Sunday, 23 April 2017

Three new events in my 2017 diary

2017 diary

At the beginning of February I shared a post detailing what I was going to be getting up to in 2017 and as we all know sometimes our plans change. Aswell as cancelling a few things - like my tattoo and an overnight stay in Liverpool - I've also added a couple of fun things that I'm really excited about!

1. A night out in Blackpool with the girls.
On Friday our boyfriend's are flying to Spain for a stag do so obviously we girls decided (whilst drunk) that a big girly night out was a must whilst they were away. We settled on Blackpool as it's cheap, tacky and a lot of fun! I'm not looking forward to doing the two hour journey home hungover but hey, should be a good night.

2. An overnight stay in London in August.
The boyfriend hates London but as all I've done is talk about Wicked since I saw it in November he's slowly come around to the idea of an overnight stay so he can be introduced to Elphaba and Galinda. We've decided to go in August as I've never been in Summer and we are hoping to squeeze in a go on the London Eye (it was closed when we last went), a walk through Hyde Park and a visit to the James Bond in Motion exhibition.

3. Watching Nick Helm in Leeds in October.
I've been a fan of Nick Helm's since I saw him on Russell Howard's good news and have followed his career ever since. When I saw he was touring in October I decided to snap up some tickets to the Leeds show as they were only £15 a pop - Well worth it!

Have you added anything fun to you calendar recently?

Friday, 21 April 2017

How did I spend my Easter weekend?

Five years ago a four day bank holiday would have meant four nights in the pub and a severely depleted bank balance but now the idea of spending a long weekend that way just feels like a waste.

Instead I had an extremely average, terribly grown up weekend that involved zero alcohol (which was good because it meant zero hangovers), lots of food and ticking off some extremely mundane tasks off my to do list.

Now that I have my own place the prospect of staying in on a weekend isn't that bad and I actually really enjoyed having a chilled out weekend where my biggest worry was what I was going to have for tea.

It might not have been to everyone's taste but I had a great weekend - I didn't realise how in need of a few days off I was - so here's what I got up too:

- I tried out the L'oreal Infalliable Matte Foundation that's currently receiving a lot of blogger love. It's ok I guess but you have to be fast applying it as it dries extremely fast. I maybe need a slightly darker shade as I look like I'm wearing a death mask if I don't pop some bronzer over the top.

- The boyfriend and I spent a silly amount of hours going through photos from our travels, reminiscing about the good times and selecting ones we want to print off and frame for our gallery wall (that I mentioned here).

- Speaking of gallery wall, on Saturday morning we headed to IKEA, making sure we were there early so we wouldn't have to spend an hour looking for a car parking space. We bought 17 photo frames as we want to create a gallery wall, some cute tea light lanterns and a couple of succulents that will hopefully still be alive this time next month.

- Spent time with the littlies in the family and finally got to see my 4 week old nephew awake (seriously that kid has been asleep every time I've seen him). Obviously my 11 month old niece was on top form as per usual and I can't wait for when they're old enough to play together.

- Cleaned the bathroom, took some meter readings, got a Tesco shop delivered, set up a joint bank account and paid for our NYC hotel - That's some serious adulting isn't it?
How did you spend your Easter weekend?*
*Yes I know I'm almost a week late haha!

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

5 tips on how to make a rental property feel like home

making a rental property feel like home

I've been living in my new house for exactly one month now and it well and truly feels like home now. We got quite lucky with our little house as it's decorated very much to my taste and as it's quite small it was really easy to put our own stamp on it. 

When it came to buying furniture and decorating the house we didn't have a very big budget but I feel  we've done okay with the money we had, making the house feel cosy, comfortable and extremely welcoming.

It might not be to everybody's taste but I personally love it (although looking at that photo ^^ I do need to rearrange my mantlepiece as it's looking a bit cluttered!) and coming home to my house after a hard day at work fills me with so much joy.

So how did I make a rented house feel like home?

Ikea photo frames

Fiskbo 10x15 -65pFiskbo 50x70 - £5

Create a gallery wall somewhere in the house.
The best way to make a house feel like a home? Plaster the place in photos of your face. Jody and I ordered a load of Photos from Photobox (5p a pop) then bought 15 Fiskbo frames (65p) from IKEA in various colours. We then stuck the frames up with some Unibond no more nails tape so we didn't lose our bond by destroying the walls with nails and ta-da we now have a gallery wall (or the start of one anyways, we ran out of tape and the photos haven't arrived yet).

