

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Monday, 8 January 2018

10 Highlights Of 2017

Hello everyone & happy 2018!
Hope you all had a lovely time celebrating the new year. What did you get up to on New Year's Eve? Mine was spent with my boyfriend and our great friends, awesome tunes blasting in the background and having lots of laughs, just how I like it! For me, 2017 for the most part brought me so much happiness but it also came with a few unfortunate low points towards the end which sadly has continued into 2018 too. However, despite all of that I want to pursue 2018 with an incredible amount of positivity. So to begin with this positivity, I thought I'd share with you my personal highlights of 2017 which provided so many joyous, positive and surreal moments so I hope you enjoy reading them. Let's begin:

1. Visiting New York over New Year & seeing the fireworks display over the Statue of Liberty. Read more about this here.

2. Officially ticked iceskating at the Rockafeller Centre/seeing the giant Christmas tree at the Rockafeller Centre in New York off my bucket list. Read more about this trip here.

3. Grew deeper friendships on the group holiday to Mojacar in June.


4. Having the most incredible, amazing holiday in Santorini with my other half & getting to see the 3 blue dome churches in real life (will post this holiday up very soon!).

5. Turning 25 whilst in Santorini & celebrating by being on a sunset boat cruise. An amazing present from my other half.

6. Saw Take That, Liam Gallagher & Phil Collins live in concert.

7. Had a lovely, spontaneous trip to Edinburgh with the gang in October.

8. Had a relaxing getaway with my boyfriend at the KP lodge.

9. Got a puppy! Welcomed the adorable little Luna into our home. Read all about her here.10. Spent the holidays surrounded by my wonderful family and loved ones. 


Thanks for reading! What were your highlights of 2017?
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Saturday, 30 December 2017

What I Got For Christmas 2017

Hello everyone & happy new year!
Hope you all had a good one! I've always wanted to do one of these posts as I personally really enjoy reading other people's posts and watching youtube videos of them too. I've even had one drafted up from 2015 myself, which I never got round to posting in time -typical! However I was determined this year to finally share with you all what I got for Christmas. A few of the items I had bought myself and told my family to wrap them up for me so I could open them on Christmas Day haha and some I treated myself after Christmas but thought I'd include anyway. Aside from that I have been completely spoiled rotten! I am eternally grateful to my family, boyfriend and loved ones for these incredible gifts. I know it goes without saying that this post is in no way me trying to brag about what I received. This is a way for me to show even more, my gratitude and appreciation to my loved ones for these amazing gifts and it may even inspire some of you with ideas for gift ideas for your loved ones for throughout the year too. So I hope you enjoy!
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Monday, 18 December 2017

We Got A Puppy!

Hello everyone & welcome back to my blog!
I have some very exciting news for you all! We got a puppy! Meet our adorable little Luna. How cute is her little face please?! After originally all of us thinking my dad was joking about getting a dog, I can't believe it has been over 2 weeks already since Luna graced her adorable presence in our home!
I thought it would be cute to make a little series on my blog of little pup-dates every now and again to show how she's been getting on, how she looks after so many weeks, etc. I think it would be really sweet to look back on over time and see what has changed and what has stayed the same. So here is the first instalment and hope you all enjoy reading!

Personality
Let's begin. I love how even as a puppy I can already see elements of her personality come through. Obviously she's very curious as is standard with puppies, she loves sniffing around and feeling around different materials and textures with her paws. She's fascinated by the outdoors when we've taken her out in the garden. She likes trying to pick up little twigs already, I can tell when she's older she'll be that dog that rocks up with a giant stick in her mouth wanting to play fetch haha. She's a gentle soul and very laid-back, she very rarely barks or makes much noise unless she's barking at her toys, she wants something, running around the garden or if she's sleeping haha.
She's also on the very odd occasion got a mischievous side when she's full energy mode where she'll occasional pinch one of my dad's slippers or tries to play fight with you but for the most part she's very obedient already when retrieving objects from her mouth and listening to when she's not allowed to do something but for the most part she's quite calm as opposed to her being boisterous like I thought she might have been.
She's also surprisingly independent for only being almost 10 weeks old. She loves doing her own thing and I find I can usually have a quick wander to another room shutting the door behind me and she just plays with her toys peacefully.
Small recap: Curious, Gentle, Laid-Back, Independent and occasionally Mischievous.

Sleeping
Sleep wise, apart from the first night where she slept 4 hours, she has slept all through the night every single night since which is amazing so early on. Even those 4 hours the first night she wasn't howling the place down or whining etc either which I'd been warned about well in advance and even been prepared with earplugs at the ready haha! I have been pleasantly surprised by how well Luna has settled in already. She sleeps next door to me in my parent's room so I was expecting her to cause absolutely chaos but she has been really chilled out. One of my absolute favourite things is when she's feeling tired and if I'm already sitting on the floor with her, she comes over and plonks herself into my lap, cuddles herself in and falls asleep. Dog snores = cutest sound ever. And she'll quite happily snuggle into my lap for a cuddle or lay by my feet whilst I'm doing my work. Melts my heart!

