Posted on: Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Hello December

Reading // Atlantia by Ally Condie. This is definitely a YA (young adult) book but I've really enjoyed it. I'm right at the end now, so by the time this post goes up, I may have finished it. Can you imagine living in an underwater world? That's what drew me in and I've actually not been able to put it down. I've also read a couple of other Ally Condie books and even though I think her style of writing is very similar in each book, I've enjoyed every one.

Listening to // I can't stop listening to Taylor Swift's album '1989' and also the new One Direction album 'Four'. Both are constantly being played in my house, through my headphones, through the car speakers, you name it. My favourite Taylor Swift number is 'Wildest Dreams' at the moment and off the 1D album, probably 'Night Changes'.

Thinking about // Christmas, of course! Who isn't?! I literally count down the days, hours, seconds as soon as 1st December hits. It's such an amazing, beautiful time of year and I love all the festivities and spending time with my favourites ones, exchanging gifts and eating way too much food. It makes me so excited for getting my bigger house and finally being able to have a Christmas at my very own home with Stuart.

Loving // I'm loving blogging at the moment - after having a few months weeks off, I've found myself enjoying writing posts again. It's nice to not feel like it's a chore. Now I just write when I feel like it, I don't panic that a post has to go up tomorrow - I don't put pressure on myself to blog. I've also started scheduling a lot more which makes things easier for me!

Watching // The Leftovers, Walking Dead, The Strain. They're my main three at the moment I think, along with Teen Mom 2 (as always) and pretty much anything else that's on the TV. I've turned into such a TV fiend and find myself spending more and more time in front of the big screen. As lazy as it sounds, it's actually helping me. I'm enjoying having a bit of time to myself, not having to think about cleaning, or cooking, or work. It's nice.

Looking forward too // Again, Christmas! I'm also looking forward to NYE this year, it's my 4th anniversary and we never, ever do anything. This year we're going to a 'lock down' at a pub/restaurant near us with a few friends and I'm really, really excited. It should be a really good night and a lovely way to celebrate our 4 years and bring in the 5th.

What are your plans for December?
- Charli, xo

Posted on: Monday, 1 December 2014

Do they know it's Christmas?

1) Yankee Candle - Candy Cane Lane - Ebay
2) Tartan Tree Decoration - Not on the High Street
3) Santa Paws Christmas Jumper - New Look
4) Christmas Wreath - Pier
5) Merry Christmas Sign - Matalan
It's December, that means I can finally talk about Christmas! One of, if not my favourite time of the year. Christmas is big in my family and we do it in style, everyone is round at ours for Christmas dinner and an afternoon of Christmas films. Am I saying Christmas enough in this post already? Stuart and I have decided not to decorate the house this year :( rather than forking out for a new tree and decorations, we're putting the money towards saving for the bigger house and hopefully we can have our own little Christmas in 2016.

Are you ready for Christmas?
- Charli, xo

Posted on: Sunday, 30 November 2014

Happy Birthday

Today, my partner in crime turns 26 - you're over half way to 50 now babe!! It's all downhill from here. I would like to wish you a happy birthday and let you know that even though you are thee most irritating, infuriating, annoying person I have ever met, you are MY irritating, infuriating, annoying person and I will love you until the end of time.

Happy Birthday baby, I love you.

Posted on: Friday, 28 November 2014

1989 Tag

When I saw Sian had done this post, I knew I had to do it. I am a huge Taylor Swift fan, I always have been for as long as I can remember. Dancing round my bedroom to her country tunes and wishing I had blonde, curly hair. I definitely would.

1) WELCOME TO NEW YORK - If you could live in any city, which would it be and why?
I'm not sure to be honest, seeing as I've really only lived in one city my whole life. Where would I go? New York? I'm not a huge city fan if I'm being honest, I want to live in the countryside as far away from human beings, just me, Bear and my 18 cats.

2) BLACK SPACE - What is something that everyone thinks is true about you but is actually false?
People seem to think I'm really nice, I'm not. 

