17 Sep 2015

Ocean Finance Birdhouse upcycle challenge!

 Last month I was contacted by Ocean Finance and challenged to upcycle a plain simple birdhouse. Obviously I jumped at the challenge, and spent hours brainstorming what I could do! In the end I decided to upcycle my plain bird house into a woodland fairy house to put at the bottom of the garden, in hope some fairy's would find it!
 I was given a voucher to spend at Buddy Crafts. Hello I was totally in my element. I bought acrylic paint, with a crackle varnish, fake florals, bags of decorative stones and a twig wreath. I already had the bag of moss from another project. 
 I made a trip to my local log man, and bought a log stump to stand my fairy house on, and picked up some pieces of bark, all for £1.50. I cut the pieces of bark to the size of the roof (well my Gran did, I'm 24 but she will not let me do anything myself!)
 Using a glue gun I glued the bark to the roof. I had already painted the house using the paints and the crackle glaze. It didnt crackles as much as I hoped but I think it was because the paint underneath was only a thin layer so the wood absorbed a lot of it, it still looked textured though!
 I then, using the glue gun again, stuck the moss to the bark, this covers all the rough edges that dont sit together, and adds a more rustic feel. I used a piece of wood to press the moss to the glue as to not burn myself!
 I then added the fake berries to add an autumn feel, I took apart the twig wreath, and stuck the curly pieces of twig to the bird box to make it look like it was wrapping around it.
I added a few pine cones from the garden and placed it on my tree stump. I love the outcome and it was so fun and easy to make, I didnt end up using all the supplies but I loved being able to source pieces of nature to add to it, and I think the fairy house idea would be perfect for children or even just the big kids who refuse to grow up ;)  
What do you think to the upcycle challenge? Do you like what I did with the house? I think Jacob sure does (but I think he believes in fairys though)
Much Love
Natasha x

11 Sep 2015

OOTD: Autumn Sun

 Im excited for autumn, I feel I can trust the weather more, that its not going to trick me into thinking its boiling hot but then turn into a cold storm 2 hours later. Im excited to wear jackets and this jacket from Luxemme* is perfect for autumn, its really comfortable and is perfect to dress an outfit up, yet still look casual. Luxemme is a brand that is dedicated to bringing you luxury fashion at high street prices, and they do a brilliant Limited Edition range! I teamed my jacket with leggings and my beautiful white heels from Quiz Clothing* to add a chic feel!
Does autumn fashion make you excited
much love
Natasha x

6 Sep 2015

Adidas Essentials

This is a shock right? No pretty dresses or flowing skirts in this post! I'll be honest I am not a gym person but I love sports gear for when I go for a walk or run so I was delighted when JD Sport contacted me about their new exclusive Adidas range Adidas is brand that I feel you can always trust. I don't normally show my stomach but looking at these photos with the Adidas sports bra I feel pretty damn good! The Adidas Essentials at JD is super comfortable, flattering and the perfect fit. The seams lay flat against the skin, so there is no rubbing, as I know sometimes seams around my hips make my skin sore. I also love that this Adidas essentials kit comes in not only 
black but in a peach colour too!
What do you think to the Adidas kit?

31 Aug 2015

Santorini at night

 Santorini at night is just something I had to share, we stayed just at the start of Oia, the most beautiful town on the island. Every day we would adventure around the island, then on the night come back to the hotel, and get ready to go for a meal and wander the pretty streets of Oia. There was something very magical about the place at night, I've never been somewhere that felt so calm and relaxed at night. We avoided the place at sunset because the tour buses filled the streets with people wanting to see the sunset, but lucky for us we could see it from the hotel balcony. Once the sunset was over, the streets would become really quiet, and it would feel like the whole
island belonged to us!
 What do you think to the view?
Much love
Natasha x

18 Aug 2015

Santorini- outfit one

 I am suffering from the holiday blues- big time! Its raining outside, I'm in winter PJ's and the view out of my window just isn't quite Santorini. If you follow me on instagram you will have seen that last week I traveled to Santorini, it was the most amazing place and I will have to do an in depth guide to the island as I have a million photos but for now I thought I would share my first holiday outfit post. This rust colour dress is from Primark and has to be my favourite dress at the moment, its slouchy and lose, perfect for hot summer days, but paired with some tights the colour is perfect for autumn. I know the colour is kinda the same as my hair but I love the contrast in the photos against the white buildings
What do you think to this dress? and make sure to follow me on instagram to see my santorini snaps!
Much love Natasha

28 Jun 2015

Ootd: "I tell you all the time, Heaven is a place on earth with you"