If you aren't a fan of photos then you can also do the other thing we did - We bought yet another Fiskbo frame (Can't remember what size it was but it cost a fiver) and filled it with gig, attraction and travel tickets as a nice little reminder of all our past adventures.

primark bedding

Get yourself to Primark and buy some jazzy bedding.
Most homes are decorated in neutral colours and a lot of landlords aren't game for your re-decorating so what can you do to make your bedroom feel like your own? Well go to Primark and pick up some of their cute, colourful and cheap bedding. This king size duvet cost us £14 and the undersheet was £7 - Absolute bargain and look how much it brightens up the room!

ikea furniture

Brimnes bookcase -£55

Co-ordinate your furniture (if possible) and have colour themes. 
In our living room the furniture is all black (bought from Argos), our kitchen appliances are purple (A mix of Argos and Wilko) and our bedroom furniture is white (Ikea). Having a colour scheme running through your rooms doesn't have to be expensive and it can really pull a room together, making it feel more like home.

dfs sofa

Matalan Mongolian faux fur cushion - £8, Primark leopard throw, DFS sofa.

Make your living room a cosy den that you can't wait to get home too. 
In most houses the living room is the central hub, where you sit and talk about how your day was, cuddle up to watch tv or chill our after a busy day at work. it's important to make it a safe haven, a place where you can shrug off your worries and stress and just relax.

My living room is full of candles and lanterns (you can see them below) so aswell as smelling devine it has a really lovely ambience, especially when the curtains are closed and I'm all snuggled in my jammies.

Wether you decide to treat yourself to a brand new sofa or stick to your budget and go second hand you can never go wrong chucking a few blankets and throws on their to turn it into the perfect den - I've gone for a lie down on my sofa five times and five times I've fallen asleep: It's just so god dam cuddly!

primark planers

Primark animal planters £6, Socker plant pot £1.50Succulents £2

ikea lantern

Rotera lantern £2, Primark sea salt and lavender candle £2

hanging hot air balloon

Remember that furnishing your house and making it look good doesn't have to be an expensive do.
At the end of the day the most important thing to remember is that you don't have to spend loads and loads of money to make your house feel like your own. Pretty much everything I've featured in this post comes from Ikea, Argos, Wilko, Primark and Matalan and I think my house looks pretty nice despite the low price tags of its contents.

So there you have it - How I've made my rented house feel like a home. If you rent how did you put your own stamp on your pad? 

This post was written in collaboration with Satsuma Loans but all thoughts, opinions and love for cheap homeware is my own.

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

A Blank Slate (sort of)

Yesterday I sat in front of my computer and did something very unlike me - I deleted all of the blog posts that were sat in my drafts folder and then completely cleared my blog calendar of content. 

It felt really, really good.

Alright Blondie has started to bring me some really cool opportunities and whilst that's amazing (and a little bit mind blowing), it also means that the pressure to produce regular content and keep growing my following is getting bigger and bigger.

It's started to stress me out a little bit and more often that not I'll open my MacBook up and just stare at a blank screen before giving up to scroll aimlessly through Twitter.

One night when I was doing this my boyfriend told me that it's better to send out no content at all than to send out content that I don't really believe in so I'm going to take his advice and spend the bank holiday having fun instead of worrying about taking photographs, scheduling tweets or writing about my latest day out.

Alright Blondie is not my full time job, it's not my main source of income and I need to stop treating it as such.

Hope you all have a lovely bank holiday weekend!

Monday, 10 April 2017

10 things that happen when you move in with your boyfriend

10 things that happen when you move in with your boyfriend

Another blog post, another photo of my ridiculously comfortable bed. 

Jody and I have been living in our little house for just under a month but it feels like we've been here forever. We got so lucky finding this house when we did as it's pretty much perfect and has everything we need.

Even though we have lived together before I decided to whip up this lil post drawing on my however many years experience of living with a boy - Ten things that happen when you move in with your boyfriend.

1. All of a sudden you turn into Mary Berry - You want to cook/bake all the things and become a bonafide domestic Godess (but turkey dinosaurs will be back on the menu once the novelty has worn off).

2. It feels like you're always picking boxers up off the floor - Seriously how many does one man wear in one day?

3. You have half an hour long phone conversations revolving around what you're going to have for tea and usually neither of you know what you want so it's actually a pretty boring/pointless conversation.

4. Breakfast in bed sounds really cute but all it results in is crumbs in the bed and an argument over who has to take the plates down and wash up.

5. He does't appreciate the cute matching mugs you bought, nor the abundance of fluffy cushions or scented candles. He just sees them as clutter.

6. The true extent of your make up/ASOS/book addiction is revealed because now he can see exactly how many 'sorry we missed you' cards you get through the door.

7. If your expensive shampoo or Lush shower gel seem a bit lighter you can bet your bottom dollar that it's something to do with him, despite warnings that it's your special stuff and he can't use it even if he thinks it smells delicious.

8. Staying in is a lot more appealing now that you have your own space than it was when you lived at home.

9. Every now and again you will probably find his stray toenail clippings scattered around the house. And by find I mean they will get stuck in your bare feet. Gross.

10. Important conversations usually take place in the bathroom. Don't ask me why, they just do.

Can you relate to any of these?