Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Ten Thoughts about the New Year

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Hello Everyone,

For once I am doing what I said I was going to do; I am writing a post before the new year. I've been seeing a lot of cool outfit ideas and funny memes relating to New Years Eve and it has inspired me to write something a little different this year. I've decided to postpone my goals/resolutions post till the beginning of January and write this post instead.

Like everyone else out there, I am looking forward to the new year. I want to party. I want to  continue to make achievements. I want to have fun and I want to let go of all the bad stuff. I love the magic of Christmas and New Year. However, some of the posts I've been seeing on social media have really got me thinking. Maybe we put a little bit too much emphasis on the New Year. Below I've expanded on ten thoughts of mine on the subject.

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1. WAS 2016 REALLY THAT BAD?
I know some people had a terrible time, but everyone seems to have jumped on the "2016 was the worst year" band wagon. It seems wrong to write off the whole year. There were some things that I didn't love about 2016, but I wouldn't say it was the worst year of my life. The things that happened (both good and bad) have changed me as a person. I would like to think that I've grown as a person and these are changes that I wouldn't want to take away. So nope, I don't want to forget that 2016 happened.

2. ACCEPT THE PAST, FOCUS ON THE FUTURE
To me the New Year is a chance to reflect. You get to look back at everything that has happened in the past 12 months. It gives me a chance to think about how far I have come and if there are any changes I would like to make. Am I happy with the path that I am on? That kind of thing. It is a chance to remember the amazing things that happened and to move on from the bad.

3. A NEW YEAR IS NOT A CLEAN SLATE
However, a New Year isn't magic. You don't get to forget "the worst year". You can't erase the bad stuff that happened. It doesn't work like that. The things that you don't like about your life right now, are probably still going to be there next year.

4. ROMANTICIZING 2017
At the end of 2014 I said 2015 will be my year. It wasn't. Then everyone was saying 2016 would be great... If you have high expectations, then things will always work out worse than what you hoped. I am looking forward to 2017, but I'm not expecting everything to go perfect. If I look back on my life in terms of years, then I would say good and bad things happened in each one.

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5. PEOPLE AND THEIR RESOLUTIONS
There are a lot of people saying they won't do resolutions this year because they can't stick to them. If you really want to achieve something you won't get there by giving up before you start. If you are happy with your life the way it is, or if the things that you would like to change are really out of your control then I totally get not wanting to make resolutions. It is ultimately your choice. I also don't see why it has got to be New Years. For me, it's a great time to set goals, because I am on holidays and I have got a lot of time to think about it. If you decide to make a change later in the year there is no reason why you can't set new goals then...

6. MAKING UNREALISTIC GOALS
One of the reasons people don't reach their goals is because they either don't make realistic goals or they don't have a plan. For a couple of years I have had some similar goals, but I have never met them because I never really defined the goal for myself. This year I feel like I progressed with those goals a bit because I broke them down into smaller chunks. For example: If you want to get "Fit". How "Fit" do you want to get? Do you want to train to run marathons, or do you just want to do a bit more regular exercise? What kind of exercise do you want to do? etc.

7. HAVING A RESPONSIBLE NEW YEARS EVE
I am looking forward to making plans for New Years Eve. This is something that is pretty new to me. I have that little responsible voice in the back of my head saying that I wouldn't like to start the New Year off on a bad note because I was irresponsible. So if you are going out please follow the advice of caring friends and/or relatives. Don't get too messed up. Don't leave your drink unattended. Watch out for your mates. Don't let one crazy night define your life.

8. YOU DON'T NEED TO KISS SOME RANDOM AT MIDNIGHT
If you want to, then go ahead. However, you don't have to. It is not necessary. There is no troll at the gates of 2017 that will stop you from entering because you didn't lock lips with a stranger on the last night of 2016.

