12 Days of Natsmas: Top 10 Christmas Movies (6)

After yesterdays Shambles of a blog post I am very happy to have a more relaxing article to write you. Today i will be sharing my pick of the top 10 Christmas films. I must add that i have only included the well known ones as I have seem hundreds of little known ones (thanks to Channel 5) and to be honest, they all share the same story line: Girl loses Christmas spirit, finds it in a man. Don’t get me wrong, I love them and do entirely enjoy them but…I mean… they could mix it up a bit.

I have actually just returned from a Carol Service which was lovely and has made me feel all warm inside so I am officially ready for Christmas (although I will be praying that my mums Christmas present arrives on time!)

Anyway, let us begin, I have decided to order the following most popular Christmas films from that I like most to least: Elf, Home Alone, It’s a Wonderful Life, Love Actually, The Polar Express, White Christmas, The Muppets Christmas Carol, The Grinch, Jingle All The Way, The Holiday, Arthur Christmas and Nativity!… those that have “their eye on the ball” will realize that there are 12 films listed. I know, a travesty, but if you want an honest “TOP 10” then just ignore the first 2.

So just to get it out the way with, this is the order I personally would like to put them in:

The Grinch

Love Actually

Elf

Nativity!

Arthur Christmas

White Christmas

The Muppets Christmas Carol

The Holiday

The Polar Express

It’s a Wonderful Life

Jingle All The Way

Home Alone

But… like all great blogists…bloggers…I must be scientific with my justification so I have rated them in 3 categories and then put them into order after adding them all up. The 3 categories are: Christmassyness, How much I like them and How likely I am to watch them this Christmas (very self-centered, I know!)

So with that in mind, this is the new order from highest to lowest points:

29 – The Grinch

28 – Arthur Christmas, The Muppets Christmas Carol, Nativity!, Elf

27 – Love Actually

25 – The Holiday

24 – The Polar Express

23 – White Christmas

17 – Jingle all the way

16 – It’s a Wonderful Life, Home Alone

I mean that should be blasphemy, to put a classic such as “It’s a Wonderful Life” AT THE BOTTOM!

But anyway, still happy Home Alones down there,

Merry Natsmas (half way there!!!)

Xx

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12 Days of Natsmas: Christmas outfits for all occasions (5)

Hello my dears,

Today we shall be delving into the fortress that is my Wardrobe where I shall select for you a range of outfits for the christmas period, suitable for a range of occasions; formal, party, work and casual.

Be warned: I am not a model, I do not have a decent camera phone so used my semi decent camera that is having an off day annoyingly, so…yeah…

Up First is our “out out” attire which is this little sequin dress that I wore to a New Years Eve party last year, I think it embodies this time of year and all the celebration it brings, because, lets be honest…you can never have too much glitter and sparkle!

This gorgeous dress is originally from New Look and I bought it to begin with to wear to my prom after party, so it does hold a lot of good memories.

Next we have this lil outfit which is probably one of my favourite looks in this collections of pics. After seeing a picture on pinterest ages ago i’ve been looking for an entirely glittery skirt and I stumbled on this one whilst following my mum around a charity shop. It truly is a gem and is now one of my favourite items in my wardrobe. I love the colours and style and it isnt too short on my ridiculously long legs which i must say is hard to fine normally. The skirt is from H&M (one of my favourite highstreet stores) and the jumper i paired it with has been in my life a long ass while, which is shocking as it’s from Primark, and…their stuff dont usually last too long – still lovely, years later.

 Now we come to this little Christmas Sweat that I bought in the January sales last year at Peacocks. I just think it’s so simply festive and it not so crazy that you cant wear it with anything. Today I chose to pair it with my basic Skinny black jeans from Matalan, I do think this is a very versatile sweat tho so Im gonna have a bit of fun switching it up.

