Monday, 15 October 2018

What Does The Colour Of Your Home Say About You? #ColourYourPersonality*

As we rent our home, sometimes we can be quite limited with how much we can change and what we can do to really make the place feel like our own. I've mentioned a few times some of the things we've done, from painting the bathroom and creating a cosy living room to finally making a start on the office, but each room is pretty different from the other because we can't really do anything too drastic. Whilst I love each individual room, there's no real colour scheme running throughout our flat and each one tends to have it's own personality. Julian Charles have put together an ebook as part of the #ColourYourPersonality campaign which shares interesting ideas on the colours we choose for our home and what it might say about us so let's see what it might mean for me.
Bedroom, copper and white theme


The first colour in the ebook I was drawn to was purple because we've just redecorated our bathroom and you guessed it, we went for the colour purple. After living with a bright green colour since we moved in, we finally found the time to just go for it and make it a room we actually were happy to spend time in! I love my pamper evenings with a hot bubble bath but the room before just wasn't something I really loved. Purple stood out to us when we went shopping for paint, it's completely different to how it was before and now the room feels quite cosy which I like. According to the ebook, if you have purple in your home, it can mean you're organised and everything has a place where it belongs. Also that you like structure and routine is important for keeping your stress levels low. A big YES to all of these! George is a bit more laidback than me but I have always been organised and I get really frazzled if things are out of place in the flat or if something isn't how it was before. Routine is also good for me especially with my anxiety, I like to know what's happening in advance and I like to be able to plan otherwise I'm just one big ball of stress.


The next colour we seem to have a lot of in our home is pink. From pink bedding in the bedroom and pink accessories to pretty candle holders, all the notebooks and cushions in the spare room, it's a colour I've always loved and use throughout those two rooms a lot. This can apparently mean that you're a warm, friendly and approachable person and that your home usually is inviting for others. Also that you have a maternal side, you see the good in others but not necessarily yourself, and finally that you can be reserved and shy. I couldn't agree with more with most of these to be honest! I'm definitely shy, have been since I was little and I've never really grown out of it, I'm quite reserved with people and it can take a while for me to get comfortable and sort of let them in I suppose. I like to think I'm a friendly and approachable person, my face might say otherwise sometimes but trust me, I'm nice! I can get on with anybody and I love to think that my home is inviting. I want people to feel comfortable when they walk in and like they can just chill and feel at home when they're around. I've felt maternal since I was about 10 so I definitely agree with that too and whilst I do find the good in other people despite anything they might have done, I'm definitely harder on myself and I really struggle to feel proud of myself or see myself as a good person a lot of the time. 

There are several other colours in the ebook but these are the two out of them all that we have in our home in the most and really sum me up. I can't believe how accurate they are! I'd never have thought the colours you choose for your home could mean anything deeper but these are weirdly true! 

Do you have either of these colours in your home too and feel they reflect your personality too?

*This post is in collaboration with Julian Charles

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Current Netflix Top Picks #4

I am absolutely loving Netflix at the moment. I do think sometimes it goes a bit quiet and there can be times not much gets added but recently I've been finding loads of brilliant films and TV shows. I've done 3 Netflix posts already, you can find the previous one here, and I've really enjoyed writing them each time, so here's another!
Amanda Knox, Endless Love, To All The Boys I've Loved Before, Like Father and The Hangover

Amanda Knox

I do love a good documentary and if it's crime related, even better. I'm a bit weird, I love anything to do with prisons or unsolved crimes so when I saw the Amanda Knox documentary whilst skipping through last month, I couldn't wait to watch it. As you might have guessed by the name, it's about Amanda Knox, the woman who was twice convicted and later acquitted of the 2007 murder of Meredith Kercher. In the documentary we hear from Amanda herself as she tells her version of events aswell as a number of people involved in the investigation and how it all came to be that she, along with Raffaele Sollecito were found guilty before later having all charges dropped. Whilst I'd read and heard quite a lot of about this case, it was really interesting to actually watch people from the police and also journalists give their opinion and actually find out more about what supposedly did happen that night. I was definitely left with mixed feelings by the end of it though. I've personally always thought she was involved and I still do, some of the things in the documentary, to me just didn't make sense, but I'd love to know what you think too if you've also watched this.

Endless Love 

You can't beat a cheesy romantic film can you? When we went to Manchester for almost a week in August, I usually went out and spent some time in the city (usually shopping) whilst George was working and then I'd pop back to the hotel to do a little bit of blogging and unwind. I watched quite a few films that week, and one of them was Endless Love which was one I'd heard about but never found the time to watch before. It's about Jade who is a sheltered yet privileged teen and David who is a working class boy with a troubled past. They quickly fall in love but Jade's father disapproves, so tries to cause as much trouble for them as possible. This only makes them even more determined to be together though, and it actually ended up being a brilliant film. I soon got lost in the story and was willing for Jade and David to work things out and find a way to be together. I definitely recommend it if you're looking for a cute, romance film.