3) STYLE - What is one item in your closet that makes you feel unstoppable?
I have a current pair of jeans at the moment which show off my newly found curves. I've been trying for so long to put weight on and when I wear these, I have legs, I have hips and I have a bum. I feel womanly and they give me the little boost I need to feel good about myself.

4) OUT OF THE WOODS - What is one thing you're afraid of?
Not being able to have children.

5) ALL YOU HAD TO DO WAS STAY - Who is someone you wish was still in your life?
I'm lucky enough to have all of my family still around me, but as for others, people walk out of your life for a reason and there is no one that I wish was still here.

6) SHAKE IT OFF - What is something you have had to shake off?
People who don't give a shit - see you later. I have zero time and tolerance for people who have no interest in being a positive part of my life.

7) I WISH YOU WOULD - What is something you'd like to happen right now?
I'd like someone to give me the £10,000 I need for a new house.

8) BAD BLOOD - Has anyone ever stabbed you in the back?
I think there is a point in everybody's life where they have been betrayed by someone they trusted.

9) WILDEST DREAMS - What is something you want to be remembered for?
Being the funniest person they've ever met. Because let's face it, I am.

10) HOW YOU GET THE GIRL - What is your favourite pick up line?
If someone used a pick up line on me, I would probably fart in their drink.

11) THIS LOVE - What is something you got back, that you never thought you would?
Loving and being loved in return. Falling in love and being fallen in love with.

12) I KNOW PLACES - Where is one place you always feel safe?
At home, with my family.

13) CLEAN - What is an important lesson you learnt in life and how did you learn it?
I learnt that you shouldn't surround yourself with people that couldn't care less about you, and I learnt it the hard way.

I tag everyone that is a Swift fan!

- Charli, xo

Posted on: Wednesday, 19 November 2014

A Weekend in Whitby

I went away with the boyfriend this weekend, to the beautiful little place that is Whitby. It was amazing to get away, just the two of us and relax. I had such a nice time and I actually got really upset when it was time to come home, I'm not a fan of reality at the moment, so being away from it all was exactly what I needed. 
£7 in a 2p machine and we finally won the Mario watch | Cute little beach sheds | Beautiful bath bombs and soaps
My favourite person | The BEST fish and chips I have ever tasted | Selfie
The 190 steps that I had to climb up twice | On top of the (rock) world | Boyfriend and girlfriend
The BEST dessert I have ever tasted | The Magpie Café | I can see the sea
We spent our two days in Whitby spending too much money in the arcades (the £7 watch that Stuart got overly excited about) and eating amazing food. As a fish and chip addict, I had to try the Magpie Café and I can honestly say it was the most delicious meal I have ever tasted - and the dessert, I discovered I like sticky toffee pudding! After walks on the beach and a little shopping, we'd go back to the room and just watch TV and talk, something which we don't seem to do much in the blur that is life. It was amazing to spend time together, just us, no interruptions, napping for 2 hours and then lying in bed for another just being together. I adored every second. Thank Stuart, for a beautiful weekend, I love you.

Posted on: Sunday, 16 November 2014

A Little Motivation.

If you read my Pressure post from a few days ago, you'll know I haven't been feeling great. As I mentioned in that little rant, I try to steer away from negativity on my little Internet space. Therefore, I have decided to give myself a little motivation, a little way of giving me 'something to live for'. You cannot live a positive life, with a negative mind. I live life a hell of a lot better, when I have something to aim for. I've been wanting to do a post like this for ages and when I read this post by A Little Boat Sailing, I knew it was time. They're not massive life changing goals, just little things to work towards and I know having short term goals is a helpful, motivating thing to have. 

1) I'd like to save £1000, if not more, in the next three months. This is a challenge because of Christmas, but that makes it all that more fun, right? I have to save £7000 - £10,000 for a bigger house and that is extremely intimidating. If I can get over the first thousand barrier then I know I will feel so much better about the situation. 

2) Go home once a week. This is a big one for me, I mentioned in my Pressure post how much I'm missing home, so I've given myself the challenge to go home one evening a week, or on a Sunday. I miss family time so much and I'm interested to see whether I will manage it. I'll be starting this week.

