Tips for moving:

HELLO!

As you can see from my last post I have just moved in with my boyfriend and I wanted to share with you some of my tips for moving.

 

  1. Moving your hanging items: 

I prefer to hang all my clothes than fold them away in drawers (saves on ironing haha) and I remember when I first moved I took everything off the hangers, put it into suitcases moved it then had to hang it all back up NIGHTMARE! This is the fourth flat I have moved into so now I’m pretty much a seasoned vet and use this little trick for moving all my clothes. These are the tie handle bin bags which you can buy from pretty much every grocery store and all you do is open it out, slip your clothes in and pull it tight, once tight wrap the strings around the hanger. It’s so much easier to move from one place to another and means you can just hang your clothes up straight away and not add something else to the pile when moving,

 

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2. Easy storage: 

I genrally have a lot of stuff. I’m a little bit of a hoarder and although I got rid of a lot of things when I moved in to the flat I had a lot of shoes and bags to transport. Piled together these can be very heavy and awkward to move but I used these bags to help me do it. THEY FIT EVERYTHING and what is best is once you have moved you can use these to store anything! I use them for like sheets, blankets, extra pillows etc. and they cost like £1.49 which doesn’t break the bank and you so much use out of them.

 

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So those are my best tips for moving. These are a must have and make your life so much easier!

 

Has anyone else got any tips?

Head on over to my instagram @thisisyourlastchance__  to keep up with my day to do routines!

 

Much love,

 

Natalie

xx

October…

MORNING!!

It’s been a minute hasn’t it? Well let me fill you in on why I have been so quiet and it all started where most of the best stories start…in a pub:

Bubs and I decided to have a little date night in our little local. Just a get a bit dolled up, have a few drinks kind of evening. We were sat there a few drinks in and Bubs said “are you serious about this whole moving in thing?” To which I was like DUHHHHHH but actually replied ” yeh, of course I would love to live with you.” So we get on our phones and he found this quite little flat, 2 bedrooms, absolutely beautiful and in our price range, so that was that, we decided to look at it.

As you can imagine everything kind of fell in to place from there, viewed that flat, got all the paperwork and money for the flat waited a few days and then we got told…

 

WE COULD MOVE IN!

That is right folks, I am officially an adult, I live with my wonderful boyfriend in our cute wee flat and everything feels just perfect.

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This is our living room. All the furniture and decor is all ours. I love the brick, that was what made me fall in love with the flat n the first place . I’ve tried to make it as cosy as possible and as you can tell I love a photo! All of them are of friends and family or are pictures of me and Bubs.

 

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We have a cosy fireplace and I think it’s beautiful! That mirror of mine I’ve had for years and has followed me from flat to flat, I think it’s just wonderful. I can’t wait for cosy winter nights where Bubs and I can just cuddle up in front of the fire.

Now we are all officially moved in and our internet is all sorted I will have more time to keep you up to date. If you keep up with my instagram you can get a day to day account of my day.

Well I hope everyone has a glorious day, it looks like a nice day out so might go for a walk later.

I’m going to IKEA on sunday with Bubs mum and sister so look out for a blog post at the start of the week to see my haul.

 

 

Much love,

 

Natalie

xx

Metallic accents…

Imagine, walking down a street on a warm summer’s day. The sun is bouncing of the pavement and wrapping you in it’s warm glow and suddenly a shimmer, or is it a sparkle? Something flashes in the summers air and taunts you to come near. What is it? you wonder as your curiosity peaks and you search for the source. It whispers to you through the rays and the glistening light devours you making you want more… and there it is, the perfect shining pieces of metal, crafted into this seasons latest trend.

Scandi style living room in farrow & ball pavilion gray and that La Redoute Berber rug!
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I have been really into home decor lately and looking and different ways to add something a little bit extra to my home when I move. One trend that I always seem to come back to is metallics. Metallics are so versatile and can be mixed with all sorts of styles and colours. One of my favourite colour-ways at the moment is grey and pink. Call me a girl but I think it’s very romantic, and the bright airy feeling gives you a feeling of fantasy.  Adding in the metallic accents give it a bit of an edge. It goes from this airy fantasy feeling to that of mystery and intrigue.

 

Here are some of my favourite pieces at the moment:

 

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B&M Hepburn copper side table – £34.99
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B&M Metallic Photo frames 4X6″ – £1.99

B&M have been upping their game lately when it comes to homewares. This table and picture frame is just a few of the things they have in their metallic range. Honestly every time i go in I find more and more stuff I want. I could probably re-decorate every week and still find more stuff I would want to put in my house. Definitely worth a visit if you want a bargain!

http://www.ebay.co.uk Solid colour metallic cushion – £4.99 

This cushion I found on Ebay is a dream! not only has it got the metallics but that lovely pink blush colour that I’m into. Ebay is great for one off finds, but sometimes you do need to dig around for a while until you find the right product for you.

