An Explination

Hello.

I am not going to be posting this week, I am struggling, I am tired, I am cranky my illness is truly kicking my butt and I have to get off of social media and away from technology. I have well and truly reached my limit this week and I just hope that you all understand. To make up for my week of silence I will be posting every day from the 17th July to the 24th July which is when I then go to Disney ๐Ÿ˜€ So yes Have a lovely week and I will see you all again on the 17th ๐Ÿ™‚ Please feel free to leave the links to your blog posts in the comments so that I can then read them all when I get back xxxxxxxxx

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Well Loved items #1

“I’ve worn that to death” Many people use that sentence in a negative way as in I have worn it to a few parties and social events there are definitely photos of me in that outfit on social media I don’t want people to think I only own that piece. Me on the other hand I use it in a positive way as in yes I brought that piece back when I was 20 and its still in great condition, fits beautifully and I feel amazing whenever I wear it! I thought that I would start a new little series to showcase those items that I do wear to death the pieces I always reach for old and new to show that you don’t need to buy into the idea of fast fashion, you can buy lasting pieces and curate a wardrobe that is timeless.

First up is this Blue floral blouse I brought from George years ago it has featured before on my blog.

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This piece survives every wardrobe cull because it is lightweight, a beautiful cut, easy to layer, easy to style for casual or dressed up and due to the colour pallete it can be paired with so many different colours and pieces! This always gets a lot of wear in spring and summer but I have also worn it in autumn and winter. I just love the Blue and Yellow together they really pop without it being too bold.

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Here it is Back in 2015! I had already owned it for a fair while! Three years later here is how I have been styling it this summer ๐Ÿ™‚

From L-R With these dark Blue shorts I brought for ยฃ1 in the charity shop and these white trainers from Primark for ยฃ6. With a simple wrap mini denim skirt that I brought in my recent charity shop haul (SHOPPING HAUL Part one what I got) and the same Primark trainers. Then for a more work appropriate outfit I have paired it with these blue trousers that I also got in my recent haul for 99p and my old trusty ASOS sandals!

As you can see it is a versatile piece and I will be wearing it a lot over summer I hope it remains in my wardrobe for many more years to come!

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Summer Reading List

As you all know I love to read I am a self confessed bibliophile, My most visited place is the Library and I have a bookshelf that probably only holds 1/3 of my books! I have set myself a summer goal of reading at least 1 book a week (if you didn’t see my summer bucket list post I will link it here for youย Summer Bucket List)

So I thought that I would share with you the books that are top of my Reading Pile for summer ๐Ÿ™‚

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First up Love letters by Katie Fforde. I haven’t heard of this author before but my mother in-law recently finished this book and thought that I would like it so I am excited to see what it is like. It follows a character called Laura who helps to organise a literary festival for a failing bookshop that she works at, a mis-communication leads Laura to Ireland where she has to convince a reclusive Author to attend the literary festival. This sounds like a really good hearted funny book and I am excited to see what Ffordes writing style is like.

The worst case scenario cookery club by Chrissie Manby. I’ve read a few Manby stories (Girl meets ape, Getting over Mr right and The matchbreaker) and I like her way of writing she gets you to empathise with the characters fairly quickly and her stories always leave you with that warm fuzzy feeling ๐Ÿ™‚ This book is about 3 strangers that have signed up for a cookery class Liz whose husband just left her for a 20 something year old John recently widowed after 50 years of marriage and 30 year old workaholic Bella.

Accidents of Marriage by R.S Meyers. Again a new author for me I saw this at the library and after reading the blurb thought this could be a good book to read in one sitting!! Plus it has praise from 2 of my favourite authors so I always take that as a good sign!! This book follows Maddy a social worker with 3 children her husband Ben has changed since they first met and one rainy night whilst they are driving the tension between them reaches crisis point and leaves Maddy in hospital fighting for her life.