3) Spring clean. In the New Year, I'd like to take a few days off work to completely blitz my house, maybe give it a lick of fresh paint, a few new bits and bobs. Adding onto this goal, I'd also like to keep the house tidy. I'm quite messy (and extremely lazy) and go days without doing any housework. This will be the start of me tackling my laziness.

4) A job in the field I want to be in. This isn't going to happen in the next three months, not with Christmas and then Vegas. But if I can start actively looking and applying for positions I'm interested, I think I'll feel a lot happier about where my career is heading. My job is one of my main stresses at the moment and whilst I love the people I work with, it's time for me to move on, otherwise why did I waste two horrendous years at University.

5) My last goal is something I'm not going to force upon myself. However, I am going to try and post at least twice a week. If I post twice, then that's fine, if I post more than twice, then that's even better. If I don't post at all, the world isn't going to end. I'm not putting 'pressure' on myself with this, it's just something I'd like to give a try - if I can do this for a month straight, I'll be happy with that.

So there we have five little goals for me to work on in the next couple of months. I'm going to write all this down in my diary and make little plans for myself. I'll come back to this post in 3 months - so that's 16th February (THE WEEK BEFORE VEGAS, AH MAH GAHD) and see how far I've got and hopefully set myself some more goals!

I really feel motivated just by writing this post and it's something I urge everyone to have a go at, having something to aim for gives you the feeling of having a purpose and when I've been feeling the way I have, that is exactly what I need.

- Charli, xo

Posted on: Thursday, 13 November 2014

Empties // 03

Whilst on holiday I used Aussie Beach Mate Shampoo and Conditioner. I desperately tried to find a link for this, but apparently it's not stocked ANYWHERE in the colder months - apologies. Known for their use of Macadamia Nut Oil, it is supposed to cleanse your hair. I must admit, I don't actually like the scent of this, I think it smells like plastic and also the shampoo makes my hair feel gross in the shower (it's not a very lather uppery shampoo) but I WILL say that my hair ended up in brilliant condition after using these. Another hair product for you is TRESemme Instant Refresh Dry Shampoo. I don't get along with dry shampoo, it just doesn't work on my hair. I received this in a beauty box and was reluctant to use it. Then came Download and dry shampooing was a necessity and it actually worked! I was able to wear my hair down for an extra day! At £5.25 though, I probably won't purchase this. 

I picked this Sure up after using up a smaller bottle which you can see here. I don't like it now. It makes me cough my lungs up when I use it - even if I spray it in the corner of the room then walk away, it literally follows me, enters my mouth and clogs my lungs. For this reason, I'm not purchasing it again. I did use it up though. Gotta get your moneys worth girls!

Onto make-up and skincare! In the first picture you can see my pot of No7 Beautifully Matte Mousse Foundation. This is my favourite foundation ever. I buy two of these a year, at most and they last forever. I LOVE mousse foundations and wish there was more of a choice - I'm not a fan of Maybelline's Dream Matte Mousse though. I have found that this is the best foundation for my skin, I'm not orange, I don't have dry patches, it doesn't make me shiny. It's perfect and it definitely is beautifully matte. I will re-purchase this over and over again and have done for years now. 

Next we have Maybelline Big Eyes Mascara. I have read quite a few bad reviews on this product but I actually loved it and used it till it was dry and crumbly. It's a double ended mascara, big brush for top lashes, little brush for bottom lashes. I love the little brush and thought it was really useful. The bigger brush made my lashes full and definitely gave them volume, I loved using it. I received this in a beauty box but I would definitely purchase it! 

Last but not least we have Liz Earle Beauty Cleanse and Polish. This is a cream cleanser and I'm undecided as to whether I like this or not. It made my face feel quite dry and tight and I certainly DO NOT like the scent, it smells like old. Just old. Old and Chamomile (which I really don't like) which is one of the ingredients. However, it did do wonders for my skin, other than the drying and I could use it on my eyes, which I struggle with when it comes to cleansers. I probably won't purchase it but it was nice to try a Liz Earle product! 

And there we have it, a rather long Empties post for you guys!

Have you used any of these products? Let me know!

- Charli, xo

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