9. NEW YEARS ANXIETY
I know that going to a party or thinking about making changes to your life can trigger anxious feelings. It can be stressful to go to a busy party. It can be claustrophobic. It can be scary to set goals that are difficult to achieve. Please be supportive of people in your life that are feeling this way. Don't push them to do things. If you are reading this and you are feeling this way, remember that you are in control. You can back out of plans if you feel you can't go. You can leave a rowdy party if it gets too much. You can make smaller goals if you need to. You don't have to make any goals if you don't want to. Take a deep breath and think about it. You've got time.

10. MAYBE SOCIAL MEDIA INFLUENCES US TOO MUCH
The New Year is just another example of how social media can influence our views on something. At the end of the day, the way that I feel should be influenced by my experiences, not some random on the Internet who made a meme. It is just another new year. Just a bit of fun.

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So there it is. Those are my thoughts on the New Year so far. Do you have any exciting plans for New Years Eve? or are you setting any exciting goals?

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Your Favourite Blogger,
Natalie

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Spring Beauty Favourites

Hello Everyone,

Can you believe that it is 18 days into summer already and I have only just started to write my 'Spring Beauty Favourites' post just now? Christmas isn't too far away and I have most of the gifts lined up, but haven't wrapped any of them yet. I know I'm not the only one who puts off wrapping presents till the last minute... Nothing too exciting has happened lately. I'm still waiting for my new guitar too arrive. I haven't gone out as much as I would have liked to (except for karaoke). I finally figured out a bit  of a setting pattern for my hair (which is forever stuck in the "growing out stage"). And, I am finally trying a new alcoholic drink that isn't wine...

I've actually got quite a few new favourites this time around, which is a bit of a change.

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BEAUTY:
- After my local supermarket stopped selling my favourite facewash, my mum managed to find it on 'Catch of the Day' website. Garnier Pure Deep Clean Cream wash is one of those face washes that I didn't really take a whole lot of notice of, until I ran out and had to use something else. My skin was starting to get really bad again and I am so glad this face wash is back in my life.

-I tried the Palmolive Oil Infusions Body Lotion (the Avocado oil and jasmine one) and I really like it. It smells really good, is really nourishing and doesn't cause any bad reactions with my skin. It would be awesome if they made a body wash in this line too...

- I started using my Marc Jacobs Daisy Perfume (from the miniature set) again and I can't get enough of it.

- I love my new Besame Lipsticks in 'Blood Red' and 'Victory Red'. 'Victory Red' really stains your lips, so I highly recommend it if you are looking for a red that will last.

- I got a bunch of new things from Colourpop again. At the moment I really like 2 of the highlighters ('Flexitarian' and 'Might Be'), the brow pomade in 'Red Head' and the Ultra Satin Lip in 'Calypso'.

-I bought a Morphe Liner Brush on Ozsale and its the best liner brush I've tried so far. I highly recommend it.

HAIR:
- My favourite leave in conditioner is the Toni & Guy Prep Leave in Conditioner. It's not too greasy and it actually works. I own a few different leave in products and I always come back to this one.

-I always put Tresemme Wave Creating Sea Foam in my hair before curling it (wet set curls or with using hot tools). It doesn't irritate my scalp like some styling products do and it doesn't make my hair too wild.

- I usually use the pink 'Volume' one of these, but I've decided I really like the purple 'Satin' version of the Loreal Elnett Hairspray. Mostly because you can brush it out.

-I really like my Conair Sponge Rollers, Diane Pin Curl Clips and my Breville Curling Iron which have all been getting a work out now that my hair is getting a little longer. My hair naturally has a bit of a wave to it, but in my current hair style it tends to stick out a bit and look a bit fluffy so I like to curl my hair downwards and style it a bit like Scarlett Johanson in This Picture. My hair isn't as long as hers and it doesn't look quite the same.

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STYLE:
- I have been trying to keep it simple, because it is hot and I'm usually strapped for time. I have a couple of basic outfits that I just wore over and over.

- I also made a Pintrest Board...

MUSIC:
-The Album 'The Getaway' by Red Hot Chilli Peppers. I really like 'The Getaway', 'Go Robot', 'The Longest Wave' and 'Goodbye Angel'.