 My brother tried to persuade me not to buy this jumper (mostly because it’s an XL and im a solid M) but it was reduced to £5 in Peacocks so I could not resist. The brown shade is actually glittery threat meaning it also adds a little magic to your normal wardrobe, perfect for this time of year! You can dress it up a bit to go out in or as part of your day-to-day wardrobe. Either way it is comfy and not too thick so doesn’t overheat you.

We now move on to outer wear with this gorgeous, formal coat that I got from New Look actually on my birthday last year. I have been sporting pretty much every day, with any outfit (because it’s freezing atm). You can literally wear it with any outfit and immediately smarten yourself up.

 I knew I needed to add a poncho to my collection last year and when I saw this one in Matalan, i immediately fell in love with the colours. I love wearing grey and the extra added burgandy and teal colours grabbed me. Super warm, but not entirely practical.

 Speaking of practicality – DO NOT WEAR THIS AT DINNER! Literally, those tassles go in everything. This is a super cute poncho all the same thought and this one is from Dorothy Perkins (get me). V FESTIVE!

Anyway, I hope you enjoyed that little look into my wardrobe – AND LIFE. And I hope you were able to fine some inspiration in all of this – let me know your fave outfit of your own or pick one of mine, i’d love to see what you face the winter chill in!

Merry Natsmas!

Xx

12 Days of Natsmas: Christmas Present Inspiration (4)

I am writing this whilst watching “The Holiday” and Jude Law just said ‘You’re lovely’ to Cameron Diaz, so basically…im very happy right now!

But anyway on with todays post, and what a complex one I have for you today. It’s something we get worry about every year, so I thought that if I told you mine for the year, they may inspire you.

But first I must say, you probably tell yourself every year, but try to get them done as early as you can, cause IT JUST MAKES IT EASIER!!!

But anyway, I wont judge. We’re all friends here. So let us start with the REAL head of my house hold, me mamma.

This year she actually chose her own Christmas present (though, i dont think she remembers!) a few months ago, which was a bamboo wind chime. This particular one was from The Range (an AMAZING homewear shop we have in the UK). Unfortunately, that particular one is now out of stock. However I found an equally pretty one on the fantastic world of ebay which better come in time for Christmas. So yes, there you, not your typical christmas present, but special all the same.

Next up is my grand papa (my dad, not grandad – im not sure why I called him that). I actually bought him his gift MONTHS AGO because…well earlier this year we became a little bit obsessed with this little known TV show, you may have heard of it “The Walking Dead”? Clearly thats a joke, we’re a bit late on the band wagon with that one. But yes we had the season 1 boxset so I bought him upto season 5. Simple, yet literally perfect. However, thats a bit basic on its own so I plan on attempting to get my hands on a paddington christmas decoration that m&s are selling, however online they say SOLD OUT sooooo…im a little concerned, but there may be a way…

Next up is the burded many sisters must face, the brothers. I have 2 much older, but much nicer brothers than…other…ones…sorry not sure where I was going with that. Anyway, the oldie is getting his own jar of Biscoff spread (since he always steals ours) and also some very warm PJ bottoms which he actually asked for. He was probably one of the easier people to buy for.

The younger one (still older than me) is recieving some spicey chilli sauce since any thing we cook isnt hot enough apparently. He will also open the most exciting (in my opinion) present i am giving this year which i believe is Per-Fect for him. It combines a book, lord of the rings and comedy as its a parody story of one of the most famous series’ in the world. Its called “the bored of the rings” and i found it in a little book store over a year ago.

So there you go, an insight into some of the gifts im giving this year. If you want any more ideas/inspiration or just simply what im getting my other families and friends, let me know!

Anyway, i hope you enjoyed and I shall see you tomorrow!!!

Xx

12 Days of Natsmas: How to Survive Awkward Christmas Moments (3)

This may be the most important post you read this Christmas so, don’t stop… you have been warned.

