Wednesday, 16 December 2015

Obsessed With Yankee!

It's no secret.
I am a home decor buff!

Everything and anything to do with home decor? I'm down. I love decorating, the work that goes into it, the before and after results. I love buying furnishings and making a room tie together, but mostly I love the home decor. I love going to other peoples houses and eyeing it all up, you can really tell people personalities and interests by what they decorate their home with, even if its just pictures!

I search Etsy far too often for home decor items, adding them to my collection of favourites that seems to be ever expanding. I like vases shaped like animals, dragon figurines and TV show themed placemats! I enjoy browsing for door knockers and gargoyles to put outdoor lamps in, plus all the swords in the world that I'd love to hang on my wall. That's my dream home!

One thing that I really adore though when I walk into someone's home? Is the smell.
I love walking into homes that smell of fresh linen and cotton, ones that smell like cocktails or fresh grass!

The smell that gets me the most?
Is the smell of a good Yankee collection.

I was first introduced to the candle makers the second I walked into Lewis' mums home for the first time! Noticing the vast collection on the side and the smell of fresh cotton hitting me in the face.

So when I finally got a wage that gave me a little bit extra to spend on myself? My first stop was my nearest Yankee store (luckily in my town centre, 5 minutes away!)

I love sweet fruits and the strongest smells. I love clean smells too put I do like that massive fragrance hitting me in the face the second I walk into the room, so my first purchase was the Sicilian Lemon candle! I think I went through the entire store opening and closing lids trying to find the perfect one! This was really strong and it had almost a sourness to it (obviously, the good kind!) So I bought myself a small jar for £7.99

Okay so they're not the cheapest way to freshen up your home, but they last for so long that it's completely worth it!

I ended up buying myself a medium Dragon Fruit scented jar the other day which smells incredible!
Not to mention the fact that it was in Yankee's monthly sale, where they do 25% off certain candles, which is an absolute dream!

To go with that, I bought a reed diffuser! I noticed that the candle smell was incredible, but unless they was burning there's no scent left roaming the room, so to keep ours smelling nice I purchased the beach walk diffuser! I bought mine off ebay (because it was a little bit cheaper than the Yankee store) and it smells incredible! I also purchased a candle wick trimmer, because there is a great importance to

Every time I walk into my room now I'm hit with fragrances and smells that aren't my housemates body odour that's ended up in my attic room! (The joys of living in the highest room without a door)

So there you have it! I am obsessed!

Friday, 20 November 2015

What's In My Bag?

Well it must be an odd day if I'm happy to discuss what's in my bag.

Well because about 4 years ago, my best friend used to look at me in confusion over the fact the pockets of my jeans were enough for me! A wallet in my back pocket, iPod in my left, phone on my right and keys usually swung about in my hand! That's why the first day I ever decided to get (a very small) shoulder bag? She'd never been more proud of me!

I've come a long way since then, a small bag here and there before finally moving on to my first handbag, a purchase not even I could believe I made. Now? I have a 'proper' bag. A girly looking one too. Beige and large enough to fit everything a girl would ever need in there! So without due, here is what is in my handbag! 

Firstly? Obviously I have to show you what I carry everything around in, which is probably the most feminine accessory I've ever owned in my entire life. I bought it from Ebay not long ago! So Not only is it pretty fresh looking, but the contents of my bag are missing a couple of receipts and assorted wrappers, but I guess it makes me look a little more organised!

Now inside!

These are pretty much my bag must haves now! Everything in here is used pretty much on a daily basis, so they are my necessary bag requirements! Lets go into detail:

  • Firstly? My diary. I write down all of my appointments, work hours, breaks, day's off, birthdays you name it in here! I like to lead an organised life! It makes me feel somewhat in control!
  • A pen is also a must have for my bag, not only so that I can actually use my diary but so that I can also write down things I find like interesting shops or places I'd like to visit, it also comes in handy every time I get on a train, I quite enjoy doing the odd crossword!
  • My purse! Also new, I had the same one but in black until I bust it by filling my purse with too much change! Inside? I try not to keep coppers, I usually put my passport inside so that I know I have it on me at all times. I need to get myself a card wallet, I'm starting to overflow from being a committed shopper! I have an IKEA family card, Matalan Card, Nandos Rewards card...actually most of my cards are food related! It's frustrating trying to find them but reward points are fantastic. Save all the moola!
  • Passport - Obvious one, so when I get questioned on if I'm old enough to buy alcohol with my massive eyes and chubby cheeks playing a part on the whole baby-faced look, I can actually prove that my body is ready for the alcoholic beverages. Ya feel? No but really, I get questioned all the time on whether I'm old enough and I've been legal to drink for 3 years! It's a little bit heartbreaking when you get ID'd, but hey at least I'll be 'ite' when I'm in my 50's!
  • Hair Clip - Necessary! My hair needs to be up for work, so it's good to have something to clip it up rather than tie it, I hate the mark hair bobbles leave on your hair and it gives me a slight headache, so I keep one of these on me at all times! My one is actually broken, I've had three of these and he always manages to stand on them! Plus this one used to be perfect for my hair, but now I have a bit too much for it to hold.
  • Lighter - Nope! I don't smoke. Yet it seems to come in handy a lot! When people ask if you have a lighter? Yes, yes I do. Trying to light one of them tin BBQ's? I've got your back. A candle needs lighting? No worries! 