- 'Burn the Witch', 'There There', 'The Let Down' and 'My Iron Lung' by Radiohead

-'Follow the Boys' by Connie Francis

-'Running to Stand Still', 'If God Will Send His Angels', 'Staring at the Sun', 'Stuck in a Moment You Can't Get Out of' and 'Desire' by U2

-'Stay' by Rihanna

-'Dancing on My Own' Cover by Calum Scott

-'Road To Nowhere'  and 'Psycho Killer' by Talking Heads

-'Lovely To Look At' by Eddy Duchin

-'Love is a Blindness' and 'Love Interruption' by Jack White

-'The Breaks' and 'Run Me Down' by The Black Keys

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MOVIES:

-I rewatched 'Aloha' which I think is an awesome movie.
-I really enjoyed 'Hello My Name is Doris'
-I thought 'Roberta' was a lovely movie.

OTHER:
- I started going walking again which has been really nice. I got stopped by the rain for a while, but I will start going again as soon as I get a chance.

-I bought 'The Fashion File' by Janie Bryant on Ozsale for a ridiculously cheap price and I love it. The illustrations are so cool and the book has a lot of classic style advice. This is also a great read for 'Mad Men' fans.

DISLIKES:
-My only real dislikes  were these Freestyle Bendy Rollers I tried which don't really stay put in your hair and can snag on your hair.

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I hope you are having a wonderful summer/winter and that you are as excited about the holidays as I am. I am especially looking forward to new years. I am hoping to get a few more blog posts in before the year is over. So no this isn't the last you will hear from me in 2016.

What are your current beauty favourites?

Your Favourite Blogger,
Natalie

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Pretty Picture Post: Spring or Summer?

Hey Everyone,

The Weather is warming up quite quickly here and it seems like we are going straight into the summer weather without having much of a "Spring". I really prefer the warmer weather and am enjoying getting to wear some sundresses and shorter skirts already. I think summer is my favourite season. I feel like I can get away with being a little bit more disheveled in the summer and the warmer weather makes me think of holiday fun.

Here is some Spring/Summer Style Inspiration:

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I love the prints on summer clothes from the 40s and 50s. I love how simple it is to throw on a sundress and a bit of lippy and be ready for just about any occasion. I could go on forever...

What is your favourite season?

Your Favourite Blogger,
Natalie

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Winter Beauty Favourites

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Hi Everyone, 
Well winter is over already. I can't believe how quickly it went. Winter didn't get very cold at all and I managed to get through it without buying any new knitwear or jeans. I feel like this was the most eventful part of 2016 yet. It rained a little bit (which is not the usual weather for this season) and I went out a fair few times. I also turned 23, which is something that wouldn't be included in this post if I had of written it on time...

I had a pretty good birthday and I celebrated a few other peoples birthdays too. 

 I feel like I've changed a bit this year and my attitude towards going out has changed (the kind of time you have really depends on where you are and what kind of people you are with). I've had a lot of fun nights and I've made some new friends that I otherwise might not have met. I went to Karaoke at one of the local pubs whenever it was on and it is the most fun I've ever had.

I also decided to spend a little bit more time on some of my hobbies such as guitar. I ordered a new guitar and promised myself I would make more of an effort to learn guitar if I spent more money on it. My guitar hasn't arrived yet, but all the other bits and pieces (pedals, amp, case etc) are here.

I hope you have all enjoyed your winter (or summer if you are from the Northern Hemisphere) and that there is something in this list of favourites that is helpful or entertaining to you in any way. I have decided to include some favourite links to cool videos etc as well. Please note, because this post is late, some of the favourites are very recent early spring discoveries rather than favourites.

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BEAUTY:

- I bought two new lipsticks this winter and I have been wearing them a lot. Revlon Superloustrous in 'Ravish Me Red' is an orangey red, and Loreal Color Riche in 'Carmin St Germain' is a pinky red. They are both very creamy and perfect for this sort of weather.

- I really like the Australis Eyeshadow Primer it isn't completely crease proof, but I think it does an alright job.