Its been a while since I did an outfit post, mainly due to unpredictable weather, broken down cars and the fact I have a viral infection, meaning I'm covered in a rash! However this delay in a way was a blessing, as yesterday was the most glorious day, and we took a trip to a local stately home for their nostalgic weekend, so we got to wander the beautiful gardens providing the perfect back drop for outfit photos. This beautiful dress I am wearing was sent to me from the ever so lovely ladies at Sugarhill Boutique. Its called the Hope Stamp print midi dress and really reminded me of all the beautiful Mediterranean prints I'm a little bit obsessed with at the moment! Not only do I love the pattern on this dress but the shape is really flattering on me even if I am only short! Sugarhill are now stocking sizes 6's so I was keen to see what the fit was like, and it was perfect! I teamed mine with my wrap headband to create a retro feel, and obviously flats as I was walking around gardens, but a pair of pointed heels would make this a perfect dress for popping a bar on a warm summer night!
What do you think to this style of dress? Is it something you would wear?
Much Love
Natasha x

25 Jun 2015

#PawHumour: The many faces of Jacob

As you all know I am a little crazy about the little man I have in my life. His short legs, his massive ears, his baggy skin, the salvia all over me and every single thing I own. No I'm not talking about Nathan, I'm talking about Jacob my 4 year old Basset Hound. I love Jacob more then anything in the world, it is like having a toddler, hes nothing like a dog. This is why I make sure to have Jacob insured, because you never know what could happen, and well Jacob trips over his ears ALL the time and often ends up with a split lip. RSPCA pet insurance offers great deals for insuring your furry friends, you can even insure dogs and cats on the same policy. Thats not even the best part, your policy means £20 will go directly to RSPCA. RSPCA do an amazing job, I know from personal experience with our rescue dog Bessy, and they are completely funded by donations only, so not only will you be keeping your pet safe, but you will also be helping those furry creatures who have been neglected. To celebrate this, I thought I would share a little bit of #Pawhumour, presenting the many faces of Jacob!

"Hi I'm Jacob, nice to meet you"  face
Its too windy face
 Saturday morning face
 "Im sleeping, go away" face
 I is so sad face
 ADVENTURE! - face
 so what if I ripped everything up when you was at work face.

"And the haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate. Baby I'm just gonna shake, shake, shake
Shake it off. Shake it off" - face
And the haters gonna hate, hate, hate
Baby I'm just gonna shake, shake, shake
Shake it off. Shake it off

SQUIRREL! - face

Basset hounds have a lot of faces, thats all I can say, which is your favourite? And dont forget to check out MORE TH>N insurance and do a good deed whilst looking after your furry friend! 
 Much Love
Natasha & Jacob x

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21 Jun 2015

DIY: mediterranean "tiled" Dressing table and a look at my new room decor

 It has been a while since I did a DIY which makes me very sad, but I have come back with the BEST DIY that I have ever done on my blog. One night whilst on pinterest, I came across a bohemian/ meditterranean/ morrocan inspired bedroom and that was it,  I was in love so the next day I painted my room white, got a light coloured carpet, and completely re bought all my accessories and bedding.
All I needed was a more authentic feature in  my room, like a tiled dressing table!
My dressing table before I tiled it. 

Did you really think I tiled? I mean I know I can do a lot of DIY projects but tiling is another level. So here comes my secret, vinyl tile decals from Snazzy Decals. These amazing tile decals are perfect for sticking over existing tiles in kitchens and bathrooms as well as using on staircases, or in my case to jazz up a dressing table and mirror. It means you dont have to re-tile and can get a beautiful new look, and save a fortune, as tiles, even wallpaper in this type of design, are normally designer ranges or vintage and the prices are really really high.

 The vinyl tiles peel away from the backing easily
    Line the tile decal up as to where you would like it with only a little bit of the backing peeled back
 Once you have it where you would like it, pull the rest of the back off and smooth the decal down

 And it is that easy!

 I have a glass top on my dresser but the decals are actually waterproof, scratch resistant and protected from fading in the sun. I also put the tiles around my mirror which hid unsightly holes as well as making the space look even more amazing.

 Bright and bold accessories to contrast with the blue and white.
 Beautiful tiled bedding to match

 I am so pleased with how my dressing table looks, the lovely lady who runs Snazzy Decals Pauline, is so helpful, she helps with choosing a design and making them to custom fit. She also offers an amazing service were you can send a photo, for example a photo of the area at the back of your kitchen sink, and she will mock up an image so you can see how it will look before you buy. I highly recommend these vinyl tile decals for an easy update to your home. 
What do you think to the new look in my room, and these tile decals?
Much Love