What in God’s Name by Simon Rich. Again a new author found at the library this sounds like a funny lighthearted book that could be read on a summers evening whilst enjoying a glass of Pimms! God has lost interest in helping the humans on earth and instead spends his time watching the church channels on TV eLiza an angel has been promoted from prayers to miracles, she meets Craig the only other workaholic in heaven and they are both shocked to find out that god has never answered a single prayer so she does what no one has ever done before and it could be the end of the world. I think for all its lightheartedness this will be quite a though provoking story I mean sure we all wish and pray for things but would we actually be happier if they did come true?

The Secret by Katerina Diamond. I read The teacher by Diamond and it was one of the best most gruesome most descriptive crime novels I have read! I also have another one of hers that I want to read but this one has been sat on my shelf longer! I love the way that Diamond makes you believe the most far fetched of ideas her characters are always well thought out and her use of language is incredible. Bridget Reid wakes up in a locked room terrifying memories come flooding back of blood pain and desperate fear DS Imogen Grey and DS Adrian Miles search for Bridget and uncover a terrible web of abuse betrayal and murder right under their noses in exeter! Grey and Miles were in The Teacher as well and I loved them so I am excited to learn more about these characters!!

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard. This is the first in a series of I believe 4 books from what I have read online the 5th is due to be released this year I saw this in the Charity shop and I thought that I would give it a go as it reminded me a little of game of thrones it follows a character called Mare there are Reds who are commoners and Silvers who are the elite with god like powers but mare posses a deadly power of her own one that threatens to destroy the balance of power. I think this sounds so cool and I am very excited to read it!

The Killing Jar by Nicola Monaghan. Again a new author for me My Friend Carl (ย https://carljpoetry.wordpress.com/) actually suggested this one for me and was kind enough to buy me a copy ๐Ÿ™‚ This book is about a girl who grows up in a drug fuelled estate in Nottingham and if Carl recommends a book its bound to be good as he reads a lot!!

The book of dust Philip Pullman. How I haven’t read this yet I don’t know I have waited SO long for this book to come out and then I just haven’t read it!! I was going to a do a dark materials trilogy re-read before reading this and to be honest I may actually still do that hence why it is at the bottom of my TBR pile as it would mean ,me reading 3 other books before it BUT it is a stand alone novel as Pullman calls it an Equal its not a prequal or a sequal so I could potentially just read it and then read the 3 dark materials books we shall see!!

Lastly Still Me by Jo Jo Moyes. I love Moyes’ stories I have read so many now!! This is the third in a trilogy Me Before you After you and then Still Me this will require a re read of the first two because honestly I have read A LOT of books since I read those two and I can’t 100% remember what happened so I would like to have the events and characters fresh in my mind before I start this one!!

So there we go my summer reading list! Are there any on here you have read? Are there any that you want to read? What’s on your summer reading list I would love to know so leave me a comment in the comments below!!

Come back tomorrow at 8pm for another post ๐Ÿ™‚

Speak Soon

Natalie

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30 WILD days

Hello My loves I can’t believe we are in July already!! In case you don’t follow me on Instagram (which btw you totally should! @_natalie_church_) then you may not have seen that in the month of June I took part in the wildlife trusts 30 days wild challenge ๐Ÿ™‚ Basically to get people more aware of their natural surroundings and to start preserving our environment and helping out the wildlife the wildlife trust set up this 30 day challenge to get people, families, communities, business’ and individuals all doing their bit for the wild! I thought that I would share with you today what I got up to in this 30 day challenge I hope you enjoy!!

June 01 I walked to the local Library and got out some new books I then sat in my garden amongst my flowers reading.

June 02 When we moved into our house the garden was all overgrown and full of ivy&brambles, amongst the brambles we found a rose tree we planted it in a sunlit area and waited, the first year it did nothing the second year we got one rose last year we got a few more and then this year it has absolutely flourished!

June 03 I used some of our homegrown rosemary for our evening meal, I always feel a sense of accomplishment when I get to use something we planted from seed ๐Ÿ˜€

June 04 Went to water the plants in the greenhouse and found some little pals trying to eat my vegetables!