Metallic Ceramic Planter (15cm x 9cm)
Matalan Metallic Ceramic Planter (15cm) – £5.00

This planter from Matalan is to die for! I love plants and think something as simple as a plant with a pretty pot like this one can add so much to a room. I like this one so much though because it is something different. The shapes, the colours and even the structure of it make it something really unique and if you’re on a budget it is worth every penny.

 

I love this trend but I am not sure if it’s something my boyfriend would go for. Has anyone moved in with their boyfriend for the first time? How easy/hard was it to decide on the decor? Leave you’re answers below.

 

Is there a fascinator etiquette?

It is officially SUMMER! and one of the main events of the summer for most people are WEDDINGS! yes folks, that is right, get your best church dresses out and stick that fascinator on your head because ladies…. it’s wedding time!

I have been invited to a wedding at the very start of August. Unfortunately I can’t stay for the whole day but I am going to the church part, so with that I have a very specific look that I am trying to go for. I can’t be too blingy, too dressy, dress can’t be too long, can’t have big poofy shoulders and definitely not too sexy (I’m looking at you miss Sophie Turner of GOT.. why? just why would you wear that?). As a plus size girl I find it hard to find a dress to fit in to those parameters because everything and i mean EV-RE-THING is exactly like that. All I want is a simple dress that I can maybe dress up a little with some jewellery or have a nice enough pattern on it that I don’t need to. There are times when I can find the perfect dress and it’s like £100+ and I’m like “I ain’t spending that type of money to wear a dress for a few hours and only wear it once. no thank you.” and the other thing that is really putting me off this season are the colours as they are… horrendous. All everyone seems to have is like bright primary colour red, green or blue or a highlighter yellow dress. Then on the flip side of that the pinky, nude, peachy colour that I can’t wear because I’m so pale and because I’ve just highlighted my hair it would not go. STRESS!!

To add to all my worries and woes about dresses I’m already planning the accessories because when you have a look in your head you want to make sure it is styled to perfection. I have seen a pair of gold shoes that I like which are to die for! they are so pretty! and they are totally the kind of investment I need in my life right now. They are by Michelle Keegan for Very and you can purchase them here. Just look how pretty they are:

Apart from the shoes though, I can’t really make a decision on anything else. I have tried to not think about the shoes and try to find the dress first, I even know what kind of colour I want for my dress (navy blue). I was thinking about wearing a fascinator because I think they are so fun, and with it being summer, and being in a stuffy church for a few hours in the morning you’ll sweat a bit and your hair might mess up so it would hide your imperfections but is there an etiquette for wearing one? Do you have to be in the family circle to wear one? do you have to be in the best friend circle? can anybody wear one? do you have to take it off during the service? all these questions just for one little hair accessory. To answer them myself I’m still not sure but hopefully when I get my outfit together I will know what feels right and what doesn’t.

Apart from the getting ready for a wedding, I actually love weddings. I’m super excited myself to get married one day and on my invitations it shall read “fascinators welcome” just as a heads up to all those ladies who are just unsure.

Does anyone else have any other wedding stress? wether it be guest, family member, bride or groom. Let me know in the comments below.

Much love,

Natalie xx

Just keep swimming….

Afternoon,

I have been SUPER busy this past week and a bit and have felt that I haven’t really had much time to sit down and take the time to do ANYTHING! I’ve been doing a lot of nightshift lately and I find when I have time to myself I just want to chill and take the time to centre myself. I’ve been feeling really ill lately and I think because I don’t have a normal routine my body is completely gone to whack. I’m so tired, and have been literally sick every day for a week straight (F.Y.I Not pregnant, but thanks for the concern) and have had like a weird cold thing for about 2 months but it’s not really come to anything major, but a runny nose and feeling blergh.

 

Enough about my moaning though as starting from next week it’s back on track, back to a routine, back to feeling normal. Healthy Natalie take like 10 is on it’s way and hopefully because there will be no more nightshift I can have the time to focus on myself a lot more. When I have a second I’m going to plan everything out, like what are my goals? how long am I going to give myself? how am I going to achieve them? and hopefully it’ll be a step by step process to move forward from my little funk.

 

So yeah, essentially I just wanted a moan (what’s new?) and to give everyone a little update. I want to apologise as well if anyone follows me on social media and has noticed I’ve gone a little quiet it’s purely because all I’m doing at the moment is sleeping and working and that seems to be the last thing I can focus on right now.

 

If anyone has any hints or tips on how to plan and progress from here leave them in a comment below.

 

Much love,

 

Natalie xx