Sunday Catch Up #1 - Things I’m currently loving...

Happy Sunday!
 As I type this, my hair is up in a turbie towel having just seen off the above cup of tea, and washed off my Cup O Coffee facemask (that stuff is amazing - I'm going to do a 'products I swear by' post soon). I had the urge to open up my laptop for the first time in ages, and just jot down some little thoughts - this is probably the most relaxed Sunday I've had, and will have, for ages - the calm before the storm if you like - every weekend from now on is filled with wedding prep, as we've now hit the two month mark! (My wedding dress actually arrived yesterday, but I don't have it yet as it needs to be taken in slightly, plus I picked out a veil which now needs to be made!)

Anyway, I digress - I opened up my laptop as I was tidying my 'to do' part of the coffee table and realised I've read 49 out of 50 books for my 25 before 25 - when I see off the next one, I'll do an update post.

We've got a very cosy evening ahead - settling down on the sofa with blankets, eating slow cooked stew and watching Fear The Walking Dead (has anyone seen it?)
Things I’m currently loving:

I found a copper metal wire bin in B&Q and have become obsessed with it for my craft room – I go through a lot of rubbish in there and usually just have a bag propped up against the wall, but I feel I’m reaching the stage where I want a proper bin.  I also want the rainbow drawer set for the craft room, and have begged James for it as an anniversary present. Does that make me a grown up?

No? Well how about the fact that I’ve discovered that bicarbonate of soda makes the best bath cleaner ever? We’ve got a fairly basic bathroom in the flat, and truth be told, it’s never been pleasant to look at (think poor ventilation and mouldy grouting) but I’ve discovered I can at least stop the tub from getting worse by using bicarb – I’ve never seen anything absorb stains like it!

Copper eyeliner – I am by no means a make up fanatic, but got one of those Mac sessions to learn how to do my bridal make up myself. I’m slowly edging myself in and teaching myself how to use the products, but got side tracked a bit by copper eyeliner – I went through as stage of not wearing make up at all, but as I’ve been learning, it’s all been stacking back up! I found a liner in Sephora I fell in love with, but didn’t get it as it was like $15, so found a gorgeous Barry M one for £2.99 when I got back instead! I’m thinking it might be my new staple look!

On that vein, I’ve fallen head over heels for Kiehls skincare. When I went to my make up appointment, the girl pointed out my dry eyes and said I should get an eye cream – she was so right. I’ve been using the avocado eye cream from Kiehls, and their ultra-facial moisturiser and it has changed my skin so much. When I was in the states my skin was so dry that it was flaking off and was painful, but I got this half way through and by the end my skin was amazing – I’m a convert! (Just a shame about the price tag!)

Matcha green tea - I'm not sure if I've felt the health benefits properly, but all I know is I did the TeaPigs challenge, and on the day I forgot to have it, I definitely wasn't as energised as I was before!

If I keep these catch ups up, I feel they'll definitely start becoming a bit more wedding related...

So, what have you been up to this Sunday?


The Mistake I Made - Paula Daly

Oh gosh. This book wasn't what I expected at all! It was good, don't get me wrong, but it just wasn't what I thought it would be!

The book focuses on Roz, a single mother who is trying to make ends meet. It starts off a bit fifty shade of grey-ish, with a rich older man falling in love with her, and then all turns a bit creepy with prostitution and murder and awful tragedy and The book changes direction very quickly - you won't see it coming at all!

This was one that I read in a day - I literally couldn't put it down. I really would recommend it - just brace yourself!

Have you read it? What did you think?

A little bit of a life update – February 2017

Hello again everyone! 
I’m not really sure where I want to take my blog at the moment – work and life is hectic and I’ve found myself neglecting my little space on the internet recently. 
That being said, I do have a lot of book reviews scheduled for the books I binge read over Christmas, so if books are your thing, stay tuned! 
I also have a couple of Maker Focus posts in the pipeline – these are a great way to discover some lovely handmade goodies from some little businesses across the UK – I know they’d really appreciate it if you checked them out – I’m a big fan of the #shopsmall movement (as well as having my own little side hustle in the form of an Etsy!) so keep your eyes peeled for more like this!

I’ve just settled back into the UK after spending some of January across the pond in New Jersey and NYC again – we actually left on Trump’s inauguration day, and it’s crazy to see what has changed in the world since. Although I actually did a politics degree, and have fairly strong views, I’m trying to keep my lil’ old blog a fairly positive place, so I’ll move on from this quite quickly – regardless of your views though,  you’ve got to admit big changes are afoot, and I imagine we’ll end 2017 in a very different place.

Onto more happy things, I’m getting married in less than three months now! I haven’t blogged much about my wedding plans, but it is all booked in, and my weekends for the foreseeable future are full of wedding prep – I may actually share some of my experiences as we’re DIY-ing some of it trying to save costs – it’s not going to be the garden party wedding I imagined as it turns out getting married outside is almost impossible but I am so excited about what we have got planned! We’re also trying to keep costs low as we’re saving for a house – is it bad that every regretful decline isn’t actually that devastating to me? Weddings are expensive yo. (That being said, only three people can’t make it, so not a huge cost saving there ha.)

I promised myself that I would try and shift my focus away from work at the weekends, and try and balance myself more. I’ve got a list of new things I want to try each month, and January’s was yoga. Although I wasn’t around for much of Jan, I managed to join a class in Southampton just at the end of the month, and I think I’ve found my new thing. I left my first session so much calmer and happier than I can remember being in a while, and I’m determined to keep it up. (I did ache immensely the next day, but I’m not sure if it was from the yoga, or pushing a car up a verge, but that’s a different story…)

I think saving for a house is the biggest thing that is playing on my mind – it honestly seems impossible – houses are ridiculous expensive in the south of England, and I don’t want a ‘starter’ house, so I’m setting my sights a bit high. I’d love to relocate somewhere cheaper (I miss Cardiff SO much) and our friends have just moved to Newcastle and they love it, but both mine and James’ connections are down here, not to mention the effect it would have on our careers. I think we should be able to buy in another year or so, so right now I’ll have to fantasize about decorating – the stack of home magazines on the coffee table is getting a little bit high right now. I know for sure I want a grey themed front room, and have been collecting throws and cushions a plenty. We also want a reading nook, and I want a utility craft room where I can solder silver – I can’t exactly do that in our rented flat -  as lovely as our landlady is, I doubt she’d be too impressed if we burnt the place down…

Anyway, that's enough rambling for now.

Things I want to learn this year:
Brush lettering (I didn't do this post photo btw, it was circulating on Insta - if anyone knows who's it is, let me know!)
Playing the piano
Ariel fitness
Stone setting

Have you ever tried any of them?


Strictly Between Us - Jane Fallon

This is very much an addictive chick flick - but not in a happy romance way, more in a cheating husband gets his comeuppance kind of way.

It's really easy to read, and switches perspectives between the main characters quite frequently. You can sort of guess the twists and the endings easily, but that doesn't ruin the book.

In short, Tamsin's best friend's husband has developed a reputation so Tamsin sets up a honey trap for him...then proceeds to sleep with him. Oops. Then it goes even more wrong.

Not an amazing in depth review on my part, but there's not much to say! It's worth a read and really won't take you long at all!

Have you read this? Would you recommend any other Jane Fallon books?