June 05 Went for an evening walk with the Hubby, we live close to a nature park and it has lakes and stunning views which we need to take more advantage of!

June 06 Read up on starting a wormery, I already compost and have been looking at maybe starting a wormery or adding some little worm friends to help out with my composting

June 07 Read up on what jobs I should be doing in the garden this month, I inherited some beautiful gardening books from my Great Aunt and they are so helpful to look up jobs and things to do ๐Ÿ™‚

June 08 Found my first Courgette of the year! I was super proud as my courgettes and cucumbers NEVER grow!

June 09 Found my first tomatoes of the year

June 10 Went to do some gardening and found a little friend that I needed to move to safety! I am slowly getting over my fear of spiders and I now feel confident to shoo them out of my house humanely!!

June 11 Had a BBQ in the garden, I love BBQ’s so as Darren got home a little earlier we decided to fire up the BBQ we even toasted marshmallows on it afterwards!!

June 12 Watched the night sky, I have made no secrets that sunset is my favourite time of the day but tonight I layed with the curtains open and the shades of blue that the sky turned were just stunning!

June 13 Celebrated my new job with drinks in the garden, I don’t really drink much to be honest I do find that in summer I am more partial to a little tipple now and again so as it was a special occasion it would have been rude not to right?? I added some of our homegrown mint to my gin ๐Ÿ™‚

June 14 My BBFL brought me a little spider plant to congratulate me on my new job ๐Ÿ™‚

June 15 Found a new little friend in my greenhouse, SO pretty!!!

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June 16 Made some rose water with the rose petals from my rose ๐Ÿ™‚ I use rose water to cleanse my crystals and I thought that it would be extra special if I made my own with rose petals from my own garden ๐Ÿ™‚

June 17 Did some sketching in the garden, I love art and being creative and I haven’t drawn anything in a long time! Today as the sun was shining I thought why not!

June 18 Made some mint tea with our homegrown mint. I watched the Wildlife trusts videos and they made their own mint tea and I thought….why not!! It tasted delicious!

June 19 Had a mindfullness minute in the early morning sun. If you read my Ch ch changes post you will know that I have recently started exercising in the morning and that I also want to get into meditation more as well as part of my lifestyle changes so this morning after watering the plants I sat in the garden listening to the wildlife around me taking some deep cleansing breaths and I felt amazing afterwards!!ย Ch Ch Changes

June 20 My indoor mint plant is doing well! We planted one in the greenhouse and one in the house and both are doing brilliantly! Mint is my favourite herb I think because it reminds me of home as we had lemon mint and mint growing in the garden!

June 21 Summer Solstice! I let my inner woodland fairy out today you can see more in my summer solstice post ๐Ÿ™‚ย Summer Solstice

June 22 Watched the sunset, well as its my favourite time of day and this is about appreciating nature it would have been rude not to take at least 1 sunset photo!!!

June 23 I went to London today with my Best friend and we had afternoon tea at whittards. They presented the bill in old tattered books which I thought was a beautiful way to re-use something that might have ended up in landfill!

June 24 My Blackcurrant bush has finally (2 years later) given me some fruit!!

June 25 Made a smoothie bowl with locally grown fruit. I love sourcing locally grown produce I have a farm a 5 minute drive from my house where we go to get strawberries, pumpkins, sweetcorn, carrots, etc and we also have a 5 minute walk away a gentleman that sells locally grown potatoes, carrots, onions and other vegetables.

June 26 Today whilst having a BBQ (AGAIN) I saw three bumblebees enjoying my rosehips ๐Ÿ™‚ I have planted so many bee friendly plants in my garden that were in-expensive that just help the little guys out ๐Ÿ™‚

June 27 I read in the garden in the sunshine

June 28 I up-cycled an old t-shirt with some botanical inspired embroidery

June 29 I went for a disconnected walk round a local park as in I didn’t take my phone or a book I just went for a walk to enjoy the views.