I was also surprised by how much puppies slept. Might sound naive but I always had the assumption that puppies were full of energy 24/7 and hardly slept. She sleeps a lot and her energy peaks and troughs where she's suddenly this huge bundle of energy and then she's zonked out for hours after. Especially when she's in the garden, she comes in and ends up completely tuckered out. Sometimes she can be quite energetic where she happily plays with her toys, then other times she's peaked and she's darting around all over the living room or the garden like a Luna-tic -see what I did there? I know. Terrible pun.

Potty Training
This one was my biggest concern as I'm not the most patient person in the world. As predicted she had accidents the first couple days which I was mentally prepared for and I was worried at the start of the week we brought her home as she didn't really take to the puppy pads much at all, she'd either run off with them or lie down and try to chew them haha. But since we started taking her outside to do her biz instead after 3 days of her being with us it has been so much better and accidents have been virtually none existant. And in turn has helped to ease my frustrations over it. She's caught on already to go to the door to be let outside when she needs to go which is brilliant. Never thought I'd find dog's biz something I'd be happy over haha. But we do still have a few puppy pads in place as a back up which funnily enough she has started to understand to use them properly. Hooray!

Eating
As I recently discovered with labradors, I was told they are a greedy breed of dog but she's not tried her luck yet or been sat begging whilst we're having our dinners. There was the first full day with us on the evening where she didn't eat one of her meals much but turns out this was normal and she soon enough was scoffing her meals every day since. One of the cutest things is sometimes after she's finished her food she looks up and she still has some leftovers on the end of her nose. So cute! She also began the first few days with a habit of drinking from her water bowl and then dipping her left paw into the water haha. No idea why she did this. Any dog owners/ dog experts who know the answer to this one?

Toys
For toys, I tried not to go too crazy for the beginning so I'd bought her a pink/lilac soft rabbit, a pack of 3 brightly coloured tennis balls, a rope toy & a rubber toy both in a shape of a bone, another rope toy in a shape of a teddy bear, a multi textured monkey and caterpillar. When I bought them, the tags listed what those toys were good for; e.g. sensory development, teething etc. which I thought was incredibly handy for a noob like me. She also has two of my recycled plush toys that I never had a use for which are an orange Yoshi I'd got in a subscription box and a lion I'd bought from Tiger a year ago. I've seen a few more suggestions online for different toys to get so I'm sure they will be added in due course haha, but for the moment she's very content.
Very recently, when we have been in the garden, she has started to understand the basics of playing fetch too. She doesn't quite drop the ball into my hands yet but she drops it next to my feet which is close enough for now haha. The second she finds the tennis ball when we're in the garden, she picks it up and looks at me with those big brown eyes as if to say "Can we play fetch please?" - So sweet!

Things I Love So Far (8-10 weeks)

*Being able to pick her up. She's so small and it makes me emotional thinking that one day she'll never be this small enough to pick up again. I'm making the most of it!

*Snuggling into my lap when she's tired. Again very similar to above, she's the perfect size to cuddle into at the moment.

*Her little face. She's got such a small little head and she sometimes just sits up and looks at you with her big brown eyes and it melts my heart so much.

*When she snores. As previously mentioned: Cutest. Sound. Ever. 

*Coming home and knowing she's there to greet me with her tail wagging.

*When she falls sleep next to me. Whether that's at my feet when I'm sat at the desk (current situation) or when I've been sitting/lying on the floor with her and she cuddles up to my legs for a snooze. 

*Opening my arms wide at her and watching her run towards me with her ears flopping about.

*When she's scoffed her food and she gets some of it on the end of her nose.

*How excited she gets when she receives praise.

*When she grumbles at her reflection in the glass kitchen door thinking its another dog.

Hope you enjoyed the cuteness overload in this post & as always, thanks for reading!
Feel free to share any tips or advice on looking after a new pooch below, I'm all ears! :)
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Thursday, 7 December 2017

