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 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: 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

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

Songs I’m loving #2

“IT’S NATSCHATS TUESDAY AND ITS ACTUALLY A TUESDAY!”

Remember that series of blogs I started where I would tell you my favourite songs i’m loving right now, new and old? Yeah me neither. Thats because I published the first post over a year ago!!! Jeez how time flies. Anyway here is your update of my favourite songs i’ve been listening to a hella lot recently:
“Work This Body” WALK THE MOON – this is such a dancy upbeat song that you could do some serious interpretive dancing to. It also love the cheeky french lyrics thrown in there.

“Geronimo” SHEPPARD – Catchy af (SAY GERONIMO!)

“You Da One” RIHANNA – Aww come on we all need some love in our lives

“Thirsty” Daya – OMG literally the sassiest song ive heard in so, so long. When you wanna fend off a F*ck Boy and embrase the beauty of single life. Sing this on a girls night and it is garunnteed to go down well with all your friends giving you the “OML YAAASSSS GURRRLLL” look.

“If I believe you” THE 1975 – I had a revelation (AAAAHHHHHH!)

“Castle On The Hill” Ed Sheeran – See I can be up and coming too! This song made me smile from the first time I heard it. Its so nostalgic and im sure anyone can relate to it from their childhood and old friends.

“Crazy Crazy Nights” KISS – Massive Throwback but such a good song. You literally cannot helo but sing alont no matter what age you are!

“Icarus” BASTILLE – You have to sing it passionately so I suggest maybe not listening to it in public. But when your driving in the car would be perfect (just please keep your eyes on the road).

I hope you enjoyed that little update into a big park of my life, music. If you would like to see what else im currently listening to my spotify is: https://open.spotify.com/user/natnats14. I hope to see you all next week and please do give me any suggestions from your personal music faves. Keep Jammin! 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 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 11: Pinterest Christmas Outfit Ideas

Today my lovelies I bring to you my favourite Pinterest outfit ideas for the winter/Christmas season. I have complied them into 3 sections; casual, party and pj…I feel like I should’ve used alliteration hang on…parenthetical (googled synonyms). Here are your parenthetical, party and PJ outfits for the season.

Parenthetical: For the everyday

Cute, family friendly outfit, may be a bit boring for some bit I think it’s sweet

The basic outfit everyone wears at Christmas but still manages to look chic on models. I’m sure you’ll be wearing this anyway but it’s always a great staple

This again is another outfit you’ll see around this season but I absolutely loved the jumper and think the colour simply sums up winter and Christmas in one

Party: Christmas parties are coming which mean embarrassing drunkedness and general jolliness

I absolutely love this look, which is why I’m on the hunt for a glittery skirt (if you see one while on your Christmas shop do let me know)

This is another sparkly number (amaxing everyone gets their sequins out at Christmas) and I will definitely be wearing a silver version of this at New Year’s Eve

The sparkly skirts return this time with a black blouse, I love how the constrast each other is well, would look amazing at a Christmas meal

ANOTHER SPARKLY SKIRT! This time paired with the perfect accessories which if course you can change up depending on the event your attending. I especially love the bag!

PJ’s: come on now I could hardly do a winter wardrobe without including the staple outfit choices for most of us when it’s cold outside

Kicking it off is some Victoria Secret pjs (not as sexual as you would imagine) I love these and they are the perfect vintage Christmas pattern

This is probably my favourite Pajama set cause I just love the colour and the little gingerbread man print!

Of course I also had to include some onsies and this one is simply adorable. The picture makes the material look amazingly fluffy that I just want one now!!!

This one is a bit more of a sophisticated onesie (note I said “bit”) I just love the patterns and print so much and think the colours would suit anyone

That concluded my little Pinterest haul. I hope you enjoyed it as I absolutely love Pinterest and am a tiny bit addicted to it so if you wish to follow me my name is: @natschats (be warned I have 6.7k pins). Love you lots, Merry Blogmas one and all

Xx

Blogmas day 9: My Christmas (animal) jumpers

imageimageimageimageHello everybody, today I thought I’d share with you all the Christmas jumpers I have this year. I’m afraid none of them were bought this year but I’ll still tell you where they were from so you can try and find them if you wish. Feel free to show me your ones and tell me which of mine are ypur favourite

1)
Robin Jumper from George at Asda
I think this is literally one of the cutest ones I have, and it so so soft! Literally putting this on is like slipping into a fluffy blanket (worst simile ever)

2)
Christmas Penguin from Papaya in Matalan. This is probably my most Christmassy jumper (I know I need some new ones). This is also super fluffy but with the random sequins which add an added crunch!

3)
Pura Moda Dalmation jumper. This is probably my least Christmassy jumper but I feel like it’s perfect for a more formal situation (possibly a Christmas meal?) and the colour goes with pretty much anything

4)
So I lied this is even less Christmassy, but it’s still super cute! For the nerd in all of us (and my favourite coloured one) this is my last Christmassy animal jumper!

I hope you enjoyed today’s post! Happy Blogmas!!!
Xx

SEE! I told you I would see you today, I keep my promises!.. Most of the time.

Anyway, Today I thought I would enlighten you on some of my favourite life quotes. This is dedicated to you if you ever have a bad day or just feel like you need a bit of a boost (I know I certainly do!). So here is a compilation of both song lyrics/movie quotes and just general people’s sayings that I have grown to love:

  • For when you’re confused (unsure of how to act in a certain situation):

“Sometimes you don’t need to walk in another person’s shoes to know how they feel, sometimes the best thing that you can do is sit beside them” – Red Band Society (Another fave TV show which I forgot to add in yesterdays blog post).

” We’re not lost, we’re just finding our own way in the world” – Way in The World by Nina Nesbitt

“This right here is definitely a moment, anything could happen next” – Now is Good

  • For when you feel all warm inside cause that special someone glanced at you:

“You are my getaway, you are my favourite place” – Disconnected by 5 Seconds Of Summer

“There’s a hole in my soul, can you fill it?” – Flaws by Bastille

“Wherever you are is the place I belong” – Ready to Run by One Direction

“You took a Polaroid of us discovered, the rest of the world was black and white, but we were in screaming colour” – Out of the woods by Taylor Swift

“We sure are cute for two ugly people” – Anyone else but you by The Mouldy Peaches

“Don’t need no butterflies when you give me the whole damn zoo” – Starving by Hailee Steinfield

  • When you’re feeling a bit kick ass! (Literally read these every day)

“We’ll be the colour, in all this black and white” – I can feel it by Hey Violet

“Why should we care for what they’re selling us anyway?” – Listen to the man by George Ezra

“This deadbeat town’s only here just to keep us down” – She looks so perfect by 5 Seconds Of Summer

“Teenage Dreams in a Teenage Circus” – We are Golden by MIKA

“Be Young, Be Foolish, Be Happy” – Be Young… by The Tams

“Lets pray we stay young, stay made of lightening” – Girl Almighty by One Direction

“We’re gonna rattle this ghost town” – Anna Sun by Walk The Moon

“According to all known laws of aviation, there is no way that a bee should be able to fly. It’s wings are too small to get its fat little body off the ground. The bee, of course, flies anyway because bee’s don’t care what humans think is impossible” – The Intro to Bee Movie

  • And to finish off, what would this quote blog post be without the writer’s favourite quote to end:

“I have often thought that the most hopeful people in the world are the young and the drunk. The first because they have little experience of failure and the second because they have succeeded in drowning theirs!” – Thomas Aquinas (According to Sage Train)

I hope you enjoyed them! See you tomorrow and Happy Blogmas!

XX