June 30 I saw a Red Kyte as we were driving back home but I couldn’t get a photo of it ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

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Speak soon

Natalie

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June Roundup&Review

This year really is flying by!! HOW?!? I can’t believe that it is July tomorrow! I hope the first half of this year has been Great for everyone ๐Ÿ™‚ I have to say the first half has been pretty Naff for me but I think the second half will be EXCITING! So let’s get into reviewing June ๐Ÿ™‚

Books

First up I read We were Liars by E.Lockhart (Ok so technically I am a liar as I read this on the 31st May BUT I had already uploaded my may roundup so I am including it in Junes!!) This book, I was so not prepared for this book!! So I am 4 years late to the party on this book but WOW!! It was so beautifully written and I sobbed like full on ugly cried reading the last few parts of this book!! It was amazing and I really want to read more of Lockharts stories after this!!

I then read The cosmic puppets by Philip K Dick. Now with it being a PKD story I really wasn’t expecting normal but this story was so random but beautiful I really enjoyed it!! His stories are always very thought provoking and….odd but in the best way!! This is the first PKD story I have read however I have seen Blade Runner, The Adjustment Bureau, The man in the High castle, Total Recall and Minority report all of which have been adapted from his stories so I am already very much in love with his work and this genre!!

Next up I read The girl in the Mirror by Cecilia Ahern. I thought this book was longer but it turns out it was two books in one ๐Ÿ˜ฆ So I only read the girl in the mirror and it was OK nothing to rant and rave about it was a little random short story that was just OK.

I was then needingย  a good book to sink my teeth into. I went to the library and found a book called the sisters secret by Penny Kline. The blurb sounded really good. The book was…really MEH. There were spelling errors and missing words so I don’t know if i got a draft copy or what!! It was just flat, you didn’t really get to know the characters that well, although the topic of the book was super sad there was no emotive language and it just dragged on and was then a really randomly rushed ending that left me so deflated!!

I was SO hungry for a good book and thankfully Shari Lapena delivered that good book!! I read her debut novel The couple next door back in May last year and I LOVED it! So when my Bestie mentioned she had a new book out so I popped on down to tesco to buy it!! I started reading it that day and finished it the following morning I just couldn’t put it down!! It was in my opinion better than her first novel and I am now eagerly awaiting next month as she is releasing her third book!!

Then I read a book called The fear by C.L Taylor and I have to say it was a little bit lack luster considering it was a crime thriller. It just dragged on and I only finished it because I had gotten so far with it! It was just a bit meh the best bit about the book that literally made my jaw drop in shock…was the epilogue!! I have however got another one of her books out of the library to see if I like that one any better.

Lastly I read a book called Th1rt3en By Steve Cavanagh and WOW! This was in the 2 for ยฃ7 section in Tesco and my Bestie and Husband both said it sounded like my kind of book! It is kind of graphic, VERY descriptive and the first half is quite slow as its building the story its a lot of detail and back story so it isn’t boringly slow its intensity building!! The ending is INTENSE and amazing and I need to read more by Steve Cavanagh.

So that was 6 that I actually Read in June ๐Ÿ™‚

Films.

Jurrasic World: We went to the cinema to watch Jurrasic World and it was AMAZING!! The storyline wasn’t at all what I thought it was going to be! I loved the little cameo appearances I loved Chris Pratt and I have to applaud the producers because I have become emotionally invested in CGI dinosaurs!!

Paddington 2: I loved the first Paddington movie but hadn’t got round to watching the second one, my mother-in-law lent me the Blu-ray and I sat laughing the whole way through I actually thought the sequel was better than the first film!!

T.V

I have been re-watching The american office because it just is so hilarious!! I love Steve Carrell ๐Ÿ™‚

I have also been watching Series 2 of Ackley Bridge!! I loved the first series and series 2 is thankfully just as funny and emotional as the first!!

I have also been re-watching Hustle which is just genius!!

Lastly I have been watching series 2 of Queer Eye I sobbed like a baby at the first episode!!