  • Name badge - I work. I have to wear one so that when people want to pretend they know me or demand something from me, they don't refer to me as "Oi, you".
  • Next? An abundance of coffee shop/cafe reward cards! I visit so many and always forget to get mine stamped. I end up collecting about four before I can finally get rid of them with a free coffee! But hey, can't complain, I love a good brew!
  • Keys! I think it's pretty obvious why I need these. Although I think I need one of those ginormous fluffy keyrings because I seem to be forever losing my keys at the bottom of my bag somewhere. On my keys I have a bottle opener, a Breaking Bad 'Los Pollos Hermanos' keyring which works as a bottle opener and nail clippers (best investment ever, search Etsy for one! They're mint) and a keyring reward card for Fayre & Square!
  • More keys? Eugh. I'm kidding, one of them is my work key! So I can clock on and off and use equipment. I always manage to lose this, that was until I got a pully keyring! So now I can clip it onto me and I just pull it when I need to use it, (best thing ever, also really fun)
  • iPod - Again, an obvious one, I love music. I like a lot of musicians and bands, I studied the damn subject for four years, it's part of my life. I always feel so lost when I have to go somewhere and I don't have some form of music to listen to. I have an iPod classic and it is probably the best thing I've ever received because it's never let me down! I have music on their that I wouldn't listen to today but used to love back in 2009! Of course it's staying in my bag!
  • Mascara - Possibly as far as I'd ever go with makeup except with a bit of lipstick on the rare and odd special occasion. Just to make my eyelashes look a little bit darker and less like I need to go back to bed. This one is called Sunkissed, I can't really tell you if the makeup brand is good or not, I can tell you that it does the job I need it to do!
  • Deodorant - I have perfumes and other sprays I would usually use, but when I'm out and about and need a little freshening up, I go for this soft and gentle lotus and watermelon spray! Mostly because 90% of my wardrobe is black and it doesn't leave nasty white marks on my clothes, and the smell is amazing!
Thats it!
That is everything that I take around with me daily (minus my phone which I keep in my pocket)

I hope you all enjoyed having a look inside my bag! 

Thursday, 10 September 2015

Crying Over Puppies.

Probably one of the more personal posts I'll allow myself to put on something so easy to find! But I cried today over puppies!

Okay, so I know that sounds girly, ridiculously girly and stereotypical "OHMYGODPUPPIES" followed by some sort of crying emoji kind of thing girly.

But it was more of a personal reason today from deep within the memories part of my brain that I think of all the time from fondness yet get nostalgic about.

I grew up with a German Shepard/Alsatian named Maxx, he was my childhood dog and I loved him.

I grew up in what I can only really describe as a zoo.
I had rabbits, snakes, rats, cats, ferritts, parakeets. The only house pets I haven't owned really are spiders, lizards and guinea pigs. Although I'm not too arsed about any of them other than lizards. Dogs have always been around my family though. My childhood dog Maxx was given to my mum by my dad, but when they moved and couldn't have a pet anymore he went to my nans, which was fine because I visited every weekend.

Maxx was my everything. My fondest memories of him are the ones of me just arriving at my nans, clicking open the gate and seeing his face pop up at the window and hearing him bark like crazy because he knew I was coming in. I would step into the porch and peer through the clear glass shouting "COOO-EE" he would go nuts running back and forth and barge his head through the door in excitement as my nan would try to open it just to get to me.

My nan had a pantry which had all her food in including the dog treats and his lead for walks, the second the pantry door opened which was impossible to do in silence he was sat beside me waiting knowing that if I was getting a was he. A rattle of his dog chain he'd whimper and wag his tail and it'd be 'WALKIES' and I'd get jumped on in yet again over excitement. He was the kindest dog and pretty much my best friend.

When I was 17 years old Maxx passed away. He was 16 years old himself which is incredible for a German Shepard/Alsation. I got a phone call from my nan saying something was wrong and that he couldn't stand up. My nan usually worried a bit too much about everything but I went around anyway, unfortunately this time I knew something was awful and got him out of the room because I knew my nan would be devastated to watch what I had to watch, which was my best friend dying in my arms.

I know, critics will say 'he was just a dog'. Yet he really was an incredible companion.
I can't remember what happened exactly, whether it was a heart attack or anything, but he lay next to me as I cupped water in my hands and tried to keep him hydrated. He got took to the vets and put down.

Last year when I moved to Manchester I 100% had the intention of bringing my cats with me, which I will when I get my own place, but I'm so desperate for a puppy. I've always grown up with animals and I adore cats and dogs, now I feel super lost without having either around. I love the company, I keep to myself and only have a select few friends and most of them are practically family! I don't really do nights out mostly days out going for hikes and walks now. The rest of the time I'm at home alone, I've always had a friend in the form of an animal to come home to and the hugging a furry pillow just doesn't really cut it! Theres just something about having an animal for companionship that I'm missing from my life at the moment and it's making me so sad and think back to memories of Max. 

Man I miss that dog.