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

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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

Blogmas Day 24: Introducing my favourite being

OMG ITS CHRISTMAS EVE!!!

HOW?!?!

My, the time has flown, It is now the night before Christmas (apart from there is a lot of stirring in my house at the moment).

Today as it’s a very special night I wanted to introduce you to someone very, very special to me…

My Dog, Cookie:

Yeah alright, I can already tell there’s going to be a split between the disappointed (those who thought id actually got a boyfriend LOL) and the pleasantly surprised (the dog lovers). I just thought that as Christmas is a time of love you might want to meet the person…well animal I love. I cannot express how much she means to me but she is my equivalent to a daughter. I treat like the baby I never had (I don’t plan on having for a long, long time – before questions start being asked) and love her to bits. So Im basically just gonna tell you a little bit about her.

She was Born in September 2011 *Cue adorable puppy photo*

(Thats my nan by the way, who is an absolute legend!)

She was bought off some slighty dodgy people who lied about her age (she was only 6 weeks when we got her) and most likely mood. She was meant to be a Cocker Spaniel but I mean…

 

There are quite a few differences…also the vet called her deformed because she has 2 more nails than she should (p*ss off)!

We named her Cookie (because come on look at her, she is a little biscuit) and she suits the colour pink (for some reason) which is why all her collars are baby pink.

As it is christmas here is her 2 years ago sporting some very festive gear:

She does have some slight mental issues (I wont go in to it) but we love her and I hope you do too. I aim to keep her as happy and healthy as possible and she always is, like she literally smiles at you, which can be a bit unnerving for some:

But come on look at that face, who could say no?

I hope you enjoyed this little look into my love life (sad isn’t it?) and please do remember a dog is for life, not just for Christmas. I also really hope you have enjoyed this years Blogmas, to commemorate the end I uploaded a video to my YouTube Channel (NatsChatsTV) answering some more christmassy questions and now it just leaves me to say. Merry Christmas and I hope you have a magical New Year! Love you all – Natalie

Xx

Blogmas Day 20: Little Things Mean alot

Today I would like to talk to you about the little things. They really do mean a lot. For example when on the off chance one of you lovely people comments on my blog I cannot express the huge amount of fulfilment and gratefulness that flows through me. I am sent an email whenever I get a like or comment or new follower and let me tell you, when I do receive that email it is the highlight of my day. I don’t think most people realise how much everyone else means to them. For example I sometimes struggle to tell others (my friends and family) how thankful I am when they do the smallest things. This is more focussed on friends I feel. Your friends have chosen to stay with you, your family it has no choice. Isn’t that amazing? The fact there are people out there that chose you to enjoy themselves with instead of anyone else. I think that’s the most precious thing in the human world. The fact that unknowingly, we have the capability of completely changing another’s perspective, mood and aim. For a less uplifting example; if a person was walking along the street and you have them a compliment, said hello, offered spare change, or just simply smiled. Think of how much of an impact that would make on their day. You have no idea where there were going, could be on their way to a boring day at work and you made it a little less boring. Could’ve been on their way to a very important meeting and you relaxed them…
Could’ve been on their way to end their own life, and you made them think against it instead.
Most of you reading this are probably thinking I’m mental which I hate to tell you, also backs up my point. No matter what your thinking, I have intact impacted your day in some way. I hope this will be for the better. This little blog post has made you, my dear reader, think.
Even if that was just for a little while.
But none the less, I would like to thank you for doing so.
You see what this post is trying to say is that the little things do matter. But more specifically, thinking matters. I know that this post won’t have a major global impact and for example make world peace. But that’s not what I want, today atleast. I just wanted to remind you to think about what your doing. No, not with you lives, I don’t want to give all of you existential crisis’. Just while your talking to your friends or out Christmas shopping just think about what you do before you do something. Can you imagine if everyone did that? I know it’s a big ask because it has such big connotations.