To All The Boys I've Loved Before

There has been so much hype around this film, and I totally get why. I absolutely love it! This was another one we watched in Manchester one evening and I've already watched it a few times since, it was so much better than I was expecting. It's about Lara Jean who finds out her secret love letters that she's wrote to each boy she's loved in the past have been found and sent out. It turns her whole life upside down but there's a happy ending with Peter played by Noah Centineo which made me so happy. I'm so glad I decided to watch this as I think I love it just as much as everybody else now.

Like Father

The Netflix originals have been great recently and Like Father is no exception to that. Kristen Bell plays Rachel who has just been jilted at the alter. After spending the night drinking, she invites her estranged father on her honeymoon cruise with her. Kelsey Grammar as Rachel's dad is brilliant and think him and Kristen Bell were brilliant together. It was such a lovely film and so funny at times, I'd definitely watch it again.

The Hangover 

I am such a huge fan of the Hangover films so I was thrilled when I saw they had all been added at the same time to Netflix. I've been putting them on in the evening and they've just been so much fun to re-watch. I'd not seen them for years but they're just as funny as I remember and the cast are brilliant. Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis and Ken Jeong are never not funny in these films and I'm sure I'll end up re-watching them loads now.

Do you have any Netflix recommendations?

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Friday, 12 October 2018

The Search For The Perfect Dress: How To Flatter Your Shape and Complexion*

We all have our own personal style preferences, from bardot to bodycon dresses, we all try to choose the most flattering styles that show off our best features. With so much choice both on the high street and online however, it can be hard to figure out exactly what will suit us. To guide you on your search for the perfect dress, we've teamed up with River Island to bring you this handy guide to flattering your shape and complexion, so you'll always look your best no matter the occasion!
Do you have any other tips for choosing the perfect dress?

*This post is in collaboration with River Island

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Saturday, 6 October 2018

The Autumn Reading Tag

Autumn and reading - two of my favourite things at the moment! Because of my love for both of those things, I was incredibly excited to find this tag online a few weeks ago, it seemed absolutely perfect for my blog. Feel free to copy and paste the questions if you want to give this a go too, I'd love to read your answers.
Autumnal flatlay, nail polish, books, london trinket dish

Are there any books you plan on reading over the Autumn season?

So many! I recently ordered some that I'd had my eye on for a while and I'm nearly through them all already. I'm currently just about to start The Other Woman by Sandie Jones and then I think I'll read How To Be Happy by Eva Woods.

School memories: what subject did you most enjoy studying? and what was your least favourite subject?

In the last few years of school I thoroughly enjoyed history and geography. So many people thought it was weird choosing those subjects for GCSE but I had such an interest in them and always looked forward to the lessons. Even now I think if I went back into a geography class, I'd enjoy it just as much. I wish I'd done more with it afterwards. In the first few years of secondary school I absolutely loved cooking class too and looking back, I should have taken that as a GCSE I think because now I can't get enough of cooking and baking. My least favourites were always science and maths. I just couldn't get my head round either of them and I was glad to be done with them.

October means Halloween: Do you enjoy scary books and films? If so, which are some of your favourites?

I've not read any scary books that I can recall but I absolutely love a horror film. Some that genuinely scare me every time are the conjuring films, they're absolutely brilliant! I also watched Hereditary a few months ago and I'm still not over it. The scariest film I have ever watched, genuinely so uncomfortable yet I really recommend it if you haven't seen it.

With November, it's time for Bonfire Night and fireworks. What's the most exciting book you've ever read that really kept you gripped?

I've read some great books this year but a few that have really left me gripped for different reasons are The Husbands Secret, I just had no idea how that was going to end, The Sisters which I could not put down and had the biggest twist at the end, and also for very different reasons Five Years From Now. It broke my heart and within 24 hours I'd got through it because I was just hooked.

What book is your favourite cosy comfort read?

A cosy comfort read for me is anything with a love story. They just make me feel all warm and fuzzy and so content. One book that came to my head with this question was Some Kind of Wonderful by Giovanna Fletcher. I remember at the time I'd really fallen back in love with reading and I loved getting snuggled up on the sofa with a blanket and reading a few chapters.

Curled up with a good book, what is your hot drink of choice?

I love a good cup of tea. Not too much milk, 1 sugar, and a packet of biscuits obviously. A hot chocolate is always nice though when it's freezing outside, topped with cream and marshmallows.

Any plans you're looking forward to over the next month?

We've got a few trips to London planned which I'm incredibly excited for. We're away for a few nights next week and like last year as George will be working, we'll be taking the opportunity in the evenings to spend some quality time together and explore more of our favourite city. We're also going to see a show too which I'm just so excited for. We also have our wedding anniversary in December so we're going to see Hamilton - CAN'T WAIT. I've waited so long to see it and of course we can then visit Winter Wonderland too. Apart from that I'm just getting excited for Christmas!

What are you looking forward to over the next few months?

I'm taking a bit of a break from blogging now for a week or so but I'll be back in the middle of the month for some new posts! You can keep up to date on my Instagram if you want too.

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