Hello Darlings,

Today I will be guiding you on how to get out of life’s most awkward Christmas moments, because lets facts it, it’s a sticky time of year, awkwardness lurks at every Christmas tree filled corner. So I shall waste no time at all because some of these may have occurred already:

1) PRESENTS

This has it’s own section because SOOOOO much can go wrong with presents, it’s bad enough picking them out for everyone else, but you forget the horror of having to open them in front of everyone else.

The First one is opening a present, you absolutely hate, like literally does this person even know you? What is it? What is that? What does it do? I can’t even! But little do you know, whilst these questions are rushing through your head, your face is reacting to them, meaning that everyone can see EXACTLY WHAT YOU THINK OF THAT VERY PRECIOUS ARTICLE YOU HAVE IN YOUR HANDS!!! Do not fret. All you need to do is simply carry on looking down at the gift and then act like you suddenly realise how amazing it is and smile, look up and for God’s sake, SAY THANK YOU. What a lovely…thing they have gifted. If they look a bit apprehensive, simple state that you didn’t realise what it was, but now you know…WOW! Perfection, honestly -_-

The other arguably worse thing that can occur is when you unwrap something, and you know EXACTLY what it is. It may be a overly-sexual gift from your lover or something much more cheeky than grandma thought. When this occurs, I can’t really give you much help. I just hope for your sake that there aren’t too many people watching at the time. All I can suggest is giggling slightly WITHOUT ATTRACTING TOO MUCH ATTENTION and then sliding “it” back into “it’s” box or wrapping paper and sliding it behind you as fast as possible, again WITHOUT ATTRACTING TOO MUCH ATTENTION!

*Shudders* moving on

2) CARDS

Possibly the most common and probably ,most awkward moment that happens to everyone at some point in their life, forgetting someone’s Christmas Card. I can picture it now, giving some of you HOARD of cards out to friends or family and then walking up to another, GETTING THEIR ATTENTION…and frantically looking through your pile, before saying “Oh”. I am so sorry for you. All you can do i’m afraid is ensure that you make a full list before writing them out, going through them with someone else and double checking all your group chats to ensure no one is left out.

Equal to this is being of the receiving end or…not receiving end. Basically if you can see someone’s left you out, be nice. As seen in the paragraph above, they probably genuinely did just forget. Don’t take it to heart, just laugh and say don’t worry, give it to be next time. Who knows, you may even get an extra present from all the bother they caused?

3) FAMILY

This needs to be a whole novel itself, here’s just a few though:

“Reuniting” with someone who hasn’t seen you since you ‘were this tall’. I mean, who is this woman? Why am I being forced to kiss her cheek? What do you want from me? Are you important? Literally, I don’t think anyone you ask could answer you these questions clearly and confidently. Just be polite, who knows they may get you a present – wait, I’ve already said that, sorry, priorities – be polite – they may help you out in the future/you might make their day?

Now this THIS is what kills me. The Love Life Question. Got a Boyfriend yet Natalie? No, i haven’t YET Auntie Jane! There are a few ways you can answer this, or a question like this, obviously the first one mentioned is what usually happens but you may be also tempted to go “Not yet Deerdrie, Got a new hip yet?” or “Still pretending that’s your natural hair colour?” or even “Have you?” Cause to be honest, if they have the cheek to interview you on your love life choices or…lack of them, you have the right to hit back. But to be honest, they’re family and it IS Christmas, so just be polite again…or failing that passive aggressive and sarcastic (you can rant about it later).

Lastly, we come to when you ask THE WRONG QUESTION and it literally makes your stomach churn (not good after all that Turkey and Wine). They’ve either broken up with that person, or lost that job or some other tragedy and literally what are you meant to do, it was perfectly innocent. Just say something like “Oh, I’m so sorry” or “there’ll be others” or “Good, I never liked them anyway”, though, that last one could be a bit dodgy if they get back together after Christmas. Then move the conversation on, VERY VERY QUICKLY, so at least they wont resent you for too long.