10 Things I Loved In November

1. Being able to bring out my favourite autumnal pieces like this incredibly comfy M&S jumper, my tartan scarf I spent months searching for last year and this adorable beanie. View the full outfit in this post.
2. Beautiful sunsets like this one that fill the sky with gorgeous pink, orange and purple hues.
3. Jumping around like a lunatic and belting out my favourite Oasis songs at Liam Gallagher's As You Were concert.
4. Drinking my body weight in hot chocolate. With whipped cream, marshmallows and sprinkles of course!
5. Feeling super cosy all wrapped up in my duvet.
6. Saturday nights in playing on my Xbox & scoffing Domino's pizza.
I've been borderline obsessed with LEGO Jurassic World. It's definitely up on my list of favourite games I've played this year. I love when a game excites you & gives you that eagerness to play it every chance you get!
7. Getting my paws on the adorable items from the latest Disney X Cath Kidston collaboration.
(Mickey Mouse Umbrella, Mickey & Minnie Jersey Top & Leggings).
 8. Spending time with friends and loved ones. Celebrating my Mam's birthday with her watching John Bishop live, meals out with the other half & also my fave girls, having cocktails and catch ups.
9. Animal Crossing Pocket Camp finally being released! This has become my latest craze towards the end of this month & will continue to do so for a long time I'm sure. Read my first impressions in this post.
10.  Enjoying quality time with my other half at the wonderful KP Lodge. So relaxing! 

What did you love about November?

Thanks for reading!


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Thursday, 30 November 2017

Liam Gallagher's As You Were Tour

Hello everyone & welcome back!
Earlier this month I was fortunate enough to get my hands on tickets to see the incredibly popular Liam Gallagher at the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle. I was highly anticipating this gig the second I received the email advertisement in my inbox and even more so after finding out he'd be also be playing many Oasis hits. Being a huge Oasis fan from a young age, I'd been lucky enough to see them at the Stadium of Light when they toured back in 2009 so I couldn't wait to relive those memories all over again for the As You Were tour.
The set list there was good mix of old and new and as predicted the gig was incredible and the atmosphere was fantastic! All the die hard fans belting out the classics at the top of their lungs and jumping around like lunatics to the iconic guitar and drum riffs (self included), the excitement from the crowd having one of their favourite musical icons on their home turf was contagious and I loved every single second of it!

Set List:
Rock 'N' Roll Star | Morning Glory | Greedy Soul | Wall Of Glass | For What It's Worth | BoldPaper Crown |  Some Might Say | Slide Away | Outta Time | Come Back To Me | Better Run | Cigarettes and Alcohol | Be Here Now 

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Encore:
Supersonic | All I Need | Live Forever

Did you go to the gig? Let me know your thoughts in the comments & as always, thanks for reading! <3
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Sunday, 26 November 2017

Animal Crossing Pocket Camp: First Impressions & Gameplay

Hello everyone and welcome back to my blog!
You may have recently seen that a few days ago Nintendo released their brand new social simulation mobile game Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp that is free to play for IOS and Android devices. As someone who loves Animal Crossing from having played it back in the old GameCube days to Wild World to still frequently playing both New Leaf & Happy Home Designer. After seeing the trailer for it last month, I was incredibly excited to embark on a new adventure with Pocket Camp and to see what it has to offer.
Now I'm usually not one for playing many mobile games, Pokemon Go was about as far as I've gone, unless it's a game series that I hold dear I usually don't bother with them but since Animal Crossing is such a huge favourite of mine, I was highly anticipating it's release.
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Saturday, 11 November 2017

Autumn Rambles

 Hello everyone and welcome back!
Hope you are all having a great November so far. I still can't believe how quickly the year has gone! Having a slight panic that I will need to start planning my Christmas shopping out shortly. I have bought one present so far, so that's a start right? Fortunately I have a Pinterest board of gift ideas that I've accumulated with pins of present ideas over this past year so finding presents should hopefully be easy enough once I actually sit myself down properly and go through it. Fingers crossed! How are you all getting on with your Christmas shopping? Let me know in the comments :)

Blogging & editing
I had been very frustrated with my blog this year, purely because I find editing photographs very time consuming and I don't always have the time and motivation for it. I'd been on the look out for a quick and easy editing software or website that allows me to quickly adjust the odd setting here and there as I find Photoshop doesn't make my images look how I want them to and again don't really have the time to watch hours and hours of tutorials. I was looking for a software that was similar to the settings of Instagram, the odd slide here and the odd slide there and post out. Sorted! 

Eventually I have stumbled upon Picmonkey which I heard of whilst listening to a podcast recently and after scoping it out I am thrilled that it fits the criteria I was looking for so I can make quick and easy edits for my blog photos now so I can hopefully get content out much quicker! Hooray! I realise I have joined this Picmonkey party years late as bloggers used this years and years ago but either way I'm happy now! 

Autumnal favourites & playing video games
Although I consider myself a summer lover, I do enjoy this time of year. I love seeing the sunlight hit off the vibrant green, orange and red leaves on the trees. The gorgeous sunsets that look like someone painted the sky. Belting out my favourite songs whilst driving through the countryside and of course stopping off for a cheese scone or two and drinking copious amounts of hot chocolate. Whilst spending my evenings with loved ones before finishing the night off playing xbox games.