My most played song of the month was “On My Way” by BUNT ft Leah Haywood which you can find on spotify it is such a summery happy song I just love it ๐Ÿ™‚

Lastly my quote of the month

“You must do the things you THINK you cannot do”ย 

This was so true this month I went for an interview for a job I didn’t think I would be capable of due to experience BUT they saw past that and saw my passion and my abilities and I am now a 1:1 Teaching Assistant and I couldn’t be happier!!

So there we have it June all wrapped up in a little neat package.

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Natalie

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Product Reviews

Hello my loves and Happy Thursday today I am going to be reviewing Three products that I have been trying out recently. These are my honest reviews on the products. I was sent two of them as samples and one I brought myself to try.

Loreal Botanicals Hair Care Range

I was sent the Shampoo, Conditioner and Hair ointment to try from this range and today I will be reviewing the Serum as the Shampoo&Conditioner are pretty straight forward with no real noticeable difference to my hair!loreal botanicalsI have used this more on dry hair to nourish the ends in this heat and I have to say I can see a difference when I use this product my hair feels a lot healthier and doesn’t look as frizzy! I have also used it on wet hair and then blow dried it and again it has been left feeling and looking healthy. This product also smells heavenly. I always really like Loreal’s products and would 100% purchase this myself.

Murad Skin Care

Murad very kindly sent me their overnight repair cream and eye serum. Unfortunately the eye serum made my eyes very puffy and spotty after my first application so I stopped using it! The night cream however doesn’t affect my skin so I am assuming its different ingredients!

Murad night creamI have used this every night for 10 days (avoiding my eye area just in-case) and I have to say I can’t notice a huge difference compared to the other night creams that I have been trying. It smells amazing and sinks into my skin and doesn’t leave my skin feeling sticky or oily which is a plus but as for making me look more youthful I am yet to see results! I will keep using this though until the sample runs out and maybe see if I start to notice a difference.

Loreal Sugar Scrub

You may remember a while ago I reviewed the smooth sugars Cocoa scrub if you haven’t seen that post I will Link it hereย Loreal Sugar Scrub Reviewย  so I already knew these products were good! I saw the Blackhead pore removing scrub for ยฃ6 in Superdrug and thought I would give it a try.Loreal sugar scrubThis is Kiwi and OMG it smells SO FRICKING GOOD!! Again like the cocoa one they recommend using this three times a week and you apply it with dry fingers to your face and lips (do not ingest) and then apply some warm water to activate the sugars then once they have dissolved wash off with warm water and your skin will honestly look and feel amazing!! This product has boosted my confidence when it comes to going bare faced it has just made my skin look so fresh!!

Have you guys tried any of these products?

Don’t forget I have my June review post going up on SATURDAY at 8pm ๐Ÿ™‚

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Natalie

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The Mini Leather Skirt

The Leather Mini Skirt (Although technically this is Pleather)

The Leather Mini was popular last year I saw a lot of Instagramers& Bloggers creating looks with this piece that then found their way onto my Pinterest board! I have been on the lookout for a while the perfect one to add to my wardrobe but I couldn’t find one that was in my price range or that suited my style….until I browsed Boohoo’s sale section and found this one for ยฃ4. It has a really nice wrap over feature with a tie waist and a zip fastening. I have styled it today in a casual everyday way and in a more dressed up evening style.

Look One CasualPleather skirt casual

To keep the look casual I added a simple printed T-shirt from Primark and my Hightop converse. I think the length of the skirt works well with trainers and I like how the T-shirt tucked in gives the skirt all the focus.

Look Two Dressypleather skirt evening

For my evening look I wanted to play with texture and again let the skirt do the talking so I added this chiffon primark blouse that I have worn to death and these patent red heels I brought in a charity shop. Again the heels work well with the length of the skirt, this look would also work with wedge heels and a cute jacket.

Which look is your favourite? I think I prefer the evening look!

Come back tomorrow at 8pm where I will be reviewing some beauty products I’ve been trying recently.

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Natalie

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