Saturday, 24 November 2012

Kitten Update!

I felt it was time for a kitten update so here are some pics of Neffi's kittens, now at just over 3 weeks old! They've grown so much over the past few weeks and are such big kitties, probably as there are only 3 in the litter now - plus they're all boys! 
I also found that kittens are the hardest thing to photograph as they just won't stay still! It took me ages to get pics that weren't somewhat blurry but I managed to get a few nice shots ^^ They have big button blue eyes already, just like their mum!

Friday, 23 November 2012

Lush Christmas Haul & Review! ♥

The Lush Christmas Collection is here, bringing forth an amazing selection of bath bombs, bubble bars and all sorts for celebrating the season in your bathroom this year! As always, Lush orders are delivered super fast, they definitely make great gifts for all ages and there's such a big colourful assortment. I'm so happy to do a review as I feel like I haven't done one in ages! Firstly, apologies for keeping the wrappers on - I may give one to my sister for Xmas so I wanted them to stay fresh - but anyhow I picked out a few lovely bombs from the Limited Edition range and here is my verdict so far...

Dealing with Anxiety ♥

Happy Friday everyone!
I apologise for not posting in a while; I've been going through a difficult patch with my anxieties and have recently started a new type of medication. I've never really spoken out about my problems online but want to help raise awareness.
Recently it's been growing ever more difficult for me to attend college and study for my January exams, so I've decided to re-sit Year 13 next year. It's a difficult decision but will enable me to try and face my fears at my own pace, without getting overly stressed about exams. I'm also trying to find a medication that will help me with this process, as at the moment I'm finding it near impossible to challenge myself at all.

My fears will probably seem very silly to a lot of people, such is anxiety. It's usually irrational and often people don't understand why I feel scared, because there's actually nothing there to be scared about. To me, though, it feels very real and life is very hard to handle a lot of the time.
Depression and anxiety typically run in my family; my grandma and my mum have bad depression and my uncle suffers from bipolar. My main fears are being away from home, people going missing, and generally being convinced that something bad will happen. I also feel physically unwell with it sometimes, a common symptom of depression. In the past I've experienced disorders such as OCD, Social Anxiety and Body Dysmorphic Disorder.

Despite this, most often I have a positive outlook for the future. Although my fears seem very real and that any moment something awful could happen, I'm believing more and more that I can cope. I have a list of things I'd love to do in the future and am trying to view it in a more positive light, rather than heading in to the unknown. I'd love to go to Uni after Year 13! I found talking to people helped me a lot, especially receiving support on the Childline message boards from people suffering from the same thing. I do believe it can be overcome! :)
I'm postponing my art for a while until I feel a little better but will keep posting! Thanks so much for reading! :D x

*Picture credit WeHeartIt
Friday, 9 November 2012

This week's inspiration... ♥

Happy Friday all! Hope you're excited for the weekend! ♥
This post follows my new love of shabby chic style (Laurence Amelie) and how it touches on 18th century elegance. I love these photos as you can almost imagine them as paintings in their own right. The outfits and furniture are so elegant and beautiful and I'm taking notes on details like chandeliers, hanging ornaments and damask prints :)
To follow, I've also included some of my favourite picks from beautiful vintage decor store  Sass & Belle. I can feel a new (possibly interior) project coming on and maybe a 'Marie Antoinette' themed suite room? Would love to do a room tour and maybe a virtual one after! ♥

Sass & Belle

What do you think? Got any craft ideas lined up this weekend? ^^ ♥ 
*Picture credit: photography by Lauren Luca

Thursday, 8 November 2012

Kitty pics and November faves ♥

Here are the kitty pictures I promised you! Aww :3 I got the perfect opportunity to take these today as I only had to lift up the cover of the basket to get a few great shots. So pleased! Glad to not have disturbed them too much either :) They're about a week old today...

Heheh the black and white kitty gets a face full of fur! xD

November faves - Maybelline's Baby Lips 
I'm summing up my November faves in to one lipbalm because this one is a lifesaver! If you get chapped lips like me it's ideal! Couldn't find any in the Maybelline sections of my local stores so got this for about 4 quid on ebay :) Super moisturizing and smells so orangey, they come in lots of different flavours and colours ^^ Definitely recommended for the months ahead, I shall be stocking up! ♥

Wednesday, 7 November 2012

The Kitten Report ♥

On the 1st November, quite late in the evening, my little siamese Neffi decided to give birth to five little mewy things: 2 black and 3 white! Sadly two of the smallest kittens were too weak to feed and after much attempt from Neffi to encourage them to suckle, they didn't make it through the night. 
Happily she still has three healthy (fluffy) kittens - all boys! - who, after six days now, are doing fine! I didn't want to disturb the nest too much so pictures may follow in a few days. But here is the kitten report from this morning...  

(video taken by small compact camera; sorry the room's a bit dark lol ^^)

The father of the kits is a black and white tom from around the area so it's interesting to see if they'll have any Siamese in them :) 
Click here to see other previous updates on Neffi's pregnancy :)

Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Make mine ModCloth ♥

Picks of the day... I love these cute vintage style pieces too much; why can't it be spring? ^^ Clickety click

Make mine ModCloth svp! Thinking of Pinteresting these... ♥ My apologies for this post not being remotely Halloween-y xD 
Saturday, 27 October 2012

Laurence Amelie ♥

My favourite artist of the moment and definitely worth a feature on my blog.