I've recently got back into playing video games, after finally getting a new TV as my old one was kaput. With the Xbox 360 being probably considered 'old' in this technological day and age, especially with the Xbox One X just being announced too, it's the perfect time for me as I can score  preowned versions and save a ton of money. Although there is a couple of games for the Xbox One I am itching to play, for the moment I am enjoying playing the preowned games I've just bought and  revisiting ones I'd started playing when I was in my second year at university (5 years ago, holy cow!) that I never got round to finishing. Now my nights aren't spent wondering what I should do with myself whilst trawling the internet aimlessly. Oh how I've missed the excitement of playing a new video game!

Hat: Topshop , Scarf: River Island, Jumper: Marks & Spencer, Jeans: Topshop, Boots: Matalan.

My Autumnal wardrobe
I find it amusing this time of year when I dig out my autumnal wardrobe because of how different my autumn/winter style (if you can call it that) has evolved over the years. For one, I was never a jeans kind of girl. I had one pair of jeans which I occasionally wore if I was going to art class or painting at university etc. until I was about 18 and only just threw them away this year at 25 year old. Back in the day I'd just wear tights with a floral dress with a coat thrown over the top. Or even bare legs! I can imagine my Gran's facial expressions of utter shock now haha! Love you Gran! Fast forward to now and I can't seem to stop wearing jeans. I've hardly worn anything else! Funny how this happens.

Most likely because I find them so easy to throw on. The same goes for jumpers too, I think they have started to slowly take over my wardrobe one by one. I know I'll get to spring/summer and wonder where the hell my cute floral dresses have disappeared to. I never used to enjoy dressing for autumn/winter as the clothes I had always felt like they were unflattering and trying to swallow me whole but now I'm starting to enjoy it more.

I think this is due to finally finding key pieces that I love to wear repeatedly like this cute pom pom beanie I picked up last year before I went to New York, or these black boots I went back out to purchase after originally buying the same style in brown a few weeks before (haha!) and the tartan scarf I spent the majority of autumn 2014 trying to find one that had soft material and bright colours or this incredibly soft jumper that I enjoy throwing on as it gets colder.

I've also been trying to incorporate older pieces into my autumn/winter wardrobe again like this beloved denim and shearling jacket (hello double denim!) and a few other coats, as well as my leather gloves which usually lurk at the back of one of my drawers, to get more wear out of them. I've also got some new additions to add which are; the black version of this cream jumper, the burgundy version of this pom pom beanie and some black sock boots. I finally feel excitement about dressing for the colder months! 

Anyway enough of my ramblings for today, thank you so much for reading!
 Let me know below how far you've gotten with your Christmas shopping and what your favourite autumn/winter pieces you like to wear this time of year or got your eye on for this year, I'd love to read your thoughts :)
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Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Bringing Memories To Life With Printiki


Hello everyone and welcome back to my blog!
At the start of the year I mentioned to you all my goals for 2017, one of which was to print off photographs as I was wanting to get back into the habit of doing so. So when Printiki kindly got in touch with me to review their products and service I naturally jumped at the chance to collaborate with a highly recommended brand and service.

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Thursday, 3 August 2017

Outfit Of The Day | Tessuti



Polo Ralph Lauren Oxford Shirt : Tessuti* , Leggings: River Island , Flats: Topshop

Hello everyone and welcome back to my blog!
Hope you are all well. I was recently contacted by the lovely folk over at Tessuti who introduced me to their brand and very kindly asked if I would review one of their products for this site which I jumped at the chance to do so. I must confess I had never actually heard of Tessuti beforehand so I was very intrigued to discover more about who they are but after some research I discovered they are a retailers of designer clothing and accessories for men and women and that they also have a store not that far from where I live too!
After exploring the website I came across this gorgeous shirt from Polo Ralph Lauren, I adore the pale blue shade and the intricate detailing of the logo too, it is such a classic shirt that I know I can wear both casually like I've done above or dress it up more with smart trousers and heels or tucked into a cute skirt and heels. I find this to be a very versatile piece and I'm a sucker for clothing that has a soft and comfortable feel to it so this was a complete winner for me.

I must admit I am newly converted to this website now. Usually I find myself sticking to a very small selection of websites for designer clothing as there are specific ones I trust and now I can honestly say I have added Tessuti to that personal list too. I was recently scouring the site for some gift ideas for potential birthday and christmas presents (yes I like to plan ahead!) and found they have an eclectic variety of designer brands to choose from that are catered to everyone such as Barbour, Calvin Klein, Love Moschino, Melissa, Stone Island, Versus Versace and of course one of my personal favourites, Vivienne Westwood. All of which I know friends and family would love and they have great sale items too. So I am thrilled I was contacted as now I've discovered a new clothing site to spend all my pennies on! Thanks Tessuti!

*This post is in collaboration with Tessuti, all views expressed in this post are my own.
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