A quote I heard the other day while watching Red Band Society had really haunted my thoughts. I’m pretty sure it featured in my other post about fave quotes: “Sometimes you don’t need to walk in another persons shoes to know how they feel, some times the best thing that you can do is sit beside them”. I don’t think I really understood this fully until now. I believe it’s saying that you don’t and won’t always have an answer to someone’s question. But there’s nothing wrong with that. As long as you’re there to listen to what they have to say that’s all that matters. Cause let me tell you, there is nothing more completely frustrating then not being able to share your thought, feeling or opinions. And it is so, so unhealthy to do so. Now reader I would like you to make me one single promise. If you have a strong emotion towards or about something. Never under any circumstances keep it inside you. You must share it. This could be you simply texting your best friend or screaming into a pillow (or someone’s face is they diserve it). Because I promise that once you do so another emotion will be taken off you’re shoulders also…worry. I hate worry with a passion. And as a fellow worrier myself I cannot express how good it feels when you realise what you were worrying about was absolutely nothing. A simple glitch in the system of your mind. Ah sweet relief, how I love you so.

I’m sorry if this style of blog post is not your cup of tea, I just felt like a change. And I’m not going to appologise for the rambles because that would be completely juxtaposing my whole point of sharing your emotion. Getting real here I do appreciate all those who read this blog because it means Im also impacting people’s lives which is just amazing. Thank you. I promise I will have a much more relaxed post tomorrow. I’ve been through a lot of emotions today for some reason and felt like I wanted to get creative with my words on my blog. Oh I do love a ramble.

Merry Blogmas Everyone!
Xx

Blogmas Day 19: My Christmas Day Outfit

I AM THE WORST BLOGGER IN THE WORLD!!!

ffs I missed it again, I am so, so sorry about the catasrphie which is Blogmas 2016. I dont know what’s happened, it all started off so well. My excuse for last night is, I forgot about it all day and then when I went out with my friends for a mini xmas quiz and party I suddenly remembered and asked my blogger friend (Amelia – http://swiftbooks13.blogspot.com/) to take apicture of what I was wearing as a little: what to wear at Christmas guide, nut then I proceeded to get a fair amount of alcohol in my system and well… the rest is history. So that is what I will do right now and we’re all gonna have to try to imagine that this blogpost went up yesterday, okay? On the upside, I did get round to filming a cheeky Vlog yesterday of a christmas Q and A whilst wrapping type thing. It may never see the light of day (YouTube) because im pretty sure what I filmed was a load of Sh**, but oh well.

Hello Friends today ( 😉 ) I am going to be sharing with you what I wore to a very casual Christmas meet up and what I thought would be a great idea to wear on Christmas Day aswell.

These are just basic skinny black jeans from New Look and a super soft Christmassy T-Shirt with 3D holly and different textured words from Matalan.

As it is cold outside I also put this gorgeously fluffy (on the inside) onesie from Tesco because I love the print and it’s christmas so you can get away with wearing one out and about…or ya know round a friends house for a quiz night.

There you go, thats the outfit I shall almost definetly be wearing come christmas day.

Merry Blogmas!

Xx

Blogmas Day 18: My Hair Dye Passion

Before I start I would just like to say I am aware that this is going up a day late but that is because christmas is a very busy time of year and I simply had no time to upload last night. I am also aware that this is not a very christmassy themed blog post but it is a real passion of mine and I feel like Blogmas is all about you getting to know me.

In todays blog I will be sharing and talking through some of my favourite hair colour ideas I have found on Pinterest over the years. But first allow me to tell you my hair colour story: I once ombre’d my hair red. Yeah thats it. For someone who is obsessed with coloured hair I have a pretty boring personal history of hair but I am still in a college which doesn’t like you having “un-natural” hair so for now i’ll just have to wait.

So anyway lets begin on our hair journey through the universe of pinterest…

THE OMBRE’S:


Here are the dyed hair styles which are a tad less crazy and vibrant for those that just want a hint of colour or just want to try it out before dying the whole thing. This is great cause it means if you do hate it you can just chop it off instead to going through the whole process of re dying or waiting for it to grow out.

This is so so pretty, and would look amazing especially if you had straight hair like the girl here.

I’ve actually always wanted to ombre my hair blue but of course as i mentioned earlier it aint that natural. This is a weirdly subtle blue though and is quite pastel which is also really pretty.

OMG SO MUCH COLOUR. This is perfect for those who love colour and I also think it looks great with this girls natural hair colour. Just think about how great it would look with loads of different updo’s.

I think this one is absolutely gorgeous! I love the fact that its a subtle lavender and it also goes really well with the woman’s bob shoulder length hair style.

This last one is a very fun and feminine ombre that I feel would probably look better with blonde that brunette and it also quite subtle as only a short amount has been dyed pink.

FULL ON COLOUR:

Pinners that have dyed their whole head cause they know what they want and are owning it! Get your bleach at the ready people.