I love

♥ The loose, messy style of the paint and how it looks almost spattered on, capturing the ethereal and 'flyaway' quality of these dresses. There's something romantic about the spontaneity of how it's been applied, and her subjects, mainly flowers and tutu dresses, being fairytale objects. The paint looks carelessly applied, which creates her famous 'shabby chic' style. 

♥ Her use of colour! I love how stark whites are used against a dusky background. The pastel colours give a softer quality to her work and are reminiscent of  beautiful 18th century elegance. The colours are rich but they are so carelessly slapped on.; you can almost imagine it lying abandoned in an attic for years. In that way it holds a certain sadness for me, but you can also imagine how it would grace someone's boudoir or grand hall when hung among rich interior. 

I will definitely be attempting some pieces in this style. It's refreshing also to try something more abstract, as most of my work tends to be more observational - and would also add a touch of shabby chic to my portfolio :)

Visit her wonderful site here...
Visit this blog for more 18th century shabby chic beautifullness...

Wednesday, 24 October 2012

The Neffi Report ♥

Happy Wednesday everyone! In this post I decided to give an update on how my little Siamese is doing with her pregnancy, since it's only a week until the kittens are due! It's her second litter and the kits are due to be born around Halloween. She's been eating a lot so far, sways alarmingly when she trots down the stairs, and looks like she's swallowed a football when she stands - so we're expecting a good few in there! You can also feel them kicking... aah so exciting... be prepared for a lot of pictures in a few weeks time. In the meantime I apologize for these photos being pretty darn huge, PM was being awkward on my computer :3

Prettiest name of the day - Reinette. I've been watching too much of Doctor Who's 'The Girl In The Fireplace'. It's a sweet name for a kitten though! Got any more name ideas? Please post below! ♥
Sunday, 21 October 2012

Tumblr blog of the week! ♥

Dear readers,
So sorry to have not posted in a while but my studies are keeping me so busy!
I thought I'd share with you my favourite Tumblr blog of the week:

Do check it out! She has such a pretty collection of images that would grace anyone's We♥It page...

My We♥It page...

(If anyone has Tumblr and would like to be featured just send me the link and I'd be happy to check it out!)

Friday, 5 October 2012

Victorian Diary Project ♥

 Ever since I was younger I wished I was born in a different time or wished I had my own tardis to travel back a few hundred years :') Although life today is much easier than it might've been then, there's something special about the past lives of our ancestors and what sort of world they might have lived in. 
I live in a very old farmhouse with a colourful history - it's been a farm, a pub and a shop throughout the past few hundred years. It's so cool thinking about what people's lives must have been like living inside the same house. I think it's nice to imagine it's haunted if you believe in ghosts :) 

There is also something almost magical thinking back to Victorian England - and all the years before that! When I was eleven I kept a Victorian Diary - inspired by Jacqueline Wilson's 'The Lottie Project', I invented a character who lived 100+ years ago in Victorian England. I filled each log in every day and gave her a big country house with servants, a swing in the garden, nice dresses and a siamese cat. Although it's nice to embrace modern trends, I like to keep a little piece of the past with me. Maybe in the future people will be imagining what our lives were like with IPhones, Laptops and Oreo biscuits! ^-^

*Picture credit WeHeartIt

Wednesday, 3 October 2012

New Essie - 'Smooth Sailing' ♥

My first Essie polish! I've been wanting to try these for a while now as they're much reviewed and appreciated by many blogs out there. I have to admit that I originally avoided Essies as I didn't like the packaging - it kinda reminded me of the plastic polishes you get with little kids magazines lol - but 'never judge a polish by it's packaging' is a lesson I've learnt since purchasing. I was ideally hoping to get a more autumnal colour fit for Halloween... so I selected 'Smooth Sailing' - a sort of dusky violet blue ^^ It reminds me of the evening skies at seven, as they gradually start to close in for winter. 
I was really impressed with the quality! - it gives great coverage (two coats are best but it still covers great with one), really quick drying time, hasn't chipped and has tiny flecks of gold glitter which are really pretty :3 It's a 5/5 from me and I can't wait to try some other shades :') Plus I really like the packaging now... I'm so glad I put my past beliefs behind me! xD x

Monday, 1 October 2012

Hello October! ♥

It's time to flip over the page of my calender again - but October is the most beautiful month. The run up to Halloween feels so exciting - I'm like a kid again - and I'm planning on giving this blog a bit of a Halloween makeover! There's all these new effects on PicMonkey that are great for doing up your photos and graphics in Halloween style so I can't wait to try them out :D

*Picture Credit WeHeartIt
I was browsing through Boots recently and picked up this amazing shower gel for just under a fiver. That seems a lot considering other brands, but it reminds me of the Philosophy ones I love so much - and is a great deal cheaper than them! It also comes in really cute packaging and sweet gingerbread is the perfect scent for autumn! The bottle has a cute message on the outside and the creme inside is sparkly and smells like a combination of lemon, cinnamon and ginger... nom nom nom... I like how it's not too strong but leaves your skin smelling nice afterwards :) Overall, it's a pretty gift that's perfect for October!