- I am in love with the NYX Pin-up Tease Mascara. At first I thought the name was a bit gimmicky, but it really is the nicest mascara I have ever tried. And it is water proof too. 

- I recently got a bottle of the Taylor Swift 'Incredible Things' Perfume and I have been wearing it every day.


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STYLE:

- Since I am trying to grow my hair, I have started wearing hair flowers more often. I managed to get some nice ones on sale from ASOS.

- I have really gotten into wearing short shirt-dresses (button up dresses with collars). I really like the way they look with a cardigan and ballet flats. I think they are fun and comfortable, but they are also respectable enough to wear to work.

-I didn't manage to buy any new pairs of jeans  this winter, so I spent most of the colder days (luckily it doesn't get too cold here) with stockings or footless tights on under my dress/skirt. 

-I have been getting a lot of wear out of a black round neck cardigan I bought from Target. I love the 1960s look you get from buttoning the first button on a round neck cardigan.


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MUSIC:
- 'DNA' by The Kills
- 'Impossible Tracks' by The Kills
- 'Dark Necessities' by Red Hot Chilli Peppers
- 'There Goes That Song Again' by Roy Orbison
- 'One' by U2
- 'Only One' by Sarah Blasko
- 'Nothings Gonna Hurt You Baby' by Cigarettes After Sex

MOVIES:
- Pal Joey
- An Affair To Remember

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YOUTUBE FAVOURITES:

The Kills is one of my favourite bands, so I was pretty stoked to find this video of Jamie Hince talking about his guitar collection. 

Some musicians cover 'Blue Monday' using musical instruments that would have been available in the 1930s, plus a few "alternative" musical instruments (such as wine glasses or playing a saw) I think it is the most inventive cover I have ever seen.

One of the most honestly done Pin Curl tutorials I have seen. 

I think this video was intended for people who want to dress up as Marilyn for a costume party, however I think some aspects of this make-up look could be used everyday if you wanted. I have adopted the under-eye line that she does to fake a "shadow" from the eyelashes.

It says "Lyric Video" but this is actually like a second music video. I think the concept for this clip is awesome.

This is a really lovely cover.

This is a short video of the famous Guitarist The Edge (from the Band U2) playing the intro to 'Where The Streets Have No Name' and talking about the use of a delay pedal in the song.

OTHER:

- I really love the sound of the "Slap" setting on my new TC Electronics Flashback Delay Pedal. (guitar effects pedal)

- I am in love with my new Joyo Ironman 'Space Verb' Reverb Pedal. (guitar effects pedal).

- My parents bought me some Fred Astaire and Ginger Rodgers movies which I am really looking forward to watching.

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I'm looking forward to the warmer spring weather and getting to wear some of my patterned skirts again. I'm also looking forward to getting my new guitar (hopefully it is suitable for what I want) and some other online purchases. My travelling friends might be coming back this way in a month or so and it should be good to catch up with them. 

What are your beauty favourites this season?

Your Favourite Blogger,
Natalie

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Pretty Picture Post: Vintage Hair Envy

Hi Everyone,

After having a short pixie cut for so long, I have decided it is time for a change. No I'm not giving in to all those people that say they liked my hair when it was long. I'm just wanting to grow it a tiny bit longer into a short Marilyn style. I think I would like to experiment with my hair a bit more and try out different ways of styling it.

While I was looking up pictures of different hair cuts on the internet, I came across some really cool and unique looks from a few different eras. I thought I would share them on here as it has been a little while since I did a picture post. I included some longer hair pics as well. I would also like to do a shout out to a new favourite Youtuber Dizzymakeupgirl who has some great tutorials on styling short hair.

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There are so many different hair cuts and hair styles for vintage style enthusiasts. Don't be fooled into thinking you can't have a vintage hair style because you don't have long hair, or because you don't know how to do some of the trickier styles like victory rolls. 

I hope you all enjoyed this post. Let me know if you'd like to see more of this kind of thing,

Your Favourite Blogger,
Natalie