This year was definitely the year for pastel’s and greys and I feel like this pin clearly represents both. Its a really cute mix of lavender and grey tones which work so well together.

Omg i just love everything about this; the hair, the makeup, the jewelry! So much so in fact I followed her on instagram: Sophiehannahrichardson (and mine’s nats_my_name – in case you were interested!)

What did i say about pastel shades? I love how random this hair colour choice is but it really works and also think it would suit literally any skin shade.

For my last pin I chose a darker shade which is equally as gorgeous. I think this would suit people who have naturally darker hair and think the added flower crown is amazing!

CRAZY COLOURS

The pro hair dyers which have amazing mermaid hair that belongs in a fairytale!

OML! I cannot even begin to explain how much I love these 2 colours together. I also think the woman’s hairstyle is pretty cool too, i think its diagonal!

There are many different names for this type of dying job but lets just say an under colour. I absolutely love this look and if given the opportunity (an money) to do it I wouldn’t hesitate!

To finish is one of my favourites. Who would think that this combination of colours would make something so gorgeous. Literally #goals

I hope you enjoyed this little window into the world of my passions. Merry Blogmas Everyone!

Xx

Blogmas Day 16: What Christmas means to me?

Okay so I may have accidentally skipped at day…But come on it’s my first time, everyone makes mistakes (cheeky 😉 )!

But to make it up to you I have uploaded a video to NatsChatsTV (my YouTube Channel for those who don’t know) where I showed you a quick summary of The 1975 show I went to last night. IT WAS AMAZING! Although it was the reason I didn’t upload a blog post. But just think instead of writing something I gave you something which requires much less effort (on your part at least) all you have to do is watch a video to find out what I was up to instead of reading a horrifically spelt blog.

But anyway moving onto today’s Blogmas I though I’d take advice from my old pal Stevie Wonder and tell you “what Christmas means to me”.

For many it’s a time to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ (It is a religious holiday dont forget) but I feel like it has evolved from the original meaning. To be it is now an opportunity to meet with all my family and friends which I may not normally see the rest of the year. It is also a time to show other people how much they mean to you (yes presents) and just generally have a little relax at the end of the year and reflect on what you have done and accomplished. I know that some of you may not celebrate Christmas due to difference in faith or any other opinion/belief but you can still join in on the season by simply enjoying yourself (at least most of you will get a day off).

As I said it’s also a great time to just chill after your busy year (its nearly over) and look forward to what the future brings. A great excuse to put of a few (or a few more than a few) pounds and allow yourself to smile and laugh and be merry. I find that many people try to disguise themselves and their true emotions nowadays because they’re scared of what others will think but, let us just think. If we all relaxed and let our emotions be free (just for once) then surely there would be no judgement and therefore no need for anyone to be putting up shields. Please remember this when you’re out and about this Christmas season.

I hope you enjoyed this short little heart to heart (i seem to be doing alot of these lately). If you would like to check out my vlog (please do) then you can go to my channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpBzAFrhPBrlhObNi6ahL4A

As always Merry Blogmas you gorgeous people and I shall see you…TOMORROW!!!

p.s. do comment what christmas means to you also as you know I love hearing what you have to say

Xx

Blogmas Day 14: How To: Festive Nail Art

Right before I start this can I just get one thing straight, I am not a beauty blogger or a nail artist and I am genuinely shocking at painting my own nails. Never the less I thought you’d enjoy this quick tutorial. For this look I used: Sally Hansen Insta Grip Faat Dry Base Coat, Collection Hot Looks in colour 37 (Bongo Beats) and Mad Beauty Nail Varnish in a glittery red.

You can customise your own any way you want but I put the top glitter on all of my nails cause I wanted them to match. Before looking I will say I am an addicted nail bitter so my nails aren’t the best length.

Started with bottom coat:

 Then put on two coats of the green

Then to finish I did one layer of red glitter on all of them. You could just paint glitter on your ring finger which is what I normally do but I though as its Christmas you can get away with a bit more glitz

That is the finished product (it looks much better in real life but my camera wouldn’t focus) and I’m sure it’ll look a lot better on you as you’ll be able to take your time (unlike me as I’m always late)

Thanks for reading I know this was a bit different but remember to show me your Christmas nails just to make me jealous. Merry Blogmas!

P.S. I CANT PAINT MY NAILS OKAY?!?

Xx