 

Well, there we go. A full list of the most awkward moments around Christmas, believe me, there are maaannnnny more so if you would like something else like this is the future (maybe a new years or valentine version) let me know

See you tomorrow and Merry Natsmas!

Xx

12 days of Natsmas: Fave Baubles and my Tree (2)

Good Morning/Noon/Night my loves and welcome to Natsmas Day 2!

Today’s blog post also has a very short youtube video to go with it which you can go to here: Natsmas Day 2

Below are my picks for my favourite baubles on my tree this year which will be most unhelpful to you seeing as I have no clue where they are from, but anyway – here we go

I mean show me a bauble that better embodies Christmas.

I love the colours, i love the patterns and how else would you top off Christmas than with a little bit a shine (the gem in the middle) – PERFECTION!

I mean… LOOK AT IT…I feel like a posh ass b*tch. This is quite possibly the fanciest bauble on my tree. I mean look at that shiny bod, those swirls of gold and the little baby silver gem leaves. Gorgeous.

I swear she does have a face, the flash was justa tad bright. This little gem I actually bought my self many moons ago when I was a wee girlie. It was never intended to be Christmas decoration but has gained the title after being accidentally put away with the other xmas boxes. I just love the colours and her dress and winds so much – PLUS check the pointed toes, girls got strong ankles.

Last but not least we have this beautiful specimen that I actually made myself with some buttons and cork and glue. I am quite proud with how it turned out but I will take no credit for the idea as it wasn’t mine and im sure if you really want you can find instructions online and believe me if I can do it, anyone can.

Hope you enjoyed that little post and also my very short vid

See you tomorrow and Happy Natsmas!

Xx

12 Days of Natsmas: PLAN (1)

HAPPY 2 YEARS TO NATSCHATS ON WORDPRESS!!!

Hello my lovelies, and Welcome to the first day of Natsmas!!!

That’s right, I didn’t think I could hack the full 24 days of blogmas however, 12 days seems much more manageable and I even get to throw in a play on words.

So day one of Natsmas as you can see by the above title is a plan, I thought this would be a good idea so that everyone reading would be able to get excited with me about all the lovely stuff we have coming up!

If you have any further suggestion, I am open to all ideas as I do have a bit of room to move stuff around, but, for now, here is the line up for the next 11 days UNTIL XMAS!!!

2) Fave Baubles and Decorations

3) Surviving Awkward Christmas moments

4) Xmas Presents

5) Christmas Outfits (Formal and (Party)

6) Top Christmas Movies

7) Fave Christmas Food

8) Christmas Cocktails/Mocktails

9) Day in the life

10) Get ready with me: Winter Edition

11) Christmas Baking Recipe

12) Top Christmas songs 2017 (Case study ratings by a series of people from different age groups)

Phew! That’s alotta work to do, I better get cracking. The twelfth day Christmas song challenge has already taken up a lot of time and I am very excited to see the results myself, if you would like to be part of it please do let me know and I will sent you the list! There will be a few videos over on YouTube to go along with some of these Blog Posts if you fancy giving them a watch, so keep an eye out.

Also, I would just like to say sorry about the lack of Instagram posts but that is because I have had to delete Instagram for a little while, I should have it back after Natsmas tho so it will be back again for 2018!

How crazy is it that there’s less than a month left of 2017, it feels like only a few weeks ago I was welcoming it and now its over. I am scared, but also very happy to see what the new year bring as I can guarantee it will be one of the most eventful years of my young life. I will keep you updated every step of the way though!

See you tomorrow,

Xx

Get Over It: Short story/Advice article

I know, im updating the old blog AGAIN! What has gotten into me?

Anyway I wrote a short story/advice article thingy which I though you may wish to read, I dedicate it to anyone going through heartbreak. I hope you enjoy it as I certainly do, it apparently should take you 3 WHOLE MINS to read so don’t worry about taking up too much time out of your very busy lives. Enjoy and see you soon, Xx

 

Confusion. That’s the primary source of emotion. Why? Just, why? You thought things were going so well, clearly you were wrong. It doesn’t matter how they did it. It just hurts that they did. No matter what the inspirational quotes and magazines tell you, at this moment, you do need them. Whether it’s been one date or 143, if you’re divorced, newly single or have always technically been single but wishing for more. It hurts.

Of course like any big grievance you go through the famous 5 stages: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, acceptance. Everyone becomes a love guru telling you this, but they always seem to miss out the most important question that any person who’s in pain wants to know. How long? Obviously you know from any lecture, that nothing lasts forever. But, forever is a very long time and I’d kind of like this torture to end sooner rather than later.

My story is no different. We were on our 14th date, 36th if you count the chilled days at each other’s houses (I did). We were coming to the abrupt end of a coffee break together in our lunch break. The he told me. Another girl was it? Longing to be single? Moving away? Nope. None of those Rom com excuses. Lesson one anyone learns with love is that it isn’t like the movies, obviously, that’s why this is a book. One day or another, they will dump you. Doesn’t matter if it’s a he or a she or just an it, everything ends. No use in dwelling on it though because it won’t happen just once. Even those who marry their first love are lying to themselves. That was not their first love because love comes in all forms and positions. When you’re just a baby you love your parents, for some of you fortunate few, you still do, somewhere under that shield of adulthood and independence.

Since then it’s been the latest boyband member, the one with the cheeky smile was always my fave. Or maybe you were more of a mysterious cast member type, the one in a popular TV show or soap opera where he wasn’t a bad boy, just misunderstood. They both come to an end, either through finding their own love interest or you simply came to your senses and realised their whole life that you saw, was just an act. At least you did grow out of it; some people are forever fantasizing about being the one who gets chosen out of a crowd of millions.

And then there’s the school crushes, wow, they never get old do they. If you don’t like anyone, you’re lying to yourself. There’s always that one boy that catches your eye and then makes your mouth drop (and maybe even your pants if you’re lucky enough to have a reciprocated crush – never happens). And that brings the cycle all the way back to the current situation, a break up. Hurts, yeah?

But don’t you see, you’ve loved before, and thus, you will love again. You may even be broken up with again, or maybe this time, you’ll be the one to do the dumping. Either way, everyone goes through it, heartbreak is tough but, it’s the only way to know you’ve truly loved. Knowing that you once have loved is better than never loving, so, in your own time, under your own circumstances, you will…

Get Over It.

Hello You: My Readers

Let’s not dwell on the fact that it’s been over a month because IT’S CHRISTMAS! Well… nearly

Anyway I just wanted to say:

Hi

Salut

Здравствуй

Hallo

Oi

Haigh

Привіт

Hai

cześć

I have just become aware that to many countries the website may have just translated that as hello…many, many times. But anyway if not I thought you may appreciate to know that I am tremendously grateful for the fact that I technically can claim to have viewers all over the world. In order of amount of views my analytics tell my that this blog has reached: the UK (obvs), the US, France, Russia, Germany, Portugal, Ireland, Ukraine, Indonesia and Poland! how exciting is that? What makes it even excitinger… not a word but oh well, is the fact that 62.3% of you are from a different country to my own. I find that so fascinating and so thought I would share it with you.

How crazy is it that we can reach someone thousands of miles away with the click of a button? MAD! I feel like I now have friends all over the world right now which is pretty neat. I wish I could come and visit every one of you cause I must say my audience comes from some pretty beautiful counties.

For example did you know that there are over 400 types of cheese made in France – I mean WHAT? I have never wanted to swim across the Channel as much as I do right now, that’s alotta fromage!

Also Russia holds the longest railway in the world which I love because a fun fact about me is the hereditary gene of a love for trains (from my dad). But also you have the biggest McDonalds so after all that training you may need a cheeky McFlurry!

Furthermore, Expatica tells me “German law maintains that it’s a basic human instinct to be free and therefore, prisoners have the right to escape jail.” Which I think is pretty damn beautiful, look at you and your gorgeous human rights and freedom and aww…

Recently I have actually been thinking aboyut where to go on holiday next year and well, maybe in the comments if you have any ideas you may wish to tell me. Like PLEASE I need somewhere a bit different – I dont wanna end up in Magaluf or Ibiza (even if they are beautiful Islands).

See you soon my little universal angels

Xx

Songs im lovin #3

Autumn is here once more, and you know what that means…

 

 

I’m joking, its means nothing. But today I’m going to give you an update of Songs I’m lovin!

Because I don’t know about you but i’m getting a bit bored of the same old songs being played over, and over, and over, and over again. I needs me some bangers. SO without further or do… here come the girls:

1) “Don’t pick up the phone you know he’s only calling cause he’s drunk and alone…”

JK, but this is the first song in my list – NEW RULES – DUA LIPA

I’m aware this song isn’t exactly revolutionary but its such a sassy song that you on the girls can dance to and makes me hate a boy I’ve never dated.

2) PRETTY GIRL – MAGGIE LINDERMANN (CHEAT CODES X CADE REMIX)

This again is a chart hit but its another sassy one and I had to include it because it holds such an important message. Women are allowed to be pretty as well as other things, it doesn’t stop with appearance.

3) SLEEP ON THE FLOOR – THE LUMINEERS

OMG this sooooonnnggg, I cant believe i’ve never featured it in one of these before! Its one of my all time favourites and although is a bit more on the slower side, includes the most aesthetic lifestyle ever.

4) YOU/MILK  – THE 1975

My lovely Chummy made me listen to this ages ago and I eternally grateful. You is such a true to heart song that shows your worth and milk, well… I still wanna know why its called that tbf (probably some cool indie word I dont know).

5) GLUE – FICKLE FRIENDS

So catchy and dancey, I loves it. It’s a little cheeky but in a very casual way, ugh I wish that was me. I’ve honestly never heard a more accurate representative of a drunk “couple”. (If you want more of this amaze balls band check out “Brooklyn” aswell”) WARNING: It will probably definitely get stuck in your head.

6) NEVER ENOUGH – THE HUNNA

Wow. Just wow. By the end of this song I have no doubt  you’ll be screaming the lyrics to the chorus. It reminds me of mosh pit…but that stories for another day…

7) HOMESICK – CATFISH AND THE BOTTLEMAN

ugh his voice. Again I will never understand the titles or names of any indie thing ever – sounds good though.

8) FLAT CHAMPAGNE – DAN CAPLEN FT RAY BLK

Sounds so uplifting, and if you ignore the lyrics it is. Pretty cute still, pretty much sums up any young twenty somethings life… probably.

9) WANT YOU BACK – HAIM

I will never know how to pronounce “haim” but YES they are still relevant and this song proves it with its catchy beat and chorus. You’ll be clicking/clapping in the chorus half way through because, for some reason, it reminds me of gospel music?

10) BAT OUT OF HELL – MEAT LOAF

Yeah I know, random. But this is an absolute belta that is pretty much timeless by the looks of it.

11) DOIN’ ME – MIKEY MIKE

Last but not least, his mum probably hates him. But he’s got the whole #yolo life down but he does put out a nice message, kind of.

There you go, 11 of my top tuneeessss at the mo. These will hopefully put you in a good mood, if not then i’m entirely to blame and im sorry so just get up and dance anyway.

If you want to listen to them all for free (or not if you have premium) I have created a lil Spotify playlist for ya’ll : https://open.spotify.com/user/natnats14/playlist/5bbPYDViGg541VBrwXsj8g

Arent I nice – dont answer that!

See ya’ll soon!

Xx